Working on the Grape Belt

A Day in the Life: October 2nd

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 2, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Town board met.  Ma + Rollie stayed at grandma Mason’s.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.  My finger is very bad.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 2, 1899               Ther.

Drew grapes to Portland Depot.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve studied till 9.30.

P.H. Coeburg died.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 2, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Then went up to look at John Smedley’s bull but didn’t buy him.  Bot 10 bu of potatoes of C. Whitman for $6.75.  Paid for my mowing machine $30.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  OCT. 2, 1902             Ther.

Gail cut corn.  I went hunting.  Didn’t get much.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  OCT. 2, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note: Understandably, in 1896, Nora and her step-mom Mrs. Mason still need to huddle post their mutual loss of Emma.

In 1899, our lad returns to his journal.  It is definitely his handwriting this time and we find him on the grape picking/shipping circuit in the Lake Erie Grape Belt.  According to their website, this area is the largest producer of Concord Grapes in the world.  While Allen was still only about 40 miles from home, he was a world away.  He probably lived in a bunk house, worked harder than ever to prove his ability and fitness and was exposed to new, more varied personalities.  He certainly has not had the time to keep up his daily entries though we're not sure when he got it back off of "Chuck".  He must be more settled there now. 

I can't find P.H. Coeburg in the Census and wonder if his name is spelled correctly.



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