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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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MARCH 1888 1893

19 20 Monday

Frosty last night but became mild and threatning looking through the day and later on snow began to fall, which turned to rain. Willie and I hauled 4 loads of tamarac poles out of the swamp this afternoon. he took a load of wood to Abbotts at Everton finishing up the contract with, he thinks, a little to spare. Joe & Margaret have been away visiting to day at David Robertsons and Joseph Hindley's. Mr Dunbar came over to see me about the new arrangements in connection with the Riley Society which takes effect on the 1st of April. we went over together to Erin, and Mr Wood could throw very little light on the matter. he promised however, to look into it and report immediately. I returned by way of Dunbars having left our Pony there, while Mr Dunbar drove one of his horses over to Erin. about 3 oclock A. M. before retiring to bed. {in margin} Snow. hauling tamarac poles out of the swamp to home. Mr Dunbar and I drove over to Erin tonight -

20 21 Tuesday

Rain last night and this has been a very soft day on the snow. the snow has wasted a great deal but, the air being cool kept the snow intact longer than it would otherwise have been. Joe an margaret have been visiting to day at Millers and from that to Evertonwhere they spent some time with Abbotts as well as with Mary,. Willie and I have been drawing home tamarac poles for sawing with the circular saw. we drew up 2 loads before dinner and 5 afternoon, making 7 to day, and 11 loads in all so far. I drew up a load of dry stove wood before starting at the swamp this morning. Jeenie had Billie and the cutter away to Mimosa to day and we worked old Frank with the Morton Mare to day. received a Letter from Brother Alex to day - {in margin} old James Kilgour died last night at Guelph - Joe and Margaret visiting to day. drew home 7 loads tamarac poles.

21 22 Wednesday

Considerable frost last night which dried up the ground and checked the flow of water that set in from yesterdays thaw. Willie and I finished drawing the poles out of the swamp, excepting some cedar there were 4 loads, making 15 loads in all. Willie cut down some to make a full load the last time while I drew up and disposed of the 15th load. Joe is moving round and talks of going home tomorrow. he thinks however he may remain over so as to attend the funeral of James Kilgrour. Joe and I helped Willie to clean up a grist which he intends taking to Birge's Mill tomorrow. 10 Bags chop (oats) {in margin} finished drawing the tamarac poles. 15 loads - Joe McIntosh and I attended the funeral of James Kilgrour - Willie drove over to Birge's Mill -

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