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Thursday, September 15, 2011

You Can Only Know So Much

A Day in the Life: September 15th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. SEPT. 15, 1896               Ther.

Drove to school brought Mrs. Mason’s buggie (sic) up here.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. SEPT. 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Pa, Ma, Rollie + grandma went over to Randolph to Burt’s.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. SEPT. 15, 1899               Ther.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. SEPT. 15, 1900                 Ther.

Helped pick a load of corn.  Ma, Rollie + Effie went to Corydon.  In eve went up to see Alice.  Andrew is mad because she came home with me.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 15, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day,

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  SEPT. 15, 1902             Ther.

Helped up to Littlefield’s fired for Joel all day till 3.30 or 4.00.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  SEPT. 15, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  In 1900, it is my guess that Andrew is mad that Allen brought Alice home from town and her job on the previous evening (Friday) and not that Alice went to the Cass farm with Allen that night as it could be interpreted.  I think Andrew may still have been hoping their ardor would cool and Alice being a distance away would help.  I'm still not sure they are engaged yet.  I'm sure it was discussed and I was certain Allen's brief stop at the Warn house in August was asking permission but then Allen went on to tease Alice about other girls he didn't really meet in Toronto.  If this had only been Alice's diary we'd have better romantic details.  However, I do love that I have what I have.

Hattie and Andrew Warn
For some reason my image of Andrew is that of a softy at least in comparison to Frank.  But I have no basis for this opinion except that he called my grandmother his little "Svenska flicka".  He was a father of three daughters.  But also he was an immigrant which I think suggests strength by definition.  He was a framer.  He was an important person in community planning and the founding of the Ivory Baptist Church.  He was a police officer at some point and he did try to intervene in Alice and Allen's relationship.

This photo makes him look stern with clenched fists.  In actuality, he was celebrating 50 years of marriage with Hattie.  Like Frank, I think Andrew was a man of strong voice and character.  Perhaps I think of him as the less dominant father only because I don't have his words to read.  I know Frank and Allen so much better than I do Andrew and Alice.


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