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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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October, SUNDAY 13, 1872

Went to S. School this morning Supt abs. J.C. Snell addressed the school on the lesson Dan. I 8 to 17, subject "Daniel's {Temperance?} Society". Heard at Zion this afternoon Rev Mr {Joliffe?} of the Streetsville {?} preach text, Acts, IIII chap 10th verse. A rainy evening, staid at home and practised music


Commenced plowing the barley stubble next the root crop, the ground is in fine condition perhaps a little too damp the {?} scarcely clean itself Spent evening at the Lodge had quite a variety of readings and recitations and songs. Got a library "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens.

October, TUESDAY 15, 1862 [sic]

Was at the same work as yesterday with two teams. There is a disease similar to a very bad cold, just now very prevalent among the horses, and has proved fatal in one or two instances, but our horses are a little affected with it. Spent evening and staid all night at J.C.S. he being away "west" on business.


Finished plowing the barley ground and run the cross drains The weather is pretty cold with hard frost at night, had a light snow storm yesterday. Spent this evening at singing practice at Ebenezer, a good attendance sang some pieces out of the "Pure Gold" and S.S. Organ

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