|Frank, Baby Rollie, Allen, Nora Cass about 1892|
Wea. Stormy FRI. FEB. 21, 1896 Ther. 4
Went to school. Had to go up to Boatlin’s (Caitlin's?) Mill again.
Wea. Cloudy MON. FEB. 21, 1898 Ther. 32
Went to school. Pa + Ma went to Jamestown. Raymond Harrington rode home with me. Had an invitation to a party down to Pangborns tomorrow eve + another to a party over to Chas Wygren’s Wed. eve.
Wea. TUE. FEB. 21, 1899 Ther.
Drove to school the roads are pretty muddy. In eve Chas Wygren came up here.
Wea. WED. FEB. 21, 1900 Ther.
Went to school. Ma came down to Mrs. Masons. Got a letter from Mabel White and one from a G.W.
Wea. THUR. FEB. 21, 1901 Ther.
In A.M. brought the logs down to the the road from the sugar bush. In P.M. I took them to the burg. They will bring $4.50. In evening Alice + I drove over to Frank Kinneston’s and hired Frank + Devillo to help me cut logs for a day. Herbert Bragg came down.
Wea. FRI. FEB. 21, 1902 Ther.
Gail drew 3 loads of manure. Alice + I went to town. Left Willard with Ma. Paid a note of $11.50. Borrowed $40* of(f) ma.
Wea. SAT. FEB. 21, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE
Editor's Note: *The actual amount borrowed of(f) Ma is confusing. It might not be as drastic as $40 but I can't tell for certain because Allen corrected the amount by writing over it. It could have been $5.00 or $4.00. In any event, I wonder if he borrowed from his Ma to pay off the note? So not only is Ma a free babysitter for Willard but she "pays" for the privilege. The power kids have over parents is amazing.
I'm unsure who the letter writer with the initials G.W. is but it is telling that Allen doesn't write out the whole name the way he does Mabel White's. It could have just been a "personalized" advertisement because believe me we have found that direct-mailings have been around for a long time. Of course, G.W. could be a girl whose identity he wishes to keep secret.