January 1st- Frank loaned $200 to R. Fletcher. Elizabeth took the train for her school in Pittsfield-Anna went on the train at night for Manchester.
January 6- Elizabeth's birthday 22 years-Wife and I went in the long sleigh ti visit old friends and Father's home.
January 10- Sent a load of corn and wheat to Rawsonville. Paid Frank $16 for new sleigh.
January 17- Wife and I took dinner with brother Robert-pleasant time.
January 23- The Wm. Campbells' went with us to Andrew Campbells' in the long sleigh.
Frank brought a load of fence posts from Sumoter.
January 25- Burns' born 120 years ago. Wife and I went to hear Andrew Campbell lecture on Burns' in the evening-good lecture to a small audience.
January 27- Prince Bennett died. T. Casey fiddled in the evening.
January 30- Pumray who harvested for us died suddenly-Wm. Campbell gave me $150 check-gave it to Robert for a note on John Miller of $150 owed to Robert. Interest $7.50.
February 1st- Sold 4 dozen eggs
February 3- Brother Frank in Detroit-sent the Strathaven Times.
February 8- The Wm. Campbells' and I went to A. Campbells' and had a great visit-the wee laughing infant son, bright boy's and bonnie lassies. And old Mr. Fisher age 91.
February 10- Frank sold the old sow he bought for $12 and we kept it nearly 3 years and did not get more than $2 more than we paid-was glad to get rid of the profitless troublesome brute.
February 13- Settled with Frank-$10 for pig money coming to me. Wrote a letter and some lines to sister Isabell (Todd).
February 15- Wrote sister Agnes-cleaned the stable-read the Strathaven Times.
February 18- Wife and I to visit Ben Voorhees-Bell started at Normal-snow storm-Mary Campbell came home with Bell-Frank speared 4 big fish.
February 21- Got the horses shod. The old red cow had a calf.
February 22- Wife and I and Robert went to town-The Band played and the Light Guards marched in honor of Washington's Birthday.
February 25- Gorton offered $45 for the big steer-Wife and I went to John Clarkes desolate home in Pittsfield-Elizabeth met us at young Robert Campbells gate with glee and we stayed with our kind friends over night.
March 3- Corn stalks nearly fed out. Luckens offered $45 for the white heifer-Bees flying and ice and snow melting.
March 6- We sawed down John Flemings tree-about 40 years since I stood beneath its shade-it stood for 300 years like a sentinel in the forest.
March 10- $100 from Wm. Campbell-Walked down in the evening to hear Miss Weed on Westminster Abby and Mr. Rexford on Morals-fearful thunderstorm and Robert was kind enough to meet me with a lantern.
March 11- Roberts Birthday-young friends came at night for his Birthday party.
March 13- Brother Robert putting new glass in his store front. Wife to see sick Mrs. Fletcher.
March 15- We were waken by some one shouting Mrs. L and the boys were to come to Fletchers. Mrs. Fletcher was dying.
March 17- Wife and I went to her Fathers in afternoon-bleak blasts and rough roads-pleasant time.
March 19- The boys went to the Bacon sale. It is sad when a family loses the home and sader when they disgrace the Church and neighborhood with extravagance and fraud.
March 24- Frank and Casey killed the 4 profitless pigs. The Knapp boy took away Robert all night and vexed us.
March 28- Sad and angry at the Boys.
March 30- Frank helped bury Wm. Perrin.
April 1st Wife and I went to visit J. Miller and found him boiling sap-He had a rousing fire by a wee log house in the woods-a real rural visit. The roads so bad we broke the buggy.
April 3–4 went to funeral for old Mr. Voorhees-a great good man-some could speak better but none live better.
April 5- Got feed ground-Left $100 of Mrs. L's money with William Campbell.
April 8- Sold the white Heifer to Gortin for $57.50.
April 13- Temperance lectures in town, speaking to crowded house.
Ben Roberts helped put more sleepers in barn floor.
April 15- My Birthday-Burned marsh grass to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday and mine.
April 20- Mr. Galpin took the Census-gathered stones and planted strawberries.
April 24- Went to town with butter, eggs and Pie Plant.
