The 1893 Cyclone - A Terrible Night of Desolation in Ypsilanti

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Author: James Mann

Wednesday, April 12, 1893 was an unusually warm day with rain in the late morning. The skies cleared in the afternoon and the air was still warm. In the early evening clouds were seen forming in the west, the shape and actions of which indicated strong winds. Just before 7:00 pm a storm passed over the city with a vivid display of lightning. As a precaution, the electric lights of the city were turned off, enveloping the city in darkness. At about 7:05 pm a tornado formed and came to earth near the south end of Summit Street. (Note: technically the storm was a tornado but local newspapers of the time referred to it as a cyclone.)

“Chimneys and outbuildings and trees were overturned on the west side of the street, and on the east side the house of George Voorhees, lately purchased from Mr. Miles, was moved from its foundation, windows and doors broken, and the contents of the house generally wrecked. The family were fortunately absent. An old house north of that was somewhat shattered, and trees and small buildings were destroyed as far as M. T. Conklin's to the north and Prof. McClenshan's south showing thus a width of about 500 feet. The trees were thrown both east and west at the same spot,” noted The Ypsilantian of Thursday, April 13, 1893.

Only one building south of Michigan Avenue was damaged, this was Good Samaritan Hall, a church. It is said the sexton was just raising his arms to ring the bell, when the wind carried off the roof and the belfry. “His surprise”, noted The Ypsilanti Commercial of Friday, April 14, 1893, “may be imagined.”

The tornado continued on leaving the streets full of debris. The tornado lifted at Michigan, then known as Congress, and Ballard, returning to earth at Michigan and Adams. “The fine double residence occupied by Mr. Grove Spencer and Mrs. S. A. De Nike was utterly demolished. This is one of the most perfect wrecks left by the storm. The entire western half of the house is razed to within a few feet of the ground and the eastern wall all blown away. Mr. Spencer's family escaped the certain death that waited them had they been upstairs, by being at supper in the basement, and Mrs. De Nike's family on the first floor were saved by the strong partition walls,” reported The Ypsilanti Commercial.

The wind carried away the roof and walls to the upper floor of the Curtis Carriage factory (where the Key Bank Building is now), leaving buggies exposed. The tornado then crossed the street to make a wreck of the Cleary College building, the eastern wall gone, the tower ripped down to the second floor and the north wing totally destroyed. The Opera House was demolished, with only the front wall left standing. The Opera House was empty at the time.

The walls of the Opera House fell onto the Hawkins House next door, caving in the wooden portion at the rear, the first floor used as a dining room with sleeping rooms on the second. Cassius Valentine had just finished his supper in the dining room, and was in the office, where he had just paid his bill, as he was preparing to leave on the train. Suddenly the large attractive room was filled with dust and particles of brick and mortar. After the roar of the storm had passed, he heard the cries of several young women in the dining room.

“Mrs. Westfall and daughter were in one of the chambers above, and as the building crushed and darkness enveloped them, they felt the floor sink. They clasped arms about each other and a moment later found themselves in the dining room below, surrounded by brick and mortar and broken boards, and marvelous to relate, quite unhurt. A whole bedroom with its four walls in place now stands in that dining room,” reported The Ypsilantian.

“One girl was in the room when the crash came, and she was rescued with some difficulty but unhurt. A traveling man who was ill had retired, and he, bed and bedroom and all was suddenly dropped into the dining room. He gathered his night robe gracefully about him it is said and walked out from among the rubbish unhurt,” reported The Ypsilanti Commercial. It is said the traveling man left the city on the next train.

The tall chimney of the box factory on Pearl Street is said to have been carried off in one piece, and was, it is said, seen flying horizontally toward the east. The chimney was never found. Then the tornado moved onto Huron Street, damaging the buildings between Michigan Avenue and Pearl Street. It ripped the front off the second floor of a market, and shattered the wide windows of the stores, then drenched the interiors with water. A tin roof was carried off a building, and ended up wrapped around the front of a boarding house across the street.

Crossing the river the tornado continued on its path of destruction, ripping roofs off houses, breaking windows and spreading debris. A barn was torn into kindling wood, but the mustang in the barn was not hurt. “Then the storm crossed the M. C. track to the spacious and beautiful grounds of John Gilbert, destroying trees and fences, but the fine, high house escaped with broken windows,” reported The Ypsilantian.

“Across Grove Street there,” continued The Ypsilanti Commercial, “the home of W. A. Moore was unroofed and most of the interior and rear walls torn out. His barn was torn all to pieces, and he found his horse on the hay floor, faced about and still hitched to the ruins of the manger, and unhurt.”

As suddenly as it began, it ended. The tornado passed through the city in a span of time lasting ten to fifteen minutes. This writhing demon of a storm had crossed a mile and a half of the city with the sound of a hundred freight trains. As soon as the storm had passed men and women, holding lanterns, went out onto the darken streets, filled with ruin, to search for the dead and injured. The pleasant surprise was, there were no dead, and there were no serious injuries. At the time, the cost of the damage was placed at $100,000. The work of rebuilding began almost at once.

“The cyclone struck Ypsilanti, Mich.,” reported The St. Louis Post Dispatch, “but the name of the town was not harmed. It is neither better nor worse than before the storm. It is supposed that the letters were blown together in the first place, and that no cyclone can further tangle them up.”

(James Mann is a local author and historian, a volunteer in the YHS Archives, and a regular contributor to the Gleanings.)

Photo Captions:

Photo 1: Damage to the home of Mrs. S. A. DeNike from the 1893 Cyclone. The house was located on Michigan Avenue just West of Cleary College.

Photo 2: Damage to buildings along Huron Street from the 1893 Cyclone.

Photo 3: Damage to the Ypsilanti Opera House from the Cyclone of 1893.

Photo 4: Damage to the West side of Huron Street North to Pearl Street from the Cyclone of 1893.

Photo 5: Damage to the Ypsilanti Business District from the Cyclone of 1893.

William Lambie Diary, 1893

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, August 1989,
August 1989
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1. Driving snow storm all day. About all I could do to get in water and take care of the horse and hens.
2. Not very well in the night. It seems to be healthier shoveling snow and sawing wood than lying in bed.
6. Anna and Mary at Azros for Mrs. Fletchers Birthday. Mrs. Loveridg and Mrs. Camp called and then Brother Robert and daughter called.
9. Frank paid Wife and I Interest and cleaned the old clock.
10. Eight below zero and awful cold blasts. Brave Belle walked thru the drifts to get Frank to help Will with his Milk Wagon. Too cold to saw wood.
13. Frank brot load of broken rails. Robert sold the cow he bot from Martin. Wife and Mary went to Town in the Cutter. I sawed the rails.
16. Frank's horse Dick got away at the Creamery and Frank, Azro and Willie had to walk home. A meeting to see about building a new Presbyterian Church that I don't need.
17. Frank brot a new iron pump that saves me from drawing well water on icy planks. No hens layed.
22. Not very cold but did not go to Church on account of the snow. Wrote about Burns Natal Day.
26. We hear of fifty thousand voted to build a new Church when I think the old one good enough.
31. Hail, rain, ice and snow-rough roads. Went to John Renton and got horse shod. No eggs.
1. Frank brot another load of rails. More snow.
4. Mrs. F, Willie and the wee boy came, Eaves dripped by noon.
7. Wrote Mrs. Young in Scotland and Sister in Canada.
13. Mild morning. A little like Spring. Light at five. Hens are beginning to lay. Robert came with his family and cleaned the Organ and played and sang for us.
15. Roads a sheet of ice. Robert sold his pigs to Spencer. John Ross came with Robert and talked of renting the old farm.
17. Cut down straw off the stack to bed the horse. Let the old farm to Robert for 10 years at $150 yearly.
22. Brother Robert brot papers. Two Miss McDouglas and two Miss Gardeners called and also Robert and his family.
23. Eagle fell on the ice twice in front of the stable when taking him off the Cutter. Wife made me a shirt and I read to her about Blain and Scotchmen Curling.
27. Frank brot a load of coal. Robert left our old farm home and wen with his family and furniture to Town.
28. Frank helped Mr. Read to move on his farm.
March 1 to March 21 is missing.
22. Twenty eggs. Frank went to Mr. Roberts funeral. He was 73.
25. Robert sold hay to Block. Wife and I west to Belles, 5 years since her marriage.
30. Wife went to see Mrs. F and the babe. Dug parsnips. Set a hen. Worked in the garden.
8. Frank took Seed potatoes to his farm. Trees budding.
11. Wheeled out the ashes. Smith split all the wood.
13. A fearful Cyclone struck Ypsilanti last night. Wife and I drove down and saw so many fine buildings wrecked. It was sad to see so much property wasted. One good thing no lives lost.(we have pictures in the Archives of the Cyclone that Mr. Lambie talks aboi
14. Went again to see the ruins and then to the Creamery. Stopped at Roberts home by the river.
16. I am entering my 73 years. Am grateful for a good degree of health, strength, reason and joy from youth till old age.
18. Went with Frank to Mr. Rooks and called on Mrs. Boice and james Hamilton. Got early potatoes.
20. Mary took her Mother to the Motor to go to Uncle Williams. Too wet to work in the garden.
21. Clare Campbell and his sister came. James Hamilton and sister brot plants and we gave them Gooseberry and Currant bushes.
24. Went with Frank to Mr. Hunters and saw his fine barn ruined by the Cyclone. White hen brot out 12 chicks. Planted our early Rose potatoes and two rows of Empire State potaotes and then beach blows north of them.
28. Wife and I called on Mr. Laidlaw in his gardens at the Depot. Got Wet coming home.
29. Went to Ben Voorhees-his wife was cheerful after suffering so mcu Exchanged plants with Mrs. Everts. Bot a quarter of Mutton from son Robert.
1. Frank took away our horse and Mary walked to Azros.
4. Went with Frank to his farm-Called on Mrs. Loveridge, Mrs. Fletche and Mr. Ross at the old home.
8. Took potatoes to J. Ross at the old home, called on Robert's town home and then to the creamery.
9. Wife, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, the babe, Frank, Robert and wife, Will and Belle and a grand happy company went to Mrs. William Campbell Birthday party.
13. Dark, damp morning-planted sun flowers and Holly hocks. Asparagus and Pie Plant to use.
15. Brother Robert and wife came and told us Eunice had gone to the World's Fair in Chicago. Mary and I went and saw the flowers in the Railroad gardens.
16. Wife and I attended the golden wedding josiah Childs. Everyone seemed kind and friendly.
22. Mrs. L, Mary, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and the babe went to Roberts to celebrate Mary's Birthday.
23. Wife and I went to Mrs. Strangs funeral. More rain.
24. Queens Birthday. Wife and I went to see old Mrs. Crippen, R. Mart and Ira Crippen family.
29. Frank went to Uncle Andrews with the horse.
1. Frank went to frame a barn near Plymouth.
4. Sacrament-about 30 added to the church. Harris Francis Fletcher was baptised. The Fletchers cammed on their way home.
7. I intended to hear J.G. Paton last night but was too weary. Mary, Belle and I went to see the show parade but only saw the tents and wagons.
8. Was up before the sun. Winters got a small load of hay out of our barn. Wife had a sore place on her neck and went to see Dr. Kinne.
8. Got tomato plants from J. Hamilton. Andrew Campbell came and I went with him to the Depot.
12. Frank and I had breakfast and went to Mr. Rooks.
13. Wife, Mary. Mrs. Fletcher and wee Harris wnet to visit Willie and Leah's school.
15. Wife and I went to see Mr. & Mrs. Voorhees and it looks as though Mr. V will never walk again. Went to Thomas Phillips funeral.
19. Took Frank to Mr. Rooks-called at Azros-they came with me and wee Harris rode on my knee. Wife went to Belles to celebrate her Birthday and a picnic with others down by the River at Roberts.
20. Went to Detroit and the Oak-Will Todd and all his relatives were glad to see me. We took flowers to sister Issbelles grave. Will Todd brought me to the train and I called on James and his wife-they were all kind but sister Mary, after I was weary it vexed me.
23. Leah and Minnie helped pick peas. Winters sent up several loads of manure. Went to the depot to get Anna's trunk and saw Laidlaw Very busy contending with weeds and bugs.
26. Green peas and new potatoes for lunch. J. Ross sold the wool. I used to get it all, then half, now none.
29. Boy picking cherries-howed potatoes-Mary went in the Surrey to Belles and then they all went to Azros.
1. Wife and I went to Town. Got milk from Mrs. Ring.
6. Ring family picking cherries on shares. Fearful lightning in the night and it struck and burned Mathews barn.
10. Dug 1/2 bushel of potatoes-took them to the Depot-too small to sell Wife and girls preserving cherries. Mowed round the peach trees and was tired. Turned the grindstone for Frank.
18. Dug more potatoes-The Empire State seem to be the best potatoes of 4 kinds.
20. Robert and Frank rigged up the reaper and Frank came in the after-noon to reap our wheat. Mrs. campbell and daughter came. We went to the old Campbell home as of old and found John very busy drawing in wheat and made a small stack.
29. Got a letter from Mr. Dunlop in Scotland (a relative who later came to the States to visit the Campbell farm and were astonished at how far the farm was from New York City).
31. Azro sick and Robert had to manage the Creamery.
2. Brother Robert and daughter called. Anna, Mary and Belle took tin dishes to Azros for the Ten wedding celebration.
4. Mrs. Fletcher and Harris came. Ross began to reap Oats-Hattie's Mother came and I went with her to Roberts for a horse. Living on flour porridge is not fun.
5. Sad time with Banks breaking and so many idle men.
9. Frank had his wheat and oats thrashed, poor crop.
10. Frank, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and Harris went to Uncle Andrews.
15. Mr & Mrs Voorhees came. Uncle William and Clare then Brother Robert. A letter from John Lambie.
19. Cut Canada Thistles in Ross corn field but it is too hard for me. Robert and the three girls came at night.
24. Frank and I had a fine swim and bath in the Huron.
29. The engine got to Ross to thrash. I went to see Laidlaw at the Depot and the beautiful gardens.
30. The engine came and thrashed our small stack. Only 36 bushels where we always had 96.
1. Frank took Anna to the Depot on her way to Elkhart. Put part of t Straw stack in the shed.
5. Some good peaches-more papers from Australia. Longing for rain.
8. Went to Azros for Mary-then round by Belles and got a glass of cream and a royal welcome. Picked grapes. Went to Church meeting.
12. A welcome shower. Frank brot 2 bushels of peas. Took 16 chicks to market.
14. Put down eggs for winter. Crowds going to the World's Fair. Some in debt. Dug potatoes. Frank brot a big load of poatoes. I put them in baskets and he took them down in the cellar. Marshes burning.
20. Took some pears to Robert. The river very small. Mrs. Strang met us at the Depot and we went with her to see her fine new home.
23. A shower at night. Franks man has left him and I am very glad. Robert is going to work and live on Frank's farm
26. Frank and Uncle William went to attend the Fair in Chicago. Robert did chores at Franks farm. Hattie and Mary gathered peaches.
27. Went with Mrs. L to Town. She went to Uncle Williams on the MOtor Robert, Mr. Fletcher and Harris came.
28. A little ice, the first this FalWife and I called on Uncle Robert in forenoon. Dug potatoes in afternoon.
29. A fine quiet rain in the afternoon and we did not go down and get no papers.
1. Belle came in the beautiful morning. Mary took care of Harris so Mr. & Mrs Harris could go to Church Rolling day.
2. Grand morning-Robins feasting on the Mountain Ash Berries. Wife, Mary, Mrs. Flatcher and Harris went to Town. Went with Robert to Frank's farm at night. Uncle William sent a card from the World's Fair.
3. Refreshing morning shower, rain nearly all day, sistern full with refreshing showers, a day of rest.
4. Clear shining after rain. Wife and Belle went to Frank's farm and gathered pears. Read in the News that the Supreme Court had decid that Brother James should hold Brother Frank's property he left. I consulted of McMillan.
5. Grand Autumn morning. The trees gleaning through the mist of the morning, like great forest flowers. Frank back from Chicago Fair. Wife went to Frank's farm for peaches.
6. Mrs. Fletcher and Harris came-Wife and I went round by J. Hamiltons Robert brot 10 bushels of Oats.
7. Wife, Mary and I went to Town, the creamery and then to Roberts. Rev. Mr. Morey and Mrs. Kachler, his daughter, called.
8. Grand autumn day, sermon on giving. Belle came, went round with her. Mr. Fletcher and family came.
9. Wife started after breakfast to get Belle to gather apples at Frank's famr.
10. Golden October day. Dug all our potatoes, got no help. Mrs. Fletc and Mary went to Brother Roberts for dinner. Our friend Robert CAmpbell made us a pleasant visit and paid $18.00 interest.
11 Wife took Mary to Azros-I shoved stones of the road. Wife and I went to Town, Met Rev. Mr. Vining and Mrs. Strang.
12. Grand morning-Robert brot his black horse. Wife and I drove to Belleville-Forest trees beautiful, very warm between 86 & 90¢. Were kindly treated-came back by Mrs. Fletchers.
13. Cool and cloudy-Repaired fence-Wife, Mary and I met Mr. & Mrs. John Campbell and A. Campbell in Town. A sad accident on the railroad at Jackson, we heard 20 killed and 20 hurt.
14. Rain in the night-a wet stormy morning. Stormy and dreary all day-surly blasts drove the smoke down the Chimney-the house wet and comfortless.
15. Belle went to Church with us, cold-wore an overcoat.
16. Sunshine pleasant after the storm. Mrs. L, Mary. Mrs. Fletcher and Harris wnet to Town in the Surrey. Robert brot a load of Frank's broken rails.
18. Went with Robert to Frank's farm. Wife, Mary and I gathered a few bushels of Apples in our Orchard-Grank day. Helped Robert to get 45 busels of potatoes in the cellar.
18. Frank came and had breakfast about 6-Wife and Belle gathered apples in the Orchard. Ross getting th 1/2 from brother. Robert call on us
20. Frank had breakfast by lamplight-sawed some of the old rails till a shower came up. Wife went to see Willie with the Mumps and brot Mary back.
21. Grand golden day-Robert and Fox carried in the Kitchen stove-Wife, Mary, Belle and I went to Town.
22. A Sermon on Pauls power for Christianity. Robert and children came, then Azro and family like to border of the beautiful land.
24. Wife and I went in the Motor to our food friend R. Campbell in Ann Arbor enjoyed our visit. Paid 75$ for the Register. Mary and Willie came for us.
25. Robert dug out fence posts and burned some of the Marsh. Wife and wee Harris drove over to Frank's farm. Belle came.
26. Railroad disaster and wrecks on the lakes. Mary went over to help at Azros.
12. Ice and snow, not very cold, Mary, Mrs. Fletcher and Harris went to Franks to dinner. Willie came at night.
13. Frank sold Hay to Uhl. Mary convoyed Willie to School. Got Eagle sharp shod on the fore feet. Wife came home bringing word J. K. Campbell's boy was dead. John came from Lansing at night, by telegraph-Boy is about 4 years old.
15. Wet cold rain-Frank and his Mother went in the Covered Cutter to the funeral at Uncle Johns boy. Robert's Hattie not well. Mary went with Robert-Brother Robert called.
21. Mr. Calhoun came and paid interest in money and onions. Wife went to Azros and Mary came back-2 & 3 eggs a day.
22. Shortest day-Wife, Mary, Mrs. Fletcher and Harris went to Town. Wif went home with Belle-mild and muddy-Received a Christmas present from kind Sister Agnes.
24. Belle hitched her big horse on the Surry and 5 of us went to Churc Mr. Morey able to preach-Mr. Vraman helped him-Little Harris like to speak in meeting-Azros family came a noon and Roberts at night. Ground soft and a beautiful sunset.
25. Twenty-five years since Father died and spoke to me for the last time. Green fields, blue skies and balmy breezes. Three generatio 17 in all of us and wnet to Frank's farm and enjoyed a great joy-ful Christmas dinner. Anna and Mary stayed and we came home.
26. Cold breeze and the ground froze hard, Robert brot us 3 loads of wood and 20 bushels of Oats-Wife went to Azros for Anna and Mary.
28. Wife went with Anna and Mary up to Belles-Wife and I called on Brother Robert and family-Sent the picture of Straven Castle to Sister Agnes.
29. Sawed wood to keep us warm-got a few eggs-Wife went to Azros.
30. Hard rough roads-Robert paid the taxes $22.35. I paid $15. Robert the balance-Wife, Anna, Mary and I went to Town.
31. Last of 1893-Wife, Mary, Belle and I went to Church, A sermon on evil speaking-The last of 1893.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, January-June 1894.

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William Lambie Diary, 1892

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1989,
April 1989
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An explanation of certain names and sites from the excerpts of the Diary of William Lambie. Mr. Lambie was the grandfather of Foster L. Fletcher, our late City Historian.

Francis L. Lambie was forty five years old when with his wife, Mary Hamilton, he brought his family of nine children to the United States from Strathhaven, Scotland.

The oldest of the nine was William Lambie. William was eighteen years old. Just why the family came to America is uncertain. They brought furniture, dishes and many material possessions with them and seemed to be in more than modest circumstances. No mention has been found of relatives in America in 1839. Many Scotch friends were here but Francis and Mary Hamilton Lambie seem to be the first of the Lambies to arrive in America.

In the Spring of 1839, the ‘Old Moon Farm’ of eighty acres was advertised for sale to settle the Moon estate. This farm was on the South side of Geddes Road and about midway between Prospect and LeForge Road This is the farm that Lambie bought and where they lived for fifteen years in a brick structure that had once been a Tavern.

Francis Lambie did not care for the United States and always said he wanted to “die under the Crown” and in 1854 with his wife and younger children emigrated to Canada, buying a farm three miles below Windsor, Ontario on the Detroit River.

Robert Campbell and wife Anne Muir Campbell came to the United States from Scotland in the late summer of 1842.

2 Mrs. L took Anna to the Depot on her way to Elkhart.
4 Frank started for Uncle Andrews before daylight. Heard of the death of Dr. Van Tyle, Dr. Ashley and Julia Bacon.
5. Received a letter from a stranger-A William Lambie in the State of Washington. Wife, Mary and Mrs. Fletcher and Willie went to Mrs. Bacon's funeral.
12 Mrs L, Mary and I went to old Mrs. Post's funeral.
21 Mild sunshine. Brother Robert brot papers about the lawsuit regarding the property of Brother Frank.
23 Robert sold 100 bushels of wheat to T.C. Owens and also some corn to Owens. LaFurge brot a load of elm wood. Mrs L and I drove to Ever-and brot back Robert's horses.
29 A young man brot a telegram that Sister Isabell (Mrs. Todd) died this morning and then Brother Robert came with the same sad tidings.
30 Frank and Robert went away to attend Sister Isabells's funeral. Brother Robert and I thought the young men were best able to do that

5 Frank and I caught 6 hens and a rooster to take to his farm. Wife, Frank and I had a pleasant meeting and dinner at Brother Roberts.
9 Robert took a load of hay to the Starkweather farm, a ton & 1/2.
13 10 above zero. Robert drew ice for Owen. Belle came and Mary went home with her.
20 Mother's 95th Birthday. Son Frank went to see her with some preserve fruit that grew on his own farm.
25 Frank sold a load of hay to Mr. Swain. Deep mud.
29 Mild, dark and cloudy then driving snow. Frank bot a horse from Harvey James.

