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William Lambie Diary, July-December 1896

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July 1.
Wife went to Azros with Ann and Mary-Robert reaped all the wheat-Wife and I went to Town and saw brother Roberts wife and daugh off for Europe and Bonnie Scotland-88 in the shade-Wrote to Mr McCon ie

2.Morning sky like an elustration of Heaven-Robert went to Azros to reap and drew in some of our wheat in afternoon.

3.Robert and 2 boys drew in the wheat south of our house and part of the brook field-A plesant ride with Brother Robert to Franks farm-90°.

4. Some rain in the night-Wife went for Mrs Fletcher and sons to spend forth at our house. Wife and Harris went to Roberts-New Potatoes and peas for dinner.

5. Wife, Ann, Mary and I went to Church-Mr. Goodrich preached.

6. MR. McC sends the Scottish American. Fox, Renton and a young man got all the wheat in our barn. Robert went to Franks and broke his reaper. Went to Town gave Archi Scottish American-Wife helped Hattie, And and Mary went to Roberts.

7. Cool breezes-Renton and 2 men drew rye into Roberts barn-Robert went to reap for Frank. I got all the old potatoes out the cellar. Ann and Mary down at Roberts.

8. Robert mowed the meadow on the old farm and some grass up here-Bell came and Mother went home with her.

9. Wet morning-wet day-Sat in the south room and read-REnton hoed potatoes in the rain-Wife made a new shirt.

10. Willie Fletcher came-him and I planted cabbage-Mrs Wm. Campbell and daughter came-Wife went with them and Ann and Mary to Mrs. Fletchers.

11. Beautiful morning-Ann, Mary and I and Mrs Fletcher and her boys sat a long while in the shade of a tree to see Circus, the Elephents and Lions go past. Robert reaped for Frank-88 in the shade.

12. Ann, Mary, Wife and I went to church-Mr. Goodrich preached-Frank

13. Robert went to reap for Frank in the morning-Frank sent 2 men after-noon to draw in hay but a thunder shower prevented them from geting in all the hay.

14.
The garden was wet and Wife and I went to Bells for dinner-Frank paid me $5 and went to Ann ARbor-Robert getting in hay.

15.
Rain and loud thunder last night-Went to Mrs Fletchers but she had gone to Uncle Williams.

16.
Brother Robert came with word that Wife and Daughter had a good passage over the wide sea-Fox and Will Renton got in the hay and Rye and let the wagon run down the hill. Robert reaped Oats on Fletchers old farm.

17.
Cool about 46 at dawn-Wife went to Bells-Girls away-Mrs. Strang and daughter came.

18.
Robert mowed on the marsh-made a trillis for grapes. Ann and Mary came from Uncle Williams-We went, a party of us to supper for Robert Fletchers birthday = 2 years old.

19.
Wife, Mary and I went to Church-Mr Goodrich preached-wet when we started-wetter coming home.

20.
Rain nearly all night-The birds began to pick the Alexander peaches and then we picked them ourselves. Mary went to Roberts, Wife and Ann to Town.

21.
Robert reaped Oats for Ben Roberts. A hundred years since Burns died.

22.
Wet night and morning the frost has hurt Franks corn-Went to Azros for Ann and Mary.

July 23. Wife went to Azros and brot up Mrs Fletcher and the boys, then Ann and Mary went with them to Bells-Mary and Ann went back with them-rain at night. Mary and Ann took Mrs Fletcher and family home-the curtains of the surry kept them

24.
Wet mornings-the rain comes as if there was abundence in the clouds this summer very different from last summer when the grass and clover were like to burn in the heat.

25.
Dug potatoes hurt by spreading grass. Wife, Ann and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers got pea straw-Robert reaped Oats at Nortons corner till his reaper broke.

26.
Wife Mary Mrs Fletcher and I went to Church. Mr Goodrich preached-got some wet again-3 cows got in the corn and bothered us.

27.
Great thunder showers in the night about one and a half inches of rain fell-Robert and Will cleaned the barn floor for the thresers.

28.
Harvey came with his engin about 8-the thresiers stoped for dinner and finished about 2-the machine for numbering marked 309 bushels that was beyon all we expected. A graniery ful of good wheat was a better sight than the Circus and the Elephents-another outpouring of rain at night.

29.
Dug potatoes amoung the bad grass-Mary and Mrs Fletcher went to Uncle Andrew.

30.
A lot of men plowing and drawing dirt by our Orchard.

31.
Wife went to Azos with Ann and Mary. August

1.
The colored mans freedom day-set free with our war and bloodshed.

2.
Wife, Mary and I went to Church. Frank Azro and family called.

3.
Mary and Ann took Mother to Mrs Fletchers-Harris came back with them-I cut weeds and grass-Robert took coal to Franks.

