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Friday, April 1, 2011

Nobody's Fool

A Day in the Life: April 1st

(Aged 14)
Wea. Cloudy                                 WED. APRIL 1, 1896                     Ther.  30

Went to school.

April Fool

(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                  FRI. APRIL 1, 1898                       Ther.

Went to school played football.  In eve rode my bicycle up the hollow to meeting.  They are talking about war with Spain a great deal.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 1, 1899                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa took a grist to the burg.  Randsom nor I worked.  Randsom took his wheel down to the barn + began learning to ride.

The Thayer Cemetery meeting was to meet at the school house but as they couldn’t get the key they met here.

Awful snowy + cold.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                                SUN. APRIL 1, 1900                   Ther.

Drew the milk we will change with Ed.  Pa + Ma + Rollie went to S.S. In eve took Alice out for a drive.  Had a fine time.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                                 MON. APRIL 1, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                                  TUE.  APRIL 1, 1902                 Ther.

Gail went to factory.  I shod Maud + Dandy.  Sent for a milking tube 3 1/4 in for .60 cents to Sears Roebuck + Co.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                 WED.  APRIL 1, 1903                 Ther.



Editor's Note:  I guess 14 was the last age when Allen cared about April Fool's day.  By 16 he's concerned with the world around him.  War with Spain began on April 25, 1898.  And I hope my sister is happy I'm lightening up on Randsom because I like the image of him practicing his cycling in the barn on a snowy day.

The Thayer's were "next door" neighbors to the Cass family and I have just recently learned from historian June Burgett that they were the original owners of Valley Gate's land before Frank bought it.  The Thayer's farm was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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