January 1-The beginning of another year with pleasant day-some snow on the ground, mist and clouds overhead-If life is spared, I hope to do more good than any previous year of my existence. America's Centennial year.
Bell helped take care of the stock-the others came home from Sarah Clark's dinner party after dark. Frank over at Roberts.
January 2-Mr. Tindell gone and Duffield preached a long sermon. All went but Mrs. L. 3 went at night.
January 3-Wife took Anna to her boarding house. I cleaned the stables.
January 4-Ground frozen hard. Bell milked before day-light. Robert home with a cold. Went to prayer and conference meeting, spoke when called on and thought I did more harm than good.
January 5-Went to Detroit and Canada-the sun gleamed on the waves of the River like a summer day. Took dinner with mother and found her well and cheerful in her old age. Had supper and stayed overnight with sister Agnes in Detroit. A grand family in a stately home but the Master spirit comes no more back to earth. Called on brother Frank in the evening.
January 6-Went to see my old friend William Adair, a very pleasant visit and a walk through his four green houses blooming like summer.
Went with David Inglis and saw his brick house on Woodward Avenue, worth $12,000 and Frank's lot worth $3,000.
Over the river again and stayed overnight with mother and sisters and had a long talk regarding the past and the future. Read a chapter and saw part of Father's mantle but not him.
January 7-After breakfast, Mother conveyed me to the corner and waved adieu. Called on Brother James. He told me of his losses and seemed glad to see me and wanted my friendship and prayers. Went to the cemetery and saw the Inglis monument with sister Agnes-a grand tribute of respect to departed. The sun shone bright and beautiful like a summer day as if to mitigate the sorrows of the mourners and the sad hearted.
January 8-Ordered 30 apple trees from Elwanger and Barrie. Took down corn to grind for feed. Heard of Mr. Morton's death.
January 10-Great change in the weather-cold and blustery. Ice in the water pail in the house. Makes us shiver-walked to town and called on brother Robert-his eyes are better.
January 11-Frank drew up a load of wood for our stoves. Wife and I went to the Morton funeral in the afternoon. He has left all his wealth. His body was placed in a metal coffin in a vault. The world looked bleak and desolate and cold after coming out of a house warmed with a coal stove.
January 14-Good winter day-feeding stock and cleaning stables. Cornwell's steam boiler burst and some lives lost. Sold 4 lambs to Luckin $10.00. Returned his buffalo robe.
January 15-A beautiful moonlight morning. Mary and Bell washing. Robert drawing up wood for the stoves. Lambs not thriving so put them with the old sheep.
Walked to town and saw the wrecked Cornwell Mill. The engineer was blown clear over the mill yard into a field. His body awfully mangled.
Called on Joe Stephenson. He and wife sick and feeble.
January 19-Went to union meeting in Methodist Church. Mary carried edibles to Anna and Elizabeth. Sold a pelt $1.25.
January 21-Was not very well last night. The Haggis was too rich and did not digest well.
January 22-Paid Fredrick Goodspeed $25.75 for teaching school. Received 3 Scotch papers, one of them giving an account of my cousin William Lambie of Hallburn receiving greeting from a number of friends. Also a timepiece and a check for 30 lbs. sterling. His wife getting a gold watch and chain and my good old Aunt Kate, who was so kind to me in boyhood, got a pair of gold spectacles.
January 22-Old Scotland beats great America again. Cousin William seems to have gained more friends, wealth and honor in native Scotland than I have after sailing 3000 miles from the old home of childhood.
Father's idea that coming to America was a mistake seems to become more and more conclusive.
Called on Brother Robert. If he is rich in material things, he is not rich in brotherly kindness.
January 25-Frank and Jones killed the two pigs. Burns Birthday. Frank thought the buckwheat too damp to thrash, the soft corn about fed out.
Read the Hamilton papers that Sir William Wallace's mother was a Strathaven woman. Why did I leave the friendly early days to live far away-toiling and saving, receiving little wealth on the misty marsh at Ypsilanti?
