Stephen "Sylvester" Main Diary, 1890-1922

Title

Stephen "Sylvester" Main Diary, 1890-1922

Date Created

January 1, 1891

Is Part Of

Stephen "Sylvester" Main Diary Collection

Medium

Scanned Photocopy of Manuscript

Transcription

Thursday the 1st January 1891 not much of anything for a while in the morning fixing at my turn lathe a little the rest of the day took dinner at home on New Year's took a colt over to Mr. Humphrey's barn the second off to the woods all day cutting wood warm in the morning but cold at night cut five cords of wood near through Desdemona Clevie and Etta and the baby out cutting wood all day today got near through cut five cord cold today below zero in the morning late when we got home Sunday the fourth to brethren Church in the morning took a walk over to Henry's in the afternoon to the Methodist Church at night Monday the 5th went out and finished cutting the rest of the wood this forenoon fixing up my colt stable over to Humphrey's barn the most of the afternoon not much of anything for a while in the morning fixing a little at my turn lathe this afternoon got a bag of oats for my colt to endeavour at night Wednesday the seven started school this morning first morning of the new teacher for me to school all day down to Frank solid tonight started to feed oats and bran to my colt tonight Thursday 8 to school all day today Desdemona, Stewart Mary and Melinda Scott and their cousin from Toronto down came near noon had a big time was down to the wagon shop Friday the 9th to school this forenoon home this afternoon trying to finish my turn lathe fetched it home put it in the back kitchen all done but the belt Saturday the 10th went over to Henry's after a belt for my turn lathe put the belt on click to at least fixing it a while this afternoon went skating this afternoon some girls out skating at night in all-day Sunday the 11th in all-day only do my chores of father and mother out to John's I went to church tonight snowing all day snowed enough for sleighing Monday the 12th turning all forenoon made to drawing knife handles fixing a little round the turn lay made my colt's manger higher and hung a door Tuesday the 13th went back with father to help dig a grave for Hayward Cornell's child turned a top for fence post went up with Henry to the other Church to rub off the frosting Wednesday the 14th turning a wrench handle help turning a rolling pin turned a top for fence done my chores for the night Thursday the 15th back to woods all day drawing out limbs got them all out fetched some cord wood home up to Uncle John's for a while tonight Friday the 16th tinkering around home trying to put a tread on my turn lay fixing some at my turn lay not much of anything all day Saturday the 17th fixing a tread on my turn lathe did not work very well got it on this forenoon took a walk hunting went down to Wat's and stayed there for supper Sunday the 18th to church in morning to the brethren to the Methodist Church at night Monday the 19th fixing a tread on my turn lathe did not work X-ray turning out a rolling pin but did not get it finished Tuesday the 20th not much of anything for a while in the morning made a wheel for a jigsaw on my turn lathe made two boxes for at and an iron for to go through put it on Wednesday the 21st went toGalt with John Keatchie Junior in the morning walked home at noon and up to Mr. Kinsey's Reanzie Sager's bee all afternoon Wednesday the 22nd working at a jig saw to put on my turn lathe all-day got a little done to the Methodist prayer meeting at night Friday the 23rd working at my jigsaw most of the all-day got it near done to the league at night down to Sheffield after the league Saturday the 24th took a load of wood to Galt for Bonds to Cranston's this forenoon took another load this afternoon down to Sheffield a while Sunday the 25th to the Methodist Church in the morning quarterly meeting to brethren church at night -Monday 26 not much of anything filing at a piece of iron for my jigsaw this forenoon not much of anything this forenoon Tuesday 27th filing at two pieces of iron for my jigsaw working at it a little all day to endeavour at night Wednesday 28 in bed all day today sick with a cold headache Thursday 29 in and out of bed a little of a little better in the bed the most Friday in the 30th sitting up a little all-day some better in the House all-day Saturday the 31st up all day sorting some of my papers and reading a little Sunday the first in all-day laying down some a little Elmira and Wat up at night fetched me up an apple Monday the second fixing a little at my saw but not much this forenoon not much of anything this afternoon Tuesday the third fixing a little at my saw and sitting around the house to endeavour at night Wednesday the fourth doing my chores and not much else turning for Henry a while in the afternoon Thursday the fifth not much of anything doing my chores fixing a little at my saw but it does not work well Friday the sixth took the saw off the turn lathe and straightening up the back of kitchen cleaned out my rat cages Saturday the seventh to Galt Truman and I left my watch in Galt this forenoon home this afternoon stormy this afternoon Sunday to the Methodist Church in the morning Bennett preached to the brethren church at night Monday the 9th turning a mallett this forenoon out to Branchton and to George Ricker's and leopards and then home Tuesday the 10th Truman and I to Galt this forenoon got my watch wrote a letter to Jacob Burley Wednesday the 11th down to Joseph Ricker's to see his stock Wat and Elmira up turning a rolling pin and stool Thursday the 12th not much of anything in the forenoon Albert and I up to Shearer's cutting wood in the afternoon Friday the 13th up to Shearer's cutting wood this forenoon turning a handle for John Steele up to Shearer's cutting wood in the forenoon Truman and I to Galt this afternoon Sunday the 15th to brethren Church in the morning Jirden and I to Galt to Knox Church drove his horse Monday the 16th not much of anything in the forenoon Albert and I setting traps down at the creek and around in the woods Tuesday the 17th over to see our traps turned two steel arms helping George Steele make a thumbscrew for my turn lathe over to Knox place digging out skunks Jirden Albert and I got three home at noon not much of anything Thursday the 19th Jirden and Albert and I went over to Green's dug out three skunks Jirden and I over this afternoon got two ground hogs Friday 20 over to see my traps put a patch on my boot and over to the stone quarry dug out two skunks Jirden Albert and I Saturday the 21st hunting this forenoon trying to track coons up to John Gerard's to get skunks got a rabbit had it for supper Sunday the 22nd to the Methodist Church in the morning to the brethren church at night Wat and Almira up Monday the 23rd up to Shearer's cutting woodAlbert Pa and I all-day Tuesday 24th up to Shearer's cutting wood this forenoon fixing some of my books raining all afternoon Wednesday the 25th hired to Henry to work in the shop at $3.75 a month for a year Albert Jirden and I out hunting dug a rabbit out in the threshers Thursday 26 went to Galt this forenoon alone Albert Jirden and I digging out got one Friday the 27th Albert and I out hunting got one rabbit over at Frazer's turning a chisel handle this afternoon Saturday the 28 Albert Jirden and I out hunting got four rabbits all together filed Wat's saw cleaned the rabbits this afternoon Sunday the first to the brethren church in the morning quarterly meeting to the Methodist Church at night Monday the second George Steel and I hunting got nothing started to make a new kind of wind mill Thursday the 3rd working at my wind mill no good reading a little wrote a letter to Stoney Creek to Mr. GM McPherson to endeavour at night Wednesday the fourth started to work in the shop today for the first at 375 a month for a year working and working at bolster this afternoon this forenoon fixing at bandsaw sawing on a bandsaw this forenoon making some wheels and boxes for the bandsaw Friday the sixth bored a front bolster and chiseled out board out and chiseled tonguehounds planned a reach and lobster bored 4 holes through the wall Saturday the seventh working at a hind axle most of the forenoon painting most of the afternoon Sunday the eight to the Methodist Church in the morning to brethren church at night Elmira and Wat up Monday the 9th making a cross stick for the front hours painting a pair of shaves working on a front bolster getting out a Democrat box painting it and ripping painting some to Christian endeavour at night Wednesday the 11th fixing at two wheels putting them on the shaft putting plates on the end fixing them ready to turn down Thursday the 12th ripping out stakes for Democrat box turning down wheels sawing some put bottom in the Democrat for box to Galt for Henry got two hubs and spokes and got 50 spiles spikes Friday the 13th working at the Democrats box this forenoon moving band saw this afternoon Saturday the 14th sand papering Democrat box painting it planing down back on the seat not much of anything put some boxes and a little hub Sunday the 15th to brethren Church in the morning and the Methodist at night Elmira and Wat were up Truman and I hunting this forenoon I shot a rabbit working in the shop painted the gears for a Democrat fixing a sleigh runner Tuesday the 17th making sides for the Democrat seat painted sleigh runners staying in all-day not very well got the cold doing nothing laying around out and in bed Friday the 20th laying around all day doing nothing Saturday the 21st not much of anything laying around under the weather 22nd to the Methodist Church in the morning to the brethren church at night Monday 23rd painting til near night driving box and in some wheels Tuesday the 24th putting sides on the Democrat seats fixing at the bandsaw

Saturday the 21st not much of anything Land around under the weather 22nd to the Methodist Church in the morning to the brethern church at night Monday the 23rd painted on near night driving box and in some wheels tasted the 24th putting aside on the Dow has seeds fixing at the bandsaw track to Christian endeavor at night fixing of the man's of the ready to saw flares in the 26 racing up the man's of fixing a belt for not much of anything this afternoon when over helped water bill and arch of went on over to Henry's rated 27 started to sob are bought its to the shop made a room for a wheel sowing does this afternoon Saturday the 28¢ favoring as trading on Democrat the years and bought all-day Albert and I had boiling tonight in George Main's woods on shares Sunday the 20th 20 night to brethern Church in the morning for a walk over and once this afternoon ot the Methodist Church at night Monday the 30th putting cutting and painting all-day Tuesday the 31st sand favoring it an painted the tongue putting it to cede to endeavor at night Wednesday the first Henry not hunt top off Monday and would an on maternally made an box from sell not much of anything this afternoon Thursdat the second win over to Henry's in the middle of the forenoon and back at noon started to sandpaper Monday and Fort away in home Friday is Church sandpaper Democrat and painted at finished cent favoring money pulling in box in wagon wheels Mawson's Saturday the fourth sandpaper to seek and painted them made a harrow deviltry Sunday fifth to the Methodist Church in the morning to the brethern church at night Monday the sixth sign of months on a bandsaw made harrow doubletree Tuesday seventh started to make harme doubletrees painting a little Wednesday sent a print of the Democrat box meeting here on the Moultrie's the rest of the day made harrow doubletree putting til noon cent favoring and 18 until night Friday the 10th sand favorable all-day painting some seven 11th stating all-day rain today sounded tough to brethern Church in the morning turn and I down to church means to the Methodist Church at night Monday the 13th painting most of the forenoon seen this lot needs to spring bars painting some this afternoon put a spole at a piece of RAM on wheel put the shaft in a pair of shaves garnishing some to endeavor at night battles Tuesday

1891 - Varley Bond & I want to Galt got our pics taken. 1895 Feb 27 Ella Bend & I to Galt got our pics taken. Sept 12 went to Paris & Gutheries - worked on farms. Sick Sept 26 - Oct 8 fever had Dr. Jan 19 1893 Jerden & I to John Harvies to work at Row stable 20, 21Jan. 23 to J. Harvies boarding front of cow stable. Feb 11 1893 Elle Bond & I to Galt got pics taken. 1893 Love Aug 25 to Niagara Falls met Minnie Elgelheart 1894 Albert's Wedding Jan 31 1894 Mar 21 to M Harvie's box social July 5 to Mr. C. Tutton's raising July 19 Wilbert Sweets raising Sept 6. Varley & I played mouth organ Sept 23 Annie & I drove to Colt for church. Annie stayed there Oct 5. Father & Mother went on the excursion to Uncle Dan Main's Nov 11. Went to John Harview's Mother's funeral. Nov 17 Bought s sewing machine Nov 20 Helped put Bell up in church 1895 Dedicated new church Jan 6 Mar 1. Tob main to Galt got our pics taken Apr 9 To Port Huron to learn the photograph business July 21 to Harview tonight July 24 Andy Pullin & I to Mr. Harvies Aug 3 Andy Pullin & I to Mr. Harvies Sept 6 to John Harvies

Football boys to Galt to get pictures taken April 27 1897 Apr 28 1897 bought new bicycle at Brantford Dec 22 1897 stood up at Truman's wedding 1898 camera 9.00 Mar 27 1889 raising our barn

Sept 11 1899 to Branchton taking pic of John MacDonald's house. Sept 13 1899. Fixing a thing on my wheel {?} to carry camera Sept 15. Miss Woodstock up to Naggs Lake taking pics Sept 17 Milinda Scott Dec. 18 to school taking pics

1890 Sept 20 Maggie Melroy Sept 23 took Magg's home. Sept 24 Birthday Albert + Aggie All to Hamilton took pic Oct 15 Wedding Almira and Walter Smith Nov 5 Truman + I to Galt got our pictures taken. Got Beagle a have cathaw {?}

Jan 3 1900 Jim Keachie + I took Harvie girls to {can't make out word very well} + a party at night {?} Feb 20 down to Cornells taking pictures Feb 21-25 26 - Maggs Cairam mar 2 to Branchton to Mr Harvies mar 9 printing pics Ap 7 Walt Smith - Rafter for barn Barn raising apr 11 {this line has an arrow pointing to the line above in front of barn} Ap 13 powder + peepi{can't make out the rest of the word as the letter blur together} for mother.