April 28- Turned the cattle out to pasture. Mr. Campbell came-pleasant time-Wife with some plants went home with him. Planted 5 peach trees. Frank working on the hen house.
April 30- Jerome got two swarms of bees.
May 1st- Frank hung the rollings doors on the barn-went to see friend Casey-he seems near the grave.
Brother Frank sent a Scotch Letter with heather from the Ryelandside-all my interest in that famous farm.
May 3- William Campbell paid J. Miller $1.50 for cleaning the School house-Wife walked to her brothers' (William Campbell)
May 5- Have about 30 lambs, 4 young ducks-paid G. Stevenson $6.50 for seed oats.
May 8- A. Campbell and wife came and wife went home with them.
May 10- Marked for corn-Frank and Robert finished planting.
May 14- Mr. Lay wants me to address the Pioneers in June.
May 17- Robert and I went to the River-I left him there fishing. Paid R. Crippen $60 for his Sister's teaching. Wm. Campbell paid $53.75 payment in full. Bought a coat for $10.
May 19- Dan Miller helped us wash sheep-Mr. McCormick tried to hive two swarms of bees. Only got one.
May 20- Robert took a grist to Rawsonville-Frank shore sheep for Ben Voorhees-R. Fletcher offered $95 for horse, Fred.
May 22- Mary's Birthday.
May 24- Robert and I cut the lamb's tails-21 ewes. 17 rams-38 in all.
May 26- Went to Detroit to Brother Frank's then to Agnes, James and Mother-Some treating me kindly and some not.
May 27- Went to Royal Oak to see sister Isabell Todd-a pleasant time on her farm-the hard work seems to be on the farm, the grandeur in the City.
May 29- Agnes and I planted daisies on Father's grave.
Came home on the Noon train.
June 2- Wife and I to the Pioneer Meeting. I read a paper-a great discussion what rooms to accept in the New Court House.
June 4- The boys worked on the road-A few ripe strawberries. My paper at the Pioneers is in the Commercial.
June 7- Shore Sheep-Robert and I did up the wool.
June 10- Finished shearing-think we have 107 old sheep and 42 lambs. Paid Dan Miller $2.50 for shearing. Ainsworth talked about 27 for the best wool. Frank went to shear for Clawson.
June 12- Sold a Wedder and Lamb to Crane for $5.
June 13- Bees swarming.
June 19- Bell's Birthday-sold 60 Bushels what for $1.03, and then 60 more.
June 21- Frank paid $123.20 for wheat he sold-Robert and Bell went to bring Elizabeth home from her school. Our table beautiful with Flowers her Scholars brought her.
June 23- The butcher took away old Dainty and the 4 year old steer, Fred and paid Frank for them. The cows jumped the fence and got in the road.
June 25- Bought 17 quarts strawberries from Mr. Gray. Mary, Elizabeth, Bell and I walked down to hear the graduation exercises at the Normal-Some good speaking and a grand building-the audience looked rich and prosperous.
June 27- To town in forenoon-got in 3 loads of hay-it was hard to rake and we hurried to get it in as a storm was coming.
June 28- Was up in the night-Frank was suffering where a nail had hurt his foot.
July 1st- Frank bought a Sulky rake from Casey $12. The rake a fine improvement. Drew in all the hay. New Potatoes for dinner.
July 4- Went to Wm. Campbell's-Frank went to Niagra Falls.
July 5- Mr. Casey's man helped us get in more hay-sold two fat sheep to McCormick for $6. Two girls went to Dr. Van Tiles party at night.
July 7- Went to see a new buggy-Robert brought it home-Paid $90-Wife and I went to Wm. Campbell's for cherries.
July 9- We all went to the Church Semi-Centennial-a grand affair. Mr. Green read the Church History. And a great feast members-faithful for 50 years.
Robert and 4 girls rode to Frain's Lake.
July 12- Fearful thunderstorm. Lightning struck and burned a neighbor's barn.
July 13- Had a fine ride to the Church in the new buggy. Bell milking at sunrise.
The dog ran away and the boy's got another.
July 15- Casey came with her reaper-and got all the wheat cut.
