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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shall We Dance?

A Day in the Life: March 22nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   SUN. MARCH 22, 1896                  Ther.  32

Grandma came over.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Rainy                                   TUE. MARCH 22, 1898                  Ther.

Went to school.  In evening we all went over on the other place to Geo. Walters to a surprise party.  Bert Bingham went over with us.  They got them a set of dishes after they danced so did Chas Slater.  Got home at 12 o’clock.
Pierre Auguste Renoir


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MARCH 22, 1899                  Ther.

Stayed at home and boiled sap all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to the burg the town board met.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 22, 1900                 Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon.  Got an old football at school and am going to make it into a punching bag.  Rode up with Erd White he took a load of tubs up the hollow.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             FRI. MARCH 22, 1901                     Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             SAT.  MARCH 22, 1902                   Ther.

Drew 4 loads of manure.  Rollie came over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MARCH 22, 1903                Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Joplin; Sousa; Foster, maybe a traditional reel or two...I'd love to know what was played and what the dancing looked like.  I love it when men aren't afraid to dance.  Hooray for Chas. Slater.  Chas. was about 19 years old (3 years older than Allen at the time).  He was born in Pennsylvania in 1879 and was a farm laborer most his life all over Chautauqua County.  Obviously, he was a very steady and employable man.  He married a woman named Carrie and as near as I can tell they had three children spaced very widely apart.  Geneva was born first in 1903.  There was a second daughter Viola born about 1912 and Geneva was off and married by 1920.  In 1930, Geneva and her family are living with her parents Chas and Carrie again, Viola is likely off and married and there is another sibling now-- Edward who was born about 1921.  Geneva married a man named Leo Brisley.  Perhaps there are relatives still around in Chautauqua County today.

The "other place" that Geo. Walters is living on seems like it is a Cass property by the wording but if I am correct I think he just moved up on Woodchuck Hill. George Walters was born in 1868 and married a Lura May.  They had at least three children as well.

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