ELSIE HINDE INGRAM’S DIARY

 

INTRODUCTION

 

            In 2001, the diaries of Elsie Hinde Ingram came into my hands, via her niece,  my cousin Olive Chamness Stakland.  Elsie had given them to Olive in about 1989, when she felt no longer able to write the entries due to arthritic hands or failing vision or both.   When Olive learned some years later of my interest in family history, she turned the diaries over to me, to let me make of them what I could.  Ultimately the diaries will go to the Saskatchewan Archives Board, with the approval of David Ingram, Elsie’s son.

            In November of 2003, my sister Mary Crane and I began the fascinating task of transcribing the diaries.  We found it would take the two of us, one deciphering Elsie’s words and the other typing.

Elsie Hinde seems to have begun keeping a five year diary in January 1935.  No earlier diaries had then[1]  been found, although the suspicion exists that she had kept a diary for some time before that date, because the entries seem to be skilled and practiced, and there is no hesitancy in using the standard diary syntax.    As the transcriber of her diaries I can work only with what has come to my hands:  diaries dating from January 1935 to December 1988.  Herein will be the full text of her diaries from January 1935 to December 1939, selective transcription of full entries for the next five year diary, selective transcription of partial entries for the diaries which follow.  Elsie’s diaries are all but one  (the exception is one single-year journal) in the five year format with only a tiny space allocated to each date.  Her script is small and elegant; she compacts much information into few lines, using initials and abbreviations – except for the names of animals!  -  which have been spelled out when it was possible to interpret them.  Spelling of names has been corrected where this is known;  other errors have been left intact to maintain the writer’s “voice.” 

In 2007, David Horn found at Valley Springs Ranch a journal Elsie had kept of the year she spent in Iowa with her sister Winnie Chamness and her family.  This journal, written by a girl of nineteen,  is vastly different in tone and content from the later five year diaries, containing much more of Elsie’s feelings and opinions.   The full content of this journal appears as an appendix to the later transcriptions.

 

Elsie’s  1935 – 1988 diary is of events rather than opinions; of activities rather than exploration of her mental landscape.  The events and activities reflect a time in the history of Canada and the Saskatchewan prairies which was as challenging to survival as was the earlier pioneering period.  The depression and later World War II took their toll on the people who lived through those times.

            Elsie was thirty-two in January 1935.  She had been living on the family property since shortly after the Hindes came to Canada in April 1912, when she was nine years old.  She had attended Thistle Dale School from the time the school district was formed in 1915, and remained at the family home after leaving school with the exception of two periods in the twenties, first when she spent  time in Iowan and later when she attended nursing school, and then, contracting tuberculosis, spent a year in tuberculosis sanitaria at Fort San and Saskatoon.  Following her recovery she did not again live away from Valley Springs Ranch, but remained there as an integral part of the Ranch operations.  In due course she married, and continued with her husband and son at the Ranch until they retired to live in Borden.

            The content of her diaries is presented on a month by month basis, rather than as five years’ worth of a given day as it appears in the diaries.  Footnotes have been added,  to aid the largely urban descendants of the Hinde line to grasp the issues and events in the lives of Elsie and her family.

            These were her family in 1935:  Her mother and father, Joseph and Martha Hinde who were seventy-three and sixty-seven.  Joseph was retired from the most strenuous aspects of the work of the Ranch, but continued with the less-demanding ones, like sawing wood for heating and cooking, road-mending, and milking the cows.  Martha continued with her homemaker role, cooking, cleaning and sewing.  Joseph and Martha   were the senior members and leaders of the Quaker Meeting, Joseph being clerk of the Meeting.   

            Elsie’s brother Harry was the closest sibling to her in age.  The two of them had formed an inseparable partnership in the family dynamic, such that the youngest of the family, Daisie, felt excluded from their bond, even though she was the pet of the family.  In 1935 Joseph and Martha, Harry and Elsie, lived in the  “Big House” – the two-storey frame building that had been moved years earlier from Joseph’s homestead quarter on the dry plateau on the top of the river bank, down into the valley to a site of year-round spring water – Valley  Springs Ranch.  By the time this occurred in 1926, it had long been clear that the land the Hinde family had proved up was mostly unsuited for growing crops, and had been turned over to the raising of cattle.

            Elsie’s brother Joseph Edward (Bob) was married in January 1934 to Susanna Rempel, and was now  father of a daughter, Mary, three months old.   Bob, Susie and Mary lived in a small cottage on the other side of the garden from the Big House.  Roberta was born to them at the end of  1935.

            Whenever circumstances required it and finances allowed, men were hired to help with the work of the Ranch.  George Rempel, Susie’s brother, was one such, often working the winter months for the Hinde family.  During the Depression, many men were prepared to work for little more than their board and room.  They came from farms and from the city, with the romance of being a cowboy at least part of the time being a big attraction. 

            Elsie’s oldest brother Len and oldest sister Edith were both married. Len and his wife Ruth, and Edith and her husband Edward all lived in Saskatoon.  Her youngest sister Daisie was also living in Saskatoon and working at the sanitarium.

            Elsie’s older sister Winifred had been married for some years and was living in the United States with her family. 

            Martha Hinde had been a Wake.  Her brother Hugh and his family had also emigrated to Canada in the early part of the twentieth century, and had homesteaded close to the Hinde land.   The Wakes and the Hindes were two of the five Quaker families who came to the Borden area in the same decades.    The others were the Nathan Saunders family, the David Crabb family and the William McCheane family.  While unrelated by blood when they came to Canada, they were all related by marriage two generations later.  

            This shows the warp upon which the weft of Elsie’s diary is woven.

 

            Several years after transcription of this diary began, an earlier diary was found, and lent to us by David Horn.  This diary is transcribed in full as Appendix III

           

            Except where otherwise indicated, footnotes are provided by Mary Hinde Crane and Roberta Hinde Rivett.

Reference is made in footnotes to several books, as follows:

Hinde, Joseph Edward (Bob)   As I Remember It,  to be privately published.

Hinde, Henry Wake (Harry)   History of the Big Pasture    in  Hinde Family Stories, To be privately published.

Hinde, Susanna Rempel   Stories of my Life   Privately published, 2004

Borden History Book Committee   Our Treasured Heritage:  Borden and District, 1980

McCheane, Mary Saunders   Journal   1903 – 1915   Privately published 2003 and available on the Internet at rachel@chamness.org.

 

A word on the footnotes:  my sister and I undertook this project for our grandchildren, whose lives have been lived in  cities.  The footnotes are intended for them, to help them to understand the context  and the content of the diary entries.

Some of the footnotes offer web sites which provide detailed information on an activity noted in the diary.

 

                                                Roberta Hinde Rivett   April 2008

 


 

1935

JANUARY

 

1st

Mother and I went up to Wake’s in afternoon, with Abe, [2] who had brought George[3] back.  Harry came for us.  Pretty stormy.  Clarence Elliott[4] died. 

 

2nd

George hauled straw from red granary[5], boys banked up bunkhouse.[6]  Bob mended sleighs. 

 

3rd

Harry and I did milking.  Harry to Langham[7] for coal oil and coal.  George and Bob hauled straw from Carl’s.[8] Heavy trails.[9] Abe down for George’s cow. 

 

4th

Abe stayed and played checkers with Father. 

 

5th

Harry was kicked by Linnet[10] while we were dressing his leg.  Bob and George hauled two loads from Carl’s.  George Piprell[11] brought Peggy [12]down.  Abe left. 

 

6th

Harry laid up with bad leg, so George helped me with Linnet.  Anker[13] came from Langham.

 

7th

Harry up and helped with chores[14] and hung bunkhouse door. [15] George - one load hay and one straw.  Bob got basket willows.[16]   Anker got hurt with Linnet and left  for Langham. 

 

8th

George and Bob cleaned out chicken pen.[17] Rosabelle calved. Bob carded wool[18] in afternoon.

 

9th

Bob and George hauled straw from Carl’s and Harry did chores.  Still dressing Linnet’s leg.

 

10th

Bob and George for straw.  Harry chored and did some mending around barn.

Peggy and I over to see Sadie[19] and stayed overnight.

 

11th

Harry chored and brought  Jimmie in.  We came home.  Pa took sick during night.

 

 

12th

Bob and George - one load wood, one of oat straw.  Harry chored and mended back door.  Was sick and went to bed early.  Pa in bed all day.

 

13th

Harry and Pa and I sick in bed.  I got up near suppertime.  Peggy helped Mother.

 

14th

Pa and I up.  Harry still in bed.  Bob did up washstand for Sadie.  George did chores.

 

15th

George Piprell came for Peggy.  Bob and George hauled two loads straw and did chores.  I helped milk in morning.  Harry and I did some black and whites.[20]

 

16th

Bob and George two loads straw.  Harry chored.  Linnet’s leg a little better.   Cousma Woikin[21] over for some meat.  Had Meeting[22] in morning.

 

17th

Bob and George two loads of wood.  Harry chored, cleaned wheat for porridge.[23]  

 

18th

Bob and George two loads of wood.  Harry chored.  I helped milk.  Right along getting quite a few eggs.[24]

 

19th

Bob and George two loads hay from flats.[25]  George one load straw from red granary.  Harry did chores.  Gret’s calf was frozen.  Dunny calved white-faced heifer, Grandora.

 

20th

Had Meeting at home.  Very cold, fifty below.[26]

 

21st

Forty degrees below.  All the boys chored and killed lump-jawed steer for chickens.[27]  Cleaned out calf pen.[28] Linnet’s leg near better.   Harry fixed the leaky water trough.[29]

 

22nd

Forty-five degrees below.  George cleaned out calf pen. He fixed water holes and braced up shelter.[30]

 

23rd

George still cleaning out pens.  Harry chored and fixed water trough.  Bertha calved, white-faced steer.[31]

 

24th

George chored.  Nice and mild.  Harry took Father and Mother to catch train for Saskatoon.[32]

 

 

25th

I made cheese.[33] Harry went for mail and put horses Bird and Bunty into Oscar’s. George cleaning  barn. 

 

26th

Bob did Pasture[34] books and sent them to auditor.[35] George cleaned barn and chicken houses.   Harry went to Langham for separator. Susie and I made cheese. 

 

27th

Eric and Herdis down.  Lovely day.  Harry went back with Herdis[36] as it was very dark. 

 

28th

Bob and Susie papering kitchen.[37] Harry went to Langham and took separator bowl and wrote George Williams[38] re: cattle.  George went for Oscar’s[39] separator. Mild and melting. 

 

29th

Still mild.  Bob still papering.  Harry chored, and fixed barn door.  I did washing.  George got one load straw from Carl’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30th

Stone hauling[40] started. Bob and Harry fixed up stone box,[41] hauled two loads from

Twenty-six[42] to Bridge,[43] and two from beach, first in.[44]  George got mail and brought Meg and Salley, and also horses from Dunc’s.[45]

 

31st

Still mild.  Bob and Harry two loads from Twenty-six and four from beach.  George and I did all the chores and George hauled a load of hay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 1935

 

1st

Bob and Harry hauled rock.  George did chores and hauled a load of straw from Carl’s. 

 

2nd

Still very mild.  Bob and Harry still stone-hauling, very tired and wet.  George did chores and hauled one load of hay.  It keeps us all busy.

 

3rd

Very mild.  All rested most of day.  Bob in bed.  Did chores. 

 

4th

Bob and Harry hauling stones.   George chored, met Father and Mother at Langham, took Smoky and Floss.[46]

 

5th

Boys hauled rock, we did chores.  I found Katrina’s calf in trees by the river.  George and I brought him home.  Spotty white face.

 

6th

Boys hauled rock.  George chored and hauled.  Meeting at home.

 

7th

Boys up four thirty AM and finished up rock hauling by three o’clock.  Both tired out.  Harry to bed.  George chored and hauled  load hay.

 

8th

George for straw to Carl’s; Harry cleaned out both chicken houses.  Bob to town – Borden[47] – I went with him to Hynd’s and stayed with Sadie.  Saw George Hynd[48] and had a nice time.

 

9th

George   chored. One load hay and cleaned out calf pen.  Peter and his mother down.[49]  Harry cleaned straw out of barn loft.  Bob cleaned ice house[50] out.  Killed calf and Cousma had half.   Cousma to dinner. 

 

 

10th

Meeting at home. K. Rempel and Peter here.  Left in afternoon.[51]  I went a long walk on skis.  Eric down to dinner and supper.

 

11th  

Second day.  Bob and Harry took George Williams’[52] cattle to Borden to ship to Winnipeg.  George did the chores.

 

12th  

Third day.  Bob and Harry two loads of ice.[53]  George one load hay, Bob and Susie went with Harry and me to a UFC[54] meeting at Thistle Dale School.  I went with Peggy and her father for a visit.

 

13th

Fourth day.  George one load of straw from Carl’s.  Bob and Harry filled ice well. To George Walker’s[55] at night.  Peggy and I to Lilah Pope’s[56] for afternoon and evening. 

 

14th

Fifth day.  Peggy and I to hockey game, Borden versus Halcyonia.   Halcyonia won.  Had an interesting time but got very cold.  Over to D. Williams in evening. 

 

15th

Sixth day.  Peggy and I to C. Orchards’ for dinner and  Kathie’s for tea.  Had very nice time.  Mother phoned to say Peter Rempel had been killed in the windmill. [57]

 

16th

Seventh day.  Peggy and I to Mrs. Goodman’s[58]  for dinner.  Met Bob on road.  Billie[59] and Joshua up for supper.   I came down with them and slept with Herdis. 

 

 

 

 

17th

First day.  I stayed at Wakes’ for Meeting and dinner and supper, and then Joshua and Billie and Herdis brought me home and stayed evening.   Bob up to Great Deer.[60]

 

18th

Second day.  Mother and I washed in morning then Harry and I rode over to Hynds’ and I went with Sadie to UFC meeting at Baxters’.[61] Harry and Bob to Pasture meeting.  Bob to Great Deer.

 

19th

Third day.  Peter’s funeral is to be today.  Harry went up with Billie and Eric.  Arthur Hynd came up and helped us with chores and hauled a load of hay.  Forty-two eggs.[62]

 

20th

Fourth day.  Nice day.  Harry hauled one load straw.  We turned linoleum round.[63] Fifty-six eggs.

 

21st

Fifth day.  Harry hauled one load of straw from Carl’s.  Bob and Susie and Alex and Olga and baby home.[64]  Here for supper and slept here. 

 

22nd

Sixth day.  Harry went to Wakes’ to have 31 bushels of oats chopped[65] and brought mail.  Mother and I to Langham to vote on poultry marketing plan.[66]  Bob hauled one load of straw.  Nice day.

 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  Bob hauled one load of straw in afternoon.  Harry chored and unloaded chop and got one load oats from Twenty-six. Boys lanced Smoky’s back[67] again.  Olga and Alex to Great Deer. 

 

24th

First day. Bob and Harry chored most of day.    Heatherbelle sick – impaction.[68] Had Meeting at home.  I was sick and in bed most of day.   George came back to supper; away nine days.[69]

 

25th

Second day.  I felt a bit better.  Bob and George two loads straw and one load hay.  Harry chored.  Dosed Smoky’s back and Heatherbelle with melted lard[70] and did some mending up around the yard.  Thirty below in the morning. 

 

26th

Third day.  Not quite so cold.  Bob and George two loads straw.  Harry did chores and went to Langham.  I wrote to Edith, Len and Daisie.

 

27th

Fourth day.  Bob and George two loads of straw.  Harry took cattle out.  Got mail.[71] I gave Portia and Snowdrop bran mashes,[72] both down.  I washed woolens.  Colder tonight.

 

28th

Fifth day.  Bob and George two loads straw from Joshua Wake.  Harry did chores and brought Bunty[73] in.  She is very thin.  Mother and Pa and I all doing rugs.[74]

 

 

 

 

 

29th[75]

Sixth day.  Mild, inclined to snow.  Bob and George for two loads straw.  Harry chored.  Started  lining socks.  Henry Badman[76] brought socks for lining. Mopsy calved black calf – Melissa.  Snowdrop died.    Bob finished fixing cutter.[77]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MARCH 1935

 

1st

Seventh day.  Bob and George one load of poles[78]  from flats.  Harry chored, and he and I halter-broke colt, and George helped give her  subjection[79] in afternoon.  She fought pretty good.  Bob and Pa did porch.  Portia died.

 

2nd

First day.  Meeting at home, Bob not over. Mild but strong wind from northeast.  George got bad cold. 

 

3rd

Second day.  Still very windy, snowed a little.  Josephine calved.  Lost calf.  Giving molasses to cattle, also a little oats.[80] Boys did walls of porch.  Mother cleaned out back of pantry. 

 

4th

Third day.  We did big wash.  Very windy and cold.  Some snow.  Harry to Langham.  George and Bob did chores.  Madame Queen still halter-pulling.[81]

 

5th

Fourth day.  Had Meeting at home.  Still rough weather.  Calf born outside, a solid white face  cow, probably Edith’s.  Harry and Pa doing porch.  George one load hay and chores.  Bob fixed oat boxes for calves, and stack-yard gate.

 

6th

Fifth day.  Forty degrees below in night.  Bright and still.  Boys doped Josie and Mary and  Maggie who had a turnip in her throat.  Bob and Harry did porch roof.   Joshua down to  Bob’s for supper.  I did ironing.[82] 

 

 

 

 

7th

Sixth day.  Bob and George two loads of straw from Wakes.  Harry and Pa doing porch.  We cleaned bedrooms.  Still cold and windy. 

 

8th

Seventh day.  Finished lining porch and built cupboard.  Cleaned house.  Bob and Harry and George and I to meeting at Thistle Dale.  Ralph Mackay and Dorothy Robinson took the meeting.[83]

 

9th

First day.  I stayed at Hynds’ yesterday and went with Sadie and H. Ellis up to Meeting at Saloways’.  Arthur brought us all down home for supper.  Ralph Mackay and Dorothy Robinson stayed all night. 

 

10th

Second day.   Woke with headache.   Bob and Susie took folks to train.  We kept Mary.[84]  Harry and George for straw.  I have sore throat.  Harry up to Halcyonia, skating at night. 

 

11th

Third day.  Bob and George for straw.  Very late as they broke a pole.[85]  Took lunch.  Pa and Mother to  Langham, got kerosene.[86]   Harry and I did colt; she’s getting better.

 

12th

Fourth day.  Bob and George for straw.  Melting a bit.  Had Meeting at home.  Susie over.  Harry and I did Madame Queen, much better.  I made an apron.  Mother and Father did rugs. 

 

13th

Fifth day.  Harry to Langham in cutter for gas.[87]   Bob and George for straw.  Arthur Hynd  brought engine back.    Harry for oats.  I did small wash.  Churned and baked.  Melting outside.

 

 

 

 

14th

Sixth day.  Bob chopped oats all day.   George hauled a load of oats.  Harry and George built pen for cattle down below.  Anker and Len came for supper.  I had headache.  Made cookies and did cleaning. 

 

15th

Seventh day.    Lou Cook[88] down for eggs.  Bob chopped oats.   Harry hitched colt with Mike and went for mail.  Henry and Mary came down in evening.  We did cleaning.  Harry and Len took Anker to Langham. 

 

16th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Henry and Mary  here.[89]  Lovely day.  Auntie[90] and Billie and Herdis  here in afternoon and to supper.  Harry in bed most of day, bad cold. 

 

17th

Second day.  Harry in bed until noon.  Bob and George for straw, two loads.  Bob finished the chopping.  Cattle got into granary in bluff.[91]  Myrtle sick.  Ivy calved.  Len and I sorted potatoes.[92]

 

18th

Third day.  Hazel had heifer calf.  Bob and George hauled 91 bushels of wheat to Langham.  Sixty three cents.[93]  Harry fixed drain and well,[94] and got a load of feed from Henry’s for colt.  Len sorted potatoes, I did big wash.

 

19th

Fourth day.  Very windy and cold.  Harry and Len to Langham but missed truck man and came back.[95]  

 

 

 Bob up to Assmans’.[96] Brought colt home in afternoon.  We had Meeting at home.  Harry and I gave Madame Queen a scaring lesson.

 

20th

Fifth day.  Cold and clear.  Gave Ash Cook’s[97] colt a lesson. George went for straw.    Bob took  Higgins and Benito to Langham (Earliana and Julie’s calves.)  Harry has a bad back.  I did ironing, Mother made bran loaf and cookies. 

