Dawson Letter

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1986,
October 1986
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We have received many articles of information about the Ypsilanti Post Office and other items from the files of the late Postmaster, Mr. Wesley Dawson who served 1945-1964. This material was donated by Mr. John Dawson, son of Wesley Dawson.

The following letter was sent to a neighbor of Martin Dawson.

June 2, 1913

My Dear Madam:

Mr. Martin Dawson, was in my office this morning and complained of your hitting him in the face. Under the law he could have had you arrested, and a fine or jail sentence could have been imposed upon you by the Court. Mr. Dawson however, on account of your age was good enough to overlook this insult and injury, but instead asked me to write and tell you what your rights are, and I am accordingly sending you this letter.

In regards to the line about which you claim a mistake was made, would say it seems Mr. Dawson, Mr. Batchelder, Mr. Stevens and Mr. Pettitt had it surveyed and you now have all the property you are entitled to have. Furthermore you have no right to hit people or trespass on their property, or to throw stones, glass or anything else upon their property. You have no right to call folks liars and other names unless it is so. In this case you could not prove that any one took any property from you hence it is unjust and unlawful to attribute to any of your neighbors or Mr. Dawson such names as thief and lair. Mr. Dawson will not stand for this treatment always and has instructed me to say that unless you stop annoying your neighbors and particularly Mr. Dawson and his family, and quit calling them names, he will have you brought into Court and give you a chance to prove what you say. I trust this letter will be received in the spirit in which it is written and that you will decide to be good to your neighbors, stop abusing them or calling them names and that peace may reign.

Your truly,
Martin B. Stadtmiller
Municipal Justice

Mr. Martin Dawson about whom this letter is addressed was the Grandfather of John Dawson who lived on Grant Street. The property in question is at 213-215 W. Stadtmiller was the City's Municipal Justice and was the father of local citizens, Mrs. Martha Walton and Mr. Bennett Stadtmiller. He was the first lawyer to hold the Office of Justice of Peace in the City, an Office he held for fourteen years until his untimely death in 1924.

William Lambie Diary, 1883

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January 1 Robert took Anna to the Depot, was sorry to see har go away from home with such a bad cough and so far from being well Robert went to Brothers for dinner and the two Roberts and Eunica came here after dinner.

January 2 Frank want to Datroit-Jim sawed a little wood.

January 3 Fad the stock and read Milton-three want to John Taylors after a dary blink of sunshine.

January 4 Ten above zero, cold north wind-Walked to town called on George Alla, Brother Robert and J. Boice.

January 5 Snow last night-Elizabeth and Robert want to School in the Cutter.

January 6 Mrs. L came, went to town with her and she returned. Paid Lulla Crippen $54 for teaching-paid Robert $5.00.

January 7 The whole household went to Church leaving me to meditate and feed the farm stock.

January 8 Took Belle to the Crippen School in a snow storm-sunshine in the afternoon.

January 9 12 below zero at dawn-10 when I milked-Clear sunshine-saves dripping in afternoon-some of Mary's window flowers froze. Three went to town-reading alone. Frank returned after visiting the friends at Detroit, Canada and Royal Oak and found them well.

January 10 Not so cold-Clouds and haze-Mary and I went to Church prayer meeting-a good number present, solemn service.

January 11 Elizabeth and Robert went to School-Frank to Uncle Williams, Mary ironing, me milking and feeding. The Steamer City of Brussels sunk. A great loss of life by a tornado in Milwaukse-Some sunshine on the snow.
Mrs. L came in the Cutter-Thaw in morning frost and ice in the afternoon.

January 14 Sabbath-Frank went to Mrs. Knapp's funeral-the rest of us to Church.

January 15 I took Belle to School-2 above-pleasant sunshine.

January 16 Wrote to J. Camman-Frank helped Mary with the washing-Did my daily duties and mused on departed days of old.

January 17 Robert and Elizabeth went to School in a snow storm. The youngsters want to Church to a supper and a party.

January 18 Mary and I went to Church morning meeting-Went to Brother Roberts for dinner and never was so well treated in my life.

January 19 Feeding, reading and writing as usual-Mary and Elizabeth went part of the way for Belle.

January 20 More snow-cold-Fed the flocks when it was 8 below zero. I was too cold to go to Church but the four young people want-5 below zero at noon.
The boys bought 34 fence posts from B. Huterhiser.
Mrs. L came and I went to town with her in the rain.

January 22 Colder yet-16 below zero-Robert took Belle to School-I did not feel strong enough to go. A cold and dreary winter. Frank helping Uncle William. All I could do was feed and milk.

January 23 Not so awful cold-8 below zero-Elizabeth and Robert walked to School. Mary and I working a battle against the cold. Mrs. L came up from her Father's to see if we were suffering from cold.

January 24 Frank came back from helping Uncle William.

January 25 Fed and read as usual-eaves dripping-read of sad disaster by fire and shipwreck. A Political pew wore at Lansing on Jerry (?).

January 26 2 below zero-Elizabeth and Robert went to School. Frank want to William Campbell's wood lot. B. Voorhees brought back the horse Tom that was lost last Wednesday.

January 27 Mrs. L came from her Father's and then returned. Paid Robert $5-got $20 out of Bank-melting and slippery.

January 28 Another good but severe Sermon-taught a class of boys.

January 29 Went with Belle to the Crippen School-mild and good sleighing. The white cow sick, Robert went to Holmes Mill and got coin and oats ground for Cow feed.

January 30 Mild and springlike-Robert and Elizabeth went to School-Frank and Mary to William Campbells.

January 31 Another snow storm-the boys took a grist to town-Frank paid the interest on Rolland and Charles Fletcher's note.

February 1 Mary, Elizabeth and Robert skating on the Creek.

February 2 A cold rain and the fields encrusted with ice. Dare not drive the horse.

February 3 Mrs. L. came and returned in the icy rain-Frank went to town with her, got a cold in the rain. Belle did not come.

February 4 The field encrusted agin. Mary, Elizabeth and Robert walked to Church on the ice and a party came to dinner.

February 5 Robert and Elizabeth skated to School and dined at Roberts. John Starkweather was buried. Jennie Hamilton's daughter was burned by her clothes taking fire and died. This new year of 1883 has brought much disaster and sorrow.

February 6 B below zero-hard ice over the snow-longing for sunshine and balmy breezes.

February 7 Robert drove two horses on the Bob sleigh up the hill to break the surface ice-then him and Elizabeth went to School in the Cutter.
John Miller paid $9.50 interest.
Cleaning stable and doing chores-have not been to town in 2 weeks. Weary for Spring. Youngsters had a good time skating on Casey's field.

February 8 Cold clear sky. Pure sunshine on a pure white world.

February 9 Good skating on the Brook-some more snow but no storm.

February 10 Mrs. L came as usual-went to town, the first time in 2 weeks. Mrs. R. Lambie has a severe cold, Robert and Mary went for Belle yesterday and Robert and Belle went to Uncle Andrew's at night.

February 11 Mary, Elizabeth and I went to Church in the middle of the road. Mr. Goodrich preached a good sermon on Daniel.

February 12 ABout zero-Mary and I went with Belle to her School-pleasant sunshine coming back.

February 13 Zero at dawn-saves dripping-bright sunshine.

February 14 Valentine's Day-More icy rain, dark, slippery and dreary.

February 15 Thaw at last-Marcury up to 40-eaves dripping-

February 16 Rain, Mist and dampness-the brook flowing on the ice. Mary want to Belle's School and came back without her.

February 17 Colder, some frost and snow-Two boys and two girls walked to Town. Saw a Robin-Feeding and reading-cleaning the stable and weary for Spring.

February 18 Three walked to Church-I thought it too icy to go. Clear sunshine but it hardly melted the snow.

February 19 Doing my usual round of work-Frank cut some wood-Boy went to Town in the cutter-Mary and I at home-Mild and cloudy. The youngster skating again on Mr. Casey's field.

February 20 My Mother's Birthday, making her 86. Long life and salvation. Our young home is far away o'er the ocean wide. We are drifting older down the tide. We are far away from the Rylandside where the soaring Laveracks sung “O for the land where the ever abide forever pure and young”. John CAmpbell came and Mrs L, Mary went to Town with them-some thaw.
Paid Mary E. Tuttle $15.00 for teaching.

February 21 Frank and John Ross thrashed beans. Walked to Town on the ice and snow. Called on Robert. Mary went to J. Tailors (?) in the evening.

February 22 Washington's Birthday-Frank and Ross thrashing beans again. Mary came back-Sunshine-eaves dripping at noon.

February 23 The youngster all went skating-Young William Campbell and his wife came and stayed overnight.

February 24 Mrs. L came and we had more icy rain-A bleak cheerless blast-Robert took his Mother to Town.

February 25 Four of us went to Church in the Cutter-The Shoreless Ocean tumbles round the world but so far as we can see it it is an ice crusted world. A good Sermon.

February 26 Belle started first to walk to her School over the frozen snow. Elizabeth and Robert next-Then Frank took William CAmpbell and the young guid wife to the Depot. Ice-Ice-Ice-some blink of blue sky to cheer us with the hope of sarly Spring. Feeding hungry cattle in the Barn yard and Mary getting food for those in the house-the first lamb yesterday.

February 27 Cold bleek blasts-William Campbell came for Frank-BRother James sent a paper with a poem on Mother's Birthday.

March 1 Snow and Ice melting at last-Walked to Town and got $30 from the Bank-Called on Brother Robert-Robert and Mary met me at the Hill about faged out.

March 2 Snow melting water over the Meadow-Walked through the melting snow to Church meeting.

March 3 Colder-ground hard-Mrs. L came as usual and mended chether (?). The girls and Robert went to Town with her-Belle went to William Campbells.

March 4 Sunday-Sacrament-Walked to Church, a number of new members. Have plenty of help at the table but little in the Barn Yard. I would like to give up farming-told my family a man of three score should have more help.

March 6 More snow-Bonnie days are long coming.

March 7 Cold North Wind and sunshine. Pioneers meeting at Chelsea.

March 8 Milked and then walked to Town, come darling Spring-Roos cleaned the beans.

March 9 Ainsworth offered $175 for beans-Walter Campbell came-Robert went home with him. Alf and Lute Gray and Frank picked over apples-rotting fast-the boys brought back the barrells and $5.50.

March 10 Mrs. L came-Went to Town and came home to do the feeding.

March 11 Went to Church in the Buggy-good Sermon-cold breezes. Mary not well. Robert's birthday, girls gave him presents.

March 13 Went to Town with Frank and talked to Brother Robert about giving up the farm.

March 15 Fox began to chop down an Oak but the snow storm drove him off, the big tree that had the swing.

March 16 Mary and I went to Augusta and stayed overnight. Mrs. CAmpbell's mind failing after a long useful life-stayed to dinner and saw J. Campbell's stock. Paid Fox $5 for chopping-killed the bunting buck.

March 17 Mrs. L, Mary and I returned after dinner.

March 18 Spring like and no frost-after months of frost. Cold and snow at night-All at Church but Frank.

March 19 Another snow storm-deep snow to wade through and the sheep like to stick in the drifts-too cold for the birds to sing or the Jay to scream. John Campbell came for Mrs. L at night.

March 20 Frank went to work. Bird singing in the clear sunshine at Noon-Wrote “Going back to Scotland”.

March 21 Zero at dawn-pure sunshine and a pure world of snow. Mary walked to Town in the Snow.

March 23 Snow in the forenoon. Paid Robert $5. Mary went with Robert to see the closing of the School.

March 24 Mrs. L came-went to Town with her and walked home in the mud and snow. I was so very weary.

March 25 Easter Sabbath-3 girls and I went to the Episcopal Church. I heard Mr. McClean, my old friend Mr. Post's kindly welcome and beaming face impressed me as well as the Sermon.

March 26 John Campbell came and brought Mr. L. I drove with Belle to her School and brought up Hattie Stephensen. L Hardy helped Robert to saw wood. R. Campbell came and thought the picture father painted of me in boyhood looked like Shakespeare.

March 27 A light frost-Robert sawing wood. Went with Mrs. L to her father's home and roads very muddy. It was sad to see Mrs. Campbell that had done so much good in life so much fallen off in mental ability-stayed overnight.

March 28 Left the old friends and came home over some very rough roads. Robert and Hardy sawed wood till noon.

March 29 Frost as usual-pleasant sunshine and birds singing at noon. Three went to Miss Fletcher's funeral-Paid Mrs. Tuttle $10.

March 30 Went to Detroit. Called on Sister Agnes, Brother Frank & James Wanlas the Poet, William Adair my old friend & Mother and Sisters. Mother not very well otherwise I was strengthed by so much kindness and respect.

March 31 The last of March-frost and the birds singing to usher in the long wish for Spring. Wife and I sat to get our likeness taken. Walter Dan and Kathie Campbell came.

April 1 Sabbath-Walter Dan and Kathie Campbell came and went to Church with us. More wood chopping and drawing of Manure.

April 2 Went with Belle to her School-Town meeting-cold morning with cold, like winter. Fox chopping wood-Robert and Hardy drawing wood.

April 3 Mr. Fletcher to saw wood and repaired the road at the gate.

April 4 Wet like-Fox did not come-Robert and Hardy drew Manure from under the Barn. Mary and I went to Town in the wee wagon.

April 5 A wet day-I think its 44 years today since we left Scotland. 18 years in Scotland and 44 in America and it seem as the 18 years in Scotland was the greatest part of existance.
Received a paper from my old Schoolmate John Fleming.

April 6 Turned the sheep in the Orchard-Walked to Town. Mrs. L came at night unexpected. Received a paper from Africa from John Fleming.

April 7 A little more snow-heard of death of young Mr. Goodspeed-than the young people went to his funeral-more rotting apples which vexed us.

April 8 Sabbath-Mary not well. Elizabeth and I went to Church.

April 9 Beautiful day after the long weary winter. Robert & Hardy had a swing on the big Oak tree, then looked over the apples that rotted and bothered us.

April 10 Robert & Hardy drew manure-Mary & I had a pleasant ride by D. Davis and Elizabeth came home with us. Sent a paper to Africa's Golden Sunshine.

April 11 High wind and some thunder in the night. J Gale got the two swarms of bees on shares. Robert & Hardy split fence posts. Paid Miss Tuttle $10 for teaching. Willie Campbell and wife came at night.

April 12 Robert and Hardy hauling up wood and drawing manure. Mary and I rode to Town in the afternoon-Got pictures of Wife and I.

April 13 Sold 3 bushels of apples to King-Robert & Hardy drew manure till noon and they all went and left me. Mr. Casey is unwell. Mrs. L came at night.

April 14 Robert & Hardy drew manure and then plowed the garden. Went to Town-Bonnie day.

April 15 My Birthday the beginning of my 63 year. Old age comes on so gradually that it is hard to believe, I'm really an old man of three score. Wet at Church time and we stayed home. I reviewed the past and early years with a strange mingling of gladness and grief. My youthful days are gone.

April 16 Went with Belle to her brick school beside the placid lake (Frain's Lake).

April 17 Mary and I went to R. Campbells and we looked over my papers and agreed to pay Mr. Beal $100 for 400 copies of the wee book Received pen and holder from Mary-a picture in prospect from Elizabeth-A book and beautiful card from Belle and then came from Anna today an Easter Card the finest I have ever seen. I hope I may prove worthy of so much kindness and respect. Treated very kindly in Campbell's beautiful home in Ann Arbor.
Had twin lambs.

April 19 Robert plowing with the 3 grey horses, planting potatoes.

April 20 Mary & I rode down to Augusta and Mrs. L came up with us at night-rough roads.

April 21 Mary took her Mother to Town. Robert & I sowed some Oats in the old Orchard-had twin lambs-snow shower.

April 22 Robert drove Elizabeth and I to Church-cold-Minister not well.

April 23 Robert's black sheep died-Most of us have colds. Robert plowing with mittens on. We went to Mr. Hiscock's sale.

April 25 Ground too hard freeze in the morning to sow barley. Sowed and harrowed barley in afternoon. The first day Elizabeth has been out of School on account of sickness in the 7 years she has taught.

April 26 Robert harrowed in the barley, Took FRank and his Tool Chest to Jackson Gales and called on J. Miller.

April 27 Mrs. L came home to mend clothes-Brother Robert went to Cincinnati-Robert got the harness mended. Paid him $10-Went to Town and bought new shoes.

April 29 Cold morning-pleasant at noon-All in Church but Belle.

April 30 Rode with Frank to Gales and the Lake School with Belle-Robert plowed for corn and I spread manure.

May 1 Merry ever Merry May-Robert plowing-Fox taging sheep-I sowing clover seed-Four of us went to the Manse in the evening, the house was so crowded could not get a seat-the brassy boy stole or hid Robert's hat.

May 3 Thunder in the night-wet morning, Robert plowed and spread manure-12 lambs.

May 4 Plowing and spreading manure again. Mrs. L came. Belle walked home from the Lake School, nearly 6 miles.

May 5 Cut some asparagus-the very first. Brother FRank sent word our old friend John Lindsay died nearly a year ago. His boys were unkind not to send word to us. Brother Robert came and told of his trip to Cincinnati-20 lambs-Borrowed $100 from Brother Robert and Mrs. L took it to her father. Marking and planting corn and potatoes.

May 6 Beautiful May day-Robert and Belle went to Church-a large congregation.

May 7 A wet morning-Robert took Frank to his work and Belle to her School. Rolled the barley ground & turned the cattle and sheep out to pasture-15 lambs.

May 8 Robert and I repaired fence-weary and worn.

May 9 Frank came from Gales and took Mary, Robert and the team to Wm. CAmpbell's and left me to farm alone-about 20 lambs.

May 10 Robert plowed-I spread manure-set out our 8 green trees-great rain storm-ground very wet.

May 11 Beautiful clear morning the land to wet to harrow. Mary and I went to Town and bought some flowers. Mrs. L came.

May 12 Robert harrowed the corn field-Paid Miss Tuttle $10 for teaching-

May 13 Ice on the wash dish-Walked to Church alone-Earnest Sermon-taught a class. Met my friend John Geddis.

May 14 Drove Belle to School in a driving east rain. Hardy and Robert did chores and cut wood. Frank tried to sell beans-too wet to plant corn.

May 15 Wet morning clearing off by noon-about 25 lambs. Boys went away and atayed all day. Went to Wm. Campbells.

May 16 Marked and helped to plant potatoes. Mary and I sent to Town and got feed and Elizabeth's plants and a corn panter free.

May 17 Robert and Hardy planted the potatoes and marked for corn.

May 18 I marked the corn ground, Robert and Hardy planted and Mary went for Belle and Mrs. L came home

May 21 Rain snow and sleet-Robert took Belle to the Lake School-Sold 38 bushels of clean wheat to Deuble at $1.

May 24 Cleaned and took 4 loads of sheat to Market-Cut the lambs tails-13 ewes and 11 bucks-Got a check for $170 on the Bank for the Wheat-170 Bushels.

May 26 Went to Ann ARbor and Beal disappinted me about the book as usual. Mrs. L went to her Father's. Paid Brother Robert the $100 I owed him-Paid son Robert $16.