4.
Robert reaped for Martins oats till his reaper till broke. Ann and Mary went to Roberts cut grass with a corn cutter.

5.
Robert reaped Martins oats across the road-his men got in Oats-88 in the shade. Ann and Mary at Roberts.

6.
Mr Allison sent a Scotch Dictionary from Australia. Robert mowed part of this Oats-Howed cabbage.

7.
88 in the shade, Wife and I went to Mrs Fletchers-called on John Miller, went to Bells and brot home Ann and Mary. A number of men and Horses working on the road by the Orchard.

8.
93 in the shade-to warm for me to work-went to Mrs Fletchers.

9.
Warm in Chruch. Mary, Ann, Frank, Bell went to the Congrational Church to hear Walter Campbell-Wife and I heard a man from Wisconsin.

10.
More thunder and rain in the night. Robert sold a big load of wheat in forenoon. Then it rained-sold another at night and a load Saturday.

11.
Wife and I went to John campbells and paid him for Clover seed-very warm-90-flies bit the horse, no pleasure driving at 90.

12.
Another great thunder shower in the night. The day we went to the muirs in the gala days of young life. Wife went to Town with Ann and Mary-Wife went to Bells.

13.
Will said Robert went to Whitmore Lake-Wife brot Walter CAmpbell and his wife. Brother Robert brot papers and breeks.

14.
Wife took Ann to Town-Wife went to bElls a great shower like a cloud burst.

15.
Robert brot 2 loads of wood-Went with Willie and Haris to Mrs Fletchers.

August

16.
Clear skies-cool breezes-The Minister from Winscansen preached well.

17.
48 in the morning-grand day-Went to Franks with Brother Robert. Bell came-went back with her.

18.
Wife, Ann and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers-Mr F and the 3 boys came back with them-Went to Robers-his Oats very much hurt by the rain.

19.
Cool morning-44 at morn-Robert went to B. Voorhees to thrash-Wife Mary and I called on Mr Harris and the Miss Stephenans.

20.
Dug potatoes and picked Peaches-Wife went to Roberts-Went to see Mr Sears peache trees.

21.
Wife brot Ann and Mary from Mrs Fletchers then they went to Bells. dug potatoes-like a Scotch summer day.

22.
Brother Roberts wife and daughter were to sail for home today. A wet morning-Went to Mrs Fletchers.

23.
Wife, Mary and I heard Mr Goodrichs sermen-A fine breezy day-Brother Robert and I had a good ride round by Kimmels.

24.
Dug potaotes, picked ripe peaches-the trees breaking-good to eat-no market or little money.

25.
on Robert wee Willie and I over some on the fields and saw the good crop of tasoeld corn waving in the summer wind-Wife and I went to a Church meeting and then I went to Bells for Ann and Mary.

26.
Cool breezes at dawn-Wife went to Roberts, rain at noon-picked peaches and dug potatoes-Robert helped to thrash at W. Scotneys.

27.
Mrs A. Campbell and daughter came-Wife and I went to Roberts.

28.
Wife went to Mrs Fletchers with Ann and Mary then to Bells-picked peaches.

29.
Robert helped to pick peaches-they roted fast-Wife Ann and Mary and I went to Mrs Fletchers.

30.
Four went to Church-balmy breezes-Frank told us the ship Brother Roberts wife and daughter sailed on had arived.

31.
The last summer day-picked peaches-Wife took peaches to Roberts-MR Martin and Bell, Wife, Ann and Mary called on Mrs Strang and the Miss Stephenson-Mr Fletcher said she saw Eunice in the garden safe over the wide waters from Europe.

September

1.
Cool clear morning-picked peaches-Robert cut beans-Brother Robert brot up his Wife and daughter which had a journey to Europe and Straven safe back in health and joy.

2.
JOhn Campbell came-Bell came the girls went home with her. Frank came at night along with John Campbell.

3.
Rain in the night-picked peaches-Wife, ann and Mary and I called on Mrs Fletcher then at Brother Roberts and heard reflecting London Paris Glasgow and Straven.

4.
Forty five at dawn-Robert took Anns trunk to the depot. Wife, Ann Mary and I to the depot and saw the flowers and Ann went away to Elkhart-Will Renton cut corn-Wife to Roberts and Bells.