 

21st

Sixth day.  Bright, but cold wind.  George and Harry for logs,[98] one load.  Bob and I took Arthur Hynd’s wagon back with Mike  and Tess.  Gave Conrad’s[99] colt lesson.  We stayed at Hynds’ for dinner.  Mother and I cleaned bedrooms.

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Harry and George for a load of logs.  Bob for straw.  Father painted drill wheels.  We did cleaning.  We saw a gopher yesterday and crows[100] today.  A lovely mild day.  I gave colt confidence lessons. 

 

23rd

First day.  Meeting at home.  Lovely spring day.  Horses stayed out last night and not home tonight.  After much difficulty we failed to get Myrtle up, but George got her up later.  Harry’s back bad.  Seventy-seven eggs.

 

24th

Second day.  Bob and George for straw, two loads.  All the horses away all night.  Rachel had a bull calf.  Harry’s back much worse, in bed all day.  I did some dyeing.[101]  Snow going rapidly.

 

25th

Third day.  Strong north wind and cold.  Harry still in bed.  Bob and George for poles on flats, two loads.  I gave May a short lesson.  Sewed saddle pad and fur robe.  I did some mats.  We still have colds, did not get mail.

 

 

 

 

 

26th

Fourth day.  Bought an unbreakable lamp glass.  Strong cold north wind.  Bob to Langham.  Trail is about gone.[102] Harry in bed, George chored and cleaned pens.  Started milking Hazel.[103] Harry and I cut out and part sewed a pair of gloves.[104]  Had Meeting at home.

 

27th

Fifth day.  Floss came home, with foal.  George for hay in morning, and Bob and he for wood in afternoon.  Harry up and helped with chores.   Harry making quirt.[105] Father mending fur robe.  Mother had sick headache.  “Tim Buck.” [106]

 

28th

Sixth day.  Cold and bright.  Myrtle had big calf tonight.  Bob and George two loads of wood.  Harry got mail and clippers from Wakes.  He and I hitched May, went fine.  George’s cow calved.  I cleaned bedrooms and we varnished kitchen floor.  H. Tallis[107] down for ten dozen eggs at eight cents a dozen.

 

29th

Seventh day.  Cloudy.  Northwest wind and some snow.  Bob and George for straw in afternoon, and  Bob for one load wood.  Harry chored, clipped Kingfish’s  hooves.[108]  We did cleaning and churned.   Had letters from Mary McCheane and Daisie yesterday.

 

30th

First day.  Mild but snowed most of day.  Had Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie to dinner.  Harry to Wakes for supper.  Benjamina had calf.  Wrote to J. Blake.[109]

 

 

 

 

31st

Second day.  All the dates for last month are one day out, owing to the fact that I filled in February 29th.

 


APRIL 1935

 

1st

Second day.  Bright and milder.  Bob and George for wood in the afternoon.  Harry for sheaves.  Bob and Harry took the colt and Mike for straw and went to meeting at the school.  I did big wash.  Mother baked.

 

2nd

Third day.  Wrote to J. Blake and to Daisie.  Sent seed order.[110] Milder.  Used separator  seems fine.  George went on Smoky to Borden to see doctor about his finger.  Sadie and Art Hynd came last night for two  roosters and stayed very late. Harry finished training Ash Cook’s colt and he came for him.  Bob hauled sheaves.  Harry to  Langham. 

 

3rd

Fourth day.  Bright and getting warmer.  Father up for wheat.  Harry two loads oat sheaves and put in loft.  I ironed and brought Robin in and rode him up to Ezma’s.[111] Stayed overnight. 

 

4th

Fifth day.  Warmer.  Snow melting.  To UFC talk with Ezma.  Rode to  Larsons’[112] with Sadie, had good meeting.  Supper at Hynds’ and home late.  Saw Tommy and  three year old Smoky. 

 

5th

Sixth day.  Myrtle got up alone.  Bob and Harry for hay – last on flats, in afternoon.  Straw from Carl’s in morning.  I went for mail on Robin.  Mother and Pa varnished parlour  floor while I was away.  Connie calved, also Popsie.  Rachel stuck in drift. 

 

6th

Seventh day.  Boys for wood.  Bob to Langham and to George Hynd’s at night.  Brought Smoky back.   George phoned from Borden.  Getting better.  Sent for bees.[113]

 

 

 

 

 

7th

First day.  Cold and cloudy and windy.  Meeting at home. I started the incubator.[114] There was a Group Meeting[115] at Saloways’ but was unable to go.  Wrote to George Williams. 

 

8th

Second day.  Wet snow all day and blowing.  Bob and Harry did chores.  Bob mended harness.[116]  Harry and Pa and I sorted potatoes.  Peter  McKenzie down for 150 eggs for hatching.[117]  Two dollars and fifty cents for me.  George phoned.  Went home today. 

 

9th

Third day.  Snowed in morning.  Cleared in afternoon.  Boys chored and mended harness and saddles.  I got Susie to cut out suit for Roger[118] and I made it up.  Quite cute!  Mother sewed and Pa did fur rug.  Eric down in morning and for supper.  Set  incubator.

 

10th

Fourth day.  Warm and snow melting.  Bonnie calved.  Harry and Bob two loads wood and did chores.  We cleaned bedrooms and most of the house and churned.  Had Meeting at home.  Letter from Daisie yesterday. 

 

11th

Fifth day.  Water running downhill filled tank.  Harry caught the morning train to Saskatoon to hear Tim Buck speak.  Father took him and  also Rosabelle, Floss and Spot’s calves.  Bob hauled load of straw.  We did washing.  Myrtle weaker. 

 

12th

Sixth day.  Warm and bright.  Bob shot Myrtle.  Father painted wagon wheels.   Bob did chores, oiled harness and cleaned barn.  Went for Harry with democrat.[119] Boys home very late. 

 

 

 

 

13th

Seventh day.  Very windy.  Turned to howling blizzard.  Bob got engine to go, and put on drill wheels.  Harry not well.  We did some cleaning, and baked.  Boys started to Langham but turned back.  Harry went for mail and brought colt home.  

 

 

14th

First day. Cold and bright.  Northwest wind.  Meeting at home.   Eric came, took Kelly and Glen.  Harry went to meet George, who came back.  Sadie rode down on “Billie”[120], stayed all night.  Harry helped  Eric home with ponies.

 

15th

Second day.  Mild and windy.  Harry and George for straw, Bob did chopping and painted drill.  I did washing.  Harry cleaned chicken pen upstairs. 

 

16th

Third day.  Overcast.  Rain and snow in morning.  Harry took Bob to Langham to catch train.  George cleared some manure from around house and barn[121] and went for mail.   Harry cleaned up house yard.   We canned meat,[122] ten and a half quarts.  Ironed.

 

17th

Fourth day.   Warm and bright.  Harry and George brought granary up from down in bluff.  George cleaned chicken house out.  Harry went for Bob and took potatoes, ten pounds.[123]  Herdis down.  Mother made soap[124] and started cleaning cellar.  Found red heifer with calf. 

 

18th

Fifth day.  Warm and bright.  I woke with headache, got up late.  Mother started cleaning cellar.  Bob papering.[125]  Harry got load of wood from river.  George cut wood.  Mother and I up to Wakes’ to supper. 

 

 

 

 

19th

Sixth day.  Very warm.  Tested eggs.  Forty-eight  out.[126]  Boys moved granary into place.  Bob mended machinery.[127]  Harry got load of oats.  Mother finished cleaning cellar.  Pa painted wagon.  I papered one ottoman.  George got mail.  Len came late.

 

20th

Seventh day.  Very warm.  Pa went on painting.  Harry and George put  horses  up on Thirty-six.[128] Len and Bob cleaned manure from around house.  Boys brought horses home.  Harry and George for one load wood.  Put sawdust on the ice.[129] Mother and I cleaned, baked  and chored. 

 

21st

First day.  Bob and Susie to Great Deer.  Meeting at home.  Bert[130] down in afternoon.  George up to Wakes’ for ointment.  Warm and mushy.  I cleaned out pool [131] a bit. 

 

22nd

Second day.  Mr. Marriott[132] phoned.  Warm and raining.  I did big wash.  Harry took cows and found Three Spot.  Len and George cleaned manure from house yard.  Len took  car  tires off.[133]  Harry and George fenced on tennis court quarter.[134] Bob and Susie home in afternoon.  Brought Eaton’s parcel.[135]

 

 

 

 

 

23rd

Third day.  Blankets[136] and bees came.  Len is back.   Len for mail with democrat.  Boys working with engine.  Bob went for saw and incubator.  Took Sally to Badman’s.    Mrs. Badman paid five dollars for colt training.   We churned twice and baked.  Made single feather bed. [137]

 

24th

Fourth day.  Lovely warm day.  Bob fixing engine.  Up to McCheanes’.[138]  Harry and Len cultivating garden down below.[139] George fencing and riding.  Pa and I did mother’s room ceiling.  Had Meeting at home.  Len for cows.  George brought Ada home, with calf.

 

25th

Fifth day.   Did ironing.  Mother did her room.  I went to Sadie’s for dinner and to Women’s Meeting with Ezma in car, to Mrs. Raynor’s.[140]  Had good meeting.  Bob plowing.  Boys fencing. 

 

26th

Sixth day.  Bob plowing.  Harry and George fencing.  Pa and Mother went to clean Meeting House.   Anker here for dinner.  Len planted garden.  I went for cows on Smoky. 

 

27th

Seventh day.  Cold and blustery.  Rain.  I had sick headache until dinnertime.  Bob plowed.  Len harrowed and disked.  Harry and George fenced.  We cleaned some.  Mother baked.  Mister Marriott, the potato inspector, came. 

 

28th

First day.  Mother, Father, Bob, Harry and I went to Meeting at the Meeting House.  I stayed at Wakes’ for dinner and supper.  Billie and Herdis brought me home in car. 

 

 

 

 

 

29th

Second day.  Strong wind, not very warm.  Pa to town.  Bob plowing, Len hauled wheat and cleaned it.  Harry and George took wagon and ponies and supplies up to Ranch.[141]  We got them off.  I found Minnie down. 

 

30th

Third day.  Windy and dusty, turned to rain.  Bob plowed.  Len and I up to Thirty-Six, shot Minnie.  Fed Flora and  Popsy and Prunie who had calved.   I went for mail.  Started wash.  Len mended  Susie’s for..?.    Letter from Daisie.  Fed Prunie again.

 


 

MAY  1935

 

1st

Fourth day.  Six inches snow.  Snowing fast, and windy.  Bob and Len brought Prunie’s calf home.  Boys home for dinner.  I did washing.  Started papering bathroom.  George cleaned out shelter.   Len mended gate on barn. 

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Bob plowed[142] in morning.  All cut wood in afternoon.  Harry and George to Hepburn ferry to meet cattle.  Moved brooder house.  Len cleaned wheat.[143]  Mother and Pa went on with bathroom.  Len fixed brooder house up.

 

3rd

Sixth day.  Len put chicks out and reset incubator.  Bob up to Ranch on Floss.  Len to mail and Hynds’ and brought wheat home and cleaned it.  We put chickens in brooder house and did some more at bathroom.  I fed bees.[144]   Lydia Tomes[145] arrived. 

 

 

 

 

4th

Seventh day.  Len harrowed. Bob up to Ranch on Robin.  We cleaned, ironed, churned, baked and finished bathroom.  I went round cattle on Lasca.[146] Put colts in and brought cows home.  Bob saw Lydia. 

 

5th

First day.  Mother and Father and Bob and Susie to Meeting in wagon.  George came home.  Eric down.  I rode up with him to Wakes.  Found Fox cut and found Bluebell in  Mike’s.[147]  Saw cousin Lydia and stayed supper at Wakes’.

 

6th

Second day.  King’s Jubilee.[148]   Bob sick.  Len harrowed up on Pa’s.  George packed chuck wagon[149] and went up to Ranch.  Harry and he fixed the fence phone.[150] Bathed Fox’s leg.  Very bad cut. 

 

7th

Third day.  Bob seeded and Len hauled rocks on Thirty-six.   I did washing.  Mother baked.  I went for mail.  Found Doris calved.  Len hauled oats up and pickled wheat.[151]

 

8th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Drizzling all morning.  Bob seeded in AM.  Cleaned oats in PM.  Len sacked potatoes.  I went up to Wallaces on Lasca.  Took Floss for Sadie. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th

Fifth  day.  Bob seeded wheat.  Len took potatoes to town.  We started pantry.  I went up to Mary’s and Wakes’ and got groceries.[152] Took little Mary.  Wrote to Edith and Daisie. 

 

10th

Sixth day.  Put louse powder on calves.   Bob seeded oats.  Len to mail.  Made place to feed calves in corral.   Raked alfalfa.[153]  I brought Doris home.   Kalsomined  pantry ceiling.  Started papering.  Fox a little better.

 

11th

Seventh day.  Bob disked.  Len hauled oats and cleaned oat bin.  I went on with pantry and we did some cleaning.  Mother baked buns.  

 

12th

First day.  Mother, Pa and I to Meeting in wagon.  Bob and Susie up to Ranch.  Tom[154] stayed home.  Quiet day and a lovely one.  Bob and Susie  broke down sick.

 

13th

Second day.  Bob harrowed.  Len hauled and cleaned oats and hauled rack in morning.  Pacha[155]  took Ash Cook’s buggy back and brought home remains of democrat.  I did some ironing and gardening. 

 

14th

Third day.  Len put seeds in irrigation garden.  I planted warba potatoes.[156]  Planted centre plot, and Mother planted cucumbers.  I got mail and located bulls.  Bob harrowed and seeded wheat.  Pa mended gates. 

 

15th

Fourth day.  Harry took Lasca.  George and Harry and I took our cattle up to Ranch.  Very windy and cold.  Daisie’s Ashford calved.  Brought her home.  I came home and got cows.  Bob up on Floss.  Mother did some painting. 

 

16th

Fifth day.  We did gardening.  Helped Len plant potatoes in bottom garden.  Dug front centre patch and  back yard, and seeded them.   Eric to Ranch.

 

 

17th

Sixth day.  All cut up potatoes.  Bob and I seeded them in morning.  Two rows Irish cobbler.  Very windy and dusty.  Finished.  Later Len up to Wallace’s on Floss.  Pantry almost finished. 

 

18th

Seventh day.  Bob disked. Tried to take Len over to Langham in boat but it leaked too badly.  We did cleaning, put things back in pantry.  Harry, George and Eric down  for supper.[157]

 

19th

First day.  Raining, Meeting at home.  Bob in bed, thinks he has broken some ribs when Kingfish kicked him.[158]  Boys all took baths. [159]

 

20th

Second day.  Harry, George and Eric to Radisson and Borden.  Bob drilled oats. I did two weeks’ wash.  Mother not well.  Abe[160] came for Mopsy, Melissa and Benny.  Took Len’s and my potatoes.  He brought groceries.

 

21st

Third day.  Mother and I took load of provisions up to Ranch and cleaned and kalsomined shack.  Eric and Tommy came.   Borrowed Ash Cook’s buggy. 

 

22nd

Fourth day.  Took extra cattle up to Thirty-six and on for mail and plaster from Wakes’.  Bob mowed a little hay and drilled in afternoon.  I ironed a little in morning.   Eric down with Cherry and Jappy.  Stayed night.

 

23rd

Fifth day.  Cleaned house and did some ironing.  Auntie and Lydia and Peter[161] down for afternoon and supper.  Harry and George down for supper.  Eric started for Saskatoon.  Bob plowed on Twenty-six.

 

 

 

24th

Sixth day.  Joe and Agnes here, and the children.[162] George to Borden and Saskatoon.  Harry to Langham via boat.[163] I went to look for black calves, and to

mail.  Bob plowed.  I brought Bunty back.  Mother gopher-poisoned[164] on Thirty-six.  Pa brought in hay. 

 

25th

Seventh day.  Churned and cleaned.  Pa harrowed east garden[165] and Bob the one down below, and plowed on Twenty-six.  George came back in afternoon.

 

26th

First day.  Father, Mother, Bob and I to Meeting in wagon.  I stayed Wakes for dinner and to Sissie’s[166]  to supper and to Group Meeting in Borden.  Raining when we came out.  Harry and  Eric home from Saskatoon. 

 

27th

Second day.  Fed bees, using eleven pounds sugar.  Billie brought me home this morning.  Dull all day.  Harry and Eric took sixteen of our cattle up and ten of Wakes’ and six of Armand’s[167] to Ranch.  Bob drilled oats - 81 acres, and I painted bedroom floor, packed eggs. Mother baked.

 

28th

Third day.  Did washing and rode up to Ranch on Robin.  Took supplies and got boys’ supper.  Bob plowing on Twenty-six.  Quite warm and bright.

 

29th

Fourth day.  Bob plowed on Twenty-six.  Rinsed and put wash out.  Mother sick in bed.  Meeting at home.  Washed incubator and put it away.[168] Went for mail and brought Tommy, a steer, home from Wakes’.  Letter from Daisie and Edith. 

 

 

30th

Fifth day.  Had Mary over.  Susie washed.  Bob plowed.  Cleaned cellar-way and cellar a bit.  Early dinner and rode on Lasca to Hynds’ and went with Sadie to Boyles’ [169]and Sutherlands’[170] to Annie’s for UFC meeting. 

 

31st

Sixth day.  Bob plowed.  I did ironing.  Pa and Ma up to old place,[171] fixed fence and poisoned gophers.   Susie poisoned on bottom land.  I had Mary and made cake.   Heard that Daisie was not coming. 

 


 

JUNE 1935

 

1st

Seventh day.  Harry did some work for Wakes on cattle.  Bob drilled oats.  Made and bottled forty-one bottles of pop.[172] Harry home at noon.  George home.  Eric came and helped me cap pop.  Note from Daisie  - home later.  Did some painting in  my room.  Harry hauled oats. 

 

2nd

First day.  Raining.  Meeting at home.  Eric and Philip[173]  for dinner.  Herdis down after dinner.  George to Borden.  Cleared up but windy.  Lasca… (no further entry)

 

3rd

Second day.  Bob plowed.  Harry, George and Eric, and Pa cut wood.  Mended fishnet[174] and hung barn door.  I did the wash.  Wrote Mrs. Fisher.[175]  Cold and mostly cloudy.

 

4th

Third day.  Raining hard at night.    Did the washing and went for mail.  Harry, Eric and George planted potatoes, and fenced irrigation garden.  Harry and Eric took colts to Ranch.  Brought  J. Lacy’s[176] mare down.  Bob plowed.

 

5th

4th day.  Bob plowed.  Harry hunted strays.[177] Found Sammy and Jennifer.  Mother had headache.  George and Eric started wash.  We settled with both.[178]  Father, Susie and I to Monthly Meeting. 

 

6th

Fifth day.   I helped Harry take nine of ours, one of Henry Badman’s and a cow of F. Saunders[179] up to Ranch.  Father and Mother took supplies up.   Mother stayed at Lou Cook’s as it rained a bit.  Bob seeded.

 

 

 

7th

Sixth day.  Bob drilled.  Susie poisoned gophers.  We had Mary.  Cleaned and baked.  Harry up at Ranch.  I went to Saskatoon with Joshua and Billie.  Supper at Edith’s. 

 

8th

Seventh day.  Went shopping with Daisie.  Down to see Ruth and Roger.  Got Ed’s car out.  A. Doyle[180] drove Billie, Harry Edith and  Daisie and I home in Ed’s car. 

 

9th

First day.  All went to Meeting except Bob and I.  Edith and  Ed came back.  Charlie[181] up at Wakes’.  Up to school house for Group meeting  in afternoon.  Art and Ed stayed over.  Wakes down in evening.

 

10th

Second day.  I did wash.  All left at noon.  Bob harrowed.  Harry to Langham.  Made bridle in afternoon.

 

11th

Third day.  Father took cream.[182] Edith and Daisie up to Wakes’ for dinner.  Harry and I up to Ranch.  Rounded up small pasture and inoculated[183]  twenty-five head.  Took them up to middle pasture. 

 

12th

Fourth day.  Father took Harry, Edith, Daisie and I to Kay Dixon’s[184] with the rack[185] on the wagon and we spent the day on the river logging[186] up past the bridge.   Home about 8:30.  Tommy Scott[187] came. 