2 Mary went to AZros with Miss Draper. Robert, Frank and Azro went to the sale of the late Mr & Mrs McDowels property. Frank and Azro came home with 2 cows and Robert with a wagon rack they bot at the sale.
5 Mrs L and I had dinner with Hattie's celebrating Minnie's Birthday. Robert and John drew 2 loads of hay to the Starkweather farm. Dug parsnips and trimmed bushes.
8 Robert bot a cow from old Mr. Post. Robert has 6 lambs.
9 Mrs L and I visited Mrs. Stephenson. I read some lines for her 81st Birthday. Called on Aunt Eunice. Just as we got home two men with furniture had dinner with us on theur way to Frank's farm.
10 Frank sold a load of hay to Ring. Robert and Hattie bot part of t Crippen farm, Hattie's Mother for $700.
14 Intended to attend Mrs Lay's funeral but the bitter blasts helped keep us away.
17 Brother Robert brot word our good old Mother was dead.
18 Wife and I went to Detroit-Called on Sister Agnes, then called at James home and then went to Mothers and saw her for the last time looking peaceful in her coffin.
21 Called on Brother Robert and talked about Mother's death and burial Helped Frank clean wheat. Went to Robert's and saw his new cows. Robert sold 10 Sheep to Spencer.
28 Brother Robert called. CAtherine had sent a letter regarding the expenses attending Mother's funeral.

2 Mr Smith and family, Robert and his family all came and took dinner with us. Robert sold the colt he bot at VanDynes to Mr Finley.
4 Mr Finley was too weak to buy Robert's colt. Wheeled ashes on the garden and spread manure
7 Went to the funeral of the man who had moved on the Peck farm. Paid Smith two dollars for sawing wood and cleaning out the stable.
11 Went down to Roberts to see the Cannon boys machine sawing wood.
13 Mr Hunter came to take the Assessment. Gave him some money to present to Mr. Green. Fowler dressed 3 pigs for Robert.
15 My 71st Birthday. Ic thick on the water pail-Ground to hard to plow Wife and I went to Azros for dinner. Daughter Elizabeth conveyed me to Nortons and drove past the old Moon fram and mused on the memory of the past years.
16 Mrs L, Mary, Mrs Fletcher and willie rode in the Surry to see Azro' father but did not find him. Then they had dinner with Mr & Mrs John CAmpbell. Went to Mr. Kings, got 3 Wheatland peach trees, 8 early crawfords, 9 late, one Brighton Grape-paid $12.74.
19 Helped Robert draw manure. Robert plowed the garden. Received about 40 small Evergreen trees by mail from Johnason of Antrim County. George Gales(?) funeral passed on the way to the Cemetery.
23 Planted Sunflower seeds. Frank came back from Joe Feathers.
26 Planted early potatoes. Robert burned our marsh. Brother Robert and I drove over to Franks. A letter from the Hamiltons in Glasgo
30. Robert plowing the Marsh. Hard work but a big improvement. Planted 2½ rows of Burpee early potatoes and a row of Maine potato

2 A great rain in the night-Cistern full, Lakes on Wilburs and Rober farms-Burned out chimney. Set two hens with 26 of Ben's Brown Leg horn eggs.
3 Robert took the Wheat to Deubel-We waited long for a dollar and sold it for 85 cents.
4 After Robert drew away Mother's wheat he drew wheat uncleaned to Deubels at 80cents.
7 Azro brot 150 Strawberry plants. Mary and I set them out. Robert and Will took away potatoes that were sprouting in the cellar.
16 Robert sold the wool to Ainsworth-175 lbs at 20¢-received$35.
18 Mary took her Mother to the Motor for Uncle Williams. Robert bot new cultivator. Another fearful thunderstorm at supper time.
23 FRank got 3 bushels of potatoes to plant.
24 Helped Robert take his sheep and 2 colts to Franks farm. Had a sore throat in the night. Robert, John and Will planted about 8 acres of corn by Norton's Corner. Two hens came off with 18 Brown Leghorn chicks, then two came off with 19 of Bells's Plymouth Rock:
28 Robert's colt had its leg cut bad. He had to get a horse Doctor to sew it up and bind it.

2 Wife and I went to John McDougas and bot seed corn and then planted some. Radishes ready to eat.
7 Big Thunder shower. Mary took us to the Depot for the Excursion. Went to Windsor and the sisters gave us a cold reception. They have no one to care for now. Brother James looks sickly and sad. A pleasant time at Sister Agnes.
9 Mrs L and I went to Roberts and saw old Mrs. Crippen. Robert plaste ed around out chimney. Hattie and her Grandmother went out riding and the grand new Surry broke down.
12 Children's Day. Eunice Lambie bid us goodbye to leave for Europe.
14 Sold 7 bushels potatoes to Mr. Martin at 30cents. Wife carried food for a Methodist Feast. Brooks cut the grass in front of the House.
18 Hoed potatoes. Picked some peas, radishes going to seed.
21 Put Paris Green and plaster on the potatoes and then came a great rain and my labor lost. farmers like to be discouraged.
22 Longest day-Closing of the Normal. Plenty of Strawberries and getting 6–8 cents a quart. Paid Mr. Batcheldor $8 for Chruch Seat.
24 Saw Andrew CAmpbells great barns and out houses that Frank built for him. They look like prosperity and progress but there would be too much toil and weariness to bring joy to me. Brushed potaotes bugs off in an old tin pan and put Paris Green on them. Mr F brot a bushels of Strawberries. Robert hitched up the Surry and Anna, Mary and I had a pleasant ride by the river.
26 The Presbyterian Church was shut so we could drive to hear the begging Sermon at the Dedication of the grand new Methodist Church. We did not want to be crushed in the crowd so we went to the Episcopal Church with few Worshipers.
29 Andrew Leach's Burial day.
30 Mrs. L's Birthday. I fought potato bugs and weeds.

1 Girls drove to Bells and Azros. Robert got a hay rack for Frank.
2 Brother Robert brot word the Steamer City of Chicago was wrecked on the Irish Coast and his daughter Euncie sent a cablegram she landed safely.
4 Wife and I walked down to Roberts and had dinner in the old home. The wet weather like to ruin Robert's crops. When he pays men $20 a month and board there seems to be nothing left for him and his family. Dug a few potaotes like Robin's eggs.
6 Frank mowed with the new Mower. Robert with the old one.
8 Robert and 2 men got in aobut 14 laods of hay. Frank got most of his.
11 FRank went away before 4. Ron rigged up the reaper. will mowed Clover by the Marsh. Robert reaped Brother Robert's wheat New Potatoes for dinner-picked some gooseberries. 90 degrees on the North side.
12 Theodore & John Miller, Will and a colored man drew in hay in the forenoon-Robert reaped the wheat by G. Allens.
13 Robert reaped Harris 9 acres of wheat-Helped set up wheat and pitch hay. FRank's men and 2 of Roberts drew in clover hay for Robert in the afternoon. Frank and 2 others had a fine swim in the river near Ben Voorhees.
15 Hollyhocks in beautiful bloom. Plenty of gooseberries. Robert's reaper broke down. Went to Frank's farm and his team to help in Robert's harvest.
18 Robert reaping on Frank's place. His two men drawing in Clover. Fine harvest.
20 Frank and his man helped Robert draw wheat into our barn. The bothersome chain went to the bottom of the well.
26 Wife and I called on Brother Robert and heard Eunice's letter from London. Robert getting in all the wheat and hay.
28 Went with Frank to his farm. He had a call to build a barn in Pittsfield.
30 Wife and I went to John Campbells as of old-one generation gone and another cometh.

1 The colored man's Day-Went with Frank to see about Mr. Morgan's Barn.
3 Dug potatoes and saved winter radish. The girls went in the Surry to celebrate Mrs. F's wedding day.
5 Robert reaped Oats for Martin-mowed weeds and worked in the garden.
8 Frank started early on the Motor and Mr. Morgans barn. Robert reaped the Oats by his house, then those by the out-house-the ground rough, the hillsteep and over 90 degrees and Robert did not fret or complain. Dr. Campbell called on us.
10 Wife and I went to Mrs F for dinner. CAme home by Belles toward night. Robert sold a load of hay to Owen.
12 Wife and I went to the Depot and saw the beautiful flowers and brough Laidlow the Gardner home with us.
16 Robert getting in all the Oats. I raked in the Oat stuble. Called on Brother Robert-Eunice is sailing on Lake Como in the balmy breezes of charming Italy.
18 Robert got the Surry and drove to Whitmore Lake. I sat under the trees alone and mused on younger days and the old home.
20 Robert got a ton of coal for the Thrashers for here and Frank's place.
21 Some vile creature stole a lot of our best hens. Had about 60 and now only counted 30.
22 Harvey thrashed for Frank in forenoon and came here after dinner and then to Roberts.
27 Mr Smith and family called here on their way to Azros.
29 Went with Frank and saw the great barn he framed for Mr. Morgan. Mr Smith and family came to dinner-then I went with them to Brother Roberts and to the Depot.
30 Went to Detroit Exposition-CAlled on Sister Mary-No kind welcome, no dinner, no joy. Called on Brother James home and his wife in their store.

3 Thieves, rats and hawks hard on our chickens.
6 Cool 43 at dawn-Cut corn, dug potatoes about the only things in the garden that paid for the labor.
8 Went to Town and saw the Bands, Soldiers and the Germans procession with Flags and everything.
10 Wrote lines regarding Whittier's death-Went to Roberts and met Kate Todd.
12 A shower in the night-the best rain since the 4th of July. Robert sold a load of Hay to Owen.
15 Robert cleaned 10 bushels of wheat for seed. Cleaned the hen house. Took Anna to the Depot on her way to School in Elkhart.
19 Frank started before dawn to bring his fannin mill from Uncle Andrews.
23 A Hawk took 5 or 6 chickens-A Special sale of lots in Ypsilanti.
28 Frank's Birthday-Went to Ann Arbor FAir-not a large crowd. Mrs Deubel said my poem yas as good as the Fair.
30 Robert and his men harvesting beans on the old Moon farm.

1 CAlled on Brother Robert-was real glad to meet Eunice back from to old world-She had slept in my first home in Straven and was so kind as to bring me a silk hankerchief bot from Mr Crawford who knew our family history so well in young life.
5 FRank brot fine potaotes from his farm-very cold-first ice.
10 Mrs L went to see the John CAmpbells and the wee sick boy.
12 Wife and I went to Brother Roberts for dinner and to be well entertained with Eunice's description of the grandeur of Europe.
13 Wife and I drove to Belleville to see old Mrs. CAmpbell-had dinner and a pleasant visit. Wife bot goods from Robert CAmpbell who is building a new store.
14 Robert Campbell of Pittsfield sent $18.00 interest.
17 Mary and I gathered apples at Roberts. He sold 2 tons of apples for Cider.
20 Robert and I went to B. Voorhees to buy a ram but they were so wild FRed could not catch one.
22 Robert and I went to B. Voorhees and bat two buck lambs for $ 10. Put them with Robert's sheep over on Frank's farm.
23 Mrs L was sent for in the morning and Azro brot word in the afternoon they had another son(Harris Francis Fletcher) born to them.
26 Brother Robert and his wife and sister Agnes and her daughter came and we had a pleasant drive to Roberts and s walk by the brook. Mary went to Azros to see the wee boy.
31 Went with Frank to his farm. Called on daughter Elizabeth and her wee boy. Marked a barrell of apples for daughter Anna and one for Sister Agnes. Andrew Campbell got apples from Robert.

3 Robert took 12 barrells to Wells and Fish. Frank went to Jimmy Moors sale.
8 Election Day-Frank voted in Ypsilanti, Robert in Superior. (Frank was still living mostly in the Home ‘on the hill’ in Ypsilanti).
9 Read in the Free Press-Cleveland was elected President. Mr. Calhoun paid interest. Ground white with snow.
15 43 years since we were married-Mrs Fletcher and her wee boy came to see us. His first visit.
19 Andrew Campbell took his sheep away from Frank's farm. Frank took some furniture to his farm. Split some wood.
24 Thanksgiving-Walked to the Grand new Methodist Church. Drew a sketch of our home.
27 Two or three inches of snow in the night. Frank walked to his farm.

5 Frank went early to his farm. carried wood into the shed. Brother Robert and his daughter called on us.
7 Walked to Roberts farm and saw them all. Got milk and saw the sheep round the straw stack. Frank went to Sobers.
10 FRank and Robert went by with 4 fat hogs. Sent card to Anna. Stayed at home. Robert brot papers-More about the wreck of the Steamer Spree.
13 Anna's Birthday-Robert had 3 lambs. He bot 4 or 5 pigs and sold 6 lambs.
17 Caught two rats. Robert sold all the wheat and paid me $26.00 and his Mother $19.00.
22 Shortest day-Roberts little Mary had the Chicken Pox.
24 Down to zero. Brother Robert brot me two fine pictures and Sister Agnes sent two books. Anna and Mary went to Roberts for a green tree for Christmas.
25 24 years since Father died.

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1. All went to Roberts for grand dinner. The nights seem so long and I am so weary for the dawn.

2. Mrs. L and Mary went to Town in Robert's buggy. Brought the clothes from Rings. Made Hop Bitters. Read James Hamilton's marriage. (William Lambie's Mother was Mary Hamilton).

5. Mrs. L had Dr. Watling fill a tooth. Rssting a lot and wishing I could feel better still.

7. Frank & William Campbell drove past Belleville to pay taxes on land in Sumpter.

Brother Robert came to see me in my sickness.

12. Mrs. Thomas Clark and daughter came. Dr. Frazier's medicine is pleasant to take and seems to be helping me. Received a letter from James Hamilton, Glasgow, with his wedding card.

16. Robert took 3 big loads of corn to Town. Letter from Anna. Frank working on the Miller's Farm.

21. Drove to Town and got more medicine from Dr. Frazier. Robert was offered only 90 cents for the beans after all his work and expense.

25. A day for Scotchmen to celebrate-Burn's Anniversay. The cow Robert bot from Knapp had a calf.

28. Robert cleaning beans with Roll's Farming Mill. Frank working on his farm. Hens beginning to lay. 18 eggs today.

29. Called on Dr. Kinney and consulted him and got medicine.

30. Mrs. L and I walked to the old home and found old Mrs. Crippen had falled and hurt herself.

31. Got medicine from Dimick-the prescription from Dr. Kinney was something neither Samson nor Frank Smith had, Robert bot a grist.


3. Robert taking beans to Market, Frank cutting tamaracks on his farm.

5. Mrs. Fletcher, Mary and Willie went to Uncle Williams on the Street CAr.

6. Robert came to get his Mother to see Hattie and found she had the Mumps. Robert took about a ton of Hay to Ring.

12. Walked to the old home and cut some bushes. Tired and got a good rest in the sunshine.

17. A good rain in the night. The brook overflowing it's banks. Belle and her Mother went to Uncle Williams on the Street Car and the Conductor failed to let them off so they went to Ann Arbor and back.

18. Wrote to Sister Mary and Catherine that I was too sick to come and see Mother on the 20th, her 94th Birthday.

19. Mrs. L walked to Roberts to help Hattie to take care of Minnie, who is sick with the Mumps. Frank came with McLoud to Dinner.

22. Cold blasts-stayed at home. Azro's Father and his new wife went to Church and came home with Mrs. L, Mary and Azro's family to dinner Brother Robert and Uncle Andrew made us a welcome visit.

25. Walked down to Roberts-his wife and Minnie are better. Now Leah has the Mumps. He lost a good sheep and is thinking of leaving the Farm and working in Town.


2. Cold and dreary-Wearying for sunshine. Walked down to Roberts and came back in a snowstorm.

4. Mr & Mrs Fletcher, Mary and Willie went to visit Mr. Hewens. One of the sad days of life, received two letters informing of Brother Frank's death, the first break in a family of 9 in over 50 years.

5. Brother Robert and I not well enough to go to Brother Frank's funeral so Frank and Robert went in place of us. Sister and her son James, Mr & Mrs John Lambie, William Todd attended and saw brother Francis laid in the cold ground. Mother failing in mind and body.

7. Frank went off with his gun. Wrote W. Naismith regarding Brother Frank's death. received 3 bags of clover seed from John Campbell.

9. The first Robin-5 are in the doorway tree. Robert brot us butter. Frank took clover seed to his farm.

5. Clipped a notice regarding Brother Frank for the Free Press and sent it to Mr. Naismith.

2. Mild and Muddy, Was able to go to Church. Minister talking about enlarging the Church.

4. Bot a bushel of Timothy seed from Ainsworth, Frank and John Miller trimming his Orchard. Drew out straw and manure and put it around the currant bushes.

Hens laying about 2 dozen eggs a day. The Barton House was sold for $30.00.

30. Spread manure in forenoon. Aletter from Mr. Naismith regarding Frank's property. It seems to be a sad death and a sad settlement.


1. Frank bot a gray horse from Mr. Beeck for what he owed his Mother-bot garden seed from J. Thompson-Mary got a fine letter from Anna. Frank went with G. McDougal's son to work on a shed.

3. Robert brot word that another little girl was born at his home this morning. Mrs L walked down to help. Robert, Leah and Minnie staying up here.

6. Cut stumps in the clover field. J. Ross finished sowing clover seed. Set out some goosberry bushes.

8. Went to Mr. Phillips about grapes and trees. Robert sold 30 bushels of corn. Getting 20 to 40 eggs every day.

10. Robert sold 35 bushels wheat for 35 cents and paid me $20. Set out turnips-sold first green tree for 50 cents to A. Graves.

15. Mr. Birthday-three score and ten. I have lived man's appointed time upon earth. My eyes are not very din nor is my strength. Mr. & Mrs Fletcher, Willie, Leah and Minnie came to dinner. Called on Mr. Gray and saw through his fine home. Got 100 strawberry plants from him. Mary, Mrs. F and Belle helped set them out. Read in the News that McMillens could not claim the property Frank Lambie left at his death.

17. Went with Frank up to his farm on North Prospect and back over it through bogs and swamps to land worth improving. Brother Robert came to see about the property Brother Frank left going to his own friends.

18. James Inglis sent saying Mother should be Brother Frank's heir. Brother Robert said he would rather trust James than Detroit lawyers. Sent a letter to Agnes we would not go to Law.

23. Received trees from Ann Arbor but none from Monroe. Mary, Mrs. F, Willie, Leah and Minnie went to Belles to celebrate Willie's Birthday.


2. Robert's black mare had a foal. The trees came from Monroe at last. Mr. Vail hailed us as we passed. They came by Express-free. Mary and I set out about 40 green trees by night.

8. J. Renton, blacksmith-mill-wright repaired the big buggy. Carried the potatoes out of the Cellar and Robert and I worked hard planting them.

13. Took a barrell of seed corn to Robert. Ross planting corn in the field north of the brook.

4. Deposited $100 in the Bank. Azro and I went to see the great sale of City Lots on what used to be the William Watling Farm.

21. Longing for rain. Robert and Ron planting corn in field near Norton's Corners. Thunder showers at last.

22. Wife and I went on the Excursion to Detroit. Walked to Mother's home. One of the grandest days of my life.

25. The Adveriser came all the way from Scotland in nine days. Frank and Robert took away the old family wagon we had for over 30 years and brot back a new one.

27. Fox shore Robert's sheep-24 old sheep and 14 lambs.

29. Mrs. L and I drove to Uncle Andrews-nothome-drove to Uncle Williams not home either. A shower bothered the Street Cars too.


1. Glorious day. Robert and Fox cleaning out the brook.

2. Azro sprayed Robert's orchard and then I drove the horses as he sprayed ours. Worked in the garden-a few strawberries ripe.

5. Bot a carpet from Rexford I thought we did not need.

8. Went with Frank past Kimmels. Mrs Fletcher gave me a fine breakfast on the way back.

9. Called on Mrs. Mann, Mr & Mrs Alban and Mr. Wilbur, Robert and Ross carried the stove to the wood house. Mrs Ring and others cleaning the house.

12. Sold 2 bushels of potatoes to L Davis at 85 cents a bushel. Minister Morey went past thrice to gather ferns and flowers to decorate the Church for Children's Day.

15. Went with Frank to Fifely & Millers Corners-picked peas and some big strawberries in our garden. Sprayed and brushed buggs off the potato plants and then sprouted the potatoes in the Cellar. Showers in late afternoon.

18. Robert sold the wool to Ainsworth aobut 184 lbs-24 fleeces at 22 cents-$40.80. Robert bot a horse from Cornwell. Mr. Hewens paid interest.

22. Longest day in lovely June. Battling agsinst the weeds and bugs this long summer day. About 90 in the shade.

26. Mrs. L drove Mary over to Azros and then took Anna to the dentist. Belle picked 50 quarts of strawberries.

27. Sold two bushels potatoes to L. Davis for two silver dollars. Robert brot papers-the Free Press stating at the Probate Court Ann Lambie (William's Mother) right in Frank's property belonged to the Lambies.

30. Mrs. L's Birthday. Robert got in 3 loads of hay in prime order on Frank's new wagon. Belle picked a fine lot of cherries. Dug potatoes, very small. A paper from Prof. G. Campbell-his son seems to be the best scholar in Dartmouth College. Goodbye to joyful June.


1. Bright beautiful balmy day. Helped the field as long as I was able. Paid $8 in VanTyls store for our Church seat rent for year.

3. Andrew Campbell came with a paper by Mary and Catherine Lambie requesting a guardian be placed over Mary Lambie (Mother in Windsor) at the settlement of the deceased Francis Lambie's Estate. Fine crop of Cherries and Currants.

6. Fed the horse before sunrise and went to Town early and on the Street Railway to Ann Arbor. Had dinner and pleasant meeting with R. Campbell and family. Robert finished harvesting wheat for Theodore and reaped part of Harrises.

8. Cool morning-had to put on a flannel-Robert reaped his 10 acre field on the east high corner. Ross and Fox set up and capped the shocks.

13. Days a little shorter. I mowed the wheat around the trees on both fields. Azro came to get the reaper.

14. Expected to get new potatoes on the 4th of July but did not get them until today. Robert and his men drew in the Hay on the Miller farm.