5.
The Engin came to Roberts-to wet to thrash.

6.
Three went to Church, Mr Goodrich preached-Frank came and Mrs. Fletcher and family.

7.
Misty morning, Wife went to Bells-brot Mary and Bell to Roberts to help at thrasing about 200 bushels of Oats and some Rye.
Lambie Diary-1896

September

8.
Cut corn and picked peaches-Went to Roberts-Mrs Fletcher came and Mary went home with her-Frank came with a load of Beans-Robert with another and Will with a third load.

9.
Will Renton helped me to pick peaches-Frank brot 2 loads of beans, Wife went to Mrs. Fletchers for Mary.

10.
Robert brot us 2 bags of flour-picked peaches. Wife went to Bells-Robert got in all his beans-warm 87.

11.
Wife Mary and I went to the Church meeting-Fox bot a bushel of peaches-Mr Ring to.

12.
W. Renton picked about all the peaches-Wife sold a bushel to Davis-Went to Mrs Fletchers.

13.
Sacrament-Mr Goodrich preached-cloudy day.

14.
Wife went to Robert with Bell with peaches after selling about 2 bushels of the best to Davis. Mrs Fletcher and 2 boys came-Mary went to Roberts.

15.
Cloudy morning-Mary and Mrs Fletcher, Haris and Robert went to Ann Arbor and Mr Smith cut corn.

16.
Wife, Mary and I went to Uncle Williams-a kindly vist, a good day-was more than ever convinced at the dishomor of the free(?) silver men who wold bring disgrace of this land of abundance.

17.
Wife went to Bells-Roberts men cutting corn-Wife, Mary and I went to Mrs. Fletchers.

18.
Robert got 18 bushels of seed wheat from George Stevenson-grapes ripe-wet night-women preserving peaches.

19.
Wet morning and a cold blustering day-Robert drew a load of wood for Azro.

20.
Cold-the first ice-the new minister preached to a full Church-heard of the death of C. Scotneys wife.

21.
Wife went to Bells-Robert helped Harry to thrash-Mrs Fletcher and her sons came-cut corn-gathered apples.

22.
Mary went to Roberts-then Robert and Hattie went to C. Scotneys wifes funeral. Brother Robert called-Frank went to Salene.

23.
Cold, Ice-to hard to break by hand-Robert cutting his late frozen corn-picked grapes-3 went to Mrs Fletchers.

24.
Frank drilled wheat by Haries fence-Mary went to Bells.

25.
Robert helped Azro to fill his silo-Frank drilled wheat-Piled wood in the shed-we went to Mrs Fletchers.

26.
Wheat drilled on bean land. Mild-Wife went to Bells-Willie and I put boards on the rood of the wood house. Heard of the death of Dr. Rexford and James Gay-Went home with Mrs Fletcher and 3 boys.

27.
Heavy rain in the night-Wife, Mary. Willie and I at Church. Mr Goodrich preached. The forest trees putting on robes of purple and gold.

28.
Mary went to Bells but the chickens got out-Robert not well and he went for Mrs Fletcher. Will dug potatoes. John Campbell came on his way to enlighten the voters of Superior.

29.
Wet morning, Belle took 4 chickens-rain all day. Got a letter and papers from Mr Allan, Australia-Mary went with Robert.

30.
Dark damp morning-Wife went to Bells-Mary and I took dinner at Roberts-him and Will brot up the roller and set up the stove in the kitchen.
Lambie Diary-1896

October

1.
Cloudy, Wife went to Bells-3 went to Mrs Fletchers. Wrote lines to Charles Scotney.

2.
Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Harris called-Beautiful sunshine on the tree purple and gold-like a garden of flowers.

3.
Roberts men begun to pick apples-went to Mrs Fletchers.

4.
MR Goodrich preached-Brother Robert, Wife and daughter called and Mr Fletcher and family.

5.
Went to Mr Lay paid $8 for seat rent-Robert took a load of straw to Town-Wife brot Mrs Fletcher and Boys to celebrate Leah's Birthday.

6.
Wet morning-wet day a blink of sunshine at night.

7.
Wife went to Bells, Roberts men picking apples. Mrs Fletcher came left Haris and Robert to go to Detroit. Mary and the 3 boys went home. Mr and Mrs F went home at night.

8.
R. Campbell sent a $18. office check. Mary brot a letter neer Noon from Mrs. Smith and Wife and I went to Ann Arbor in afternoon and enjoyed a delightful time with Mr & Mrs Smith and dear good Sister Agnes.

9.
Robert working picking apples-gathered all the late peaches.

10.
Got $18 dollars on R. Campbells money order. Robert selling apples for 40 cents a barrel-planted gooseberries-went to Mrs Fletchers.

