James Bowman Diary, 1896


James Bowman Diary, 1896

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January 1, 1896

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James Bowman Diary Collection


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{The book is a bound ledger with 2 columns for money entries (spent and received) on the right side of page.} {Only the diary part has been transcribed, not the numbers in the columns.}

Wednesday Jan 1st 1896 fine == === 219 =

both teams hauling grain in morning and 1 in afternoon I was getting lumber ready Took Kyma Liverdhill to OAC Bull Lord Aberdeen 2nd Thursday 2nd fine Two teams hauling grain in morning and One in Afternoon We finished hauling grain today I worked around yard postage for Mina {aud?} C 9 c Friday 3rd cold We worked at yard all day Mr Tuck here since two oclock, S. Slates came for bal of his wages 2.00 Saturday 4th cold We worked at yard all day, Mr Tuck was here 1.00 went to Town in evening sold Butter $1.36 paid Dr {R.....?} bill $6.50 Sunday 5th cold Father Mary and I went to Church heard Dr Henderson {...?} a New Year sermon Mina & I went to Dr. S. Monday 6th cold Went to town in morning got harness fixed {25c?} sold sheep skins $1.90 bgt Flour horses shod polled my vote a {plumber?} Joe Hales and the old {Rube?} and {illegible} exchanged gobblies with Crosbys

== Tuesday 7th Jan 1896 == fair Manure I went to Town for stables with R. Mc. {Rar?} {aug?} started him hauling Manure then I took a load of straw to Kelchar & Hurly they owe us now twenty four three loads of manure, Mc {5 - in margin of page} hauled 5 loads today I went up to Jim's in afternoon for potatoes and turnips go bag potatoes and a load of Turnips, I give Mr McRae 40 c a day Wednesday 8th fair I went to town in morning with a box of straw to {seroggir?} got Nell shod on hind feet bgt. harness $12.25 to be paid next June, trace chains $1.30 hammer 50 c got a load of Manure at Seroggir's {5 in margin of page} Mc Hauled {5?} loads today from Hurly's. I worked at yard since in afternoon Thursday 9th fine Mc Rae, Hauling manure {4 in margin of page} four loads from Hurleys and one from Sleemans I went to town bgt old Iron 10 c {?}, got Maud shod, 20 {?} {between lines on right - 12 ft. 6x4 in got a piece of timber for Bunks to be paid back out of logs

{221 - number on top right hand corner of page}

Friday Jan 10th 1896 fine

Father and Mc went for four loads of Turnips I did the chores and fixed up around barn arranged with Mr {Hawer?} to give him hay for manure 50 c per load for manure and $15.50 per ton for hay

Saturday 11th fine

Father and Mc went up to other place for four loads of Turnips Mary & I went to town after dinner bgt book for Mina 75c {sticking?} plaster 25

Sunday 12th Stormy

Father Mina and Charlie went to Church. We stayed at home the rest of the day.

Monday 13th Stormy

Father & Mc went for Tur- -nips in morning I went to Town sold what we had to spare to M Shultz @ 10c per bush. if they {rise?} we are to get the raise took a {a} load in 40 50 - 1490 == Tuesday 14th fair == Father & Mc hauling Turnips two loads to Town and two home 4920 - 1470. 2nd 5120 - 1340 & fixed {mets?}, in her house

{Page number 222 in top left corner}

Wednesday Jan 15th 1896 fine

Father and Mc Hauling Turnips Mr Tuck was out to see about fixing barn he offers to Jack barn up 4 ft clear put on 20 ft of a lean to this side fix {D?} shed and root house put in all the doors that is necessary for $50 I have to find all material Friday Thursday 16th 17th 1896 {f...? above} Mr Tuck and I went up to see Mr Reynolds barn near Elora, we have arranged to let Mr Tuck have the Job of raising and from 7 to ten ft at the price we have mentioned $50 paid R Mc {left margin} bgt bull rings 40c 1 for W Belsy {Rar.?} $2.00 need $24.70 Mr Shultz for Turnips got 1 load of manure from {illegible} paid for 3 1.50 also for 9 from {illegible} .75 Thursday 16th June Father & Mc finished Turnips in morning in I finished fixing fence in yard in- afternoon I took a grist of Chop 5.00 to mill Mc got two loads of manure from Hewer's Examination paper for Mina 16 {in left column} {Chop 80 and flour 175 {Sled?} from Shultz} Sat Friday 18th fair put dip on the Cattle in Mor- -ning went to town at eleven Oclock bgt apples 90 c, Flax 75c pd Taylors account 75c pd Stewarts $5.11 pd {T?} Goetz $ 1.85 pd. his son 65,

== 223 == {page in journal}

Jan 1896

Sat 18th fair

pd Mc Williams 3.00 bgt {bought} overshoes for Father, 1.20 for Mina 50c Socks for Self 45 Shoes for Charlie $1.00 stamps 09c

Sunday 19th fair

C, Father and I went to Church heard Dr Tovell preach a missionary sermon it was very good, Mina C & I went to {s.S.?}

Monday 20th fair

Father and I chopping for a while in morning W. Tuck, came and he and I marked trees for the Enlarging of barn, and fixed stairs in cellar and I paid him $3.00 for helping me with yard.

