Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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notes from 1897 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan June 1969

January 1 - Martha records where all the family is located.

Jan. 15 - James and Martha's 30th wedding anniversary.

Jan. 26 - Martha's 53rd birthday. - corn 20 cents a bushel; potatoes 25 cents a bushel delivered to Springfield.

May 23 - Martha starts an afternoon Sabbath School at the McMillan school house

June 10 - Homer graduates from Cedarville College - the 1st graduating class - a class of five members.

July 2 - Fannie arrives with her young sons, Donald & Malcolm.

July 10 - Fred arrives from Chicago; Harlan from Springfield - so all the family at the farm at the same time.

July 29 - Fred returns to his work in Chicago.

August 11 - Rev. Thomas MacKenzie arrives from N.Y. and on Sept. 1st - with his family (Fannie, Donald, Malcolm) return to Port Jarvis, N.Y.

Sept. 6. - Paul starts 2nd grade at McMillan school. Clayton and Jason return to Selma High school.

Hogs sold at Selma for 4 cents a pound.

Sept. 8 - Clara leaves for college at Monmouth.

Sept. 16 - Homer leaves for New York to attend Union Theological Seminary

Sept. 20 - Fred now located in Bussey, Iowa - working with the Wabash Railroad.

Nov. 1st - First good rain since August 24. Had a killing frost on September 21.

Nov. 12 - Threshed wheat out of barn, and the wheat that had been left in ricks in the field. All 20 men that helped were fed dinner and supper.

Dec. 31 - Martha again records where all her family is located.

Digitization Date

June 3, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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Archives Container Number


Archives Identification Number

RG 16/46


Martha McMillan, Cedarville, diaries, journals


Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society


These notes were compiled in June 1969.

Notes on the 1897 Journal

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About this Collection

The McMillan Journal Collection is an archive of the journals of Martha McMillan of Cedarville, Ohio, who maintained a daily journal from 1867 until her death in 1913.


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