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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Jolly Waiter

A Day in the Life:  November 12th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. NOV. 12, 1896               Ther.

Went to school drove the horse.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. NOV. 12, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then went hunting.  Killed 2 squirrels.  Saw 4 partridges.  Rollie went with me.  Pa started to go but got talking to Ezra Thayer + didn’t.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. NOV. 12, 1899                 Ther.

Left Perrysburg on the 9.41 for Dayton where we put up at the Union House.  There is a jolly waiter at the hotel and we struck up a little flirtation.

Allen Cass was here



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 12, 1900               Ther.

In A.M. went to factory. In P.M. Leon Page and I went hunting.  I killed a partridge.  He killed a rabbit.  In eve played authors.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 12, 1901                Ther.

Will went to factory.  Things have gone along good.  Pa + Ma came over.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  NOV. 12, 1902             Ther.

Done chores.  Settled Kineston’s reaper debt + took mortgage on horses, reaper, mower, buggy, wood mill, 3 pigs for $85



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  NOV. 12, 1903                 Ther.

Andrew + Hatty came down.  Dr. Rich came down to see Alice, she is better.

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Editor's Note: In 1899, I find Allen's note interesting.  There is a chance the waiter is actually a waitress though he does not use the term and one doesn't usually refer to a woman as jolly in any event.  So it is the word flirtation that is curious.  Did it always have a sexual connotation?  Most likely there was just a lot of witty repartee amongst them all.

I must confess Allen has become more accomplished as a hunter as he seems to get more than he misses these days.

"Kineston's reaper debt" sounds like Allen intervened with Death on behalf of his friend and negotiated more time for him.  But that's just the way my mind works.  That's a piddling amount ($85) to get for mortgaging basically everything you need to survive as a farmer.  You would think his livelihood would be worth much more.

In 1903 that is one of the rare instances I have come across where Allen refers to his mother-in-law by her name though I'm pretty sure she spelled it Hattie.  Usually, Allen refers to Hattie as "Andrew's wife" or Mrs. Andrew Warn.


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