Wea. SAT. JULY 11, 1896 Ther.
Mowed all the A.M. raked it up int he P.M. cocked it up let it stand over Sunday. Ma came home from Aunt Em’s abut 6 o’clock P.M.
Wea. MON. JULY 11, 1898 Ther.
Pa + Ma went to Jamestown I went to factory + worked 3/4 day.
Wea. TUE. JULY 11, 1899 Ther.
Worked all day. In eve went to bed. Had an awful thunder shower in the night. The lightening struck Myer’s store + burned everything from the corner down to Dell Bingham’s.
Wea. WED. JULY 11, 1900 Ther.
Stayed at home all day. In eve Alice went up to Johnie Warn’s wedding.
Wea. THU. JULY 11, 1901 Ther.
Drew in three loads of hay.
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Wea. FRI. JULY 11, 1902 Ther.
Drew in 3 loads of hay and mowed some up by Springer’s.
Wea. SAT. JULY 11, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.
Editor's Note: So this is the second fire in 3 years that has seriously damaged downtown Frewsburg but, at 17, Allen seems to have lost his boyish need to go and investigate and see what treasure he can find among the ruins. In fact 1899 is a very difficult year for Allen. I believe there is more going on between Allen and his father than his writing reveals. At this age, Allen is leaving boyhood behind and he is caught on the fence in between maturity and youth. He wants to lark but his father wants him to start thinking of his future. Though they will always be father and son, they will also be equals as men soon. Allen's responsibilities and the expectations of him will soon grow exponentially as they do for everyone at this age.
I included a painting by Gram because she spent her old age trying to capture the memories of her favorite places lost to her through time.