June 15 Geroge Rud. Barn raising. Out + Harvie's at night June 23 Took peas at factory June 29 to John Harvies

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Jan 1 1900 Jim Keachie + I out to Mr Harvie's at nigt Jan 3 Jim Keachie + I both Harvie gals & Glemming {?} party at night. Jan 22. lens - for pictures Jan 14 Drove Maggie Cairam to{?} church Jan 26 Maggie + I down to Truman's Febr 2 took M Cairam {the next line is preceded by an arrow pointing down} Kirkhounds {?} party at night Feb 13 Helping Jonathon {?} to gra{?} for Dean Cormade{? middle of the word is hard to make out}

Feb 19 printing pics

July 3 - helping put up selr{?} for Smith Buchana July 19 Lue Kennel + I out to Haimes Aug 11 to Mr Sweets to take pics

YARD SALE

Sat July 12.

900 - 1.00 672 6697. July 13 Sheffield - Drgar Oct 16 to John Harvie making stops for lar{?} Oct 27 Uncle Henry {beneath Henry is hone} + I back to my grandfathers old place taking pictures Sun Nov 18 Melvin L Scott + Desta Stewart down all day. Dec 20. Mr Hunt + Branchton taking pictures Feb 23 to Valens getting a pic of the wood cutters Sat mar 4 Back to old mr Carters taking a picture Apr 3 Taking pics at Mr. Wedges

1895 Oct 23 Andy + I to Harvies 1896 Feb 3. Box social at John Harvie's May 14. Father + Mother's 40th anniversary of the wedding Aug 5 to Mr Harvie 1896 Stood upfor Oscar + Roae's wedding. Jamie Sherrick (maid) Aug. 7 to Mr. Harvie's at night. Sept 17 trying my camera Oct 8 to Mr Sails Taking pics 1902 Feb 10 Party MrHarvie

{this entry looks like a previous attempt at transcribing Sylvester's haphazardly kept diary entries and is dated} March 21 2003

1902 Mar Apr. 2 Tom Pearson's wedding at Port Robinson Apr3. Taking pics over the mountain with Jenny Pearson. 9 Serena married ts day. May 2 To Brethern personage. Tearing {?} paper & plastering. 6" " " papering all day. 7 " " " " " " 13- Started to put a gothic in the home this afternoon. 14 Working at gothic all day. 24 planted potatoes. 28 Started to paint George Whetham's houses 29, 30, 31. June 9 Painting Mr W. Ro{?} 10, 11, 12 13, 14 18 Wed. To Dave Arthur's barn raising took some pictures 26 Lue Kemiell + I on do well when Josh Sanford was in July 2 - To Angus Scott's started to work at his barn

July 3 "" "" ""  $4 started shingling
4 "" "" "" 15 shingling
5 "" "" "" 16 shingling
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10 "" "" "" 19 worked at barn all day
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22 Working at barn all day. 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, Aug 8 help father dig grave. To Uncle Wesley's funeral.

1901

Jan 1 Took pies for Marth Hammond + Lena Burchwell Jan Fri 4 Uncle David Main died Feb 10 reopening Kirkwall Church Feb 26 to Branchton to Harvie's at night Mar 23 taking pies at M. Pearsons Tues 26 Taken pies Wed 13 wet down + see Tommy Pearson b-day. Stayed till Thur 4 - went on train stayed at Branchton all night APR May 1 Started to make a little secret only for myself MAY 13 Started carpenting with Bill Wedge at George Whethams house June 19 Made a bed for the baby ? ? ? June 24. Jirden + I putting up silo For Stephen Moffatt June 29 Oscar + I to Toronto today. drove to Hamilton took the boat across. Got a new camera to-day

1901

July 15 Taking some pies for Varley Bond Dec 16 Louie and Thompson Ward came to visit To Branchton with them. taking pictures of their old home

1902

Fri 10 over to Mr Harvie's for party. Mar Mar 2 Tom Pearson's wedding. Mar 9 Serena married today MAY 13 started to put a gothic in the house. May 14 all day. Fri 23. put ridge boards on our house June 18. Took pics of Dave Arthur's barn raising " {in reference to June} 26 Lukinnel + I over to well where Josh Sanford was in July 8 to Cornells raising this afternoon. Aug 4 Sheffield picnic at Idylwild park Sept 8 Started to dig out for a cellar to build a house 10 taking pies for Miss Clelland and McClures. 25 helped Rosa pack her stuff. shipped it to St Thomas. Oct 16 To Branchton taking some pics for Mr For Foster " {in reference to Oct} 23 Started to tear down the Free Methodist Church 24 Took pics of Myrtle and Jessie Nisbet 25 Taking roof off church Nov 8 Finished tearing down old church to-day

1903

Jan 5 to John Harvie making a storm door. 8 Jim Main + I to Mr Harvie's at night 28 Grind oats all day with Bob Drowns machine Mar 9. At Harvies at Branchton making closet upstairs Apr 1 Up to Littles School to take some pictures June 30 Went up country to Calders barn raising wheeled in from Almira Aug 20 S.S. picnic at Idylwild Park Sept 11 Helping Billy Wedge at Kerniging House in Rockton. Dec 24. Started for Sarnia from Branchton this morning got there at 3 o'clock to Steve Barley's {Barley is written above Steve} went to Port Huron took electric car to Detroit + to Trenton to Mr. Shaver's 27. Charley + I went to quarrie + took some pics 31 to John Harvie cut hole for stove pipe - put up stove

1904

Jan 1. to Charley Tuttons took some pics

Jan 23 Taking some winter scenes of pics down in woods

31 - Looking after the church to-day. Father not very well

Feb 9 Jim + I went up country on train walked to Alex Adams stayed all night

24 Went to Harvies to put in dummy waiter

Mar 5 Finished dummy waiter

June 17 Raised barn after supper. - John McBeans

24 Picnic in John MacDonald's orchard.

25 to Guelph on the excursion to Guelph Madel farm 29 start shingling . all day 30 al da, July 1 July 2 all day

July 6 fix Hugh Mulholands barn. 6,7,8,9,11,12 13 14 15 16

25 shingling our barn 27 shingling Tom Whites all day.

Aug 10 Ploughing all day. 11, 12, 13, .

28 John Patricks funeral

Sept 1 Back to James Hills pulling sleepers in driving shed

3 to St Thomas on the noon train - vivit Oscar + Rosa - Mattie there We all went to Port Stanley on the train Martha there.

20 Took pies up to Edith McBean at night

Oct 12 Maggie Caldar + I taking some pics. - to Rockton Show.

22 Mother sick in bed. Finally got a nurse Miss Frasen

27 Putting in my road work.

Dec 31 to Galt for coal stove fetched it home + put it up.


1905


Apr. 21 Cleve Mac + I went to St Thomas to see Oscar + Rosa

22. we all went for a walk around the city took pictures

24 left-comet. Woodstook. stayed at Andy Pullins all night

25. Andy drove us to Woodstook. Came home on noon train. To Galt bought a buggy - fetched Rosa's whed home from station

May 1 Papering for Miss Watson.

4 making a hen pen. 5 worked at pen all day.

June 4 John Culham's funeral

July 17 17 started work at Barnhardt barn

Aug 18 started + raise

Oct 22 Annie Harvie + I to Galt church at night

Oct 1905

Thun 26 Went to Branchton Fetched Annie over t Sheffield 31 Down to see Annie at night Dec 3 Annie + I drove to the farm at night 10 Jim + I drove to Misses Harvies taking some pics 12 Annie + I drove down to Branchton. 17 Annie + I went for drive at night. seeing Annie 25, 26, 29, 31.

1906

Jan Tues 2 - had teeth fixed. - to see Annie Sat 6 To Galt got some pics taken. 7. Drove Annie home. Mar 28 Annie + I cutting wood all day. Apr. Cleved L to St Thomas outer north side of city taking some pics. May 14. Father + Mother's Wedding anniversary 26 Went to Galt to get a family group taken. June 20 Raising barn. ? July 16 - Went to Nelson's Culhants {?} raising. 19 Started to paint school ( cornish to-day) 20 Painting outside of windows Painted 4 more windows and doors. 23 Annie + I went to Galt after part of cream separator. Aug 3 Painting wood work inside school 4th Painting 6th window sesh. 14 Painting antiroom 15 iron on desks + seats. 16 window frames inside 17 Painted Platforms + oiling floor. 19 Annie + I out to woods taking pics. Sept. 16 took pics for Emma + Abbie Harvie Oct. 9 Went to Harvies to upholster some chairs 14 Annie + I taking some pics in afternoon. Nov 11. Annie Ella + I taking some pics 27. Bought a horse drove home Dec 6 Annie o l {marks on the page, could be letters, could just be orphaned strokes} took pics of husking corn. 16 " {meaning Annie} + I taking pics 25. Dinner at Harvies. All ha dinner at our place at night 31. Went to Harvie's to watch the old year out.

1907

Feb 7 party for Mother's Birthday 8 Cut ice on Walt Oliver's pond. MAR - 4th Cleve + Aggie married Apr 2 made set of quilting frames Aug 12 at Pine Grove school working at closets. " " " " 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Aug 19 - To Mm. Barnharts place on cedar creek road. shingling all {day is written in the margine above all} 23 Worked at Mr Hammonds. 24 {left blank}

1908

jan 1. Father Mother + I down toTruman's for dinner 2 At Barnharts working in barn. 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Finished 13 - ventilators 14, 18 28. Cutting wood 29. 30 31 - set traps. 10 Finished at Barnharts {ventilators was written above Barnharts} Feb. 25 to galt to see Barnhart to get some money. June 7. Annie + I drove back to the lake to-day 21 Annie + I went up to Hugh Ronalds on Cedar Creek road. Dec 6 Annie o l {could be + I but Slyvester didn't do the plus fully} went to Galt Church at night 13 " " " " " " " " 20 " " " " " " " " " 25 Oscar + Rosa to Aaron Mains I went to Harvies for dinner. 26 Annie went with me to Galt.

