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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Foreign Language in Need of Translation

A Day in the Life: November 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. NOV. 13, 1896               Ther. 

Drove Topsie + got her shod.  It has snowed all day.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 13, 1898               Ther.

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

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 13, 1899               Ther.

Got into the M.E. Church at Dayton am to give them 1/4 of profits.  Billed the place + went to Smith’s Mills on the 5.03 for Sheridan where we gave our first entertainment.  Took in $3.00 paid for the hall $2.00.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 13, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went up to Ray Harrington’s and up to Ivory.  Leon asked Pearle Warn to go riding tomorrow night.  She said she would if she could.  Ha Ha one on Pearle.  In P.M. Leon, Ray and I went hunting.  I killed a rabbit.  Leon killed a rabbit.  In eve we put up a risapese (recipes?) and performed. Leon is a dandy at that.  Can’t even turn a catskin.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 13, 1901                Ther.

Took Mrs. Warn home.  Pearle is here.  Ma came over.  The Doctor came.  He said everything was all right.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  NOV. 13, 1902             Ther.

Went to burg after stove.  Freight $1.22.  One piece was broken.  In P.M. went up to Winn’s after apples with pa.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  NOV. 13, 1903                  Ther.

Andrew went home.  Alice is better.


Editor's Note:  I truly wish I had a "Early 20th Century Farmer to Modern English" dictionary.  How else would I ever understand what the heck Allen is saying in 1900?  They performed what?  He is obviously laughing at his buddy Leon when he says "He's a dandy at that" wether mockingly or appreciatively it does not matter, it is clear either way that Allen enjoys this facet of his friend.  But what the heck does "turning a catskin" mean?

I tried like crazy to find a picture of Dayton's M.E. church but alas it was not to be found so easily as the internet usually allows.


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