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Notes from the 1883 Diary, made by Rankin MacMillan Sept. 1979

The family in 1883: James - 49 yrs. old, Martha 39 years old.
Daughter Frances (Fannie) - 15 years
Daughter Clara - 7 years
son Fred - 13 years
son Harlan - 11 years
son Homer - 9 years
son Clayton - 3 years
son Jason 1 year old on April 8th, wt. 22 lbs.

March 12 - Clara was seven years old yesterday - so she went to school today. (The custom seemed to be that you started to school when you became seven, no matter what time of year).

No plowing done until middle of April; March had been cold and wet. Corn planting began May 9. Had a snow on May 21st; finished corn planting on May 30. Sheared sheep in June.

Started wheat harvest July 12 (cut and shocked). Made hay the last two weeks in July.

First part of August, hauled wheat into the barn to be threshed later. (wheat threshed out of barn Sept. 18th)

Began corn cutting Sept. 19.

McMillan school house opened Oct. 1. (School in Cedarville opened early in September). The MacMillan school board (trustees) were James MacMillan, Henry Kyle, and Joe Barber.

Wonderful fall weather, all of October, November and first two weeks of December. No snow until Dec. 16.

December 5 - Butchered nine hogs - and cured for food.

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August 28, 2015


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Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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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 September 1979

Notes on the 1883 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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