Rankin MacMillan’s Notes on Each Journal



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notes on the 1896 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan May 1969

January 1 - Martha tells who is at the farm, and tells the whereabout of the ones away from home.

January 11 - sold 51 hogs at $3.75 per one hundred pounds; hauled them to market in wagons.

Jan. 25 - Homer returns from his work in Monmouth.

Feb. 27 - Made a visit to Wilmington, O., it took about 5 hours each way by double team and carriage!

March 1 - Homer attending Cedarville College.

March 20 - Clayton's birthday - 16 years old.

March 22 - First time the local Reformed Presbyterian Church (R.P.) had communion at the close of the morning service instead of at a 2:00 P.M. service. Also, in these years they had preparatory services on both Friday and Saturday afternoons and a closing service on Monday at 10:00 o'clock. There were only two communion services during the year - Spring and Fall.

April 5 - Jason's birthday - 14 years old.

May 27 - Fannie arrives from N.Y. with her two sons, Donald and Malcolm MacKenzie

June 3 - James and Martha go to Monmouth, Ill. for a visit and for Fred's graduation on June 11.

June 9 - Homer goes to Pittsburgh, Pa. to attend King Oratory School.

June 17 - James & Martha return from Monmouth.

June 25 - Fred takes a job in Chicago with Mr. Shountz.

July 14 - The Mackenzies return to New York.

August 5 - Homer returns from Pittsburgh.

Sept. 7 - Clayton and Jason start High School at Selma.

Sept. 11 - Homer and Clara attend Cedarville College.

Sept. 14 - Paul starts at McMillan school.

Sept. 26 - Fred home for visit; first time since August 1895 - returns to Chicago Sept. 28.

November 25 - The MacKenzies (Rev. Tom) accepted a call to Port Jarvis, N.Y. - leaving Pine Bluff pastorate.

Nov. 26 - Fred and Harlan home for Thanksgiving

Digitization Date

September 19, 2015


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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Archives Container Number


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 May 1969.

Notes on the 1896 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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