May 28 WEnt with Belle to her School at the Lake-muddy roads. Robert and Hardy plowed for Beans. Paid Hardy for last week-ground very wet.

May 30 The two girls and Azro (his first appearance in their lives) went to Wm. Campbells. Hardy harrowed and brought a dog to scare the vile beasts that kills so many hens-another great shower.

May 31 The last day of May a very wet cold May. The boys replanted half of the cornfield, howed the garden. Mary came back.

June 1 Fine cool clear morning-Birds singing before four. Mary and I went to Church. Mrs. L came.

June 2 Two girls cleaned house-Robert broke the big cultivator and got it repaired. Belle and I went to Town with Mrs. L and walked home and made calls.

June 5 Boys repaired the fence broken by the troublesome cattle and cultivated the corn before it was up.
Another pouring rain-lighting striking Mr. Fletcher's Barn (Charles Fletcher). Robert Luts, Azro, Spooner Boys helped wash the sheep-good place to wash and good help-the vile beast took another hen last night.

June 7 Sold 18 bushels Potatoes to L. Davis at 35 cents. Mrs. L came for a few days and went to Detroit, Windsor and Royal Oak to visit relatives. All well and comfortable.

June 10 Forty years since we came to Ypsilanti. Went with Isabelle to her Church in Royal Oak, Agood Sermon, A pleasant time with Isabelle's married daughter and grandchildren but not one to read a chapter in teh Bible aloud.

June 11 Returned from Sister Isabelle's and the Oak and met Brother James and took dinner with Mother in her home and she is wonderful, intelligent at her age. Then we had a fine visit and supper with Sister Agnes and stayed overnight.

June 12 Agnes, Wife and I walked to Father's grave-we did not see it last summer and it was covered with Myrtle.
Returned home and went with Mrs. L to her Fathers. John Campbell was drawing wet manure through the mud barefooted.
A friend Harry trapped the Coon that we thing was killing all our hens-Paid Mary Tuttle $20 for teaching.

June 14 William Lambie, Superintendes the FAir in native Stravens today where I have not seen in 44 years but I will not be there. A Pioneer meeting in Lansing, I will not be there neither. Spreading potatoes, howing in the garden and trying to keep the farm in order.

June 16 Mrs. L went back-Mr. Campbell paid the $100 note-I sent it back.

June 18 Went with Belle to the Lake School-Robert went to Sing. Frank to shear sheep-Lizzie to teach-Cultivating potatoes and corn. The cow that had the dead calf milking well. Thunder showers. Hardy told me of a swarm of bees in his field. Lut helped me to hive them and I carried them home through the wheat after dark. George Green sent papers from Lansing-The State Pioneers opened their meeting with Prayer then they sang Old Hundred and read a poem by William Lambie-Hurrah!!!

June 19 Robert broke the Cultivator again-poor prospect for corn-Sent letter to Lansing-Robert went to Sing.

June 20 Very cool-Boys working with their coats on.

June 22 Elizabeth's last day of School-Mary and I went to John Millers-could not get a pig to to save us from throwing away our mil

June 23 Frank, Spoonser and Azro shore the Sheep-76 in all. Robert tied up the wool.

June 25 Mary, Elizabeth and I went with Belle to her School and got Water Lilies in the Lake-Bought two pigs from Bennett for $6-too dear but dislike throwing away the milk.

June 27 Three firls and I went to the Normal and heard the Graduates and Mr. Willits the new Principal-More rain-rather alarming for the crops.

June 28 Cows broke the fence and got in the Meadow-Vexed us. Anna Came home at night.

June 29 Bought barbed wire and strung it along the fence where the cows broke down the other. Working on the corn and catching potato bugs.

June 30 Mrs. L's Birthday-Cleaned and whitewashed the Cellar and howed and cultivated beans. Mrs. L and Belle went to Town. John McDougal paid interest-good day-Cultivated beans with Mr. Gray's cultivator in afternoon.

July 1 Sabbath-Long bright beautiful day. Mrs. L, the 4 girls and I went to Church. All at home again.

July 2 The girls bought 16 quarts of berries from Mr. Gray. The boys put up a tent in the grove-Sister Isabelle sent her likeness-Elizabeth went to Whitmore Lake-the boys worked on the road. I put Paris green on the Potatoes.

July 4 The boys slept in the tent in the Grove and then drove away in the buggy.

July 5 Luts and Robert got the Mowing machine in order and began mowing-The Scotney boys offered to cut and bind the wheat fro $10 an acre if I pay for the twine. Wilber offered $50 for the White Steer and Heffer-Bell offered $57. Heard from Robert that Mother was sick. The three girls went to Belle's School and brought her home.

July 9 Frank sold the horse Tom to Mr. Burns and the White Steer and heffer to Rolland Fletcher fro $60. Mowed and got in lots of Hay. It is fine order. The Congregational Church was dedicated-got more pages of the wee book from Beal-Hay estimated 16 tons.

July 13 Dull and cloudy-cleaning and painting the house.

July 14 Too wet to get in the Hay, put green on potatoes-Boys did not work. Went to Town-Bought more than we sold.

July 15 Went to Church-Anna and Belle to the new Congregational Church.

July 16 Mr. Scotney promised to cut hay for us tomorrow if it doesn't rain.

July 17 Mr. Scotney came with his Exclusive Reaper and the Agent failed to come-he was very much bothered before he could get it started-then was able to get most of the Northwest Field-doing some good work.

July 22 Grand Harvest weather. It is better to rejoice in prosperity than murmer in advertisity-Drew in 4 loads of wheat and then the rains came. The boys heard a dog in the sheep-it killed 3 and hurt some more.
Frank lived here in the Winter and got his Board and Washing free and I hoped he would help his old weary Father in Harvest-But rich Mr. CAmpbell took him away-If I could sell the farm and retire I think it would be better for me.

July 25 Frank and I went to E.C. Peck and he promised to come and Harvest.

July 26 Went to John Miller and Wilbers to seek help but failed-Then kind Harry came with his riding rake and John Ross helped-Ring and Jones came to help-Azro helped run the reaper and bound up wheat.

July 28 With Azro's team and ours we got in most of the Wheat.

July 30 Robert and Luis (his name shows up during the summer) working for Azro-Elizabeth and Mother went to buy a stove and things for Elizabeth to begin for herself.

August 2 Elizabeth's Wedding day-Azro and her went on the Eleven O'Clock train to Jackson and by rig and horse to Olivet to get Mr. Estabrook to marry them. Robert and I went to the Depot and saw them start on the journey of Life together. Was sorry to part with such a grand happy good girl as Elizabeth but could not blame her for leaving us and her early home in all likely hood for ever.

August 3 Elizabeth and Azro came back-Married man and wife-Mrs. L went with them to Town to buy more things.

August 5 Went to Church and 6 of us went to Miss Bennetts funeral in the afternoon.

August 7 Anna, Mary and Robert helping Elizabeth to put her new home in order.

August 8 Girls and I had a pleasant time down the River_ and gave notice of Elizabeth's marriage to the Printer-Robert worked for Azro.

August 11 Mrs. L went to see Elizabeth's new home-her marriage in the paper.

August 17 Robert helped Loomis to thrash-Luis and I drew manure-Heard about the death of Mrs. Geddis.

August 20 Two girls, Robert and I went to Mrs. John Geddis' funeral. Beal sent word my book was printed but sent no copy-Mary and I got a Churn.

August 23 More rain-too wet to work-Robert and the Gray boys went to Camp at Whitmore Lake-Beal sent a copy of “Life on the Farm”.

August 27 Beal sent the Index for the Book-Bought half ton of coal for the Thrashers-Thrashers came after dark and Belle gave them supper-Then it rained and she gave them breakfast bo no thrashing-but at noon it cleared and they thrashed till dark-good help. Expected 300 bushels but had 345-only 15 bushels Oats-Azro helped and Mary took him home.

August 31 Drove Robert and Belle to Harry's to help Thrash. Luis and I drew boards and post for a lane fence.

September 1 Robert and I harrowing with 3 horses-Luis and I fixing the board fence.

September 3 With Frank to Depot and to the Lake School with Belle-then through Dixboro to Ann Arbor-Paid Beal $60 and brought home 200 of “Life on the Farm”.
Went to School meeting-Paid Mr. Scotney $16.90 for harvesting the wheat-Wm. Scotney elected School Director.

September 6 Azro and Elizabeth took away the Organ. Robert and Jones helped Azro thrash-The sulky, greedy book seller of Ann ARbor wanted 30% to sell the book-Samson 10% and Frank Smith-nothing. Robert got a drill from Wm. Campbell and B bushels seed wheat from Azro.

September 12 Very surprised to hear of death of our young neighbor Alford Gray.

September 13 Mary, Frank, Robert and I went to the burial of our neighbor, Alford Gray-solemn and sad.

September 15 Went to Town in Elizabeth's Buggy and took 50 copies to be bound. Paid Elizabeth $10 for seed wheat.

September 17 Mrs. L started for her Fathers with 6 books-the first $2 for my book venture.

September 19 Went to Detroit-Frank met me and we went to the State Fair-big crowd-street cars packed-We walked part way.

September 21 Azro brought his sulky plow and helped us.

September 25 Went to Town and changed wheat for flour-Paid Fisher $7 for binding.

September 27 Went to the Fair (Ypsilanti? Ann Arbor?) Met Father Campbell, old John Geddis and a number of friends-looked at the fine fruit and vegetable and farm implements-and the Buckeye Binder-saw Joslin's balloon go up in grand style-Mr. Robert's burial.

September 30 Frank and Azro went to Mr. Campbellss-Robert cutting corn-then they all went away and left me.

October 1 Fox and Jones cutting corn-Robert mowing in the Meadow-took a sheep for mutton.

October 2 Gave a book to Mrs. Stephenson and old Mr. & Mrs. Post-Robert and Mary went to AZros.

October 4 Father Campbell and I went to the Ann Arbor Fair-met old friends-Robert Campbell paid $33 for interest-gave some friends “Life on the Farm”—happy day.

October 6 Intended going to the Art Loan in Detroit but it was dark and damp and some of us did not feel well. Received big book by the Signal Service from Washington-Nice notice of “Life on the Farm” by Charles Moore in ‘Every Saturday’.

October 13 Mrs. L, Mary, Robert and I gathered Apples-7 bushels.

October 15 Mary and I went to Mrs. Herman's burial. Robert gathered Apples fro Azro-Mrs. Gregory wanted a poem for a Birthday Party-wet and husking corn.

October 19 Grandfather Campbell, Mary, Elizabeth and I went to the Detroit Art Loan and was well entertained seeing the fine pictures. Came home very tired.

October 24 Husking the poor corn, Mr. Campbell came-Went to Elizabeth's for dinner.

October 29 David Gardener told us of his FAther's death. Mary and I went to John McDougals to take him wool.

October 31 Mary and I went to Robert Gardener's Funeral-they laid the old man in his garden.

November 2 Robert and I went to Ben Voorhees and got two rams $10.

November 5 Paid Beal $0 and $60 before-got a receipt in full-36 books unbound-I did not get them-More rain.

November 9 Fine review of “life on the Farm” in Hamilton Adventurer

November 10 Went to Canada and called on james and Mother-was vexed and said words I regretted to Mother.

November 14 Shipwrecks on the Lakes and sorrow on the Sea. Snow showers and high winds.

November 16 Banked up the Cellar-put sheep under the barn-took a sheep for mutton.

November 19 Pleasant morning-Robert and I went to a sale over at E. Paynes.

November 20 Dr. Davis was buried-got a letter from Thomas Holmes.

November 25 Grand Sermon at Chruch. Mrs. TAylor wanted money for the parsonage. I only had 25 cents and that was borrowed.

November 27 Frost and clear beautiful day-Jones got a load of stumps Received a delightful letter from Mr. Estabrook.

December 2 George Allen told us of Mrs. Allen's death. So our good friend will help us no more in sorrow and sickness-At Church helped old Mrs. Thompson, over 90, down the steps.

December 5 Went to Pioneer meeting in Saline-delightful day-some goo addresses-Read some lines-did not expect to be called on and was too excited.

December 7 Robert and I went to Town to see the big Derick and Moormans men boring for healing water.

December 8 Went to see “Custer Last Rally” in the Opera House. All the clocks set back to correspond with the new Standard Railroad time.

December 11 Went to Town and bought a pork barrell and salt-could not find anyone who would kill pigs.

December 12 Robert and Jones killed the pigs-we salted the pork.

DEcember 16 Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fletcher sat with us at Church.

December 18 Cold and dreary-Cattle and sheep very hungry.

December 19 Mary, Robert and I went to Town, called on Robert and learned from him Mother was better and was able to take a cup of tea with him as she did 50 years ago.

December 20 Some sunshine-lambs very weak, 2 died. Wrote some lines intended for the Farmers Institute to be held at Chelsea-January 22.

December 21 More snow-Robert took Mary to Elizabeths. Cloudy, bleak and dull. Mrs. L came in the snow storm.

December 22 More snow-Received $236.21 School money from the Tax Collector F. G. Covert-Paid the taxes $23. Paid $60 I owed Brother Robert-Anna Came from Elkhart-Loaned Frank $100-Azro got the White Self.

December 24 Opened a Christmas box from Sister Agnes with presents and Mrs. L started over the snow early.

December 25 Christmas-Fifteen years since Father left all that is of earth earthly. If it was not for memory he would be to as if he had never been. Except for Belle we all went to Azro and Elizabeth's for dinner along with Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fletcher and William Campbell family. A pleasant meeting of rural friends.

December 26 Anna gave me a handkerchief, Mary a box of paper, Elizabeth a new day book, Mrs. L a pair of stockings on Christmas. Mrs. L started for her Fathers. Frank and Robert who returned before dinner. Anna, Mary and Robert went to Town in the Cutter.

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January 1 John Campbell came saying his Mother was sick and Mrs. L went with him to take care of her.

January 2 Five of us drove to Robert Campbell's near Ann Arbor and the grandest and greatest party we ever attended in so fine a home-a fine beginning for 1882.

January 10 Went down with Elizabeth and Robert with the buggy in 4 or 5 inches of snow-bought goods at Thorntons.
Thorntons, Forsyth and McCornacks sore broken into.

January 11 Frank took the girls to their Schools in the Cutter.

January 15 Went in the Cutter on Icy Roads to Church-A. Martin wants money from us to build a parsonage-I did not like to be dunned on a Sabbath.

January 17 John Campbell and Mrs. L came for dinner and Mrs. L returning to care for her sick Mother who as lived long and well. Frank sold 16 live Roosters to Chidester for less than $4.00.

January 25 Mrs. L and John Campbell came and brought beef. Robert paid $5.00 for tuition.

January 26 Our good friend Wm. Cross who has worshipped with us for 40 years was buried.
Robert brought home Bell from School-Lizzie and her were vaccinated

January 30 Tom Sponser, Frank and I cleaned up two loads of wheat and Frank took it to Town.
Mabley sells 750 Overcoats for $1.00 each.

February 1 Roads frozen and good walking. Sold 205 bushels wheat at $1.30-$266.56-Heard Mrs. Wartz was married to Cooper-What a falling off.

February 2 David LeForge paid us a visit but his mind fails him.

February 8 Walked to town. Pattison thought it would take over $100.00 to print my book.

February 11 Mrs. L came to see us but returned again to care for her Mother-Mary unwell-we rode to town and she got Medicine from Dr. Fraser.

February 14 Drove to Town with 4 dozen eggs and brought home a pail of Oatmeal and picked up Elizabeth.

February 15 Robert and I went to the sale of farm stock of the late Robert Geddis-big crowd and met our old friend John Geddis and other friends-Did not buy any high priced animal with Pedigrees.

February 18 Paid J. Rensifer $8.10 for being Director half a term and repairing the School House.

February 20 Went and took dinner with Mother on her 86th Birthday-cheerful and happy in hopes of glorious immortality.

March 1 Girls went to Theodores-Peck came with a petition and talked loud.

March 6 Drove Bell up to her School-roads wet and muddy.

March 8 Have a cold and depressed-

March 10 Walked to Town and could do nothing with Woodruff with my papers-letter from Sister Isabell.

March 11 Robert's-19 years have rolled away, his first and 19th Birthdays much alike-cold and snow showers.

March 15 3 inches snow-boys looking over apples-Sold 8 bushels Apples to L. Davis for $1.10 bushel-Getting from one to three dozen eggs a day.

March 19 All went to Church but Frank-Met our old friend who said it his 81st Birthday.
Our neighbor John Campbell (who it he? (met with an awful accident-his horse ran away and he was thrown against a tree and so badly hurt he died very soon-His wife and daughter both had an arm broken.

March 20 Went over to Mr. Campbells and found Thomas Martin from Gran Rapids and Straven whom I had not seen in twenty years and did not know the old man-He stayed overnight with us and we talked of Auld Ling Syne.

March 21 Mary, Frank and I went to John R. Campbells funeral. He seemed to look as well in death as in life-Spring gales and snow squalls.

March 22 Cold North Wind-Wild Geese flying North-counted 28 Robins-the boys ringed (castrated?) the pigs and went to Uncle Williams.

March 24 Elizabeth and Bells School closed-Mary, Robert and Clare went to Elizabeth's School at night-brought back word Longfellow was dead.

March 27 Sold 11 bushels Apples for $11 to L. Davis-sold 9 1/2 dozen eggs for $1.33-John Campbell from Augusta told us of Aron Childs death.

March 28 Wife and I went on muddy roads to her Fathers. Mr. Campbell looks feeble-Four of us went to Aron Childs Funeral.

March 31 Robert and Jones drawing Manure-6 of us went at night to the Church for a supper and the Installation.

April 1 Robert drew Manure. The young people went to hear the Jubilee Singers and I stayed alone.

April 2 Grand day-A great turn out of people in the Church, and horses and rigs in the yard. Willie Campbell and Mary Bacon came-Lambs got in with the sheep.

April 3 Repaired fence and turned sheep out to pasture. Frank paid $50 and went to Town Meeting. Bell began her School in our District-Elizabeth in hers after weeks vacation.

April 7 Wet morning for the School teachers-Mary and I went to Uncle Williams and I on to Ann Arbor looking for Beal about printing my book-did not find him. Got wet coming home.

April 8 Marked the potato-ground and Robert planted. Paid Jones $3. Went to town in afternoon and got $50 out of the Bank-Called on Brother Robert and family. Mrs. L still with her sick Mother-Received 5 Scottish Americans with “April” lines by me on the front page.

April 10 Cold and bleak-Robert took the clothes to Mrs. Spoonser and then plowed with his gloves on-the first lambs.

April 11 Mary and I went to town-sold eggs and bought two Crot (?) Barley $4.50 and 1/2 bushel of clover and timothy seed-Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Girls and Miss Hitt came, stayed overnight-4 lambs.

April 12 Robert and I went to John Millers at noon. It was a house of lamentation, Mourning and Woe as heir young son Frank who used to work for us seemed to be near the gates of Death.

April 15 62nd Birthday-old age comes creeping on me. Elizabeth gave me glasses to read with and Bell gave me Burns Poems. Beautiful dawn. 6 of us went to Frank Millers burial-a young son taken.
Bought harness from Mr. Yost $34.