Tuesday 21st

McCrae came today Father & he cut wood and I went for rafters down to Bedford's he agrees to give me the six 6 - 20 foot sticks for 30c {above line} 10 {illegible} small {illegible} each, 3 - 17 ft sticks 10 at small end for 25c, 20 - 10 ft @ 15c 2.8 ft square 8 in at 15c

Wednesday 22nd

in morning Mc and I cut wood and Father hauled in afternoon I went to Dawsons sale,

== 224 == {Journal page number}

Wednesday Jan 22nd, 1896

bgt, {bought} old Implements and small truck, & $6.09 poultry, 4:15 recd {received} 6.00 from Wal Dawson for horse service

Thursday 23rd Dull & wet

We all worked at wood until about 3 PM. then Mc Went to make an axe handle and some whiffle trees and Father and I did other odd chores fixing cellar, We had a talk about hiring Mc for a year he wants $225.00 and board himself or, $160.00 and board with us, we have agreed to take him if he will let Wilfred help through the summer, hoeing Turnips pulling Mustard and other small jobs that a boy can help at

Friday 24th Stormy

Father and I chored all day I went up for a few bags of potatoes and had a talk with Jim about paying what he owes Mc, he wanted twenty dollars more than I think he has a right to

Saturday 25th

hauled up a load of wood in the morning then went to town, Paid R. Shortreed $3.84 bal of Dawsons account and $1.42 for lumber I got from him Paid S. Aitcheson for Thrashing. 2.00

== 225 == {Journal page number}

Jan 1896

Sunday 26th fair

Father, Mina & Charlie went to Church in morning, Mina. C. & I to Sunday School

Monday 27th fine

Chored in morning G.B. Hood came along and examined the buildings regarding insuring them seemed satisfied, went up to Jim's in afternoon received $25 from in Cash and a note for $54.25 due on 15th of March

Tuesday 28th fine

I hauled manure from Hurleys in morning and Mc hauled two in afternoon he has started his 4 year this afternoon he is to receive $160.00 for his pay at the end the year he got 74 lds {loads?} @ {16?} = {58 or 68?} last night

Wednesday 29th fine

Mc & Fred & I hauled home four loads of hay. sold 80 {ditto loads} to him @ $ 16 = 64 {$}

Thursday 30th fair

we put off hay and made crate for bull in morning in afternoon Mc hauled wood and I went to Town need $8.00 from M Jackson owing to Insurance being refused

226 page number in journal

Thursday Dec == Friday Jan 31st == Paid Jas Algie $1.10 for Blacksmithing paid Metcaff on Harness stirrups for Mina 2, bggs 13 Lantern glass 10c, candies 02

Saturday Feb 1st 1896

Father Mc & I cutting wood in morning and They in afternoon I took 17 bags of oats to be chopped 85c, paid Taxes on Simpson farm for the year 1895, 21.08c bgt {bought} dry goods $2.73 Mc got 80 {notation above line - loads?} of hay

Sunday 2nd fair

Father, Mary and I went to Church, heard Dr Henderson on the Sacrament, we stayed to sacrament there was a greater number than usual. Mina. C & I went to SS {Sunday School?}

Monday 3rd Stormy

Father Mc and I chopping wood all day in bush

Tuesday 4th Stormy

Mc Hauling wood in morning Father and I chopping. I went in Morning and Father and Mc in afternoon. I went to town go Jim's note discounted {sred?} for it $53.85, Paid W.G. Smith, $25.65 for Cement paid W Metcaff bal on Harness 7.00. bgt {bought} a {Jib?} 15c paid Mc $2.46 being the bal due him for January paid H.S. Fees for Mina

Feb 1896 == == 227

== Wednesday 5th == fine Father & I Hauled up wood for to saw. Mc did not come today. Mr Nesbits, I Dyson came and I let a Job to him to cut do all our logs and timbers at 4 c {cents} a stick and to cut up the tops into wood at 50 c {cents} per cord and board himself

== Thursday 6th == Stormy I hauled a load of manure from the stables in morning then got ready and went to Davis sale did not buy anythin on my way home bot {bought} an old sleigh and a box from Mr Baley for $7.00

