Wea. THU. DEC. 17, 1896 Ther.
Went to school. In evening went over to grandma’s + got two roosters for Geo. to take to Jamestown to sell tomorrow. I kept fires at school.
Wea. SAT. DEC. 17, 1898 Ther.
I went over + got grandma + ma took her to the burg.
Wea. SUN. DEC. 17, 1899 Ther.
Stayed at Roswell’s all day. Rosa Flaugh came down. She said she wouldn’t have come down if she had known we were there. Ha Ha! I did the best I could to entertain her. She wanted me to go home with her but I wouldn’t. Fred sat up all night. We stayed at Roswell’s.
Wea. MON. DEC. 17, 1900 Ther.
Went up to Jamestown. Got me 2 suits of underware, a pair of shows + rubbers and several other things spent $4.35. In eve stayed at home.
Wea. TUE. DEC. 17, 1901 Ther.
I went to factory with bobsleds. Ray fixed the sled rack. In P.M. drew out 2 load of manure on bobs. This is first sleighing. Pearle came down. In eve Ray went to lecture.
Wea. WED. DEC. 17, 1902 Ther.
Drew up wood. It rained.
Editor's Note: In 1899, Rosa Flaugh was a bit of a scamp. She was 15 years old flirting with 18 year-old Allen. He knew better than to take the bait though he enjoyed the evening with her. In 1900, Allen continues to acquire his wedding trouseau--this time getting some sexy "suits of underware" for his new married life.
Today would have been our brother's 52nd Birthday. Mom always insisted that we wait until this day to put up the Christmas tree each year. Now, Diana and I both put ours up as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared away. This year her family didn't even wait that long. I have mixed feelings about my brother. But there was a time when he was full of promise and joy. I like to think of that.
Mom and Richard in December 1960