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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Nov 1877

Sunday 4 all went to Meeting remarks by Br C sermon on by R'd Honsburg from Pa Jacob & David Gotshalk came to stay all night W. fine Cloudy rainy this evening

5 I & Nancy took the Brothers Gotshalk to Saul Reesor's at dinner then took them to Meeting at Widemans at 2 Pm. where Hansburger Preached/ then we left them at Jonas Rayner's W. rain Am snow Pm. Cold wind

6 G finished drawing dug & spread it I took apples into Celler W. snow nearly all gone

7 Pulled down & built up fence on Scarboro townline across creek flats Br N's were here awhile Pm with C Kittenhouse & wife & Hoch & wife from Cayuga W. frose last night mild today

8 Drew home old rails & rubbish from fence this morning weighed some hay for Mr Burton Chored Pm G sawed wood. W steady rain from east nearly all day

9 I went to Markham G chopped in old bush I drew roots & stones off field near Br. C's Pm. G filled Pine stump holes awhile Pm W frose hard towards evening

10 Chored put in new hog post Am G & boys took 1762 lbs hay to green river for Mr Burton @ 15.00 per ton W. frose very hard last night fine today

Sunday 11 at home Br S's were here Pm. W. cool thawed a little

12 dug in garden AM Plowed near Br C's Pm thawed Pm

13 I went to Cedar Grove Am G threshed Peas Both Plowed Pm. frose last night. Speights waggon works in Markham were burned last night

14 began to Plow about 9 Am finished near Br C's & bean below garden W. fine Cler raining now 9 Pm Br S's & Joseph Wismers from Clinton were here awhile Pm. & Br N's & family this evening

15 John & G finished Plowing below garden I Chored & went to Cedar Grove Pm. W. mild

16 I & John Plowed below orchard G helped N B Noah Burkholder thresh. W. fine warm Cler

17 John & G nearly finished root ground below orchard I didn't feel well. Cold in head went to Cedar Grove Pm. W fine & mild

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Nov 1877

Surveyors have been operating in this vicinity for about 2 weeks trying to locate a line for the Toronto & Ottawa railway. Surveyed from Toronto up through Scarboro through David Hane's farm & Br S's west end, north of Cedar Grove by White hill mills to the north of Whitevale, found the crossing of Chuffins Creek rather expensive went back yesterday turned east below David Hanes along fifth Con Scarboro a little south through W Morrison's farm ( late Henry Peters) then found the elevation to high, turned back this morning Crossed at the While hill Mills east to south of Belford by Fret's farm & south of Whitevale, like the crossing better dont know if they will adopt it or not

Sunday 18 I & Nancy went to Aunt CB's children to Br C's W. Cold north wind

19 G cut wood in bush I & JOhn brought load sawdust & Chored W. Cold freesing

20 G cut edgings AM we helped D Moyer put eavestroughs on front of barn Pm. W. Cler Cold

21 I & Nancy went to Markham Am G went home, got some {illegible} W. Cler rather milder east wind....

22 G didn't Come, no school. Governor's Thanksgiving day. John finished plowing root ground I went to Cedar Grove Pm for meet. Jac Hoover comes every Thursday. W. milder. rather drissly

3 I went to AB's Am to ask them to help kill our pigs on Tuesday. G Cut edgings Am threshed Peas Pm. W. drissly & wet

4 G threshed Peas Am Cut wood Pm we cleaned shop I & John went to SM for some eave trough Pm I went to JD's to ask him to help kill our Pigs on Tuesday W. rain from east all day H Moyer was here today Peddling Medicine

Sunday 25 at home all day. W. rain from east all day

26 I went to Markham. W like Clearing up Am heavy rain from east Pm. got a good soaking roads bad

27 we killed six hogs. W. fine mild

28 I salted meat G threshed Peas. W sawed wood W. Cooler

29 G threshed Peas I chored. W. Colder. freesing

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Thomas Speight Wagon Works was a Canadian carriage builder based in Markham, Ontario and was the biggest supplier of horsecars for the Toronto Street Railways, but took orders as far west as Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1]

History In 1830, Thomas Speight of Yorkshire, England, established a wagon manufacturing facility in the village of Markham.[2] The operations grew on Main Street Markham. Some parts of the wagon builder were located on the northwest corner of Main Street north of Highway 7, just south of the St. Andrew's United Church and later on the east side of Main Street (20 Main Street - now Thomson Court Apartments and Paradise Plaza). The company even had a distribution office in Toronto (102 Front Street East), then two warehouses on Ontario Street and Jarvis Street in 1900 and in Fort William, Ontario.[3]

James Speight (1830-1903), son of Thomas, continued the family business in Markham having rebuilt after the 1877 fire and was the first reeve of Markham Village in 1873. In 1882 it became Speight Manufacturing Company of Markham Limited , but ran into trouble, but saved by Thomas Heys and Thomas Henry Speight (son of Thomas Speight) in 1890 and became Speight Wagon Company. James Speight died in Markham in 1903.

Thomas' son John Speight established a carriage builder, John Speight and Sons with brothers Samuel and later Michael) in the 1850s in Acton, Ontario by the 1850s and remained there until their deaths (John in 1881 and Samuel in 1882). His company was passed on to brother Michael (died 1889 after leaving Acton for Markham after 1882) and finally to Joseph Albert Speight (1846-1902).

Speight also operated a planing mill and sash-and-door factory near the wagon works. In 1910 the company was acquired by Port Arthur Wagon Company and folded shortly after and the Port Arthur Wagon folded by the end of World War I in 1918.[4]