Forbes Moir Diary, 1884-1904

Title

Forbes Moir Diary, 1884-1904

Date Created

July 29, 1884

Is Part Of

Forbes Moir Diary Collection

Medium

Scanned Photocopy of Manuscript

Transcription

Estimate cost of Ditch No 1. $525 Contract 560

  "      "   "    "   No 2   838     "    517

James Brownle. Eady P. 6 A Good Condition Powder. 1/2 lb Gentian Half lb Iron Powder 1/4 lb ginger 1/2 Nitrate Potash Powder mix well Give Table spoon twice a day for 10 days

West Garafraxa was Surveyed in 1820 By S. Rykman Size of Box Holding a Bush. 15 in Long 10 in deep 14 1/3 wide

Drainage amdt {amendment} act - 1900. Gara {Garafraxa} By Law No 11- 1901 Size of Cistern {Diagram of rectangular box - inside 9-4 3 ft. deep - outside on right edge sideways 6-6}

Tonic for Catte 1/2 Lb each of Gentian and Nux vomica 1 Lb Ginge {Ginger} 1 1/2 Bicarbonate Soda mix well full Grown animal 1 Table spoonful 3 times a day in 1/2 Pint Cold water younger animals less

Total Cost of Ditch No 1 $612.56

 "    "   "    "      2  580.23

{bottom of page and upside down} August 4th 1885 Measured Distance :tween corner stakes of E 1/2 lots 9 & 10 4th Con and West 1/2 of D2 and found it 17 ft 2 in


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1884 July 29 finished haying a fair crop " 30 very heavy rain all afternoon " 31 all fornoon wet this harvest rain this summer August 2 clear & fine helping Kelsey with hay " 3 more rain " 4 " " Cutting thistles " 6 at Fergus Bot land from White 7 1/2 acres for $165.00 " 10 Dry but Cool " 13 hot " 14 very hot hoeing turnips a {at} J Milnes " 15 " " " " " D " "16 Still hot Pulling Peas " 17 " " Bill Gerrie here " 21 still very hot " 22 Cooler, new cabbage a {Agnes, Forbes wife} to Fergus Butter " 27 Frost warm Day " 28 Peas all in Cutting wheat Rain Evening " 29 rainy morning at Fergus September 1 Fine Club meeting " 3 Wheat all cut Splendid Weather "4 Drawing Wheat Cutting oats Warm " 6 very warm Ditch {let?} " 8 rain last night & this morn A. Moore here " 10 Thunder & rain in afternoon " 13 Frost morn Wheat all in quite Cool " 16 Drawing oats Slight rain " 17&18 Reaping at D Milnes Cool and Pleasant " 19 rain in afternoon {Done?} Thrashing " 20 at Fergus got Deed. From J. White " 21 Fine Lot of Lightning at night " 22 Hear thunder storm and Rain {right side of page written sideways} got paid $165.00

2

Sept 23 more Rain all Day " 24 rain morn high wind heavy Rain coming " 25 Fair finished cutting " 26 " all in the Barn good crop on the whole " 27 a very heavy rain without thunder " 28 more rain ground very wet for season " 30 rain again Octr 1 Fair Scraping out Ditch " 2 at Fergus Cold Rain " 3.4 Still some rain " 6 Fine and warm " 8 rain this morning Threshing today and yesterday afternoon " 9 Frost. Took in stove. Kelsey Threshing " 10 fine last day of county show in Elora " 11 Lifting Potatoes " 14 heavy Frost, finished Potatoes " 15 at Mangolds & Surveying with White " 17 finished Mangolds Thompsons thresh " 18 Drawing out dung " 22 Last night a heavy rain & high wind to day showering " 23 first snow of the Season 2 inches " 24 Snow yet & Frosty Dung all out - 70 loads " 25 Clear & frosty all day " 27 Slight Rain all day at Fergus with chop " 28 Fine started Turnips " 29 " at Fergus on train (J. Woods 8 months Novr 1 Snowed heavy all afternoon " 3 very fine all busy at Turnips " 4 a very heavy rain all day " 5&6 Snowing and heavy frost " 7 frost with mist D. & J. Mi {Milne short form?} finished turnips " 8 fine and Sunny all Day at Turnips November 10 Finished Turnips (fair Crop) after one the Worst - Seasons for it - in 7 years. fine. spreading dung " 12 fine J. M. {J. Milne?} threshing " 13 Plowing in dung " 14 very fine Kelsey here Plowing " 15 Still fine at Fergus in the evening " 17 finished Plowing in dung and Pea land " 18 Heavy frost. Plowing though most are stopped " 20 Thomsons threshing hard froze " 21 Smith " " " " 23 a heavy rain till 12 noon " 24 frosty and snow blowing hard all day " 26 killing pigs at Kelseys Snowy " 27 Killed pig at Fergus with {Lan....?} with sleigh " 28 at Fergus with Pig 300 @5.65 {Maggie Milne D} December 1 Funereal of M. Milne Frosty and Sunny " 2 Fine Drawing Stones at W. Thomsons " 4 Extra fine for the Season Snow nearly gone " 5 fine but misty afternoon " 6 Misty - rain all afternoon " 7 Raian all day Frost out " 8 Showers of snow no Frost Ploughing all day " 9 Pretty stormy all day " 11 Frosty. at Fergus got Plank " 12.13 Fine Threshing at Kelseys " 15 Heaviest fall of snow for season sleighing finished Kelsey " 16 Stormy. Christmas Fair. Sold Hiefer " 19 These 3 days very Cold today 25 below zero " 20 Cold and rain Threshing at J. Milnes Jr " 22 very Stormy " finished " " 26 Fine Killed a pig " 27 " Paid John Wright in ful for pasturing Cattle 3 months @ {75?} = $12.00 2 Pigs 5.00

== 1884 == 4 Decr. 29 Nomination Soft and raining " 30 Still soft Snow going fast " 31 heavy rain last night river broke up Snow nearly all gone. Sleighing quite gone

Contents

1885

Jany 1 Weather Changed to frost quickly last night cold today " 5 Municipal Polling very fine & mild " 6 raining all fornoon Elora fair down with Heifer " 8 Slight frost D M. Thrashings " 10 very Blustery last night First Lamb to day " 13 Cold & raw Funeral of E. Bremmer " 16 Snow Last night Sleighing again " 17 Cold and very stormy " 18 & 19 very Cold But quiet 5 Below " 21 Cold. Sow away " 22 " Fair day at Fergus in afternoon " 23 Milder Killed a pig " 26 Very Stormy Biggest drifts of the Season " 27 at Douglas to Blacksmith " 28 at Fergus with hay for Thompson A {Agnes} came home been visiting since Sun " 31 Fine and Sunny Feby 1 very Drifty James Johnston here " 3 at Kelseys killing Pigs Moderate " 5 at Fergus with hay Sharp " 6 very fine Drawing dung from Robbies " 8 Snow last night - a little Drift today first Calf " 9 Snow & Drift from the East " 10 very Cold D. Campbells Sale " 11 & 12 Still very Cold & Stormy " 14 Stormy yet " 16 Last night very stormy with heavy Snow " 18 yesterday & today fine but cold

5

Feby 19 Pleasant to Fergus Fair day dull " 22 Since the last fine " 23 fine at Fergus with chop " 25 the Last 2 Days very fine " 27 fine Fergus with hay for Thompson March 2 Quite soft with hay to Black " 3 Snowing but mild Drawing Slabs for J. G " 5 Fergus with hay John Richardson night " 10 Cold & {Rainy?} the worst this winter " 11 at Fergus with a Pig very sharp tho Calm " 14 fine since the last " 17 very stormy Since 14th 12 below this morning the Roads Blocked the worst this winter " 19 at Fergus with the last of the hay Fair day and very stormy " 23 fine Easter fair in Fergus Dull " 24 Snowing and very stormy all day " 26 first thaw and soft day " 27 mild and soft " 29 Frosty again " 30 at Fergus with chop very snowy " 31 Drifty forenoon clear afternoon April 1 Clear with cold north wind " 2 First rain since Jany 6th. voting on Scott act carried By-1408 majority " 3 very heavy fall of Snow and Drifting train late " 4 Bright & Cold at Belwood with ties for {McKea?} " 5 Some rain and Snow " 6 very soft all day Sunny first Robins " 7 Soft Mist & rain " 8 Cold and frosty with a high wind " 9 fine at Belwood fixing Gang Plow Sleighing Fair " 11 at Salem with Grist Sleighing fair " 12 quite Stormy with Snow falling " 13 Cold Drifting all Day

6

April 14&15 Raw and Frosty " 16 Fair day Sold 2 steers Softest day for a while " 17 quite soft River broke up {oppisite?} this " 18 Snow going fast Sleighs a {at} Fergus likely the last " 19 very fine. Swallows Seen " 21 very warm Snow nearly Gone R. Milnes. Plow " 23 Plowing very warm after one of the hard winters Snow not so deep as some nor so Cold for single days but Steady hard Frost " 25 Frosty morn at Fergus with chop " 26 heavy rain last night cool to day " 28 heavy fall of Snow from the north & Drifting " 30 Still very cool May 2 hard Frost would have stopped harrowing " 3 very hard frost " 4 milder Sowing Oats " 5 rain this morning " 6 " " " " 7 " " " Moving J. Wilkie " 9 Stormy Ground covered with Snow til near noon " 10 quite a frost " 11 Sowing Wheat milder " 13 Sowing Grass Seed fine & warm " 15 finished Ploughing Sowing Peas " 16 finished Sowing oats Splendid Weather " 20 Plowing for J. Richardson warm " 21 Fair day. Wild plums in bloom & Trees in Leaf " 22 Plowing for Brownlee Rain " 24 Some Rain very heavy in some places " 25 " " Building line fence Thompsons " 26 at Belwood (Blacksmiths) " 27 Gang Plowing fine " 28 Whitewashing Putting on sleepers at Thompsons

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May 29 Putting on Sleepers at J. Richardsons June 1 Cold. Raising at Wm Thompsons " 2 Plowing for Potatoes " 3 Planting " " 4 raising a {at} R. Robinsons rain at night " 6 Ploughing for turnips. Planting Beans & Corn " 8 very cold heavy Thunder storm last night " 10 frost at Fergus getting plow fixed " 11 Warm. Jas Richardson Raising " 12 " Sowing Turnips " 13 " " " rain morn & evening " 15 Sodding front house. Rain " 16 at Fergus With cow & Lambs Cool " 18 Finished sowing Swedes fine " 19 Planted Cabbage " 20 a very heavy rain at night " 21 more rain " 22 very cold frost in Some Places " 24 at Guelph with Wheat {25cts?} fine day " 26 Very Heavy rain and thunder at night - W. Nott warm " 29 Road work Cold July 2 Finished Road work rain evening Cold " 3 Scuffling & started to thin Turnips " 7 Thinning Turnips saw first bloom on Peas " 8 Thunder to the north Scuffling {Tatoes} {got Pigs - between lines July 7 and 8} " 9 at Belwood ties to Mc heavy Rain & thunder " 10 A. Richardsons raising Fine cool at night " 13 heavy rain in afternoon. A. Browns raising " 14 fine Wheat out in head " 15 Warm. at Salem for flour " 17 Started to Cut hay warm " 22 Finished Cutting R. Road & orchard

       all in on - R. Road & orchard very warm since 10th

1885 == == 8

July 25 Finished thinning Turnips Thunder & rain " 27 Putting P. {Paris} Green on, Tatoes {potatoes} & mowing in Timothy " 28 Coling {Coiling?} hay Rain & thunder in evening " 29 at Thos Richardsons Raising fine " 30 Finished cutting Hay 92 in the Shade August 1 Hay all in Insured in {illegible initial} Mutual 5 years " 3 Rain nearly all day Cutting Thistles " 5 Reaping Wheat for Milne's " 6 Scuffling and cleaning Turnips " 8 Working at Ditch first new Potatoes " 11 Scraping in Ditch very hot " 12 " " " meeting about ditch in afternoon " 13 a. {initial for Agnes, Forbes wife} at Eramosa Thunder storm at night " 15 Finished 2nd hoeing Turnips " 17 Scraping in Ditch all day Leybourne " 18 " " " " " Rain & Thunder at night " 19 Started to cut wheat Cool " 22 Pulling Peas " 24 a very heavy rain at Fergus " 27 Finished cutting wheat " 28 Reaping at Milnes Broke Reaper " 29 Peas all Pulled " 31 at Fergus with Lambs Sept 1 finished Reaping at Milnes Rain & hail " 2 Heavy Frost Drawing Peas Leybourne finished Digging Ditch " 3 Peas all in Rain " 5 Wheat all in Rain more or less nearly every day for 2 week & Cold " 7 Cutting oats very fine & warm Ditch Passed " 8-9 Steady heavy Rain from the East " 10 Threshing a {at?} Thompsons fine " 13 Rain again quite heavy " 16 Finished Cutting Cool

9

Septr 17 Drawing oats Mullan here Fine " 20 Fine Mrs Coutts & Robt here " 21 " Crop all in fair Crop except wheat which is rusted " 22 at Salem for Flour very Cold " 24 J Milne Jr threshing warm " 25 D. Milne " " " 26 Kelsie " " " 29 Passed Ditch no 2 very hot Octr 1 at Mill for Slabs and J Blacks for waggon Bottom " 2 Lifting Potatoes " 3 " " heavy rain at night first time since 13th Septr " 5 First Snow flying, at Duckworths & Fergus " 6 Drawing out manure very cold " 10 at Fergus to Church (Fast Day) warm " 12 Potatoes all up Plentiful crop but a lot Rotten " 13 heavy Rain last night & today Garafraxa Show " 14 " " " " very heavy " 16 Dung all out warm Erin Show " 17 Started to Plow in manure " 21 Threshing Oats Fine Peas fair Wheat the Poorest we ever had Fine Day " 23 at J. Milnes Raising in forenoon & yesterday afternoon " 24 at Fergus in evening Grand weather " 26 finished plowing in Dung toping turnips taking in Cabbage " 27 Drawing in Turnips Rain at night " 28&29 Drizzling Rain " 30 First taste of winter Put Ram with ewes at Fergus with Chop " 31 2 inches of Ice Drawing wood for D. Mills Novr 1 Drizzling rain nearly all day " 2 Drawing turnips all topped and Harrowed some Snow " 3 Snowing " 4 Drawing turnips rain from the East " 5 Turnips all in about Half a Crop heavy rain from East " 7 Digging a ditch rain every Day this week Thompsons sheep here

1885 == == 10

Novr 9 Showers of Snow & rain Tibbits sheep here " 10 Beautiful Day Plowing " 11 Plowing Bee at J. Milnes fine Kelseys sheep " 12 Furing {Furring?} out Turnip & Pea Land Thanksgiving D " 13 Rain last Night & thunder today cold R. R here " 14 quite a fall of Snow. Smith threshing to Fergus " 16 Showers of Snow all Day a {Agnes} to Fergus " 17 Drawing logs from River J. Milne threshing " 18 Plowing Forenoon heavy rain afternoon " 19 " killing Pigs at Brownlees " 20 Chopping frosty " 21 Finer Plowing " 23 Making Road in Swamp People still Plowing " 24 Plowing stopt by Frost Drawing wood for D. Milne " 25 Some snow Killing Pigs at Kelseys " 26 fixing Stall for Brownlee D. Milne Killed Cow " 27 Drawing wood from swamp very fine " 28 at Belwood ties for Mc Shod mare fine " 30 a {Agnes} at Fergus got Children vacs Decr 1 Laying foundation of line fence Whites " 2 Fine and mild for a week Kelsey Plowing sod " 3 Froze up again " 5 a Lot of Snow and great Drifty last night & toDay Kelsey Threshing Day&1/2 " 6 rough all day and very Cold " 7 D. Milne Threshing Sleighing Hanna's Sheep " 8 D. Mills Bee Snowing heavy all afternoon " 9 Thaw last night & toDay most of Snow gone Cleaning Wheat " 11 at Fergus with Chop with Waggon " 12 " " for " Sleigh first " 13 Christmas Fair sold cow Rather Dull " 19 Drifting very wild to day. Fine since the last. Bad with Cold 3 days " 21 Milder almost a thaw at Council meeting at Belwood " 22 quite Soft

1885 == == 11

Decr 23 Raining mild Sleighing all gone " 24 very fine Slight frost grand for the season " 25 " " Clear & Bright no sleighing " 26 " " Chopping in swamp last 3 days " 28 Nomination quite mild " 29 J. White here chopping in swamp fine " 30 J. Milne Threshing. thawing Horses got straw " 31 Quite soft all day

1886

Jany 1 Fine Dance a {at?} John Richardsons " 2 Raw & misty at Fergus E. vacs {E. = Edna, Forbes daughter ?} " 4 Election Heavy Rain all day Sow away {underlined twice} " 5&6 Froze up again very cold " 11 Still very Cold 4 Below a Fergus with Chop " 13 milder meeting to Choose Delegates " 14 Fine Convention met & choose Dr Wallace " 15 Still fine & Sunny Good Wheeling " 16 Rain all Day " 18 Killing Pigs at Kelseys Stormy yesterday & to Day " 19 " one at home Stormy mother & Charlie Fergus " 21 yesterday & last night heaviest Fall of snow this winter Fair Day " 22 very drifty Roads getting Heavy " 23&24 Calm. Bright & Frosty " 27 These last 3 day mild and misty " 30 Colder. At Fergus Mary here Feby 1 fine But very sharp " 2 Cold & quite stormy " 4 2 days very sharp But Calm 22 Below zero " 6 milder " 8 very fine Snow quite soft and thawing " 10 Still Thawing Killed Pig. Sow away at J. Johnston " 11 Still warm and misty Cleaning wheat {illegible} " 12 mist & Rain Sleighing about gone

1886 == == 12

Febry 14 Snowing all day but still soft " 15 at Salem for Flour Snowing & Freezing {Sh?} " 16 at Fergus with chop & grist - very drifty Roads Blocked " 18 Fine. Fair Day Sold Grey Heifer. Cattle Sheep " 19 Soft Snow falling all day " 20 Last night and to day very Drifty " 22 Rough & stormy at Fergus with Oats " 25 Rain all day. G.T. R. {Grand Trunk Railway} Smash, aboyne (26) " 26 Drifting & very Cold Griffins Sale " 27-28 Fine quiet & Cold March 2 very rough& cold the longest cold snap all winter " 5 Killed a steer for Kelsey milder " 6 very fine at Eramosa & Guelph for W-G-Wheat " 7 Sunny sow away again " 10 Still fine Mrs Black Srs Funeral to Fergus " 14 fine at Nichol to Moirs " 16 Sunny W. Rae's Sale " 17 Misty Jas Clarke here to Fergus D. M. " 18 Fair Day still mild " 19 Rain all Day with Thunder & Lightning " 20 Drawing Sand For Cull Misty & Wet all Day " 21 Rain & Snow all Day " 23 quite a drift last night frosty " 24 at Fergus with Chop fair Sleighing " 27 These last 3 days moderate Thaw East wind Robins " 29 Killed Little Pig " 30 Two Misty Days with Some Rain " 31 Great thaw Rainy all day lots of Wheels Running K. to Fergus April 1 Snowing all day River Broke up " 2 More snow fair sleighing at Belwood fixing sleigh " 3 Fair and Cold First Lambs " 5 Milder Sawing logs " 6 The worst Drift this Winter from the N.E Elora Fair

1886 == == 13

April 7 Cleared up got Kelsie to Break Road " 8 First Calf :Daisy: mild " 10 Still gently thawing Bad Roads Cons Blocked & Gravel Base " 12 Raining all Day " 13 Beautiful Day Easter Fair Sold Steers 2360 $100 {Bugges & Dams? went} " 14 at Fergus with waggon Chapman Plowing " 15 at Belwood to Blacksmiths very warm " 16 Plowing Genral {General?} after a very good winter swallows seen With Few Storms or very cold days " 17 Warm. Sowing grass seed at J. Milnes " 19 Plowing the weather since the 13 very warm 77 Deg {Degrees}to Day " 20 Gang Plowing for Peas 78 in shade " 21 at Fergus to A. Gerries Funeral still hot " 22 Sowing Peas still Hot " 23 Warm thunder storm all night " 24 Cooler Rain all Day " 26 Rain yesterday & last night Cool to day " 27 Digging Drain warmer " 28 filling " Drawing wood & Plowing " 29 Sowing oats " 30 Cold Rain from the East all day May 1 Day at Fergus with E {Edna Forbes daughter?}to Doctor " 3 Finished plowing sod planted 2 Drills potatoes " 4 Sowed last of peas. Rain all afternoon " 5 Planting trees Picking Stones Cooler " 7 finished harrowing Sod " 8 Plowing all done at Jas. Kennedys but the Swamp Dry since the 4th Great Aroura {Spelling?} Borealis night of 8th " 10 Rain from East all day. Cold. Wild Plums in bloom " 11 at fergus with Ram for Dawson " 12 Trees Pretty well out in Leaf (Early) " 13 Rain again from South " 14 Sowed wheat Thunder & Rain at night

