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Garrison Shadd (1839-1892)
1881-1885 Diary
Transcribed by Rural Diary Archive volunteers
{Abbreviations used throughout the diary are: bu - bushel; doz - dozen; ac - acres; No - number; lbs pounds; evg - evening; Con - Concession; Z - Zero; mo - month; Tem - temperature; and c - &c.}
The following are random notations on the inside cover. The page number refers to a page in the
diary.
[left side of page on inside cover]
* p 180 Wm to town to see my engine *tried
p 222 Wm's machine
p 1 Rev HL. Simpson's death in Savannah Ga. Mar 9/81
Bloss Calf May 15th
Rose Calf June 13th
Fletcher Calf June 13th
Flower Calf July July 20th
* p 223 Wm's engine brought home
p 38 - $71 to Omaha Nebraska - for land - a section (also p 71)
p 39 - Grandmother's Estate
Dr. Lindsay Box 569, Xenia, Ohio
p 40 - Grandmother Shadd very sick
* p 226 Chas. left for Grenville, Miss.
p 239 Brother Chas died at Windsor May 27/89
p. 246 - Alf started school on plains
271 - Eliz W. Shreve death Aug. 11/1890
282 - John Thomas death. March 11/ 1891
p 206 - Death of Aunt Eunice Lindsay Jan. 1888
p 71 Draft to Nebraska for payment on Land 69.15

Josiah Henson's funeral - Dresden
p 168 - May 24 - Moved to upper place
p 168 - May 26 - Father changed title to his name
* Feb 11/91 -- Johnnie Thomas dead p 282
p 31 - Louis Johnson & Susie Wallace were married
p 32 - Wm Chandler's funeral
Oct 29 1884 B.M.E. Church
p 121 - Aunt Salina's death in Greenville, Miss
p 16 - Aunt Mary Ann lectured on John Brown at Buxton, Aug 18 - 1887
p 87 - Grandmother Shadd died in Xenia, Ohio*
Sat Nov 3rd 1883 Eunice & Emaline brought body home
p 27 - yr. end school business (Father & E S Dyke)
p 259 - Jefferson Webb died Feb 12 1890
Asthma mixture 34064 34064
p. 32 - A.D. Shadd - died - aged 81 yr 11 mos. 9 dy
Aunt Eunice from Aunt Sarah Xenia
p 34 - "Mother" fell in cattle guards at Drake Rd & severely hurt (walking going to church)
p 36 - Mother went to town again.
Asthma mixture 34064
p 46 - Elder SD.W. Smith baptized 19
p 37 - joined BME on probation (Monday)
p 38 Elder Smith visited again p 73
p 42 - Martha Ellen Kersey's funeral (Lizzie Moore)
239 East 37th St
p 168 & 169 - Move to upper place*

Percy Houghton 52 Ontario Place Vancouver BC
[right side of page on inside cover]
Mrs Dredgston president of home
Mrs Gregsten president of prodestant home 431 Colbern st London Ont
Mrs. Mary Dorsey 187 Clinton St Detroit Mich.
p 159 Traction engine ordered 1886 Jan. 30
Beets Goads 1939 small 2 large 1
p 162 Shadd Homestead
[left side, vertical, on inside cover]
p 51 - Mr Carter's funeral Sept 4 1882
Several people contribute to the diary entries that follow. It is likely that the first several entries are written
by Garrison as he mentions his sons William, Charles and Joe and his wife Harriet.

{Page} 1 1881 March 1881 March 1st Tues
Tuesday March 1st
Clear Tem 13 Billy and I cut timber for the Barn all day George Charleston came here about 2
Oclock I ordered 3 Early Crawford peach trees and an hundred Col Cheney strawberries for one
dollar
Wednesday 2nd
Clear Tem 16 William and I hauled out timber and cut some and made roads broke the crotch got all
the large timber out but the sills and one plate

Thursday 3
Commenced to hail and sleet about nine Oclock and stormed and blew all day turned to snow about
1 Oclock very stormy I went up to Fathers got a bu apples took them a doz eggs done nothing all
day
Friday 4
Snowy Billy and I cut and hauled up drags of wood for the house
Saturday 5

Cloudy snowy but soft Billy Harriet and I went to town got 2 bu 12 lb clover seed paid $4.75 per bu
came to $10.65 bag and all
{Given the handwriting and the people mentioned in the entries below, it would seem that William, son
of Garrison, now becomes the regular diarist for the family}

Monday 7th
Clear Father and Uncle Mack hauled ice from the reservoir at Fletcher 3 loads, and 1 load of
sawdust. Jobe Pierce and I cut and helped them load
Tuesday 8th
Clear warm Father went to town fo with Horace Bond to attend on the Miller law case, I hauled
sawdust 3 loads for the ice)
Wednesday 9th
Clear and warm Father finished packing the ice and shelled 10 bu. of Corn, I took Joe to town to the
Doctor he lanced his side roads were very slushy but solid, telegram came of Uncle *Henry
Simpsons death in, Savannah, Ga
Thursday 10th
Clear, warm Father went down to G. Stingers & L. Dragoes to see some horses I took 6 bu of Corn
and 10 bu of Corn and oats to Merlin to Grind,
Friday 11th
Clear warm Father cut and salted 1 pig and then went out to S Dykes to see a horse I helped with
the meat and {page torn}
{Page} 2
March Saturday 12th 1881
Very stormy snow and sleet Father went to town on horseback for medicine I cut wood and fed the
things
Monday 14th
Clear and warm Father and I cut and hauled out some timber but it was too wet so we quit he then
went to Old Mr Coopers to see a horse and I went to Buxton
Tuesday 15
Cloudy I made a head and filled the large maul rings William made a handle and cut wood Mr Bond
was here for a while
Wednesday 15

Variable I went to Fletcher on horseback William sawed two cord of Wood at the schoolhouse I
sowed clover seed this morning on part of No 8
Thursday 17
Variable I went to Tom Rices sale awhile sister Emma arrived at Buxton with Elders Corpse I then
went over to Fathers and helped prepare the Hall to put him in Elders Brother came with Mr Shreve
Mr Bogart is here organising the Funeral to take place on Sunday at the cemetry Chatham
Friday 18
Variable I sowed clover seed on No 1 while the frost was on Billy cutting wood have got seed on No
8 No 4 and putting it on No 1 the frost and snow is going away gradually saw the first Geese
yesterday
Saturday 19
Rained a bad easterly rain all day very disagreeable day I was up to Fathers part of the day
Sunday 20
Cloudy *Harriet William and I went to Bro H L Simpsons Funeral we left Fathers place near 10
Oclock went to Chatham and then to the cemetry drove Mac Coipers mare and a little horse I bought
of Lenover we got home about 8 Oclock Mac Coiper was with us
Monday 21
Cloudy damn disagreeable weather roads bad we done nothing much all day
Tuesday 22
Cloudy rained some last night Hariet went to town with Mac Coiper I went up to Fathers and got an
hundred Dollars for my Barn Billy took Eggs to Fletcher and I went to Buxton paid Coleridge for
mares to horse $14 in presence {page torn}
{Page} 3 April M M March
1873 Harriett Shadd purchased 50 acres for Emmaline Simpson $1000.00
March Wednesday 23 1881
Clear Father went to town to be sworn in as sencus taker I cut some wood in the wood pile I went to
Buxton to hunt a Kitchen Girl and washed the Buggy
Thursday 24th
Father went to the plains on horseback I cleaned and fixed the tool house up for the chickens and
took out the apples
Friday 25th

Clear warm Father went to Buxton I hauled out some manure over to the old garden with the Ponies
Saturday 26th
Clear but a cold wind Father and I went to town on the Ponies I got a lesson and Father attended
Census school
Monday 28 March.
Clear & cool Tem 30° Father and Mother went up to Mr Haringtons for a girl I took the fence away
from the hay stack
Tuesday 29th
Cloudy Father and I hauled half of the hay stack and put it in the mow Father got 5 fish for 50¢ from
the fish man
Wednesday 30th
windy and snowing all day I cleaned some harness and Father studied his Census rool Tem 30°
Thursday 31st
Snowing all day Tem from 30° to 38° Father and I cleaned and greased harness Mother sick with her
(Back)
Friday April 1st
Blustry and stormy Father went to town with the ponies on the front pi bob and got his Census
papers and some groceries
Saturday 2nd
Clear I went down to Grandmothers and got Susy to come up and help Mother some in the house
Father went to Tom Clarks and then up to the post office on the Bob
Monday 4th
Clear mostly I took Father out to Thos Drews to begin taking the Census Charley and I hauled up
some {page torn}
{Page} 4
April Tuesday 5th 1881
Clear Father is out taking Sencus Charley and I started to haul hay but it was too windy we hauled
some manure up on the garden and cut some wood
Wednesday 6th

Clear & windy Tem 22° Father sent John Charleston up with some medicine for Joe & I went down
and took his boots and somethings, and then I mended some harness
Thursday 7
Clear Mother and I went to town in the light wagon I got a lesson and mother got some things for Joe
I had a chill coming home
Friday 8th
Clear and warm Father came home this evening I was not well Charley went up to Buxton on horse
back
Saturday 9th
Clear and warm very muddy Father went to town with Uncle Mack in our Buggie Charley and I cut
wood
Monday 11th
Clear warm I took Father up to the 10th Concession to his sencus work and came and brought
Agnus Martin home with me and then went and got 2 bu of potatoes from Horace Black.
Tuesday 12
Cloudy snowed some last night I fixed up the fences and cut some drags of wood in the woods to
haul
Wednesday 13
Cloudy this morning I hauled up some wood and took Kate and Bet to I. Watkinses and had their
shoes took off John Kersy came with 3 men to hew timber this afternoon
Thursday 14th
Clear Charley and I hauled over some fodder and sawed some wood and I started ploughing
afternoon John Kersy, John Kersy Jr, Watson {G---}, Prince Chaise, Denis Kersey, and Bill Mathews,
were hewing all day
{Page} 5
April Friday 15 1881
Clear I ploughed all day in No 5 John Kersey had 5 men besides himself hewing timber Father came
home done this evening
Saturday 16th
Clear Father and Mother went to town in the buggie Father got 5 bags of brand I ploughed all day, in
No 4

Monday 18 Lenover sow had 8 pigs yesterday
Cloudy rained some last night we did not do much I trimmed some of the grapevines Father let off
water off of No 1
Tuesday 19th
Clear Father went to town on horse back I hung up some meat spread some manure on the potatoe
patch and ploughed some afternoon in No 4 J.W. Kersey had with 4 men were at work
Wednesday 20th
Clear Father, Charley and I hauled the hay out of No 4 and put it in the mow except a half ton which
J.W. Kersey Sr. sent after Father then hauled the rails away and I ploughed
Thursday 21st
Clear most of the day Father, Mother Joe & Charlie went to town in the buggie Father and Joe
started from Chatham on the 4 Oclock train for the Seminary in Anarbour Michigan. I ploughed all
day in No 4 Father finished sowing Clover seed
Friday 22nd
Clear I ploughed all day in No 4 Charley moved the garden fences with the ponies. Very warm tem
72°
Saturday 23rd
Clear Charley and I hauled the fence from between Nos 3 & 4 and I ploughed some in No 4 Joe
came up from Detroit and Grandmother brought him out home from town
Monday 25th
Clear all day commenced showering this evening I shelled 8 bu of corn this morning and then tried
the ponies on the + {cross} plough they went all right I ploughed the garden
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April Tuesday 25 26th 1881
Showered some this morning clear after I ploughed the potatoe patch with the Ponies and took a
grist 6 bu of wheat 4 bu corn and 10 bu corn and oats to get ground Old Kate had a Colt this after
running 11 mo and 12 days
Wednesday 27th
Clear all day showered this evening I finished ploughing the potatoe patch and ploughed some in No
6 Charley and I harrowed the garden and potatoe patch and planted 4 rows of potatoes
Thursday 28th

Mostly cloudy Mother commenced gardening yesterday I ploughed some in No 6 J.W. Kersey was at
work today with 2 men Geo. Kersey and P. Chase Charley and I went to Merlin and got a grist 13
bags
Friday 29
Cloudy I ploughed all day in No 6 J.W. Kersey and 2 men were at work on the barn timber
Saturday 30th
Clear Mother went to town with Horace Bond I finished ploughing in No 6
May Monday 2nd 1881
Clear I commenced sowing oats this morning in No 6 Charley harrowed them in Mother and I went
up to Buxton and got 8 peach trees and 50 strawberry plants of Charleston for $2.00 Bet had her
first Colt & running 11 mo 4 days
Tuesday 3
Clear I finished sowing in No 6 sowed 12½ bu Charley harrowed and then I ploughed the strawberry
bed and prepared the waggon for the plains J.W. Kersey and 2 men at work Rev. B. Stewart was
here
Wednesday 4
Clear I went to the plains and commenced ploughing for oats J.W. Kersey and 2 men at work
{Page} 7
May Thursday 5th 1881
Cloudy and misty all day I run out some furrows in No 6 but worked most of the day at Bets Colt and
then it died Kersey and 2 men at work
Friday 6th
Cloudy I ploughed at the plains Grandfathers raised his stable Charley shoveled the oats furrow
Kersey, and 2 men at work
Saturday 7th
Clear I ploughed at the plains with the ponies Mother went to town with Uncle Mack in our Buggie
Monday 9th
Tolerable clear, very warm I got Lenover shod this morning by Watkins and then Charley and I went
to the plains with both teams to plough Crawford came and set out 9 peach trees 3 Early Crawford, 5
late Crawford, 1 Waterloo Mother set out 100 strawberries

Tuesday 10
Clear Charley and I ploughed all day at the plains Kersey and 2 men at work Agnis Martin left
Wednesday 11th
Clear Charley and I ploughed all day at the plains Elizabeth Moore came
Thursday 12th
Clear I sowed 12 bu of oats and Charley and Alf harrowed them in
Friday 13th
Clear I sowed 8 bu of oats at the plains and Charley and Alf harrowed and then we ploughed some
Saturday 14th
Cloudy and very heavy wind and rain storm blowed fences in every direction Mother went to town
with Uncle Mack in the buggie Father came home Aunt Emma also came I finished sowing oats
sowed 25 bu
{Page} 8
Monday 16th 1881
Clear I went down to the plains and finished my furrows and brought the roller home then Charley
and I harrowed the sod at home
Tuesday 17th
Clear Charley and I cross harrowed the sod and harrowed and rooled the wheat in No 5
Wednesday 18th
Cloudy Charley and I moved some fence back of the stable then I sowed some clover seed on No 1
and Charley and I commenced finished harrowing and rolling wheat in No 1. Polin [Poland] China
sow had 9 pigs
Thursday 19
Cloudy we finished harrowing the wheat and hauled 2 loads of stone for the barn
Friday 20
Clear Charley and I commenced ploughing in the plains for corn
Saturday 21
Clear very warm Chas and I ploughed at the plains Father went to town with Horace Bond.

Monday 23rd
Clear and hot I marked off and planted the corn at home in No 4 Charley cross marked it
Tuesday 24
Clear and hot Charley and I ploughed and harrowed at the plains for corn
Wednesday 25th
Clear I planted 20 rows finishing No 4 and then we ploughed at the plains for corn
Thursday 26th
Clear and hot Mother and I took Joe and Father took the depot, Chatham they started for detroit I
then came and marked off for Grandmother
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May Friday 27 1881
Clear and warm we finished ploughing and harrowing at the plains for corn
Saturday 28th
Clear and warm until Noon then it poured down rain for a half hour we marked off our ground one
way Mother went to town with Uncle Mack
Monday 30th
Clear Chas & Alf went to the river with H. Bond to wash sheep I planted some corn this afternoon
and Put Bet to Robinhood at Jarvises
Tuesday 31
Signs but no rain Father and Joe came home last night from Detroit Joe Garrol and I planted 12½ ac
for us and Grandmother planted 2 bu on 10 ac
Wednesday 1st June 1881
Cloudy rained most of the day we hauled 3 loads of sand out of the Big ditch for the Barn
Thursday 2nd
Tolerable Clear Chas and I hauled one load of sand I ploughed up front of the house Cultivated the
potatoes and turnip patch Father finished planting potatoes and Chas and I mulched some of the
Currant and berry bushes
Friday 3rd

Rained nearly all day we fanned the rest of the oats up and baged up 30 bu put Kate to the
Robinhood
Saturday 4th
Tolerable clear Father went and took 30 bu of oats to town got 40¢ Chas went along I hauled stones
for the barn
Monday 6th
Clear I went and got a load of sand hauled some stone Chas and Mother went out and got Ambros
Timbers to dig the holes for the barn Father went to town afternoon and got the lime he also laid out
the
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June Tuesday 7th 1881
Rained all day commenced last night Chas and I shelled 11½ bu of corn Geo Charleston was here
Wednesday 8
Rained all day we done nothing I made a wheel barn
Thursday 9
Tolerable clear very wet Father and I let off water from around the stack yard and Mother and he
went to town after noon I let of water
Friday 10th
Clear Jobe Pierce thrashed our beans Father went to see the corn at the plains and then went to
Merlin with Grist Jobe and I piled some manure
Saturday 11th
Clear Father and Mother went to market I replanted corn in No 4
Monday 13th
Clear Father went to town and brought out Mr Brannen to lay the foundation Chas and I replanted
Fletcher had a Calf
Tuesday 14th
Clear Chas and I finished replanting Mr Brannen commenced laying the foundation Jobe Pierce
helped Chas and I hauled stones
Wednesday 15th

Clear Mr Brannen finished Jobe helped Father took him to town this evening Joe and Mother went
along
Thursday 16
Clear Chas and I planted the beans in No 4 Uncle Mack sheared the sheep
Friday 17
Cloudy Chas and I went and Ploughed 2 acres at the plains for beans and corn
Saturday 18
Clear Father and Mother went to town Uncle Mack took a load of hay for Father got Paper too Chas
and I harrowed the buck wheat and planted beans and corn at the Plains
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June Monday 20th 1881
Tolerable clear Chas went and rooled the beans and some corn at the plains I cultivated the gardens
and some corn at home Father hoed potatoes I took the mares to Jarvises this Evening Bet took the
horse Robinhood
Tuesday 21
Clear & Cool I cultivated all day in No 4 Father and Chas & Alf hoed potatoes Father went to Buxton
this evening to see after his logs
Wednesday 22
Clear I cultivated all day in No 4 Father and Mother went to town took some Oats Pork &
strawberries
Thursday 23
Clear Chas and Father done road work I cultivated beans in No 4
Friday 24th
Clear I took Joe and Father out to Crows dock where they took the boat for Detroit then Chas and I
hoed corn in the garden and No 4
Saturday 25th
Cloudy rained some Mother and I went to town Father went up to Buxton to see after his logs 'Twas
2 oclock when we got home from the river last night
Monday 27th

Rained until noon then we hauled up the barn sills up with both teams then Father went to buxton we
hauled up some chips
Tuesday 28
Clear we went to the plains I cultivated and Chas I.D [I.D is his little brother Isaac] & Father hoed
Wednesday 29
Clear I cultivated and Chas Alf I.D & Father hoed corn
Thursday 30th
Clear Chas Alf I.D & I hoed corn Father went to town for medicine for Joe
{Page} 12
July Friday 1st 1881
Clear we hoed corn at the plains Joe was very sick this evening
Saturday 2nd
Clear Father and Mother went to town the rest of us hoed corn at the plains
Monday 4th
Clear we finished hoeing corn and I cultivated the beans and harrowed the white flint corn at the
plains
Tuesday 5th
Clear very hot Tem 95° Father mowed clover at home in No 7 Chas I.D. & I finished hoeing beans at
the plains J.W. Kersey and 2 men at work Spot cow calfed
Wednesday 6th
Clear I finished mowing No 7 and we put some of it up in cocks Father took Alf to Chatham this
evening to the examination J.W. Kersey & 2 men at work
Thursday 7th
Clear mostly but rained this after noon we hauled a load of hay and hauled out some timbers for the
barn Kersey and 2 men at work
Friday 8
Clear we hauled hay out of No 7 and hoed some corn in No 4 Kersey and 3 men at work
Saturday 9

Clear Father and Mother went to town I cultivated some and cut clover in No 3 it was very hot Tem
at Noon 104°
Monday 11th
Clear very warm we hoed corn until noon and then raked up the hay in No 4 and cocked some
Father went to merlin afternoon to mill
Tuesday 12th
Clear we hoed until noon then hauled in some hay into the mow father went up and hauled bark off
so as to get his logs sawed
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July Wednesday 13 1881
Clear and very warm Father went up this morning and got some logs put in at the mill we hoed some
and Father cut some wheat for Uncle Mack Fa we went up this evening and got 2 loads of lumber
small load Kersey & 3 men
Thursday 14
Clear we went up and got 2 loads of lumber this morning finished cutting around trees in the orchard
and fence corners and cocked them up Father helped Kersey put one bent together for the barn
Friday 15
Clear we helped Kersey put 2 more bents together and hauled out timber
Saturday 16
Clear rained afternoon Father and Mother went to town I finished cultivating beans and helped
Kersey with 3 {bents}
Monday 18
Clear we helped Kersey raise the barn the first bent fell making a delay of a half day Geo Crummell
Dens Kersey & J. Shreve helped us Chas, Alf & D hoed beans
Tuesday 19
Clear we finished raising the barn J Shreves Ds Kersey & Louis Johnson helped us Uncle mack drew
up the bents with his team Yesterday & today Chas Alf & D hoed
Wednesday 20th
Clear we cut and bound in No 5 Father cut some for Uncle Mack
Thursday 21st

Clear Father went to town this morning to get an iron for the reaper and then cut some for Uncle
Mack and finished cutting in No 5 I went to Buxton and got a load of lumber from the mill
Friday 22
Rained this morning but cleared off about noon Father and I got 3 small loads of lumber Geo
Crummell got 2 bu of wheat and we bound wheat after noon finished No 5 and cradled around No 1
{Page} 14
July Saturday 23 1881
Clear we cut bound and shocked up 91 doz of wheat in No 1 Father cut Chas and I bound mostly
and Alf and D raked bun{dles} I took Mother to the plains and she went to town with Grandmother
Monday 25 Kersey & 3 men at work
Clear heavy shower last night we mowed and some fence corners and then went into the wheat
Father cut some for Uncle Mack we bound at home broke the rake head and got Lenovers reaper to
finish
Tuesday 26
Clear Father broke the reaper this morning and got Lenovers to quit finish Kersey & 3 men at work
Wednesday 27
Clear Father went up to Buxton and got the rest of the barn lumber and went to town for some pine
for the barn and machine head got medicine from Kirgar Chas and I finished binding wheat
Thursday 28
Clear we put the rest of the hay in the Barn and covered it up Kersey and 2 men at work
Friday 29
Clear we went to the plains and worked in the corn and beans Kersey and 3 men at work Killed a
veal this evening
Saturday 30th
Clear Father and Mother went to town Chas D & I went to the plains Kersey and 3 men at work
Monday 1st of August 1881
Clear warm Mother and Father went to town Mother was going to Detroit but did not go the Cars
were so filthy Father got some lumber to finish the barn Chas & I hauled up some chips and set up
the wheat shocks we had a terrible rain and hail storm yesterday which dispelled the drouth
Tuesday 2nd

