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Monday, June 6, 2011

"Up a Lazy River"*

A Day in the Life: June 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 6, 1896               Ther.

Board of Health meets.  Went fishing fished all day did not catch any.  Went with Ezra Thayer’s boat went clear down to the Whitman bridge + picked a two qt pail full of strawberries down there.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 6, 1898               Ther.

Came home from Aunt Maryann’s got here about 5.30 P.M. + lost ma’s medicine. Asa + I went spearing on the river but didn’t get any.  We saw the head of a bill fish that weighed 15lbs.  The head weighed 5 lbs.  In eve went to the burg there was a man killed on the railroad.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. JUNE 6, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  After school played ball + went in swimming am going to stay all night with John Glaspy.  After supper we went up to the burg and played ball then went back to his house + played cards.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 6, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blocking for the barn and lumber.  In eve took Ruth Davis of Olean out for a ride had a fine time.  They began raising the barn this P.M.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JUNE 6, 1901                Ther.

Dug ditch for wall to the barn bridge.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JUNE 6, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory, took Alice up home.  Went to the burg + got Min shod + went up + got Alice.  Gail fixed fence.  My corn is coming up.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JUNE 6, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed around the market.  John went to Onoville.


Editor's Note:  At 14, life couldn't be more dreamy for Allen as he floats down the river fishing and berry picking.

At 16, I wonder if he and Asa go spearing as a direct result of seeing a billfish and wanting in on such a conquest.  But where did they see the billfish, in a photo, in a market?  I thought bill fish was a misspelling but see that it is big game fish like swordfish. 

At 18, Alice hasn't even been in her new situation in Jamestown a week yet and Allen is having a "fine time" with Miss Ruth Davis of Olean.  I really enjoy how he refers to her though always putting her town of origin. 

Ages 19-21 are a bit of a reality check of adulthood.

*I have always loved me a little Mills Brothers thanks to my mom.


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