Wea. FRI. OCT. 2, 1896 Ther.
Went to school. Town board met. Ma + Rollie stayed at grandma Mason’s.
Wea. SUN. OCT. 2, 1898 Ther.
Went to factory. Stayed at home all day. My finger is very bad.
Wea. MON. OCT. 2, 1899 Ther.
Drew grapes to Portland Depot.
Wea. TUE. OCT. 2, 1900 Ther.
Went to school with Gordon. In eve studied till 9.30.
P.H. Coeburg died.
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.
Wea. THU. OCT. 2, 1902 Ther.
Gail cut corn. I went hunting. Didn’t get much.
Wea. FRI. OCT. 2, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.
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.