Memories of the Kitchen Stove

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, Winter 2002
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Author: Virginia Harwood Davis-Brown

As a little girl one of the great things was going to Grandma. As I walked into the warm kitchen the first thing I saw was that big blue and white stove.

The coffee pot, that is now sitting on the back of the stove, was always there. Grandma started it in the morning by putting freshly ground coffee into a salt bag, adding a dash of salt and an egg, tied the top and dropped it into the water where it simmered all day. From time to time she would add a little water to tame it down a little.

Of course, the big dented kettle was full of chicken. From time to time a few drops would boil over and it would go dancing across the hot top.

Fresh bread or rolls were raising in the warming oven, which was the upper part of the stove. Remember the smell of yeast as the bread raised? I can almost smell it now.

It was our job, my three brothers, my sister and I, to bring in the wood from the woodshed which was attached to the back of the house.

Usually in the spring there would be a box behind the stove containing a baby piglet, puppies or baby chicks. An old sow might not be able to take care of one, so it would be brought into the house to be kept warm and to be raised on a bottle. As you walk through our kitchen be sure to look behind the stove.

There was always a teakettle full of hot water and more water in the reservoir ready to use as there was no hot water heater as we know today.

In 1941 Grandma sold the farm and built a small house on two acres of the original farm, which was taken up from the government by a land grant signed by Pres. Andrew Jackson, and of course the old stove had to go, too. It had to go over in pieces as it was much to big to take it down the steps to the basement. She cooked on it every Thanksgiving and Christmas until the middle 50's when her health started to fail.

My brother, Earl Harwood, bought the house when she died and along with the house came the beloved old blue stove.

One night when I was visiting in the basement Earl asked me if I would like the stove and I said “Sure but what would I do with it?” After thinking about it all night, I called him and asked if he meant it as we could use it in the Museum and it would be taken care of. It was rusty and dirty, but Jerry Jennings said it could be saved and he took over with tender loving care and many many hours later he has restored it. Thank you so much, Jerry, for all your work.

Henry and Harriet Collins, who lived on Stony Creek Road near Bemis, bought the stove around the turn of the century.

We thank Earl Harwood for the wonderful gift.

Our family hopes you will enjoy it and it will bring back a lot of memories for you.

William Lambie Diary, 1891

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, January 1989,
January 1989
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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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William Lambie Diary, 1890

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1988,
October 1988
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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.

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We wonder if the ‘Gleanings’ ever gets read. Well I'm happy to say they do. I had a very interesting letter some time back from a lady in Huntington Woods. She had been visiting her Mother in Florida and a friend of the family had brought a ‘Gleanings’ for her Mother to read. Jim Westfall is the gentleman that was so generous. The Mother is Ann Melvin, Granddaughter of William Lambis. Sue Rauschert is a great, great Granddaughter. Sue came out one Saturday forenoon and enjoyed pictures, stories about her ancestors. She also has a sister that lives in Royal Oak. They have joined the Society so they are enjoying reading about William Lambie. Sue and I are goint to start the Diary from the beginning and put it in book form.

At the present time our files in the Archives are being redone, replace with Pendeflex files. They will be much easter to work with and will preserve the material in them much better….SO….if I am not getting some things done as fast as perhaps I should, please excuse me.

Have a Happy Thanksgivings from all of us at the Museum.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Open House.

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William Lambie Diary, 1886

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, November 1987,
November 1987
Original Images:

