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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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April, MONDAY, 17 1871

Was picking stoves off the meadow throwing them into the waggon and hauling them into off with 2 yr old cold "Charley." Was rolling the meadow with the new roller. Finished plowing the little orchard hawing round the rows of trees with one horse. Spent the evening at home reading.

TUESDAY, 18

Was at pretty much the same work as yesterday. Rev W. McFadden was here for dinner today. Sold the cow "Bob Jail" to old Mr Williams Butcher @ $30 including her calf 4 weeks old. Had another calf today from 3 yr old red heifer. The weather has been cool and is raining from the E. tonight.

April, WEDNESDAY, 19 1871

Yesterday was any twentieth birthday. Commenced our spring seeding by plowing oats on bush plowed. Sod. came on a heavy east rain with thunder and lightening at noon putting a damper on the sowing for the present. Spent the evening in reading the Fifth School Reader which contains some interesting matter.

THURSDAY, 20

Was shoveling drains letting the water of the plowed fields. Was hauling back muck from the bush for the flower beds in the front yard, planted 5 young maples and one bush in the front lane in place of ones that have died. Was reading the "Peel Banner".

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