1909

Jan 10. Annie + I went for a drive 16 Drove Ella + Anna to Galt in sleigh 23 Annie drove me home at night 30 Albert's 50th Wedding anniversary Feb 21 Drove Milinda + Millie to church Mar 10 Drove Abbie to Galt 21 21 Mattie + I to church at night 28 mattie + I went to Cemetary church morning + evening Apr 3. Mattie came with me to Branchton. 5. Started to paint the church. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Painting seats 11 Mattie + I went to Knox church 12 Painting church 13. finished on 14th June 6 Annie + I went for a walk to day up the back road by old Cars old place.

1909

Aug 29. Irene + I went for a ride on bicycle back to Mother's old place. Oct 4 Mr Harvie died 5 Andy Pullin + I went to Galt to see about things for funeral 6 Delivered butter around got all stuff they wanted. 8 funeral this afternoon. to Galt Cemetary 28 Annie + I went up to Galt cemetary + down the river road home. 29 Annie + I out wood. I got a Xmas tree I put it up. Ella, Annie + I to Sheffield Xmas tree 25. Father, Mother Irene + Dorothy + I drove to Truman's today.

1910

Feb. 19 Annie went with me to Sheffield 22 Ella + Annie went with me to hear Knowks lecture Mar 27 Annie + I went to church. Apr. 13. Annie went up to Huntsville this morning. 30 Annie + I papering May 22 Down t Aaron Main to raising June 3. to Desy's at night to wedding anniversary 12 Annie + I went driving in the afternoon 18 Putting on siding took some pics of barn to-day. 29 To Milinda Scott's wedding. July August. 2 Shingling Pleasant Grove school today 3, 4, 5, Finished 6 Almria died at 6 o'clock to-night 8 Almira's funeral this afternoon. 20 - Mother Father got pictures taken. 28 Annie + I over to cemetary this afternoon 31 Started to make Book cupboard for Pleasant Grove school. Sept 2 Working at Book Cupboard for Pleasant Grove school. Oct. 23 Mattie + I went to Blue Lake to take some pictures Nov 27 Father + Mother + I to Brandford for dinner. Dec 24 to Cleves for xmas dinner

1911

Jan 1 To Destamona for dinner. Father Mother Rosa Oscar + girls there 21 Annie + Ella + I to Galt today

1911.

Jan 1 done 21 done Apr. 21 Father + Mother went to Hamilton with Rosa 23 Annie + I went driving in afternoon June 6 over to John Perrigans tearing down old barn 28 Went to Ella Harvie's wedding to day July 8 Went to Hamilton on my wheel came home at night 17 Went to Nellie McKenzies + David McQueen funeral. Aug 2 9 drove Millie Flemming + I back to old place this morning To Hamilton 21 Down at school started to fix the seats in shorthard Dept. 25 Putting seats legs on {?} got ready to varnish 26 Varnishing desk + seats. Sept. 3 Annie + I went to Forest Mills to day. 10 Annie + I went for a drive out to the river 17 Went down to Truman's. Mattie + I taking some pics. Oct 1 Annie + I drove down to Cleve's 5 Annie + I went to F{?}realtor show. GIving away the melon for Oscar 15 Annie + I went for a drive back to Scotts old place. 29 Irene + I to Cleve's for supper. Nov 5 Anne + I drove to Blue Lake took some pictures Dec. 4 Shingling wood shed at school, 5, 6, 30 Shingling at Charles Tutton.

1912

Feb 1 Went skating down to Dunn's 3 Skating at Rockton 6 Painting Buggy to day 12 To William Keachies making an ice house 20 Back to Grammotts papering 27 Papering at personage also 29 Mar 4 Aggie Cleve + I to haggies supper at Kirkwood 5 to Russel Henderson Harvie's for material 14 Papering at Oscar Roseburgh's 13th 16 to John Studiman's for some lumber

1912

Mar. 29. Got word Father died this morning Went to Galt after cards. 31 Funeral at two o'clock. Apr. 9 Took papers at {left blank and underlined} lot sold it to Peter Humphrey 10 back to Jim Hills papering 13 To Galt to get papers fixed up from selling my 15. house and lot 15 Fixing top of horse stalls at Oscar Roseburghs 17 Shingling at George Whethams. Aunt Polly Main's funeral 19 At Nelson Culhmas to syrup social 23 Shingling Henry's barn, 24, 25, 26, got done 29 Wokring at Nelson Culhams - dummy waiter 30. May 1 May. 5 Got Medicine for Mother. 6 Plastering + papering at Nelson Culham 7 Papering at Mr Laymand 9 to John Perrigans working at barn 11 at Chas. Tutton patching barn roof 23 At Perrigans tearing down last part of farms {?} barn June 24 Shingling at Perrigan's and 25 26 Working at Alberts. 27, 28, 29, July 1 Working at Alberts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7 Went down to Truman's in the auto 8 Went to Hamilton with Oscar in the auto to Toronto on the boat Gordon McDonald got hurt. 9 Gordon died this morning 11 Gordon's funeral 12 To WIlliam Keachie working at barn 13, 15, 16, 17 18 19, 20 22 at Will Patricks levelling joice 23, 24, 25 26 27 29 Shingling at John Perigans 30 31 Aug 1 Shingling near done. 2 At Will on Bill B Keachie floor overshed 5 to John Perrigans fixing barn floor 6th 7 Alberts at barn. 8th. 9 Uncle John + I cutting {word is too small to really make out} 10 framing this afternoon

1912.

Aug 12 At Alberts working at barn. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 19, 20, 21 raisin barn this aft. 22. 23 Putting on sheeting all day. 25. Irene Annie + I went to river to day. 26 sheeting 27 29 Putting on roof boards all day. Sept 1 Irene + I out wheeling 2 part day at Alberts 3 Shingling all day 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Annie Irene + I went back to Forest Hill to day. 9 At Alberts barn. 10 12 Patched roof at Orne Mains house. 14 Stephen Moffat + I went Freeport to see stabler ? 15 Irene + I wheeled back to cemetery. 16 Worked at Will Patricks 17. 18, 19, 20, 21 22 Irene + I went up to Oliver's pond. 23 Worked at Will Patrick plastering 24, 25 26 27 28 29 Irene + I up to Harvie's 30 at Wm. Keachies putting in window stills Oct 1 Will Patricks getting ready to cement. 2, 3, 4, 5 7 " " {in reference to Will Patricks} cementing all day 8. got done 10 At Robert Arthurs levelling cow stabler, 11, 12, 14 Cement at Robert Arthurs 15, 16,17, 18, 19 20 Irene + I to Harvie's for dinner Went for a drive out to the river. 21 At Arthur's cementing all day. 22 23 finished in middle of morning. to John Perrigans working at root cellar 28 to Harry Roseburgh to put up drive shed. 21 Levelling + getting ready to cement Nov 1 2 at Perrigans Nov. 4 John Perrigan's cementing all day. 5 6. 7. 8. got done 11 to Wm. Keachie getting ready to cement 14. 15 16 17 Irene + I down to Truman's 18 At Will Keachies levelling and cementing 19 Cementing

Nov. 20 Cementing 21 At Alberts started to put in stanchions Worked there 22. 23. 25 Worked at Albert's 26 at Stephen Moffats 27, 28, 29. Dec 3 to Stephen Moffats cementing all day. 4. 5. 6 laying floor in granary 7 Making bins 8 All went to Cleves in auto for dinner 9 to Wm Patricks - granary bins. 10, 11, 12 13 14 15 Irene + I wheeled up to Harvie's t-day. 16 At Will Patricks To Miss F Tutton's funeral. 17 To John Perrigan started to put in box stalls 18, 19, 20 21 23 Went to Hamilton in the auto back at night. 24 Took apples to Galt brough home lumber 26 Working at stoop at Peter Humphreys 27, 28. 29 church 31 working at cutter. up to Harvie's

1913

Jan. 6 to John Peregrine worked there 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 13 14. 15 At Will Patricks started to put in cow manger 16 17, 18, 20, 21 22 23 24 25. Went to Hamilton on my wheel come up in the little auto at night 26 Irene + I went to Harvies on own wheels 27 At Will Patricks at barn. 28 29 30 31 root cellar Feb 1 At Harvies fixing root pulper - put handle m {?} are fixing barn doors 3 At Will Patricks to St George to see & Kitchen 5 Back to Stephen Moffats started to put in cowmangers worked there 6, 7, 8, 10 Went up to look at Milroys farm 11. McKenzies sale 12 Working at S Moffatt 13. 14, 15 17 to George RIckers to see about place

{this page is written on a lined piece of paper that is titled with NOTES}

1913

Feb 18 Down to Ray Humphrey sale. 20. to W. Keachies putting in cow manger 21 " " " " " " " " {in reference to 20} 22 Went to Galt with Annie 25 Went to George Fords to Alex Burnett sale 26 Wm Keachie work at horse stable. 27, 28, Mar. 1 Pulling in feed boxes 3- Box stall 4 put in steps 5 George Ronalds sale. 6 To Hamilton to paper for Rosa 7 home on night train walked to Harvies 8 Annie + I went to Galt. At Gordon Scotts sale. 10 to George Robb getting lease for farm. 11 Annie + I to Galt to Knox maner to get married 12 Cleared out farm 13 Annie + I tapped to day 14 got wood for kindling 15. gathered sap + boiling some. 19 boiling sap. 20, 22 Annie cleaning house. 26 moved a load of stuff to farm 27. Tearing off wall paper 31 boiling all day. Apr. 1 fixing fence 4 Fetched down stove 8 " {in reference to fetched} down the cows 14 to John Hammond shingling 15 16 17 18 21 plowing all day

{written on the back of the lined paper from the last PDF} 22 To Ed Ellis's sale this afternoon 23 Papering at Nelson Culhams. 24 Disking for oats 25 Disking 26 harrowing 28 Got load of wood 29 Put log across creek 30 Fixing fence. fixing barn roof. MAY 1 Plastering at George Main. Put plank on cRreek log 2 Shingling all day. 3 shingling all day. 5 Shingling at John Hammonds 6, 7, got done. 8 fixing fence 9 {left blank} 10 New cross piece in summer kitchen. 12 Putting new roof on barn at John A Cornell's 13, 14 got done. 15 Working at horse stable. To Glenmorris Sale 16 " " " " {in reference to working at horse stable} 17 horse stall 18 Annie + I back to cemetary. 19 Went over to Jirden's after some (seed) potatoes 20 Went to misses Harvies after some apples 21 Planting potatoes 22 " " {in reference to planting potatoes} Papering ceiling John Mewhinneys 23 To Truman's for windows 24 Plowing for mangals 29 Plowing the lot at Sheffield. 31 to Flora Main's funeral this afternoon Jun 2 At John Studiman's shingling all day 3 same 4 Finished started hay shed. 5 4 Went to John Perrigans started to make barn doors. 6 Putting up ladders. 7 fixing fence. 9 At John Perrigans 10 At Truman's building wall for silo all day. 11. Puttin on big barn doors

June 16. to Elgin Patricks to shingle barn. 17, 18 got done 19 Working at Wm Patricks 20 21 23 24 25 26 raise this aft. 27. 28. 30 July 1 started to shingle 2 At John Studimans 3 At N. Halds working on cow stable 4 Shingling at W. Pat 5 Took bull up to Harvies 7. Scuffling 9 To W Keachie putting up track for dooer 11 Nellie Harvies funeral 14 Drawing in hay all day 17, 18, 19 coiling 21 Drawing in hay 22 23 Cutting wheat 30 to Smith Buchanans to thrash for Miss Harvie Aug 4 Broke Binder 11 to Galt to get part to cement mixer {written beneath mixer is "put under posts"} 12 DOwn to creek bridge at Sagers old place 13 To Hamilton to Britania park seeing them build a {house in a day is written above 'build a '} 14 Oscar went all around the Bay in auto we all went 15. To Stoney Creek in auto on mountain looking at lots 18 Painted Black Board at school 19 Went to Geo Rickers to paper. 25 Ploughing all day 26, 27, 28 finished 29 Disking for wheat. 30 Helping Henry thrash Sept 3 sewing wheat 4 to Lavenders sale 6 worked at cement mixed all day also 8th, 10 + 12th 15th 16 17 silo for Truman

