Monkeying Around

A Day in the Life: October 30th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 30, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  There was a literary in the P.M.  I read an essay on gold + silver. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 30, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up the hollow to S.S.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 30, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in packing house.

(Aged 18)
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

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 30, 1901                Ther.

Will plowed.

(Aged 20)
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.

(Aged 21)
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.



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