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Notes on the 1890 Diary by Rankin MacMillan Feb. 1969

In 1890 - James was 57 and Martha 47. Their children were Fannie 22 at home. Fred 20, attending Monmouth College. Harlan is 18, attending Business College in Springfield. Homer, 16, attending Selma High School. Clara 14, Clayton 10, Jason 8, all attending McMillan school.

Mr. MacKenzie (Tom) attending Xenia Seminary and making regular calls on Fannie.

April 11 - a new baby son son arrives; they name him Paul.

April 10, Harlan home from Business school

June 9 - Fred will stay at Monmouth for the summer, will work on the newspaper.

June 17 to August 3 - very dry - 47 days without rain

Nov 12, Harlan returns to Business School at Springfield, he had been working on the farm since April 10.

Nov. 24 - a horse runs away with James.

(Note: James is my grandfather; he died when I was only 2 - so I do not remember him; but reading these diaries makes him real to me. - Rankin MacMillan)

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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 on the 1890 Journal

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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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