Mary Williams Trout Diary, 1867

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Mary Williams Trout Diary, 1867

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January 1, 1867

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Mary Williams Trout (1847-1922)
1867 Diary
Transcription Courtesy of Grey County Museum and Archives, Transcription funded by the
Archival Community Digitization Program 2008/9
Keep this book for
the sake of the
New York trip
Jan 1907
January TUESDAY, 1 1867
Home all day a whole
load of Freds folks came
about noon dinner over
work one up Wellers folks
came spent the evening
had a very pleasant time.
WEDNESDAY, 2
Milton took me to school
started to go to teach very
very lonely the things in the
school all topsy turvy f xed them
up got to teaching about half
past nine with three scholars.
THURSDAY, 3
Started for school afoot
and alone only four scholars
terrible lonely spent the evening
a Willies Laycox George & Sams
folks were there had a very
pleasant time but everything did
not just suit.
January FRIDAY, 4 1867
Only one more scholar all
small Oh if there only some
more come I’m so lonely a pleas-
ant day but no hopes of getting
home to night for Bryans
folks are thrashing .My signed
agreement
SATURDAY, 5
At Byans all day sewing and
busying myself as best I could
The thrashers had a great time
seeing which could tell the
biggest stories but they had
a greater time about their oats
SUNDAY, 6
Went to meeting with Sarah & Bryan in
the cutter Mr. T. spoke splendidly
cheated him out of his ride in the
cutter after dinner had a great sing
started for home arrived about 6
took Sarah for a ride to the school
house They had company
January MONDAY, 7 1867
Brighter prospects fourteen
scholars to day great times
in Meaford at the election
Stuarts works his liquor
pretty well gets in for the
reeve with the wonderful ma-
jority of five
Had six more scholars
time seems to f y a little
faster to day one of the
auditors came and wished
me to let out school half
past three , did so
WEDNESDAY, 9
Went to Josiahs this forenoon
got some money went to
Meaford this afternoon met
a cutter coming up the big
hill went back to Meaford in
it . bought several little trinkets
settled some debts made a visit
and got to Bryans about ten o’clock
Traded 5.05$ Paid 30+80+2.00 Got a present
January THURSDAY, 10 1867
Begin the days work with
fresh vigor after the holiday
had a great read in a nice
book it was a beautiful poem
called Evangeline there is some
beautiful ideas in its verse
FRIDAY, 11
It is pleasant to think to
day is the last day of school
in the week every thing about
the same as usual only I was
put off the track by hearing some
bell go past the school house
which met with an accident the
same evening
SATURDAY, 12
Memorable day went to Owen
Sound had some pictures taken
done some visiting had a nice
drive home and some very plea-
sant talk on the way arrived
home safe and soundly
Ex 3.50
January SUNDAY, 13 1867
George took me to meeting today
a small congregation a ride home
in the cutter two others accompan-
ying, after dinner a good sing and
a better one in the evengin up to
Georges, came to Bryans about 9o’clock
MONDAY, 14
Another day of school teaching
over there is no use making
excuses about it I believe I
dislike it worse every day
plenty to do twenty six
scholars to day .
10 O’clock P.M. all gone to
bed baby crying like sixty
teaching went a little better
today went to Josiahs tonight
but he was going away so I came
home without doing any business
January WEDNESDAY, 16 1867
Twenty eight scholar to-
day just as many as Parish
to accomodate had the boys
and girls change sides walked
to missionary meeting it did not
go very nice after riding in the
cutter (?) 3 cents
THURSDAY, 17
Had a ride to school today
after the steers Miss Craig gave
me a visit walked home and
it stormed like sixty got home
Catherine was here she spent
the evening read some in
my poems
FRIDAY, 18
Another weeks teaching over
my head but I have come far
short of doing my duty I am
to Bryans in likelihood of getting
home it is early but I am
awful sleepy I expect I
am a little lonesome
January SATURDAY, 19 1867
Darned , mended , and
fixed all this forenoon
dressed up and started to
walk was overtaken and got
a ride went to the P.O. got a couple
of letters one was filled with Photographs went
to stay all night with Fannie saw George
& Martha gave her one of my Photographs
SUNDAY, 20
Went to meeting with Fannie Mr. Sinclair
spoke very will Hiram & Lydia were there
started to go home in the ~~~~
They overtook us coaxed us to go home
with them met a whole pile
of folks got our dinner. Had a sing
a pleasant talk on a certain subject in
a certain book and returned the [?]
16C.P.M.
MONDAY, 21
Got to school this morning
after nine O’clock no f re no [?]
there all as silent as the tomb
if it would stay as silent all day
I would be well pleased f xed
my to night and read some
in Hiawatha read some in the better
book about how should they hear without a bench
January TUESDAY, 22 1867
Twenty four scholars to day
nearly all late whipped a little
to day and sent one home my
patience got pretty well worked
got a bad cold a person called
to put a notice on the door.
Worst scholars I have had this
year got a new register today
made out the last half years re-
port since school which is 11 82
115
Father is here over night the first
time he has been here since I came
here. It is nearly ten O’clock I must
read some &
THURSDAY, 24 go to bed.
Another day over without any
particular events Jim took father
home in the cutter there is Missionary
meeting to night but I did not go
have been puzzling my brains
WEDNESDAY, 23
over the Annual report not
done yet
January FRIDAY, 25 1867.
Another great load off my
shoulders a weeks care, and
I finishe that awful re-
port had a ride home from
school tonight. It is early
yet tonight I think I shall
cover my book and read some yet
SATURDAY, 26
Rode part of the way home
with Clarkes boys the rest
of the way there was
no track
went to Georges stay
all night had a great time
Note: This was written over top of the
previous entry.
Such strange feelings I have today I never
had before it is strange to account for them
(very)
January MONDAY, 28 1867.
at Brians spent the evening with
Mary and I ought to be the
best boy on earth for reasons
that I will not state . May
God in his kindness
bless us and may we live
for him who lived and died for us
TUESDAY, 29
Had a ride to school in the
cutter to school I guess I am get-
ting so sleepy I don’t know what I
am doing no person there two
sleighs soon came the day
passed better than escpected
WEDNESDAY, 30
January THURSDAY, 31 1867
Myria sent a letter off to Adah
and I sent my Photo graph . Bri
came home from Meaford
tonight and brought me
a letter and such another letter
I never got. It was one worth
while getting so full of everything that is
loving and good
February FRIDAY, 1
The day passed the same old
we all went to Hirams in the evening
thing until school was nearly
had some music & quite a pleasant time
4 O’clock when I saw a cutterstaid all night
with a plaide in it coming
around the hill was greatly
disappointed to f nd it
was only Sarah & Jinnie rode home and
found Abbie there
SATURDAY, 2
Up early learnt to play two or three
pieces after breakfast had a good time
had a one of the best talks ever was
Fleming & Jonnie came after a while
S&J went home with her [ ? ] for
the [ ? ] paid $3.00 for school. Mertle & Melissa
there in the evening had some loud [?]50 cent
Ex 4.50
February SUNDAY, 3 1867
Went to meeting in the cutter Mr. Trout was
not there Mr. Layton spoke to us E. She
was there went up the shore in their
sleigh pretty serious make up for it
in the evening going to Bs getting
better & better acquainted came in
took tea started home about 8 oclock
MONDAY, 4
wrote part of a letter today
Had more trouble today
than I have had this year
whipped two scholars very near
broke their heart. Mother & G
& Phebe are here all night we have
another inhabitant than we had
last night
TUESDAY, 5
The folks here are getting won-
derful work at last they
think they are they are guess-
ing around in all directions
they have not quite hit the
mark nursed the most of
the time tonight
I believe I could stay up a while longer if I had
some G. company.
February WEDNESDAY, 6 1867.
The folks are all gone to
on hand 8.65
bed and I will be there soon
for I am awful sleepy . The
folks here just talk to me as
if they knew everything I was
up very early and O dear I am so sleepy
Bs thrashed today
THURSDAY, 7
I believe I am sick to night the
folk think so at any rate there must
be something wrong for I have been
trying to read some in my Poems
and it don’t go right at all I am sick and
tired of everything and so I am going to
bed and its only a little after seven
I hope my mind will be settled in the morning
Feel rather better than I did last
night only I’m in a stew for fear I
will not get to Meaford tomorrow.