January 26-Sold a pig to Luckin-248 at 8¢-16 cents less than $20 and a good price. Gave Bell $2 for feeding and Mary $2 for housework. Frank salted pork and Mary took provisions to Arena.
January 27-After feeding stock went and saw friend Ben Voorhees and the boring for coal on his land. It looked rather hopeless to me.
January 28-Dark wet morning. Eliza went to the Normal and Bell and Robert to our school (Bennett School).
January 29-Received an “Interior” containing my letter on farmers and farming.
January 31-Pancakes and fresh pork for breakfast.
February 1-Cut and burned willows. Wife and I went to Church meeting. Spoke a few words hardly knowing whether they were words of wisdom.
February 2-Cold snowy morning. Ice in the kitchen. Fed all the soft corn and two stakes of stalks.
February 3-Doing what is called menial work. Wife went to meet her brother John from New York and took food to Anna.
February 6-Walked to Church in the snow. Mr. Chatterton who sat beside me in Church meeting last week, went out before six o'clock with a lantern to his barns. Neighbors saw the barn burning and found his body burned among the ruins. A shocking death, a great calamity for his family.
February 7-Almost Springlike. Ben Roberts helping Frank saw trees. Wife and I went to Mr. Campbell's in Augusta. Mild and muddy. Stayed overnight. Visiting seemed to be a mutual benefit all around. We think we strengthened each other and made this life grander.
Sent a letter to brother Frank and the Editor of the “Citizen”.
February 8-Went with Mr. Campbell to see Mr. Hewens. He looked feeble.
February 11-Wife and I went to Farmer's Institute in the forenoon and in the afternoon. Frank, Elizabeth, Mary and I went in the evening. Very entertaining.
February 12-Attended the Farmer's store meeting. A good deal of wrangling. Some wanted to close the store. About $1600 lost from fall in price of goods. Was in favor of persevering and trying to do better.
Letter from the Trust Society with a dollar for a letter I sent. The first money I every got for writing. A pleasant surprise, entirely unexpected.
February 13-Rode in mud to Church. 300 in Sabbath School. Bell and I came home after Mary and Elizabeth stayed over-night at Anna's room. Robert unwell-a red rash on his skin.
February 19-Paid Goodspeed $25 for teaching school.
February 21-Wife started for her fathers. Frank and I cleaned the pig pen. Humble life…“he went to a far country to feed swine”. Frank got $20 from Wm. Campbell.
February 22-Frank, Robert and I bought a sow and 7 pigs from Norton's paying Mr. Ambrose $25 for them. Wife stayed at Wm. Campbells. Two boys and two girls went to a Festival in the Presbyterian Church.
February 23-Robert brought his mother home. Wm. Cambpell paid $10 on Mr. Crane's note.
February 24-Wife and I went to Mr. Clark's (sister of Mrs. Lambie). Received a kindly welcome and stayed overnight in their fine home.
February 25-Left 3½ bags of buckwheat at Farmer's store. Wife stayed to take care of Clare Campbell.
February 26-Our old friend Chidister going to leave the Farmer's store. Had a letter from Tribune about Good times.
February 27-Wife, Mary, Eliza and I walked to Church in a snow storm. A fine gathering into the Redeemer's Kingdom. Mayor Barnes, John Boyce, Lee Hendriks and a fine array of young people joined the Church.
February 29-Settled with Wm. Campbell at Farmer's store-$81 cash due us and a due bill for some $10.
Brother Robert told me of the death of Mr. Hart's daughter. Frank and Jones thrashed buckwheat.
Harper's Magazine sent back my letter about Drumclag.
March 1-Went to Pioneer meeting in Batchelder's Hall (North Washington). Interesting hearing of early settlement of Washtenaw County. Saw a variety of Indian hammers and arrowheads. Had dinner under Baptist Church. Friend John Geddes the oldest there.
March 2-Wm. Hart's daughter brought here for burial. Sold the old horse to Luckin for $20 and a black wedder for $5.
March 4-Wife and Robert to Augusta. Mary Eliza and Bell went to Andrew Campbells (Platt Road) with the Bacon youngsters in a long bobsled. I was left alone.