Clear Father, Chas, Alf D, and I, we went to the plains to work in the corn it looks well but very late
just begining to tassel beans dont look very well
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August Wednesday 3rd 1881
Clear we went down and worked in the corn at the plains Geo & J.W Kersey worked until noon
Thursday 4th
Clear very warm Tem 100° at noon Father cut ½ of the oats in No 6 the rest of us hoed corn at the
plains Kersey and 6 men came to shingle on the barn
Friday 5th
Clear & Excessively hot Tem 100° Father worked at home in the oats Alf, D, & I went to the plains
Chas went but got sick Kersey & 6 men shingling
Saturday 6th
Showered until noon Mother went to town with Uncle Mack in our Buggie Father and I put a
gangway to the barn
Monday 8th
Clear & cool we finished binding the cut oats in No 6 and Father finished cutting Chas and Alf went
to Merlin to mill
Tuesday 9th
Clear we hauled up the sills for the east mow and hauled out wheat out of No 5 this afternoon
Wednesday 10th
Clear we hauled some wheat out of No 1 and finished binding oats in No 6
Thursday 11th hot Tem 98°
Clear we fixed the mow bottom in the east mow finished binding, hauling wheat out of oats in No 6 &
hauled some out of No 1
Friday 12th
Clear & hot Tem 100° we finished hauling wheat out of No 1 Chas raked it and we hauled them in
and hauled some oats out of No 6 Kersey finished the barn at last.
Saturday 13th

Clear and cool Chas and Mother went to town Flavious [little brother aged 6}] went along Father Alf,
D, & I went to the plains Father cut around the oats we hoed in the corn
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August Monday 15th 1881
Clear we went down and commenced cutting the oats they were down and had to be cut from one
side
Tuesday 16
Clear Father cut at the oats we raked bundles
Wednesday 17
Clear Father finished cutting oats and cut a small piece for Mr Jones and then bound some we
bound all day
Thursday 18
Cloudy we bound until noon when it became too damp and we came home and made a fence
between Nos 4 & 5 and Father, Mother Alf, & I went to hear Aunt Mary Ann lecture at North Buxton
on John Brown. [This was the famous Mary Ann Shadd anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher,
teacher and lawyer. She was the first black woman publisher in North America and the first woman
publisher in Canada.] we went in the Buggie
Friday 19th
Clear we bound until evening and came home and killed a veal for market it weighed 87 lbs
Saturday 20th
Clear Mother and Father went to market got $4.72 for the veal the rest of us bound oats at the plains
yearland calf got in the well this evening
Monday 22
Clear & warm Father cut Uncle Macks oats on Moreheads place this forenoon we finished binding at
the plains
Tuesday 23rd
Clear Uncle Mack stacked Grandmothers share of the oats for us we run two waggons Father
pitched in the field, I at the stack and Chas loaded there is very heavy straw on that 7¾ ac being 329
doz of sheaves
Wednesday 24
Clear we hauled 6 loads of oats home from the plains and 2 last night

Thursday 25
Clear we finished hauling oats from the plains have 13 loads total of our share
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Friday 26th 1881
Clear Chas raked the stubble of No 5 I ploughed some Killed a veal this evening
Saturday 27th
Clear Father and Mother went town I ploughed in No 5
Monday 29th
Clear I took Father and Mother Joe & Eunice [his sister] to the dock this morning they went to detroit
I came back I & Chas ploughed in No 5
Tuesday 30th
Clear Chas and I ploughed all day in No 5 Tem 100°
Wednesday 31
Clear hot Tem 100° Chas and I ploughed in No 5 at noon I went to the river to meet them they came
home we stoped at Grandma Poindexters and burned the stubbles off Chas set stubbles at home
and burned some fence
Thursday 1st September 1881
Showered some this morning Chas and I ploughed Father put up the fence which burned it rained
quite heavy yesterday
Friday 2nd
Clear Chas and I ploughed in No 5 Father worked in the bush
Saturday 3rd
Clear and warm Mother and Father went to town took the fore wheels of the wagon to get filled I
finished ploughing No 5 and went to Merlin to mill after noon
Monday 5
Clear Chas and I went to the plains and commenced ploughing for wheat have to haul water for the
Horses
Tuesday

Chas & I ploughed at the plains Father came down to see the ground he then burned in the bush
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September Wednesday 7th 1881
Clear Chas and I ploughed at the plains Father burned in the bush
Thursday 8th
Clear and warm Chas and I ploughed at the plains Father burned in the bush ground very dry
Friday 9th
Cloudy Chas and I ploughed at the plains it rained some about noon Father came down to see the
{ground}
Saturday 10
Cloudy Mother and Father went to town took the No 2 plow to get repaired and brought out the
waggon front wheels I finished ploughing at the plains, butter is 30¢
Monday 12
Clear Chas and I harrowed the ground in No 5 for wheat Father worked in the woods
Tuesday 13
Clear I went for a load of water then Chas and I.D. harrowed and I cut corn Father cleaning out the
bush well
Wednesday 14
Clear Chas and I.D. harrowed I cut corn in No 4 I went for water this evening
Thursday 15
Cloudy and very windy Chas and D harrowed at the plains I went down and cut some corn went for
water this evening
Friday 16
Began to rain last night and rained until about 12 Oclock tonight Father was at Coopers and
Mooreheads near all day
Saturday 17
Cloudy Father and Mother went to market got back at ½ past 9 Oclock Butter 30¢ per lb Chas and I
cut hauled and put logs into the bush well building it 4 logs higher all round

Monday 19
Clear Chas rooled the wheat ground at home I.D. & I went to the plains he harrowed & I cut corn
Father got 16 bu of {wh} wheat from P.W. Martin
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Sept Tuesday 20 1881
Clear Father went and helped Geo Crummell thrash Mother Chas and I went to Chatham to the fair
Wednesday 21st
Clear we went and commenced sowing and ploughing in wheat on the plains took the rooler and
Chas roolled some
Thursday 22nd
Clear we sowed and ploughed in wheat at the plains
Friday 23
Clear we ploughed in {arrow pointing to above entry - plains} until noon Grand Father [this would
likely be Abraham Dorcas Shadd] commenced to thrash after noon and Father & I went to help him
Chas ploughed on
Saturday 24
Clear Grand Father finished thrashing this morning Chas ploughed I ploughed after noon Mother and
Grand Mother went to town in their buggie
Monday 26
Clear Father Chas and I went to the plains to plough in wheat
Tuesday 27
Cloudy we went to the plains and finished putting in wheat and brought the ploughs and roller home
Wednesday 28
Cloudy rained very heavy last night Chas and I went and got the harrows and stoped and got 16 bu
of wheat from Coopers for seed came home and fanned it then I went to Merlin but got no grist
Father hurt his spine
Thursday 29
Clear we commenced to plough in wheat in No 5

Friday 30 Clear until evening we ploughed in and harrowed in No 5 it was too windy to sow Father
went to Uncle George Shreves for timothy seed
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October Saturday 1st 1881
Drizzelled rain all day Father and Mother went to town to market
Monday 3rd
Cloudy rained all day yesterday Father went to Joneses to see some cattle Chas and I leveled too
sleepers hewed I hauled a log for the back gangway and cut 18 shocks of corn this evening Father
hewed some stringers
Tuesday 4th
Cloudy & cool we cut the clover for seed in No 3 and altered some pigs and commenced too wean
Kates Colt Bob this evg
Wednesday 5th
Clear and cool Tem 40° we Father sowed and Chas and I ploughed in wheat in No 5
Thursday 6th
Clear heavy frost last night Chas and I ploughed and harrowed all day in No 5 Father sowed some
and then went to see about the machine
Friday 7th
Cloudy we ploughed in No 5 Father sowed damp
Saturday 8th
Cloudy rained a little at noon I finished ploughing harrowing and running out furrows in No 5 Father
and Mother went to town to Market got a set of dishes Chas piled some wood for thrashing
Monday 10th
Clear cool and windy we thrashed today had 213 bu of wheat and 310 bu of Oats D. Bions, Ambros
Timbers, Edd & Father Poindexter, Uncle Mack, John Brown Alex Scott, H. Wilson, Norman Cooper,
Wm Steel & Wm Martin helped us
Tuesday 11th
Clear I got Coopers furrow plough and Father and I cleaned out the furrows and hauled in the clover
this afternoon Chas ID and Flavious finished pulling beans this morning
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Oct Wednesday 12th 1881
Rained all night we did not do much cleaned up some wheat this evening
Thursday 13
Very wet rained some I went out shooting we did not much Chas raked up some clover I took H
Bonds Bags and crotch [a kind of garden fork] home and got the craper
Friday 14
Cloudy Father took 32 bu of wheat to town got $1.26 Chas and I turned the beans and cut some
corn
Saturday 15
Cloudy and warm rained some this evening Father took 34 bu of wheat to town Mother and I went in
in the buggie Elizabeth and Aunt Mary went along
Monday 17
Cloudy Father and Joe went to Detroit I took them to the boat I then came and Chas and I took
Felixs Engine over to Dennie Hickeys with both teams it was a very heavy lug We then went and got
Joe Father went on to Chatham
Tuesday 18
Rained some this morning I went and got 761 ft of maple plank at Buxton in two load Chas dug
potatoes Father came home this evg
Wednesday 19
Cleared off this afternoon Chas and I cut corn in No 4 Father shook and turned beans and clover
and sowed some timothy on No 5
Thursday 20
Rained some this morning Chas and I finished cutting corn in No 4 and then Mother Chas and I went
to the plains Father sowed some timothy and then went to the plains to cut Buckwheat
Friday 21st
Clear Father and I went to the plains to cut Buckwheat I came home at noon and Mother Joe and I
went to Harvey Kerseys Funeral Chas hauled up squashes and chips Father came home and shook
up clover and finished sowing timothy in No 5
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Oct Saturday 22nd 1881

Clear Mother and Father went to market Chas and I hauled in the clover and beans Alf cut stalks
and helped
Monday 24th
Cloudy misted rain some we straightened up the Crib Father went to to Merlin to mill
Tuesday 25th
Clear Father took a load 32 bu of wheat to town got $1.26 Chas, D, & I went and husked white flint
at the plains
Wednesday 26
Clear Father took 36 bu of wheat to town got $1.-6 {number smudged} Chas, D, & I husked at the
plains
Thursday 27
Clear Chas ID and I went down and finished husking white flint corn and brought our share 34 bu
home Father went to the sale Allen Coopers
Friday 28
Cloudy Chas D and I went and husked some Father unloaded and went to the Wm Wilson trial at
Forhans Wilson had 8½ $ to pay
Saturday 29
Rained this morning Father and Mother went to town we hauled up wood and filled ticks
Monday 31
Cloudy Father, Chas, I.D and I husked at the plains and brought home 20 bu
Tuesday 1st November 1881
Clear we husked and cut corn at the plains
Wednesday 2nd
Cloudy Father took 48 bu of Oats to to town it weighed 51 bu 15 lbs got 39¢ Chas, D, & I husked
corn at the plains
Thursday 3rd
Cloudy windy & a snow squall we husked some and brought home 30 bu of corn from the plains
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November Friday 4th 1881
rained some this morning snowed ½ inch last night we put in the stable floor pitted in potatoes &c
Saturday 5th
Cloudy & windy Mother, Father, Alf, & Aunt Sarah Ann went to town to market, Butter 25¢ per lb
Monday 7th
Cloudy we cleaned up the red wheat and were down to help Uncle Mack thrash but they didn't
thrash
Tuesday 8th
Clear Father and Mother and Lizzie went to town took 20 bu of wheat and the wool and 2 bu of
Hicory nuts
Wednesday 9th
Clear we loaded one load of the clover and took it over to Forhans to get thrashed and left it
Thursday 10
Clear we went over got Forhans waggon took the rest of the clover over got it all thrashed had 4 bu
Friday 11th
Cloudy rained this evening we went to the plains to husk corn husked some but the rain [came]
Saturday 12th
Rained all night and some this morning Mother & Father went to market got a hand seed drill $7.00
& sold young pink cow I let out some water and Alf & I went down & got 22 bu of corn Grandpap got
16 bu
Monday 14th
Tolerable clear we husked off the stalk at the plains all day
Tuesday 15
Clear we husked all day Dan Bions came and traded wagons Father is to give him 20$ between his
new & our old waggon
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November Wednesday 16th 1881

Tolerable clear we finished husking off the stalk and brought home 30 32 bu of corn with both teams
on
Thursday 17th
Cloudy windy & showery we husked 50 shocks completing the husking at the plains
Friday 18th
Cloudy snowed some this afternoon Chas & I got the rest of the plains corn 27½ bu Father culled
some and fastened up the pigs to fatten
Saturday 19th
Cloudy snowed some Father went to town on horseback bought a pair of bobs at Auction for $2.50 &
paid D Bions $20.00 difference between the waggons
Monday 21st
Cloudy Father and I went up to Wards on the 11th to a sale Dock Brown the painter came back
Tuesday 22nd
Cloudy Windy and cool Father and I Blaized the line to chop by and cut some rail cuts
Wednesday 23rd
Cloudy Father and Dock went to merlin to mill got some more paint Chas D & I husked corn in No 4
Thursday 24th
Cloudy & Windy Tem 22 Father & I cut rail cuts & Chas hauled them out
Friday 25th
Cloudy Windy Tem 22° Chas & I hauled in the corn and fodder we husked Wednesday Father
helped Uncle Mack kill a 2 pigs and we Killed a sheep this evg
Saturday 26
Cloudy Father & Mother went to town took the mutton got 6¢ per lb I choped wood in the wood pile
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Monday 28th 1881
Clear Wm Brannum commenced work @ 9$ per month he and Father husked in No 4 Chas & I
hauled 2 loads of fodder from the plains
Tuesday 29th

Clear Father and Brannum husked corn in No 4 Chas & I hauled the remainder 2 loads from plains
Wednesday 30th
Clear Chas, Brannm & I hauled some corn and fodder out of No 4 & Father & Brannum husked some
Thursday 1st December
Cloudy we finished husking corn altogether
Friday 2nd
Cloudy Father went for medicine for Joe to Chat [ham] Chas & I finished hauling corn Brannum
chopped some & helped us some with the corn
Saturday 3rd
Clear Father & Mother went to town to market we finished hauling fodder banked the school house
and hauled up some wood
Monday 5th
Cloudy I ploughed the garden Brannum dug some by the railroad gate this afternoon we hauled 2
loads of fodder from Coppers C Flemming brought out a Wheeler & Wilson Sewing machine Father
bought it gaave his old machine in part pay
Tuesday 6th
Clear we went and got another load of fodder and then went back and repaired the line fence and
Bill [William Brannum] split 100 rails this afternoon
Wednesday 7th
Cloudy I ploughed all day in No 4 with Kate & Bet Father went to Travises for an axe handle and him
and Bill sawed some logs Coleman James commenced chopping wood
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Dec Thursday 8th 1881
Clear & cold we scraped and ploughed the line ditch across No 4 I ploughed
Friday 9th
Clear Father took Mother to town she went to Detroit to see the Dr. about Joe Bill and I scraped in
the ditch until noon then I ploughed and Bill chopped wood
Saturday 10
Clear & cold Tem 19° Mother and Father went to town I chopped some rail cuts

Monday 12th
Rained most of the day Father went to the Council Brannum and I fenced the stack cut some rail
cuts and shod one jumper
Tuesday 13th
Rained nearly all day we ground the axes choped some & fanned some Oats Coley dog was killed
by a falling tree
Wednesday 14
Clear Coleman James & two men chopping Brannum & Father chopped some and made roads I
hauled out rail cuts & wood Chas hauled out wood
Thursday 15
Clear Tem 16° this morning Brannum split 150 rails & Chopped some Father & I chopped & sawed
Chas hauled wood & rails 3 Jameses sawing Connors finished sawing logs
Friday 16th
Clear we bushed out wood until noon then we cut Rail timber P.T. Barry's men commenced making
roads & skidding logs
Saturday 17th
Clear Father & Mother went to town I hauled out an wood & Rail cuts with Kate & Bet Brannum
Chopped & made roads
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Dec Monday 19 1881
Clear Brannum & Father cut Rail cuts & Chas & I hauled them out
Tuesday 20
Cloudy misted rain some Father was out most of the day posting school notices Brannum split rails I
hauled out Rails wood and split some rails too
Wednesday 21
Rained most of the day Brannum & I made some heading Bolts of Basswood & thrashed some
beans Father put A handle in my axe Coleman & his boy chopping
Thursday 22nd
Rained all day I went out to take the census of the school section Brannum went to south Buxton
Father stayed home Brannum & I went to the concert this evening

Friday 23rd
Very wet Father went to the Examination Brannum and I made baswood heading Bolts
Saturday 24th
Cool & clear Mother and Father went town Brannum and I cut Basswood heading
Saturday 26th Monday 26
Cloudy rained some this morning I went out taking Census Brannum hauled wood & chopped rail
cuts
Tuesday 27th
Cloudy Brannum & I made heading bolts Father setteling up school business E.S Dyke & Chas
Lenover Audited the secretarys Books
Wednesday 28
Clear & very muddy Father & I attended the school meeting E.S. Dyke was Elected trustee in
Father's place Brannum chopped in the bush
Thursday 29th
Clear Father Brannum and I made heading bolts Coleman Jameses three boys sawed a little
Mother Lizzie Elizabeth Chas Brannum & I went to the Concert this Evg
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Friday 30th
Cold windy and snowing some Father studying his papers for the Election to come off on Monday
Brannum & I washed out wood until noon with both teams and then cut some heading bolts Mother
& I went down to GrandMother Poindexters this evg
Saturday 31st
Cold windy & snowing some Tem 24° Father, Mother and Mr Bond went to town in our Buggie
Brannum & I cut wood made roads & hauled out three loads for the house
January Monday 1st 1882
Cloudy & cool Tem 24° Brannum and I built a cow shed & pig scaffold, hauled wood for killing pigs
Municipal Election was held today Father was Deputy Returning officer for our division, returns as
follows. Williams 158, White 415, Irwin 350, Gould 339, Drew 373, Dillon 183, Kennedy 200, Dolson
292, Crowe 242, Tooley 217, Charleston 143
Tuesday 2nd

Cloudy snowed some Tem 20°, Father killed the pigs he got from Mr Copper & 1 other Making 5
H.D. Kersey, Alex Scott, Wm Moore, & Obod Kersey helped us and then Brannum & I helped them
kill 8 Father went up and then took the ballot Box down to Stewarts
Wednesday 3rd
Cloudy Tem 6° Father and I shelled some corn I took 4 bu of corn & 4 of wheat to Merlin to mill
Father went to Mr Bond's Sale Brannum chopped some hicory wood
Thursday 4th
Cloudy & cold Tem 10° Brannum & I made Basswood heading Father took the Coopper pork to town
& one small one of ours they weighed 283, 278, 255, 180 lbs & 159 at home
Friday 5
Cloudy Tem 30° Father, Brannum & I made Basswood Bolts [Bolts are pieces of a log which have
been cut to lengths generally less than 8 feet. They were further split and used for shingles,
clapboards, pegs and sometimes firewood (fuel).]
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Jan Saturday 7th 1882
Cloudy thawing Mother and Father went to town I hauled two cords of dry soft wood to the school
house hauled up some wood &c Brannum & Chas chopped in the woods Father settled with
Brannum leaving 92¢ unpaid
Monday 9th
Cloudy cool Tem 32 Father helped us make bolts awhile and then went to Forhans Brannum & I
made bolts Brannum commenced work this morning at $7.00 per month Polin [Poland] China Sow
had 9 pigs yesterday
Tuesday 10th
Cloudy about 6 inches of show fell last night thawing this morning Brannum & I put 1 cord of dry
beech, and 1 cord of dry hicory in the school yard and some green hicory & Brannum bushed out
some Bolts Father helped & sewed some for Mother
Tuesday 10th
Cloudy Brannum & I corded Wintermutes axe handle timber and then made Bolts Father helped
commenced snowing this evg
Wednesday 11th
Cloudy Tem 32° Brannum & I hauled 2 cords of dry Beech & Hicory & some green Hicory to the
school house Brannum Bushed out some Bolts

Thursday 12th
Clear Tem 34° Brannum & I tried to bush out Bolts but could not keep them on the Jumper so we
went to chopping hicory wood Father went out on the plains
Friday 13th
Cloudy misting rain Brannum did not work I took some green hicory to the school house Father
sawed some and then we put a runner in the jumper and baged up 45 bu of oats
Saturday 14th
Cleared off Windy Brannum helped me fence the stack haul some straw to the stable & chopped
some wood I finished hauling the school wood & made a jumper runner Mother & Father went to
town with Kate & Bet in the heavy waggon took a load of oats
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Jan Monday 16 1882
Clear Tem 26° Father and I commenced making wood rack Brannum commenced bushing out Bolts
at noon he lost a ½ day E.S. Dyke & A. Shreves measured the school wood
Tuesday 17th
Clear Cold & Windy Tem 18° I took Joe & Father to Chatham They went to Detroit on the 8 Oclock
train Brannum chopped until noon, I was home at 10 Oclock A.M. then Brannum and I bushed out
some bolts with Kate & Bet in the afternoon
Wednesday 18th
Cloudy Cold Tem 14° I hauled two loads of Bolts to N Buxton on the waggon with Kate & Bet
Brannum bushed out Bolts
Thursday 19
Tolerable Clear I went to town after Joe and Father they came up at 11 Oclock Alf went along
Brannum chopped hicory tops
Friday 20th
Clear Tem 28° I hauled 3 loads of Bolts to Buxton took about 1 cord at a load Brannum finished
bushing Bolts and some wood & chopped some
Saturday 21
Cloudy & raining some Father and Mother went to town took 43 bu of Oats they weighed 48 bu 28
lbs got 42¢ per bu. Brannum and I corded some of Wintermutes hicory & White ash Brannum
Chopped some maple tops & I hauled up some fire wood this Evg