Bs folks had lots of company today
the wanted me to go to meeting
tonight but I did not choose to
Just been thinking what I was up to a week ago
February SATURDAY, 9 1867
Went to Meaford this morning
settled with D.M. Ex 1.68
Lib & Jonnie were there in the cutter went to
the P.O. there was a good looking envelope there
for me got home about noon Maggie & Robert
were down in the evening Jennie was
at Mr. Rs in the afternoon to bed 1Ock
SUNDAY, 10
Tired to coax William to take
me to meeting in the cutter could not
make it out had to go in the slay
quite a number of strangers ath there
Mr. Sinclair spoke went to Ts
after they took me to Bs after
dinner awful sleepy to night
MONDAY, 11
The wind blew like sixty today
green wood pretty tough time keep-
-ing the school house warm read
some to Mother & Maria this even-
ing it is pretty cold here or I
should be tempted to write some
more in something else
February TUESDAY, 12 1867
A Visitor today for a short time
and piles of visitors here when
I got home went to the concert
tonight there was an awful
jam half of the folks were
from O.S. Some music & recititations
WEDNESDAY, 13
Raining and blowing the snow
is going very fast quite a
stream running by the
School house committed
some of my thoughts to
paper had thirty scholars today
THURSDAY, 14
The water was over the road
this morning went across in
a sleigh Bryan went to Meaford
and never went to the P.O. it is
too bad and it Valentines day
too such a beautiful night it
is too nice to go to bed
February FRIDAY, 15 1867
Done teaching for this week
I am so glad had a headache
all day to day twenty nine
scholars gave some cards for
recitations expect I shall
sleep with ma tonight
SATURDAY, 16
I feel like another girl today
had such a splendid time
reading my letters got a
Valentine & had my f rst
experience in nursing today
expect Sarah & I will take care
of the baby tonight
SUNDAY, 17
28ctsWent to meeting this morning
got there meeting was not in
went to the P.O. put something
in the letter box came back
to meeting Mr. Trout was there
gave us a good talking to
about living in love
February MONDAY, 18 1867
Went to school in a great
hurry this morning got there
just nine three new scholars
a large school came home
a lot of Bs relatives were
there some are staying all night
snowed some today
TUESDAY, 19
About the same old thing one
new scholar rather lonesome
evengings without mother lots
of visitors but not much
company for me went to see
J. Bs baby tonight a most
pitiable object
WEDNESDAY, 20
B. Spike & family went away
this morning wanted to send
to the P.O. awful bad today
but was not fast enough
f nished Myria’s dress this evening
it is late and I am very sleepy
February THURSDAY, 21 1867
Been cutting up with Myria
all the evening got her to jok-
ing some this week of teaching
nearly over with but why I
should I wish it to be so when
it is so badly spent because the
bad that I would not that I do every day
I come short of doing my duty
11 O’clock P.M. awful lonesome
a lookef for somebody all
this evening came up stairs
and wrote a couple of letters
to drive away the Blues
feel a good deal better now
lent
.50
SATURDAY, 23
Walked to Meaford this afternoon got
a letter from a Dear good fellow a few minutes
after had the great happiness of seeing the writer
face to face a little later a ride home in the cut-
ter and a glorious time in the evening about
nine W.F. came staid all night ~~ went home
Paid Myria
97 cts Ex. 97
February SUNDAY, 24 1867
Went to meeting with W. F. in
the cutter . J.H. sent a letter to let us
know he wished to let us know
that he wished to be separated from
us no need of it. T.J. smashed his cutter up
this morning Maggie & Hattie along no person hurt
MONDAY, 25
Nothing of consequence occur-
ed to day the same old mono-
tonous school teaching I hard-
ly have room in the little old
rickety school house for any
class Oh, Dear O dear when are
We going to have another good chat
TUESDAY, 26
Went to Mrs. T. Johnsons to-
night staid till meeting time
went to meeting in misery all
the time thinking how I was
going to get home that fellow
tried to get in my way but I
would not let him Mr. Burlys
child died this afternoon
February WEDNESDAY, 27 1867
I went to Meaford to day to get
My watch f xed but Vick was
not at home Went to Mrs Day
and stopped over night with
Hattie went up in the [ ? ]
[ ? ] kips jolting me all the time
THURSDAY, 28
It is one month since I wrote in this book
all has gone right since Winter
at least we have had some fun to-
night and some good talk the ice is
Broken and the current runs
smooth can think aloud now
March FRIDAY, 1
Walked up to school this morning with
~~ the roads mostly all mud the
f elds nearly all bare, looks consid
erably more like spring than it
generally does in St. Vincent for
the time of the year. That old scamp had
the impudence to ask my company
to a social Went home with Hiram
March SATURDAY, 2 1867
Snowed and blowed but
notwithstanding that detestable
fellow found his way over here
pretending to want to buy a
farm W. F. drove up about
dark in all his glory
SUNDAY, 3
Abbie and I went to meeting
this morning in W.Fs cutter he
walke the most of the way
Mr. Cox spoke to us went home
with Bryans after meeting went
upstairs and read
MONDAY, 4
Came home from school to
night sewed some thought
I was nearly sick laid down
on the lounge
March TUESDAY, 5 1867
Felt f rst humdrum all day
to day was not sleepy a bit
Myria scolded me a little could
not take it read some in a
book read some more in a
better book went to bed about
ten
WEDNESDAY, 6
The clock awful slow very
late when school convened
by the day and as a natural
consequence late when school
was out Harpers were here
read some more in that
book
THURSDAY, 7
That scape[?] of a Jack-
[ ? ] had the impudence
to another
March FRIDAY, 8 1867
Some of my scholars stayed
away to f re for the social
I expect there was plenty left
all the young folks gone
off to try and enjoy them-
selves there is to be some music
there
SATURDAY, 9
Went to the match Sarah went
along called to George had a good chat
went home up to see Mrs. Howe learned
how to do some work, got home about
dark had a good time in the
evening with Abbie she wasn’t
very well
SUNDAY, 10
Went to meeting in the sleigh
Mr. Sinclair presented a portion
of the truth to us very plainly came
home in the cutter with Maggie
Mrs. Jay came too had a very
pleasant little time with
~~
March MONDAY, 11 1867
Maggie and I did not get
up this morning till about
school time she did not go
to school to day going to Massey
G. Spike visited the school
this afternoon a short time
Maggie and I had a spledid
good chat tonight
Maggie went to school this
afternoon we were an hour
or two coming home visitors
here all night ~~ came here a
little after dark stayed all
night had a most miserable time
WEDNESDAY, 13
took me up to the top of the
hill with the cutter walked the rest
of the way the Superintendant
visited the school this afternoon
he praised the school so much
I feel quite encouraged
March THURSDAY, 14 1867
Stormy this morning
had a ride to school
walked home did some
at my piecing read
some went to bed early
Bryan saw ~ in Meaford today
FRIDAY, 15
Awful cold this morning
walked to school could hard-
ly keep from freezing after I
got there let them spell
down this afternoon gave some
cards for recitations
SATURDAY, 16
Wrote a letter to cousin W
this morning went to Meaford
after dinner got a letter from my
dear ~ Sarah went with me
shopping answered that letter
or tried to did not make out
nicely
got a hymn book E 2.55
March SUNDAY , 17 1867
Went to meeting with Sarah
Brother Prosser read in the new Test
brother Sterling & Layton escorted
us to be steadfast in the faith
went with George after meeting
went to Bryans with William and
Abbie in the cutter
MONDAY, 18
Commenced to read my reviews
to day some splendid reading
in them only nineteen scholars
stormy and cold a sermon by a
Baptist minister in my school
house to night did not go
TUESDAY, 19
Finisched reading one of
my reviews today noon. Abbie
had company to night
Bryan went over to see Milton
and I went along mother was
over to Hirams baby sick. came
home about ten
March WEDNESDAY, 20 1867
Abbie went off to eat
honey so I went to visiting
it is such a beautiful
night I could not make out
much I had to look at
the moon all the time Abbie
brought me some honey
THURSDAY, 21
Finished my letter this
morning thought I was
going to send it away
but did not got a dear
one tonight had another
f t got over it in the evening
FRIDAY, 22
Finished a letter after school
went to Meaford and
posted it done some other
business came back to Brians
about seven awful tired George
and Phebe were there he take me
home arrived home around ten
18 cts
April MONDAY, 1 1867
It rained and snowed all
sorts today forgot my key
this morning sent Johnny for
it intended to go to Meaford
but it was so stormy was
very busy this evening
TUESDAY, 2
Went across to the fourth line
and to Meaford did some
business for Milton got my
order which amounted to $2.