 

 

 

13th

Fifth day.  Harry and Charlie M. fixed pump and drain.  Bob and Charlie built bench in workshop.  Rained hard all day.   I had sick headache. Edith did some cooking.  Daisie’s birthday.

 

14th

Sixth day.  Daisie and I up to Hynds’ to dinner.  Effie’s[188] for tea.  Rode Reddy and Lasca.  Bob peeled logs[189] and  finished building bench.  Tommy and Harry chored around.  Harold Cruise[190] came.

 

15th

Seventh day.  Daisie stayed in bed.  We cleaned.  Edith and I started stone steps up drive.  Bob and Pa came and helped.  Dull and wet.  Harry, Tom and Harold Cruise fenced irrigation garden and cleaned barn. 

 

16th

First day.  Raining hard and very windy.  Called general meeting off.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie to dinner.  Ed arrived with Mary and Ruth.[191] Had Meeting down here in evening. 

 

17th

Second day.  Daisie and Mary slept in.  Edith and Ed left.  We took Mary short ride in morning.  Harry and Tom started irrigation running and cleaned up yard.  Harold to Borden. 

 

18th

Third day.  Boys left for Ranch to start roundup.  Daisie and I took Major to Henry’s.  Billie came down and took Mary and Daisie to Group meeting in Borden.  I made cake and nut loaf.

 

19th

Fourth day.  Billie stayed overnight.   Susie, Daisie and he and I started for Saskatoon early.  Did a little shopping.  Went out to University.  Spent the day there.[192]  I stayed at Edith’s all night. 

 

20th

Fifth day.  Daisie and I stayed in bed until noon.  Down to Len’s in afternoon.  Stayed supper. 

 

 

21st

Sixth day.  Bob in town, also Joshua, Lydia and Peter up to see Doctor Boughton[193] in morning.  Did some shopping.  Had our palms read.[194]  Came home with Joshua at night. 

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Bob and I up to Ranch.  Inoculated calves.  I drove up with Dick and  Owen, and came back on Robin. 

 

23rd

First day.  Mother and Father and Bob to Meeting.  Tom and Harold down and over river in morning.  Henry and Mary and Laura down.[195] Mary stayed.

 

24th

Second day.  I did two weeks’ wash.  Len, Billie and Ruth down.  Mary and I down boating and got very wet.  Made ice cream[196] and baked.  Bob summer-fallowing.  Harry and Tom at Ranch. 

 

25th

Third day.  Pa took cream and brought mail.  We dried wash.  Eric came in evening.  Mother out gardening,  planted tomatoes from Wakes.

 

26th

Fourth day.  Bob plowed in afternoon.  Out in afternoon with Pa and Mother and Susie.  Kept Mary.  Eric helped.  Rained a little.

 

27th

Fifth day.  Earliana kicked me.  Severe pain in chest.  To bed and felt pretty sick.  Bob plowed.  I missed Women’s Meeting at Alec Sutherland’s.[197]

 

28th

Sixth day.  Varnished kitchen floor.  Hot.  Lay on the lawn all  morning with Mary.[198]  Eric dug garden.[199] In bed all PM.  Had dinner outside.  Bob plowed.  Susie and Bob

 

to Meeting at Badman’s.  George Elliott over.[200]

 

29th

Seventh day.  Eric dug garden.  Bob plowing.  Mother cleaned kitchen.  Pa cultivated garden.  Eric and I milked at night.  Harry and Tom home at night.  George came and gave us the once over.[201] 

 

30th

First day.  Father and Mother and Bob to Meeting.  Ed and Daisie and Charlie and Alma up.  Edith to  Sharing Meeting[202] in afternoon.  Eddie[203] and Sissie to supper.   Ed, Daisie and Eric and I went riding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY  1935

 

1st

Second day.  Still feeling rotten.  Harry and Tom  here.  Harry practiced Lasca round yard.  She fell with me.   Father and Mother and Bob and Susie went to Yearly Meeting.  Alma[204] and I had Mary.  Boys to Ranch. 

 

2nd

Third day.  Alma to see Herdis.  Pa took cream.  I felt a bit better.  Bob plowing.  Harry and Tom back at night.  Brought ponies. 

 

3rd

Fourth day.  Mother and I both woke with bad headache.  Alma made cake.  Harry and I practiced with the ponies.  Tom cut hay.  Brought load home. 

 

4th

Fifth day.  Day of UFC picnic.  Good day, not very big crowd. Harry dislocated elbow.[205]  Billie took him and me to Borden hospital, stayed all night.  Tom stayed home. 

 

5th

Sixth day.  Showery.  To Newbolds’[206] for dinner.  Harry to Saskatoon with doctor.[207]  Came home at night. Joshua came for me.  Called at Saunders’, supper at Wakes.  Meeting at Badman’s.  Home late.

 

6th

Seventh day.  We did cleaning.  Tom harrowing, and plowed.  Bob and Susie up to Great Deer in evening.  Terrific storm. Lightning and rain.  Harry in bed mostly. 

 

7th

1st day.  Fed Cherry[208] oats after starving her twenty hours.    Father and Mother and Alma and I to Meeting in wagon.  George came early, brought new horse.  The two Tommies here for dinner and supper.  Herdis down.  Eric here for the night. 

 

 

 

 

 

8th

Second day.  Very hot.  Got Father and Harry off to town.  Eric to Saskatoon, George to Ranch in afternoon.  Took Bunny.  I started the wash.  Tom hauled rocks[209] and harrowed on Twenty-six.

 

9th

Third day.  Sunny but cooler.  I continued wash in spasms between getting boys off to Long Lake.[210] They left  right after dinner.  Billy Newsham[211]  to dinner.  A man from nursery, ordered about twenty-one dollars’ worth and paid eight dollars.

 

10th

Fourth day.  Dressed Cherry’s back and fed her.  Pretty hot.  Finished, dried and folded wash.   Had Meeting at home.  Bessie[212] down in afternoon.  Pa and Mother for cream cans at night.

 

11th

Fifth day.  Fed Cherry one gallon oats.  Wilfred Brunst[213] brought mare down, stayed to dinner.  Tommy home to late dinner.  Harry and Bob to supper.   

 

12th

Sixth day.  Dressed and fed Cherry.  Tommy here one month.  Pa gardening.  Took cream in afternoon.  Tommy mowing.  Bob mending mowers and cut a little hay.  I cleaned out my bedroom.  Bob and I looked at bee hive – one comb only.[214]  Eric home at night.  

 

13th

Seventh day.  Dressed and fed Cherry.  Did cleaning.  Harry to town, home very late.  Anker came with him.  Eric up to Ranch, brought six horses from Hepburn Ferry.[215]

 

14th

First day.  Fed and dressed Cherry.  Pa and Mother and Susie to Meeting.  Anker and Eric here – to river in afternoon.[216]   Made ice cream. 

 

15th

Second day.  Fed and dressed Cherry.  Started wash and went to Ranch in afternoon, Alma and Laura too.  Had supper with Harry, home late.  Picked a few strawberries.  Eric took Cherry home.

 

16th

Third day.   Put up nine quarts.[217]  Bob to Saskatoon with truck man, got new glasses, twenty-three dollars.[218] Tommy put up four loads of hay with Pa’s help.  Harry got through on fence phone. 

 

17th

Fourth day.  Up to Hynds’, home late.  Mother, Susie, Alma and I all went strawberry picking, got some good ones.  The men all hay making.  Put up seven quarts strawberry and rhubarb.  Cleaned chicken  stove.[219]

 

18th

Fifth day.  Susie and Alma and I went picking strawberries.  Got about three pounds each.  Took lunch and got home about three o’clock.  Bob and Tom have put up seventeen loads of hay with Pa’s help. 

 

19th

Sixth day. Pa took cream and got mail.  Boys still haying.  Harry up at Ranch.  Bob and I to Ranch meeting at Popes’ with Joshua in car.  Home 12 o’clock. 

 

20th

Seventh day.  Felt rotten all day.  Did some cleaning.  Harry home for dinner, to town at 7:30.  Boys haying, about twenty loads up. 

 

21st

First day.  To Meeting  on hay rack.  I walked over to Hynds’.  Sadie brought me home in evening.  Had nice time, Group meetings in Halcyonia and Borden.  Found hen with nine chicks.[220]

22nd

Second day.  I did washing. Made ice cream and pop.  Boys haying – Harry able to drive team.  Very hot. 

 

23rd

Third day.  Jake and Eva down.[221] Pa took cream and eggs and one dozen broilers.[222]  Mother did some baking.  I ironed.  Boys haying.  Very extremely hot!!  Harry up to Laurie’s[223] for the night and I up to Blanche Brunst’s.[224]

 

24th

Fourth day.  Harry didn’t call early so I stayed breakfast and went to Ranch and then on to McCheanes’.  Very hot.  Both home at night.  Harry brought gooseberries from  Siemens’.[225]

 

25th

Fifth day.  Made bread and butter and Mother put up gooseberries.  I went to Women’s UFC at Wallace’s.  Stayed at Sadie’s for supper.  Boy’s hay-making.  Forty-four loads put up. 

 

26th

Sixth day.  A bit cooler.  Put up thirteen quarts gooseberries.  Made cake.  Picked peas and beans.  Boys still haying.  

 

27th

Seventh day.  Harry paid for overalls for Bob.  Canned seventeen quarts peas and beans.  Did cleaning.  Went to town with Billie and Susie and Harry and Sadie.  Went to Group meeting in Hall.  Edith and Ed and Daisie and Mary P. and Allie[226] came for the night.

 

28th

First day.  Harold Edney[227] came.  Father and Mother to Meeting.  Saskatoon folks to Halcyonia and back here to dinner.  To Borden in afternoon, I went along, and to Group meeting at night.  Billie brought me home.

29th

Second day.   All the boys haymaking.  Mother and I felt rotten so didn’t do much.  Mother in bed.  Harry up to Ranch in evening, took Di and Tex. 

 

30th  

Third day.  Cherry and Lenore both calved around noon.  I did washing.  Mother baked.  Boys mowing and raking.  Harry got Assmans’ bull and they took it home.  Bob put screen in my bedroom window. 

 

31st

Fourth day.  Alma and I went looking for raspberries.[228]  Pa and Mother went to Monthly Meeting.  I put up fruit, eight quarts.  Harold  overturned load  on hill.  Bob mowing.  Harold was hurt   so sewed harness in afternoon.[229]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 1935

 

1st

Fifth day.  Boys inoculated calves.[230]  Rained all day.  Harry and Tom fixing irrigation ditch[231] and ice house roof.[232]   I did the ironing and we cleaned my bedroom thoroughly, and Mother did her room.

 

2nd

Sixth day.  Billie brought Lydia and Peter down.  The weather clearing.  Pa took cream and eggs to Bob McGregor’s[233] folks.  Harry and Tom to Ranch at night, took extra horses.  Bob working on bull wheel.[234]

 

3rd

Seventh day.  Did seventh day cleaning, made cake.  Bob and Susie took car up to J. Derksen’s.[235]   I took patching outfit up to Wakes’ for them.  Lydia and Peter and Alma and Harold and I down to river in evening. 

 

4th

First day.  Pa and Mother and Lydia and Peter to Meeting in democrat.   Alma and I on horseback.  Henry Friesen[236] down to Meeting.  Alma and I to Wakes’ for dinner.  Herdis and  Clive[237] and Billie down.  Made ice cream.  Arthur and Sadie Hynd down.

 

5th

Second day.  Harold plowed in morning and raked in afternoon.  Bob mending binder wheel.  We made twenty pounds butter; bread and buns. 

 

6th

Third day.  Harold raking hay and home by noon.  Bob mending binder.  I did washing.  Mother sick in bed most of day.   Alma washed racks[238] and made cake. 

 

 

 

7th

Fourth day.  Mother and I picked two bushels[239] of peas.  Had Meeting at home.  Boys all haying.  Made stack [240] 58 feet long.  We washed blankets.  Lasca down with mare. 

 

8th

Fifth day.  Harry and I up to Ranch, got Peters’[241] horses.  Harry came home to hay, and I waited and went with them to gate, came home and milked.  Pa and Mother to Wakes to see Friend[242] from States.   

 

9th

Sixth day.  Boys all haying on slough.[243] Pa  painting workshop roof.  Put up nine quarts of dried apples.  Did the ironing.

 

10th

Seventh day.  Did the cleaning.  Harry to town with Carl, home late.  Bob working on binder.  Harold and Tom hauling hay.  I made bean pickle. 

 

11th

First day.  I was sick in bed all morning.  Alma over.  Father and Mother and Bob to Meeting.  Harry, Tom and Harold over to Langham.  Abe Rempel and his mother and Laura  down.

 

12th

Second day.  Did the washing.  Bob cut the wheat on Pa’s.  The other boys haying.  Pa painting workshop roof. 

 

13th

Third day.  Did the ironing and went for mail.  Bob cut oats.  Boys haying on slough.  Mother baked, put up seven quarts rhubarb. 

 

14th

Fourth day.  Wakes came in evening.  Meeting at home.  Bob cutting, Tom stooking, Harold raking.  Pa painting, Harry to town with Smoky and Alkali in wagon.  Ed and Edith and Daisie and Edith Burke and Annie J.[244] here for supper and campfire.

 

15th

Fifth day.  Bob on binder. The other boys haying on slough.  Very windy.  I cleaned my bedroom, bathroom and stairs, and we wrote some letters.

 

16th

Sixth day.  Mother took sick.  Harry up to Ranch with wagon.  Bob and the boys haying in the morning, fixing binder in afternoon.  Cut some. Harold raking.  Tom came and helped us berry-picking.  Abe took Jill. 

 

17th

Seventh day.  Bob cutting, boys haying in afternoon, stooking in morning  We canned meat, baked, made up butter and did cleaning.  Mother up in afternoon.   Bob and Susie up to Great Deer.  Heard from George and Eric. 

 

18th

First day.  Raining.  Meeting at home.  Made ice cream.  Wrote two letters.  Bob and Susie home at night. 

 

19th

Second day.  Boys moved A-house.  Harry up to Ranch. Tommy stooked.  Put up meat from Rempels – 29 pounds.[245]  Cooked cranberries.[246]  Harry and I gave Linnet subjection.  George and Eric came with seven horses.  Harold plowed.

 

20th

Third day.  Harry and I got bull out of John’s pasture.  Saw Hatton  Eastes.[247]  Harold stooked.   Tom mowed.   Bob on binder.  Big hail storm, just missed house.  Taught Linnet.

 

21st

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Tom for mowing.    Bob on binder.  Harold stooking.  Harry and I hitched Linnet to wagon and took  Elaine to Oscar’s. 

 

22nd

Fifth day.  Bob for cultivator.  Plowed in morning.  Harry and Tom raking, Bob fixing buggy.  We all went bathing for the first  time this season.  Had ice cream.  Herdis down.

 

23rd

Sixth day.  I wrote to George Willamson.  Pa took cream.  Boys all haying.  Peggy and Auntie Sue[248] down for cranberries. Pa and Alma and I went with Peggy and got about sixty pounds.  Had letter from Winnie.  

 

24th

Seventh day.  Phoned Edith re:  Winnie.  Edith and Ed and Len and Ruth up.  Bob and Susie and Mother  to town in Bennet buggy.[249]  Harry up to Ranch.  Harold plowing.  Tom stooked and picked choke cherries with Eric.

 

25th

First day.  Ed and Edith and Pa  and Bob and  Harry and I to meeting.  Twenty-six there.  Joe and Agnes.  Very blustery and cloudy.  Billie and Charlie down after supper.  George and Lucie[250] down.  Lucie to town with Ed and Edith in car.  Eric to Saskatoon with them. 

 

26th

Second day.  Harold plowing.  Tom and Harry haying.  Bob making wagon box.  We preserving cranberries, chokecherries, crabapples and carrot jam, and pickling.   Abe Newbold took  Cherry - $30.00 – and Flora Dora’s calf – $8.00. 

 

27th

Third day.  Pa and Harry took cream with Linnet and Robin.  Harold plowing.  Bob at workshop.  Other boys haying and digging ditch.  I did washing.  Bessie down.  Kids all went picking cranberries.  Bessie overnight. 

 

28th

Fourth day. Harold plowing.  Bob took honey from bees and took it to Borden with Linnet and Smoky.  Harry and Tom haying.  Bessie home in morning.  I went to bed till dinner.  Did ironing.  Made pickles and jelly.  Mother made robe. 

 

29th

Fifth day.  Harry and Tom to Ranch.  I went with Tom on rack.   Rode lower pasture that evening, stayed till morning.  Bob and Harold making wagon box.  Harold stooked in afternoon. 

 

30th

Sixth day.  Letter from Daisie.  Coming home.  I cleaned shelves and cupboards.  Harold for mail, and took Bob’s dinner to Twenty-six.  Bob cutting.  Harold stooked.   Harry and I took three yearling heifers out of Cooks’ pasture – inoculated.  Harry helped me part way home with Marion’s[251] Delilah. 

 

 

31st

Seventh day.  Bob cutting.  Harold stooking.   We cleaned and cooked.  Art Doyle and Daisie up late at night.  Harry and Tom home at night, very tired.  Alma and I slept in workshop. 

 


SEPTEMBER 1935

 

1st

First day.  Edith and Len came.  Art took folks to Meeting.  I got dinner.  I went with them to Group meeting at school in afternoon.   Lucie Edmundson came home with us and Charlie and Art and Daisie for a ride.  Edith and I a short way.

 

2nd

Second day.  Labour Day.  Very windy and cold.  To Ranch in Art’s car.  Had dinner of borscht, then rode in middle pasture.  Took 80 head out.  Went to see the Glory Hole.[252]  Took pictures.  Home in cars.  Folks left for City, Mother with them. 

 

3rd

Third day.  Made jelly and catsup[253] and baked cake.  Boys worked on wagon box and went haying in afternoon.  Bright and windy.  Tom and Harry still away. 

 

4th

Fourth day.  Bob mended washer and I washed.  In afternoon he was working on box.  Harold hauled oat and wheat sheaves, both went stacking in afternoon.  Brought load of hay home.  I went to bed with headache.[254]   

 

5th

Fifth day.  Bob and Harold stacking on Thirty-six.  Took dinners.  I baked and made cookies.  Marjorie ironed.  Made marrow jam.[255]  Pa took cream this morning.  Marge[256] went for a ride on Bunny. 

 

6th

Sixth day.  I went on Bunny and caught mailman and on to Wakes and saw Ruth.  Harold and Bob stacking wheat.  Harry and Tom still away.  Put up six and a half quarts rhubarb and pineapple.  Made butter.

 

7th

Seventh day.  Did cleaning, made nut loaf.  Marge gave me shampoo.  Bob and Harold stacking on flats.  Pa picked beans.  Harry and Tom home late on horseback.  Rained a little in afternoon.

 

8th

First day.  Father and Bob and Susie and Marjorie to Meeting.  Bob and Susie to dinner.  Tom home.  Boys brought sturgeon home.[257]  Billie brought Auntie and Lydia and Ruth and Roger down for a short visit.  Mother still away. 

 

9th

Second day.  Marjorie and I did washing and baked bread.  Bob and Harold were stacking wheat.  Harry and Tom went up to Ranch and brought back a big load of hay, and mower and rake, had runaway – Alkali and Smoky. 

 

10th

Third day.   Harold and Bob stacking.  Tom and Harry cleaned well out and barn and mended rake.  Harry to bed with headache.  Afterwards took rake to Hynds'.  Tom helped stacking.  We ironed and did some cooking. 

 

11th

Fourth day.  Boys all went stacking till about six and it rained just before they finished.  I did some mending and sewing on yellow dress. 

 

12th

Fifth day.  Boys all took lunch and went in Bennet buggy to pick rocks on beach.[258] We baked and cleaned and sewed.  We went for cows on Robin and Bunny. 

 

13th

Sixth day.  Harry to Ranch on Tex.  Bob cut oats on Twenty-six.  Harold and Tom dug potatoes – eight rows with a heavy crop.  We cleaned bedrooms and went for mail.  No word from Winnie or Mother. 

 

14th

Seventh day.  Bob and Susie went to Hepburn[259] in the Bennet buggy with Mike and Queen.  Tom and Harry stooked, brought one load home and dug potatoes in morning – forty-two bushels.  Harry home for milking.  Couldn’t cross river.  Very windy. 

