Wea. FRI. OCT. 30, 1896 Ther.
Went to school. There was a literary in the P.M. I read an essay on gold + silver.
Wea. SUN. OCT. 30, 1898 Ther.
Stayed at home all day. Pa, Ma + Rollie went up the hollow to S.S.
Wea. MON. OCT. 30, 1899 Ther.
Worked all day in packing house.
Wea. TUE. OCT. 30, 1900 Ther.
Went to school in the forenoon. In P.M. went to Jamestown with H and B to hear Bryan. Alice caught me in the act of flirting with two of the nicest girls I ever saw. (?) went to the library where we are now. It is raining like fire. Received a letter from Alice.
|William Jennings Bryan during his first presidential run 1896|
Wea. WED. OCT. 30, 1901 Ther.
Wea. THU. OCT. 30, 1902 Ther.
Gail plowed. Traded Will Grout a cow for a plow + watch + $5 + drawing my + grandma’s milk as long as he does his. Went up to Lakewood with pa to see a colt.
Wea. FRI. OCT. 30, 1903 Ther.
Filled silo. (shaky hand)
Editor's Note: What is more interesting, hearing one of Bryan's great orations or getting caught by your fiancee flirting with two of "the nicest girls I've ever seen"? What I find most interesting is that Allen carries his diary with him since he is recording the situation while caught in the library avoiding the rain. I would have liked to have known how Alice caught him and what he felt about Bryan. Sigh.
In 1903 it is the third day his hand is shaking and his writing unusual. Perhaps he wrote his entries all at the same time post facto.