April 18 Robert and I sowed oats and barlety in the field North of the brook and oats in the new orchard-then April showers and 13 lambs.

April 21 Mrs. L. came and went back to Augusta-loaned $25 to John Miller.

April 21 Sowed clover sed and Robert rolled-Went to Augusta with the wee wagon and Mrs. L came back with me.
T. Spoonser got 4 bushels of wheat-5 of us went in the evening to the Scotch Social-I read two poems.

April 26 Mrs. L went back with John-Jones spreading Manure-Deer broke the fence-John Ross brought the clothes from Spoonser-weary and worn.

April 29 The boys bought 700 feet fence boards for $10. Mrs. L has so much to do for other families she could not come to see her own.

May 1 Intended to depart for old Scotland today but could not see the way clear-Paid Robert $10 for April-he took Frank to his work down the River. Mr. Spence offered $105 for 2 steers and a cow. Mary, Elizabeth and I ent to Campbells and hd a pleasant visit but sad seeing Mary fading away.

May 4 Earth clothed in green mantle of beauty.
Mr. Spance paid $15 on the steers and cow and next day paid $100.

May 6 Paid Robert $40 for his red steer. Paid Bell $25 I owed her The girls cleaned the Cellar-The boys went to Uncle Williams.
The two girls and I had a pleasant ride down the River.

May 9 Helped Robert mark for corn-bought Leghborn eggs-Robert went to the show in Town.

May 11 Robert Campbell came and told us Mary Campball was dead.

May 12 Mary, Elizabeth and I and Robert went through the rain storm to Mary Campbells funeral—a fine young Christian Woman.

May 17 Much harrowing and planting-rain and cold-Mary and I took 19 dozen eggs to town-Robert and Jones planted corn-T. Spoonser worked making a board fence. Fruit trees in unearthly beauty-radiant and fragrant bloom.

May 19 Robert plowed for beans. I pulled red rost (a weed) out of the Wheat-Cut the lambs tails-15 Ewes and 15 Rams.
Mary, Elizabeth, Bell and I had a pleasant ride under the blooming trees and Bob-O-Links to the Free Church and Cherry Hill to celebrate Mary's Birthday as we could not go on Monday the 22nd.

May 22 Mary and I went to Ben Voorhees (he brought us honey last week) went over his farm and got white seed corn

May 24 Let the horses and cows out to pasture.

May 25 Went to Detroit and to visit Sister Isabell at the Oak-Sister and I had a grand ride under the blooms to hr daughters, Mrs. Donaldson in Troy and then to Mrs._____in Birmingham.

May 26 Left sister Isabell at Birmingham for Detroit and went over the River and stayed over night with Mother in Windsor.

May 27 An all day rain-Mother, Mary, Catherine and I had a pleasant visit and Mother seems on the borders of Buls-left about 4 in the pouring rain-Brother Frank came to the Ferry with an umbrella to protect me and I got home in the storm in good trim.

May 29 Robert took Frank away-I thought he might have helped about washing and shearing the Sheep but did not want to contend with him. Robert went to Wm. Campbells for the big riding cultivator I howed the strawberries.

May 30 The girls went to see them decorate the Soldiers graves-T. Spoonser and two boys helped us to wash and shear the sheep.

May 31 T. Spoonser and Robert finished the board fence. Heavy showers.

June 1 Went to Pioneer meeting to Broter Roberts for dinner. Read Ypsilanti on he Huron'at the meeting.

June 3 A wet morning-had B Leghorn chicks and something destroyed them-Mrs. L still back and forth to Augusta

June 7 Robert with the team and wagon worked on the road. Sold 6 bushels of Oats 3 of potatoes for $1.50, 9 dozen eggs for $1.44 from L. Davis.

June 8 My Cousin William Lambie has charge of the Cattle Show in Native Straven today and I intended to be there-My Soul sang to be in my Native Land but hardly feel brave enough and strong enough to go so far from home alone. But do not give up Hope. Some great door may open for me.

June 12 Robert and Spoonser planted beans. Mr. Campbell and Mrs. L came-Mr. C and I went up to Barnes where Frank was shearing sheep-Mrs. L went back to Augusta.

June 13 Mary and I went to Augusta for her Mother. Old Mr. Campbell rolling at four score-John harrowing-Nathan drilling in beans.
Work seems to be the chief end of man.

June 14 frank, T. Spoonser, E. Brown shore the sheep-83 and Robert tied up the wool———paid them $2.25 per day-

June 16 Mrs. L back to Augusta-Robert cultivated the grassy cornfield—I replanted some in the lower field-84 in the shade.

June 18 A Minister from Boston brought 20 children for people to adopt in their families-(The Orphan Train?) Met Julia Bacon and she looked well after being 10 years far away teaching the heathens in India.

June 20 Robert went to the Union School to sing-Mary, Elizabeth and I went to hear Mr. Foots class sing in the evening.

June 21 Got the horses shod and the carriage tires set. Robert took Elizabeth and green boughs to her School.

June 23 Mary and Elizabeth went to a school Picnic in Saxons Woods-Rain at night.

June 24 Frank up at 4 to go and shear Sheep.

June 26 John Campbell, Mrs. L and Mr. & Mrs. Jennings came, Brought home and her trunk.

Jne 28 Mrs. L, Anna, Mary, Elizabeth and I went to the Exercises of the Normal School.

June 30 Mrs. L's Birthday-Wet morning-all at home. Boys cleaned out the cistern. Guiteau hanged.

July 1, A heavy shower last night-jones mowed in the Grovs. Went to Jon Millers and down town.

July 2 5 went to Church in the first buggy and 2 in the second. William Campbell came.

July 3 Wife and I went to Detroit and had dinner with Mother and called on Frank, James and Mrs. Inglis-pleasant visit but we had to walk home in dampness, darkness, rain and mud.

July 4 Wife went to town for Carpet-Met A. Campbell and talked an hour on the Bridge-Guns and firecrackers all around.

July 5 Robert cultivated beans and Jones corn.

July 6 Killed a wee sheep-ground the mowing knives and Robert mowed part of the South field-some new furniture-Looks like a good hay day-raked in afternoon.

July 8 Too wet to work in the Hay, Anna, Mary, Elizabeth, Kate Inglis, Miss Williams and I went to Brother Robert's for dinner. Monroe Woosey paid $330 for use of 10 sheep for one year.

July 9 Grand day-two parties went to Church-Aggie Inglis came with us at noon.

July 10 More rain-too wet for haying-putting tools in order-put the wool in the granary the weather cleared up finely and we raked and Frank and Robert got in two loads.

July 11 Robert, Jones and I got in all the Hay from the South field-took Frank to Augusta at dawn-Aunt Eunice and daughter came in a hack. Girls picniced by the River

July 12 Robert finished mowing the heavy grass and began to cultivate the corn, Jones hoeing new potatoes and cherries.

July 13 Showery and could not work in the hay, still working in the corn field-Miss Williams went away. Elizabeth, Mary and Kate Inglis went to Uncle Williams.

July 14 Robert mowed and raked the Meadow and we got it all in cacks and 4 loads in the barn-a famous crop-The girls took Kate and Aggie to the Depot.

July 15 A glorious morning-Robert, Jones and I worked hard all day and got in all the meadow hay, a good crop in good order.

July 16 A grand day-very weary-Another thunderstorm. Went to town to get a barrel of salt.

July 18 Cultivated and hed beans, a shower at noon, raked hay.

July 19 Was unwell last night-Robert cultivated beans.

July 20 Robert bound Wheat for G. Miller and I cradled some-Ezra Fletcher came for Mrs. L and Elizabeth to see his Mother and sick sister-Frank binding for Harry and Cidester.

July 22 Jerome came with self riding rake-had John, Ross, Harry, T. Spoonser, Dan and Frank binding. Will Spoonser and I set up shes

July 24 Robert, Bell and I drew in all day till I was sick and weary.

July 26 Got in all the wheat-raked barley and Frank and Will Spoonser helping.

July 27 The boys drew in the Barley.
Sold 12 dozen eggs at the 18¢ dozen and bought goods. Exchanged 4 bushels of whea for roller ground flour-Eunice came up with us her father's gone East. Paid Robert $10.

July 30 Mrs. L, Robert and I went to Church-taught a class-William Campbell came.

August 1 Lucken bought a sheep $3.50-Spoonser got 10 Sheep.

August 5 Shower and some heavy rain-Robert plowed some in South field.

August 7 Went with Frank to William Campbells and sorry to see so many fields of heavy cut wheat sprouting and rotting in the rain-a great loss.

August 11 Fox cradled some oats-Robert and I bound them and got in two loads.

August 14 Robert and D. Fox cut all the oats. Frank paid $18 deducting what he owes to $80.-Millspaugh helped bind oats.

August 16 Robert, Lutey, Gray and I bound and drew in Oats.
Mr. & Mrs. Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. McCorkel and a number of young people came.

August 18 Tremendous shower prevented getting oats in. The Harpers declined to publishe my book but request some lines which I sent them-Mrs. L. came back with canned peaches-got in all the oats-some in water.

August 21 Robert went to help J. Miller-Frank to Augusta-help is scarce.

August 22 Mrs. L, Mary, Eliza and I went on Episocopal excursion on the boat-did not get to st. Clair-our friend did not meet us-Mary felt sick-We saw great bands of Soldiers and some kind of chaps called Pithests-Music and Marshal pomp-got home to our Depot and walked home-weary.

Augst 24 Misty morning-Robert and Mr. Gray's boys going to Whitmor Lake-Bell, Anna, Eunice went to William Campbells-Mary and Elizabeth came back from Detroit. Brother Robert back from New York.

August 26 Went to see Brother Robert and he told of a magnificent sail up the lordly Hudson-trned the sheep in the wheat stubble. Mrs. L sat for her photograph-

August 28 Frank and I drove around by Knapps to see about Thrashing. Robert returned from Whitmore Lake. Drew out manure-Frank paid $35.

August 30 Anna went to Detroit-Robert harrowed-Girls cleaned the kitchen.

September 1-Summer sweet good bye-Frank, Robert and I drew out all the manure-Spoonser and Robert's boys pulled beans.

September 3 Frank took Bell to the Lake School-only 33cents for wood-Drove the white cow to Nortons. Frank and I attended School Meeting-Reelected Assessor.

September 5 Bell and Elizabeth began their Schools. Mr. Campbell came.

September 6 Mrs. L and I went to R & W Campbells and then to Ann Arbor and Pioneer meeting-to much contention-I read a few lines. Paid Spoonser boy $7 for pulling beans-he thought it not enough-very weary.

September 9 Went with Frank to Twists and Anna to the Depot and she left for Elkhart-Gave Bell Fletcher note-$105.00 with interest $80 for teaching and $25 I borrowed.

September 10 Six want to Church-Mr. Reed wanted money to build a Church at Milan.

September 11 Went with Frank to Twists and Bell to Lake School. Cars run from Detroit to Toronto and back for $3. but she did not feel able to go.
Robert got a pulverisor from A. Fletcher.
The two Marys went to William Campbells.

September 14 Robert got H. James drill and drilled wheat-I cleaned 18 bushels for seed-Mrs. J. Campbell came and offered Mary good pay to teach School. Mary and Sarah went to meet Bell.

September 16 Robert returned James Drill and got one from John Miller-Bell and Iwent to town and saw Justins Balloon sailing in the sky from Ann Arbor-borrowed $20 from Bell-gave one to Milan Church.

September 18 Went with Frank to Twists and with Bell to Lake School and came back by way of Dixboro-very dry.

September 20 Mrs. L and I went to William CAmpbells adn gathered peaches-Rain at last.

September 23 Six of us went to see Willie Campbell's bride-a very pleasant affair-came home by moonlight.

September 26 Met Mrs. Inglis and Margaret at the Depot and Brother Robert and his wife came with us to dinner and then we drove and brought up Eliza-Pleasant time. Jones cut corn-Robert to help Spoonser and Martin thrash.

September 28 Mary, Margaret Inglis, Elizabeth, Frank, Robert and I went to the Fair-Well balanced people-A man from Saline wanted me to give a Lecture on Temperance.

September 30 Mrs. Inglis, Margaret, wife and I rode by the old Moon farm-our first home in America.

October 4 Robert and I got 12 Apple barrells from Childester-Soldl 15 Wedders to Nannery for $3 each-he paid $5 down.

October 5 Wife and I went to Mr. Campbells and then to the Cheas Factory. Came home and built hay stack in the lower meadow.

October 6 Fuller and two colored men cut all the corn-Paid Fulle $9.

Octobe 9 Got 36 Apple barrells from Chidester-Nannery paid the $40 balance for the Wedders.

October 10 Got 11 barrells from Haskel-Mr. & Mrs. A. Campbell came. R paid $33 interest on his note.

October 13 Picked apples with Robert, J. Pearl and Hardy but no FRak to help pick them.

October 14 Saw the great Comet in the morning sky-Buggy tipped over by the Barn door.

October 17 Robert and FRank drew 45 barrells of Apples for Chidester-Fox husked and helped Harry to thrash.

October 19 Robert and I took 8 Barrells to Deppot-2 for Brother Frank, one for Anna the othrs for Sister Agnes.

October 21 Paid Fox $5 for husking 105 bushels corn. Robert went to Ann ARbor last night to hear some great fiddler-Paid Pearl. $5.75, Hardy $5. G. Voohees got 21 bushels apples $5.25.
Cows in the corn again-

October 26 Six of the famous 9(his brothrs and sisters) dined with Brother Robert on his Sixtieth Birthday. Meeting old friends-Brother Frank, James and I read verses-found 10 in gold under each plate and presented with gold spectacles-a kindness never expected nor thought to wear such grandeur on my nose. Sister Isabell came home with us. (The six: William, Agnes, Isabell, Frank, James and Robert the Host.

October 31 Cook got 46 bushels Cider Apples-Wife and I went to visit Father Campbell on his 81st Birthday-found them well and diligent in continued patience in well doing.

November 1 Left our old friends and returned by noon-the boys load of pumpkins and corn-gathered 5 barrells mor of Baldwin

Novmber 2 Saw the Comet-Not quite so full as at first-Paid Fox for husking 140 bushels $7.-Paid Hardy $3-Paid Robert $5-Cook paid $28 for 240 bushels Cider Apples-Pattison has 3 Lambie Poems in the Commercial.

November 6 Finish 3 weeks of apple picking-

November 9 Frank went for his tool chest-Pattison sent 6 papers about the Birthday Party.

November 11 Heard of the death of our good friend J.W. Childs-Buried today but roads so muddy I could not go.

November 12 When coming home from Church, George and John McDougal told us of their Father's death.

November 13 Wife and I went to Cherry Hill where our old friend was buried.

November 15 The boys laid a plank floor in the stable-sold 10 bushel apples to W. Robins for $4.50.

November 16 The Anniversary of our Wedding 33 years ago. I think there were no presents or congratulations-Perhaps we didn't deserve them-Mrs. L came but had to return to care for her sick Mother.

November 20 Went with Bell to the Crippen School-Benjamin Thompson my old friend was buried-I went to the Covells to see the Thrashers and Robert and got 800 1bs coal-took the wool 83 fleeces to the wood shed.

November 21 The Thrashers came steaming up the lane at Noon-began after dinner to thrash and kept at it until dark-had good help. Paid G. Voohees $81.60 School Mondy for new seats and wood.

November 22 Thrashers finished-everthing went well-159 Bushels Wheat 57 Barley-87 Oats-Paid Jerone $7.20. Kept back one for the old seats at School House.
Paid D. Miller $1.50 for road work-& 7.50 for thrashers.

November 24 Bought a Ram from H. James for $4-Put him with the Ewes. Brought home swarm of Bees from my good friend D. Voohees.

November 27 Took Bell to the Crippen School.

November 30 Thanksgiving-Mary, Elizabeth and I went to the Union Service in the Methodist Church.

December 1 Robert and I went to Detroit and Windsor and enjoyed a heart warming visit with Mother and the Sisters. Called on James and his wife, Agnes and her family and Brother Frank and found them all well.

December 3 Truman Goodspeed died suddenly.

December 5 Had to run to catch the Ann Arbor Train-left my paper with Beal-Got home in time for dinner.

December 6 Saw the transit of Venus about 10-the clouds cleared away at Noon and we all saw it about the size of a marble pass along the lower part of the sun.

December 11 Robert took Bell to Crippen School in the Cutter.

December 12 Wrote a letter to my old School mate John Fleming in Africa. Bought a pair of boots from John Boice for $3.75.

December 13 Anna's Birthday-Mild snow showers. Mary, Elizabeth and Robert went to the Mission Festival at night.

December 14 The boys started before daybreak to a fire at Barnums at the Depot-We got the tumble down surry in running order-The boys bought a lap robe. Mary went with me to feed the 30 lambs.

December 15 Tom Spoonser, Frank and Robert killed three squealing pigs.

December 16 George Wilbur paid Frank the School money $221.90. Mrs. L came to dinner and then went back to stay with her sick Mother
Settled accounts with Frank-Robert took Bell to her School in the Cutter. Sharp morning and below zero.

December 19 Sent a letter to Beal in Ann Arbor-a hundred and ten for 400 is most too great a risk on my long talked about Book. We have two cutters and I was old before I had one-Many a day we rode in a 3 dollar sleigh and lived frugile.

December 21 Robert and I went in a Cutter that was too expensive for me to ride in and saw the men boring 600 feet down in the Rock for oil, slat or anything valuable-there was water that tasted of salt and sulphur, but I judge some one will loose by the trail-

December 23 Was invited to a Christmas Tree by Mrs. McAndrew. Received a Christmas box from Agnes and there was shouting and glee as we opened it.

December 25 14 years since Father spoke to me the last time, about two hours before he died.
We all went except Bell to a great Christmas feast and a heart-warming time at Andrew Campbells.

Decmber 27 The young folks went to see Grandfather and Grandmother CAmpbell-I fed the stock, sawed some wood and had a headache.

December 31 Another year ended going down the strange stream of time.

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January 1st- The beginning of another year-If we could rise in Virtue and do in years. Cold day.

January 3- Elizabeth and Robert to School-Frank to Augusta-Brother Robert came. The three of us walked down in the evening to hear Mr. Green's fine history of Missionaries-Morrison in China, Dr. Duff in India and Livingston in Africa carried bravely the Banner of the Cross for native Scotland.

January 4- Jones and Son chopping an Oak on Shares. Wife and I spent pleasant time with our old friend John Geddes and wife.

January 6- Elizabeth's birthday-born 1857. Mrs. L took 3 to School in the Cutter and went to her Father's afterwards.

January 7- Robert vexing us and the girls started out on foot. Bell stayed overnight with her friend Lu and gathered snow for washing-12 below this morning.
Took a grist to the Mill-Drew $50.00 from the Bank. Mrs. L went to the Dentist.

January 12- Got called in the night-saw fire in Town.

January 17- Frank shot an Owl out the window at night-It came on an errand to get a hen but got hit.
S started in the long sled-3 to School and Frank and Mrs. L to Augusta-Robert came home with the horses and went to the Young Peoples meeting.