96. went to Catherines stayed
all night slept with Lydia
WEDNESDAY, 3
All frozen up this morning
started to come home 25 after
seven 25 to nine sent Miltons
letter home by Mrs. Drummond
walked pretty slow when I
was with her f nished my
apron tonight
April THURSDAY, 4 1867
Fixed up my room this
morning went to school it was
raining only twenty scholars home
tonight through the rain
had some sugar to eat f nished
some work had on my hands
for a good while
Was quite astounded to
wake up this morning and
f nd that the earth was again
wrapped in a cloak of white
the Italian was here when I
came home had a great time
eating sugar brought Abbie a bunch
and myself a piece
Stayed in the house all
day today the roads were so
bad I could not get home
worked at my quilt the most
of the time I have thirty six
blocks done Sent Myria
25 cts the Italian gave ma a pen
handle
Could hardly make up
my mind whether to go to
meeting or not wanted to go so
bad could hardly make up my mind
to stay at home read the most of the
forenoon up stairs in the window while in
that position I heard horses feet looked and saw some
person whom I took to be Jim Martin but when he had
put his horses out and was coming to the house I found
I was mistaken
somehow we happened to f nd ourselves
up stairs in my bedroom and the time
f ying uncommonly fast
The folks in the next room
are having a great deal of
fun I think by the sound
some thief stole my pen and
put another in its place I
think he has cheated himself
this time.
TUESDAY, 9
April SUNDAY, 7 1867
Had a gentleman visitor
a stranger he told his name
was Mr. Noland was formerly
a teacher enquired the way
to Euphrasie. My head aches
did some piecing
April WEDNESDAY, 10 1867
Came off up stairs when
I came from school tonight
braided some pieced some
went down stairs had our
tea alone in the evening
Sarah read to us out of
“How to prosper”
THURSDAY, 11
Went to Mr. Mc Lean there
was preaching at the school
house Ada nor I did not
go Mrs. Burns & Lundry
were there Ada and I
talked nearly all night
FIRDAY, 12
Beautiful mornings now
came home to night and
cut up like sixty cooled off
went to sewing got tired
and went to reading when
got tired of that went to
bed
April SATURDAY, 13 1867
How beautifully the birds are
singing this morning walked
home this morning found Abbie
in bed Milton on the lounge
the rest at work sewed some
for Abbie twisted some yarn
going to sleep with Sarah
MONDAY, 15
Rained to day which
ever way you turn there
is water over the road
the little brooks which before
seemed all pastime and all play
act now as if they were mad and
roaring for their prey
April TUESDAY, 16 1867
Beautiful evening too
nice to go to bed spent
the evening sewing and
reading some in P.S. Arthur
books. Bl was to Meaford
got a letter for Lib nothing but
a paper for meWEDNESDAY, 17
Cut out and pieced
two blocks read some
about Annie Lee aloud
came up stairs read
a chapter by moon-
light want to see ~
THURSDAY, 18
Walked home from school
got arrived here at six
Abbie’s head broke out
with the Erysipelas [sic]
Sarah to Meaford for
medicine mother sick
and no person to do
anything got a letter
April FRIDAY, 19 1867
Sarah went to Meaford
Lib and I scrubbed and
worked like littel sailors
sent Judson after a letter
he lost it looked for it.
awfully tired. J. D, found
the letter
SATURDAY, 20
Took Sarahs place today
have something of an idea
now what she has to do &
feel sorry for her I think she
has the worst time of it
but Oh! if I could only see ~
just for one hour are in rapture
SUNDAY, 21
Of all the lonesome days
that ever passed over my head
this is the worst. I cannot believe
that it was lonesomeness that
ailed me tried to think was
sick that did not go much better
L&S
April MONDAY, 22 1867
Another winter this morning
I am very sorry to write it but
had to stay in with one of my
unruly scholars for a short time
busied myself knitting did not
read a bit L&S were reading spent
some of the time playing with Hattie
TUESDAY, 23
I could hardly work
had such a pain in
my side knit a little read
some the most of the folks
went to Mr. Simmons fu-
neral heard that I had ~
WEDNESDAY, 24
Johnny was to Meaford today
got my paper but nothing more
went out to the barn with
the girls but it was so cold
did not stay long had a nice
little sing read some went to
bed early
April THURSDAY, 25 1867
Staid awake for hours and
hours last night thinking felt
the effects of it in school today
went to Whitelaws tonight Miss
Layton & Miss Stephens were there
a short
April SUNDAY, 28 1867
I did not see my Dear Mary
for 3 weeks to speak to her
at the 9 th . My pen can
not describe my pleasure
or our enjoyment so May
and
May WEDNESDAY, 1 1867
Went a visiting again tonight
went to James Laycox’s some [?]
had been trying to sell him
apple trees tryed to tease me a
little turned the subject came
home got Bryan to tell me all
about court affairs
THURSDAY, 2
At Mr. Johnsons tonight
Sarah with all
FRIDAY 3
Sarah & I went up to Mr.
Karr’s had a very good
visit with Kate never
up that far before nice
looking country
May SATURDAY, 4 1867
Started for home this morn-
ing found Libbie had beat
me got there the night before
Our folks about the same
as usual Abbie and I sung
all the evening slept with Sarah
SUNDAY, 5
Came over to B.L. this afternoon
found the start
MONDAY, 6
A whole lot of little pusses today
that never were to school before
they were comical littel fellas
make me laugh in spite
of myself 31 scholars Lizzie
came back to day paid Johnson
for making f re 2.00
May TUESDAY, 7 1867
Another little urchin today
which knew enough to laugh
and talk was going visiting
only looked so much like rain
L& S are cleaning house got
to reading before I knew it so
much engaged did not hear about supper
WEDNESDAY, 8
Had thirty two scholars to day
a lot more little rats if I may
so express myself went up
to Mr. Matthews to night
called to Sterlings when I
came back found L. Bond here
when I came home
THURSDAY, 9
Libbie and I talked some
after we went to bed
and was consequently a
little sleepy this morning
she only went part of the
to school with me 35 scholars
today f nished my stockings wrote
a letter
May FRIDAY, 10 1867 3.04
Went to Meaford after school
trudged about could not get
anything wanted Posted Letter
walked home again beautiful
moonlight spent the evening
reading the papers
SATURDAY, 11
Walked home this morning
our folks are up to their ears
cleaning house cut up this
evening till I was ashamed
of myself got the good book
read some to bed quite cooled off
SUNDAY, 12
George came along this morning
so I went to meeting with him
W.F. spoke to us somebody
came back with us did
not expect had a nice
little time a walk after tea
the moon shone on us for the
f rst time
May MONDAY, 13 1867
Miss Reynolds visited
my school this forenoon
came home to dinner rained
so hard she stayed until
evening went as far as their
school house with her read a
good story here
TUESDAY, 14
Rainy today kept some of
the scholars away mended
and f xed some of my clothes
read some poetry going
to bed early tired some
WEDNESDAY, 15
Still raining but faint
hopes of its being fair
tomorrow started some
more knitting Brian
gave me a present of
a small slip of paper
May THURSDAY, 16 1867.
About the same old
size today wishing all
day it was one day
later in the week so
I would be released
from my prison
FRIDAY, 17
Went home by the old
school house when I came
the creek where I used to
play it seemed must still
be going to school the folks
pretty well Lib came home
SATURDAY, 18
Lib and I went to Meaford
and back in four hours posted
letter for Lib had some fun
Sarah and I called to Burton
Leavens came home in
time to see the moon
rise in all her glory
May SUNDAY, 19 1867.
Went to meeting in
the wagon to day the
f rst one that I saw
at was ~ gave me some-
thing to console me C & S
Covey came up in the after-
noon took me to the 7th
MONDAY, 20
Walked to Meaford
and back tonight called
to see R.S. she is very
sick could not help
but feel bad to see
a person so young and joyous
to be cut off
TUESDAY, 21
Rained today hopefull
that it may not continue
three days like last week
made my dress , about
10 P.M. going to read a letter
and then try sleep some
May WEDNESDAY, 22 1867.
Trimmed my hat
read one of my reviews
through. it rains increasingly
the Clouds do not disperse
enough to let one ray
of the sun shine
THURSDAY, 23
When I came home from
school give up coming home
it was so wet sat down
went to work could not be
contented got up started for
home arrived about dark W&L
arrived soon after
FRIDAY, 24
The day dragged away
very slowly W&L enjoyed
themselves tiptop but it made
me lonesome on account of
my disappointment stayed
home sewed all day hailed
some towards evening rained
after but think it has cleared up
May SATURDAY, 25 1867
All day with my Ma
again wanted W.F. to take
me to my visitors Kate’s but he
had to go horse back so poor
me had to stay home he brought
a beautiful bouquet home with
him
SUNDAY, 26
Did not like it much
because our folks could
not go to meeting this
morning George went on foot
brought a book for Abbie and
a book mark for me the folks
came past the
MONDAY, 27 way with me
A lot of us went up to Mr.
Wards tonight my foot so
sore could hardly get home
had a pretty good visit
May TUESDAY, 28 1867.
