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Monday, January 24, 2011

Regents Exams: torturing students for over 100 years!

 A Day in the Life: January 24th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                                FRI. JAN. 24, 1896                       Ther.  38

Went to school.  Will Wate + Charles Anderson had a lawsuit here.                     

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Windy                                MON. JAN. 24, 1898                     Ther. 24

Stayed at home in A.M. till about 11.30 then went to school + took regents exam in Adv. English.  We have regents examinations all this week + they are not very easy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 24, 1899                       Ther. 

Drove to school.  Had an examination in Geography.  Ma went down and went to a fasting meeting.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. JAN. 24, 1900                     Ther.

Pa + I went to the burg to buy a cow but didn’t.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THUR. JAN. 24, 1901                    Ther.

Things easily forgotten...
Charlie Slater came over in the morning and I hired him to cut bolts.  Frank did not come down so we drove up after him.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JAN.  24, 1902                       Ther.

Ray + Laurence cut wood.  I went over to Pa’s.  Rollie has the measles.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JAN.  24, 1903                       Ther.

Dave drew the last of the bolts up to Smedley’s .
Alice + I went up to the theatre.  The play was “East Lyme”.  We also went to the shoe sales.   We left Willard over to Pa’s.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                SUN. JAN. 24, 1904                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note:
  Rollie has the measles at the same time Allen has a two-month-old baby at home!  Get out of that house already there's no Purell or vaccines yet!  The Wikipedia article I linked to says that the current strain of measles around today probably developed in the beginning of the 20th Century shortly after Uncle Rollie had it.   I have to believe he was on the cutting edge.

Regarding the lawsuit in 1896, if not previously mentioned, Frank Cass was Justice of the Peace.

And, I can say without reservation that I'd want no part of a "fasting meeting".  Somehow I doubt it was a Weight Watchers gathering --quite likely it was religious of origin.

Sadly, I couldn't find information on the play.  While Allen's handwriting is usually very easy to read sometimes I get thrown.  The play could be "East Hymn"  Or "Coast Lyme," etc.  I Googled all likely possibilities and came up empty.   I wonder what shoes they bought!  All-in-all a pretty good date.

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