January 19- Bought boots for Robert-$4.25-Gray britches $3.50.

January 22- Heavy snow in the night, Robert went for Bell in the Cutter. R. Fletcher drove away the Cow, Star-Bell had milked her for 7 years.

January 25- Took a load of Scholars, Teachers and Chickens to Town. Mr. Chidester paid $2.45 for 11 Roosters-Mr. Fletcher's man left $35 for the cow, Star.

January 31- Another snow storm.

February 1st- Old Borealas and the Northern Lights beat in full blast. Mrs. L took the Scholars to Schools every day thru the drifts and deep snow.

February 5- Mrs. L and I went to Brother Roberts for dinner-enjoyed it.
Went to Hawkins house with Mr. Leassing to hear about the Washtenaw History.

February 8- Went to town with the Scholars and gave my paper to Mr. Lessing, is writing the Washtenaw History.

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February 9- Water and flood on the low ground-water under the barn and in the cellar.

February 12- Paid Mr. James Rounsifer $16.68 doe three cords of wood for the School and doing repairs.

February 14- Another snow storm. It seems as though the North Pole was nearer.

March 1st- The beginning of spring, more like mid-winter. The hill is a sheet of ice. Robert got briggs and his team to bring us the new Organ-It is a grand looking piece of furniture-Frank owed $60. paid cash $40-due $20-Mr. Taylor came and the wife to put the Organ in playing order.

March 2- A Farmer brought 50 fence posts from Sumpter and they fell off coming down the icy hill where he piled them up-paid him 8cents each-$4.00.
Paid Elizabeth $25 all she held on R. Campbell note.

March 3- Mr. Lucken sent two men who loaded the two pigs alive in a sled and took them away-Robert and I to divide the proceeds.

March 5- Garfield installed as President-More snow-Robert brought another loadof fence posts-paid him $12. Paid for Wiffletree and Yoke $4.50-Luckin to pay about $28 for the pigs.

March 6- Mr. Spoonser's funeral-Mild and spring-alike.

March 7- Frank paid $20-all he owes-took down eggs and brought up a grist and picked up the girls-ice and snow going fast-Robins singing.

March 10- wife and I went to see the Casey's.

March 11- Robert's birthday-18 years-Gabriel Campbell and his son, Robert came-he brightened us up playing the new Organ and singing, talking and praying with us.

March 12- The good wife, Gabriel and Robert started for Augusta in a driving snow storm-Received letter from Sister Isabell and our old friend John Lindsey.
Robert and Jones drew stove wood in the storm.

March 14- Robert did not go to School-Frank sat up with T. Spoonser-Went to town and Robert stayed to buy a watch and I walked home in the ice and snow-very weary.

March 16- Talked to Robert and Family-Found G. McDougal and Pattisen and told him about A. Campbell's essay on Carlyle we heard on Monday night.
Robert went to A. Campbell's-Paid Jones 75cents.

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March 20- Snow and mud and no help comes to feed and harness the horses-loaned Frank $15. He bought a pig from Deakin read. Loaned Fletcher $20.

March 24- Luckin came to buy Wedders but they were not fat enough-bought one $5.00.

March 25- Wife and I, Robert and Wm. Campbell went to Belleville to Miss Campbell's funeral (daughter of Sam Campbell).
We brought up Brother Robert's one horse wagon.

March 28- Mr. Campbell and Gabriel came after supper-saw the Hawkins House barn burn-Was well entertained hearing Mrs. Owen and professor Lodeman at the Young People's Meeting.

March 31- More snow-a long and dreary winter-lost another sheep. John Campbell brought Mrs. L back-bought two bushels Clover seed from him $9.50-
Clare and I gathered 42 eggs-sold 10 bushels corn to Bueland $3.00.

April 3- 5 went to Church-Dr. McVicar Preached-Old Mr. Flowers and two others buried.

April 6- Robert sick-Wife and I went to see our friend John Miller.

April 7- First grand day in a long time-Skinned a sheep that was drowned-Frank brought more fence boards-Jones and Frank cut more Willows. Paid Jones 50 cents and gave him a pair of old boots.

April 11- Mrs. L, Frank and Robert and the horses helped Wm. CAmpbell to move his big farm near Ann Arbor.

April 14- Jones sowed plaster on the Clover field-Robert got two horses shod-Went to Brother Robert's after supper.

April 15- My Birthday-the days of youth come back no more. Can it be I am three score? Receiove books, flowers and poetry-some stop working long before they are 60.
Robert and I drew up stalks and I had to work like 60 and should be glad I was able to do it.

April 19- The boys and Mrs. L went to Augusta-bought a gray horse Tom from Tom Cross for $77.50-Frank to pay $10 and get to use him-White cow had a calf-Lambs not doing well.

April 21- Frank bought two pigs from Roberts-I did not want fighting pigs-think they were not worth much-A barrell of apples to Agnes, 2 to Frank.

April 22- Wife and I went to B. Voohees for early Ohio potatoes, sowed peas and radishes-Robert and Jones drew Manuare-got in last years corn-turned out the sheep after feeding 5 months. G. Campbell came at night.

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April 23- Sowed Clover seed on the 3 acres near the brook. Went with G. Campbell to his fathers-pleasant visit. Old Mrs. Thompson was buried.

April 25- Wm. Campbell came at noon and wife, son and a horse went to help him on his big farm-Robert harrowed and Jones cut brush-Went to Normal to hear Miss Hoppen-very tired.

April 27- Robert and Jones drew fence posts-frank Miller and I staked out the line fence between Martin and us.

April 28- Willows getting green-have 16 lambs alive, did not count the dead-Robert and Jones drawing Manure with two wagons. 3 cows to milk and 3 claves to feed and Bell does not help me as formerly and more work comes on me.
The Wm. Campbell helpers came back at night.

May 2- Intended selling potatoes to Chidester but Robert did not come home to help. Frank and Dan Miller worked on line fence-Paid Miller $5.00.

May 4- Went to town to get side slide for the plow-Robert plowed with 3 horses-Wm. Campbell came and took Mary away. 28 lambs.

May 6- Brother Robert an daughter came to pick wild flowers.

May 7- Went to town to get a loda of roof boards from Robert. F. Miller roofed the wagon shed-Robert rolled the clover-took butter, eggs and baldwin apples to town. Paid Miss Boice $14.00 for teaching. Paid Miller $2.00.

May 9- Sold the red and white Heffer to Lackin's for $65. He paid $3 down, to take away the first of June-Glorious Eden like days.

May 11- Took a grist-4 of wheat and 2 of corn-No sale for apples and potatoes.

May 12- Wife and I milked after sunrise-Robert plowed with 3 horses and broke the big whiffle tree-another daughter at John Campbells-Robert went for the Barn raising (Wm. Campbells).

May 16- Too wet to plow-Cut the lambs tails-16 ewes and 15 bucks. Miller roofed the pig pen-Paid 40 cents for part to put on plow.

May 18- Went to Depot and met Brother Frank-enjoyed a nice pleasant ride round by the old Moon farm recalling younger days and early life in America 40 years ago.
Took dinner with Robert-Got aneeded rest and spent a friendly happy day.

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May 18- Wife an I milked at dawn. Took potatoes to town. Gave away the apples and sold potatoes for 60 cents bushel. F. Miller made a fence at Harris corner.

May 20- At 3 score, fed 3 horses, milked 3 cows, fed 3 calves and 3 pigs while 3 young people were in bed.
Radishes, pie plant and asparagus ready for use.

May 22- Mary's birthday-sprouted patatoes and sold 5 bushel and some apples to L. Davis and also to J. Ross.

May 24- Potatoes sprouting and Apples rotting in the Cellar. Took 4 bushel potatoes to Haskell and 10 bushels Apples to Forsythe-Robert and I had a boat and rowed on the pond above the Lowell Dam and caught a few fish in the afternoon where I fished 40 years ago.

May 25- Cleaned a load of Wheat and sold it to Deubel for $1.03, 30 bushels $31.28-the Mill undergoing repairs and he won't buy no more now.

May 27- Robert Jones and Dan Miller washed the Sheep and then Robert and I went to the Barn Raising at J. Millers and had a nice supper then under the trees. Elizabeth paid John Boyce the School money ofr Miss Boyce $13.00.

May 30- Mrs. L, Robert, Frank and I went to Augusta to see their new barn. The Pioneer History just our seems to be faulty and give me no satisfaction after paying $8.50 for the Book and $40 for each pioneer likeness-I need have no regrets since they call me a Modern Burns, and get in my lines all right and no $8.00 to pay.
G. Campbell came to help decorate the Soldier's graves.

May 31- Went to town with the girls and G. Campbell-called on friends and drew some money out of the Bank-Mrs. L, Mary and me went to old Mrs. Hiscock's funeral.

June 1- Intended to go to Detroit but too wet-Luckin's took away two Heffers and paid $65 in full.

June 2- Went to Detroit and called on Brother Frank, sister Agnes Brother James and Mother in her old age and my old friend James Wallace, I had not seen him for 30 years.
Stayed overnight with Sister Agnes.

June 3- Brother Frank and I went to the Oak and enjoyed a fine visit with Sister Isabell and her family-Frank returned home in the evening and I stayed overnight and called on her daughter Mary.

June 6- Erna kanapp commeced to work at $16 a month and he spread manure and split wood.

June 7- The boys shore sheep and I tied up the wood. Wet day so it was slow work. Shore 30.

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June 10- Frank and I went to Spoonsers Sale. The boys drew gravel with the horses and worked off the road tax in 4 1/2 days. G. Stephenson got 10 sheep to pay a pound of wool and return them a year from August.

June 11- Brother Robert, Mrs. Morton and his wife and daughter made us a pleasant visit-Mrs. Wartz and Mrs. Morehouse came.

June 14- Monroe Woolsey got 10 sheep and 6 lambs. 3 went in evening to hear Miss Knox sing.

June 16- Went to borrow John Miller's fanning Mill-August, the colored man came to work but we had Knapp. Cleaned 3 loads of Wheat and sold them-33 bushels.

June 17- Cleaned and sold 3 more loads Wheat-the hill was washed out from all the rain in places and Mr. Fletcher's double teams helped us. Sold 183 bushels Wheat at $1.08= $198.25-Frank went to Spoonsers to shear sheep.

June 18- Fine Summer morning, Settled with Frank paying him $51.00. Paid Rensifor $5.00 for getting the shedhouse cleaned. Eliza got $198.00 out of Bank. Mrs. L and G. Campbell went to Augusta in the buggy. Anne did not come-Paid Erna Knapp $5.00, $1.50 before = $6.50.

June 19- Went to Church-Mr. Steel from Ann Arbor preached-grand June day.

June 20- Went to town for Anna at 10-She sent a telegram saying she can not come till 5 P.M. Went again at 5 and she arrived all right. Robert and Erna drew Manure. Jone hoed potatoes. Frank went to Toemes to shear sheep. Wm. & Clare Campbell came and got 3 bushels potatoes, 3 before, paying $3.60, gave them some small ones free as we are through sprouting and turning them.

June 21- Fine morning-Robert and Jones drawing manure. E. Knapp did not work. Mr. & Mrs. Geddes came and we had a pleasant visit. The cows bother us breaking the fence. Girls gathered strawberries. Got out 24 loads of manure. Harry got the rake___pleasers.

June 22- Robert and Jones drew manure. Longest day-put a board on the cows horn and they did not break the fence. Clover fields red and fragrant.

June 23- Robert and I milking at 5-Robert and Jones drew out manure. Robert, Mary, Eliz and I went to the ending or what we call the commencement of the Union School. A big turnout of fine dressed people. But the addresses were not equal to the Grandeur.

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June 24- Robert cultivated corn-Jone plowed our potatoes and hoed them. The girls and Robert went to the Normal. Frank came back on Thursday, having broke the ato(?) buggy and returned with a new one. We paid $100 for the Ato-one about 16 years old.

June 25- Mrs. L sick-The two girls and I went to Church. Mr. Blair preached in the morning. Girls and I went to the Prayer Meeting and heard Dr. McVicker, he kept repeating and shouting till I was weary of him and glad when he stopped. The singing was sweet and the audience large.

June 27- Another wet morning. Boys ground the mowing knives. Jones owes $165-got $50 out of the bank-paid wife $40. Went with Frank to the Voorhees farm but the great man is under the flowers.

June 28- Saw the comet last night. Grand morning-Wife, Anna, Belle and I went to Normal and heard good speaking. A beautiful Hello. Robert mowed with the machine and Jones with the scythe.

June 29- Jones owes $265. The clouds cleared away and we had a good Hay day. Took back J. Miller's Fan Mill-Robert took the girls to the Normal-Began to mow the south field-Raked afternoon and got in 3 loads. It seems odd for a man 3 score to work in the sun and milk at night and young people sitting in the shade.

June 30- The last of balmy June-Robert mowing in the morning. Went with Frank to the Voorhees farm. Got in one load of hay-Robert mowed late and all the fields. Paid Jones 25 he owes 140. Balmy June no more-the bonnie days are over.

July 1- Beautiful dawn-the rising sun throwing sunshine and shadows in fields and forest indicative of a fine hay day. Robert cultivated and Jones mowed forenoon. Got in 4 loads of hay and Belle raked all afternoon. Hay in prime order pure atmosphere-weary with overexertion.

July 2- Wife took Frank to her Father's yesterday “Beautiful morning-fine hay day” Ross and ones helped us get in 8 or 9 big loads. Belle raked round the fields___on the sulky rake. Paid Ross 150-Jones 100. Mr. Fletcher got 2 loads of straw. The word came that President was shot.

July 3- Richman preached about Garfield. A telegram came during the Sermon stating he was quiet and suffering less. It seems terrible wicked to hurt so grand a man as President Garfield.

July 4- Fourth of July-Drew all the hay-two loads of marsh and two of clover. The girls and Robert went to Wm. Campbell's. Wife and I rested at home.

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July 5- Heard that Mr. Graves' son and Mr. Murbie's daughter were drowned yesterday. A great sorrow for their friends.
Garfield still living. Wife and I went with some of Wm. Campbell's friends to his big farm, cameback after dinner in the heat and dust at 90 in the shade and it hurt my eyes and lungs. Did not sleep well.

July 6- Robert and Jones cultivated corn and beans. I hoed weeds at 92 in the shade-very oppressive in the intense heat-rested some in the shady grove.

July 7- Herded the sheep on Fletcher's hill at MOrn-Rain and thunder at breakfast. Wife, Mary, Elizabeth and I went to the funeral of the young people who were drowned on the furth.
Very wet did not get a seat in the Church. A great congregation to sympathize with the bereaved.

July 8- 92 in the shade-helped Robert and Jones to draw manure-Thunder-Mr. Peek got 20 bushel corn, paying in full $9.00.

July 9- Warm and Sultry. Wheat fields nearly ripe for the harvest Drew out 2 loads manure and commenced harvest-great heat 95–100 in the shade. Robert was like to be overcome and we had sometimes to go in the shade.

July 10- 5 went to Church-not so warm today. Garfield improving Mr. Graves thanked me for the line on his bereavement-Have country habits in the Evanglist.

July 11- Frank and his mother went to Augusta, Robert, Jones and E. Knapp brought in the harvest. Feels like a good harvest day about 85 in the shade. Paid Jones and Knapp $175. Brother Robert was very generous to us all.
Girls cleaning house, Wife attended a Church meeting.

July 12- Birds caroling at dawn. Early Ohio potatoes nearly ripe-Robert, JOnes and I harvested till about 2-very warm 98-Then a great thunder storm-was glad of the rest. the storm beat down the wheat. irls papered the room.

July 13- Cool after the storm, dark clouds, mercury to 75. Wind sighing like Autumn. A white dove on the barn. Damp forenoon-Jones brought Trust to bind nd we finished the wheat in the Orchard and cut 9 stook(?) in the Nort field. Paid Jones 2 and Trust 1.

July 14- Robert went to help J. Miller, fine, cool harvest day. Cradled and bound a few sheaves alone.

July 15- Teremo reaped the N.E. Filed. Mr. Miller, Robert, Jerome and Trust bound, 1 set up-Paid Trust 4, Jones 2, cut some on the low land-G. Campbell not up at the table.
Have a letter on Temperance in the Evangelist.

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July 16- Jerome reaped all the wheat. John Miller was sick and Trust was untrusty. Robert Jones and I very tired tusling with the great tangled sheaves. Fletcher's men helped to bind in afternoon. Got it all set up-very weary-good harvest day-about 90 at noon.

July 17- Pure serene Sabbath morning-Two loads wen to Church. A stranger presached. Sheep behaved-both wife and I milked. Young people went to the evening service.

July 18- A cool refreshing breeze from the North. Summer Days in the Commercial. Robert Jones and I drew in all the wheat in the Orchard and begun on the low land-Frank helped some.

July 19- Drew great sheaves of low field all day-very weary-a great crop of straw. John Taylor and Mr. Wartz came. Weary and worn.

July 20- Drew wheat till 3 and the rain came as we got in the last load. we seem to be favored with great weather and better wheat than we expected. Bell helped to pitch sheaves over in the big meadow-Hurt myself-pitching big sheaves-paid Jones 1. Mrs. L took $196 to the Church.

July 21- Robert raked the wheat stubble-emjoyeda needed rest. Grandfather Campbell brought back Frank's trunk. A wonderful active intelligent man at four score. Mrs. L went home with him and got $50 out of the bank.

July 22- Rain last night-The boys went away in the buggy. the two girls to Mr. Camps. Jones spread manure among big mullens. I rested and read and wrote about harvest and kept things in order.

July 23- Belle captured the buttery rat-The boys begun to plow down the big mullens with Fletcher's plow and it worked first rate. Drew in the wheat rakings-Went to town-Called on Robert.

July 24- Sermon on the Woman a the Well. Mr. Post at Church the Sabbath School Superintendent 40 years ago.

July 25- Exchange wheat for flour, got Tom-Robert turning under the big mullens nicely. Jones hoeing beans. O'Brien got the best load of wheat straw.

July 26- Went to town with Robert. Mr. Fletcher paid $5 for interest and 5 for straw. Robert plowing down by mullens in grand style. A minister want help about building a Congregational Church. I have no surpluss. Sent $28 to Miss oyce for teaching.
Cool down to 60.

July 27- Fletcher rectified a mistake about interest-Helped Robert to plow down by weeds and Jones to hoe beans. Cool breezes.

July 28- Robert plowed forenoon and was tired-Him and 5 girls rode to Frain's Lake afternoon. Frank helped Robert to thrash.

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July 29- Wife and I drove down in Frank's buggy and spent a pleasant day with our old friends in Augusta. Met H. McDougal.

July 30- Paid a dollar to get the broken Jointr mended. Robert plowed-dug stumps. Went to town in afternoon. Called on Robert Peck Got some lines to Mr. Post in the Commercial. D. Wilber paid $20 on 15 wedders.

July 31- Sabbath-Last day of July-serene day-Sermon on Adorning the Church.

August 1- Misty morning-summer fading-signs of Autumn. Intended to go to Detroit but came back. D. Wilber got 15 Wedders paying Frank $25, $20 before+ $45. Mrs. L worked in th Church-Robert plowed-Jones cut weeds.

