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Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Oyster Supper for 15 cents!

A Day in the Life: February 17th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   MON. FEB. 17, 1896                      Ther. 10

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Warm                                THUR. FEB. 17, 1898                    Ther. 37

Went to school drove the cutter but the sleighing is very poor.
Pa + Charles Slater cut some brush down on the Webster place.  Yale Simpson rode up with me.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. FEB. 17, 1899                         Ther. 

Went to school drove horse + carriage.  In P.M. went up + saw Bradley for Pa.  In eve we had an oyster supper for the King’s Sons + Daughters.  There were about 70 people here they took in $11.00.
All the young folks had a fine time.

Broke up about 1 A.M.  I took Irma Bunce home got home at 2 o’clock.

William Bouguereau's  The Birth of Venus (love the oyster shell surfboard)

 Picture's location

Asa Reeves came out with a load of lumber to take to Jamestown.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 17, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Killed a pig.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 17, 1901                      Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice + I went for a ride.  We went nearly to the river.  In evening Frank + Irma came down to see us.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  FEB.  17, 1902                   Ther.

Alice went over to pa’s.  Pa + I went down on the Webster Place to get a load of wood.  Drew it up in the logs.  Lawrence came over to stay with me till I get a man.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  FEB.  17, 1903                      Ther.



Editor's Note:
  Between her poetic Valentine warm-up on Wednesday and the Friday night oyster supper I would have thought Irma Bunce was in for some serious teenage-loving.  But Allen is not kissing or at least he's not telling. 

Asa Reeves lived in Corydon, PA and was married to a woman named Effie who seems to be related to the Cass family though I'm uncertain the connection.

I am still not used to the violent transitions in Allen's writing when he leads us into "killed a pig".  It never seems to me to be a logical time for him to mention the slaughter.  Once he was going out on date with Alice and here it seems like he was just bored at home that day and thought "oh I know what I could do..."

1 comment:

  1. I would like to know the origins of the oysters. Jest sayin'