Monday 23rd
Cloudy & Cold Tem 7° I hauled 2 loads of Bolts to Buxton Brannum sawed some wood at the school
house & helped me load Father went down to Fletcher
Tuesday 24th
Cold Tem 2° I hauled 2 loads of Bolts Brannum took ½ Cord on the jumper it Broke down and had to
Bring it back on the wagon Father was in the bush
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Jan Wednesday 25 1881 {1882}
Warm rained all the afternoon Father went up to Buxton {Wiler} measured the Bolts there was 9¾
cords Brannum & I hauled one load of straw to the stable shelled 6 bu of corn & fanned the beans
Father went to mill took 6 bu of corn
Thursday 26
Warm rained all day Father went to Fletcher Brannum did not work & I did not doo much
Friday 27
Father went to Tilburry on Jim [horse] Brannum and I sawed 3 cords of wood at the school house
Saturday 28th
Cloudy warm Tem 30° Brannum and I finished sawing the school wood Father & Mother went to
town in the Buggie
Monday 30th
Clear Cool Father went to Tilburry to see about some Bolts Brannum & I made bolts
Tuesday 31st
Cloudy & Cool we Butchered 7 hogs this forenoon Alex Scott & H.D. Kersey helped Brannum did not
work afternoon the sow weighed 375 lbs the others 209, 200, 200, 198, 189, 187 Father
Wednesday 32 1st Feb
Cloudy Cold Tem 30° Father went to town took the sow & two pigs they weighed 717 lbs Brannum &
I made Bolts Louis Johnson & Susie Wallace were married last night Father Mother & I were there
Thursday 2nd
Clear Brannum & I hauled 4 loads of ice from Webs Creek Father sawed it
Friday 3rd

Cloudy Father went to tilburry Brannum cut some wood in the woods I hauled one load of saw dust
and then Brannum & I hauled up wood with Both teams
Saturday 4th
Clear Mother and Father went to town Brannum split rails I hauled 2 loads of saw dust & made a few
rails
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Feb Monday 6 1882
Clear Brannum and I made bolts Father went to town to attend Wm. Chandler's Funeral
Tuesday 7
Tolerable clear Father Brannum and I made Bolts and wood
Wednesday 8
Clear Brannum & I hauled 2 loads of straw & 1 of hay from the Barn to the stable this forenoon after
noon Brannum did not work I went and got a load of sawdust
Thursday 9
Clear Father helped us make Bolts until noon & cut up the Pork after noon Brannum & I made Bolts
Friday 10th
Clear & cool Father Brannum & I went to tilburry to skin Bolts until noon then went to Fletcher & got
three salt Barrels to salt the Pork in & Father salted the Pork Father measured & paid Pierces for
making 13 cords of Bolts
Saturday 11th
M Clear Mother & Father went to town came back early Brannum made rails I bushed out Bolts with
Kate & Bet *A.D. Shadd (My Grandfather) died this evg at 5.55 Oclock aged 81 yrs 11 mo & 9dys
Sunday 12
Clear Father. Aunt Emma & Uncle Geo. Shreves went to Chatham in our democrat
Monday 13
Clear Mother & I went to town to the store Father was at Grand Fathers Brannum did not work
Tuesday 14
Clear Father went to Buxton twice for Aunt Eunice Aunt Sarah & Mary A. Morgan who came this evg
from Xenia Brannum did not work

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Mr Alfred Shadd Kinistino [written in a different ink]
Feb Wednesday 15 1882
Clear & very muddy Grand Father's funeral took place today left the house at 11 Oclock, we took
Both teams he was Burried in the cemetry Chatham Brannum did not work
Thursday 16th
Rained some last night cloudy Father went to Grand Fathers Brannum chopped some
Friday 17th
Clear Brannum & I sawed some maple & Piled some Elm Brush Aunt's Eunice & Sarah were down
at our house Father Brought them in the Buggie
Saturday 18
Clear & windy Tem 26° Father & Mother went to town Brannum did not work I hauled out 4 loads of
manure cut the wheat By the barn
Monday 20
Cloudy commenced raining this evg Father was at Grand Fathers all day Brannum & I made Bolts
Aunt's Eunice & Sarah, & Mary Morgan went Back home in the evg
Tuesday 21
Rained all day Brannum & I Finished thrashing wheat the beans
Wednesday 22 Mr. Shadd [written in different hand and ink]
Cloudy & windy Brannum & I we bushed out the most of the Bolts this forenoon and sawed some
stove wood afternoon very wet in the Bush Father helped.
Thursday 23
Cloudy Brannum did not work Father & I shelled some corn for a grist Colerich was here looking
after the mares
Friday 24
Clear Father took 6 bu of corn & 6 bu of wheat to Merlin to mill Brannum worked a ½ day sawing
Beech wood I sawed {wood}
Saturday 25

Clear Cold last night Tem 18° Father & Mother went to town Brannum did not work I hauled up some
wood and moved the stack fence
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Feb Monday 27 1882
Clear & warm very muddy Father Brannum & I sawed & chopped stove wood & hicory cordwood
Tuesday 28
Rained after noon very muddy Father went to town on horseback Brannum & I worked until noon
fixing up the fences and scouring the lane ditch Wm Martin got 2 bu of his wheat
Wednesday, March the 1st
Clear Brannum split rails Father & I put a runner in the jumper & let of some water Brannum worked
30½ dys [Brannum's total work days are written in different ink.]
Thursday 2nd
Clear Father salted the meat & trimmed some fruit trees Brannum and I chopped wood & piled brush
in the wood
Friday 3rd
Clear & very muddy Father Brannum and I went to tilburry to Bark bolts
Saturday 4
Clear Father and Mother went town Brannum & I Sawed some hicory stove wood a half day Uncle
Mack got 2 bu of Wm Martins Wheat
Monday 6
Cloudy Father Brannum & I fixed the front Barn doors then Brannum & I hauled two loads of hay to
the stable on the waggon Brannum worked a ½ day
Tuesday 7
Cloudy Father Brannum & I worked in the woods most of the day Mother & Father started to Church
this Evg and Mother fell in the cattle guard at the drake road and was severely hurt
Wednesday 8
Clear & warm Brannum & I worked in the woods Father tended on Mother
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March Thursday 9th 1882

Rained all last night and all day today Brannum & I shelled corn 3 bu for homney
Friday 10th
Cloudy & rained some Brannum & I cut up wood in the wood pile ½ day
Saturday 11th
Cloudy snowed a little this evg warm and muddy Brannum did not work Father went to town (this
evg) I scoured the upper lane ditches & took Grand Mother home
[The next two entries are not written by William but most likely by his Father, Garrison, given the
names mentioned and the breakdown of work.]
Monday 13
Cloudy Tem 28 I sowed clover seed on 12 lands in No 5 William and Brannum hauled straw to the
stable until noon afternoon Brannum split rail Willy hauled some wood up
Tuesday 14
Clear snowed about an inch last night I sowed 6 land of clover in the wheat in No 5 William and
Brannum chopped until noon afternoon William and Brannum ditched in the lane
[William now resumes writing the diary entries]
Wednesday 15
snowed about an inch last night Brannum & I fanned and picked beans until noon then we sawed
some elm wood on pattersons line Father finished sowing clover on No 5
Thursday 16th
Cloudy Brannum & I hauled up wood until noon with the ponies then we sawed elm on the line
Father sowed some clover on No 1
Friday 17th
Cloudy Brannum and I chopped and sawed in the woods Father went to Buxton afternoon
Saturday 18th
Rained last night and showered all day thundered & light{ed} Brannum choped in the woodpile until
noon Father went to town on Jim
[Following single entry written by Garrison]
Monday 20

Variable Wind East I went to the plains and let water off of the wheat Billy and Brannum cut wood
along the line Brannum has put in 47 days this Evening
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March Tuesday 21st 1882
Rained last night very windy and occasional snow squalls today Brannum did not work Father went
to Fletcher
Wednesday 22nd
Tolerable clear & warm very muddy Brannum was not here we did not do much
Thursday 23rd
Cloudy Brannum was not here We finished shoeing the jumper ditched in the lane and chopped
down one of the Poplars in No 4
Friday 24th
Cloudy & windy Brannum & I chopped and sawed up the poplar
Saturday 25
Cloudy snowed about 2 inches this evg Father & Mother went to town Brannum & I went cut the
other poplar along the fence below the house in No 4
Monday 27th
Cloudy Brannum & I finished working up the poplar and then went to work (cutting wood) down the
line next to Pattersons Father went to the plains
Tuesday 28
Clear, & windy afternoon, Brannum & I hauled in 4 loads of straw and then went and cut a couple of
ashes and a big maple and made some wood of them Father went to Rues
Wednesday 29th
Tolerable clear Brannum, Father and I cut a small maple hewed two Bridge pieces & spread some
dirt on the line ditch {B----- B-----}
Thursday 30th
Clear and windy Brannum chopped some hicory along the line & I rooled some in No 1 but got sick
and had to quit Father went to Fletcher Rone died & Father & Brannum skined her
Friday 31st

Clear frosty last night I rooled some after noon in No 1 Brannum has quit work Father hung up the
pork
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April Saturday 1st 1882
Clear Father and Mother went to town & I finished rolling No 1 & rooled the orchard & dug around
some trees
Monday 3rd
Clear & warm Father Chas & I hauled manure on the garden spread It and I ploughed some of it in
and they cultivated a ridge for onions
Tuesday 4th
Clear and warm I ploughed the garden Chas harrowed & rolled the onion bed and hauled some
Poplar wood out of the field Father planted onions with his new hand drill by the lane in No 1 and
harrowed and rooled wheat in No 4
Wednesday 5
Rained most of the day I shelled 12 bu of corn for mill Father helped me shell cobs
Thursday 6
Showered some about noon Father and I prepared a Grist consisting of 20 bu of corn & oats for
horse feed 4 bu of corn & 2 bu of false wheat I took out the potatoes this afternoon Father went to
Merlin to Mill Chas hauled out some wood
Friday 7th
Tolerable clear Father went down to A. Paterson's & got 5 Brooms Mother went to Church I
ploughed in the lot No 2
Saturday 8th
Clear Father & Mother went to town I rooled a little wheat but is was too wet finished ploughing the 3
cornered lot & took Kate and Bets shoes off
Monday 10th *
Cloudy windy and cool Chas and I ploughed in No 4 all day with Both teams Father chopped some
in the woods I became a member of the B.M.E. Church on probation yesterday Temperature 30 at
Noon
Tuesday 11
Cold cloudy & Windy Tem 26 Chas & I ploughed all day in No 4 Father went to Buxton afternoon

Wednesday 12
Cloudy Tem 30° I finished ploughing No 4 except the lower headland Chas hauled out wood Father
went to Fletcher after noon we hauled up wood
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April Thursday 13 1882
Cloudy I ploughed all day in No 6 Chas ploughed until noon & then him and Father went to fletcher
took some lard to Barry & got a piece of white ash sawed into double two
Friday 14
Cloudy Father planted some onions Chas and I ploughed all day in No 6
Saturday 15th
Clear Mother and Father went to town Chas ploughed most of the day I fixed the stable & ploughed
a little Wm Martin got 8 bu of wheat
Monday 17
Clear I took Father Joe & Grandmother to Crows dock they took the Boat & went to Detroit I went to
meet them this Evg but they did not come Chas ploughed all day I cultivated some in No 4
Tuesday 18
Clear I finished cultivating in No 4 & ploughed some Chas ploughed all day in No 6
Wednesday 19
Showery all day Chas & I ploughed a little Elder S.D.W. Smith was here
Thursday 20
Cloudy & rained all the afternoon Chas ploughed until noon I went to chatham after Joe and Father
Father came out with me Joe went out with GrandMother
Friday 21
Clear Father and Chas went down to GrandMother P's [Poindexters] for Joe I finished ploughing No
4 after noon Father planted some onions I harrowed & rolled the garden Chas went to Buxton
Saturday 22
Clear I scraped the road from the townline to the Drake road Father and Mother went to town Bought
a draft for $71 15/100 [$71.15] to send to Omaha as payment on the qr [quarter] section of land in
Dawson Co

Monday 24
Clear I harrowed & rooled the gardens twice harrowed the potatoe patch No 2 Father sowed some
Garden peas Chas was not well
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April Tuesday 25 1882
Clear & warm Father sowed some white side oats in No 4 Chas & I harrowed them in with Both
teams Deacon M. Botter was at our house to dinner he was out on business with Grand Mother
Concerning her Estate
Wednesday 26
Clear Father finished sowing oats in No 4 Chas & I harrowed them in then I run out the furrows &
Chas & I harrowed & rooled wheat in No 5 Father sowed some peas & other Garden seed
Thursday 27
Clear Chas & I finished harrowing & rooling the wheat in No 5 after noon Father went to Merlin took
6 bu of wheat Mother went with him Chas & I hauled out 5 loads of manure out to No 2 potatoe
patch
Friday 28
Clear rained last night Father went to Buxton Chas & I spread the manure on No 2 cultivated it in & I
run out some potatoe rows & Father planted some potatoes Chas & I rolled, & shoveled the oats
furrows
Saturday 29
Clear Mother & Father went to town got 1 Barrel of salt and got 1 Bartlet P pare tree & 100 great
american straw Berries Chas & I finished rolling the oats shoveled the furrows hauled up some chips
& fanned some oats chaff
Monday 1st
Quite showery afternoon I ploughed the strawberry bed in front of the house Chas hauled up some
chips
Tuesday 2nd
Cold heavy frost last night Chas & I hauled the red oak off of the clearing above No 6 preparatory to
ploughing it in with No 6 for ploughing corn loged some & harrowed the garden & Father & I planted
50 Great American strawberries
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May Wednesday 3rd 1882

Clear we finished planting the strawberries and then logged some in the clearing Father helped &
hoed the straw Berries
Thursday 4th
Cloudy rained a little last night we planted potatoes Mother planted some strawberries Father
planted some sage & radishes Grand Mother Poindexter got her 12 bu of oats
Friday 5
Cloudy we finished loging the clearing & gathering the trash
Saturday 6th
Cloudy Father & Mother went to town Chas & I hauled of some of the fence & commenced laying it
along the Back
Monday 8th
Showery Chas and I finished hauling off the fence between No 5 & the clearing preparatory to
extending No 5 to Lacocq's line Mother planted strawberries I planted the Bartlett pear tree by the
milch house
Tuesday 9th
Cloudy & damp Chas and I ploughed a little in No 5 in the new ground after noon we planted
potatoes in No 2 Father not well
Wednesday 10th
Rained most of the day we started to plant potatoes but had to stop we fanned the oats up after
noon
Thursday 11th
Rained near all forenoon after noon we ploughed some in No 5
Friday 12th
Rained most of the day we did not do much
Saturday 13th
Cloudy commenced raining afternoon Father went to town on Kate I let off water
Monday 15th*
Clear Father and I let water off of the garden and afternoon we made a log heap in the clearing
Grand Mother Shadd is very sick *

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May Tuesday 16th 1882
Clear Chas and I ploughed in No 5 in the new ground with both teams
Wednesday 17th
Clear Father went to town to a liberal conservative convention Chas & I ploughed all day in No 5
Thursday 18
Clear Tem 70° Chas & I finished ploughing No 5 and moved some fence back of the barn I planted
Minnisota sweet corn in potatoe patch
Friday 19th
Clear & warm Chas and I Ploughed a patch back of the barn & harrowed some in No 5
Saturday 20th
Clear Father and Mother went to town I planted sweet corn back of barn and Chas & I harrowed with
Kate & Bet
Monday 22nd *
Cloudy & showery Chas & I harrowed a little in No 5 Father went to Fletcher I went to Buxton on old
Kate Came back and shot some squirrels
Tuesday 23rd
Clear Chas & I harrowed in No 5 with Kate on small harrow & Ponies on large harrows Father
packed the pork in ashes & went to the plains
Wednesday 24th
Clear Chas & I Cross harrowed in No 5 Father Alf, & D piled some Brush Father and I went to A
Concert in the B.M.E. Church at N. Buxton this Evg
Thursday 25
Clear I marked off with Kate and Bet Chas finished harrowing Father worked in the garden
Friday 26th
Clear I planted corn in No 5 Chas marked off Father went to Merlin to mill took 6 bu of corn & 4 bu of
wheat A Meeting was held in the school house this evg to appoint 4 delegates to the Liberal
Conservative Convention to meet tomorrow in Chatham
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May Saturday 27 1882
Rained all day Father and Mother went to town I did not do much the convention nominated Henry
Smith for Conservative Candidate
Monday 29
Tolerable Clear Chas & I piled manure all day
Tuesday 30
Clear Father Chas & I piled manure in the Barnyard
Wednesday 31st
Father scraped on the road until noon Chas marked off & I planted corn in No 5 until noon rained all
the afternoon
June Thursday 1st
Tolerable Clear Father, Mother, Lizzie Chas & I went to Martha Ellen Kersey's funeral
Friday 2nd
Tolerable Clear Chas marked off & I planted corn in No 5 Father went to Merlin afternoon with 5
bags of corn and oats to get ground for horse feed
Saturday 3rd
Rained almost all day and last night Father & Mother went to town I let off some water Bet had a Colt
at night after running 11 mo & 13 dys
Monday 5
Clear & muddy we hauled up chipps until noon and then commenced cuting a ditch back of No 5
Tuesday 6
Clear Chas and I ditched in No 5 Father attended the sale of Grand Fathers stock & impliments I
went to south Buxton to a political metting this evg put Kate to Marshalls Lois Duke of Argyle today
Wednesday 7
Clear Chas and I ditched all day in No 5 Father then went to N. Buxton on George
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June Thursday 8 1882

Clear Chas marked off & I planted in No 5 Father took Mother out to Uncle Horace Black's Barn
raising he worked in the garden & took went to a Conservative Comittee Meeting in the schoolhouse
Friday 9th
Clear Chas & I finished marking & planting in No 5 & cultivated the potatoes finished planting
potatoes Father worked in the garden he took Bet to Merlin this morning
Saturday 10
Father and Mother went to town Alf planted squashes I.D. hoed onions Chas & I fixed the lane fence
& piled manure
Monday 12th
Clear I replanted corn in No 5 Chas, D, & Father hoed in the garden Father brought down the old
mower and we took it apart
Tuesday 13
Clear Father took the old mower to town & sold it for old iron got $7.00 for it I replanted until noon
put Bet to Duke of Argyle
Wednesday 14
Clear I ploughed some ground for beans in No. 3 fo with the ponies it was very hard Chas harrowed
it with Kate Father worked some in the garden
Thursday 15
Showered last night I hauled 3 loads of of basswood bolts to Fletcher with the ponies Chas finished
harrowing & replanted corn some in No 5 Father worked some in the garden
Friday 16
Clear & warm I hauled 3 loads of Bolts making the total of what we had at home to Fletcher 6¼
cords Chas replanted corn Father worked in the garden
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June Saturday 17 1882
Clear Father & Mother went to town Chas harrowed the bean f ground and then worked in the
garden I cultivated the potatoes &c
Monday 19
Clear I went down & got Walkers drill & drilled in the beans & rooled the bean ground Chas
replanted in afternoon Chas & I finished replanting corn & I took Henry Parsons planter home

Tuesday 20th
Clear & warm the Dominion Elections were held today Father acted as Deputy returning officer in
our division Henry Smith was elected for this County by a majority of 162 over James Samsom M.D.,
Father, Chas, Alf, & I went to Chatham this evg to the demonstration, I went to tilburry to haul bolts
but did not haul it was too wet so I & the boys hoed some potatoes
Wednesday 21
Clear & warm Chas & I cultivated Corn in No 5 Father hoed some in the garden Alf & D uncovered
corn
Thursday 22nd
Clear & warm Tem 89° Chas & I cultivated corn in No 5 Father hoed some D & Flav uncovered corn
Friday 23rd
Clear & warm Tem 90° Chas and I cross cultivated in No 5 Father in the garden
Saturday 24th
Very warm Tem 90° we had a heavy wind and rain storm this afternoon Father and Mother went to
town Chas & I finished Cross Cultivating, and hoed some potatotes Alf planted some pumpkins in
the corn
Monday 26th
Clear Tem 86° Chas, I.D. Father and I hoed in the potatoe patch & Garden
Tuesday 27
Clear Chas I.D & I finished hoeing the potatoes Father hoed in the garden
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June July Wednesday 28th 1882
Clear Father Chas I.D. & I hoed Carrots in the Garden
Thursday 29th
Clear Father and I went to tilburry he skined Bolts & helped me to load & I hauled 4 loads Dow
Pierce & Ed Poindexter hauled 4 loads
Friday 30
Rained we bushed out some hicory wood afternoon I whitewashed some
Saturday 1st July

Tolerable Clear Father and Mother went to town Chas and I finished bushing out the hicory wood
and hoed some onions and cultivated the potatoes and hilled so
Monday 3rd
Clear we hoed in the garden Father and Joe went to Detroit on the boat I took them to the river and
went after them this evg
Tuesday 4th
Clear Father and Chas I.D & I hoed in the garden
Wednesday 5
Clear Father went to town on horse Back Chas & I cultivated Corn
Thursday 6th
Clear Father went to tilburry and hauled Basswood Bolts to Fletcher Chas & I cultivated corn until
noon and then I mowed some in No 1 with the machine
Friday 7
showered some Father and I cut some fence corners & I mowed some more Father sold 8 cords of
hicory for $2.25 per cord in the clearing
Saturday 8
Showered until noon Mother and Father went to town Alf came out from his Examination * Chas and
I cultivated corn after noon
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July Sunday 9th 1882
Clear & warm Mother and I went to Chatham to the Baptising Elder S.D.W. Smith Baptised 19
persons
Monday 10th
Cloudy rained about noon clear after Father Chas and I cultivated corn with 3 horses until noon then
we fixed the mow and raked & cocked some hay
Tuesday 11th
Clear we raked up hay and hauled in 4 loads afternoon & cultivated some corn in the morning Young
Sow had 7 Pigs
Wednesday 12

Clear we hauled in 11 loads of hay with 2 waggons
Thursday 13
Showered some this evg I cut hay Father mowed fence corners we cultivated corn until the dew was
off I went to a lecture by Rev R.O. Smith at N Buxton Father went to Fletcher
Friday 14
Clear Mother Chas, Alf I.D. and Lizzie went out on the river after cherries I finished cutting hay in No
1 after noon we raked up and cocked some
Saturday 15
Clear Father and Mother went to town Chas Alf D and I went to raked up and cocked some in No 1 &
cultivated some corn afternoon Father came home and we hauled in 3 loads & finished cocking in
No 1
Monday 17th
Clear and warm I Chas and I finished cultivating corn then I mowed the orchard Father mowed fence
corners afternoon we hauled in 5 loads of hay
Tuesday 18
Clear and windy we finished hauling hay out of No 1 and mowed between the trees
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July Wednesday 19th 1882
Showery until noon after shaking and re shaking we succeeded in getting the hay nearly all in out of
the orchard
Thursday 20
Clear we cultivated some beans this morning then hauled in the rest of the hay and afternoon Father
and I went and cut around the wheat at the plains
Friday 21st
We cradeled around the home wheat in No 4 and set up the reaper and Father cut some then he
went down and cut for Uncle Mack Chas, Alf, D, and I bound at home
Saturday 22nd
Clear and warm Mother Father and I.D went to town Chas and Alf bound for Uncle Mack until noon I
finished cutting Uncle Mack's wheat brought the machine home and cut some afternoon Father
came and cut some more and we bound and set it up

