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Friday, May 6, 2011

"Come Up and See my Etchings"

A Day in the Life: May 6th


(Aged 14)
Wea.   hot                                      WED. MAY 6, 1896               Ther.  80

Went to school.  Pa + Rollie carried me down, pa got the horse shod + bought a bed stead.  Rode home with (?) Chase-- he brought the bed stead up.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory it is Abdor Day + no school.  In P.M. went down to the burg to see a ball game between Frewsburg + Ellington.  Mr. Tower stayed here all night he is selling an oil tank.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. MAY 6, 1899               Ther.

Leon + I went up to Fluvanna fishing but we couldn’t as it was against the law.  We took a boat ride then came back + fished in the Still water but I didn’t catch any.  Leon got one small one. 

Aunt Maryann + Effie went home.  Glen came down to stay all night with me.  Got a letter from Mabel White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 6, 1900                 Ther.

Printed pictures nearly all day.  Pa, Ma, Grandma + Rollie went to S.S.
I went up in the woods + saw Bess Traver + Nina Davis had a fine time.  In P.M. Bess + Nina came down again + I took their pictures.  Pa came home before they went home.  In eve Alice + I took a drive.
Card found here.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 6, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  MAY 6, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory.  32 lbs of butter sold for .22 cents.  Ma + I went to town got some barbed wire + a baby buggy for Willard.  Pa came over and got the bull.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                WED.  MAY 6, 1903                Ther.

Worked at corn ground.


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Editor's Note: The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in young Allen--buy a camera and sell the pictures back to people with the added benefit of girls giggling over you.  I wonder what Allen told Alice  about the events of his day that evening during their romantic ride?  Since I believe he and Bess were an item during his "break" with Alice back in February,  I'll be willing to bet that he left it at "printed photos all day".  Had a "fine time" in the woods indeed and, for the record, you know this was all suspect behavior on his part because he even mentions that his Pa came home before the girls had left.


OMG!  Am on the phone with Diana as she reads this and she starts roaring with laughter.  I was so hung up on the teenage shenanigans I missed the best line ever.  "Barbed wire and Baby Buggy".  Two things that should NEVER be in the same sentence.

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