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Saturday, September 24, 2011

"The Road Not Taken?"

A Day in the Life:  September 24th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. SEPT. 24, 1896               Ther.

Ma + Grandma went to Jamestown.  I rode my wheel to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. SEPT. 24, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. SEPT. 24, 1899                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 24, 1900               Ther.

Went to school with Gorden.  Got a letter from Alice and sent her one.  Wrote a letter of Frank Long.  Got a position at Salamanca from the Veterinary Science Association.  In eve studied till 10.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. SEPT. 24, 1901                Ther.

Henry Harrington began cutting my corn.  Ray Harrington helped me set up.




(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  SEPT. 24, 1902             Ther.

Gail + I went over to see Granis.  He gave me $3 to take him over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  SEPT. 24, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  I don't think Allen ever takes that position in Salamanca.  We will have to see but he'll be married in a matter of months and Alice will fall pregnant (such a wonderfully ridiculous turn of phrase) a few months after that.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't Get Stuck in the Mud

A Day in the Life: September 23rd



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. SEPT. 23, 1896               Ther.

Drove to school.  At night ma went to James Anderson’s after the steering fork but they had sent it by express so when she got home I went to the burg + got them.  Grandma came over.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 23, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Luella rode home with me.  In eve went up the Hollow to a social at Andrew Warn’s.  Had a fine time.  I took Frank Warn over to Littlefield’s after it was over.  It was so muddy that we couldn’t ride our wheels.
Horses pulling car from mud for sale here.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 23, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. SEPT. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Went over + got grandma.  Studied nearly all day.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 23, 1901                Ther.

Done the chores + cleaned out the corn house. 


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  SEPT. 23, 1902             Ther.

Worked on silo.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  SEPT. 23, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  So Luella has indeed started at the high school in answer to my question a few weeks back.  That is why she can ride home with Allen.  And, two years before he is engaged to Alice Warn he is at her family's social having a fine time.  No mention of any attraction yet--I wonder if Allen gave her a second thought at this point.

What sort of disappoints me in all these entries, and I think I've mentioned this already, but while I get a little idea of Andrew Warn, Alice's mom Hattie NEVER gets mentioned.  I have no idea whatsoever what she was like.  Was she kind, was she meek, was she a battle ax?  What was she like?  She raised lovely daughters so she had to have been fairly nice, no? 


Also, if not mentioned before, I think Littlefield's is the farm of Eugene and Ena Littlefield.  I wonder if Frank didn't work for them for a time.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Starting with a Win

A Day in the Life: September 22nd



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. SEPT. 22, 1896               Ther.

Drove to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. SEPT. 22, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  It rained + pa came after me.  I am on the regular team of football.  Today is the first game we played + we beat.

Go Bears


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. SEPT. 22, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. SEPT. 22, 1900                 Ther.

Thrashed out oats.  Had 242 bu.  Pa + Ma went to town after we got through. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 22, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  SEPT. 22, 1902             Ther.

Lewis Scott came to put up silo.  Worked all day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  SEPT. 22, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  Happy Football Season!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wedding Wednesday--Wedding Crasher

All dressed up and no where to go--Wedding Crasher Jen in 1990(?)

Who knows what year, I don't remember.  What I do remember is that my friend Kim didn't want to go to her cousin's wedding alone.  So we had a two-fer plane ticket to Miami and I went as her plus one. 

Sort of. 

While I was permitted to attend the ceremony, there was an Aunt who did not understand my presence and requested I depart the reception pronto.  AWKWARD and rather funny.  I always thought she was afraid Kim and I might be gay and she wasn't having it.  I don't know where the communication broke down.  I did not need to be there but I assumed it was discussed before I ever boarded the plane.  I still had a very pleasant trip and beach time to boot. 





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"Stand By Your Man"

A Day in the Life: September 21st


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                           MON. SEPT. 21, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma took the steering forks to Jamestown.  I rode to school with them + rode home with Ad Cowan.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. SEPT. 21, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. SEPT. 21, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Found Alice at the school house.  In afternoon went down by Danielson’s with Alice + we made up.  And she promised to be true to me.

Frewsburg High School where Alice waited for her man.  Picture found at Robert Jackson Center site.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. SEPT. 21, 1901                Ther.

Done the chores + went to town to see about getting a man.  Got a bu. of peaches, a watermelon and some bananas. 




(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  SEPT. 21, 1902                Ther.

Took Pearle + Ruth up home.  In eve pa took (?) out for a ride.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 3rd.