August 2- John Taylor started for Scotland-when will I see my native land, Sold 6 lambs to Munroe Woolsey for $12. Brother Robert, Wife and daughter made us a pleasant visit.
Robert finished plowing down the weeds in the N. west field. 92 in the shade.

August 3- Cut some big weeds in the corn but the heat was too great.

August 4- Mary, Elizabeth and I went to Detroit-Called on Agnes and her family and went over the river and saw brother James and his wife and we had a soul stirring visit with Mother (at four score) and Elizabeth sung “My Ane Countree” and it was like the confines of Paradise. “got a gid visit and a gid cup of tea” at Frank's.
Intense heat 100 in the Shade-the breeze on Detroit River was refreshing-like new life-balm and poetry.
100 in the shade at noon again-92 at suppertime.

August 5- Robert rolled the Miller's field and it looks well. H. McDougal came-grass and corn drying up.

August 6- A grand rain just what we were longing for. When I woke and heard it pattering on the eaves, I was afraid it was not real. But it was real and abundant-a direct blessing from heaven.

July 7- The girls and I went to the Methodist Church and heard Mr. Bourns on Rising up before the hoary head and honoring the old man.

August 8- Mrs. L sick, cool and pleasant-Mercury down to 50. Mowed weeds-Jones bot boards and corn. Robert went to the lake.

August 9- Cool breezes-Frank and West went to Petoskey-was not well Kate and Agnes Inglis came.

August 10- Elizabeth and I went to Detroit with the City Band and enjoyed a delightful sail up to St. Clair. Found my old friend John McMikles, Son and wife, but not himself.
Belle and Robert got home, then Kate Inglis and the girls met me at the Depot and we had a joyous ride home by moonlight.

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August 11- Three girls and Kate Inglis went to Brother Roberts and I went down for them at night and we all went to the prayer meeting.

August 12- Reminds me of early life on the moors of Scotland and we got curds and cream from our kind friends in native Avondale. The three girls, Kate Inglis and Robert went to a pic-nic in Augusta.

August 13- Cut some weeds for the cows-Took down Kate and Aggie Inglis after supper. 98 yesterday and 86 today.

August 14- Sabbath-Three girls, Robert and I went to the Opera House. Mr. Grannus preached.

August 15- Mrs. L and I both unwell in the night. Went to Dearborn and my old friend John Lindsay met me and we went to his fine home in Brownstown and talked of Auld Lang Syne.

August 16- We visited John Lau and daughter and he brought me back to Dearborn-he being 86 it is doubtful if we ever meet again. William and Mrs. Campbell came and got the horse Tom.

August 17- Robert harrowed the mullen field, cut weeds in the corn-Our four girls went to visit the four Miss Bennetts.

August 18- A wet day just what we are longing for-Sold a lamb-Settled with John Miller for harvest work-He paid $3 for interest and returned $100 giving his note for $50.

August 19- Dark cloudy morning after the refreshing rain. Wife and I went to the old home in Augusta-found them thrashing with a steamer-came home.

August 20- Drew rails and chip dirt-went to town afternoon-Brother Robert unwell. Bought Fletcher note for $100 and interest.

August 21- Sabbath-A rare day bland breezes and clear sky-three girls and I heard Mr. Wilson in the Episcopal Church, a good sermon. My old friend Mr. Post thanked me for some lines I wrote, It affords sincere pleasure to think that they made the good old man's heart rejoice over pleasant memories of Auld Lang Syne.

August 22- Fine morning-Robert harrowing-Girls washing-J. Campbell brought Mrs. L back-cut some more weeds-turned the sheep on the stubble.

August 23- Paid Brother Robert $110 on Fletcher's note-got $300 from R. Hemphill, the last of the money from the Farmer's store. Robert and I went to a pic-nic in F. Watling grove. Pleasant time, some speeches and I read a few lines. Girls at Mrs. Allens.

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August 24-Went for Mrs. Stephenson and Ely, Theodores wife and Harris came (Ely Alban? His mother was a Harris).

August 25- Robert, Mary and I went to Wm. Campbells. His wife to see Mr. Ben Voorhees-Sold some corn to Lato Gros.

August 26- Robert harrowing-Went to exchange wool for stocking yarn but could do nothing with the surly fellow.
Monroe Woolsey paid $12 for 6 lambs. Jamie___bought 22 bushels of corn-Wife and I went to Rawsonville to exchange wool for stocking yarn.

August 28- Two girls went with E. Flecther to Camp Meeting at Otisville (s.e. of Belleville where Sam Campbell lived) Robert and I went to the Opera House to hear Mr. Grannus.

August 30- Brother Frank writes that some of the leading men of Detroit have subscribed liberally and will build a house for his Bible class. Willie Campbell came. Wife started for her old home Jones and his man cutting corn and digging potatoes. Robert and I cutting corn.

August 31- Helped Robert to pull beans-Jones dug his potatoes-Willie Campbell came. A few drops of rain at night-Grapes getting ripe-Wife returned.

September 1- Autumn again, another summer with its sorrows ended-Bleam and beauty fades into fruit then sadness and decay.
Robert and Jones dug potatoes-rain and showers in the night. Wife and I wnet to see J. Miller's sick son-Mrs. Wartz and daughter and Mrs. Morehouse, Wm. Campbell and wife and girls, Brother Robert Wife and daughter came.

September 3- Robert took the cultivator to Wm. Campbells-a little rain-Jones dug potatoes-Letter in the Evening about John Lindsey. Robert and I went to the School meeting-few attended-I have $237.65 in school money.

September 4- Heard Mr. Richmond under the Church. Warm and dry.

September 5- 98 in the shade-dry-grapes ripe-

September 6- We drew in the beans and Robert plowed-Wife and I drove to Ann Arbor-she visiting at her Brother Williams-I went to the Pioneer meeting-small turnout but a good dinner free-read some lines later saw the Campbells large grand house-Heard of forest fires and great suffering.

September 8- Went to see Mr. Chidester about the Wool.

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September 9- Robert and I took down 2 years wool 536 lbs at 34 for new and 648 old lbs at 33–98-Heavy wool at 22–86 at 22 1/2-1368 in all. Coming to $437.13-nearly 7 lb per head. I generally look for more than I get but not this time-sign of rain and cut more corn. Sold 92 fleeces-new wool and 106 old-

September 10- Went to town and saw Ann start for her school in Elkhart-She gave me a Bank check for $60. Fearful accounts of fires in North Woods. When will the rain come.

September 11- Grand shower-went to G. Voorhees looking for seed wheat but found none-decided to use our own.

September 13- Celaned 16 bushels of wheat for seed-got G. Voorhee's drill and Robert drilled about half of it. Voorhees wanted only 80 cents for use of his Drill.

September 15- Woke up in the night and rejoiced to hear the rain falling. I think it was the best sermon I have heard this summer. We all say be ye thankful for refreshing rain on the dry parched land. Drizzley day a good day to rest and read. gathered and cut grapes.

September 16- Showers and Robert took Elizabeth to School

September 17- Jones cut all the good corn-took 3 bushels apples to town-sold 20 bushels corn to J. McHill at 35 cents-corn and wheat advancing.
Mr. Hiscock hired Belle to teach and she went to Wm. Campbells.

SEptember 18- A pureday-thy temple is the face of day, earth, Ocean heaven the boundless throne. Robert Campbell came with us.

September 19- Drew pumkins and manure-Wife and I went to the old home in Augusta, a home of work and wealth-learned we sold our wool too cheap. When we entered the Town coming home-the clerks were draping the stores in Mourning and we knew the President was dead.

September 21- Robert and the Knapp boy went to the State FAir-A young man came and said J. McDougal's wife was very sick and Mrs. L went to help.

September 23- Robert came home from the Fair at night bringing Frank with him and giving an account of the State Fair and his travels. Paid Frank $50 what Mr. Campbell sent weeks ago. Boys went to town for Frank's trunk. Dry again-wheat is coming up.

September 24- Cool breezes, dry-apples falling off-potatoes rotting-Grapes abundant and I guess it is easier to find fault than to do well.-All of them went away in afternoon-Wife came back after dark.

September 25- Church draped in Mourning for President's death.

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September 26- Belle began her School-Four of us went to the Opera House to hear addresses and music over the great and good departed President Garfield. Gave our friend John Geddes the History of Washtenaw County in rhyme.

September 28- Went to the Fair but did not care much for it-big crowds of pleasant people.

September 30- Went up to the fair with Robert and returned-The two Mary's went to the Church meeting-gusty showers.

October 1- Got check on the Bank in Detroit for $400. Was paid $60-Nearly all on Mrs. Crumby note-Ann gave me. Mr. Peck paid Frank $5 for corn-owes $250-Paid Rensifor $2 of School money.

October 3- Frank took Belle to school-Robert and I drew in corn all day-Paid Jones $4 for husking one hundred bushels. Frank to help H. James thrash.

October 5- Robert Jones and I husked and got in the big pumpkins.

October 6- Mary, Frank, Robert and I went to the Ann Arbor Fair-Loaned Robert Campbell $550. He paid $9.50 interest. Pleasant fair-a good crowd and a man in a balloon.

October 10- White frost-Robert and I went to town-paid on insurance $4.13 and bought coal for the Engine-took $10 to buy beef and groceries and brought back 50cents.
James snorting thrashing Engine came up the lane. The horses first sight of the Engine, the water tank and then the separator. Thrashers came in late and rain poured on the Apple barrells.

October 12- The Elements seem to War against us-Robert and I killed a sheep. The Thrasher had supper and break fast and thrashed half a bushel and the rains desende in a flood and had to give up-And ther the boys started to go to a Sale and the horse Tom backed up and jumped over the thills(?) and fell and it seemed to be a day of disasters but no one hurt.

October 14- Dark morning-Wife and I went to dinner at Brother Roberts and met sister Agnes and enjoyed a pleasant time.

October 17- Frank and Robert laid a plank floor in the pig pen. Mary and I drove Bell to the High School-In the afternoon 5 of us gathered two big bushels of cider apples and before night another downpour.

October 18- Frank and J. Spoonser took down two loads of cider apples-over two tons at $6 per ton.

October 20- Some sun at last-Sent 4 barrells to Sister Agnes-One to Brother Frank and One to Ann.

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October 21- Frost and clear day-the Thrashers came with enough help began at 8 and finished at Noon, having 244 bushels wheat-was glad to get on so well-Not so much as last year but more than we expected The boys took 2 barrells apples to Miller-Jones and Hopkins picked apples and Frank headed some barrells-Paid Hopkins $3, Jones $2.

October 23-A Minister from Persia described Missionary Life in that far off oppressed land. Mr. Richmond read a notice saying he h a call to a Church in Pittsburg and wanted to be dismissed and preach last sermon on November 6.

October 24- Went to Town for a grist and got wet-A bad letter from Detroit.

October 26- Gathered in all the good apples-Mary and I took flowers to Elizabeth.

October 28- Put up a pig pen-Loaned Robert $100-he bought a black hog from Jones and they brought it here in the wagon.

October 29- The boys took apples to Mr. Sheet-brought 3 black pigs-I repaired broken fence-Brother Robert came-Belle has had 4 intervi Roads very muddy, the forest trees robed in purple and gold.

October 31- Mild damp morning. Robert Jones and I husked.

November 1- Beautiful day-Jone and a lame man husked-Robert and I drew up corn and then Wife and I took tea with Mrs. Stephenson-

November 3- Wet-Could not draw any stalks-Wife and I bought some new clothes-Called on Robert and Mrs. Morten-took 13 bushels apples to L. Davis.

November 4- Four of us went to a supper under the Church to say goodbye to Rev., Richmond.

November 7- Mary and I took Belle to her School-Drew in all the corn stalks-the end of another summer.

November 9- Wife and I went and had a pleasant time visiting our old friends Mr. & Mrs. Geddes-Frank began to shingle the House-Put the Rams with the sheep.

November 11- Sold 6 bushels apples to Thornton for $13-sold 2 barrel to Mr. Crippen.

November 15- Went to Detroit-enjoyed visit with Sister Agnes and Mother and the girls (2 maiden sisters).

November 17- T. Spoonser helped kill a hog-it weighed 300 lbs. Made a pen for the calves under the barn. Elye paid Miss Boyce $14.

November 21- Sold 4 barrells and 2 bushels apples for $9-a big price Bell flowers selling for $1 a bushel.

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November 23- Decapitated Chicken for Thanksgiving-Boys came after all chores were done.

November 24- Thanksgiving-Settled with Frank-owe him $14-The two boys and three girls went to spend Thanksgiving with Uncle William CAmpbell I went to the Baptist Church to hear Mr. McCorcal. The sheep came do the lane to meet me-put them under the Barn-Cold, the stream nearly frozen over. Alone among the beasts.

November 28- The boys and T. Spoonser killed 3 pigs-Brother Robert came.

November 29- Took the pork to town to Chidester, $6.56 per hundred, $27.50. Paid Robert $5-Kept the rest for home use. sorted Russets.

November 30- Took 15 bushels (Russets) to L. Davis 55 cents per bushel Went round by D. Gardeners to Mr. Campbells and had a pleasant visit stayed overnight at Mr. Campbells.

December 1- Salted thepork-Robert and I brought up several loads of broken rails for fire wood. Wife and I went to Church Meeting-3 new Elders elected. The young folks put a drum on the stove pipe.

DEcember 4- Solemn Sacramental Service-two new members-Four of us went to burial service for Mr. Holmes.

December 6- Frank took one horse to go to Uncle Williams and Robert two horses to go with Belle to her school-GAve Elizabeth $14 to pay Miss Boyce for teaching. D. Ellis was hurt on the railroad. Went to Sale at Yost farm-Heard of Mr. Fraser's death.

December 9- Sold 19 bushels apples to Thornton $9.40. Gave Robert $10 to buy clothes-Frank bought a horse blanket $2.50.

December 11- Willie Campbell and E. Hilt(Mrs. Campbell was a Hilt) came-Snow showers.

December 13- Robert went to School-I took Belle to her SChool-Frank and T. Spoonser put eaves through on the house.

December 15- Sent letter and present to Ann. Had our pictures (2) taken at Mrs. Raymonds.

December 17- FRank paid the Taxes $23-Two dogs killed one of the sheep

December 18- 6 went to Church and Dr. McCorcal preached well and accepted the call to preach for a year.

December 23- Aunt Agnes sent a Christmas Box with presents for all.

December 24- Walked to Town-Received School money $158.12 and paid for 12 pictures of Mary and I. Anna arrived from Elkhart last night The girls filled stocking with presents.

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December 25- If it were not for the Memory the separation of 13 years since Father last spoke to me, would be as complete as though he never existed. All able to be at the Board and in good degree of health.

December 28- Elizabeth walked to Town to get Medicine for Anna-Sent letter and my likeness to Mother and sisters Isabell and Agnes.

December 31- A strange mingling of grief and gladness at the end of every year-Old age comes creeping over us.
Took Anna to the Depot in a snow storm after she suffered for a week with vaccinated arm-Robert got new boots and overshoes from John Boyce.


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Chronology 1888

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January 5

H. W. Glover bade goodbye to Ypsilanti and departed for San Francisco to manage the Pacific Coast department of the dress stay business.

January 6

"some talk of Ypsilanti losing the flourishing Business College of Prof. Cleary. Toledo Capitalist's slipped in and agreed to erect the building that is planned...but they did not get the prize..." Ypsilanti will have the new building.

Martin Cremer appointed Postmaster.

Died: December 26th at the residence of S. P. Clark, Mrs. Amanda P. Judd in her 91st year. She was born July 2, 1797 in Wells, Rutland County, Vermont. She was married in 1817 to Capt. Judd, he died in 1860. They came to Washtenaw County in 1831. A very devout Baptist for more than 60 years.

On December 31st Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Comstock celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Miss Frances Stewart's Commission as Post Mistress expires tomorrow. The great question of who will be appointed. F. P. Bogardus and Martin Cremer have been the most possible-and it has been answered President Cleveland appointed Martin Cremer.

January 13

John W. Nanry is the heaviest individual Tax payer in Superior Township.

AD: Alban & Johnson will present with every Cash Sale of boy's suits or overcoat amounting to $5.00 a beautiful sleigh, strong enough for large boys and fancy enough for small ones.

January 19

Died: Mr. David Moore at his residence on Perrin St., 93rd year. He came to Superior in 1830 and moved into town 10 years ago.

January 21

Died: Frederick Andrew, age 80.

January 20

William Lambie, our Farmer Poet, sent a Birthday greeting in poetry to John Greenleaf Whittier and received the following from the best American Post:
Dear Friend:
I heartily thank thee and am thy sincere friend.
John G. Whittier.

February 10

The work of Art exhibited at the Post Office by Winsor McKay, Prof., of drawing at Cleary College is a great credit to the young man's artistic ability.

Mack & Mack have added to their very complete equipment as Funeral Directors, an elegant funeral car, purchased from James Cunningham & Co., of Rochester, New York. It is one of their best makes and is really a work of art.

Robert C. Lambie of Superior received a very severe injury Wednesday while sawing wood at the farm of F.H. Hiscock. While in the act of shoving the saw, his hand slipped, falling on the buzz saw and cutting his hand severely. It will be several months before he will regain the use of his hand.

February 17

Venerable Robert Campbell died Tuesday night at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. William Lambie in the 86th year of his age. The Lambie home was on North Street across from the Catholic Cemetery.

Rolland Fletcher has been summoned to the bedside of his brother Addison Fletcher who has been spending the Winter in the South for his health, growing rapidly worse. He started for home but failed to get farther than Alton, Illinois.

March 2

Died: Mrs. Mary A. Post, relative of the late William Post, last week Monday at her home on Forest Avenue.

Died: Rebecca Cutter, born April 25, 1817, married Daniel Pierce, October 1, 1834. Came to Michigan 1839.

Saline Road Toll Gate discontinued.

City to have house mail delivery with 4 carriers and one substitute. The carriers are William Eddy, Walter Fuller, H.R. Scovill and Sam Fletcher.

Julia Marlowe appeared at the Ypsilanti Opera House. No more thoroughly delightful performance has ever been given here.

March 15

Died: Mrs. Franklin J. Fletcher of cancer of the liver.

March 23

G. E. Gooding, Henry Ewing, Joe Corbitt, Jas. Delaforce, B.F. Gooding and John Ketchum of the 4th Michigan Cavalry who went to the Front in 1862, met at the residence of B.F. Gooding on Marth 15th bringing their wives with them, to renew old acquaintances and have a jolly time, Ketchum was discharged for a wound in March, 1863, the rest came home with their Regiment in 1865.

March 30

Shelly Hutchinson, formerly a pupil at Cleary College has accepted a position with a prominent Grand Rapids firm.

April 6

Married last Monday, April 2nd, by Rev., Lowry, Aaron E. Holmes and Nora Goodell both of Cherry Hill.

April 13

Rev., Father DeBever has purchased 14 acres on North River Street at Clark Road for $1,400.00.

May 18

Married At St. Luke Church, May 15, 1888 by the Rev., William Galpin of Hobart Hall, University of Michigan, Louis Lyman Burton of Detroit and Francis H. Cheever of Ypsilanti.

