A Friend of the Family

A Day in the Life: December 6th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 6, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Flora Shaw came + got Nellie.  Mr. Springer came over.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to school with horse + cutter.  Ma + Rollie went over to Page after I got home from school. 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 6, 1899               Ther.

Stayed about Cooley till about 2.30 while Fred billed Drake Hill, Clements and Center school houses.  In eve stayed at Morton’s showed at Dobb’s School House took in $2.10.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 6, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day cutting wood with Jim Smith.  Cut 3 1/2 cd.  Owe Jim .87 1/2cent

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 6, 1901                Ther.

Battened the east side of barn.  Joe husked corn.  He went away about 4 o’clock.  Hired Ray Harrington till Sept 1 for $144.  He begins work Monday.

Men L-R:  Ray Harrington, Joel Harrington(in his 90s), Albert Harrington and Ronald Harrington  

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 6, 1902             Ther.

Split wood for Grandma in A.M.  In P.M. took Alice to the burg.  In eve Dave + I went to town.  He gave me $1 to take him up.


Editor's Note:  One of the best things about this blog is hearing from relatives and friends I otherwise never would have known.  The Harrington family is prominent in Allen's diaries.  Joel, Ed and Ray come up again and again.  Baseball games were usually played on their land and Nora's dear friend Nettie was Joel Harrington's second wife.  It is clear that respect and friendship ran deep between the families which is why I was so happy to recently hear from Joel Harrington's great-grandson and namesake.  Joel was kind enough to share the above Harrington family photo from the 1950s  and the one below as well.   It turns out he is not just a Harrington but a Bunce descendant as well.  Joel's grandmother was Clara Bunce--Ray Harrington's wife and Irma Bunce's little sister.   Small world.  I look forward to hearing from others who find a bit of their family history in Allen's pages as well.

Clara Bunce
Thanks for sharing, Joel.


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