March 6-Wife and I went to George McDougal's (on Ford Road). Pleasant visit but roads very muddy like the slough of despond. Paid King $8.60 for bushel of clover seed.
March 7-Mr. Luckins paid $19 for the wicked heifer. Frank helped take it to town. Borrowed Robert's horse. Took 12 bushels buckwheat to Mill and got 12 bags (25 lbs.) flour. Left them at Farmer's store.
Road deep with mud-like to be beat going up the hill of difficulties.
Have a letter of mine in the American Messenger, a paper well filled.
Paid King $8.60 for bushel of clover seed.
March 8-The song sparrows sang this morning. First good walking. Frank working for Ben Roberts.
March 9-Went with Bill and Robert to Mr. Voorhees. They are two old people in the borders of fourscore. Looked at a colt George has for sale.
March 10-Blue birds singing under a blue sky. Roger Pettibone was buried.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came at noon. Like a summer day.
March 11-Robert's birthday–13 years since his birth. Some have passed a way since then. Time changes and we change with time.
A shower made it muddy again.
March 12-Snow storm from the North–bleak and weary. Mary and Elizabeth walked to Church. Robert went at night feeding hungry cattle in storm and mud.
March 13-Frank, Robert and I cleaned buckwheat. The big sow and pigs outside.
Went to Baptist Church and heard the Evangelist Graves. Did not like his style of preaching as well as some. Four went to Church in the evening.
March 14-Frank went to qualify himself for voting. Something I never did. 37 years an alien. I go back to Scotland in thought but never in reality and sadly in my dreams. We seem to need discipline and sorrow.
March 16-Anna and Elizabeth went to the Normal and Bell to her school in the rain and ice.
March 17-Brown got 2 bushels buckwheat. Frank bought a Berkshire hog for $12. The heifer Cherry had a white calf.
March 18-The young cow sucks bad when milked. Mrs. L took Anna to her boarding house.
March 20-Frank plowing buckwheat stubble. Planting and trimming grapes. Went to Lighthiser sale.
Cold snowstorm. Gave Jerome $4 for Frank. Cattle, sheep and pigs feel snug under barn.
March 22-Drew corn stalk stacks off Brother Robert's land. Robert drew up wood on the sleigh. Frank sold 2 pigs to Harry.
March 23-Bonnie spring morning. Goodspeed gave us a new Insurance policy.
Mr. Adair sent Normal School Certificates to the girls. Ever kind and faithful.
Mr. Campbell came (father-in-law). Wife and Robert went home with him. He would not buy Mr. Crane's note. Hoped I wouldn't lose it.
March 25-3 or 4 inches of snow in the night. Wife and Robert came back. Sent $2.50 for the Interior, a Poem to Scotland, a letter to Wm. Adair.
Mr. Platt paid Wm. Campbell $150. Glad I won't need to borrow at present.
March 26-Three girls and Robert and Mrs. L fed the stock and rested. Robert and Bell drew up wood on the sleigh.
March 28-Eliza started to the Normal in the storm.
March 29-Snow 8 or 10 inches deep and drifting. Mary has toothache.
March 31-Went to town in the sleigh. Looked at Mr. Grave's horses. Called on John Mann and sick Joseph Stevens. Bad going. Frank went to Woodruff's sale.
April 1-Enchanting sunshine on the pure white snow. Eliza walked home in the snow. Wife and Robert went to town and brought Mrs. Campbell (Mrs. Wm), Clare and the Babe (Sadie).
April 3-Town meeting Day. Frank went to vote. Loaned George McDougal $100.
April 4-Rhubarb bursting through ice and snow to celebrate Spring. The Bees look well after mild winter.
April 5-High winds. Wrote about Straven Castle. 37 years since I left the stone house in native Straven. Two-thirds of my life has been spent in America. We know something of the past but the future clouded in mystery.
April 6-Two men came and offered to bore for coal on our farm giving us ¼ of the profits if good coal was found. Went to town to talk about coal. Took tea at G. Allan's. Looked for a horse.