1886 == == 14

May 15 Cooler & Drizzling all Forenoon " 16 flurries of hail Maggie Gerrie & John Here " 17 heavy frost last night ice on water and ground

        Frozen Sowing Oats and Grass Seed

" 18 Fine away at Retties {sp?} & Clunie's Line Fence " 20 Finished Plowing far Swamp Touching Frost in fur " 21 Slight Frost Sowing " oats Slight Rain " 22 Gang Plowing Turnip land very warm Thunder last night " 23 Cattle out to Fields, young Cattle all night hot " 24 F.B Born at Belwood. mare Shod Harrowing turnip land " 25 Picking Roots & Willows Cold " 26 Plowing Rear Swamp Cold " 27 Finished Plowing for Crop. Rain in morning warmer " 28 Finished Sowing Grain fine Day " 29 Fireflies Seen Humming Birds 10 Days ago " 31 finished harrowing Oats Plowed Potatoe land June 1 Cutting Potatoes " 2 Finished Sowing Grass seed at Salem for Flour. Rain in the Forenoon " 4 Planting Potatoes " 5 Cross plowing Turnip land " 7 Rain. Finished Planting Potatoes at Belwood " 8 more rain at alton with John Gerrie { line on right between 8th and 11th entry} Blanch calf 9th " 11 finished Plowing for turnips warm " 12 at Fergus with Oats got turnip Seed " 14 hot. Sowing Turnips. put stone out. 80 in shade " 16 Hot. Turnips all sowed Shower in the morning " 17 Fergus Fair Rain Saw A. Gerrie. While {illegible - above line} " 18 Judjes {sp?} Revision Funeral of D. Milnes Child " 19 Frost putting on Sleepers at Coulls " at Fergus With Sheep J. Sleeman. Came

1886 == == 15

June 22 Rain all day yesterday and till night to Day " 23 Culls Raising still Rainy & drizzilly " 25 Rain very Heavy. the 5th day in succession " 26 Clipping Sheep Cooler " 28 To Fergus with sheep for McIntyre " 29 Doing Road work First Bloom on Peas " 30 To Fergus with Lizzie G July 1 Warm & Dry " 2 finished Road work over 90 in Shade " 3 Hot & Dry putting Poles on Ditch & staking line Fence " 5 very Hot finished Line fence through {water sp?} { word cut off in scan} " 6 Scuffling Potatoes & turnips thinning Turnips. D M{ cut off in scan} " 9 Still very Dry & hot at Church " 10 " " " at Fergus in evng Got money H. G " 14 First Rain Since 25th June " 15 Bot Pigs from Hammill & Rae @ 2.00 each " 16 at Fergus with Hay got alarm Clock " 17 Got Pigs Home " 19 First Green Peas to Day new Potatoes yesterday finished Thinning Turnips " 20 mowing odd corners " 21 at Kelseys Drawing in " 22 at Fergus Fair day Plowing meeting Kelsey {illegible at edge of scan} " 24 raking hay very warm. Scuffling A. {Agnes?} To Fergus " 26 Rain Last night and to Day " 27 Drawing in hay very hot Great Display of northern lights " 28 Slight Rain " 29 " " at Fergus. Kelsey here morning " 30 hoeing Turnips and Raking hay " 31 Hay all in. Meeting here about Plowing Match " 5 Holiday in Fergus things suffering for want of Rain " " finished Turnip second Time " 6 Reform Meeting in Elora. No Choice made

1886 == == 16

August 6 Tibbit Cutting spring wheat Early " 8 A. (Agnes?) Moir here " 9 Finally finished Line fence Tween White & us " 10 Drawing wood from Swamp " 11Started Pulling Peas a few drops of rain " 12 D Milne's Threshing fall wheat & Barley " 13 Went Picking Berries Good Showers evening first since late Jy {July} " 14 finished Pulling first Peas " 16 Drawed in 2 Loads of Peas. Rain in afternoon Heavy " 18 Pulling second Patch Peas Cooler " 20 finished Pulling Peas " 21 Peas all in at Fergus in afternoon " 22 J.&W. Gerrie here " 23 started Gang Plowing " 24 Harrowing " 25 at Fergus to See Jsie {Jessie?} " 26 Started cutting oats " 28 Heviest {sp?} Rain all summer, 92 in shade at Noon " 30 Rain again " 31 finished cutting lower field Septr 1 at Fergus with Charlie to Dr. J Gerrie Came " 2 Reaping above track " 3 Drawing in oats " 5 Sunday Jas Blacks Funeral very Large 125 Rigs Hot " 6 Drawing in Oats above track " 7 Cutting Oats very Hot " 8 Cutting wheat at Fergus with Pears " 9 rainy all day " 10 at Belwood got mare shod " 11 Cutting Oats Rain Jas Clark Here " 13 Drawing in wheat Rain " 14 Raking wheat stubble " 15 Drawing Oats all in But Swamp

1886 == == 17

Septr 16 To fergus at Plowing Match meeting fair Day Heavy Rain " 17 more Rain Cutting Oats " 18 Finished Cutting warmer Rain at night " 20 Cold Rain yesterday all day. Scraping in yard for Gravel " 21 Digging Ditch through yard " 22 Crop all in Fair Crop but short straw Thunder & Rain at night " 23 a.&J in Fergus to See Jsie{Jessie?} {Forbes mother Elizabeth?} " 24 in Fergus J Brownlee Settling with D. Milne Jsie {Jessie?} away " 25 Smith Do Rain through the night " 27 J. Milne Jr Do Rain at night " 28 Brownlee moving Rain " 29 To Fergus with Wool. Thompson Threshing " 30 Kelsey Threshing Rain at night October 1 James Milne Thresh first Snow flying " 2 Drawing wood from Swamp " 4 Rain in forenoon Drawing gravel for yard " 5 Drawing Gravel Warm " 6 Started Potatoes " 8 Potatoes up Fine crop Fine warm Weather & Dry " 9 Started to draw Dung at Fergus in Evening Plowing match " 11 at Fergus Getting Bills for P. {Plowing} Match Printed " 12 Belwood Show Drawing Dung " 14 heavy Rain with high wind Drawing Dung " 16 Heavy Frost last night Some Snow Drawing Dung Killed Lamb " 17 Snowing all forenoon (3 in) rain all afternoon Dirty Day " 18 Fine Dung all out " 19 very fine Plowing Match " 20 " " a {Agnes?} to Everton with Mrs K " 21 Still Fine lifting Radish &c {abbreviation for etc.} " 22 " " Threshing fair yield " 23 " " To Fergus with a. {Agnes?}

1886

Octr 25 Topping Turnips & lifting Cabbage " 26 Pulled & took in Grey Stone Harrowing & Drawing Swedes " 27 Drawing Turnips Forenoon Rain afternoon " 28 Drizzily all Day " 30 Drawing Turnips To Day & yesterday very Fine Novr 1 " " very warm " 2 Turnips all in a good Crop the most we ever had 79 Loads And the Weather very favourable " 3 Scraping into Hallow at Station Ewes away to Ram " 4 Spreading Manure & Plowing it in " 5&6 " " " " very fine " 8 Hard frost 2 nights fall of Snow today Plowing stopt " 9 at Fergus with Grist Some still Plowing " " at Wm Douglas Sale in afternoon Bot 3 Cattle $75.50 Due 12 mos " 10 Misty Plowing forenoon. Thompsons Raising afternoon Rain " 11 Fine Plowing Finished Covering manure " 12 Cold Plowing " 13 Plowing all Stopt To Fergus For grist K. Pigs D.M " 15 Fine but Frosty Drawing wood from Swamp " 17 Heavy rain all day To Fergus Drawing wood JG " 18 Stormy & Frosty D Mills case in Belwood " 19 very stormy Drawing wood & ties off track " 20 Fine & soft Finished DO {abbreviation for "the above"} " 22 Fanning up oats " 23 Rain all Day " 24 Froze up again " 25 Kelsey threshing Slight fall of Snow last night " 26 " Finished Showers of Snow all Day " 27 Thompsons to thresh But Broke meeting to Choose Delegates " 29 Convention to Choose Candidates Reform Simple Choice " 30 Finished Thompsons Threshing Decr 1 Threshing at D Milnes. Broke went to Fergus " 2 Finished " " " Stormy & Cold

1886

Decr 3 Threshing at J. Milnes Sr " 4 " Finished " John Sleeman Corn {top right corner of page - 5th 6 Below Z} " 6 Drawing wood & manure " 7 Christmas Fair at Fergus Snow in Fornoon " 9 Fine Went to Guelph & Model Farm " 10 Killing Pigs for Kelsey Still Fine " 11 Thaw & mist all Day " 13 Killed a Pig Thaw & mist till noon then Cleared up Fine " 14 To Fergus With Chop " 15 Fine Clear and Cold " 16 Fair Day Plowing match meeting in afternoon " 17 Snow Last night but mild today " 18 Fair sleighing to Day " 20 Killing Pigs at Jas. Milnes Killed 10 Fine " 21 At Fergus With Oats Nomination Day Local " 22 R. Richardson here filling Beds fine and {? cut off in scanning} " 23 Chopping & Drawing wood from Swamp Mrs {? cut off in scanning} " 24 Rather stormy Fanning Oats " 25 Bright & Cold Took mother to J. Milne's Sr {? cut off in scanning} " 26 To See Jas Johnston Slightly Stormy " 27 Municipal Nomination R.R & Family here " 28 Ontario Elections Mowats may 31 " 29 School Trustee Election R. Thompson Elected. To Fergus " 30 another very cold Snap " 31 misty in morning Snowing all day Charlie to {Fergus?} 1887 Jany 1 Drawing wood from Swamp. cold " 3 Municipal Election " 4 Sow away Killing Pigs 2 " 5 Got Mare Shod at J. Gerries " 6 at Guelph with Oats and Pork 2L {pound symbol?} skins " 7 Fine and Clear " 8 Drawing manure from Tavern

1887 == == 18

Jany 10 at Belwood Paying Taxes Cold Broke Jug " 11 To Fergus very stormy Stuck on Concession " 12 Made Road through Fields Con Blocked " 13 Quieter " 14 Stormy again Roads Badly Blocked " 17 very Drifty there has only been about 4 fine days since Christmas " 18 very Cold but Quiet 6 Below Breaking Roads " 19 killing heifer for J. Milne Sr Drifting again " 20 Fair Day at Fergus. A Thaw " 21 Fine & Clear cutting up Hiefer {Heifer} for J. Milne " 22 Rain and mist " 23 " " " Snow going fast " 24 at Fergus with Chop. Frost. Roads very Bad " 26 To Day and yesterday very fine Chopping " 27 Drawing Manure & wood from Swamp " 28 Killing Pigs for Thompsons. Rain again " 29 Cleared up again Fine " 31 Today & yesterday afternoon Stormy Feby 1 The month opened with a very fine day " 3 2 fine days Getting wood " 4 Mackies Sale McMullen speaking in Fergus " 5 a little Stormy " 7 Blacks Sale. Sleet & Hail from the East " 8 Jas. Milnes Sale was to have been held to day But Rain Stoped {Stopped ?} it a Terrible Pour all day " 9 a Fine day at Fergus " 11 Great Storm and drifting " 12 J. Milnes Sale Cold " 14 To Fergus in morning " 15 Nomination for House of Commons Orton & Semple Fine day at Fergus

1887 == == 19

Feby 17 at Fergus Fair day very dull Fine {illegible? cut off} " 18 Hail in morning Rain in afternoon " 19 very Stormy all day " 21 very fine " 22 " " Election day Semple Elected 50 " 24 Some rain last night stormiest Day of W " 25 Fine at Fergus with Grist and Chop " 27 Great storm the very worst this Winter so far " 28 To Fergus for Grist and chop March 1 Drawing manure from Tavern " 2 Got wood from Kelsey " 3 Chopping in Swamp fine " 4 at Guelph to See Sleeman Fine " 5 To Fergus Stormy first Lamb " 7 yesterday & to Day Thaw some Rain " 8 very fine Sun strong " 9 Killing Pigs at Jas Milnes Sr Rain afternoon Sarah Moir & Gerries Girls here Dance at J. {cut off in scan} " 10 Fine. at R. Richardsons Frosty night " 12 2 fine Days Drawing wood from Swamp & {cut off in scan} " 14 very Cold & windy " 15 moving J. Milne Sr to Fergus Cold " 16 helping Kelsey to move " 17 To Fergus Fair Day Cattle scarce Cold & {illegible and cut off in scan} " 18 Still Cold and frosty " 19 To Fergus Shipping Oats to Brownlee " 21 Cold and Clear " 22 Drawing logs from River & wood for Kelsey " 23 Helping Kelsey & Drawing manure " 24 Cloudy Sawing. Rain at night & Snow " 25 Snowing & Blowing " 26 To Nichol at Moirs Cold But Clear

1887 == == 20

March 28 To Day & yesterday very stormy " 29 One of the stormiest Days this Winter Easter Fair " 31 The month has went out fine To Fergus Chop Mrs Gerrie here April 1 very fine Warm Day " 2 Soft and Sunny Saw a Crane " 4 A lot of Snow went to Day " 5 Frosty and drifting at Fergus with Sheep skins at Smiths Social " 7 yesterday and to Day a lot of Snow went Seeing Allison " 8 Good Friday Warm A {Agnes} To Fergus to Church " 9 To John Richardsons Changing Oats fine. Wheels going " 11 River Breaking Jam at 4th Line Snow gone But at Fences " 12 Big Jam got away Colder with Rain freezing Clark & Chapman Plowing " 14 East winds and Raw " 15 Warm in morning thunder Storm evening Dark " 16 To Fergus with Chop & grist. to Belwood Blacksmith very Frosty night " 18 Frosty all day with cold East wind " 19 Hard Frost in morning. Started Plowing after a Good Winter with rather more rain than usual after each fall of Snow Which made an easy winter. never very Cold " 21 Fergus Fair Sold 5 Cattle Prices Fair 200.50 some Rain " 22 More Rain Cold " 23 " " " very Cold at night " 25 Cold With flurries of Snow " 26 Sowing Peas frosty in the morning Eliza Came " 27 Plowing for wheat. Sow Pigged " 28 " " Cold Rain all afternoon To Fergus " 30 Finished Plowing for Wheat Warm Saw first swallows May 2 Sowing Wheat rain yesterday. Thunder to Day & Rain " 3 Finished Sowing Wheat & Some oats " 4 Finished Plowing Sod Weather Fine " 5 Sowed Peas and oats on sod " " " 6 Finished Harrowing sod Warm & Fine

1887 == == 21

May 9 Finished Plowing for Grain Crop Fine " 12 all sowed all May has Been Dry & warm " 13 Picking Potatoes Wild Plums in Bloom " 14 To Guelph with 25 Bgs Potatoes @ {1.00?} Got Paid G.S. Board " 16 helping D.M. take his cattle to Fergus To Elora " 17 A {Agnes?} to Fergus. Getting very dry Trees well in Leaf " 18 Took Lib to School {daughter Elizabeth} would not stay " 19 Harrowing Turnip land Sowing some Grass " 20 Gang Plowing Turnip land " 21 Harrowing " " To Belwood {forcing?} {Plo...cut off} " 22 very hot 90 in Shade 86 yesterday " 23 Rain with Hail the first this month {wash...cut off} " 24 Showers Plowing turnip land " 25 Finished Plowing Turnip land " 26 to Belwood mare shod heavy Rain & Hail " 27 Showery all Day " 28 Harrowing & Cutting Potatoes " 30 Planted Potatoes Clipped Sheep " 31 Rain again June 1 " " at Nichol to See A. Moir " 2 " " Whitewashing Kitchen " 4 Fine Sowing Turnips Mangels Corn Beans Fine " 6 Rainy " 7 at Fergus with Chop & grist Rain " 8 Choreing Planted Cabbage Sowed Carrotts " 9th at W. Gerries Dry & warm " 10 Sowing Turnips " 11 ,u>Turnips all sowed A. {Agnes} to Fergus in evening Sow S.. cut off page " 13 Very hot Plowing at E. Kelseys " 14 Drawing manure at D. Milnes " 16 Drawing wood " 17 Took Waggon to Belwood to get fixed " 18 Drawing Lumber to J. Milnes from {Luthers cut off}

1887 == === 22 =

June 21 more Rain {Choreing?} " 22 " " Big Geordies Raising A {Agnes} Sick " 23 " " Rain almost Every day for 10 days " 24 Rain at Fergus to See Doctor " 25 Helping Kelsey to Put up Hay fork Track " 27 {Sewart?} Drawing Gravel Road work Peas in Bloom " 29 Went to See R Richardson Warm July 1 To A.L. Moir Sr Funeral very warm " 2 Scuffling Potatoes thinning Mangolds very Heavy Rain & Thunder A {Agnes} to Fergus " 5 at J. Milnes Putting on Sleepers Rain " 6 helping R Thompson to Put up Scaffold Started to thin Turnips " 7 J. Milnes Raising " 8 at Turnips hot 95 in shade " 9 Moulding up Potatoes Rain & Thunder " 11 at Turnips Cooler " 13 Finished thinning Turnips Started hay Orchard " 14 Went To Belwood For Waggon " 15 Eliza J. Taken to the House of Industry Said to Be the Hottest in 30 years " 16 very hot. Mowing with Scythe. Rain " 17 Still Hot with Thunder & Rain " 18 Mowing with Scythe-thinning Turnips at D. M R. Richardson here " 19 Mowing with Machine hot " 20 Raking & coling Still Hot Rain thro night " 21 Drawing in Hay. Rain. To Fergus " 22 Rain Cutting thistles on Road " 23 Drawing in & Mowing Cooler " 25 Finished cutting Hay Still Hot " 27 Hay all in this 2 days 93 in the shade A {Agnes} To See Eliza " 28 Scuffling " 29 Putting Paris Green on Potatoes. first new Potatoes Hot

1887 == === 23 =

July 30 To Belwood at Townsends Raising Slight rain August 1 Finished Scuffling Turnips Second time Hot " 2 Cutting Thistles " 3 Finished Turnips 2nd time 94 & 96 in the shade for 3 or 4 Days " 4 Pulling Peas. A {Agnes} to Jas Clarks " 5 Rain To the North & South little here " 6 Finished Pulling Peas Should have been done a week ago (Cooler {Frost?} " 8 Cutting Wheat. Still warm 95 yet " 9 Finished Wheat Started Oats " 10 at Smiths Threshing " 11 Rain at Belwood to See Dr Mennie {abd..cut off} " 12 Drawing Peas & Burying Horse at River " 13 Peas all in Drawing wheat " 15 Wheat all in D.M.Grey Horse to Pasture " 17 Slight Rain " 18 Rain with thunder " 20 Finished Cutting " 22 Damp all day not fit to Draw in " 23 A. {Agnes} To Fergus Went to Belwood for Pumphead for

       Jas McDonald to replace one that lasted since Novr 65.22

" 24 D. Milne threshing Broke Drawing in afternoon " 25 finished drawing in all but Rakings one day

       Earlier than we started to Cut last year
       Plenty of Straw But Oats rather light in {gro..cut off}

" 29 Started Plowing very dry Water very scarce " 30 Helping Kelsey To Finish Harvest " 31 at Fergus Sent for Telescope A. {Agnes?} To See Eliza J Septr 2 D Milne Threshing " 3 Kelsie " finished Plowing for fall wheat " 5 Thompson Threshing " 6 Stewart " Started Sowing fall wheat nice Rain

1887 == === 24 =

September 7 finished sowing fall wheat Democrat East of Station 50 qts. Per acre Clawson west of S 56 Per acre. A Gale of wind " 8 A. {Agnes?} Wet {Went} To Toronto " 9 Drawing Bricks for D. Snell Rain {C..?} " 12 Drawing Roots & Scraping " 13 A fine rain last night Drawing Gravel " 14 finished road work " " " 15 Drawing Roots " 16 at Guelph with old oats 35 cts " 19 at Fergus with mother to Dr " 20 Drawing out Dung (21) Slight rain " 22 at Fergus to Plowing match meeting " 23 very Cold. Flakes of Snow flying " 24 Dung all out at home " 25 at Nichol to See J. Moir. Northern Light " 26 Drawed Dung for Tavern. W.J. Thompson Over " 27 J. Milne Threshing " 28 at Fergus with mother to Dr. Spreading Dung " 29 Started to Plow in Dung. A Richardson Sr here Octr 1 Rain. Broke Share. up to Allisons with J. R " 3 Got 9 young Pigs A {Agnes} to Fergus Liz Came Rain " 4 at Belwood Mare shod go Pole Buggy Rain " 5 Rain & Cold " 6 Rain Threshing oats not a good yield " 7 Rain. A {Agnes} To Fergus Fast day " 8 Finished Spreading Dung To Fergus Evening P. M. Meeting " 10 Dung all Plowed in. Cool " 11 To Belwood Show. Cold Showers of Snow " 12 Tibbitt threshing. Ground White. Mrs Moir Sr here " 13 " " Started Potatoes. To Fergus evening " 14 at Fergus for P. Match Bills