Monday 24th
Clear and warm we finished Cutting, Binding & shocking our home wheat and took the machine to
the plains this evg and cut some
Tuesday 25th
Clear we cut and bound at the plains Uncle Mack helped us to bind
Wednesday 26
Clear and warm Tem 92° we finished cutting and binding at the plains Father cut some for Solmn.
Jones after noon Chas, Alf, D and I Shocked up some
Thursday 27
Clear and warm Father went down and finished cutting Jones'es wheat and took 6 bu of wheat & 2
of corn to Merlin after noon. Chas, Alf, D, and I went and finished shocking wheat and then hauled in
5 loads of the home wheat into the barn
Friday 28
Clear we finished hauling in the home wheat out of No 4 Father cut fence corners and helped us to
unload
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July Saturday 29th 1882
Clear. Father, Mother, and Chas, went to town in the Buggie I went, in the heavy waggon got Bet
shod and three of the tires cut and set Father bought a cutting box and Paid Uncle Mack $10.00 on
his Colt and is to pay a note for $25.00 more
Monday 31st
Clear until noon when it began to rain Father Chas and I helped Uncle Mack to stack his wheat
afternoon it was wet so we did not do much
Tuesday 1st Aug
Rained last night and this morning we did not do much Father went to Fletcher we did not do much
Wednesday 2nd
Very wet Cloudy & some rain we wed some onions and mashed the tops over & cut some fence
corners Robt Hughes Came up on the Excursion yesterday and came over to our place today
Thursday 3rd

Cloudy and some rain we cut some fence corners and Father Robert and I went down set up the
wheat and on the plains and then went up to O.S Dykes & H Black.
Friday 4th
Showery all day Father went to Fletcher I did not do much
Saturday 5
Tolerable Clear Mother and Father went to town I cut some fence corners Chas, Alf and I.D cocked
them up and hoed some beans
Monday 7.
Clear one shower at noon Father went to cut Morchand oats but did not cut we shook out the
fence Father Alf Uncle Mack and I went down and stacked Grandmothers share of the wheat and
brought home two loads
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Aug Tuesday 8 1882
Rained last night Father and I cut the fence corners and I went to the plains to see about the wheat
this eve
Wednesday 9th
Clear one shower at noon Father went to cut Martins oats but did not cut them we shook out the
fence corner hay but it got wet again
Thursday 10th
Clear we took the fence corners in and then went down and hauled two loads of wheat from the
plains
Friday 11th
Showery we did not do much
Saturday 12th
Clear shower this evg Father Mother and Alf went to town I cut Uncle Mack's oats this morning and
then Chas. D. & I hauled a load of wheat from the plains
Monday 14th
Clear Father cut Mr Thomsons oats and helped us to haul 5 loads of wheat from the plains
Tuesday 15

Clear we went and got the last two loads of wheat and commenced cutting the oats at home
Wednesday 16
Cloudy and showery all afternoon Father Mother and Eunice went to Detroit on the Boat I took them
out to Crows Dock Mr Hughes and Aunt Maria Black went along
Thursday 17
Cleared off about noon I dug out and cleaned out the trunk at the end of the lane and cut some oats
after noon Chas Alf and D cut thistles in the clearing
Friday 18
Clear I finished cutting oats Chas & D. went to the Dock and Brought Mother Mrs Black Mr Hughes
home Father did not Come Uncle Mack impounded one gray mare & 1 bay mare and Mr peterson
took them out
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Aug Saturday 19 1882
Clear Mother Mr Hughes and D went to town in the Buggie Father came home Chas. Alf & I Bound
some oats
Monday 21
Clear Father went to cut Uncle Macks oats but did not cut we turned and bound some
Tuesday 22nd
Clear I we turned and bound oats all day
Wednesday 23rd
Rained very heavy last night damp this morning I set up some of the oats that were blown down
Father cut some weeds Chas and I bushed out some wood
Thursday 24th
Clear Father cut Uncle Macks oats we turned the rest of our oats
Friday 25th
Clear we bound up the oats at home
Saturday 26th
Rained this morning Mother Father & alf went to town Chas and I logged some out in the Clearing

Monday 28th
Clear Father and I went to tilburry and hauled the rest of the Bolts Pierce hauled one load we hauled
2
Tuesday 29th
Clear Mother and Father went to town in the Buggie took the wooden plough to get Fixed Chas Alf D
and I hauled in 3 loads of oats they were wet so we had to turn them out and then Bind them up
Wednesday 30th
Tolerable Clear Father helped Horace Bond to thrash Chas Alf, D. and I turned out and hauled in the
rest of our oats sih six loads completing the harvest after a long season of suspence
Thursday 31st Clear Chas hel raked the oats stubble I ploughed afternoon, we fixed the fence
around the garden and got the rakings in then we helped Horace thrash
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September Friday 1st 1882
Clear Father went to Fletcher this morning Chas harrowed and gathered some weeds and burned
them I ploughed all day in No 3
Saturday 2
rained after noon Father Mother and D went to town I ploughed until noon in No 3 with Kate & Bet
Monday 4
Clear Chas and Father hauled out 4 loads of manure and Father brought Hannah Brown down to
sew for mother I ploughed in No 3 with Kate & Bet Father, Mother, Chas and I went up to Old Mr
Carters funeral yesterday
Tuesday 5
Clear Father and Chas went hauled out some manure I ploughed in No 3 ground very hard
Wednesday 6
Clear Father and Chas hauled out some manure I ploughed in No 3
Thursday 7th
Clear I finished hauling out m ploughing in No 3 Chas and F. hauled out some manure Mother
Father went out to the plains this evg
Friday 8th

(Clear Father and Chas hauled out some manure I went to town took 8 bu of corn to Holmeses Mill
and got 1 Cwt of flour and also got a music lesson)
Saturday 9
Clear Father and Mother and Chas went to town to Market and V.A. Shreveses wife came out to
stay a while on a visit I.D and I ploughed the strawberry bed & hauled out 9 loads of manure and I
took Hannah Brown home this evg
Monday 11th
Clear we hauled out manure with the ponies in the waggon and Old Kate in lenovers cart
Tuesday 12 Clear we hauled out manure all day
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Sept Wednesday 13 1882
Clear we hauled manure all day with old Kate in the cart & Ponies in the waggon
Thursday 14
Clear Father put up a slide gate at the end of the lane this morning Chas and I hauled out manure all
day
Friday 15
Clear Father and I went to town this morning took Cousin Georgie in I did not get a lesson as Carrie
was gone to town to Father seen the Dr
Saturday 16th
Clear Mother Father and Chas went to town Father went to Detroit & did not come Back I hauled out
the rest of the manure back of the stable ploughed, Harrowed & rooled a bed front of the & ploughed
& scraped some by the Barn
Monday 18
Clear Father came back this evg Chas and I ploughed and scraped by some dirt into the Barnyard
Tuesday 19
Clear Father Chas and I ploughed and scraped a ditch up at the East end of the Barn
Wednesday 20th
Tolerable Clear Father Mother Alf I.D. and I went to the Fair in Chatham Mamie Cooper went along
Thursday 21st

Cloudy and drissled rain after noon this morning Chas Father and I hauled up some wood this
forenoon Afternoon Father and Mother went out to Uncle Horace Black's and got 12 bu of Wheat
and 10 of oats I ploughed the headlands of No 3 for wheat Uncle Mack brought the Colt up and we
weaned both Colts
Friday 22nd
Clear Rained all night Father sowed wheat and Chas and I.D. harrowed it in I cut corn he sowed
scott wheat on No 3
Saturday 23
Clear Father and Mother went to town Chas harrowed in No 3 I cut corn I.D pulled beans
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Sept Monday 25 1882
Clear Mother and Father took Joe up to Chatham and Dr Springer and he* lanced his leg a little
below the hip Chas. D. and Flave pulled the beans and Chas helped me cut some corn Frost this
morning
Tuesday 26
Clear Father Chas and I cut corn all day
Wednesday 27
Cloudy we harrowed and rolled the Barn yard hauled in the beans Father and Chas cut some corn
and I run out the furrows in the wheat & ploughed some of the bean ground
Thursday 28
Cloudy we finished ploughing and pulling in the wheat
Friday 29
Clear we shoveled out the furrows in the wheat this forenoon afternoon Father went to fletcher Chas
cut some corn
Saturday 30
Clear Father and Mother went to market Alf went along Chas cut come corn I was not well
Monday 2nd
Clear Chas and I ploughed at Grand Fathers for wheat Father cut some corn at home
Tuesday 3rd

Clear Chas and I ploughed up at Grand Fathers Father went to town with Aunt Emma in her team
Wednesday 4
Clear we finished ploughing Father and Mother went to town this evg to the Dr for Joe Father cut
some corn
Thursday 5 Clear Father and E.S. Dyke measured some ground at Grand Fathers Chas and I cut
corn
Friday 6th
Clear Chas and I cut corn Father cut corn until Noon when he went with E.S. Dyke to measure
ground
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Saturday 7th
Clear Father and Mother went to market Chas and I cut corn
Monday 9th
Clear we cut corn afternoon Father Mother & Chas went to help Grand Mother Poindexter thrash but
she did not thrash
Tuesday 10th
Rained this evg I finished cutting corn Father and Chas helped Grand Father thrash Annie helped
Grandmother
Wednesday 11th
Clear & cool Father and Mother went to town took 7½ bu of corn to town and Exchanged it for 187
lbs of flour Chas and I helped Grand Father until Noon afternoon we put up the fence between No 3
&4
Thursday 12
Clear Father & D. went to Fletcher, Merlin & Buxton to post some notices &c Chas & I hauled up
wood with Kate & Bet until 5 Oclock when I went to town and got some medicine for Joe
Friday 13
Cloudy & Rainid after Noon Father & I.D went out on The river to post the notices of Grand Fathers
Real Estate sale Chas and I helped Mr Walker thrash until 2 Oclock when the rain Stoped them
Saturday 14
Clear Father and Mother went to town to market Chas and I helped Walker thrash

Monday 16
Clear Father went to Fletcher and got a Scraper then him and Mother went up to Carters sale Chas
and I ditched some by the barn and tramped out the beans with Kate and Bet
Tuesday 17
Cloudy rained last night Father Chas and I logged all day with Kate and Bet
Wednesday 18
Clear we finished the ditch by the barn and went to Fletcher to see about the bolts there was no Car
Father sold them to
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Oct Thursday 19 1882
Clear, heavy frost last night tem 30° we culled the potatoes & piled the good ones up and put the
culls in the wood house afternoon we commenced ditching on the line between us and Paterson
Friday 20
Clear, frost this morning we ditched on the line all day Father and I pitted the potatoes at noon
Saturday 21
Clear, frost this morning Father Mother and Aunt Emma went to town in the buggie I ditched on the
line with Kate and Bet Chas Cleared up some trash husked some corn and C
Monday 23rd
Clear Father Dug a hole for a cistern by the house I started to ditch but Dow Pierce came and I had
to go Fletcher to help load a car with Bolts Chas helped after noon Father came down this evg Chas
went over to Mr Thompsons and got 10 bu of Oats
Tuesday 24
Clear frost last night Father went to Chatham and got Mr Branton to cement the cistern he also got
some sand, Brick, lime & cement I scraped on the line ditch with Kate & Bet Chas wheeled out some
dirt from the cistern
Wednesday 25
Clear we finished loading the Bolts this fore noon afternoon Mother and Father went to town took Mr
Branton back got Kate & Bet shod and got some dry goods I ditched with the ponies Chas wheeled
out dirt
Thursday 26th

Clear Father Chas and I finished the line ditch Father sold the Bull for $22.00
Friday 27
Clear we finished the line ditch before noon afternoon we went down on the Kersey drain and
commenced work
Saturday 28
Cloudy Father Chas and I worked on the Kersey drain back of Aunt Emma's all day
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Oct Monday 30th 1882
Clear Father worked at the Cistern Chas and I toped and pitted the Onions beets and table carrots
Tuesday 31
Clear and Cool Chas Father and I worked on the ditch with both teams
Nov Wednesday 1 1882
Clear & Cool Father Chas and I worked on the ditch with both t{eams}
Thursday 2nd
Clear & Cool Tem 32° we worked on the ditch with Both teams
Friday 3rd
Clear Tem 32° we worked on the ditch with both teams Henry Parsons helped us with his team
today @ $3.25
Saturday 4th
Clear & Cool Mother went to town with Aunt Emma Father Chas and I worked on the ditch with both
teams Henry Parsons worked with his team also
Monday 6th
Cloudy rained this evg Father went out to Thomas Russels to get some sheep got 3 lambs Henry
Parsons Chas & I worked on the ditch
Tuesday 7
Clear Father, Henry, Parsons, Chas & I worked on the ditch Henry worked afternoon
Wednesday 8th

Clear Father Henry, Parsons, Chas & I worked on the ditch
Thursday 9th
Cloudy rained after noon Thanksgiving day we husked some corn
Friday 10th
Cloudy Father, Henry, Chas and I worked on the ditch
Saturday 11
Rained this morning Father & Mother went to town Chas & I dug the carrots
Monday 13
Sudden change from warm to cold slight fall of snow last night very disagreeable underfoot We
toped and piled the carrots Father went up to Buxton & then down on the Kersey drain he received
took the Contract of ditching Section 10 from Commissioner Fooley (for $120.00)
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Nov Tuesday 14th 1882
Cloudy and damp Chas and I cleaned out the shed back of the stable I was not well he helped us
straighten it up
Wednesday 15
Cleared off about noon Father, Henry, Chas and I worked on the ditch very muddy and wet in the
ditch we finished our own job
Thursday 16
Cloudy Tem 22° Father Henry Chas and I commenced working on the Dunbrook Job very muddy
Working
Friday 17
Cold & wet Father Henry Chas and I worked on the Dunbrook Job
Saturday 18
Cold Tem 22 Henrys horse was very sick last night Father & Mother went to town Chas and I
finished the Dunbrook Job
Monday 20th
Clear Father and I went to town drove Kate & Bet and got a set of harness for them from Hooper
Chas husked corn

Tuesday 21st Father fastened up the pigs (12) in number Clear Chas and I hauled up some wood
with Kate & Bet and then husked corn, Bill, Moore, Bill Scott & Bill Mathews Came and hewed timber
for the shed Father helped them, Bill Crawford, & Alex Walker husked corn
Wednesday 22nd
Cloudy & warm Wm Moore, Scot & Mathews hewed timber Father helped Chas and I hauled in
(Crawford & Walkers Corn = 33 bu) and then husked some
Thursday 23rd
Cloudy and Windy Wm Moore, Scott, & Mathews finished this forenoon Chas and I husked corn until
noon after noon Twas so Cold and damp that we did not husked
Friday 24th
Cloudy and very windy Chas and I hauled in three loads of fodder and Fixed the logs around the
Cistern Father went to Buxton this forenoon Aunt Eunice was here this afternoon
Saturday 25
Clear Father and Mother went to town to market Chas, Alf I,D and I husked corn 35 bu and hauled it
in Flave husked one shock
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Nov Monday 27 1882
Clear & Cool I hauled out some of the timber for the shed Father & Chas measured the Lacocq line
afternoon Father went away with Aunt Eunice in our buggie Chas and I helped Uncle Mack thrash
his millet
Tuesday 28
Clear Father & Chas helped Uncle Mack thrash I hauled out the rest of the shed timber afternoon I
went down and brought the separator up with Kate & bet They brought the engine with Ponies &
Uncle Macks team
Wednesday 29th
Cloudy & Cool We commenced to thrash about 10 Oclock Uncle Mack, Norman Cooper, Laurenza
Pierce Bill Brannum, Horace bond, John Cribs, Wm Morehead, Louis Grandison, Henry Morton, &
Grand Father Poindexter helped us I got don{e} the wheat had 275 bu
Thursday 30
Cold tem 16° we got done thrashing about 11 Oclock help same as yesterday we hauled the
Separator out to Wm Dostons
Friday 1st Dec

Cloudy & Cool we hauled up wood this forenoon with both teams after noon we husked corn Father
sold 4½ cords of dry soft wood to J. Lee for $1.25 per cord
Saturday 2nd
Commenced drizzeling about 10 Oclock we commenced we commenced husking corn but had to
quit
Monday 4th
Tolerable Clear Father Chas and I cleaned and baged up and hauled to Fletcher one load of wheat
44 bu got 80¢
Tuesday 5
Commenced half raining {--} afternoon we hauled two loads of wheat to Fletcher had to leave the
second in Barry's shed
Wednesday 6
Cloudy Father and I went down to fletcher and hauled our load of wheat over to the Cars Chas
hauled out some wood After noon we did not do much
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Dec Thursday 7 1882
Cold & very windy Tem 2° snowed some last night Father went to town in the sleigh drove Kate &
Bet got them shod Chas and I hauled out some wood
Friday 8
Tolerable Clear & Windy Tem 6° Father Chas & I hauled sawed some maple logs for the sheds
Albert Smith & Albert Daymon, came out to saw wood Father went up and got them a saw this evg
Saturday 9
Cloudy Tem 12° Father Mother and Chas went town in the buggie Father paid his Taxes I hauled 3
loads of manure on to the potatoe pit and hauled in some corn into the Barn to husk Daymon &
Smith sawed wood
Monday 11
Cloudy and cold Tem 26 Smith and Daymon sawed wood Chas Father and I sawed wood some
maple logs
Tuesday 12 My 19th birth day
Tolerable Clear & windy Father took Joe to town in the sleigh Smith & Daymon sawed Chas D
sawed some logs Spot Cow had a calf

Wednesday 13
Rained this forenoon froze up this evg Chas and I hauled in some corn this afternoon 51 shocks
Smith & Daymon sawed
Thursday 14
Cloudy & windy Tem 26° Chas and I husked corn f in the Barn Father Smith & Daymon sawed
Friday 15
Cloudy & windy Father Chas and I husked until Noon afternoon Chas and I hauled 50 shocks into
the Barn Smith & Daymon sawed
Saturday 16
Cloudy & windy snowed some Father went to town in the sleigh Chas and I husked corn and hauled
some corn to the crib Daymon & Smith sawed until noon and then took thire saw up to Buxton and
got it sharpened
Monday 18
Cloudy Rained some this morning after noon Chas and I husked in the barn smith and daymon
sawed wood Walker got a load of wood
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Dec Tuesday 19th 1882
Cloudy Father and Mother went down to the Examination Chas and I husked some and hauled up
some Smith and Daymon cut wood afternoon Father measured their wood this morning they had 18
cords
Wednesday 20th
Cloudy Father went up to the town hall to the Council Chas and I hauled in 30 shocks it rained all
afternoon we husked some Daymon & smith sawed until Noon Thomas Paterson came out
Thursday 21st
Cloudy Chas and I husked until Noon Afternoon we hauled in 31 shocks Father was out in the
woods Smith, Daymon & Patterson sawed after noon rained this forenoon Tem 36
Friday 22
Cloudy & warm Chas and I hauled in 42 shocks after noon we husked corn Father went out to the
Town hall to the nomination Smith & Daymon went to town this afternoon
Saturday 23rd

Father & Mother went to town to market Chas, Alf D & I husked corn in the barn
Sund Monday 25
Warm Tem 36° Xmas day we went to Church & down to the plains
Tuesday 26
Cloudy & warm Father went to town We finished husking what Corn was in and then culled and
hauled up the good corn
Wednesday 27
Cloudy and Warm we school Meetting day we did not do much
Thursday 28
Cloudy & Cool Tem 32 Chas Alf D and I finished husking some corn that was in the barn and culled
and hauled Cloudy and Warm Chas and I hauled in 56 shocks and husked 15 after noon
Friday 29
Chas, Alf D. and I hauled in 5 loads of hay from the barn to the stable
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Jan Saturday 30th 1882
Cloudy & Cool Tem 26° Father and I went to town in the waggon Chas Alf & D husked some in the
Barn
Jan Monday 1st 1883
Cloudy & Cool The Muncipal Election was held to day Father acted as Deputy Returning officer and I
acted as Poll Clerk for polling subdivision No 2 the poll stood at our Polling place as follows. Dillon
36, White 53, Dolson 24 Irwin 66, Goulet 16 Williams 59; Charleston 52, Drew 27, Tolley 32
Tuesday 2nd
Cloudy and warm we finished husking what corn was in the barn and then culled and hauled up what
corn was here
Wednesday 3rd
Cloudy and Cool Chas and I hauled in 52 shocks of corn
Thursday 4th
Cloudy Father went to town in the heavy waggon and brought out a pair of bob sleighs he had
ordered of Pat Shreves price $23.00 Chas and I hauled in 40 shocks of corn snowed some this evg

Friday 5th
Cloudy Father Chas and I hauled 4 maple logs down to Barrys mill
Saturday 6
Cloudy Mother went to town with Uncle Mack Father Chas and I hauled 5 logs down to Barrys Mill
Monday 8th
Snowed some this forenoon Father went to town with Uncle Mack Chas and I hauled 5 logs down to
Fletcher
Tuesday 9th
Cloudy & Cold tem 6° below Z{ero} Father and I took 2 hickory & two red oak logs and started to
town the shoe came off the front Bob and he had to throw his load off we took the hickorys on in
Wednesday 10
Cloudy & Cold Chas and I sawed 4 saw logs and Father helped us load them on the sleigh to go to
town
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Jan Thursday 26 1883
Cloudy Tem 4° Chas and I took 1 red oak and two black ash into Chatham and got 3 logs off of the
road Daymon & Harrison sawing
Friday 27 Chas and I cut two maples and hauled 3 logs to Fletcher Daymon & Harrison sawing
Saturday 28
Cloudy and warm tem 40° Mother and I went to town in the waggon took 20 bu of wheat got 83¢ per
bu D & H did not saw but were here
Monday 30
Cloudy and warm Chas and I husked corn Daymon and Harrison still here sawing
Tuesday 31
Tolerable Clear and windy I took Mother to town to the 8 Oclock train she started for Detroit Daymon
& Harrison here
Wednesday 1st Feb Feb
Cloudy & Windy snowed a little last night I went to Buxton this morning came back went to Fletcher
took two maple logs and Brought two loads of lumber with Kate and Bet