1. Anne and Mary went with Azro and Elizabeth and the Babe to Azro's father. A little frost and pleasant. Frank drew furniture for Robert to the old house. Gave Anna my note for $100.00-Heard of a great fire in Detroit.
2. Frank took Anna to the depot for her School at Elkhart. Frank and Mr. C went to Mrs. Forsythes Funeral. Mrs. L and I went to Town in the rain. Called on Brother Robert and got a coin from William McAndrew made out of the old Church Organ.
3. Mild Shower-A good Sermon on Moses.
4. Like Spring, Frank and Azro drew up Mrs. Younglove and her furniture.
5. Snow Showers, Frank and Azro repairing the old house. I wish everyone would bear their own burdens when they are younger than me.
6. Mary and Belle went to Azros to celebrate Elizabeth's Birthday.
7. Cold north wind. J. Campbell came-James Hewens came and went.
8. Fed at the old home. Robert's wife's Mother living in the old house. Walked over to Azros. The wee boy not very well. Mr. C. vexed me-I am too old a man to work a farm on shares and not get what I think a fair share nor give me all the hay I paid for mowing, for pasturing 2 cows part of the time. Robert and his bride came home to live in the old house.
9. Cold driving snow storm. Went to Town 18¢ for eggs. Cold waves.
10. Walked to Church. Mary and Belle drove-Stormy and dreary.
11. Below zero-Drove Belle to her School. Called on Elizabeth. Mary and I went to our old home and Robert's new one. Gave Robert a note for $100.00.
12. 2 below zero-Fed at the old home, found Robert tacking down carpets. The two Mary's went to Town.
13. 4 below zero. The white cow had a calf. Fed at old home.
15. The muddy rutty roads now frozen. Took Belle to Sobers Corners-Ridge and Geddes Roads and she walked the rest of the way. Called on Elizabeth and sick Mr. Casey on the way home.
16. The two Marys and I went to Town and got chilled in the icy rain.
17. To icy to drive to Church, Belle walked and went alone.
18. Drove with Belle to her School in a snow storm. Robert took twelve hunder of hay to Ring.
19. Blustry and snow in the night. Paid $6.00 to Van Pail for seat rent in the Church on Saturday. Paid Isabell Marshal $10.00.
20. Robert and I drove the red cow to the old farm. Drving snow storm, dark and dreary.
21. The two Marys went to Town in the cutter-good sleighing. Mr. & Mrs. William Campbell came.
22. Cold driving snow showers. Frank & Azro went to see the flour Mill at Rawsonville. Brave Belle walked home through the driving snow storm.
23. The coldest morning so fat 13 below zero. Robert and I got two bags of wheat exchanged for flour-80 lbs each. Mrs. Ring let the washing fo for the load of hay, 5 due yet.
24. A Sermon on fighting, the Anicmas(?). Two below zero at dawn.
25. Burn's Anniversary 127 years since his birth I think. Went with Belle to her School in the Cutter-fine sleeping. Called at Elizabeths and Mary came back with me. A. Campbell and Walter came.
26. Mild-The two Marys rode in the Cutter to J. McDougals. William Campbell came-dull winter day.
27. The boys got the horses shod and brought up a load of Coal. Mary sick all day. Received a receipt for the Scottish American. 10 papers less than a year. The boys saw three Robins.
28. Frank went to William Campbells-Wife and I went in the Cutter to see Robert in the old home and to call on our old neighbor Mr. Casey who is quite sick.
30. Went to Town in the Cutter. Mr. Ring owes 4 on the washing for hay. A number enjoying sleigh riding even if I don't.
31. Last of January-I feel sad to part with May, so so with cold January. A Sermon on Cenceration that was little benefit to me.
1. Bell and I drove up with old Frank the horse, to her School. Good sleighing-Had a note from my favorite Poet Whittier.
2. Mary & I drove down in the Cutter and visited Robert and his wife in our old home and was almost sorry we ever left it.
3. Nine below zero hard on my coal and wood on both farms. Pleasant sunshine at noon. The two Marys went to Town.
4. Nine below zero again. Frank, Robert and Ring picked cornstalks pure white snow field pure air and sunshine.
5. Six below-the boys took a load of hay to Town on the bobs. Cold cloudy dark and dreary and the old horse run down to the old farm-Belle got a ride home.
6. Boys took a load of Hay to Town and I sent $1.75 for the “Youths Companion”. Robert and his wife came to dinner.
8. Robert brought 1675 lbs of coal to us-Wife and I went to Church to hear the Evangelist.
9. Wife and I went to the old home in the Cutter-took a sheep for Mutton, Mild and muddy.
10. Robert and Andrew Campbell came-mild and dreary.
11. Wife and I went to see our old friend John Geddis in forenoon and found him well for his years. Mary and I walked to the Bible reading in the Church. Brother Robert came to tell Franks wife was very sick.
15. The muddy rutty roads now frozen-took Belle to Sobers Corners-Ridge and Geddes Roads-and she walked the rest of the way-Called on Elizabeth and sick Mr. Casey on the way home. Mary and I walked to the bible reading at the Church, something like a blizzard coming home.