1887 == === 25 =

Octr 15 To Belwood with J. Richardson to Settle Meals for {cut off?} " 18 Finished Potatoes very fine day Crop fair " 19 Took up Mangolds fair crop " 20 at Belwood measuring Land for Match " 21 Plowing Match. very Stormy " 22 2 inches of Snow. at Fergus With Grist & Chop mix {Brockies? cut off page} " 23 heavy rain all afternoon High wind at night " 24 Put up {stone?}. Started topping turnips " 26 Heavy Frost Harrowing turnips River froze over " 28 Milder all Harrowed up " 29 Turnips all in about 1/2 a crop Very Cold " 31 Plowing very Pleasant but Hard Frost in {morning? cut off} Novr 1 " Fergus evening $100.00 3 mos W.G " 2 at R Richardsons & Guelph for Telescope Fine " 3 Drawing Wood and Furing {Furring} Turnip land " 4 Plowing Killed a sheep " 5 Thompsons Threshing Forenoon Stewart after " 7 at Belwood with wood to {McMa?} warm " 9 at Fergus with Chop. A {Agnes} to See Eliza J " 10 at Wm Douglas Paying not Snowing " 12 Raw yesterday very Cold Still Plowing " 14 A. {Agnes} & Liz to Belwood J. G. rain afternoon " 15 laying foundation of fence " 16 at R. Robinsons Sale " 17 at Fergus Fair day sold Pigs " 19 at Belwood load of wood to Mc Snow Plow stoptd " 21 almost Sleighing drawing wood fires Still in {S? cut off} " 24 Working in swamp Misty days and little frost " 26 A good Solid Rain all afternoon " 27 at Nichol to A. Moirs rain & Snow " 28 moving D Milnes stable Winter Sleights " 29 " "

1887 == === 26 =

Novr 30 Moving D Milnes Stable Cold Decr 1 " " " very Cold " 2 Killing Pigs at Thompsons Snowing Saw fire in Swamp " 3 Sleighing to Fergus with Chop & to Elora " 4 Rain Snow all gone " 6 Took Ewes away very fine Weather " 7&8 Chopping in Swamp " " " " 9 Killing Pigs at A Whites " " " " 10&11 Rain. 11th Killed Steer for D Milne " 13 Christmas Fair Sold 2 Cattle @ 71.00 Fair Prices " 14 at Fergus Killed 2 Pigs for Tom Smith " 15 Slight fall of Snow " 17 Chopping in Swamp had Jas Whites Mild " 19&20 Kelsey Threshing fine " 21 at Mrs Munro's Sale Snow & Sleighing " 22 Stewart Threshing Stormy " 23 Thompson Threshing " 24 Drawing wood from Swamp " 26 to Belwood with Wood for Mc Nomination " 27 Smith threshing Sow away " 28 The first Real Snow storm " 29 very Stormy roads blocked " 30 Fair at Fergus with Chop " 31 Stormy " " for chop

1888

Jany 1 thaw with a lot of rain " 2 very Cold and Stormy " 4 at Kelseys Killing Pigs heavy fall of Snow " 5 very fine and mild " 6 Snowing But Mild A {Agnes} to Church " 7&8 Fine (9) Killed 2 Pigs " 10 Heavy Drifting Blocking roads again

1888 == == 27

Jany 11 Fine again But Cold " 12 very fine Drawing wood from Swamp " 13 Thaw Sow away = May 3rd " 14 fine and Mild " 15 very stormy & Cold " 16 Threshing at D. Milnes Calm & Cold " 17 Finished " " " Stormy " 18 Clear and Frosty. To Fergus with Cutter " 21 very Cold but Calm A. Moir here trading Oats " 25 These last 4 days Cold & Calm {Fanning up?} " 26 Threshing Peas very Cold " 27 very Stormy to Fergus with Chop & grist " 28 heavy drifts all roads Blocked no Train {w...cut off} " 30 Milder went to Fergus for chop {Steer?} to Fergus " 31 took Steer to Elora Fair Sold 40.00 fine Feby 2 quite mild drawing wood from swamp " 4 Drawing wood fine Day " 6 Cold & bright at Belwood wood to Mc A {Agnes} & Liz at Thompson {cut off} " 7 Stormy at Fergus with hay Sold {illegible} Egg @ 8.00 " 9 very Cold Stormy 24 Below zero Skating race " 11 To Fergus Load of moving D. Mills " 13 " " " " " " 14 quite Soft & mild " 15 Finished moving D Mills very cold about 20 Below " 17 Mild Chapmans Sale " 19.20 Thaw (20) Smith Threshing " 21 Mild " Finised {Finished sp} " 22 at Fergus Drawing Slabs for John Gerrie fine " 23 Fair day at Fergus fine day " 25 Thaw again & rain " 27 very cold and Stormy " 28 Hammill's Sale Stormy Lizzie went home

1888 == == 28

March 1 Stormy not Cold Storm of Hail from East " 2 Drawing wood fine " 3 Stormy again " 5 at Fergus getting Ice Tongs Jas Clark here " 6&7 Cutting Ice Cold " 8 Drawing & Packing Ice Cold " 9 To Fergus with Chop Sun very hot " 10 Soft all day " 11&12 Great Snow Storm & (12) very Cold " 13 The Worst drift of the Winter Trains stuck " 15 Helping Milne's to Cut Ice Warmer " 16 Drawing wood. Soft no Train yet " 17 Helping Milnes to cut Ice. Warm. first Train since 12th " 19 Regular thaw. up to see J. Johnston " 20 Rainy all day Fair Easter day Sold 2 steers $64.00 Robins " 21 very drifty again not Cold " 22 Cold and Rough. to the East & South in N. york there was a Bad Blockade the worst of the Winter " 24 Cleared up and fine " 26 Snow in morn. Rain all afternoon at Fergus with D. M " 27 rain all day " 28 rain in morn. Smith here for oats " 29 Fine Killing Pigs at Stewarts " 30 heavy Snow with hay to W. Gerrie Good Friday " 31 Fine at Fergus with Buggy & Grist {D. Mills above line} April 2 Fine Sawing Ties " 3 " at Fergus with Chop & For grist Killed a Pig for J S Saw a crane " 4 A {Agnes} to Fergus & seeing Eliza. L. Came up Sunny " 5 The First real thaw thunder & rain Moving straw Digging the water off Cocession {Concession sp?} " 6 Sunny & windy River broke up Sleighing about Gone Drawing last wood from Swamp wheels to Fergus

1888 == == 29

April 7 Cold went to Fergus Sleighing Done " 10 Cold Rainy day " 11 Warmer a Lot of Snow went " 12 Raw A. L. to Fergus " 13 a heavy Frost last night Showers of Snow " 16 Still the same raw cold days Frosty {mornings?} " 18 Killed 2 Pigs for Kelsey Tibbit & {Stewart? cut off} Started Plowing J. Milne married Cold " 20 heavy Frost & Cold " 21 at Fergus first time of wheels. Cold " 23 at Belwood with Plow Started Plowing Frost not out the Past winter had been very Steady and moderately cold with scarely a thaw Jany 1st lots of sleighing since the 6th Apl {April?} then wind has Been steady from near north as heavy Frosts, a good deal of Snow at Fences and roads " 24 a hard Frost last night no Plowing till noon " 26 Warm to Day the first Swallows " 27 no frost this morning hot funeral of Jas. Richard....cut off} " 28 81 in the Shade gang Plowing at Fergus a {nigh for?} {cut off} " 30 Cold Rain in afternoon Gang Plowing {Planted?} Drill May 1 Ground white with Snow first Calf Lady and Lamb " 2 hard frost in morn. Sowing wheat " 3 Sowing Grass seed. Sowing Peas. Cold " 4 drawing manure from Tavern quite a rain and Thunder " 5 Cold Pruning trees " 6 " Got Got young Pigs " 7 Sowing Oats and Finished Sowing Peas " 8 Rainy afternoon " 9 at Fergus with Hay for W. Gerrie Misty & warm " 10 Finished Plowing up Clover Sowing oats " 11 Harrowing warmer. River {near?} Past with {illegible and cut off}

1888 == === 30 =

May 12 manuring Rhubarb all But the G.S.E {Bunchers?} " 13 J Johnston here another Calf cherry Cold " 14 Last calf Daisy: Plowing Swamp Showers of Snow last Lamb " 15 Moving W Gerrie Cold Rain in afternoon " 16 Cold with Snow flying Mare Served " 17 Finished Plowing in Swamp lots of frost " 18 wet afternoon Cold " 19 Finished Seeding. cold only 5 warm day since we started " 21 Harrowing Fall wheat & Turnips land and Rolling " 22 Fine and warm First Mosquitoes " 23 at Guelph with Potatoes 1.00 Warm " 26 Warm fine Rain. Trees in leaf & Wild Plums in Bloom 13 days later than last year " 30 Plowing Turnip land Cold " 31 Showery Cool Growth very Backward young cattle out all night cows To Field for first June 1 Finished Plowing Turnip land Showery " 2 Thunder Heavy Hail & Rain Cutting Potatoes Cold " 4 Planting Potatoes Warmer " 5 Fine Planted Beans corn & carrotts {carrots} washed Sheep " 6 at Belwood got mare Shod Cold " 7 at Fergus with chop & Grist " 8 Choring Planted Tomatoes " 9 Warm Clipped Sheep Sowing Turnips Planted Cabbage Sowed {Kol?} {Rabbi?} " 11 at Guelph to See about D Mills Money got none " 13 Drilling & Sowing Turnips Rain " 14 Warm fine Rain " 15 at Sawmill with Cedar for J Johnston " 16 Finished Sowing turnips Harrowing Potatoes " 17 at J. Gerries " 18 Staking fence frost still in Muck " 20 Whitewashing very hot " 21 at Fair with Cow no Sale Hot " 24 Some rain J Moir here " 25 Started road work Slight Shower

1888 == === 31 =

June 27 Finished Road work Cool " 28 Cold rain all day " 30 at a logging bee at Jas Richardsons July 2 Drawing logs at River " 3 At Fergus with 2 loads of Hay Peas in Bloom " 4 Some rain very hot " 5 at Fergus with the last of Hay " 6 at Church in Forenoon H Mitchells Raising in afternoon " 7 Drawing wood from River. Started thinning Turnips " 9 Hoeing Potatoes & Turnips W Ransoms raising P.M. " 10 Finished scuffling Turnips {last?} time Plowing Sod " 11 very Dry needing rain Bad Finished " " " 12 Harrowing and Sowing Rape " 13 at Belwood with Rake wheels Still Dry & hot " 16 started haying Great droth " 17 at Belwood for rake wheels & Took Reaper up Mowing on {tea?} of " 18 2 Showers of rain Moulding up Potatoes " 19 Mowed all the Clover about 2 1/2 acres New Potatoes " 20 raking and coling " 21 Drawed in all the Hay that is cut " 22 Grand rain first good Soaking this {season?} " 23 A fine Showery afternoon Cutting This {...cut off} " 25 Mowing Dry and Cool Green Peas " 26 Some Rain Turnips all thinned " 27 Hay all Cut " 28 Drawing Hay. Took James J home " 30 Hay all in very hot " 31 Working in Swamp Some rain August 1 Scuffling & hoeing Turnips 2nd time Mrs Gerrie here " 2 Cut first fall Wheat hot Drawing wood " 3 at Jas Raes Raising Rain and great Thunder " 4 at Fergus

== 1888 == {32} August 6 at Belwood Getting Reaper Bushed " 7 Finished cleaning Turnips Reaping Fall wheat " 8 Rain at Fergus " 10 Cool White Frost (11) D Milne Threshing " 12 Rain at Nichol to J. Moirs " 13 Fall Wheat Cut Started Pulling Peas " 15 Drawing fall Wheat rain at night " 16 Down with hay to W Gerrie heavy rain night " 17 heavy rain last night first Cabbage " 18 Fine day first Corn " 20 Fall wheat all in New Turnips " 21 Peas all Pulled Drawing in Peas very hot " 22 Cutting Spring wheat very cool " 24 Wheat all cut Drawing in Peas " 25 Drawing Wheat Peas all in to Fergus Flour salt " 27 Wheat all in " 28 Cutting oats at D Milnes threshing Frost " 29 J. Smiths threshing Dry Needing Rain " 30 Pulling Pears Cutting Oats " 31 Thunder & Rain at Fergus with Pears September 4 Drawing in oats Cool & Dry (2) A. Cunings funeral " 5 Finished Cutting Been Frost last 5 Mornings " 7 Crop all in fair Crop But 2 acres oats Froze " 8 Warmer Some rain last night: Needed " 10 Drawing in at D Milnes " 11 " " " Stewarts " 12 To Belwood for Boots Cold " 13 Gang Plowing Great Drouth " 14 Drawing Wood from Swamp heavy Frost " 16 Fine rain Last Night and this forenoon " 17 at Fergus " 18 at Jas Milnes Threshing Broke

== 1888 == {33} Septr 19 Finished Threshing a J. Milnes " 20 Threshing at Thompsons " 21 " " Stewarts " 22 " " home fine Day fair Crop " 23 at Fergus to Wm Spires Funeral " 24 Threshing at Kelseys Broke down " 27 Cleaning Grain Cold dry wind " 28 Kelsie Threshing Cold " 29 " Finished Showers of Snow " 30 Cold & Snow and rain. Octr 1 Tibbitt Threshing rain " 2 " Finished very Cold " 3 at Fergus with grist and chop heavy frost last nigh " 4 Started drawing Manure " 5 Fine. Stewart finished harvest. Put in heifer " 6 Taking up Potatoes. Warm " 9 at Fergus with wheat Cold " 11 Still at Potatoes Belwood show very Fine " 12 Drizziling {Drizzling} rainy day Mary Born " 13 at Fergus with Mrs Gerrie Cold & wet " 15 at Potatoes " 16 at Belwood with W. Kitchen. Smith Threshing " 17 Showers. Kelsie's Sale " 18 Finished Potatoes. Warm " 19 at Dung Rainy " 21 very hard frost (22) fine " 23 Finished Drawing dung rainy Day " 24 Started Turnips " 25 Very fine Took in cabbage " 26 Rain in the afternoon " 27 Last night and to Day Heaviest rain for 2 {illegible} to Fergus For {F...cut off} " 29 at Turnips Drizziling {Drizzling} rain all Day

1888 == === 32 =

Octr 30 Frosty Morning fine afternoon " 31 very fine Finished Turnips good crop. 48 Loads Stewart helping November 1 To Fergus with Lamb to Mills. Warm Bot {Bought?} Whip " 2 Thompsons Threshing Rain " 3 Spreading Manure Started Plowing in " 5 " " Kelsey here Plowing Mrs Gerrie here " 6 " " " " " very fine Thunder " 8 Rain all day Manure Plowed in " 9 last the the heaviest rain since spring " 10 Misty & Rain Plowing on flat " 14 Plowing. Grand weather for Season " 15 Drawing wood in afternoon very warm " 16 Stewart Threshing Cold & Frosty " 17 " Finished. Plows stopt By Frost " 18 Stormy & quite a fall of Snow " 19 Killing Pigs at D. Milnes Soft " 20 at Fergus with chop Sunny Mrs Richardson here " 21 Minnie Smith Died at Faskins for George Cold " 23 at M. Smiths Funeral. Went to Salem with Stewart " 24 Ewes away " 26 Snowy Forenoon " 27 With Load of Turnips to W. G. Soft Some rain " 30 Cold with Little Snow December 1 Smiths threshing finished " 3 at Fergus with Chop & grist Snowy Armstrongs Sale " 4 Cutting and Drawing wood " 5 Killing a Pig helping Milnes to Thresh " 6 D. Milne threshing got Mare shod J. Gerrie went with it " 7 Finished " Still Fine and Fair " 8 Milder but Fair and Pleasant " 10 Cutting & Drawing wood & Burning Brush Beautiful Weather and Mild " 11 To Christmas Fair at Fergus Sold Heifer {25?} Dull " 12 & 13th very cold Blustring {Blustering} " 15 Milder {Mad?} Hand Sleigh repaired verandah

1888 == === 33 =

December 16 Raining all Day " 17 Misty & warm " 18 Froze up again " 19 Examination at School no 2 very Cold " 21 Winter begun Snowing and drifting Cold " 22 Down to Zero this morn Clear Bright Day

"  23 Fine James J. here

" 24 Very Fine to Fergus " 25 Rain & Misty all day " 26 " " " " Sow away " 27 Froze up again " 29 very fine Chopping in Swamp " 31 Some Snow. Mild year end without Sleighing

      But been a fine Season only 3 rainy days since {illegible?}

{on right side of page sideways - (31) Municipal Nomination Council ..illegible}

1889 == == 1889

Jany 1 the year opened fine moderate day " 2 to Fergus Mother to Poor house to Eliza J. " 5 These 3 days have been wonderful for the Season " 6 Roads Icy. Mary Baptized " 7 Sleighing at last about 4 inces {inches} of Snow at the Sawmill " 9 Raining heavy at Sawmill " 10 A great Storm Roads Blocked high wind Blowing down Suspension Bridge a {at} the falls. But weather till now was the finest for years " 11 Broke the Roads out through the Fields to {Fergus - cut off scan} " 12 & 13 Clear & Sunny " 14 very Fine & Clear Killing Pigs at Thompson " 15 Clear But cold Down to zero " 16 Heavy rain all afternoon & night Sleighing River Broke up {G..? cut off} " 18 Cold & Icy killed heifer for Thompsons " 19 " " " Went to Fergus " 21 Snow & Sleighing again

1889 == === 34 =

Jany 22 & 23 Fine Clear & Sunny " 24 To Fergus with Chop For Horses. A {Agnes} down " 26 Jas Clark here. the last 4 days have been Extra Fine Even for this winter " 27 Fall of Snow " 28 " " " Drift killed 2 Pigs " 29 Cold Zero again. Clear " 30 at Guelph with Pork {6L - above} & Oats {32 - above} Snowy Feby 1 Some Stormy and drift " 4 a little Snow every day slight Drift Sick this week " 5 John Louttit's Sale Cold & Drifting " 6 10 below Zero this morning " 8 To Fergus with Chop Drifting " 9 " " for " Drawing Slabs to J. G " 11-12 Snowy & drifting again had {roads?} " 13 Drawing wood from Swamp Clear & Cold 5 below zero " 14 to Fergus drawing Slabs for J. G. lots of {Pitch?} holes " 15 Some Milder Cleaning up wheat " 17 A thaw today & yesterday " 19 Great fall of Snow today & yesterday 14 in heavy drifts " 20 at A Ewings Sale Cold & Drifting " 21 Fine at Fergus fair Mrs & Mr Williams & Jessie came " 23 yesterday and today terrible Drifts Conncession full " 24 Bitter Cold last night 30 Below Zero Calm to Day " 25 To Fergus {w?} Lizie & Joe Milder " 26 Snowing from the East Drawing Straw for Halfway " 27 Soft and very Pleasant March 4 moving Kelsie the Past 5 days Extremely fine & Sunny " 6 Still fine at Fergus with turnips for Kelsie " 7 Cold & raw " 9 this 2 days very drifty in some cased the worst of the Winter but not Cold

