A Day in the Life: September 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 19, 1896               Ther.

Yale + I went to Jamestown to sell some crab apples got .90 cents for them.  Yale bought 8 cigars for .05 cents.  I smoked one. 

Pa smelt my breath + gave me a licking.

child unknown

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 19, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  In eve went over to grandma’s.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. SEPT. 19, 1899               Ther.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Got a letter from Alice.  Wrote one to Irma.  In eve studied.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 19, 1901                Ther.

Got the coal to thrash with.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  SEPT. 19, 1902             Ther.

Gail went to the burg + got cement + coal.  I got my pig of Lafy Eldridge.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  SEPT. 19, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  It has been a morning of sidetracks as I've been preparing this post.  I love-love LOVE the name Lafy Eldridge so I went to the census to see who Lafy really was.  I couldn't find him but I a found a very disturbing story instead.   Mrs. Jennie Eldrige born in 1870, married, mother of 4. She was 29 when I first noticed her and clicked to find the name of her husband expecting Lafy to show up.  Instead I found a full page of names all living with her which can only mean one thing--institution.  Indeed, Jennie was an inmate at the State Hospital for the Insane for at least 20 years.  She also remained married--not divorced nor widowed.  Which means Mr. Eldridge and the four children had a mighty burden to bear.  It would seem Mr. Eldridge remained true to Jennie and raised the children without the aid of a step-mother.  So very sad to make what sounds like a happy start and end up there.  Jolly Jolly.



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