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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Accidents Will Happen

A Day in the Life:  September 10th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. SEPT. 10, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Just as I got into the burg a little boy jumped in front of the wheel + as I did not want to run into him I dodged him + the wheel struck a tree + broke the peddle off.  I walked home.  I put the other peddle on it.  It is all right now.
It could have been worse--what's a broken pedal in the scheme of things?
Photo found here.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. SEPT. 10, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then cut corn till noon.  Pa went to the burg then up to Elmer Vanderwark's.  In eve I went up to Ivory to go cooning but didn’t get anyone to go.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. SEPT. 10, 1899                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 10, 1900               Ther.

Began school.  Rode my wheel.  Am taking Geometry, English History, Adv. English, 1st year Latin.  Lucy is working for us till ma gets well.  Effie and Aunt Maryanne came out today.  Irma was down.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. SEPT. 10, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Got a bushel of potatoes of Mrs. Page for 50 cents and digging.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  SEPT. 10, 1902             Ther.

Was sick all day.  Gail dug for silo.  In P.M. helped Springer.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  SEPT. 10, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note: I can't deny my surprise to find that just 3 months before Allen is to marry Alice he is starting another year of school.  It just seems wrong somehow.  Is he a boy or a man?  Why the rush?  I'm not speculating on anything here other than how different times were.  He was boy enough to still be studying and yet man enough to become a husband.  There was no long bridge to cross the divide, it seems rather as if it simply was a jump from one bank to the other.  Of course, I didn't marry until my thirties so I'm really unable to relate.


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Friday, September 9, 2011

"I'm Sticking With You"

A Day in the Life: September 9th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. SEPT. 9, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school + over into the burg.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 9, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 9, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. SEPT. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Went up to see a friend of mine.  Told her a few fibs about my trip to Toronto.  I did see some very slick girls but a certain person don’t think that makes any difference because she thinks I am stuck on her.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 9, 1901                Ther.

Got 7 pigs of Andrew for $12 brought them home and cut them.  In eve went up to L.Taylor’s to a donation.  I gave $1.00.  He got $117.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  SEPT. 9, 1902             Ther.

Gail helped Springer fill his silo in A.M.  In P.M. he cleaned up the barn floor.  Pa + Ma came over.  It rained all day hard.  I went up to the store + got some sugar.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  SEPT. 9, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  Just three days ago (in 1900) Allen was longing to see Alice when he returned from his Canadian adventure and yet today, in 1900, he is giving her a hard time about what he was up to in Toronto.  He is soooo totally stuck on her and Alice does know it.


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Knowing When to Harvest

A Day in the Life: September 8th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. SEPT. 8, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode my wheel.  Rollie went to school.  Went over to grandma’s after school to get some cucumbers.  Went on my wheel.
The last of our fairly delicious cucumbers.  You can see the garden is getting ready for the season to end.  I'm just waiting for my cooking pumpkins to finish ripening and R has harvested most of the tomatoes.  We stacked our face cord of wood yesterday getting ready for the colder months.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. SEPT. 8, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Drove.  Alton Bunce rode up with me.  Iza Akley is up to his house.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. SEPT. 8, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. SEPT. 8, 1900                 Ther.

Drew Shaw’s timbers home in the A.M.  In P.M. slept.  In eve went up to Ivory.  Pa is sick.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 8, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Turned the cows back of Jim’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  SEPT. 8, 1902             Ther.

Gail drew wood for himself in A.M.  In P.M. dug for silo.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  SEPT. 8, 1903                  Ther.



NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th




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Editor's Note: We had a good year in the garden but not a good as I wanted.  This time last year I already had cooked and pureed at least a dozen pumpkins, if not more.  I'm only getting about 5 this year and they still aren't ripe.  Richard had to save them from the vine borers.  He's good at that--injects something into the plant with a syringe.  All very mad scientist and efficient.  Our cantaloupe were good but we lost a few that fell before we caught them.  We tried watermelon for the first time and thought we had a ripe one--we did not but it still tasted nice.  We'll have to get good at spotting the ripeness on the vine.  The only thing worse than picking too soon is picking too late.  Poor Diana grew a pineapple in her front yard, it took years to fruit but fruit it did.  The very day she thought she should pick it a raccoon ate it. 

I hope all the other home farmers out there are having a good harvest.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

Richard and Liz --Tiggy's Wedding.  11 years ago this month!

First Day of School

A Day in the Life: September 7th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. SEPT. 7, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my bicycle to school.  School let out at noon + I came home + went over to grandma’s.  Rollie went to school stayed all day.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. SEPT. 7, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Drove.  Ada Page rode part way home with me.  Luella commenced going to school.  Pa, Ma, Rollie + Grandma all went over to Aunt Sally’s. 

Mabel Cass as marked.  Poland School House.  Look at her beam--she totally loved it and went on to teach there as well.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. SEPT. 7, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 7, 1900                 Ther.

