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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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August, TUESDAY 6, 1862

A committee of {le?} members 3 ladies 3 gentlemen (work appointed last night at the Lodge to arrange for a Temperance Picnic to come off in a month from date.) I am one of the latter. Was drawing in peas all day with two teams and completed the work, 15 loads off 9 acres, the straw will be inferior because of the heavy showers last week. A very warm day.


Was reaping and binding oats the grain is quite ripe and the straw is quite green and will take some time to cure it. Spent the evening at a Social given by Ms G. Ferguson who live on the farm just before here, the Brampton Brass Board was there, {that?} was not much equipment. Realized $23.00 for Mrs. {?}

August, THURSDAY 8, 1872

Was at the same work as yesterday and have bound about half the oats the rest are too short for binding, the reaper did not cut very clean. Was mowing with 3 scythes the 3 acres of late oats, are just beginning to ripen. Aunt Lizzie and children were here a {?} I drove them up to J.C. Snell's tonight.


Was drawing manure to fall wheat ground at other place for root oats next year. Drew in the green oats, 3 loads of splendid feed, very heavy to pitch with fork. Spent evening at Choir Practice not a large attendance. Made a copy of this week's {?} Banner {?} Aunt Jennie Harrington

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