April 9-Robert and I sorting potatoes. Looked after coal mines and horses. Swift has 3 to sell. Coal interest very uncertain.
April 10-Bell and Robert joined the Church with about 100 others. Red Cow had a calf. Swift came to sell a horse. Frank began to plow in new orchard. 2 girls came to visit Bell. Wm. Campbell marked $150 on Platt note.
John Campbell came. Mrs. L went home with him.
April 14-Frank and Bell went to a party at Mr. Camps.
April 15-My birthday–fifty-five years of life passed. Gave L. Allen three apple trees in memory of the Centennial Year. Two went to Bacon's to eat maple sugar.
April 18-Frank finished plowing new orchard. Fed out all the corn stalks. Have not fed ½ ton of hay all winter. Brother Robert setting out pear trees on his land.
April 22-Replaced bridge over creek. Gathered stones in north field. Man came again about boring for coal. Smith's horse we talked of buying for $125 sold for $145.
April 23-Mr. Putnam preached. Two of the girls went to Uncle Andrew's on Platt Road. Saw a light moving along the Creek. A puzzle to us. Frank thought it Kimel spearing fish.
April 25-Darin got seed corn and told us where to find water by peachraft.
April 26-Drew out manure. Took down a grist and received $10.00 from Wm. Campbell on Crante's interest.
April 27-Robert and I went to Detroit to see Mrs. Inglis and her family, Wm. Adair, Mother and Sister, Brother Frank and Jamie. Went to Father's grave.
Mother cheerful and intelligent in her old age. Thought Mary and Catherine unkind to me.
April 28-Mother walked to the corner with me and it was hard to part with me-Walked through the streets and to a picture gallery with Mr. Inglis and then home. A strange mingling of joint sadness-(No mention of how he crossed Detroit River or got home. Must have been train).
April 29-Willow trees beginning to look green-
May 1-Cold ice on wash basin-Mary commenced her summer school-Robert went with her-sold small load of oats at 30¢-Got 30 apple trees from Elwanger and Barrey-paid them $7.50-Weary and depressed at honest labor.
May 2-Helped brother Robert plant more pear trees and Frank plowed.
May 3-The cow Dainty had a calf-No lambs yet and rather surange-Frank paid Davis $3.75 for Tribune & Farmer. Planted potatoes-bought ½ ton of plaster.
May 6-Frank started for Pontiac with Hiram Bacon-wife took food to Anna-bought seed corn from Conklin.
May 9-Cut asparagus for dinner-paid $2.00 to fix clothes wringer-Clark took a load of rails from us.
May 11-Have 3 lambs at last. Paid T.B. Goodspeed $26.25 for teaching.
May 15 Mary has 20 scholars at her school-A sick sheep drowned-pulling the dirty wool off a dead sheep is not very conducive to poetry. 5 lambs. Frank and the old horses did wonder well reclaiming the land that produced so little into a fertile field-14 lambs-Robert had 3 young doves-one flew away-Frank shingled the stable.
May 22-Mary's birthday. James came to sow plaster.
May 24-Queen's birthday-Frank sold 26 bushels of wheat at $1.15. Took wheat to Rawsonville to get $1.25 but got only $1.15. Bought shoes from J. Boyce $4.18.
May 26-Bell and I went to see the show come in but were too late-received big bundle of Evergreens from William Adair-Mr. Campbell came. Wife and Robert went home with him.
May 27-Planted green trees-Frank dammed the Creek-Howard left his law books and helped us wash the sheep. Sheep very heavy and made my back ache-20 lambs long way behind time. 24 lambs-3 went to P. Miller at night.
May 31-If I was not so weary working it would be more delightful. May be it is better to be worn out than rust out. Cultivated corn any way.
June 2-Bees swarming-stung Bell and me-did my best to hive them but they went away. Robert (brother) brought us the sad news of Brother James' sons death by drowning at St. Thomas, Ontario. A boy of 11 years lost to this life-James has sorrow and sorrow.
June 3-Wet morning-4 were at Normal last night. Wrote a letter to Brother James regarding his son's death-Two brothers drowned in Huron.