Very rainy all day but
I had thirty three scholars
went without my dinner could
not come home did a good deal
of sewing and some reading, hope
I may get up earlier than did
this morning
WEDNESDAY, 29
Still dark and cloudy but
the sun did show its face
a while tonight then went
to bed behind a big black
cloud . The school house was
f lled full today 39 scholars
THURSDAY, 30
The scholars acted just as
bad as they knew how
to day tried to have patience
with them. Ma came up
tonight to see us
May FRIDAY, 31 1867.
Went to Mr. McLeans
to tea Mrs. Shields & sister
were there Ada came home
with me we came across
the woods awful wet and
rough
June SATURDAY, 1
Ada went away about
seven talked a little
about going to the shore
but could not get started
helped mother a little
in the garden, Lib came
home just dark
SUNDAY, 2
I came up to the M today to pass
the evening with one of the
most lovely and most
amiable young Lady that it
has ever been my lot to be-
come acquainted with. How
the time was spent can only be
imagined not told
June MONDAY, 3 1867.
Walked over this morning
after the rain, had some
good company, horrid roads,
arrive about 8 A.M. , awful
tired tonight. I was here
to dinner they tell me
Mrs. C~ here all night tried to tease
me
TUESDAY, 4
Do think never heard so
much crazy talk from
a married woman as today
pity the man that has to
live with her she must be void
of all natural feeling. New moon
tonight f nished some work
WEDNESDAY, 5
Beautiful warm day. Walked
to Meaford came home
horseback Bryans stayed
to meeting
June THURSDAY, 6 1867.
Awful awful warm today
came home for my dinner
do think I did not feel
the heat any worse all
last summer very close
this evening. Sarah was
to a picking bee
FRIDAY, 7
Another bee today did not
go B got a new stove
today. Walked home
after seven a letter
for me photographs
in it
SATURDAY, 8
Libbie came home this
morning glad to think
had not to walk so far
Sarah went to Meaford
waited for her while
she was gone. Abbie
has a bad headache
June SUNDAY, 9 1867.
Brewster to meeting Mr. T,
took me
very sick Maggie was there
Sinclair spoke the best ever
heard him. Hirams to our
place up to Georges a
minute or two Lib
& Milton went along Sarah
came home with me tonight
MONDAY, 10
Such a dear sweet evening
so warm so clear not a sound
but the low murmuring of
the river I am sure all nature
must be emoting wonder what
what my dear [? ] is thinking about
just now dare say about his dear father
TUESDAY, 11
Went to a picking bee
after school home a little before
dark almost dark, some
company came stayed all
night rained some
June WEDNESDAY, 12 1867.
Went to J. Ls bee
J there all night
trimmed my hat
THURSDAY, 13
Whole pile of men here
the one with black hair about
the only respectable one among
them had some splendid
times in the evening with
that one
FRIDAY, 14
BSs went to a funeral
nice shower this afternoon
only about twenty eight
scholars. I did not go home
expect to go to Meaford
tomorrow
June SATURDAY, 15 1867.
Milton over to dinner P.
T. here a short time S.L. & I
went to Meaford went with M.
to 16. Line got Abbie a little
doll of a hat she was pretty
well pleased with it. Called
to see R.S. expect it will be the last
time
Did not to to meeting stayed
with Abbie after dinner went to
the graveyard rode home with
Fredericks pretty near giving up
seeing any person when Abbie
said J. & M were coming Abbie
had ride. I had one in the evening by
moonlight
Kissed Maggie a sweet good-
bye and started for the [?]
about six awfully tired
when I got here it was
so warm had a little sleep
before went to school. A great
deal of wind and little rain this
evening
June TUESDAY, 18 1867.
Had to go to Meaford
to take some things back
Heard that Rachel Snider
departed this life this morn-
ing at 1 O’clock got up to
the 7th took a notion to go home
acted on it pleasant time with
Maggie
WEDNESDAY, 19
Walked over this morning
arrived about eight
Another bee excused my-
self by being too tired.
B. Ls had quite a time
f ghting f re today
THURSDAY, 20
Went to see the last remains
of R. Snider deposited in its
last earthly house a person
must have had a heart of
stone not to have been moved
a look at her mother was enough
to make ones heart ache. Had
school half a day Maggie went with
us to the church
June FRIDAY, 21 1867
Libbie, Maggie and I visited
Miss Munyards school this
forenoon we had great times
this afternoon Mr.& Mrs. Snider
called gave Abbie a ride J.T. came
for Maggie I went home with
them
SATURDAY, 22
Went out in the Cedar Grove
this morning with the rest of the
company up on the hill after
dinner Mum & Rachel with us
got some strawberries and a good
time generally think it a very pretty
place so near the lake home in the gig in the
evening
Went to meeting this morning
Brothers C. & Stg did the speaking
another discussion about Mrs.
Dunn affair Overtook C. Craig
came home with us Hirams
folks over this afternoon
June MONDAY, 24 1867.
Milton brought me over
in the waggon. Went over
to Mr. A. Burlys with Lizzie
TUESDAY, 25
Very warm looks little
like rain Thirty eight
scholars today ~~ here
for dinner today I
f nished some work
WEDNESDAY, 26
A splendid rain last
night not quite so warm
today went visiting
tonight
June THURSDAY, 27 1867.
The rain made some
great times among us
at noon cut up with
Maggie & Hattie until I
am as tired as the mischief
only one more day this week
and then I am going to have
a holiday Monday O! that is so
good.
My f rst half year of teaching is
ended, called at Mrs.
Edwards as I was going
home got home about dark
Milton just got home
ahead of me with a new
spring seat to his wagon
SATURDAY, 29
Spent my time lying
in bed the doctor called
to see me Abbie worked
a nice little mark
for me Fleming and
his new buggy drove
up shortly after dark.
June SUNDAY, 30 1867.
Spent the most of the
forenoon on the bed
Jamie came up after
dinner to see me read
some for me Mr. Wellers
folks called to see us this evening
July MONDAY, 1
This is the f rst day in my
life that I ever devoted to
visiting any one lady &
must say it is sweet to be
all day with my dearest
friend am sorry that she
is not well she must takecare of herself for her ownsake and for Jamies and
all her dear friends
never felt so sorry to say goodbye
to J~ as last night it seemed
like as if my last and best friend
was going leaving me alone away
from home and almost sick
but had a good sleep and
feel a great deal better not
to many scholars one good thing
July WEDNESDAY, 3 1867.
Got the half yearly
report partly made
it out . Did not get
my medicine until
tonight it is horrid
stuff
THURSDAY, 4
Finished the report went
to Meaford tonihgt along
with Myria to get her
eye lanced
FRIDAY, 5
Been looking over some
very dear good letters
and f nd I have had
about 120 pages from
that same fountain in
about f ve months
SUNDAY, 7
Up to Georges a little while
this morning went to
meeting heard Mr. White
for the f rst time. came
over to bryans this evening
MONDAY, 8
I am spending another eve
with my dear M~ and I
have to write in her Diary
and I would sooner write
in her heart something
so good that she never could
erase it and would never
want to (I’ll try ) (Q.T.)
WEDNESDAY, 10
Sent one of my boys home
today when I got home
from school tonight was
pretty near sick Jamie
was here and I never saw
him at all
THURSDAY, 11
Went to a picking bee
tonight came home and
read some old letter my
Dear friend and I had
another good time tonight
brightening our hopes and
sealing our affections
July FRIDAY, 12 1867.
Most all my scholars
went off to the 12th had
a good time with what
was left. Our folks sent
a horse over for me tonight
so I had a ride home
SATURDAY, 13
Lib came home this morn-
ing shortly after. Miss J. Beatty
came down we all went to
Meaford in the afternoon
done some shopping came
home and made some sweet
hearts
SUNDAY, 14
Went to meeting this morning
Bros Grant & Stirling did the
speaking had a big load
comnig home Judson brought
me home tonight
July MONDAY, 15 1867.
Got caught in a rain
storm as wet as a drowned
rat when I got home
cleared up a very pleasant
evening now
TUESDAY, 16
Our folks sent a horse over
for me to go to Meaford on
had a good ride back before
dark. Mother tried to
discourage me from going
to the States could not see it
G. may not come
WEDNESDAY, 17
Had a splendid time with
Maggie & Hattie think I
got exercise enough today
Mother went away this
morning before I was
up. My school is getting
smaller
July THURSDAY, 18 1867.
Did not sleep hardly
any last night made up
for it this morning Rebecca
came here today Mr. Goss here
all night. Went to Allison
Burly tonight had quite a
sing
FRIDAY, 19
Walked home soon after I
got here Libbie came
and shortly after that
Fleming buggy & all came
along going to sleep with
Abbie
SATURDAY, 20
Fleming gave me a drive
this morning this afternoon
went to Meaford with
Milton had a great deal
of running about but did
not make out much
Bro Lister proved very plainly that Christ is at
present a king and has a kingdom on earth
July SUNDAY, 21
As I came near the 7th,
house had the great pleasure
of seeing Bro Lister and two of
his children he gave us a [?]
sermon on Unity just spoke
to ~ that was all! all!