July 17- Robert, August and I drew in all the wheat and bound some barley-Frank helped Casey. Paid August $7 for harvest work.
July 20- Cleaned and sold about 97 bushels wheat $9. Brother Robert came and we went to the Old Moon Farm and got 10 bushels of wheat.
July 24- Bought pants from Robert $2.50-hat $1. The poem I wrote about the Semi-Centennial was in the Commercial.
July 30- August cradled the oars south of the house. Wife, Mary, Elizabeth and I went to John Taylor's to tea and then to Prayer meeting.
August 1st-Paid August $5.50 for work-It is the Colored Man's Day-Emancipation.
August 4- Boy's and August drew Manure with Wm. Campbell's Wagon.
August 5- Frank, Robert, Bell and I went on the Excursion to Detroit and Belle Isle Island and to Harsen's Island on the steamer Northwest-A pleasant trip-called on Frank, Mrs. Inglis.
August 6- Sold 5 Wedders to Lucken $15 and one lamb $2. He paid $12. August went to work for Fletcher.
August 12-Wife and I went to town and brought Kate and Willy Inglis. Lucken paid $5 on sheep-Youngsters in great glee. Girl's went to see Miss Yakley.
August 15- Frank took Kate to the Depot-finished plowing the hill field-Fletcher's chilled plow does good work.
August 17- Frank and Willie Campbell went to Church in the old buggy-the 4 girls, Robert and Willie Inglis in the new one-I stayed home-Bell came at noon-walked home.
August 19- Went to town-got Robert's horse shod-bought 3 Excursion tickets.
August 20- Mary, Elizabeth and I went with the Excursion to Watkins Grove and saw his great farm.
August 22- Wife and I went to Augusta-found Mr. Campbell weak from overwork.
August 23- Frank and I went to Barns to see if Bemis could thrash for us. The 4 girls had their Portraits taken.
August 25- The boys helped Fletcher thrash-took Willie Inglis to the Depot. Gabriel Campbell came-a pleasant visit.
August 28- Elizabeth was offered and accepted a situation in the Union School.
August 30- No market for wool-Moved it to the woodshed.
September 1st- Elizabeth's first day of teaching in the Union School. Heard old Mr. Fisher died-Went to School meeting-small attendance-Elected Assessor again-Rensefor to furnish the wood.
September 2- Bell, Robert and I went to the Fisher funeral. Sick that night.
September 5- Jerome came with his steam thrasher and thrashed 196 bushels of Oats, 41 Bushels of Barley-155 Bushels Wheat-25 Bushels per acre-the best yield yet.
The engine did no run very well. Plenty of help and too much swearing and straw stack too flat. Paid $1.50 for coal and did not have enough.
September 7- Sacrament and only one added to the Church-
September 8- Bought 30 Bushels seed wheat from Mr. Leach for $30. Drilled about 1/2 of it in the South Field.
September 10- Went to the Cars (Depot) with Anna to see her leave for Elkhardt-Brother Robert and Francis came to see us-All went to Robert's for dinner-Grand a affair.
Went to Union School to see Elizabeth.
September 11- All corn cut-some welcome rain-Paid Jones $1 for cleaning well.
September 17- Frank and I sent to State Fair in Detroit-Saw Agnes, Francis and went over the water to Canada-Frank and I slept at Mother's and was kindly treated-Mother bright and happy at 82-No room for me in Detroit.
September 19- John Miller paid $12 interest.
September 22- Frank working for Wm. Campbell-Robert digging potatoes and I picking them up. Borrowed $30 from brother Robert and paid A.J. Leach for seed wheat.
September 25- 3 tramps got their supper and slept in the barn.
September 29- Settled with Frank-he owes me $18. Mr. Thorn paid his note $100.
September 30- Wife and I went to John Millers and got 2 ladders and Drill-$1 for Wheat drill and 75¢ for ladders. Paid Mrs. L $30 I owed her her and Bell $25.
October 1st- Gathered apples-warm and sultry-went to town and got apple barrels-
October 2- Brother Robert and Francis returned from visiting Sister Isabell-apple crop poor.