1889 == === 35 =

March 11 Soft & Fine at Fergus with Chop (Horses) " 12 " " " " " " " (Cattle) Drawing " 13 Colder at Fergus with Grist Seeing Eliza J. at {? cut off} " 14 Cold East wind took J. J. home first Lambs {Pa...cut off} " 15 Still fine Snow going fast " 16 at Belwood with Lumber to Mc " 18 at Belwood & j. Gerries Sleighing near gone Rise

       at Belwood warm used last of cabbage

" 19 a lot of snow went to Day D Milnes Stone {cut off} " 22 Still fine at Funeral of C. Culls Child Wheels {cut off} " 23 Last Sleighing hot sun No rain or Snow for 2 week " 25 James J. Came to Saw wood Fine " 26 Sawing wood & killing Pigs at Thompsons " 28 Heavy frost last night and flurries of Snow " 29 Finished Sawing ties Cold all day " 30 Cold to Fergus with wheels first time this {year? cut off} " 31 Snowing all day about 3 inches fell April 1 Bright and Cold Sleighs running " 3 A Thunder Storm this morning then a snowstorm 3 " 4 Sleighing again this morning Voting on the repeal of Scott act. Repealed by a Majority of 1860 Carried {la?...cut off} by 1340 Majority T. Smiths Funeral " 5 Snowing nearly all day " 6 & 7 very warm Snow going fine " 9 Easter fair. Prices low Some Plowing " 11 to Fergus with Chop. warm Threatning rain " 12 Clears. helping Brooks to cut hay " 13 Plowing general Hard Frost last night cold {? cut off} " 15 Started Plowing after a mild & a dry winter 2 {Mon?..cut off} Sleigh " 17 Sowing Oats 15 Bush Swamp & field below track {illegible} J {Dryd?..cut off} " 19 Sowing Peas very warm " 20 Gang Plowing Turnip land warm & dry young {?..cut off}

1889 == === 36 =

April 21 A Great Day of Drouth & high wind that Drifted the Sand in Places 3 ft deep " 22 Finished Plowing Turnip land for wheat Shower of Snow & Frost " 23 to Guelph for Statues & Grass Seed " 24 to Belwood. Rain & Thunder in afternoon Swallows " 25 Sowing Wheat Dark & Cool " 26 Sowing Grass seed " 27 Finished wheelbarrow. Rainy all day " 29 Cold with Driving Showers of Snow May 1 " Sowing oats Started to Plow Sod. Calf {calf is circled} " 2 Sowing Grass seed & Harrowing " 4 Warmer & Clear the first time for 10 Days " 5 Sowing Grass Seed in missed Places Went to Fergus " 6 Sowing Permanent grass Seed quite warm " 8 & 9 very hot 88 in the shade Plowing Sod " 10 Thunder & Some Rain Wild Plums in Blossom & Trees in Leaf. J. Chapman here Plowing Hot " 11 Cooler finished Plowing & Sowing (oats & Peas) " 13 Warmer Harrowing " 14 at Fergus with Catte {Cattle} 2280 @ 4cts - 4.00 Hot " 15 Thunder & good rain " 16 Harrowing Turnip land Cooler " 18 Digging in Garden. Kelsey here for turnips. Hot " 19 young Cattle out all night. Foal. 1 month & 3 days over " 20.21 & 22 Cold windy days " 23 Foal died. To fergus with Chop " 24 Sheep {lost?} Windy " 25 A {at} Belwood for churn to Rodgers " 27 Whitewashing. Rain all afternoon Cool " 28 Snowing & very Cold all day Heavy Frost " 29 Started to Plow Turnip land. Mrs Moir & Sarah here Mare served Rainy afternoon " 30 Rain all last night & today Cold & high wind

1889 == === 37 =

May 31 Warmer. Rain all Last night River higher than it has been {since?} spring damp all day June 1 Cool yet & Damp " 3 warmer Plowing rain a {at} night. C.N.R. filling {Tre..cut off} " 5 Cool and Some rain " 6 First Dry day since the 27th May finished Plowing {T...cut off} " 7 Rain as usual " 8 To Belwood got mare shod. Rain " 9 Cutting Potatoes. Rain (9) rain " 10 Planted Potatoes 4 D. {illegible} 13 {Sta...?} 16 {8?} {C...?} " 12 at Fergus with grist & chop Fine " 13 Some rain warm " 14 Sowing Turnips washing Sheep horses {o...cut off} all {?..cut off} " 15 hot Sowed Beans & corn " 16 at W. Gerries. Thunder & heavy Rain " 17 very hot. at Fergus with hay " 18 Cooler Clipped Sheep Planted Cabbage " 19 Rain again Crops badly drowned out " 20 at Fergus with Hay warm " 21 very Heavy Rain filled big Ditch with Sand Trestle {Dun..cut off} " 24 Started Road work Drilling Turnips " 25 Funeral of Fred White Drowned on the 23rd " 26 Finished Sowing Turnips Hot " 27 Drawing wood from Swamp Close & {?..cut off} " 29 helping D. Milne with Turnips very hot July 1 " " " " " " " 2 Broadfoots raising very hot 90 Thunder & heavy {rain? cut off} " 3 at Fergus Slight Rain " 4 at Culls hot " 5 at Jas Kennedy's & Fergus " 7 hot J & W Gerrie here " 8 Scuffling Turnips

1889 == === 38 =

July 10 This Last 4 Days 93 & 94 in the Shade to Night a Thunder storm & high Wind Laid Grain " 11 at D. Milnes Raising of {B...?} to Barn very hot " 12 Mowing warm " 13 Scuffling Potatoes thinning Turnips Coling Hay (13) Thunder & Rain " 14 Finished Scuffling Turnips first time " 17 Mowing Cooler " 18 Finished Mowing first field " 19 Coling hay to Belwood for money for Moving Sand from Ditch " 20 " Hay to fergus Paid Monteith for Ditch. Cool " 22 First field of hay in " 23 Molding up Potatoes Cool " 24 Putting on Paris Green on Potatoes. A. {Agnes} to See E.G. at PH " 25 Mowing (26) Coling " 27 Took Load of Hay to W Gerrie hot Bot Cow from Milnes " 28 W Gerrie here. Warm. Rain heavy " 29 at P. Boynes & R. Russels " 30 Mowing & drawing in " 31 Finished thinning Turnips August 1 Finished Mowing " 2 Hay all in Some Rain " 3 at Fergus for Salt " 5 Scuffling Turnips " 6 Slight frost this Morning Corn Hurt " 7 Sick (7) Jessie came Needing Rain

                to Doctor

" 8 Fixing Gates (9) Scuffling & cutting green oats " 12 Windy Drouthy C. got truss at Fergus " 13 Rain (14) Rain & thunder Mr Gerrie Sr here Cold " 15 Finished Scuffling turnips Drawing in green oats new Potatoes " 16 finished hoeing Turnips 2nd time at Fergus to Dr " 18 at Nichol to A. Moirs {Alexander?} " 19 Cutting Wheat & Pulling Peas

1889 == === 39 =

August 21 Stewart Threshing. High wind " 22-23-24 Cutting wheat Badly in want of Rain " 26 Wheat all cut Great Drouth " 27 Started Cutting Oats " 28 Smiths Threshing A. {Agnes} to Fergus " 30 Finished First Piece of Oats {right side of page and sideways - 2 weeks now without a Drop o Rain} " 31 Wheat all in but one Load R. Milne helping September 1 Still hot & Dry J. Dix and wife & Jas J here " 3 Team and Charlie at Milnes Drawing " 4 at Fergus With Edna {his daughter} to Dr light {cut off} first in {cut off} " 5 A {Agnes} to Grand Valley after honey Windy heavy {cut off} " 7 Dry again Jas Milne threshing " 10 Geo Allan Binding here finished at Low field Started {cut off} " 12 Drawing in oats hot & dry " 13 Thompsons threshing Windy " 14 Finishing drawing in Low field " 16 Kelsey & Mrs here. Finished Cutting all {cut off} heavy Rain Last night " 17 Pulled Peas above Track. Rain at night D {?..cut off} Thresh " 19 Cold at Fergus with Chop & Grist Showery " 20 Cold & Showery all day with flakes of Snow " 21 Peas all Pulled Cold " 23 Oats all in Drawing Peas " 24 Crop all in. Brooks Threshing " 25 high wind Some Rain at night " 26 Mare Sprained Foot at Fergus Cool " 27 Milnes Threshing Rainy " 30 Gang Plowing got a horse from Stewart October 1 heavy rain & Thunder. at A. Richardsons {Sr? cut off} " 2 Cool Breezy day " 3 Rain Forenoon at Fergus in afternoon " 4 Fine day working in Swamp " 5 heavy Rain nearly all day " 6 heavy fall of Snow this Morning

1889

October 7 away Looking for threshers & at Fergus very cold " 8 & 9 Belwood Show " 10 Drawing up wood & started Potatoes Fine " 11 at Potatoes all Day. warm " 12 Threshing By Steam (Cameron) Fine day good turn out " 14 Stewart Threshing " 15 Thompson " W. Edmiston started to Dig Fine " 17 Potatoes all up good crop Fine Weather Dry " 18 To Fergus with chop (Saw W G) " 19 to Belwood with McNea's Potatoes to Fergus For chop " 21 heavy Frost Started Turnips " 22-23 & 24 heavy frost every morning. at Turnips " 25 Turnips all in Fair Crop. Fine Day no frost Dry " 26 To Fergus for Load of tile Cold " 28 Put up {Stover?} Joe & Liz Came up " 29 Started to Draw Manure Mrs Thompsons Funeral " 30 Drawing manure. Cold " 31 Rainy Edmiston away the Last 3 days November 1 Laying tile and covering drain. Well near dry " 2 Raining went for tile " 5 Went for tile Joe & LIz Left " 6 " " Fine day " 7 Laying tile. Grand Weather Thanksgiving day " 8&9 Drawing manure Warm & Misty " 11 Finished Drawing tile " 12 Edmiston Finished Laying tile & digging dug 46 1/2 {C.?} Put in 1410 tile Worked 21 days " 13 Some Rain. Covering drains Warm " 14 Finished covering drains started to spread manure Drizzly all day " 15 Frosty Cleaning up Grist & chop " 16 Plowing {Big?} Frost Stopt. {Stopped} at Fergus with Grist and chop

     * took Ewes away Ja Thompsons Rain in afternoon

" 18 Milder at Fergus for Grist. took Straw to W G got money " 19 Spreading manure Rainy all afternoon " 20 Frost gone. Started to Plow. (Covering manure)

1889

November 21 Plowing misty & Rainy all day & Warm " 23 drawing Wood in Forenoon Wm Clarks Funeral after " 25 Finished drawing out manure. Fine day " 26 Threshing at Jas Milnes Mild day " 27 Started to thresh " " quit very stormy Drifts 3 {f..ft? cut off} Rain {illegible and cut off}

      Plowing stopt {stopped} and sleighing started

" 28 Finished Threshing at Jas Milnes good sleighing " 29 Colder Piling up wood and drawing {s...cut off} " 30 Fine & sunny at Fergus for grist & chop December 2 at Belwood got mare shod Soft afternoon " 3 helping D. Milne to kill Pigs. Frosty & more Snow " 4 at Fergus with 2 Bags of Potatoes to W. Edmiston?..cut off " 5 Mild with Snow falling " 7 Drawing up wood very mild " 8 Thaw with heavy Rain. Sleighing gone " 9 Bright & Suny {Sunny} Thawing " 10 Fergus Christmas Fair Sold 2 Cattle {illegible above line?} Brisk Prices good Rain & Sleet " 11 Squally Brooks threshing in afternoon " 12 Fine " " finished " 13 Colder Hard frost " 14 Snowing Milder " 16 Chopping in Swamp & killing sow at Thompsons {Thaw?} " 17 Bot {Bought} 1/2 Pig from Thompson. Damp " 18 A. {Agnes} To Fergus Rain " 19 Plowing & spreading Manure Mild " 20 Plowing Heavy Rain in afternoon " 21 Frosty. at Fergus with chop. Thunder storm at night " 23 Mild and Sunny Drawing wood from swamp " 24 Clarks Sale Rain all day heavy Thunder at {night?..cut off} " 25 Extra Fine no frost finished spreading manure Laying {f..cut off} of {F..cut off} " 26 Plowing Rain morning high wind flurries of Snow after hard Frost at night " 27 very fine Thompsons threshing

1889 == == 40

December 28 Thompsons finished Threshing fine " 29 heavy rain all fornoon. high wind at night " 30 Municipal nomination at Belwood Frosty " 31 at Fergus with Stewart Cold & Frosty

1890

Jany 1 heavy rain all day Party at D Milnes " 2 Rain all Forenoon afternoon like spring frost all out " 3 Frosty again " 4 Stewart Threshing frosty " 5 Soft again Rain all afternoon & night " 6 Voting for Council Rain all forenoon " 7 Stewart finished threshing frosty " 8 Tibbitt threshing Snowing & very high wind " 9 Sow away Some Snow falling all day " 10 A {Agnes} to Fergus with butter " 11 Misty thaw at night " 13 A {Agnes} went to Toronto Rain in morning hurricane and ( Snow in afternoon " 14 Killed 4 Pigs. Pleasant Day " 15 " 14 " at Stewarts Soft " 16 Went to Guelph Cold & stormy Pork 5.30 " 18 & 19 Mild & Pleasant almost a thaw " 20 Rain all last night A Gale to Day with Snow went to Belwood Taxes " 21 Killing Pigs at Thompsons " 22 Drawing wood & Cleaning up Oats Cold " 23 Threshing at D. Milnes Snow & Sleighing " 24 Finished " " A. {Agnes} Came home " 25 at Fergus with Chop " 26 Thaw again (27 & 28) very fine " 29 Extra Fine Thawing Chopping & Drawing wood " 30 at Fergus got oil & Meal " 31 Thaw very soft and muddy Feby 1 Frosty G. Allan had {Leann?}

1890 == == 41

Feby 3 Soft again killed a Pig " 4 Still soft and Some rain " 6 Fine & Sunny Moving Hal Milne & Geo Allan to Fergus (station {...cut off} " 7 Chopping in Swamp. Snow Storm from East " 8 Moving Blanchfield to Belwood. Stormy " 9 A.s. {Agnes's} Grandfather Died to Elora & Belwood with {cut off} " 10 Moving Bradley from Stn {Station} to halfway " 11 Mild killing Pigs at Stewarts " 12 Stormy at Old Wm Gerries Funeral (Sleigh...cut off " 13 very warm Sunny day " 14 Rain all day Snow gone " 15 at Fergus for grist Waggon " 17 & 18 Cleaning up Wheat Both days Misty & {m...cut off} " 19 Choping & drawing wood Snow at night Killed 2 pigs " 20 very Stormy Fair day at Fergus with Pig & chop " 21 & 22 still stormy but Snow wont lie for {sleighing?...cut off} " 23 Snow fell quietly making sleighing " 24 & 25 Thaw Rain Warm Snow all gone except {Drifts? cut off} " 26 & 27 Drawing wood Misty & slight frost (27) A. {Agnes} to Fergus " 28 Thaw Rain most of the day March 1 Showers of Snow Coldest this winter. Bel...cut off the first {...cut off} " 3 cold Killing Pigs at Thompsons " 4 Cold Snowing & drifting got Peas home " 5 Drawing wood. very cold A. {Agnes} to Kelsey's with {E...cut off} {Edna?} " 6 15 Below this morning. Bright & Sunny " 7 & 8 Beautiful bright & clear But cold " 10 milder Some Snow " 11 misty & Rain all day " 12 " " " " " Buchanan & Watson here for {c...cut off} " 13 at Fergus with Chop for cattle Bad Roads " 14 & 15 Frosty again & Snow " 17 Milder Drawing wood (& 18th) Stones

== 1890 == == == 42

March 19 Fine at Nichol to A {Alexander?} Moirs & Gordons Sale " 20 at Fergus Fair fine " 21 More Rain very Muddy " 22 Fine Froze up again " 24 First Robins Seen Mild & Sunny " 25 Ester {Easter} Fair cold and Rainy " 26 Snowy Blustery day " 27 Frosty Morning Sunny day at Richardsons Sale " 28 Great Storm of Snow all day biggest Drifts of the winter " 30 yesterday fine at Belwood to Blacksmiths to day to day Snowing " 31 Sunny all day but cold & Raw April 1 Cold & Sunny at Fergus for {dust?} D. Milnes Sawing " 2 " " Jas Clark here " 3 Soft Rainy afternoon " 4 Good Friday at Sale at Brokies Rain Roads Bad River Broke up " 6 very heavy rain at night " 8 Rainy Morning at McWhirters Sale Bot {Bought} Harrows " 9 " & Misty with Thunderstorm Cooler at night " 10 frosty Morn went for Harrows " 12 at Belwood with chop Mare Shod warm a number Plowing " 13 very warm 75 in shade " 14 rain this morning Cold and rough " 16 First Lambs Started to Plow Building fence " 17 at Fergus with Grist & Chop fine " 19 Building fence Drawing wood fixing Spring " 20 this last 6 Days Sunny and frosty nights " 22 Drawing Earth to & Plowing Turnip land Horse show Elora " 23 Rain in forenoon " 24 Fine Brooks Sale " 25 Finished Plowing Turnip land Sowed wheat " 26 Started to Plow Sod. Rain at night Sow away " 28 Sowed Grass Seed and Harrowed it

== 1890 == == == 43

April 29 A Heavy Rain this morning Cool " 30 Cold Raw & Rainy May 1 Plowing cold. frosty Morning Been frosty every night But 2 this spring " 2 Beautiful day Meeting to Elect Delegate to R. {..cut off} " 3 finished Plowing stubble thunder & Rain first {s...?} " 6 Cold & Snowing Dancing Party from Fergus " 7 Frosty Sowing oats Harrowing " 8 Frosty Convention at Fergus Clarke chosen " 9 Rain (10) Rain (12) & more Rain " 13 at Fergus with chop finished Plowing for Peas " 14 Sowing Peas & Harrowing yesterday & to Day the first Spring Day " 15 & 16 Fine Picking Roots & plowing Swamp " 17 Cold. finished Plowing Swamp " 18 Dolly Foal. Cold. windy & rain " 19 at Fergus with cattle 20.30 @ 4 cts Dull and Damp " 20 Cool (21) Sowed Oats in Swamp Cold. Frosty " 23 Thunder & Heavy Rain warm Growing weather at last " 24 Finished Plowing (25) Two Terrible Showers of Rain " 26 Finished Sowing. Warm Mare Served Heard white {P...? cut off} " 27 " Harrowing Wild Plums in Bloom " 28 Picking stones off Hayland very warm " 29 to Fergus at Nomaniation {Nomination} Local House Clark & {Hamp..cut off} Fine " 30 Dull with Some Rain but warm good growth Harrowing Turnips " 31 Hot 85 Trees in Leaf Planting Potatoes on Track June 2 started to Plow Turnip land. Meeting at {No 1 S S...cut off} " 3 At Stewarts filling manure Heavy rain at night {warm? cut off} " 4 Plowing hot. Thunder & Rain Terrific at night " 5 Tremendous Storm Thunder Rain & Wind Blowing

          Fences washing away Bridges Culverts Booms & {c...cut off}
          Polling Local House Clarks Majority {409?} Mowat {Sustained?}

" 6 & 7 Land too wet to work " 9 Plowing turnip land (10) Went to Fergus Evening

== 1890 == == == 44

June 11 Finished Plowing turnip land Rain " 12 Planting Potatoes Rain " 13 Finished " 24{?} {Clepants?} 6 {Ste..?} = acre Rain " 14 Sowing Mangels & Turnips " 16 to Fergus with Grist Wm Gerrie left for west Measured for Boots " 18 Finished Sowing Swedes (17) Sowed carotts {carrots} & Corn " 19 to Fergus got Cabbage & Tomatoes " 20 Washed Sheep Planted " " " " 21 Staked Fence Turned Cattle into Swamp " 23 very hot Turnips all Sowed Cutting thistles " 24 " " Whitewashing sheep Clipped " 25 at Belwood (26) at Fergus with Potatoes hot 96 Got Boots " 27 Road work (28) ditto heavy Rain and very hot " 30 Still warm & damp July 1 3 heavy showers to day W. Gerries Wife & Children here " 2 warm (3) cooler started haying but showery " 5 Slight frost at Rockwood with wool " 7 Warm. all the folks at W. Gerries coling hay " 8 at Belwood Getting mare shod hot Rain " 9 Scuffling Turnips & Potatoes " 10 Drawing in hay nearly frost in Morning " 12 hot moulding Potatoes " 13 Scorching hot (14) Still hot & dry thinning Turnips " 15 Mowing hay (16) at Fergus A {Agnes} to see E. J. " 17 Slight rain (18) Scuffling & hoeing Paris Greening " 19 quite Cool at Turnips (20) very Cool " 21 Frost last night froze Potatoes & nipped Turnips " 22 & 23 at Turnip very dry J. Gerrie came " 24 Heavy Rain With thunder (25) at Belwood More Rain " 26 Moulded Potatoes Fergus evening With J. G. " 28 Scuffling hot (29) Paris Green ont {on to?} Potatoes Hot " 30 Rainy most of the day and hot Moving straw

