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Friday, December 9, 2011

Horse and Buggy

A Day in the Life: December 9th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 9, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Pingray jerked Erd and Erd laughed at him.  Meridith came + tried to cure Jim.  I don’t know but I think he’ll get well soon. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 9, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella + Frank Warn rode up with me.  Frank stayed all night with me.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 9, 1899               Ther.

Went to the Danfries school house.  Showed in  eve. Took in .75 cents. Bought a buggy for $12 paid for it.  Stayed all night at Mr. Bunce’s.  got a letter from home.  It was sent from Miller’s to Cambridge and from there to Jewel. 

(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Glen was here.  Had the partridge for dinner.  Very stormy.  In eve went up to see Alice.  B. Baldwin was there and F. Warn.  Came home at 9. o’clock.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 9, 1901                Ther.

In A.M. went to Frewsburg + contracted 4 pigs.  In P.M. Pa came over + we killed them. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 9, 1902             Ther.

Took the milk to factory went up to John Smedley’s  sold him my bolts at .8 cents per in.  Began drawing in P.M.


Editor's Note: It is always nice when Allen gives me names to research.  Erd White has certainly come up before.  I believe him to have been a little older than Allen.  I can't find a specific Pingray in the area--could have been the teacher??  However, just over the county border in Cattaragus, there is a slew of Pingrays so there is likely a connection.  Now the term jerked as used above could obviously mean a physical altercation in which a bulky Erd was amused by the fiesty-yet-puny Pingray.   It could also mean, if Pingray was the teacher, that he was verbally giving Erd a tough time.  The event was worthy of entry so it must have been very exciting.

As for Meridith, he was Thomas Meridith the Veterinarian from Jamestown leaving the role of Jim to be that of a horse.

Something that hadn't occurred to me but once was that somewhere along the line in 1899, Allen acquired a horse.  I knew he had something to ride when he was picking up his mail but I don't remember him mentioning his actual acquisition of a horse and yet you would never put the cart before the horse--in this case a buggy...  Basically, Allen now owns his very first "car".  Sure his dady used to let him borrow the horse and buggy at home but this is something he bought all by himself.

As for the Mr. Bunce Allen stayed the night with, it could have been an elderly man and his wife or an young man in his 20s who lived in a boarding house.  Perhaps there is a connection to the Bunce family of Carroll?

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