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John Ferguson Diary, 1874

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Had quite a brisk shower last evening which has stopped harvest work for a few hours this morning. Was building a low cedar rail fence around the rape plot. Helping of Learment at wheat binding and utting and binding oats in over old orchard field. Harvest apples are the choice fruit just now


Memorable as the hottest day of this summer, the mercury stood at 100° in the shade of one of the willow in the dooryard. Cutting peas in forenoon. After dinner with help of J. Learment, 4 of bound 6 acres of spring wheat, a very fine crop.


Again without hired help our day man had to go home last night. Was pulling peas all day, cut fully 1 1/4 acres, are pretty ripe and pull easily. Father Emma & Ellie finished binding the oats. Spent evening at No 10 in social chat with the neighbours.


At same work as yesterday After dinner, reaped the 6 acres of Mammoth spring wheat which was sown on the fall wheat field, rather a thin crop, but the grain is very plump and Handsome Weather dry. cool at night and warm did smokey at day time.

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