MONDAY, 22
Went to Meaford with
B.L. heard Bro Lister
splendid attention
Maggie gave me something
the girsl are here and I
cannot read it
TUESDAY, 23
O dear so close and hot
can hardly live any
where did not sleep much
such a day of misery just
alive that is about all
f nished reading Sacred
poems today noon
July WEDNESDAY, 24 1867
Saw a little something
If he never does anything worse than
that I’ll wonder
of the effects of temper Jim
got vexed and hurt one
of the horses so badly they had
to kill it I guess nearly all
in the horses cried could hardly
get any one to kill it
THURSDAY, 25
About half sick had a notion
to let Sarah teach this afternoon
stuck it out myself. Ever so
glad to think that I am
going to have four weeks
holidays so much comfort
even if I cannot go to the states
Started for Mr. Stirlings
this morning about 5 O’clock
got 16 dollars back to BLs
at eight Johnny brought me
part way home tumbled
around the rest of the day
June THURSDAY, 27 1867.
The rain made some
great times among us
at noon cut up with
Maggie & Hattie until I
am as tired as the mischief
only one more day this week
and then I am going to have
a holiday Monday O! that is so
good.
My f rst half year of teaching is
ended, called at Mrs.
Edwards as I was going
home got home about dark
Milton just got home
ahead of me with a new
spring seat to his wagon
SATURDAY, 29
Spent my time lying
in bed the doctor called
to see me Abbie worked
a nice little mark
for me Fleming and
his new buggy drove
up shortly after dark.
June SUNDAY, 30 1867.
Spent the most of the
forenoon on the bed
Jamie came up after
dinner to see me read
some for me Mr. Wellers
folks called to see us thisevening
July MONDAY, 1
This is the f rst day in my
life that I ever devoted to
visiting any one lady &
must say it is sweet to be
all day with my dearest
friend am sorry that she
is not well she must takecare of herself for her ownsake and for Jamies and
all her dear friends
never felt so sorry to say goodbye
to J~ as last night it seemed
like as if my last and best friend
was going leaving me alone away
from home and almost sick
but had a good sleep and
feel a great deal better not
to many scholars one good thing
July WEDNESDAY, 3 1867.
Got the half yearly
report partly made
it out . Did not get
my medicine until
tonight it is horrid
stuff
THURSDAY, 4
Finished the report went
to Meaford tonihgt along
with Myria to get her
eye lanced
FRIDAY, 5
Been looking over some
very dear good letters
and f nd I have had
about 120 pages from
that same fountain in
about f ve months
SUNDAY, 7
Up to Georges a little while
this morning went to
meeting heard Mr. White
for the f rst time. came
over to bryans this evening
MONDAY, 8
I am spending another eve
with my dear M~ and I
have to write in her Diary
and I would sooner write
in her heart something
so good that she never could
erase it and would never
want to ( I’ll try ) (Q.T.)
WEDNESDAY, 10
Sent one of my boys home
today when I got home
from school tonight was
pretty near sick Jamie
was here and I never saw
him at all
THURSDAY, 11
Went to a picking bee
tonight came home and
read some old letter my
Dear friend and I had
another good time tonight
brightening our hopes and
sealing our affections
July FRIDAY, 12 1867.
Most all my scholars
went off to the 12th had
a good time with what
was left. Our folks sent
a horse over for me tonight
so I had a ride home
SATURDAY, 13
Lib came home this morn-
ing shortly after. Miss J. Beatty
came down we all went to
Meaford in the afternoon
done some shopping came
home and made some sweet
hearts
SUNDAY, 14
Went to meeting this morning
Bros Grant & Stirling did the
speaking had a big load
comnig home Judson brought
me home tonight
July MONDAY, 15 1867.
Got caught in a rain
storm as wet as a drowned
rat when I got home
cleared up a very pleasant
evening now
TUESDAY, 16
Our folks sent a horse over
for me to go to Meaford on
had a good ride back before
dark. Mother tried to
discourage me from going
to the States could not see it
G. may not come
WEDNESDAY, 17
Had a splendid time with
Maggie & Hattie think I
got exercise enough today
Mother went away this
morning before I was
up. My school is getting
smaller
July THURSDAY, 18 1867.
Did not sleep hardly
any last night made up
for it this morning Rebecca
came here today Mr. Goss here
all night. Went to Allison
Burly tonight had quite a
sing
FRIDAY, 19
Walked home soon after I
got here Libbie came
and shortly after that
Fleming buggy & all came
along going to sleep with
Abbie
SATURDAY, 20
Fleming gave me a drive
this morning this afternoon
went to Meaford with
Milton had a great deal
of running about but did
not make out much
Bro Lister proved very plainly that Christ is at
present a king and has a kingdom on earth
July SUNDAY, 21
As I came near the 7th,
house had the great pleasure
of seeing Bro Lister and two of
his children he gave us a [?]
sermon on Unity just spoke
to ~ that was all! all!
MONDAY, 22
Went to Meaford with
B.L. heard Bro Lister
splendid attention
Maggie gave me something
the girsl are here and I
cannot read it
TUESDAY, 23
O dear so close and hot
can hardly live any
where did not sleep much
such a day of misery just
alive that is about all
f nished reading Sacred
poems today noon
July WEDNESDAY, 24 1867
Saw a little something
If he never does anything worse than
that I’ll wonder
of the effects of temper Jim
got vexed and hurt one
of the horses so badly they had
to kill it I guess nearly all
in the horses cried could hardly
get any one to kill it
THURSDAY, 25
About half sick had a notion
to let Sarah teach this afternoon
stuck it out myself. Ever so
glad to think that I am
going to have four weeks
holidays so much comfort
even if I cannot go to the states
Started for Mr. Stirlings
this morning about 5 O’clock
got 16 dollars back to BLs
at eight Johnny brought me
part way home tumbled
around the rest of the day
July SATURDAY, 27 1867.
See Friday
SUNDAY, 28
Did not go to meeting this
morning Charlie & Connie
up after meeting Abbie and
I went with Charlie for
a ride went to meeting in the
gig James Beaty spoke
MONDAY, 29
Rained this morning so
I could not go to Meaford
sewing all day went to Hirams
horse back tonight he is
sick
July TUESDAY, 30 1867.
Gang home about Eleven
Milton took me to Meaford
fell in with a lot of pic-
nicers had quite a time at
Mrs. Jays a short time
went to B. Ls coming
home got my trunk
WEDNESDAY, 31
Sewed all day Abbie help-
ed me rained this afternoon
after tea Sarah told me
Frank was coming he
had a rider also nearly
dark Hattie & Maggie
came about dark stayed all night
J went home
Hattie started off this
THURSDAY, 1
morning with the horse
and gig visited Miss Battys
school went on to Mr. Pattersons got our dinner
on up higher and higher visited J. Cooks school
we went up so high that the air became very thin
life became almost extinct even our horse failed
to do its former service thought it time to return
home cut up like 60
August FRIDAY, 2 1867.
Hattie & I f nished our trip
had a big time at Langs school
and in the brick under the hill
came home about two, ironed all
the afternoon Maggie & Hattie
went home this afternoon.
SATURDAY, 3
Fixed my coat this
forenoon Libbie & I went to
Meaford this afternoon no
money, no order rested
with Hattie a while walked
home Milton was going to hunt up
some money did not want him to
SUNDAY, 4
Mr. Mackie went to
meeting with us Mr. Lister
appeared very suddenly among
us talked to us very nicely
home in the gig pleasant chat
got a scolding and a present
went down to meeting in
the evening.
August MONDAY, 5 1867.
Did all sorts of trumpery
cut up like sixty sometimes
and sometimes just as much
the reverse changeable
little mortal at the best
always in one extreme or the other
TUESDAY, 4
At last we are about ready
to make a start for the great
Republic Lib & I went to M
got our money did a little
shopping saw ~~ about a
minute and a half
WEDNESDAY, 7
Started from home about 9 A.M.
took the boat for Collingwood
arrived 20 after 12 waited until
three for the cars to start in
Toronto after nine took a bus
for American Hotel. Fare 2.50
August THURSDAY, 8 1867.
Went to Kingston on the boat
took another boat for the cape the
cars for Mansville expenses
11.50 whole fare from Meaford
to Mansville 19 $ beautiful
weather a very pleasant trip
FRIDAY, 9
Came to Granpas today about
11O’clock they all know us
had one of the greatest times
ever heard of wrote a letter
home to Abbie Willie posted it
for me Mary & Auntie here
this afternoon
SATURDAY, 10
Spent the time very nicely
with the friends here Auntie
L. tried very hard to tease me
a little wrote a letter. Coram
called to take me home did
not want to go just yet
August SUNDAY, 11 1867.
