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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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May, MONDAY, 15 1871

Drove the team to Norval for a load of fence lumber, bought nearly a thousand feet, it is a pretty fair quality of lumber, is green and heavy being fresh from the say. Was cross plowing the plot of ground on the N. side of little orchard for potatoes.


Went to Norval again this morning, brought a larger load than yesterday, had to make two trips up the bredet hill with it. Commenced shawing sharp this afternoon, sheared 9 which averaged about 8 1/2 lbs each. Had a slight westerly shower. Turned the cows on grass for the {illegible}. also Clifton and the calves.

May, WEDNESDAY, 17 1871

Finished sheaving sheep today. 36 in number is the flock this season. Shaving is rather nice work, but very tiresome on the back. Spent the evening at the choir Practice in the W.M. church, had a full attendance. The weather is quite cool and white frost at night.


Drove to Norval again today. brought home a load of fence lumber about 900 feet which the fill a fence stuff. Bought a new Duy fuk price. Spent the evening reading "Charles Dickens" Nicholas Weekly. Turned the cattle out to grass on the 16th net for the first.

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