Wea. SAT. DEC. 12, 1896 Ther.
Charley + I cut wood put up 2 cd.
Wea. snowy MON. DEC. 12, 1898 Ther.
Drove horse + cutter to school. Have got a boil on my neck.
Wea. TUE. DEC. 12, 1899 Ther.
Went to Centerville. Billed Whitman + Pine Tree school Houses. In eve showed at Centre school. Took in $3.50. Stayed all night at Mr. Simmon’s.
Wea. WED. DEC. 12, 1900 Ther.
Cut 3 cord wood. In eve went up to Alice’s. Gave her a calling down she didn’t deserve. XX
Wea. THU. DEC. 12, 1901 Ther.
Went to town payed two notes. Got a shovel, two pitchforks, etc. Drew 7 loads of manure. Eat oysters over to pa’s. This is the first Alice + the baby have been out.
Wea. FRI. DEC. 12, 1902 Ther.
Drew bolts. I put up the kitchen stovepipe.
Editor's Note: In 1900 it is less than 2 weeks until their wedding and Allen gives Alice "a calling down". Given that there are XXs I'm guessing it was all easily resolved but they were just kids really and I can imagine the stress and nerves they must have had no matter how excited they were.
Exactly one year later is Alice's first post-birth outing with her baby boy. Willard was just one month old.