The Disciples do not meet
here now some have died and many
have moved consequently I went
to the Methodist & Baptist along
with cousins Mary & Boardman
Fish visited the graveyard dozens of
my relatives there
MONDAY, 12
Granpa went to town got
Abbie a pretty knife. Cousin Walter
Mechem came up with the buses &
carriage to take us home with him
Aunt Lydia & Cousin Mary Fish went
too got here just dark had a nice
time this evening Cousin Phene has a [ ? ]
TUESDAY, 13
At uncle Meachems all day rained
spoiled all our plans had a
concert among ourselves tonight
beautiful moonlight had a
walk by moonlight but
there is something lacking
August WEDNESDAY, 14 1867.
Mother got
some photos
with M
A Week this morning since I started
the longest week ever put through. Us
young folks went to Pulaski showed me
all through the town came home. Mother and
the Aunties went down to their cousins after
dinner the two Mary’s were going but I played sick
so to get a chance to write but there was some company
came and they would not let me. Went with Walter for to
bring the folks home
THURSDAY, 15
then when we got home
all of us young folks went for a moonlight ride
Josephine and I slept together
last night for some cause we did not
rest very well so we went to bed this
afternoon while we were to sleep B. F came
after Mary stayed till after tea Uncle John
brought us to Granpas arrived little after dark
FRIDAY, 16
Visiting is awful hard work I think I am
awful tired to day one day this week
rode about 20 miles another 17 went
visiting this afternoon to S. Smiths
came home Willie and I had a good
chat he has a very sore throat
Nearly two weeks since I heard from my
Jamie would give something to see him just
one little while tonight
August SATURDAY, 17 1867.
Dotted down some of the occurences
of the day was just going to write some
cooking recipes when Walter and the rest
drove up going to cousin Eastmans. Rhoddie
hitched up the buggy mother and Lydia
went and I went with Walter we had
a time long to be embered going to sleep
with Aunt Lydia the rest of the young
folks went home
SUNDAY, 18
Mother went to see Mrs. Ss sister
read some in the good book some in
Mary Bunyan, did not go to meeting
had a nice shower pleasnat talk
with cousins H and M Hunt
Cousin Charley brought us home
MONDAY, 19
about noon chatted with Granpa
most of the afternoon about dusk my
dear cousin Mary Fish came to speak
a short time with me Boardman came
to go home with her. Auntie Elsie
is quite sick tonight so uncle is
not quite so jolly as he was
August TUESDAY, 20 1867.
WEDNESDAY, 21
THURSDAY, 22
called on Mrs. Salisberry
Mary gave me her picture B gave his too
so [?] took it back
expect to leave
here tomorrow
for home
Went to sleep last night thinknig
about my pet Jamie as usual dreamt
a whole pile about hime thought I would
get a letter to day but no letter for
I was [?] Mary. Went down to see my
dear cousin Mary her and B came home
with me spent the evening such a good good
time we did have all to ourselves in the bed-
room showed them our pictures
We said goddbye to all the dear
ones at Granpas is was a trying matter
for all parties for it is possible we
will never see them again cousin W
brought us 8 miles to uncle John Meachems
Cousin Walter & Phene 10 mile
to uncle T. Brewster we came through
all sorts of country but there
was one very beautiful place
it was a chestnut grove the
trees formed an arch over our heads
so low that I could stand up in
the carriage and touch them
we called at Libbies but she was not at home
August FRIDAY, 23 1867.
Arrived at uncles last night
about six cousin Ada has a splendid
Piano gave us some music from
it. Went all through the salt-
works visited cousin E & G
wrote two letter and posted
them
SATURDAY, 24
Today is aunt Amandas birth-
day up to the elbows picking this
forenoon to the city twice this
afternoon the guests arrived at
six uncle Jud came with them
splendid presents & music
SUNDAY, 25
Uncle Jim brought us to
uncle Judsons met a funeral
folks all away from home
uncle went and got them
cousin Theo is a dear girl
and uncle Jud is just one
of the best men that ever
lived indeed they are all as good as good
August MONDAY, 26 1867.
Went to school with Thedie
called to see Mrs. Boot in the
evening came home about 8 went
down town again saw Nate
Hunter got a letter from Abbie
the f rst one I have had nice time
with my good old uncle
TUESDAY, 27
Up and off this morning by seven
Uncle & Auntie came with to cars
good byes all said and away we
whirred for Rochester Nettie
is a little chatterbox her & I went
up to the corners this evening to
hear the band
WEDNESDAY, 28 Auntie away
Mr. Stephens called [ ? ]
Net & I went to the bank 40 pr[?]
did some shopping. got such
a bad cold could not speak
loud some of the time Auntie f red
us up a dose they think I am
in bed now but they are a little
bit fouled Auntie came home about 10 O’clock
August THURSDAY, 29
Spent this forenoon strolling
on Mt. Hope had a splendid
view of the city. Uncle came
with us 8 mile on the cars
as far as Charlotte seen us safe
aboard the steamer Cataract
FRIDAY, 30
Started for Toronto about six
was to arrive 5 this morning but
but a storm drove us back to
port and Oh! ~ its no use
to try to write anything about it
all I can say is that it was one day
of misery.
SATURDAY, 31
Yesterday about 4 took cars for Rochester
changed cars for the falls just
dark a little view of the splendour
of nature changed cars for
Hamilton stayed all night morning
train for Toronto there at noon dinner
at Jns G. good visit with all the folks
all got the election fever started at 4 for
Collingwood arrived between 9 & 10 all night at Camerons
September SUNDAY, 1 1867.
First day of fall perfectly awful
cold hired conveyance here cost 4$
dined at Mr. Hamiltons called to see
Mrs. Jay. C went for Milton, home
to my dear old home just dark all my
dear pets were there dear good time
MONDAY, 2
Came over in the gig nearly froze
my toes started off for school once
home eleven scholars teaching
seems more of a pleasure than when
I quit P. T. called this afternoon
Myria makes me talk so much I
cannot get any time to write to my friends
TUESDAY, 3
f fteen scholars to day , more
than I expected rained nearly
all day it seems to me there must
have been a mistake in the
seasons this year that fall
instead of summer followed
spring. Wrote to Granpa
September WEDNESDAY, 4 1867.
This morning wrote to Nate Brew
came home for my dinner had
17 scholars wrote to Phene
Meachem after school
called on Mrs. J. L came
home chatted long while with
Myria after the folks were gone to bed
THURSDAY, 5
My scholars still on the
increase two more today. Oh!
dear me everything goes wrong
this week just because I am
not in a tune for teaching
I think my holidays spoiled me
it is 10 and B.L are drawing in yet
FRIDAY, 6
Walked home carried a
basket of crabs got there
about dark Abbie rocking
her self as usual and all
the rest accordingly
September SATURDAY, 7 1867.
Libbie came home loud time
talking went to Meaford on
horseback saw some of my
friends posted f ve letters
the other side W. F came
about 10 O’clock our folks
drawing in till late
SUNDAY 8
To meeting long time since
here before knew how to enjoy
it Bryans & Hirams to our place
to dinner J.&H called ride to cut
up as usual of late a general [ ? ]
in the evening they stay all night
slept with Hattie
MONDAY, 9
Quite a chat with Jamie this noon
very pleasnat because unexpected
unpleasant because so soon ended
bother bother to these visitings
much pleasanter to have them
without as many ends Jamie thinks
so I know
One of took a notion to go home came back
September TUESDAY, 10 1867.
Teaching went along f nely to day some
few of my scholars were foolish enough
to leave and go to Meaford or rather their
parents were foolish enough to let
them sewing this evening beginning
to get things picked up a little
WEDNESDAY, 11
Feel today as if I might have gone through
a sawmill or something worse last
night Thought Jamie was
going to f nd this space did
not so I am not going to
THURSDAY, 12
Jamie stayed here all night
went away and came back again
and left again started some
braiding not a bit sleepy
it is such a nice warm
evening
SUNDAY, 15
September FRIDAY, 13 1867.
Walked home called
to Bs & Gs home just as
the moon rose beautiful
eclipse lasted some time
Rebecca here spinning
would not let me sleep
with Abbie
SATURDAY, 14
Visiting at B S & R L. Libbie
had business to Mr. Batty
this forenoon too tired to go
any where else going to
sleep with Abbie
Our folks all pitched in that
I should stay home got the
dinner alll ready waited an
hour did not get home till six
then mother came in with a black
eye the f rst thing I heard was that
Mrs. T was dangerously sick got it all jangled
up together started for BL in the midst
of it if I had wings why wouldn’t I f y
September MONDAY, 16 1867.
