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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If not for Alice, what "wood bee"?

A Day in the Life: November 23rd

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 23, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my wheel to school.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 23, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Thayer finished papering.  I paid my tuition.  3rd Rhetorical Division spoke.  Mrs. Mason + Luella came up with me.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 23, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. went to a wood bee for an old lady.  In P.M. went over to Fred’s stepfather’s where we stayed all night.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up to a party at Frank Warn’s with Alice.  Didn’t have a very good time.  X Oh, what would I do if it wasn’t for Alice?

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. NOV. 23, 1901                Ther.

Worked at the stable.  Ruth came down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 23, 1902             Ther.

Took Alice for a ride in the P.M.  Pa + Rollie were here for dinner.


Editor's Note:  I wonder why Allen has the blues so badly in 1900 that he feels his only salvation is Alice?  What happened at the party? 

I love the sense of communal responsibility that generated a wood bee for an old lady in 1899.  I can only imagine it was a gathering of men to chop and stock firewood for the woman for the coming winter.


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