Sept. 22 Started to work on bridge on 7th concession back of Doctors. on bridge 23, 24 25 Fixing mixer 26 Working at Bridge 27. started to cement at Bridge 29th Oct. 2 Putting on cement Top. 3 Finished bridge 6 to M Haids to cement stables Digging potatoes. 9 cementing all day. 10 same 15. Digging potatoes + went to Rockton show 20 Papering, parlor at home. 21 cementing 22, 23 24 26. to Hamilton bought a tent come home in auto 27 Walt Smiths sale this afternoon 28 at Haids working at cow stable 29 McWhimey's sale this afternoon Nov. 4 At misses Harvies picking apples all day. 5 Robert Haliwel {?} sale 6 Shingling at Smith Buchananans 7 at Earl Bonds cementing 8 all day. 11 Maggie Mulhollands funeral 13 Fetched home load of planters went I and for another {?}. 15 Hortnie sale 18 fixing house rough at John MacDonalds 19 Dunner sale to day. 22 Went to Galt at night in the auto Dec 1 to John Studiman's fixing chimney to Sale this aft? 2,3,4 5 1/2 part roof on John Perrigans oils and 6 10, 11. working at oils 12 1/2 and 13 15 Cementing John Hammonds Stable 16, 17 finished Ellick sale 18 Working at W. Patricks - 19,20

Dec 24 to swamp go tree. 25 Xmas tree at night 26 At W Patricks - pig pens 27 making window frames 31 Took Oscar Rosa + girls to Galt - going to St Thomas

1914

2 At W. Patrick 3, 5, 6 door on pig pen 8 Worked at Haids 9 10 {left blank} 11 Anniversary services morning + night at Sheffield 12 At Haids - got horse shod 14 to Branchton for coal 17 Annie + I went to Galt 19 At W Patricks 20, 21, 22 23 24 27 Working at W Patricks 28 29 30 Feb 2. Went up to see about rent Wm Barn for the {?} 3 in aft working at W. Patricks 4, 5, 6, 10 to John Perigirnes 14 Annie + I went to Galt. 16 Odd Jobs 17, 18 19 20 21 25 to Hamilton for boxes at the college. 28 Mr Hendenson's SALE 2 Doing odd jobs 3 4 5 Bennets sale 6 7. To Branchton for coal, Annie + I cutting trees 9 Took logs to mill. 10 Making a yoke for sap 11, logs 12, 13 14 to Galt 16 Cleve MacDonald's sale 17 Tapping 19 Oscar Roseburghs sale 23. Chores 24 got colt. gathered sap. 25. Boiling 26 Boiling 27 Cleve's presentation at night 28 Irene + Dorothy up - Boiling. 29 To church. 30 Boiling sap 31 chores + odd jobs. Apr. 1 Walford's sale.

Apr 2 started to paint dinning room at Sheffield. 6 painting 8 Graining, 8 Varnishing 10 Papering dinning room. 13 At school house taking out the seats. Boiling sap. 15 Boiling 7. Taking up platform & started to pat it down 20 fetched home wagon that I bought at Cleve's sale 23 started to plow 24 all day. 25 raining 27 plowing 29 to Menzies after staff bought at sal. May 4 raining 5 odd jobs 6 to Galt for load strips + hitched up colt 11 Back to Jim Hills all day papering. also 12th got done 18 Sewed oats - Worked on garden. 23 planted potatoes 25 Drawing out manure 26 27 28 plowing 30 sewing mangals + corn June 1 stretching wire fence across creek 2 Drawing out manure all day 3 4 5. cutting potatoes. 6 Papering parlor went to see Berteam Turnball 8 getting ready to put new roof on back Kitchen + woodshed. 9 Went to see house struck with lightening with Wm. McClure 10 To Elgin Patricks jacking up under barn 11 fixing sleepers barn floor 15 Worked at Elgin Patricks 16 planter corn + potatoes 17 Drawing grand on road. 18 At Elgin Patricks 19, 20, 22 got old fence from school to make a big yard. 23 At Albert's graining 24 At McClures plastering 25 To John Perrigans getting ready to make wall for house. 26. 27working {written above} at wall 29 At Perrigans making sistern in cellar 30 Worked at McClures all day. July 2 Papering parlor at Albert's 3-4 painting mower. 6 To George Fords making barn doors 7 cut hay 8, 9, 10 11 working at hay. Annie raking 13 got track for Will Patrick put it up. 15 16 17 18 haying 20 Cutting hay Annie raking me coiling 21 Drawing in hay all day. 24 Cutting wheat Annie shocking it up 27 I cutting hay + wheat 28, 29 30 31 Aug 3 scuffling hoeing fix fence paper Kitchen cut oats 4 5 6 7 8 10, 11 12 13 14 15 All odd jobs

Aug 17 fixing fence drawing stone 18 cement box 19 plastering box 20 sharpen harrows 21 {left blank} 22 doing some paiting 24 plowing all day - 25. 26 27 went to Nickenson's sale on 7th 28 plowing 29 to school after wheel on bell to fix Sept. 1 odd jobs 3 At John Studiman's putting roof back on barn. 8 Got Nelson Culham's drill to sew wheat. 11 Digging potatoes. 14, 15, at John Peregrines 16 Patering at Methodist parsonare. Wm Cronins sale 17. 18. working at John Peregrines 21 thrashing 22 put in straw. got load wood. 23 stanchions to Andy 24 + 25 working at Peregrines. 28 Putting on siding at Peregrines 29, 30 went to Henry Thompson's sale. 2, 3 working at corn Oct. 3 Working at Peregrines 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 made gate put on 12 shingling 13 laying floor 14, 15, 16, 17 to Miss Hoods plastering 19 stairsteps 20 21, 22 {blank} 23 mixing morter 24 built chimney 26 lathing - 27 lathing 28 to Washburns sale at Glenmorris. 31 getting potatoes in to day Nov 2 finished potatoes Nov 3 at John Peregrine plastering 4, 5, got done 6 Work at John McDonalds 9 Work at Elgin Patricks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 16 17 1/2 17 fixing calf pens 18 19. 20 cementing 21 finished 23 Working at John MacDonald 24 25 26 To Ella's funeral 27 At Elgin Patricks cementing 28 finished DEC 30 At John Peregrines put in windows - plastering up stairs

DEC 1 plastered and coct upstairs 3 started downton 4 all day 5 Finished 7 At John Perigan send and cistern pump 8 Banister around stairs + cupboard in pantry.

1914

Dec 9. at Elgin Patricks working at home started 10 same 11 same 12 home stalls 14 working at grainery 16 finished grainery 17 to Galt for cheque 18 killing {?} chickens 21 - working at home 22, 23, 24 same 25. at Sheffield to day for Xmas. 26 to Galt for chore 28 Went to Rockton to pay takes 29 to Galt. 29 30. 31 at home all day.

1915

Jan 1 with sleigh + horses drove us all over to Branchton for dinner 2 to Galt for chop 4 rooted at Branchton roted at Sheffield 5 Worked at Elgin Patricks 6, 7. 8 Killing chickens 11 At Elgin Patricks. 12 Drawed 2 load woodhome 13 Drawing wood. Andy helping me cut wood. 14 Annie + I to business meeting meetin at church 15 chores 18. chores 19 worked at sleighs 20 same 21 Butchering calf 22 butchering pig 25 worked at sleigh 26 finished 28 Went to Branchton for load of coal 29 Butchered fat calf. Feb. 1 to Galt with meat for John MacDonald. 2 Put tar paper in house stalls 3 fixed turnip pulpan {?} 4 Went to look at Barnhardt's farm. 5 Annie + I went to look 8 fixing neck yoke. 9 Fix butter worker covering box for Annie 10 2 boxes for books painting a gate 11 getting ready to move 12 odd jobs 15 moved potatoes 16 to Galt to see about sale 17 got sale bills 18 Got bills put up around Galt 19 Bills up at Glenmorris 20 To Trumans with Bills March 1 got ready forenoon Sale afternoon 2 moving stuff 3 moved hay. 4 Cow to Sheffield + some hay 5 Andy helping move stuff + Sheffield 6 got done moving 8 2 loads wheat + Galt in 1 horse sleigh

1915

March 9 - took 3 bags wheat in the cutter 10 Piling lumber behind barn 11 Down to Drew Nisbels to see about stoop. fixing pump 12 to Branchton on after paint put pump in well. 15 Trimming cedar hedge in front of house trim apple trees 16 Got pole for ladder from Frank Studimans 18 sawing wood + helping Uncle John saw his {blank space} splitsome 19 Splitting wood all day at Rome 22 to Wm Keachie's working at calf pen. 23, 24 25. 26 Annie + I moving lumber. splitting wood. 27 Went to Branchton for coal. 29 At Wm Keachie 30, 31 wheat to sale at McPhatons April 1 worked at Nelson Culham. Annie + I to Rockton to sale. 2 " " " " {in reference to April 1} 3 Helping Oscar put cow car to gather 6 We went to Branchton put glass in windows 7 Worked at Elgin Patricks 8 - 9. 10 to Galt to get teeth fixed To Billy Bonds to see about barn 12 Puting cow manger 12 13 14 15 Papering at Miss George Main 16 cement cistern 17 framing woodshed 19 Raising back Kitchen 20. 21 22 Papering at Orne Main and 23. 23 To George Fords to fix barn doors 23 " " " measuring - Digging garden 26 - Put on rafters 27 roof boards 28 29 shingling 30 Building chimney


May 1 finished shingling 3 - Laying floor 4 Putting the ceiling in back Kitchen 5 Put in potatoes made foundation for drive shed. 6 making doors 7 Put in doors 8 Put on ridge board 10 Working at barn 11. 12 Shafts 13, 14, 15 Made big wheel 17 At Elgin Patricks + Trumans 18 Started to make ladder 19 Finished 20 to John Perigrine 21 - 22 At Elgin Patrick making barn doors put on. 24 Working at John Peregrine 25, 26 27 28 at John Reids 29 Cementing sistern got done 31 - chimney at John Peregrines June 1 to Wm Bonds working at barn 2 - 3. Made screen door 4 Working Plates all day. 5 big beams 7 Working at W Bonds 9 At John MacDonald. Hewing out some beams. 10 getting foundation ready 11 - 12 doing mason work 14 same 15 same 16 17 At Wm Bonds framing 18 leveling foundation 19 got done 21 A Wm Bond making ladders 23 Working on siding 24 25 same 26 Put in Gable ends 28 Strawberry social 29 Root boards

July 1 Shingling 2 Shinlging 3 Finished roof. Put on big barn door 5 To John MacDonald framing cutting braces 6 raising 7 put on outside boards 8 same 9 finished gable ends 10 finished roof 13 Putting down floor 14 Made coops + stairway 15 Started Milk House. 17 Made big barn door + put it on. 19. Putting window frame in milk house. 18 Working at Milkhouse 20 stair stops. 21 - 22 Putting on barn door 23 to Andy Pullins made chimney on back kitchen

July 1915

26 at MacDonald's working at stalls 27, 28. same 30 To Hamilton taking down partition in school 31 Took down glass partition.

