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Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Lock of Hair

A Day in the Life: June 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                       FRI. JUNE 19, 1896               Ther. 

Ma is better.  I went hunting in the A.M.  Pa went to the burg the board met to build two iron bridges.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Rode my wheel up to factory + back with Lynn Hiller.  He has a new wheel then went to bed.  In eve Pa + Ma went to church I took care of Rollie + wrote a letter to Fred Howard.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 19, 1899               Ther.

Last day of school.  In P.M. we played ball.  Randsom King quit work for us because pa pulled him out of bed at 6 o’clock this morning.  Got a letter from Mabel White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 19, 1900                 Ther.

Drew a load of sand and worked about the barn.  Lawson got put up to Coeburg’s last night.  Got a letter from Wilson + one from Alice she sent a lock of her hair.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 19, 1901                Ther.

Got out stringers for the bridge.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JUNE 19, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home + done chores.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JUNE 19, 1903                  Ther.

Went down toward Fentonville.


Editor's Note:  I have always been of two minds about this lock of hair since I first found it tucked in the back of the diary 20 some-odd years ago.  The first being "how romantic" that she gave it and he kept it.  The second being "how gross".  It is kind of creepy holding 111 year old hair even if it is Alice Warn's very own.  Touching letters and diaries is very different to touching something that was attached to a person.  In summary: Awesome and Gruesome but ultimately very, very cool.

And tell me, is there really any surprise that Randsom didn't last on the Cass farm?  I still can't believe he made it past the gunshot through the floor.  The picture of Frank Cass that is forming for me is that he was not one to cross.  He was extremely fair but if you let him down he was extremely intolerant. 

Also, I believe those Iron Bridges were built because Diana found a letter I will post later suggesting the wining and dining continued.

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