June 6-Butter $2.80-hived swarm of bees-bought wool twine. Sold 30 bushels oats 28 cents-Frank and Ambrose shore 47 sheep.
June 10-Finished shearing the sheep-70 in all-Mr. and Mrs. Clarke (Elizabeth, sister of Mrs. L.) came with their young horses-took Anna and her room mate to town.
June 12-Cultivating alone-Frank shearing for Hiscock. Mr. Campbell came. Mrs. L and Frank went to his sheep shearing after supper. Had buggy wheel repaired.
June 13-Summer heat-Corn growing and chipmunks digging it up. Some ripe strawberries.
June 14-Bell took Mary and Robert to school-Pods on early peas. 31 lambs.
June 16-Bell getting 14 pans of milk daily. Had straw-berries for supper.
June 17-Bell and 2 girls went to get a ride at sunrise.
June 18-Went to Mr. Fisher's funeral-(relative of Andrew Campbell's wife).
June 19-Bell's Birthday-cold, a great change from last week picking strawberries-20 quarts-Mr. Voorhees and wife found a dull market for them at 10 cents.
June 21-Sold 16 quarts to Mrs. Childs-Paid G. Stephenson $17.36 for seed wheat we got last fall.
June 22-Hived 2 swarms of bees-took down a grist and got a beehive from William Campbell-sold 19 qts. strawberries.
June 23-Mr. Voorhees helping to pick berries-Robert put paris green in potatoes-Rain almost every day. Sold 40 qts. berries at 8¢. Very warm again.
June 26-Frank began to mow, riding round the luxuriant field in his chariot. A new riding mower.
June 27-Wife, Mary, Liza, Ann, Robert and I went to the closing Commencement of the Normal.
June 29-Brother Frank did not come.
June 30-Last of Bonnie June-Wife's birthday-Brother Robert brought his wife and Aunt Ann-straw-berries and cream. Have poem in Hamilton paper about Avondale.
July 1-Strawberries failing-William Campbell paid me $10. Wool selling 25 cwt.
July 2-Fine crop of grass-hay.
July 4-Centennial Day-A great day for America. Not much greatness came to me-Frank and I went to Detroit and saw the great procession-took dinner with mother in Canada-called on Frank Ingliss and brother Frank and got home before dark. Frank stayed with Frank Inglis to see the fireworks-great crowds of people. Cannons, pistols and fire works bring no joy to me-Beer and tobacco were well represented, and the city soldiers looking very old.
July 5-A strong wind blew down some hives and fence-Frank came home at noon-drew up sleepers for the barn floor. 4 went to Bacons. Wife took butter to town putting floor in hay barn.
July 7-Asa Brown cleaned the well-glad to get good water-Frank and I drew in hay-like to faint in the heat of noon-Girls cleaning and papering. Mary had a vacation, 3 weeks.
July 8-Looked like a good day but no help came-Frank, Robert and I built a hay stack in intense heat a good crop of hay.
July 9-Jones helped and we got 4 loads in a stack-and then heavy rain-we had put a tin roof over hay-Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came-Lizzie went home with them.
July 14-Almost to weary to rejoice-got all the wheat in stacks at sun down and several loads in the barn-paid Jones $2.00 a day. The German $1.75 and Willy Smith, $1.50.
July 17-Morning clear & cool and delightful-some are going to the sea for their health (his brother Robert) new potatoes-selling better for 13¢.
July 22-Gabriel Campbell and family arrived.
July 26-Days a little shorter and fields begin to look like Autumn.
July 27-Excursion to Put-in-Bay for $1.25 would like to go but money scarce-Anna, Mary, Elizabeth, Frank and I had a fine sail to Put-in-Bay. 60 miles in Lake Erie-pure lake breezes and beautiful islands, some were sea sick-longest sail I have had in 20 years.
July 28-Traveler resting today-William Campbell paid $115.00-sold some butter-Bennett girls came.
July 31-Mary reopened her school-Robert went with her.