Aug 2 Worked at John MacDonalds 3 To Hamilton took down Bill Boards. 4 Put up office partition 5 Worked at school. 6, 7. Worked at school. 9 To Hamilton worked at school all day. 10, 11, 12, same 13 Went to Toronto on the boat 14 Took Annie + girls to Branchton tent out 16 Worked at school 17 moving down stair. 18 Fastening down seats. 19 Fastened seats put hooks in girls cloak room. 20 - 21 Taking down big {?} carryin them down stairs 23 To Nelson Culham to put roof on silo 24 inside silo 25 Myrtle Culham wedding. 26. 27 28 Working at silo 30,31, shingling put in gothic window Sept 1 roof - shingling

Sept. 2 tear out wall for door. 3 cement walls 4 plastering 6 At Nelson Culham's working on silo. 7 silo 8 To Oran Main's to shingle house for miss Barnhardt 9 Started to shingle house 10 Shingling and 11, {blank, possibly because it was a Sunday and he didn't work} 13, shingling 14 Worked on chimney 15, 16, 17 18 making eve troughs making doors Sun 19 Walked to Scotts old farm. 20 At Oran Main's - home digging potatoes 21 - At Nelson Culham's plastering. 22 paint roof silo 23 shoot 24 worked at silo. 25. Sale R. Knowles 26 To Branchton in auto. 27 To John Reids working at cistern load of hay for George Main 28 At " " {in reference to John Reids} plastering + cementing cistern got done. 29 cement window sills 30 same got done.

Oct. 1. at Culham sstarted to point - Rained Went to sale down 6th Concession 2 fixing my bicycle finished painting at Culham 4 At John Reids levelling for cementing 5, 6. 7. 8 same 9 To Hamilton to see about a horse but did not get one 11 to John Reid's working 12, 13, 14, 15 16 Papering ceiling in dining room. 18 Started cementing at John Reid's 19. 20. 21. 22. 23 25. 26 27 28 Working at Elgin Patricks, 29. {blank} 30 Went to Galt.

Nov. 1 Worked at Elgin Patricks 2 Cement water Trough 3 cementing bought 2 pair of sleighs 5. Paint all day at church 6 same 8

1915.

Nov. 8 Painting church today. 9 Made Trussels to Jeff Cornell's sale. 10 Painting 11. all day 12 all day. 13 Painting all day at church. 15, 16, 17. 18, 19 fixing cylinder + sucker for pump 22 - fixing cow stall. stall 23 to Wm Bond's getting ready to cemet. 24 put in sills {this line is starred} 27 Putting screen over tower window 28 Went to Trumans for dinner in auto 29 Painting 30 same

Dec 1 Painting - put in water pipe 2 To Henrys + school - after dinner. 3 to W Bonds make and in house 4 Worked at home + barn window 7 At Wm Bonds put windows in barn. 8 Painting at church 9 same 10 painting at church got done. 11. Went to Hamilton stayed all night 12. To Albert's for dinner. 13 To Elgin Patricks working 14 same 15. made cement trough 16 Annie + I to Galt 16 continued Went up after my sleigh. 17 plastering trough 18 worked at doors 20 Got home shod to Branchton to Al Haines - (wood shed) 22 at woodshed 23 Annie + I to Galt. 24 At Al Haines shingling. 25. All the folks home to day 27 At Al Haines working. 28 A John Cornells 29 At John Cornell's all day 30 To Ed Kempie + Ed Cornells

1916

Jan. 3 Put 2 new benches in back sleigh 4 To Henry's put box on sleigh 5 Went to Galt after furnace pipe for church. 6 put up pipe. Painted lawyer to pants {?} 7 made {?} for front doors of church + put in. 8 To George Ford's + Galt 10 made hooks for church doors + put on. 11 made shed {?} to take dirt out of cedar. Filling in well 12 To Henry's rods for pump 13 Fill in well, clearing out cellar got well done. 14 Down to Aaron Main making door there brick well 17 Put pump in well. 18 started to make storm windows for house - very cold. 19 worked at storm windows Annie + I went to Reids + Perrigans + MacDonalds 20 To Aaron Mains building a chimney.21 Plastering room {room has a small letter above it, it could say my} at Aaron Main's to day. 22 " {referring to plastering} familier 23 Drove moud over to Branchton to Pulling awhil awhile 24 Taking dirt out of cellar. Over to form where we wood live getting hay fork track 25 To Branchton working on John Cornells house shutting up door + window + started to sheet up a room up stairs 26. 27 same 28 Finished 28 congrational tea in church at night 29 Miss Harvie's Birthday party. 31 Working at John Cornell's house.

Feb. 1. 2 finished for a while. 3 put partition Wm Patrick 4 cellar stops " " {in reference to Wm Patrick} 5 working at pantry " " {again referring to Wm Patrick}

1916

Feb 7 worked at church. Annie + I to Branchton 8 to Wm Patrick working at house all day, 9, 10, 11, 12 21 to Steve Moffatts to see drive shed.. Started doors for J A Cornell Bookcase 22. Working at doors 23. Take angles of democrat to Henrys {?} fit. 24 Annie + I to Branchton at night 25 Got wood at Layman's 28 Drawing wood from Layman's 29 Took Annie to Branchton to got to Hamilton drawing wood all day. Went after Annie at night

Mar. 1 Drawing wood all day finished it. 2 To Elgin Patricks after load of cow 3 To Galt for lumber for home. 4 To Henry's to find chain 6 Got load corn from E. Patrick's Business meeing at church. 7 working at cellar. 8 To Branchton working at John Cornells home 9 painting today.10 Papering for John Whetham 13 Work at John Cornell graining secretary + I painting 14. Paint, to-day.15 Papering kitchen 16 papering big room today. 17 At Oran Main's papering. To J Cornell put on border. 18 To Galt for moulding + to Branchton put it on. 20 To John A Cornells painting upstairs all day got done 21 to Elgin Patricks to make cupboard in pantry 22 Made boxes for flour + wagon 23. Put in place. 24 Working at cupboard. 25 making drawers for cupboard. 27 Drawing old lumber from John Reids to Branchton house. 28 At Elgin Patricks finished cupboard. 29 Making doors 30 Finished Bookcase started work at Barn worked at barn.

April 1. Sheeling stoop overhead. - grate over windows 3 steps in barn. graining bookcase 4 splitting wood. 5 A Trumans papering kitchen 6 To Elgin Patricks after cement mixer. Annie + I to Branchton at house. 7 Taking dirt out of cellar 8 - down to Jim {?} at night 9 Oscar's all up from Hamilton to day. 10 Work at Wm Bonds 11 12 13 14 15 17 To Wm Bond to put up woodshed 18 19 20 21 Papering at Layman's 22 Papering at Elgin Patricks 23 To Branchton for dinner 24 Papering parlor at Elgin Patricks got done 25. Papering all day at Peter Sech{?} Went to Hamilton with Oscar 26 Working at stoop papering ceiling upstairs 27 take plaster off Kitchen ceiling 28 Put cover over seem pond 29 enclosed back stoop came home at night 30 Annie + I drove down to Elgin Patricks around in White woods for flowers

May. 1 roofing 2 ceiling on kitchen home with Oscar Roseburgh 3 Doing jobs at home 4 To Wm Bonds fixing truck 5 Plastering Kitchen 6 working at truck 8 working at jobs 9 same 10 Paperingg Andrew McClure - Miss Tutton 11 Bought lot from Tom Cooley 12 Plastering Kitchen Wm. Bond 13 Put ventilator + ridge Bd on barn

MAY 1916

15, 16, 17, 18 Cementing at W. Bond.

19 graining dining room at Alberts

20 Papering dining room at Alberts

22 At J. MacDonalds moving partition

23 lath + plastering in bathroom

24 To Al Hanies building chimney on woodshed

25 Shingle Kitchen 26 Finished

27 Put glass on front door. At Hanies cut hole for stove pipe tear out chimney

29 Odd jobs at Elgin Patricks

30 Drew out manure on back lot.

31 Plow + plant potatoes.

June 1 plant potatoes all day got done

2 Plowing white washed {potatoes?} helping plant tree at church.

3 to Galt then harrowing.

5 Sowing mangols

6 Papering at Miss Drones

7 Odd jobs at MacDonalds got done

8 Started work at Wm Bonds at horse stalls, 9, 10 finished

12 Jobs at Wm Bond. 13, 14.

15 At Wm Patrricks started to shingle 16. 17, 19 got done

20 Tob Oran Mains fixing wall for miss Barnhardt 21 Worked on road all day drawing gravel {gravel is written about drawing}

22 To O. Main finished wall. At home papering upstairs 23 Papering upstairs got done

26 Hoeing weeds out of mangels. 27 all day.

28 To John A Cornell to put piece on barn. 29. 30 same.

July 1 Roofing barn

4 {4 is scribbled over 3} At John MacDonald. put up track for hay fork.

5 {5 is scribbled over 4} To Stephen Moffall {the name "Moffall" is later spelled as "Moffatt"? Refer to July 5 on this page} to put shaft to run {there is a caret between the letters r and u; "r^un"} washing machine

6 make big pulley 7 fixing washing machine + pumps to run with engine 8 hoing mangles 9 Baby born to-day.

10 " " {in reference to "hoing mangles"} 11 To Miss Barnhardts painting barn roof. fix Hay Fork track (John Hammond) {John Hammond is arrowed in after Fork track}

12 fixing waterpipes S. Moffatt.

13 To Frank McKillagen to put up back kitchen 14 Worked at it all day

17 A " " {in reference to 'Frank McKilligen'} 18 Shingling 19 cut door through 20 window frame

21 hoing potatoes. 22 hoeing 24 cut hay at Pleasant Grove School brought home.

25 Took berries to Galt 26 hoeing + picking berries 27 Took to Galt

28 Shingling at Smith Buchanans 29 shingling all day.

31 To John MacDonald drawing in wheat all day.

Aug 1 Drawing in wheat all day. 2 same - got done

3 at Smith Buchanans shingling all day. 4 same 5. finished

7 Fixing Andy Pullins cistern

8 To Elgin Patricks to put up drive shed 9. 10. 11. 12.

14 Helping John MacDonald to draw in oats.

15. At Elgin Patricks cutting rafters 16 17 18 19

21 Take out pump at Nelson Culham put on new sillinder {sillinder = cylinder?}

22 To Elgin Patricks work on barn. 23. 24

25. At Baily Keachies to put up silo 26 put it up. got done.

27 Went to Salem to see Miss Ray

28 Elgin Patricks - at drive shed 29 30 31 Cement.

Sept. 1 started fixed well. 2 same

4 Picking pears scuffled potatoes. Miss Harvie's funeral

Sept 1916

5 To St George at Clarence Harpers to raise barn 6 At Elgin Patricks to cement around well 7 Cementing + fixing pump. 8 Making water Trough. 9 plastering + cementin foundation for pump house 11. Putting up frame for pig pen 12 outside boards + roof. 13 working at pig pen.14 To George Henry's Sale. 15. cementing - pig pen. 16 same 18 At Johannie Hammonds shingling 19 shingling 20 At noon to Truman's shingling 21 shingling all day. 22 same. 23 same 25 To Lockie MacDonald. shingle drive barn. 26, 27. finished WorthSide 28 To Truman's to cement foundation in for stoop/ 29 Fixing lamp posts at church. To Bailey Keachies fixing wall. 30 At Culham papering dining room today.