== Friday 7th == fair Father and I made bunks for the long sleigh in morning and I hauled a load of logs to mill in afternoon got sleigh fixed in afternoon {15 cents} Dyson & Gould were cutting logs today

== Saturday 8th == fine Hauled a load of logs to mill in morning bgt {bought} truss for Charlie 2.50 Father & Mc hauled two loads to mill in afternoon & load of lumber home, bgt {bought} beef in afternoon at $5.00 per 100 " {lbs} hind quarter got shoe mended 30 c {cents} {illegible?} fixed 35 {cts?} Mr Osborn & Mrs Trimbel came today

== Sunday Feb 9th 1896 == == 228 == Storm Father, Mina, G. Osborn Mrs Trimble & I went to Church heard Dr Henderson on the result of constant Prayer it was very good, we all stayed home the rest of the day.

== Monday 10th == fair I hauled the bal {balance} of rafters five fence posts and, one ten foot post, Mc took in 2 loads of logs to mill and brought home 1 load of timbers, we hauled up three loads of wood,

== Tuesday 11th == Stormy Mc hauled two loads of logs to mill. I fixed pen for Lambing ewes and chored till noon then father & I cleaned up Siberian oats, a grade Shrop {Shropshire breed} ewe had a pair of lambs tonight

== Wednesday 12th == fair Took a load of logs to mill and brought home a load of timber. then got thing ready and shipped the Polled Angus Bull Bonnie Lad. to Herbert Stairs Hillaton Nova Scotia

== Thursday 13th == Stormy I hauled up wood and Mc hauled two loads of logs to mill G. Osborn and {Wm ?} Trimble came back today

Friday 14th Feb, 1896 == == 229

I hauled up wood and Mc hauled three loads of logs to mill. Put Kyma 2nd to Lord Aberdeen 3rd

Saturday 15th

Mc hauled two loads of logs to mill I hauled two loads of wood to house and skidded the bal of logs that were to go to mill, then hauled home these overlays, 7 flat. Went to to town saw Mr {Luak?}, and also Mr Aitcheson about sawing and cutting. saw Mr Bedford about cedar, read a letter from Mr Cochrane about Men. Stamps for Mc {83 cents} paid for apples {75 cents}

== Sunday 16th == Cold & Clear Father Mary and I {illegible?} {@,?} went to Church, Mina & I went to S S {Sunday School}

== Monday 17th == very cold Mc hauled two loads of logs and 1 load of chop to mill. 12 bags @ 5 60 {5 cents equals 60 cents} I hauled two loads of Cedar from Bedfords, 3-20 ft 1-12 ft 12-10 ft 1-8 ft

== Tuesday 18th == cold I went over to {W McRae's?} in morning to get him to come to cut on Thursday. Mc hauled three

Tuesday. Feb 18th 1896 == === 230 {page number in top left corner} =

I hauled two loads of wood in morning from bush and a load of cedar from Brd. fords in afternoon. paid $1 fees for Mina pants for Charlie 60 {60 cents} Under clothing for Mina 55 {55 cents}

== Wensday {Wednesday} Feb, 19th == stormy I finished hauling cedar from Bedfords and Mc hauled a load of logs to mill, Simon & Andrea Aitcheson came to saw wood this afternoon had I. Dipson and P. Gould was helping us also, 40c

== Thursday 20th == cold had W McCrae and S. Aitcheson helping us to {cut ?} {paid?} also I Dyson, & P. Gould 80c np {a piece?}

== Friday 21st == cold Mc hauled two loads of logs to mill & I hauled one we brought home ten sticks of timber, bgt hardware. 85 {cents} paid Mc $1.00 yesterday

== Saturday 22nd == fair we cut in morning after 9 am. till noon thru set machine and sawed in afternoon I owe Simon Aitcheson 7.00, Dyson and Gould 40c np {a piece?} recd {received} $52.50 from Mr Geo Johnston

Sunday 23rd Soft == === 231 page number in top right corner =

Father, Mina & C. went to Church, Mina, C. & I went to S.S., Mary & I went to hear conductor Snyder in the evening at Dublin St he was quite interesting

Monday 24th colder

I chored in forenoon took home McCrea's cutting box I owe him $1.50, Mc hauled two loads Logs to Mill, I drove over to Sharp's got Maud shod, 25c Monday 25th Tuesday paid McKenzie's bill 75 {cents} paid $10.00 on account to G. B. Morris recd {received} 100.00 from Herbert Stairs Nova Scotia

Tuesday 25th fine & cold

I had a talk with Mr Sarp about the cattle and then started to Burt's had dinner there and got his prices and came home.

