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John Ferguson Diary, 1874

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MONDAY 8

Both teams plowing all day in the fallow, the ground is dry and pretty hard on the Knolls. it is rather heavy work on man and beast. the "rose" potatoes in the garden are up nicely. The rye is fully headed out first appeared over a week ago.

TUESDAY 9

Completed the breaking of the fallow 9 acres - Mailed a letter to Uncle Adam and to RJ Nichols - Gristed at Main's 11 bush Treadwell wheat & 3 bags of peas. Started to drill the land for turnips - Bought a R. Cleo 5 bush of buckwheat @ $1.00 5 lbs of turnip seed @ 20¢ per lb.

WEDNESDAY 10

Finished drilling the land for turnips, it is not quite as fine as it ought to be, but it is well manured both fall and spring. Saved the 5 1/5 bush buckwheat on fallow and harrowed it well - Mr & Mrs JC Snell called here tonight. Some prospeets of rain.

THURSDAY

Was sowing turnip seed at 4 oclock this morning, put 5 1/2 lbs on 2 1/3 acres, with the old single wheel hand drill. The statute labor for the roads started in our section to day, two of us were on with our shovels. A drizzling, foggy east wind

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