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Diary of Odin Wadleigh, November - December 1906

Thursday, November 1, 1906

Easy day. Got a nice letter from home today. Fixed a clock in the evening. Cold & clear tonight. Bed 10.

Friday, November 2, 1906

My new job is all OK I get a variety. Walked down with a German & also home with him. Talked some. Pay night. Got 7. Went to the A.I.E.E. a good lecture on Gas Turbines.

Saturday, November 3, 1906

Worked in the A.M. only in the P.M. well and I had some fun out to the barn pitching quarts etc. Took a bath and went to the Vodevil at the Mohawk. It was good. Home at 11:15. Bed 11:30.

Sunday, November 4, 1906

Up at 10:30. Dinner at 1:30. Wrote to Eva and mother also sent in my application for the list. Then went to look up Harry Buckley. He was not at home but up to Yager�s on Paige St. Found John Francis and his wife. Had a good time a fine time. We are going to sing etc. Went to church at the Albany St. Methodist. Home at 10.

Monday, November 5, 1906

Today I ran the measure box all day and got along all right. Went to night school. Bed 10:30.

Tuesday, November 6, 1906

Ran the box today. We worked until 1 and then had the rest of the day off as it was election day. Got a bundle of magazines from home. Wound on a wire spark coil in the P.M. Went to night school as usual in the evening. Home & bed at 10.

Wednesday, November 7, 1906

Had a headache all day. Hughes was elected Governor yesterday I guess. Got a dandy 14 page letter from Eva tonight. Wound coil awhile & went to bed about 8:30. Paid for a book on electricity a hand book of tables etc.

Thursday, November 8, 1906

Made a coil today to light gas on one battery. Got a letter from home. Read and played cards with Will. Went to bed at 9:30. Bob Mason was married Tues to a girl named Gardner.

Friday, November 9, 1906

The day passed very quickly. Pay day also. Did not go to the A.I.E.E. tonight as I did not think a debate on Municipal ownership interesting enough. Got a postal from Eva saying she was glad Hughes was elected. Read and studied all the evening & went to bed at 9:30.

Saturday, November 10, 1906

Worked in the A.M. only. In the P.M. took a bath and worked on a spark coil. Went after milk with Will then we went to the vodevil at the Mohawk. Home & to bed at 12.

Sunday, November 11, 1906

Up at 8. Wrote a letter home and one to Eva. Took a nap. It snowed hard all the P.M. and now there is five inches or so of snow on the ground. Read and visited in the P.M. It was so slushy out that I did not go anywhere. Bed at 9:30.

Monday, November 12, 1906

Awful slushy walking to work this morning and as it rained all day it was muddy coming home. The car line was broken down and so I did not go to night school. Mrs. Hover and I played a while. She plays a guitar. Then I studied and went to bed about 9.

Tuesday, November 13, 1906

Cold this a.m. I had a chance to work overtime so I did and cut night school. Worked until 9. High school beat Cook Academy hot 11-7 they had not been beat yet this year. Got a letter from Bob Mason. He told me about his being married. Bed at 10.

Wednesday, November 14, 1906

Quite a bit of work today. Also quite cold. Got a nice long letter from Eva tonight after supper I practiced on my violin for about an hour. Helped Mrs. Hover bring some apples up from the barn and then read until Will came at 9:30. Bed about 10.

Thursday, November 15, 1906

Nothing special today except this blot. It started snowing about 5 and snow yet at 8. In the evening I shaved, practiced on my violin, read, etc. Bed about 10. I bought a 0-130 volt meter today. A dandy bargain for they cost about $40 new & this one is as good as new it is for AC current but can be used for DC I paid $3.00.

Friday, November 16, 1906

There was a foot of new snow on the ground this a.m. to walk to work in. Today was pay day again. I worked until 9 pm. testing coils in #22. Got my voltmeter. It is all right too & a good bargain. Got a nice letter from Mother. Bed at 10+.

Saturday, November 17, 1906

Worked in the A.M. Will & I read etc. all the P.M. In the evening we went out and had a good time. Home at 10:20.