Oct. 2 A Smith Buchanans tearing out cow stalls 3. getting ready to cement 4 Cementing cow mangers 5, 6, 7. 8 A Pillins for dinner 9 Working at Smith Buchanans 10 finished 11 odd jobs at home 12 At Frank McKilligan doors 13 Bought acre of wood from Frank Brown 14 Got horse shed pulled mangles 15 At Trumans for dinner 16 worked at Frank McKilligans 17 Worked inside 18 Make wood box. 19 fix pump 20 Put in cupboard. 21 Odd jobs 23 Worked at Wm Bonds 24, 25, 26 27 28 30 Dig potatoes 31 got done

Nov 11 A Smith Buchanan. 2, 3 got done 4 At Oran Mains 6 at Rob + Oliver 7 to Frank McKilligan - 8, 9, 10 11 taking in mangles. Turman ploughing 13 To Oran Main's 14, 15, 16 Got Truman's horses went for coal set up coal stove 17 At Wm Bonds 18 20 21 22 At Frank McKilligans plastering 23 same 25 To Fred Browns got some doors 27 To Truman's started to make pond 28 same 29, 0, Working at stoop

Dec 1 At Johnnie Hammonds jacking up house 2 same got done 4 At home 5 Wm Dykeman's Sale. 6 At home 7 To John Perrigans then to Elgin Patrick started making pump houses 8 at E Patrick worked on pump house all day. 9. Storm all day 11 to Smith Buchanan after cow. 12 Took cow to Wm Binds sold her. 13. cellar all day 14 Andy Pullin helping work at cellar 15 same 16 same got done 18 Finishing pump house at Elgin Patricks 19 doors on stable at Wm Bonds 20 Went to Galt. 21 Took pigs to Galt. 22 at home 23 to Branchton for Oscar 25 The rest of them here for Christmas 26 To Hamilton on port train Working at college fastening down seats 27, 28, 29 All jobs at College 30 came home in auto 31. To church. home all day.

1917

Jan 1 Annie baby Mother + I over to MacDonalds for dinner 5 Went to Hamilton on wheel worked at College 8-13 odd jobs 15-20 odd jobs 22-27 odd jobs 29-31 working 1-3 odd jobs 5-10 working 12-17 working

Feb. 19-24 odd jobs 26-28 {left blank}

Mar 2 Mother over Rosa did not come 3-7 Helping - 8 to Galt for Miss Culham for mother 9-19 helping at home. 20 helping saw wood at church. 21 - helping about. 22 Annie + I went to Galt - got baby pictures taken. 23-24 drawing stone. 26-31 Working on cellar wall + cistern

Apr 2-5 cement windows 6 started to make a crib for the baby and 7th 10-14 Working around home. Mother not so well. 15 Mother died to-day at noon. 16 went for cards. 17 Mother's funeral this afternoon 18 Splitting wood to 21

1917 April

23-28 worked on cistern 26 Destamona McDonalds wedding 30- MAY 1 - 5 odd jobs 7-12- Oscar + I had my car out 14-19 odd jobs 21-26 Planting potatoes in back lot. cut grass at cemetery 28-31 odd jobs

June 1-2 odd jobs 4-9 odd jobs. 10 Annie + I to Branchton in auto 11-16 shingling 3 days make doorway + plastering 18-23 working on Ed Kemkes barn 24 Andy Pullins here to-day to cemetery 25-30 working at barn

July 2 Culham picnic in our car. 3-6 At Ed Kemkes barn 7 fixing baby buggy 9-10 11 12 13 14 cementing 16-19 cementing 20 Thinning turnips 23 working - John Peregrines 24, 25, 26 27 28. 30-31 odd jobs

Aug 1 to Galt selling berries 2 cut hay 3 {blank} 4 odd jobs 5 To Branchton after Addie harvie + Billy {underlined section is written beneath To Branchton} 6-11 odd jobs + working at horse Stable for E Kemkes 13- Working at Frank McKilligan to 18th 20-25. Odd jobs 27-28-29-30-31 building chimney 10-11, 12, put up tent for garden party. 13-15 odd jobs including lathing

Oct. 1-6 odd jobs 8-13 including plastering 15-20 odd jobs (plastering) 22-27 mostly plastering 29-31 Plastering

Nov. - 1, 2 Plastering 3 taking out potatoes 5 odd jobs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 odd jobs 12, 13, shingling 14 15, 16, 17 odd jobs 19 Started drive shed at Steve Moffatlls. 20 21 22 on drive shed 22 23 24 working at home 26 27 28 framing

Dec 1 working at home 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, worked at drive shed 8 Went to Galt 10 Making rocking horse for Harvie 11 Work at home 12 to Freelton to sale 13-14 At home 15 to Galt. 17 Fixing Harvie's rocking horse 18 Nelson Culham + I down to Will Smith's sale. 19 20 21 22 odd jobs 24 got load of coal 25 Went in auto to Hamilton Xmas dinner at Oscars 26 At school place to hang clothes. 27 finishing some pictures 28 29 odd 31 working at hand sleigh

1918

Jan 1 Went in auto to MacDonalds for dinner 2-3-4-5 odd jobs 7- finished hand sleigh 8 Miseners sale 9 odd jobs 10 Walked to Branchton fetched Mr MorMcnells house horse home. 11-12 odd jobs 14, 15, 16,17 18 19 odd jobs 21-22-23. 24 25 26 odd jobs 28-31 odd jobs Making BookCase

Feb. 1-2 work at Book Case 4 5 6 7 8 Worked at Book Case 9. To Galt 10. Cleve + Aggie out in afternoon. 11, 12- Book Case 13 Cairns Sale. Cleve + I went to Hamilton 14-16 odd jobs 18, 19, 20 21 22 varnished Bookcase Cleve + Aggie here 25 Elliots Sale 26, 27 28 Papering at R Martins

Mar 1 working at one of Mr Bonds houses - dorman {?} window 4 Working in Galt at one of Mr Bonds houses. 5, 6, 7. done for a while {this line is starred, strating at 8} 8 Cut wood. 9 to Galt afeter a piano for ourselves. 11 odd jobs 12 To Allick Harvies Started to make a toy for democrat 13-14 democrat 15 odd jobs 16 To Swamp cutting wood 18-19 worked at democrat. 20-21 22 odd 25 to Kemps looking for a horse. 26 To Hamilton looking for a horse 27 also 28 Went to Branchton 29 Truman + I up to Mr Kenzie to see a horse. 31 Oscars up all day for Easter.

April 1 Started to draw mail to Dundas. To Jirden for horse. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Drove mail 7 Andy + Hattie out. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Drove mail 15. mail. 16 painting bedroom 17 mail - finished painting bedroom 18 started to paper bedroom 19 same 20 same 22-23-24- drove mail odd jobs blow up tires on auto 25 mail Annie + I to Branchton 26-27. To Elgin Patricks papering dining room 29-30 Drove mail. Painting good bedroom.

May. 1-2-3-4. drove mail odd jobs 5. Oscar's up this aft. 6 mail. dig garden/ 7 mail put in our garden 8 mail odd jobs 9.10.11 mail 13 drove mail 14 15 sold horse to Herb Buchanan. 16 mail 17 papering for Aggie at old parsonage. 18 drove mail 21- Helping put up store house at Condis store 22 23 24 25 Taking mail 27 mail. plow lot 30 sowing corn 31 planting beans

June. 1 sowing turnips + mangels 3 mail plant potatoes. 4 mail plant corn. 5-6-7-8 mail 10,11,12,13,14,15 Drove mail worked at John Perrigan 17. 18 19 20 21 22 Drove mail " " " "' {in reference to worked at John Perrigan} 24 25 26 27 28 Aunt Elizae main funeral {funeral is written above Elize Main}

July 2 Drove mail Helping Mr McClellan pack for moving. Strawberry Social at night 3, 4, 5, 6 drove mail. cementing + plastering 8-12 drove mail working at hay rack for John Perrigans 13 mail. {?}ffling potatoes. 14 up to Aunt Marrys in Oscar's car. 15-mail-John Studimans 18,19,20 mail working at veranda at Charlie Tuttons. 22. 23. 24. 25 26. mail - veranda 27- mail papering at Mrs Bonds. 29. 30, 31 mail odd jobs

Aug. 1 mail SS picnic at Dundas. 2, 3, mail E Patrick chop box. 5 mail finished chop box 6 mail - shingling Henry's barn 7 mail John MacDonald's stoop. 8 mail cementing 9 same 10 mail finished cement. 12 mail to Galt to see old stoop at Imperial Hotel 13, 14 15 mail working at stoop. 16 17. mail {letters I can't make out} 10 would draw in spring wheat oats.19 mail Helping MacDonald's draw in oats 20 same 21 mail cement cellar 22 same 23. mail help Cleve to turn barn around 24 same 26 same 27 same 28 mail helping Cleve with barn. 29 mail Mr Martins stoop. 30 mail woodshed. 31 mail chimney

Sept. 2. mail chimney 3 same 4 same 5 mail finished chimney 6 mail worked on chimney 7 mail washed auto Annie + I to Galt. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 mail odd jobs 16 mail cut corn 17 mail 18 mail Mrs Barnhardt roof. 19 mail Sam Truman's grainary 20 same 21 mail Branchton 23 mail working at Sam Truman's 24 same 25 mail odd jobs 26, 27 28 same 30 mail set up corn

Oct. 1 tookmail worked at Ed Kemkes 2, 3, 4 mail at Kemkes 5 mail Went to Galt after Abbie + Lorne 7, 8 mail cementing 9 mail Annie + I went to Rockton show. 10, 11, mail cementing 12 mail - to Galt to buy chairs for Aaron Main 14, 15, 16 17 18, 19 Took mail and odd jobs 20 No Church on account of influenzie 21 mail. odd jobs - .. 26 got done 27 No Church to day 28 mail - Cleve's hen pen 29-30 same. 31 mail plast cellar

Nov. 1 mail - Cleve hen pen 2 mail - Hamilton put in wondow 4 mail Smith Buchanan 5, 6, 7 8 mail odd jobs 9 mail Rosa pantry 11 Took mail odd jobs to 16 18, 19, 20. 21 22 mail. fixing platform for entertainment girls coming from Hamilton 23 mail Truman + I got load of wood. 24 Oscar's + ourselves to Cleve for dinner 25 26 27 28 29 30 took mail did odd jobs George Hammett sale

1918

Dec 2 took mail 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Took mail did odd jobs 8 Oscar's up we all went to Desta's for dinner 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 14. took mail worked at Bridge 16. 17 18 19 20 21 mail. did odd jobs 23 24 mail odd jobs. 25. Cleves & Kents here for dinner 26 mail. made ladder to {?} church pa{?} outside 27 mail odd jobs 28 same 30 and 31 same

1919

Jan. 1 mail Irene + Dorothy here 2 At Drs fixing pipe for toilet 3 mail Sweets hay 4. mail put up coal stove 5 At Albert's for dinner Oscar up. 6 mail asked Truman for horses to draw hay. 8 mail got hay 9 mail. to Kirkwall - Mr Leckie away 10 mail to Kirkwall to get horse shod. 11. mail Annie + I to Branchton to see wreck 12 church to Alberts for dinner 13. 14, 15, 16 mail every dau worked at W Patricks garage 17 mail paid Mr Leckie 18 mail 20 mail down to Truman's to telephone 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 mail odd jobs 27 mail papering for Mary Culham 28 mail papering 29 30 mail odd jobs oyster supper at Nelson Culham 31 mail

Feb 1 mail 3 4 5 6 7 8 mail fixing things (4 Took Colin Cross to Branchton) 10, 11, 12 13 14 15 mail odd jobs 17. 18. 19 20 21 22 mail odd jobs 24, 25. 26 27 28 took mail odd jobs

March 1 mail odd jobs 3 mail making rocking horse for Harvie 4 mail papering at Johnnie Hammonds the dinning room 5, 6, same 7 mail took car to get engine cleaned. 8 mail odd jobs 10, 11 mail Smith Buchanan sale 12, 13 mail 14, 15 mail odd jobs 17, 18 mail Frank Laymods sale 19, 20 mail Hugh Ronald's sale 21. mail settled up with Wm Bond 22 mail Took Annie over to Hatties 24 mail To Tom Norman papering dinning room 25 mail finished 26 mail papering bedroom Mrs Charles Tutton. 27 mail fixing railing at Andy Pullins 28 mail finished papering 29 mail. Annie + I to Branchton taking stuff out of house 31 mail at Charles Tutton

April 1 mail lathing + put on door 2 mail plaster 3 mail 2nd coat plaster 4 mail - Smith Buchanan 5 mail working at partition 7 mail - home doors + windows 9 mail fix furniture 10 mail plastering 11-12 mail at Smith Buchanas 14 mail plastering 15 mail clements sale 16 mail fix rocking chair 17 mail papering at old parsonage for cellar 18 same 19 mail to Galt for lumber for chin of platform 21, 22. 23 mail odd jobs 24 mail set out maple tees in front + back lot. 25. 26 mail + odd jobs 28 mail fix a couiple of bottle wagons for Haine + Wallace. 29 mail odd jobs 30 mail broke band on car.