16. John Ross drew wheat with Robert's team and Theodore with his team and got the wheat all in the barn.

18. Dug good potatoes for ourselves and son and brother Robert. Frank and Near went with Near's horse. Ross and Fox got the wagon to draw in Frank's wheat. Robert racked the stuble. Frank repaired the M_____barn that the lightning hit.

23. Robert and Ross got a new plow to plow the Miller farm. Very hot and dry. The Sunflower leaves wilted. Anna picked some Early Joe Apples. Paid Dr. Frazier for Medicine.

25. Got some papers from Brother Robert and gave him some potatoes. William Campbell came and went with Robert to see Frank's farm.

29. Renton shod Eagle. Thompson wanted to sell us a carriage for $115. A shower went around the North and around the South. We got only a few drops.

31. J. Ross cradling a good crop of Pats. More Early Joe Apples.


3. Robert reaping Oats with a new reaper. Ross and Fox binding Oats. Set up shocks till I was weary.

5. Wife and I went to Detroit and Canada to see great Army of Soldiers the G.A.R. crowd were great.

Mother sat up most of the day and when my wife sang “My Ain Countree” Mother clcapped her hands. The Windsor people had a great Arch to welcome the American Soldiers. Mrs. Smith (Kate Inglis) arrived and Mrs. Fletcher met her and children at the Depot.

6. Cleaned the hen house. No wealth, honor or pleasure doing that. Anna went for Mary and brot Mrs. F and Willie and Mrs. Smith with her two girls.

7. Dan Campbell and his young wife came. Azro borrowed our horse and did not return it as expected. Hattie had to carry Robert's dinner to him in the heat.

8. Azro brought up Mr. Smith. I called on brother Robert. Oppressing heat. 97 in the shade.

10. Went with Frank to Mr. Gills. Called at Azros and found Mr & Mrs Smith and two children. Clare came and took Mrs L to his Fathers.

13. Frank and I went to P. Gills. Azro and Mr. Smith with their families took tea at Brother Roberts.

25. Cool clear morning. Exposition begins. Anna got a telegram from Duluth.

7. Went to see Azro and old Mr. Wilbur. Called on Belle and we cheered one another. Got the harness mended adn called on Robert's empty house.

29. Frank went to the Detroit Exposition. Wife and I went to Ann Arobr with presents for Mr & Mrs Robert Campbell's 30th Wedding Day. A grand party of friends. But we were all sad when we learned Uncle Andrew's barn his hay and 7 horses were all burned last Friday night. He had hard work to save his home. Loss about $3,000. With all his loss he was Master of himself and laughed and sang like the others.


2. Went to the Exposition andCanada. Mother sat up some. Her thoughts wandered. Mary and Catherine anxious to get justice from James. Enjoyed seeing the horses, sheep and cattle at the Exposition.

4. Robert got coal for the Thrashers. Dug potatoes and called on Aunt Eunice. Gathered pears.

7. Old Mrs. Wilbur died. Harvey thrashed 311 bushels Oats and 117 bushels of wheat at Roberts and 101 bushels of Oats and 153 bushels wheat up here.

8. Went with Mary to Azros where they are thrashing. Took Mr. Smith and his trunk to the Depot. Went with Robert to old Mrs. Wilbur's funeral.

10. Bob Martin put 300 sheep on Robert pasture. Robert brot Frank home to settle with Harvey James and John Miller so that Frank could have entire control of what used to be the Miller Farm.

11. Martin took away 401 sheep after they had about spoiled Robert's pasture and paid $15.

Heard of old Mr. King's death.

14. Went with Frank to Mr. Fills about sunrise. Attended Mr.King's funeral Mrs. Hewens paid some money. Robert's cow could not be found.

15. Belle ran all the way to ell us she found one cow. Robert found the other. Mrs Hilt and the two Mrs. Campbell came to visit.

17. Mrs. F, Willie, Mrs. Smith and two girls, Mary and I went to the Fair. Saw the balloon go up.

18. Very warm. Mrs. Fletcher got the first premium on butter. We got the second premium on carrots and parsnips.

24. Uncle Andrew came. Frank went to the Plymouth Fair. Called on the Florist at the Depot and found him to be a poet.

28. Frank's Birthday. Mr & Mrs. Smith and the girls called on their way to Ohio. Longing for rain.

30. Went to Mrs. Hewens for a ram-paid $7.-he jumped out of the buggy and it tired me catching him. Mrs. McConachie came at night.(A Campbell relative)


1. Mr. McConachie, Mrs. L and I went to the City of the dead in Augusta and then to Mrs. Hewens sale and met a number of friends.

2. Rode up on the Motor to Ann Arbor Fair-was very tired and met few friends. Frank put the Hewens ram with Robert's sheep.

5. Robert and John helping Frank to thrash. Robert Campbell came and paid interest.

6. Frank got all his crops thrashed. Brot two loads here. Brother Robert came and got garden potatoes. Mary, Mr & Mrs F, Willie and I went to a Social. A grand supper and ice cream at the Church.

9. Frank brot a load of tamarack for stove wood. Dug rows of big peach blow potatoes.

10. Frank and Robert brot us a new surrey and Frank got a new Top buggy.

17. Still digging potatoes. Robert's marsh now a productive potato field.

23. Robert brot up two loads of potatoes and put them in the Cellar.

28. Went to see Mother in Windsor. She was glad to see me, very weak in body and mind-hope Mary and Catherine will be rewarded for taking care of her night and day for years.

29. Mary and Belle helped gather apples in the one horse wagon-nearly all blown down by the high winds.


3. Ice and ground hard-gathered basket of late peaches. Robert drew gravel for the road.

5. Pulled turnips. Belle and Mrs. W. Campbell came. Mr. Allison sent two Australian papers. Mary, Belle and I went to F. Bennetts burial, the last for another neighbor.

6. Mr & Mrs Fletcher went to Uncle Andrews barn raising in the morning. Mary and I went in the afternoon. A good frame, hard work and dan-gerous. Frank did as much shouting as Les Yost would do for $10.00.

9. Mild morning-Like spring. Got the turnips in the basement. Called on the gardener at the Depot.

11. Went to Detroit. Called on sister Agnes and Mother-Met Uncle Andrew at Mothers. James' store shut up.

14. Mrs. Fletcher, Mary and Willie went to Uncle Williams. Sent a Mich-igan book to the Stravan Library. My letter in the Farmer about sheep. Frank bot 20 acres from Mrs. Loveridge. Saw a grand eclipse of the Moon.

17. Mrs L went with Mary to Azros. Robert took stalks to Town and helped set up the Coal Stove.

18. Belle and I carried apples down Cellar. Mr & Mrs Ross moved on Frank's farm. Cold rain and blasts of wind.

25. Thanksgiving-Robert brot up 3 loads of corn. Mr & Mrs Scotney came to dinner.

27. Martin brot a good cord of wood to keep us warm. Paid him $3.75 and sawed some stove wood.


1. Mr. Calhoun paid interest for a bushel of onions. Mrs L, Mary and Willie went to a Church meeting in the Surrey.

5 Plenty of snow. Robert came for the Bob-Sleigh.

10 Mild and muddy again. Uncle William called on us.

13 Anna's Birthday.

17. Robert brot 2 loads of stalks.Anna sent word she intends to come home Saturday. Robert brot two cows from Knapp, one for heimself and one for his Mother.

19. Paid our Tax on the old farm home $17.29. Frank paid other Taxes. Robert brot up Anna from her School at Elkhart.

24. The girls went to the old home and cut a green tree for Christmas. Sister Agnes sent Christmas presents.

25. Christmas-23 years since father died. Had a royal feast and Turkey for dinner. Robert, Hattie and the 3 girls, Mr & Mrs Fletcher and Willie, Mr & Mrs Scotney. Frank was here to carve the Turkey. A pleasant gathering of friends.

29. Dark and damp and some snow. Bot ink, paper and oil from Samson.

31. Wife got medicine from Dr. Frazier for Ahna. Farewell good year of niney one-May we do better in days to come.

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1. Frank and I drove to the Depot with Anna in a pouring rain to take the Huckleberry train for Elkhart. Mrs. L, Mary and I called on Mrs. Morey end family and enjoyed our visit.
2. Robert and Leah sick with the prevelent influenza, has to keep a colored boy to help him.
3. Sent a dollar for the Michigan Farmer-mild and muddy. A hungry man helped to saw wood. Mr. Naismith sent a callender from Scotland.
4. Wrote regarding Christmas end Sents Claus in the Banner.
5. Went to Church, rain and mud. Sermon on revivals.
6. Frank and Mary went through the mud to Azros-Robert and his help-er able to set by the stove-Went to see them.
7. Blinks of sunshine, Wentdown to Roberts three times.
8. Frank went to the Insurance Meeting-Robert cams for a load of stalks dreary blasts.
9. Bells called to see us-Mrs. L walked to Roberts-Azro went with Mrs. L, Mary and Willie to G. Stephansons.
10. Called on Mrs. Taylor-Robert buying Turkeys.
11. Drove up wood from Robert's Lane-Got papers from Robert and Frank.
12. Went to Church in the rain-Sermon on prayer and prayer meetings.
13. Rain in the night-Snow showers and dreary blasts. Azro came for Mary to help Mrs. F.
14. Went to Town and Robert sewed some wood.
15. Azro, Mrs. L and Willie came back with Mary. Saw a fire up the river at bedtime, Govenor Luce addressed the Grange here.
16. Robert had Harvey James, his engine and men sawing wood. Walked down to the old home to see them. Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher, Willie, Laeh and Minnie were here too.
18. Mild and hazy. Mary and I went to Town. Mrs. L had a headache.
19. Mrs. L and I went to Church alone, first ice on the river.
20. Heavy rain in the night, wind storm in the morning.
21. Dull Sky and bitter blasts. Mrs. L ahs Influenza.
22. Walked to the old home-Robert brought two loads of wood and got a load of stalks and James Wallace called yesterday-coldest day this winter so far-4 above zero.
23. Heard of Mrs. Rambo's death. Snow showers-ground white. Robert went for medicine for his Mother and him. Hattie and children stayed for dinner.
24. Mrs. L unwell. Mr. LaFurgs brought a load of wood. Clear sunshine an pure snow. Brother Robert brought me some papaers.
25. Burn's Anniversary. Robert and his man sawed and split LaFurge's wood and I helped.
26. Showery-Mrs, L was sick. Mary and I went to Church. Robert and Azro's family came to dinner. Dark and damp.
27. Mild and sunshine, like spring-Mary and I went to Town and got Dr. Kinnie to come and see Mrs. L.
28. Uncle Andrew and his son Dan gave us a friendly call.
29. Robert sold the brown cow we bought of B. Roberts years ago for $15 and paid me most of it. Walked through the mud to Roberts. Robert got more medicine for his Mother.
30. Like Spring-Robert brought a load of wood and an old sheep. Received a letter from Robert Pate at Browncastle.
31. Mrs. L, Mary and I had a pleasant ride in the balmy air for health and pleasure. Some more Grosbeek birds in the dairy yeard.
1. We can hardly think of the winters past and the next month will be Spring. Called on Robert and got papers from him.
2. Dark morning-3 able to go to Church-Sermon on the widows-few old men out.
3. Robert got a load of stalks. Mrs L and I drove to the old home-rain at night.
4. Misty morning-Robert was sick and went to see the Doctor.
5. High winds in the night-LaFurge came to sell trees. Mary and Miss Draper went to Roberts-Azro and Liz and Willie went to hear Mr. Lowell at night.
6. Wife and I went to Town-took apples to Dr. Kinney.
7. Looked over old letters-Frank got Eagle shod. A new snow storm all afternoon about the first of importance.
8. Shoveled anow to get to the Barn. Mary came back-Stormy. Mr. Fletcher brought the papers from Brother Robert.
9. The two Marys and I went to Church-Sermon on Jericho. Some were out with the Cutters and bells.
10. Robert sick-Had to get Dr. Owen. Mary went to help Hattie-BRight sunshine-snow melting.
11. Robert better-We went to see him. Went to Town in afternoon-Like Spring.
12. Robert was able to come and see us-Dan called on him.
13. Mr. L drove Mary to Harries-Mary went to Church at night with Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher-Balmy day.
14. A wet morning-A letter from J. Camman-Mary walked to Roberts in the rain.
15. Two years to the day since Grandfather died-clear sunshine and frost after the rain. P. VanAten came to trim the Orchard. P. Stephens and Mr. Wilcox died this week. Roberta man filing saws and sawing wood.
16. went to Stephens burial. Sermon on the conversion of Paul.
17. Mrs. L and I went to Azro's for dinner. Called on Mr. & Mrs. Webber. Drove to John McDougals to tell them of the death of old Mrs. Gardener.
18. Misty and damp-Mrs. L not well enought to go the Mrs. Gardner's funeral. Robert came up sick-Mother went and stayed with him. Mar and I went to Town. Azro, Elizabeth and Willie came for Mary to go to Theodores late. More rain in the night. A robins singing feebly in the dreary and trees. Robert and family made us a pleasant visit.
19. Bleak blasts, dull skies and Mary and I saw the old Camp House blazing and burning in the dreary blasts. Split wood.
20. Mother's 93rd birthday-the side walks were a sheet of ice-went to Detroit-CAlled on James-Mother as well as could be expected at her time of life. Shw was able to sit up about an hour-talked of the happy days of Auld Lang Syne. May the frequencies of God's mercies not lessen our gratitude all our meeting and parting make us better. Called on Sister and she accompanied me to the Depot.
21. Walked down to see Robert-Bitter blasts-Bell called after dinner-Mary went to visit Mrs. Everts.
22. Washington's Birthday-Mothar's Birthday is of greater importance to me. Had a cold stayed at home. Robert called and brought word that Joe Saunders fell down and died in his store.
23. Snow showers-the two Marys drove to Church-I stayed home-Robert and family came to dinner.
24. Mild and misty and damp. Split some stove wood.
25. Rain in the night, cloudy akies and muddy roads. Mrs. Fletcher and Mary went to Roberts and they were sorry he was away spending money his family needed.
26. Mrs. L went to see daughter BElle. Ring triming and burning brush in the Orchard.
27. Frank went home with Azro to see Willie. Cut off sprouts round the apple trees.
28. More rain-Mrs. J. Campbell came through the mud from Augusta, took down Mrs. Campbell's team at night. Robert got back seemed to be better. Farewell to Winter.
1. Welcome another Spring, cold breezes. Robert got a load of stalks. Belle came, called on Brother Robert-he looked sad and weary.
2. The Young Men's Christian Association conducted the Service at Church. The river about froze over the first time this winter or Spring.
3. Rough roads-Frank took both horses to Town, Crows cawing and forming in long rows in the field before the houss. Wife and I drove down to Roberts-but all was deserted-snow showers.

4. More snow and then sunshine. Frankhas Dick drawing stove wood for his customers. Frank, Robert, Azro and all the third gener-ations came and the younsters had a gleeful time.
5. g above zero-the men who want ice may rejoice. Went to Town called on our old firend John Taylor, found him looking well, A turnout over at Azors-Belle came.
7. Above zero, Uncle William made a short pleasant call.
8. Belle, Leah and I called at Brother Roberts. A great many in Town. Men building an ice house, and filling it.

9. Sunshine-The Church full and Professor helped the Minister.
10. A snow storm in the forenoon. Robert and his man up here cleaning wheat. Robert sold a Icad of wheat to Mr. Dubal.
11. Robert's Birthday. Deep mud and a long race after a stupid cow. Mary and Belle went to Town.

12. More rain in the night. A robin sung seedly in the dreary day.
Robert and family made us a pleasant visit.
13. Dug parsnips in the garden. Mr. & Mrs. Taylor walked up. went home with them after supper.
14. Wife and I had a pleassent visit at Mrs. Stephens. Called on Mrs. Thomas Phillips who is very sick.
15. Cold snow showers-Did not go Downtown in the storm. Brother Robert kindly sent pepers by Frank.
16. Ice on the water paid in the kitchen. Went to Church in the bleak blasts-came gentle Spring eternal mildness came.
17. A little below freezing and a little snow. Mr. Stanley buried yestarday. St. Patrick's Day.
18. Robert and his boy got the stable manure on the garden. Frank paid me the Greenman not $22,00. Spread manure in the garden, sowed Lettuce and Raddish. Tulips and Snow drops peeping up. Raked off the Rhubarb.
19. GRound white with a morning snow shower. Azro making Maple Syrup. Belle came to see us.
20. Went to a prayer meeting in the Baptist Church yesterday.
21. Went through the deep mud to Azros. Willie and I had a grand walk in the pale forest and saw them boiling sap. The two Marys went to a Ladies meeting in the Church.
22. Robert's boy plowed the garden with our help. Got papers from Brother Robert.
23. Mary over at Azros. Mrs L and I went to Church and took old Mrs. Rorisan home; only Frank with us at dinner.
24. Bleak March blasts, laid up rails between the old farm and Wilbers. Mary and Willie walked over and back.

