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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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MAY 1888 1893

7 8

A very fine day. the sun has shone out brightly all day, and it has been warm and drying. the land is getting in much better condition for working on and people being so far behind are very eager to make the best of it. Johny has cultivated his sod and made it ready for sowing his peas. I helped him clean them up to night. Willie has been plowing with the three horses again to day. he says he plowed 36 yds wide and 40 rods long (over and acre & half) I mended up a pair of shoes for Johny and also 1/2 soled and otherwise repaired Johny Rafferty's shoes. after getting done with thiose things I started the garden work. burning the rubbish and commenced to regulate the Rhubard bed. Minnie was to see the Dr to day. he says she is improving.

8 9 Tuesday

Another very fine, warm, drying day. the sun has shone brightly and I was astonished to find the thermometor register 86 degrees. it was in the sun however, and not exposed to the cold wind. Johny has sowed all his peas in the sod patch and harrowed them and nearly completed the rolling . Willie has plowed all day. he sold his steer to Barbers at 5 1/4 cts to be delivered in June. he also sold his 8 white hogs at 6.20 per lbs to be delivered on next Thursday. I have been digging the Rhubarb patch and planted 19 new eyes and 12 of the old. the women have been cleaning up the rooms to day. coal stove &c. I had a telegram to day from Alex. he wants the money at once.

9 10 Wednesday

Another very warm day and very drying. the land is getting nice for working now. Johny helped me out with 9 loads of manure this forenoon. he brought his team and trucks. we are preparing for our onions and early potatoes also the garden patch. After dinner I helped Johny out with 4 loads of manure and spread it from the waggon. after getting through with Johny I spread the nine loads of dung and Willie started to plow it in. after Ewart had his tea he plowed the balance of the time and Willie took the old mare up to Jestins and brought down the hog rack. Willie is pretty well through with plowing the sod. both he & Johny are further behind than they care for. but the land has been so wet.

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