16. Mary and I walked down to the old home to see Robert and learned he had been sick.
17. Mrs. L and I went to the Bible reading, called on Robert. A. Campbell invited us to the Grange gathering. J. Campbell came and stayed overnight.
18. Frank and J. Campbell went to Ann Arbor-Wife and I called on Robert and Mr. Casey.
19. Mild damp snow-rain dark and muddy growing cold-Belle walked home most of the way in a driving snowstorm.
20. Mother's Birthday, I think she is 89 and enters late into the Kingdom of Heaven. Her old friends nearly all gone over the mistic river. Six above zero but a bitter northern blast at morn.
James sent a Poem on Mother's Birthday.
21. Belle and I walked to Church. A sort of faultfinding Sermon.
22. Washington's Birthday-Went with Belle to her School-good going. Nelson and Isaak Coller and their wives came.
23. The boys sold a load of hay. A. Campbell and Mrs. L went to Augusta Grange-pleasant sunshine.
24. Wife and I had a pleasant visit at Mr. Millers. William Campbell and friends came-mild and sunshine.
25. Went to see Robert in the old home-mild morning and cold afternoon. The white steer bothered us sucking the cow.
26. Wife and I took dinner with son Robert in the old home along with Mr. & Mrs. Springer. Mrs. Ring washed to pay for Hay.
28. Mrs. L, Mary, Belle and I went to Church with Dick and the big buggy-chilly north winds. The Minister preaches theology but not righteousness and well doing in every day life as I understand it.
2. Cold winds-William Campbell and Griffin came on business. Mary and I walked to the old home and found Robert sawing Willows by the stream where he first played in bygone days.
3. Ice has formed on the water pails in the house-the three first day of this spring month, the boys took a load of hay to Town.
4. The boys took two loads of hay to Town. Hens laying, Cow calving but no Robins sings.
5. The boys drew two more loads of Hay to Town-Received $100.00 from R. Hemphill. $50 for School money left. The two Marys and I went to the Church Meeting. Mr. Geddis walked too but rode part of the way with a neighbor.
6. A light frost, good roads beautiful sunshine. Frank took a load of hay to Town. Walked to the old home, now Robert's home. Paid Brother Robert the $40.00 I borrowed of him last May. Balle paid $62.00 School money.
7. Sacrament about 40 additions to the Church. My old friend John Geddis dispenced the bread and wine as he did over 40 years ago and walked home unless some friend gave him a ride.
8. Snow on the fields Frank went to his work and Belle to her School together. Jerome brought Isabels Marshall order for the 62 she got Saturday.
9. Frank took down a small load of hay from up here. Robert sawed wood and I split it. The two Marys went to Town.
10. Cold winds and some sunshine. Mrs. L and Elizabeth went to Azro's Fathers. Helped the Boys to put new rollers on the Barn doors at the old home. Belle came home, her School being out. The first Blue Birds peeping.
11. Robert's birthday, bright sunshine. Brother Robert and Editor Pattison called on Editor Powers with Whittier. Letter fore-noon and read of it in the afternoon in the Ypsilantian. Snow in the night another mantle of pure white on fields and forests. J. Campbell's family came, Mary went off with them.
13. More snow, damp and mild. went to Town called on Brother Robert and the Ypsilantian Editor did not go to hear the sweet singers.
14. Went to Church in a snow storm, A Sermon on the Sermon on the Mount and being in spirit.
15. Snow melting in the sunshine, Robert and Ring chopping a tree by the old gate.
16. Robert's wife and her Mother and Mr. & Mrs. Lowry came to dinner. Went through the mud to our early home where a' the bairns were born.
17. The first song sparrow sung at dawn to usher in St. Patricks Day. J. Campbell brought Mary home deep muddy roads.
18. Robert, Azro and A. Knapp went to look at houses down by Wayne. William Campbell came. The Steamer Oregon collided with an unknown vessel. Both sank near New York.
19. Spring like sunshine. Song Sparrows and Robins singing. Mrs. L went to the Missionary meeting.
20. Exchanged 2 bags of wheat for 160 pounds of flour. Put manure on the pie plant, howed round the current bushes. Wet night.
21. Wet morning roads so muddy, farmers did not attend the Chard well. Mrs. Fletcher and her wee boy came, his doude dadule was most as good as some sermons.
22. Snow storm-Carlas Childs came from New Hampshire-he seems like a child from Heaven so journing on earth. Received a Scotch paper that was on the Oregon when she sunk off fire Island.
27. Picked over apples and could hardly get 45¢ a bushel for them. Belle started for Ann Arbor and Frank to Plymouth.
29. Went to the old home and found Robert sowing an his wife's Mother riding in a top buggy.
1. Went with Robert drving his young horse to Issac Kimbels and he gave me a carved box made of a Walnut fence post that had stood by Father's brick house in Superior.
