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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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November, WEDNESDAY 6, 1872

Finished the well digging by striking two or three small springs, it is nearly 16 ft deep the water about 3 ft deep. Commenced stoning the well this afternoon and done about 1/3 of it. Sold the last ram lamb of this season to Mr Drinkwater Senior @ $8.00 each. Spent evening writing a letter to Mr Thomas Mason


Finished stoning the well and got the pump in it once more, it is a heavy job building the stone wall. The weather keeps very mild for the lateness of the season, have had very few heavy frosts as yet. Killed and dressed a Berkshire barrow 1yr old, weighed 140 lbs.

November, FRIDAY 8, 1872

Was fixing the under drain that carries the water from driving house roof into the well, it is one half stone drain and the other half an inch pine box. Took 6 bags of apples up to Mr John Campbell's and made 20 gals of cider with his mill. Spent evening at Choir Practice at Brampton W.M. Church.


Paid to James Hanson $48.00 the amount due him out of $65 for 7 months, had several days lost time, and had received many at different times, he is going to live beyond Hamilton 18 miles. Commenced plowing the turnip land, it is pretty stiff plowing.

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