If You Play, You Pay

A Day in the Life: October 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  rainy                                  MON. OCT. 19, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Pa + Charley husked corn + picked apples.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. OCT. 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode down with Mearle Cowan + back with Ada Page.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.  Ed Harrington came down a little while in the eve.  Howard Wilson, Geo More all had a talk with Raynor for playing with the football + I had to make a speach (sic) up in Chapel this morning. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. OCT. 19, 1899               Ther.

Began work for F. McGregor again.  Worked in packing house.  In eve had some fun with Edna Watson.  (the rest is in “Chuck’s” handwriting)  “The boy heard me through the register + kidded the life out of me.  Chuck”
Eavesdropping Boys

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Went to Falconer and got Pa and Ma in the evening.  Went up to Ivory + made a call at A.M. Warn’s.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. OCT. 19, 1901                Ther.

Got out stringers.  Chas husked.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  OCT. 19, 1902                Ther.

Went up to Gib’s in A.M.  In P.M. took Alice up home.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  OCT. 19, 1903                  Ther.

Went to farm and set up silo.  Alice is very sick taken last night.


Editor's Note: If you recall, Raynor is the teacher and it would seem that he has taken up some issue with the boys and their CONSTANT football playing.  I think this idea is oddly worded but my guess is that Raynor wasn't playing with the ball, the boys were and it was actually Raynor who initiated the talking with the culmination of Allen being required to give a speech to his fellow schoolmates.  Perhaps he had to explain the idea of "A Time and Place for Everything". 

Hold it, I can't find Howard or Geo in the Census as contemporaries of Allen so maybe I got it wrong.  Maybe Raynor was being chastised by these men (authority unknown).  Maybe Raynor was as much a player as anyone but Allen was still nominated to demonstrate contrition.

In 1899, Chuck the annoying diary interceptor strikes again and this time with more personal revelations.  While Allen was discreet about exactly what his fun was that he shared with Edna Watson,  Chuck lets us know the fun was of an intimate nature because he happily tells how merciless he was about what he eavesdropped.  Of course my question is how far did Allen go and was it his first time?  There is no X as there will be with Alice the following year so who knows?

My grandmother had one floor register in her upstairs. Diana and used to love to open and close it, drop things down to each other through it and most certainly we loved to eavesdrop through it.



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