25. The bonnie birds sung in the sunshine at dawn when we left for Uncle Willisme where we had a pleasant visit but the wind blew bleak and dreary coming home.
26. Bleak, bitter blasts-Robart and family called on us, next Azro and his folks, glad to get in the house by the stove.
27. Wife and I called on John Mann and Mr. & Mrs. Lay, some of the few friends we found fifty years ago.
28. A great viariety of weather, thunder and lightning in the night, snow, hail and rain in the forenoon. Robert came through the driving snow to see us.
29. Sunshine after the snow storm-Did not go Downtown.
30. Sacrament over 20 additions to the Church. Mr. Green about the only one of the Sacrament hosts, the others mostly gone to their homes.
1. Paid Mr. C for the Commercial and Mr. Woodry for the Sentinel. Birda singing.
2. Went with Frank over to Mr. Arnold's. Aunt Kate and Jay came-Mrs. L drove them over to Azros. Sowed cabbage, beets, carrots and onions.
3. A morning shower, Snow drops peeping through Rhubard leaves forming a wet day. Balle and Mary went to Town in the rain.
4. Wet morning, birds singing, gladsome day.
5. Met Belle in Town. The farmers met in the Grange Hall. A great sale of City Lots in Windsor.
6. Easter. The pulpit adornad with flowers-Sermon on Easter. Went to the home of Mrs. and Sarah Rorison. Mrs. L went home with Willie.
7. Town meeting-Robert and family came, grand day-Repaired fence. Rasler got 26 dozen eggs-Loud thunder in the night. Warm sunshine that Robert's children enjoyed.
8. Great thunderatorm in the night-too wet for Frank to work. The Ministers forming-the Presbyterian came.
9. Walked down with Robert to see about fence posts in the woods where I wandered when young. Took down chickens for Ministers. Mrs. L attended a Missionary meeting in the Baptist Church. Cold blustry and dreary after the sunshine and thunder. Robert has 4 lambs.
10. Cold dreary blasts-Willie said he wanted to go home awful bad.
11. Mrs. L and Mary went to Town-OUr old friend Mr. Pasons was buried. planted potatoea-birde singing among bursting buds.
12. Mary and I set out 15 Ohio Roses-Thunderstorms last night. Peach treea begining to leak road with blossoms.
13. A full Church-a good Sermon-a beautiful day.
14. Robert and Will begun to plow for Oats south of the house. Repaired fence round the barnyard.
15. Mr. Birthday, having lived 69 years and beginning my seventh year-Mans alotted time upon earth. The joys of young life and mature life are past and solemn thoughts comes over the mind as one thinks of so many old friends gone and that we are now in the front ranks on the march to the unseen world. A beautiful day with a pleasant party to dinner.
16. Wheeled ashes on the garden. Robert and Hattie went to Miss Martin's wedding. Peach trees bursting in the red beautiful bloom Mrs. L and I west to our old friend E. C. Peck's funeral.
17. Called on N. Voorhees and got 3 dozen eggs for sitting. Got straw-berries and Cuthbert plants from Mr. Everts. Azro sowed Dats south of the house. Frank let the Miller farm to Harvy James.
18. Uncle William, Azro and Frank drove past Belleville to look at farms he had a claim on. Planted Cuthbert and 100 strawberries. Mary, Mrs. Fletcher, Belle, Willie and Leah gathered wild flowers in our old woods. Robert harrowing Oats.
19. Fine Spring day-Frank getting the Buggys painted.
20. Mr. Morey preached a good Sermon.
21. Robert sowing clover seed-the boy rolling and plowing-bought one bushel timothy seed and 1/2 bushel clover. Received and planted 7 fine peach trass from the Monroe Nursery.
23. A fine refreshing shower. Mary, Mrs. F and Willie went to Uncle Andrews-planted potatoes, sowed parsnips. Robert has 20 lambs.
24. Dug a seafrass bushes on the old farm and grapes and planted them up here-Wild flowers in the woods.
25. Planted and trimed trees that I dug up-Robert sold potatoes.
26. Walked to Roberts. Came back in the rain. Robert sold his team to Theodore. Fussing with sitting hens.
27. Mr. Marsh preached a tiresome Sermon on Alma College.
28. Mrs. L and I called on Mrs. Renton and Nehall and on J. Mann. When we came to our good old friend Dr. Patterson he told us he? far gone to see us passing away to a glorious immortally. Planted two Peach and a Quince tree, Mrs. L had bought of Mr. LaFurge. Dandelions in bloom. Robert's boy plowing.
29. Showers in the night-sunshine in the day time.
30. Went to Mr. Lay's funeral-One of the best on earth. Willie's Birthday. Mrs. Fletcher, Hattie, Mary and Bells held a picnic in Norton's woods among the wild flowers.
1. Robert and I set Evergreen trees north of the house. Brother Robert called on us and told us Mother's welfare.
2. Robert and I finished setting two rows of green trees. John Taylor came-went to Town with him. Old Mrs. Scotney came and told her tale of woe and abuse. Robert cultivated poatoes. The buggys both painted and dry.
3. Planted corn in the garden. Peaches in beautiful bloom. Wrote verses regarding our old friend Mr. Lay.
4. A Sermon on Sabbath Schools.
5. Wet forenoon-Mr. Morgan came to show us his portrait of Carthle.
6. Went to Mr. Howlets with Frank. Cold rain and some hail. Robert, Leah and I walked by the brook where will was plowing for Corn. Fox triming apple trees.
7. Planted potaotes, a little frost at sunrise-not well.
8. Turned the sprouting potatoes-Robert and his Mother went to the old farm-7 chickens-a little frost again.
9. Wet and stormy-the rats killing the wee chicks.
10. So wet we did not go to the Town. Robert and Will helped Marz to clean the house. Ben Smerick, Mr. Beuland and Bice died this week.
11. Clear and cold after the heavy rain, ice on the pail as thick as a half dollar. A Sermon on Calvin.
18. A Sermon on Presbyterianism and the Declaration of Independence Went to Chruch in the Rain.
19. Cloudy & Showers. Hoed in the garden-Have pie plant, asparagrass and radishes.
20. Received 4 Roses from the Dingle Rose Company in Philadelphia.
21. Wife and I called on Mr. & Mrs. Albian and got seed from them. Made a pleasant call on the Miss Lumas we have known.
22. Mary's Birthday-She went to Ezras-Belle made her a new dress. Robert and family went to Azros for seed corn.
23. Robert had two teams harrowing and one rolling-I cleaned out the drift wood at Harries fence. Mrs. Lauvedge brought Mary home and took our mail to Town. A grand day.
24. Queen's Birthday-A morning shower-a tremendous shower at G. Alllane on both us and Azro's family.
25. Sermon on Joshua. More showers.
26. The rain made the Roberts land to wet for planting corn but the stream in fine order for washing sheep, his man and Ernie Ring made light work of it-Received 1/4 ounce of silk worm eggs from Washington and don't know what to do with them. Robert and his man marked and planted corn north of us.
27. Beauty of a morning, like long ago. Robert had Ring, Ross and Fox planting corn.
29. Mrs. L and I called on Mr. & Mrs. Finley and Son, John, Mr & Mrs A Campbell, Mrs. Elsworth and Mrs. Parsons. Robert went with Mr. Knapp.
30. Decoration Day. The two Marys and I went to Church. Met the Parade of Veterans and the band with marshall music both going and returni Warm 82 degrees at supper time. Robert's man plowing for beans.
31. Let out aobut 50 chickens we kept in the barn. Robert brought home the Calf Bessie he bought from A. Knapp. A friend from near Wayne called on brother Robert.
1. Sacrament-the Church full, some additions but John Geddis and Mr. Lay comes nevermore.
2. Splendid summer morning-Hleped Robert to load manure-Ernie Ring helped Mary to clean the house.
3. Howed potaotes till it came a thuderstorm-paid Robert $5 to help pay for the shearing of the sheep. Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and Mary went to Uncle Williams to help spray the trees. Fox and his partner shore Robert's 48 sheep.
5. Put paris geen on the potatoes-Robert replanting corn-his man plowing for beans.
7. Went with the Presbyterian Excursion and found brother Frank in James store looking poorly.
Was glad to see Mother's white Mutch at the window, being able to sit up and talk of days of long ago-Called on Sister Agnes as she returned from Lapeer and intends to live in the country at Clark Villa this summer.
8. A bonnie summer day. Mr. Faifield preached among the flowers it being Children's Day.
Robert finished planting beans and brought up the wool-sowed grass seed and planted corn on the burnt marsh.
10. Fifty-one years today since we came from native Scotland to the Moon farm in Michigan. Mother still living and in her right mind. Father the only one to leave us in our long exile. A wet day.
12. Ernie Ring helped to carry the potaotes to the barn and I mowed the foor yeard and a few strawberries. Belle came.
13. Wife and I went to Ann Arbor and enjoyed a pleasant visit with Mr. & Mrs. R. Campbell-called on Lasher Kimme and Mrs. Strang and took dinner with Azro and family.
15. Mr. Morey preached about giving. A grand summer day. Three generations to dinner.
16. The Robins sung o'er my cottage door to see the rising sun at four-as glad as the days of yore.
17. Cultivated potatoes, cleaned out the brook-Belle came.
18. Mr. Whittelsay looked over the Wool and ofered 26 cents.
19. Looked over the old orchard and the crop of apples seems to be a failure.
20. Wrote regarding Mr. Allison's great flock of sheep in Australia. Refreshing rain in the night.
21. Old Dirk had to get a rest after Robert's cow hurt him and we lent him Eagle and I think of the time I said “My kingdom for a Horse”. Belle came for the Augusta Organ to celebrate her Birthday after the surprise party at her home.
22. The longest day-A good sermon on the Lord's Prayer. Very warm was glad to get out of Church.
23. Went with Frank over to Boatwrights-met with Mr. Sabers. Called on Elizabeth-Robert's man put Green on his potatoes. Went to see him cultivationg his big field of corn by the orchard brook.
24. Glad beautiful morning-very warm about 90 in the shade. Belle came and her and Mary drove over to Roberts.
25. Robert working on the roads. Tolbert cultivated potaotes about 90 in the shade. Howed potaotes, green peas for dinner. Mrs. F brought Mary back and took away Mrs. L.
27. He causes morning and evenings to rejoice.
30. Mrs. L Birthday-Went with Frank to Boatwrights-Another thunder storm.
1. Damp misty morning-Robert has 2 men hoeing potatoes. Mrs. R and Unie Lambie went to visit friends at Vassers.
3. Robert and I took a walk to Ainsworth, a falling market. We got 26 cents for all but 3 fleeces, 18 for them. Small returns for feeding sheep all winter-about $59 to divide between Robert and 1–48 fleeces.
4. Fine cool breezes and great guns booming in the morning. Robert mowed the clover field.
5. Helped to cack up the hay as of old, liked the work-very weary the spirit willing but the flesh weak.
6. Brother Robert called and we rode out to see the wheat waving before the harvest.
7. Drove with Frank to Boatwrights barn, Theodore started to mow the field by G. Allans and broke the saled tongue of the mower the first time round.
8. Robert's man went to Canads-A new man mowed by G. Allans and did not break anything among the stumps. Robert reaped for Theodore and his reaper did not run well. I brushed bugs off Robert's potats field with the broom-electric light at night. Anna walked to Belles.
10. Fine cool morning, green peas drying up-Robert's man came back from Canade-him and W. Cary got in all the hay by G. allans in nice order. Robert reaped for Wanger-Frank returned from Boatwrights-fine breezes-Anna and Mary walked to Azros.
11. Fine harvest morning-Robert reaped Harries wheat-Mrs. L brought Anns and Mary home. Azro and Willie came for FRank and Eagle to help them.
12. Currents and berries ripe-peas dried up-potatoes very small. Robert's reaper bothered him and broke down again. Bound a few sheaves on the harvest field. Brother Robert's wife and daughter returned from Caro.
15. Robert reaped all his wheat and went to reap for Bennet. Mr. Fletcher, Elizabeth adn Willie cams with berries.
22. Howed in Robert's corn-his men got in the Orchard hay while he is with the thrashers.
23. Received the Agriculture report from Rusk at Washington. Cut weeds in Robert's corn-gathered gooseberries. Robert's men got in the wheat rakings.
24. A welcome refreshing shower in teh night-Rain and fruitful seasons to fill our hearts with joy and gladness.
26. Caught and tared a rat-cut weeds in the corn till I was weary.
Brother Robert and family made us a pleasent call. Frank repaired Harvie's thrashing machine.
29. Mrs. L, Anna and Mary went to Uncle Williams-90 in the shade.
30. Went with the Sabbath School Excursion to Detroit and spent the day with my good old Mother and Sisters in Windsor. A soul re-freshing visit-very warm.
31. Wrote a letter Cousins in Glasgow-92 in the shade. Robert reaped the Dets.
1. Want to see John Mann yesterday and may never see him again. The colored mens day. Received a letter from the Editor or the Evangelist.
2. Warm, sultry and oppresive today-94 in the shade-Helped Robert to mow sway two loads of Dats-A thunderstorm in the north.
3. A good sermon on “Who is my neighbor”. 94 again-hot.
4. A welcome rain and thunder in the night to refresh the dry ground. went to F. Smiths with Frank-gathered apples on the old farm.
6. Robert brought back his reaper. Eagle bit the nail off wee Minnie's thumb, it's getting better now.
7. Glorious morning-Bought a gallon of Owens mineral water and he showed me his horses, cattle, hogs, dogs and buildings.
8. Got a card about Anne Campbell's wedding. Moved weeds and nettles from the old farm. Robert and his men got in the Oats by the stream.
9. A fine breezy morning. A morning drive with Frank. apples ripe but apples and peaches a failure this year.
10. Cool like autumn-Mr. sell presched-Mrs. L. Anna, Mary and I went to Church.
11. Went to Roberts and walked in his big cornfield that was a marsh in the long ago. Belle came and we went to Town.
12. The day we walked among the blooming heather in bonnie Scotland when life was young and hope was high.
Robert and the two children had a nice ride round the clover field. Frank finished Frank Smith's barn. Anna and Mary went to Belles for supper.
13. Anna went to Azros with Belle. Robert going to plow and sow the corn field for me.
14. Harvey thrashed our Oats and 68 bushel and then Robert and Mrs. L and I drove to the old home in Augusta. The home looks as of old but the old friends were away to the spiritland.
16. Robert went to Whitemore Lake-called on our old sick friend John Mann who could hardly lift his head so weak and weary.
17. Nine head of cattle got in the potatoes at midnight therwe had a weary chase after them. We enjoyed a welcome refreshing shower after the dry dusty weather to fill our heart with joy and grat-itude-the first time we failed to go to Church this summer.
18. Went to Town with Frank-dug potatoes among the wild geese.
20. Robert's Oats damp, he spread them on the barn floor. Waled with Robert over the farm. mrs. A Campbell and daughter came to supper. Robert's man plowing for wheat.
21. A wet morning Abundance of water to molify the dry grass. Robert sold 25 sheep to G. Wilbur for $150. Robert got $15, for his share. Was unwell in the night-
22. Went to Town with Frank-had a pleasnt walk with Robert through the rows of his big corn crop.
24. No preaching in our Church-went to the Methodist. Mr. Kining unwel Another Minister preached. Robert and family cmae.
25. Went to Bostwrights with Frank-called at Ezras coming back-Anna drove to Azros.
26. Mrs. L and I went to Town in the rain-The Detroit Exposition began today.
27. Went to the Detroit Exposition-a vision of delight was the balloon going up and the man coming down in a parachute. Got to Mothers after dark.
28. A pleasant visit with Mother and Sisters-could not get out on the Noon train-had to wait till five. Brother James vexed me but no one but him. A full company at supper before Anna goes away.
29. Went with Anna and her trunk to the Depot. Belle coming too. Went to John Mann's funeral in afternoon. William Campbell, Wife and daughters came too.
30. Wrote lines in memory of my old friend John Mann.
31. Mr. Pitman preached well as usual-the last summer day of 1890.
1. Intended to go to J. Campbells for seed wheat but Robert was gone to thrash-Frank paid $15 for interest.
2. Mrs. L and I went to J. CAmpbell bought 16 bushels Pool Seed wheat and returned shortly after noon-got the reins renewed for a $1. Azro pulling beans with his machine, Robert digging stumps.
3. Mrs. L and I went to Ann ARbor and Dexter to the Pioneers Meeting. I read lines to our old friend E.D.Lay. We would have preferred Ann Arbor other than Normands Grove.
4. Showers-Robert cuts beans with Ezras mschine-the weeds bothered him-Smith mowed bushes in the marsh.
6. Robert begun to drill wheat-Robert's man drilled 16 bushels of wheat in the corner field near us. Helped Robert and 3 men to turn wet dirty beans-discouraging work-sultry. Mrs. L and Mary went to Town.
8. Mr. Morey came back and gave us a very good sermon-very warm day. Wet morning-Eagle went down to Roberts in the night and we looked for him in the wet grass.
9. Robert's man got hurt in Town. Helped Robert and his men to turn beans and weeds. The two Marys went to Uncle Williams. Lydia Hewens paid $22 interest money. A sunflower in the garden over eleven feet high with 18 flowers.
11. Mrs. L and I went to Town to get men to fork up Azro's beans.
12. Old Mrs. Yakley died. Robert drew in some beans-forked weeds in the furrows while Fox and Augusta were plowing. Mrs. L and Mary went to Church.
14. Sacrament-John Taylor back all right-went with Mrs. Rorison to her home-the first white frost-saw no ice but some said they did.
15. Went with Frank to McKims corners-Robet's sick man better. Called on Mrs. F and got melons.
17. Mrs. L and Mary, Mrs. F and Willie went to the Fair. I stayed and gathered grapes. Robert rolled the bean land. Mary went with Uncle William.
18. The morning mist fading in the sunshine with the prospect of a grand day for the Fair. Went to the Fair.
19. Went and called on Belle, she went with me and we bought 10 pulletts for $4. Was on the Fair grounds most all day yesterday-fine weather and a good turnout-met a few old friends. Was about as well enter-tained seeing Fox cutting Robert's field of good corn as I saw at the Fair.
20. Robert's man working on the bean field-B. Voorhees brought me some peaches.
21. Mrs. L, Mr and Mrs F, Willie and I went to Church. Mary at Uncle Williams.
22. Robert and his man drilled wheat in the bean field. Got a letter from Editor Naismith, told Brother Robert regarding it but he did not like it.
23. Mrs. L and I drove to Ann Arbor-Saw the procession from the Sermon. Anither pleasant visit with Mr. & Mrs R Campbell. Sent an answer to Mr. Naismith's letter.
24. Days growing shorter, the forest trees getting on their robes of Autumn splendor. Picked all the grapes. Mary and I went to the old home.
27. Mrs. L, Mary and I had a pleasant meeting and a bountiful dinner along with Brother Robert and family at Azros. Robert thrashing at Bens, his man culling corn.
28. Frank's Birthday, mary and I want to Church by Moonlight.
29. Went with Frank to work on Newton a barn-Called on Mr. F, got a certificate at the Bank for Frank. Want to the old farm to see Azro gathering Apples he bought of Robert.
30. Sent another letter to Wm, Naismith. Went to the sale at Raslers-the hens were sold before I arrived. Mary and I went to a pleasant Church Social at night-Skies and forest a vision of delight.
2. Went to Mrs. F's with Mary-Dug some potatoes. Have hardly enough to pay $15 for insurance.
3. Robert, Hattie, Babe and I went to Ann Arbor to the Fair.
Glorious day, a good Fair. The forests on the hills in Autumn are a splendor and vision of delight.
7. Mrs. F and Mary went to Town. Robert and I walked over the old farm, Azro picking and packing Robert's apples.
8. Frank and I had a delightful ride to Ann Arbor but the Street Cars frightened the horse. Robert and his men picked our apples.
9. Robert headed up two barrels of apples for Anna and I marked them and took them to the Hillsdale Railroad at night.
10. Frank got back from the Jury and I went with him to his work on Newton's farm.
11. Mowed weeds and Canada Thistels-Robert and his men digging potatoes. Had a Pleasant visit at Brother Roberts, was real glad he had such a fine interview with our good Mother and Sisters. Robert exchanged his colt for the big horse Jim.
12. Great rain last night. Went to Church in dampness. Mrs. Dickensen rode home with us, Robert and family came with Milk and the big horse Jim.
13. More rain-too dark and wet for Frank to work but it cleared up at noon ws drove over to Newtons. A heavy shower at night.
15. Got the lines mended-husked sweet corn-fed Robert's lambs.
16. Wet day-Azro and Willie came for Mary to help-Mrs. F being away at the death of Mrs. George Voorhees.
17. Went to Mrs. Voorhees funeral-husked corn in the Garden-Sent a letter to Mr. Rait, Sandford, Scotland. Robert begun to plow the Marsh for corn next year and put Jim the ram with the awey.
Men from Glasgow want to come and sing in Ypsilanti but it is not in my line.
18. Robert had to leave the plow and help Augusta to get in his beans. Dug two rows of potsotes with the fork while Robert's men dug one with the hook, besides going after the boy gathering nuts he promise to give us half, he brought a pan full.
20. Drove with Frank to Newton's barn they intend to raise today. Fed Robert's Lambs, walked over his field and saw them plowing the Marsh.
21. Went to see Robert plowing the Marsh, got most of our Apples gather-ad and put on the barn floor. Azro drawing apples out of Robert's orchard to Town. Thought we could not spend the money to go to J. Cammons.
22. Tried to help Robert to plow the land that has lain unplowed since Adams time. Went to Azros for dinner-saw his fine crop of apples. Belle got the last of the apples. Received a letter from Brooklyn addressed to Rev. William Lambie.
24. Got the harness mended. Had a pleasant meeting with A. Campbell.
25. Sent a letter to Rev. R. Lawson. Cold and blustry.
27. Went with Frank and saw the fine new barn. Robert sold potatoes to Mr. Post. His man plowed the Marsh and the plow broke again.
28. Clouds and rain. Frank came home unwell. Carried potatoes down callar. Dr. Kinney came to see Frank.
31. Last of Golden October-Robert's man drawing corn up here. Read of Mrs. Rosison's death and burial. Frank not able to work.
1. Chilly surly blasts-Mrs. L walked down to Roberts.
2. Went to Church, some rain-Church was full.
3. John Ross shingling the Corn Crib. Received a group of papers from Australia. Drew up poles from the woods to keep the fire burning.
4. Election Day-Democrats like to seep all. Was surprised that CAptain Alls was defeated.
5. Frank able to work. Went with him to Cherry Hill. Rough roads. Went to Azros with Mary and Belle and I took Belle home-hard frost in the morning and then mud.
6. Went with Robert to Tefieys raising and then to Harvey's sale. Indian summer day-Robert's man got in all the Potatoes.
7. Carried the Cabbage and Carrots down cellar. Mrs. L went to Azros and then Mrs. F, Mary and Willie drove to Town.
8. Wet night–Heard of the death of old Mrs. Morton.
9. A sermon on the Young Men's Christian Assaication. Went to old Mrs. Morton's funeral. gone at four score and eight, like a shock of corn fully ripe.
10. Went with Frank to Newton's barn-muddy road. Boarding up the hen house. Robert plowing the Marsh.
11. Called on Brother Robert, Eunice talked regarding her Mother's death. Grand day laid straw round rose bushes. The two Marys went to the Church Meeting.
12. Went on an excursion to Detroit. Called on my good old Mother, her mind that was so long and clear wanders now. Grand day. Mother said the sun in the Heavens and th Leas (?) of righteous were both shinning on me.
13. Another beautiful day-Went and saw old Mrs. Crippen and Robert is getting in stalks-he sold 9 lambs and 2 wedders to Gorton, 26 in flock left. Mrs. L and I went to Church and heard the Evangelists from Chicago. One of them sang well but the speaker was not adapted for me.
Had Robert's family and Mrs. Crippsn to supper.
15. Mild and cloudy-dug carrots-wet afternoon. Robert plowed in the rain. Mary went to Town with Mrs. F and Willie.
16. Forty one years since our marriage in a full Church. Mr. Morrey earnest for a great revival. Went round with old Mrs. Rosison.
18. Went to Roberts and down town, pleasant sunshine after the rain. Robert bought a grist for him and us.
19. Pure sunshine and clear skies. Robert man drawing gravel on the road. Mary walked to Azros. Mrs. L has a sick headache.
20. Fine day-Bella came and Mrs. A. CAmpbell. some villins stole two of Robert's turkies and he sold 7 violets in bloom yet.
21. Made a fence by the corn crib-Robert and his man helped Azro to thrash beans. 90 bushels-Another grand day.
22. Robert got in all the corn and stalks-carried the apples from the barn down cellar-was unwell in afternoon. Mrs. L and Willie walked up home and Mrs L came back alone.
25. Brought up some wood from Roberts. Smith sawed wood and old boards. Robert's plow broke again.
26. Mrs. L and I went to the Church to meet the Chicago Minister and singer. Went with Mary to Azros. Belle came.
27. Thanksgiving-The first snow that stopped plowing. Mrs. Fletcher could not leave home so we went and took dinner with her-a grand gathering.
28. Some frost-Robert plowed in the afternoon, Frank and Mr. Newton drove up to Ann Arbor with Eagle. Mr. Calhoun paid interest.
1. First day of Winter, got the coal stove started. Mrs. L carried in wood in the snow shower.
2. Cold 10 above zero. Mrs. L went to Belle's winter family. Settled with Robert for the summers work.
3. Snow about 4 inches deep, Frank hitched Eagle on the cutter the first time for one or two years. Frank, Mary, Robert and Robert's girls came in the cutter then the boys went to hunt rabbits.
4. Got chilled, sad, sick and weary.
5. More snow, not well. Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs L and Willie came.
7. Mr & Mrs Fletcher and Willie, Mrs. L, Mary and Frank drove to Church in the cutter. I was glad to stay home. Robert and family came to see us at night.
8. Was thirsty all night. Frank started in the cold gray morning for Mr. Rooks.
9. Cold snow, a blue haze in the woods. Able to feed the Horse and hens and carry in coal and wood.
10. Thaw at noon-drove down to Roberts and saw his round Oak stove and his farm stock. Got chilled and am not well.
11. Azro, Frank and Willie drove down Azro's hogs. Mary had her teeth pulled. Could split a little wood. Robert and family came.
12. Cold north blasts-glad to stay in the house. Mrs. L, AZro, Mr. and Mrs. F and Willie went to Church. Frank brought over shoes.
13. Anna's Birthday-enjoyed a good rest last night-cold and dreary. Frank paid the taxes on the old farm $15. Mary got medicine from Dr. Kinney.
15. Did not sleep very well-it's like a Spring morning, pure sunshine and pure snow. Dr. Fields of the Evangelist was pleased with the mummey peas I sent and published the Thanksgiving Lines. Frank went to Azros and the Free Church. Robert sold corn to L. Yost.
16. Robert sold a load of hay to Ring. Mr. LaFurge brought 2 loads of dry rough elm wood. Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher came. Mary went with them.
17. A little snow, dark and damp. Mr. Crittenden left $13 for Frank.
19. Frost and Sunshine. Frank came from Mr. Rooks and went to Town with Mary, Mrs. F and Willie. Not well-long night.
20. Brother Robert came to see us, Anna arrived after dark unexpected and we were all glad to see her.
21. The two Marys and Frank went to Church. Mild and springlike.
22. Shortest day-sunshine and soft breezes-6 hens only lay 2 or 3 eggs per day. The two Franks pumped the well out.
23. Another good bright winter day. Anna and Mary went to Azros. Cold driving blasts in the afternoon.
24. Calm quiet frosty morning. Sent papers to Scotland.
25. Christmas 22 years since Father left all that is of the earth earthy. Robert and family and Azro and his came-had a grand turkey dinner, a pleasant gathering and fine presents to one another. Robert went past with the jumping cow, some swine and the bunting sheap.
26. Sharp morning, Mrs. L went with Anna and Mary to Azros. Along with the other presents I got this fountain pen from Belle. drove down to Roberts.
27. Snow in the night and still storming.
28. Frank, Mrs. L and Mary went to Church-10 above. Robert and family came. Belle came. Got a Callander from William Naismith in Scotland.
31. The last day of 1890, dark, damp. Went and helped Robert to load up a big load of corn-was sick and sad. Anna, Mary, Mrs. F and Willie want to Belles and stayed overnight with Mrs. Fletcher.

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From the Diary of William lambie. Mr. Lambie was the Grandfather of Foster L. Fletcher.