May 25

E. E. Furgason will be Principal of the School at Sand Beach next year. This School has seven departments

June 8

Winsor McKay, assisted by a quartet of Musicians of this City will give an entertainment at Grange Hall, Belleville, on Tuesday.

June 29

AD: Lowest prices and Best Grades of Boots and Shoes at L.M. Duggan's-Cash Shoe Store-Gilbert Block at the Depot-23 East Cross Street.

July 6

The Holmes Brick yard, some two miles south of town has been leased by Messers. Warren and Frost of Tuscola County. They have their first kiln of brick burned and ready for use.

Dr. Thomas Shaw of Chelsea since 1870 has decided to move to Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti now boasts of twenty-four practicing physicians.

Dr. Hueston has purchased the Swift home on North Huron Street and is engaged in improving and modernizing it.

Barnum & Bailey's new Barnum & London Circus will show here July 18.

Half rates will be given on the Michigan Railroads to person going to Bay View Summer resort from July 16th to 25th. Round trip tickets from Ypsilanti will cost $9.30. Bay View is becoming one of the most popular resorts in the country.

The Hotel and boarding accommodations are ample and prices only $5.00 and $10.00 a week. Over 100 cottages will be built this year.

Winsor McKay, leaves tomorrow for a month's visit at his home in Stanton.

July 12

The new brick school building in the 1st Ward is assuming attractive proportion, 34 × 60 feet with 14 foot ceilings.

July 13

All kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats at bottom prices. F.C. Banghart, South side of Congress (Michigan Ave.).

Buy a Buggy cheap at McPherson & Scott. (Alexander McPherson and Willis E. Scott) we are selling Buggies at cost to make room.

1st Block on Washington Street.

July 17

Died: Abby Marie Cheever inher 90th year. Born December 3, 1798. The widow of Rev., E. Cheever, Presbyterrian Pastor-1850–1854.

August 3

Ann Arbor capitalist talk of building a street railroad there.

C.W. Mead, M.D., formerly of Dundee, has moved his family here into the Salyer house at the north end of Washington Street.

About 300 of our colored citizens helped celebrate Emancipation Day at Jackson.

Party consisting of Mr. & Mrs. Willis Potter, Mr. & Mrs. Galloway of East Milan, Mr. & Mrs. S.P. Ballard, and Mrs. Cooper of St. Louis, Hunt & Slocum with Messers, Bryant, Garisin, Branton and Dickerson, visited D.W. Potter on Sunday.

Party consisting of Mrs. F.H. Ballard, Mrs. Albert Draper, Mrs. Whitney Voohees—?

August 10

The old Tannery building near Congress at bridge has been sold to Joseph DeMosh who will turn it into a livery stable. It is a 3 story brick building.

August 17

Norval Hawkins of East Saginaw is visiting his parents Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Hawkins.

August 24

E.E. Ferguson of this City and Miss Agnes Van Norman of Brockway, Michigan were married at the bride's home last Wednesday.

August 31

Rev. M.S. Woodruff of Big Rapids has accepted a call to the St. Luke's Episcopal Church of this City. His duties as Rector will begin about September 15th.

The people of the Congregational Church have been with out a Pastor since Rev., M.N. Fairfield resigned July 1st. Have extended a call to Rev. Beal of Whitehall, Michigan.

September 13

Archie Foster, the colored boy who graduated at the Normal last year, goes this week to take the Principalship of a School at Hope, Arkansas. A promising young man.

September 14

A large number present at the dedication of the new Masonic Hall in the Bank Building. (New Savings Bank S.E. corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron).

Mr. Jewett, 9 N. Summitt Street has razed the old house to the ground and is building a fine new modern residence.

W.E. Ballard and brother will sell in September, 26 acres on the farm one fourth mile south and one mile west of Willis station, a large lot of farm property.

September 20

Mr. Miller, the new Pastor of the African M.E. Church is a full blooded Mohawk Indian with an African wife.

September 21

15,000 people at the Fair yesterday, at the Fair Grounds on Congress Street.

September 28

Died: Mrs. J. W. Babbitt

New Cleary College in process of construction.

October 12

Will Ballard will teach the winter term at Allen School.

October 19

At about 8:15 Tuesday morning, one of a gang of Boilers in the Ypsilanti Paper Company's Lowell plant exploded, throwing the other 3 boilers from their foundation and utterly demolishing the boiler room. Jacob Slawson was in the boiler room and killed instantly. Frank Sinkulki (Sinkule), the engineer was injured.

C.H. Morse, the Boston Poultry buyer is here to buy poultry. Last year he shipped nearly 100 tons of live poultry from Ypsilanti.

Last Thursday, the Veterans of the 20th Michigan Infantry, about 150 strong, gathered in Ypsilanti being their twenty third reunion.

November 2

I offer $25.00 reward for testimony which will lead to the arrest and conviction of the party who tore down and ruined my stone horse block on the evening of October 31 (Halloween).

The Follett House was sold last Friday by Mr. A.R. Nowlin to Mr. Thomas Mathias of Owosso. The Manager will be George Morman.

November 8

Benjamin Harrison elected President of the United States and Levi P. Morton, Vice President.

November 9

Died: Samuel Casey of Superior, October 28, age 88.

November 20

"After a sickness of over three years, Addison Fletcher, Jr., died at his residence in this City, November 20, 1888, age 36 years. He died of Neurasthemia".

November 23

Messers. Fred Lamb, Guy Davis and Will Kishlar have purchased the dry goods store stock of H.P. Glover. Mr. Glover who is half owner of the Dress Stay Manufacturing Company and will devote his entire time to that business.

Andrew Fisher sold sixteen acres of land to Jesse Thorne for $800.00.

November 29

Governor Luci visited the Normal and he spoke to an enthusiastic audience of students.

December 13

Starkweather Memorial Chapel at Highland Cemetery is now practically completed. The windows which have recently been put in, are perhaps the richest of anything in that line in the County. The two principal ones on the North and South are Memorials. The inscription are in twin circles, those on the North being:

In Memory of Ira M. Weed and Caroline, his wife 1864–1871

One on the South:

In Memory of John D. Pierce-D.D. 1800–1882

December 21

THE YPSILANTI COMMERCIAL 1888

Fred Prease came home from Lewanee, Texas for the vacation. He is attending the University there. D. L. Quirk, Jr., a student at the same institution is apending the vacation with his parents.

AD: 2000 pounds Mixed and fancy candies-selected expressly for the Holiday trade. Washburn's-29 Congress Street (Michigan Avenue) South side.

William Lambie Diary, 1880

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January 1st- New Years-Mrs. L and all the family and Willie Campbell all started to see Grandfather and Grandmother Camp-bell in the long bobsleigh-a laughing uproar our young men and women-I was left alone to take care of the house and stock-No callers.

January 2nd- Wife and I went to see our old friend George McDougal, the old man was sick and sorrowful after losing the partner of his life.
The boys took Anna to the Depot at daylight to resume her teaching at Elkhardt.

January 9th- Thaw-Ducks in the stream-Robert Campbell and our Robert went to the Church at night with a lantern.

January 14th- Frank and I and friends went to Ann Arbor to the Fire Insurance Meeting in the Court House.

January 19th- Church meeting about increasing Salaries and enlarging Church Building-Much wrangling-why increase when we have trouble meeting the ones we have now.

January 23rd- Frank took down a grist and drew 2000 ft of fence boards $28. I went to the burial of old Mr. Spears in the old burying ground.

January 24th- Called at Mrs. Worley's beautiful home. Heard the sad news of Ellie Estabrook's death. The grand good Christian has lost a noble wife and daughter in one week.

January 26th- Three went to Estabrook funeral.

January 27th- Wm. Campbell came and told of Sarah Clarke's death. Wife and I went to the funeral at Stoney Creek-stayed overnight with Father Campbell.

January 28th- Heard of death of Mr. Van Tyle.

January 31st- Sold 2 1/2 bushels of apples to Davis-bought Bran for feed.

February 2nd- 6 above zero-Heard a robin in the last of January, the earliest we recollect hearing one was February 20.

February 4th- Pioneer Meeting in Lansing. Not rich enough to go.

February 5th- Went to hear the world renowned Muller who supports so many orphans and schools by faith and prayer and takes no collections-a very good speaker.

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February 6- Frank bought 40 fence posts from Fletcher's farm in Sumpter.

February 17- Wife and I went to A. Campbell's and was kindly treated and seemed to strengthen each other. Our friend Andrew who use to be a “braw___(a scotch expression) has become an intelligent gray haired Christian Farmer.

February 18- Robert went to oyster supper in the Church. I was too weak to go.

February 20- We heard that Rolland Fletcher who owes us $216 has run off with his brother's wife. A sad disgraceful affair-Let Newton have 3 swarms of bees on shares and was sorry after-wards as B. Voorhees said Newton did not pay his debts.
Mrs. Fletcher promised to pay the note.
The Church gave the collection to destitute in Persia. Feel anxious about the note Rolland Fletcher owes us.

February 24- John Clarke has gone to England-he seems to be under a cloud.

February 28- Mrs. Fletcher came and promised to pay her note. It was unfortunate for her as her husband did her so ill. Heard Knapp bought 30 acres of the Perrin farm at $21 per acre.

March 1st- Frank and Frank Miller began to make a new board fence on the lane.

March 2- Wife and I went to Pittsfield to visit Robert Campbell-pleasant time-But Aunt Lizzie(Mrs. Lambie's sister) in no more there to welcome us-all joy and kindness uied with Mrs. Clarke.

March 4- Heard the good news that Rolland Fletcher who owes us has returned.

March 6- Went to town and sold butter and eggs-Pattisen in his Commercial wrote some about John Howland's death.

March 7- Sacrament-full Church-some new members-Our old friend born 1801–20 years before me, walked to Church and dispensed the bread and wine and walked home 4 miles-John Geddes.

March 11- Robert's birthday-17 years old. Walked to town and saw Mrs. Libel's greenhouse-called on Robert and Mr. Fletcher. Went to Augusta-Old friends glad to see us but we greaved over disgrace of John Clarke who stood so high in our estimation. He failed us shamefully.

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March 18- Mr. Campbell and I went to see sick Mr. Heath. He seems to be near the eternal world.

March 19- Wm. Pomray sawed wood-5 of us went to Fletcher-Crystal wedding-I was asked to present a few lines.

March 22- Frank, Robert and I went to Booth's great sale. 400 acres of land, 25 cows as many horses and 600 sheep.

March 26- Robert's school ended-Mr. & Mrs. Campbell came-The boy's and I went to Sam Casey's sale-Robert went home with the Campbells.

April 3- Heavy shower-burned soot out of chimney-Jones came to borrow $1.00-when a dollar and joy of buttermilk can make a man happy it is happiness to give.

April 6- Went to town-butter .20¢, eggs 08¢. Bought pants from Robins $4.00-heard of Mr. Loudon and Loveridge deaths.

April 7- Lucking bought the steer and a yearling Ram $39.00. B. Voorhees came to join us in buying a land roller $16.00.

April 10- Frank paid $50-sent him and J. Miller for fencing-Owe Pomray $3.

April 14- Went to Theodore's sale-Got feed ground for cows. Some dreadful wicked ones setting buildings on fire in Ypsilanti.

April 15- My Birthday again-59 years-everything grows to maturity and then fade away-Sold Wedder to Lucking.

April 19- Robert took Elizabeth to School-the lambs do not look well-10 alive-5 dead-Mr. Lucking's boys took away the steer and 2 sheep-Robert got a pig from Fletcher.

April 20- Robert and Pomray repaired fence. Paid Pomray at Noon and he enticed Robert away. I plowed and did the chores alone-Wm. Campbell came but no Robert.

April 22- Wife and I went to look for Robert and were glad to see him coming up the lane at night. The sheep seem to do better in the green fields.

April 26- Rainy-Reading Macauley speeches and Poems. Frank went to Augusta to shingle-Went to get plaster-Thompson want-ed $5.25 and Grangers promised it at $4.-The bees are doing ill-One swarm died in the winter and two this month. Only two good swarms left-they are not worth grieving over.

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April 28- Have 21 lambs-10 or 12 dead.

May 1st- wife went to consult Dr. Fraser-Frank paid Ben Voorhees $8 for half the roller and brought it to roll our fields.

May 5- John Miller came and he plowed with Robert all day. All went well-no fretting, scolding or bad words. Frank shingling for Wm. Campbell.

May 9- 5 went to Church-Sermon on the 4 ways of Education: The family, the Church, School and Street.

May 11- Robert went fishing and did not come back-Mary, Elizabeth and I went to town to sell and buy planted melons and squash-A. Gray got 15 bushels of corn-6 bushels of oats.

May 15- Robert and Dan planted potatoes and corn in the South field-3 girls and I went up the river for flowers.

May 18- Robert and Dan harrowed-I helped some and cut the lambs tails-10 ewes and 12 rams. Only 22.
John Taylor and wife and Miss Rogers came in the evening.

May 20- Washed the sheep in the Huron River-Had good help-15cwt of Plaster from Grangers $4. per ton-weary with overwork.

May 22- Mary's Birthday-Robert did not come home last night-Mary, Elizabeth and I went to see the Ladies___ Exhibition and were pleased.

May 23- 6 went to Church-Dr. Pearson preached on the Kalamazoo Normal College.
Dr. Pearson is turning all his great abilities on the right side-just what is needed to reform the appalling wickedness of mankind. He said 100 Million is spent every year in the United States for strong drinks-
If we were to load wagons with tons of silver dollars it would take a line of them from Detroit to Jackson.

May 25- Repaired line fence on South Field-cleaned up wheat and sold two loads to Deubel-72 bushels at $1.07-I could have sold this wheat for $1.25 when we had little to do in winter but the young folks said to wait for even higher price. Duebel paid $60 in paper, $10 in silver and check for $20-total $140.68.

May 28- Sold 66 bushels Oats to Ainsworth $23. 10-Robert and Dan lifted a rail fence and relaid it along the west side of the corn, by the gate fence.

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May 30- All stayed home from Church for the first time because of rain.

May 31- Sold 23 bushels of Oats to Chidester $8.23. Mrs. L came home from Wm. Campbells-planted cabbage and cauliflower-put sheep inside.

June 1st- Leafy June-Wife, Mary and I went to Miss Weeds funeral-A good beautiful young woman gone.

June 2- Went to Wm. Campbells with a barrell and a wee duck-bought wool twine, bread and beef for the sheep shearers.

June 3- Fine morning-let out the sheep at dawn-Frank, Dan Miller, Tom Spoonser and G. Voorhees shore all the sheep but 15-Rensifor tied up the wool-good help and good wool-paid Dan and Rensifor $2. each.

June 4- Frank and Tom finished the shearing-shore 107-hope it goes to 700 lbs.

June 7- Wife and I went to see old friends in Augusta-Grand June day-my lines to the Dandelions in Ypsilantian.

June 8- Strawberries getting ripe-Robert bought 2 little pigs $4. Mrs. L, Bell and I went to see our good old friend Mrs. Camp.

June 9- Robert and Frank Miller took the Horses and wagon and worked out our road tax-Norton is not so unjust on the road as old Eben when I was poor and weary.
Took Wm. Campbell's horse to him and brought his family to dinner-
After the tremendous row at Chicago, Garfield got the nomination.

June 10- Put hen manure and ashes on the cornfield. Robert went away with Knapp.

June 11- Bought a blue suit for Robert from Sanders $13.75. 92 in the shade. Paid F. Miller $5. Strawberries and peas good.
Took a grist and 14 bushels of shelled corn to Mr. Chidester.

June 15- Too wet to work in corn-planted beets-Sold 10 bushel corn to Bueland and 10 to Holmes $15. Crows in our corn field. Robert went to Knapps. The wheat field gives promise of plenty.

June 18- Robert hired Voorhees riding cultivator and did good work-Sold 3 wedders and a lamb to Lucking $11.

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June 19- Bell's Birthday-The girls and I rode down the river to Belleville-Anna came in the evening from Elkhart.

June 21- Frank went to Pittsfield-Robert mowed with the horses and F. Miller with sythe-grass very light-Picked strawberries-86 in the shade.

June 22- Raked hay and got in 2 loads-the rake gave trouble-the sheep trampled the oats.
5 of us went to Commencement at the Union School. A great crowd and great heat-heard little. The American young people ought to do well with all the appurtances they have.

June 24- Got in all the light hay in the orchard. F. Miller mowed the rough marsh-Robert went off and left us.

June 25- The girls white washed and papered the kitchen-Rain and more rain. Fletcher's hill washed out and nearly impassable-Paid F. Miller $5. for haying.

June 28- Bell and I got the cows under the barn-Robert got the horses shod-picked cherries and thinned the carrotss. Henry McDougal came.

June 29- Put Lender purple(?) and plaster on the potatoes-Rain filled the gallies and Robert tried to fill them with dirt-Peck got 20 bushels of corn.

June 30- Mrs. L's Birthday-The four girls and I went to the Normal School and heard the Graduates speak and John Smacker sang. Robert did not come home at night.

july 1st- The four girls and I went to Ann Arbor to hear Harris and Speels Band. saw students clad in broadcloth and silk carrying baskets of flowers-took our dinner on a breezy hill under an Oak-Robert not with us, went to now for Knapp against my will-His waywardness made the day sad for me. Got in nearly all our hay.
John Miller and wife came-honest John Paid $4.10 for wool.

July 2- Bell took her friend Sue Hayes to the Depot and Mrs. L went to see Aunt Hewins whose life seems to be ebbing away.

July 3- Wife and I went to Detroit-CAlled on Brother James and family. Took dinner with Mother(in Canada) and we were kindly treated. Went with Brother Francis to his home-then to Sister Agnes and David and Frank Inglis home-it was very pleasant to have so many kind friends.

July 4- Heard Mr. Brown in the morning and Mr. Estabrook in the evening-The Americans are getting wise-less bluster than there was when I was young-Mr. Estabrook gave some statements of the appaling effects of Intemperance 60,000 down to drunkards every year.

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July 6- Robert and I cradled in the South field-Jon Miller with his reaper, Jerome, Frank and Thumb harvested too-New potatoes very good. Put the wheat in stacks-good growth on the South field-Bell and Brother Robert helped me set up sheaves.

July 8- John Miller and his 3 sons were binding sheaves before we had breakfast-Frank and Robert helped John finish his harvest.
The girls painted woodwork and out a new carpet in the sitting room and cleaned the cellar. I am filled with joy of gratitude of such things and the harvest.

July 9- Got in 10 loads of wheat-Frank, Robert and Bell help-ed bravely-93 in the shade. Thundershower in late afternoon-Thunder rumbled like the drums of heaven.

July 10- The girls brought up Brother Robert's Horse and Buggy. Heard of the death of our kind old friend Mrs. Camp and read of the death of Uncle Archy's widow of Rylandside-the companions of young life and the friend of old age passing away from earth to Heavens unclouded bliss.

July 12- My Brother Robert and Francis went away to the Sea for their health and I have to battle away at home. Five went to Mrs. Camp's funeral and I helped to carry my good friend to her last resting place.

