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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Dec 1873

10 Threshed, about 250 bus Oats. Couldnt mark boxes ran Out too fast. & 121 Boxes spring wheat. machine went very well. W. fine. mild. Cloudy, good wind

11 Cleaned up barn floor & Grist A M C threshed a few Peas & banked turnip Cellor with dung. & I took Grist Oat Chop to Br S. Pm. W. a little Snow last night. soft. going again today

12 Chored. A M Took Grist 12 bus wheat to P Hoover's mill Pm. C chopped in Old bush W. soft cloudy

13 Chored. C threshed Peas Pm. W. began to snow early this morning very heavy quit about 3 PM about 8 in deep pretty Cold tonight

Sunday 14 at home all day. W. mild.

15 Went to S M. A M Chored Pm W. Mild

16 B Took small load of straw to Henry Stover & brought home grist from P Hoover's A M Chored P M. had a short visit from Jacob Kendrick & wife PM. All went to Br Cs tonight. W. fine beautiful

17 I went with Br N. Old WM. & Hugh Clark of Scarboro through Dr N's bush & J Ds & my Own bush to look at the fallen Pine trees I sold 9 of mine @ $30.00 per tree to Mr Clark to be taken at his own risk to be paid for when taken away on in 3 months. Chored Pm. My mother is Poorly. Br N. went for Dr Black PM Dr McCausland has been very sick with "Typhoid" fever & is not able to Practice yet.

18 C came this morning to work his last half day of his time so/we sawed Cordwood in old bush Chored Pm. W. fine soft, snow going. Dr. Black Came to see my Mother this evening. he thinks there is danger of her getting deranged. as she was 2 year's ago

19 Chored. W. soft snow from East. lightly not much fell

20 I went to Markham to Dr. AM. & I & Nancy went to Belford PM. W. a little snow this morning fine today. sleighing thin. my Mother a little better

Sunday 21 at home Flavius's were here Br S's & Br C's Pm & C B's awhile tonight My Mother rests better today W Burkholder Came tonight to thresh Peas tommorrow

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Dec 1873 1874 Jan

22 I helped W Burkholder thresh Peas awhile W. sharp

23 killed our beef Br C & his boy P Mitchel helped. W. fine beautiful as April. thawing a little. My Mother is rather better

24 I took Beef hide & 5 geese to MarKham. Henry Stover's Child was buried at Hebron today. W fine mild

Christmas day 25 at home allday. Meeting at Hebron e Couldnot go. waited on My Mother she rested very bad last night. better today Henry Stover's were here Pm. W. Mild Cler

26 I helped Nancy render tallow. W. some snow

27 Chored AM. Went to Belford PM. W. soft snow

Sunday 28 at home all day. AB's were here PM W. rather Colder. My Mother about the same

29 Helped Br C clean Peas AM took grist Chop to Br S's PM W. storm & blow from west

30 Went to P Hoover's AM Chored. PM. W. Cold Aunt Esther Armstrong & Uncle Samls wife were here today

31 I & Br C went to Markham I took 3 geese Sold them for $2.00. AM Chored PM Aaron Shants & his sister from Waterloo Br S youngsters & David Reesor's youngsters were here awhile PM. W. fine milder

Jan 1st 1874 at home all day Br S's J D's & Br C's were here David Burkholder's Called awhile PM W. fine mild Clear

2 Helped Br C kill a beef A.M W Burkholder Came this morning to thresh Peas helped him awhile PM & I & Nancy went to Freeman's on P Milne's farm on Townline near Br S's & to Cedar Grove this evening W. mild

3 Helped W B Thresh Peas. Cleaned 49 bus P>M W. soft

Sunday 4 I & Children went to meeting at Hebron Nancy staid with my Mother remarks by H Barkey sermon on St Luke 2 C by Br C Menno Burkholder M N's Enos Hoover & Caroline Ramer were here PM W. like April snow Just all gone the air took it away roads muddy, blowing pretty heavy tonight

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