 

15th

First day.  Sent crate of eggs to Uncle Joe.  Father and Marjorie and Harry to Meeting in democrat.  Mother came back with Edith and Ed.  Ed took us up to Wakes for a short visit in morning.  Harold to Saskatoon with Ed. 

 

16th

Second day.  Tom and Harry digging potatoes.  I did the washing.  Marjorie did some ironing.  Harry to Langham in afternoon – home late with Harold.   

 

17th

Third day.  Harry to town on Lasca to see doctor about  his eye.  On to Radisson.  Got home all right.  I went for mail and to Wakes’.  Marge and I to Hynds’ for supper and groceries.  Bob and Susie back six o’clock.

18th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Tom to Wakes’ for eleven o’clock dinner to start threshing.  Bob and Harold hauling oat sheaves to red granary from Twenty-six.  I met Harry at Wallaces’. Stayed supper.

 

19th

Fifth day.  Sick in bed all day – stomach flu.  Father sick too.  Mother sick after dinner.  Harry and Bob and Harold stacking.  I got up and helped get supper. 

 

20th

Sixth day.  Mother in bed till dinnertime.  Harry up to Ranch.  Bob and Harold hauling sheaves and stacking.  Mother and Marge and I up for mail and to Wakes’ in Bennet buggy. 

 

21st

Seventh day.  Boys took lunch and went stone piling on the beach.  We did cleaning.  Marge gave me oil shampoo.  George came for supper. 

 

22nd

First day.  I had headache, the rest went to Meeting.  Harold to Langham.  George to Borden.  Had boat ride in morning.  Tommy home and back to Mike’s at night. 

 

23rd

Second day.  Did the washing.  Put up pears, seven quarts.  Made cookies.  Harry and Harold fenced far stack.[260]  Gave Linnet lesson in morning – very good.  Harry rode her.    Bob and Susie to town, took cream and eggs.

 

24th

Third day.  Threshers moved onto Twenty-six and threshed a little.  Here for dinner.  Rain stopped them.  We made rhubarb conserve, cranberry jelly and catsup.  Pears three quarts.  Made pop, 34 bottles; ginger cookies and did ironing.  

 

25th

Fourth day.  Boys all cut wood in afternoon.  Bob and Harold dug rock.  Harry and Tom fixed King’s[261] stall and water trough.  Showery all day.  I finished my coat and went for mail.  Put up eight quarts of damsons and baked bread.

 

 

 

26th

Fifth day.  I went to UFC meeting at Mrs. Wainwright’s[262] with John McCheane.  Stayed at Sadie’s all night.  Eric came down. Tom packed wagon with supplies and went up to Ranch. 

 

27th

Sixth day.  Harold went plowing.  Gummie sick.  Harold and I doped[263] him.  Boys to Ranch.  Pa and Mother and Marge up in buggy.  I took mail up and helped boys round up north pasture.  Used Reddy.[264]

 

28th

Seventh day.  Rounded up north and middle pasture.  Put stock in roundup pasture.  George stayed overnight, Great Deer cattle out.  Billie brought Lydia and Peter[265] and Charlie up.

 

29th

First day.  Home in morning on Lasca.  All the boys home for dinner.  Ed and Edith came, and Daisie.  They left early and left Edith.  Took thirteen chickens for Ruth. 

 

30th

Second day.  All up to Ranch and cleaned out Stella’s[266] and Langham cattle.  Inspector came.  Edith and I left in PM and went to Wallaces’.  Home late.   Edith talked to new tenant. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER  1935

 

1st

Third day.   Up to sale alone on Floss in afternoon.  Boys both there.  Helped them take eight cows to Saloways’ and all stayed for the night.  Eric and Tommy fencing. 

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Delivered two cows to John Orchard’s[267] and took four to Ranch.  Cut out cattle all day.  George Walker  and Ben Saloway took theirs.   Brought three strays from Orchards’.  We cut out Larsons’.[268]

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Rounded up cattle,  Arnold Larson took his.  Mrs. Larson and Gertrude and Mrs. Forsey[269] visited me at the shack.    (Took Carl’s too.)   Cut out ours, Wakes’ and Armand’s.  Tommy and I brought ours home. 

 

4th

Sixth day.  Sick headache, stayed in bed.  Tommy up to Ranch.   Harold and I put our cattle west.  Fixed up oat granary and went for mail.  Found a stray.  Langham folks came for cattle.  

 

5th

Seventh day.  Up to Ranch and got dinner.  Went looking for roan mares in north pasture.  Didn’t locate them.  They took nineteen horses to Langham.   Derksen[270] took two colts. 

 

6th

First day.  I did some cooking, and went to see Peggy on Reddy.  Stayed overnight.  Joshua and Billie were up.  Joe and Agnes up, and all the children.  Marjorie stayed. 

 

7th

Second day.  Fosters’ and Gersters’ and Browns’ and Brunsts’[271] cattle  all out – 109 cattle.  Bob and I took Wilfred’s.  Cut out Blaine Lake cattle.  

 

 

 

8th

Third day.  Rained most of night.  Too wet to work, turned to snow.  Had dinner.  Inspector came.  Got some Langham cattle retested.[272]  Still some short.  Bob, Tommy and I home.  Harold took supplies up. 

 

9th

Fourth day.  Tommy up to Ranch.  Bob and I took  E. F. heifer up.   Bob and Eric got Assman’s bull from Eastes.’  Stayed dinner.  Cut out Blaine Lake bunch, twelve of ours and Radisson cattle. 

 

10th

Fifth day.    Harry and Eric off to Radisson with cattle.[273] Inspector came, still two short.  Checked north Radisson bunch.  Good heifer of Harold Foster’s and Z steer.[274]  Checked Saunders’ and put in east roundup pasture.  I baked and brought twelve of ours home. 

 

11th

Sixth day.  Took cattle up to Twenty-Six and went for mail.  Finished wash and cleaned porch.  Marge cleaned parlour and finished washing kitchen ceiling.  Harold went  plowing.  Harry phoned from G. Walker’s. 

 

12th

Seventh day.  Bob and Tom to Radisson.  Pa and Harold hauled oat sheaves from below in afternoon.  Harold plowed in morning.  We ironed and cleaned and churned and baked.  Harry and Eric home late and Bob later. 

 

13th

First day.  All to Meeting but Mother.  Harold and Eric to Langham, brought three girls in morning.  The boys and I took them back to the river in moonlight.  Harry and Eric took them over. 

 

14th

Second day.  Washing day.  Joshua took  up Marge to Wakes’ to help Auntie.  Queen sick.  Harold plowing.   George down for the night.  Bob working in workshop.

 

15th

Third day.  Got cattle in.  Abe[275] took thirteen calves.  Bob went along to Saskatoon.  Mother and I cleaned bedrooms.  Went for mail and to Henry’s to clean.  Harold plowed.

 

16th

Fourth day.  Harold plowed.  Got cattle in and Abe took eight calves.  Bob went to town again.  Meeting at home.   Started papering the kitchen. 

 

17th

Fifth day.  Joshua and Billy came to thresh.   Started right after dinner.

 

18th

Sixth day.  Threshing in morning down below.  Very windy, just finished by night and moved up to Thirty-six.  We papered another wall of the kitchen.  Harry and Tommy and Eric home in morning. 

 

19th

Seventh day.  Threshed on Thirty-six.  Bob and Harry to town with four cows – Sukie, Julie, Popsie and Daisie’s Ashford.  Mother and I to Hynds’ in afternoon.  I was in bed all morning. 

 

20th

First day.  Father and Mother and Bob to Meeting.  Brought Marge down.  Harry and Eric and Harold drove cattle to Twenty-Seven.  Bert down.  Eric and Tom to Langham.  Harry  and Bert and Marge and Harold and I for row on river. 

 

21st

Second day.  Harold and I drove cattle west.  Brought stray cows back.  Did washing.  Harold mended stackyard fence.  Bob to town, brought lumber out.   Harry and Tom and Eric to Ranch. 

 

22nd

Third day.  Bob and Harold digging Bob’s cellar.[276]  Tom home at noon.  Harold disked in afternoon.  I went for mail.  We heeled in nursery stock.   Pa painted wagon box. 

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Heard that Winnie is in Saskatoon.  Mother and I cleaned out drawers and boxes in my bedroom.  Did ironing.   Cleaned cupboards in kitchen.  Harold plowed.  Tom and Bob digging cellar.  Harry and Eric home at night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24th

Fifth day.  Cleaning house.  Merlin and Winnie arrived about 5:30.[277]  Great excitement.  Harry and Harold  to Great Deer for sheaves.  Tom and Bob digging cellar.  Thanksgiving Day.[278] 

 

25th

Sixth day.  Harry and Harold home for late dinner.  Tom and Bob and Merlin working on Bob’s cellar and lining it with stone.  I made cookies.  Harry and young Harold and I took cattle over to Twenty-seven. 

 

26th

Seventh day.  Lovely day.  Three of the boys away piling rocks on beach.   Bob and Merlin working on cellar.  Did some baking. 

 

27th

First day.  All to Meeting except myself.  Edith and Ed and Daisie and Art came up.  Rather cold and windy.  Had a short ride in afternoon down to river.   Home at night.  

 

28th

Second day.  Stormy and snowing.  Boys cleaned barns and mended things up.  Bob and Merlin laying floor over at Bob’s for kitchen.  I did some washing.  

 

29th

Third day.  Very stormy and blizzardy.  Quite a lot of snow.  Boys chored.   Tom and Harold cleaning out barn.  I was sick most of day.

 

30th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harold to Hynds’ and on to Ceepee[279] and Langham.   Tom cleaning barn and banking up house and chicken house. I went for mail.  My Eaton’s order came. 

 

31st

Sixth day.  Merlin and I did a large wash.  Tom hauled load of straw down below.  Bob and Harry one load of stakes and sharpened them.   Eric down.  Borrowed  Smoky.  Got Monica in.  Susie sick. 

 

NOVEMBER 1935

 

1st 

Sixth day. Boys killed Monica’s calf.  Tommy went for mail.  Harold Edney over river with Pete Epp.[280] Cold and windy.

 

2nd

Seventh day.  I did ironing.  Felt rotten.  Winnie did cleaning.  Harry and Bob to Ranch meeting at Wakes’.   Called at Armand’s, home late.   Pa and Merlin made small pig pen in big calf pen.[281]

 

3rd

First day.  I was sick in bed with flu.  Brighter and cold.  Meeting at home.  Folks went for walk in afternoon.  I got up in evening.

 

4th

Second day.  Boys mending stackyard down below.  Brought two pigs from Armand’s.  Hauled straw.  Eric brought our horses from Ranch, and Smoky home.   He and Carl Jones[282] stayed all night. 

 

5th

Third day.  Boys mending corral and hauled one load straw.  Bob not well.  We started sewing quilt on frame.  Baked and churned.  Eric and Carl took horses to Saskatoon.  Harry up to Ranch on Smoky. 

 

6th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Nice day.  Mother and Winnie and the children and I up to Wakes’.  Took cream and got mail.  Merlin and Harold culled hens.[283]  Tom hauling in morning.  Harry home at night. 

 

7th

Fifth day.  Sewed on quilt.  Boys fixing up feed troughs, etc., and hauled straw.  Finished quilt.  Very nice. 

 

8th

Sixth day.  Boys put fence around house yard.  Put straw in cellarway.[284]  Harold and I started cleaning henhouse.  Baked cookies and made butter. 

 

9th

Seventh day.  Boys mending fences and hauled hay and straw.  Snowed a little almost every day this week.  Now quite deep.  Harry took Wakes’ bull home.  We cleaned through house and baked bread and buns and cake.

 

10th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie to dinner.  Read and wrote letters.  Robin and Floss came in on spec. 

 

11th

Second day.  Did wash with Merlin’s help.  Mary and John and Bessie down for visit .  Boys hauled two loads of hay and straw.  Nice in morning but turned to blizzard in afternoon.  Harry kept Robin in. 

 

12th

Third day.  Boys hauling hay and straw.  Merlin and Harry and Harold went to Langham, first time this year.  Tommy’s last day. 

 

13th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harry took Tommy home, bought fourteen hundredweight coal.    Chicken house and granary burned down and all the hens.  Managed to save barn.  Wakes and Duncan and H. Badman down to help.[285]

 

14th

Fifth day.  Bob and Susie to Borden in cutter.  Home late, we had Mary.  Harry and Merlin did chores and hauled straw.  We all felt tired and took it easy. 

 

15th

Sixth day.  Harry to Carl’s sale, and it was called off.  Heard George Rempel is back with eight horses.  Bob and Susie broke cutter.  Mending sleighs and did chores.  Arthur Hynd down for dinner.  Killed a bug.[286]

 

16th

Seventh day.  Did cleaning.  Boys saved some flax out of fire.  Bob to Cousmo’s to inoculate some cattle.  Abe and his mother down.  Nice mild day;  brought mail. 

 

17th

First day.  Meeting at home.  I in bed with sick headache till noon.  Harold and Tom for dinner.  Abe and his mother left after dinner.

 

 

 

18th

Second day.  Ben Saloway and Auntie Sue and Peggy down to dinner, left early.  Boys cleaning up around.  Hauled straw and did some fencing.  Fixed bull stalls.  We baked and churned and I washed woolens. 

 

19th

Third day.  Did the washing in good time.  Boys fenced stackyard and across bog, and killed a steer and Miss Orchard’s calf.

 

20th

Fourth day.  I went to Wakes and for mail on Smoky.  Tommy and Jimmy Scott over to help butcher roan heifer.  Harry took it and them back home and stayed the night.  Meeting at home.  Boys hauled load straw and did chores. Nice and mild.

 

21st

Fifth day.  Finished ironing.  Made cookies.  Had school in afternoon.[287] Bob and I rode over to Hynds in evening, home late.   Lovely night.

 

22nd

Sixth day.  School in afternoon.   Boys cleaned away logs from round  granary.  Hauled load of feed.  Girls skiing.  Lovely and mild.  Baked.  Bob mending cutter. 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  School in afternoon.  Cleaning, and baked buns and made puddings.  I went for mail in morning.  Letters from Edith and Auntie Mary.[288]  Boys hauled hay and straw.  Bob cut wood.  Harry to Langham  at night.

 

24th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Hannah Mary and Laurie down for late dinner.  The children and I went a long walk over river.  Harold Edney over. 

 

25th

Second day.  Winnie and the girls and I up to Saloway’s  in cutter with Robin and Smoky.  Stayed overnight.  Read letter from Aunt Betty.[289]

 

26th

Third day.  Down to Crabbs’ for supper.  Girls skated on  Bessie’s rink and skates.  Saw  Smoky and Gypsy; brought mail home.   Boys busy cutting wood and hauling feed.  Letter from Len. 

27th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harry took wheat to Langham, 39 bushels.  Merlin and Harold one load straw from Thirty-six.  Bob and Merlin one load hay, one load oat hay. 

 

28th

Fifth day.  George Hynd’s for dinner.  On Smoky to Eastes’ for UFC meeting with Sadie.  Stayed overnight.  Bob and Merlin started on his kitchen. 

 

29th

Sixth day.  Home and brought mail.  Letter for Winnie.  Bob working on his kitchen.  Merlin and Harry two loads straw for Sangmires’.[290]  Harry away on Smoky in evening.  Bob woke me at three o’clock. 

 

30th

Seventh day.  Olive and I slept over at cottage with Mary.  Took Susie first thing in morning.[291]   Home late.  Called at Hynds’.  The children and I went to clear rink in afternoon.   Busy day.  Katrina calved, very small heifer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 1935

 

1st

First day.  Meeting at home.  I to bed and slept all morning.  Merlin and Winnie and children for long walk.  Had ice cream. 

 

2nd

Second day.  Bob took 36 bushels of wheat to Langham.  Ordered lumber.  Took all day.  Boys hauled sheaves. 

 

3rd

Third day.  Started wash.  Joshua and Auntie down to supper.  Bob to town, Borden, for Susie.[292]  Away all day. 

 

4th

Fourth day.  Finished wash.  Meeting at home.  Boys hauling wood. 

 

5th

Fifth day.  Ironing and getting ready to go to Saskatoon.  Boys hauling wood.  Bob building kitchen. 

 

6th

Sixth day.  Arthur Hynd took Sadie and I and Merlin to catch train at Langham.  Dinner at Edith and Ed’s.  Afternoon, shopping.  Skated in evening.  Daisie out in evening. 

 

7th

Seventh day.  Spent afternoon in shopping with Daisie - each bought a hat.  Sadie and Eric to see “In Old Kentucky.”  Will Rogers’ last picture.   Edith Burbage[293] came in evening, and Charlie. 

 

8th

First day.  Meeting at Uncle’s.  Sadie to Third Avenue, Saskatoon, and I up to Len’s in  afternoon.   Edith and the bunch came after to supper,  Herdis too.  All to hear  F. W.[294]  Took Daisie home.  I stayed overnight.

 

9th

Second day.  Finished up our shopping.  Ruth and Edith and Ed came to the train with us.  Saw Anker, also Mrs. Wainwright.[295]  Harry met us, had a fast ride home.

 

 

10th

Third day.  Bob called me early.  Came over to cottage.  Cleaned up and made bed.  Baby came before doctor by twenty  minutes.  Lucie and doctor came, put in stitches etc. Boys hauling wood.

 

11th

Fourth day.   Bob working on kitchen.  Boys hauling wood.  I was busy all day.  Mother did some washing.  Baby’s name Roberta Edith.[296] 

 

12th

Fifth day.  Poor night, up late.  Bob worked on addition.  Harry and Harold hauling wood.  Winnie and Merlin and the three girls to Borden to visit Sissie.  

 

13th

Sixth day.  Good night, in my own bed.  Sore throat.  Susie and baby fine.  Winnie and Merlin back in afternoon.  Mother finished wash.  Harry and Harold two good loads of wood.  Bob working on house. 

 

14th

Seventh day.  Colds all round.  Busy all day.  Boys hauling wood.   Bob still building.  Merlin hauled three loads of feed.  I made cake. 

 

15th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Susie’s mother and Henry down to dinner.  Nice day.  Baby getting on fine. 

 

16th

Second day.  Boys hauling wood.  Bob to Langham for lumber.  Took wheat.  Home late.

 

17th

Third day.   Boys hauling wood.  Bob  building.  Harry up to check on Smoky.  Brought mail back.

 

18th

Fourth day.  Harry and Merlin two loads of green wood.  Bob building on kitchen. 

 

19th

Fifth day.  Merlin and Harry two loads wood from thirty-five.  Bob and Harold to Langham in cutter.  Sent  my insurance.  Put on roof in afternoon.   Baby Roberta’s fine. 

 

 

 

 

 

20th

Sixth day.  Susie up and dressed.[297]  Merlin and Harry still hauling wood and feed.  Harry cleaned out well in afternoon and went to Halcyonia in evening to concert.[298]

 

21st

Seventh day.  Merlin and Harry getting wood.  Harold took team back.   Harry took dinner.  Bob put windows in and fixed roof.  Harry to Langham in evening. 

 

22nd

First day.  Billie down to Meeting.  Brought chocolates and teddy bear.  Winnie’s birthday.  Susie over.  I stayed with children.  

 

23rd

Second day.  Harry to Thistle Dale concert.  Did double wash.  Winnie and I together got through nicely.  Mother baked.  Bob and Harold killed and I plucked  three roosters.  Harry home with engine from Great Deer at night.  Bob building.

 

24th

Third day.  Bob sick in bed.  Harry and Merlin did chores and hauled hay and straw.  Harold  waited on Susie.  Very cold.  We cleaned house and did some cooking.

 

25th

Fourth day.  Harold  brought mail on Dick.  Nice and mild.  All very busy.  Harry over to Langham after early dinner to meet Edith and Edward, who phoned in morning.  Arrived here about  five o’clock.  Bad trip.  Hannah Mary and Bessie and Kennie[299] down.

 

26th

Fifth day.  Nice day.  Edith and Edward to Langham after three o’clock with Bob.  Had a nice visit with them but too short.  Ed showed girls how to paint.  Sent boxes to Len and Ruth and Daisie. 

 

27th

Sixth day.  Harry and Merlin two loads of straw from John Wake’s.  Children and I got willows out of  bluff.  Harold Edney over.  Bob did chores, chased cattle out of lower stackyard.  

