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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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July 1874 Aug

27 I drew home lumber I took grist wheat to Cedar Groves Mill & Oats to br S's Joe got Frank shod & began Crossplowing follow W. fine Cler

28 Joe Helped Br S draw dung I plowed some in follow. W. showry. fine rain at noon

29 I Joe & Flavius helped Br C cut wheat. W. fine Cler I brought home grist this evening

30 Both Plowed Am I waited on my Mother Pm she is worse again. we have to handle her like a child. Br C Br N's Br S & a great many more of our sect went to Toronto today to see a large number of Russian Mennonites that are Emigrating to Manitoba about 330 Passed through Toronto last week my Brothers went to see them too

31 Waited on my Mother Am went for Dr Machill Pm. W. fine rain last night some thunder

August 1 Waited on My Mother near all day I & little John Drew in small load wheat Am Rev H Barkey & wife were here Pm. My Mother rests Poorly W. Cler windy

Sunday 2 at home J D's Br S's & Br C. were here My Mother is better (Br S went with a large party of Mennonites as far as Sarnia he thinks they are very nice People) W. fine Cool, pretty windy

3 Drew in fall wheat, 10 loads, good Crop. W. fine Cler

4 I raked wheat stubble am. Joe Plowed, both Plowed Pm drew in rakings after supper 1 1/2 loads. W Cler

5 Both Plowed. W. fine Cler

6 Finished Plowing follow Am. I & Nancy went to S Lehman's Pm. Joe scuffled turnips W. fine

7 Joe scuffled last of turnips AM I & little boys hoed second time. All hoed Pm. W warm little shower Pm

8 Finished hoeing turnips till 2 Pm then pulled foxtail outof hill corn till supper then brought a load of sawdust & little boys took a swim. W. pretty warm

Sunday I at home AM Went to JD's PM My Mother went with us. girls went to Br N's. W. very warm

10 Pulled Headlands in big Peafield & Cut & bound Oats in little Orchard & road partly around Oat field

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Aug 1874

below garden Am Started to Pull Peas with rake Pm when a fine shower stopped us then Flavius went home & Joe cleaned up barn floor & I went to Cedar Grove & he cut road in big Oat field W very close & warm

11 Joe harrowed in fallow & I took my mother to Br S's am Pulled Peas with rake Pm. worked well. W. warm Cler

12 Finished Peas back of garden till about 4 Pm Then Joe & Flavius bound swath around big Oat field I & Nancy went to Belford after supper W. about the most sultry & warm day I remember in a good while. Cooler tonight

13 J & Flavius Helped Br C Pull Peas with Scythes I didn't do much, drank rather much yesterday killed a lamb & brought home Chop from Br. S's W. fine Cooler

14 Br C & his 2 men helped us Cut spring wheat n field behind Old barn about 5 acres got done about 1/2 past 2 Oc. then Cut about 3 acres in big oat field got all Shocked up. W fine Cler

15 I & Joe drew in Peas. Flavius helped. CB thresh. Came home between 2 & 3 helped us got in 10 loads. W. warm

Sunday 16 Went to Meeting at Hebron My Mother went too Remarks by Br C sermon on {blank space} by Rev H Barkey Finlaws & JH Ramers were here after service. W. fine warm Cler

17 I started early to Dr Machell to get Pills for My Mother she had a very bad night Br C & his men Came to help at Oats got big field done about 1/2 past 5 Oc did not get them all bound W. pretty warm. looks like rain this evening

18 Finished binding Oats near Hoover Then Cut field below garden did not get them all bound. W. fine Cler very Smokey there are large fires in the north

19 Helped Br C cut spring wheat till 3 Pm then shocks Oats till night did not get done. W. warm Cler

20 Finished binding liitle field & shocking it & big field then cut very near all Oats north of Br C's W. a slight shower Am. very Close Pm

21 finished Cutting & shocking Oats north of Br C's & Cut spring wheat north of graveyard. am. W. fine shower Pm

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Current Page Discussion [edit] [history],two%20years%20later%2C%20in%201874.

The seven thousand Russian Mennonites who arrived then may have constituted the largest single newcomer group to enter Manitoba in the 1870-1880 period. After investigations began in 1872, the first contingents of settlers began to arrive in July and August two years later, in 1874. They, along with all others following them that fall, headed for a “reserve” of eight townships of bush, swamp, and some dry prairie land located east of the Red River, and south of the Lake Superior-to-Fort Garry Dawson Road just opening during those years.

At least eight trans-Atlantic trips are known to have brought a total of 1533 men, women and children from Russia to Canada in the same year. With very few exceptions all of these families ultimately made their way to the twenty one village communities established in the “East Reserve” before winter came in 1874.