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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Loads and Loads of Hay

A Day in the Life: July 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          MON. JULY 13, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Mowed in the A.M. Raked it up in P.M.  Have got 32 loads of hay in the barn.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. JULY 13, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JULY 13, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.   Drew in one load of hay.  Ma, Rollie + Grandma went to Jamestown.  In eve wrote a letter to Verna White.  Pa + Ma are going to sit up with Erie Cowan tonight.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 13, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying all day.  In eve Mearle Cowan + I went up to Clarence Love’s to an ice cream social.  I was a waiter.  Ate supper with Irma.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JULY 13, 1901                Ther.

Drew in 5 loads of hay.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JULY 13, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home + slept all day.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JULY 13, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:   I realize there are days when our lives really are mundane.  However, what we reveal in our diaries is only what we are willing to have found out about us.  We are our own best editors.  Allen was no different.  It is interesting what he writes as much as what he doesn't write.  Every once in a while he reveals flashes of strong emotion.  Usually it has to do with Frank "licking" him or at least trying to.  However, Allen is coy about kissing and telling usually summarizing with a standard "had a fine time".  I am convinced this means that at least first base was reached, if not more.

I don't usually do this but I have "scanned" ahead and understand there is a great deal of unwritten turmoil in 1899 that makes 1900 all the more interesting as it settles.  While I plan to continue transcribing in the current format until the end of the year, I may go into more depth with those two years.  You see, Diana and I really are in disarray with our ephemera and have so much information that we find only as we go along.  There is a bigger story and it is worth delving.

1 comment:

  1. Ok I am on the edge of my seat! This is better than those night time dramas on TV!