August 1-Ground very dry-hoping for rain-the colored man's day of Freedom-Bell and I went to see the Celebration in William Cross Grove at the Fair Grounds-The dark Beauties rigged out in white, red and blue and a feast of good things. Apples 75¢ a bushel.
August 2-Mr. Campbell came for Mrs. L and Frank to help with the thrashing.
August 9-Frank & Jones getting out the manure, cleaning grainery-took a grist-2 bags wheat and 3 of feed-picked a bushel of nice astrakand apples and in town got 30¢ for them.
August 11-A refreshing rain-corn good to eat after boiled-A. Knap came to sell a horse.
August 12-Brother Frank's Birthday-the day we used to go to the Brauncastle and Hallfied among the blooming heather, whirring foul, and dining on curds and cream in life's morning. Brother Robert, Frank and Bell drove round by the old “Moon farm” where we settled in 1839. Went to Roberts for dinner. Was in the crowd of the raising of the Republican rally-speaking, music and 7 bonfires.
August 15-Put the wool over the wood shed-lots of apples under the trees.
August 17-William Campbell, Willy, Clare & the Baby and the dog came to visit and then Robert Campbell and his wife in a grand new top Buggy.
August 19-Joe Peck came and set up his thrashing machine before dinner. Had 158 bushels oats and 140 bushels wheat-plenty of help and all went well.
August 24-Another $10.00 from William Campbell-paid F. Smith $6.00 for pew rent at church and 50¢ for hymn book-Kate Inglis and Helen Todd, Mr. and Mrs. Clarke came to see us. Sold 2½ bushels apples-Elizabeth at Mr. Tailors.
August 26-Hauled sand from Mr. Fletcher's hill and stones for this barn wall. The black sow had six pigs. McDonald offered 30¢ for wheat but wanted to deduct ¼ and we did not want to sell the hay.
august 31-Wife not well-went to consult Dr. Kinne-Farmer's store broken into again-loss about $200.00. We saw 5 elephants and the show came.
September 1-Mrs. L. medicine doesn't seem to help her. Gave Mary my note for $64 teaching.
September 2-Lawyer Allen and not A. Campbell nominated for Representative. John Geddes, A. Thomason and Mr. Holland went with the bread and wine at church.
September 3-Brother Robert & wife went to Eaton Rapids I brought up their horse and carriage from the Depot, Bell took me to the school meeting-I was elected assessor for 3 years-Mary to keep school for another month. Mr. Miller to furnish 10 cords wood.
September 6-Frank took back Robert's horse and carriage.
September 8-Heard of Mrs. Batchelor's death.
September 10-Went to church in the rain. Heard that the Rev. G.L. Foster was dead, did not go to Mrs. Batchelor's burial.
September 12-Five men working-2 masons and Frank tending mortar and 2 dark men-wife and I went to Rev. G. L. Foster burial-his body was left in the vault to take to Jackson.
September 14-Farmer' excursion to the Centennial-would like to see the Falls of Niagara and the Mountains but my means are limited.
The masons finished the barn. A grand improvement but expensive-sold 4 lambs to A. McCormick for $10.00-glad to get some money.
September 16-Frank and the German cut all the corn-Received $20.00 from William Campbell-paid the Masons $17.00.
September 17-Mr. Putnam preached. Had a chill in the church, walked home and lay on the Buffalo robe the the stove.
September 18-Frank took corn and oats to Rawsonville and got it ground for feed-I took quinine. State Fair time-Have ague. Took apples to Mrs. Warts & Taylor-Frank & H. Bacon. Frank and H. Bacon went to State Fair.
September 21-Rested all day and no ague. Mr. Knapp came for the School report-Sold 24 bushels corn to a German-wife took Anna flour, apples and potatoes to her boarding house.
September 24-Received kind letter from friend Adair with school appointments for the Girls, after Bell getting hers. The State paid teachers don't admit her.
September 26-A company of our friends going to the Centennial received 10 apple barrels from Ainsworth. Brother Robert loaned Frank $60, to go to the Centennial at Philadelphia.
September 28-Frank started for Centennial on his Birthday.
September 30-Mary and Elizabeth went to Pittsfield-Elizabeth to start her school.
