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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

So Many Questions

A Day in the Life: December 21st


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 21, 1896               Ther. 

I drew out 2 loads of manure.  Pa sold 1 ton of hay to Caitlin’s for $8 cash.  They came and got it in the P.M.  The preacher that boards with Aunt Maryann got a telegram last night that his father was dead + he went home today.  He stopped here + took dinner.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 21, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school pa went down and drove the horse back.  The Town Board met.  Rode home with Ada Page.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 21, 1899               Ther.

Went to Titusville with Mr. Mattison got me a suit of clothes price $12.  In eve showed at Suckerville took in .80cents.  Stayed all night with Mr. Mattison.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood all day.  2 3/4 cd.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 21, 1901                Ther.

Ray went to factory.  In P.M. worked around the barns.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Alice stayed in woodshed because her fire went out + I couldn’t get her a fur for X-mas.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over it rained all day. 
Look out, it is a disappointed woman!



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Editor's Note:  What the hell is going on with Alice in 1902?  It sounds like she is in a right old strop since her fur is not forthcoming.  She's pregnant and she's cold.  Her fire went out where, in her heart, in her stove?  Could they really not re-light it?  And is the woodshed really the warmest place to hide out or is she just keeping clear of Allen whom she is disappointed in?  Woodsheds are usually uninsulated.  One more question, did she remain there when Pa, Ma + Rollie came over or did she come out and play the hostess?  I wish I could see what really went on.


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