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Friday, January 28, 2011

Did Allen Learn to Hunt From Elmer Fudd?

A Day in the Life: January 28th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   clear                                   TUE. JAN. 28, 1896                       Ther.  24

Went to school.  Aunt Em + Grandma Mason were here.                         

(Aged 16)
Wea.   stormy                                FRI. JAN. 28, 1898                         Ther.   24

Went to school had an examination in Physiology.  Elmer Warn rode home with me.  Geo Walters went to Falconer with a load of logs. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 28, 1899                         Ther. 

Got up at 7 o’clock then after breakfast Glen + I went hunting.  We didn’t kill anything but I shot at a partridge.

It is awful cold down to zero.  Glen went home + I stayed home in the P.M.

Two Partridge having a bit of a laugh

 (Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JAN. 28, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.
In P.M. went to SS (Sunday School) at Ivory.  Alice and I were to go riding in eve but it was too stormy.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               MON. JAN. 28, 1901                    Ther.

Drew a load of bolts to Frewsburg and had the horses shod cost me $2.40.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JAN.  28, 1902                     Ther.

In P.M. went over to pa’s.  In P.M. Lawrence, Ray + I cut logs.  Pearl is here.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  28, 1903                    Ther.


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               THUR. JAN. 28, 1904                    Ther.

Worked up to mill all day.


Editor's Note:  Aunt Em is Nora's sister Emma Babcock Fenton.  As previously discovered, Grandma Mason was Nora and Emma's step-mother.  Their father Harry Babcock was a serial monogamist who was married for his entire adult life to a succession of three women.  He was widowed twice before he married Mrs. Mason who outlived him to marry one Lyman Mason.  I can't find that she had children of her own but she certainly raised Nora and Emma who were young when their mother Lydia Stryker passed away.

I think Glen and Allen ought to have found other hunting buddies since they seem to be an unlucky duo.  Now I'm no hunter and one probably does come up empty more often than not in the sport but it seems to me Allen never gets his "wabbit".

And our developing romance between Alice and Allen is off to a slow start this month due to inclement weather.  Sure it was fine when they were sleighing but now dates are getting called off way too often for my liking.


  1. I am pretty sure that Alice is playing hard to get. Allen seems pretty full of himself at times.