Sarah was going to Meaford
tomorrow got her to go today
so I could hear from the [ ? ]
heard that she was better but afraid
soon be worse if I could only go
one little while Oh if somebody would
only say, “go Mary” I would spite of everything
TUESDAY, 17
All is suspence here not
heard one word today
WEDNESDAY, 18
Made up my mind the folks
are better or I should have heard
from some quarter read some
in the review for others some in Ee
about Gabriel O my beloved Myria
thought it very appropriate
September THURSDAY, 19 1867.
School half day to W Bs childs
funeral this afternoon from that
Saran & I went to Meaford called
on Mrs. Jay I got a new dress
rode part way home horseback
FRIDAY, 20
Mr. Cook wished me to
tell the scholars he would
preach that evening walked
home Lib there before me
SATURDAY, 21
Had a great dream last
night started for the shore
[?] 5 to 12 to Kates & after I
stayed till after three
she went with me down
Through the Cedar Grove
Mrs. Trout a good deal better
September SATURDAY, 28 1867.
A lot of us went to Meaford
Abbie had some pictures
taken, pretty well used up
Lib letter her & I called on
H. C at his new residence
wanted to know if an bookseller
SUNDAY, 29
Went to meeting this morning
awfully cold saw ~ few
minutes before meeting came
over to BL about dark a lot
of his relations here to see him
MONDAY, 30
Scarcely got up time enough
to get to school between walking
sleeping & eating ought to get
fat will forget to get up
at all tomorrow if dont hurry
to bed nearly 11
October TUESDAY, 1 1867.
Teaching
Younguns
one poor little fellow afraid
of staying in all night
WEDNESDAY, 2
Went to school through
the rain only two scholars
came home went to Meaford
with B.Ls f rst time ever
at fall show saw a lot of
my old friends
THURSDAY, 3
Went to Mr. Stirlings
on business had a good
chat
October FRIDAY, 4 1867.
Maggie & I came to
school together Lib
assisted my school short
time this afternoon cleaned
the school house quite a while
after dark when Lib and I
got home
SATURDAY, 5
Lib was in splendid
spirits which led
us to expect somebody
not disappointed arrived
after dark
SUNDAY, 6
To meeting L & I did the
speaking ~ came up in
the afternoon had one
of the loudest times ever
struck up . B.P. going to
stay a week with Abbie
October MONDAY, 7 1867.
T. came with me to the 7th
did not see any Evil Genius
awfully sleepy all day
TUESDAY, 8
Mr. Linn spent the evening
with us very pleasant fellow
to chat with had some
impertinent questions to ask
WEDNESDAY, 9
Grey dripping day saving
after school B L had
a pearing bee among
themselves reading in
the review at school
sent a pamphlet to Mr. Stirling
October THURSDAY, 10 1867.
Heard that Mrs. T. was
dead cannot credit it Messrs
Johnston & Hamilton died
night before last funerals
today poor me cannot go
FRIDAY, 11
Walked home through
mud & rain could not
stay at the 7th could
get no news in that corner
SATURDAY, 12
Helped Sarah all day
Lib came along little before
dark Fleming made
his appearance shortly
after tea spent f rst
of the evening in the off ce
Aunt Lydia writes me some
sad news Uncle Sheldon is dead
sick only two days
October SUNDAY, 13 1867
Went to meeting around
by the gravel seen Bessie safe-
ly at home Mr. T. back to
meeting again home by
5 or 6 never went through
such mud in my life
All of us up to H. J. Cs in the evening
a great sing
MONDAY, 14
Stayed to Hirams all
night walked over this
morning B Ls got the
thrashing machine
TUESDAY, 15
Very agreeably surprised this
evening when Jamie came
in his pleasant count was
telling Hattie everything was
rolling on smoothly told me
a great long story while the folks
were paring apples went to bed
in pretty good season considering that
Jamie was up to all sorts of fun
October WEDNESDAY, 16 1867
My company stayed with
me till school time
Everything went off f nely
to school the scholars all
very studious
THURSDAY, 17
Beautiful weather all the
week very pleasant to me
because the scholars are
always much better on
sunny days quite a thunder
storm this afternoon for October
A. Mc called this afternoon
FRIDAY, 18
To day is my birth day
20 years old is it possible
It seems so short a time
since I went to the old
school and us children
played camp meeting
on F[ ? ] hill
October SATURDAY< 19 1867.
Lydia had a lot of her
relations helping her
to make up the f ame
got home I heard that
W. Johnston was dead
SUNDAY, 20
Fleming took a preacher
to Meaford this morning
took Jim to the point
and back got home about
dark Sarah and I spent
the evening at Georges
Abbie came home this morning
MONDAY, 21
Walked over to 7th this
morning a stranger here
all night friend of
J. Hunter
October TUESDAY, 22
Some what rainy
B. Ls folks over to
the 9th been up stairs
all alone all the eve-
ning they are all gone
to bed have to be moving
off
WEDNESDAY, 23
We all went to W. Ls
to pare apples took the
machine Mr. Wards
folks there with theirs
home about eleven
THURSDAY, 24
Went to Mr. McLeans
staying over night
Mother got a letter andmetal photograph
October FRIDAY, 25 1867
Got home shortly after
dark a lot of our relations
here to help us cut apples
Catherina here all night
she has been up a day or
two getting home sick I
got a letter from cousin Nettie
SATURDAY, 26
Milton Kate & Lib went
to Meaford this afternoon
Abbie & I writing letters while
they were gone
SUNDAY, 27
Went to meeting this
morning up the shore
this afternoon did not
get sold came home in the
gig after dark another
one of those good times
which we always have
October MONDAY, 28 1867
Jamie brought me over
this morning pretty near
cold enough to be pleasant
quite warm in the middle
of the day quite cloudy
had a go at old sing.
TUESDAY, 29
Tried to rain this morning
Mr. Whitelaw over a
while is building his
son a new house took
our machine over to W.B
helped them all evening
WEDNESDAY, 30
Myria & Bryan to Meaford
took Hattie got her pictures
taken
October THURSDAY, 31 1867.
Bryans folks over to
J. Ls with their machine
stayed home had a great
sing. J. M. boasting
how good he was
going to be to his wife
November FRIDAY, 1
Today is S. Ls birth day
Anniversary nice little time
I am knitting knitting
knitting such awful
work.
SATURDAY, 2
Went to Meaford with
B. L. got Hatties & Adahs
pictures went home with
B.P. got dinner walked
home after dinner Lib had
just got in ahead of me
November SUNDAY, 3 1867.
Rained this morning
did not go to meeting
considerable hail H. H.
up with horse & buggy to
H. C. brought me over to
B. Ls tonight after the rain
Hattie gave me one of her pictures
MONDAY, 4
The white f akes are
warning us to wrap our
overcoats closer around
us the ground looks
quite becoming in her robe
of white and the moon smiling
down on her enriches the scene
TUESDAY, 5
Beautiful white carpet
to go to school on this
morning it all disappeared
at night. Went to L. Ls
to out aps. they will not
get one in a corner
again. I’ll not bother
take them
November WEDNESDAY, 6 1867.
I am mad vexed
cross if any one comes
too near me I’ll
bite them
THURSDAY, 7
B. Ls folks are cutting
apples I started some
more knitting
FRIDAY, 8
S & E. L called to the
school for me to go
home with them
Sarah & Will came over
and picked apples for
us with the machine
November SATURDAY, 9 1867.
Sewing all day Abbie
& I had a big singing
time called at G. W.
about two minutes. J. D.
here this evening to see
about the school.
SUNDAY, 10
Went to meeting beautiful
day and the roads not very bad
~ came home with us and
so did A.P. had quite a time
in the afternoon a bold
time in the evening beautiful
moonlight
MONDAY, 11
Two new scholars today
away from Kingston large
school. Moving
again tonight
November TUESDAY, 12 1867.
Quite a storm this
morning. The folks
all away to the sale did
not buy themselves
rich.
WEDNESDAY, 13
Glorious sunset
very pretty overhead
but quite a mess
under foot wonder
if Mr. Deloon is
sealed
THURSDAY, 14
All sorts and kinds
of weather to day rain
hail snow and sun-
shine Sarah Adah &
I went to Mr. Shields
spent a very pleasant
evening
November FRIDAY, 15 1867.
Walked right from
the school house & got
home just dark
two or three folks to
help peel apples
quite a time with
P. D
SATURDAY, 16
November MONDAY, 18 1867.
Cold and snowing
all this forenoon some
of the little fellows
came crying this
morning 34 scholars
TUESDAY, 19
November THURSDAY, 21 1867.
Myria with Mrs. Jay
all day got a lot of news
when she came home
they had some great
times out to the wed-
ding
FRIDAY, 22
The roads are all
mud mud did not
go home tonight
cutting up all sorts to
keep from getting lonely
f nished my knitting did some
washing
SATURDAY, 23
Went nearly to the
Gravel on horseback
up to R. C. hill after
dinner the f rst thing
that caught my eye
got home was buggy
November SUNDAY, 24 1867.