July 13- 96 in the shade-warmest this year. Robert, Bell and I got in all the wheat, the most we have ever had but I almost envy those who could rest by the Cool Blue Sea.

July 14- Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Clair, Sarah and Lois came.

July 16- Went with Frank leaving him to thrash at Thumbs and John Miller. Robert did not come back from Knapps. I cultivated, the corn higher than the horses heads:

July 19- Brother Frank sends word, him and Robert are happy catching Mackrel on the Coast of Maine. I try to be contented thinking it is cheaper and safer at home.
Paid John Miller for harvesting-his account was $17. Paid Frank and the binders.
Prof. Gabriel Campbell came at night.

July 23- Mrs. L and Anna went to town with G. Campbell-Drew manure and picked apples-We have more apples than we can eat or sell. Oats nearly ready.

July 30- Robert plowed-Theodore reaped the tangled oats-Paid him $3.75-John Ross helped bind-Mrs. L and G. Campbell went to Augusta and A. Campbell's.

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July 31- Frank and Criss moved the corn crib-drew out manure-Paid Criss $2. Turned the sheep on the oat stubls. Brother Robert sent a paper from Mount Washington, New Hampshire. I would like to see the Mountains last of July-the month of Harvest.

August 1st- All the girls and no boys went to Church-Went to Prayer meeting at night to hear Captain Allen's address on Temperance.

August 3- Went to the Depot and brought Sister Agnes, Willie and Aggie-They brought peace and serene pleasure. We drove around by the old Moon farm.

August 5- Bell, Robert and I went with the Band Excursion to Put-In-Bay. Bell unwell, the water bothered her.

August 6- Sister Agnes, Willie, Aggie, Mrs. L and I rode in the big buggy round the section to see the old home-we wondered about when we were strangers in a strange land-over 40 years ago.
Tobert going away-we hardly knew where closed out joy.

August 7- Took the visitors and our 2 Mary's to the Depot and saw them on the train. Tobert came back and plowed.

August 8- The two boys, Ann and Elizabeth and I went to Church and heard Gabriel Campbell give a good sermon.

August 10- I spread manure-Robert took Frank and his tool chest over to Wm. Campbell's intending to go far west I would like if instead of finding fault with me he had at least bade me good-bye. Mary Ann and wee Jay Campbell came.

August 12- Brother Francis' Birthday-the day we gathered oran-berries in Mossmullock and spent gala days without care in those years of long ago. John and Mrs. Taylor came to dinner.

August 13- Robert and I bought horse nets to protect the horses from the flies $3.50.
Went down at night for the girls and met Mr. & Mrs. Darling at Mr. Wartz' a very select party.
G. Campbell came that night in the moonlight.

August 18- A Post card from Frank in Dakota Territory. All went to a family gathering at John Campbell's-A great feast ate under the Walnut Trees.
Sold 4 sheep and 2 lambs to Luckens $17 in silver.
Bought a blue coat and vest $7.50.

August 20- Mrs. L took apples to Mr. Smith to dry and brought the girls home from the institute.

1880

August 21- Mr. Fletcher came for Mrs. L before daylight.

August 23- Robert helped Harry thrash. I harrowed and Elizabeth and I went to the Grange in the evening.

August 25- Robert worked with the riding cultivator-More thunder-storms. Brother Robert returned from the East. Mrs. L and I went to Mortons about a golden wedding. Paid Ellen Crippen $56.00 for teaching.

August 26- Robert and the 4 girls went up to visit at R. Campbell's in Pittsfield-Criss and I cut weeds.

August 27- Robert cultivated and went to Knapps to fiddle against my wishes-92 in the shade-Mrs. Allen came-Grapes and peaches are good.

August 28- Lifted $70 from the Bank-Walter Campbell came from Pittsfield on his velosopede. Two girls and I went to Casey's Golden Wedding-a pleasant affair-I read some lines that seemed to give pleasure to the company. Dark and Dank coming home-Mary carried the lamp, I led the horse and Elizabeth sat in State coming down the hill.

August 30- Cloudy and dark-More rain-R. Fletcher came to look at the sheep. He got 10 of Miller's sheep and 19 of ours paying $50. Sheep seem to sell higher than last year and Roll got the best of the bargain.

September 1st- Went to the Depot to attend Pioneer meeting-Missed the train. Came home wet and disappointed.

September 2- Mr. Hunt came to visit Anna-More rain.

September 4- Frank and I cut corn-Robert rode the cultivator-got 5 bushels-got corn ground. Paid Mr. Rensifer $60 for School money. Robert and I went to the School meeting at night-small meeting-James Rensifer elected Director.

September 7- Fine cool morning at 50 degrees-Elizabeth began her school. The boys bought 23 bushels seed wheat.

September 8- Went to the Depot and saw Anna off to her School in Elkhart. Met G. Campbell, J Richmond and Mr. Cellers, the Missionary from India-The boys have J. Miller's drill and are drilling wheat-cool at 44 degrees.

September 9- Frank finished drilling the North Field about 11 acres, 3 more never in sheat before-Robert and Jones, Cress and his German friend and I cut corn in earnest as it looks like frost and is well ripened. Brother Robert and wife came-they do not look very well after getting the benefit of the sea breezes. Mrs. L walked home from Wm. Campbell's-about 10 above freezing. Robert and I went to Mr. Twists for 12 bushels of Fultz Wheat for see $11.40. Frank got his trunk from Dakota.

1880

September 12- A stranger preached in the Church. Robert did not come home at night or all day.

September 14- Went to Detroit and Royal Oak-had a fine visit with Sister Isabell-their farm is too low for a wet season. They seemed to be as healthy and rested as though they and spent 6 weeks at the Sea.

September 15- James Todd brought me up to Detroit. Called on Brother Frank and went with him to the Fair-Saw Sister Agnes-met my old friend Guy Follew, who played with us when we were boys. He got a premium for his gray horse and was slated-No other face seemed to beam like his. Stayed over night in Windsor with Mother but Brother James was not brotherly. Took dinner with Frank Roes and had Lager and bread. CAlled on Sister Agnes and missed John Common. There seems to be wealth and prosperity in the Country. Met John Morton of Lapeer whose forefathers fought at Drumdeg(?).

September 17- The boys and I dug potatoes. The wealth of this Country seems to be produced in the Country and spent in the Citites. Mankind is rarely rewarded accounding to their works-Sometimes seems those who do the least get the most. Potaotes good in the sand.

September 21- Bell went to the Normal and paid her tuition.

September 25- Moved the wool from the barn to the Wood Shed-110 fleeces-Frank bought coal for the Thrasher. Jerome brought his engine and separator.

September 27- Had 12 to breakfast and 18 to dinner including our selves-about 140 bushels of oats and 295 bushels or 300 of wheat-good yield and good stack-very tired and did not have the money to pay Jerome.

September 28- Dat straw too wet to put in the barn. Helped Mr. Read to thrash and hurt myself.

September 30- Sick last night-Frank went to the Ann Arbor Fair but I was too weak to go.

October 1st- Wife and Robert took the girls to School. Down hearted and unwell. R. Fletcher paid $30 interest-Got some relief from Dr. Kinne.

October 2- 4 girls came to buy apples-Mr. Hiscock and Hattie came.

October 4- A great rain last night-Mrs. L took the Girls to School-Got 12 Apple Barrells from Ainsworth-we all helped gather apples. Robert took 4 barrells of apples to School.

October 6- Frank went to work for T. Spoonser and Robert to hunt with the Millers.

1880

October 7-Frank took 6 Barrells of apples to Sister Agnes and 2 to Brother Frank and got 10 apple barrells from Ainsworth-I gathered apples and getting better. Paid Frank Smith 75 cents for Interior and $2.75 for the Evangelist. Apples abundent and cheap-can hardly get wages for our work. Paid Fox $5.00 for husking and Jones $2 for picking apples.

October 13- Word came that Mother was very sick, so went to see her and found her improving. Sister Catherine vexed me-Frank met Isabell and I at the Farry-Robert at the Depot here.
Quite a contrast between the Detroit River and the Huron.

October 15- Robert and Jones got in two loads of Russetts and then it rained. Elizabeth Campbell came from Pittsfield.

October 18- Brother Robert came with Telegram that Mother was dying. Sad news.
G. Campbell brought word that Mrs. Hewens was dead.

October 24- Mrs. L came back from her Aunt's funeral(Mrs. Hewens). A sad letter from BRother Frank saying Mother was fading.

October 25- The leaves are falling and our friends are dying. We fade but never as beautiful as the leaves.

October 26- Borrowed $20 from Brother Robert until we can sell some of our produce.
Elizabeth had Ague.

October 28- Sold 5 1/2 barrells of apples to Chidester for $3.30. Sold 10 Barrells to Ainsworth for $4.50 enough to pay for 18 empty barrells.
Killed a sheep for mutton.

November 2- The Great day to elect the President. I went to see Mother in her home in Windsor-she was failing but in no pain. Met Sisters Agnes and Isabell, good and kind and Brother Frank too.

November 4- A great Republican Victory-Garfield by great majority. Fay Hawkins and Son and A and L Gray husked and Robert and I drew corn.

November 5- Ainsworth would not buy the Russetts. Our horse Dick was sick and lay down in the Street. Mrs. L away with her Canadian friends to her Fathers.

November 6- Bell helped me take care of the stock in a blustering snow storm.

1880

November 9- Paid Hawkins $6. for husking 150 bushels.

November 12- Took apples down cellar and in afternoon went to E. C. Peck barn raising. G. Campbell came at night. Paid Fox $4.35 for husking-hawkins $2.12.

November 16- Thirty one years since we were married-we are growing old-heard Mother was comfortable.

November 18- Only 4 above zero-Put the Ram with the sheep and the lambs by themselves-Paid Alford Gray $4 for husking.

November 22- 8 below zero. Stock cold and hungry-John Howland paid $2 for two sheep skins.

November 27- Bought a new overcoat for Robert $8.

November 29- Robert went to School with Elizabeth.

November 30- Fire at Cornwell Mill-Frank and T. Spoonser killed a pig.

December 1st-Wife and I went to the Pioneer Meetin in the Baptist Church-great turnout, and then dinner under the Presbyterian Church-day was spent wrangling about the publication of Washtenaw County History by parties in Chicago.

December 4- Guy Follew (boyhood friend) sent us his likeness.

December 5- Our old friend John Geddes walked to Church and served us with the bread and wine. It would be hard to find a better man.

December 9- Went to town and got my likeness taken-Paid $6 to Rexford for Pew rent.

December 11- Frank paid the Taxes $25.61-Received the School money $195.14.

December 13- Frank and the Miller boys shot 16 rabbitts, 3 partridge. paid Elizabeth $10. I owed her and Bell $5.

December 20- Paid Kitty Fifely $56. for teaching.

December 24- Went to Mr. Campbell's in Augusta, a kindly welcome and got 1/4 beef. A Christmas Box from our faithful Sister Agnes. A gift for each of us.

1880

December 25- 12 years since Father spoke to me the last time. Mary, Elizabeth, Frank, Robert and Den Campbell went to visit the Grandparents in Augusta. I rode to the Depot and then attended the service in the Episcopal Church. A strange experience of sadness and joy. I was later at home and presented with Moors Poems, a fine cane and other marks of respect. And the young people gave gifts to each other with great glee.

December 27- A Christmas box came from Anna in Elkhart.

December 29- 16 below zero and only 6 below all day-Four of Andrew Campbells young folks came undaunted by the cold and their laughter was a contrast with the desolate howling blasts.

December 31- Last of 1880-A good year-abundant crops.


Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1881.

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The 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1997,
March 1997
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On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln issued a call for volunteers from every state in the Union. Michigan responded immediately and, during the course of the Civil War, supplied over ninety thousand men and boys to the conflict.

The 17th was one of thirty one infantry regiments mustered in Michigan. The unit was organized and trained during the summer of 1862 and left for Washington DC on August 27, 1862. Within two weeks of their arrival in the capitol, the 982 officers and men received their baptism of fire at the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland. Their heroic charge and capture of Confederate positions at Fox's Gap earned them the nickname “The Stonewall Regiment”. Three days later they participated in the bloodiest single day of combat in US history...Antietem.

As part of the IX Corps, often referred to as Burnside's “Thaveling Geography Class”, other engagements followed: Fredericksburg, VA, the Sieges of Vicksburg, MS, and Knoxville, TN, and back to Virginia and the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and the Siege of Petersburg. The 17th had an aggregate membership of 1,224 by the end of the war, and 283 had died of wounds or disease. More Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to members of the 17th than any other Michigan unit. After participating in the Grand Review, a two day parade of over 150,000 troops in Washington DC, the regiment was mustered out June 7, 1865.

Living History with Company E

Company E, one of ten companies in the regiment, was raised in the Ypsilanti area and Jackson and Washtenaw counties. Since many of the volunteers were students, faculty or alumni of Michigan Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University), Company E became known as the Normal School Company.

Today, men from Detroit and the Southeastern Michigan area have reactivated the 17th to recreate the life of the Union foot soldier. Everything from uniforms and equipment to camp life and drill is reproduced as authentically as possible. The unit participates in skirmishes, living history demonstrations and battle reenactments in Michigan and across the nation. Individually and as a group, members bring life to the 1860's with presentations at schools and at community, state and national historic sites.

Members come from all walks of life and share a common interest in history with emphasis on the War Between the States. The 17th has raised funds to erect historical markers at sites of the regiment's engagements and is active in the preservation of our dwindling historic resources.

The 17th Michigan is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the turbulent days of the Civil War and providing educational opportunities to its membership and the public through first person impressions of the common Michigan infantryman.

Contributions to the 17th Michigan are tax deductable.

Life on the Home Front

The civilian aspects of the war years are all to often overshadowed by the military events. In actuality, the soldiers looked forward to letters and packages from home. Mothers, wives and sweethearts sent food and clothing along with news of family and friends. Since 19th century American society was arily rural, many period letters included reports of crops and livestock.

Concerned citizens formed Sanitary Commissions and Soldier's Relief Societies to prote the physical well being of the troops, and religious organizations tended to the spiritual health. Merchants, known as sutlers, followed the camps to cater to appetites and dry good needs. Local farmers sold foodstuffs to supplement the monotonous army rations.

Today's reactivated 17th encourages family participation. The Civilian Auxiliary was formed by wives, children, and other interested folks to depict non-military life during the war years. In everyday dress to the classic hoop skirt and top hat, the Auxiliary demonstrates the skills, craft and attire common to those who kept the home fires burning. Historical accuracy is stressed and our civilian members are as dedicated to their impressions as the soldiers.

If you would like more information about our group, please contact:

The 17th Michigan

PO Box 2410

Dearborn, MI 48123

Please include your name, address and phone number, along with any specific questions.

Thank You Note

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, August 1985,
August 1985
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The following Thank you note was received from Ellen Could.

I was very happy on May Day when I found a lovely May Basket hanging from my door knob.

The May Basket brought back many happy memories.

When I was a little girl. some of my friends and I went into the woods on April 30, to gather wild flowers. There were spring beauties, addie tongues, violets, May flowers and butter cups. Then we made May Baskets, such as the one you made. On May Day we filled our little baskets with flowers such as you did. Then w we would go house of our older friends or one who was ill or just any friend and hang it on the door knob as you did.

Then we would call out “May Basket for You” and then go hide. It was fun watching them search for us. They usually found us.

Thank you again for the beautiful May Basket. I loved it.

Ellen E Gould

Thanks so much to the committee that did so much to make these fine people at Gilbert Residence Happy on May Day.

Betty Tunnicliffe: Deci Howard;

William Lambie Diary, 1879

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, August 1985,
August 1985
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January 1st- Frank loaned $200 to R. Fletcher. Elizabeth took the train for her school in Pittsfield-Anna went on the train at night for Manchester.

January 6- Elizabeth's birthday 22 years-Wife and I went in the long sleigh ti visit old friends and Father's home.

January 10- Sent a load of corn and wheat to Rawsonville. Paid Frank $16 for new sleigh.

January 17- Wife and I took dinner with brother Robert-pleasant time.

January 23- The Wm. Campbells' went with us to Andrew Campbells' in the long sleigh.

Frank brought a load of fence posts from Sumoter.

January 25- Burns' born 120 years ago. Wife and I went to hear Andrew Campbell lecture on Burns' in the evening-good lecture to a small audience.

January 27- Prince Bennett died. T. Casey fiddled in the evening.

January 30- Pumray who harvested for us died suddenly-Wm. Campbell gave me $150 check-gave it to Robert for a note on John Miller of $150 owed to Robert. Interest $7.50.

February 1st- Sold 4 dozen eggs

February 3- Brother Frank in Detroit-sent the Strathaven Times.

February 8- The Wm. Campbells' and I went to A. Campbells' and had a great visit-the wee laughing infant son, bright boy's and bonnie lassies. And old Mr. Fisher age 91.

February 10- Frank sold the old sow he bought for $12 and we kept it nearly 3 years and did not get more than $2 more than we paid-was glad to get rid of the profitless troublesome brute.

February 13- Settled with Frank-$10 for pig money coming to me. Wrote a letter and some lines to sister Isabell (Todd).

February 15- Wrote sister Agnes-cleaned the stable-read the Strathaven Times.

February 18- Wife and I to visit Ben Voorhees-Bell started at Normal-snow storm-Mary Campbell came home with Bell-Frank speared 4 big fish.

February 21- Got the horses shod. The old red cow had a calf.

February 22- Wife and I and Robert went to town-The Band played and the Light Guards marched in honor of Washington's Birthday.

February 25- Gorton offered $45 for the big steer-Wife and I went to John Clarkes desolate home in Pittsfield-Elizabeth met us at young Robert Campbells gate with glee and we stayed with our kind friends over night.

March 3- Corn stalks nearly fed out. Luckens offered $45 for the white heifer-Bees flying and ice and snow melting.

March 6- We sawed down John Flemings tree-about 40 years since I stood beneath its shade-it stood for 300 years like a sentinel in the forest.

March 10- $100 from Wm. Campbell-Walked down in the evening to hear Miss Weed on Westminster Abby and Mr. Rexford on Morals-fearful thunderstorm and Robert was kind enough to meet me with a lantern.

March 11- Roberts Birthday-young friends came at night for his Birthday party.

March 13- Brother Robert putting new glass in his store front. Wife to see sick Mrs. Fletcher.

March 15- We were waken by some one shouting Mrs. L and the boys were to come to Fletchers. Mrs. Fletcher was dying.

March 17- Wife and I went to her Fathers in afternoon-bleak blasts and rough roads-pleasant time.

March 19- The boys went to the Bacon sale. It is sad when a family loses the home and sader when they disgrace the Church and neighborhood with extravagance and fraud.

March 24- Frank and Casey killed the 4 profitless pigs. The Knapp boy took away Robert all night and vexed us.

March 28- Sad and angry at the Boys.

March 30- Frank helped bury Wm. Perrin.

April 1st Wife and I went to visit J. Miller and found him boiling sap-He had a rousing fire by a wee log house in the woods-a real rural visit. The roads so bad we broke the buggy.

April 3–4 went to funeral for old Mr. Voorhees-a great good man-some could speak better but none live better.

