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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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December, MONDAY, 25 1871.

Dull and cloudy with a keen frosty air, the fields are bare but there are some large snow drifts along the fences, the woods are very icy, the gravel road is bare and no sleighing in Brampton. J.C. Snell and family took Christmas dinner here. Spent the evening at the Temperance lodge.

TUESDAY, 26

Spent the entire day at Quin's Blacksmiths Shop at Edmonton getting a span of horses sharp shod all around, one of them "Charlie" a 2 yr old colt, that was never shod before, he behaved himself pretty well during the operation.

December, WEDNESDAY, 27 1871.

A cold blustering day, had an additional inch or two of fresh snow last night, which is flying in clouds before a driving west wind. Spent the day in splitting a few oak stakes and threshing peas. Spent the evening reading the Daily Globe and examining a book printed in the year 1771.

THURSDAY, 82 [sic]

Another very cold day. Was grinding and whetting the straw cutter {?} preparatory to cutting straw for fodder. Mr Frederick Houses Cloves Mill came here this evening, we intend threshing our clover with it to morrow. J. {?} Spent the evening. Splendid moonlight night.

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