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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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October, MONDAY, 30 1871.

Finished topping the turnips with the hoes and dirt off the leaves for the cattle. Spent the evening at Ebenezer practicing music for the anniversary out of a new book 4 "Pure Gold" published in New York, it contains all new music prepared expressly for the book. Fair warm weather.

TUESDAY, 31

Drew in 7 loads of turnips making 22 in all, harvested. Cold East wind and raining this evening steadily, the weather during the past month has been very fine for the season little rain and frost. Spent the evening at home filling up the S. Scholl C Case books.

November, WEDNESDAY, 1 1871.

Spent the day at the Tp {Township} Chinguacousy Plowing Match on Lot 19 Center Road on the farm of John Giffen in which there were 30 teams plowing, nearly all doing first-class work although the ground was dry and hard. J. Featherston took the first prize. Spent evening at S. School practice

THURSDAY, 2

Received last night a letter from father dated Carthage {?} 24th. Finished up the turnip harvest. Have about 850 bush. Killed a ewe lamb and dressed it for meat repaid E. Bunting with 24 lb of it for value received 3 mos ago. Spent evening practicing at home the S. School tunes.

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