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Monday, February 14, 2011

Where's the Love?

A Day in the Life: February: February 14th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Stormy                                 FRI. FEB. 14, 1896                        Ther.  28

Went to school

(Aged 16)
Wea.  cloudy                                 MON. FEB. 14, 1898                     Ther. 30

Went to school.  Had an invitation to a Valentine party up to Clarence Love’s tonight but am not going.  Glendine Taylor and Lydia Lawson ask me.  Pa + Ma went up to Aunt May’s he bot 20 cows for $700.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 14, 1899                        Ther. 

Drove to school sent my picture to Mabel as a valentine.  In eve went up to Ed Harrington’s to a Valentine party had a fair time but there were no large girls there.  Got home at 2 A.M.
Oh, for the want of larger girls...

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. FEB. 14, 1900                     Ther.

Went to school.  Took up Geology instead of Physical Geography.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               THUR. FEB. 14, 1901                   Ther.

Did chores + went to the burg after our furniture.  I got it home all right.  Took a bath in the evening.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  FEB.  14, 1902                      Ther.

Kineston drew loads of logs.  They eat dinner here.  I had a come come in this morning heiffer calf.  the red devon cow.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  FEB.  14, 1903                       Ther.

Dave drew out manure all day.  I did chores. Andy had a nice shear calf.  Jim Smith paid me $3.00 for pasture.  Dave + I went to Jamestown.  Drew the milk.  We had over 40lbs.


Editor's Note: 
I love how Allen turns a phrase.  I'm sure he meant "older" girls his own age when he says "no large girls" were there.  I think he turned Allie Smedley down the other day because she was younger than him by three years.

Too bad he mentions no wooing of his own Alice in 1900.  Clearly, he was more concerned with getting the more palatable science class.

Why didn't Allen go to Clarence LOVE'S Valentine's party?  It sounds like Allen could have had either girl and if anyone could throw a good Valentine's party wouldn't it be someone named Love? 

Oh, and I'm beginning to think when Allen says he "had a cow come in" he means it like the delivery of an order as in "We just had a shipment of tomato seeds come in".  Otherwise he is just collecting stray cows from neighboring farms which is not really likely.  No such thing as bovine finders-keepers I suspect.


  1. I have to say that I don't find Allen big on the romance department. He is disappointing me tremendously in that he even dares to talk about hauling manure on the 14th of February. It, is a hard, cold, world out there. Can't believe the man fathered 7 children. OOOPS. Spoiler Alert.