Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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notes from the 1906 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan Jan. 1969

January 1 - Martha records, as usual, thoughts for the new year – then notes where their children are now: Fannie and family at Flushing N.Y. pastorate; Fred still at Des Moines, had a promotion in his work with the Wabash R.R.; Harlan in St. Louis, Mo.; Clara at home planning the improvements in the house; Paul is with Homer and Mary in Buford, Ga. Jason at Hartford Seminary, Conn.

Feb. 2 - The new furnace is used for the first time.

Feb. 14 - Harlan marries Isabella Smith of Springfield (she is a talented violinist and vocalist.)

April 1 - Jason preached his first sermon at Hartford, Conn. Presbyterian Church.

April 10 - Harlan and Isabella in their new home in St. Louis, Missouri.

April 18 - Summer eating porch built by carpenters from Clifton.

April 19 - Finished putting in the new bathroom.

April 24 - Milton Bratton moved into the tenant house.

June 29 - Homer and Mary and children, Richard and Ruth, arrive.

July 10 - Fannie with sons Donald & Malcolm arrive. Aug. 1. husband Tom arrives.

August 16 - Jason arrives. Aug. 18. Fred, Harlan and Isabel arrive.

Sept. 4 - Most of the guests have returned home. Clayton and Jason leave for a visit to Greely, Colorado (to see Rankin sisters.)

September 12 - Homer begins work as Home Mission Secretary for the Southern Presbyterian Church.

October 30 - Get ready for a farm sale. Oct. 31. The sale–24 High bred trotting horses –194 sheep –74 hogs – 9 cattle – and farm equipment!

Nov. 4 - First time for individual communion cups, in place of using a common cup at communion service.

Nov. 9 - Clara leaves for St. Louis.

Dec. 7 - A daughter (Jeannette) is born to Harlan and Isabella in St. Louis.

On Oct. 5, James and Martha left for St. Louis to visit Harlan’s, then went on to Kirksville, Mo. for treatment at the Osteopathic Institute. They do not return home till June 13, 1907. This trip is recorded in a separate book also marked 1906. The house renovation which started in November 1905 was finally finished in June 1906.

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September 9, 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 January 1969

Notes on the 1906 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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