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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No Playing Ball or House

A Day in the Life: May 11th


(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                  MON. MAY 11, 1896               Ther.  90

Ma, Grandma, Rollie + I went to Jamestown.  I got a sweater, a shirt, a suit of cloth and a hat.


(Aged 16)

Wea.                                         WED. MAY 11, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode with James Smith + Walter Russell + back with Traver + C Cowan. Heard that Leslie Stryker has gone to war.  too bad.  Can’t play ball anymore at school because someone is afraid of their windows.
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(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MAY 11, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school.  John Glaspy came up + is going to stay all night.  We went fishing + got 11 rock bass and one yellow bass.
Earl Towns came + tried to get married but Goldie Williams was not old enough so Pa couldn’t marry them.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 11, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Alice Warn and I went up to a social at Hermy Anderson's.  Got home at 3 o’clock.  Mearle + Luella over there too.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 11, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MAY 11, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail drove Kit got .75 cents for it.  Ma, Rollie, Pa, Andrew, Hattie + Ruth were here.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  MAY 11, 1903                  Ther.

Began dragging corn ground.  Took a note of $12.00 against Arnie Shaw for a watch also one of $20 and a mortgage boot (?) between horses with F. Kineston, jr.




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Editor's Note:  Okay, if it is 90 degrees out, would you be buying a sweater?  In fact that is a whole lot of wardrobe given the onset of summer. 

The next year, the way it is written I can’t say for sure if it is too bad that Leslie Stryker has gone to war or too bad that they can’t play ball anymore.  In my heart, I think Allen means too bad about his cousin Leslie (Effie’s brother from Corydon, PA) going to war but we know how Allen feels about sports.   For a minute, I forgot that Allen could never have fought himself given his leg.  I have tried to find Leslie Stryker in the Spanish American War rosters but he doesn’t turn up.  I am sure he survived through the end of the War in August though because I think he goes on to marry a woman named Gertrude and have a daughter named Wilma when he gets back.

Superb! Frank Cass, Justice of the Peace, puts a stop to a “teenage wedding”!  How exciting was that?   So here is what I can gather from this drama, Goldie was about 16 going on 17 and Earl was 11 years older than her.  So I’m betting it was the father in Frank that happily objected and could be the “tough guy” through the power of his post.  There would be no "playing house" on his watch.  But I looked into it and Goldie clearly obtained parental permission soon after this thwarted attempt because she and Earl certainly do marry.  In fact, they are married for a year by the time of the 1900 census enumerated them on June 20.  They have two sons named Ronald and Harold by 1910.

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