October 1-Got 10 apple barrels-picked and headed 4 barrels Baldwins-took off 8 boxes of honey.
October 3-Mrs. L. and Robert took provisions to Anna and brought home a grist-picked two barrels steel reds.
October 4-Bell & I went to the Fair (State or County?) great display of horses, cattle, sheep and swine. Mrs. L., Mary, Robert and William Campbell family went to the best day at the fair.
October 6-Mary's school closed-Bell went with Robert's carriage and brought Mary's books home. Read of my Uncle Archibald Hamilton's death in the Scotch paper. My old friend that was so kind to me in my boyhood has gone the way of all.
October 9-A long fruitful year-first post this morning. Good crop of Apples-few pickers at 60 or 70 cents per bushel, we will not make big wages. Picked and packed spy apples-sent a letter to mother about Uncle Archibald's death. Took 20 barrels apples to Ainsworth-got 10 empty ones-makes 40 in all.
October 16-Picked about 14 barrels in the new orchard-a great wrestler, Mac, beat Ypsilanti Champers in New York. I get enough wrestling in the apple trees and got a fall hurting my back, no honor and no money.
October 18-Frank sold a load of cider apples for 9¢ a sent 8 barrels to David Inglis and 2 to Brother F killed the coarse wooled Ram-apples to Traverse and Muller.
October 20-Still suffering from my fall. Sold 40 b of cider apples for 9¢-gathered Russets & B in new orenard.
October 23-Lucken agreed to pay $24 for 10 lambs and $30.00 for the 2 steers-Frank & Jerome killed 2 ne-hand dirty disagreeable work. Sold the pork 500 at nearly 7¢. $46.00 a good price. Ainsworth paid for the apples-80 bushels at 60¢ only $48.00 for our toil, a third less than they were last year.
October 26-Took apples to Wiards and got barrel of cider. Wife and I plunging through the mud to Augusta. Met Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and A. Campbell-they talked of the Centennial but I was not there and the vote coming but not for me.
October 28-Woke up in Mr. Campbell's mansion. Have two article in one Country Gentlemen.
October 30-Wife and I went to Mrs. Norris's funeral who was a very prominent useful woman in her day.
October 31-Big torch light procession in town but too weary to go.
November 2-Elizabeth and Robert went in the rain to Pittsfield for her school. Frank making stanchion in the barn.
November 7-Election Day to decide who will be President: I am not a voter-Frank went to vote.
November 8-Paid Frank $43 wages. Mrs. L. went with William Campbell to Marvin Miller funeral. Crane bought the two steers for $90.00.
November 10-Have nearly 1000 bushels corn. Frank took a load to Rawsonville to have ground for feed.
November 12-Mrs. L. Went to stay with her sick Aunt McDougal-sat at our cottage door reading and heard the Light Guard playing over the grave of Henry Frane, Mohn McDougals mother very sick. Mary, Bell and I got in the cabbage from Brother Robert's land.
November 16-27 years since we were married. How fast time rolls on-bought suit, boots and cap for Robert. John Campbell came and Mrs. L. and Robert went away with him. Called on Brother Robert-a great contrast between his home and mine.
November 17-Went to Detroit. Visited with Mrs. Inglis and mother. She will be 80 if she lives until the 20th of February. Stayed overnight with Agnes. (his sister) in her grand home with her fatherless family.
November 18-To brother Franks for dinner. Had a pleasant talk. Went over to see mother, sisters, (2) unfriendly. Called on brother James.
November 19-Mrs. Inglis & I heard Mr. Pearson in the Opera House (Detroit) morning and evening. A wonderful, grand building and a great audience. Rode with Mrs. Inglis and James to Elmwood and saw the monument and flowers blooming on the grave.
November 20-Returned to my humble home. Crane paid $25.00 on steers, Anne, Mary, Robert, Frank and I went to the installation of I. Richmond-good preaching and good supper. Keef looked at wool.
November 22-Mr. Lucken paid $24 for 10 lambs-wife walked hom from her brothers (William Campbell lived on E. Michigan beyond R.R.). Bell and Robert going to Mr. Crippens school.