1. A grand winter morning-Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher and Willie, Frank, Belle, Mrs. L and I went to the Depot to bid Anna goodbye as she left for Elkhart.
Frank, Leah, Robert, Hattie, the two Marys and I went to Azros for dinner-a fine party of friends to rejoice in the good things of this present life.
2. Belle came home faint and weary, with cruelty and oppression to a good home to receive kindness for cruelty.
4. Mrs. L, Belle and I went up and told the Scotney Family Belle would not be a slave to them anymore the way they used her seemed to me to be slow murder. Robert went with two wagons and brought home her furniture. I think it will do more good to Belle than all the medicine in Ypsilanti.
5. Mild day, damp and misty. Mrs. L over at Azros. Went to Town in the rain. Robert gave me paper to read and was glad we got Belle out of the house of bondage.
6. Elizabeth's Birthday. Damp and misty today again. A Sermon on prayer, Short dark day.
7. Dark morning. Belle got her ten sheep and the Wagon back to Roberts. Mrs. L went Azro. Robert told us of Stephen Voorhee's death.
8. William Campbell came, Mary and I went to Town, roads very muddy. Talked with William and A Campbell regarding family affairs.
9. Dark wet morning. Frank went to the Insurance meeting. Robert and I went to Stephen Voorhees funeral, rain, snow, mud and roaring blasts.
10 High Winds in the night-Houses and the bridge over Niagara blown down.
11 Paid May Dashner $28 for teaching-mild day-eggs down to 16¢.
12 Bohn Campbell and Anna came. John Miller's farm advertised to be sold under mortage in the Sentinel.
14 Dark morning, Wife and I called on Mrs. Casey and then drove down to Roberts. Mary took Belle over to Azros.
15 Twenty above zero. Willie came walking past the window. Mrs. F and Belle met wife and went to Town.
A dark man taking too much of Robert's wood.
16. Wet in forenoon, dark and damp and a stormy night.
17. Some blue sky and cool breezes-went with Robert to the old home. Mrs. L, Mary and Willie went to Mrs. Stephensens.
18. Went to the old home with Robert and sayy him chopping the Willows I planted many years ago.
19. Sent three dollars to pay for the Scottish American. Chilly day.
20. Th two Marys and I went to Church and back in a snowstorm.
21. More snow. Dipped this pen in water. Mrs. L went with Azro, Elizabe and Willis. The coldest morning this winter 4 above zero.
Beautiful sunshine on a pure white world.
23. Fine morning-Mrs. L and Willie arrived before breakfast. Read of the death of Lieutenent Gov. McDaniles and others on the railroa Mrs. L went to Uncle Williams. Received a good letter from Mrs. Brown in Glasgow. Brother Robert called-was very kindly.
25. Robert and I walked in the old woods. Burn's Birthday. Light frost and sunshine. Paid Mr. Woodruff one dollar for the Sentinel. Belle went to Ann Arbor.
27. Went to Church in a snowstorm, The two Marys, Mrs. F and Willie and I came home in a kind of blizzard. A Chicago Minister preached
28. Tramping among the pure snow, feeding the horse and hens. 14 above zero, cloudy and damp. Mary went with Uncle William.
30. The white cow gives no milk. Azro and Robert getting ice.
31. Mild above freezing-Went with Frank to Fletchers after breakfast. Mrs. L and I went to the old home. Hattie was alone and we brought up Leah till her mother came home.

1. Up early to feed Azro's horses-Mild, dull and cloudy. Frank working for E. Fletcher.
2. Up early again to feed Azro's horses. Robert helping Azro to get ice, we went to Town.
3. At Church-The steeple is off the Church.
4. Mrs. L and I went to Luises Childs funeral.
Paid William Scotney $22.75 for wood for the School.
5. Rain in the night and bitter blasts in the morning-8 above zero.
Mary went down to Roberts. Carried the clothes to Rings. Azro Came
6. Coldest yet-10 below zero at sunrise. Robert helping Azro cut ice on his pond.
Brother Robert brought me some newspapers.
15. Wife and I went to Town and the Chicken Show in the Moormen Block— Plenty of crowing and big fowls in variety.
20. The most snow this winter-Mothers 92nd birthday. Went to see her. The Detroit River full of floating ice. The Boat went through it. CAlled on Brother James. He seems to prosper. Found Mother confine to her bed with her mind unclouded, A grand pleasant time with her and sisters Mary and Catherine.
22. Mr & Mrs, William Campbell and Sarah came. Went to William Watling funeral.
26. Got a letter from Mc. McConachie. Jones, the old colored man who worked for us so long was buried yesterday.
Elder Thompson who came to see us in 1839 with Elder Post was buriet today.
Got 12 photos of Wife and I for $2. from Cooper.
27. Willie prevailed on Mrs. L to go home with him. Robert sold a load of wheat to Deuble from the old farm for 97 cents per bushel. He only got 93 cents on account of so much Rye in it.

1. The Catholics built a Cross on the Vault across the way. Reed brought a load of coal.
2. Robert paid $35 for the wheat that grew on the old farm and for what grew here.
Had a pleasant visit with Brother Robert and talked about buying a home for Mother and Sisters. Wrote to Brother Frank about the plan.
4. Went to the old home and found Robert had gone. Went to see Knapp.
5. Mrs. L stayed over night with Hattie and sent for Dr. Pattison in the morning and there was a babe born when Robert was away.
6. Robert came back in the morning. Mrs. L and I went to see the Babe.
7. Did not sleep well on account of Robert being so discontented and so easily deceived by worthless advertisements.
Counted the hens and there are about 96.
8. Wife and I went to Detroit with a note of over $1,000.00. Brother Frank in Detroit owed Brother Robert hoping he would pay it and grant us the pleasure of buying a home for Sisters Mary and Catherine for taking care of Mother in her old age. We did not succeed but had a pleasant friendly meeting and a good promise. Next we had a mutual admiration meeting with Sister Agnes and daughters.
13. Wife and I went to Roberts and had a grand walk in the woods that have waved over us so long ago. Gane's(?) house burned while he was working for Robert.
Bought a bushel of Timothy seed from Ainsworth.
25. Mrs. L went with Azro. Got 49 aggs. Robert and I drew manure fromhhis barn and put it on the garden.
Brother Robert urged me to write Brother Frank to pay the $1,000. note. Got seed from Moule.
28. Bleak blasts and clouds of dust as three teams scraped the Catholi gounds. Went to the old home and was sorry some cows broke the seeder.
29. A driving snow storm-Glad of any moisture after so much dust. John Bright is dead.
31. Snow on the ground, cold wet splashing mud when we went to Church. The Minister at the closing of the Service thought it his duty to resign.

1. More snow, Wild Geese flying toward Caseys. Frank and Robert want to vote in Town. 51 eggs.
4. Went to Detroit and Windsor. Mother failng but her and our sist rejoiced to learn of Robert kindness in providing money to buy the house they like in ‘for a home.
5. John Millar farm sold under Mortgage. William Scotney took away Belle and her furniture and I am sad and weary. Silence is the language of sorrow.
Sowed Peas, Cabbage and radish.
10. Went with Frank where he frames a barn for Seamor.
11. Sowed beets and onion seed-Helped Robert to burn Willows. Azro brought 2 bushels of Burbank Potatoes and 1 of Maine.
15. My Birthday. 18 years in Scotland and 50 in America. The 18 in Scotland seems like the greater part of my life. We learn what life is the first 20 years and then one year year is like a repetition of the ones that are past.
16. Got a letter from Cousins in Scotland. Walked with Robert over the old farm.
17. Helped Robert get 3 loads of stove wood. Planted potatoes-Like a summer day.
24. Will Evans sowing plaster. Thompson charged me $6.00 for plaster Ressler got 24 dozen eggs fro $2.90. Robert took away the white cow that broke the fences and bothered me so much. Robert rolled the field by the road with LEah beside him.
26. Brother Robert siad he had been in Detroit and bought Mother's home for her and sisters. Said he paid $9,250.00 to Mrs. Fergus for the home.
30. Great meetings in all the States to celebrate Washington's Inauguration 100 years ago. Willie Fletcher's Birthday.

6. Hens break the eggs and leave the nest. Chicken lice very bad. Sold 28 dozen eggs to Wreshler(?) $3.08.
9. Frank gave checks for $150.00. The boys carried out the coal stove. Drove with Frank to Warners and then to Albans for 4 bushels of seed corn.
11. The City of Paris sailed the Atlantic in less than 6 days. At last a welcome shower.
19. Mr. Sill preached at Church.
Azro's horse ran away, Elizabeth fell out of the Buggy but escapee being hurt. Mrs. L and I took dinner with H. Taylor-he was quiet and dejected.
22. Mary's Birthday. Mary, Hattie, Leah and the Babe went to Town but it was too cold for me even with two coats.
25. Robert and Azro built a pen to wash the sheep at Martins corner. Cold-4 above freezing. Too cold to wash sheep.

1. The two Marys and I went to a Church meeting. Heard sad news about a great flood in Pennsylvania.
5. Mrs. L and I drove to Pittsfield and spent a happy day with the Andrew Campbells to make life a little better.
10. Fifty years since we came to Ypsilanti. James and I went to Royal Oak to celebrate the event-was with Mother an hour after. A fine visit with Mr. & Mrs. Todd. Called on Mr. & Mrs. John Lambie. Robert washed his sheep.
22. VanNotten and Fox shore the sheep-the wool looked well.
24. The two Marys went to the Children's Day at the Normal. Mrs. L called on old Mrs. Casey in what seemed like the last illness.
25. Got lime insect powder and sulphur to fight the vile hen lice. Some peas ready to eat.
27. Robert and Will repaired the chain pump-Norton told us of old Mrs. Caseys death.
Frank and Fox brought up Anna's trunk-Whittetsay would only pay 27 for the wool.
29. Robert and family, Wife and I went to old Mrs. Casey's funeral. The old neighbors passing away bringing us near to the silent land

1. Robert, Will and I put Paris Green on the potatoes. Went to Town to get Anna but she did not come. Green Peas for dinner. The Robins picking our cherries.
5. Helped Robert make hay where I raked in the Hayday of my life. Murry and Chidester looked at the wool but would not give quite 30 cents.
7. Heard of the good Mrs. Green's death and next day Mrs. L and I went to the funeral.
Anna arrived at the Depot last night after waiting all week for her.
10. Robert and Will got the reaper in order. Went with Robert to Mr. Conklins to see about reaping, found the old farmer over three score pitching hay.
11. Robert reaped about 14 acres of wheat for Wenzer.
13. Robert reaped the 8 acre field by Nortons corner in 4 or 5 hours where it took me 3 or 4 days to cradle and bind in my younger days
15. Robert reaping for Mr. Conklin-Will Cradling around the stumps. Girls and Willie picking cherries.
17. Frank and I went to see the new Water Works yesterday.
Robert reaped the field by George Allens and part of the field west of the barn.
20. Helped mow away wheat in the old barn and was so faint and weary I could hardly walk home.
22. A great Catholic funeral across the way.
Set up some Wheat. Robert harvesting for G. Voorhees. Hattie picked up cherries and the Babe laughed and rolled on the floor.
25. The boys sold the wool to Chister 278 lbs-46 fleeces at 28¢ per lb-$77.84-Paid Robert $28.00 on the Wool. Got in 3 small loads of hay from the Orchard. Paid VanAtten $2.50 for Mowing. Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and Mary visiting at Roberts.
27. Wife had to get dinner for Anna and Hattie's Mother. Robert brought back one of his black horses. Wrote lines about Harvest.

1. Celebrated the colored man's day by mowing thistles and nettles on the road side. Robert reaped at B. Voorhees.
2. MR. & Mrs. Fletcher, Azro's father, Anna and I went to Detroit and had a fine sail on Lake St. Clair and spent pleasant afternoor with Mother and sisters.
7. Robert reaped for Mr. Conklin and got back at night and began his own.
12. Cleaned out the hen house. Will drew out manure.
Had boiled corn for dinner.
14. Mrs. L and I went with an Excursion to Detroit and on the boat to the Ship Canal at Lake St. Clair. Called on Mother and wife sang the grand Hynm ‘Jesus is Mine’ to Mother and it seemed to thrill her with pleasure.
19. Mrs. L and I went to Uncle Williams and then had dinner at Robert CAmpbells, Ann Arbor. A pleasant evening and just in time to bid goodbye to Walter and Lizzie as they were leaving for New England.
22. Will plowed for Wheat-spread some manure. Mr. & Mrs. Cowell called, telling of seeing London, Paris and calling on the Hamiltons of Glasgow.
23. Mrs. Loveridge gave Mrs. L and I a ride in her carriage to Brother Roberts and round by the Normal. The girls went to Azros for supper and got ice cream–said to be “awful good”.
29. Bought two plow points for Robert. Anna packing up her goods.
30. Belle and I went to the Depot with Anna. Got her trunk checked and saw her off. Brother Robert and I drove to the old farm to see about the horse pasture.

2. Went to the School meeting and resigned keeping the School money after being in office since 1870. Mr. LaFurge takes my place.
4. Mrs. L and I went to Pioneer meeting in Ann Arbor. Mr. Lay read of the death of 85 Pioneers during the last year-The election of Officers was over before noon but no dinner until 2 o'clock.
Mr. Finley, Mrs. Pearce and Captain Allen spoke well about early times. CAlled on Uncle William and Robert Campbell on our way home.
7. Robert sold all his beans to Ainsworth. Mary went to Azros to keep feeding the Thrashers.
9. State Fair at Lansing, Brought Brother Robert's horse and put him in son Robert's pasture.
16. Dug potatoes and put them in the cellar. Went to Church Meeting where they decided to give a call to Mr. Morey of Marshall.
Harvie brought his Engine before night. He finished thrashing next day before noon and went to Roberts.
About 90 bushels of wheat and over 200 bushels of Oats at Roberts The wheat light and too much chaff for seed.
21. Frank the carpenter and the scholars went to the Exposition and brought a good report.
23. Went with a great crood to the DEtroit Exposition-A grand affair, The best I ever saw wither in Europe or America. Pleasant time with Mother and sisters and stayed over night there.
25. Paid Insley LaFurge all the school money $265.00. Borrowed $100.00 from Frank.
26. Mrs. L and I went to the Ypsilanti Fair-A good affair after the Exposition. Capt Allen and G. McDougal had a tussle about Free Trade.
28. Robert and family wnet to Mrs. Crippens funeral in Dixboro.

1. Paid Mr. Sherwood $7.38 Insurance. Wrote lines about the Exposit: and went to the old home and took dinner with Jaon CAmpbell and wife. Mused over gRandfather's grave and then called on Mrs. Gardener.
4. Azro's Arthur Union(former slave) brought a ladder and picked apples. A good crop and good market. Some of the spies were bountifully.
8. L. CAsey got the sotve put up in the kitchen. Azro's men picking apples with me.
10. Thomas Casey and family and a drove of sheep started for Knapps. Robert and Azro helped so no apples picked. Mr. Arnold wanted Frank to rebuild his barn.
11. Helped Azro and men fill about 40 barrells of apples. Robert could get no barrells and took a load of apples in the wagon box.
14. Robert drew two big loads of cider apples to the Hillsdale Depot Mary and I gathered for home use and Anna and Sister Agnes. O my back!!!
19. Wrote a note to R. Campbell, Ann Arbor and Day Campbell at Fort Scott.
22. Azro heading more barrells-Wfie and Mrs. Campbell arranging about a dinner at A. Campbell's. More cider apples to Town.
24. Robert took apples to Ainsworth. Robert brought two loads of wood and helped set up the coal stove. Azro took 2 barrells for Agnes and 2 for Anna.
26. The two Marys and I, Azro and family drove up and had dinner at Uncle Andrews-A surprise party for the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. A very pleasant time. R. CAmpbell paid $22.00 interest.
28. Dug beets and hacked corn-not well-a humming in my head.
31. Was surprised to hear of the death of our brave industrious farmer friend Mr. C. Conklin. Brought beef from Azro for 5¢ and better than from the butcher at 8¢. Lawyer Joslin and Henry Backus gone over the Mystic River.

2. Buried old friend C.N. Conklin. Met him 30 years ago at Church and now we meet no more.
6. Robert and I bought a buck from G. Voorhees and put him with the sheep. Paid $2.00.
Mrs. L and I went to our good friends funeral, the last of John Geddes.
7. The Moon set beautiful in the silvery light of the morning and the sun rose still more beautiful in the golden glory of the dawn. Helped Robert's boys to load corn.
13. Robert, Hattie, Leah, Minny and Mrs. R and I drove to the Depot and saw and heard the bands at the opening at Cleary College.
Heard E.P. Allen's address.
15. Received a note of thanks from Oliver Wendell Homes for lines on his Birthday at four score.
Got all the apples in the cellar.
16. Forty years since werwere married, a great party, friends brought dinner with them and we all enjoyed a festive day. There were two tables of royal dainties for old and young, Presents of silver and a wardrobe. Songs and speeches. About all that earth can give.
18. Wet morning. Mr. & Mrs Fletcher went to Uncle William's and Ann Arbor. Frank brought his took chest home. Mrs. L and I went to the old home and took dinner with Robert.
21. went to Town and got a grist. Azro bought a buggy.
23. Got 7 lbs of Oatmeal and four lbs of crackers in Miller's new Grocery for 50 cents. Oiled the horse harness in the sunshine.
26. Read of the sad death of William G. Brownlee. Frank hunting rabbits.
28. Thanksgiving, went to Azro's for dinner. Need ice and snow… Frank and his carpenter friends got 12 rabbits.

1. Robert, Azro and their younes at dinner. Belle and Anna only ones absent.
2. Great storm and some electric lights blown down. Storm on the Great Lakes.
3. Went to Mr. & Mrs. Foots Golden Wedding. There seemed to be more interest in eating rich cake than in Social friendship.
4. Went with a fine lot of friends to celebrate old Mrs. Gardener's 94th Birthday. A grand dinner, warm hearted friendship.
9. Dark day, Pleasant visit with B. Voorhees, Mrs. L and Mrs. F quilted.
11. BRight sunshine-muddy roads-Drew up some wood in the buggy. Robert and August went to buy turkeys.
18. Mrs. L. Mrs. F, Mary and Willie went to the Church Fair. Mrs. Smith Inglis' boy died same day her father died years ago.
20. Went to Roberts and saw his 50 turkeys for Detroit market.
Paid our Taxes $20.00. Robert's $2.12.
23. Robert plunging in the mud with Turkeys for Detroit.
24. Received Christmas present from Sister Agnes. Anne arrived from Elkhart.
25. Christmas. Stephen, Robert, Azro and all the little ones came a grand day.
28. Mild weather. Sawed some wood. Hens beginning to lay.

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1. Belle went to Roberts and got a sharp shod horse to take us to Church over the icy roads. 8 above zero.
5. Walked down in the snow to Roberts. Robert and one they call August went riding in a carriage and his wife and Knapps daughter in a top cutter. Only the dark bay stamping about in the barn yard. I thought of Princes walking and servants riding.
6. Elizabeth's Birthday. Belle made her a dress. Very icy and I had to get old Dick Sharp shod. Masons working on the new Bank opposite Kings and Cleary College. My poem about Whitter's Birthday in the Commercial.
8. Sunday-Mr. Pratt and Mr. Hunter installed Elders. Brother Robert declined.
12. Zero cold blasts-heard of death of Mrs. Stebbins and Mr. Buklin.
13. Very changeable weather-zero yesterday and today 38¢. Paid Frank Smith $6.00 for Church seat rent.
17. Received a kind complementary postcard from my favorite poet, Dear delightful John Greenleaf Whittier.
20. Just above zero and dreary-few eggs and little milk. Had account of hundreds being frozen to death in Dacota. Mr. Fairfield called and invited me to read a poem for Burns' Anniversary at the Congregational Social next Tuesday.
22. 4 below zero, but going to Church eaves dripped in the sunshine. Every Presbyterian is requested to give a dollar for a fund for disabled Ministers.
24. Mr. & Mrs. Voorhees came-his daughter and Mrs. Deuble, Mary, Belle and I went to a pleasant part at Mr. Coverts(Coles?). (Dr. Kinne came to see Mr. C.)
27. A poem about Bonnie Doon in the Ypsilantian. Editor William Naismith sent me a calendar from Scotland. He is a kind friend and sends me his paper free. Eclipse of the moon in the evening.
29. Mrs. L gave $3.00 for the Ministers millions. Brother Robert had word John (their brother) was sick and poor and needed help.

3. Wrote Mr. Naismith. Mrs L and Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Hewens went to Azros for pleasant time. Some happy young people singing in the evening.
8. 5 above zero. Robert got his hand badly cut with a buzz saw over at Theodores but can use his fingers. Dr. Kinne came to see Mr. C. Coldest night this winter, 11 below zero.
10. Grandfather (Mr. C) very sick in the night. Frank went for Uncle William in the morning.
11. John Campbell, William and Andrew came. John sat up with his father during the night. Azro's Mother sick too.
12. John and Mr. Campbell, William and Dr. Campbell and Clare came. Frank sat up with Grandfather. Azro stayed with his sick Mother.
13. Grandfather able to read a little. Mr. & Mrs. William Campbell came. Mr. & Mrs. John Campbell and family, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Campbell and Mr. L Crittenden came to see Grandfather.
Sent 16¢ in stamps to pay for all we owed on the Youths Companion.
15. Mrs. L woke me up between 1 & 2 in the morning and said Grand-father was breathing fast and he passed away from all of this earth. Frank and I dressed the body. Frank started early in 8 below zero to go for Uncle William. Wrote to Anna regarding the sad event. William & FRank selegraphed Gabriel at Darthmout and in about 2 hours he sent word he would come.
Robert & Andrew, John(the sons) and David Gardner came.
16. William Campbell went round making guarrangements for the funeral. Mr. McElcherin and Chideater put the body in the casket.
17. After all the friends came here and went to the Church at Stoney Creek, Gabriel did not come and the burial was pestponed till tomorrow. He arrived late on the evening train.
18. The friends came again in the morning. Gabriel sung a fine Scotch Hymn and prayed over his father's body in the coffin. The Mourners rode in 3 closed carriages. The day was very pleasant for February.
Mr. Loury(?) preached a good short sermon and we laid the body low in the grave, sorry to part on earth for ever and glad he died in good old age well taken care of here and we trust happy with the Redeemer in Heaven where came and sorrow never comes.
Robert & Hattie cared for the house and Gabriel and Andrew came to supper. Everyone seemed to do all they could to make our sorrow less and our peace of mind greater.
19. The two Marys, Belle, Azro Clizabeth and wee Willie and I went to Church. Mr. C was lying in his bed here last Sabbath and this Sabbath he is lying in his grave in Augusta, the greatest change possible on earth and appaling in its magnitude.
20. Mother's Birthday and I think she is 91. Wanted to take the train at daylight but the wind blew so hard I deferred it. Took the eleven o'clock train and found her in bed but her mind clear and glad to see me. A great many times shw thought our next meeting would be in Heaven but it has always been on earth so far. Took tea with Agnes. It was delightful to be with her and her family. James was sick. Got home at 10.
22. Washington's Birthday, a great Republician meeting in Detroit. Robert Campbell came and met John and Gabriel in the afternoon.
29. Cold night-ice in the kitchen-rough roads and dreary blasts. A great contention voting about Local Options.
28. The vote in Washtenaw went for the Saloons and the sale of Liquor. Azro's Mother failing.