== 1890 ==

July 31 Finished thinning Turnips Mowing a very heavy Crop. Rain. Hot. A {Agnes} to Fergus with {child..cut off} August 1 finished Cutting hay. Hot. Scuffling turnips 3rd {Time?} " 2 hay all coled up (3) Great heat heavy Rain {New Potatoes?} " 4 a heavy rain and Great heat hay very wet helping D M {Turn..?} " 5 More rain (6) Cooler drawing hay " 8 Hay all in (9) helping J. Milne at Thinning Turnips {C...?} " 10 at M. Bremmers funeral. Cold " 11 at Fergus with Grist got Ridgeboards " 12 had a bee digging Ditch (13 & 14) Cleaning turnips very Dry " 15 at A. Richardsons Funeral Finished Cleaning Turnips " 16 Choreing sawing wood " 18 D. Milne threshing Frosty morning " 19 Sow Pigged all Dead rain all afternoon " 20 Mrs Moir from Nichol here " 21 heavy rain all forenoon " 22 Cradling wheat went to Fergus got Gloves " 23 Jas Milne Cut wheat with Binder. Cool " 25 Pulling Peas Rain after 5 oclock " 27 Peas all Pulled Damp Backward weather & cool " 28 & 29 Sawing wood and digging Stumps " 30 Digging Stumps Cold. rain more or less every day Septr 1 heavy frost and Froze oats cutting Potatoes down, Peas all in, started {...cut off in scan} " 2 Drawing Wheat J.B. Mullan here " 3 Wheat all in. Started to Cut oats " 4 hot Cutting oats. Rain at Night " 5 at Smiths threshing A {Agnes} to Fergus with Pears " 6 " Stewarts " heavy rain in the Morning warm " 8 Rain again (9 & 10) Fair & dry cutting oats " 11 Finished upper oats Drawed a Load Rain in afternoon " 12 Rain (13) Rain, Digging out stumps " 15 Oats all in above the Track " 16 Rain went to Fergus to see Doctor for E. {Edna, Forbes's daughter} Diphtheria

1890 == === 46 =

Septr 18 Cuting {Cutting} (19) de {ditto} Rain and high winds " 20 tying oats and Digging stumps " 22 Finished Cutting Cool " 23 " Tying at stumps " 24 at Tibbitts Thresing {Threshing} heavy Frost " 25 " " " " " Drawing in " 26 Rain more or less all Day warm " 27 Crop all in Stumps all out Nor west of Dittch {Ditch} " 29 Jas Milne Threshing hot " 30 D. " " " Octr 1 helping Jas Milne Clean Barley took Load to Fergus " 2 took Potatoes up on track " 3 rainy in Forenoon at Belwood Show afternoon " 4 at Fergus with chop. got Oven Lined & Potato tools " 6 Rainy all day A {Agnes} to Belwood a {at} Jas Gerries. Plowing " 7 damp (8) started Potatoes 1/4 Rotten " 9 Warm at Potatoes (10) heavy Rain in forenoon at to Fergus in afternoon " 11 Cool Plowing and taking up potatoes (12) Rain " 13 at Potatoes & Smiths Sale. Rain " 14 Finished Potatoes Rain Drawed wood for Milne " 15 Took up Mangels. Killed sheep 121 lbs mutton " 16 Drawing Manure. Erin Show. heavy rain all afternoon " 17 " " (18) {DO DO} {Dittos} 2 fine days " 20 Threshing a fine Day (Burrs Machine) " 21 & 22 Drawing manure very fine (23) Finished Rain " 24 Cleaning Chop Drawing wood & Turnips " 25 at Fergus with grist & chop Cool " 27 Picking over Potatoes laying carpet Putting up {stone to lie?} First snow " 28 Topping turnips took up carrotts {carrots} " 29 took up {soft?} Turnips harrowing up Swedes " 30 Drawing swedes. Showers of Snow " 31 " " D. Milne's helping

1890 == === 47 =

November 1 Topping Turnips harrowing & Drawing got all in that were up. 50 Loads over an acre to do {yet? cut off scan} heavy fall of Snow in the afternoon to Fergus " 2 heavy fall of Snow. no Frost. tied cattle all in " 3 more Snow 5 inches Deep now no frost in ground Put Cabbage in {cellar? cut off scan} " 4 Cutting wood Mild (5) at Belwood with chop a lot of {Snow ? cut off} " 6 Drawing wood and Spreading Manure Fine " 7 Plowing manure, Snow gone. Pulling turnips " 8 Turnips all in very good crop. 60 Loads A. Whi... and D Milne {help...? cut off} " 9 Tremendous Rain (10) Fine Plowing & spreading manure " 11 Plowing & Putting New Ridgeboards on house. Mild " 12 fine Manure all spread (West field all Plowed " 13 finished Plowing in manure. Stewart Plowing here " 14 very warm Plowing in swamp & harrowing west field " 15 misty " " " (16) very fine at Church " 17 heavy Rain all day. went to hear Cartwright at in {..? cut off} " 18 Plowing (19) finished Swamp took Ewes away Stewart threshing " 20 Stewart finished threshing frost and Snow Plowing yet " 21 at Bellamy's Sale fine day " 22 Stormy & Cold Smith going to thresh Machine {Broke? cut off} " 23 (Sunday) fine at Thompsons " 24 Mild Smith threshing " 25 " " Finished Cold. Drawing wood & {R...cut off} " 26 at Fergus with Chop. Went to Bayne's Sale Plows stopt {stopped} By Frost

       Bot {Bought} Sow $10.00 Due in 14 mos at Impl Bk {Imperial Bank?}

" 27 Went for sow. Bright and frosty " 28 Thompsons threshing very frost A {Agnes} sick went for {? illegible} " 29 30 Milder Beautiful days December 1 fall of Snow at Fergus with Sleigh with chop " 2 hard frost but fair " 3 hard frost and Snowing Sold Cattle to Smith & {F..? cut off} @ 3cts@ {?..cut off} " 4 Cold took {" ditto under cattle} to Belwood " 5 fine Killing Pigs Jas Milnes " 6 & 7 Bright & Cold

1890 == === 48 =

December 9 Christmas Fair. very dull fine Day no sleighing " 10 at Belwood with chop Killed Big Sow 396 Lbs " 11 very Mild Started to Kill Pigs a {at} Thompsons but quit " 12 " " Drawing up wood " 13 at Fergus with A {Agnes} Cold (14 & 15} very Mild " 16 & 17 frosty But fine on 17th to Belwood for {Da..?} with Cutts " 19 Cold and Clear & Still to A Louttitt'sSale fine wheeling " 20 very mild Fanning wheat took back oats to D.M. " 21 (Sunday) thaw. Rain. & Snow Slight " 22 W.D. Greens Sale very fine " 23 to Luther for wood With wheels stormy " 25 Cold & raw Jas. Johnston here " 27 Some Snow to Fergus with Sleigh " 29 Cold Nomination day (Municipal) " 30 Cleaning up Wheat mild " 31 Annual School meeting Was elected Trustee " " heavy Fog No Sleighing yet but Grand wheeling

1891

Jany 1 A Heavy Rain all Day " 2 Frosty and drifting very icy Roads took sheep home " 3 to Fergus Stewart took grist Down for me " 5 Municipal Electon {Election} R Dryden. SR Ransom. C Clark. C Conlon C Hend " 6 7 & 8 Bright and Sunny Cold Grist home " 9 D Milne threshing " 10 " " Finished still very fine Sow Away " 12 Some Snow Great wind " 13 Killed Pig heavy Fall of Snow at night " 14 very Drifty (15) Drawed straw to Smith Sleigh " 16 Killing Pigs at Stewarts Cold 10 below Zero " 17 quite Mild (19) mild & misty " 20 Threshing at J. Milnes Soft Misty " 21 Finished " " " Took in Turnips. Rain.

1891 == === 52? =

Jany 23 H Cull's Sale Snowing much Snow yesterday " 24 Snowing went to Luther for wood " 26 Killing Pigs at Thompsons Fine " 27 heavy fall of Snow from East went to Fergus " 28 very fine. Alex Moir here. Trustee meeting " 29 Misty and Rain in afternoon " 30 Cleared up and slight frost (31) Mild February 2 Killing Pig went to Nichol hunting seed wheat got at {Bro...cut off} " 3 Killing Pigs at Thompsons very stormy " 4 Coldest Day this Season so far below Zero {D...? cut off} " 5 went with Stewart looking for wheat. Roads heavy " 6 very fine (7) stormy at Fergus " 9 at Belwood Selecting Delegates R. C Thaw Rain " 10 Drifty & Snow Taking out Saw log at River " 11 To Saw Mill with Log Fin {Fine} " 12 " " " " Took chop to Belwood. Mild " 13 at Fergus to R. Convention. A. Semple choosen {chosen} " 14 Cutting & Drawing wood. Across River {Frozen?} Mild " 15 & 16 Thaw and Rain Sleighing Gone " 17 Snow and Sleighing again at R.J. Blacks Sale " 18 ver {very?} Stormy to sawmill for lumber good sleigh " 19 Fair Day very fine John Charles Born {Forbes son} " 20 Snowing & Drifting heavy in mon {morning} Rain afternoon " 21 Fine at Fergus. {file?} Got Boots " 23 Mild Drawing wood accross {across} river Sow Served " 24 Drawing wood in forenoon. Heavy Rain all afternoon giving {G.?} Cull a Present " 25 Great flood River broke up the Earliest for 80 yrs Cold at night " 26 Frosty Nomination Dominion Semple & Hunter Came " 27 Quite Stormy very Icy (28) Stormy & Frosty March 1 Fine but Cold (2) Some Snow (3) rough " 4 Snow & very Drifty at Fergus. Killed Pig at J. Milne " 5 Fine Election Dominion Semple Elected Maj {Majority?} 146

1891 == == 51

March 6 More Snow Fair Sleighing again Cold " 7 & 8 Settled and Milder " 9 Thaw (10) Colder Killing Pigs at D Milnes " 11 Very warm rapid thaw at Fergus with waggon " 12 Snowing all forenoon but Soft. Frosty at night " 13 & 14 a real Snowstorm Roads Blocked up Snowplough on Train " 15 Still very Stormy " 16 Stormy Still went to Fergus Roads in fields " 17 Milder to Fergus with Wheat goose 70 cts " 18 " moving Jas. Lang & Mitchells heavy Snow " 19 Fine very cold (20) Soft and rain " 21 to Luther for wood Mild & Misty " 22 Sunny and thawing rapidly " 23 Grey Cow Died rapid thaw " 24 At A. Brockies for wheat Sleighing gone " 26 Sawing at D. Milnes Colder " 27 Snowing & Blustery " 28 Fine at Gillespie's for wood W.G. Thompson helping " 30 Raw and Cold Killing Pigs at Smiths " 31 heavy Snow Storm Alexanders Sale Bot {Bought} Cow 41.50 11 mos April 1 Drawing Manure from Halfway Sleigh " 2 rain Sleigt {Sleet} all day " 3 Snow took Grist to Fergus Froze at night " 4 & 5 hard Frost & Clear " 6 " " " Bot {bought} Oats From J. Richardson " 7 " " Went For oats " " " 9 Drawing wood & manure at John Richardsons Raising " 10 & 11 Raw and Rainy " 13 Warm First Spring Day at Belwood with chop " 14 Drawing wood forenoon warm then Rain " 15 Misty Some Rain to Fergus: Swallows " 16 Started to Plow at home Forenoon. Milnes afternoon warm

1891 == == 52

April 17 very hot Some Rain but Cleared off " 18 Rain and warm " 20 very hot. Sowing oats on Milnes (Rented) " 21 cooler. (22) hot & very windy (23) Cool " 24 & 25 Grand working days. Land dry " 27 Sowing Peas. Rolling. a very high wind " 28 Finished Gang Plowing for wheat " 29 heavy frost. Sowing wheat & Rolling Annie {Raes?} Frost " 30 Still cool and windy May 1 Sowed Grass Seed and Rolled it Frost River Men Here (Black & {P...cut off} " 2 Picking Roots in Swamp Some Rain hot " 3 Fine shower last night. Cold " 5 Finished Plowing Sod at home. hard frost with Showers of Snow. too hard to Harrow all Day ice 1 in never saw the like at this Date " 6 hard frost again Plowing at Milnes " 7 Same as yesterday Mitchells here for wheat (8) Sowing Oats & Harrowing " 9 Finished harrowing Sod & Picking Roots warm " 11 Fine Shower Last night Sowed oats in Swamp " 12 warm At Fergus at night Harrowing " 13 Dry and thick Haze Thompsons here for hay " 14 Sowing Oats & Harrowing Thompsons Here Plowing {? cut off} " 15 Plowing in swamp. Some drops of Rain Wild Plums in bloom " 16 Finished Plowing very cold. River Men here {(M...cut off} " 18 Finished Sowing at at home A remarkable {..cut off}

    Not an hour of broken time since we started no {...cut off}
    and Frost Every night. Trees in leaf

" 19 Plowing Sowing at Milnes Fine " 20 Harrowing " R. Milnes Funeral " 21 Harrowing & Rolling A Team From Richardson " 22 Plowing Some Rain ( at night and to day Had {Bert?} Milne " 23 Finished Seeding on Milnes (24) Hanna Smiths Funeral " 25 Turned out young Cattle all night

1891 == == 53

May 26 Frost. Dry. at Belwood. Court of Revision " 27 Picking stones at Milnes Frost " 28 " " " home Harrowing Turnip land " 29 Finished Stones & Drawing wood From River " 30 Filling Manure at Stewarts & washing Sheep warm June 1 Plowing for Potatoes (night first Since 14th Apl " 2 " " " Thunder and heavy rain last " 3 & 4 Cutting Potatoes and Choring More Rain " 5 Cool. Planted Potatoes 13 1/2 Bush on an Acre " 6 A {at} Fergus with Grist. hot & Dry " 8 Clipped Sheep (9) Sowed Turnips. Corn. Bean & {..ot?} " 10 Plowing Turnip land (10) Ditto fine Rain " 12 Sowing Turnip land (13) Same went to fergus " 15 very hot finished Sowing Turnips Planted Cabbage {illegible} " 16 " " to Belwood for Scraper heavy Rain at night " 17 Cooler. Showery all day young Pigs " 18 " " " at E. Kelsey's " 22 Whitewashing kitchen. Showers " 23 & 24 Doing Road work Drawing Gravel " 25 & 26 Piling wood & Cutting willows " 29 to Rockwood with wool and Seeing R. Richardson " 30 Scuffling Turnips cutting thistles July 1 A. {Agnes} to J. Gerries. Some Rain " 2 to A. Moirs. Nichol hot " 3 Fine Rain in the morning lasted all Day the the first real rain {this?} spring " 4 started to thin Turnips to Fergus with J. Milne " 6 Scuffling & thinning Turnips " 7 fine Rain all forenoon to Fergus with straw to H Mitchell " 8 fine A. {Agnes} to See Eliza Johnston " 9 finished Scuffling Turnips first time fine Plants " 10 hot at P. Gerries Raising

1891 == == 54

July 11 & 12 hot old Mr R. Blacks Funeral on 12th " 13 very hot at Turnips (14) heavy Rain with thunder " 15 Cooler Bill Gerrie's wife & family here " 16 Finished thinning Turnips. howing Potatoes " 17 at Fergus with Chop Slight Rain " 18 finished hoeing Potatoes went to Belwood " 20 Moulding Potatoes. took Colts to Pasture " 21 Started haying Cutting odd Corners Hot " 23 at Fergus with Load of straw to Niel MacLean. {cut off?} " 24 very hot Putting fingers in Cradle " 25 Putting Paris Green on Potatoes " 27 " " " " " and morning Cool " 28 Finished mowing at home Coling up " 29 all Coled up Drawing in " 30 Slight Rain to Fergus & Elora with G. {McRain? cut off} " 31 hay all in But Rakings August 1 Slight Rain all day " 3 Raking & coling hay & Drawing in from Milne " 4 hay all in hoeing Turnips 2nd time (5) Same Both Day {rain?} " 6 Finished Turnips still hot & Dry " 7 hot 91 in shade. folks down to Nichol " 8 Some rain very hot and Close " 9 heavy rain heaviest since the 24th {Feley & Great?}

     thunder & wind unroofing Barns in all Directions

" 10 at Fergus with Straw to J. Davis thunder Rain " 11 at Fergus for Grist Still hot " 12 at Elora to Rocks with S.S. Pic Nic " 14 Rain at Fergus for Calf pd $2.00 " 15 Working in Swamp up to J. Johnston's at night " 17 Started Pulling Peas Cradling wheat for J {Milne?} " 18 very Hot. at Guelph with Hay @ 8.00 Per ton " 20 Cutting Oats on the Milne Place. Hot

1891 == == 55

August 21 Drizzly Warm Day (22) Pulling Peas " 24 Cool and Rain all Day. Putting up Blinds " 25 Cool Pulling Peas (26) Do do {as above} " 27 finised {finished} Pulling Peas Started to Draw in first Cabbage and Turnips " 28 Stewart threshing. Rainy. to Fergus " 29 D M {Milne} " Cutting wheat " 31 Peas all in Showers hot September 1 Cutting oats at Milnes (2) Do { as above} & wheat at home " 3 Broke Reaper. Drawing oats from Milnes. Cool " 4 to Belwood for Repairs for Reaper. Cutting wheat " 5 Rainy afternoon and very heavy at night " 7 Cutting oats (8) Smith threshing. Frost " 8 Drawing in wheat Frost Freezing late oats " 10 Cutting oats J. B. Mullan here " 11 " " Drawing oats from Milnes " 12 Cutting wheat heavy Rain at night " 13 Blossom Cow Calved got at Alexanders Sale " 14 Finished Cutting Wheat. Cutting oats " 15 Rain all last night & this forenoon to Fergus with Chop " 16 Cutting oats (17) Do Do {as above} & Drawing in very warm " 18 Wheat all in Thunder & Rain at night " 19 J. Milne threshing hot " 21 Drawing oats. Raking stubble very hot " 22 Cutting oats " wheat stubble very hot " 23 Broke Reaper at Belwood Repairs Cutting oats 87 in Shade " 24 Cutting oats (25) Cutting at Milne's. went for Doctor to Mother " 26 at Milnes in forenoon. J. White here in afternoon " 28 Stooking at Milnes and drawing in forenoon drawing

                                                        rain and wind at night
       at home afternoon 2 Thompson's & team W. Tibbitt & J. Innes here 

" 29 Finished Cutting at home quite Cool " 30 Warmer J. Milne threshing Octr 1 Finished {Binding?} at home. trustee Meeting

1891 == == 56

October 2 Finished cutting at Milne's Drawing at home " 3 all in at home after a long weary harvest " 5 a good deal of rain yesterday. Gang Plowing Cool " 7 Rain Tibbitt threshing yesterday & to Day " 8 Jas Clark here harrowing (9) Drawing in ) " 10 Stooks all in at last 5 Days Later than 188{9? cut off}

        which was the latest before this. to Church after

" 12 Drawing manure warm " 13 Thompsons threshing there with Team " 14 Drawing manure till noon Rainy " 15 & 16 threshing Franks machine good turn out {E..? cut off}

        Peas Showers Both Days and cool

" 17 Meeting to Choose Delegates at Belwood " 19 threshing at Smiths all Day Drizzly " 20 Drawing wood & to Belwood for Chop {(Horses?)} " 21 & 22nd Taking up Potatoes Cold " 23 Took oats to Fergus. went to Convention Craig {chosen? cut off} " 24 warmer at Potatoes (26) Fine day Potatoes " 27 Cold Showers of Snow all day Topping turnip " 28 Fine finished Potatoes took up Carrotts. mangels (Cabbage. Harrowing Swedes " 29 Drawing Turnips & Harrowing very fine " 30 " " Indian Summer (31) Light Rain {w..? cut off} (and fine November 2 Frosty Morn. Turnips all Topped & Harrowed out " 3 Fine Drawed 20 Loads " 4 Turnips all in. 78 Loads. Fine Crop. & fully Ripe for {..cut off} " 5 Ground white with Snow to Fergus with Chop " 6 Putting Down Carpet Drawing Manure " 7 Drawing Manure Glorious fine weather " 9 " " very warm " 10 Rain all day. Election (Provincial) Kirkwood Elected " 11 Fine to Fergus with Returns from Div. No 2 " 12 & 13 Fine finished Drawing manure 79 Loads

