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Friday, July 29, 2011

Nothing is Certain but Death and Shoes

A Day in the Life: July 29th

(Aged 14)
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.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  sunny                                   FRI. JULY 29, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s.

(Aged 17)
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.

(Aged 18)
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.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 29, 1901                Ther.

Worked haying.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JULY 29, 1902             Ther.

Went to town bought the pipe to run the spring down.  Cost $24.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JULY 29, 1903                  Ther.



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.


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