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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Abdor Day? Really?

A Day in the Life: May 4th

(Aged 14)
Wea. fine                                  MON. MAY 4, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                         WED. MAY 4, 1898               Ther.

Walked to school with Ray Harrington rode home with Geo Winn.  After chores drove Topsie down to the burg + got her shod + my bicycle shaft.  It came from Falconer it cost $1.50 + express .25.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MAY 4, 1899               Ther.

Went to school.  In eve went over to Pages to see Leon then went to the burg with some potatoes.           Aunt Maryann + Effie came over got here about 6.30 P.M.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 4, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. painted on the house.  In P.M. took a picture of the school children.  Am going to sell them at 10 cents each.  Irma Bunce came down to Abdor Day exercises after they were over she stopped and I took a picture of here she helped me develop it.  Ha Ha.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 4, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MAY 4, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home in the A.M.  In P.M. took a ride over Emery Hill.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                MON.  MAY 4, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at our corn ground.  Went down + helped Huckleberry load two hogs I got of him for $20.00.

Did someone say corn?  These are just small details of the artistry that is The Corn Palace.  If you are ever in South Dakota make sure Mitchell is one of your stops.


Editor's Note: Originally, I thought Allen made a typo with Abdor Day when he meant Arbor Day. However, he writes Abdor over the course of 4 different years which leads me to believe that it is an event I know nothing about.  Perhaps it is a local tradition.  Now sometimes we all can get things consistently wrong for years before we are corrected.  I was an adult before I realized it was suRprise and not suprise.  Embarrassing but true nonetheless.  So maybe it really is Arbor Day but...let me know if you know the answer please.

As for Miss Irma Bunce stopping by to have her photo taken, why does Allen say "Ha Ha" as if it were a nudge-nudge-wink-wink when it came to the developing?  Maybe there was no secret kiss but rather he is laughing at the thought of her actually thinking she would be able to "help" him in the process.  But she did write him some fancy poetry once upon a time.

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