Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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Notes on the 1886 Diary by Rankin MacMillan Oct. 1979

James and Martha are 52 and 42 in this year.

their children: Fannie - 18, Fred - 16, Harlan - 14, Clara -10, Clayton - 6, and Jason 4 years of age.

April 4 - a new baby arrives, a little girl whom they name Florence.

Started plowing April 20; began corn planting May 19, finished the 30th

Cedarville High School commencement is held in the new Opera House on June 1st, the first meeting in the new building.

June 17. Fannie and cousin Lizzie Murdock completed a special one year course at Xenia High School.

James bought a new wheat binder; started cutting wheat on July 1, ricked the wheat to be threshed later.

Spent the last two weeks of July making hay - put part of it in the barns, and stacked part in the fields.

September 6 - Fred started school at Selma. Fannie left for a year at Monmouth College.

First frost, Oct. 2. First snow, Nov. 5.

Dec. 23 - Fannie arrived home for Christmas vacation.

Digitization Date

September 9, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

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 1969

Notes on the 1886 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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