May 1 mail 2, 3 t oEglin Patricks papering 5 mail James Humphrey papering 8 mail to Galt + Preston. 7 mail dug out front walk to make cement the. 8 mail Sale at Clyde 9 mail odd jobs 10 mail Annie + I to Galt to sale 12 mail started to fix cahin platform. 13 mail at church 14 same 15, 16 Same 19 mail 20 21 mail working on drain. 22 mail to Russell Hatrick 23 24 same 26 mail 27. 28. 29 30 odd jobs 31 plowing odd jobs

June 2. mail papering Mrs Hatrick 3 mail papering Robt. Garrock{?} 4 mail. Sale Walter Ferguson 5 mail papering Mrs J Haye 6 mail planted corn + Turnips 7 mail finished Mrs Hayes 8 To Brantford to see Uncle John. 9 mail work at church 10, 11. 12. mail work at church. 13 mail made tables for church. 14 mail painting at church 16 mail odd jobs. 17 same 18 mail papering at Wm Bonds 18 mail picnic at Guelph. 20 mail papering Jim Ellisis 21 mail papering at Jim Ellisis 23 mail painting at W Bonds 24 mail church platform 25 Took Annie + ladies to Millgrove to Convention 26 mail Len Raymen scuffling my corn potatoes 27 mail. hoeing garden 28 mail drawing in hayI got from George Whetham

1919

30 mail painting at church

July. 1 mail papering at Mrs Russel Hatricks 2 mail finished papering 3 mail fix hay fork had at John Studiman's 4 mail + 5 mail drawing in hay 7 mail 8 9 19 11 12 mail haying finished 14 mail fix binder 15, 16, 17, 18 mail odd jobs 19 mail picking berries 21 mail berries 22 mail worked at Cecil Culham 23 same 24 mail fit pump at Cecil's. 25 mail picked berries 26. mail. place for calf. scuffling 28 mail patching J. Perrigan's roof. 30 mail Building chimney at Wm Bonds 31 same

Aug. 1 mail got horse shod. 2 mail finishing chimney. 4 mail serem for window for Mrs Hatrick 5 mail to Geo Tucker tearing down stone wall at corner of barn. 6 mail Buidling wall 7 mail - wall 8 mail - wall under barn 9 Annie, Harvie + I took to Puslinch lake. 11 mail finished barn walls 13 mail taring barn roof at Miss Bonds. 14 mail put pump in cistern 15 mail At disput cement top 16 mail at Discementing 18. mail finished cementing 19 mail - tents for social. Dorothy and another girl 20 mail getting ready for cement walk 21 same 22 to Galt with plums + pears 23. mail. Down to Port Dover Annie, Harvie + I. 25. mail working on well 26, 27. 28 29 mail + working on walk

Sept 1 mail finished cementing 2 mail George Johnsons plating cement cistern 3 mail tap for cistern 4 mail 5 mail odd jobs 6 mail Annie, Harvie + I went to Mohawk park {Park is written above Mohawk} {this line is starred} 8 Drawing stone 9 Drawing gravel 10 Drawing sand. 11 Cementing walk in front of home 12. At Nelson Culhams at Elgin Patrick fix pump. 13 At Nelson Culham - walk 15 cementing all day 16 FINISHED sidewalk 17 levelling cellar. 18 At School worked at cement Foundation 19 to Hamilton surprise party for Rose's 20 Working at school 22 23 same 25 scuttling corn gathering hickory nuts 26, 27, worked at school 29 iron post in cellar. 30 putting up Bookracks.

Oct. 1 Drawing gravel 2 started to cement 3 got done to Hamiton stayed all night 4 To Toronto + back 6 odd jobs + 7 - 8 picking pears - 9, 10, 11. odd jobs 13. {this line is starred} To Dundas to Aaron Mains golden wedding in Dundas park. 14 Painting 15 Digging Potatoe 16 to Galt with pears 17 Drawing corn from Andy Pullin for ourselves 18. Plastering 20. Working at Mr Tuckers - home to vote. 21 Cementing 22 Mr Tucker 23 new floor & dining room {room is written above dining} 24 took mail for Mr Riddle 25 - Laying floor all day got done 27. Papering dinning room Mis H. Whethams. 28, 29. 30, odd jobs. 31 Papering parlor Miss H Whetham

Nov. 1 Patching barn roof. 3 A George Robb's framing an implant bedg. 4. 5. 6. 7 Framing Picked 2 barrels of apples 10 At Geo. Robb. 11, 12, 13 14. working at barn. Miss Hood Sale_ 15 outside lumber. 17 Pulling Turnips 19 George Main's funeral. 20 21 21 worked at Barn. 24 25 26 27 28 worked at doors Plastering 28, 29 all day.

Dec. 1 At Firman MARTINS Plastering all day. 2, 3. 4 5. odd jobs 8 At Mr Robb making wall in milk house 9 At Milk house 10 Henry died early this morning 11 odd jobs 12 Henry's funeral. 13 Went for straw 15 At Oran Main - stove pipes 16, 17. 18 19 papering 20 all day 22 papering to George Mains sale. 23 Took pipe to Branchton 24 At Xmas tree 26 At Oran Main's papering all day. 27 same 29, 30 papering At Oran Main's. 31 At school meeting

1920

Jan. 1. Making trussels for church to {illegible}

2 At DranMain's - At Andy Pullin "bee" cutting wood.

3 Oran Main's floor. 5. floor, coal + voting. 6 Andy's horse drawing coal

7. Floor Oran Mains 8.9 same 12, 13, 14, 15. working at floor. 16 finishing

17 Fixing shelves in closets 19 Take up parlon floor Dran Main 20 same

21 put down floor 22.23-24 working at closet. 26, 27. odd jobs 30, 31 graining

Feb. and varnishing - 2, 3 varnishing + fix pump at Nelson's {illegible} 5 made 2 benches

6, 7 odd jobs 9 At Dran Main working in barn 10 Barn + house 11 Varnishing 12 At home 13. Door on panfry for MacDonalds 14 straw from MacDonalds. 16 skinning a rabbit.

17 fixing + greasing harness 18 same 19 Broughtcoal + plastering 20 Cutting wood 21 same

23 odd jobs 24 cutting wood 15 same 26 Got horse from Jirden 27, 28 Drew 2 loads wood.

March 8 Odd jobs Dran Main 9 Papering at Cleve 10, 11, odd jobs. 12 to make little gard seed

22 odd jobs 23 Elgin Patricks paperin, both room. 24 papering painting. 25 Barn roof at Garrocks 26, 27 shingling roof. 29, 30, 31. 1 2 3 odd jons 5.6 splitting wood 7 At Dran Main

April graining floor papering bath room 8, 9 odd jobs. 10 finished trimminghedge. 12.13 odd jobs

14 To Heny's babys Funeral. 15 odd jobs 16 papering at Shavers 17 same. 19 at Oran Mains and 20th 21 splitting cedar. 22 fiving doors. 23 At Firman Martin helpi, roof a house.

24 some all day 26 roofin 27 gone done 28 Work, at Dran Main's 29 to Galt 9 at lumber?

30 fixing front door Dran Main. 1 Odd jobs Dran Main 3 Willie Min's funeral 4 At Dran Main

May 5 Cut door at hall. 6 Made door. 7 Planting early potatoes. 8 At Mr Brown' garage Foundation

10, 11, 12 Painting at hall. 13 started platform fa (not sure) hall. 15. Cement floor for garage

17, 18, 19 gardening. 20 AT Hall painting 21 fixing at hall. 22. putting up garage for Mr Brown

June 31 making closet at hall 1,2,3,4 5 Working at hall. 7,8,9,10,11,12 working at hall all day.

14 working at hall 15 shingling at hall. 16, 17 18 19 gardening, hoeing. 21 hoeing

22 Working at Culhams 23 At Oran Main's 24 Hoeing 25 fixing scales scuffling 26 hoeing

28 heoing cementing 29 At James Culham. 30, 1, 2, 3 Working at barn.

July 4 (not sure) At James Culham barn. 6 same 7. At Cecil Culham. 8 Sale on market. 9 Culham's farm 10 also

12 Culham's barn all day, 13 same 14 Barn then to Rockton 15 same 16 To Hamelton plastering part of ceiling upstairs. 17 At Hamilton 19, 20 working at (illegible) Dran Main

21. Pina Grove School tear down woodshed 22, 23 working at wood shed.

24 fixing my shoes. Cut gram at cemetary. 26. At John Perrigans shingling 27, 28,

29 working at John Perrigan's 30, 31 same.

Aug. 2 picking berries 3 Work at Parrigan's 4,5,6,7, same. 9 making couch for tent

10 cement at school. 11 To Galt with berries 12, 13, 14 Working at stoop all day

16 finished stoop at John Perrigan's 1617 To School at Littles Corners 18 To Rockton to work at drill hall. 19 Pla(illegible)s for cement 20 cementing 21 At School roof and shingling

23 24 25 26 27 working at framing. 28 shingling at school 30, 31, cementing

Sept. 1 Toschool, finishing cementing 2 To Will Thompson at OrKney to cut treed for (illegible)

3 some framing 4 at Rosehton 6, 7 8 9 10 working at framing 13, 14 , 15, 16, 17 framing

18 tightening braces 20. School Fair 21 odd jobs 22. 23. 24. 25. board in

27, 28, 29, 20, finished Roof boards shingling

Oct 1 Snowing all morning 2 shingled all day. 4 5 6 shingling got done 7 truas rods (not sure)

8 Put in glass (not sure) painted (illegible). 9 (illegible) 11 door + window

12 At Troy making cellar (illegible) for Gas. Robb. 13 Went + RocltonShow

14 A Drill Hall 15 same. 16 pulling man gola (not sure) 18 Roof on hen pen

19 Working at Rockton 20 21 22 same

23 odd jobs

1920

25

Nov. at George Robb's house shingling 26 Oddjobs 27, 28, 29, 30 Working at house all day

1 odd jobs 2 To Branchton 3 Took pigs to Bronchton. 4 5 6 working at Geo Robbs house

8, 9, 10 AtGeoRobbs 11 Wm. Cronins sale 12 homejons 13 drawing cornstalks

15 At Troy working at house 16 same 17 Annie + I went to Nelson Culhan fix pump

18 home jobs 19 working upstairs 20 Put on 2 doors 22-27 working at house.