1891

Novr 14 heavy frost Harrowing manure & Drawing wood " 15 (Sunday) River men at the Ties all Day " 16 Spreading Manure a heavy Rain took Cattle in " 17 Snow and Great Drifting " 18 very hard Frost last night Turnips Froze in Root House " 19 Milder Stewart threshing in afternoon " 20 " " & D. Milne threshing all day " 21 Stewart finished " till 3 O clock Rain all afternoon " 22 Heavy rain all day " 23 Started to Plow in manure Terrible Rain broke boom in Fergus " 24 Snowing went to Fergus (25) very Rough " 26 Milder Killing Pigs at Smiths " 27 Cold Killing Pigs at D. Milnes " 28 A. {Agnes} to Fergus Clear but frosty (29) very Cold " 30 very Cold took Mrs Milne to Fergus Stn Plowing stopt December 1 Took ewes away. Killing Pigs at Thompsons fine " 2 Cleaning Oats (3) to Fergus with oats Mild & Sunny " 4 a heavy rain Frost all out Cleared up at night " 5 Fine Plowing again in fine order " 7 heavy Snow last night fair sleighing " 8 Christmas fair moving J. Young (Wheels) fine " 9 & 10 Thompsons threshing very fine " 11 Took lambs to Fergus took up J. Youngs Potatoes " 12 took a load of Turnips to D. {Beverley?} Snow gone very fine " 14 Rain all day turning to Snow at night " 15 Snow and damp hail misty " 16 Frosty and windy A. White threshing " 17 To Salem for flour with Sleigh. Clear " 19 Mild Drawing wood From Milnes " 21 To Fergus with load of oats @ 31cts " 23 Killed a Pig rainy & Snow but mild

1891

Decr 24 D Milne threshing Bleak East wind " 25 Mild and misty " 26 D. M. Threshing. Mild in morn Frost {...? cut off} " 28 Municipal nomination Clear and bright " 29 Rainy Smith threshing " 30 School meeting Frosty. Smith Finished " 31 D Milne Finished threshing went to Fergus

1892

Jany 1 hail and stormy last night very mild to {Day? cut off}

          no sign of Sleighing yet

" 2 very mild Jas Milne threshing " 4 Poling Day Municipal Dryden Ransom McDermot Clark {Collinerdge?} Coldest Snap yet " 5 Ja Milne Finished Threshing Sow away Clear & Nice " 7 To Fergus with oats & chop Sleighing " 8 at Wm {Hamans?} threshing for Stewart " 9 To H. McQueens Luther For wood. {Sleigh ? cut off} very cold " 11 " " " " " Milder " 13 Mild To Fergus with Load of Turnips to {Bo...? cut off} " 14 To Fergus with Chop Fine Sleighing " 16 To Fergus with Load of oats Cold " 18 To Belwood with Chop Snowing " 19 To Fergus with Oats " 20 To Luther for wood Stewart with me {McQueen? cut off} " 21 very stormy to Mitchells in the afternoon " 22 milder Snowing Killing Pigs at Stewarts " 23 Rogh {Rough} Drifty Drawing wood from swamp " 25 Fine Killing Pigs at Home 4 " 26 Great Drift last night very Cold to day took Pork to {cut off} " 27 & 28 Cold and rather Raw " 29 very fine killing Pigs A {at} Thompsons (20) " 30 Took Grist to Fergus thawing {A?} fine Sleighing this last three weeks

1892 == == 57

Feby 1 {tok} took cow to Fergs {Fergus} to weigh Took Grist home " 2 Rain & hail in morning heavy snow in afternoon " 3 rather mild with Some Snow " 4 Cutting & Drawing wood from Milnes " 5 & 6 " " " very fine Grand sleighing " 7 Snow in morn Rain Thunder & Lightning at night " 8 Mild. To Fergus with cow to Cassis & Robertson " 9 Bright and fine to Petrons Entertainment " 11 The most stormy day of the winter " 12 heavy roads and Frosty Killing Pigs at Thompsons " 13 at Fergus fine. took down straw and Potatoes " 15 Fanning oats (16) To Fergus with chop. Fine " 18 Fine Fair day (19) Cutting wood at Milnes " 20 at Jas Laings mild " 22 To Fergus Seeing W Gerrie & Beattie/u> A. Bremner 3 mos {month} Note " 24 & 25 Cutting and drawing wood very mild " 26 Colder at Watsons Sale & Jas Clarks " 27 & 28 Cold. Laid up with cold " 29 Fall of Soft Snow. At Curries Sale March 1 Great Drifts last night Cold. Killing Pigs for Richardson " 2 Cold. To Fergus with oats (29) {do - same as above} Fine " 3 To Fergus with Turnips for Thompsons Fine " 4 Stewart here Drawing wood " 5-7 & 8 Drawing wood. very fine sleighing near gone " 9 Took Logs to Sawmill J. Murrays Funeral " 10 Cutting at Stewarts Snowy " 11 Killed 2 Pigs. very stormy " 12 Cold & Bright at Robt Kennedy's Sale " 14 yesterday & to Day very Stormy and Cold " 15 very Cold and Blowing Cutting Rafters with Thompson " 16 Drawing wood. Cold But quiet 2 weeks of Borealis " 17 Fine to Fergus down the River. Fair day

1892 == == 58

March 18 & 19 cold and Blustry

"  21 Killing a Pig at Stewarts cold & Raw

" 22 Rainy afternoon (23) Cold & Snowing " 24 Drawing accross {across} river form Milnes Soft Lot of Snow " 25 Took logs to sawmill. Broke through river Robins & Bluebirds " 26 Drawing wood accross {across} river. Sleighing gone {illegible and cut off} " 28 Sawing wood & Cleaning oats " 30 Went to See Jas. Clark who is very bad. Raw " 31 Chop to mill. To Brokies Sale. Raw & cold April 1 Mild Cleaning wheat. River Broke up " 2 at Halls Sale windy. Great thaw " 4 Easter Fair. Heavy Rain. Thunder at night " 5 Plows going after a very fine winter no {h...? cut off}

     Storms or Drifts and few heavy Frosts
     to Belwood with Chop. quite warm

" 6 To Jas Clarks Funeral. Roads Pretty Bad " 7 Fine and warm Started to Plow " 8 at Mrs A. Moir's funeral. Cold, Rain & {...? cut off} " 9 Frost Stopt Plow. Snowing A. Whites Raising got Calf from J. {Young? cut off}

    First Gang of River men here stopt all night N. McLean

" 11 Burns Sale Bot {Bought} Cow $51.00 @ 13 mos. time up 18th {...? cut off} " 11. 12. 13. 14 Still very frost Sawing wood Some Plowing " 15 Still frosty 2nd Gang of River men. A. Gow " 16 Still Frosty & Dry horses Crossed river on ice 3 weeks ago

       to day they Can ford it. took straw to W Gerrie

" 18 Still Frosty Plowing (19) Do Do {same as above} " 20 no Frost. Went to Guelph Got Suit of Clothes " 21 Started to Plow Pea land rainy afternoon " 22-23 Cold and dry. Plowing. Frost not out of " 25 No Plowing till noon. Gang Plowing {Aroura? 4 night?..cut off " 26 to Fergus for Clover Seed Frosty " 28 Finished Plowing for Wheat Sowed Wheat {a..? cut off} " 29 Harrowing Wheat Litter of Pigs {Aroura? {F..? cut off}

1892 == == 59

April 30 Hard frost no Plowing till Noon Sowed Grass seed & Harrowing May 3 Finished Plowing for Peas the Past 3 days drizzly " 4 Sowing Peas and Harrowing First Lambs " 5 Heavy rain in the afternoon Thunder (6) Plowing " 7 Cool. To Fergus with Chop Frosty night " 9 Sowing oats & Harrowing Warmer Swallows " 10 & 11 Plowing sod Light Showers " 12 Finished Plowing for Crop. Finised {Finished} Sowing Started to Plow in manure for Turnips which Did not get done last Fall Been very cold & Dry Seeding lime. Just lost 3 hours with Rain " 16 Rain yesterday. Spreading Manure & Plowing warm Taking out Stumps & Building culvert " 17 To Belwood with chop. Northern Lights for 8 nights " 18 Manure all Plowed in. Cooler " 19 Went to Fergus with Load of oats heavy rain " 21 Drizzling all day and cold (22) Do Do {same as above} " 23 Plowing Swamp for Turnips. Cold. Showers of Rain Hail " 24 finished Plowing for Turnips first time quite cool " 25 Heavy Thunder storm rain every day for a week wild Plums in Bloom " 26 Warmer to Fergus with grist D Milne washing Sheep " 27 Harrowing & Building wire fence young Cattle out all night " 28 Picking Stones to Fergus for grist " 30 warm Cows out all night Rain yesterday " 31 very warm Trees in leaf. Grand growing day Ewe died at McLellans for Potatoes June 1 very warm Thunder & Rain to W. Gerries for lambs " 2 " " Delivered 2 Steers 23.00 @ 4 cts a lb " 4 wet. Planted Potatoes on Track Saw A Bremmer Paid Renew 7 mos {& PC ?} " 6 very hot washed Sheep J. Gerrie here cutting Potatoes " 7 " " Planted Potatoes Terrible Thunder storm at night

    Lightning Struck a lot of Telegraph Pole & Stake of fence near Barn

" 8 warm and damp Picking over Potatoes " 9 Foal 3 weeks overtime very heavy rain in forenoon

     Logs Coming down River thick. warm

1892 == == 60

June 10 & 11 warm and fine Growing weather " 12 Foal died Still fine " 13. 14. 15 very warm Plowing Turnip Land " 16 Finished Plowing for Swedes Harrowed Potatoes {..? cut} " 17 To Fergus for Turnip seed Pd H. Mitchell & Dr. Johns " 18 Sowing Turnips. Planting cabbage Hot Rain " 19 (Sunday) hot with heavy Rain " 20 Finished Sowing Swedes Still hot " 21 harrowing. at Thompsons Raising Rain at " 22. 23. 24 Plowing Swamp. Rainy and warm " 25 Harrowing warm. Still a few drops of Rain " 27 at Wm Warmistow Funeral Heaviest Rain of the Season " 28 Still dropping visiting at the school " 29 doing Road work rain an {and} thunder " 30 ' " " Harrowing in Swamp July 1 Heavy white frost. Dry all day the 3rd one since 20th whitewashing " 2 Finished Road work Heavy cold Rain all evening " 3 a heavy downpour all day and cold " 4 Drilling in swamp for white turnips W. Thompson Raising " 5 Rain. Drilling & sowing Turnips and Scuffling {Potatoes? cut off} " 6 Finished Sowing white Turnips in Swamp Latest {...? cut off} Dry Peas in Bloom " 7 Dry & hot Cuting {Cutting} thistles. hoeing Potatoes. Sow away " 8 " " To Guelph with load of hay $9.00 " 11 " " Scuffling Turnips. Thunder no Rain " 12 " " hoeing Potatoes & Corn Suffering " 13 Started to thin Turnips " 14 To Fergus with hay @ 6.00 very Hot " 15 Terrible Thunderstorm Rain and Hail School meeting J. Black Trustee " 16 Moulding up Potatoes (18) Scuffling & Hoeing Turnips " 19 Started haying cuting {cutting} odd corners Ringing Pigs " 20 Took Straw to Morrow & Mitchell. Hot " 22 Mowing in Field Still warm

{on left side of page and written vertically} Last winter and spring there was sun spots and Long Continued Northern Lights memo when this occurs again Look out for a Rainy Spell within 2 months

1892 == == 61

July 23 Putting Green on Potatoes. Track {above line} Raking & Coling hay 90 in shade " 24 (Sunday) hot thunderstorm and Rain last night 90 " 25 Finished thinning Swedes Drawing hay 90 " 26 Putting Paris green on Potatoes in Field 91 in shade " 27 Drawing in hay 92 in shade Lots of thunder " 28 Scuffling & started to thin soft Turnips in swamp 91 in shade " 29 Rain in Forenoon went to Jas Gerries Cooler " 30 Finished mowing coling J. Williams here from Toronto Green Peas Aug 1 hay all Coled up. Warmer (2) Rain at Fergus with grist New Potatoes " 3 Finished haying a great crop all over the Country " 4 Finished scuffling soft Turnips to Fergus for grist " 5 Sot Turnips all Thinned started Swede Second Time Rain D. Milnes Boys here thinning " 8 hot again. to Fergus to Blacksmith " 9 very hot heavy Rain and thunder the most incessant (Ligh..illegible?) " 10 at Elora with wood & to A. Moirs hot and heavy rain

       Garden Party at school then another heavy shower

" 11 very warm Cleaning out Sheep Pen " 12 Cooler Jas Brownlee here Scuffling and hoeing " 13 Mother & Lib to Fergus Cool " " " 15 Finished Scuffling white Turnips 2nd time Cuting {Cutting} Wheat " 17 To Fergus got 500 Pig Chop. 200.2 in File and 29 yds carpet Pd Wm Frank " 18 hot again 90 in shade Cutting Wheat " 19 Finished Turnips 2nd time Lots of thunder " 20 Warm & dry Cutting Wheat & drawing in (22) Do Do {as above} (23) Do {as above} " 24 Wheat all cut. Started Peas warm Looking wet " 25 Rainy all Day (26) Light Showers Pulled some Peas " 27 Dry Stewart threshed Forenoon Tibbitt all day " 29 D Milne Threshing Cooll {Cool} & Dry " 30 Peas all Pulled Heavy Rain at night " 31 Showery Started to Cut Oats. Cold September 1 hot at Smiths threshing all day " 2 D Milne cut upper field of Oats warm

1892 == == 62

Septr 3 Thompsons threshing fornoon wheat & Peas all in " 5 Rain last night & this forenoon cutting round {...? cut off} " 6 Jas Milne threshing fornoon. Raking wheat stubble " 7 Drawed in one field of oats. warm " 8 Helping D. Milne Drawing Stones & oats " 9 took hay to Fergus for D. Milne. Finished Cutting " 10 Rainy went To Fergus Potatoes Rotting " 12 Still Damp warm Weather lots of Grain {out? cut off} " 13 A Tremendous downpour all afternoon " 15 digging drain. Pulling Peas for D. M. Thunder & Rain & {..? cut off} " 16 " " " " " " Pulled all his Peas " 17 Crop all in frosty morning and fine day hindered by {Rain?} " 19 & 20 Cool & dry. Drawing Peas at D Milnes " 21 laying tile. Smiths threshing Peas in Field. {R..? cut off} " 22 Finished Laying tile Started to scrape earth from side of " 23 Scraping went to Belwood with chop " 24 wento {went to} Belwood for chop Started Gang Plowing very hot " 26 Finished Gang Plowing to Jas Gerries Funeral " 27 Finished Harrowing Started manure Cool " 28 & 29 Drawing manure. Fine Days " 30 " " Finished Grand Weather October 1 Finished manure. finest weather Could be for the {...? cut off} " 2 (Sunday) heavy frost at the W. Gerries " 3 Spreading manure and Plowing. Thunderstorm and {cut off} " 4 Cold Some rain fixing Pig Pen " 5 heavy showers of Snow and very cold " 6 Fine threshing fair turnout Cut Peas Poor. heavy {frost? cut off} " 8 To Fergus with Grist & Chop Showery " 10 at Potatoes warm the worst Rot we ever had (11) Do Do {same as above (12) Do Do {same as above} (13) Finished {Great? cut off} weather " 14 Fine taking up carrotts. {carrrots} (15) to Fergus for Grist Still {f...? cut off} " 17 Plowing & Spreading manure. (18) To Belwood with Chop " 19 Finished Spreading manure and Plowing in

1892 == == 63

October 20 Plowing A {Agnes} walked to Fergus warm " 21 To Tom Milnes for waggon. Started Turnips " 22 Half Swedes Topped. 8 load of Soft ones in finished {facing?} (Pig Pen " 24 Harrowed half Swedes up Drawed 20 load Grand Day " 25 Drawing Turnips (26) Do {same as above} Showers of rain & Snow Cold " 26 Swedes all in 59 Load Cold but Dry (27) at Turnips " 28 Turnips all in 85 Loads Largest Crop we ever had " 29 Drizzling rain all day " 31 Fine Got litter of Pigs. 5 days after time helping D.M. with Turnips November 1 helping D. Milne at Turnips in forenoon Plowing in

      the afternoon fine rain all day. A. {Agnes} to Fergus

" 2 Rain all last night freezzing {freezing} as it fell. warm afternoon " 3 Dull and Damp. (4) Rain & Flurries of Snow " 5 Fine To Fergus with load of oats (7) Rain. Plowing " 8 Smiths threshing high wind & cold " 9 " Finished Frost. to Fergus with chop " 10 8 inches of Snow fell last night. Sleighing Thanksgiving day. Hitched up Colt Dolly " 11 Took Turnips to Murphy Weight of waggon 1020 took home chop

"  12 Took chop to Belwood with Sleigh D.Ms raising in afternoon

" 14 Light rain all day to Belwood for chop. To Fergus with chop " 15 Mild. Showery. Stewart threshing " 16 " " " Finished " 17 Snow Clean gone Plowing Turnip land " 18 Fine Plowed all Turnip land but 2 acres " 19 Plowing sod showers of snow all day. Slight Frost " 21 " " " " " " " " " 22 to Belwood for Chop. to {took} Turnips to Stules in Fergus Snowy " 24 D. Milne Thresing {Threshing} very Cold and raw Plows stopt " 25 " " Finished at the north Barn " 26 Took Ewes away. Murphy took Lambs " 27. 28. 29 Raw east wind not much frost

1892 == == 64

Novr 30 Thompsons Threshing fine Decr 1 To Belwood to See Travelling Dairy Bright & cold " 2 To Fergus with Grist. Grand Roads " 3 " " for " with chop " 5 Killing a Pig.. Helping J. Young to kill 2. Mild " 6 J Milne threshing. Rainy " 7 " Finished " " 9 Fine to Fergus. Smooth roads " 10 Showers of Snow colder " 12 Mild Tibbitts threshing " 13 " " Finished. Christmas Fair. {G..? cut off} " 14 Rain last night Misty killed Pigs took steers to {...? cut off} " 15 Some Sleighing took Pigs to Fergus killed Pigs Stewarts " 17 Still fine took Chop to Belwood " 19 Colder Killing Pig at Thompsons " 20 Very Cold to Belwood For Chop. To Ida Milnes " 21 " " To R. Bursoin the evening " 22 Cold & stormy to Fergus in the afternoon " 23 " " " A. {Agnes} to Fergus " 24 4 below zero. Stormy to Grand valley looking For {...? cut off} " 25 {Chary?} Calved very cold. A Gerrie & George Laird here & D. {cut off} " 26 Bright & cold Municipal nomation {nomination} " 28 " " Trustee Election (J. Black) A. {Agnes} & Children {..cut off} " 29 Milder Fixing hinges at school & Chooping {Chopping} in {Swamp? cut off} " 30 Mild up to Tom Milnes. Meeting in Belwood in {cut off} " 31 very mild Sleighing getting worn out To Fergus {cut off}

      The last 6 weeks has been very steady Cold Dry {weather? cut off}

1893

Jany 1 Mild the heaviest fall of Snow this {Season? cut off} " 2 very stormy the sideroads Blocked up. Municipal Polling.