April 5- Got feed ground-Left $100 of Mrs. L's money with William Campbell.

April 8- Sold the white Heifer to Gortin for $57.50.

April 13- Temperance lectures in town, speaking to crowded house.

Ben Roberts helped put more sleepers in barn floor.

April 15- My Birthday-Burned marsh grass to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday and mine.

April 20- Mr. Galpin took the Census-gathered stones and planted strawberries.

April 24- Went to town with butter, eggs and Pie Plant.

April 28- Turned the cattle out to pasture. Mr. Campbell came-pleasant time-Wife with some plants went home with him. Planted 5 peach trees. Frank working on the hen house.

April 30- Jerome got two swarms of bees.

May 1st- Frank hung the rollings doors on the barn-went to see friend Casey-he seems near the grave.

Brother Frank sent a Scotch Letter with heather from the Ryelandside-all my interest in that famous farm.

May 3- William Campbell paid J. Miller $1.50 for cleaning the School house-Wife walked to her brothers' (William Campbell)

May 5- Have about 30 lambs, 4 young ducks-paid G. Stevenson $6.50 for seed oats.

May 8- A. Campbell and wife came and wife went home with them.

May 10- Marked for corn-Frank and Robert finished planting.

May 14- Mr. Lay wants me to address the Pioneers in June.

May 17- Robert and I went to the River-I left him there fishing. Paid R. Crippen $60 for his Sister's teaching. Wm. Campbell paid $53.75 payment in full. Bought a coat for $10.

May 19- Dan Miller helped us wash sheep-Mr. McCormick tried to hive two swarms of bees. Only got one.

May 20- Robert took a grist to Rawsonville-Frank shore sheep for Ben Voorhees-R. Fletcher offered $95 for horse, Fred.

May 22- Mary's Birthday.

May 24- Robert and I cut the lamb's tails-21 ewes. 17 rams-38 in all.

May 26- Went to Detroit to Brother Frank's then to Agnes, James and Mother-Some treating me kindly and some not.

May 27- Went to Royal Oak to see sister Isabell Todd-a pleasant time on her farm-the hard work seems to be on the farm, the grandeur in the City.

May 29- Agnes and I planted daisies on Father's grave.

Came home on the Noon train.

June 2- Wife and I to the Pioneer Meeting. I read a paper-a great discussion what rooms to accept in the New Court House.

June 4- The boys worked on the road-A few ripe strawberries. My paper at the Pioneers is in the Commercial.

June 7- Shore Sheep-Robert and I did up the wool.

June 10- Finished shearing-think we have 107 old sheep and 42 lambs. Paid Dan Miller $2.50 for shearing. Ainsworth talked about 27 for the best wool. Frank went to shear for Clawson.

June 12- Sold a Wedder and Lamb to Crane for $5.

June 13- Bees swarming.

June 19- Bell's Birthday-sold 60 Bushels what for $1.03, and then 60 more.

June 21- Frank paid $123.20 for wheat he sold-Robert and Bell went to bring Elizabeth home from her school. Our table beautiful with Flowers her Scholars brought her.

June 23- The butcher took away old Dainty and the 4 year old steer, Fred and paid Frank for them. The cows jumped the fence and got in the road.

June 25- Bought 17 quarts strawberries from Mr. Gray. Mary, Elizabeth, Bell and I walked down to hear the graduation exercises at the Normal-Some good speaking and a grand building-the audience looked rich and prosperous.

June 27- To town in forenoon-got in 3 loads of hay-it was hard to rake and we hurried to get it in as a storm was coming.

June 28- Was up in the night-Frank was suffering where a nail had hurt his foot.

July 1st- Frank bought a Sulky rake from Casey $12. The rake a fine improvement. Drew in all the hay. New Potatoes for dinner.

July 4- Went to Wm. Campbell's-Frank went to Niagra Falls.

July 5- Mr. Casey's man helped us get in more hay-sold two fat sheep to McCormick for $6. Two girls went to Dr. Van Tiles party at night.

July 7- Went to see a new buggy-Robert brought it home-Paid $90-Wife and I went to Wm. Campbell's for cherries.

July 9- We all went to the Church Semi-Centennial-a grand affair. Mr. Green read the Church History. And a great feast members-faithful for 50 years.

Robert and 4 girls rode to Frain's Lake.

July 12- Fearful thunderstorm. Lightning struck and burned a neighbor's barn.

July 13- Had a fine ride to the Church in the new buggy. Bell milking at sunrise.

The dog ran away and the boy's got another.

July 15- Casey came with her reaper-and got all the wheat cut.

July 17- Robert, August and I drew in all the wheat and bound some barley-Frank helped Casey. Paid August $7 for harvest work.

July 20- Cleaned and sold about 97 bushels wheat $9. Brother Robert came and we went to the Old Moon Farm and got 10 bushels of wheat.

July 24- Bought pants from Robert $2.50-hat $1. The poem I wrote about the Semi-Centennial was in the Commercial.

July 30- August cradled the oars south of the house. Wife, Mary, Elizabeth and I went to John Taylor's to tea and then to Prayer meeting.

August 1st-Paid August $5.50 for work-It is the Colored Man's Day-Emancipation.

August 4- Boy's and August drew Manure with Wm. Campbell's Wagon.

August 5- Frank, Robert, Bell and I went on the Excursion to Detroit and Belle Isle Island and to Harsen's Island on the steamer Northwest-A pleasant trip-called on Frank, Mrs. Inglis.

August 6- Sold 5 Wedders to Lucken $15 and one lamb $2. He paid $12. August went to work for Fletcher.

August 12-Wife and I went to town and brought Kate and Willy Inglis. Lucken paid $5 on sheep-Youngsters in great glee. Girl's went to see Miss Yakley.

August 15- Frank took Kate to the Depot-finished plowing the hill field-Fletcher's chilled plow does good work.

August 17- Frank and Willie Campbell went to Church in the old buggy-the 4 girls, Robert and Willie Inglis in the new one-I stayed home-Bell came at noon-walked home.

August 19- Went to town-got Robert's horse shod-bought 3 Excursion tickets.

August 20- Mary, Elizabeth and I went with the Excursion to Watkins Grove and saw his great farm.

August 22- Wife and I went to Augusta-found Mr. Campbell weak from overwork.

August 23- Frank and I went to Barns to see if Bemis could thrash for us. The 4 girls had their Portraits taken.

August 25- The boys helped Fletcher thrash-took Willie Inglis to the Depot. Gabriel Campbell came-a pleasant visit.

August 28- Elizabeth was offered and accepted a situation in the Union School.

August 30- No market for wool-Moved it to the woodshed.

September 1st- Elizabeth's first day of teaching in the Union School. Heard old Mr. Fisher died-Went to School meeting-small attendance-Elected Assessor again-Rensefor to furnish the wood.

September 2- Bell, Robert and I went to the Fisher funeral. Sick that night.

September 5- Jerome came with his steam thrasher and thrashed 196 bushels of Oats, 41 Bushels of Barley-155 Bushels Wheat-25 Bushels per acre-the best yield yet.

The engine did no run very well. Plenty of help and too much swearing and straw stack too flat. Paid $1.50 for coal and did not have enough.

September 7- Sacrament and only one added to the Church-

September 8- Bought 30 Bushels seed wheat from Mr. Leach for $30. Drilled about 1/2 of it in the South Field.

September 10- Went to the Cars (Depot) with Anna to see her leave for Elkhardt-Brother Robert and Francis came to see us-All went to Robert's for dinner-Grand a affair.

Went to Union School to see Elizabeth.

September 11- All corn cut-some welcome rain-Paid Jones $1 for cleaning well.

September 17- Frank and I sent to State Fair in Detroit-Saw Agnes, Francis and went over the water to Canada-Frank and I slept at Mother's and was kindly treated-Mother bright and happy at 82-No room for me in Detroit.

September 19- John Miller paid $12 interest.

September 22- Frank working for Wm. Campbell-Robert digging potatoes and I picking them up. Borrowed $30 from brother Robert and paid A.J. Leach for seed wheat.

September 25- 3 tramps got their supper and slept in the barn.

September 29- Settled with Frank-he owes me $18. Mr. Thorn paid his note $100.

September 30- Wife and I went to John Millers and got 2 ladders and Drill-$1 for Wheat drill and 75¢ for ladders. Paid Mrs. L $30 I owed her her and Bell $25.

October 1st- Gathered apples-warm and sultry-went to town and got apple barrels-

October 2- Brother Robert and Francis returned from visiting Sister Isabell-apple crop poor.

Took 4 bushels wheat to the Mill and got 4 more barrels-Pomray helped husk and pick apples.

October 4- Took a barrel of apples to brother Robert-got a grist.

October 6- Loaned C. Fletcher $50-Frank went to shingle for Wm. Campbell.

October 9- Husking corn-Wm. Campbell horse and buggy to take his family beyond Saline.

October 11- Bell and Eunice gathered nuts-heard of sad accident on the railroad near Jackson-15 killed.

October 14- Robert caught all the sheep and Frank marked those for sale-95 old ones-44 lambs-139 in all.

October 15- Frank, Robert and I went to the sale winding up the affairs of good old honest Mr. Voorhees-big crowd and big sale-bought a few things.

October 18- Frost-husked and went to town-small crop and small price for apples.

October 20- Went to hear about enlarging the Church. John Geddes, A. Campbell, Mr. Green did not pull together.

October 22- Brother Robert, Mrs. Morton and Eunice paid us a pleasant visit.

October 25- Husked and gathered russets and nearly all the apples. Took 2 barrels to Miss Patin-Paid Pomray $5 and Casey $2.75.

October 26- Mary, Elizabeth and I went to Church at night in the Moonlight and Saxtons great house was all right when we went down and nearly all burned down when we came back.

October 28- P. VanAtten digging for water east of the Barn and found water at 15 feet.

October 31- Bell took $33 to Lula Crippen for teaching. Wife and I went to Augusta-cold ride-good roads.

November 1st- J. McDougall came for Mrs. L to take care of his sick mother. Paid Pomray. Heard of Chandler's death.

November 3- Snow and Winter here-Robert took Elizabeth to School-Put the sheep in the Orchard.

November 6- Mrs. L was brought home after waiting until Mrs. McDougall died.

November 7- Robert and Mrs. L started for Augusta to tell the sad news of the old Aunt's death. (was she a Muir? or Anne Muir Campbell's Aunt?)

November 8- Sold 657 lbs wool to Mr. Chidester-$203.57. Wife, Robert and I with Wm. Campbell's went to old Mrs. McDougall's funeral.

November 11- Frank and I went to Hewitt's and then to Goodspeeds and bought a Ram for $5.

November 14- Rain-Rain-sent 2 barrels apples to Sister Agnes. Gave Frank $200 for the Wool-Repaired the pig pen. Paid Mr. Cherry $18 for teaching.

November 17- Robert started with Elizabeth to the Union School.

John Miller took away the Ram.

November 18- Pomray and I drew in all the corn. Elizabeth's School dismissed-

November 22- Bought a suit of clothes at Roberts' store $15.50. Heard of old Mr. Howland's death (John's father).

November 25- Sold 21 old sheep to Mr. Freeman $27-helped drive then over the railroad. Wife and I went to old Mr. Howland's funeral.

November 26- Killed a sheep for Thanksgiving-

November 28- Thanksgiving-the Wm. Campbell's and John Taylor's families fame to dinner with us, pleasant time.

December 1st- Made a pen for the Calves-oiled the harness and the buggy-sold 3 sheep pelts to G. Gager $2.50.

Wife, Mary and I drove to Rawsonville and bought blankets $10. Paid Mr. Ronsifer $16 for School wood-Robert paid $5 for tuition

December 13- Received from W. Crippen $193.67 for School money. Lots of snow-bought overshoes from John Boyd $1.85.

December 22- Frank & Jerome killed two swine-4 of us went to a big surprise party for Uncle Wm., brother Robert-Wm. C. got a present in gold.

Sold pigs 480 1bs for $10.00.

December 24- Anna arrived from Elkhardt.

December 25- Christmas-we all received nice presents-a Christmas box from Sister Agnes-the 4 girls and 2 boys received valuable tkens, kindness of brother Robert-I always think of Father on Christmas-1868-Eleven years since he last spoke to me for the last time.

December 29- Went to town got a barrel of Salt-good sleighing the fast driving-also 60 1bs rock salt-packed pork in the afternoon.

December 31- Last of 1879-Another year with all its joys and sorrows gone.


Continue reading in the William Lambie Diary, 1880.

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Queen Anne Soap Revives Memory of Old Ypsilanti

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1997,
March 1997
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Two letters written by former residents are crowded with memories of Ypsilanti and Ypsilantians at the start of the century.

The first letter, is signed by Carl W. Dusbiber, now of Veterans Hospital in Dearborn, who left Ypsilanti more than 30 years ago. He wrote the following in response to some reminiscing about Queens Anne's soap.

Concerning Sam Post, the owner of the soap he has this to say. “I call him Sam instead of Samuel it was not beyond his dignity. He and I lived in Ypsilanti at that time”.

“He was a typical English of the Victorian age. He wore a stovepipe hat, a frock coat and his jowls were garnished with sideburns.”

“Mr. Post lived all alone at the Hawkins House, which, at the time was considered one of the best hosteleries around about. To get to the Michigan Central depot for his frequent trips to Detroit, he always rode in a carriage. One of the promoters of the right-of-way from Ypsilanti to Detroit was Daniel Quirk, the village banker, whose descendant is now Michigan's First Lady, the wife of Governor G. Mennen Williams, bringing us back to the soap situation.”

“I was always sure this stretch of roadbed was for their own convenience in reaching Detroit on business or on pleasure beat.”

“Sam Post was a very picturesque figure. And he was friendly and affable. He was on the vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, whose congregation was the site of the town. He occupied a private pew, indication that he was a very generous contributor.”

“I observed all these things, because around 1904, I was a choir boy at St. Luke's and once a month Sam Post and the rector gave us choir boys a jolly party.”

Those memories, when read by Mrs. Addie Murray of Farmington took her right back to the old Ypsilanti she knew, loved, and left 20 years ago. while she was remembering, she wrote the following lines to Mr. Dusbiber.

“Just read on and see what the item about Queen Anne soap has done. It has brought back a whole flood of memories to me.

“I was a small girl living in Detroit and my mother would walk with her four children to a spot known as Campans Dock; with our basket lunch we would board The Belle Isle ferry and for about ten cents ride all of a summer afternoon and evening up and down the river, listening to Finzels Orchestra playing “In the good Old Summer Time”.

“My first notice of Queen Anne soap when I learned to read was a mammoth sign located at the river's edge, which I saw on these happy excursions. Then later I remmber Mother saving the wrappers for a new parlor lamp or something.

“Years later I went by interurban streetcar to Ypsilanti as a young wife and mother, it was my first visit to Ypsilanti and I had come to stay. My husband (Smiling Al Renne) had purchased the “Old Opry House” from guess who-no one but old Sam Post, as he had been the owner.”

“Then a lot more remembering-The sign in the boxoffice which read “Mutual Movies, make time fly”. The admission for all-ten cents. Keystone Cops. Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford in “Tess of the Storm Country”. Margaret Clark, Mary Miles Minter, Valentino, William S. Hart, Wallace Reed. Then the old time vaudeville acts, some very good and some pretty awful.

“And every fall several weeks of dramatic stock, playing” such things as “Tempest and Sunshine” and ‘East Lynne’. Then there were one night stands of large dramatic shows-who would break the jump between Detroit and Chicago at Ypsilanti with such plays as “The Lion and the Mouse”, “Paid in Full” also Musicals like “The Cat and the Fiddle”.

Every summer the “Chautanque”. Also several medicine shows would stop at “Ypsi” during the summer. Times like that it would have been a savings to close up the “Old Opry House” as everyone turned out for the open air attraction.

“Ypsi was a lovely quiet college town in those days. Cleary College being a busy place. Lou Killian, Tony Whitmire, Leo Whitmire, Frank Panek, Hazel Pierce and the well known Falcone brothers were some of the musicians who played in our old orchestra. Gracious Margaret Wise taught first grade at Normal Training School, and how the children loved her.

Not much traffic in those days, and mostly horse drawn. A few Model T. Fords and other early make cars-and about the only place to buy gasoline was “Red Osburn's” on Huron Street. “Some of the old stage hands were Walt Stitt-Old Joe Wilcox who supplied the props from his second-hand store (The Ark) Ernie Maddox: and then there was Bill Morey, who took the tickets at the door (remember that fine big Moustache). Then the handsome Parsons brothers used to sing in a quartette on stage with two other young men whose names have gone from my mind.

“There was Jim Hart's barber shop and Don Comstock's store and McAndrew furniture and Howard's Meat Market, and wasn't there a Dusbiber market too?. The postmaster was Mr. Lister, whose wife had been a teacher of mine in grade school.

Life was simple-more security (or so it seemed) and more home life.

“Where the Postoffice now stands was a tumble-down rambling house. where a character lived who drove about the streets in a cart drawn by two large goats, and giving all the children a ride-remember?

“The Hawkins house was operated by a genial fellow named Ken Phillips. Merchants Delivery brought the groceries to our door from all over town-by sled in the winter. And down by the River the creamery, where one could take a container and get heavy whipping cream for 25 cents a quart, and all the buttermilk free.

Then there was John P. Kirk and his lively wife, also lanky Tracy Towner and his sister Caroline (the town's vocal teacher). Dunlaps Grocery, Michos candy store. Walt Pierce was the town cop. Frank Sims the tailor; and Emil Schafarik with his joking way.

“All of a sudden-amd we knew it would come-we were involved. in World war I. I am thinking of Ypsi's own Signal Corps boys and how my husband gave a benefit performance for them to raise money for blankets and extras for them. And how anm older man named Mr. Schrepper went along with them all through the was as their cook.

I remember my little daughter selling Liberty Bonds from the stage of the “Old opry House”, and Frank Panek home on leave from the Navy, standing on the stage in uniform playing “My Buddy”-and parents in the audience in tears. The anxious days when some of our boys would be missing, and then we would learn of their loss. News did not come as fast those days.

“Then that wild Armistice Day, and students, mostly girls, doing a snake dance with joy. the war was over-and many of our boys did not return.

“The War was over. Now to pick up the pieces and start all over again. I have a son and a daughter now. Sitting in the box office every afternoon and evening selling tickets, keeping my home and children happy, keeping them in school, no time for clubs or play, never did learn how to play cards. Everyone knows me, and I don't know too many of their names, as the “Old Opry House” was the only theater at that time.

Ten years of box office, and we left Ypsilanti. I now have a law student grandson and a son who is an attorney in Pontiac.

“And about soap, who remembers the old Larkin Soap clubs our mothers belonged to-just for the premiums?

“It has been fun remembering. And did you know that old Sam Post did not live alone? He had a spinster sister who lived at the Hawkins house with him. I loved Ypsilanti, the old town. But the new Ypsilanti is a stranger to me.

Thank you, Mr. Dusbiber for helping me to remember. Hope you didn't mind.

Your truly, Addie Murray


Doris Milliman

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What a Way to Go!!!!!

Ypsilanti in 1943

Four Goat Power on goa.

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