Sunday, November 18, 1906

Read all the A.M. After dinner I went over to Yaiger�s on Paige St. and took my violin. Had a dandy time. Stayed to lunch. Home at 9:30. I wrote to Eva & home and then forgot to mail them. Eva will be disappointed. Bed at 10:30.

Monday, November 19, 1906

The day went quite quickly. In the evening I studied DC & read. Went to bed about 9. It is awful muddy & quite warm. The snow is all gone.

Tuesday, November 20, 1906

Monkeyed with an induction coil. I am making during the spare time I had to day. Went to night school in the evening to the drawing class. Home & Bed at 10. B.C.H.S. beat Syracuse High School. 6-0 Sat.

Wednesday, November 21, 1906

It rained hard nearly all day and was very gloomy. It tried to study a little this A.M. and got a headache which lasted all day. Got a dandy letter from Eva & also one from Mother. Went to bed early.

Thursday, November 22, 1906

A lot of work today. Got my pay slip went to bed early.

Friday, November 23, 1906

I asked Mr. Schermerhorn about going home Christmas & he said he was not sure. I hope I can. Got my pay als ----. Went to the A.I.E.E. lecture on hydroelectrics. It was illustrated & was good. Home at 10.

Saturday, November 24, 1906

Worked in the morning only in the afternoon I took a bath read etc. Went to bed about 10.

Sunday, November 25, 1906

Stayed home all day. Wrote to Eva & Mother as usual. Read & fooled & loafed around all day. Bed about 9:30. Took a nap from 3-6:15.

Monday, November 26, 1906

Sometime in the night my old ache came back to me & it was the worst yet. I had a Dr. MacDuval & he called it appendicitis & recommended an operation as soon as I was able. Felt better in the P.M. Wrote a letter home for advice.

Tuesday, November 27, 1906

Lame & sore all day. Had to keep quiet. Dr. Came about noon & said I was better & had better start home as soon as possible. Got a letter & milage book from father at 9 p.m. He says come at once. I guess I will go tomorrow night. The Dr. says he will write the G.E. Co & explain matters.

Wednesday, November 28, 1906

Got up at 6 and loafed around all day. Went out and got a hair cut in the P.M. Will can not get my money until Fri. so Mr. Hover is going to advance it. Left Hover�s at 9:30 & caught the 9:45 car to Albany. Got there at 10:30 and bought a sleeper ticket & went to bed at 110 as the car was there. We left Albany at 12:20 one hour late & then I went to sleep.

Thursday, November 29, 1906

Woke up at 6 just as we were coming into Binghamton. Got home at 7 all were glad to see me. About 10 I went over to surprise Eva. Mr. Marsh came to the door. Eva knew it was me. I don�t know how I would not see her for a while but sneaked from one room to another. She looks just fine. I am proud to have such a girl. Went up to Prouty�s with the rest of the family is our family to dinner at 2:30. Eva & I went to the football game BCHS beat Utica 12-5 in a fine game. BCHS has tied one game & won 9 out of 10 played a fine record. Went to bed at 8. Very tired.

Friday, November 30, 1906

Up at 8. I went up street to the office & saw everybody. They were surprised to see me. In the evening I went over & got Eva & we went to the senior dance. I could not dance much as it hurt me. About 4 in the P.M. Mother & I went over to a private hospital on Hawley St to see about the operation. I guess I shall have it done there. It is a dandy place & the doctors & nurses are fine. Eva said she hoped I would have it there. It worried her, I guess to think I was to have it done at the city Hospital. Got over to Eva about 1:30. I asked E for a kiss & she gave it to me. She is good. Home at 2.

Saturday, December 1, 1906

Did not wake up until 11 A.M. Went up town and sold my voltmeter to Blanding for $10.00 so I made $7 clear. After dinner I went over to Eva�s & took my diary. Eva read it of course. We talked etc. I had a headache and layed down. Went to sleep & slept from 4:30 � six. Had a nice supper. Mrs. Marsh is in Kirkwood. After supper more talk. Just before I came home I got soft I guess and hugged Eva. She was not mad. She would not give me a kiss however. Home at 9. It is colder again tonight. I go to the private hospital Mon. P.M.