3. Belle and I got some books and saw the fine new room for the Ladies' Library.
5. Election Day-Only Frank went to Vote.
6. A fearful snow storm-snow over the boot tops when I went to water the cows. Robert came on horse back. Shovelled snow to the barn and the pump.
8. Robert bought 2 pigs from T. Casey and Ring killed them for him. We thought Brother FRank's wife was dying until Belle brought word she had gone to Minneapolis-some are a blessin and some a burden on humanity.
10. Sold butter, eggs and apples and bought goods from King. William Campbell came to get books and ink from Samson.
13. Dug Parsnips and picked over apples-took Frank and his tool chest in the deep mud to Mr. Calkins (Collins?). Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Crittenden came to see us.
15. My Birthday-Mr. C, Mrs. L, Mary and I want ober to Azros, Elizabeth and the wee boys home-A fine day-recaived nice presents and kindly treatment.
20. Planted some potatoes-Robert harrowed with his colt and old Frank.
22. Robert sowed about 3 acres of Oats below the bridge. Turned the young cattle out to grass.
26. Mr. C and Mrs. L went to see James Hewens befroe he leaves this world.
27. Mrs. L and I went to Detroit and over the River and paid Mother $100.00 for generous Robert-felt sorry-Mother taunted me and only talked about Money in her 89th year of life. How much more pleasant was the dinner party at the home of dear delightful Sister Agnes.
30. A very complimentary letter from Augustus Moore-John Campbell came in the rain and brought us word of James Hewen's death. Mary drove her Mother over to celebrate wee Willie's Birthday.
1. Mrs. L and I, Robert and his wife, Azro and Elizabeth went to James Hewen's funeral.
3. Mr. Graves came to assess the Hill farm and Peter Gill to do the same for the old farm. Robert and his hired boy cleaned wheat and took 125 bushels to Town at 85¢. $104.00-$52.00 for Mr. C and $52.00 for me.
8. Mrs. L and I went on anExcursion to see the big drawing of the Battle of Gettysburg. A pleasant entertainment and had a pleasan visit with Mother.
11. William Campbell and Mr. C, wife and I went to the Memorial Service in the Grange Hall for James Hewens.
12. William Campbell brought Lawyer Griffin to make out some papers-Mrs. L and I went to Pittsfield to Allan Crittenden burial.
14. Went to Robert's to see his young matched team-pulled red root in the old farm garden.
17. Boys repaired the chain pump. Mr. Taylor sold us an Oil Stove.
19. Mary went with Robert to the May Festival.
20. Elizabeth and wee Willie came with a horse before and one behind. Robert and his boy plowed some of the garden and moved the smoke house. Mrs. L baked bread in the new oil stove.
24. Washed sheep with T. casey down at A. Fletchers. An unpleasant job for the boys as well as the sheep.
28. Went to Town to get the Oil Can filled. 60¢.
31. Mrs. L and I went to Ann Arbor-called on the William Campbells-had dinner with Robert Campbell-Mr. C went with us to University Hall-heard singing and orations and Uncle Gabriels “War Pictures” recited in fine style. Our Ann Arbor Friends were very kind.
2. Mrs. J Hewens and friend came and took her late husband's body out of the vault and buried it in Stoney Creek.
John Campbell buried two of his children in the same lot-Robert Campbell was with us at the new made graves.
4. Van Atten and Comstock came to shear sheep-Robert's boy left him because he wanted to live easy.
7. Chidester offered 25¢ a lb for wool.
11. Picked strawberries-Got 25 bags from Ainsworth to put Oats in.
12. Robert drew two loads of Oats to Ainsworth 212½ bushels at 30¢. R. Casey's sheep got into Robert's corn.
15. Drew 72 bushels Oats to L. Bennett-old Frank, the horse, broke the gate and run with Robert's colt past Swifts and Pecks.
Robert's boy run like a deer and turned them back as Robert and I drove up. Got $645 for the Oats.
19. Paid Robert $2.00 for road work, $2.00 for doing up wool and $6.00 for cleaning and selling the Oats.
21. Anna walked from the Depot at night and then we went to get her trunk-her school at Elkhart is out.
23. Robert mowed the field by Norton's Corner.
25. Mr. C, Mrs L, Anna and I and Robert's women went to Belle's School for the Exercises. At noon a fine picnic in Slaten(?) Woods.
29. Went to Town with Mr. C to see John Robinson's Show come in and parade the streets.
30. Mrs. L's Birthday-Her, Anna, Elizabeth and Belle went to hear speaking and singing at the Normal. fRank getting the machine knives and horse rake in order.
1. Helped rake the hay and brought 3 loads of Hay from the Gate field to the hay shed up here. Bought tin ware from the Scotch Peddler.
3. Guns firing for the 4th as it falls on Sunday this year.
5. Drove Frank to Monaghans and went to Jerome Millers about coming to thrash.
6. Frank and Jones halped Robert get in a great crop of Timothy Hay. Sold Peck 20 bushels of corn at 25¢.
7. FRank sold the Wool to Chidester 87 fleeces 425 lbs at.28¢-$119.00.