Thursday 2nd
Cold and windy Chas and I went and hauled 4 loads of lumber from Fletcher Daymon & Harrison
here but did not saw
Friday 3rd
Cloudy Commenced snowing after noon Chas and I hauled two large loads with Kate and Bet from
Fletcher and took one 12 ft log down
Saturday 4th
Tem 34° rained all day Mother came home last night I took Grandmother home rained so that we did
not do much Daymon & Harrison here
Monday 6th
Cold & Clear Father came home this evg by the C.S.R. I took two red oak logs to town with Kate and
Bet got $8 & $10 per 1000 ft
Tuesday 7th
Clear and Cold I took two red oak logs to town with K & B got $12 per 1000 ft brought the old bobs
home Ben Talbot & V A Shreves put new runners on the front Bob and new shoes on the hind bob
Cost 3.00 & 2.25
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Feb Wednesday 8th 1883
Clear & Cool Tem 20. Chas and I took 6 logs 5 red oak and one black ash into Chatham got $8, $10
& $12 per 1000 ft
Thursday 9th
Clear & windy Tem 6° Chas and I hauled up some wood and cut a large white oak tree for sawlogs
Friday 10th
Clear and Cold Chas and I took two white oak logs to Chatham they measured 1140 ft got $15.00
per 1000 ft
Saturday 11th
Clear and Cold Tem 2° below Z{ero} Chas and I took two white oak logs to Chatham Father helped
us load they measured 973 ft got $12 & $15 per 1000 ft
Monday 13th

Chas and Mother went to hunt help to kill pigs then we hauled up some wood, Mr Potter was out,
and Joe Walker got a load of green wood
Tuesday 14th
Clear and pleasant Tem 24° we killed Hogs and after noon sawed 8 hicory sawlogs Ambros,
Timbers, Eddy Poindexter Louis Granderson Alex Scott & Jobe Pierce Sr helped us Jobe stayed and
helped us to weigh them Hogs the seven large ones weighed, 273, 291, 269, 221, 245, 287, & 268
lbs respectively
Wednesday 15th
Rained nearly all day Chas and I husked corn until about noon then I took 5 hicory logs which we
loaded last night to Chatham measured 539 ft
Thursday 16th
Cloudy Tem 34° Father took the pork to town 7 hogs weighed 1841 lbs sold to Murray & Co got
$7.67 per 100 lbs I took 5 hicory logs to Vanallen got $4.15¢
Friday 17
Warm and rained some Tem 60° water is very high Father Chas and I went to Fletcher after ice but
could not get any so we got a load of sawdust to cover what we had then I went back and got the
rest of our lumber then we commenced linking the Pork
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Feb Saturday 18th 1883
Cloudy and Cool Tem 30° very windy we hauled a load of hay from the barn to the stable and
finished cutting and salting the pork both sows had pigs yesterday
Monday 19
Cloudy and warm Tem 26° we ground the axes this forenoon and Chas and I hauled up some wood
after noon, Father went down to Aunt Emma's the assessor was here this evg
Tuesday 20th
Clear and Cool Chas and I hauled in some corn Father and Aunt Emma went to town in our buggie
Wednesday 21st
Clear Chas and I finished hauling in the corn Father went to Aunt Emmas
Thursday 22
Clear and Cool Chas and Father & I made a wood rack and Chas & I bushed out some wood
afternoon this evg I went to Pierces for some buckwheat but did not get it

Friday 23
Clear Cool and windy Chas and I finished hauling in the fodder and cut some wood in the woods
Father took the saw down to H Morton to get it sharpened
Saturday 24
Rained all afternoon Father and Mother went to town in the Buggie Chas and I sawed until Noon
Monday 26
Cloudy windy and snowed some Father and Mother went out to F Blacks Father went to R Rosses
sale and bought a heavy waggon for $34.50 Chas and I did not do much
Tuesday 27
Cloudy Windy and snowed some Provincal Election day Father acted as D.R.O at our polling place
91 votes polled giving Clancy a majority of 27
Wednesday 28 *
Tolerable Clear Father and I went to town Father took the Ballot box I got the first lesson on another
quarter paid $5.00
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1883 Friday 2nd March
Tolerable Clear Chas Father and I worked in the bush until noon after which Father went to Felixes
& Chas and I husked corn
Thursday 1st
Cloudy Chas and I moved some hay in the barn and hauled a load in Father and Chas went down to
Fletcher and then out to R Rosses after the waggon be bought at the sale price $34.50 thermometer
50° at noon
Saturday 3rd
Clear Father Chas and I worked in the woods all day
Monday 5
Snowed some this morning we bushed out wood with both teams all day
Tuesday 6th
Snowed this forenoon warm we did not do much
Wednesday 7th

Clear and windy Tem 1° Father and I went to town I got a lesson
Thursday 8
Clear Tem 2° Father Chas and I hauled two loads of Ice from Fletcher and packed it in the wood
house Jobe Pierces sawed it Father sold 4 steers coming 3 yrs old to J houston for $105.00
Friday 9th
Clear & windy I hauled two loads of sawdust and put them in the wood house on the ice Chas &
Father chopped some before noon
Saturday 10th
Windy and snowed most of the day Father went to town Chas and I husked corn in the barn until
noon afternoon I went down to Fletcher and got a load of sawdust
Monday 12th
Cloudy Cool and windy Father Chas and I hauled out manure from the stable and put spread it on
the wheat
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March Tuesday 13th 1883
Clear and warm Chas and I took 4 loads of manure out of the Colts shed and put it on the wheat
Wednesday 14
Clear Father and I went to town took Joe in to see the Dr I got a lesson I went to south Buxton this
evg to a consert
Thursday 15
Clear but windy Father Chas & I worked in the woods
Friday 16
Cloudy & Windy Chas and I hauled out 4 loads of manure & shelled 3 bags of corn Father went to
Buxton this afternoon
Saturday 17th
Clear & windy Father went to town Chas and I worked in the woods most of the day Father took 6 bu
of corn to get ground
Monday 19

Snowed most all day very windy we did not do much but finished cleaning up the wheat about 8
inches of snow fell
Tuesday 20
Clear and Cold Tem 8° below Z{ero} we bushed out wood with both teams all day
Wednesday 21
Clear & Cold Tem 6° below Z{ero} we bushed out wood with both teams
Thursday 22 Flower Cow had a calf
Clear & Cold Tem 2° below Z{ero} Father Aunt Emma & I went to town I got a lesson Father sowed
the lot back of the Barn in clover seed this morning
Friday 23
Blustery & snowing some we cut and hauled some wood out of the woods Tem this morning 2°
below Z{ero}
Saturday 24
Clear and warm we cut and hauled a 16 & a twelve foot maple log down to Barrys Mill to get sawed
and hauled out some logs to saw up into stove wood on the ridge back of the barn Tem 10° this
Morning
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March Monday 26th 1883
Clear Father and I went down to Fletcher and got the lumber 640 ft got Kates front shoes put back
on after noon Chas Father and I bushed out wood with both teams
Tuesday 27th
Clear we bushed out wood with both teams this evg we hauled in a load of hay
Wednesday 28th
Clear we cut down some trees in the bush Chas hauled out some logs for wood. Very wet in the
bush
Thursday 29th
Clear Tem 24 Father Alf and I went to town in the buggie I got a lesson Alf got some medicine for his
knees
Friday 30th

Clear & warm Father took the short Cross Cut saw over and got Henry Morton to sharpen it Chas
and I piled lumber until noon after noon we all three worked in the Bush Tem 28° this morning
Saturday 31st
Clear and Warm Tem 22° in the morning Father Chas and I slashing timber in the bush all day
April Monday 2nd 1882 {should be 1883}
Clear and Warm Tem 24° Father Chas and I worked in the Bush
Tuesday 3rd
Clear Tem 36° Father trimmed some trees Chas and I husked corn hauled in a load of hay and
Opened the potatoe pitt J.W Kersey brought his tools down to Commence on our sheds
Wednesday 4
Tolerable Clear Tem 36° J.W Kersey George Kersey and Father Commenced Work framing the
sheds today Chas and I moved some timber for them with the ponies and then husked corn
Thursday 5
Rained nearly all day Tem 48° Chas and I husked corn in the Barn all day Father let off some water
&c
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April Friday 6th 1883
Cloudy Tem 34° rained some this evg Father, J W Kersey & Geo Kersey worked on the shed frame.
Chas and I husked corn in the Barn
Saturday 7th
Cloudy rained and snowed some last night Tem 32° Father and Chas went to town took 4 bu of
wheat to get ground roads very muddy I.D & I finished husking corn
Monday 9th
Clear and Warm Tem 42° in the Morning J.W. Kersey George Kersey & Father worked on the shed
frame Chas and I hauled and Culled Corn & put it in the Crib
Tuesday 10th
Clear & warm Tem 40° J.W. Geo & Father Worked on the shed Chas and I hauled up the last load of
corn and Father and Chas haule sawed the shed blocks and I hauled them up
Wednesday 11th

Clear and warm Tem 40° in the morning JW Kersey & Geo finished framing the shed Father Chas
and I dug post holes &c
Thursday 12
Clear & warm we got ready and raised the shed at the East end of the Barn J.W. Sr & Geo Kersey
and Uncle Mack Cooper helped
Friday 13th
Clear J.W Geo and Father put the rafters on this forenoon, Chas and {I} took out some Carrots,
Onions, and potatoes
Saturday 14th
Clear and warm tem 46° Father and I went to town in the Buggie Father got a keg of 100 nails paid
3¼¢ per lb and rented Pattersons bush for pasture for 5 mo to begin on 15th of May for $20.00
Monday 16th
Clear F and warm Father hung up the meat Chas and I spread the manure in the garden and took
out the potatoes and rest of carrots also took up the parsnips Father went to hunt a girl brought
Adaline Burns home
Tuesday 17th
Clear and warm Father and Mother went to town I rolled the meadow No 5 Chas spread manure in
the garden Mamie Morgan was here Alex Robinson's wife washed for mother
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April Wednesday 18 1883
Tolerable Clear We hauled some manure on to the garden and commenced spreading some of the
manure out in No 1 Father was trimming trees
Thursday 19
Clear & Cool Chas and I hauled out and spread manure on No 1 until noon after noon Chas Father
took Grand Mother and Uncle Horace blacks oats home Chas and I took 2 bags of onions & 3 bu of
parsnips down to J Stewarts got $2.00 for onions & 75 for parsnips for the lot
Friday 20
Clear & Cool Father trimmed trees Chas ploughed the garden I manured the potatoe patch
Saturday 21
Clear Chas and I ploughed a half day in No 5 Chas went up to Felixes and got the harrows and
harrowed the garden this evg we hauled a load of hay from the Barn Father went to hunt a girl

Monday 23nd
Chas and I ploughed in No 5 Cool all day and windy ice covered the well last night Chas rooled the
garden and Father fixed up too Broken slide gates and planted a row of potatoes this evg in the
garden Cooper Cow had a Calf
Tuesday 24rd
Cold Tem 28° snowed some Chas and I ploughed all in No 5 Father planted some onions in the
garden
Wednesday 25th
Cool Tem 40° Chas and I finished ploughing the East part of No 5 by Noon and ploughed No 2 for
potatoes after noon, Father planted some beets, letus, carrots and potatoes in the garden
Thursday 26
Rained this afternoon Tem 40° Father sowed white side oats until noon in No 5 but had to quit Chas
and I harrowed then in
Friday 27th
Cloudy showery afternoon Father and Mother went to Fletcher I planted 3 crab apple trees afternoon
we cleaned up the oats 66 bu
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April May Saturday 28 1883
Clear & Cool Father and I went to town I got a lesson Father sent draft to *Nebraska for Payment on
land $69.75
Monday 30
Clear & Warm we finished putting in oats in No 5 and harrowed the potatoe patch Willard altered
Bob & Mack Colts this afternoon
Tuesday 1st May
Chas and I run out the furrows in the oats planted 6 rows of potatoes and went down to Zebzes and
commenced ploughing for oats Father went along
Wednesday 2nd
Clear and Warm Chas and I ploughed at Zebzes all day Father took the harrow teeth to get
sharpened and planted some turnips

Thursday 3rd

Showery Father Chas and I trimmed the grape vines & Black Berries and nailed some sideing on the
shed

Friday 4th
Cloudy Father went to Buxton and got 3 mulberry trees Chas and I planted a few potatoes and
spread some manure in No 1 after noon we went down and finished ploughing front field at Zebzes

Saturday 5th
Cloudy and Cool we started to harrow and rool the wheat but it was too wet Father and Mother went
to Fletcher Chas and I planted 12 cherry trees along the lane in No 5 after noon Father sowed &
Chas and I harrowed in the oats in front field at Zebzes sowed 9 bu
Sunday 6th
Clear Kate had a Colt running 11 mo exactly
Monday 7th
Cloudy rained some last night Father Chas and I worked on the shed some Father went to N Buxton
after noon
Tuesday 8th
Cloudy Father went to dresden to attend Josiah Huson's * Funeral I went to Chatham got a lesson
Wednesday 9th
Cloudy rained some last night We finished sideing the shed at the East end of the Barn
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May Thursday 10th 1883
Showery all the afternoon we went Father Chas and I down to the Zebs place to plough and burn of
fodder &c got caught in the rain and came home after noon Bet had a Colt after running 10 mo 27
days
Friday 11th
Clear & pleasant we sawed wood until noon after noon I ploughed in the sod No 1 with the ponies
Father and Chas sawed some stove wood
Saturday 12th
Clear but Cool Father and Mother went to town Chas and I sawed stove wood most of the day

Monday 14
Cloudy & Cool rained very heavy this evg we sawed some stove wood
Tuesday 15th
Eliza Jane Done came here this morning to work Cleared off this forenoon Chas and I let off some
water and sawed stove wood Father went to Buxton & helped us some
Wednesday 16th
Clear Father Chas and I took 3 Calfs Over to Chas Done's to pasture went around and let the water
off of the oats at Zebzes then came home and hauled out manure and spread it in No 1 afternoon
Father went to Fletcher
Thursday 17th
Clear Father went out on the plains Chas and I hauled out and spread manure in No 1 all day
Friday 18th
Clear Father put Kate and Bet to the Clydesdale stallion Young Wonder at Stewarts this morning
Chas and I harrowed and rolled the wheat with both teams Chas planted some potatoes
Saturday 19
Rained some last night heavy wind & rain storm this evg Tolerable Clear all day Father went to town
took 6 bu of wheat to get ground I ploughed sod in No 1 Chas planted potatoes
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May Monday 21st 1883*
Rained all day long Chas and I took the straw off of the hay in the barn and hauled a load of hay and
put it in the stable
Tuesday 22nd
Cloudy & showered some Father went to Fletcher Chas and I put a Bridge over the line ditch
between us and Patterson for the cattle and horses to go over to the Pasture
Wednesday 23rd
Tolerable Clear Father Chas and I scoured out the ditch back of the barn along No 4
Thursday 24
Clear Father went to Fletcher Chas and I ploughed in No 1, took a young sow too Henery Parsonses
Pig this morning

Friday 25
Clear Chas and I finished spreading manure on No1 and ploughed some afternoon Father sold a
Calf to the Butchers this evg for $4.00
Saturday 26
Rained most all day Father Mother Grand Mother and I went to town in the Buggie I got a lesson
Monday 28
Rained some yesterday We finished ploughing the sod in No 1 and let off some water Rained some
this Evening
Tuesday 29
Cloudy Chas and I nailed the sheeting on the shed Father put on some shingles
Wednesday 30
Rained all the afternoon Father went to town and got a 7000 load of Cedar shingles for the shed
paid $3.00 per thousand Chas and I shingled until Noon & shelled some corn
Thursday 31
Clear Father Chas and I out shingles on the shed all day
Friday 1st June
Clear Father Chas and I finished shingling the shed Elder Smith was here*
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June Saturday 2nd 1883
Clear Father and Grand Mother Poindexter went to town in our Buggie I ploughed until Noon in No 5
for corn afternoon I hauled up timber &c
Monday 4
Tolerable clear rained last night I finished hauling up the timber for the stable father went to meet
Elliot and lacocq on the line ditch
Tuesday 5
Rained after noon Father went to town took 26½ bu of wheat Yearling Colt commenced bleeding
from being altered I went to town on old Kate and and told Father of it he got better after dark
Wednesday 6

Rained after noon Chas and I piled lumber until noon afternoon we worked in the garden I planted
some sweet corn in the potatoe patch
Thursday 7
Clear we planted some potatoes in the potatoe patch after noon Chas and I dug a ditch into the
garden Father went to Buxton after noon
Friday 8
Clear and warm Father Alf and I.D. worked in the garden Chas and I ploughed in upper part of No 5
with both teams I took Kate & bet to the Horse Bet took the Horse
Saturday 9
Rained some this morning Father went to town in the Buggie Chas and I harrowed marked off and
planted 20 rows of corn in No 5 Americus Cooper finished souring oats today yesterday at felixes
Monday 11
Cleared off this Morning Windy Chas and I finished piling lumber Cut the stack away for the shed
and piled some manure
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Tuesday 12th June 1883
Showery afternoon Chas and I ploughed in No 5 for corn Father worked in the garden
Wednesday 13
Clear Chas and I finished ploughing in No 5 this forenoon and planted some after noon father in
Garden working
Thursday 14
Clear Chas and I plo finished planting corn in No 5 this forenoon after noon we ploughed at Zebzes
with both teams
Friday 15
Tolerable Clear Chas and I ploughed in No at Zebzes with both teams Father worked in the garden
Saturday 16
Very hot this forenoon showery after noon Father went to town took 8 pieces Ham, Shoulder, and
flitches, got 14¢ for Ham and flitch & 13 for Shoulder I ploughed at Zebzes
Sunday 17*

Father went to town for the Dr for Mother she is very sick*
Monday 18
Rained last night Father went to town after a road scraper Dr springer came out to see Mother Chas
and I ground the Cythes and done some Jobs &c
Tuesday 19
We hauled up some wood &c. afternoon Chas and I ploughed at Zebzes Father attended on the line
the Surveyor was on the line ditch between us and Lacocq
Wednesday 20
Cloudy Chas and I ploughed at Zebzes Father packed up the meat and went to see Uncle
Mack ditch sheep that were killed by dogs
Thursday 21
Clear Chas and I.D. harrowed and marked off the corn ground at Zebzes and I planted some corn
with the planter
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June Friday 22nd 1883
Clear I finished planting corn at Zebzes Chas and ID finished Harrowed sod in No 1 Father worked
in the garden
Saturday 23
Clear Father went town took some pork got 14¢ for Ham I harrowed until noon then I went to town
on Old Kate for the Dr for Mother
Sunday 24 Dr Springer came out to see Mother this morning
Monday 25
Cloudy Chas harrowed and I cultivated sod with Kate and bet
Tuesday 26
Cloudy Cleared off afternoon Chas and I Harrowed and Cultiva{ted} sod Father worked in the garden
Wednesday 27
Cloudy & showery we took the cultivator home and got Mr Walkers drill to drill in beans but it was too
wet to drill after noon I ploughed the potatoe patch up with one horse
Thursday 28

Cloudy Father Chas, I.D, Alf and I hoed potatoes after noon Alf and ID picked strawberries and
Father shot squirrels
Friday 29
Clear I drilled in the beans Chas rolled with the ponies Father in the garden after he took
Grandmother home and I rolled the most of the corn in No 5
Saturday 30
Clear Father went to town us boys hoed potatoes all day
Monday 2nd
Clear Father went to town on George Horse I ploughed at Zebzes very hot Chas Alf & D pulled the
mustard out of the oats
Tuesday 3
Clear & Hot Chas and I ploughed at Zebzes Father Alf and I.D. Hoed in the garden
Wednesday 4
Clear and Hot Chas and I ploughed until noon after noon Father sowed some Buck Wheat and we
commenced Harrowing it in but the rain stoped us
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June Thursday 5 1883
Chas and I cultivated corn and potatoes at home until noon afternoon we went down Chas rooled
corn and I finished harrowing in the buckwheat Father sowed it & hoed some
Friday 6
Clear and Hot I finished rolling corn and Buckwheat Chas harrowed corn and Father Hoed corn I.D.
uncovered
Saturday 7
Showered a all the afternoon Father went to town Chas and I cultivated a little
Monday 9
Clear and Cool Chas and I finished cultivating the home corn this forenoon and then we all hoed
corn the rest of the day Rose Cow had a calf last night
Tuesday 10

Clear and Cool Chas and I cultivated corn at Zebzes Alf and I.D uncovered Father hoed in the
garden
Wednesday 11
Clear Chas and I finished cultivating corn at Zebzes
Thursday 12
Rained this evg I cut the grass in the Orchard this forenoon with the machine Father mowed with the
Cythe Boys Hoed beans some this morning
Friday 13
Rained this evg we hoed some beans and shook up some hay but it got wet
Saturday 14
Father went town this forenoon we hoed beans afternoon we hauled in one load of hay it was damp
Monday 16
Clear we hoed some beans I cut hay afternoon in No 1
Tuesday 17
I finished cutting in No 1 after noon we hauled in some with Both teams
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July Wednesday 18th 1883
Clear & windy we hauled the hay in out of No 1 & worked some beans in the morning Temperature
pleasant
Thursday 19th
Clear & pleasant we put up the reaper this morning Uncle Mack Cooper got it to cut wheat we
hauled in the hay out of the orchard Alf sulkey raked No 1 and we hauled in the rakings afternoon we
hoed in the beans Father went down to cut after noon but broke the machine
Friday 20th
Clear in the morning Father cut some for Uncle Mack we hoed beans all day Father hoed afternoon
Saturday 21
Drizzled rain this morning until after 10 Oclock Father went to town Chas Alf I.D. and I hoed beans
Monday 23

Showery and wet poured down rain nearly all night last night I ploughed and harrowed up some
beds front of the house for strawberries and cultivated some beans and we hoed some
Tuesday 24
Raining this morning very muddie Father went over to Martin Dillons on horse back I hauled up
some wood with George we cut around the wheat this evg
Wednesday 25
Clear Father and Mother went to town to the Dr Chas and I mowed fence corners Alf and D cocked
them up turned Loucast Lacocqs bull in among our cattle
Thursday 26
Clear Father cut our most of our wheat and we boys bound
Friday 27
Clear we finished cutting and binding our wheat this forenoon afternoon we shocked it up and hauled
in the fence corners
Saturday 28
Clear Father, Chas and Alf went to town to see barnum's show I did not do much finished cultivating
the beans this evg
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Aug Monday 30 1883
Clear Chas and I cultivated ½ of the corn at Zebzes afternoon we worked in the hay Father cut hay
before noon in No 4
Tuesday 31
Clear and Cool Father cut some more meadow Chas and I cultivated somemore of the corn and
worked in the hay afternoon
Wednesday 1st Aug
Clear we hauled in 13 loads of hay into the barn out of No 4 with both teams finished cutting this
morning
Thursday 2
Clear heavy shower this evening we hauled in hay out of No 4 finished
Friday 3