Sunday, December 2, 1906

Did not go to church today but went over to the Congregational Sunday school. After dinner I went over to see Eva. Ben & Edna came up awhile. I ate some candy & had a little pain in my side. It scared me so I had to come home. Said good bye to Eva because I may never see her again. Home at 8:30. Took a pain pill & went to bed.

Monday, December 3, 1906

Feel better this A.M. Eva phoned & asked how I was. Said she was awfully scared. Went over & saw Prof. Whitney & then down & saw Tom Noyes & Haggerty. About three o�clock Mother & I went over to the hospital. I went to bed. Had to take pills etc. all the rest of the day. Miss Sullivan is my nurse.

Tuesday, December 4, 1906

This morning at 9 Dr. Bearsdley gave me chloroform & I did not know anymore until 11:30. The operation was all over and I was very sick to my stomach, which pained me very much due to the ether gas. Felt bad all day. Mother & Father came in a minute in the evening. Dr. Kane performed the operation.

Wednesday, December 5, 1906

Felt bad until noon when the pain caused up. Much better in the P.M. Eva & Mother came in Eva brought me six carnations. They were fine.

Thursday, December 6, 1906

Better today. Had some soup for dinner. Mother came in awhile.

Friday, December 7, 1906

Better yet. Mother & Eva came in a while. Had some toast.

Saturday, December 8, 1906


Sunday, December 9, 1906

Father came about noon & shaved me. In the P.M. Eva Edna & Ben came. Eva stayed until 6:25 I guess she is real good to come so often. Mother comes every day. Gerald does too. Drs. Kane & Beardsley looked at my side. It is healed up great. Miss Sullivan had to go home tonight so Miss McDonald is my nurse now. I hate castor oil which I have to take quite often. Had a chicken dinner. I am to have regular ---- from now on.

Monday, December 10, 1906

Nothing special today. Rob Marsh comes in once in a while to see me. Eva came in too.

Tuesday, December 11, 1906

Dr. Kane took the stiches out of my side today. The cut is about 3 inches long & is healing fine. Martha Beach came with Mother & brought me 20 Malaga grapes.

Wednesday, December 12, 1906

Eva came today again. Nothing else special. She brought some little tarts which were fine.

Thursday, December 13, 1906

Floyd Beach came this noon & brought me a book to read �The Man on the Box.� I read it through before night & got a headache for it. Sat up to eat today.

Friday, December 14, 1906

Eva came to see me this P.M. about 5 P.M. I put on a bath robe & stood up awhile then sat in a chair. It made me feel a little groggy. I am weak.

Saturday, December 15, 1906

Felt good today. Had a good dinner. Mother brought my under clothes over this A.M. for I am going home this noon. About one I got dressed & Father & a cab man carried down stairs & then upstairs when I got home. It seems good to get here but I kinda hated to leave t hem over there. Rob Marsh was here about an hour or so. Slept until 4. Bed at 8.

Sunday, December 16, 1906

Up at 8 A.M. Read etc. all the A.M. Also shaved about 4 P.M. Eva came to see me & stayed until 6:20. We had a fine visit. It seems almost like a leap year to have her come to see me but as soon as I am able I will go over to see her. We all is our family had supper together.

Monday, December 17, 1906

Read all day. Bert came down about 5 & brought me his violin which I have borrowed awhile. We had a good visit. Mrs. Biles was down in the evening. Went to bed at 10.

Tuesday, December 18, 1906

Read some & played on the violin some. I started a painting this A.M. A fruit piece 10 X 12 or so & got all the sketching & blocking in done. Dr. Kane was here about 6 & after looking at my side said nothing could happen now. I am bothered with a very lame leg. The muscles under my right knee are so sore & cramp so I can hardly walk. Gerald & I read popped corn in the evening. Father & Mother went to a dance. I read until 12 & went to bed later.