Brother Robert brought word Brother Frank's wife died in Minnesota-her body was brought to Detroit and buried yesterday. Jerome came and reaped the two wheat fields up, here before noon and reaped well.
9. Anna, Mary and Belle went to Brother Robert to supper before he goes to the Sea Shore for rest and health.
13. Got in all the Wheat and the sheaves seemed very heavy.
20. Took Frank to the Hillsdale (Lake Shore) Depot to work-bought nose-glasses from Frank Smith.
Mrs. L and all the girls went to Roberts to quilt.
24. Robert reaped the Oats by the bridge with R. Sponser's leaf(?) raker.
28. Helped set up Wheat for Robert. Went to Town and got 17 wee liknesses for.35¢.
31. Small shower at supper time-Frank met Mrs. G. Campbell and 3 of her family at the Depot.
1. Mr. McCorkal away for a rest and the Church to be vacant and renovated.
2. Mr. C, Mrs. L and I went to the Fairgrounds and heard E.P. Allen and Whitman at the Calebration of the freedom of Slavery by the British in the West Indies. Went to Elizabeths at night.
3. Mr. C went to William Campbells and the old farm. Mrs. L and Belle went to see Mr. Keedle.
George Voorhees set fire to a stump and it run over the Wheat stubble and burned 30 or 40 rods of our fence and frightened us.
6. Went to the old Farm. Frank and Van Riper preparing to build fence that got burned-Robert drew pickets from Norton's for the fence. Watched Frank and Van weaving the pickets in the wires for our line fance.
11. Anna, Mary and I started about 5 for Niagra Falls and went over the river through Canada and got there about 2 P.M. The Falls were soul inspiring and it did me good to see them. I cared little for the camping out and outdoor preaching.
12. Anna and I went over the suspension bridge to the American side and went down the steep bank and on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ up close to the Falls-Splendid rainbow on one side of Cook Island and the boat rocked fearfully turning around at the Horseshow Falls.
13. Anna, Mary and I walked to the Cantilever and the great railroad bridge and down the rapids till near the whirlpool.
17. Mr. C, Belle and I went on the Excursion to Detroit. I went to see Agnes but she had gone up the Lakes. Mr. C climbed to the top of City Hall-there were said to be 800 steps.
19. Mr. C and I drove down to the Tuttle Bridge, Whittakers Corner and the old farm-hot and dusty. Mr. & Mrs. John Campbell just got back from Niagra Falls. Frank working on the City Bridge. Miss Lottie Casey was married.
24. Mr. William Campbell and Clare brought Mrs. G. Campbell, Robert, Edith and Bessie-fine young people.
26. Helped Robert get out manure-Received a Texas and Chicago paper praising the wee book. J. McDougal paid interest.
27. Frank and took Mrs. G. Campbell's trunk to the Depot and I waited to see her off for her home in New Hampshire.
29. Mrs. L, Anna, Mary, Bella and I went to the Congregational Church and heard Mr. Walton.
31. Jerome came and got all the Oats and Wheat thrashed up here before Noon and finished at Roberts about 3. 200 bushels up here and 150 on the old farm. 25 bushels here to an acre and only 15 at the old farm.
1. Dr. G. Campbell came and Mr. C and I drove him to see Azro, Elizabeth and the wee boy and Robert and his family.
2. Robert took G. Campbell to A. CAmpbells on Platt Road.
3. We went to the Depot and saw Anna off to Elkhart. Mrs. L and I went to our old friend Grove Sanders burial.
5. The two Marys and I went to the Methodist Church and heard Mr. Springer. Heard of old Mr. Hewitts death.
6. Went with Frank to where he works on the Dam. Mrs. L and I drove down to see Frank and the Mill Dam.
Mr. & Mrs. R. Campbell and A. Campbell and John came to see Gabriel Campbell baptise the wee boy William Azro Fletcher. A pleasant and heart lifting gathering.
12. Went to our Church-Mr. Allen took Mr. Geddes place. The Church ceiling and walls painted beautiful during vacation.
13. Belle begun her School where she went as a child. Paid Robert $8.60 for helping to Thrash.
16. Went to the Depot with Azro on his way to the Fair in Jackson.
21. Paid Miss Stewart $3 for a post office Money Order and sent it to Mason and Perry for a Waterbury Watch.
25. Mrs. L and I went to a child's burial at George Allens.
30. William Campbell and wife, Azro and Elizabeth went to Plymouth Fair in one buggy.
2. Some frost-Mr. & Mrs. A. Campbell and Jay came.
4. Helped Frank put roof boards on the Woodshed, quite a big shed. Robert brought a load of Baldwin apples for drying on the kitchen roof.
5. There was a little girl born in Robert's home-looking back it doesn't seem very long since Robert was born in that house. Mr. C, Mrs. L and I went to see Elizabeth, Wee Willie and Azro who is picking apples.
7. Mr. C and I went to Augusta-paid $6.48 for Insurance. John Campbell's girls came up with us.
9. Helped Robert gather good Baldwin apples and some windfalls to sell for.20¢ a hundred.
