Wea. Clear THUR. FEB. 27, 1896 Ther. 30
Went to school Pa tried to lick me but I ran out doors + he did not come because he was not dressed. In the evening I got a ride down with Joel Harrington + went to a Washington Celebration of the school.
Wea. Clear SUN. FEB. 27, 1898 Ther. 32
Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. Ma + Rollie went to S.S. up in the hollow and I rode Bay Bill over to grandma's + put him in the barn at that place.
Wea. MON. FEB. 27, 1899 Ther.
Drove to school. It is windy and snowy. They killed the cow that was hurt by the roof blowing onto her.
Wea. TUE. FEB. 27, 1900 Ther.
Went to school.
Wea. WED. FEB. 27, 1901 Ther.
Went to Frewsburg after our stove and other things at the hardware store. Took them over to “Elm Wood”. I also drew a load of furniture over there in the P.M. and went up to Alice’s after some things. I also drew a load of wood over there. Gave my note for $205 to pa.
Wea. THUR. FEB. 27, 1902 Ther.
Drew 4 loads of manure. went up to Pages with Pa to appraise things. Pa gave me .50 Hired Gail North for 8 months for $170. Pay $10 every month in July pay all but $25 and bal Nov. 1.
Wea. FRI. FEB. 27, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE
Editor's Note: Whoa to the two-page, repetitive "Your Package has Shipped" notification! How many different ways can Sears say "please give us a chance; we'll do anything you want us to"? Basically, it is like they are admitting they aren't the prettiest "girl" at the dance but swearing they will be the best dancer. It's embarrassing. Do you think this is a standard letter sent out with every stove purchased? I think Sears is terrified of needlessly paying the freight on any returns knowing if they could just get the customer to make the effort to get the stove home and set-up they'd be much less likely to dismantle it and return it.
I think it is fabulous we have this letter and I'm sure it was kept by the newlyweds as a precaution. This was probably the biggest purchase they made since they were married because Nora and Frank bought them their bedroom set. Ah, wait perhaps the note to Pa is for the stove but for some reason I thought it was for rent because it seems Allen and Alice are moving out on their own from Valley Gate. Since Diantha Cass is still in Lone Pine, as near as I can figure, they aren't headed there yet but rather to "Elm Wood" which is a location I do not know.
Oh and I don't want to let the image of Frank trying to "lick" Allen go unmentioned. If you recall, we already know from a January entry that Frank is losing his physical edge over Allen and Allen is surely every bit the cocky youth thinking he's somehow bested his elder. In truth, I love that Frank, while angry enough about something, remains dignified enough to keep his underwear clad backside inside the house. What in the world did Allen do? I notice he doesn't try to defend himself with a whole account which suggests to me (who would've written down everyone's faults in the matter had it been my journal) whatever he provoked his Dad with was indefensible.
How sad the poor cow lingered this long. I thought that story ended happily since they took the effort to hoist her up.