In this diary I write with Joy
For here is written my Dear boy
And the writers love I ne’er can doubt
When she calls her dear boy J. Trout
And that Dear boys love can never vary
While heaven bless him with the
love of Mary
MONDAY, 25
Drizzle drizzle or
pouring all day Abbie
did not come f xed my
bunk this evening feel a
little bit snoozy
TUESDAY, 26
Fleming went by
the school house afoot
but no Abbie came
Jim quite put out
because he is not
going to be hired
November WEDNESDAY, 27 1867.
I have 36 scholars
coming to me now that
I would not exchange for
any other 36 that I know of &
if their parents were off in
heathendom think I could
make something of them
THURSDAY, 28
Myria and Bryan were
to Mr. Osbornes & W. Laycox
did not get home until nearly
10 the folks were singing all the
evening I made a belt Jims
time is out to night
FRIDAY, 29
Jim Martin went away this
morning felt awful bad
when he carried out his chest
fancied he was following a
coff n. Snowed & blowed
so it is no use of thinking
of going home
November SATURDAY, 30 1867
Trimmed my hat made
a dress skirt awful cold
and snowing & blowing so
that I am fenced in
and the windows are frozen
over so I can scarcely see
out
December SUNDAY, 1
The f rst day of winter
pretty cold tried to coax
B. L to go to meeting did
not succeed read all
day tried to sing some
did not make out rich
MONDAY, 2
Our new hired man
came this morning
f nished my dress this
evening to bed 11
December TUESDAY, 3 1867.
Storming like sixty
to day can hardly
keep from freezing
knitting mittens this
evening
WEDNESDAY, 4
Kept some of my
youngsters in to night
they do enjoy some
right up and down
sport going down hill
Put me in mind of old
times W. Mackie here this evening
THURSDAY, 5
Had quite an exhibition
fewer here this evening
I picked out one little piece
about the crickets
December FRIDAY, 6 1867.
Thawing all day storming
now so I guess I will not
lose my ride tomorrow
expected Mackies
here this evening did
not come
SATURDAY, 7 my f rst ride
B. L s folks went over
to cut wood went along
mother away from home
down to see Lydia who is very
sick it was so stormy had
to come home with them
I felt sorry for poor little Abbie
SUNDAY, 8
Went to meeting with B.L
the meeting house all changed
around one wandering one
brought back to the fold
came home in the cutter the folks
went to see Lydia she is very
bad home about ten
December MONDAY, 9 1867.
Cold stormy morning
B took us to school
with the oxen it
looks as if winter
had set in
TUESDAY, 10
Has not got done
storming yet everything
went to [ ? ] to school
I expect is is my fault
as Jamie tells me but
I must say along with
Sarah it is too nice to stay
in the house tonight
WEDNESDAY, 11
B. L committing
murder on a large
scale - such a nice
evening I do think B. L
might go to see how
Lydia is
December THURSDAY, 12 1867.
Charley brought us to
school this morning
awful awful cold brought
us home again. Hattie
is in great glee because
she is going to sleep with
me
FRIDAY, 13
The teams are f ying
round today like as if if
was town meeting in the city
SATURDAY, 14
Home all day B. L
had the sawing machine
f nished my mittens
Finished my dress
December SUNDAY, 15 1867.
Went to meeting with
B. L home with our
folks two girls there
B brought mother home
took Abbie & I back
MONDAY, 16
Sawing machine here
yet cut out a dress
helping her make it
it is so pleasant to have
Abbie with me
TUESDAY, 17
Helping Abbie again
Miss Mc called to
school this afternoon
it is 11 and here Myria
sits I am afraid she is not
going to night we had a
great talk about old times
December WEDNESDAY, 18 1867.
Jamie here tonight took
me to H.J.Cs for a ride
back about ten hair
curled no goodbye home
eleven bed near twelve
THURSDAY, 19
Working at sleeves
scholars quite put
out did not know
examination
FRIDAY, 20
Examination this fore-
noon no school this after-
noon Miss Mc came
home with a whole
lot of folks and
quite a time generally
$ 11
December SATURDAY, 21 1867.
We all went to Meaford
Abbie disappointed about
her pictures got some
books cards etc, for
scholars
SUNDAY, 22
Got all ready for meeting
Bryan went after horses and
stayed home after all
Cutter drove about dark
soon found out it was
Frank stayed all night
it was so stormy
MONDAY, 23
Folks went away this
morning about daylight
some pretty big drifts
going to school The
Italian here all night
making Mottoes
December TUESDAY, 24 1867.
Had a very pleasant
time this evening H & Lwere
over had a very nice Christmas
tree some singing just as the presents
were distributed surprised me by
a present also
WEDNESDAY, 25
Abbie & I came home this
morning in the cutter this morning
made out my report alone all
day got some Christmas presents
with folks
THURSDAY, 26
Monday May 18/68
It rained all day Thursday
Friday Labour day and Sunday till about
night wrote a letter to cousin Will
and one to J. E. Laycox walked up this
morning in the mud went to Georges
yesterday rest of the day with Abbie
May 28/68
Went to meeting last Sunday
with the waggon f rst time Meaford
full of people. Bros Layton & Cox
spoke special company in the after-
noon a very pleasant evening
stayed all night up in the gig
next morning
Very pleasant warm weather
this week. The leaves are all
out everything looks green good
many Flowers out. Mr. Bond
brought me a bouquet this morning
some tulips in it other nice
f owers visiting twice this week
Wednesday June 3
Last Sunday our folks went up the
shore Abbie was Immersed in
the evening the occasion was
the most solemn of anything
of the sort that I ever care
to see
June 17
The last two weeks have been
full of events Bryan has been
very sick and many of us
were called to what we supposed
to be his death bed but God in
his providence has ordained
it otherwise it is a great thing
and mercy that he has been
spared to his little ones a
while longer but he was
not afraid to go. Death
had no terror to him he
bid them all a long farewell
when he was so willing we could
not wish him to stay but it is a
pleasure to think he is getting better
same
Fleming came down more than
a week ago Lib did not come
with him Abbie has been
away all this month she
went to Meaford the 5 th
been there since! school
goes pretty tough since I was
to Bryans seems I have
not life enough to keep
the school going as it
ought to be. Invited to
a picking bee this afternoon
at C. Ls going I expect
Two marriages Sarah Leavens and
Die Family both living Meaford
Thursday June 25
Bryan is still very poorly
mother and Milton are still
there most of the time
Mil & I did not go to
meeting last Sunday Sarah walked
down Abbie was there Frederick
took her and he brought
her home in the evening
she enjoyed herself f rst
rate and did not seem to
be as tired as might be
expected came up in the
gig in the evening. Sarah
was up here yesterday she
says all the Derby folks were
down Monday in the S.S excursion
Will and Lib went up to
Bryans. Went to the 11th
with Sarah to Mc Kinis
“bee” in the evening
My scholars are mostly
sick with the measles
only had 17 today and 18
are sick, Henry brought
us in some Strawberries
this evening Mrs. Long
away to Euphrasia
Farewell
When eyes are beaming
What never tongue can tell
When tears are streaming
From their crystal cell
When hands are linked that dread to part
And heart is not by throbbing heart
O! bitter bitter is the smart
Of them that bid farewell
When hope is hidden
That bain of bliss would tell
And love forbidden
I the breast to dwell
When fettered by a viewless chain
We turn and gaze and turn again
Oh! death were merry to the pain
Of them that bid farewell
Heber
Human Life
Man’s life a book of history
The leaves thereof are days
The letters mercies closely joined
The title is Gods praise Mason
Another
We live in deeds, not gears;
in thoughts not breaths; in feel-
ings not in f gures over dial.
He most lives who thinks
most; feels the noblest, are to
the best.
Baily
From social intercourse
are derived some of the highest
enjoyments of life. Where there
is a free interchange of sentiment
The mind acquires new ideas;
and by a frequent excercise of
its powers the understanding
gains much vigour.
The rule to be observed
in all conversation is -
that we should not talk
to ease ourselves but
those that hear us.
Wednesday Aug 28 / 68
My visiting is coming to
a close for this time expect
to start for Canada tomorrow
evening. I am in Rochester
at present came here yester-
day. Linds & Net were home
but auntie was gone to Gates.
They were extremely glat to
see us it being 29 years
since mother saw them.
Nettie is a little chatter box
I am glad for she can
make up for my quietness
one of Libbies old teachers
called here this evening
her old perceptress is
married she got 600
worth of presents/ Net &
I went down to the city
this afternoon did some
shopping got a very bad cold
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