 

 

 

 

 

28th

Seventh day.  Dumb Dora had a heifer calf.  Harry and Merlin hauling hay from flats.  Bob fixing engine.  I cleaned through house.  Olive and I went skiing before breakfast.  Winnie finished her pajamas.  Mother finished Martha’s  waist.[300]

 

29th

First day.  Nice and mild.  Meeting at home.  Bessie and Kennie down in afternoon.

 

30th

Second day.  Five below and blowing.   Children out skiing.  Harry and Merlin for straw to John Wake’s.  Bob fixing engine.  I was not feeling well.   Winnie  sickish.

 

31st

Third day.  Boys braced shelter.  Cleaned barns.  Bess and Ken went home.  Harry and I to Hynds’ in evening.  Got mail.  Letters from  Len, Daisie, Auntie Amy and Hannah Blake. [301]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936

 

JANUARY

1st

Fourth day.  New Year’s Day.  Harry and Merlin for straw.  Girls and I went skiing in morning. Bob and Father putting down floor in his kitchen.  Baby not gaining weight much. 

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Lovely day, zero.  Harry and Merlin  for  two loads straw to Joshua Wake’s.  Bob fixing engine, school in afternoon.  We washed clothes. 

 

3rd

Sixth day.  Merlin and Harry for one load  dry wood.   All sawed wood in afternoon.  Pretty   cold,  minus 25 degrees and windy mixed.  I did the ironing.  Could not go to UFC meeting  at  Gersters’.  Harry to Thistle Dale at night to UFC meeting. 

 

4th

Seventh day.  Not so cold, about twelve degrees.  Bob to Langham with wheat.  Wind up at night and snowing.  Pa and Merlin and I all have sore throats and colds.    Winnie in bed, sick headache.

 

5th

First day.  Meeting at home.  I went over to Susie’s while she and Bob came to Meeting.   Olive and I stayed to dinner over there.  Thirty-seven below by nine o’clock in the evening.  Merlin in bed till dinnertime. 

 

6th

Second day  Fifty degrees below by our thermometer.  Harold and I breaking Kitty to drink from pail.  Bob putting down floor and putting up stone in cellar.  Harry and Merlin hauling hay and cleaning shelter. 

 

7th

Third day.  Harry hauling hay.  Bob and he cleaned horse barn.  Merlin in bed most of day.  I cleaned rack.  Mother baked.  Children had school. 

 

8th

Fourth day.   Fourteen degrees.  Nice and bright.  I did the washing alone.  Harry and Merlin for straw.  Home late. Bob laying his floor.  Letter from George Smith.[302]  Meeting at home in evening.  Buyer came.

 

9th

Fifth day.   Fourteen below, nice and bright.   I did ironing.  Boys all sawed wood. Swept bedrooms and mended stockings.  Mary  McCheane phoned and  invited Harold and Olive up for a few days. 

10th

Sixth day.  Boys wood-cutting in afternoon.  To Pasture meeting in morning at school house.  Olive and Harold to McCheanes’,  I up to Wakes to see Auntie.  George Rempel down.  Baked bread.  Cold wind, two degrees below. 

 

11th

Seventh day.  Temperature twenty-five degrees below zero.  Cleaned and churned and mended.  Merlin one load hay.  Harry sick headache.  Lots of snow in afternoon and milder.  Very windy.   Had a family bath.

 

12th

First day.  Meeting at home.  George over.  Thirty-five degrees below zero.  Merlin went up for Olive and Harold after a light lunch at two o’clock.  George left for home.  Harry wore his new wool underwear. 

 

13th

Second day.  Still cold and snowing.  Boys hauled hay and did chores.   We sewed and I did some rug.  School in morning.  I made date  loaf.  Boys put Doris in.

 

14th

Third day.  Harry and Merlin for straw.  Heavy trails.  Harry stayed for UFC meeting, only for there.  I did the washing.  Nice day and mild.  Boys brought mail.

 

15th

Fourth day.  Cold day.  Harry and Merlin for straw, Joshua through here on way to Langham.  I did ironing.  Susie over in evening.  Bob put in floor and fixed pump at his place.  I did rug and puzzle. 

 

16th

Fifth day.  Forty-two below by our thermometer, thirty-one by Wakes’.  Hauled hay.  Meeting first thing in morning.  Made nut loaf. Bob took wheat to Langham.  Winnie sewed.

 

17th

Sixth day.  Forty-eight below for us.  Parcel from Daisie up at Wakes for us.  Harry and Merlin for one load dry wood, one hay and sheaves.  Rosabelle down by house.  Boys dragged her to horse barn.  Made candy. 

 

18th

Seventh day.  Harry and Merlin for straw, took lunch.  Couldn’t get parcel, brought mail.  Letter from Daisie.  Did cleaning.  Made cake and butter.   Susie over and gave presents in evening. 

 

19th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Olive and I up to Wakes’ for parcel, then to Hynds’ for parcel.  Forty below when we came home.  Had an exciting time opening parcel.

 

20th

Second day.  Cold.   Susie washed. Harry had a time thawing pump.  Hauled hay, two loads. Olive and I did puzzle at night.  Harry brought horses in and we separated them.  Kept Spee.

 

21st

Third day.  Harry and Merlin for straw.  About twenty-four degrees below, but still.  Bob did chores.  Kingfish got out and had to be brought back.   Boys brought mail.  Got   $2.30  second[303] pay from Pool.

 

22nd

Fourth day.  A little milder, but snowing and blowing from south.  Harry to Langham with wheat.  Blanche had calf down at shelter.   Winnie did the ironing.  We finished

puzzles,  my rug.

 

23rd

Fifth day.  Harry and Merlin for  load of straw.  About twenty-four below.  Bob chored and made gate to pen for Blanche.  Got phone call from Langham at night.  Harry went for Doctor Bildfell[304] here, and on to Meister’s.[305]

 

24th

Sixth day.  Harry at Borden, slept at hotel.  Took Meister’s team from their place last night.  Merlin hauled half load straw down below, and one load of hay from flats.  Harry home and brought mail. 

 

25th

Seventh day.  Laurie brought Bessie down early.  Harry took us to train at Langham.[306] Found  Ed at shop.[307]  He brought us in car to the house.  Bessie, Allie and Delia and Jack McC and others here.  I went to party with Daisie and Margaret W.[308]

 

26th

First day.  Stayed at San all night.  I walked down to Edith’s.  Daisie down in afternoon.  Several here for Meeting.  Yesterday I went with Eva to see Jimmie.  He looks great.  Bessie up to see Herdis.

 

 

27th

Second day.  Bessie and I up to University on streetcar.  Met Allie and registered for short course.  On to poultry  building and heard Professor Baker and Mr.  Ray talk  on poultry.    About twelve in class.   Did a little shopping before coming home.

 

28th

Third day.  The King’s funeral ceremony came over radio.[309]  Every store closed, no classes.  Edith did washing yesterday, ironing today.  Went to Len and Ruth’s.  Ruth still not well. 

 

29th

Fourth day.  Bessie and I to classes at University – getting more interesting.  Walked home through town.  Bought some cold tablets, and bananas for lunch.  Charlie for supper.

 

30th

Fifth day.  Up to class and walked home through town.  Got a record from Joe’s, “I Hear You Calling Me” to replace the one I broke of Ed’s.    Bessie out to show with Herdis.  Listened to radio. 

 

31st

Sixth day.  Up to class.  Home in car, tried on skates at Uncle’s.  Anker and Eric up to sleep on chesterfield and board here.  Went up to see Daisie.  She is still not well.  I have a cold.  It’s very cold. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 1936

 

1st

Seventh day.  Classes until noon.  Came home and took it easy.  Bessie and Edith shopping, got dress and stockings for Bessie, very nice.  Very cold, very sunny.  Up to Professor Baker’s for social evening. 

 

2nd

First day.  Had a great time at Professor Baker’s.  Stayed at home.  Daisie, Jack McC. Delia, Margaret, Ruth and Florence up for quiet time.  Ed took Daisie home.  Herdis over. 

 

3rd

Second day.  Very cold.  Up to classes.  Judged hens in afternoon – very interesting.  My cold still bad.  Spent quiet evening. 

 

4th

Third day.  Up to University all day.  Still too cold to skate.  Group Meeting at night.  Bessie and I went to bed.  Daisie down, and Bob and Ruth and Delia. 

 

5th

Fourth day.  Up to classes at University.  Rode home in car.  Still very cold and misty.  Fifty degrees below at University.  Having a great time judging hens for laying, etc.  Bessie out, late. 

 

6th

Fifth day.  To University for classes, rode home in streetcar.  Had Etta and Ted and Marnie and Elsie down for social evening,  played games, lunch, and finally did exercises.

 

7th

Sixth day.  To the University all day, and home to turkey supper.  Len and Ruth and Roger, A. Lund,[310]  Helen, Anker and Eric all present, and had a lot of fun till late.  Daisie’s half day.

 

8th

Seventh day.  Up to University for morning classes, home to dinner.  To Skating Carnival with F. Baker then to café for lunch and on to show.  Home about eight.  Varsity crowd there, and Daisie. 

 

9th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Delia and Jack and Charlie and Margaret, Daisie down.  Daisie and I had a good talk.  Ed went to Third Avenue and took Daisie home afterwards.

 

 

10th

Second day.  Up to University and each had to kill and pluck two hens.  Professor Rae wax-plucked[311] four roosters and showed us how to pack poultry for market. 

 

11th

Third day.  Up to class at the University.  Still very cold.  Had a good day.  Frances  missed yesterday as she fell sick.  We  pullorum-tested [312] some hens.  Edith washed clothes.

 

12th

Fourth day.   Up to class at University.  No warmer at present. Daisie down for half day.  Edith and I to see “Stormy.”  Ed took us in car.   Bessie went with Henry H. 

 

13th

Fifth day.  Up to class.  Last day for me, over to Doctor Fulton’s central heating plant.   Very interesting.  Henry Hepner over in the evening.

 

14th

Sixth day.  Bessie to University in morning.  I phoned home.  I walked to City Hospital, A. came along.  Took Bessie to T. J. Smith [313] in afternoon.  Up to see Daisie for an hour.  Caught evening train.  Bob met us at Langham.  Fifty degrees below.

 

15th

Seventh day.   Very cold out.  Thermometer out of sight.  Bob and Harry to Carl’s for straw.  We did seventh day work.  Princess and Bell Lupine and Heatherbell and Triangle all have calves. 

 

16th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Bob’s feet very sore and swelled.  Bathed them most of day.  Bessie and I over for supper and  evening.   Triangle lost calf and adopted Rosabelle’s.

 

17th

Second day.  Boys for sheaves and hay.  Milder – sixteen degrees below and very windy.  We did washing.  Bessie entertaining children.   Bob’s feet swelled and sore.  Staying home and bathing them in hot water. 

 

 

 

18th

Third day.  Harry to Langham with wheat.  Brought  three bags flour and Jim Smith to work here.  I did ironing with Winnie’s help.   Lasca and Fox home and Floss also.  I fed them.  Over to Susie’s to sleep.   Hazel had heifer calf.

 

19th

Fourth day.  Harry and Jim for two loads of straw from Carl’s.  Harold and I and Merlin took good load of manure from horse barn, and brought oats back.  Brought  Arel up.  Meeting at home.  Bob still off duty.

 

20th

Fifth day.  Harry and Jim hauling rock.  Bob hauling hay with the little team.  Merlin and I bathed Princess’s bag, worked matter out.[314]  Fair and cold.  Much more bearable weather. 

 

21st.

Sixth day.  Harry and Jim hauling rock.  Bob hauled load of hay from Henry’s  and one load straw from below.  Jim and Harry walked to Langham to mail letters.  Arel had heifer calf.  Dressed Princess’s bag. 

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Harry and Jim for straw to Wallace’s.   Bob for two loads of wood.  Much warmer.  Above zero.  Kingfish went up to Eastes’.  Bob went for him.  Boys brought mail, a long letter from Edith. 

 

23rd

First day.  I stayed in bed with sick headache.  Meeting at home.  Joshua down for Winnie and Merlin and children – brought them back at night.  Mary was over for a while.    Weather a little milder.

 

24th

Second day.  Harry and Jim down with rock.  Bob and Merlin did chores and hauled two loads, hay and straw.  I did washing.  Put white things and towels out – nice day.  Children out.

 

25th

Third day.  Harry and Jim rock-hauling.  Bob and Merlin and Pa and Harold cut two loads of dry wood with engine.   Hauled straw.  Merlin walked for mail, to Wakes for dinner.  Nice day. 

 

 

26th

Fourth day.  Harry and Jim for two loads straw from  Peterson’s.[315]  Bob to Langham, sent for sink.    Took wheat with Alk and Smoky.  Very bad trails, snowing.  George Rempel phoned.  I did ironing.  Pretty cold.

27th

Fifth day.   Harry and Jim hauling hay from red granary, and Jim, one load hay and sheaves in afternoon.  Harry opened trail over river for straw.  We mended and started two new rugs, and split wood. 

 

28th

Sixth day.  Harry and Jim – two loads straw – Peterson’s.  Bob to Langham with twenty-six bushels wheat – Smoky and Alk.  Boys brought mail.  Harold brought Tootsie up. Line-back cow died.  Much milder.

 

29th

Seventh day.  Harry and Jim two loads straw.  Bob and Merlin cleaned horse barn and cut some wood.  We did cleaning,  Olive and I out skiing in afternoon.  Sadie down, we went to meet her, the girls and I.  Harry took Jim home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MARCH 1936

 

 

1st

First day.  Meeting at home.  Sadie and I over to get dinner for  Susie and clean up.  Susie rested.  Mary now well.  Eric came for Sadie in afternoon.  Harold  Edney over.  Tommy came to help a few days, brought young Belle up. 

 

2nd

Second day.  Very mild, snow fast melting, not everywhere.  Boys all sawing wood.  Belle died.  We did washing, dried clothes outside.  Mary better but not well. 

 

3rd

Third day.  Harry and Tom one load straw.  Bob and Merlin one load of hay.  Cut wood over at  Bob’s.  Bert down for farewell visit.  Harold and the girls and I skinned Belle.  Harold for mail on Smoky. 

 

4th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Tom for two loads straw over river.  Bob fixing trail and cleaning horse barn.  I sewed my sweater together.  Very windy and rather cold. 

 

5th

Fifth day.  Pretty cold.  Harry and Tom over river for straw.  Merlin and Harold over to Langham.  Olive and I baking cookies.  Winnie getting ready to pack.  Tootsie had heifer calf, Marina.

 

6th

Sixth day.  Bob and Harry and Merlin and Harold all worked on taking car over to Langham.  Tom cleaned barn and split wood.  Very mild and wet.  Horses came in.

 

7th

Seventh day.  I did cleaning.  Billie and Auntie down in PM and for supper.  Bob and Harold to Borden to V. Cowley’s[316] sale.  Harry and Tom  five loads hay from Badman’s.  Bob bought mower, $11.50. 

 

 

 

8th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie to Great Deer in sleigh.  Winnie and Merlin and children to John McCheane’s for dinner.  Olive and I on skis to Badman’s, had tea.  Tommy home – back for chores.

 

9th

Second day.  Harry and Tom over river for straw.  Mother and I baking cookies and nut bread.  Bob and Susie home by milking time.  Bob killed Marion’s calf. 

 

10th

Third day.  Helped folks pack and Bob and Mother and I took all to Langham after early dinner.  Got them off to Saskatoon.[317] Phoned Edith.    Lovely day.  Harry and Tom hauled hay, two loads, from Badman’s.  We were at Scott’s for supper. 

 

11th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Tom brought back load from Henry’s.  Cleaned up hay and oat sheaves down at red granary.  Harry and Bob hauled two loads of ice.  Mother and I cleaned my bedroom.  Melted a bit, but cooler.

 

12th

Fifth day.  Seventeen degrees above, windy.  Boys hauled three loads of ice and packed one layer.  Bob and Susie went to Langham, took meat for Edith.  We did some cleaning and sewing. 

 

13th

Sixth day.  Harry and Tom hauled eight loads of rock to bridge.  Bob and Pa packed ice.  I went for mail on Smoky.  Letter for Winnie for Saskatoon.  Boys home very late.  Fairly mild.

 

14th

Seventh day.  Tom cleaned barns.  Bob to Langham with thirty-five bushels of wheat.  Harry cleaned kitchen pipes and mended peak of roof.  We did cleaning.  Put Robin in at night.   Took Tom home, brought Harold Edney over.

 

15th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Harry and I rode up river on Smoky and Robin.  Met Sadie on Jappy and went down to see new bridge.  Saw Eddy and Philip and Effie. 

Went to Hynd’s for supper.  Cold west wind. 

 

16th

Second day.  Bob took over two pigs and two calves, Misty’s calf, Slipper, and Mamie’s calf, to Langham.  Abe Rempel  down.  Sent Harry’s boots to Philip McCheane.[318]  I  did large wash – dried some outside.  Harold cleaned barns and Harry fixed  barn and seed wheat.

 

17th

Third day.    Bob and Harry fixing shelter in morning.  Cleaning wheat in afternoon.  Harold cleaning  barns.  I rode Smoky to John McCheane’s, Sadie rode Jappy.  Had good meeting.  Arnold Larsen gave good report.   Mother cooked. 

 

18th

Fourth day.  Bob to Saskatoon with C. Epp[319] in truck, back late by train.  Harry  and Harold hauled hay from flats, two loads.  Water running downhill.  Bees out.  We ironed, baked and churned.

 

19th

Fifth day.  Bob and Pa hauled wheat and cleaned it.  Harry and Harold hauled three loads hay from flats.   Abe and Lizzie Siemens[320] down.  I sorted some potatoes and piled wood.  Baked cookies and did mending and cleaning. 

 

20th

Sixth day.  Harry and Harold up to Ranch for birch.  Bob cleaning wheat and oats.  Pa stacked wood.  Mother and I for mail and to Wakes in cutter.  Cold northwest wind.  Abe and Lizzie left.  I put up thirteen cans of meat.[321]  

 

21st

Seventh day.  Cooler and windy.  Harry and Harold hauled hay and straw, last load from flats.  Bob worked on the birch (?) and on his house.  We cleaned.  Mother made buns.  Harry to Langham on Smoky at night.

 

22nd

First day.  Meeting at home.  Harry away on Smoky.  Eric down in afternoon.  Cold wind from northeast.  Mother over to Bob’s for supper.  Pa and I both wrote to Daisie. 

 

23rd

Second day.  I did the washing, Mother baked.  Harry and Bob to Langham for new  binder, $35.00 from Elliott’s.  Harold cleaned barns out.  Arthur Hynd down for fanning mill.  Cold wind. 

 

 

 

 

24th

Third day.  Dried clothes outside.  Boys got both binders home and cleaned barns.  Blossom missing.  We did some rug-making.  Didn’t get mail.  Cold wind, about 22 degrees above. 

 

25th

Fourth day.  About  zero in morning.  I stayed in bed until noon with bad headache.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Harold got two loads stakes – about 98 stakes.  Bob split wood.  Blossom home with calf. 

 

26th

Fifth day.  Harry and Harold cleaned barns and killed red steer Jack.   George Parkinson[322]  brought Peggy down in afternoon – brought mail.  I did ironing.  Didn’t melt much.   Bob stabbed his leg.

 

27th

Sixth day.  Netted Gem[323] very sick.  Boys cut up beef and took it over to Langham.   We baked and churned.  Harold for mail on Smoky.  At night, cold north wind. 

 

28th

Seventh day.  Cold and very windy.  Bob took Harry to Langham to catch morning train.  We did cleaning and made nut loaf.  Harold split wood and cleaned barn.

 

29th

First day.  Cold and windy.  Meeting at  home.  Harold over river.  Bob and Susie to dinner.  Blanche Brunst and Wilfred for supper.  Home later.  Netted Gem standing up. 

 

30th

Second day.  Harold hauled some straw and hay.  Bob split wood and went for Harry at night.  Phone call from Edith.  Harold and Olive  back with Harry.  Cold and windy.

 

31st

Third day.  Boys splitting wood, and hauled a load of poplar poles.  Cold and windy.  Bob to Hynd’s for UFC talk.  We played games, mostly Flinch,[324] until late. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL   1936

 

1st

Fourth day. Meeting at home.  Harry and Harold for stakes.  Pa split wood and cleaned barns in afternoon.  Peggy and I to Wakes’ for supper, had a nice time.  Not quite such a cold wind. 

