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Notes on the 1894 made by Rankin MacMillan May 1969

In this year - James is 60, Martha is 50. Oldest daughter (married) Fannie is 26. Fred is 24. Harlan is 22. Homer is 20. Clara is 18. Clayton is 14. Jason is 12 and Paul is 4.

January 15, Martha mentions the hard times in the nation and on the farm; also that this is their 27th anniversary.

Homer returns to Monmouth, Jan. 15. Then he returns in April to help on the farm.

Clayton in school in Cedarville till early May, then home to help on farm.

May 15, Clara, Fannie and son Donald arrive; Clara has been at Fannie's in school since September.

Homer, Jim Little and Walter Murdock shear sheep this year.

May 26 - Jason made his first public speaking appearance at the Cedarville Opera House.

June 16 - Fred home from Monmouth College, Tom MacKenzie arrives for a visit.

June 20 - The MacKenzies return to N.Y. State.

July 2 - Fred returns to Monmouth

Sept. 19 - an account of the opening of Cedarville College. Homer and Clara enrolled; will stay in Cedarville at Aunt Mary Murdocks.

November 4 - Martha leaves for New York to visit Fannie; Jason is to keep Diary while she is away. This is first time Martha has been away from the farm for an extended visit during the 27 years of marriage. She did not return until January 2, 1895. An account of this visit is in the back of this diary.

Dec. 29. Fred home from Monmouth for a visit.

Digitization Date

June 24, 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 on the 1894 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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