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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hiatus?

A Day in the Life:  November 19th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. NOV. 19, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Pa got him a suit of clothes paid $11.50 for them.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. NOV. 19, 1898                 Ther.

Cut brush on Webster Place in A.M.  In P.M. stayed at home + cleaned up my gun.  Ma + Rollie went up to Unkle Gib’s.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. NOV. 19, 1899                 Ther.

Eat breakfast + dinner with the operator at Miller’s and walk from there about 5 mi to Fred’s grandfather after which we went to church.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 19, 1900               Ther.

In A.M. stayed at home.  Hired Frankie Kineston to work for me $200 per year and a quart of milk for 9 mos.  House furnished, etc.  In P.M. went to the burg got a saw cost $2.50 found a horse blanket.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 19, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory in P.M. worked putting in stable floor. 



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  NOV. 19, 1902             Ther.

David plowed.  I took Alice + baby over to see Dr. Rich he gave the baby a bottle.  Opened the silo.  In P.M. pa came over.  I split wood in the P.M.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  NOV. 19, 1903                 Ther.

NO MORE ENTRIES MADE.


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Editor's Note: In 1899 it seems the boys are done drumming up business for a while and are heading over to Fred's grandfather's house for a breather.  From what I can find, I believe Fred Whetmore was from the Warren, Pa area and about 17 years older than Allen--so not really a boy.  Of course, I could be way off but the pieces point this direction.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

A Day in the Life: November 18th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. NOV. 18, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Pa went to a sale at Caitlin’s.  He bought 2 cows.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. NOV. 18, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Played football.  Luella rode up with me.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 18, 1899               Ther.

Left Dayton on the 10 o’clock A.M. for Jamestown where we stayed until 6 P.M. when we left for Millers arriving there about 8 o’clock.  We stayed all night and took breakfast + dinner with the Telegraph Operator for which we played him some on the graphone.  Saw quite a number of people in town I knew including May Rowley of Matthew’s Run, PA.
Unknown Telegraph Operator--looks like he'd be fun to dine with, no?


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. NOV. 18, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went to S.S.  In eve went up and saw Alice.  Came home at 12.  X

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 18, 1901                Ther.

Will took Ma + Ruth home.  I stayed with Alice.  Pearle came down.  In eve went down to Kineston’sto get a calf of Frankie.  He wasn’t there but I got the calf.  Lucy Thayer came over.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  NOV. 18, 1902             Ther.

Done chores and split wood.  David Carlson came in eve will begin word tomorrow at $10 per month till March 1st.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  NOV. 18, 1903                  Ther.

Clint brought down a load of wood.  Alice feels pretty well.


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Editor's Note:  Not much doing today.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

"I'm My Own Grandpa"

A Day in the Life: November 17th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. NOV. 17, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. NOV. 17, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Played football.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. NOV. 17, 1899               Ther.

Left Perrysburg at 9.45 for Dayton where we show tonight at the M.E. Church.  Hung around town all day.  In eve showed had a good house took in $9.20 gave the Church 25% or $2.30 leave $6.90.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. NOV. 17, 1900                 Ther.

Went down on the Webster Place after a load of wood in A.M. In P.M. stayed about home.  Ben Avers was down to see about renting the Webster Place.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 17, 1901                Ther.

Pa, Ma, Rollie, Andrew and Ruth came over.  Mrs. Warn went home.  Ruth + Ma stayed all night.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  NOV. 17, 1902             Ther.

Went up to the store paid (?) $10.09.  Lent Will Grout my milk wagon.  Fixed Rollie’s wheel.  Set up the new stove.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  NOV. 17, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.  In eve Pearle came.  Mrs. Lyman Myers died.




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Editor's Note:  Mrs. Lyman Myers was born Calphurnia Babcock and was the eldest half-sibling of Nora Babcock Cass.  Calphurnia was born in 1829 to Henry Babcock and his first wife Catherine. She was 25 years older than Nora and therefore probably not very close with her which is why Allen calls her Mrs. Lyman Myers instead of Aunt Calphurnia.  I can't find her grave online nor Lyman's.  She and Lyman had two children; Juana who was 5 years older than her Aunt Nora and Martin who was actually 7 years younger than her.  So I guess there have always been "Jerry Springer" families.  There's nothing modern about being your "Own Grandpa".

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Not Exactly Turning a Profit

A Day in the Life: November 16th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 16, 1896               Ther. 

Drove Old Jim to school.  Pa bought a cow of Mile Coe for $20.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 16, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Played football.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 16, 1899               Ther.

Hung about the hall at Perrysburg all day except an hour at 1 o’clock when we took the graphone up to the school house and played them a few pieces.  In eve showed, took in $1.20.  Hall rent $1.00.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 16, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed about the house all day.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. NOV. 16, 1901                Ther.

I went to the factory.  Traded milk wagon with pa.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 16, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home.  Took Pearle up home but she came back to stay this week.  In eve, Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  NOV. 16, 1903                  Ther.


Went to Jamestown with Clint.  Sold our hogs for Dec. 2 at .07c a pound.


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Editor's Note:  I don't think this venture into the entertainment world is working out very well financially for the boys.  At least they are having fun traveling around and giving it a try.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Gramps Townsend
Somerset, England


"Dear Pig Are You Willing..."