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Bright, but cold wind.  Harry and Harold one load of stakes.  George down for Peggy.  Edith Scott and Hilda Bergman over for afternoon tea.  Borrowed hats.[325]  Harry took them back in cutter. 

 

3rd

Sixth day.  Harry went for mail and got his books.  Pa and Bob split wood and boys got one load stakes in afternoon.  Cold and windy.  Mother and I did some washing.  Finished my knitted bloomers.  Henry Badman down.

 

4th

Seventh day.  Olive and I did cleaning.   Boys split wood and sharpened stakes.  Harold hauled oats and straw and hay.  Mother baked and made bran loaf.   Harry and Harold to Langham at night. 

 

5th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Harry away on Smoky.  Olive and I for walk.  Windy and snowing a little.  Thirty-six above.  Eric called in evening. Paul Mereau[326]

here to see Harold.

 

6th

Second day.  Mother in bed all day with bad cold.  I did big  two weeks’ wash.  Harold and Harry for straw to A. Williams’.  Bob and Pa fixing gate.  Cold and windy.

 

7th

Third day.  Olive over to Susie’s.  Warm, water running.  Filled tank.  Spee got his leg stuck in King’s stall.  Fox was in.  Netted Gem very sick again.  Harry and Harold for straw.  Bob working on his house.  Got all the clothes dry. 

 

8th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Warm but cloudy.  Harry and Harold up to Wilfred Brunst’s for loads of prairie wool.  Bob worked on his house.  We started road over bog. 

 

 

 

 

9th

Fifth day.  Harry and Harold cleaned barns and got load of stakes.  Bob worked on his house and made some rope.[327]  I did ironing.  Mother and I both feeling punk.  Warm and wet.  George Rempel came. Harold’s friend came and stayed the night.

 

10th

Sixth day. Harry and Harold sharpened stakes all day.  Bob and Harold took the two boys over to Langham - last trip this year.  Ice is going fast.  George left in morning.  Bob up to Wakes’ to fix[328]   calves.  We  canned three quarts of meat and made beef sausage.

 

11th

Seventh day.  Bob worked on his house.  The other boys cleaned up around and mended fences and moved A-house[329] up onto hill.   We cleaned and baked.  I felt punk.

 

12th

First day.  Meeting at home.  I looked after the children for Bob and Susie.  Made ice cream.  We all went to see Big Ravine[330]  in afternoon.  Lovely warm day. 

 

13th

Second day.  We cleaned out cupboards in porch.  Cold north wind.  Boys cleaned up yard and corral.  Bob worked on his house and the brooder house. 

 

14th

Third day.  Bob up to Armand’s and went on with brooder house.  Raining and snowing.  We did a big wash.  Harry and Harold and Harold Edney did the potatoes and started training  Jassy.    Harold Chamness went for mail.

 

15th

Fourth day.  Tied Tommy up and Jerry.  Meeting at home.  Taught Jerry “Get-up”.  Bob fixing brooder house on hill.  I did some ironing and baking. 

 

16th

Fifth day.  Bob finished brooder house.  Harold and Harold helped Harry train colts Jerry and Tommy, “Whoa.”  Henry Rempel very sick.  Father and Mother went up and cleaned Meeting House.[331]

 

17th

Sixth day.  Bob and Susie to town.  We had both children all day.  Harry hitched Jerry up and  Ernie[332] rode him.  We helped give Tommy scary lesson.[333]  Bob brought 100 chix [334] home.

 

18th

Seventh day.  Boys mending and oiling harness.  Bob to meeting at Thistledale - Medical Scheme.[335]  Harry brought Pansy home on stoneboat[336] and rode Tommy.  He bucked some. 

 

19th

First day.  Father and Mother and Bob and Harry and Olive to Meeting in Bennet buggy.  To river in afternoon.  Ice going down and rising cold wind. 

 

20th

Second day.  Freezing.  Bob to Radisson for flour.  Got eight bags.  Harold started disking.  I taught Gay “Come here.”  Harry fixed little saddle. 

 

21st

Third day.  Harry took Susie to CeePee – to see Henry.[337]  Hitched up Tommy and taught  King.  Olive and I over at Bob’s looking after the children.  Susie phoned. Henry died. 

 

22nd

Fourth day.  Bob to town to get Susie.  Took wheat.   Celia calved.  We stayed over at the cottage.  Mother cleaned cellar shelves.  Harold on land.  Harry mended up around. 

 

23rd

Fifth day.  Bob and Harry fencing.  Harold harrowing.   Pansy calved.   I did big wash and pink blankets and woolens. 

 

 

 

 

24th

Sixth day.  Harold for mail.  Eaton’s order came, also large parcel from England.  Bob and Susie and Harry to Great Deer  to Henry’s funeral.  Pa to meet Edith and  Winnie and Daisie and Martha.  They walked.

 

25th

Seventh day.  Lovely warm day.  Girls and Harry and Harold Chamness out riding in morning.  Harold Edney plowing below.  Bob putting back door on.  Mother made cake and we cleaned some  in afternoon.  Winnie on Smoky.

 

26th

First day.  All to Meeting but Harold Edney, five of us on horseback.  Joshua and Billie took Winnie and Harry  to bridge and came on here.  They got car and went to Borden.  Daisie had bad headache. 

 

27th

Second day.  Winnie and Daisie stayed in bed till late.  Cold and snowing.  Bob plowed.  Harry and Harold got ready and left for Ranch late in afternoon.  All the folks left soon after dinner. Squeak had calf.

 

28th

Third day. Winnie got cows in.  Windy, hard frost.  Bob cleaned barn and plowed.  I rode Robin for mail.  Got C. O. D. seeds and  syringe.  Harry and Harold still away.  Pa put three rows potatoes in.  We finished ironing.

 

29th

Fourth day.  Woke with sick headache.  Bob plowed.  Raked and cleaned up around.  Mother baked and churned.  Took mares oats.  Boys still away.

 

30th

Fifth day.  Windy and cold enough. I went on Reddie to UFC meeting at Harris’s[338]– a long ride.  Had a good meeting.  Bob plowed, used Jerry.  Father and Mother gardened.  Put in peas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 1936

 

1st

Sixth day.  Father sick.  John Wake down.  Mother and I to town in Bennet buggy.  Bob put in four acres of wheat.  Hot and windy. 

 

2nd

Seventh day.  Bob went on drilling.  Pa painted boat.  We did cleaning.  Harry and Harold back in evening.  I went up to see mares and cattle.  Very windy at night.

 

3rd

First day.  Bob and Susie and children up to Great Deer.  Father and Mother to Meeting in democrat.  Mike and Annie Strelioff down in afternoon.  Nice bright day.

 

4th

Second day.  Harry took ponies and Harold took wagon up to Ranch.  I went to Wakes for vaccine.  Met them on road.  Called on Oscar’s.  Started wash.  Bob and Pa cleaned oats and Bob seeded  in morning.  Very windy but warm.

 

5th

Third day.  Bob up to Ranch on Dick.  Windy again.  I took syringe up to meet Harold and on for mail.  Card from Olive.   Up to fight fire on Wakes’ and Duncan’s.  Did washing.  Heard Olga has twins - girls.[339]

 

6th

Fourth day.  Out raking and burning rubbish all morning.  Did ironing in afternoon.  Raining, windy and cold.  John Wake down.  Bob plowed on Thirty-six.  John stayed.

 

7th

Fifth day.  Finished ironing.  Lovely warm day.  Built rock wall on front garden.  Worked most of day on it.  Bob seeded sixteen acres of wheat.  I saw mares all right.

 

8th

Sixth day.  Warm but windy.  Father and Susie to town in Bennet buggy.  Sent Harold’s Eaton’s order.  Note from Edith.  Bob seeded wheat.  No word from Harry.  We had Roberta.  Mary Rempel came back with Susie. 

 

9th

Seventh day.  Bob seeding.  Put in some oats.  I saw Floss with mare foal.  We did cleaning. 

 

10th

First day.  Pa and I to Meeting with Robin and Jerry.  Edith and Ed came, brought  Ivan Wallace to see Muskoday.[340]  Here to dinner.  Art and Daisie came in afternoon.  Joshua down to supper.  Harry and Harold home. 

 

11th

Second day.  Drizzly.  Harry and Pa planted fruit trees.[341]  Harold for oats on Twenty-six.  Bob seeding down below.  Mother in bed. 

 

12th

Third day.  Lasca had  buckskin foal.  Harry and Harold and I gathered our cattle up and Wakes’ and Armond’s and took them up to  Ranch.  George Rempel got his stray and stayed dinner with us.  I helped boys brand and earmark calves.[342]

 

13th

Fourth day.  Last evening boys rode to Larsen’s.  I stayed off at Saloways and slept with Peggy.  Met the boys at Esau Saunders’.[343]  Had dinner there.  Brought 180 head to Ranch.  Big day.  Tired out.[344]

 

14th

Fifth day.  Carl Larson[345] came.  We branded and inoculated cattle.  Pa and Ma came up.  We had dinner.  I helped boys drive cattle to middle pasture and came home.

 

15th

Sixth day.  Pa took load of rubbish up to old place.  Got mail.  Bob plowing on Thirty-six.  I took oats up.  Mosquitoes very bad. Very hot.  Cloudy at night.   Churned,  sowed cucumbers.

 

16th

Seventh day.  Doctor Bildfel came – ten dollars paid.[346]   Bob drilling.  We did  cleaning.  Mother baked cake and cookies.  Pa dug center patch and other bits and sowed some Swedes.[347]  I brought Benjamin and Delilah home.

17th

First day.  Mother in bed with bad headache.  Bob and Susie to Meeting.  I kept children.  Harry and Harold home in afternoon.  Got Spee out of Oscar’s.  Cloudy.

 

18th

Second day.  Lovely day.  Bob plowed both gardens and then went on Robin to Ranch.  Harold up on wagon, took Gay. Harry on Dick.  We put garden in.  Mother planted centre patch. 

 

19th

Third day.  Bob harrowed.  Pa took cream and waited for mail.  I did two weeks’ wash.  Pa put in east garden.  Mother planted out some tomato plants.[348]  

 

20th

Fourth day.  Got Reddy from Thirty-six and went to Hynds’ for dinner and on to Baxter’s with Sadie for UFC meeting.  Supper at Hynds’.  Bob harrowing.  Father worked in gardens. 

 

21st

Fifth day.  Very windy and cloudy.  Father finished seeding east garden.  I did ironing.  Bob harrowing.  We put flower borders in. 

 

22nd

Sixth day.  Father and Mother took  cream and on up to Tallises.  Called at Crabbs’ and Muskoday.  Got columbines and sweet Williams.  I did milking alone.  Bob harrowing.  We planted the perennials. 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  Bob seeded oats.  Put in glads.  Harry and Harold and George down at night.  Harold over dinner.  Harry and George and I went to Wakes’ for campfire, big crowd.  Home late.

 

24th

First day.  Father, Mother and Bob and I to Meeting.   Ed and Edith and Herdis came.  Went up to McCheanes’ in afternoon.  Sadie down.  I stayed home.  Eric here.  Lovely sunny day. 

 

25th

Second day.  Ed did a drawing in pastel.  Sadie home on Jappy.  Edith and Herdis and Harry out on river.  Got fishnet out.  Harold took  team to Radisson.  Harry came with us in car.  Supper at Sissie’s, she went with us to Radisson.

 

 

26th

Third day.  Bob plowing.  We did washing.  Very hot.  Ed and Edith and Herdis and Eric left early for Saskatoon.  Didn’t feel so good.  I took  Floss and Lasca and eleven cattle up onto South West Thirty-six.   Bob helped Henry Badman pull cow out of slough. 

 

27th

Fourth day.  Monthly Meeting.  Mother and Father went.  I went later on Reddy.  Changed at Wakes’.  On with Joshua to Homemaker’s Convention  at Radisson,  Sadie, Mrs. Baxter too.  Supper at hotel.  Had a nice time.  Extremely hot.

 

28th

Fifth day.  Still very hot.   Bob up to Ranch with buggy.  Took supplies.  We cleaned up cellar and Pa harrowed front garden and put in some seeds.  The iris is blooming. 

 

29th

Sixth day.  Father took cream and brought mail.  Bob plowed.  Still extremely hot.  Heard from Harry.  Got Harold Foster’s cattle.  I made forty-two bottles of pop.  Billie Mekin down.[349]  Bob up to Wakes’ to get colt. 

 

30th

Seventh day.  Still hot and close.  Bob harrowing.  I ironed.  Harry came home at noon on Fox with his leg broken.[350]  Harold on Smoky.  We all went  out mowing in afternoon.  Harry to Borden with Cooks’. 

 

31st

First day.  Pa and Mother and Susie to Meeting.  Windy and a little cooler.  Bob and Susie and Harold and I to river in afternoon.  Philip down.  Harold back to Ranch in evening.  Made ice cream. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JUNE 1936

 

1st

Second day.  Mother in bed most of day.  Harry hopping around.[351]  Bob plowed on Twenty-six.  Decidedly chilly, temperature 50 and wind.  Pa cultivated garden.  Susie washed.

 

2nd

Third day.  We did the wash.  Pa took team and got mail.  Bob plowed in morning.  Eric came, took team after dinner.  Bob up to Ranch, home at night.

 

3rd

Fourth day.  Bob to Borden in Joshua Wake’s car.  Took tractor wheels[352] off with help.  I did most of ironing.  Eric plowed.  Found white-faced  mooly (?) cow dead.  Pa put sticks to peas,[353] transplanted tomatoes.[354] 

 

4th

Fifth day.  Eric plowed.  I cleaned out brooder house and transplanted iris from pool.

 

5th

Sixth day.  Bob to town.  Brought mail and cream can back  by late after dinner, from Ranch.  We cleaned bedrooms and down to bottom of stairs.  Eric still plowing. 

 

6th

Seventh day.  We did cleaning.  Harold and Bob home at night.  Bessie came and stayed supper.  Left her saddle.  Eric plowed.  Cool day.

 

7th

First day.  Meeting down here.  Lydia and Hannah Mary down, and Mary and Philip and Joshua and Billie.  Read Epistles in afternoon.  Cool and windy and cloudy.  Harold over to Langham. 

 

8th

Second day.  Edith, Harold and I took our cattle up to Ranch.  Bob and Eric up in wagon.  Took tools, plow, etc. up to north spring.[355]  Vaccinated calves.  We went up to see spring.  Boys started hauling rocks, five loads. 

9th

Third day.  Harry and Edith and I up to Hepburn Ferry with buggy and team to meet cattle from Waldheim.  Harry and Bob  wasted afternoon.  Eric went on hauling rock and sand.   We came home.

 

10th

Fourth day.  Bob and Eric and Harold working on new trough, north spring.  Edith and Harry and I stayed home and rested, did some cleaning up.

 

11th

Fifth day.  We stayed home until four o’clock, then Edith and I rode and took Jappy up to Ranch.  Boys out of supplies.  Bob home at night.  Took Mike and Di.  Day fairly hot.

 

12th

Sixth day.  Harold and Edith and Eric and I up at 3:30 AM and  went over north pasture to look for bull calf.  Back by 8:00.  We ate and rested, and Bob came at noon.  He had come up phone line.  Joshua  up.  Harry to town and came up.  We rounded up 200 head.

 

13th

Seventh day.  Drizzling until about nine.  Cold wind.  We cut out 120 head to go north.  Bob and Eric and Harry and I took them and turned the rest south.  Harry and Edith home early.  All to campfire except Harold and I.

 

14th

First day.  Mother and I stayed home from Meeting.  Ed came, brought Charlie.  Harold to Langham in afternoon.  Cloudy by noon, but very little rain.  Harry back to Saskatoon with Ed and Edith. 

 

15th

Second day.  Bob and Harold up to Ranch.  Eric too, and on to Saskatoon via Hepburn.  I did two weeks’ wash.  Dull and raining a little.  Fence phone working again.  Bob answered census.

 

16th

Third day.  Rained all night and all day.  First good rain this year.  Bob and Harold down by noon.  We papered kitchen and washed ceiling.  Roof leaked.[356]   Harold helped.  Got mares in at night. 

 

 

 

17th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Finished wash and put it out.  Did some woolens.  I went for mail and got cows.  Found Queen with  horse colt.  Bob home at night.  He and Harry got 50 head Alf Elliott’s cows. 

 

18th

Fifth day.  Lovely  day till noon.  Quite stormy in afternoon.  Rained quite a bit.

Fred and Aline  Saunders came for King,[357]  stayed dinner.  Bob took more of Wakes’ cattle up to Ranch.  I started painting  windows. 

 

19th

Sixth day.  Pa took cream with  Major and Jerry – two cans.  Brought mail.  Paid Auntie three dollars on stove and  six for eggs.  We finished ironing and painting the two small kitchen windows.  Nice cool day.

 

20th

Seventh day.  Got house all cleaned through.  O. McKeracher[358]  and boys came.  Looked at  Robin.  Brought some strawberries.  Bob and Harold home at night.  They got trough filling with water. 

 

21st

First day.  All back.  Susie to Meeting.  Joe and Agnes and children came. Had picnic dinner.  Mary and John McCheane and Joshua and Helen P.[359] down.  We went for bathe in river.  Lovely day.

 

22nd

Second day.  Started wash.  Eric back early in afternoon from Saskatoon.  He mended saddle and went up to Ranch in afternoon rather late.  Harold  put out gopher poison.  Bob seeded some oats.

 

23rd

Third day.   Finished wash.  Bob seeding in morning.  Harold over to Sports at  Langham.  Went swimming in evening. 

 

24th

Fourth day.  Harry came home with Billie.  Brought Frank[360] too.  Ed up to Ranch in Bennet buggy.  I rode on Reddy.  Harold and Eric up to Petrofka for fifteen head of horses. 

 

 

25th

Fifth day.  Started roundup again,  Harry, Bob, Harold, Eric and I .  Harry rode Bunny, took 94 head north.  Past new trough – working well.  Got  new bunch, about 200, into roundup. 

 

26th

Sixth day.  Got up cattle.  Heavy rain and hail.  Cut a bunch south.  We took a bunch north.  Harry went to picnic at Charlie Orchard’s.  Meeting in car.  Rounded up about the last 22 head. 

 

27th

Seventh day.  Mary sick.  Bob and I home.  Checked over Elliott’s cattle in Stella’s pasture.   Boys checked  bunch, took 35 north to spring.  Looked for roan for Harry  Thiessen.  Susie home from Borden at night.  

 

28th

First day.   No Meeting.   Harry Thiessen came over river, brought saddle.  All went up to Ranch at night.  Bob and I rode, boys in buggy.

 

29th

Second day.  Rounded up breeding pasture and inoculated all the calves.  A few owners turned up.   Bob home at night.

 

30th

Third day.  Raining.  We cleaned out breeding pasture.  Rounded up everything into corral.  Cut out ones to go north and  turned the rest south.  Harry Thiessen was sick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY 1936

 

1st

Fourth day.  Harry Thiessen still sick with pain in appendix.  We took cattle north.  Boys brought 70 horses to corral.  Harry rode roan home.  Eric and I got bull out of  Henry’s and home to supper. 

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Harry Thiessen home.  Swam the roan over.   Harry and Harold took bulls up to Ranch behind wagon.  Eric phoned. 

 

3rd

Sixth day  I did the washing.  Eric plowing.  Bob haying and choring around.  RCMP   came for bicycle.

 

4th

Seventh day.  Did the cleaning.  Fixed upstairs and tent.[361]  George[362] came with twelve horses.  Hurt his shoulder.  Harry and Harold home at night.  All went swimming at night.  Eric plowing. 

 

5th

First day.  Edmund and Hannah Hatcher [363] to dinner, and Mary and John McCheane.  I rode over to Hynds’ in evening.  Home late with Eric.  Nice hot day.[364]  Harold to Langham. 

 

6th

Second day.  Bob plowing.   George and Eric down to Ranger Lake.  Did some baking and cleaning.  Harry and Frank to town.  Doctor took off splint.

 

7th

Third day.  Harold up to Ranch to look after bulls and fence.  Violent windstorm and rain.  Harry worked on Bessie’s saddle.

 

8th

Fourth day.  Yearly Meeting.    Edmund and Hannah Hatcher down.   I stayed with children.  Had dinner outdoors.  Went swimming afterwards. 