      Elected to the Council the first time

" 3 Colder to Fergus for Black Dust " 5 Cold & stormy Killed 25 Pigs at Thompsons

1893 == == 65

Jany 6 Took Load of hogs to Fergus for Thompsons $7.75 Fine " 7 To Grand valley for Load of wood Snowy " 9 very stormy and cold roads Drifted " 10 18 below zero high wind and drifting " 11 Cold yet (12) Do. {same as above} (13) To Fergus Cold and Clear " 14 To Grand valley for wood very cold Sow away {above line} Coldest for 30 yrs 28 Below zero " 16 To Council meeting at Belwood. Took chop up " 17 Killed 3 Pigs milder " 18 to Sale at Bailey's Guelph Tp {Township} Snowy afternoon milder " 19 Took 2 hogs to Fergus 374 @ 8.50 Bot {bought} 314 lbs Beef @ $6.00 " 20 went to Fergus for Beef very fine (21) Pleasant " 23 very Pleasant to W. Gerries in the evening " 25 more snow yesterday. Drifting to Day. to see Eliza Johnston House of Industry " 26 fine D Milne threshing in afternoon " 27 " " " finished. to Mrs Robertsons funeral " 28 Some rain to Fergus getting Boots mended " 29 The First thaw turning to Snow at night " 30 Cold Cleaning wheat {right side of page} The coldest Jany Since 1857 " 31 " Killing Pigs a {at} D Milne's Feby 1 fine (2) stormy to Fergus with Grist took home the last of 21 {illegible?} B. Dust " 3 to Fergus with Chop took home grist. Terrible storm

     Roads blocked. Trains stuck. worst this season

" 4 Fine but Sharp (5) Do Do {same as above} (6) Rain all day " 7 at Bichan's Sale very Cold again and stormy " 8 very stormy started to go to J. Moirs. Turned " 9 Mild morning went to J. Moirs. heavy snow Evening " 10 Mild with heavy Snow fall. train stuck " 11 very fine. Council Meeting " 13 Still fine to Fergus for wood got some " 14 Inspecting Bridge on 1st Line. Thaw with Rain " 15 very fine moving John Chapman J. Smith Left for the States " 16 fine To Fergus (17) Cold & raw from the east to {Loving springs Even...?}

1893

Feby 18 stormy killing Pigs at John Richardson's in afternoon " 19 very stormy Roads Blocked Badly Snow Plow {c...? cut off} up at night " 20 15 Below Zero. Stormy. Roads all Blocked no train all {Day? cut off} " 21 Some milder 7- roads opened. made butter mould " 22 fine Getting wood " 23 Fair day. Fine Nichol Mutual meeting " 24 Clear cold Townsends Sale Bot {Bought} Colt $21.50 10 mos " 25 Cold to Fergus with Chop. Let Bridge on 1st line " 26 " Took D Small home " 27 Cold and stormy W. Raes. Sale " 28 Roads Badly blocked. no train all day March 1 Cold and stormy no train yet. getting wood went to J Richardsons " 2 Bright & cold all day Train Passed at night " 3 & 4 Bright and cold " 5 (Sunday) very stormy railroad blocked again " 6 Fine track cleared at night " 7 very Fine at Allans Sale Bot {Bought} Buggy 22.50 " 8 " " (9) Thaw & rain all day " 10 Fine and Soft Snow Going " 11 Soft. Rain all afternoon. Council meeting H. {McD...cut off} appointed Treasurer " 12 Sunday Soft and Raw Jas Laing here " 13 " " " R. J. Williams Sale " 14 Soft and Raw Lots of water running " 15 Cold Snowing and Blowing " 16 To Fergus got Buggy (17) Maggie {Bure?} here " 18 Fine To Grand valley for wood Roads very {Cold ? cut off} " 20 Cold & Raw Saw first Robins " 21 Soft Moving D. Small " 22 To Grand valley for wood. Fine " 23 Soft Misty & raw Fergus Easter fair " 24 Warm Great thaw Killing Pigs at J. {Richardson? cut off} " 25 River Broke up. To Fergus with Grist

1893 == == 67

March 27 Frosty again To Fergus with Chop " 28 Milder Killing Pigs at D. Milnes " 29 Fine to Belwood with Chop " 30 Snow storm Last night raw to day " 31 Mild and a lot of Snow gone. Good Friday April 1 Good Thaw Lots of Snow went. to Ailsons for Peas " 3 Soft. But Raw Misty and Some rain " 4 Heavy thunder storm last night. Great Gale all day

     Lot of Snow gone wheels Running. Cold at night 

" 5 Bright. Tapping trees for Jas. Milne. To Blacks for Buggy top " 6 Snow Last night. Cold Last of cabbage R. Black here for oats Drawed home maple " 8 To Fergus for Clover Seed high gale of wind. Buckland $804 {above line} 13 mo " 10 " " " Oil. Killed Pig at D. Milnes. Tibbitts Plowing " 11 Raw and cold. Making Butter Prints " 12 Cold Raing {Raining} forenoon. Started to Plow sod after one the hardest Winters this last 30 years. hard frost day after day and heavy snowfall. noted for the high Price of Pork reaching $9.00 in Elora and the low Price of grain " 13 heavy rain last night high Wind to day " 14 Cool. drier. drawing sones {stones?} forenoon Plowing afternoon " 15 Council Meeting 5 inches Snow fall Last night. to Belwood with Sleigh " 17. 18 & 19 Cold Raw winds mostly east Some of last Saturdays Snow Still Seen. Plowing Stubble & Sawing wood " 20 Cold. Hail. Rain & Snow with high wind unroofing Buildings " 21 3 inches of Snow fell and Lay all day. got Curtains Buggy " 22 Cold. Snowy. dirty. disagreeable day. Let {Cubert?} to J. White " 24 at Fergus to {P. Dows?} to see McWhirter Cold and windy " 26 Moving W. Gerrie Got 650 Chop from Semple very Cold " 27 rain in forenoon Looking at Culverts Sold Cattle " 28 To Fergus for Lumber. Drier " 29 Fine Plowing all day to Fergus at night to see McWhirter

    the month ended and not a grain Sowed

{sideways on left side of page - cut of on top of writing} There was 11 inches more Rain fell {illegible words cut off} Besides snow

1893 == == {68 cut off}

May 1 Drizzling mist all day E. Johnstons Funeral " 2 warmer Plowing sod " 3 Sowing oats latest since 85 Swallows Seen " 4 Blustery showery day. Laying Foundation of fence " 5 Building fence Cold & raw " 6 Took Cattle away 2600 {2 - above} @ $120.00 Cold " 8 Finished fence. (9) Plowing Fine and warm " 10 Sowing Peas & oats very warm " 11 To Fergus with Chop Paying notes to H Burns. {W..? cut off scan} " 12 Harrowing & Plowing (13) Sowing wheat rain at night " 14 Sow Pigged Cold & damp " 15 Warm Sowing Grass seed. Plowing moving fence " 16 very heavy Cold rain from the north " 17 Cold and drizzling all Day (18) Finished Plowing Sod " 19 heavy frost in the morning Sowing oats " 20 Fine and warm J.G. Born {Forbes's son James} " 22 Frost Finished Sowing Grain. young Cattle out {o..? cut off scan} " 23 Plowing for & cutting Potatoes Terrible high wind & Rain " 24 Plowing & drilling for Potatoes fine but Cool {above line} on Track " 25 at Fergus Cold Some rain " 26 Court of Revision Showers finished Sowing {grain? cut off scan} " 27 Planted {43 ?} Bushels Potatoes on Track Showers " 28 Wild Plums in Bloom. Trees getting in Leaf

       Been a Cold wet Spring 11 inches more Rain this month than the 
       average of 40 yrs. Besides {? cut off scan}

" 29 Plowing & Drilling for Potatoes {J..?} Gerrie Cutting {Potatoes? cut off scan} {above line} Seeing Wilson to fix Bridge " 30 Planted 12 Bu acre Potatoes. voting on Local option Carried by {Majority? cut off} " 31 Sowed Carrotts {Carrots}. Corn. Bean. Planted Tomatoes. warmer {frosty?} June 1 & 2 fixing and Building Fences " 3 Tremendous Storm of rain Doing Great {Damage?}

     More rain fell in the Same time than for 26 yr
     when we had worse on the 7th of June 1867

1893 == == 69

June 5 To Fergus for Grist rain in the evening " 6 up north looking at the roads warm " 7 To Fergus at John Gerries Sale " 8 " " moving " " Things up here " 9 Plowing and washing Sheep " 10 Finished Plowing Turnip Land. Heavy Rain at night " 12 Harrowing Potatoes. To Reform meeting in Fergus " 13 Drilling & Sowing Turnips very warm " 14 " " " To Belwood at Gravel Letting " 15 Sowing Turnips Some Rain " 16 To Belwood Council meeting. Turnips all Sowed " 17 To Let Bridge at Shands to fergus got Cabbage an {and?} Planted them " 19 Started to Ottawa to Libreal {Liberal} Convention hot " 20 & 21 at Otawa {Ottawa} at Convention very hot Rain 21st " 22 Came home from Ottawa. warm and misty " 23 Letting Road Jobs in Blacks (North) Division " 24 " " " {then (illegible)? (West) Rain " 26 " " " Dix's (South) Showers " 27 To Fergus with hay Rain " 28 Scuffling Potatoes. Hot. Peas in Bloom " 29 John Wrights Raising. Hot. Heavy Rain " 30 " " " taking Job of {Platts?} Hands July 1 hoeing Potatoes. Scuffling turnips " 3 Road work. Letting Jobs in my own Division. Cool " 4 " " Finished Cutting thistles. warmer " 5 Rain To Fergus with Hay (7. 8) Scuffling & Hoeing Turnips " 10 Hoeing Potatoes & corn (11) Thinning Turnips " 12 Rain to Fergus with Straw oats to Armstrong " 13 Rain to Lot 20 - 3 Con Letting Gravel hot " 14 Moulding potatoes thinning turnips " 15 Rain. Down to School house Hot " 17 Picking Potato {Beetls?} {Beetles}. To Belwood with Mower Fixing

1893 == == 70

July 18 Started Haying Mowing odd Corners " 20 mowing Clover (21) mowing Timothy " 22 Drawing in no rain all week and Cool " 24 Mowing. Broke to Belwood for repairs Hot Frost " 25 all in that is Cut without rains Hot and windy " 26 Mowing Windy (27) Mowing and Drawing in & {Cold ? cut off} " 28 Finished mowing Rain at night Frost " 29 Inspecting Road jobs. all Hay Coled up. Drawing in " 30 Quite warm at W. Gerries " 31 Finished Haying Earliest Since 1888 very heavy Crop August 2 To Fergus with Grist. very dry and hot Cleaning " 4 To Fergus for grist Did not Get it - Water too Low. New Potatoes " 5 at Turnips Looked like rain all day but {didn't? cut off} " 7 Dry and warm. hoeing turnips " 8 To Fergus for Grist Started to Clean out big {..? cut off} {above line - Bob Richardson} {..? cut off} " 9 Scraping and Digging in ditch harvest fairly {stor..? cut off} " 10 Digging in by Ditch. Browns Raising afternoon " 11 Scraping D. Milnes Team Rain afternoon " 12 " " " {illegible?} in afternoon {finished scraping? - cut off} " 14 Digging in by Ditch had two Section men " 15 To Belwood Council Meeting frost Last {night? cut off} " 16 Finished Ditch. Started to Pull Peas to Fergus " 17 Threshing D Milne Fornoon. Stewart afternoon " 18 Pulling Peas heavy Rain " 19 Grano & Lile to Nichol. Rain warm " 21 - 22 Pulling Peas warm " 23 Finished Peas. Drawing out stumps in swamp " 24 Fixing Spring. D Milne Threshing " 25 Drawing in Peas. Hot needing rain Badly " 26 Peas all in. Started to Cut Oats " 28 Cutting Oats Rain all night. The Greatest {...? cut off} " 29 Wet and Cool. To Fergus

1893 == == 71

August 30 Finished Cutting First Field of oats Cool " 31 McAinch Threshing all Day September 1 Cutting Wheat (2) Do Do {same as above} Dry and Cooler " 4 Cutting and Drawing Oats first Cabbage " 5 Raking Drawing & Cutting Oats very Cool " 6 Cutting tieing & Stooking oats " " " 8 A. Walker here Cutting & Drawing wheat " 9 Raking. Drawing Oats (11) Colin Stewart here Drawing " 12 Wm Thompson here Oats all cut " 13 Oats all in very Dry (14) Gang Plowing & Drawing wheat " 15 Finished Gang Plowing at Mrs Broadfoots Funreal {Funeral} " 16 heavy rain last nigh. Children all Bad with Whooping Cough " 18 heavy rain all morning (19) To Jas Laings " 20 Finished Cutting Wheat. To Mr Denchs Funreal {Funeral} " 21 To Jas Laings for a fat Sheep " 23 To Thompsons threshing. Crop all in " 25 Threshing fair turn out except Peas. Cool " 26 To Fergus with chop (27) Taking wood from swamp " 28 Drawing out manure Cool " 29 " " " at Belwood Show warm " 30 Drawing manure fine. Water Scarce October 2 Drawing Manure warm (3) Do Do {same as above} " 4 finished Manure heavy rain last night. up inspecting Road Jobs took timber {home?} " 5 Lifting Potatoes (6) Do Do {same as above} Rain (7) Do Do {same as above} " 9 Finised {Finished} Potatoes. Middling Crop Dry & Windy " 10 Spreading & Plowing in Manure To Fergus in evening " 11 McAinish Threshing very hot & Dry " 12 " " Finished took Jas Gerries stuff to Fergus " 13 Spreading Plowing in Manure " 14 Heavy Rain all day and Cold Snow at night " 16 Plowing in manure. A. Moir here. To Loutitts Sale " 17 " " " Frost morn Pleasant day

1893

October 18 Finised {Finished} Plowing in manure Pleasant " 20 Fine Went to Grand valley Show " 21 Still fine. took Grist to Fergus " 23 Started to take in Turnips. fine " 24-25-26 finished Fair Crop 55 Loads. Rain in the afternoon " 27 To Fergus for Grist. Went up to J Griffins " 28 Rain Forenoon. Helping Thompsons afternoon 2 inches {Snow? cut off} " 30 Cold & Raw all day Plowing Drawing Turnips {..cut off?} " 31 very hard frost in morning. at D Milnes with {Team? cut off} November 1 very fine helping. D. Milne with Turnips all day " 2 to Fergus with Chop (Hogs) rain at night " 3 up to Lot 20 on 2nd in morn. to Belwood with Chop " 4 Plowing Fine weather with frosty nights " 6 Plowing all day to Belwood for chop (Horses) " 7 Plowing Still Fine (8) Plowing on track Started Sod " 9 Stewart threshing in afternoon very fine " 10 " " finished " " 11 Misty. Tebbitt Threshing finished " 13 rainy finished upper sod. Killing Pigs at D Milne afternoon " 14 Council Meeting Snowing " 15 Snowing Rough and blustery all day " 16 about a foot of Snow has fallen. Sleighing " 17 up to Emerys Seeing ditch. Drawing wood " 18 Milder to Fergus with grist and chop " 20 to Fergus for grist did not Get it Raw " 21 Killed a pig. Snowy evening " 23 Thanksgiving day took Turnips to John {Brough?}. to Church " 24 very stormy Wm Hannas Raising {Daisy?} {Shed?} " 25 Jas Milne Threshing. Reform meeting Belwood " 27 Took Lambs to Jas Laings Rain all Day " 28 Thompsons Threshing. Finished. Snow Blusting " 29 D. Milne " " Snow Good sleighing

1893 == === 81 =

November 30 Killing a Pig & sheep at Stewarts Snowing December 1 at Luther for wood Snowing and cold " 2 Helping J. Young to Kill a Pig Drawing wood Swamp " 3 (Sunday) Heavy Snow Last night Drifting all day " 4 Reform Convention in Fergus Craig Choosen {Chosen} " 5 To Luther for wood fine " 6 Stormy Ewes Away " 7 Stormy & Cold To Luther for wood " 8 Milder to J. Gerries in forenoon. Flewellings in afternoon " 9 Soft. To Fergus with Chop " 11 Fair till night then very rough " 12 Christmas fair day (Fergus) Fine " 13 Bright & Clear. Cold " 14 Started for wood & Turned Stormy from the East all day " 15 Council meeting. Rain all day freezing as it fell " 16 Snow & Blowing Went to Fergus J. Gerrie with me " 18 Cold & Snowing (19) Tremendous Blow filling up Roads " 20 Clear & Cold went up to Haleys Sale " 22 Municipal Nomination. Rain Nearly all day " 23 Fine and Sunny Snow going fast " 24 Misty. Soft. A good deal of rain " 25 River broke up heavy rain. Great Flood Sow away " 26 Froze up again Killed 5 Pigs " 27 School meeting Six trustee Took Pork to Fergus $6.10 " 28 Snow in forenoon Rain afternoon " 29 Moderate making Butter {workers} " 30 Fine to fergus with Chop Horses " 31 Fine (Sunday) Wm Murphys funreal {funeral}

1894

Jany 1 Fine. Municipal Election Elected 2nd time " 2 very Fine and Sunny. To Fergus " 3 " " " " helping Stewart to Shingle

1894 == == 82

Jany 4 Rain. Soft. Sleighing gone helping Thompson Kill Pigs " 5 Mild Snowing sleighing again " 6 Snowy all day. A. {Agnes} To Fergus " 8 To Luther for wood. Thompson along " 9 " " " " Jas. Milnes Team along R. {..? cut off} " 10 To Essons Sale & Jas. Gerries " 11 Helping D Small to draw hay Stormy " 12 Roads Drifted Stormy " 13 Fine. Drawing wood from Swamp & Cutting " 14 (Sunday) very fine to Wm Gerries " 15 Council Meeting rain all day " 16 {* in left column} Mild Moving Wm Gerrie to G.T.R. station Sow away " 17 slight frost. finished " " " " " " " 18 Rainy. Killing Pigs for Thompson Sleighing Gone " 19 - 20 Fine Clear and Sunny (21) rainy Soft " 22 Clear. Fine. Cleaning up grain " 23 " " " " " Killing a Pig to D. {Milne?} " 24 rain in morning Drifting at night Cleaning grain " 25 Took grist to fergus (26) Took home Dust " 27 Clear and Sunny To Fergus with A. {Agnes} " 29 Making Butter Board Snowy " 30 To Fergus for Grist and Dust Stormy " 31 Killed 2 Pigs fine & Mild Feby 1 Drawing wood from Swamp. Cold and Snowy " 2 Fine Cold Sawing Stumps " 3 Cold Seeing Jas Hamilton about timber & {Road? cut off} " 5 " Funreal {Funeral} of John Young's Child. {Robert?} {got? cut off} " 6 very warm. (7) Done Drawing slabs for J. Gerrie " 8 warm to Fergus for chop Sleighing gone wheels {running? cut off} " 9 Soft Snow. heavy Rain and thunderstorm at night " 10 Mild but Snowing and drifting all day {wild?} " 11 Stormy in morning

1894 == == 83

Feby 12 Council meeting The worst Genral {General} Drift for years from the North East. Roads filled right up " 13 Faired up breaking a road through the Fields " 14 very fine Jas Richardsons Sale " 15 Cold Making Butter workrs {works?} To Wm Thompsons at night " 16 More Soft Snow good Sleighing again " 17 to Fergus with old Stove got Meal " 19 fixing Cutter and Sawing wood " 20 at Thos Drydend Sale bot {bought} Sleigh 13.25 10 mos " 21 Cold at Jas Laings " 22 Stormy at {Pattons?} Meeting Living Springs " 23 - 24 Coldest of the Season 30 below Zero Quiet " 26 Cold went to Fergus " 27 Killing a pig (28) Moving Jas Richardson to Elora Fine March 1 To Fergus With D. Milnes Mild " 2 very soft Snow going fast with {Some?} wheels running " 3 Drawing Sand for J Richardson Sleighing gone " 5 Killing Pigs for John Richardson very warm

      Snow nearly gone River broke up

" 6 Soft 7 heavy rain all afternoon & evening " 7 To Fergus for Grist. Took Down Chop " 8 To Fergus for Chop Still Soft & fine " 10 Took Horse Chop to Fergus very fine " 12 finised {finished} 2 Butter workers warm " 13 Easter Fair. Took down grist Rain & Snow " 14 Cold and Raw (15) Frosty and Snow " 16 Fine Snow gone " 17 To Fergus warmer Rainy " 18 very warm 70 Rain at night (Sunday) " 19 very fair day Cordwood down River " 20 Moving David Small to 6th Line Roads Badd " 21 Cold. Raining at night frost

1894 == == 84

{sideways on right side of page} {Got Childs ?} March 22 Rainy & cold Richardsons River men here " 23 good friday Cold & Snowing " 24 high wind Rain and Snow to Fergus with chop " 26 Easter Monday very Cold down to above {9?} zero {..cut off} " 27 Drawing wood from J Richardsons Bush Cold " 28-29-30 Do {same as above} Fine Clear and Frosty " 31 To Fergus for Chop Milder April 2 very frosty. Drawing wood home " 3 & 4 Milder but raw " 5 To Fergus for Grist & Salt & Peas Light " 7 To Council Meeting Clear and Frosty " 9 Very hard frost. up to ditch at S. William {on side of page and cut off} {W...? Plo...? T..?} " 10 Heavy Snow Storm Drifts 5 ft deep " 11 Drawing wood with Sleigh all day " 12 Fine. Snow going. McBean Drawing {sand?} wood " 13 " Helping A. Burns to take down Halfway {s...? cut off} " 14 Working in Shop Genral {General?} Linking " 16 Digging out and putting in Culvert on Concession {Lea..? cut off scan} " 17 Finished Culvert. Started Plowing the Pass

      winter has been rather Peculiar up to new year
      it was very stormy. January hardly any Sleighing
      Feby good Sleighing and Generally Mild. 3rd March 
      Snow gone March 21st Some People Plowing & {Sowing? cut off}
      then Cold & frosty till now 50 inches of Snow 

" 18 Finished Gang plowing Turnip land Dry " 19 Sowing Wheat (20) light rain Swallows " 21 Plowing and Sowing Grass Seed Cooler " 23 Finished Sowing Grass seed Harrowing for oats " 24 Sowing Oats (25 & 26) plowing Sod Dry & {..? cut off scan} " 27 Plowing Sod still warm " 28 Splendid Rain warm To Fergus " 30 Finished Plowing Sod very hot 80 in {shade? cut off scan}

