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Notes on the 1888 Diary made by Rankin MacMillan Oct. 1979

The family James 54 and Martha 44. Fannie 20. Fred 18. Harlan 16. Homer 14. Clara 12. Clayton 8. Jason 6. Florence 2.

Beginning this year Fannie is at Monmouth College. Fred and Harlan are at high school in Selma. Homer is taking a special short hand course at Cedarville. Clara and Clayton are at McMillan grade school.

Feb. 13. Homer starts school at Selma; Fred finishes his term at Selma.

This winter rather mild, April a good month, able to get planting done. Potatoes planted early. Started corn planting on May 5. From May 8 to 23 very wet and cool - delaying planting, finally finished May 31.

Sheep shearers came 1st week in June; 600 sheep were sheared.

June 23, Fannie home from Monmouth.

August, Thomas MacKenzie comes to Xenia, and to the farm to see Fannie.

Sept. 3, Fred leaves home for Monmouth College. Harlan returns to Selma High.

September 24. McMillan school opens with Fannie as the teacher. Clara, Clayton and Jason attending there.

Oct. 3 - a heavy frost.

Oct. 7 - Homer and Harlan go to Selma High.

Nov. 9 - Florence becomes ill. Get medicine from Dr. Oglesbee.

Between Nov. 9 and 18, they did all they could for Florence. She could not retain any food. On November 18th she died at 4:00 P.M.

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June 24, 2015


University Archives

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Martha McMillan Journal Collection

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RG 16/46


Martha McMillan, Cedarville, diaries, journals


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Notes on the 1888 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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