 

 

 

 

9th

Fifth day.   Harold came home at night.  Harry mending Bessie’s saddle.  Bob  putting attic barn floor in.  Mended my bed.   Harry and Frank up to Ranch with salt blocks.[365]

 

10th

Sixth day.  Cleaned house.  Did the ironing.  Picked saskatoons.  Reddy hurt my nose going through bluff. 

 

11th

Seventh day.  George and Eric back.  Harold  up to Ranch early, brought cows back.   Putting up saskatoons.   Harold up on Twenty-six plowing.  Bob fixing loft.  Harry and Frank up to Ranch at night on  Tex and Di.  Weavers[366] here.  Eric to Hynds’.  Bob mended fish net. 

 

12th

First day.   All to Meeting.  Edmund and Hannah Hatcher down. Abe and Johnny Thiessen[367]  down, also Katie and her brother went bathing in afternoon.  Hot day.  Rain in morning. 

 

13th

Second day.  Cleaned up, and Joshua took Hannah and Edmund Hatcher and Mother and I up to Saloways to supper.  Had lovely time.  Frank came home with team.   Harry up to  Wakes.  Put fish net in river.

 

14th

Third day.  Didn’t feel so good so took it easy.  Harold plowing,  Bob mowing.  Harry still at Ranch.  Very hot.

 

15th

4th day.  Meeting at home.  Still very hot.  I did the wash and we all took Hannah down to river and had a good swim.  Harold  disking.  George Walker down.   Bob mowing and raking.  Harry home. 

 

16th

Fifth day.  Edmund and Hannah Hatcher to Borden with Eddie.  Harry and Frank to Borden for Anker.  Harold and I went swimming at noon.  Windy and good rain in evening.  I went to meet Sadie.

 

 

 

 

17th

Sixth day.  Edmund and Hannah Hatcher back and to Susie’s to dinner.  Did cleaning.  Went swimming in evening.  Boys haymaking.  Put up fruit.  Bob and Susie up to Great Deer. 

 

18th

Seventh day.  I went up to Wakes and got Billie to come down for folks.  David and Lydia[368] down to dinner.   Hannah and Edmund Hatcher home with them.  Harold over to Langham.  I to Wakes in evening.

 

19th

First day.  Went picking saskatoons.   Joshua down to fix phone.  Stayed dinner and went swimming.  Still very hot.  Harold disking.  Harry  and Frank up to Ranch next morning with wagon. 

 

20th

Second day.  Washed, baked, churned and put up 18 quarts of berries.  Boys haying.  Got some nice fish.

 

21st

Third day. Up at 3:30.  Harry and Sadie and Frank and I up to Ranch.  Took Elliotts’ cattle into middle pasture, and some strays.  North, saw Glory Hole and new trough.  George at shack came home with us.

 

22nd

Fourth day.   David down and took Father and Mother to Meeting.  Did some ironing.  Sadie and I started up to Ranch, I on Tex.  Met Harry and Frank, came back.  Boys haying – six loads, below.

 

23rd

Fifth day.  Pa took cream and 16 chickens, and Harold  to go with cream man.  Mother went along to clean Meeting House.  Pat McKenzie[369] came for pup.  All went bathing.  Hot and windy.  Sadie and I got some raspberries.

 

24th

Sixth day.  Did cleaning.  Got raspberries.  Mother put up jam and fruit and made cake.  Harry and Bob mending  sweep and loader.[370]

 

25th

Seventh day.  I’ve been out for 18 entries in this diary.  I think this puts it right.[371]

26th

First day.  Six of us to Meeting in buggy.  Quite a large Meeting.  Sadie and Harry and I over river for Harold.  Rough and windy.  Walter Johnston and Joan Nelson[372] down on horseback.

 

27th

Second day.  Did washing and part of ironing.  Boys put in a big day at haying.  Rig worked good.  A little cooler.

 

28th

Third day.  Father took cream and got mail.  Boys getting ready to go to Long Lake.  Left at noon.  Harold mowed.  We went swimming at night,  Pretty cool.  I made ice cream, and baked. 

 

29th

Fourth day.  Day of Stampede.  Hot and windy.  We went swimming and had a campfire at night.  Harold mowed. 

 

30th

Fifth day.  Father and Mother to Yearly Meeting at Meeting House.  I took  books[373] up on Reddy, met Bob with chuckwagon.  Harry brought Tess and took Major. 

 

31st

Sixth day.  We did cleaning – whole house through.  Boys haying.  Bob  mending binder.  Eric and Dick  Erickson[374] and Harry home at noon.  Dick took team  mowing. 

 


AUGUST 1936

 

1st

Seventh day.  Boys did a big day haying, home late.  Ed and Edith and Daisie came about noon.  Went swimming in afternoon, all the bunch.  Had campfire at night.  John and Helen Fehr[375] down.  About thirty-six in all.

 

2nd

First day.  I stayed from Meeting.  Hannah[376] came back for dinner.  Arnold Larson and family and Ernest Smith[377] came in afternoon.  Dick went home, swam his pony over river.  Daisie and Eric and Harry and Harold and I all went to see him off.

 

3rd

Second day.  I did washing.  Bob mending binder.  Boys mowing and raking on slough.  Hannah here.  A bit cooler.  Harry up to Ranch with wagon. 

 

4th

Third day.  Warmer.  Did ironing and went for mail on Red.   Harry and Harold haying.  Bob on binder.  Harry brought Tommy home and Bob took him on binder.[378]  Went good.

 

5th

Fourth day.  Meeting held down here.  Wakes and McCheanes came.  Mary and John stayed dinner and went swimming after.  I dived.  They took Hannah with them.  Harold Cruise phoned.  Real hot day. 

 

6th

Fifth day.  Dull, raining a little.  Boys dug ditches and mended rake.  Went sweeping and raking hay in afternoon.  Mother and Pa to town in afternoon.  Put up seven quarts of beans. 

 

7th

Sixth day.  Pa and Frank took  cream, and got  breaking plow from Pat McKenzie’s.  Harold Cruise came, and went up to Ranch on Tex.  Boys all haying.  Mary got chicken pox.[379]

 

 

 

8th.

Seventh day.  Boys all hay-making.  Pa and Frank too.  Harold Cruise up to Ranch on Tex.  George and he came home at night on Paint horse and Donnie.  I had headache and went to bed.  Harold to Langham. 

 

9th

First day.   Steve Forcey[380]  was down.  All to Meeting but Bob and Susie who went bathing.  Sadie and Alma there.  I went home with them.  Harold came for me in afternoon.  Hannah and Edmund Hatcher and Billie for supper.  Harry and George and Harold Cruise to Ranch at night.

 

10th

Second day.  Boys finished sweeping and stacking on slough.  Harold and Pa hauled two loads oat hay.  I did washing.  Hot and windy.  Harold and I rode Paint and Red.   

 

11th

Third day.  Finished hauling oats off slough.  Bob cut in afternoon.  Harold stooked.   We picked and put up ten quarts of string beans out of east garden.  Pretty warm. 

 

12th

Fourth day.  Harry and Harold home at night.  Bob cutting, Harold stooking.  Folks down for Meeting – Eddy and family, Edmund and Hannah Hatcher.  Stayed dinner.  Mother and Susie and I and children up to McCheanes’ for black currants.  Stayed supper.  Drove Tommy.  

 

13th

Fifth day.  Bob  cutting wheat on Twenty-six.  Three boys stooking.  Harry cutting hay, odd pieces on slough.  Harold and Harry cutting in afternoon.  Harold Cruise and I took mares up to Ranch.  Saw Gay and Spee.  I did ironing.

 

14th

Sixth day.  Pa took cream and got mail.  I did small wash.  Ma and I did some mending and sewing.  Mary not very well.  Rained a little in night.  Boys digging ditch down in slough. 

 

15th

Seventh day.  Harry and Harold Cruise to town, took  Anker back.  Home for late supper.  Harold stooked, Bob on the binder.  We did cleaning.  Mother got ready to go to City.  We cleaned and baked buns. 

 

 

 

 

16th

First day.  Mother stayed home from Meeting.  Susie and Mother came with us.  Abe came on down.  Joshua brought Hannah Hatcher and I down till we met Ed and Edith and Daisie.  Went bathing.  David Crabb and Lydia and Ruby down.[381] 

 

17th

Second day.  Mother and Father back with Edward and Edith.  Not feeling so good.   Baked bread.  Harold Edney and Harold  Cruise hauling hay and finishing stack.  Bob sick.  Harry on binder.  Supper late.

 

18th

Third day.  Frank took cream and Harold  Cruise brought mail.  Bob cutting on Thirty-six.  Harry and Harold Cruise getting hay on slough.  Frank helped me do wash.  Harold up to Ranch on Tex.

 

19th

Fourth day.  Frank and I had breakfast at Susie’s.  John Wake down.  Sadie and Alma for cranberries.  I got some chokecherries.  Harold home for dinner.  Finished stooking.  Bob mended mower and mowed.

 

20th

Fifth day.  Bob and Harry and Harold and Frank all haying up on Len’s.[382]  Brought two loads home.  I did the ironing – did not finish.  Boiled chokecherries and crabapples.  

 

21st

Sixth day.  I had sick headache.  Got boys’ breakfast and went back to bed.  Boys all haying.  Harry and Bob took lunch.  Susie got us dinner.  I finished ironing and cleaned boys’ room.  Harold Cruise came at night.  Stormy.

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Boys brought three loads prairie wool home.   Harry and Harold Edney went up to Ranch at night.  I did cleaning and made chocolate cake.  Bob mowed.  Cloudy and breezy. 

 

23rd

First day.  Bob and Susie to Great Deer.  No Meeting.  Frank and I alone most of day.  I made bread.  Harold Edney home at dinnertime.  Harry not home until night. 

 

24th

Second day.  Bob and Susie  brought Cora McLean[383] back with them.   Cora and I rode up to Wakes’.  Dull and cool.  Mother and Father home at night with Eddy Saunders.  Boys got two loads hay and started mending hayracks and Bennet buggy. 

 

25th

Third day.  Rain during night and part of morning.  Harold mending fence.  Boys mending racks.  Pa and Frank to town. 

 

26th

Fourth day.  Nice bright day.  Doug brought his mother, Ted and his wife up – took Frank back.[384] (To dinner.)  Cora and I up to Ranch at night.  Shipped twenty-one calves.   Bob to City.

 

27th

Fifth day.  Slept in tent.  Bob, Harry to Harold’s and Cora and I went up to north pasture to look for big steers.  Got one and Miss Fortune.  Back for dinner. Cora and I home in afternoon.  Pretty warm day. 

 

28th

Sixth day.  Father and Mother took Cora to meet mailman.  Went on up to Ranch.  Brought calf back at night -  Marianne’s calf and three other cows – Letty and Nancy and Betsy.  Effie and Helen, Ethel and Hughie[385] down to tea at Susie’s.    Cleaned bedrooms and parlour.  Harry and Harold  went to Borden. 

 

29th

Seventh day.  I was sick all day – stomach flu.  Harry up to Ranch.  Harold and Bob hauled sheaves off flats.  Mother and Father did cleaning.  Boys took seven animals to town.  Harold to Langham. 

 

30th

First day.  All but Susie to Meeting.  Only Joshua and John there.  Harold and I on river.  Lovely day.  John and Helen Fehr down.

 

31st

Second day.  Harold and Bob still stacking oats.  Harry home at noon, cut hay in afternoon.  I did the washing.

 


SEPTEMBER 1936

 

1st

Third day.  Harry mowing.  Bob and Harold finished stacking and hauled two good loads of prairie wool.  I went over to threshing outfit to ask Joshua about coming here.  On to Sadie’s and got mail.  Did most of ironing up. 

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Finished ironing.  Sadie down for rake.  Stayed dinner.  Boys got one load prairie wool.  Harry cut hay.  Bob cut until four o’clock, then mended mower.  Cows grazing on slough. 

 

3rd

Fifth day.  got ready for threshers.  Came about five thirty, here for  lunch and supper.  threshed seventy bushels.  Harry finished cutting oats on Twenty-six.  Hauled wheat from Thirty-six – two loads.

 

4th

Sixth day.  Threshers for breakfast and dinner and lunch.  All went for bathe when they were finished.  Three hundred forty bushels wheat, three hundred and thirty bushels oats.  Harry got ready to go to Ranch. 

 

5th

Seventh day.  Pa and Mother to town.  I did the cleaning.  Harry away early.  Home at night on Tex.  Harold raked.  Bob fixing fences round stacks and red granary. 

 

6th

First day.  Father and Mother and Harry and I to Meeting.  Had Clow out.  Ed and Edith and Daisie and Ruth and Len and Roger down to dinner.   Eric came.  Warm, and the boys went bathing. 

 

7th

Second day.  Daisie and I up to see horse at Armand’s and on to Wakes’.    I rode Tommy.  Edith and Daisie for cows.  Wakes down for campfire in evening.  Folks went about nine o’clock. 

 

8th

Third day.  Cleaned up after last night.  Susie and I and children up to Rempels’ in afternoon.  Stayed supper.  Eva came back with us.  Harry and Harold up to Ranch.  Two pullet eggs.

 

9th

Fourth day.  Philip took Mary and Sadie and I to Mrs. Raynor’s to Women’s meeting.  Man came from Hub City[386] Flour Company.  We ordered twenty bags.  I stayed at Mary’s overnight.

 

10th

Fifth day.  Philip brought me home.   Men brought flour, stayed dinner, Robert Ray[387] too.  Put up seventeen quarts plums and five quarts corn.  Baked and churned.

 

11th

Sixth day.  Pa dug all the Warbas.   Good crop.   Pa took cream and Eva to meet mailman.  Had puncture.  I took bread and cookies up to Wakes for Arthur Hynd to take to boys at Ranch.  Stayed for most of afternoon, talked to Auntie.  Made cookies. 

 

12th

Seventh day.  Did cleaning pretty early.  Made cake and baked bread.  Bob raking and hauling feed home.  Harold home at night with load of hay.  Steve Forsey down.

 

13th

First day.  Got all garden stuff in.  A killing frost at night.   Pa and Mother to Meeting.  Harold and Bob to Langham.  I to Meeting on Reddy and on to Crabbs.  Saw Katie and stayed overnight. 

 

14th

Second day.  I did two weeks’ wash.  Pa helped.  Mother put up twelve quarts rhubarb.  Bob hauled a load of oat hay and raked oat stubble.   Got Harold off to Ranch with a big load of stuff. 

 

15th

Third day.  I did most of ironing.  Fixed saddle pad.  Pa took cream.  Very cold and windy, feels like snow.  Two feet  in Alberta in places.  Bob made two whips and made cot for Mary. 

 

16th

Fourth day.  Bob went over in boat and got Harry Thiessen.  Killed calf – Deborah.  Bob and  Harry and I up to Ranch after early dinner.  Bob brought Donald and Lenore home with calf.  Cleaned out Stella’s pasture. 

 

17th

Fifth day.  Took one hundred cattle out of north pasture.  Rather a disappointing day.  Came pretty late to shack.  

 

18th

Sixth day.  Father took cream and on to town. 

 

19th

Seventh day.  Anker came with supplies at night.

 

 

20th

First day.  Len came up to Ranch on bike.  Rode Tex who reared and fell on him.[388]  Billie came and took Len to hospital and I went along.  Back at night.  Harold sick. 

 

21st

Second day.  Leonard and Mel[389] came to Langham and Bob went with the boat to bring them across the river.  Mother to Wakes’ to supper and to town to see Dr. Palsson.[390]    Exam satisfactory.[391]  Anker came.

 

22nd

Third day.  Father, Mother and Bob in Meeting.  Susie’s mother and Jake came.  Helen Fehr improving in City Hospital.  Elsie and Harry stayed at Pasture.  Leonard went there on bicycle and was  injured by a horse, Tex, and taken to Borden hospital.  Anxious night.[392]

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Harry and Harold up with Long Lake cattle.  We helped to the top of the north pasture, and then tried to locate Assman’s heifer – no luck, so gathered cattle at roundup and cut out sixty members’ stock.  cold and windy. 

 

24th

Fifth day.  Got Langham cattle in.  Inspector tested them.  Three missing.  Took them down to Stella’s and brought back about one hundred from south pasture and put in roundup. 

 

25th

Sixth day.  Members came for cattle.  About a hundred and seventy-six went out.  I had to help most of day.  On Red.  Finished about five thirty and boys took it easy and went to bed early.

 

26th

Seventh day.  Bob and I looked over south pasture and started rounding up cattle in roundup.  The other boys got thirty-four Alf  Elliott cattle from middle pasture.   About twenty-three cattle besides the Elliott ones went out.   Bob and I took five calves and five yearlings home. 

 

27th

First day.  Susie, Pa and I to Meeting with Jerry and Sally.  Bob over to dinner.  Bill Penner [393] and family over.  Pa and Bob up to Ranch on rack, took supplies and hay.

 

 

28th

Second day.  Anker mending corral.  I got most of yearlings and calves in, to go to Saskatoon – ten of them.  Bob home at night – brought mares and colts and  Gay and Spee down.  Lovely warm day.

 

29th

Third day.  Anker mending  corral.  Mother and I did a two weeks’ wash.  Got yearlings in.  John and Eric Dooley[394] came and took two truckloads.  Hazel’s calf went.  Calves and yearlings. Brought  $60.00 worth of  groceries back.   Bob went along.  Tied Fox up.

 

30th

Fourth day.  Bob and Pa up to Ranch on rack.  Took supplies.  I did ironing and Mother made cookies and butter, and baked.  Eric came in “bug.”  Stayed overnight.  Queen’s colt not looking good. 

 

 


OCTOBER 1936

 

1st

Fifth day.  Eric left in morning.  We put cows and mares down by red granary.  Bob and George taking two bunches of Radisson cattle.

 

2nd

Sixth day.  Mother was away at Wakes’ all day.  Pa took her and got mail and cream cans.  I made pickles. Bob home at night.  Harry and  Henry Thiessen to Clarkes’[395] for supper.  Billie brought Mother home. 

 

3rd

Seventh day.  Made Pa’s birthday cake,  seventy-four years old.  Cattle buyers here and Bill Fowley.[396]   Harold home at night.  Harry over river with Henry Thiessen.  Took colt. 

 

4th

First day.  Bob and Susie to City with Billie.  Left Roberta here.  Pa and Mother to Meeting.  Harold over river.  Sadie came in afternoon, stayed overnight.  Harry home at night.

 

5th

Second day.  Harry and I up to Ranch.   Cattle buyers bought ten head at thirteen dollars per.  Harold and Harry and I took them to Borden.  Bessie came with five of them.  Home late and very tired. Took Gersters’ and Fosters’.[397]

 

6th

Third day.  Harry and Harold back to Ranch.    Cut a load of hay.  Pa and Anker digging stones on road.  I felt all in all day and did very little.

 

7th

Fourth day.  Anker and Pa cleared out basement and put culvert in by water trough and mended harness.  I started knitting my string dress.  Bob and Susie back in time for supper.   Harry and Harold another load of hay.

 

8th

Fifth day.  Father and Mother and Bob to Monthly Meeting.  I did baking and made tarts.  Harold down with load of hay,  back after dinner.  Raleigh man[398] came, paid bill, seven dollars.   

9th

Sixth day.  Father and Mother to town.  Anker made box stall.  Bob up to Ranch, dehorned our yearlings.  Brought cattle home.  I cleaned bedroom.  Little Pat died.

 

10th

Seventh day.  Harry to Long Lake with Lavoie horses.[399]  Harold making stackyard.  Bob and Anker fixed wagon wheel and Anker hauled load of gravel.  Bob working on his foundations. 

 

11th

First day.  Father  and Bob and I to Meeting.  Bob and Susie to Cooks’ in afternoon.  Harold home in afternoon.  Harry stayed all night.  Cold wind.  Mother and I made our colds worse going to Meeting. 

 

12th

Second day.  I took it easy all day.  Bad cold.  Knitted string dress and mended socks.  Harold and Harry broke up camp and brought everything home at night – and hay.  Bob and Anker worked on Bob’s house. 

 

13th

Third day.  Bob to town.  Harry and Harold went up to Ranch, got  cow and Echo and stray in Ash Cook’s pasture.  We did big wash.  Anker hauled some oats and fixed trough. 