Clear Father helped Abe Patterson this morning Chas and I cut fence corners Alf sulkey raked
stubble afternoon we hauled in hay
Saturday 4
Clear Mother and Father went to town Chas Alf ID and I hauled in the wheat and a load of fence
corner hay out of No 4
Monday 6
Clear we finished hauling in the hay and rakings this forenoon and finished working the Zebs corn
this afternoon took Uncle macks rake hay rack home and brought the roller home from Zebzes
Tuesday 7
Clear Chas and I ploughed all day with both teams in the wheat stubble No 4 Father commenced
clearing up the ground for the ditch
Wednesday 8
Clear we all logged and burned on the line between us and Lacocq
Thursday 9
Clear we logged and burned on the line between us and Lococq all day
Friday 10
Clear we finished loging and burning on the line (and we grubed some) after noon Father went to
Grand Mothers I shelled 10 bu of corn
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Aug Saturday 11 1883
Clear Father and Mother went to town Chas alf ID and I grubbed some stumps on the line
Monday 13
Clear we commenced ditching on the line between us and Lacocq
Tuesday 14
we ditched on the line between us and Lacocq
Wednesday 15
Clear we worked on the ditch between us and lacocq
Thursday 16th

Clear we worked on the line ditch between us and Lacocq
Friday 17
Clear we worked on the Ditch all day very warm
Saturday 18
Clear Father went to town I commenced cutting oats in No 5 and bound some on the ridge
Monday 20
Clear Rained some yesterday we worked some on the Ditch after noon we ditched a little Bound
Oats in No 5
Tuesday 21
Clear We finished binding what oats were cut and I finished cutting the oats in No 5 Father went to
the Tilburry
Wednesday 22
Clear we bound some in No 5 Rained some this evg
Thursday 23
Clear Father went out to the river and got Patience Scott and brought Mother home too after noon
Father went down and took cradled around the oats I took the machine down and cut them
Friday 24
Clear we ditched until noon afternoon we went down and bound some oats at Zebzes
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Aug Saturday 25 1883
Clear Father went to town we hauled in 3 loads of Oats out of No 5 and went down and finished
binding at Zebzes
Monday 27
Clear We finished hauling in our Oats also them at Zebzes
Tuesday 28 drizzled rain this
Drizzled rain this forenoon after noon we worked some on the ditch Between lots 4 and 5
Wednesday 29

Clear we worked on the Ditch all day with both teams Father Mother Joe and I went down to Aunt
Emmas to Mamie and Johns wedding
Thursday 30
Clear Cool nights Father and Mother went to town Chas and I worked on the ditch with Kate & Bet
Father took 12 bu of wheat to town got $1.10 per bu
Friday 31
Clear we finished the lower part of the ditch as deep as we could scrape it after noon Chas and I
ploughed some in No 4
Saturday 1st
Clear Chas and I ploughed all day in No 4 ground very hard Father spaded out some of the Bottom
Monday 3rd
Rained some yesterday morning Chas ploughed all day in No 4 I ploughed until noon Old Kate got
sick and I had to quit Father spaded on the ditch
Tuesday 4
Clear and Cool I went to town on old Bet got McKerrisher Vetrinary Surgeon to come out to see Old
Kate Chas ploughed in No 4 with Ponies Father Ditched
Wednesday 5
Clear Father and I Ditched on the line with the spade throwing out the Bottom of the ditch Chas
ploughed with Ponies
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Sept August Saturday 11 1883
Clear Father and Mother went to town took 10 bu of corn in the buggie got 56¢ per bu Chas Alf and I
grubbed out some stumps on the line
Monday 13
Thursday 6
Clear Father went to town in the buggie took 6 bu of wheat to get ground Chas and I ditched on the
line with the spade
Friday 7
Cloudy rained some this afternoon, we finished bottoming the lower part of the ditch Father went
too the Kersey drain to see some ditching sold out

Saturday 8
Clear we hauled the dirt back from the ditch which was thrown out with the spade with both teams
after noon Father went down to Zebzes to see the corn & buck wheat Chas and I hauled out manure
on to No 6
Sunday Monday 9 frost last night
Monday 10
Clear heavy frost last night Chas hauled up wood and hauled out manure with Kate & Bet Father
grubed at a stump on the ditch I helped Dow Pierce to haul his oats from Felixes place down to
Fletcher
Tuesday 11th
Clear & Cool Chas and I hauled out manure with both teams
Wednesday 12
Clear and Tolerable Cool Father finished grubbing out the elm stump on the ditch Chas and I hauled
out manure with both teams
Thursday 13
Clear Father burned in the bush Chas and I hauled out manure
Friday 14
Clear Father helped Uncle Mack Thrash this morning Chas and I hauled some manure and cut the
Buckwheat at Zebzes with the reaper
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Saturday 15
Father and I went to town got the horses front feet shod I brought out a load of brick 500
Monday 17
Clear Father went to town in the buggie Chas and I spread manure after noon we tried to harrowed
in some wheat but it was too dry
Tuesday 18
Clear and Cool we Commenced working on the Kersey drain up back of Joe Robinses with both
teams & henry parsons helped with his team
Wednesday 19

Cloudy we worked on the Kersey drain with all three teams ours and Henery Parsonses my scraper
bail broke this morning and Chas took it to the shop
Thursday 20
Rained some Father and Mother went to town after noon, Chas and I spread some manure and
helped Horace Bond thrash some
Friday 21st
Cloudy this morning rained some last night Father sowed Clawson wheat (seed last years growing)
in No 4 and Chas and I harrowed it in with Both teams ground very hard
Saturday 22nd
Tolerable Clear Father finished sowing wheat in No 4 Chas and I finished harrowing it in and I
ploughed the headlands ploughed the wheat in on the lower headland
Monday 24
Cloudy and showery all day Father and Chas went and got the plow and got the f off of the ditch and
got it fixed and started to help Horace Bond thrash but it rained I run the water furrows in No 4 and
started ploughing in No 6
Tuesday 25
Cloudy and Cool Father shot some squirrels spread some manure and sold all of the cordwood we
had to the dredge Captain, E.T. Martin Chas and I ploughed all day in No 6
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Sept Wednesday 26 1883
Clear Father and Chas helped Horace Bond to thrash I went to town and got the horse doctor to
come out and see pat Colt he said he had the spasmodic colic after noon I shook out manure alf and
ID harrowed
Thursday 27
Clear Father and Chas helped Horace Bond finish thrash after noon Father stood up the buckwheat
Chas and I ploughed in No 6
Friday 28
Clear We finished ploughing and spreading manure in No 6 Alf and I.D. pulled beans
Saturday 29
Cloudy Rained some this evg Father and Mother went to town I finished harrowing No 6, and Chas
and I hauled up a load of buck wheat from Zebzes

Monday, October 1st 1883
Clear and Cool frost last night Father went and got 8 bu of Democrat Wheat paid $1.25 per bu Chas
and I finished out the wood piles to be measured after noon we drilled in Democrat Wheat in No 6
with Chas Lenovers drill
Tuesday 2nd
Rained almost all last night very wet We picked the seed wheat afternoon Chas and I hauled up the
thrashing wood and cleaned some seed wheat for Grandmother
Wednesday 3rd
Clear and Cool we finished drilling in the democrat wheat in No 6 and harrowed it over and afternoon
I run the furrows out and shoveled them Father and Chas got a load of buck wheat home
Thursday 4
Clear Chas and I got some barrels and went and hauled a load of water for the thrashing Father
started a well behind the barn afternoon I went out to John Kearnses and got the separator Father
and Chas went and got the rest of the buckwheat
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Oct Friday 5 1883
Clear got up steam to thrash but the skum valve blew out and could not thrash I.D. and I got a load
of water we hauled in some beans and pulled some Father bought the County right to a steam
washing machine
Saturday 6
Cloudy and damp Father and Mother went to town in the heavy waggon and got a set of harness for
the ponies also a barrel of salt and some boards to make a waggon box Chas and I throwed manure
away from the barn door Alf and .D. finished pulling the beans
Monday 8
Clear we thrashed with Johnson and Done's machine John Brown, Robert Harden, Norman Cooper,
Grand Father Poindexter, Americus Cooper, Horace Bond, and John Cribbs helped us we had 57 bu
of scott wheat 40 bu of Buck wheat and 260 bu of oats
Tuesday 9
Clear shower in the evening I hauled the engine down to Grand Mothers and Chas and I got a load
of water Father dug in the well back of the barn after noon we hauled in the beans
Wednesday 10

Cloudy and damp we recommenced sou work on the Kersey drain back of Robinses Henry parsons
helped us
Thursday 11
Tolerable Clear We worked on the ditch with our teams and Henry Parsons'es
Friday 12
Clear We worked on the ditch with all three teams Ours and Henry's Tollie came this evg and gave
Father an order for $45.00 on the ditch
Saturday 13th
Cloudy and rained this evg Father and Mother went to town Chas and I grubbed out an oak tree on
the ditch & cut some corn out of the way of the ditch
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Oct Monday 15 15 1883
Clear and cool heavy frost last night Father Chas and I finished our part of the line ditch between us
and Lacocq Henry helped us until noon with his team
Tuesday 16
Clear We worked on the ditch with all three teams all day
Wednesday 17
Clear We worked on the ditch with all three teams Henrys and ours
Thursday 18
Cloudy rained a little we worked on the ditch all day
Friday 19
Cloudy showery we worked on the ditch all day
Saturday 19 20
Cloudy we worked on the ditch all day with all three teams
Monday 22
Cloudy and Cool we worked on the ditch all day
Tuesday 23

Cloudy and Cool we finished our job on the Kersey drain this afternoon
Wednesday 24
Cloudy Father took the ploughs to town to get them fixed we skined a heiffer one of the heiffer
calves we got from Aunt Emma Chas and I pitted the potatoes
Thursday 25
Cloudy rained some this evg Father Chas and I cut a flat ditch through East half of No 1 with the
teams
Friday 26
Rained some this morning we plained and cut out the Boards for a waggon box and fanned up the
buckwheat had 21 bu clean
Saturday 27
Clear Father went to town with the ponies in the buggie Aunt Emma went along I went in with Kate
and Bet and got a load of Brick, 500 Chas alf and D pulled some beans
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Monday 29th 1883
Father and mother went to town in the buggie after some things Father brought out Aunt Maria
Blacks coffin, Chas and I hauled up some wood &c
Tuesday 30th
Clear & windy Father, Mother, Chas, Alf and I went to Aunt Maria's funeral today this evg I finished
putting the waggon box together
Wednesday 31st
Clear Cool and Windy Father and I went to town with both teams after brick got the new waggon box
ironed and got 1100 brick Mother went to Windsor this evg
Thursday 1st November
Cloudy blowing a little snow we hauled the water out of the well back of the barn Father commenced
digging Chas and I hauled the dirt away and pitted the carrots
Friday 2nd
Tolerable clear and cool Father went to the ditch sale on the 4 Con we pitted the apples and scraped
another flat outlet ditch in No 1
Saturday 3

Cloudy Father went to town in the buggie Chas and I pitted the turnips hauled ½ barrel of water to
the hogs and hauled 2 loads of stone for the stable foundation and one load of sand
Sunday 4th
Clear and warm Father and Chas took Aunt Emma to Charing Cross to meet the Express bound for
Xenia for Grandmothers body
Monday 5
Clear Father went to town in the buggie chas and I dug in the well back of the barn Mother came
home from Windsor this evg
Tuesday 6
Clear and Cool Aunts Emma and Eunice arrived at Buxton* with Grand Mother Shadds Body she
died in Xenia Ohio Saturday evg 3rd of November
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Nov Wednesday 7th 1883
Clear we attended Grand Mother Shadds funeral today she was 76 yrs old and was Burried in the
Cemetry in Chatham Mother was not able to attend
Thursday 8
Clear and warm Father dug some in the well behind the barn Chas Alf I.D and I husked some corn
this afternoon
Friday 9th
Clear except one shower we finished digging the well behind the barn Father walled it up
Saturday 10th
Rained some Father went to town in the buggie I took a grist to Merlin 6 bu of wheat and 6 bu of
corn and hauled in a waggon box of corn in out of the field 20 bu
Monday 12th
Very windy & cool tem 30° Z Father dug out a hole for a cistern Chas went down and brought the
pigs up from the Zebs place I hauled out some manure from the barn onto the meadow by the barn
Tuesday 13
Cloudy windy and cool Tem 28° Z Father went to Chatham and brought out Mr Branton to cement
the cistern I went down to Grandmothers logging bee Chas Alf and D. cut some corn
Wednesday 14

Cloudy and windy Tem 27° Mr Branton patched the house and cemented the cistern we tended on
him
Thursday 15
Windy and Cold Tem 20° Father went up to Felixes with Aunts Emma and Eunice and Old Man
Potter Chas and I hauled up some wood
Friday 16
Tolerable Clear winday and Cold Tem 16° Father took the Butter down to grand Mothers and worked
some at the cistern Chas and I husked corn
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Nov Saturday 17 1883
Clear Tolerable Windy Tem 27° in the Morning 42° this Evg Father went to town Chas went along I
hauled in some fodder and corn and cleaned up the barn floor
Monday 19th
Clear and pleasant Father Aunt Emma and Aunt Eunice went to town in our buggie Father got some
dry good for winter Chas Alf, I.D, & I husked corn in No 8 all day
Tuesday 20th
Cloudy and showery Father Aunts Eunice and Emma went *up to Grand Fathers place to take an
inventory of goods Chas Alf ID and I husked corn
Wednesday 21
Cloudy and showery Father went to town for the Dr for Mother we poy boys husked some in the barn
and cleaned up the floor
Thursday 22
Cloudy and damp Tem 50° Father went to town and sent Dr Ligh out to see Mother I let off some
water andc {&c}
Friday 23rd
Cloudy and damp Tem 45° Father went over down to fletcher before noon afternoon he went over to
meet Toolie on the ditch Chas alf ID. and I started to scrape a ditch between us and Lacocq across
the front field
Saturday 24
Tolerable Clear very muddy I went to town on horseback to get the Dr for Mother who is very sick
afternoon we scraped out the rest of the ditch between us and Lacocq in No 1

Monday 26
Rained all night and some today Father went to town in the buggie very muddy forenoon Loucast
Lacocq and I cleaned out the railroad ditches from the line ditch to the culvert and back
Tuesday 27
Clear and Cold Tem 26° Chas and I scraped a flat ditch across the upper part of No 1 Father sowing
on the machine
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Nov Wednesday 28 1883
Clear Tem 28° Father went to Fletcher after noon he hewed the pieces for the well curb and went to
trustee metting this evg, Chas Alf ID and I logged until noon afternoon I fixed the well curb
Thursday 29
Clear and Cool Tem 34° Father Chas and I dug a ditch and graded the dirt up around the school
house after noon Father pumped out the school house well and cleaned it out we boys finished
husking corn
Friday 30th
Cloudy and cool Tem 42° Chas and I hauled in the fodder Father and I measured off the line for the
ditch and fence for the back of the clearing Father painted the waggon box and Chas and I put the
frame down for the well curb behind the barn
Saturday 1st December
Clear one shower before noon Father went to town we put the mower and sulky rake overhead in
the shed by the barn afternoon we logged some
Monday 3rd
Clear but Cool Tem 28° Chas and I hauled up wood Father went to town
Tuesday 4
Tolerable clear Father and Aunt Emma went down to Gerrits in our buggie Chas Alf ID and I logged
some in the clearing after noon Father Chas and I started to dig a ditch from pattersons line accross
back of the clearing towards Lacocqs
Wednesday 5
Clear Chas I.D. and I ditched on the clearing ditch Father went up to Merry Glen as Mr Potter came
out to divide the things furniture
Thursday 6

Clear and pleasant Father went up as Mr Potter was to divide the p Library I hauled a load of hay for
Mrs White from Rosses place on the 6th concession Chas hauled some things down from Merry
Glen
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December Friday 7th 1883
Cloudy rained some last night and this morning we did not do much I.D. and I went to town this evg
in our buggie for some things for Aunt Emma as Horace is very sick Old Mrs Bond came out with us
Saturday 8th Cloudy Father went to town roads very muddy Chas and I ditched a little Chas Alf and
D. hauled a load of hay from the barn to the stable I went down to Aunt Emmas this evg Father went
down tonight to see Horace
Monday 10 Tolerable clear and pleasant we ditched some in the clearing Horace Bond died today
about 11 Oclock he had been sick about 8 days
Tuesday 11 Clear we did not do much put a curb on the well
Wednesday 12 Clear and pleasant Father, Chas, Alf, Flavious and I went to Horace Bonds funeral
he was burried in the Cemetry in Chatham
Thursday 13 Clear and pleasant Father Chas Alf and I.D. logged in the clearing I was not well and
done nothing
Friday 14 Clear and windy Turned cold this evg we finished the ditch back of the clearing and put up
a log pile
Saturday 15 Cloudy and Cold Tem 17° Father went to town we covered the potatoes and carrots
pits with manure and hauled a load of hay from the barn to the stable
Monday 17 Father Chas and I killed 8 pigs they weighed 72, 74, 78, 80, 85, 90, 100, & 107
respectively
Tuesday 18 Father went down to Fletcher after noon, Chas and I hitched Bob up, hauled up some
wood with Kate and Bet &c Cold Tem 17° snowed some last night
Wednesday 19 Tolerable Clear Tem 20° Father went to town in the buggie got some groceries & 2
bu of corn to feed the pigs paid 80¢ per bu Chas and I cut some wood
Thursday 20 Clear Tem 12° Father went to the Council I took a grist to Merlin to Mill 6 bu corn 4 bu
of wheat and 8 bu of buckwheat but could not get the buck wheat ground
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Friday 21 December 1883
Clear and cold Tem 12° Father went to the school house to help fill out reports Chas and I sawed a
few 4 Elm sawlogs and hitched Bob up and drove him

Saturday 22 Clear and Cold Tem 8° Father went to town in the buggie we hauled in two loads of
hay from the barn to the stable and drove Bob and bet up to Charlestons
Monday 24 Cold Tem 10° Father went to town Chas and I hauled cut some elm logs and done the
chores up
Tuesday 25 Clear and Cool Tem 10° Sandy Coutts shod Kate and bet this Morning Father Chas Joe
and I went up to Church
Wednesday 26 Clear School Metting was held today Chas Lenover was Elected Trustee in place of
Forhan Father went bought the Contract for putting in the wood. 3 Cords green soft wood @ 165¢
per cord and 3 Cords green hard wood @ $2.70¢ per Cord also putting in a bridge accross the ditch
@ $13.50¢ to be done right off
Thursday 27 snowed all the forenoon Dow pierce and I took our too teams and hauled too loads of
hay for aunt Emma also hauled up some lumber to
Friday 28 Clear Father went to Fletcher Chas and I sawed some logs this afternoon
Saturday 29 Clear Father went to town in the sleigh took 8 bu of buckwheat to get ground Chas and
I sawed some logs
Monday 31 Cloudy & warm Tem 36° Father and I went out to the Town hall to the Nomination There
were 17 Candidates Nominated
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Tuesday January 1st 1884
Cloudy Tem 26° Father Chas and I hewed timber for the schoolhouse bridge
Wednesday 2 Very windy snowing all day Tem 22° we tramped out some beans on the barn floor
with the Ponies
Thursday 3 Very windy Cold and blustry the lane drifted full of snow I baged Henry parsonses oats
up, we did not do much. Tem 7°
Friday 4 Cold and windy Tem 3° below Z{ero} We finished hewing the timber for the school house
bridge and hauled them down J.G. Stewart brought the ballot box up
Saturday 5 Clear and Cold Tem 7° below Z{ero} Father went to town in the sleigh I hauled up some
wood hauled in a load of hay to the stable and took Henrys, oats home
Monday 7 Clear Tem Zero this morning Municipal Election was held today polls stood at our polling
place as follows (Dillon 21 for reve, Goulet 26, Kennedy 3, Morrison 29) for first Deputy Dolson 18,
Irwin 53, Tooley 11,) for 2nd Deputy Crow 34, Drew 20, Councillors, Dyke 70, Foxton 8 Slade 0,
Taylor 5, Ward 0, Williams 27, White 5,
Tuesday 8 snowing all day Father went to town in the sleigh he took 2 pigs down to J.G. Stewarts
this morning got 7¢ per lb Dow Pierce and I sawed Elm logs all day. Dow commenced work for 3 mo.