Dec 29-30 Dec 1-4 Shingling + working at house. 6, 11 working at house 133-17 At house

18 To Galt. 20-23 At house 24 to Galt 25 Had Xmas din (not sure) at Albert's 27 to Rockton horseshod. 28, 29, 30 Down at George Robbs plastering

1921 3 at Geo Robb plastering + put on 2nd coat 5 same 6 fix shelves 7 lathing

Jan 8 fix stair put window in barn 10 Loolred at Harv Whetban's barn, getting ready for tea meeting. 11 Cleaning up at church 12. Geo Robb 2nd coat of plaster 13. barn

14 finished at barn. put on doors. 15 put in window glass + fix catchoo 17 Put up Bannister

18 Made book case . put in wall. 19 Working at bannister 20 same 21. lathing + plastering small room down stair 24 plater 25 fix mantle. 26 lathing in parler 27 same

28 finished fixing our doorbell 29 Cement in frontof fire place 31 At Andy pulling making new barn doors 1 At Mr Kregors sale 2 to Rockton sale

Feb. 3 to Hamilton 4 around all day. 5 Oscar fetchees me home 7 to A Pullin putting on barn doors 8. to Littlee Corners school sheeling inside 9 At school working

10 To George Robb to put in dumb waiter 11 dumb waiter. 12 worked at pantry

14 At Cupbeard. 15 Got load of hay. 16 Ad cupboard. 17 to Branchton to Geordie Mac Donald's funeral. 18 At Pantry 19 same 21. 22, 23, 24. 25, 26. worked at cupboard all day 28 Plastering parlor to day. 1 To Frank Mc Killigans sale 2 2nd coat plaster

March 3 A Patren Sickles sale 4 Working at house all day. 7 to Roy Robbs gate 8 started to build back porch 9, 10 same 11 To balt to get horse shad. 12 woeking at home

14. 15. 16 worked at porch 17 papering at Culhenes 18 Bushe's Sale 19 Plastering at Pine Grove school 22 Got some maple trees to set out an other lot 22 Got oats to Galt to chop.

23 At Mr. Robbs papering 24 At Andy Pullins started trough in stable 25 worl(illegible) at trough.

26 to Harve Whelban me (illegible) for barn (not sure) 28 Making wheels for dumb waiter

29 Got straw to sale 30 Annie + Harvie + I went to Branohton 31. Fix house at John Kreagars

April 1 working at house 2 working at house 4, 5, 6, Working at house. 7. to sale.

8, 9. working at Mr Kreagars house all day. 11. 12 13 14 15 16 raised rool erc. 18 trim apple trees 19 to Will Ure Sale. 20 made 2 window frames 21. 22 working at house.

25. 26. 27 28 working at house all day. 29 To Jim Hum phreus papering all day. 30 got done

May. 2 Helping Ceeil Culhor put wheel on Wind Mill. 3, 4. 5, 6 working at wall finished

9 framing Kitchen 10 plastering cistern 11 At Harve whetham 12 finished 13 Mr Kreager

14 Drawing out Manure on our lot to day 16 started to plow 17 finished 18 At Mr Kreager

19 At Baily Keachinpapering 20 same - got done 21 At Kreagors 23 Building chimines

24 planting Potatoes 25. 26 27 28 shingling - got done 30, 31 Work at house

June 1 lathing 2 3. 4 same 6 to Geo Robbs making screcing 7.8 9. lathing

10. 11 Woring at house 13, 14 latheing. 15 16 17 18 plastering all day.

20, 21 22 23 24 25 plastering all day 27 Our baby born to-day.

July. 1 Plastering down cellar

1921

July

June

2 To Hamilton to beach 4 to John Perrigan fry hay fork Trook

4 Hoeing potatoes 6 AT Kreagors plastering cellar. At Kreagars plastering Hoeing

8 Work at home 9 raining again 11 Picking berries 12 fix J.Perrigans barn pick berries

14 To Galt with berries At Cushrans. Take out parfition 15 Pick berries 16 Took to salt

18 Picking berries 19 Pick in aft. 20 To J Perrigan To make backstoop 21, 22. same 23 Shingling 25. Worked P. 36 finished stopp. 27 Work at home 28 Work at Pleasant Grove school tear out platform put down floor 29 floor in 30 At School

Aug.

1,2,3,4,5,6 Working at school, 8 whitewash ceiling. 9,10,11,12 13 AtSchool. 15 At Mr Kreagorsat cupboard. 16 A Kreagor then to school 17 Plums to salt. Took Harvie to picnic. 18 Put Slateboards 19Work 20Paint piget school. 21 Harvieal thru Alberts old place. 22,23,24. Painting at school. 25 To Henry Blakes to fix barn roof. 25 Blakes finished at noon-swept school floor 27 Oil floor & paint blackboards 29,30 working around school. 31 To Nelson Culham to fix stoop.

Sept

I Working at stoop 2. Same. 3 Working at school 5 worked at N. Culham. 6 worked at stoop 7 started to fix silo 8 to Geo Rott petting top on sister {Not so sure what it says for 8} 9. At N Culham Silo 10 To Galt. Atsole 12 Silo, sink at house. 13 Silo 14. Mt Kreagan-cellar window

15,16. Work around house. 17 To Galt 19 To SMacDonald fixing silo 20 To Robb plastering 21 Work at stoop 22 Put up wall 23 Put cement cellar stygo outside done for awhile 24 Harvie & I went to Hamilton on the wheel 26 dig potatoes. 27 Pick Pears took to Galt 28 Dig potato s 29 Pick pears took them to Galt 30 raining

Oct

1 Mrs McGreagor shingling on barn 3 Mrs McGreagors shinglins. A O.Main pig troughs 4 Worked of pig trough. Doan to Trumans after some earn. 5 At Harv Whethans getting ready cement 6 cementing 7 sweeping at churd 7 At H.Whethers cementing 10 Make wheel burrow to take wood rich urdon 12 Harvie & I went to Rockton Show. 13 Working at H.Whetham's 14,15,1718,19, 20.21, Work at eowmangers. 22 finished 27 At J Perrigans making water tank higher 28 Working at Water tank 29 same 31 water tank

Nov

1 Fixing pump 2 At War Bonds putting in pipe 3 At Geo Robb. rained. 4 Put potatoes in cellar 5 At Geo Robb working at stoop 7. To Branch ton for coal. Started store 8 To Geo Robbs working of stoop-snowed. 9 Went for calves 10 RTChurch 11. To GeoFord's Sale 14 At GeoRobb 15,16 same 17 Putting glom 18 Making ladder for myself 19 Put sill in Window 21 Geo Robb puttin, onsiding 22,23 workins at stoop it around home 25 sweeping church Frank Cooper's Sale 29 At Dr Seeaton's 22,23 working at stoop 7. To Branchton for coal. Started stove. 8 To GeoRobb working at stoop-snowed. 9 Went for calves. 10 RTChurch 11. To GeoFord's Sale 14 At GeoRobb 15,16 same 17 Putting glom 18 Making ladder for myself. 19 Put sill in Window 21 At Geo Robb puttin, onsideing 22,23 working at stoop it around home 25 sweeping church Frank Cooper's Sale 29 At Dr.Seaton's making partition in Kitchen 29 At Nelson Culhams pipe in sink 30 At Geo Robb working on stoop.


Dec

1 Working of John Perrigans 2 At Seaton's finishies job 3 Working at John Perrigans 5 At Rich Bonds 12 Ar N.Culhan odd jobs 13,14,15 Got done, 16 Got straw at Branchkton Taking wood in church. 19 Started to make a forge 20 ATRich Bond odd jobsn21,22 same 23 Taking wood in church 24 Sweeping at church. Oiling floor at Pleasant Grove school 26 Macdonalds & Alberts here for Xmas 27 Working at Rich Bonds 28 same 29,30 Odd jobs at home

{922 written in the left margin}

Jan

2. AT Desty's for dinner 3 Odd jobs at home 3 AT Rich Bonds ~

1922

Feb. 15. Back at Woods all day 16 Odd jobs at home 17 Swamp. 18 Back at swamp 20 Bak at swamp. 21 John Whetham funeral 22 Work at home. To Oran Main fixing pipe. 23. To Howells Sale 24 odd jobs at home. 25 At swamp all day. 27 At Swamp. 18 odd jobs at home Piling wood at Culham farm.

Mar 2 To Galt around home 3 Working around home. 4 Up at church in aft. 6 to Copetown with carpet then to Hamilton 7 Piling wood at Culham farm. 8 At Henry Hookers Sale 9 Down to Alberts cutting wood- At Cecil Culham 10 Putting inside closet 11 went to Galt on my wheel. 13 To Johnie Hammonds fixing cupboard in pantry. 14 cupboard all day. 15 same 16 finished cupboard. 17 Working at Cecil Culham 18 Painting at C Culham 20 At Nelson culham papering 21 Cecil Culham painting. Tearing floor out of vestry. 22 At Culham papering all day. 23 At Culham painting, some graining. got done 24 C Culham graining hall floor to Troy to Sale. 25 At church putting down new floors 27 To Branchton at Al Haney's making cool bin. 28 At Fred Brown's papering

Apr. 1 papering all day got done 3 Oiling floor at Church 4 At Harve Whethams papering 5 Papering dinning room 6 Papering all day 7. got done papering 8 varnished floor at church fix working machine went to Galt. 10 To Oran Main trimming hedge. 11 To Miss Mewhenney papering 12 to Orton Roff papering 13 Making scr{letters too small to make out} 14 same all day. 15. To Hamilton with car. Colin Cross with us 17 Painting bedroom at home. 18 At Orton Robbs odd jobs. 19 Oran Main odd jobs 20 To Dundas to Miss Mains funeral. 21 Cutting wood fixing fence, pile wood. 22 To Trumans papering all day. 24 splitting wood. 25. To Mr Kreagars to make hen roost. 26 same all day. 27. 28 all day got done

May. 1 to Jim Ellers wokring at pantry. Same 2, + 3, 4 to Mr James papering dining room 5 Painting + papering 10 papered bedroom got done. 11 To Jim Ellers working at pantry 12 got done middle of after noon - splitting wood. 13 splitting wood drawing out manure at home. 15 Papering bedroom upstairs for ourselves 16 Took cattle to pasture. 17 At Miss Bonds papering some ceilings. 18 At John Hammonds papering parlor. 19 At Dunk Passels papering set out straw Bering{?} plants 20 Splitting wood 22 Splitting wood sowing mangols. 23 getting corn ready. 24 sowing corn planting potatoes. 25 Went to Galt plastering while working papering 26 To Oran Main putting on screen doors 27 Went to Hamilton to day. 28 Annie went to church. 29 Papering at alberts 30 Finished) {bracket here because lines started to bleed into each other} papering for Miss Drone. 31 Making screens for Oran Main

june 1 Back to Kirkwall to induction 2 Papering at Alberts Papering at H. Whetham 3 finished screens at Oran Main's 5 fixing Baby Buggy. 6 To N. Culham started to tear down shed. 7 Working on shed. 8 working on shed. 9 started wall 10 Working at wall. 12, 13 14. Working at wall finished 15 Put on foundation 16 getting ready to build 17 Building in joice 19, 20 21 22 23 24 framing 26 framing 27. Raising 28 started to put on siding 29 same 30 roof Boards

July 1 To Hamilton to Culham picnic 3. Cleaning our barn 4 At N. Culham put on roof boards {'put on' is above 'roof boards' as it didn't fit on the page} 5 Shingling 6 shingling + working at barn. 7. 8 working at barn 10 To Hamilton went to circus. 11, 12, 13 Working at barn. 14 Drawing hay from Truman 15 Picking berrie took to Galt 17 Picking berries 18 Took berries to Galt. 18 Working at Mr Kreagar 19 to Mr Geo Robb odd jobs. 20 Ceiling on stoop 21 Pickd Berries 24 Pick berries took to Galt 25 26 Went to Guelph farm picnic

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