Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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Notes on the 1880 Diary, made by Rankin MacMillan, March 1969

A good account of daily life on the farm of James and Martha McMillan. The 3 older children, Fannie, Fred, and Harlan are in school, however, it seemed a custom to keep one or all out of school whenever certain chores in the house or on the farm needed to be done.

The winter of 1880 was very mild and very little snow. An early spring - corn all planted by May 20th. Early wheat harvest, started cutting wheat on June 20th.

On March 20th new baby arrived, named Clayton (this baby will be my father, who at the time I am reading and making these notes, has been deceased since 1947. I might add that this year as I am reading these diaries of my grandmother Martha, I am 58 years old. I was only 2 3/4 years old when grandmother died, so I don't really remember her. Grandfather James died before grandmother so I did not know him at all.

As I read these diaries I learn that he (James) seemed to spend most of his time with the sheep, or in buying wool and trading in other livestock in a radius of about ten to 15 miles. As you will learn in other diaries, he would have as many as 1000 sheep in any one year. He was a noted raiser of good stock - sometimes was called "Sheep" Jim McMillan to distinguish him from another James.

"Real" winter set in, in November - as you will see in the 1881 book.

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September 16, 2015


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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 1880 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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