Sow Your Oats While You Can

A Day in the Life: May 1st


Drawing by a teen-aged Mabel Cass Lucas

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                               FRI. MAY 1, 1896               Ther.  65

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 1, 1898               Ther.

Went to church on my wheel came back across the flats.  In eve rode my wheel to church + coming home I broke the shaft between our house + the watering trough.  Went home with Ella Mackey.

(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             MON. MAY 1, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school it rained and I left my wheel there and rode home with ma who was down after a hat.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 1, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the house rode down with Mearle Cowan when he went with the mail + got a new paint brush.  Took a picture of the Peter Brant cow.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 1, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MAY 1, 1902             Ther.

Fixed fence.  Bot six cows + 4 calves of Mrs. Page for $225.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MAY 1, 1903                  Ther.

Sowed oats.  Sold my bicycle to Leon Page for $17.00 to be paid within a year.


Editor's Note:  I’m worried that in 1903, the selling of his bike to Leon Page might be an end of an era for Allen.  Alice is pregnant and has just over a month to go before their second child Dorothy is born.  The fancies of their youth are most definitely being replaced by different priorities.  Family is their main focus now.  I think it is accidentally touching Allen “sowed his oats” just prior to the selling of the bike.


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