11.
The new Minister preached-Wife, Mary and I at Church along with MR & Mrs Fletcher and the 3 boys.

12.
Robert has the horse-stayed at home-have a cold can hardly get warm.

13.
Went with Brother Robert to Franks farm.

14.
Wife went to Bells-Robert diging and selling potatoes.

15.
Wife and I went to R. cAmpbells-Ann Arbor-Golden October in he-robes of purple and Gold.

16.
Robert carried potaotes down Cellar-Wife and Mary went to Town then Mary went to Bells.

17.
Wet morning-Wife and I went to dinner at Bells and to Mrs Fletcher-Docter and Clair Campbell came and said they thought I was a voter.

18.
Teh Minister preached about Jacob and his Sons. Frank and Robert and Hatties and wee William came.

19.
A little frost-Wife, Mary and I went to Mrs. Fletchers-Paid for the Ypsilantian and Tribune $165.00 for a year.

20.
Robert and I drove to his home-Wife drove to bells.

21.
Robert worked on the roads-cold blasts-worked in the hen house to keep out winters cold.

22.
Wife drove to Bells, Mary walked home from Azros.

23.
Wheeled apples into the barn.

24.
Mary Bell and I drew apples into the barn with Bells horse.

25.
Grand day and sermon on John the Babtist-Frank came.

26.
Brother Roberts birthday-Golden October-Bell and I drew apples into the barn. Wife, Mary Bell and I went to Brother Roberts for dinner. Met Sister Agnes and daughter Margaret-we had a grand dinner and all got presents in gold a golden day of pure delight. Paid Mr. Sherwood $11–7 for insurence.

27.
BEautiful morning-Wife and Mary and I went round by the old Moon farm we bought after leaving Scotland in 1836 along with sister Agnes and her daughter Margaret and dreamed of Auld Lang syne and years that return no nore.
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October

28.
Wife went to Bells-I puled cabbage.

29.
The hens eating the cabbage-carried them down cellar. Wife went to Mrs Fletchers, Mrs F came and Mary went with her. Robert and Will drew apples to Town.

30.
Rain in the night, balmy breezes all morn.

31.
Frank went to the Town House with me to get registered so as to vote on November 3. Went to Azros in afternoon.

November

1.
Beautiful day-The church well filled. Azro and family, Frank came to dinner. Brother Robert and his wife called.

2.
Gathered apples-Robert brot a load of corn.

3.
Wife, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, Haris, Robert and I drove to the Town house-I voted the first time after being 37 years in America. Mary and I gathered apples.

4.
Grand morning, wife went to Bells, puled turnips-Roberts girls told me McKinley was elected President-I was glad the good name and honor of the great Republic-Frank called.

5.
A wet morning-cold blustry day-stayed in the house-wrote about the election.

6.
Robert brot a load of wood-Wife went to Bells-puled turnips-Wife Mary and I went to Mrs Fletchers.

7.
Some rain, cold and blustery-stayed home.

8.
The first snow, cold blasts-wife and I went to Church-Mary came home with us.

9.
Ice on the pail-ground hard-Wife, Mary and I drove to the Cold storage to sell chickens.

10.
Robert took 8 rusters to Mr Johnson and got 2 dollars-Wife went to Bells. Cold blasts.

11.
Wife, Mary, Bell and I carried apples down cellar till we were tired. Robert set up the coal stove. A man wanted to take a picture of the house.

12.
Wife and I went to Mrs Fletchers, Mary walked home from Bells.

13.
Robert took 4 barrels of apples to the Depot-2 to Sister Agnes and 2 to daughter Ann-cold snow showers.

14.
Robert drew apples and brot us some cider-Wife and I went to Mrs. Fletchers.

15.
Beautiful day-Wife and I went to Church-Mary walked from Azros and came home with us. Frank came-mild and sunny all day.

16.
Beautiful sunny morning like the day we were married 47 years ago. Mrs Fletchers boy were not very well and Wife, Mary and I there for dinner-balmy breezes.

17.
Robert selling Cider apples to Harvie James for 8 cents a hundred-Wife went to Bells-Brother Robert and Mr Horton the Minister called-split wood.

18.
Bland breezes-Mary went to Bells, Mary and Bell went to Mrs F's for dinner-Robert drawing apples-split wood till my arms were sore.