3. Mud yesterday and hard rough roads today. William Campbell sent the Sentinal, an account of Grandfathers life and death. Called on Brother Robert and found them all unwell and down-hearted.
6. Mrs. L sick, son Robert brought Milk and medicine. Split wood and got 34 eggs.
7. Mary and I went to Town. Sold 8 dozen eggs at 16¢ a dozen. Found Brother Robert on the street a little better and family gaining.
9. Went to School with Belle, saw 2 Blue Birds. Azro and Elizabeth went to see Mrs. F. Fletcher and Willie atayed with us.
10. Eggs down to 11¢ Got 40 today.
15. Went to the old home and got a sheep for Mutton. Eggas 12¢. Sold 8 dozen. Saw two flocks of wild geese.
16. Heard of the death of Azro's Mother and that Lorshire () the grocer had hanged himself. Belle has a girl sewing for her. Traded eggs for goods.
18. Frank, Mary and I went to Azro's Mothers funeral. Great numbers came to do what they could do megitate(?) the sorrows of the bereaved family. 54 eggs.
20. Frank drove over to work on Vromans barn. Azro, Elizabeth and Willie came and Robert and Hattie, Mary and Willie walked to the Depot. 43 Eggs.
21. ABout 6 inches of snow in the night. Cold and dreary but the song sparrows are singing. 47 eggs.
22. Great storm in New York. Fed the stock and reed-50 eggs.
22. I took back Hattie's sewing machine. The wheel of the buggy went in a rut under the snow-I fell out and was vexed add some hurt. Eggs at 14¢.
27. Belle and William were married by Mr. Fairfield. William's father, the three brothers and three sisters were present. The new man and wife went to Robert. Frank brought a nice letter from Cousn James Hamilton in Glasgow.
28. More snow. Brother Robert and daughter came and brought presents to Belle. Mr. & Mrs. Scotney came for her goods. 42 eggs. Went to Town and exchanged wheat for flour.
29. Frank west to Vromans-Wife and I went to Town. Anna and her Mother bought a White sewing machine. I think the agent im-posed on them.
30. Old Mr. Scotney got 5 sheep at Roberts. Mrs. L and Anna went to see Mrs. Scotney (Belle).

1. Easter Sunday-the two Marys and I went to Church, a beautiful display of flowers before the pulpit. Belle has a home of her ownaand did not come home with us as she used to do. Mr. & Mrs. Fletbher and Willie came to dinner.
2. Roads getting better. Town Meeting Day. Jones split wood. I wheeled ashes on the garden. Mrs. L sick but went to Town with Mary. In the afternoon Robert and Hattie came and Dr. Campbell at night.
4. Mrs. L and I went to Ann Arbor to visit Mr. & Mrs. Robert Campbell-Called on William Campbell-splendid homes do not bring health and vigor. Our friends seemed weak and weary.
6. Set two hens. Robert's boy (hired hand) plowed the garden and I wheeled manure.
Mrs. L and I went to Ben Voorhees for White Leghorn and Plymouth Rock eggs. Dug some parsnips and sowed peas.
8. Sabbath-The two Marys, Azro, Elizabeth and Willie at Church. A meeting of Irishmen and the Priest before the house. Was told they came to look at the land, they thought of using it for a Catholic burying gooodd. 43 eggs.
9. B. Voorhees brought 3 dozen eggs-Set 2 hens with our eggs yesterday and 3 with Ben's eggs today. Eggs now 14¢-49 eggs. Robert took down the partition between our bedroom and grand-fathers for more room.
9. B. Voorhees brought 3 dozen eggs-Set 2 hens with our eggs yesterday and 3 with Ben's eggs today. Eggs now 14¢. got 49 eggs today. Robert took down the partition between our bed-room and Grandfathers for more room.
13. Robert cleaned Dats for seed. Frank sowed clover. Got premium eggs from G. Yager to set.
14. We are sorry the Catholics have bought 14 acres of land oppo-site our house for a burying goound. Mrs. L west to consult Uncle William regarding it. Frank paid the $32 he owed. Went to see old Mrs: Morton (Brother Robert Lambie's Mother-in-law).
15. My Birthday-I am getting old and gray-sixty seven years have passed away. unice gave me a likeness of Gladstone.
Catholic's surveying their land. Brother Robert gave me a mattress. P. Van Attan got 3 bushels of Potatoes.
18. The two Marys went to John Campbells and got strawberry plants. Mrs. Hewens paid interest. Planted potatoes-46 eggs. Sent a $2.50 Postal Note to W. Johnson for Evergreen Trees.
Catholic's planting Maple Trees.
21. 7 hens hatching-The two Marys went to consult with Uncle William about C.King buying some land. Frank and Mr. Rice put weights in to raise the windows.
27. Boys making a fence around the garden. Slow hard work and lots of of shouting. Mrs. L paid the Agent for the White Sewing Machine. Peas coming up.
28. Robert's boy came for more hay. It is hardly fair he should get so auch and me so little.
30. Mrs. L, Mary and I went over to celebrate Willie's Birthday-3 years old.

1. Robert sold load of wheat at $85. Mary, Elizabeth and Willie gathered flowers in Norton's Woods. (Norton casey) Robert paid $89 for wheat, and $17 for Mother.
3. Frank got Van Attan to drive for water. Axro brought 5 late Crawford peach trees-planted them on the south side of the garden. Mary, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and I called on Belle, now Mrs. Scotney and went by the old Moon Farm and Camps, dreaming of Lang Syne.
5. Frank, Robert and VanAttan driving for a well. They want no advice from me only my money to pay for it and did better than I expected. Sold 10 dozen eggs to Basslers.
7. Cool breezes, saw the first red headed woodpecker. The boys think they have driven a good well at the old home. Robert got more hay.
9. Mary and I went to see the new well. Robert was discontented. Like the rest of us does not make much. Those who used to laugh at us for being so saving when we did not make much may laugh now. We saved our honor and our creditors from hearing lies.
10. Went with Frank to the Depot where they are putting up buttetin boards for Baroums Show.
(K) Wressler got 15 dozen eggs at 11¢. Helped Robert spread manure. Got 6 bushels of whte seed corn from William Scotney.
16. Went with Frank to Vromans-Robert took down the coal stove and got more hay. Turned the cow out to pasture. The low land with frost.
17. A year ago today I started from home in America to my first home in native Scotland. Received 95 Evergreen trees from W. Johnson Antrem Co. 85¢ express charges. Bought nails and shoes.
Wressler got about 20 dozen eggs.
23. Got old Dick shod. Planted potatoes. Mary and I had to run after Robert's cows at night and was very weary.
24. Mary and I drove to Town and saw Sells Circus come in on the Train.
30. Mary and I went to the Cemetery and saw the Monuments to the Dead adn the parade of Marching soldiers to celebrate Decoration Day.
31. Robert got more Hay and a letter from a man that I thought wanted to defraud him.

2. Went to see Belle at her home. Vexed that Robert went to lease his home and work for a strenger that I think will rob him.
4. Frank and I put a board on the cows face so she may not break fences. Repaired fence and was sorry to see Robert go past without speaking to his Mother who has been so kind to him all his life and would do all for him.
6. Milked about 5 in the cool bracing air. VanAttan shore the sheep only 37 and wool cheap. Some years we have had 100.
Got the old buggy mended.
9. Anna came at night. Weasler got 15 dozen eggs at 14¢.
11. Started early on the 7 o‘clock train-crossed the River and called on James (younger brother) and spent a hour at Mother's bedside with her mind clear. went to Toyal Oak with James and found John strong and well. Grand visit and dinner with Sister Agnes. Returned home late at night.
13. Greatest egg day we ever had, 107. Robert took the White cow to Casey's bull.
Tremendous thunderstorm-When Frank was raising one frame of Pat Martin's Bran. I cleaned the hen house.
17. Sabbath-Internse heat-100 degrees in the shade. One fainted in the Church and had to be carried out.
20. Robert put up his old reaper. Frank got Pat Martin's Barn Shingled. The great Republican Convention in Chicago.
Willie said the Robins sing “Werry Cherry Werry Cherry”.
25. Went with Frank to where he is to build a sidewalk by the old Follett home. Rassler(?) paid over $3 for eggs.
27. Mrs. L, Anna and Mary went to the Normal but could hardly get in for the crowd. Robert and Azro rigged up the reaper.
31. Robert and Hattie and the was lassie, Mr. & Mrs. Scotney came to supper to celebrate the Birthday of Mrs. L. Azro, Elizabeth and Willie came too.

3. Put Paris Green on the Potatoes. The two Marys and I went to Town and then to Roberts to see Robert beginning mowing at Harris Corners. Hay grass very light, too much Rye in the Wheat and Wool dull and cheap.
4. Guns and firecrackers firing. Dug the first potatoes. Azro, Elizabeth and Willie came. The women made Currant and Gooseberry jelly. Robert came and took the big buggy to dive to the Lake. Mrs. Younglove drove past twice with Eagle.
6. Picked all the Currant and Gooseberries. Howed in the corn rows. Robert got in a field of Hay.
9. Milked and fed the horse and hens at 5 A.M. The girls picking cherries. Rassler (Bassler?) got about 12 dozen eggs at 14$. Robert mowing the Catholic burying ground. Frank helped Robert rig up the new reaper. Received a fine letter from Mr. Bowie and a Postal Note for 80$; for ‘Life on the Farm’ only expecting 30$.
11. Robert reaping for Wanzer. I helped put up Hay on the old farm. Ring and Frank helping Will Evans with Robert's Hay.
15. Robert reaped the Wheat field south of the Orchard. I helped set it up in shocks. Robert add his reaper did the work fast and well. Lots of cherries.
18. Robert went past before 5 to reap for Mr. Cooper. Anna, Mary, Mrs. Fletcher, Willie and I all went to Town and was well enter-tained seeing Barnums great show and parade.
Wheat foul with Rye but better than expected. Belle came to Roberts oppressed with hard work.
24. Went to Townaand saw 100 men on bicycles. Anna and Mary went to comfort and help Belle.
30. Frank went with Mr. Todd. Old Dick broke out of the barn in the night and went to the old farm.

1. The Colored mans celebration and Brian sails for America in New York.
We all went to Azros to celebrate their Wooden Wedding.
4. Robert finished reaping his Oats and brought the reaper here. Willie Inglis and Eunice came. Went to Town with Frank and got a big piece of ice for 10$.
6. Mrs. L, Anna, Mary, Robert, Hattie and I went to Mr. & Mrs. Scotneys to celebrate William Scotney's Birthday.
10. Mr. Whitesley offered 16 for the two clips of wool. Robert helping the Thrashers. Took the two clips of Wool to Ainsworth 593 lbs at 16$-$94.88. We used to get 30,40 and 50$.
14. Sick and suffered all day. Could not digest my food. Mrs. L took Anna and Mary to the Depot on their way to the Sunday School Excursion to Detroit and the Lakes.
Took Brandy toddie that helped me and was able to dine.
28. Mrs. L and I went to Augusta and her old home and had a fine visit with John Campbell. The farm crops looked well but the old folks were gone and now we are the old folks on the march to the aternal world.
31. Mrs. L and I went with Anna to the Depot. It was rather sad to part with her and the last days of summer.

1. Robert's little girl walked up to visit us. Some farmers cut-ting corn. Grapes not ready. Very dry to pasture-feeding horse and cow on cornstalks.
5. Great smoke in the morning caused by the Marsh burning. Ring and I tried to carry water and put it out but did little good.
Then Mrs. L and I went to the Pioneer meeting in Relief Park in Ann Arbor in a fine grove. Read some varses and brought John Geddes home.
6. Gabriel Campbell came to visit. Robert's colts ran away from Will and I saw them from the window and managed to catch them before they got to the gate.
7. Exceedingly glad of rain to put out the Marsh fire and refresh the parched earth. Belle made us a visit and we were sorry her husband and brother-in-law lays so heavy a burden on her till both mind and body like to give way.
10. the rain did not put out the Marsh fire. The two Marys went to help Belle.
14. Mrs. L and I went to the Depot and saw Uncle Gabriel off for his home in New Hampshire and met his daughter Hattie.
20. Mary, Elizabeth and Willie and I went to the Fair. A grand and fine company. Met John Geddes and Mr. & Mrs. Cowell.
21. Went with Frank and Elizabeth to the FAir Grounds (Recreation Park and then on the Excursion Train to Detroit. Had dinner with James and talked with Mother and sisters until 3 and then went to the new Museum and back to have supper with Mother. Clear headed at 91.
24. Jones dug potatoes and I carried them down Cellar. Gathered snow apples.
28. Thrashers came and thrashed 150 bushels of Wheat before night after they got started-they said they thrashed 100 bushels the first hour.
29. Helped Robert thresh and he had 220 bushels of Oats and 120 of Wheat. Good thrasher and good machine.

1. Went to Annual Church meeting. A good deal of wrangling. The Minister thinks the Session did not use him fairly-I think they did.
Cold balsts and Ship wreeks on the Lakes. Had to put on Under-wear.
3. Mr. & Mrs. Scotney gathered apples here; Mary and I filled two barrels for Anna. A great meeting in Detroit to hear James G. Blane. Robert had 3 men gathering apples.
4. Husked corn and got $40.00 out of the bank. Traded wheat for flour. Ainsworth sent 50 apple barrels to Robert. Wheat up to $1.05 and $2.00 in Chicago.
6. More rain and Marsh fires almost out. Paid May Dashner $28 for teaching. Robert headed two barrels of apples and Mary and I took them to the Hillsdale Depot (North Huron street) for Anna at Elkhart.
15. Apples at 25$ a hundred.
16. Fine sunny morning. In going to the Barn I heard a strange noise and saw a great cloud of steam down at Lowell and learn-ed afterwards the boiler had burst and shot over the railroad killing one man and destroying much property.
20. Called on Robert and then at Mr. casey's farm. Sick old Mr. Casey, feeble, demented-Old Mrs. Casey tearful and sad.
23. Mrs. L and I in Town and saw the Soldier's Marching and the band playing in honor of Cleary College.
Robert and I went to Lowell and saw the great destruction of property and the awful force of steam that shot the boiler over the railroad and had almost wound itself around the big tree.
28. Our old neighbor Mr. Casey died.
30. Mrs. L, Frank and I went to the Casey funeral. The old men mostly gone bringing us nearer the other world.

1. Beautiful morning-went to the old home and helped pick apples. Little Leah fell asleep in the woods. Robert Campbell came and paid $18 interest., Paid $28 to May Dashner for teaching. Robert sold a load of wheat.
5. Helped Frank and Robert get in the stalks-carried apples down cellar.
6. In Town Bands playing and Torch light parade to rouse up the lethargy of the Voters and save the country.
10. Went to the old home and helped Robert burn out the Chimney.
13. Mrs. L and I went to Ben woorhees and had a nice visit. Bought a lamb weighing about 70 lbs for $35.00.
18. Robert took 6 swine to market and brought up two loads of corn.
22. Wife and I went to Addison Fletcher, Jr. funeral.
We all fade like the braces and some fade young.
23. Wife and I went to Uncle Williams. A fine farm but too much work for Mr. Campbell. William and I went to the County House to see our old Pioneer friend Lorenzo Davis.
24. Dug some turnips-Azro, Elizabeth & Willie went to Town in the wagon-Frank came.
25. 3 went to Church in the sunshine and Azro, Elizabeth and Willie came afterwards.
29. Went to Church and heard Mr. Beal deliver the Thanksgiving Sermon, then we went down and took dinner with Robert and Hettie in the old home.
30. Mild and cloudy, Went to the Church meeting Mr. Green and Dr. McCorkal centricted and quarrelled with each other in an unchristian vexation way. Mary came home from Uncle Williams and Frank from Denton add then Robert, Hattle and Leah. A letter from my scotish friend, good Mr. Thomas Mummry (?).

1. Frest out of the ground and one pleasant day for December.
2. Sacrament. A stranger spoke well and canducted the Service.
It was well after so mach wrangling at the Church meeting last Friday.
3. Mary and I alone wheeled manure on the strawberries. Azro broug over his reaper. Robert got old boards.
4. Frost but the sky is like a spring morning. Mrs. L came from Azros and Mary and Willie wnet away.
5. Wife and I went to the old home, Robert and August are boarding up the Barn.
6. Fine mild day, hens laying about 8 and 10 eggs a day. Went to Belles for dinner.
7. Wife and I called on Mrs. Covail. Sent a letter to Mr. Mummry.
9. Mr. McCorkal came back and preached his usual sermon.
Azro, Elizabeth and Willie, Robert, Rattis and Leah came to dinner.
10. Fiee weather-Went to Robert to get his axe and chapped the Cherry Trees in the garden. Called on Brother Robert. sent a letter to Sister Isabelle.
11. Trimmed the Grapvines. Sent a book to Anna for her birthday. Frank came home from Slichts at Danton. He worked on their new barn for 3 days. Got 15 eggs,
13. Anna's Birthday. Mrs L and I went to Brother Roberts for dinner and had a pleasant exchange fo thoughts.
15. Exchanged wheat for flour. Was promised the school money next Saturday. Short dark day.
17. Whittier's 81st Birthday. I sent a poem on his 80th and he sent me a kindly note that pleased me.
20. Mary and Elizabeth went to Mr. Taylors for dinner. Our old friend John Miller is like to lose his home in his old age. Mrs. Kind, Mrs. Demick and old Mr. Millard laid in their graves this wekk.
22. Received $240.39 of School money from the Township Treasurer. $19.48 out for Taxes. Left $200.00 with Robert Hemphill.
24. Some one stole Robert's big Turkey.
25. Christmas-Robert, Hattie and Leah, Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher and Mr. & Mrs. Scotney came to dinner-A pleasant party from morning till night.
26. Mrs. L and I went to Town and got a box of China dishes from Sister Agnes. General Alger again at Christmas gives hundreds of Boys in Detroit a bew suit of clothes.
28. There was a blizzard but noae here. Helped Robert to drive back his sheep. Anna and Mary went from Mr. Fletchers to Mr. Scotneys, Robert, Hattie and Leah went there too.
29. Anna stayed with Belle taking her part to meke her burdens less and do away with slow murder on the farm. Belle fainted once as she talked with Anna.
30. A fine winter day-Belle talked to Anna. Few at Churoh.
31. Last day of 1888, another year with all its grief and gladness gone down into the relentless past. Belle walked down to see Anna at night.

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1. Robert Campbell and his bride from Jackson came to dinner along with a great company of friends.
3. Frank took Anna to the Depot and then went to the woods in Augusta to look at the fallen trees. Very cold and coal and wood going down fast.
14. Snow in the night too deep for Belle to walk to her School. Took her in the Cutter.
20. Mild weather and thawing. A. Campbell came on his way to Mr. Conley's funeral at Ann ARbor. Paid Brother Robert the $45 dollars I owed him.
22. Paid Stephenson $1.60 for 6 pictures of my old Straven Home.
24. Went with Mr. Campbell to have his photo taken in the Stephenso Gallery. The two Marys and I went to see son Robert in his home-the snow was deep in the lane-Dick pulled till a trace broke and I had to be half a horse and hold the trace thru the snow.
25. Burn's Birthday-the time for Scotchmen to make speeches, sing and eat Haggis-Frank came at night from Detroit and brought good news that Mother on the edge of 90 was in good health and spirits.
27. Helped Azro clean wheat-Frank, Azro and T. Casey worked on Frank's Shop. Mrs. L, Mary, Lizzie and the youngster came. Wee Willie got down an Album and my gold specks to look at the pictures.
29. Went to Town to call on Brother Robert-found him and his wife rather downhearted.
31. Cold and stormy-too cold to write well-Received fine letter from Dr. Inglis. Settled with son, Robert.

1. Robert, Azro and Walter cleaned up all the wheat and took it to the Dauble Mill.
Paid J. Campbell for 4 bushels of seed wheat.
3. Mary and I went to Town. Stephanson gave me 16 photos for mr. C., more to core-paid him $10.50.
4. Frank paid me $52.50 for my share of the wheat that grew on this farm. Robert sold some turkeys and brought us a load of coal.
14. Jones sawed wood and I split. Robert measured up the Oats and divided them between Mr. C., him and Azro.
18. Went to Roberts and saw him cutting down Apple trees that I planted in younger days. Muddy and roaring winds. Peter M Martin going to California to gather oranges.
20. Mother's Birthday–now 90 years old-went to Detroit and called on Sister Agnes in her beautiful home and then over the river to see Mother.
23. Mr. L got Robert's horse and buggy to go to Ann Arbor about the Hewen's Estate.

1. Robert went to Parkers Mill to get feed ground and I went with him.
3. Went to Town and got a fine pair of pants and vest made by John Grogan.
10. Frank sold 35 sheep to C. Fletcher for $2.00 each and Robert sold him 5 swine for $25.00.
11. Robert's Birthday-The two Marys and I walked to Town to see him, his wife and Babe(Leah) and the old home where we lived so long.
13. Mary and I walked to Church. Mr. Lay walked also, Church full.
14. Cold and dreary. Mary sick and I have a cold. Geese flying.
15. Frank kept some money for repairing the stable and paid $63.60 for the sheep he sold to C. Fletcher. Mr. Martin paid a dollar for the use of the horse. The cow and steer got out on the road and wife and I run after them till my head ached.
16. A sore headache all night and forenoon. Received a letter from Prof. Blackie of Edinburgh and one with the picture of James Golder who wrote the “Spenticlell”.
17. St. Patricks day, a bitter north wind, got a good sleep. Mary come back afoot. Robert went past Azro drawing wheat. Belle went to Marys.
19. Mary and I went to Detroit and Sister Agnes' and enjoyed a grand day with her kind family in her beautiful home. Met Brother Frank after a long absence and did not like his manner, his pride seemed to overmaster his good sense.
20. Was glad to see a pleasant Sabbath after so many starmy days. Mr. McCorkel preached about not being justified by the law. Elizabeth and Willie stayed with us.
21. The two Marys and I took dinner with our kind friends Mr. & Mrs. John Taylor. Paid Mr. Coe 50cents more on the Commercial. Bought a bushel of Timothy seed from Mr. Ainsworth at $2.25.
23. Robert and I sowed about 10 acres of Clover seed.
24. Sowed the field south of the house 2 or 3 acres with clover. seed. Paid Frank $18 for an overcoat he bought off J. Sanders. The first new overcoat I remember buying. Went to Town, wet afternoon.
25. Frost and sunshine. W. Campbell brought back Mary. J. Golder has a poem in the Advertiser to me.
26. GAve Frank a Note for $268 to pay Belle for teaching the Winter School. Frost, sunshine, cold wind and birds singing.
27. Bleak blasts, Mr. Putnam preached a heart uplifting sermon. A cold dreary snow storm in the afternoon.
29. More bleak weather, the two Marys and I went to Town.
30. Four above zero but no bitter blasts. Wife and I walked to the old home, blue skies and sunshine.
Catherine Campbell came, Mrs. L and I went to B. Voorhees.
31. Pleasent sunshine. Rode to Town with Robert.

