Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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1873 Diary - notes by Rankin MacMillan - made in March 1969

The family at this time: James McMillan - now 39; Martha - now 29 - My grandparents - Fannie 5 yrs. Fred 3 yrs. Harlan 1 year

Then at the end of the year, December 20, Harlan is born.

Not too much to note - mostly a busy daily life on the farm, in the church, and in the community.

March, April, and early May were wet and cold. No corn planted until June. Wages on the farm at that time were room and board plus $80.00 for six (6) months work!

4000 lbs. of wool were sold for .60 cents a pound. Hogs sold for 4 to 4 1/2 cents a lb.

There were a number of people to be fed 3 meals a day, because it took more labor (hired help) to accomplish all the farm work. Also, people (friends, neighbors and relatives) all seemed to visit near meal time, and of course were invited to eat with the family.

If anyone reading this remembers the old storage cave in the back yard; it was constructed in November of 1873. This was a cool place to keep some of the foods.

There seemed to be numerous cases of typhoid fever in the summer and fall of 1873.

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September 16, 2015


University Archives

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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 March 1969

Notes on the 1873 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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