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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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MARCH - APRIL 1888 1893

20 30 Thursday

Quite a fall of snow last night, and the wind howled and blew a hurricane. this however has been a mild and thawing day and all the snow that fell was all gone shortly after dinner time. I have been working in the shoe shop a part of the day. half soled and otherwise repaired a boot for Willie and also half soled a Boot for Johny. the other I did yesterday. I have been choring some around also. Johny has been cutting in the swamp this afternoon. George McWilliams has helped him. Willie has been drawing home some wood from the bush. one of stove wood, the other is logs to cut with the crosscut. Johny's calf died to day. it is wonderful it lived so ling under the circumstances. {in margin} shoe mending to day. Johny and George MCWilliam cutting poles at swamp. Willie drawing wood from bush. calf died to day.

30 31 Friday

A very fine day. the snow suffers through the day, although a little frost at night that generally prevails, keeps it lingering some longer. Johny has drawn 3 loads of poles home this forenoon from the swamp. he fears the swamp and road are about to break up and prevent him from getting enough home. Ewart and I drew up a couple of loads of stove wood from bush. the 1st one (Ewart brought) was the elm that I cut in the northeast corner of the bush. Willie attended Thpmas Webb's sawing bee all day. Johny did so this afternoon. Margaret and I visited John Webb's folks this evening. Mrs Webb was upset out of the cutter about a week ago and got hurt. she is not well yet although some better than she was.

31 April 1st Saturday

This morning opened up rather unpromisingly. it was rather dull and threatning looking and rain fell for quite a while. it cleared up however and the day turned out not so bad after all. Lizzie accompanied the McWilliams to Guelph. they got 20cts for butter. 14c for eggs. I have not been well to day, pains in back, chest and head. La Grippe symptoms. I put on a heel & sewed a hole in Alfred Duffields Boot. also 1/2 soled Ewarts Boots, also fixed up our single harness some.

April 1 2 Sunday

Weather getting softer and as this is now fairly into April it is time that we had such weather as will clear away all the snow and bring us spring - it is only within this last few days that the runners have ceased to slide and altogether to resort to the wheels again. Minnie & Maggie drove the Pony to meeting this forenoon. they did not go out afternoon.

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