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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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September, TUESDAY 3, 1872

Was engaged today in hauling off the large stones from the pea field, harrowing and marking it into 22 ft ridges. Had a visit from Mr and Mrs Joseph {Pearen?} from Springbrook. The weather is very dry and quite cool, had frost last night for the first time this season.


Was ridging up the pea field with both teams. Spent the noon hour at Campbell's "Blacksmith's Shop No 10" in getting "Charley" shod in fore feet, he is very hard to {?}, not standing still a minute at the time. Spent evening reading "Uncle Toms Cabin" and "{penning?} apples for drying".

September, THURSDAY 5, 1872

Have 1/3 of the pea land ridged, about 3 acres for to sow "Treadwell" wheat, getting the seed from J. Wordhall in exchange for one Diehl wheat. Had a visit from Mrs Calder and Mrs McLellan of Brampton drove them home this evening in our new spring waggon 13 {ought?} at A. Dick's book store "The Lamplighter".


Finished the fall seeding by sowing 3 acres of the pea land with 5 3/4 of Treadwell wheat. Had a very nice rain last night which has freshened things considerably. Had a short call from J. {?}, he is just starting for the {?} in the Western States with a large {?} of Berkshires and sheep

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