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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Visit to Niagara Falls

A Day in the Life: July 27th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            MON. JULY 27, 1896               Ther.

Rained hard all day.  We all stayed at home.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. JULY 27, 1898                 Ther.

Worked 1/2 day.  Went to factory.  In P.M. went to Ruel Gould’s funeral.  In eve went swimming + stayed with Frank Warn.  Pa began smoking again.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JULY 27, 1899                 Ther.

Got up at 5 o’clock unloaded a load of hay.  After breakfast cleaned up my wheel + started for Corydon got there about 9:30.  Leslie + Miss Marsh had gone to Niagara Falls.  Spent most of the time about the house visiting.

Niagara Falls, however much later than Leslie's visit--most likely taken in the 1950s if you look at the parked cars.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 27, 1900               Ther.

Worked all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to John Page’s.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JULY 27, 1901                Ther.

Worked haying.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JULY 27, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.  Had chicken dinner.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JULY 27, 1903                 Ther.



Editor's Note:  Ruel Gould dies drowning and after his funeral you go in for a swim?  I can't explain my reaction to this beyond saying that just wouldn't be my first choice of activity for the evening. Obviously, the living must live but I just don't think I'd feel like a swim right away.

It sure sounds like young Allen rode his bike all the way to Corydon.  Leslie was Leslie Stryker who was Nora's cousin.  He went on to marry Miss Gertrude Marsh sometime within a year from this date.  I find it interesting they are traveling alone to the Falls previous to marriage. It makes you realize life was not completely different from today.  Now had this been in a Jane Austen novel then they damn well better have come back married from "Gretna Green".  Maybe they did since I don't actually know when their marriage took place--just that is was before the 1900 census.    The couple seemed to have struggled having children having only one daughter named Wilma around 1912.  She lived in Warren, Pa most, if not all, of her life and died unmarried in 1984. 

On an entirely different note, I'm wondering what the family usually ate for dinner because it seems whenever it is chicken it is worth a mention from Allen.


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