Monday, July 25, 2011

Upon Which Lennie Continues to Shock and Also Buys New Shoes

Weatherwise, it's been a relatively nice week 1898 in Wakefield, Nebraska. The daily high temps have been just nudging above 80 degrees, making this ideal weather for shocking wheat and working long hours in the sun. Seventeen-year-old Charles Leonard (Lennie) Davis is undoubtedly working with a large crew of men on his friend's farm for it took many hands to do this kind of work.

Sunday, July 24,
Rained in afternoon.
Went to C
(Lennie begins his week by going to church on Sunday.)
Emery came down to see ??? (can't decipher the name)
Went out to Petersons.

Monday, July 25, 1898
Started to cut wheat, shocked all day.
Went to town.

Tuesday, July 26, 1898
Shocked wheat.
Did not go to town to the show.
Rained at midnight.

Wednesday, July 27, 1898
Shocked wheat.
Went to town at night.
Got new shoes.

Thursday, July 28, 1898
Shocked wheat.
Binder broke at noon.
Boys out until 9 oclock.

Friday, July 29, 1898
Rained in morning didn't work in morning finished shocking wheat.

Saturday, July 30, 1898
Fixed up shocks in forenoon.
Hauled hay.
Cut weeds in afternoon.

This week President McKinley provided terms for peace to the Spanish through France. The Omaha Daily Bee is full of news on the Spanish-American War. Troops have landed at "Porto Rico" as it is spelled in the Omaha news.

The photo to the right was taken nearly a month previous on July 1 at San Juan Hill and depicts Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders.

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