19.
Wife and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers-cold winds

20.
Wife exchanged corn for meal-Robert geting in corn.

21.
Wife and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers-cold rain.
Lambie Diary-1896

November

22.
Sunny day, Wife, Mary, Mr & Mrs Fletcher and the 3 boys and I at Church. Mr Martin told us what he wanted us to do.

23.
Wife went to Bells-3 tems drawing gravel on the hill-helped to spread some.

24.
Mild, some rain at night-Wife Mary and I went to Mr Fletchers. Very muddy and mild-Brother Robert brot papers.

25.
Wet morning-Robert sold a cow to the butcher. Frank came.

26.
Thanksgiving, Mild like a May morning. Mr & Mrs Fletcher and the boys came to dinner-pleasant party.

27.
Hoed some in the garden-Wife and I went and visited our old friends, Mr & Mrs B. Voorhees-Robert drew gravel on the road.

28.
Cold morning, the pump froze. Wife walked to roberts-Wrote to Mr. McConachie-to cold to go to Town.

29.
To cold and sayed the Sabbath at home. Frank came then Brother Robert his daughter Unice and Agnes Ingils.

30.
Snow showers-John R Campbell came-Mary came back.

December

1.
Cold blasts-14 above zero-Frank came.

2.
Eight above zero-Wife went to Bells-Robert brot a grist to us and his family-bright sunshine-Frank brot a a load of wood.

3.
Some snow, piled up wood-Wife walked to Roberts, Robert and 2 men drew in stalks-Wife and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers.

4.
Snow in the night-Brother Robert brot us papers-sent a letter about apples.

5.
Wife and Mary went to Town-Frank came.

6.
Wife, Mary, Bell and I went to church & Mr & Mrs Fletcher and the 3 boys-Harris said the Lords prayer along with the minister when 4 ya old-same like a summer day.

7.
Mild and pleasant-Wife went to Mrs Fletchers-Clare Campbell came then Frank.

8.
Dark, misty and mile, Wife went to bells-

9.
Some sunshine-Wife and I went to bells for dinner. A pleasant meeting-muddy roads.

10.
Mist and then sunshine-Wife and Mary went to Mrs Fletchers. Wrote to Ann-got a paper and pictures from Australia.

11.
Beautiful morning-Wife and Mary and I went to the Church meeting.

12.
Went to Town and Mrs Fletchers-beautiful winter day.

13.
Sacrament, Church well filed, Annas birthday. Brother Robert & Eunice called-Mr & Mrs Fletcher and family came at night.

14.
Wife went to Bells, Mary to Roberts, Frank came back from the Oak.

15.
Snow nearly all day-Wife boiling Cider-Robert brot a barrel. Last Saturday Frank learned while at the Oak that James Lambie paid a good sum of money to Wm Todds family that he got from the Estate Brother Frank left.

16.
Mary hitched up the horse and Wife drove througt the snow to Bells then Mary and her Mother went to Mrs. Fletchers.

17.
Sawed wood-Mary at Mrs Fletchers-

18.
Robert came for his Mother before breakfast and ther was another little girl at Roberts home.

19.
Moonlight and sunshine, The thrashers got out 81 bushels of beans for Frank and 45 for Robert before dinner. Robert and Mary went to Town at night and brot Ann home.
Lambie Diary-1896

December

20.
Mrs L, Mary and I & Mr & Mrs Fletcher and 3 boys at Church. Mr & Mrs F and Frank came.

21.
Mary and Ann went to the Motor with their Mother to go to Uncle Williams on his birthday-sunny day.

22.
Shortest day, Snow nearly all day. John Gigian was buried in a storm of snow.

23.
Bell came, Robert and Ann cut a gree tree-Rexford man brot a load of coal-Ann, Mary and Bell went to Town. Mother went home with Bell.

24.
Four below zero-pure sunshine on pure snow-To cold to go to John Campbells party.

25.
Christmas 28 years since Father died. Had a grand turkey dinner, a green tree presents and happy pary of old and young from morning till night-10 above freezing.

26.
Frank came-Wife went to Bells.

27.
Ten above zero-Mr Whalton preached about Christmas.

28.
Robert came for Mary & then took Ann and Mary to Mrs. Fletchers.

29.
Sent a paper to Scotland & Australia-Received a card from Mr & Mrs Cowan from Perth, Scotland.

30.
Drove to Roberts with Ann and Mary and saw Hattie and the babe. Dark mild and damp.

31.
The last day of 1896 gone away on the records of time.

Note: Please remember I copy this directly from the Diary. I do make errors altho I try not to. But some of the diary is a little confusing because it is the way Mr. Lambie writes it or spells it. If I changed it I don't believe we would be understanding how things were in the years past. -Billie

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