Took 4 bushels wheat to the Mill and got 4 more barrels-Pomray helped husk and pick apples.
October 4- Took a barrel of apples to brother Robert-got a grist.
October 6- Loaned C. Fletcher $50-Frank went to shingle for Wm. Campbell.
October 9- Husking corn-Wm. Campbell horse and buggy to take his family beyond Saline.
October 11- Bell and Eunice gathered nuts-heard of sad accident on the railroad near Jackson-15 killed.
October 14- Robert caught all the sheep and Frank marked those for sale-95 old ones-44 lambs-139 in all.
October 15- Frank, Robert and I went to the sale winding up the affairs of good old honest Mr. Voorhees-big crowd and big sale-bought a few things.
October 18- Frost-husked and went to town-small crop and small price for apples.
October 20- Went to hear about enlarging the Church. John Geddes, A. Campbell, Mr. Green did not pull together.
October 22- Brother Robert, Mrs. Morton and Eunice paid us a pleasant visit.
October 25- Husked and gathered russets and nearly all the apples. Took 2 barrels to Miss Patin-Paid Pomray $5 and Casey $2.75.
October 26- Mary, Elizabeth and I went to Church at night in the Moonlight and Saxtons great house was all right when we went down and nearly all burned down when we came back.
October 28- P. VanAtten digging for water east of the Barn and found water at 15 feet.
October 31- Bell took $33 to Lula Crippen for teaching. Wife and I went to Augusta-cold ride-good roads.
November 1st- J. McDougall came for Mrs. L to take care of his sick mother. Paid Pomray. Heard of Chandler's death.
November 3- Snow and Winter here-Robert took Elizabeth to School-Put the sheep in the Orchard.
November 6- Mrs. L was brought home after waiting until Mrs. McDougall died.
November 7- Robert and Mrs. L started for Augusta to tell the sad news of the old Aunt's death. (was she a Muir? or Anne Muir Campbell's Aunt?)
November 8- Sold 657 lbs wool to Mr. Chidester-$203.57. Wife, Robert and I with Wm. Campbell's went to old Mrs. McDougall's funeral.
November 11- Frank and I went to Hewitt's and then to Goodspeeds and bought a Ram for $5.
November 14- Rain-Rain-sent 2 barrels apples to Sister Agnes. Gave Frank $200 for the Wool-Repaired the pig pen. Paid Mr. Cherry $18 for teaching.
November 17- Robert started with Elizabeth to the Union School.
John Miller took away the Ram.
November 18- Pomray and I drew in all the corn. Elizabeth's School dismissed-
November 22- Bought a suit of clothes at Roberts' store $15.50. Heard of old Mr. Howland's death (John's father).
November 25- Sold 21 old sheep to Mr. Freeman $27-helped drive then over the railroad. Wife and I went to old Mr. Howland's funeral.
November 26- Killed a sheep for Thanksgiving-
November 28- Thanksgiving-the Wm. Campbell's and John Taylor's families fame to dinner with us, pleasant time.
December 1st- Made a pen for the Calves-oiled the harness and the buggy-sold 3 sheep pelts to G. Gager $2.50.
Wife, Mary and I drove to Rawsonville and bought blankets $10. Paid Mr. Ronsifer $16 for School wood-Robert paid $5 for tuition
December 13- Received from W. Crippen $193.67 for School money. Lots of snow-bought overshoes from John Boyd $1.85.
December 22- Frank & Jerome killed two swine-4 of us went to a big surprise party for Uncle Wm., brother Robert-Wm. C. got a present in gold.
Sold pigs 480 1bs for $10.00.
December 24- Anna arrived from Elkhardt.
December 25- Christmas-we all received nice presents-a Christmas box from Sister Agnes-the 4 girls and 2 boys received valuable tkens, kindness of brother Robert-I always think of Father on Christmas-1868-Eleven years since he last spoke to me for the last time.
December 29- Went to town got a barrel of Salt-good sleighing the fast driving-also 60 1bs rock salt-packed pork in the afternoon.
December 31- Last of 1879-Another year with all its joys and sorrows gone.
Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1880.
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