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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Oct 1877

Oct 3 I & Nancy & John went to Markham G Plowed Cleaned load barly PM W. cool

4 Went hunting with Nancy's Brother's & JH Ramer Shot 4 Black Squirrels W. rainy AM Cler PM

5 Cleaned Peas G sawed wood Pm I & boys drew in Pumpkins W. Cool

6 G went to Waterloo this morning I Killed a pig Am went to Cedar Grove & Whitevale Pm John Plowed piece south of graveyard W. Cool

Sunday 7 All went to Meeting at Hebron no preach Preaching Br C is away to the Twenty Cayuga & Clarendon Jacob Reesor read a Chapter & C Finlaw S Lehman's & Simon Hoover's were here Pm. W. fine

8 Chored Cleaned grist & took it to Mill this evening W. rain from east till 4 Pm

9 I & Nancy went to MN's W. Cool

10 I & John began plowing in Spring Wheat stubble about 11 Oc Am. W. Showry this Am Cler Pm

11 John & Flavius plowed AM I & little boys Made Pumpkin Cider at Cider Mill & John Plowed Pm . W. rather Cool Cloudy Pm

12 boiled sauce boys Plowed W. fine

12 boiled Pumpkin Sauce Am Made apple Cider & John plowed Pm W. fine

13 boiled apple sauce boys Plowed Am Picked apples Pm. W. fine

Sunday 14 I & Nancy & little boys went to Meeting at Widemans remarks by R'd S Hoover sermon on {blank space} by R'd C Reesor from Lancaster Penn went to Finlaws Pm. W. fine cloudy this morning

15 I took 2 lambs to Jacob Hoover's Am I & Nancy went to Cedar Grove Pm John Plowed W. very foggy Am fine Cler Pm

16 all went to Meeting at Hebron remarks by Br C Sermon on by R'd C Reesor from Lancaster Penn RC Reesor & wife J Nissley & wife Finlaws R'd J Wideman & wife & Br C's were here Pm W. fine I took Jacob Wideman from Hay township to Christian Stover's this evening

17 I took 54 bus barly to F man's bay @ 52 cts W. Cool Flavius was with me he plowed Pm

18 Took Jacob Wideman to Joseph Reesor's P Am Made 60 gals Pumpkin & apple Cider Mixed Pm W Cloudy

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Oct Nov 1877

19 Boiled Sauce W. rainy all day

20 drew wood into shed Am I went to Cedar Grove & boys Picked Corn Pm W. Cler Cool

Sundy 21 I & Nancy & boys went to AB's girls to CB's W. Cler pretty cold east wind

22 Took in Chili Potatoes 48 bags W. ground froze last night

23 I & Br C went to Toronto sold Butter 22 1/2 cts per lb eggs 22 cts Chickens about 34 cts per {illegible} W. fine

24 G finished drawing sheep dung on west side of spring wheat stubble then we too in Rose Potatoes 20 Bags Am he plowed Pm. & I took in & Pitted Mangels & went to Br S's W very fine

25 I & Nancy went to Markham AM G plowed both Plowed till about 2 Pm drissly & wet then G threshed Peas cleaned a load of barly this evening W. rather wet

26 G & Herman took 41 bus barley to F mans bay @ 52 cts I Plowed Am I Plowed & G threshed Peas Pm Cleaned barley this evening W. Cler pretty Cold

27 G & Benjamin Took about 30 bus barley to F mans bay @ 52 cts John Plowed Am I finished Plowing Spring Wheat stubble till 3 Pm then I helped G & boys Pull turnips W. fine

Sundy 28 John & girls went to meeting at Widemans I & Nancy & boys went to JD's W. fine

29 I brought 1074 lbs Bran from Major Mills @ $10 per ton. Am helped G Pull turnips Pm. W. fine

30 I G & JB worked on new barnyard fence Am G Pulled turnips & I & JB finished fence PM W. fine

31 I took 30 bus barly to Cedar Grove to get Chopped & brought home some Scantling thing & Pulled some turnips Am Chored G cut wood Pm. W. heavy showers at noon

Nov 1 drew turnip with 2 waggons Am G Pulled I & boys drew with 1 waggon Pm got in 17 loads I & Nancy brought home Chop this evening W. fine

2 G threshed Peas I chored went to Cedar Grove Pm W. heavy rain from east Am wind Pm

3 Finished Pulling & drawing turnip nearly 7 loads Am G drew dung on field near Br. C's Flavius harrowed it I & John took in Cabbage Celery & last of Corn W. fine Am Squalls of soft snow Pm

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Current Page Discussion [edit] [history]

This is an interesting page from a gardener's perspective for several reasons.

On the 22nd, BR mentions digging Chili Potatoes On the 24th, BR mentions digging Rose Potatoes

These are both heirloom varieties from the 1860's , still available In modern times. Chili are actually Garnet Chili, and Rose are Early Rose.

This is also the first mention of Pumpkins as a Cider crop

Also the first time he has mentioned Cabbages and Celery.

As well he digs Mangels - an old sugar beet type rootcrop that was grown primarily as winter livestock feed