A Day in the Life: November 15th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. NOV. 15, 1896               Ther. 

Grandma came over.  We went over after her + carried her home. 


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. NOV. 15, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Played football.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. NOV. 15, 1899               Ther.

Left Forestville on the 9.20 for Perrysburg where we show tonight.  Saw Edna Watson at Smith’s Mills as we came through.  Maybe she will come down to see us tonight.  Edna didn’t come.  Showed in Hall’s Hall at Perrysburg this eve.  Took in $5.85 paid for hall $2.00.  Will show here tomorrow night.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 15, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. took a pig to the burg.  $12.50.  250lbs.  Harry quit work.  In P.M. stayed about the house.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 15, 1901                Ther.

Mrs. Warn came down.  Ruth went home.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  NOV. 15, 1902             Ther.

Done chores.  Tinkered around.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  NOV. 15, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.  Alice felt very mean.




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Editor's Note:  I really wish I could find images of all the halls and churches Allen and his friend showed there magic latern shows in but I fear these structures have not lasted as well as these diaries have.  The pig they sold and the wedding ring they bought the other day are worth exactly the same amount.  That amuses me for some reason. 
Edward Lear's Piggy-wig with a ring at the end of his nose.

In 1903 Alice is finally over her illness.  I suppose it would be easy to think her feeling mean meant she still felt poorly but I remember in September or October Allen said he felt "mean" and he really was mean.  He picked a fight with Alice and had to apologize.  So I'm guessing Alice was well enough to get her fight up perhaps at how things in the household had not gone along as they would have if she had not been ill.  I'm sure she was just frustrated at how long she'd been out of commission and the work waiting her.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Wedding Date is Fixed (maybe)

A Day in the Life: November 14th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 14, 1896               Ther.

Husked 3 bu of corn.  In P.M. Charley + I played snowball.  Ma went up to the Sunday School convention.  Pa went with Miles Coe up to Flora Shaw’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 14, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  It was sort of rainy.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. NOV. 14, 1899               Ther.

Left Sheridan at 9 for Forestville where we are to show tonight.  It rained all day.  In eve cleared up but only took in $1.05 and the man who owned the opera house didn’t charge us anything and made us a bed to sleep on up in the gallery.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 14, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went to the factory.  In the P.M. went to the burg with Leon.  Killed a pig.  Leon went over to his grandma’s.  In eve went up to see Alice.  Went up on horseback.  Pearle gave it to me about Leon.  Came home about 11.  Maybe at Christmas. XX


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 14, 1901                Ther.

Ruth came down.  I went to the factory.  Got a dividend of $61.00.  I washed the baby.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  NOV. 14, 1902             Ther.

Fixed a platform around pump.  Got dividend $65.57.  Wrote to Sears Roebuck about stove.  Pa came over to get buggy.  Ma + Rollie are going to Corydon.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  NOV. 14, 1903                  Ther.

Got Bill shod.  Went over to Dr. Rich’s for some medicine for Alice.  She is better.




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Editor's Note: I can't find a trace of the Forestville Opera House.  :-(  I would have like to have seen what it looked like and imagine the boys sleeping in the gallery.  The owner was very kind to forgive their rental fee for the night and give them a free bed.

I take it back in 1900, Pearle has no romantic interest in Leon and feels her future brother-in-law has teased her into an awkward position.


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Foreign Language in Need of Translation

A Day in the Life: November 13th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. NOV. 13, 1896               Ther. 

Drove Topsie + got her shod.  It has snowed all day.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 13, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to S.S.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 13, 1899               Ther.

Got into the M.E. Church at Dayton am to give them 1/4 of profits.  Billed the place + went to Smith’s Mills on the 5.03 for Sheridan where we gave our first entertainment.  Took in $3.00 paid for the hall $2.00.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 13, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went up to Ray Harrington’s and up to Ivory.  Leon asked Pearle Warn to go riding tomorrow night.  She said she would if she could.  Ha Ha one on Pearle.  In P.M. Leon, Ray and I went hunting.  I killed a rabbit.  Leon killed a rabbit.  In eve we put up a risapese (recipes?) and performed. Leon is a dandy at that.  Can’t even turn a catskin.


 
(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 13, 1901                Ther.

Took Mrs. Warn home.  Pearle is here.  Ma came over.  The Doctor came.  He said everything was all right.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  NOV. 13, 1902             Ther.

Went to burg after stove.  Freight $1.22.  One piece was broken.  In P.M. went up to Winn’s after apples with pa.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  NOV. 13, 1903                  Ther.

Andrew went home.  Alice is better.


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Editor's Note:  I truly wish I had a "Early 20th Century Farmer to Modern English" dictionary.  How else would I ever understand what the heck Allen is saying in 1900?  They performed what?  He is obviously laughing at his buddy Leon when he says "He's a dandy at that" wether mockingly or appreciatively it does not matter, it is clear either way that Allen enjoys this facet of his friend.  But what the heck does "turning a catskin" mean?

I tried like crazy to find a picture of Dayton's M.E. church but alas it was not to be found so easily as the internet usually allows.


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Sunday Smiles

When Goddesses Go Rogue 
(Halloween 2011)


Sweet, steadfast Athena attempts to lead her sister Goddesses in a festive cheer

Uncompromising Diana reminds Athena she never was one for pep rallies.



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