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Notes of the 1882 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan Sept. 1979

James and Martha have now been married 15 years.

Their children are: Fannie 14 yrs., Fred 12 yrs., Harlan 10 yrs., Homer 8 yrs., Clara 6 yrs., and Clayton on his 2nd birthday Mar. 20 was not talking yet.

April 5 - new baby Jason arrived at 3:30 A.M. Martha writes about a half page of what she prays and wishes her son to be. (She had a gift of expressing beautiful thoughts - and her wishes for her children largely came true. This baby became a prominent minister, as did her son Homer. Fannie married a minister, Fred was a lay leader in U.P. Church and the rest were active in their home churches.)

April 27th was first day Martha was up all day since Jason's birth on the 5th!

April 27 & 28 - 75 trees, oak, maple & ash were planted.

Finished corn planting June 8. Began wheat cutting with the binder on July 7, but due to rain didn't finish until July 15.

On July 21 started hauling bundles of wheat to the barn to be threshed later from the barn.

Spent two weeks in August making hay, ripe timothy; each day all the help had to be fed.

Spring and summer up to August 10th was wetter than usual.

Jason baptized Oct. 2.

First snow Nov. 26th.

Threshed the wheat out of the barn Nov. 28 & 29. Had 17 men for dinner.

Digitization Date

September 18, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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Archives Identification Number

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 1882 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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