Brother Robert returned from the Sea where he had been for two months. His wife sick and he was glad to get back.
13. Mr. C and Mrs. L went to the Town of York to see Mrs. Rambo.
16. Went to the old farm and called on Hattie and the wee girl-Mary and Belle went to Uncle Williams.
18. Brother Robert came and told of his wife's sickness and that J. Kitchen had just died outside of what was intended to be his new home.
20. Went to the old home and gathered apples. Held Robert's wee wee girl.
23. Robert helped Azro to thrash-I left 4 barrells of Apples for Sister Agnes and 2 for daughter Anna at the Depot. A great decoration row in Town.
29. Went to Town with Mr. C who was wanted at Nindes Office-Mrs. Sam Campbell, her granddaughter and Jane came from Belleville.
1. Walked to the Opera House to hear Dickie the Prohibitionist and it made me sweat in the fine building. A man said they would begin by singing a song by William Lambie.
2. Frank and Mr. C went to Vote. Old Mr. Forsythes burial day.
3. Frank went to Crittendens-Robert to Sanders sale and I wheeled manure on the garden.
A great Republician rally at night to congratulate E.P Allen on his slection to Congress.
5. Received word from the Railroad that Anna's Apples to Elkhart were unclamied.
9. Walked to Town and was glad to hear from Anna and the Apples. A. Campbell came and told me I was a narrow man but failed to state how broad he was.
15. Drove Frank to McKim's Corner.
16. Came to America in 1839-Married in 1849.
John Geddes came and went to Town with us. I drove him to the Starkweather Farm. One of the first and best men I met in America.
24. Drove to William Campbells against the cold blasts to have him come and help with the Ring Mortgage.
25. Had a grand Thanksgiving dinner along with William Campbell and family, Azro, Lizzie, Willie, Robert, Hattie and the babe and some others.
27. A. Campbell came to tell us of his son's Wedding.
30. St. Andrews Day-Mrs. L and I went to call on Uncle Robert Campbell and Uncle William-Robert paid $18.00 interest on his note. Everyone very friendly.
1. Brother Robert and daughter drove up in the storm and presented me a fine fur cap-just what I needed.
3. T. Camman and two friends called coming from McComb County for th Ypsilanti Temperance Convention. Follmores driver brought boards for Franks shop.
6. Went with Mr. C and Mrs. L to grand dinner party at A. Campbells along with the William Campbell Family and Mr. & Mrs. Follar.
10. The two Marys and I went to call on Azro and Elizabeth and then on the Mrs. Loveridge who was a happy girl when I came to America 47 years ago. She looked very well, cheerful after passing th through so much sorrow. She showed us the beautiful portraits of her husband and family but it was sad to think of them all dead.
13. Anna's Birthday-It was a cold dreary day when she was born when we only had one wee stove and one room 12 by 16 and our few potatoes all froze-poverty within desolation.
Frank paid $50.00-all he owes me.
14. Mary and I went to Town and to Mr. Gray for Onions and turnips. Paid the Taxes on the old farm. $15.36.
16. A good winter day, Mary walked to the home of her childhood. A poem in the Ypsilantian on the Knights of Labor.
17. Two above zero, Robert drew two loads of week to town. The two Marys went to a fair under the Church. Mr. & Mrs. Laurie came to dinner In Memory of David Kennedy.
18. Snow in the night, Paid the Taxes on the old farm. Mr. Voorhees paid me the School money $243.59. Taxes on the old farm $15.36.
19. Mary, Belle and I went to Church. Mrs. L kept Willie-Snow showers and cold, dreary weather.
20. Went with Frank in the Cutter by moon to McKims Corners-got back to Azros about sunrise-very cold, Elizabeth and Willie came back with me, four above zero.
21. Mrs. L went to Town in the Cutter-I saw them sliding on their toboggens down the Huron Banks. Shortest day Mrs. L and I went to our old sick friend John Geddes in fornoon and went to David Laforges burial in afternoon. Pure sunshine in pure snow.
23. Misty morning. 16 above zero-Brother Robert and daughter called the two Marys and I drove down to Roberts-The old home where we fought life's battle so long.
24. Drove to the School with Belle in a driving snow storm. Mrs. L went for Belle at night-Anna came home from Elkhart and Robert brought her home after dark.
25. Christmas-I think it is 18 years since Father left this life of ours. It seems wonderful that even death with all its awful mysteries can seperate us from those who were near and dear as completely as if they never had existed.
The whole family went to Roberts in Azros long sleigh and had a granddinner in the old home where all the Bairns were born. With a strange cemingling of joy and sorrow…
Paid Anna note of $100 with interest and Belle $100.
26. Mrs. L, Anna, Mary, Belle and I went to Church in the Cutter, tie up Dick in the deep snow.
31. The last day of 1886-Cold storm forenoon. The two Marys and I went to Town in the Cutter and bought some food for the feast.