1894 == == 85

{two lines of writing sideways on top left of page} {first line is cut off scan and illegible} {second line - " " " " was more than half the Total of 72-74-87 Rain fell over 21 days} May 1 Finished Sowing. 2 days Earlier than started last year " 2 Planted 2 Bush {Bushels? Potatoes, Cut, above Track Sow Served Cold " 3 To Fergus with Chop. Got Stove " 5 Harrowing for Roots. Thunder & Rain at night

       Wild Plums in Bloom 21 days ahead of last yr

" 7 Plowing & Drilling for Mangolds very high wind " 8 Sowing Mangolds. high wind & cool. with frost " 9 Helping Jas Black Sowing Flax 45 acres " 10 & 11 Helping Aggie to Whitewash fine " 12 Picking Stone of hay land Trees well out in leaf " 14 Slight rain and cold. Frost at night " 15 Finished Stones. young cattle out all night " 16 Plowing for Potatoes. Putting in Posts " 17 Grand Rain last night. Picking Potatoes " 18 Damp all day and Cooler " 19 Drizzling rain all day and Cold " 20 Rain (21 Do {same as above} To see the Reeve then to Fergus Sold Potatoes " 22 Rain (23) Do {same as above} to Fergus with Potatoes Sow Away " 24 Rain. Cutting Potatoes " 25 Court of Revision. Very Heavy rain & Hail " 26 Cattle away2680 @ 4 cts letting Ditch & Gravel " 28 Heavy Frost. Showers of Snow Drilling for Potatoes funreal {funeral} of Miss Stacey " 29 Very hard frost ice 6 in thick Shower of hail

      helping John Richardson with foundation and letting Jobs for Ransom 5th Line

" 30 over to See Ransom. Drilling Building Gaps " 31 Planted Potatoes 1 acre 15 1/2 Bu Rain in evening

       {above line} 2 Drills.O.40 {Eleph?}. 25 {illegible/} 1 {Eleph/} 1 Ohio

June 1 up at Peel Townline to Meet McGowan about Ditch " 2 Rainy over to Ransoms in the morning to Fergus after " 3 (Sunday) Mrs Shortreeds Funereal {Funeral} Thunder & Rain " 4 Samuel Williams Funreal {Funeral} meeting in Belwood Rain " 5 Heavy frost Cold all day Plowing " 6 Plowing in Forenoon to Orange Picnic in afternoon on 8th Line " 7 warm Finished Plowing for Turnips & corn

1894 == == 86

June 8 Planted Beans. Sowed Carrotts {Carrots} & Corn. Harrowing " 9 Sowed feed Corn Drilling and Sowing Turnips

     Up to Culvert on Nichol townline. very warm & {f..? cut off scan}

" 11 Examining Culvert near Williams to Meeting a {at?} L. {sp..? cut off scan} washing Sheep " 12 Sowing Turnips very warm " 13 To A. Moirs Nichol warmest yet. 90 " 14 Clipping Sheep hot up to Collin {..rege's?} Seeing {Ditch? cut off scan} " 15 finished Sowing Turnips & planted Cabbage " 16 Scuffling Mangolds at Gravel letting " 17 Still Hot {Jas?} Moir here Thunder Storm at night " 18 To Fergus for tile for Mitchells hill Thunder & rain " 19 Drizzling Nomination Day Craig. Park & Hampton " 20 With Surveyor to Hamilton Swamp hot 90 " 21 Putting Sleepers on Richardsons {Jas?} Barn " 22 Cutting Thistles. Seeing drain on Mitchells hill {Day in B..? cut off} " 23 Council Meeting Hot. Let Race Bridge " 25 Hoeing mangolds Seeing ditch Culling dug " 26 Polling Returning office No 2 Craig Elected 65 " 27 at Mangolds hot " 28 Letting Jobs on hendersons division " 29 Finished thinning mangolds Got spreader for {gra..? cut off scan} " 30 Scuffling turnips. Grading Road work July 2 Thinning Turnips. Road work drawing Gravel Thunder & Heavy Rain " 3 Cooler Finished Road work " 4 to Fergus getting waggon Fixed Declaration day " 5 & 6 very Cool some frost " 7 Drawing stones for D Milne Putting up {bil...? cut off scan} Road Jobs " 9 Moulding potatoes letting Jobs on Roads " 10 Finished " Do {same as above} Turnips first time & thinning " 12 Warmer Putting Green on potatoes on {Track? cut off scan} " 13 hot To Fergus with Straw & oats " 14 To Living Springs Letting Bridge {mangels?}

1894 == == 87

July 16 to Belwood to McCarthy meeting Started Haying " 17 hot mowing & Coling hay " 18 very hot at John Richardsons Raising " 19 hottest day yet 96 in Shade. Putting P Green on Potatoes " 20 Cooler Drawing in hay Rain at night " 21 Cool Scuffling Mowing & Coling Sow away " 23 Mowing Coling Rain at night Green Peas " 24 The Heaviest rain Since Snow went & Thunder " 25 Cutting thistles. George McBains Funreal {Funeral} " 26 Warm again. Mowing & drawing in " 27 hot again mowing Coling & Drawing in " 28 " " " " " New Potatoes " 30 Pleasant Finishe {Finished} haying " 31 Finished Scuffling Turnips Last time August 1 Cutting Thistles in Pasture field " 2 Down Seeing School Black Boards Rain in morn {morning} " 3 Finished Cleaning Turnips A {Agnes} to Fergus " 4 Cutting Grass in Big Ditch went to Fergus in even {evening} Frost " 6 Drawing wood from Swamp " 7 Cutting Timothy for Thompsons & D Milne

     Started harvest Cutting wheat    

" 8-9-10 Cuting {Cutting} wheat Warm " 13 To Fergus with Sheep (14) Drawing wheat Rain " 15 Council meeting. Finished Cutting wheat " 16 Pulling peas. Drawing wheat " 17 " " " " " 18 Wheat all in Peas all Pulled. at Eramosa townline " 20 Peas all in. Started to Cut oats " 21 helping D. Milne to Draw in Frost " 22 Cutting Oats. Very Dry Pasture Burnt up " 23 " " (24) Finished above track Dry & Smoky " 25 Cutting Oats Below Track

1894 == == 88 {cut of side of page}

August 27 Finished Cutting very Dry and Smoky Lots of {fires ? cut off} " 28 James Raes funreal {funeral} " 29 McBains Raising Some rain " 30 Tibbits Threshing hot and Dry W. Thomson " 31 D. Milne threshing Septr 1 Crop all in Small Bulk " 3 very hot 90 in shade Digging in Ditch " 4 Fighting Fire on Third line. Slight rain " 5 Digging Ditch finished Municipal Part " 6 Threshing Steam. D. McDonalds finished in {t..? cut off}

      Lightest Crop we ever had. fair turn out to {...? cut off}

" 7 Stewart threshing (8) S. finished fine rain {la..? cut off} " 10-11-12 Digging in Ditch " 13 Rennie Threshing. Some rain " 14 To Salem for Flour (17) finished upper end {...? cut off} " 18 Choring & Fixing Buggy Bottom " 19 Started to draw out manure " 20 rain helping D Milne move the Halfway Forenoon. Thompson {..? cut off} afternoon " 21 Thompson Finished Threshing " 22 McIlroid Threshing rain at night " 24 Drawing Manure. Helping D Milne move to Halfway " 25-26 Drawing manure. heavy frost " 27 Hot. finished drawing manure 68 Loads to Fergus " 28 To Belwood show. Beautiful day October 1 Finished Cleaning out ditch a {at} low end " 2 To Fergus for 4 sheep. Paid Insurance heavy rain " 4 Started to plow in manure Cold " 6 To Belwood Meeting to Select Delegates to Convention " 8-9 Plowing in Manure. Cold & raw " 10 Finished Plowing Manure Started to Potatoes " 11 To Fergus with Chop and to Convention Semple {Chosen ? cut off} " 12 Potatoe (13) Do {same as above} Rain up to Living Spring brigde {bridge}

1894 == == 89

October 15 Great frost up to Culvert on 4th Line at Potatoes " 16 warmer all Potatoes up in the Field " 17 Potatoes all Finished Started Mangold " 18 very Fine Finished Mangolds Good Crop " 19 Warm For Season to Grand valley Show " 20 To Belwood For Flooring taking u Carrotts {Carrots} " 22 very warm Saw Children at Turnips barefooted working in Swamp " 23 Plowing very fine Rain at night " 24 Started Turnips Topping. Harrowing & Drawing in " 25 & 26 Grand weather Busy at Turnips " 27 Finished Turnips Fair Crop 42 Loads Turnips 14 Mangolds " 29 Still fine Plowing Dry " 30 Rainy all Day killed a Pig at Jas Milnes " 31 Tibbitt Threshing Cleared up Cold November 1 Plowing Damp (2)(3) Plowing Finished in stubble below Track with Ransom to 3rd Line

    (2) {Dolly?} Calf

" 5 Plowing up some that was seeded to grass above track Cold " 7 To Fergus frosty J. B. {Amos?} " 8 up to Duckworths Lynn and Living Springs Bridge " 9 Council Meeting very Cold & snowing " 10 Helping D. Milne with Culvert. Plowing stopt {stopped} By Frost

     {between lines - 11 Pigs?}

" 12 Putting new floor in kitchen 12 below freezing " 13 " " " " And to Fergus with Sleigh hitched Dandy " 14-15 " " " Milder " 16 Finished floor Plows going again Some Rain " 17 Plowing all day Colder " 19 Plowing stopt again very Frosty " 20 Drawing wood from Swamp " 21 " " " Mild & warmer " 22 Thanksgiving day Thaw " 23 {..d?} Plowing again " 24 " " very Snowing in the afternoon " 26-27 Cold But little Snow Killed Pig at Youngs

1894 == == {90}

Novr 29 Cleaning up Wheat Crisp and Clear Ewes with {Ram?} " 30 Finished " " Mild December 1 Cutting wood in Swamp soft. still Dry Drawing {wood? cut off} " 3 To Salem for Flour. Cold Fine " 4 D. Milne Threshing (5) Finished to Belwood " 6 Cutting wood to Chapmans Grand weather Dry " 7 Taking wood from Swamp. Still Drawing water " 8 Rainy trimming Turnips " 10 Heavy Mist all day To Fergus with Load of Turnips " 11 Rainy Christmas fair. To Fergus helping J. J. with {B..? cut off} " 12 Rain all day (13) Some Snow but Mild " 14 Took load of wood from Swamp very fine {..? cut off} " 15 Extra Fine. People this 2 days. Council Meeting " 16 Blossom Calf " 17 Plowing Sod South Field. Showers of Snow " 18 Frosty again killing a Pig at J. Milnes " 20 very fine to Fergus Paid Dryden & Jas " 21 Seeing Culvert on 1st Line Lot 19 & McDermotts House " 22 Still extra fine no Snow Clear and Sunny " 24 Mild Slight Snow in afternoon " 25 Colder. Drawing wood from Swamp Jas. J. Here " 26 School Meeting Elected Trustee for 3rd Time " 27 Judge Raising Dominion Lists in Belwood Cold " 28 very Cold Below Zero but quiet Killing {Pig?} " 29 Cold yet A. {Agnes} Walked to Fergus " 31 Nomination (Municipal) Ransom & Broadfoot

   Henderson Deputy (accl) {acclaimed} Black. {Dix?} Moir. {McLellan? cut off}
   Council. The year ended Cold Dry & no {Sleighing? cut off}

1895 Jany

" 1 Some stormy Drawing wood from Swamp " 2 went to Fergus with Stewart with Potatoes " 3 Milder Sawing wood (4) Drawing ties off Track " 5 to Fergus Snowing almost sleighing

1895 == == 91

Jany 7 very mild Municipal Polling Ransom. {Rune?} Moir {Dix?} & McLellan Council. Henderson Dpy {Deputy} by acclamation " 8 To Fergus. Cold & Stormy " 9 Clear and Sharp To Allisons in evening " 10 Stormy. Hail & Snow all day (11) Sleighing " 12 To Fergus with Chop got Salt. Good sleighing " 13 (Sunday) very Stormy to Church Grand Sermon J.B.M Luke 10-40 2nd clause " 14 Stormy Day To Fergus for Chop (Cattle) " 15 Fine. Killing Pigs at Thompsons 20 " 16 Cold fine to fergus with chop at Bridge 1st Line " 17 Fine Fair Day to Fergus for chop (Horses) " 18 A. Moir & Sarah here very heavy Fall of Snow " 19 Beautiful Clear day. Children to Stewarts " 21 Council Meeting heavy Rain all day. A. {Agnes} To Jas Gerries " 22 Stormy Blowing Roads Blocked C Culls Sale Did not get there " 23 " " " " Badly not Cold " 24 Breaking Roads through the Fields

"  25 Very Fine J. Elgie's Bee Drawing Brick For Culls House

" 26 Stormy again (27) Sunday Still Stormy " 28 6 Below Zero Calm Roads Badly Blocked. No Train " 30 Cold Killed 6 Pigs at Jas Richardsons at Mrs Clarks {funeral? cut off} " 31 Drawing wood off the {Co..?} Jas & Mrs Gerrie here Feby 1 Finished " Still Cold " 2 Cleaning oats for Fergus got meal & Plank " 4 Cold Clear (5) Clear and Cold 18 Below Zero " 6 very Cold But quiet 30 Below " 7 Still the Cold spell 15 Below {Sow away - crossed out} " 8 12 Below a high gale Great Drifting Train stuck " 9 Milder but fierce drift. No teams going. no Train " 11 Roads broke again to Salem for Flour Train through " 12 Council Meeting. Mild & Clear " 13 To Fergus {JW - above line} took Potatoes to {Jas Brough?}

1895 == == 92

Feby 14-15-16 Fine days but Roads Bad with Pitch holes " 18 To Fergus Getting {Rench?} of Sleigh {member?} " 19 " " Down River. Got Chop (Horses) Drifting Mild " 20 Fine Cutting wood. made new Road to River " 21 heavy Drifting Train stuck again " 22 Cold Drifting Letting Bridge on 2nd Line for {Bogh..? cut off scan} " 23 Fine again to fergus meeting Nichol Council " 25 mild morn. {morning} Drifty after to Luther For wood Heavy {R...? cut off scan} " 26 Beautiful Day. Sow Served " 27 Sunny mild. Decidedly a thaw " 28 Thaw. Soft & Misty all day Roads Soft March 1 Soft Forenoon. Lots of Snow gone. Froze up at night " 2 Frosty Bright & Sunny " 4 A Snow storm from the north with high wind & cold " 5 Clear & Bright. Putting on 2 Loads of hay Straw Young helping " 6 Took 2 Loads of hay to Guelph @ 9 & 9.25 Stewart took one {R...? cut off scan} " 8 Snowing & Drifting all day Mild " 9 To Luther for 2 Loads of wood. Thomphson {Thompson} took 1 Stormy and Bad Roads " 11 To Fergus with Chop (Cattle) Cold " 13 To Luther for wood (Wilsons) Soft " 14 Moving A. Rae. Cold 15 below Great Drift last {night? cut off scan} Train {Blocked? cut off scan} " 15 To Adam armstrongs Sale Milder " 16 To Luther for wood finished very cold " 18 Moving John Young to Barnetts " 19 To Mr Boys for Seed wheat " 20 With Reeve to Clarks sorting old Papers " 21 With Stewart moving Binder to Brockies Farm {sideways on right hand side of page} {all this Says fair But Cold north wind} " 22 Sawing wood & drawing Some from River " 23 With Load of Hay for Stewart Warm " 24 (Sunday) Real thaw Snow went Great " 25 lots of water running roads alot {illegible?} possible river Flood " 26 Froze up again Cold

1895 == == 93

March 27 To Salem for Flour Some more Snow " 28 with Stewart moving Thawing " 29-30 Cold wind but Sun melting Snow April 1 Rain Last night Freezing as it Fell then Snow " 2 Easter Fair Good sleighing took steer to W Brown " 3 Stewart moved Finally Soft " 4 very Soft Took Stewarts Colt to Fergus " 5 Sleighing gone Some wheels running Got Chop Horses " 6 Misty and some Robins rain. (7) Do Do {same as above} " 8 River Broke up from Fergus to Belwood Killing Pig at J Milnes " 9 Bright Clear and Fine " 10 To Fergus With mare to vet took wheels. Roads Fair Cold " 11 To Fergus with G. Roy to see about Watsons Car " 12 Good Friday. Watson Came Taking ties off Track. Rain " 13 Sawing ties. took mare to vet in afternoon. Raw Some Plowing " 15 " " to to see Bridge on 2nd " 16-17. Warm Spring weather " 18 Fair day to Fergus got Grass Seed Watson Plowing " 19 To Belwood helping Kennedy with Road {lists?}

        Started Plowing after a short But very hard 
         Winter only 2 days Soft till spring Came

" 20 Plowing and drawing ties & wood warm 75 " 22 Gang Plowing and Harrowing Cool " 23 First sowed Oats above house " 24 sowing oats sowed wheat " 25 Sowing Sowed Grass seed & Peas " 26 Sowing Oats. Below Track at Crossing " 27 Rolling wheat & oats. To Fergus & Taylors to See about Flax " 28 (Sunday) J. Milne here Swallows " 29 To Elora for Flax Seed warm " 30 Plowing Sod very hot 80 in Shade May 1 Cooler very Dry. Rain very much needed used last Cabbage

== 1895 == == {94 cut off scan} May 2 Plowing Sod the Hardest I ever Plowed " 3 warm light Shower in the forenoon " 4 very hot 84 finished Plowing for seed " 6 Harrowing Sod hot 89 yesterday " 7 Still hot. Slight shower lots of Thunder. Sowing

     oats and Flax. Finished Sowing. Wild Plums in bloom Trees in Leaf

" 8 Hot Finished harrowing " 9 Rolling Oats and Flax on sod South Field " 10 Picking Potatoes to Fergus with Chop Cattle young Cattle out all night " 11 Picking stones off Clover thunder Rain " 12 (Sunday) very Cold Snow last night ice on water the thermometer {illegible} no higher than 35 all day " 13 The heaviest frost last night I ever remember

       Growth was So far advanced oats Cut down
       Trees and Rubarb {rhubarb} badly froze and grass very
       {in left column} the Frost

" 14 Cold & Snowing all day " 15 Some warmer to Fergus with Load of hay {C..? cut off} " 16 at D Milnes & Ransoms changing Potatoes " 17 Cut and Planted 2 Bu Potatoes on Track " 18 Picking stones. heavy rain all afternoon & night the most Rain that has fallen this {..? cut off} " 19 Frost Cold Raw day (20) Do Do {same as above} " 20 Cold (21) another heavy frost 1/2 inch Ice Raw " 22 Council Meeting Court of Revision Warmer " 23 warmer Windy no frost Last night " 24 " Drawing ties & Picking stones Willie Burr here " 25 Fine & warm Finished Picking stones " 27 very Cold Letting the Cutting of sand {hill?} 04 {tr?} {B..? cut off} " 28 Inspecting Damage done at Glenlamond Got {..? cut off} " 29 Warmer Ida Covey & John Gs wife here Plowing Potatoes " 30 Drilling and Cutting Potatoes very warm 92 warm " 31 " " " A {Agnes} to Fergus to Church hot June 1 Planted Potatoes 14 Bush / acre hot & Dry " 3 Plowing for Turnips

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Some Figures relating to the Census of 1911 regarding {.ire?} 1 West Garafraxa oldest Person Mrs Dench 90 yrs Largest Family Wm Shortreed 12 No of separate Holdings 90 no. Inhabited Houses 82 Inhabitants 331 (334) Non Res 8 Youngest Person John A. Hanna Estimated Fees $54.55. Time occupied in actual work 11 1/2 No of Farms over 5 acres 68 Population of Fergus 1534 Elora 1097 there were 9322 Enumerated at work in the Dominion Septr 10th Received $ 45.00 on act. {account} March 19th 1912 " Bal. 7.67 = Total $52.67 {above line} {54 55} {S..?} $1.88 {piece of paper cut out and pasted to page} {TOWN AND COUNTRY} {The census of 1911 shows that Canada has a rural population of 1,924,053 and an urban population of 1,289,441. The increase in the last ten years was 555,065 rural and 878,147 urban. These figures are} {writing below pasted page} 204524 {piece of paper cut out and pasted to page} {CENSUS FOR SOUTH WELLINGTON}

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“Forbes Moir Diary, 1884-1904,” Rural Diary Archive, accessed April 1, 2020, https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/transcribe/items/show/221.