Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



Access File (2.7 MB)

Journal Date



notes on the 1910 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan Oct. 1968

January 1: Those residing at the farm as 1910 begins: James and Martha; Clayton and Edith; Paul and his nurse - a Mrs. Brown from Columbus; also, an Albert Harris and O.N. Potter live with the family, helping on the farm, and Anna - helping in the house.

Jan. 15 - James and Martha's anniversary - Martha comments on how things have changed

Feb. 3-11 - Fannie MacKenzie visits from N.Y.

Marc. 2 - Homer arrives for short visit.

March 4 - a Roy Davis and family moves into tenant house to help on farm. (note: Davis stayed till 1920!

March 4 - Edith returns from her long visit to her folks in Colorado.

March 19 - Fred comes for visit, arranges to take Paul to Dr. Hunt's hospital in Columbus, Nurse Brown goes with him.

March 29 - Clara returns home, having been at brother Homer's in Atlanta since Oct. 15.

April 17 - Sabbath School at school house in charge of the Hendersons.

April 24 - Potter took Mary Murdock to Xenia to a Sunday baseball game for the purpose of protesting and stopping Sunday baseball.

May 13 - Moved Paul to Asheville, N. Carolina, hoping mountain air would help cure his tuberculosis.

May 26-30 - Paul's death and funeral and Martha's comments showing great Christian faith

June 5 - Fred arrives by train on Sunday morning - Martha comments!

June 29 - oldest grandson, Donald Mackenzie, graduates from Flushing, N.Y. high school

August 17 - a Sunday baseball trial at Xenia.

August 26 - Well drillers began drilling a well near at back porch.

"I did not try to note all the comings and goings of this family. Needless to say, all year long there was always extra people to feed, Friends or relatives would stop in most any time, but usually about 1/2 hour before meal time. However, this was a custom of the times, and I guess, was more or less expected." (Signed - Rankin MacMillan - grandson of James and Martha, who has learned to know them thru' these Diaries. I was about 2 yrs. old when Martha died.)

Digitization Date

August 5, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

Archives Accession Number


Archives Container Number


Archives Identification Number

RG 16/46


Martha McMillan, Cedarville, diaries, journals


Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Education | Family, Life Course, and Society


Notes compiled in October 1968.

Notes on the 1910 Journal

Read the Journal



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.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.