William Sunter Diary, 1912-1914


William Sunter Diary, 1912-1914

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May 21, 1912

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William Sunter Diary Collection


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1912-1914 Wm. Sunter

{Calendar 1909-1910}

Daily Journal for 1912{Stroke added to 1919 to change 1919 into 1912}

Toronto: Published by The Brown Brothers, Limited Manufacturing Stationers, 51 and 53 Wellington Street West

May Tuesday 21 1912 The rain of yesterday has continued to day almost without {cessation?}, and it has raised the river to great proportions, last night the rain prevailed nearly all night and this morning the iron bridge was down again, and worse than ever, because the wall on the south-end has all fallen this time, so the work of laying a temp-arary brdge, as they did yesterday, goes for nothing, it is rather discouraging, especially for {Geo. Robertson?} the blacksmith who has quite a large run of customers below the bridge, Harold went {up?} tothe farm this ev'g {took?} a ride over to the town line in the stage. Mary returned by the stage from Guelph to day. She went in yesterday by stage.

Daily Journal 1912

Kenneth McDougalls address 566 St. Clarence ave Toronto Ont.

Miss Jessie Marshall 1 Elm Street {Galt?} Ont.

Wm. Sunter 10168- 113{th?} Street Edmonton Alta.

May Wednesday 22 1912

An awful downpour of rain this forenoon, let up some this afternoon, but the land has got a terrible soaking our garden, through the centre of the lot, is in a complete {swim?} there has been a great run to the mill to day with chopping and they have {taken?} it all round by the saw mill, and wheel it all in by the foot bridge. {Eward?} was {down?} with a load of chop brought Harold down with him, he went up home last night, got a sitting (15) of eggs from Reads. 30{ยข?} I have been cutting up cedar posts for the fire, and splitting the tamarac we got of Suttons.

Baptist minister Clarence V. Richeson electricuted yesterday morning for the murder of {amis Limell?} his Sweetheart Ewart at the mill this afternoon got setting of eggs from reads (15) cutting wood

Thursday 23

Thunder {and} lighting and rain last night, fine and warm sunshine to day, and it would require a {term?} of it to day up the land, our garden is in a terrible state of wet. I went over to McKenzies this morning, and remained until 4 oclock {Pte.?} John {and} Willie were building a fence on the south side of their lane their {illegible} is not so best looking as some others around. John gave me a buggy ride to Smith {and} {Name?} corner, they were moving the old Stewart Store over to Smiths as I came past for home had a letter from Alex. Springfield giving particulars of his illness

thunder {and} lightning last night. visited McKenzie to day. Moving the old Joe Stewarts store building to Smiths letter from Alex.Springfield giving an account of his recent illness

Friday 24

A beautiful day, the grass is growing fine, and the plum trees are in full bloom, as thick almost as rose bushes. I let out the water from our back garden last night through by Robertsons and Abbotts ditch, and this morning the lot looks much drier than it did yesterday. I finished splitting the tamarac wood (Suttons) but I think shall have to make their splitting some smaller yet. The Boys are having fun with the fire crackers.

Growth {refined?} at present. letting away water from lot. Splitting stove wood. Boys having great sport with fire crackers

Saturday 25

Beautiful weather has set in these few days back and to day has been very fine sunshine {and} warm, and it is much needed as the land is saturated in many places so that it will take quite a while to dry it up for seeing in potatoes {and symbol} vegitables, I have finished up the splitting and piling of our stove wood, and Maggie has raked and cleaned up all the yard {and} lawn. I let off considerable stagnant water from the land {behind?}

Got $1.00 worth wheat for {illegible} damaged at 80% {illegible} Fine drying weather and land needs it badly. splitting and piling stove wood. Maggie cleaning up.{Eward? and Gertie?} {and} {Errett?} here tonight

Sunday 26

Clear sunshine and warm to day, splendid growing weather, the land is drying up fast. The 2 churches have been well attended both morning and night. Maggie twice there {Errett?} drove down this forenoon and went home as soon as possible McKenzies here

fine weather great growth a {stir?} with both churches. {twice?} at meeting. John Black from Guelph didnt call here

Monday 27

Very warm all day, cloudy this morning and forenoon but no rain of any account, thunder cloud to the north, we hear there was the shock of an earthquake this morning at Streetsville Natlie Abbott says she felt it here at about 8 oclock, Mother also speaks of having felt some shaking of the window, dug the ground and planted some potatoes for early use, {(granMount's)}

put in our first early potatoes reports of an earthquake this morning at Streetsville, Natlie Abbott felt it here she says ground drying up fast. but very wet in garden

