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Saturday, August 13, 2011

As Far As Dunkirk

A Day in the Life: August 13th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. AUG. 13, 1896               Ther.

Carson went squirrel hunting.  Yale + I fished down creek.  I shot a shikepoke.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. AUG. 13, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. AUG. 13, 1899                 Ther.

Left home.  Went to Dunkirk.  Stayed all night at Dobb’s Hotel.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 13, 1900               Ther.

Came home on train.  Rode up from the burg with Ed Harrington.  In P.M. slept.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 13, 1901                Ther.

Fred cut brush.  Frankie mowed grass up toward Page’s .


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  AUG. 13, 1902             Ther.

Drew in 3 loads of hay.  Went up to Warn reunion.

Mini-Warn reunion in Letchworth State Park


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  AUG. 13, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  Well Allen is off and roughly 35 miles away from home looking for work.  I believe that the last week has been really hard on the family.   Erie Cowan passed away and Allen doesn't mention it though we know his parents have been sitting with him throughout his last days.  Allen seems to have lost interest in helping on the farm for now because he only has mentioned going to the burg or Celoron--not reaping or haying.  I can imagine Frank taking stock of his own  life after seeing Erie Cowan die young.  We know that he worries what Allen will do in the future and what he will make of himself and right now Allen is on the cusp.  Now is when Allen needs to make big decisions and it doesn't look like he is interested in anything but having fun.  Honestly, who didn't fight with their parents at that age and who didn't push back and resist their common sense offerings seeing them only as foolish ideas completely void of understanding?  Okay,  well I did.  I spent my early 20s apologizing to my parents for it but we're easily blinded with youthful arrogance at that age. 









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