Wednesday 26th fair

Mc took a load of logs to mill and brought home some lumber. I took 10 bags oats to chop, 60c {cents} bgt {bought} curry comb, 15c {cents}, paid Johnston $1.50

Thursday 27th fair

went to Town in morning paid. F. W. Hodson $1.00 being member's fee for Cattle Breeders Association for Jas Sharp, paid bal {balance} of rent to K. {McLean?} 75.00 paid A.R. Dimpson's note $30.30 paid W. Wakefield $7.00 stamp 09c {cents}

Thursday 27 Febr, 1896 == === 232 page number in top left corner =

{illegible initial?} Weld came with Mr Colyer to see about polled Angus Cattle, did not mak a deal, expect to hear tomorrow, Mc Hauled 4 loads of logs to mill I hauled one Dyson finished his job today paid Tuck for mending gate {75 cents in column}

  "  for {illegible} $1.00

Friday 28th fair & soft

we hauled in two loads of logs in morning and hauled up three sleepers and a load of wood paid I Dyson $6.00 on account, bgt {bought} slippers for Father, 25c {cents} went up to old place for two loads of Implements in afternoon.

Saturday 29th fine

Mc Hauled three loads of manure, Charlie and I hauled two loads of potatoes from old place, I went to town in evening bgt. {bought} bread 15c {cents}

Sunday 1st Mch {March} 1896

Father Mary & I went to Church in morning. heard {Miss?} McDonald preach. she is very earnest, H. Leadley came out and went with us to S. S. he acted as Superintendent

Monday 2nd stormy

Mc & I hauled four loads of manure I hauled 4 loads of lumber paid W. {McCrae?} 1.50

== Tuesday 3rd Mch 1896 == == 233 Page Number in top right corner} Father and Mc went up to old place for two loads of potatoes. I chored and went to Station to meet Simon Blight the trains are blocked and he did not arrive. got my mits {mitts} 35c {cents}, stamps 06, in afternoon I took Kyma Tweedhill to O.A.C. Bull

Thursday Wensday {Wednesday} 4th Thursday fine went up to old place for bal {balance} of potatoes, and some other things got two loads in afternoon I took a load of chop to mill 10 bags. bgt {bought} 60 C. {can?} Oil. 77. brush, 23. lock. 50 plaster 30, horses shod. 50 c {cents} bgt. 250 " {pounds?} flour from Scroggie $5.00 I owe Mr Blight 90c

Thursday 5th Wensday {Wednesday} 4th Mc & I hauled two loads potatoes in morning and he & Father got one in afternoon. I hauled up some wood.

Friday 6th Dull & wet Mc and I started for Egremont this morning arrived there about five P.M. got our loads , our Dog was sick and tired. Found all real well.

Saturday, 7th March 1896 == == 234 page number upper left corner

Mc & Tom started off with their loads this morning. I followed them to town. bgt {bought} a quart of raw Linseed oil & some Ginger 28 c {cents} and 25 c {cents} worth of brace in afternoon P Harper and I took out two loads of Lumber to be ready to start on Monday Morning. {Candie?} {ect?} 10 c {cents} Chain mended, 10 c {cents}

== Sunday 8th == stormy We stayed at home Morning Mother and I went to woodland in afternoon Col. 05. We spent the Evening at Will's

Monday 9th

Will and I took stock of his things and I got ready to start for home

== Tuesday 10th == fair Started for home about six am, had dinner at Arthur. 25, whip 10 c {...an?} at Fergus 15 c supper at Ennotville 25 got home about two Oclock Tom got one load home today Tom's expenses $2.00

March Wensday {Wednesday} 11th stormy 1896

235 page number upper right corner

I got up about ten this morning Tom started for home about noon paid him for sleigh 3.00 piled lumber in afternoon

Thursday 12th cold stormy

I went to town in morning got Fathers tools fixed. 30 c some other tools 50 c paid my bill at Algies 20 c got brush at Morris 10 meat, 57, c in afternoon I went to Mr Friday 13th Sandilands bgt {bought} a door. it is to be $2.00, bgt 30 brick 40 c 1/2 bu {lime?} 10 c, two thimbels {thimbles} for pipes 25 c Friday 13 Saturday Friday 13th I chored all day went to town for plaster Paris and 15 c Mc went to town {Curnnock?} for a load of lumber, Expenses on road, 50 c

Saturday 14th fine

Mother & W. {ill - above line} {Carrer?} last night and W & I went to see about selling a horse did not make a deal we had a runaway expenses of mending {B. ?} well Sold Maud in afternoon and I went to see about door Francis, W went home

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