May Tuesday 28 1912

Very warm to day again, we expected in the morning that it might turn out to be dry all day, although there were clouds around, in this we have been dissapointed, as there were two showers this afternoon, the last one was very heavy Maggie and I have dug out and moved the side gravel walk in front of the houde, we wheeled the gravel to the back and filled upthe old track with earth, and cut sods at the back shed to sod it over. This heavy rain coming {Meaford?} this evening.

heavy rain again this afternoon, we cant get on with our garden work at all. did some work however letter from Brother Alex.{Meaford?}

Wednesday 29

The heavy rain of yesterday afternoon has left the land very wet. there was some rain again this morning and the weather was dull and threatning but did not turn out wet afternoon. I fixed up round the entrance to back house laying sods. and spreading the gravel after making it ready to receive it, after tea Maggie and I laid the sods we brought from the back street yesterday, {Ewart?} and Gertie and Errett were here this evening, {Ewart?} took his seven fat hogs to Rockwood to day they weighed better than we all expected, about 216 average @ $8.40 = $127.00 he placed ${175.00?} to my credit in Bank. he also sold his fat cattle to Alex. White @ $7.50 {per 100?} to give back a dollar on account of the poorer steer, cattle are up but I think he made a good sale.

Mr McDowell {illegible} one of these days {illegible} Fixing up around the back of {plane?} Sodding some this afternoon {Ewart?} and Gertie here this evening {Ewart?} delivers his hogs to day and sold his cattle to go next Wednesday

Thursday 30

Weather fine, hope it may continue so as to dry up the land again, we are cutting and laying sods {these?} times and it is hard work. we bring them through the garden from the back street around the edge of the south fence. Maggie helps to get them into rolls and persists in helping to wheel them.

cutting and laying sods

Friday 31

Beautiful weather and everything is blooming, the lilacs have just blown out in full bloom. Maggie {and} I have cut 3 or 4 loads of sods and laid them this afternoon, sodding north side of house on the banking. I have been also sprouting the potatoes, and doing other fixing up. Maggie is hurrying up her work as she thinks of going to Guelph tomorrow

Summer bloom {illegible} on a fine appearance

June Saturday 1st

Beautiful weather continues, there is an extra rapid growth on at the present time, but the land is too wet for working on root grounds, quite a number of farmers cannot even get their manure out. George Loree {and} Mr Barber drove to Guelph to day to make a fina settlement about their farm purchase, our Maggie accompanied them to do some shopping for ourselves. I understand they got their business settled up. John McKenzie {and} Bella drove to Guelph also I have been busy sprouting {and} sorting our potatoes. got them finished, there are about 2 bushels in a bag and 16 pails in boxes. Maggie McKenzie and our Mary with us

George Loree and Mr Barber to Guelph settling up. our Maggie took the opportunity to go with them and do some shopping

finished sprouting and sorting potatoes

Sunday 2

Rain on again, really it is a serious time for wet, a day or two's dry weather is all we get when on comes another rain, the land in general does not get time to dry, and there is a good deal of scalding and of {green?}, the June meeting at grand valley is having bad weather for their first day, Mr Gripps occupies the pulpit here in {illegible} place to day, no meeting here at night. Maggie there forenoon, McKenzies also.

first meeting at Grand Valley to day and bad weather for them.

McKenzies here forenoon

June Monday 3 1912 King's Birth day.

A very fine day, after the rain, this is the first time the King's Birth day, has been approinted a holyday. the old Holyday of his mother, the 24th May, was duly observed too. Ewart drove down to get 2 bags oats chopped, and I rode up with him, and cut 5 bags or more of potatoes for him, he planted his feed corn, and also some potatoes. I walked back to see his crops. with the exception of some scalded spots they look very well, the fall wheat seems to be doing fairly well, the land for potatoes is in fair condition. got 3 dollars from him to day

Mailed letter to Bro. Alex Meaford. Went up with Ewart, and I cut about 5 bags, or more of potatoes for {seed} Crops looking fairly well.

