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notes on Nov. 10 - Dec. 31 1908 and 1909 Diary by Rankin MacMillan Jan. 1969

Nov. 10, 1908 - Martha writes that she and James have moved to a "cozy" home in Yellow Springs - that Clayton and Edith will return to the home place to take up the work that they "have laid down" - that Jason and Nelle will be with them on the farm for a short time before going to their work in the East.

Nov. 11 - The newly-weds arrive at the farm. Nov. 13 - Thirty young people come in to greet the new brides.

Nov. 15 - Rev. Mills Taylor has Jason preach. Nov. 19, Jason and Nelle leave for Oyster Bay, N.Y. - Nov. 11-24th, James and Martha were back at the farm, then, they and Clara returned to Yellow Springs.

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, Clayton & Edith come to Yellow Springs for dinner.

Dec. 16 - Word received that Jason had an appendicitis operation on 13th.

Dec. 25 - Martha comments on their leaving the farm - it was right to let Clayton and Edith make their own home - Jesus would guide.

January 5-8 - Martha ill. Jan. 25 - Martha to Dr. Hunts hospital in Columbus.

Jan. 29 - Fred elected V. Pres. and General manager of St. Paul-Des Moines Railroad.

Mar. 3 - After 5 weeks at Dr. Hunts hospital, he recommends that Martha finish the winter in Florida. Clara goes with her - arrival at Winter Park, Fla. Mar. 5

March 5 to 21 - in Winter Park. Marc 22-Apr. 20 - in Daytona Beach. Apr 20-27. St. Augustine

April 28 - Martha & Clara go to Atlanta to be with Homer & Mary for a while.

June 13 - They arrive back at farm; will stay at farm, give up home in Yellow Springs. June 13 - Dr. Hunt comes from Columbus to see James this time. He has not been well - diagnosed as hardening of the arteries; he will slowly get worse.

July 1 - Martha decides to turn her Sunday afternoon Sunday School over to the Hendersons. She had started it in 1897.

August - all the family came home again - especially to see their father, James, as the doctors think he will not live long! (He lived 3 years!) Also, in August Paul's lung trouble returned - could not transfer to Tarkio, Mo. college as planned.

Sept. 16 - a gasoline engine installed in basement to pump cistern water.

Sept. 25 - good friend, Charles Baskin visits before returning to Un. Michigan Medical school.

Sept. 20-Oct. 14 - Jason and Nelle visit before returning to pastoral work in Oyster Bay, N.Y. - Dec. 23 - Edith goes to Greely, Colorado to visit her folks.

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October 23, 2015


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Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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RG 16/46


Martha McMillan, diaries. journals


Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Education | Family, Life Course, and Society


Notes compiled in October 1968.

Notes on the 1909 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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