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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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May, MONDAY 6, 1872

Finished the spring seeding of oats, barley and peas last Saturday, before the great majority of our neighbours, and in good time. Was rebuilding the fences over the cruck between W. Newboure and us also at the foot of the lane to confine the sheep to the woods and give the grass on the flats field a chance to grow. Spent evening at the Lodge, the Installation of the New Offices for the current Quarter (was performed by Bro C. Y. Moore. M.D.) took place, one more joined the Lodge.


Bro J.J. Bunting is W.C. Templar and Sister Jemima Stewart W.V. Templar. Was engaged in hauling manure on the field in front of the house, drew 14 loads and scattered it off the waggon on the on the poorest spots of ground. Had the other team following the same field into ridges 22 ft wide. The weather yesterday & today has been very warm. the willows are just shooting forth their leaves and the early apple trees.

May, WEDNESDAY 8, 1872

Old Mr Peter Chisholm died on the 6th and was buried today in Brampton he was a member of Rev J. Pringles Church and one of the first settlers aged 76 years. Washed the sheep 27 in Etobicoke this forenoon , the water was pretty warm but only about 2 1/2 ft deep. Hauled out 1 {crade} of manure. Rev Mauly Benson preached a power-ful sermon in Brampton last night.


Had a short visit yesterday from Miss Sarah Peacock. Was engaged today in plowing with two teams in the fallow hold, the ground is getting quite hard, plowed 3 1/4 acres. A very high west wind prevailed very warm and dry. The barley and oats are up finely and growing fast. Spent evening reading "The Lives of Great Men" by "Smiles".

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