Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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Notes on the 1885 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan 1979

The parents, James and Martha, are now 51 and 41 years old. The children are: Frances Fannie - 17, Fred - 15, Harlan - 13, Homer -11, Clara - 9, Clayton - 5 and Jason 3.

January, February, March were cold and wet, no plowing done until April 21st.

Corn planting from May 15 to 25th.

Sheared sheep from June 1 to 6th.

Cut wheat July 12-14. Made hay July 15-29. Cut oats July 29-30.

In September, daughter Fannie and cousin Lizzie Murdock took a room in Xenia, so they could go to school there.

During August, September, and October son Fred with a James Caldwell made many trips to Springfield by horse and wagon taking sweet corn, tomatoes, later apples and pumpkins to sell at the market. They would leave home at Midnight to be there by morning market hours, and would get home about 4:00 P.M.

First frost came in October

First snow came in November.

In December Martha got a new cooking stove, and a new sewing machine.

Digitization Date

August 28, 2015


University Archives

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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 January 1979

Notes on the 1885 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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