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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.
September 9, 2015
Martha McMillan Journal Collection
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Martha McMillan, Cedarville, diaries, journal
Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Education | Family, Life Course, and Society
MacMillan, Rankin, "Notes on the 1902 Journal" (1902). Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal. 19.
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.