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notes on the 1902 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan Oct. 1968

As is her custom, Martha begins the year in a poetical, prayerful way, asking God to lead each step of the way. Then she tells where each of their children is located: Fannie and husband and children in Port Jervis, N.Y. - Fred at his railroad work in Des Moines, Ia. - Harlan in Missouri for Minneapolis flour mill - Homer and wife left his pastorate in New Jersey due to ill health and went to El Paso, Texas for a better climate and cure. Clara at Drake College, Des Moines, spending holidays with relatives in Kansas City - Jason at Cedarville College - Paul in local school - Clayton at home assisting his father.

Jan. 11 - Dinner party at Uncle Hugh Murdock's, 26 guests.

Jan. 12 - She notes 18 pupils attending afternoon Sabbath school in McMillan school house

Jan. 15 - their 35th wedding anniversary. March 2 - Comments on school house Sabbath School. March 17 - a telephone installed.

March 26 - comments on Jason going to work in Dayton, O.

April 15 - Telegraph poles and lines being erected.

May 12 - "We are bounded on all sides with care and work".

May 22 - Fred visits Jason at Dayton; arranges for him to come home.

May 25 - 5th anniversary of her School House Sabbath School.

June 10 - Trip to Des Moines - Clara graduates from Drake Un. - Clara takes a job at Drake, assistant teacher

August 26 - Foundation laid for a tenant house.

August 28 - Last meeting in old church (N. Main St. - became a gym for college - now the drama center

August 31 - She reports Dr. Morton's last sermon in the old church.

Sept. 1 - Jason leaves for Tarkio College in Missouri

Sept. 7 - First Service in new church (now Grace Baptist since 1961 or '62

Sept. 8 - Clara leaves for new teaching position at Burleson College, Greenville, Texas

Sept. 28 - James' brother Dan, on neighboring farm dies.

Oct 14 - New tenant house completed.

December - Clara, Jason, Harlan home for Christmas. Homer and Mary have moved to So. Carolina where he is preaching (health improved). Dec. 31 - Jason will return to Tarkio, Mo. and Clayton goes with him to attend Business College there. Harlan returns to work in Iowa for the Washbase & Crosby Co.

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September 9, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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RG 16/46


Martha McMillan, Cedarville, diaries, journal


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


Notes compiled in October 1968

Notes on the 1902 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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