Birth of a Salesman?

A Day in the Life: August 21st

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. AUG. 21, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma went up to Jamestown.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.  I went over to Mud Creek with Erd White + Blaine.  In evening went up to the ice cream social at Irving Cowan’s.  We got our glass + pictures today.  

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 21, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. + eve went to Celoron.  Lawrence Warn went with me.  We went in swimming + to the theatre.  Got home about 2.45 A.M.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 21, 1899               Ther.

Began work canvassing for a book entitled “History and Conquest of Philippines”.  Sold none.  Luce + I rented a room for a week across from the Sherman House in Jamestown.

Found Book for Sale Here!

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory then painted buggy.  Irma was down.  In eve went up to see her.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 21, 1901                Ther.

Put both teams to work on the dredge at $3.00 per day each.  Leon Page stayed here all night.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  AUG. 21, 1902             Ther.

Drew in hay from over to pa’s.  2 loads.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  AUG. 21, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note: Allen is trying a new approach to his working situation.  The book is pretty interesting to Diana and me for a few reasons--1) that we can find multiple copies online now the above being just one of them and 2)I'm thinking Allen read the book too.   At some point in the 1910s a young Filipino musician comes to live on the farm for a while.  He and Mabel became great friends and carry on a correspondence for years.  In fact, in the 1990s, Diana was able to find his family in the Philippines and talk about the connection.  Will post more on that and pictures too.



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