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Courtland Olds Diary, 1887


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October THURSDAY 13 1887

The boys and I got ready a the balance of the apples gathered to day. Have dug potatoes as well. I went out to Dover with six barrels of Apples sold to Watts. Was greatly surprised to find that the Knitting mill of Bro. Ellis was on fire. Watched it burning for a couple of hours. The large establishment was quickly demolished with all its valuable machinery and other stock. It took fire at about half past ten. A. M. Continued burning for several hours. Our friend Ida Skinner came this evening and is staying over night with us togather with Mrs Holcomb.

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October FRIDAY 14 1887

We killed a sheep this morning, the boys and I, for home use. Lewis and I cleaned up a load of oats afterwards while Joe went over to James Challand's the to help thresh. We are about square now on exchange of work for this year. I went up to Simcoe this afternoon to look after certain matters relating to our Mortgage. Succeeded in geting a loan of Dr. Woodsworth to cover the old one, & some other debts besides. Went to Holcomb after ma on the way home. Had tea with them.

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