Wea. Cloudy WED. APRIL 1, 1896 Ther. 30
Went to school.
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.
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.
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.
Wea. MON. APRIL 1, 1901 Ther.
NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd
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.
Wea. WED. APRIL 1, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st
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.