Wednesday 9 snowed some Tem 22° Father and Chas hauled some Elm logs to Buxton Dow and I
sawed some afternoon Dow worked ½ day
Thursday 10 Clear Tem 12° Father and Chas hauled two loads of logs Dow and I cut some logs we
also killed 3 pigs they weighed 114 lbs, 126 lbs & 184 lbs
Friday 11 Clear Tem 22° Father and Dow Pierce went with the ponies to help haul Aunt Emmas
stable frame home I hauled 3 loads of Elm logs up to Kerseys (mill) 500 ft, 770 ft & 572 ft
respectively
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Saturday 12 January 1884
Cloudy snowed some Father and Joe went to town in the slaegh sleigh Dow choped some cord
wood I hauled 3 loads of logs to Kerseys mill measuring 824 ft, 649 ft, & 1064 ft respectively, docked
1064 to 700
Monday 14 Clear and Cool Tem 22 Father and I hauled logs to Buxton 3 loads each Dow cut roads
and wood
Tuesday 15 Clear Tem 8° Father and Chas hauled logs to Buxton with both teams 2 loads each
Dow Pierce and I cut some logs and helped them load
Wednesday 16 Clear and Cool Tem 10° Father and Chas hauled two loads of logs each Dow and I
cut some &c
Thursday 17 Clear and Cool Father and Chas hauled three loads of logs each Dow and I cut &
helped them load
Friday 18 Clear and Cool Tem 22° Father and Chas hauled 3 loads each to Buxton Dow and I
cutting
Saturday 19 snowy Tem 24° Father went in to town in the sleigh Dow cut and I hauled up wood we
also hauled in a load of hay & straw
Monday 21 Clear and Cold Tem 6° Father and Chas hauled two loads each Dow and I sawed 12
logs
Tuesday 22 Clear and Cool Tem 18° Father and Chas hauled two loads each Dow worked
afternoon we sawed 2 large logs
Wednesday 23 Cloudy and windy Father and Chas hauled logs Dow and I cut eleven logs
Thursday 24 Cold and Windy Tem 10° Father and Chas hauled one load each and Father went to
Hattie Bond sale Father bought the mounted horsepower $11½ Dow and I cut 8 logs

Friday 25 Clear and Cold Tem 12° below Zero Father went to town in the sleigh for the Dr for
Mother I hauled 3 loads of logs Dow & Chas cut 2 logs Dow cutting wood
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Saturday 26 January 1884
Clear and Cold Tem 10° Father and Chas hauled 3 loads of logs each Dow and I cut 6 logs
Monday 28 Cloudy and Cool Father took too Elm logs to Kerseys & I took one this evg Dow and I
cut them
Tuesday 29 Cloudy and Cool The Reelection of Smith for M.P for this County took place today our
polls stood smith 51, Samson 43, Father acted as Deputy returning officer and I acted as Constable
for Div No 2 Raleigh Dow did not work
Wednesday 30 Warm Tem 38° showery Father went to town in the Buggie I took 2 logs up to
kerseys mill after noon Dow and I cut some red oak Cord wood Chas helped us
Thursday 31 Cloudy and warm Dow Chas and I cutting Cord wood hicory Father went up to Buxton
Friday 1st Clear and pleasant Tem 34° Dow Chas and I cutting hicory Father went to Buxton Dow
set in this morning to work two 2 months for $10.00 per mo
Saturday 2 Clear Tem 32° Father and Dow went to town in the buggie Chas & I cleaned up some
beans &c
Monday 4 Cloudy and Cool Tem 32° Dow, Chas, and I cut hicory Cord wood Father took a piece of
hicory and went to Travises to get some axe handles
Tuesday 5 Cloudy and Drizzeling rain and sleety Tem 28 Dow did not work Chas and I took the
teams up to Kerseys for lumber stayed all day and only got one load got 4 axe handles Father went
to buxton
Wednesday 6 Cloudy Father went to Fletcher Chas and I went to Buxton got 20 bu of corn @ 75¢
per bu it was shipped from Columbus Neb, to Charleston & Co, Dow cut wood in the wood pile
afternoon we thrashed beans in the barn
Thursday 7 Chas and I finished thrashing the beans and cleaned them up Cloudy Tem 30° Dow cut
wood in the woods we had 18 bu altogether
Friday 8 Cloudy Tem 30 Dow Pierce Chas and I cut hicory Cord wood all day
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Saturday 9 February 1884
Cloudy Tem 28° Father went to Buxton Dow cut wood in the woods I cut up the remainder of the
pork 6 pigs

Monday 10 Cloudy & misty Tem 26° Dow cut wood in the woods Chas and I hauled up the rest of
our dry Cord wood
Tuesday 12 Cloudy and warm Tem 30 rained some last night Dow Chas and I cut hicory Cord wood
all day
Wednesday 13 Cloudy Tem 30° Dow Chas and I cut Cord wood all day wet in the bush Father not
well
Thursday 14 Clear and Cool Tem 20° very windy Dow and I cut hicory Cord wood Chas helped
Father salt the pork
Friday 15 Clear Tem 26° Dow Chas and I cut hicory all day Father went up to Buxton
Saturday 16 Clear and pleasant U Tem 22° Father went to town in Buggie Dow Chas and I cutting
hicory wood
Monday 18 Clear and pleasant Tem 36° Dow Chas and I cutting wood in the woods Father went to
Buxton
Tuesday 19 Clear and pleasant Tem 40° 7.30 Express going west one car left the track Dow Chas
and I cutting hicory wood
Wednesday 20 Cold and windy Tem 20° Dow did not work we picked beans until noon afternoon
Father went to Buxton Father Chas and I sawed some wood
Thursday 21 Clear and Windy Tem 26° Father and Chas sawed down some Elm and ash trees Dow
and I sawed hicory wood Father settled up with Dow this evening
Friday 22 Cloudy Tem 20° Father went to Buxton Chas and I hauled in 3 loads of hay fixed up some
fence &c Alf and D cut some corn stalks off in No 5 clearing
Saturday 23 Cloudy Father and Ch went to Chatham Chas and I bushed out some wood but the but
the horses broke through the ice in the bush so that we quit and cut some red oak
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Feb 1884
Monday 25 Snowed some windy Tem 20 Chas and I bushed out wood all day
Tuesday 26 Cloudy Tem 36° snowed some we hauled 3 loads about 2 Cords of hicory over to the
Choolhous {schoolhouse} and bushed out hicory Father helped us to make some roads
Wednesday 27 Snowing Tem 36° Father went to town with Gerrit and Chas harris Chas and I
finished bushing out the hicory wood had 17 cords
Thursday 28 Cloudy and windy Tem 4° Chas and I cut some small hicorys before noon after dinner
Father went and got a load of Gerrits furniture things from Felixs and took them down to Harrises

Friday 29 Cold and Windy Tem 7° below Z{ero} Father went to Chatham to Gerrits trial Felix paid
Costs, Chas and I did not do much
Saturday 1 Clear and Cold Tem 4° below Z{ero} Father took Aunt Emma and Mr Crawford and his
wife to Chatham I took a load of hay sold the load for $5.00 brought 4 Pieces of pine home to make
hay rack side pieces they cost $1.30
Sunday 2 Clear and Cold Tem 4° below Z{ero} Father and I went to the funeral of Nelson
Robinson's Daughter Nancie
Monday 3 Clear and Cold Tem 4° below Z{ero} we cut and hauled 4 Elm logs to kerseys mill they
measured 530 ft we also cut some Cord wood Alf & D picking beans
Tuesday 4 Clear & Cool Tem 16° Chas and I sawed black ash Cord wood for the school house all
day Father was not well
Wednesday 5 Clear Tem 4° Chas and I hauled the remainder of the school house wood over today
Father went to Buxton
Thursday 6 Clear Tem 22°, 36° Father Chas and I hauled 4 wagon loads of Ice from Fletcher
Friday 7 Cloudy Tem 24° Father went to Buxton Chas and I packed the ice and hauled 2 loads of
sawdust from Fletcher
Saturday 8 Cloudy snowed some last night Tem 20° Father went to town in the sleigh Chas
shoveled sawdust into the ice house I hauled up some wood hauled one load of sawdust and we
hauled in a load of hay,
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Monday 10 March 1884
Clear Tem 24° & 36° we shelled 6 bu of corn and cleaned it and 6 bu of wheat up and Father took it
to Merlin for a grist paid 15¢ per bag for grinding corn
Tuesday 11 Showery and windy lightening and thundering this morning Tem 38° & 44° Father let of
water Chas and I washed and oiled Kate and Bets Harness
Wednesday 12 Clear and Cool Tem 34 Very windy Father Chas and I choped down trees all day in
the clearing
Thursday 13 Clear Tem 34° & 48 Chas and I worked in the woods all day Father and mother went
to Grandmothers after noon
Friday 14 Clear Tem 32° & 40° Father went to Fletcher afternoon he helped us in the woods Chas
and I in the woods all day
Saturday 15 Clear Tem 22° & 40° Father and Mother went to town in the buggie we Boys hauled 5
loads of hay from the barn into the stable I cut up 5 hogs heads

Monday 17 Cloudy & drizzeled rain some Tem 45° Father went up to Charlestons and got 2 bu of
clover seed $5.00 per bu Chas and I sawed some hicory wood and c [&c}
Tuesday 18 Cloudy Tem 30° Chas and I sawed stove wood all day Father and Henry Parsons went
over in Tilbury with the washing machine
Wednesday 19 Cloudy and showery Tem 36° Father Chas and I scoured the ditch back of No 7 and
cleaned out the school stove pipe &c Oliver Higate got the horse power $16
Thursday 20 Cloudy Father Chas and I scoured ditches all day
Friday 21 Clear Father Chas and I finished scouring the ditch from pattersons line up to the house
and commenced the western ditch Dogs killed our sheep (3) this morning or last night H Parsons
and Elliot valued them at $7.00 Each
Saturday 22 Cloudy & warm We sheared 2 of the sheep and skined one and then worked in the
lane ditch
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Monday 24 March 1884
Father and Mother went down to Grand Mothers Chas and I finished scouring the western lane ditch
and split up some hicory Cord wood &c Clear Tem 38°
Tuesday 25 Cloudy Tem 36 showery Father Chas and I loged in the clearing Alf and D helped a
little
Wednesday 26 Rained all night last night and all day today Father Chas and I commenced to build
two hay racks Father sold Bob Colt to Thos Knot for $100.
Thursday 27 Clear and warm we worked all day at the Hay racks Father went to Fletcher to get the
irons made
Friday 28 Clear and Cool Tem 28° Father went to uncle Macks and then went down to Fletcher for
the hay rack irons Uncle Mack got 350 lbs of Hay $4.00 per ton Chas and I sawed wood at the
school house
Saturday 29 Cool and windy Tem 36° & 30° Father went to town Chas alf Id and I finished cutting
the school wood
Monday 31 Tolerable Clear Tem 26° McFadden got 2 loads of hay 1542 & 1700 lbs @ $8.00 per ton
Father went to fletcher and had it weighed on Barry's skales Father got a hay knife $1.50 Chas and I
put in the school house bridge and helped load the hay & sawed some wood
Tuesday April 1st 1884
Rained all day Father went to Lenovers and to Buxton Chas and I worked on the hay racks

Wednesday 2 Cold Tem 26° & 34° snowed and rained Father went to Fletcher Chas and I worked
on the racks
Thursday 3 Clear Tem 30° Father went to Buxton Chas and I sawed some stove wood after noon
Father Chas and I finished the schoolhouse Bridge & hung the gate &c
Friday 4 Clear Tem 36° & 45° Father and Mother went to town I commenced ploughing sod in No 1
Chas cut some carrots &c
Saturday 5 Clear frost this morning Tem 34° Father repickled the meat and went to Fletcher to see
some hay weighed Chas and I ploughed sod in No 1 all day with both teams
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Monday 7 April 1884
Clear Tem 26° this Morning Father took the little plow cutter and point to the shop Chas
took Cl Mother to Grand Mothers I ploughed some garden, we ploughed sod
Tuesday 8 Cloudy Hattie Bond, Died last Night between 12 & 1 Oclock *Father went to Chatham to
make arrangements for her funeral Chas and I fixed the fence between us and Patterson
Wednesday 9 Cloudy about too inches of snow fell last night Tem 36° we did not do much but clean
up clothes &c
Thursday 10 Tolerable Clear Cool Father, Mother, Chas, I.D, & I went to Hattie Bond's funeral she
was burried in Maple leaf Cemetry
Friday 11 Clear and Cool Tem 36° Chas and I ploughed sod in No 1 Father grubed at a stump in No
1
Saturday 12 Clear and Cool Tem 38° Chas and I finished ploughing sod in No 1 Father
Monday 14 Clear Tem 40° & 58° Father & Old Mr Elliot went to the Council with the ponies I
ploughed in No 1 all day Chas took out some potatoes & apples
Tuesday 15 Cloudy Showering all day I went down to see Grand Father and took the front shoes off
Jim & George also took shoes off Aunt Emma's horses Chas and I curbed the house well
Wednesday 16 Showering all day snowed some I painted furrow plough &c Father went down to do
some writing for Mr Muirhead
Thursday 17 Cloudy Kate had a Colt last night running 2 days short of 11 mo I painted the ploughs
& Chas and I trimmed trees &c Father took Mother down to Grandmothers Katt Kate had Colic
tonight
Friday 18 Tolerable Clear Tem 54° Father went to town sent Hall the T Vetrinary surgeon out to see
Old Kate he said she was all right

Saturday 19 Tolerable Clear Father went to Fletcher got some hog rings & sent his draft to
Nebraska for his payment on land * Chas ploughed in No 1 I trimmed trees Grand Father Poindexter
Died today Father went down there in the buggie this evg
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Monday 21 April 1884
Clear but Cool Tem 34° & 45 Father Mother Chas Alf and I went to Grand Father Poindexters
Funeral we {rung} the pigs and hauled in a load of hay this evg
Tuesday 22 I trimmed trees Chas ploughed in No 1 with the ponies Father went to Fletcher and
trimmed grapevines
Wednesday 23 Clear Chas ploughed in No 1 Father and I weighed out ½ ton of hay to Joe Rice
after noon Father sowed Clover seed in No 7 I hauled 6 loads of manure on to the garden yesterday
McFadden got 1,7.30 lbs of hay @ $8.00 per ton
Thursday 24 Clear Father sowed Clover seed in No 7 & 4 Chas harrowed wheat with ponies I rolled
it with Kate and Bet
Friday 25 Clear Tem 34° & 72° Father finished sowing Clover seed Chas and I finished Harrowing
and rolling the wheat and put in some Oats in No 1 ground very hard
Saturday 26 Clear & warm Tem 34° this morning Father and I went to (took 4 bu wheat) town to the
spring fair Chas took out the potatoes &c
Monday 28 Clear Father finished sowing oats in No 1 Chas and I hauled them in Tem 47° this
morning 68° at Noon Lewllyn Pierce got ½ ton of hay this morning
Tuesday 29 Clear I run out furrows in No 1 harrowed garden &c Chas ploughed garden &c
afternoon Chas and I ploughed in No 5 for oats Father sowed some Clover seed on wheat in No 5
Wednesday 30 Clear & Cool Chas and I ploughed in no 5 Father planted the Onions, Letus & spring
wheat in the garden Cooper Cow had a Calf
Thursday May 1st
Cloudy but warm I finished ploughing headlands in No 5 Father sowed the Oats and Chas and I
harrowed them in had a shower this Evening after which the wind {rose} Father planted peas &
potatoes in the garden
Friday 2 Cloudy & windy Father planted parsnips Letus & potatoes Chas and I set out currant
bushes James Harris finished trimming trees
Saturday 3 Clear Father went and appraised Elliots sheep and then him & Mother went to town in
the Buggie Chas and I finished the currants and set out some Great American straw Berries
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Monday May 5 1884
Cloudy and damp Father and Chas loged an Ellm tree that fell out of the line ditch into Lacocq and I
set out 5 Cherry trees along the lane then we loged some in the clearing and got a maple roller log
from Elliot
Tuesday 6 Cloudy Father got Wilson Albany strawberries from Grandma's we set them out
McFadden got 15.00 of hay Afternoon ID harrowed some sod in No 1 after which we loged in
clearing
Wednesday 7 Cloudy & misty Bet had a Colt this morning short 2 days of 11 Mo, Lacocq got ½ ton
hay Mack Cooper got 584 lbs hay We loged some Alf and I went for Hall to come and see Bet's Colt
Thursday 8 Cloudy Hall came to see Bets Colt said it was ruptured We cut some wood in the wood
pile Alf harrowed sod
Friday 9 Clear but Cool ID and Alf harrowed sod in No 1 Chas and I sawed wood finished sawing
the logs in the yard Father sawed trimmed the roller log & Dug around the Black Currants &c
Saturday 10 Clear but Cool Father went to town took 6 bu of wheat to get ground Chas Alf and I put
up fence around clearing
Monday 12 Tolerable Clear Alf & D harrowed some in No 1 sod Chas and I hauled mulch on to the
strawberries Father hoed strawberries &c
Tuesday 13 Showery Chas and I went and got Aunt Emma's cow from D Fletchers this morning
after which we hauled out some mulch, & loged some in the clearing
Wednesday 14 Cloudy ID and I hauled manure on to No 2 potatoe patch Chas Alf and Father loged
in the clearing Dow Pierce commenced working on the line ditch between us and Paterson at noon
spading it out
Thursday 15 Clear *Father went to the school metting the people voted to build two school houses
in the section Chas ploughed the potatoe patch Alf. D. and I loged Dow on the ditch (white Heiffer
Bloss had a calf 16 May)
Friday 16 Clear Father planted some potatoes in the patch Dows ditching Chas and I loged some
Alf & D harrowed sod &c
Saturday 17 Clear Tem 45° Alf finished Cross harrowing sod in No 1 Father Mother Joe Eunice &
Eliza went to town this afternoon Chas D and I loged all day Dow Ditching on the line
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May Monday 19 1884
Cloudy & showery Father planted some potatoes Dow ditched after noon Chas D and I finished
laying the worm off the fence around the clearing and cut white Oak blocks & put under
Tuesday 20 Flower Cow had a Calf

Clear Father worked in the garden Chas Alf D and I put up fence around Cornfield after noon Chas
and I ploughed in the Clearing with both teams Dow Ditched on the line
Wednesday 21
Clear and warm we planted some potatoes in No 2 then Father worked in the garden Chas and I
ploughed in the Clearing Alf and ID put up some fence &c Dow Ditching
Thursday 22
Tolerable Clear Chas and I ploughed in the clearing Father worked in the garden Alf & D put up
fence and Dow ditching
Friday 23
Clear Chas and I ploughed in the Clearing ID and Alf put up some rails Father gardened Dow
Ditched
Saturday 24
Tolerable Clear We loged in the clearing some Lewllyn Pierce got 560 lbs of hay for Dow this evg
Monday 26
Clear Father Chas Alf & I loged some ID harrowed Father went out to the Council with Mr Elliot
Court Revision
Tuesday 27 planted Cucumber hills 6
Clear Father Chas Alf ID and I loged in the clearing
Wednesday 28
Cloudy & Cool We all loged in the Clearing Both teams
Thursday 29
Clear Bets colt had stoppage of water this morning Father went to town in the buggie took 6 bu of
wheat to get ground we finished the loging with Aunt Emmas team
Friday 30th
Clear and warm Chas and I ploughed all day in the Clearing with both teams Father rolled Oats with
Aunt Emmas team put Kate to Longworths Bank of England horse
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June Saturday 31st May 1884

Clear Father finished rolling the oats with Aunt Emmas team Chas and I ploughed all day in the
Clearing Both teams
Monday 2nd
Clear very warm Chas and I ploughed all day with both teams D. harrowed with Aunt Emmas team
Father went out to the Council with Mr Elliot
Tuesday 3rd
Clear and warm Father went to town with Ponies took plow points and cutters to get laid &
sharpened Chas worked in garden ID harrowed with Aunt Emmas team I hauled out some rail cuts D
rolled some in the clearing
Wednesday 4
Clear and Warm Chas and I ploughed all day in the Clearing ID harrowed Father worked in the
garden
Thursday 5
Clear and warm Chas and I ploughed most of the day in the Clearing Father spread ashes &c I.D.
Harrowed Betman Crosby split 182 rails & 6 Oak posts today for Father
Friday 6
Clear & warm Mother Joe Chas & Aunt Emma went to town in our light wagon & Aunt Emmas team
to see the Doctor Father marked off with the chain and I planted corn in the clearing ID planted
squashes
Saturday 7
Clear and warm Father and Mother went to town in the buggie Chas rolled in the clearing and I put
up fence &c
Monday 9
Clear and warm but rained this evening Father marked off and Chas and I planted corn D planted
squashes
Tuesday 10
Rained all day Chas and I painted the other rack Bottom &c Father went down to Moreheads &c
Wednesday 11
Cloudy we finished ploughing harrowing Rolling & planted some corn in the clearing
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Thursday 12
Clear & warm we finishing planting corn in the clearing & planted some mellons I got Lacocq's
double cultivator & commenced cultivating the ground for beans No 1 Father & Boys in garden
Friday 13
Clear but Cool Chas got Walkers cultivator & we cultivated in No 1 with both teams Father D & Flave
in the garden Father warned out the men to do road work
Saturday 14
Clear and Cool Father Mother and Aunt Emma went to town with her team and our Buggie we
finished putting in the beans in No 1 Cultivated it 3 times over Harrowed it drilled in the beans with
Lenovers drill & rolled it drilled in an acre of white flint Corn & planted 4 rows of indian Corn in No 1
Monday 16
Clear and warm Chas and I fixed up the lane fence around wheatfield & Cornfield Father in the
garden hoing
Tuesday 17 rained in Tilbury
Clear Father went to Merlin took 8 bu of wheat to get ground Chas and I Collected stone Wm
Needum came and got a calf he had Bought, Father sold him a white heiffer & 2 calves $27.00
Wednesday 18
Tolerable Clear Tem 90 Father and Mother went to town Chas and I got Lacocq's trucks and took
2 baswood logs up and had them sawed into inch boards at Kersey's
Thursday 19
Clear and warm Tem 90 Father on the road Chas and I hauled out rail cuts until Noon for Betman
Crosby to split after noon I went and got a load of sand
Friday 20
Clear I throwed up some manure & hoed some potatoes Chas hoed some &c Father in the garden
Saturday 21 Tem 95
Father & Mother went to town I cultivated the potatoe patch and then we hoed Put Bet to longworth's
horse
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June Monday 23 1884

Clear 90 & warm Father Chas & D went and got two Heiffers. he got from Buttler $40 I dug holes for
the stable foundation spot Cow had a calf
Tuesday 24
Father and Mother went to town Tem 95 we worked in the potatoes rained after noon
Wednesday 25
Cloudy & Cool Father went to the Council Chas and I turned Lacocqs Bull among our Cows and
worked on the hay racks in the barn
Thursday 26
Cloudy & Cool I cultivated corn all day Chas & D hoed Father hoed strawberries
Friday 27
Clear & Cool I cultivated corn all day Father went & throwed up a load of sand & hoed some Chas &
D hoed corn
Saturday 28
Clear and warm Father and Mother went to town ID went along I got a load of sand Hived a swarm
of bees & Cultivated some
Monday 30
Clear Father went to the Council I finished cultivating corn in the clearing Chas hoed
Tuesday 1 July
Clear & warm Father hoed strawberries I cultivated beans in No 1 Chas & Alf hoed corn &c
Wednesday 2nd
Clear I cultivated beans until noon afternoon I Father went to town and brought out Mr Branton
Thursday 3
Clear Mr Branton put down stone for the stable foundation we helped him
Friday 4
Rained this forenoon Mr Branton finished the stable foundation and Cistern whitewashed some we
helped him
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July Saturday 5 1884

rained this morning Father and Mother went to town took Mr Branton Chas & I repacked the ice
finished the hay racks and got a load of sawdust for the ice & took down the mower & sulky rake
Monday 7
Clear I cultivated beans all day and mowed some in the orchard this evg Chas & ID hoed potatoes
Tuesday 8
Clear I cultivated some beans and finished mowing the Orchard this evg we cocked it up
Wednesday 9
Clear I cultivated beans this morning and we hauled in the hay out of the Orchard 2 loads into the
stable
Thursday 10
Clear & Cool I finished cultivating beans Chas ID Flave and I hoed some this afternoon
Friday 11
Clear we cut hay in No 4 this forenoon raked and cocked it up this afternoon
Saturday 12
Rained this morning Father and Mother went to town Chas D and I hoed some beans and cleaned
out the barn for hay &c
Monday 14
Clear we finished cutting hay in No 4 & raked and cocked some up
Tuesday 15
Clear we hauled in hay out of No 4 with both teams all day
Wednesday 16
Cloudy damp this morning we finished hauling in hay out of No 4 Father took Rev S DW. Smith and
family to town this afternoon
Thursday 17
Clear we hauled in the rakings out of No 4 and cut some wheat in No 5 & bound it up
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Friday 18

