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1: Year of the Invention Keri M. Shelby Y. Shannon H. Marina M. Chapter 1: 1850-1860 Chapter 2: 1890-1900 Chapter 3: 1930-1940 Chapter 4: 1970-1980

2: “Ouch,” Erica said as she banged her toe on the wooden chair in her family’s large dining room. Erica’s family wasn’t too rich and they weren’t too poor. They did alright for people in their times. Erica’s father, Ken, was a merchant who sold gold, silver, and different kinds of metals. Erica’s mother, Barbara, made jewelry out of some of the items her father sold and put those aside to sell. Occasionally, she would make things she sewed or things she baked and sell them too.

3: “Ouch,” Erica said as she banged her toe on the wooden chair in her family’s large dining room. Erica’s family wasn’t too rich and they weren’t too poor. They did alright for people in their times. Erica’s father, Ken, was a merchant who sold gold, silver, and different kinds of metals. Erica’s mother, Barbara, made jewelry out of some of the items her father sold and put those aside to sell. Occasionally, she would make things she sewed or things she baked and sell them too. | “Ouch,” Erica said as she banged her toe on the wooden chair in her family’s large dining room. Erica’s family wasn’t too rich and they weren’t too poor. They did alright for people in their times. Erica’s father, Ken, was a merchant who sold gold, silver, and different kinds of metals. Erica’s mother, Barbara, made jewelry out of some of the items her father sold and put those aside to sell. Occasionally, she would make things she sewed or things she baked and sell them too.

4: Erica also had an older brother named John, he was seventeen and wanted to be a famous inventor. He was either in the shed taking things apart and the making new things out of them, or riding his new bicycle. John had been working so hard for the money to get a bicycle; their father had just given him the last of it last weekend. He hadn’t stopped riding it ever since. Bicycles were the newest things during their time. One of the greatest inventions, that everyone was getting. Erica’s father didn’t approve of John wanting to be an inventor, and wanted him to take over the family business.

7: There were also two little ones in the family. Kathleen, Kathy for short, who was four, or four and a half as she would say. Then there was also Patrick, he was two, and was always getting into things. Erica was fourteen, and often helped take care of the family with her mom, while the father was on the road working. John often went to a man named Maxwell Smith’s house and worked with him a little to make new inventions. That was where he was earning the money for his bicycle.

8: Another person who lived with Erica’s family was the mom’s mother, Jillian. She was old, but told great stories to her grandchildren. She was in the work room trying out the family’s new typewriter. She was amazed by it, because there was nothing even close to it when she was a child. It coasted their family one week’s paycheck just to have it, but they all agree it was worth it.

11: Erica Especially. She loved to write. At night when everyone was asleep she would sneak downstairs to the work room with a couple of chocolate chip cookies and write all night. A couple of times her Father would catch her early in the morning before he left for work and send her back upstairs to bed.

12: The next day at school, Erica caught up with her best friend, Nikki. They did everything together. They made a pact that every weekend they were to see each other at least once. That weekend they had planned to go to the grand opening of the town's new theater. It had a movie projector that had just been invented. That was the first one that had ever been to there town. They hadn't quite made over to the west yet. That is why the man, Jerald, had moved there, he wanted to be the first movie theater owner in New York City. They thought it was going to be crowded so they did what they always did, befriended the man in charge.

15: A few weeks prior to the grand opening, Nikki and Erica made sure that they were extra kind to Jerald. They offered him help with his groceries, and things around his house. One time they even gave his cat a bath. He liked all of the attention and the two girls could tell, so they kept giving it to him.

16: That’s how they got V.I.P, front row tickets from him. Nikki and Erica were so worked up about it and could never stop talking about it. “It’s the greatest, is what I heard.” Erica said. “The screen is enormous, is what people tell me,” said Nikki.

19: It seems like it took forever for that weekend to come, and when it came the two girls were there a half hour early. They had their snacks and drinks and were waiting for the movie to start. The theatre started getting crowded and after about ten minutes, people were paying to stand up and see the movie. It was great. Everyone kept looking behind them at the projector amazed by how it worked. Nikki and Erica kept noticing the dust particles in the light of it. When the movie finally ended, we went to the back office to see Jerald.

20: We told him how we loved the movie and how he would be a millionaire in a matter of days. Then Jerald took them to the higher level of the theatre where the projector was located and took the top off and showed them the inside of it and how it worked. They had no idea what he was talking about and nodded their heads pretending that they did. They left the theatre confused and when they got far enough away they laughed so hard they had to sit down

23: They went into their favorite hometown diner across the street, and ordered their favorite root beer floats, along with cheeseburgers and french-fries. For dessert, they had another root beer float and huge chocolate covered strawberries (five cents a piece). When they were done, the bill came out to about eighty cents, but they threw in the extra twenty for more chocolate covered strawberries to bring home to Erica’s grandmother. She knew that they were her favorite dessert in the whole world.

24: When Erica and Nikki left the diner, they went to Nikki’s house and Nikki’s mother was vacuuming. Erica had been begging her mother to get a vacuum. They were new floor cleaners that were much more easier than getting the dirt off the floor with a broom. Erica’s mom said, “no,” but that’s because she wasn’t the one who had to use the broom! Erica and Nikki went upstairs to Nikki’s room, and on the way upstairs they bumped into Nikki’s father, who gave them each a Hershey’s chocolate bar. The chocolate bars were new, so nobody ever had them in their stores. It was a huge treat because they rarely got more than one every few months. Erica saved half for her grandmother, and put it in the bag with the chocolate covered strawberries.

27: A few hours later, the girls were walking to Erica’s house and on the way they heard something that they thought was supposed to be music. They didn’t know where it was coming from until they got to the front door. They opened the door and to their surprise saw a huge instrument called a piano. Erica’s grandma was going from one side of the instrument to the other, and the noise was going from lower to softer. Then the whole family and Nikki gathered into the living room where they sang and played with the new piano all night.

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  • story about a girl named Erica's family and the inventions in the decade of the 1890's to the 1900's.
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