Done and Dusted in a Day

A Day in the Life: August 16th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 16, 1896               Ther. 

Pa, Ma, Rollie + I went over to Grandma’s.  She said Dr. Rich told her Frankie Eccles had a swelling in his side.  They took him to Jamestown.  Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Luella and Marvin came down about 5 o’clock.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. AUG. 16, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.  In eve went swimming.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 16, 1899               Ther.

My stand didn’t pay so began work in a glass + china stand for a fellow named Geo Zimmerman.
Photo found here

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 16, 1900                 Ther..

Worked grading around the barn.  Gib’s folks stopped a few minutes.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 16, 1901                Ther.

Cut brush + built some barn doors for the stable.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 16, 1902             Ther.

Bought what hay pa hasn’t cut for $30.  Alton Bunce helped me.  Drew in 4 load.  Pearle came down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 16, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  Frankie Eccles was 5 years old at the time of this medical emergency but he grew up big and strong.  While I don't think he served, he did register for the draft in WWI at age 26.  I'm thinking maybe he had appendicitis but it could have been anything.

Now, as for Allen's entrepreneurial spirit, it doesn't last long, does it?  Done and dusted in a day.  At least he landed upright in another job on Day 4.



  1. Do you think that "Unkle Gib's folks" was his parents or was this expression meant as his current family of Mary and their children?

  2. I feel like Allen means Gib's parents because whenever the current family comes, Allen names them all individually.


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