1. Sunshine, a bonnie blue sky. Walter and William Campbell, Robert and Hattie came to dinner and the babe cried some.
2. Frost and sunshine, like spring. Went to Town, Mother's Birthday lines in the Commercial. Mr. C. is unwell.
3. The first fine balmy day in a long time. Three went to Church in forenoon. Mary and I walked down by moonlight.
4. Breezy and mild, the grest day to vote yes or no for prohib-ition, “I will not be there”. Mr. C got up at breakfast but is weak and weary.
5. Same-more snow, cold blasts, ice on the water pail, longing for spring. Received a letter from Ex G. Begole.(Govenor?) Heard the State vote was against prohibition. The Satans were more powerful than the pulpits.
6. Drew out manure alone as I did 40 years ago. Azro took all the Hay away that I helped to gather. Not many Christians take the spoiling of their goods joyfully. The chain pump broks and Robert was kind enough to fix it.
7. Snow during the night, the fields all white once more. Mary and I went to the old home. Robert had Jerome and a number of men carrying wood to his engine sawing pickets and stove wood and a Mason plastering. I used to saw the wood and plaster all alone in my younger days.
A letter about straw stacks in the Hamilton Paper.
9. Frank, Robert and I went to see the raising of Frank Fletcher's barn.
11. Went with Mr. C. to Stoney creek to see the monument on Deacon Prats grave. Had supper and pleasant time with the John Campbells.
15. My Birthday-I was born in 1821 and this is 1887 so I have lived 66 years.
21. Mr. & Mrs. A. Campbell came to dinner, Kate Campbell, Roberts and Jay Campbell–Dan Campbell now a full fledged Lawyer already, came.
Heard the W. Hearst lost $50,000 by Hill Mills burning.
25. Received a beautiful book ‘Heaven in Song’ from Mrs. Fairbairn the finest compliment yet in return for ‘Life on the Farm’.
Robert paid me for the Hay Azro sold.
30. Mrs. L, Mary and I went over to Azro's to celebrate Willie's second birthday.
Dr. Watling told me he is going to sail for Glasgow on the 28th of May.

3. S(L?) Vale offered me a ticket for $135, Cabin passage to Scotland on the Nebraska June 2.

Sailed for Scotland May 1887 and returned July 20. Gone away from home a month and a day.

21. Was glad to get home to my friends and daily duties after seeing the home of my childhood where life began and character formed. Brother Robert and other friends were pleased to see me back safe and well. And I ought to be glad and grateful for so pleasant friends on land and sea.
23. Fine morning. Robert and I walked over to the old farm and saw the crop fields, cows and sheep. I long dreamed of going to Scotland. After going in reality it seems something like a dream still.
25. Went with Frank to Mr. Conklin's, past the Free Church. John Campbell and his only daughter came to see Mr. C.
28. James wrote Mother not well-took the train to Detroit and walked to the Oak (Royal Oak) last night. The friends and farm looked well. William Todd brought me in time for the early train. Called on Mother and James. Took dinner with Agnes. A. McCelellan changed 4 1/2 Sovereigns for me.
30. Not feeling well. Belle gave me hot scalded milk and pepper and I improved.

1. Frank, Willie and I drove up to Mr. Conklins to Frank's job. Mrs. L and I went to Mrs. Weed's funeral. The best people seemed to be there.
3. Went to Town with Belle and paid $1.75 for setting the Buggy tiees.
4. The girls brought over Mrs. F and Willie. Met C. King back from over the Sea.
6. Mrs. L got a hired girl at Lowell and took her to Uncle Williams. Robert and his man drew manure on the Oat stuble.
8. Written with a Glasgow pen–Frank and Mr. C went to John Campbells.
10. The Ypsilanti Band gave an Excursion to Detroit and Put-in-Bay Island.
11. Anna and Mary went to Brooklyn to Camp out.
12. Brother Frank's Birthday, when the Sportsman shoot murfowl in Scotland. The white cow went down to Roberts.
Mrs. L and I went to Mrs. Gale's funeral.
Robert (son) unwell and his man is plowing.
17. Belle want on the Sunday School Excursion-Andrew Campbell came in forenoon and Gabriel at night. Wrote to J. Taylor in Canada and Hamilton Brothers in Glasgow.
A card from the girls camping at Brooklyn. It came in 7 days.
19. Fine morning. Salted the sheep on the old farm and at dawn. Settled with Robert for making the fence and drawing Wheat.
26. Jones wheeled manure on the garden. Andrew Campbell brought Gabriel at night.
27. Took Mr. C, Mrs. L and Gabriel to the Depot. Gabriel did not take out his satchel and did not notice it until I got home. Returned to the Depot to send it to Jackson and met Mr. Roberts coming for it. They had to wait for the next train. I suppose they will lay all the blame on me.

1. Jerome finished thrashing here, 71 bushels of Wheat and then he went to Roberts and he had 240 bushels. The Thrashers had supper, dinner and breakfast at Roberts.
2. Took Anna to the Depot on her way to teach at Elkhart. Mr. C, Mrs. L and I went to a grand party and dinner at Robert Campbells in Pittsfield, William Campbell and wife, Andrew Campbell and wife, Willie and wife and Professor Campbell were there, Very plesant party. I let men better educated than me manage the conversation.
4. Beautiful day neither heat or cold. Impressive Secrament. John Geddes went round with the bread and wine as he did in the long ago. Uncle Gabriel, Mary and I rode down in the evening to the Congregational Church and Gabriel preached about the prodigal son-fine moonlight coming home.
5. Beautiful morning. Mr. C and I went to Town with Gabriel to see him off for his home at Dartmouth.
7. Mrs. L and I went to Ann Arbor and saw the Museum in forenoon, the Statuary and Art Gallery in afternoon. Had dinner with kind Aunt Livina and met some of the pioneers in the Court House and Willie, or rather Dr. Campbell and wife in their home.
10. Went with Frank to J. Waterberries, cool breezes.
Mrs. L, Mary and Belle went to Town. Belle and I put up the stove to keep us warm, I caught cold. Gathered apples.
14. Mary and I went to Detroit-called on Agnes and Mother in Windsor, found her very weak and usable to sit up. Had dinner with Brother James, met Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher on the Ferry Boat and saw the Soldiers marching in fine style.
16. Had a letter in the Evangelist about going from Michigan to Scotland.
19. Frank went to Waterberries-Mrs. L, Mrs. C and I drove down by the Paper Mill to get a ride and see the new Railroad. State Fair Week, but I saw the fair far away in Native Straven.
20. Saw an Electric Tower over by Pecks to enlighten the City of Ypsilanti.
24. The first ice this morning. Mr. C not well. Dug potatoes and tried to cap the straw stack.
26. Mrs. L went to collect provisions for a dinner to a goodly number of ladies expected in the Church (Presbyterian) next week. I west to Tom Moore's Sale. Robert sold his black team to Yost.
28. Mr. C, Mrs. L and I went to the Fair in the afternoon.
I like the Fairs in America better than in Scotland. And the Sailors on the Clyde will be sorry to hear that the Volunteer has left the Thistle behind.
30. I gave Frank the notes on Breining and Fletcher $100 each and he gave me the one he held from me for $168.00.

3. Frank went to Ann arbor in connection with J. Miller's farm. Mary and I went to the church at night to hear a colored Troupe. It looked a kind of profanation of the chunch and pulpit to me. I would rather hear my own family sing at home.
4. Went to Town and got wet coming home-Paid the insurance on Mary's farm and mine. Milked in the rain, the wind blowing the foam off of the pail.
5. Mrs. L took provisions for the Missionary Ladies in the church. I repaired old board fence for no wages and no thanks Robert put his mothers share of potatoes in the cellar.
7. Got apple barrels from Ainsworth.
8. Went to Town, Mr. Quirk paid interest. Brother Robert is having a flagstone side walk laid in front off his fine home. His horse died.
10. Went to the old farm and used a ladder to get fine Catawba grapes.
12. Went to Parson's wood yard and Frank took his tool chest. Azro's Mother, Elizabeth and Willie came. Gathered apples for Anna and Agnes. Shipped 2 barrels to Sister Agnes and 1 to Anna.
18. Robert's man brought a one horse load of corn. Reynold's man brought Coal. Gathered apples by the old farm alone. Belle helped after School.
20. Took apples to the cellar. Our good friend Robert Campbell came and paid interest $18.00. Robert (son) called as he drew stones and got a pig from Jones.
25. The wind roared nearly all night.
Went to Town and got a lot of Letters and Papers. Went to the old home to see about apples. Seems hardly fair that the old should gather apples and the young ride in Top Buggies.
28. Robert took Azro to work with Frank and then gathered a few apples.

3. Went to the old home and got a sheep for Mutton.
7. Walked to the old farmnand then to the Moon farm where we first lived and plowed. So I have seen the first home in Straven, the second on the Moon farm, the third on the Marsh-field farm and the fourth where I live at present.
11. Robert brought up a load of cornstalks. Four men were hanged at Chicago for killing the Policemen with Bombs last summer. Reynolds sent up a load of Coal. Gathered more apples.
14. Went with Frank to Harvey James-Exchanged Wheat for flour.
20. Cold snow showers. Robert and Dan Campbell came, Dan to bid us goodbye before going to open a law office in Fort Scott, Kansas.
23. The body of Justine Bennett came to the depot on the after-noon train-Went to the Funeral and heard Knights Templars read their service over his grave.

3. Wet afternoon-Andrew Campbell came. The electric lights burning the third time, dim in the storm.
4. Wet stormy night-cleared up as we went to Church Sacrament. No new members and some old ones not there. Saw a building burning proved to be Mr. Ainsworths.
5. Clear and frosty. Went to Town and was vexed to see so much flour, beans and oats burning in the Ainsworth Building. The one who set that fire disgraces humanity-an example of total depravity.
8. Beautiful winter day-Farmers buying loads of burnt grains from Mr. Ainsworth.
Mr. Allen got the first seat in Congress.
10. Wrote lines to Whittier on his eightieth birthday. Paid William Scotney $20.00 for school wood.
14. Mrs. L took provision to the Church Festival and Mary and I had supper under the Church in the evening with Mr. & Mrs. Taylor.
17. Mr. Whittier's 80th Birthday. Mr. Campbell was unwell.
William came to see him. He is hardly able to get out of bed. James writes that John is low and poor Mother is comfortable. Read in the paper that Lambie and Fletcher had bought City property for $800.00.
18. Good winterday, went to the old home to see Robert and then to Church.
19. Went to C. Fletchers with Frank and then to see Robert. William Campbell came.
20. Mild-Robert had 3 helping to cut stalks yesterday.
22. Cold and Stormy-6 above zero. Reed brought another load of coal.
24. Paid the taxes and received the school money. Paid the $100 I borrowed of Brother Robert, Anna came at night.
25. Sabbath: On a Christmas Sabbath day very like today, nineteen years ago the Angel of Death took Father away to the Silent Land. Time, earthly power, preaching and mental ability never make the awful mystery of death any clearer.
26. We had a goodly number to dinner and social pleasures. William Campbell and family, Andrew and family, John and family, Robert and Dr. Campbell (M.D.), John Taylor, Azro, our Robert, in all about 35 old and young. A goodly company of good friends who seemed to bring peace and good will to each other.
27. Robert, William Scotney and Azro sawed our wood with a horse power and buggy saw. Kind sister Agnes sent Caranges book “Round the World”.
28. Cold dreary blasts, Anna and Mary visiting our Robert. Robert got his horses shod-Belle walked to the Grange.
31. The last day, not of the World but of the year-Went to the Depot with Anna, was sorry to have her leave friends and home in a dreary driving snow storm.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1888.

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William Lambie Diary, January-April 1899

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June 1993
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1. New Years Day-Mother, Mary & Belle went to hear a Sermon. Ann & I rested at home-6 above in the sunshine-Frank came at Noon and went home with Bell.

2. Ann & Mary went to Town-12 above zero. Mrs Fletcher & the boys came back from Uncle Williams.

3. Rexford sent over 2tons of coal-Mrs Fletcher & the boys came back from Uncle Williams.

3. Rexford sent over 2 tons of coal-Mrs Fletcher & the boys & Ann & Mary went to Bells. Anna & Mary stayed overnight-Robert brot a load of wood.

4. Dark, mild and muddy-Mary went home with Frank in the rain-A big Paper from Australia.

5. Frank brot back Mary-frost & cold-Mother, Ann went to Town. Mother & Anna stayed at the Dentists till after dark-Frank brot me new trousers.

6. Franks butter would not came, took home his churn. More snow-Anna, Mary, Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys had supper with Aunt Eunice & came home in the dark. Bell came after dark and Will called for her in the dark at 11.

7. Robert took Anna to the Depot at 9-Cold stormy blasts-Frank came to dinner.

8. Robert came and told us a wee boys came and was born in their home last night, Mrs Fletcher and family & Mary went to Church. Mary walked home and fRank came-the eaves dripped at noon.

9. 20 above zero-Belle came adn Wills sister was dead & Mother & her went home together.

10. Frank came in fornoon-Mary walked over to the grave yard & Wills sisters funeral-Belle came home with her-Will came for bell about bedtime.

11. Insurance meeting-8 above zero-Mary & Mrs Fletcher walked to Town-sent a letter to Anna.

12. Mr & Mrs Couvert made us a good visit-Frank came-Robert brot us a grist-dark day.

13. Rain in the night-dark-mild wet morning. Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys went to Town in afternoon.

14. Wet morning-water standing in the Wheat-Mary & Mrs Fletcher went to Town.

15. Mother & Mary went to Church and the boys to Sunday School.

16. Like a Spring morning-Wife & I wnet to Roberts & saw the wee boy over a week ald. Will took 2 boys to his house & Mrs Fletcher went to Town and did not find them till she got hame.

17. Fine morning-Wife & I had a pleasant visit with Belle. Mr & Mrs Frank Fletcher came.

18. Mother & Mary went to Town-We saw over 20 cederwax birds in the Mountain Ash tree. The boys & girls had fun sliding on the ice by the Orchard. Mary had a headach-hens don't lay & roses don't bloom.

20. Robert brot 2 loads of straw from the stack to the barn. Mr & Mrs Hunter & Mr & Mrs Cameron gave us a pleasant call. Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys went with Frank to his farm.

21. Stormy-The wind blew over a brick-killed Mr. Kirk.

22. Mother & Mary went to Church-Mrs Fletcher & boys to the Sunday School.

23. Mother & Mary went to Town then Mother to Bells-Frank came-Mary & Mrs Fletcher walked over to the grave where they were burring the body of Mr. Green.

24. Split wood & tried to draw Haplen Cargo(?).

25. Burns Day-Mr. Hunter, his wife & daughter came to see us. Robert brot Oats & corn to feed the hungry hens.

26. Mrs Fletcher & Mary went to Town & came home in a snow storm. Frank took Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys to his home at night. Robert walked up to see us after dark.

27. Six above zero-cold-sunshine. Lines on Burns & Whittier.

28. Willie started early-Frank brot the Detroit Journal-6 above zero.

29. 3 above zero here-10 below at Franks home. Mary, Mrs. Fletcher & the boys walked to Church.

30. Monday-2 above zero-Frank drew a load of hay-Mary hitched up and Mrs Fletcher and the boys went to Roberts.

31. Willie said it was 10 below zero-Wife & I walked to Roberts who was husking corn in the barn. The wee boy looked bright & fell asleep on my knee.


1. About zero-split wood-Wife went to Bells with the Milk Man.

2. Mr. Fletcher took Mrs Fletcher and the boys to the farm.

3. Snow in the night-20 above zero-Frank brot papers.

4. Mrs. Fletcher & the boys & Mary went to the City.

5. Cold-Mary walked to Church-Willie & Harris to the Sunday School.

6. Zero-hear 4 below at FRanks-he got a load of hay out the shed.

7. Zero again-Mother walked to Roberts-fed out all the corn-Robert brot corn & a barrel of Oats.

8. Mary says 2 below zero-Mother has a cold and can hardly speak. Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys walked to Roberts-very cold-come balmy Spring and cheer sad hearts.

9. Ten below zero-The Milkman says 16-We pray for warmer days-20 below at the Normal-Father killed 2 swine for Robert.

10. 14 below zero-22 at Franks & one of his Cows had a calf in the cold and cruel winter.

11. 10 below zero-Bell walked over to see us. Frank came-some sunshine.

12. Lincoln's Birthday-14 below zero-Mary & Mrs Fletcher & boys walked to Church.

13. Still cold-12 below zero-Frank & Mrs Fletcher set a stove in the Cellar-Harris, Robert & I helped Robert to load Hay.

14. Glad Morning-South wind, Mercury up to 6. Mrs Lambie went with the Milkman & walked to Roberts-The wee boy seemed to laugh on my knee.

15. Grand mild day-eaves dripping-Frank went to the Farmer's Institute at Ann ARbor-Willie got pills from Mr Fraser for me.

16. Sunshine & balmy breezes-Robert brot a laod of corn in the car from the cars for himself and then brot a load to us and put it in barn floor-Frank went to Ann Arbor Institute.

17. Another fine morning-20 above zero-trimed trees.

18. Wife & I had a cheery dinner with Will & Bell yesterday. Wheeled manure out the stable. Mary & Mrs Fletcher drove to Town to read a poem from Mr Golder to Wm Lambie in the Hamilton paper.

19. Willie took Mother & Mary to Church in the Surry.

20. GRand day-wheeled manure out the stable-Mother & I dined with Mr & Mrs Robert Lambie-Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys went to Town.

21. Rexfords man brot over 2 ton of coal-Mr Alison sent two Almanacs from Australia-Robert thinks the Walnut trees on the old farm are worth $50.

22. Washington's Birthday-Mrs Fletcher, Mary & the boys went to Belles-Rain, snow & mud when they came back.


23. More snow-Mother went with Robert to his home. Robert brot Papers.

24. Sunshine and after snow & rain-Mother went to Bells with Milkman.

25. Mary walked to Town-Wet & Muddy.

26. Willie drove Mother & Mary to Church. Mary went for the Sunday School Scholars-A thunder shower at night.

27. Mother & I walked to Roberts-ice & cold-driving blasts-Roberts brot Mother home.

28. Ice & cold blasts-Mary, Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys went to Roberts-Roberts girls went home in the Surry & Mary & Mrs Fletcher came home in it. More Papers from Mr Allison.


1. Glad to live safe and well thru the winter and see another pleaant Spring. Bell and Mrs Lang came-Mother went to Mr. Hiscocks and Bells.

2. Wife took Mary, Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys to the Motor on the way to Uncle Williams. Wife & I called on Aunt Eunice-about the first I have been to Town this fearful cold winter.

3. Wife to see Bell-Mild, dark and damp-Dined alone. got cold reading.

4. Did not rest well, a long night, mild, muddy and damp. Mary came down on the Motor & then walked home in the snow alone.

5. A fearful snow storm-The Milkman thought it the worst storm he had seen & Will had to turn back. The wind broke down the door on Franks shop.

6. Robert drove through the fields & called. Glad to see a friend-Robert, Hattie & the babe went to Hatties Mothers then Robert brot Mrs Fletcher and family here to his own family home.

7. More cold-north drifting blasts and some sunshine wearring for blue skies & balmy breezes-Robert & Hatties drove thru the deep drifts and gave us a pleasant visit.

8. Willie & his Mother drove thru the snow to Town-Mrs Fletcher came back afternoon & her & Mary & boys drove to Roberts & Bells.

9. Mild & Murkey-Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys went in the snow to Mr Hiscocks & met Will & Bell.

10. Mother drove thru the snow to belles coming back after dinner. Mary, Mrs Fletcher & boys went to Town-mild, dark & damp.

11. Willie & Mother went for Bell to celebrate Roberts Birthday. Sunshine and Mud-A grand dinner-3 generations-21 in number round the table.

12. Willie went with Mother & Mary to the nue Chapel. Mary went for Mrs Fletcher & boys. Willie & Mary saw Robins in the Orchard.

13. Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys went to see old Mr Fletcher who was better and called on Eunice & her Mother who were earing small apples of Roberts. Eunice has ahd the grip & has not been at Church for weeks.

14. Roads froze-Mrs Fletcher drove to the farm then her & Mary to Roberts-Frank told us Uncle William had bot a house in Town so none would be oppresed boarding hired men.(?)

15. Mild rain & sunshine-Mother drove to Cells-Robert and Hattie came.

17. St. Patricks dAy-Wife & I walked to Roberts & Bell walked back with me. Robert had to go to bed. Mother was tired walking home in the mud. Mary & mrs Fletcher called on the Stevenson family.

16. Mother drove to Roberts then Mrs Fletcher took her to the Motor to see Aunt Mary.

18. Cold icy rain-Willie started for the creamery at daylight. Robert brot us a grist. Cold bleak Sabbath.

19. Mother went to Church & Mary went for Mrs Fletcher & the boys.

20. Robert not well. Mother walked in the North blasts to see him. Sunshine-Robert had a Dr. Mother was brot up at night.



21. Cold stormy morning-Come balmy Spring.

22. Mild and Mud-Robert better-Mary, Mrs. Fletcher and the boys went to Belles. Frank called.

23. Thunder last night-colder, ice and sunshine this morning-Mary, Mrs Fletcher and the boys drove down to Roberts.

24. A robin sung at morn. Mother drove to Belles, when she came back, Mrs Fletcher went to

25. Willie started for the Creamery at daylight & in snow storm.

26. A year since my kind brother Robert died. If a man dies will he live again? I drove threw the mud to Church for Mrs Fletcher & family.

27. Wife & I had a pleasant time with Will & Bell. Called on Mr Gray coming back. Robert better.

28. Mary & Mrs Fletcher called on Mrs Loveridge.

29. More drifted snow-long winter.

30 Wife & I called on Eunice Lambie-did not see them.

31. Wife & I had dinner with Robert and Hattie & had? 3. years with peace and good will. Good sister Agnes sent a fine Baby Quilt she made a at hame.