November 23-Started to go to Mr. Herven's funeral-roads very bad-wife rode in her Father's buggy and I came back.
November 27-Robert's young fox ran away-time to house the sheep and feed them under the barn-got the black sow from Bacons-Robert's fox came back and killed 5 chickens and Frank shot him.
November 28-Mary, Robert and I walked to church and saw pictures presented by Magic lantern.
November 29-Had dinner with I. Campbell at William Campbell's.
November 30-Thanksgiving-heard Mr. Richmond in the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell, Willie, Clare and Wee Sara had dinner with us, very pleasant company. We had cause to be thankful to the giver of all good-Mr. Crane paid $25. all he owed for steers.
December 1-Elizabeth and Mary went to the church meeting-cows and sheep all snug under the barn-a land flowing with milk and honey to the prudent farmers. Brother Robert brought his horse for us to keep a while.
December 3-William Campbell installed as Church Elder.
December 4-Mary & Elizabeth went away in the Buggy to Pittsfield before daylight. Anna at the Normal-Bell and Robert at the district school. Frank off with the gun.
December 5-Cleaned a bag of buckwheat-Frank took down fox and sheep skins in Brother Robert's rig and also took Buckwheat to Rawsonville.
December 7-Wife and I went to Mr. Fletcher's for dinner-a turkey feast, joking, talking and smoking. Frank brought a grist from Rawsonville leaving 18 bags at the Farmer's store.
December 9-Bitter cold blasts ice on the water in the house and the milk even froze.-John Campbell brought us a quarter of beef and got his ear frozen. Frank paid our taxes to Mr. Packard, $17.73. 14 below zero-brook frozen solid.
December 13-Daughter Anna was born 26 years ago in the wee house 16 × 12 when we were cold and lonely. All our potatoes froze. Sister Isabell was married 20 years yesterday. Brook water flowing above the ice-a slight thaw and almost like spring. Brother Robert hearing Moody and Sanky. Wife went in the buggy and found Aunt McDougal better. Paid church seat rent to young Rexford, $5.50. Frank and Asie killed 3 swine-sold them for 6 cwt. Frank got $28 to apply on his wages-I got 26 cents. Mary and Frank went to the Normal.
December 16-Brother Robert taken sick after hearing Moody in Chicago. I went to see him and found him better. Mr. Packard gave Frank the school money $256.64. Paid Mary $65.00 for teaching-paid John Miller $22.50 for wood and left $168 with William Campbell. Settled our account at the Farmer's store-due us $76, Anna $79.
December 18-Five years since my friend D. Inglis died. Snow over a foot deep-Frank took Bell and Bob (sic) to school in the old long sleigh and my youngsters were displeased because they thought too old and shabby. Worked all afternoon in the deep snow feeding the hungry stock and putting the hen house in order. Took a ride through the snow to make a track for the scholars-Mr. Fletcher paid Frank for seed wheat-my share $5. Have paid Frank $120. for wages-$20 for interest and $100 a note on G. McDougal.
December 21-Made track in deep snow to the barn. Took buggy to brother Robert and got his cutter-Mrs. L. went to Augusta with John in his sleigh. Heard Cornwell and Hemphill Bank had failed.
December 22-Frank went in Robert's cutter to Mr. Clarkes and brought Elizabeth home. Mrs. Inglis sent us a box of Christmas presents-Robert brought Anna home and took back Robert's cutter. Paid $4.08 insurance to William Campbell.
December 25-Eight years since father died. All went to William Campbell's for dinner-very pleasant time with friends.
December 26-Waded through the deep snow to water and feed stock. Skinned a frozen sheep. Conrad Wilson's statement regarding our corn crop is in the Christian Union and Michigan Farmer.
December 27-Wrote a letter to mother-4 of us formed a joint stock company and bought a gray horse giving William Campbell $100 note and Mr. Crane to pay Mr. Barr. Got the horse home.
December 30-Young folks started for Augusta in the long sleigh the two boys on the front seat and the 4 girls under the Buffalo robe in the bottom.
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