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Editor's Note:   Not for the first time, Alice hunts down her man and refuses to let him walk away from her.  It happened back around February too.   Got to love her fortitude.  It seems that he is the one that is feeling vulnerable this time.  Allen seems to think Alice hasn't been true to him in some regard.  This came up in June too--her belief in him.  He seems to need more assurance than he was getting and quite frankly, I don't think she's ever let her side down.  Love that she met him after school and they went for a walk to make up. I think she's meant to be up at work in Jamestown.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Stuart Brown Lucas

Tombstone Tuesday

Family Reunion at Topside.  I believe Mabel Servis is top row in front of the door with glasses on.
Mabel Servis Dysart- Allen's favorite cousin and for whom our Grandmother was named.



Breaking Up Made Easy

A Day in the Life: September 20th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. SEPT. 20, 1896               Ther. 

Ma went down to Aunt Em’s.  Pa + Rollie went over to grandma’s.  I started for Unkle Gib’s but cracked the steering fork when about 1/2 way there + had to come home.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. SEPT. 20, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Today was the first of football playing. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. SEPT. 20, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 20, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Sent a letter to Alice telling her it was all over.  Studied until ten o'clock.*
Broken Hearted?




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. SEPT. 20, 1901                Ther.

Had to milk all the cows alone.  Fred went to the burg last night + hasn’t shown up. 


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

Put on the cement for the silo.  Changed mortgage on Frank Kineston’s horses.  In eve went to town and got 2 bu peaches.  $1.15 per bu.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  SEPT. 20, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  *last sentence Allen is clearly very sleepy.  He doesn't seem cut-up about breaking up with Alice and sadly gives no indication it was even under consideration. 

And I repeat, that first bike in 1896 was a total dud.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Smoking=Licking...Again

A Day in the Life: September 19th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 19, 1896               Ther.

Yale + I went to Jamestown to sell some crab apples got .90 cents for them.  Yale bought 8 cigars for .05 cents.  I smoked one. 

Pa smelt my breath + gave me a licking.

child unknown

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 19, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  In eve went over to grandma’s.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. SEPT. 19, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Got a letter from Alice.  Wrote one to Irma.  In eve studied.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 19, 1901                Ther.

Got the coal to thrash with.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  SEPT. 19, 1902             Ther.

Gail went to the burg + got cement + coal.  I got my pig of Lafy Eldridge.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  SEPT. 19, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.




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Editor's Note:  It has been a morning of sidetracks as I've been preparing this post.  I love-love LOVE the name Lafy Eldridge so I went to the census to see who Lafy really was.  I couldn't find him but I a found a very disturbing story instead.   Mrs. Jennie Eldrige born in 1870, married, mother of 4. She was 29 when I first noticed her and clicked to find the name of her husband expecting Lafy to show up.  Instead I found a full page of names all living with her which can only mean one thing--institution.  Indeed, Jennie was an inmate at the State Hospital for the Insane for at least 20 years.  She also remained married--not divorced nor widowed.  Which means Mr. Eldridge and the four children had a mighty burden to bear.  It would seem Mr. Eldridge remained true to Jennie and raised the children without the aid of a step-mother.  So very sad to make what sounds like a happy start and end up there.  Jolly Jolly.


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Working the back 40 with Grandpa.


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Studying Till the Cows Come Home

A Day in the Life: September 18th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. SEPT. 18, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school on my wheel.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 18, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa, Rollie + I went over to grandma’s. 
Mrs. Baily + her daughter + granddaughters were there.  In eve went down the burg to church.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 18, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


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

Went to school with Gordon.  Ma + Rollie came home.  In eve studied until pa sent me to bed.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 18, 1901                Ther.

Helped Arnie cut corn.  About 5 hours.  Pearle came down.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  SEPT. 18, 1902             Ther.

Gail leveled off the gravel.  I went to the burg after cement but didn’t get it.  In P.M. drew a load of sand.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  SEPT. 18, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note:  In trying to figure out who Mrs. Baily was I took a look at the census.  There was no Baily family in Carroll at the time but there were a number of them all over the county as well as down in Warren.  Perhaps she was a childhood friend of Diantha's.

I love the image of the studious Allen pouring over his books at the big farm kitchen table.  I can see  him subconsciously chewing his pencil in between furious scribblings of notes.  He would have lost all track of time so his pa moves him along.  I find it very sweet and loving.  "Come on son, time you got to bed" sort of thing.

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I imagine this only not such fancy clothes.
Matthias Stomer