Clear we cut and bound wheat in No 5 all day
Saturday 19
Clear & warm Father and Mother went to town Chas Alf D and I finished binding some and cut fence
corners around No 5
Monday 21
Clear we finished cutting in No 5 & binding and cut some for Aunt Emma this evening Father took
Aunt E to town for the doctor for the baby
Tuesday 22
Clear we finished binding for aunt Emma' and cut and bound some at home in No 3 Father took 8 bu
of wheat to Merlin to get ground
Wednesday 23
Clear we cut and bound all day in No 3 Father not well
Thursday 24
Clear we finished cutting wheat this morning and bound some rained this evening
Friday 25
Rained some this morning I mowed some fence corners this and we shocked what wheat was down
Saturday 26
Rained heavily this forenoon Father and Mother went to town
Monday 28
Clear Father went to town to prepare for the funeral of Latties babie which died this morning Chas
Alf D. & I hauled in wheat
Tuesday 29
Clear Father, Mother and Aunt Salina went to the funeral of Latties Babie we finished hauling in
wheat
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Aug Wednesday 30th July 1884
Rained this evg we cut some fence corners and hauled them in and raked up some wheat rakings
Thursday 31

Cloudy and rained some we cut some weeds and C [&c]
Friday 1
Cleared off we finished raking and hauling in rakings &c Aunt Salina and Mother went over to Mr
Thompsons this evg
Saturday 2
showered after noon Father and Aunt Salina went to town we turned out Aunt Emma's wheat to dry
and had to shock it up again
Monday 4
raining and wet Father and Chas went over to Wm Drews I piled some rails finished the hay racks
&c
Tuesday 5
Cloudy & showery I took Father to Chatham to go to Anarbour for to see some doctors we hoed
some in the garden &c
Wednesday 6
Clear we hoed some weeds in the garden cleaned up the lane and C [&c]
Thursday 7
Cloudy Alf and D cut thistles in the clearing Chas and I mowed fence corner weeds until noon after
noon we all went down and helped stack Aunt Emmas wheat {Mr peel?}
Friday 8
Clear we cut some oats in No 1 and bound some
Saturday 9
Clear Mother Eliza Done and I went to town in our Buggie Mamie Cooper went along Father went
to came back from Anarbour Chas bound oats Alf & D cut thistles
Monday 11
Clear we finished cutting oats in No 1 & bound some
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Tuesday 12
Clear Father Mother and Chas went to town in the Buggie Aunt Mary Ann Cary Came out with them
Alf ID & I bound oats in No 1

Wednesday 13
Clear we finished binding oats in No 1 & cut some in No 5
Thursday 14
Clear and Warm Tem 90° we piled some in the clearing and tramped out some rakings & cleaned up
the barn floor
Friday 15
Clear and warm Father went to town with Aunt Emma we hauled in oats out of No 1, raked the
stubble
Saturday 16
Clear & warm tem 95 Chas & Father went to town Alf D and I turned & bound oats in No 5
Monday 18
Clear and warm we bound up some oats in No 5 & finished cutting Father went to town
Tuesday 19
Clear and warm tem 95 we ploughed in No 1 some after noon I helped Abe Patterson & Walker
thrash Chas ploughed
Wednesday 20 (Aug)
Clear and warm Tem 95 we turned oats in No 5 and hauled in some Father Mother and Alf went to
town Chas Eliza & I went out to Shrieveses lawn social this evg
Thursday 21
Clear and warm Tem 98° we finished binding oats & shocking
Friday 22
Clear & Cool Tem 80 we ploughed and harrowed in No 1 with both teams
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Saturday 23
Clear and Cool Father Mamie Cooper and I went to town in our buggie Chas ploughed with Kate and
Bet
Monday 25

Clear and Cool shower after noon we finished ploughing harrowing and rooling in No 1 and ploughed
some in No 5 I took Iron plow & points down to sansburrys to fix
Tuesday 26
Clear Chas and I ploughed all day in No 5 with both teams
Wednesday 27
Clear we finished ploughing harrowing and rolling oats stubble in No 5 I took Joe to town and a box
for Aunt Amelia this afternoon in the buggie
Thursday 28
Cloudy rained all the afternoon, we hauled out some manure this forenoon on No 1
Friday 29
Clear we hauled the wood out of the clearing afternoon we hauled out some manure
Saturday 30
Clear we Mother Father and Chas went to town Alf D, Flave and I hauled out manure on to No 1
Monday 1st September
Clear & Cool Chas Alf D. & I hauled out manure on to No 1
Tuesday 2nd
Clear and warm Father Mother Alf, & D & Eliza Jane Done went to the show Chas and I hauled out
manure and piled it on the garden
Wednesday 3rd
Clear Chas Alf D and I finished hauling manure out of the barnyard on to the garden
Clear very Thursday 4th
Clear & very warm Tem 95° Father & Mother went to town Alf & D pulled some beans Chas and I
fixed up the barn gangway &c
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September Friday 5 1884
Clear & warm Tem 94 Chas Alf D & I pulled beans all day in No 1
Saturday 6

Clear and warm Tem 95° Father and Mother went to town Chas Alf D and I pulled beans
Sunday 7
Clear & warm Father Mother Grand Mother and I went to Chatham to the general conference,
Bishop Campbell & {El--} Thomas preached
Monday 8
Clear Tem 88° Father went to Town took Ross wagon to get tires set Chas Alf D Flave & I pulled
Beans in No 1
Tuesday 9
Clear and Cool Chas Alf D and I pulled beans
Wednesday 10
Clear we pulled beans until noon and then hauled some in
Thursday 11
Clear we Alf D and Flave finished pulling beans Chas and I hauled in beans Father and Mother went
to town
Friday 12
Clear we hauled in beans I went for the Thrashing machine this evening but did not get it
Saturday 13
Clear we finished hauling in beans burnt some in the clearing and I went and got the machine this
evg Father went to Chatham
Monday 15
Clear we commenced to thrash boiler foamed and we had to haul water Rube Miriam, Cash Rhue,
James Travis, Walter Dean, Jim harris, Robt Harden, Wm Scott Charlie Simpson helped us
Tuesday 16
We finished thrashing had 250 bu wheat 280 bu oats
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Sept Wednesday 17 1884
Clear Father and Chas helped Aunt Emma thrash I took the machine out to Uncle Horace Blacks
and then ploughed some in the after noon

Thursday 18
Cloudy and Cool Father and Mother went to town Father Borrowed $350 from Henry Allinor I
ploughed all day in No 5 Chas cut some corn
Friday 19
Clear and Cool Chas and I ploughed in No 5 Mr Branton re coated the cistern with cement this
forenoon
Saturday 20
Cloudy and Cool Father and Mother went to town with Aunt Emma Chas D and I finished ploughing
harrowing and I drilled 3⅓ bushels of Clawson wheat in upper part of No 5
Monday 22
Cloudy shower about Noon we hauled the corn off the upper part of No 1 and moved the garden
fence L. Lacocq got 4 bu red wheat
Tuesday 23
Cloudy and windy Chas and I ploughed in No 1 for wheat second ploughing Alf and D diging
potatoes
Wednesday 24
Cloudy heavy rain this evg Chas and I finished ploughing ID harrowed & rooled some and I
commenced drilling red wheat in No 1
Thursday 25
Clear damp this morning Father Alf and D took flower Cow to stocktons Bull this Morning we finished
putting in wheat in part of No 1 tried to plow in No 1 corn stubble but it was too dry
Friday 26
Clear We cleaned up 42 bu of Clawson wheat and baged it up for market after noon Chas and I cut
corn
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Oct Saturday 27
Rained this morning Father and Mother went to town I put a bottom in the old wagon box &c after
noon Chas and I cut corn
Monday 29

Cloudy Chas and I ploughed some in No 1 upper half with both teams Edd Poindexter got 10 bu of
Clawson wheat to sow Father Mother Chas and I went to a metting held in the B.M.E. Church North
Buxton Concerning the Union with {AM-}
Tuesday 30
rained a little this morning Chas and I ploughed most of the day in No 1 with both teams
Wednesday 3 1
Cloudy Chas and I ploughed most of the day in No 1 with both teams Alf and ID diging potatoes
Thursday 2
Rained all the fore noon we put up Chaff off of the Barn floor and took Reaper Mower and Sulky rake
down and put them up overhead in the shed by the Barn
Friday 3
Clear and warm Tem 76 Chas and I finished Ploughing in No 1 Alf and D harrowed some in the evg
afternoon Chas and I cut corn
Saturday 4
Clear Father and Mother went to town in the Buggie I took in a load weighed 36 bu 20 lbs got 70¢
per bu
Monday 6
Clear Alf and D harrowed until noon after noon D harrowed alone as ponies had to go to take Mother
and Eliza Done to meet the Cars at Chatham Mother going down to Windsor Father got 1 doz bags
for grain @ $2.75
Tuesday 7
Clear Chas & I finished harrowing and I drilled about 4½ acres of No 1 in Democrat Wheat 1¼ bu
per acre
Mary Hace
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Wednesday 8
Rained most of the day we Cleaned up wheat & oats most of the day baged up 72 bu for town had
250 bu in all
Thursday 9

Clear heavy frost this morning Tem 34° I finished drilling wheat in No 1 and then Father and I took 2
loads of wheat to town got 70¢ for white & 74¢ for red wheat
Friday 10
Clear D finished harrowing No 1 after drill and I run out the furrows Chas and I cut some corn & took
20 squashes to B.E Harrises $1.00
Saturday 11th
Clear Father went to town in the Buggie got his Ticket to Columbus Neb & return for $34 Chas and I
shoveled out the furrows in No 1 & then we cut corn
Monday 13
Clear and Cool Chas D and I cut corn Mrs Washington washed for us Grand Mother Cooked
luncheon for Father he started for Nebraska this evg from Fletcher
Tuesday 14
Clear we cut corn all day frost last night
Wednesday 15
Clear and Cool I took 4 bu corn to Chatham to grind got $100 from Felix & $100 from B.E. Harris
came back and hauled up 2 wagon loads of squashes and 2 of Pumpkin
Thursday 16
Clear and Cool Chas D and I finished hauling up Squashes had 6 loads and 9 loads of Pumpkins
Friday 17
Clear Chas D and I finished husking the white flint Corn and and hauled it in had 30 bu
Saturday 18
Clear and Cool D and I went to town in the Buggie took 18 squashes got $1.50 for the lot Chas
husked some corn
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Oct Monday 20 1884
Clear & Cool I took Joe to Chatham to the doctor this morning after noon we graded up the Crossing
Tuesday 21
Clear we finished the Crossing this forenoon after noon we commenced husking corn

Wednesday 22
Rained last night Cool and windy we husked corn most of the day turned horses and cattle into
Pattersons woods for one month for $5.00 from yesterday
Thursday 23
Cold Snow squalls Tem 38° Chas I.D. and I husking corn
Friday 24
Cold Cloudy and windy we husked some corn
Saturday 25
Clear & Cool Tem 42° Joe and Chas went to town in the Buggie I hauled in 50 bu of corn cleaned
cribs hauled water I.D & Flave dug some potatoes Chas got 1.00 from Ambros Timbers for squash
Monday 27
Cloudy Tem 42° we had to take the horses out of Pattersons pasture so Chas and I fixed the wheat
field fence until noon commenced weaning the colts afternoon we husked some corn
Tuesday 28
Cloudy but warm Chas and I made two polks for the colts & husked some corn
Wednesday 29
Clear but cool I.D. cut and Chas and I husked corn
Thursday 30
Clear and warm I had to go to Chatham after Mother and Mrs Hughes Chas and I.D cut and husked
Friday 31
Rained all day I fixed the wooden spring waggon seat and culled some corn out of the crib &c
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November Saturday 1 1884
Rained all the afternoon I went to town R Grandmother went along took some squashes got 6¢ & 8¢
a piece for them got a quarter of beef $2.10
Monday 3
Rained Cloudy all day We fixed the troughs in the stable hauled over some staves from Marcuses
pitted 45 Bu of Potatoes

Tuesday 4
Rained all afternoon we hauled over some staves got out some Oak pieces for pig pen sills and I
went up and got 158 ft of Maple lumber at Kerseys Mill @ $9.00 per 1000 ft
Wednesday 5
Cloudy & Cool we hauled out some pumpkins and C Chas and I took two sows over to
pattersons boar this evg
Thursday 6
Cloudy & Cool Tem 28° Chas and I moved all the old pig pen and put down the bottom for a new
one and brought the sows home this evg
Friday 7
Tolerable clear we finished The pig pen and built a cull crib on top of the old pig pen
Saturday 8
Clear we fastened the pigs up this morning 12 small ones in the old pen & 3 sows in the new one
Mother and Chas went to town I.D and I hauled in 55 bu of corn and some pumpkins &c
Monday 9 we f
Clear and warm Chas D and I hauled in 125 bu of corn took a sow over to pattersons Boar this
morning finished pitting potatoes and beets today
Tuesday 11
Cloudy and warm Chas and I husked corn all day I.D cut
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Wednesday 12
Clear but cool Chas Alf Mother and I went to town took 4 bu wheat got changed at Beaver mills took
18 lbs wool got $1.95 for it got a suit of clothes for each of us boys for $15.00 $10.00 & $7.00
Thursday 13
Clear Alf and I went to town we hauled a load of water from Fletcher gathered some squashes from
garden hauled some hay to stable & gathered the rest of the Pumpkins 2½ loads to Barn & pig pen
Friday 14
Clear Alf and I went to town took 25 bu wheat got 71¢ got 1500 Brick from Cornhill in north Chatham
Saturday 15

Clear I took in 40 squashes got $2.00 for them Mother Chas & Grandmother went in together we got
1500 brick @ $5.00 with Both teams Reeves shod Jim & George in front
Monday 17
Cloudy and Cool Thorps husked corn for us at 3½¢ per bu Chas and I unloaded Brick hauled a load
of water hauled up old rails &c and finished roofing cull corn crib fastened Old bute & spot cows up
to feed this evg
Tuesday 18
Cloudy and Cool tem 28 this morning Chas and I hauled up some old rails &c for wood hauled in a
load of fodder on the hayrack hauled a load of hay to the stable and hauled in a load of corn 40 bu
making 260 bu of our own husking in the crib Thorps husked today
Wednesday 19
Clear Cool Tem 26° this Morning Father came home on the mail train Chas and I dug and pitted ½
the carrots &c & got a load of water this evg
Thursday 20
Clear we hauled in 60 bu of thorps husking took a sow to Pattersons Boar this morning Robinses
sale today Grandmother bought a house $93.00
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Friday 21
Clear and pleasant we hauled in 40 bu of thorps husking hauled water &c
Saturday 22
Clear and pleasant we hauled in 51 bu of Thorps husking dug some carrots hauled up backlogs
hauled a load of water &c Father went to town in the buggie
Monday 24
Cool and wet we fixed up the stable some for Colts &c
Tuesday 25
About 2 inches of snow fell last night snowed a little all day we hauled up some wood &c
Wednesday 26
Windy and Cool Tem 24° we packed a barrel of squash for Cousin Minty to take home she went to
Fletcher & took the mail for Windsor this evg
Thursday 27

Cloudy misting snow most of the day we hauled 2 loads of hay into the stable hauled some water &c
Friday 28
Cloudy & Cold Tem 26° we hauled up some logs for wood with the teams hauled water
Saturday 29
Cloudy Tem 22° & 26° Chas and I hauled in 3 loads of fodder &c Mother & Father and went to town
bought quarter beef 3 cts per lb
Monday December 1
Clear and Cold Tem 6° We commenced to dig a well along the fence on East side of the Barnyard
this morning
Tuesday 2
Father and Mother went up to Stones & Simses in Buggie Chas and I digging in the well got it 7 ft
deep
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December Wednesday 3 1884
Clear and warm Tem 32° Father went to town got 3 pairs of felt boots from Mr Murray for 2.25 per
pair Chas and I digging in the well Chas and D hauled in 14 bu of thorps husking
Thursday 4
Clear and warm Chas and I digging Father took a doz squashes up to Charlestons & Chas Johnsons
Friday 5
Clear and warm we dug some in the well and hauled a load of water
Saturday 6
Rained all day Father went to town we did not do much but fix rails for well digging &c
Monday 8
Cloudy and windy 24° we commenced walling up the well the first section 12 ft deep & 68 in wide
Tuesday 9
Cloudy Tem 36 we finished walling & dug some Father sold old Beaut Cow to Johny {Larck} for
$20.50
Wednesday 10

Cloudy Tem 24° we husked corn 36 shocks Chas Father ID and I
Thursday 11
Cloudy Tem 38° we husked 51 shocks of Corn
*Friday 12
Cloudy & cool we husked 36 shocks of corn My 21st Birth day (Wm A Shadd)
Saturday 13
Cloudy Tem 24° Father and Mother went to town Chas and I hauled in 2 loads of corn & a load of
hay into the stable
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December Monday 15 1884
Cloudy and cool we hauled in the rest of the corn that we had husked 135 bu
Tuesday 16
Cloud Cool and blustry Tem 22 we did not do much
Wednesday 17
Cold snowed some last night about 4 inches we got 4½ bu of corn from Uncle Mack shelled fand
and baged it up for a grist Tem 16
Thursday 18
Clear and cold Tem 4° Chas and I hauled in 2 loads of hay and one load of oats straw to the stable
hauled some backlogs &c
Friday 19
Clear and Cold Tem 9 below Z{ero} Chas and I covered the potatoe pits with manure Father took a
grist 6 bu of corn to Merlin to mill paid 30¢ for grinding
Saturday 20
Cloudy Tem 2° south wind turning warm Commenced snowing this evening Father and Mother went
to town in the sleigh. Chas and I cut wood in the wood pile got dry goods of J Wall $23.80 paid
$10.00
Monday 22
Clear and Cold Father went out to the townhall for the school monies I took Kate and bet down and
got Sandy Coutts to shoe them Came back and hauled up some wood I made a wood rack

Tuesday 23
Clear and pleasant we killed 2 of the small pigs they weighed 166 & 171 lbs & hauled some water
from up the railroad Aunt Emma brought news of the death of Aunt Salina in Greenville, Miss. *
Wednesday 24
Cloudy snowed most of the day Father went to town Mother Chas Alf and I went to the Consert this
evg
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December Wednesday 3 1884
Clear and moderate Tem 32° Father went to town got 3 pairs felt Boots of Mr Murray $2.25 per pair
Chas and I digging Chas & ID hauled in 14 bu of thorps husking
Thursday 4
Clear and warm muddy we dug some in the well Father took some s
Thursday 25
Clear and pleasant Xmas Tem 16°
Friday 26.
Clear and Cold Tem 2° Chas and I Commenced to haul our hicory wood to Buxton made 3 trips with
both teams
Saturday 27
Cloudy Tem 2° Raining this evg Chas and I finished hauling our dry hicory wood to Buxton had 17
Cords Father picked his chance into town
Monday 29th
Cloudy and warm rained some last night the lower part of the new well we dug caving so we had to
draw the water out of it and dig it out and wall it up leaving it 14 ft deep
Tuesday 30
Cloudy and warm very muddy Mother and Father went up to Melson Robinsons for a girl did not get
her Chas took some potatoes out I salted up two pigs
Wednesday 31
Windy turning cold annual school metting held today ES Dyke & B Woods Elected school
trustees Chas and I hauled in a load of hay and a load of straw

Thursday 1
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January Thursday 1st 1885
Cool and windy Tem 22 Father went to Buxton Chas and I hauled up some wood
Friday 2nd
Cloudy and Cold Chas and I hauled up some wood for the fires with the teams
Saturday 3
Cloudy and Cool ground very rough frozen Father went to town Chas and I hauled in a load of
fodder &c
Monday 5
Municipal Elections held today Father acted as D.R.O. at th No 2 polling place I acted as poll Clerk
polls stood Crow 49, Morrison 47, Drew 25 Goulet 28, Williams 33, Bennet 8, Dyke 69, Foxton 13
Marshall 9, Tooley 13 White 14, at this poll
Tuesday 6
Rained some this morning muddy Chas and I husked 15 shocks of corn and hauled it in
Wednesday 7
Cloudy and muddy Chas and I hauled in a load of hay and husked 10 shocks of corn Father not well
Thursday 8
Clear and pleasant Father Chas, D. and I husked 54 shocks of corn
Friday 9
Cloudy Father Chas D and I husked 36 shocks being the remainder of what we had to husk
Saturday 10
Clear & cool Father went to town in the buggie Chas and I hauled in 100 bu of corn
Monday 12
Cloudy and Cool Chas and I took a sow over to Pattersons Boar this morning Father went to
Fletcher afternoon we hauled two loads of hay into the stable
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Tuesday 13
Cloudy and Cold we finished hauling in our corn 50 bu and brought the sow home this evg
Wednesday 14
Cloudy & Cool Roads very rough Father and I went to Merlin to Division Court Father, P Walker, two
Kearnses J Donnohew sat on the Jury on the Dillon & Oneil horse suit
Thursday 15
snowed about 4 inches last night Tem 26° scott act Election held today Father as scrutineer against
the act at this pooling place Chas and I Commenced bushing out Basswood Bolts
Friday 16
Cold Tem 10° windy also snowed some more Chas and I bushed out some p bolts
Saturday 17
C Blustry all day we bushed out some p bolts
Monday 19
Clear and Cold Tem 8 below Z{ero} Father went to town with Aunt Emma Chas and I hauled 2 loads
of boalts to Buxton with both teams
Tuesday 20
Clear and Cold Tem 8 below Z{ero} Chas and I hauled 3 loads each of bolts to Buxton
Wednesday 21
Clear and Cold Tem 4° Chas and I hauled 2 loads of bolts each Father went to town with Aunt
Emma
Thursday 22
Clear and Cold Tem 6° below Z{ero} Chas and I hauled two loads each of Basswood bolts
Friday 23
Clear Chas and I hauled 2 loads each and I hauled the last load by my self making about 37 Cords
of basswood Bolts Father recd $50.00 on Bolts
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Jan Saturday 24 1885

Snowed some this morning Tem 26° Father and Mother went to town in the sleigh I took 1½ Cords
of soft maple and red oak wood in with Kate and Bet got $3.37¢ for it
Monday 26
Snowing Windy and Cold we did not do much
Tuesday 27
Windy Tem 4° I took 1 cord of soft maple and red oak up to Chas Johnsons bushed out ½ cord
hicory hauled up some hicory Cat sticks and hauled in some Cornfodder
Wednesday 28 Cold Tem 18° below Z{ero} We hauled 3 elm logs down to Barrys mill they
measured 590, 590 & 460 ft and I hauled one white oak log up to Kerseys mill
Thursday 29
Clear and Cold Tem 12° below Z{ero} Chas and I hauled 2 white oak logs up to Buxton and got
ready to kill hogs
Thursday Friday 30
Cleared off snowed some this morning Tem 4 & 32 we killed hogs Issac Williams and his son Chas
Williams and Louis Granderson helped us the three Big sows weighed 408, 355, & 300
Saturday 31
Tem at Z{ero} foggy and trees covered with frost Father and I took the pork to town got 5.90¢ per
cwt
I W.A. Shadd hereby resign the keeping of the Diary on this 31st Jan 1885 *
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