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.
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.
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.
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.
Wea. WED. JUNE 19, 1901 Ther.
Got out stringers for the bridge.
Wea. THU. JUNE 19, 1902 Ther.
Stayed at home + done chores.
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.