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Forbes Moir Diary, 1884-1904

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1889 == === 36 =

April 21 A Great Day of Drouth & high wind that Drifted the Sand in Places 3 ft deep " 22 Finished Plowing Turnip land for wheat Shower of Snow & Frost " 23 to Guelph for Statues & Grass Seed " 24 to Belwood. Rain & Thunder in afternoon Swallows " 25 Sowing Wheat Dark & Cool " 26 Sowing Grass seed " 27 Finished wheelbarrow. Rainy all day " 29 Cold with Driving Showers of Snow May 1 " Sowing oats Started to Plow Sod. Calf {calf is circled} " 2 Sowing Grass seed & Harrowing " 4 Warmer & Clear the first time for 10 Days " 5 Sowing Grass Seed in missed Places Went to Fergus " 6 Sowing Permanent grass Seed quite warm " 8 & 9 very hot 88 in the shade Plowing Sod " 10 Thunder & Some Rain Wild Plums in Blossom & Trees in Leaf. J. Chapman here Plowing Hot " 11 Cooler finished Plowing & Sowing (oats & Peas) " 13 Warmer Harrowing " 14 at Fergus with Catte {Cattle?} 2280 @ 4cts - 4.00 Hot " 15 Thunder & good rain " 16 Harrowing Turnip land Cooler " 18 Digging in Garden. Kelsey here for turnips. Hot " 19 young Cattle out all night. Foal. 1 month & 3 days over " 20.21 & 22 Cold windy days " 23 Foal died. To fergus with Chop " 24 Sheep {lost?} Windy " 25 A {at} Belwood for churn to Rodgers " 27 Whitewashing. Rain all afternoon Cool " 28 Snowing & very Cold all day Heavy Frost " 29 Started to Plow Turnip land. Mrs Moir & Sarah here Mare served Rainy afternoon " 30 Rain all last night & today Cold & high wind

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May 31 Warmer. Rain all Last night River higher than it has been {since?} spring damp all day June 1 Cool yet & Damp " 3 warmer Plowing rain a {at} night. C.N.R. filling {Tre..cut off} " 5 Cool and Some rain " 6 First Dry day since the 27th May finished Plowing {T...cut off} " 7 Rain as usual " 8 To Belwood got mare shod. Rain " 9 Cutting Potatoes. Rain (9) rain " 10 Planted Potatoes 4 D. {illegible} 13 {Sta...?} 16 {8?} {C...?} " 12 at Fergus with grist & chop Fine " 13 Some rain warm " 14 Sowing Turnips washing Sheep horses {o...cut off} all {?..cut off} " 15 hot Sowed Beans & corn " 16 at W. Gerries. Thunder & heavy Rain " 17 very hot. at Fergus with hay " 18 Cooler Clipped Sheep Planted Cabbage " 19 Rain again Crops badly drowned out " 20 at Fergus with Hay warm " 21 very Heavy Rain filled big Ditch with Sand Trestle {Dun..cut off} " 24 Started Road work Drilling Turnips " 25 Funeral of Fred White Drowned on the 23rd " 26 Finished Sowing Turnips Hot " 27 Drawing wood from Swamp Close & {?..cut off} " 29 helping D. Milne with Turnips very hot July 1 " " " " " " " 2 Broadfoots raising very hot 90 Thunder & heavy {rain? cut off} " 3 at Fergus Slight Rain " 4 at Culls hot " 5 at Jas Kennedy's & Fergus " 7 hot J & W Gerrie here " 8 Scuffling Turnips

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July 10 This Last 4 Days 93 & 94 in the Shade to Night a Thunder storm & high Wind Laid Grain " 11 at D. Milnes Raising of {B...?} to Barn very hot " 12 Mowing warm " 13 Scuffling Potatoes thinning Turnips Coling Hay (13) Thunder & Rain " 14 Finished Scuffling Turnips first time " 17 Mowing Cooler " 18 Finished Mowing first field " 19 Coling hay to Belwood for money for Moving Sand from Ditch " 20 " Hay to fergus Paid Monteith for Ditch. Cool " 22 First field of hay in " 23 Molding up Potatoes Cool " 24 Putting on Paris Green on Potatoes. A. {Agnes} to See E.G. at PH " 25 Mowing (26) Coling " 27 Took Load of Hay to W Gerrie hot Bot Cow from Milnes " 28 W Gerrie here. Warm. Rain heavy " 29 at P. Boynes & R. Russels " 30 Mowing & drawing in " 31 Finished thinning Turnips August 1 Finished Mowing " 2 Hay all in Some Rain " 3 at Fergus for Salt " 5 Scuffling Turnips " 6 Slight frost this Morning Corn Hurt " 7 Sick (7) Jessie came Needing Rain

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" 8 Fixing Gates (9) Scuffling & cutting green oats " 12 Windy Drouthy C. got truss at Fergus " 13 Rain (14) Rain & thunder Mr Gerrie Sr here Cold " 15 Finished Scuffling turnips Drawing in green oats new Potatoes " 16 finished hoeing Turnips 2nd time at Fergus to Dr " 18 at Nichol to A. Moirs {Alexander?} " 19 Cutting Wheat & Pulling Peas

1889 == === 39 =

August 21 Stewart Threshing. High wind " 22-23-24 Cutting wheat Badly in want of Rain " 26 Wheat all cut Great Drouth " 27 Started Cutting Oats " 28 Smiths Threshing A. {Agnes} to Fergus " 30 Finished First Piece of Oats {right side of page and sideways - 2 weeks now without a Drop o Rain} " 31 Wheat all in but one Load R. Milne helping September 1 Still hot & Dry J. Dix and wife & Jas J here " 3 {Leam?} and Charlie at Milnes Drawing " 4 at Fergus With Edna {his daughter} to Dr light {cut off} first in {cut off} " 5 A {Agnes} to Grand Valley after honey Windy heavy {cut off} " 7 Dry again Jas Milne threshing " 10 Geo Allan Binding here finished at Low field Started {cut off} " 12 Drawing in oats hot & dry " 13 Thompsons threshing Windy " 14 Finishing drawing in Low field " 16 Kelsey & Mrs here. Finished Cutting all {cut off} heavy Rain Last night " 17 Pulled Peas above Track. Rain at night D {?..cut off} Thresh " 19 Cold at Fergus with Chop & Grist Showery " 20 Cold & Showery all day with flakes of Snow " 21 Peas all Pulled Cold " 23 Oats all in Drawing Peas " 24 Crop all in. Brooks Threshing " 25 high wind Some Rain at night " 26 Mare Sprained Foot at Fergus Cool " 27 Milnes Threshing Rainy " 30 Gang Plowing got a horse from Stewart October 1 heavy rain & Thunder. at A. Richardsons {Sr? cut off} " 2 Cool Breezy day " 3 Rain Forenoon at Fergus in afternoon " 4 Fine day working in Swamp " 5 heavy Rain nearly all day " 6 heavy fall of Snow this Morning

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