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

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 Haime girls to {can't make out word very well} + a party + maglet {?} Feb 20 down to Cornells taking pictures Feb 21-25 26 - Maggs Cairam mar 2 to Branchton to Mr Haime 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 +

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

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Jan 1 1900 Jim Keachie + I out to Mr Haime's at night Jan 3 Jim Keachie + I took Haime gals to Glemming {?} party at night. Jan 22. lens - for pictures Jan 14 {ink on some letters are faded so I can't quite make out} Maggie Cairam & church Jan 26 Maggie + I down to Truman's Febr 2 took M Cairam {the next line is preceded by an arrow pointing down} Kirkhound {?} party at {can't make out word} Feb 13 Helping Mr Dalton {?} to gra{?} for Des

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

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

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

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Main 1891 1st third 001.pdf
Main 1891 remainder 01.pdf
Main 1891-95 1.pdf
Main 1897-98 2.pdf
Main 1899 3.pdf
Main 1900 4.pdf
Main 1900 cont 5.pdf
Main 1895-1902 6.pdf
Main 1901-1902 7.pdf
Main 1902-1903 8.pdf
Main 1904-05 9.pdf
Main 1905-06 10.pdf
Main 1907-09 11.pdf
Main 1909-11 12.pdf
Main 1911-12 13.pdf
Main 1912 14.pdf
Main 1912 cont 15.pdf
Main 1912-13 16.pdf
Main 1913 17.pdf
Main 1913 p2 18.pdf
Main 1913 p3 19.pdf
Main 1913 p4 20.pdf
Main 1913-14 21.pdf
Main 1914 22.pdf
Main 1914 cont 23.pdf
Main 1914-15 24.pdf
Main 1915 p2 25.pdf
Main 1915 p3 26.pdf
Main 1915-16 27.pdf
Main 1916 p2 28.pdf
Main 1916 p3 29.pdf
Main 1916-17 30.pdf
Main 1917-18 31.pdf
Main 1918 32.pdf
Main 1918-19 33.pdf
Main 1919 34.pdf
Main 1920 35.pdf
Main 1920-21 36.pdf
Main 1921-22 37.pdf
Main 1922 38.pdf

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“Stephen "Sylvester" Main Diary, 1890-1922,” Rural Diary Archive, accessed October 28, 2020, https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/transcribe/items/show/236.