Tuesday 4

Very fine weather to day. warm and pleasant, spent a long time this forenoon looking over papers and accounts, afternoon I dug this west end of the garden. and after tea Maggie helped me- and we dug up large portion of the old garden patch in addition. the south east corner was pretty soft and wet, but it is getting so late that we feel as if we must do something with it, John McKenzie {dunned?} for payment of balance of Dr.Howitts account, 30 dollars. John paid 50 dollars 6 years ago and thought that perhaps he would not look for more

Dug up a part of garden for vegetables. getting {late?} and a little wet John McKenzie {dunned} for the old {illegible}

Wednesday 5

Very cold this morning, think there was a slight frost last night Willie McKenzie came along this morning on his way to Guelph to see Dr. Howitt about his account, and said he would like so much that I would go with him. I consented to go and we reached Guelph somewhere about 11 oclock, I tried to see W.O. Stewart, and succeeded at about one oclock, but he was not much use to me, so went to see Dr. Howitt, and after stating our business,and pleading for substantial reduction on account he dismissed the matter by referring us to his son the Lawyer, we then {illegible} there and after a while R. McKinnon introduced us to Mr. Howitt, who was not long in offering to give us a receipt in full, for ten dollars as I proposed, he said his father had phoned him in regard to the matter. Willie had taken money out of the Bank, and as he got a settlement for less than he expected. put the money again before leaving. Ewart took his cattle to Rockwood this morning, but have not heard this evening what the result is, he returned home about noon. paid for {mercury?} to day, when in Guelph

Willie McKenzie and I drove to Guelph to day, and got a final settlement with Dr. Howitt for his charge of $80.00 for operating on Willie 9 years ago, John paid him 50 dollars 6 years ago. and he was now {dunning?} for the balance of thirty dollars, we beat him down to settle for ten dollars

Thursday 6

Rain again this morning, really it begins to look as if we are to be troubled badly to get our potatoes planted. I planted a few today on the house end of the lot. I wish the rest of the ground was as dry. Maggie sowed the vegetable seeds yesterday. I made out a cheque for $100.00 to Robert McWilliams, to pay off the note held against John McKenzie, it is 2 months overdue and John gave me a dollar to pay for that, and I paid it to Geo. Marshall when I gave him the cheque and got the note from him, the business has been losely done, as the last years interest is not endorsed and it only calls for 5 per cent. Bella and Maggie have been here this afternoon. John this morning.

Planted a few more potatoes in the garden. Paid Robert McWilliams by Cheque $100.00 to pay John McKenzie note in {Maggies?} favour. John agreed to pay 6 per cent by word of mouth.

Friday 7

Weather fine to day. Maggie and I fixed up a cucumber bed and put a barrow load of manure in it. I wheeled a couple of barrow loads to the other end of the lot and she and I cut out new diamond out of the lawn and placed the sods in a {illegible} round the southside of summer kitchen, sowed the cucumbers to day. There was a heavy white frost this morning.

Sodding and sowed cucumbers.

June Saturday 8 1912

Weather very fine to day, sunshine and warm Ewart brought down the team and plow this morning and plowed the lost back of the premises, I had wheeled out to the back all the available manure and spread it, the land is pretty wet through the low part of the lot. but it does not seem ro harden as some soil does. Ewart had it all plowed and harrowed by about 11 oclock, and after running down for some 2 bags of chop at the mill, he put off for home, he had 5 acres to {caltivate?} this afternoon if possible.

Ewart plowed the potatoe patch to day. Land pretty wet through the low part of the lot He was at the mill.

Sunday 9

Beautiful weather to day. the land has dried up wonderfully to day. it looks as if we will soon get a good seed bed for our potatoes. we had a visit of Bella before church going this morning, Maggie went home with her this afternoon, and Mary prepared the dinner for us. George also had dinner with us, he is too shy in coming in that way. We would like him to be more social, I wrote a fairly long letter to Alex. Springfield Mass. I also wrote a few lines to Mc Jacob Smith, who, we understand, is now very ill and very low at the present time, lately, it seems, she expressed a desire to be remembered to mother and I. and to be told of her low condition at the present time.

Bella here this morning. Maggie went with them this afternoon. George and Mary with us. Wrote a letter to Alex Sp'f'd Also a few lines to Hanah Smith

Monday 10

Weather really very fine and pleasant to day, the land has dried up so as to {take?} the seed, I cut a little more than 2 bushes of potatoes for planting this morning, Ewart was down at the store for "Black Strap" to give his young cow which does not seem to be well, Maggie planted out a quantity of raspberry bushes this morning and after dinner, she and I planted all the potatoes on the lot. excepting 6 rows that I had planted before, we also planted a little corn for the table, we left a small patch for tomatoes and cabbage.

Land dried up rapidly planted our potatoes to day. Also some corn left some land for tomatoes and cabbage.

Tuesday 11

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