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Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Even Older Mill Stream

A Day in the Life: December 29th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 29, 1896               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 29, 1898               Ther.

Got up about 7.30 A.M my leg is some what better.   Pa + Ma went to the burg.  Rollie and I went up in the sugar bush and killed 2 red squirrels.  May Walter’s is sick so Geo can’t work.  Chas slater cut wood.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 29, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa went to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 29, 1900                 Ther.

Came home from Alice’s about 11 o’clock.  XX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 29, 1901                Ther.

Done chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice Jim + I went to pa’s.  In eve Andrew, Hattie, Pearl, Ruth Ester + Della Morris were down.  Had a cow slink.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 29, 1902             Ther.

Drew out 4 load of manure.  In eve Alice, Rollie + I went to town to the opera.  “The Old Mill Stream”.
song written in 1904


Editor's Note: So I'm learning something new even here at the end of the year. I'd never heard of a cow slinking which means to have your calf prematurely.  Also, slink can be the soft unborn animal's hide used for gloves.  "Fabulous" said Peta and the vegan.

I couldn't find the play "Old Mill Stream"  and funnily enough it predates the song "Down by the Old Mill Stream"  by at least two years.  I'd imagine they must have some connection but maybe not.


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