Wednesday, December 19, 1906

As the picture I started yesterday was not dry yet I started another little one and worked on it all the A.M. Went to bed & slept until 3:15 when Eva stopped in about 15 minutes. I wanted her to stay longer but she did not as she was going to pick out a new dress. Read in the evening a while. Haggerty came over & we visited until 9:30. Had a headache since dinner time.

Thursday, December 20, 1906

Painted & read all the A.M. Slept until 3 & got up feeling burn. Sat around doing nothing but feeling blue until supper time. Read until 9 & went to bed.

Friday, December 21, 1906

Painted all the A.M. Rob Marsh came in about 2 and stayed until 3:15. Eva came in awhile. I wanted to go to her club meeting but could not. Felt blue & ugly & went to bed at 7:30.

Saturday, December 22, 1906

Painted all the A.M. After dinner went over for the first time. Went over to the hospital a minute but they were busy. Called into Kents & saw Edna. Stopped in M---- & saw Riley Houck. Met Chas. Ford & we went to see Lester Kaley. Stayed to the library until 5. Read in the evening. Bed 10:30.

Sunday, December 23, 1906

Went to church and Sunday school at the Universalist church. Mrs. Marsh & Eva invited me over to dinner so I went. Stayed until 8 P.M. Had one of the most enjoyable afternoons with Eva I can remember. It has only been three weeks since I was over there last. Home at 8:30 & we had supper together Bed 10. My leg is very lame under the knee.

Monday, December 24, 1906

Went up town this A.M. & looked over the telephones. I am going to change around and then drew plans. About 5:30 I went up to the church. Before I went Mother gave me a pair of stockings from Gerald a necktie from herself and a few other things. Had supper at the church & Bob Eva & I went over to her house. The Marshes had their Christmas tree. I gave Eva her mirror. She gave me a dandy silk padded coat hook & a dandy pair of Roman gold cuff links. I said too much about the coat hook & made Eva feel badly. Edna Carl was up also stayed with Rob down to Martha�s.

Tuesday, December 25, 1906

Up at 8 with a headache. After breakfast Rob & I washed dishes then went up & saw Eva. We went down & saw Edna & then Mable Woodruff. Had a fine dinner about 2 p.m. I ate an enormous f---. Eva rubbed my head twice & it felt better for a while. I plagued her a little this P.M. just teased her. We went to the Armory Theatre in the P.M. It was good. After we got over to her house. I cuddled Eva some & teased (& stole) 4 dandy kisses etc. I like Eva better all the time. I could love her if I don�t already. Home & bed at 12:30.

Wednesday, December 26, 1906

Got up about 9 this A.M. Went up to the office and started in the phone job. Bob Mason worked with me all day. Got part of the cables in. Got a hair cut at 4:30. Went over to Eva�s at 7 and we went down on Riverside drive to Hooker�s ball where Eva�s club held a little dance. Had a good time. We missed the car & walked home about 3 miles. Both of us about all in. I stayed and payed my respects to Eva. Coaxed a dandy kiss from her. but I must stop it. The more I get the more I want. She says she don�t like it but she don�t object much. Bed 1:30.

Thursday, December 27, 1906

Did not get up until 11:30. Had a headache all day. Rob Marsh came in about 1:30. Said Eva sent him to see how I was. Mrs. Marsh said if she had heard us last night she would have told me to stayed with Bob I wish she had for I was about all in. Mother & I went to the Armory in the P.M. Read in the evening & my headache stopped. Bed at 9+.

Friday, December 28, 1906

Worked on the phones all the A.M. and on a motor for Rob all the P.M. in Schnell�s gunshop on a lathe. Went over to see Eva. We talked played �500� etc. (especially etc.) until 10+. Bed at 11. Geo Gump came down & we visited. He is in Syracuse University in the Tech. school. Saw almost glad I did not go. Too much work.

Saturday, December 29, 1906

Went up to Schnell�s & worked on the motor in the A.M. and on the phones in the P.M. Geo. Gump came down & helped me. Read & went to a small fire in the P.M. after supper. Bed later.

Sunday, December 30, 1906


Monday, December 31, 1906