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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Jan 1874

5 Choral AM went to Dykes bush with John Milroy PM sold him some small building dimber W. fine like April

6 went to Belford AM. helped Br C clean Oats PM W. sleet & snow nearly all day. not very Cold my Mother is very weak in her mind we have to sit up with her

7 Chored. W. Cold rain nearly all day. Ice on trees

8 Chored & waited on My Mother. W. soft. Ice falling off trees. Getting Mild sleighing middling

9 Waited on my Mother she is getting worse. she keeps standing on her feet the most of the time & her mind wanders greatly. P B's were here. W. mild snow this evening

10 Chored helped CB Br C's Clean a few Oats PM P B is here drawing home drags out of Old bush. 18 My Mother no better. sitting & sleeping in a Chair all last night & all day. sitting yet. W. mild a little snow PM

Sunday 11 My Mother sat & slept untill after dinner then she awoke & we put her to bed. she ate a little occasionally. This evening between 8 & 9 she awoke again with a little help she walked the floor & ate heartily now she has laid down again. a little after 9. W. fine. pretty good sleighing

12 Went to Mannassee Frets's for their girl to work for us AM. Went to Old W M's after dinner young W Ms were here PM. My Mother took a turn for the better last night is rather better today. W. fine mild

13 Chored. My mother about the same W. some snow from east this evening

14 Chored went to Belford PM Dr Machel was here seing my mother this evening he is giving her the same medicin that Dr McCausland gave her two years ago. he & D Mc are in Partnership in MarKham W Cler

15 Chored & went to my bush at Dykes to meet the Ma{s}t men. they are intending to Commence to dress those that they bought off me Helped Br C to bring a Cow & Calf from Stover's PM W. vry Cold. wind from N West

16 P B Came to draw drags I helped him draw 14 W very Cold Cler My Mother rested very well after taking 2 pills last night

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Jan 1874 Feb Feb

17 I & Br S. & his son Tilman killed one of Our beefs Br S takes 3 quarters & P D takes 1 quarter. Jacob Wideman's were here today W. Milder sleighing good

Sunday 18 at home all day Br Ns were here My Mother rather better

19 I waited on my Mothr all day she is pretty restless Nancy went to Funeral of Saml Ramer's Child with Br C. W. mild rainy Pm

20 Chored. Sarah Nighswander & her son & Daughter were here. W. Cold. I took grist Chop to Br S's AM

21 I went to David Hare's AM let him Job to draw my sawlogs. W. soft

22 Chored. My Mother rather better W. soft rainy

23 Chored. rendered tallow Finlaws were here W. Colder all ice

24 I Took beef Hide to Markham. sleighing pretty good

Sunday 25. at home. my Mothr about the same W. pretty Cold 26 I went to Cedar Grove PM. W. a squaal of snow

27 Chored.. S Lehman's were here today & Simon Hoover's this evening. W. Cloudy soft snow PM

28. I took grist Chop to Cedar Grove Mills. W. Cold

29 Chored Threshed a floor of Peas. W. pretty Cold.

30. Chored AM. Went to P Hoover's Mill. W. very Cold My Mother rested very well last night

31 Brought home grist from Mill AM I & little boys Cleaned 10 bus spring Wheat for Flavius @ $1.15 cts per bus PM W. very Cold AM. getting Milder PM. My Mother pretty Smart. General Elections Came off on the 29th Just Great defeat of the Torys. Gilles defeated in South Ontario by Hon Malcolm Cameron Majority 149

Sunday Feb 1 at home Children went to Meeting at Hebron Visitors after service. Christian Burkholder Pas. & wife & Abraham Hoover & wife 8th Pickering Br S's youngsters this evening. W. very Cold good sleighing my Mothr is pretty smart. rests pretty well Great accident at Stouffville yesterday. Double headed Engine exploded. & killed 2 men & wounded several more one of them was thrown about 150 yds over the top of a house

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Notes on Malcolm Cameron:

In 1836, he was elected to the 13th Parliament of Upper Canada representing Lanark County as a moderate Reformer. Upon the formation of the Province of Canada by the union of Lower Canada and Upper Canada, he was elected to the first Parliament of the Province of Canada, again representing Lanark.[1] He originally opposed Robert Baldwin,[2] he supported his government in 1842 and was given the post of inspector of revenue. He resigned in 1843 because he could not support the government bill that moved the capital to Montreal. He continued to represent Lanark in the Legislative Assembly until 1847.

In 1847, he was elected in Kent and, in 1848, was chosen to be assistant commissioner of public works, resigning in 1849. Cameron began to align himself with the Clear Grits. He pressed for the abolition of the clergy reserves and pushed for reciprocity in trade with the United States. In 1851, he was elected as an independent in Huron. He also supported Arthur Rankin in Kent against George Brown in a bitter campaign, although Brown won easily. He was given a post in the government in 1852 and, in 1853, became appointed Postmaster General. This also meant that he served on the Board of Railway Commissioners and he represented the government on the board of the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1854, Cameron ran in both South Lanark and Lambton, but was elected in neither.

He was elected to the 6th Parliament of the Province of Canada as an independent representing Lambton; he defeated the Reform candidate Hope Fleming Mackenzie, the brother of Alexander Mackenzie. In 1860, he was elected to the Legislative Council for St. Clair division and Hope Mackenzie won the Lambton seat in a by-election.

In 1863, he was appointed Queen's Printer with George-Paschal Desbarats, and served until 1869.

In 1874, he was elected to the 3rd Canadian Parliament as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Ontario South. He died at Ottawa while in office in 1876.

Notes on train explosion, Stouffville

On January 31, 1874, the Toronto & Nipissing Railway's "Shedden" steam locomotive exploded at Stouffville station, killing three and injuring four. This unique Fairlie Patent 0-6-6-0 double-ended locomotive was built at Avonside, England in 1872. The design precluded the necessity for a turntable or wye at each terminus but the locomotives had a limited capacity for fuel and water. Ironically the locomotive was named after John Shedden, president of the T&N, who was killed in a railway accident the previous year. Shedden was also the contractor who built Toronto's second Union Station, opened in 1873, just a few weeks after his death. The locomotive was subsequently rebuilt by the railway although it was destroyed in an engine house fire in Uxbridge in 1883. Posting by Derek Boles, TRHA Historian.