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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fruits of Our Labor

A Day in the Life: November 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 2, 1896               Ther. 

Came home as Asa was going to Salamanca.  He rode over with me as far as Bone Run.  It took me 1 3/4 hrs to come home. In P.M. Charley and I gathered 22 bu of apples to take off for cider tomorrow.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 2, 1898               Ther.

Pa + Ma went up to Ernest Rhodes to draw up some papers last night.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 2, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day helping teamster.  We loaded a carload of crates and started a load of grapes.  Drew 200 crates of grapes to car.  In P.M. it rained and I worked in the packing house.  Florence Carlson is working here.  In eve we played pedro.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Drew gravel with Judd Grover all day.  Am working out Grandma’s tax.  In eve there was a meeting of the Baptist Church Trustees.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 2, 1901                Ther.

Ma, Rollie + I went to the Pan American had a good time but got very cold.  Will done the chores.  I got home Sunday morning at 6 o’clock.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 2, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. took Alice up home.  Harry Mosier + his father came + are going to stay all night.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  NOV. 2, 1903                  Ther.

Came home.  h...




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Editor's Note:  So Asa gave Allen a bit of a head start home.  I don't know what the maps looked like before the flooding of Corydon but I'm guessing there wasn't a big crossing to be made to get Allen over to Bone Run which turns into Ivory Road.  It doesn't seem like he got any other rides and what a wild bit of world that would have still been.  It would have been forest he was walking through for half the journey.  That is unless the State Forest was planted and not preserved.  But can you imagine what a peaceful, solitary walk that would have been? I say peaceful like if it was me I wouldn't be slightly on edge the whole way thinking "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"  But still, the leaves would have been half fallen, the air would have been crisp and 14 year-old boys like adventure.

Florence Carlson could be a number of different girls in the county.  But there was one born in 1879 in Titusville that seems most likely to me and probably only because he mentioned a friend from Titusville before.

In 1901, Alice is near bursting she is so pregnant and off saunters our man with his mom and brother for another lark at the Pan American as if the visit in September wasn't enough.   I don't care that he did go really I'm just surprised he makes no mention of what Alice is doing with herself on her own and the clock ticking.

In 1903 Allen is having a very hard time keeping focused on his diary keeping.  In fact it's as if he really can't be bothered with the effort as his writing stops so abruptly.


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