Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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Notes from the 1884 Diary, by Rankin MacMillan Sept. 1979

James - 50 years old
Martha - 40 years old
Daughter Frances Fannie - 16 yrs.
son Fred - 14 yrs.
son Harlan - 12 yrs.
son Homer - 10 yrs.
Daughter Clara - 8 yrs.
son Clayton - 4 yrs.
son Jason - 2 yrs.

January 1, New Years Day - Snow - continued cold the first 3 weeks. Temperatures as low as 20 below zero some mornings. January thaw the last week.

April 4 & 5 - Threshed clover seed and the rest of last years wheat out of the barn.

May 16-30, planted corn. June 5-13, sheared sheep. July 6 - began cutting wheat, finished on the 12th.

Purchased a stacker to use in hay harvest; then made hay the last two weeks in July.

Sept. 29, McMillan school opened.

In October new shingles were put on the front part of the house. Removed the roof from dining room and kitchen and built a second story above them, plus an outside stairway to them, and a porch. Finished all but painting of them by Nov. 14.

December 11 - First heavy snowfall.

December 13 - notes there are 1000 sheep on the farm and on rented pasture.

NOTE: At this time all interior walls and ceilings were white washed each year. They used carpet on the floors only in winter. Took them up in April, and put them back down in November. All heating done with wood and some coal, either in fireplaces or heating stoves.

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September 18, 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 September 1979.

Notes on the 1884 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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