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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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JULY 1888 1893

19 20 Thursday

the Weather continues dry and hot. every body around is driving hard at the hay. the sound of the Mower is busy every where around, and it is well it is so, as the weather is very favorable and the hay is getting pretty ripe. and some of it is very heavy. I have been helping the Boys unload working the hay fork for Willie. and going over to Johny's at the interval of Willies loading. Margaret and I went down to Everton this evening going by way of Joe Hindley's for a fork that had been left there, and calling at David Robertsons to see their sick pet, Geordie, who was a little better. Dr. McCullough & Dryden have both been attending to him and they have grave fears for his recovery. we then drove to Everton before coming home so as to get the mail. a Photograph of the drug store in Holyoke with Alex & Mr Fessant is view came to hand to night. {in margin} slendid haying weather and every body hard at it. a drive round by Joe Hindley, David Robertson, Everton and home. Holyoke drugstore Photo.

20 21 Friday

Very dry & hot. splendid hay weather. Johny got in all the hay he had cut by noon and spent the balance (and and Boy) of the day, at his turnips. I have been helping what I could to help off their loads of hay as they drove them in. I worked the hayfork for Willie - Ewart & Willie in the mow and Johny Rafferty leads out the Mare (the Morton) she is good at the job. I fixed up the lawn mower by taking it apart I found the cog wheels were badly filled up. and after putting it together again and oiling it up, it went so much easier- it was not like the same machine at all. Maggie & Minnie drove down for Minnie to see Dr Dryden. Maggie stayed with Mary, and Minnie returned home alone - it seems Annie Abbott gave Minnie quite a tongue threshing because (as she contends) she (or some others of the family, I suppose) were neglecting Mary who was not fit to be left alone. I think Annie overstepped her duty a little. {in margin} haying & turnip hoeing. drawing in hay. David Robertson's child very sick. Mary sick and Maggie staying with her.

21 22 Saturday

A very drying day although not so hot as some of the past. there were indications of rain this morning but they past off without result beyond a little sprinkling at Guelph. Margaret and I drove Fred & buggie to Guelph. starting at 7 oclock and getting there at 9.15. we had a bulky load of market produce. 30 dozen eggs (15 cts per doz, 7 doz for J. Abbott & 9 for Mary and 4 for Jeenie) a crock of butter for Joe Fielding 24 lbs at 18 cts to be applied on the sugar {A?c} at Penfields -18 lbs of rolls at 19cts a pail of raspberries $1.00. got the tires of hind wheels set on buggie. paid a dollar. fixed the top a little. no charge. got 25cts oats for the colt. 25cts bird seed 5 lbs at Fittsimmons, picture framed (Alex & Fessant at store) and (Cincinatti & Chicago friends $1.60. shoes each for Ewart $1.50. Maggie $100. Minnie $1.25 = $3.75. walked up to Gowdys for a guard for mower 25cts (paid). gave back one that didn't fit. Willie finished his haying excepting fence corners. Johny has been working at his turnips. Maggie has been with Mary for a day or two and we called there on our way home from Guelph. {in margin} Willie finished haying except for corners. Guelph marketing Butter, Eggs & fruit. quite a number of purchases.

22 23 Sunday

A much cooler day than what has prevailed for sometime. the effect, probably, of thunder somewhere around. the ground is getting very dry now and the dust deep. Margaret and I have been at home all day exce-pting that I went down to Webbs in the evening. Mr & Mrs Henry Duffield gave us a Call in the evening and we escorted them to the side road homewards. the girls were twice at Everton. Geo. & Mary came up this afternoon. Mary is staying for awhile, not being well. Willie & Jeenie at Mimosa this afternoon till late. Johny & Lizzie also away at the same time. {in margin} kept home all day. George & Mary visiting & visited.

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