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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oh Brother...

A Day in the Life:  December 17th




(Aged 15)
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.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 17, 1898                 Ther.

I went over + got grandma + ma took her to the burg.


(Aged 18)
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.




(Aged 19)
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.



(Aged 20)
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.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 17, 1902             Ther.

Drew up wood.  It rained.

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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.

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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

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Friday, December 16, 2011

"You are a stranger here BUT ONCE"

A Day in the Life: December 16th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 16, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 16, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Luella rode home with me.  In eve Pa + Ma went up to Herman Anderson’s to a social.  Raynor sprained his ankle playing football.

Same Andersons?  Matchbook for sale on e-bay.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 16, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at the Pine Tree school house all the P.M.  Rosa O’Grady was down there too with some of the other young folks.  Fred went over into Rome Township billing.  In eve showed at Pine Tree.  Cassie Connors was there.  I visited with her + Abbie Fish of Centerville all through the evening.  After the show was over I took Cassie home.  Got a letter from home.  Stayed all night at Henry Roswell’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 16, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to S.S. In eve went up to see Alice, my betrothed.  Xx


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 16, 1901                Ther.

Ray went up + got my sleds from Elmer’s + pa took over our team + wagon + got him a load of coal.  We put a partition between Dandy + Maude.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 16, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts to Smedley.  Finished drawing 2 in bolts. 



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Editor's Note: I wonder if Herman Anderson was a relative of the folks who own Anderson's Tavern?   It seems likely. 

Are the girls coming to the show for the magic lantern or the cute boy?

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

"God Bless Us, Everyone!"

A Day in the Life: December 15th



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 15, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 15, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at Grave’s till about 3 o’clock.  He is going to make me a crutch and send me.  In eve showed at Whitman School.  Took in $1.20.  Stayed all night at Harrison Marsh’s.
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(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 15, 1900                 Ther.

Went to burg in A.M. Got me a pair of felts.  Alice came down to see me.  She went home after supper.  We did nothing but fight.  In evening I read.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 15, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 15, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts to Smedley’s.


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Editor's Note: I love how Allen inspired generosity in others as when the man let him spend the night in the auditorium for free and now the man who wants to make him a crutch. 

Nerves are still jumping in the run-up to the wedding.  What were they fighting over?  And waht are felts?  I was thinking warm clothes for the winter but I couldn't find a proper reference.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Keeping the Fires Burning

A Day in the Life: December 14th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 14, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.
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(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  In eve went over to a party at Mrs. Hunt’s at Mud Creek.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 14, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at Mr. Connor’s all day.  Cassie + I had a fair time.  Fred went over in Rome Township + billed.  In eve got started to Hatch School but got lost + the horse tired out so we stopped + put up at Nick Grave’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 14, 1900                 Ther.

Cut 3 cd of wood.  Paid Jim $1.00.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 14, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  hard rain.  Frasier was down from Mrs. page’s + I let him a job of cutting wood + bolts at .55 and .60 cents a cord.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 14, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.   Pa, Ma, Rollie came over.



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Editor's Note: Just a "fair time" not a fine time with Cassie?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Short on Billing

A Day in the Life: December 13th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 13, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s.  Charley + I stayed at home.  Charley learned to ride my wheel in the yard today.  It is a very nice, warm day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 13, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Ma rode down with me + went to Mrs. Mason's.  My boil is better. 



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 13, 1899               Ther.

Went over into Rome Township to bill but didn’t bill any because we couldn’t get the places.  In eve showed at Clement School.  Took in $2.15. Stayed all night at Mr. Conner’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 13, 1900                 Ther.

Drew grandma and ourselves a load of wood.  In P.M. stayed at home.  Paid Jim $3.00.  Mearle stayed with me.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 13, 1901                Ther.

Went to the factory.  Ray went to the burg got 2300 of coal at $2.80 a ton.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 13, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Drew one load of bolts then quit for it stormed so.


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Editor's Note: I really don't understand his measurement of coal.  Was it 2300 lbs?  $23.00?  Confused.




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Monday, December 12, 2011

"It was a Teenage Wedding"

A Day in the Life: December 12th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 12, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut wood put up 2 cd.


(Aged 17)
Wea. snowy                                  MON. DEC. 12, 1898               Ther.

Drove horse + cutter to school.  Have got a boil on my neck.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 12, 1899               Ther.

Went to Centerville.  Billed Whitman + Pine Tree school Houses.  In eve showed at Centre school.  Took in $3.50.  Stayed all night at Mr. Simmon’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 12, 1900 
               Ther.

Cut 3 cord wood.  In eve went up to Alice’s.  Gave her a calling down she didn’t deserve.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 12, 1901                Ther.

Went to town payed two notes.  Got a shovel, two pitchforks, etc.  Drew 7 loads of manure.  Eat oysters over to pa’s.  This is the first Alice + the baby have been out.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 12, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts. I put up the kitchen stovepipe.


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Editor's Note:  In 1900 it is less than 2 weeks until their wedding and Allen gives Alice "a calling down".  Given that there are XXs I'm guessing it was all easily resolved but they were just kids really and I can imagine the stress and nerves they must have had no matter how excited they were.

Exactly one year later is Alice's first post-birth outing with her baby boy.  Willard was just one month old.


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

An Evening at the Theater

A Day in the Life: December 11th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 11, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 11, 1898               Ther.

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


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 11, 1899               Ther.

Left Mr. Lord’s and went to Drake Hill where we showed in eve took in .50 cents.  Billed Hatch school House.  Stay all night at Mr. Will Drake’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 11, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood 2 cd. In eve went up to see Alice but she wasn’t at home.  She had been to town.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 11, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Skinned a calf.  Drew 4 loads of horse manure.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 11, 1902             Ther.

Alice + I went to town.  Dave drew bolts.  I got me a new coat, pants + shirts.  we stayed to the opera.  Play "The Rivals".




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Editor's Note:
The play had to have been Richard Sheridan's comedy.


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Sunday Smiles

Santa and with 2/7 Little Leavengoods.
Florida--1960s

Bill, Santa, Henry