1. This morning looks more like January than April.

2. Mary, Mrs Fletcher and the boys walked to Church.

3. Blue & White clouds-Mother drove to Bells.

4. Mrs Fletcher, Mary & the boys drove to Roberts. Enjoyed a Sun bath and rest on the South Porch.

5. Fine Morning, rested in the sunshine.

This is the last of the Lambie Diary. Mrs. Fletcher & the 3 boys that is mentioned was Foster Fletcher's mother and 2 brothers. Peter Fletcher's father.

I have been doing the diary for 9 years now and have enjoyed it very much. It is just as tho I was walking along the time with them.

Mr. Lambie died April 25, 1900 at the age of 79.


William Lambie Diary, July-December 1898

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1993,
February 1993
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1. Wife, Mary and I & the boys went to the Normal with Ann and then to James Hamiltons. The warmest day 95 here 98 at Franks. Robert & Frank drew in hay.

2. Mrs. Fletcher took Willie to the Creamery. Robert reaped about half of the wheat by the Gale Field-very warm-90 in the shade-the earliest harvest on the old farm home-went to Roberts for Mother.

3. Mother, Mary & I went to church-Came home in a driving thunder shower.

4. Cool morning after the thunder shower-Mother went to Bells & Bell sent me to make ice cream-Mrs Fletcher brot Mrs Dawson-Robert reaped one field and begun another-Had supper and ice cream before the house.

5. Robert reaped west of the house-a good one but falling down & hard work for man & beast.

6. Robert got the good crop of down wheat nearly harvest. Bell Hattie and youngsters picked cherries-was about as glad to get a new knife as when I was a boy.

7. Robert reaped all his wheat and went to reap for Frank-his men begun to draw in his wheat-90 in the shade-papers from Australia. Willie went on his wheel-Mother took Ann to the Normal-Mary brot her back-Mowed peas and sowed buckwheat.

8. Mother took Ann to the Normal and went to Bells-Robert reaping for Frank and his men drawing in wheat-Bell & boys & Girls picking cherries.

9. Robert got the wheat in the barn on his farm-Wrote to Brother. Peas ripe-boys & girls picking cherries-Mrs. J. Campbell came.

10. Cold morning 43 above zero-Mother, Mary & I went to Church. Mrs. Fletcher and the boys to Sunday School.

11. Cold-44 at dawn-Harvie could not come to thrash & Roberts men stacked the heavy wheat-Mother took Ann to the Normals and went to Bells.

12. Harvie came & thrashed the good crop of wheat. 260 bushels-grand harvest day-13 men to dinner-they all worked in harmony. We had joy in harvest-a good crop, good help & a good day.

13. Went with Mother and Ann to the Normals-carried bright clean straw to the stable-Frank got his wheat all in-helped Robert to hoe potatoes-85 in the shade.

14. When I got up before 5 Robert was raking wheat stubble-Mother took Ann to the Normal then took Mrs Fletcher, the boys & Mary to Bells-about 90-Frank brot 2 laods of hay… The whisles blew because Santago had surrenderd.

15. 97 in the shade-Robert raking stubble-to warm forenoon-His Men and he left-Wrote to Mr Allison-put clean straw in the hen house-Frank brot 2 loads of hay. Mother took Ann to the Normal.

16. Very dry, looking for clouds & rain-Frank brot more hay-Robert and his man picked 3 pails of cherries.

17. Mother, Mary & I went to Church-Mrs Fletcher & family to Sunday School A light refreshing shower last night.

18. Willie started on his wheel before breakfast-Mrs Fletcher, the boys and Mary went to Uncle Williams. Robert took me to dinner and we went to see his corn & beans on Wilbers farm. A black cloud in the west like a aligator.

19. Mother took Ann to the Normal then we went to Roberts & got a jug of his pure water. Mrs Fletcher & the boys & Mary brot Ann home. Went to the River with Frank & Willie-it was to dirty. Some light showers.

20. Hoed Roberts potatoes-very big weeds-broke the hoe-Clouds & prayers little rain.

Lambie Diary July 1898

21. Robert & his man, Willie & his man howed potatoes-weeds like to ruin the potatoes-very dry.

22. Willy went on his wheel before breakfast-helped to hoe potatoes-get them all howed-some Alegander peaches about ripe. Called on Eunice Lambie-Osband returned th poem Straven callan by J. Golden.

23. O for clouds & rain on the dry grass.

24. Wife, Mrs Fletcher the boys & I went to Church-great heat. All of a hundred in the shade-lay under a green tree and prayed for rain on the dry grass.

25. A thunder shower and rain at daylight-A good deal of thunder & light showers-Robert raked Oats for Martin-picked peaches & Gooseberries. Mother went to Bells after the shower.

26. Robert reaped Oats till the reaper broke-Mother took Ann to the Normal-Mrs Fletcher & Grandfather went to Moorville-Mary & the boys pickned out north.

27. Roberts reaper was so broke on the hill side he had to borrow Harvest reaper to finish cutting the Oats-Clare Campbell made us a short visit.

28. Thunder in the morning & little rain. Roberts man mowed Oats-I picked black currents.

29. Mother took Ann to the Normal & went to Bells. Dr. Fraser came to s the wee sick boy. Robert & Hattie I think went to Whitemore.

30. Wife went to Roberts-till they got back some rain.


1. A little rain in the night-Robert got a grist of new wheat.

2. Roberts men stacked the Oats-90 & dry. Wife went to Bells & took Ann to the Normal.

3. A fine morning shower-Robert helped Frank to thrash his wheat & Oats were good-Mrs. Fletcher & Mary went to Bells-I picked Gooseberrie

4. Mrs Fletcher took Ann to the Normal-Robert helped Harvy James-I dug Clairs early potatoes-Cool breezes.

5. Robert begun to plow near us for wheat-Anns school ended at the Normal-Mrs Fletcher & family went to the farm. Willie hurt his hand with a pistal.

6. Robert plowed-We had a great gathering at night in honor of W. Scotneys Birthday & got home late & dark.

7. Mother, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, the boys and I went to Church. Clouds & dust & a few drops of rain.

8. Mother went to Bells And Mrs Fletcher the boys & Mary went to Mr. Smiths in Ann aRbor afternoon. Got a letter from J. Ingles that Margaret not well. Mr Kimmiel got Franks hike pols.

9. Roberts man plowed had to drive the hens out the stable-Frank was to raise Kimmels barn-Steven & sisters came.

10. O for clouds & refreshing rain-Trimed peach trees. Robert Campbell Wife & Eunice Lambie came-Mrs Fletcher the boys & Mary went to the farm and Bells.

11. Wife & I went to Town with eggs & plumbs.

12. Wife & daughter went to Town-Mrs Fletcher & Ann went to Bells.

13. Rain at Ann ARbor & Detroit & my poor garden wilting in the drouth-Robert helped Theodore to thrash-It looks like the end of the War with Spain-glad for peace.

14. Mr Morey prayed & Mr Goodrich preached-Mr Fletcher & the boys went.

15. Cloudy morning-Robert sold a load of wheat-his man plowed & burned the stubble-dangerous in such a dry time-Mrs Fletcher got plumbs & chickens from her farmer-a little rain.

16. A little rain in the night-Robert bot a load of fence posts to fence between him & Martin-Wife went to Bells.

Lambie Diary August 1898 August

17. Mrs. Fletcher went to the farm-Went to Roberts to see the new barbed wire fence.

18. A light shower at night & another at noon-Wife & I went to Town-Mr A Campbell & daughter Kate came-went to the old farm. Grateful for peace & rain & all the blessings of life. Robert finished the barbed wire fence between him & Martin.

19. Robert & Wife started for Detroit & Canada. Mrs Fletcher & family went to Town-Bell came.

20. Got Roberts man to plow near the house-Wife & I went to Town-Sarah CAmpbell & her cousin came on their wheels.

21. Wife, Mary & I went to Church-Mrs Fletcher & family to Sunday School-A thunder went north but no rain for us.

22. Mrs Fletcher & family went to the farm, same clouds but no needed rai

23. Went to dear good bells with Mother-Mrs John K CAmpbell came-dry wethering blasts. Robert & family came to see us.

24. A grand shower of refreshing rain to water the witherd grass & save us from fire & desolation-thank the Lord, rain & Other blessings-Read at night that good Margaret Ingels dead & at rest.

25. A cool moring breeze-Picked peaches & grapes-Mrs Fletcher went to the farm.

26. Mrs. Dectar (?) & Mrs John Campbell came-Eunice Lambie brot word that Mrs Heartt was dead.

27. Cut dry corn in the garden-Mother, Ann, Mrs Fletcher & I went to Mrs. Heartts funeral.

28. Mother, Ann, Mary & I went to church, A great number went to the buriel for Mr Frier & his son who was drowned in the river.

29. Mother took eggs to Town. Mr Fletcher farmer brot 5 baskets of plumbs 90 yet 0 for rain on the dry grass.

30. Wife took plumbs to Uncle Andrew-Frank took plumbs to Uncle William. Roberts men cutting a dry corn-Robert bot a ladder and we picked peaches 94 in the shade.

31. Mother, Mrs Fletcher, Mary & the wee boy after breakfast went to Bells. The last summer day-great heat wearing & praying for cooling showers.


1. Picked peaches & grapes-Robert got coals for thrashing.

2. Robert got his thrashing done before supper-had 265 bushels of wheat & 113 of Oats. Mother, Mary, Mrs Fletcher, Willie & I went to the Church meeting.

3. Robert & his man brot us Oats & picked Peaches.

4. A grand refreshing thunder shower in the night-the best morning in the year water standing on the road-When we went to the scrament.

5. Another grand welcome shower in the night-Thank the Lord for prayer answered needed rain & saving us from fear & fire danger. Mother went to Bells, Mrs Fletcher to her farm.

6. More refreshing rain this morning. Wm. CAmpbell, Wife & daughter made us a pleasant visit.

7. Belle came & Mrs John Campbell & Ann picked grapes & peaches-Roberts girls went to School-Mr Fletcher to Town.

8. Cool morning, 4^o at dawn-Mr & Mrs Grover came to dinner-Wife & I went to Town-Peach trees breaking down with abundance.

9. Mother, Mary, Robert & I went to the depot with Ann on her way to Elkhart-Laidlaws flowers look grand & the flower ship was better yet-Wife & I called on Mr Voohees & Mr Gray.

Lambie Diary 1898 September

10. 48 in the shade at dawn-peaches plenty & cheap.

11. Down to 40 this morning-Mother, Mary & I, Mrs Fletcher and 3 boys went to Church-pure air & sunshine.

12. Mrs Fletcher, Mary & 3 boys started for Uncle Williams-picked peach sold a bushel to Mr Lang-Robert brot flour.

13. Robert & I picked Peaches-Mother went to Bells-,r Fletcher & Mary came from Uncle williams.

14. Robert his man & I picked peaches-Then Roberts man gets 2 bushel o peaches for a days work-there is not much for Robert.

15. Robert, Hattie, Ann & William came to pick peaches-Mother took peaches to Bells-Robert sold peaches in afternoon. Had a good shower.

16. Robert helped to pick & sell Peaches.

17. Wife & I spent a pleasant day at Uncle Williams-Robert helped Harvis to thrash.

18. Mother, Mary & I went to Church-The ald Churchto be renewed & improve before we meet again.

19. Got 12 papers with the Straven collan from Woodruf. Roberts man drilled in wheat south of us.

20. Robert drilled in Wheat, Wife & I went to Bells for dinner.

21. Robert got his wheat all drilled yesterday & him & Evens helped to pick all the peaches today-Mr Fletcher, Mary & the boys went to Bells.

22. A wet day & we just rested and rejoiced over the refreshing showers & peeled peaches.

23. More rain & green fields again-Sawed branches off the broken peach trees.

24. Read the flowery City in the Ypsilantian-the great rain was absorbed in the very dry land-Mrs Fletcher & Mary went to Town.

25. Mother, Mary & I went to worship in Mrs Starkwethers grand hall n the Normal while the church is being enlarged-a fine place to hear ser and singing.

26. Mother went & visited with Mr John K. Campbell-good roads-clear skie & fine breezes.

28. Hoed strawberries-paid to Sherwood our insurence $12–14. Wife paid Miss Steward $4 for the seat in Church-Got strawberrie plants from J. Hamilton.

29. Bell came & Mother took her home. 3 of us planted strawberries.

30. Mother went to Uncle Williams-Robert & Hattie went to Ann Arbor fair


1. Wm. Fletcher, Harris, Robert & I planted 100 Clydes & 50 Glen Mary strawberre plants.

2. Wife & I went to hear a Sermon in Mrs Starkwethers fine building, a great number drove past seeming to enjoy the beautiful day.

3. Grand Autumn morning-Robert was sick & Mother stayed with him nearly all day-warm 86 in the shade.

4. Wet morning-rain nearly all night-Wife & I went to Bells-Got papers from Woodruf about Mothers Birthday.

5. Wife & I went to Bells for dinner yesterday-Robert unwell-went to see him-has no apitite-Bell came to see him.

6. Cleaned the hen house, 40 in the shade, repaired the floor of the Corn crib. Robert was able to ride to Town. Mrs Fletcher got more peaches-Wife & I drove to Roberts.

7. Willie sold the Rusters 37 pound at 7 cents-sold 2 hens & chickens to Worden for a dollar-Mrs Lambie & Eunice called.

Lambie Diary-October 1898 October

8. Wife & I gathered Apples & went to Town-Robert sold wheat.

9. Mother, Mary, Bell & I went to hear a Sermon in the Starkwether Building-Mr Fletcher & family went to the Sunday School.

10. Grand morning-Wife & I went to Roberts-he had 2 men picking apples. Mrs Fletcher her family & Mary went to Uncle Williams-picked quinces. Mothers Birthday a second time in the Sentinel.

11. A great rain in the night-Robert picking apples.

12. Cleaned the hen House-picked quinces-Wife & I went to Town.

13. Caught a hen-its spur went in my finger, I can hardly hold the pen. Bell sold a lot oc chickens-Robert helping to thrash beans-Got silver pens from New York-papers from Australia.

14. Mother walked to Roberts-Robert brot the stove in the kitchen-Robert men picking apples-cold showers in the afternoon.

15. Lines to Wilber in the Sentinal-Roberts men geting cider apples. Mrs. Fletcher, her boys & Mary to visit Mr & Mrs Smith. The barn white with frost till the sun thawed it. Roberts men took nearly 2 loads of apples to Harvies cider mill.

16. Mother, Mary & I went to hear a Sermon in the Starkwether building. Mrs Fletcher & family went to the Sabbath School-Forest trees doning there robes of splendor.

17. Mother went to Bells-I split and put wood in the shed-Robert Campbell sent a check for $18. Mrs Fletcher & Mary went to Town.

18. Wet night & Morning-I keep a concience clear and have $18 a year-drew the $18 out of the bank.

19. Wife & I went up the river road & had a grand day with Mr & Mrs Smith and dear delightful Sister Agnes.

20. Wife & I went to Roberts then to Bells for dinner. Mr & Mrs William Campbell & John Clarks sister came. Robert brot more & better potaotes then we expected.

21. Wife & I went to Town in the morning then came a dark wet day.

22. Wife & I went to Town-got shoes and prim roses from Archie. Called on Mrs. R. Lambie.

23. Mother, Mary & I herd a Sermon in Starkwether Hall.

24. Mrs Wm Campbell, Mrs Hit & Sarah Campbell came-Roberts man geting apples.

25. Wife & I drove to R. Campbells-a good visit but got wet coming home & 6 near the train.

26. A wet night & morning-Mrs Fletchers farmer put a load of potatoes in the celler-cold blasts all day.

27. Robert sold a load of wheat at 53. Mother went to Town-Mrs Fletcher to Roberts, ice so thick could not break it with my fingers-sunshine. Robert brot 2 bags of shelled corn.

28. Mother went to Bells for Mrs. Aulds then her, Mrs Fletcher family & Mary went to Uncle Williams.

29. Yesterday I walked to Brother Roberts grave with strange thoughts of bygone days.

30. Mother, Mary and I heard a Sermon in Starkwether Hall. Mrs Fletcher & family wnet to Sunday School.

31. Wife & I went to Bells for dinner-Frank & Robert came.


1. Wife walked to Roberts home; carried wood in the shed

2. The boys & I put the Cabbage in the celler-Bell came & Mrs Fletcher the boys and Mary went with her to dinner-no ice or sunshine. Paid 165 for the Ypsilantian till October 99.

3. Mulched the strawberries-Robert drew dirt for Lucect.

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4. Robert set up the coal stove-Mother took Roberts girls to the Normal Training School.

5. Wife & I went to Town-Wrote lines for Ypsilantian.

6. Stormy-Wife & I rested at home-Mary & Mrs Fletcher went to Town.

7. Sunshine-Mother went to Bells-I nailed old dirty carpets in the hen house to keep out the cold. Robert sold his Turkies for $20.

8. Election day-banked up the house-Robert drew a load of stalks from Ben Voorhees farm.

9. RAIN IN THE NIGHT & snow shower in the morning. Mrs Fletcher's farmer brot apples-Frank & Robert came-dark, damp day-rested in the house got a Review from Australia.

10. Another wet morning-Mrs Fletcher the boys & Mary went to Robert home in the rain-Got milk from Willies man.

11. The ground white with snow at morn-Mother, Mary, Harris & Robert carried apples from the barn to the celler.

12. Put in the celler window-wrote a letter to Ann-got cold in Town

13. Mother & Mary went to Church-Mrs Fletchers family to the Sabbath SChool-cold showers.

14. Mother, Mary went to Franks & Bells-Robert & family came to supper.

15. MR Fletchers family & Mary went to Bells-I mulched strawberries.

16. Wife & I went to Roberts home to celebrate our 49 wedding day-It was sunshine like 49 years ago but there was no house, barn or Orchard where we dined with Robert, Hattie & Little ones today. Robert ga us money for seeds & dirt-His sore eye improving.

17. Frost at morn-Sunshine at noon-Robert set up a coal stove for MRs Fletcher-Mother, Mary called on Aunt Eunice & Miss Harris.

18. Mild & sunny-Mrs Fletcher, the boys & Mary went to the City. Hatt & Robert had a call from friends.

19. Mrs Fletcher had a sore arm-Willie lay on the longue-Mother went to see Bell-cool & I had to split wood.

20. Mild-Mother & Mary went to Church-3 boys in the Sabbath School-Robert & 3 girls besides Frank came to dinner.

21. Fine morning-Mother took Mrs Fletchers boys to Bells to let her rest-sunshine on the green wheat fields.

22. Mr & Mrs Smith came to get 21 hens from Robert that Bell raised. Mrs Smith walked to our home & back bringing us wine & good cheer & helping to revive Mrs Fletcher-Rejoice ye righteous.

23. Cold-the pump froze-got out the plug-had to get our the winter coal.

24. Thanksgiving-Mother & FRank started for the old home in Augusta-grand ol party. 20 above zero-Mrs John Campbell sent me a thanksgiving dinner. Robert, & Hatties family dined at Bells-I was very thankful Robert sore eye was better.

25. 12 above zero at morn-Mrs Fletcher, the boys & Mary went to Roberts.

26. Shoveled snow to the stable-first this winter-Mary walked to Town in the snow.

27. Mother & Mary went to Church-Mrs Fletcher & boys to Sunday School = I rested at home.

28. Mary took the clothes-Mother started fro bells. Robert sold a load of wheat for 65 per bushel.

29. Robert and his man helped to split tough apple wood. Mrs Fletcher the boys & Mary went to Bells who was not home-then they went to Roberts-mild-dark & damp-threw wood in the wood shed. Bell brot word Wills sister died yesterday.

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1. Bell came-Mother, Mary & Bell went to Wm. Scotney sisters funeral. Got a letter & paper from McCamache.

2. Mild & Sunshine-Mother went to Bells.

3. Mother & Bell went to Miss Waterberries and stayed till night.

4. Bell came-Mother, Mary, Mrs Fletcher & boys went to Church & came home in a snow storm & Frank went home in a snow storm.

5. Snow in the night-Robert took Mrs Fletcher, the boys & Mary to his house & brot them back in the snow.

6. Another snow storm-Wrote to Bowmanville yesterday.

7. After 2 stormy days the sunshine came & Mother went through the snow to Bells.

8. Robert took the children & Mrs Fletcher to Town and then Mother to his home. Robert brot 2 bags of Oats & 2 of corn. Frank came.

9. Mother went in Roberts cutter intending to go to Uncle Williams to get Mr Smiths mortage discharged.

10. Robert & Williw put the Surry on runers.

11. Mary, Mrs Fletcher & the boys went to Church-Mary wlaked home in the snow.

12. More snow-Frank went to Mrs Steven Voorhees funeral.

13. Anns Birthday-about zero-3 above in the sunshine.

14. A zero morning-Belle walked down to see us-Mary & Bell walked to Town & back-Mary heard it was 6 below zero.

15. Above zero-Mrs Fletcher, the boys & Mary went to Roberts in his cutter-pleasant sunshine-Wife drove to bring Mrs Gabriel Campbell but she did not come.

16. Mary says 12 above zero-Frank came on his way back from seeing Brother John at Royal Oak.

17. Mild morning, Mother drove to Roberts home on the snow. Robert paid the taxes $19.60.

18. Willie drove Mother & Mary to Church, Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys went to Sunday School. Mild & thaw.

19. Mary & Bell walked to Town-dark icy rain-Frank got the clock to strike.

20. Wet morning, ice melting-Mrs Fletcher & 3 boys went to Bells with the milkman.

21. Mary went to Bells with the surry for Mrs Fletcher. Mrs Allision sent a Australian paper & lines on the Straven Callen. Ice, snow, mud & Mi

22. Shortest day-wrote to sister Agnes thanking her for poesents. Eunice Lambie came with kindness & presents-Mild, dark & wet.

23. Some frost & slippy. Robert helped Frank to load hay.

24. Robert took Mother to Bells and got the horse shod. Mary went to Bells for Mother.

25. 29 years since Father died, Mother, Mary went to Church, Mrs Fletcher & boys to the Sunday School.

26. Mother drive with Anna & Mary to Franks farm-20 of us enjoyed a Turkey dinner and got present off a Christmas tree at Son Franks farm.

27. Cold blustry morning-Anna & Mary & Mrs Fletcher & the boys went down to Roberts.

28. Clear morning & above zero-Willie hitched up-Mother went to Bells. Mr. Kirkpatrick sent a letter yesterday and Mrs Pawan a Christmas card from Pearth, Scotland.

29. Mild morning-Mrs Fletcher went to see Mrs Dawson-Mother & Willie went for her at night.

30. Mary took Mrs Fletcher & family to the Motor on the way to Uncle Williams-Mother went to Robert & Hatties-damp & muddy.

31. the last day of 98-Ann & Mary went to Town.

Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, January-June 1899.

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