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Message from Decorating Chairman

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, November 1987,
November 1987
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Author: Kathryn J. Howard

Once again the decorating for Christmas approaches. We need evergreen greens for decorating. So all of you trim your trees and bring the small branches to us by December 7th, so once again we can look great for our Christmas Open House December 13th, 1987.

Call 482-7081 if they need to be picked up.


Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, July 1987,
July 1987
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Mrs. Ann Thorne
3 Directories-Michigan State Normal School 1928, 1930 & 1931

Mrs. John Rosso
3 Pieces of sheet Music

Miss Doris Milliman
Wash stand c.1860-was owned by her Grandfather.
Small dish given by City Fuel Company-Ypsilanti.

Paul Chapman Family
2 Pictures of cleanup in Riversi Park approximately early 50's.
1 2-man Cross cut saw

Richard Oltmanns
Hand made gadget for sending co

1 old flashlight
Student Handbok-Ypsilanti High School-1952–53.
1 Certificate-Selling War Stampe
1 Copy of National Currency-National Bank of Ypsilanti.

Mrs. J. Elwell
Scrap Book-Ypsilanti Crime Commission 1973–1975
1 pair Child's Stocking stretche
1 pair Child's Kid gloves
1 Peerlese Atlas c. 1901
1 School Cooking Apron-1923

Miss W. Elliott
4 Napkin Rings and 2 hand made doilies.

Maj. H.M. Senff
Picture of 3rd Grade-Prospect School 1920

Rev. F. Tomsett
Pincking shears

Elizabeth Tschirdt
Gas Mask-W.W.I

Miss Doris Milliman
3 books-Secrets of the House Grandparents, Inc. B. Kissane Grant Street Verse-Paul Hubbell

Lt. Col. Allen D. Butler
9 Pictures found in attic of old house he bought.

Mrs. Mary Stewart
1 pair grey kid gloves
1 pair grown suede gloves
2 pairs white kid gloves
1 pair silk bloomers
1 lace bra
1 lace short slip
1 cotton purses
2 beaded purses
1 lace runner
4 fans
1 bar soap

Family of Phoebe Miller
Numerous Children's Books Games
Old style spice boxes and Tins
Old Pencil Box
Many Hats

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