Wea. Rainy WED. JULY 29, 1896 Ther.
On horse back Geo went down + got the lumber. Ma, Rollie + I went down to see Aunt Em she is awful bad cannot live a month. I got me a pair of shoes cost $3.00. I never had a pair that cost over $1.50 before.
|From an 1896 catalogue--seems Allen's cost even more than these.|
Wea. sunny FRI. JULY 29, 1898 Ther.
Went to factory. Worked all day. In eve went up to Frank Warn’s.
Wea. SAT. JULY 29, 1899 Ther.
Peat + Cora came. I stayed up at the store most of the A.M. Intended coming home today but it looked so rainy I stayed over. Saw Ethel Cleming. Leslie and I had a fine time so did Turner.
Wea. SUN. JULY 29, 1900 Ther.
Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. took Alice out riding went up to Unkle Gib’s Got home at 3.30 A.M.
Wea. MON. JULY 29, 1901 Ther.
Wea. TUE. JULY 29, 1902 Ther.
Went to town bought the pipe to run the spring down. Cost $24.
Wea. WED. JULY 29, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th
Editor's Note: Kind of bittersweet and kind of young how in one breath Allen foresees the tragic future of his Aunt Em and in the next he is thrilled by the idea of his new expensive shoes.
In 1899 he is still visiting the Strykers in Corydon. Leslie seems to have returned quite quickly from Niagara Falls so it was probably a day trip on the train.
In 1900 the courting of Alice Warn continues with long rides into the night. We never did learn how she lost her shoe as referred to in Allen's letter of July 17th.