DIARY OF JOHN BARRON
Mondy Feb 24th 1879
Nice day good wheeling
Price of produce at this date
Wheat per bush 88 cts
Barly one 100 lb 1.25
Clover Seed 3.60
Potatoes per lb .45
Butter per lb .13
Eggs per doz. .13
Ann Hoagland went home. Done all the chores to day.
Went to Argentine with load of feed. Snowed.
I went to Linden with a law log. Good sleighing.
I went to Linden with saw log. Good sleighing and very cold. Bought two plank for stone boat.
Went to Linden with load of wheat.
I went to Linden with load of wheat with sleigh. When I come back it was bare ground.
Sunday. Quite cold. Lewis Lahring was here, Mr. Wykes & Mrs Wykes come here this afternoon, staid in the evening, we
had a tirkey for dinner.
I went to Linden with 2 load of wheat to day & it is thawing. Wheat is worth 92 ct.
I went to Linden with 2 loads of wheat with the waging. Thawing fast.
I went to Linden with 2 loads wheat. Very muddy.
Lewis Lahring & Ralph Collins & myself went to Howell to a cattle auction. One bull calf sold for two hundred dollars.
I went to Linden with my apples, 68 barrels at $1.45 ct. per barrel.
I went Linden & Fentonville. Mud deep and thawing fast.
Sunday. Took one shoulder, 1/ a busher potatoes, fue apples to John Wises family which is very destitute & wife &
2 dauthers, sick. Stopt to Lewis Lahring & get dinner & raining & muddy.
I took one of the fich over to Slates this morning. My buisnss was doing chores. Dolg Johnson came here to day to work
for the summer. Raining to night & warm.
I took Marry over to George Hoagland to visit Thomas School. Muddy.
I was round home all day. I sold five hams to Lewis Buck of Linden for 7 ct a pound. Commenced building cow stable. Mr
Walters throwed Buddle of paper of the cars. Quite warm to night.
Nothing of note to day. Cool, no freezing.
Lewis Lahring & I started for Porthurn. Got off to Thornton Station in Saint Clair County to see some cattle to Mr
Bairds. Stayed all night, he had some good cattle.
Went from Beards to Porthurn. Saw Murphy & Avery cattle. They were as good as could be made. We saw his eighteen thousand
dollars bull & his Duches cow 25 thousand.
Same day: Saw Sanburn sock (Stock?), they were splendid cattle indeed.
Staid in Porthurn all night. Looke round town, went up to the fort had long talk with soilders. Started for home by way
of Rigeway Macomb Co. Come to Pontiac, hired Rig to Whitfields, saw his cattle. Eat super there, started Waterford Station
& o clock for home, cars stopt to let us off satfied.
I went to Linden with a load of wheat. Good wheeling.
I went to Linden with load of wheat. 40 bush. Price 95 cents per bush.
April 1, 1879
Dolf Johnson commenced work to day. Very plesant & warm.
April 2, 1879
Very fine day. But cool.
April 3 1879
Cold blustry & sowey & ruff
John Baird & wife come here to day from Flushing. Very blustry & ruff wheeling.
John Baird & wife went home this after noon. More pleasant. Drawed two loads of hay from the Baird Barn. Nice day.
April 9, 1879
I took Mary to Hammilton Station. She went Begole visiting. On my way home I bught cake of maple sugar 12 ct a pund.
April 12, 1879
We went to Frank Hoaglands child funeral. Beried in Tyrone. Thirty five yers to day since we moved on this farm. It was
very warm and cattle could live on grass.
April 15 1879
I sold 200 bush of wheat, price 95 ct. Roads good & dry.
April 21 1879
Commenced plowing for oats.
Sowed the 3 acr lot west of the house.
Plowing for oats on the Baird 50. Wheat worth 90 ct to day.
April 30, 1879
Drilled in oats to day on the Baird 50 the growing (?) in good order.
May 1st 1879
Finished sowing oats in the 50 this fore noon on the field south of the barn. Big white frost last night. Sheep can get
good living on grass. Cowes can t.
May 3, 1879
Finished sowing oats. Sowed 20 acrs. Price of wheat to day 94 ct, pototeos 50 ct.
May 9, 1879
Finished plowing for core. Quite dry not much grass.
Went Linden. Glover boys raised them new elavator.
I planted a fue erely potatoes this fore noon. Corn ground all ploughed & draged. Very warm & dry.
Traded 80 bushels of to Linden, price one dollars.
Finished planting corn. Very dry.
Drawing manure on summer follow. Wheat 97 cts bush.
We went to Harvy Whiteheads babys furnarl. Commenced plowing summer follow. Jonson painting my 2 lumber wagons & it
is very dry.
Commenced plouging west of the 8 acre lot on the rize. I soeded beests to day. Sat out cabbage plants, tomatoes & squaches.
Washed the bugby ready for painting. Good rain yesterday.
Went to Sam Atherton funaral. Baried in Gains.
I went to Byron. Rained a Shower. The were paying 33 cents for wooll. I hung two gates one by the road (?) front of the
barn, the other between the house & barn. Wheat one dollars bush. Very dry.
We went to Detroit & down the river 20 miles to Sugar Island.
Wheat worth one dollars.
I sold my wool to Brown Hyatt for 33 cents a lb, 747 lb.
I went to Wm. Whitfield of Waterford.
Comenced haying to day.
Finished haying to day.
Commenced harvesting. Singes of rain.
Commenced sowing to day and finished the 20th.
Commenced thrashing to day.
Finished to day, had ten hundred & 3 bushels wheat, nine hundred bushels of oats.
Finished husking corn, 600 bush.
Snowed all this after noon, Drawed corn stalks the forenoon.
1880 Feb 28
Warm as summer.
Cold & windy. Wheat $1.22.