Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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Notes on 1881 Diary by Rankin MacMillan March 1969

In this year: James is 48, Martha 38. the children: Fannie 13 yrs. Homer is 7. Fred 11 yrs. Clara is 5. Clayton is 1

January 17th, school re-opened today; was closed since Dec. 3rd.

March 27-28-29 - Late March snowstorm. This snow stayed on the ground until April 6th when it began to thaw. On this date Martha reports that this was quite a winter for snow. Snow had started on Nov, 13, 1880 and had continuous snow on the ground from Dec. 8 to February 7 - making 62 days of continuous sleighing in Greene County. It was April 20 before the ground was dry enough to start plowing.

June 27 - bought a new self-binding wheat reaper.

August - a sheep shed erected on North side of road.

House help seemed to be as hard to get in 1881 in Cedarville Twp. as it is in 1969.

Children did not start to school until 8 years old. That fall, Fannie did not start until the last of October, due to helping at home.

Fred took sick Oct. 1 with some type of fever; was very sick for two weeks - stayed at Aunt Jane's in Cedarville so he would be close to a doctor; five weeks before he was able to return home - not able to go to school till Nov. 17.

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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 1881 Journal

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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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