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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Parties, Lectures and Baths = Romance

A Day in the Life: February 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 6, 1896                Ther.  32

Went to school.
(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. FEB. 6, 1898                     Ther. 34 above

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went up the Hollow with Ma + Rollie to S.S.  Had an invitation to a Valentine Party next Friday Eve up to Will Rhode’s.  Elmer Warn asked me.                    

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 6, 1899                        Ther. 

Had an invitation to a surprise party up to Cora Love’s for next Fri eve. + Nellie Towns ask me yesterday.
Droved (sic) to school.  A part of the Physics class including me experimented the last division today.

Lydia Lawson rode up with me tonight.  Pa + George Walters have been drawing logs + bolts today. 
I brought my Algebra home and got part of my lesson for tomorrow.
In eve drove over + told Sib Miller + Chas Anderson not to cut any more logs but to cut bolts.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. FEB. 6, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve took Alice down to the burg to a lecture by Prof. Hawks the celebrated southern humorist.  It was fine got home at midnight.
A.W. Hawks


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. FEB. 6, 1901                       Ther.

Did chores and stayed around the house.  We took a bath in evening.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  FEB.  6, 1902                  Ther.
Ray went home last night but didn’t come home.  Thom Becker was here to hire out.  Went to the burg with a grist.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  6, 1903                        Ther.

Dave + I went down and cut wood.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               SAT. FEB. 6, 1904                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note: 
It's really sweet how Allen writes Elmer Warn invited him to a Valentine's Day Party.  You know Elmer was just trying to build his posse up so he wouldn't have to enter the party on his own.   Filed under cool juxtaposition:  the next year Allen rides up from school with Lydia Lawson who is the future Mrs.  Elmer Warn.  I have come to realize that everyone "rode" with everyone.  It was a kind, neighborly thing to do and didn't always imply romance.

In 1901 "We took a bath".  Does he mean together or in succession?  He didn't exactly say baths now did he?  He was a newlywed after all but I'm thinking the bath might have been a bit small for some reason. Still...

In 1902, Ray's tenure as the hired man on Allen's farm seem to be drawing to a close.

1 comment:

  1. Tell the truth, how often do you really think folks bathed back then? And laundry. I am sure they didn't wash the sheets once a week.