Slept most of the day.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. SEPT. 7, 1901                Ther.

Built fence around that meadow back of Jim’s.  Will put the cows in there tomorrow.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  SEPT. 7, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home in the A.M.  In the P.M. took Alice over to Pa’s for a ride.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  SEPT. 7, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  Why would Allen say Luella commenced going to school?  She would have been around 12 years old already.  That seems a bit late. I suppose what would make most sense is that she moved up to the higher grade school and now went to the same school as he did.




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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"All I want is to see Alice"

A Day in the Life: September 6th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. SEPT. 6, 1896               Ther. 

Ma went down to see Aunt Em.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.  Unkle Gib,  Aunt May + Frankie were down. I went over on my wheel.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. SEPT. 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to Niagara Falls on an excursion cost $1.  Went from home at 6 A.M. returned at 11:30 P.M.  Had a good time.  Chas Slater + Leon Page went with me.  We went to Whirlpool Rapids, to the Burning Spring + into Davis’ Museum.  Also the Falls. 

This bridge was only one year old when Allen would have seen it.  This postcard is from 1900



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. SEPT. 6, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 6, 1900                 Ther.

Started for home at 7 o’clock.  Stayed in Buffalo about 5 hrs.  Went down to the horse stables.  Got home at 8:30.  Had a fine time and hope to go again.

All I want is to see Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. SEPT. 6, 1901                Ther.

Fred Odell began work for me at $12 per mo. until Mar 1.

Alice’s Aunt Freida went back up to Andrew’s.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  SEPT. 6, 1902             Ther.


Went over to Pat Laughlin’s after some silo lumber.  Pa went and got a load too.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  SEPT. 6, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:What an exciting trip to the Falls for Allen and his friends.  Not sure about the burning springs though because if you read the link I've added it seems the natural gas had run out in the mid 1880s so it was unlikely the boys saw anything much.

In 1900, after maybe two or three days Allen pines for his Alice.

Also, figured out who Aunt Frieda was.  She was married to Ander's brother Sven.  She and Sven lived in Chicago, had three daughters and actually took Alice in for a bit in 1900 when Anders was trying to separate her from Allen.  Clearly, all was forgiven.






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Tombstone Tuesday

Cherry Hill Cemetery - Rest in Peace  

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Cock & Bull Story

A Day in the Life: September 5th


(Aged 14)

Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 5, 1896               Ther.

It began raining about 9 o’clock and rained nearly all day.
I took George’s dinner to him about 8 o‘clock A.M. on my wheel.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 5, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school got home about 11 o’clock.  Stayed at home in P.M.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. SEPT. 5, 1899               Ther.

(NOT Allen’s handwriting--nor voice)  Mack Chuck and I took Chas Taylor down and took out his cock and he raced the devil out of us.  Had lots of fun out of it Chuck.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 5, 1900                 Ther.

Went up to the fairgrounds.  Saw the races + the rest of the buildings.  In eve Earnest Rhodes and I went out and looked over the city of Toronto. 
Photo found here --collected by a true Toronto afficionado



(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 5, 1901                Ther.

Alice’s folks + her Aunt Frieda + 3 children were here to dinner.  Her Aunt stayed all night.  Today is Frankie’s last day. 


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               FRI.  SEPT. 5, 1902             Ther.


Finished pig pen.  Dug for silo.  I went to the burg and got some brand for the pigs + got Billy shod.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              SAT.  SEPT. 5, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.




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Editor's Note:  I don't know who Chuck is but he is some rough company.  I believe he is the one holding Allen's journal hostage--though I'm betting Allen just thinks he misplaced it for the moment.  It is Chuck's handwriting the other day mentioning new arrivals too.  Don't worry, we know Allen get's it back or how would I be able to infer all this.  :-)

I will look into who Aunt Frieda is post haste or, rather, tomorrow as today has been a bit delayed already.  Hope everyone had a happy Labor Day.


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Allen's So Long at the Fair

A Day in the Life: September 4th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. SEPT. 4, 1896               Ther. 

Went over to Grandma’s twice on my wheel.  Effie + Asa went home in the P.M.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 4, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Went over to grandma’s in the P.M.  In eve, Pa, Ma, Rollie + I all went to the burg to church.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 4, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. SEPT. 4, 1900                 Ther.

Went up to the fairgrounds.  Saw the races + the show also most of the principle buildings.  In eve saw the fireworks.

Crowds at the Canadian National Exhibition 1900s Toronto, Ont.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 4, 1901                Ther.

Worked cutting weeds in corn.  Bot 4 cows of Mrs. Page for $60.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  SEPT. 4, 1902             Ther.

Built pig pen in back of barn and cut pigs (caught pigs?).


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  SEPT. 4, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note: The Canadian National Exhibition is held in Toronto each year at the end of August through the beginning of September.  Allen seems to have gone up in a party to visit the fair.

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Sunday Smiles--Go Pack

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