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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Remember the Maine"

A Day in the Life: February 16th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                    SUN. FEB. 16, 1896                       Ther. 6

Went over to Grandma’s.
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.   very cold + stormy             WED. FEB. 16, 1898                       Ther. 10

Drove the carriage to school.  Went over to Mrs. Mason’s brought her a pail of water.  Alice Peterson has got a sore throat + was sick in bed all day.  I heard last night our battleship Maine was blown up at Havana + 253 men were killed.
The Battleship Maine: Library of Congress

                     
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 16, 1899                    Ther. 

Drove to school.  Went into the laboratory the last division + experimented.  After school went up to Bradley’s to see if he had saved our boards.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 16, 1900                       Ther.

Went to school.  In eve took Bessie Traver to a party up to Allie Smedley’s.  Got home at 3 o’clock.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. FEB. 16, 1901                      Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. Ma, Alice + I went over to Grandma’s.  I built her a hen house.  We stayed there to supper.  Frank Kinneston came over in the evening.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  FEB.  16, 1902                    Ther.

Went to the factory + done chores.  Chained the little red devon cow.  Took my calf over to pa’s because it’s warmer.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                MON.  FEB.  16, 1903                   Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE



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Editor's Note:  "Remember the Maine" was the cry that fanned the flames of the Spanish American War but The Battleship Maine's destruction may have just been a terrible accident and not the supposed result of an enemy mine.  Whatever the truth, the event was no less tragic.

On a different matter altogether,  I just don't understand what Allen is doing driving Bessie Traver around until 3 A.M. when he is stepping out with Alice.  Boys.

1 comment:

  1. As my husband tells his eldest daughter: Men are dogs. Boys are puppies. I am sure Allen told his daughters the same thing. As far as Remember the Maine, when I had possession of the diaries I remember reading this entry in 1991 and thinking that "Wow, they didn't have CNN back in the days." Look how times have changed in the 20 years since I first read this entry. I would prefer some slow news days if you get me (snow) drift.

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