 

14th

Fourth day.  Bob and Anker and Harry  working on cottage.  Put roof on.  Harry and I to town with cattle – five canners [400] and fourteen of Wakes’ and two of George Hynd’s.  Joshua brought me home in car. Called at Saunders’ and supper at Wakes.  Raining hard. 

 

15th

Fifth day.  Bob and Harold and Pa working on cottage.  Put foundations in.   Harry and Anker grading out corral.[401] I did ironing, made cookies, put up tomatoes.  Cloudy.

 

 

16th

Sixth day.  Cleaned bedrooms and put up five quarts tomatoes.  Pa took cream and got mail and  sauerkraut from Wakes’.  Bob and Harold made concrete steps at door and mixed plaster for barn.[402]  Harry and Anker mended stackyard fence below.  Graded out corral and the raised barn.

 

17th

Seventh day.  Harold away on Diamond at night.  Boys all plastering barn and cleaning it out.  Mr. Condie came and settled up  $325.00.[403]    We did cleaning and cleaned some drawers and made cookies and baked bread.  Lovely warm day.

 

18th

First day.  Raining.  Meeting at home.  Harold not back, phoned from Borden.  Bessie down – went for a walk and row on river, Anker and Harry too.  Lovely day.

 

19th

Second day.  Bob and Pa started putting roof on granary.  Harry and Anker hauled rock and sand and lumber,  and fish net from landing.    Harry to  Watson’s sale[404] with Wakes.  We washed, churned, made jam.  Sharp frost. 

 

20th

Third day.  All the boys working on barn  foundations, [405]   and plastering.   We dried clothes and robes and did some ironing.  Mother and Mary and I to Wakes’ and for mail.  Got  harness etc. that Harry  bought at sale.  Strong north wind. 

 

21st.

Fourth day.  Bob to Borden,  Harry and Harold for straw at Joshua Wake’s.  Pa and Anker getting turnips up.  Meeting at home.  I finished ironing.  Cold and sunny.

 

22nd

Fifth day.  Harry and Harold for straw.  Gypsy going a bit better.   Bob and  Anker mixing cement and boys helped pour barn foundations.   Finished getting turnips.  Philip down re: electric lights.   Very cold, about zero.

 

23rd

Sixth day.  Father took cream truck man to Borden.  Ferry out.  I cleaned bedrooms.    Harry and Harold for straw.  Snowing and blowing.  Bob and Anker starting framework of addition to barn.  Bronk and Tommy came home.

 

24th

Seventh day.  Got ready and Bob took me to Wakes’ and Billie took Auntie and I to  Borden.  Went to see Lucie.  Had supper at McDermids.[406]  On bus to Saskatoon.  Arrived 12:00 PM.  Met Archie Wensley.[407] 

 

25th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Daisie down and she and I went to Ruth Murray’s[408] for supper.  Ed took us.  Had a lovely time.  Went to hear F. W.[409] afterwards.

 

26th

Second day.  Daisie’s half day.  Got her coat and did some shopping.  Went to see “Nine Days a Queen.”[410]  Marvellous picture.

 

27th

Third day.  Went to Hospital to clinic.  Got good report.  Went on to Len’s.  Spent the day with him, and Ruth came in time for supper. 

 

28th

Fourth day.  Still at Saskatoon.  Helped Edith.  Started knitting cushion cover – orange and  nile. 

 

29th

Fifth day.  Cleaned through house.  Had quilting bee in evening.  Worked on Daisie’s quilt – Flora, Delia,  Helen K., Herdis and Alma came.  Anker here in evening. 

 

30th

Sixth day.   To town in morning shopping.  Home and cleaned up and rested.  Anker came up and I drove to town with him.  Had tea in café.  Very cold wind.

 

31st

Seventh day.  We cleaned house.  Daisie down at night.  I wasn’t feeling so good.  Ed took us both up to San and I stayed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 1936

 

1st

First day.  Slept with Daisie, had dinner and breakfast together.  Visited Beulah[411] during hours and until Daisie came off duty.  Ed came for us.   Edith and Daisie to Third Avenue.  Ed and I to see Uncle Joe. 

 

2nd

Second day

(Blank.)

 

3rd

Third day.   Daisie’s half day.  Went to the Hub and got a coat for her and a dress for me.  I went up and stayed night with her.  Slept on balcony.  We washed in morning. 

 

4th

Fourth day.  Margaret N. gave me breakfast.  Took car downtown.  Met Alma at Eaton’s.  Up to Alma Lund’s room – had talk.  To Group Meeting at night. 

 

5th

Fifth day.  Edith dyed.  I ironed.  Went shopping in afternoon.  Got suit for Roger.  Daisie on for night duty. 

 

6th

Sixth day.  Daisie down in morning.  I ironed.  Had rest in afternoon.  Downtown and on to Len and Ruth’s.   Home on car.  Had nice time.  Bob phoned.

 

7th

Seventh day.  Edith and I got  one dress from (? store?) downtown and  ran errands for Ed.  Bought two pounds crochet wool from Bay for $1.95 per.  Went to CPR for tickets East.  Daisie down, and Eric came.

 

8th

First day.  Ed to Third Avenue.  We cleaned up.  Daisie and Edith down at noon.  Edith and I to Joe’s.   Edith back for supper.  Anker and Edith and  Daisie called for me in afternoon and we took Eric back to Alexander’s.[412]  Got lost.   Home late.

 

9th

Second day.  Caught 10:00 train to Langham.  No one to meet me.  Over to Scott’s for dinner.  Found boys.  Home about dark.  Cows and King away, also colts.  Not very cold. 

 

 

10th

Third day.  Nice day.  Got cows and milked and finished chores by 1:00.  Harry got King back, cut up some.[413]  Mary and Philip  down, collecting for B. Society.[414]  Boys got a load of logs. 

 

11th

Fourth day.  Did wash.  Meeting at home.  Harold Edney over, brought mail for us.  boys hauling logs off river and fixing river trail.  Lovely warm day, ice getting slushy.

 

12th

Fifth day.  Went to quilting bee with Sadie  to Assmans’.  Finished late, and then to Sutherlands for practice.  Slept at Hynd’s.  Mother and Pa to town.  Got parcel from Dykes.[415] Lovely day.

 

13th

Sixth day.  I got home about dark.  Tommy Scott over.  Harry and Bob to Langham for plant,[416] couldn’t cross with team. Put boat away.  Did most of ironing. 

 

14th.

Seventh day.  Harry brought horses and cattle home.  Clipped horses H.[417]  We did cleaning.  Boys killed Daffy’s calf.  Harold took Tess home.  Joshua down in evening.  Ranch business. 

 

15th

First day.  Father and Mother and Bob and I to Meeting.  Eddy and Sissie up with children.  Lovely day.  Abe and Mary and Laura down.  Mary staying.  Roberta not well.  Abe Siemens and  Goldie brought pig Sarah.  $2.00.

 

16th

Second day.  Did big wash.  Washed sweaters that Joshua brought down.  John McCheane down about electric light.   Bob and Harry and I over to Hynd’s in evening.  Made 500 tickets.  home late.

 

17th

Third day.  Bob and Susie and Mary Rempel to town.  Harold over.  Stayed dinner on his way to Popes’.  Walter Johnson[418] came here to work.  Finished stuffing walls in my room and dug drain.  Bob and Susie to supper. 

 

 

 

18th

Fourth day.  We did ironing and made cookies.  Harry and Walter dug drain.  Bob finished boarding up walls in my room and started lining his kitchen.  Pa brought wheat up from red granary for chickens.  Meeting at home.

 

19th

Fifth day. Bob up to Wakes to fix three pigs.  Joshua took him in car.  Afterwards the boys all went in buggy to pile rock on beach.  Took dinner.  We  baked and cleared up my bedroom some.  Temperature up to 51 degrees above. 

 

20th

Sixth day.  Made pie, buns and nut loaf.  Cleaned boys’ bedroom and parlour.  Washed wool dressing gown and sweater.  Bob and Pa put ceiling in cottage.   Harry and Walter cementing drain.  Struck water.  Mild but windy.

 

21st

Seventh day.   Bob and Harry tried to cross river – couldn’t make it.  Got load of hay and cleaned wheat for house.[419] Bob and Pa put  comfort felt [420]  up in my room.  Harry shot Alk.  Did cleaning, made cake.

 

22nd

First day.  Billie and Joshua and John and Charlie and Bob Mc., Mary and John and Eddy and children all down for Meeting and dinner.  Had lunch dinner.   Walter got colts back from west.  Nice bright warm day.  No snow. 

 

23rd

Second day.  Harry to Langham for drain tile, in buggy over new bridge.[421]  Bob and Walter building lean-to on barn.  Pa and I papered the ceiling in my room.   Nice day.  Mother baked.  Harry home 9:30.

 

24th

Third day.  Nice day though windy last night.  Boys all worked on drain, put tile in.  Pa and I  continued papering my room.  Jack[422] gave Harry 30 cents for my eggs.  Twenty eggs today.

 

 

 

25th

Fourth day.  Nice day.  Finished papering my room.  Not quite enough paper.  Boys got drain into working order.  Bob worked on his house.  Cleaned out horse barn.  Harry fixed water trough. 

 

25th

Fifth day.  Cleaned my room and bathroom, landing and stairs.  Bob and Harry and Walter worked on lean-to.  Harry and Walter on fences and troughs in afternoon.  Bob and Susie and I up to McCheanes’ to UFC meeting.  Lovely day.  Hannah Mary down with us.  Went skating in evening, Walter and  Harry and I.

 

26th

Sixth day.  Boys all building lean-to and fixing water trough.  Harry to Borden in afternoon, home very late.  Ruth and Rennie[423] down at night  and we went skating and had lots of fun.  Lovely and mild and moonlit.

 

28th

Seventh day.  Building lean-to, finished logging it.  Hannah Mary spinning[424] all day.  We did cleaning.  Sadie and Arthur down after supper.  Played crokinole.  Lovely day.

 

29th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie up to Great Deer to Corney Wall’s[425] funeral with Billie.  Lydia and David Crabb[426]  down to supper.  Took Hannah Mary back.  Snowed and blew a bit.  Harold Edney down on Twilight.

 

30th

Second day.  Harry and Walter made  bulls’ stall.  Bob and Pa building lean-to.  I got up at 10:30, made fruit cake.  Grey day.  Went skating in evening.  Not much good. 

 

 

 

 


DECEMBER  1936

 

1st

Third day.  Bob mended washer.  I did two  white washes.  Boys plastered lean-to.  Snow melting.  Rained a little.  Mother baked.  No one got mail. 

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Bob wired lights into Harry’s room and other electrical jobs.  Harry fixed manger in colts’ stall.  Walter cleaned out barns and went for colts in morning.  Mild but snowing and blowing a regular blizzard.   Meeting at home.

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Twenty-four degrees and stiff breeze.  Cattle home and fed straw.  Harry and Walter hauled straw from below.  Bob worked around both houses.   I ironed.  Got sick with engine exhaust.[427]  To bed early.

 

4th

Sixth day.  Walter for mail on Dick.  Harry and Bob putting up stovepipes in cellar and boys’ room.  I had a birthday present from Olive.  Finished ironing.  Cold and bright. 

 

5th

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter hauled one load hay and one straw.  Bob sharpening axes.  Boys to Langham in afternoon.  Thirty degrees below when they started.  Still and bright.  Took cream and eggs.   We did cleaning.  Had baths.  Home in “wee sma’ ‘ours.”  

 

6th

First day.  Meeting at home. Very late rising.   Fifty degrees below.  Quiet day.  Wrote to Daisie and George Rempel.

 

7th

Second day.  I did the wash,  Mother mending.  Boys chored and hauled straw for cattle down below.  Fixed up hoist in barn for butchering.   Higher temp – about ten degrees below.  Some snow.

 

8th

Third day.  Boys killed bob-tailed roan heifer.  Made meathooks.  I went for mail on Dick – saw horses.  Letters from Auntie Mary, also Alma.  Ten degrees above.  Lovely day. 

 

9th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Boys killed Fat Emma, and cleaned out chicken pen.  Hauled straw to cattle down below.  I finished ironing.  Mother sewed.  Walter and I skied at noon a little.  Thirty degrees below. 

10th

Fifth day.  Harry and Bob to Langham with meat – took all day.  Heard that King Edward VIII had abdicated.  We churned.  A lovely day, fifteen degrees above.    We went skiing at night.

 

11th

Sixth day.  Harry and Walter went for load of wood from Thirty-six and brought the mail.  Nice day, fifteen degrees above.   Bob making saw frame.  Mother sewed.  I cleaned boys’ bedroom.  Heard King Edward VIII’s last speech.[428]

 

12th

Seventh day.  Boys killed Three-spot  and Walter cleaned out barn and hauled hay.  We did cleaning and made nut loaf.  Bob and Harry and I over to Hynds’ to supper.  Had a nice time.  Mild but no trails.  Eaton’s parcel came.  Birthday present for me. 

 

13th

First day.  Billie and Auntie down to Meeting and dinner.   Bob and Susie too.  Nice mild day. Fifteen degrees above.  Seventeen eggs.  Horses came home this morning. 

 

14th

Second day.  Mother did her packing.  King’s birthday.[429]   Walter and Harry hauled  one load wood.  Harry gave King lesson.  Walter brought horses in.  Kept Major and Sally and Jenny in.  Bob and Pa making saw bench.  Nice mild day.  Bessie came at night.

 

15th

Third day.  Harry took Mother and Bessie to Langham to catch bus to Saskatoon.  Mother en route to Norwich.[430]  Harry also took beef.  Took part in turkey shoot at night.  Brought home turkey.  Bob working on saw bench.  Walter hauled hay and oats.  Colder at night.  Walter and I cleared skating rink.

 

16th

Fourth day.  I did wash.  Boys got ready and sawed a little wood.[431]  Outfit worked fine.   Harry worked on King.  A little cooler.  Cattle home at night.   Eight degrees above and bright. 

 

17th

Fifth day.   Harry hitched up King first thing, went pretty good.  Harry and Bob took loads of rock to bridge.  Walter cleaned out horse barn.  Nice bright day.  Boys brought mail.  Letter from Winnie. 

 

18th

Sixth day.  Bob and Harry hauling rocks – Major and Dick, and Mike and Jerry.  Walter cleaned out barns and he and I hitched up King and got some straw for cattle down below.  Boys brought mail.   Parcel from Hannah Blake Hatcher  and letters. 

 

19th

Seventh day.  Harry and Bob hauling rocks.  Up at five and off at seven.  Walter chored and cleaned out barns.  I cleaned house and did ironing.  Henry Badman brought us some gas from Langham.  Walter and I skated at night. 

 

20th

First day.  Meeting at home.  A quiet day.  Windy and rather unpleasant out.  Eric down in afternoon on Jappy.  Bob taught me how to start engine.  Got radio fixed up in parlour. 

 

21st

Second day.  Bob and Harry got an early start for rocks.  Walter did chores.  I put white things on to boil.  A nice mild day.  Made  slippers for Sadie. 

 

22nd

Third day.  Bob and Harry rock-hauling.  Brought mail.  Walter did chores and hauled hay.  I did wash.  Got done early.  Dried clothes outside.  Thirty-seven degrees above.  Walter and I had a great skate at night. 

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Harry hauling rocks.  Walter chored, hauled straw.  I did ironing.  Windy and colder.

 

24th

Fifth day.  Harry and Bob hauled rock in morning.  Snowing and blowing quite a blizzard.  I took Walter nearly to Bergmans’.  He walked the rest to the train.   Drove King and Sally. 

 

25th

Sixth day.  Did some cleaning.  Made candy.  Harry and Bob did chores and hauled straw from below.  Harry and  I drove King  and Sally to Hynds’.  Had nice time.  Very heavy trails.  Home three o’clock.  Thirty degrees below.  Xmas day. 

 

26th

Seventh day.  Joshua down and he and Harry did Ranch accounts.  Stayed dinner.  Pa to Saskatoon.  Bob took him to Langham.  Got coal and gas and present for Effie.  Still and cold – about twenty degrees below.

27th

First day.  Busy all day.  Harry and Bob hauled two loads straw and one of hay.  Ten degrees below and no wind.   Found card from Mother. 

 

28th

Second day.  Harry and Bob got early start for rocks.  I did chores.  Pa phoned from Langham.  I took team, King and Sally and met him and Walter this side of Bergmans’.  Walter hauled straw.  About ten degrees below. 

 

29th

Third day.  Bob and Harry still hauling rock.  Brought mail.  Walter chored and hauled feed.  I did the wash.  Played table tennis.  Anker came at night.  Colder.  Boys late.

 

30th

Fourth day.  Bob and Harry hauling rock.  Anker and Walter chored and braced up shelter and bedded it for cattle. Boys home late.  Cold and windy.  I baked. 

 

31st

Fifth day.  Decidedly colder.  I ironed and cleaned.  Harry and Walter went with rock and went to Effie’s shower.[432]  Abe and Jake down.  Abe and Bob to Langham.  Brought shoes for me. 

 


1937

 

JANUARY

 

1st

Sixth day.  Very cold.  Bob to Langham for Daisie.  Boys chored around.  Played games in evening.  Jake Rempel over.

 

2nd

Seventh day.  Boys chored and hauled straw from below and sawed quite a bit of wood.  Bob took Jake to Langham.  I did cleaning.  Daisie in bed till noon.  Very cold.

 

3rd

First day.  Thirty-six  above.  Rain and snow a little.  The two Tommies down for dinner and Eric down.  Harold Edney for supper.  Daisie and Eric over to Bob’s for supper. 

 

4th

Second day.  Thirty below.  Cold wind.  Harry and Bob got an early start for rocks.  Brought lumber back.  I started wash.  Daisie rested.

 

5th

Third day.  Bob and Harry hauling rock.  Anker and Walter hauling hay and straw.  Very cold.  I did wash.  Daisie iced cake. 

 

6th

Fourth day.  Bob and Harry took two loads of rocks.  Very cold, about fifty below by  our thermometer.  Walter and Anker doing chores and hauling feed.  Daisie did ironing. 

 

7th

Fifth day.  Boys chored, cleaned barn etc.  We got ready for party.  Arthur and Sadie and Billie and Fred Weston[433] and Eric down.  Had a good party. 

 

8th

Sixth day.  Harry and Walter for straw to Joshua Wake’s.  Daisie and I to Wakes – King and Mike.   Stayed dinner.  Much milder – zero at night.  Daisie stayed at Wakes and I home to make  supper. 

 

9th

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter for straw – back by 4:30.  Bob and Anker and Pa killed spotty-faced heifer – Monica, I think - and did chores.  Harry and Walter and Anker and I to Hynds’ for supper.  Brought Daisie back.  Had nice time.  Home 8:30.  Nice and mild. 

 

10th

First day.  Bob and Susie over to Meeting and dinner.  Bessie and Kennie down.  Brought my suitcase.  Boys went  skiing.  Eric over.  Pretty nice day. 

 

11th

Second day.  Walter and Anker for straw – took King.  Bob took  Harry and Daisie over to Langham to catch train for Saskatoon. Susie went and left children with me.  Home about dark. Took Scotts’ meat. 

 

12th

Third day.  Walter and Anker for straw.  Cold and windy – got very chilled.  Bob and Pa cut up beef and put in ice house.  I salted dried beef.  Did the wash and fed chickens.  Throat and chest sore.  About ten degrees below. 

 

13th

Fourth day.   Strong wind all night.  Cold and blizzardy.  Dropped to twenty-five degrees below at night.  I did ironing.  Boys did chores and killed another heifer.   Anker not feeling very well. 

 

14th

Fifth day.  Bob and Pa helped me cut and can meat.  Put up twenty-four quarts.  Walter and Anker did chores and hauled hay and cleaned barns.  Very cold.  Not above twenty-five degrees below all day.  Cleaned boys’ room.

 

15th

Sixth day.  Bob and Walter hauled two loads wood.  Anker did chores.  I finished meat and put away.  Cut up marrows for jam.  Cleaned bedrooms and downstairs.  Cold and clear.

 

16th

Seventh day.  Bob and Walter two loads of wood.  Anker did chores.  I did the cleaning.  Eric brought Muriel Bergman[434] who stayed all night.  Anker went with Eric to Hynds’ and Walter  to Halcyonia to skate. 

 

17th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Muriel to Bob and Susie’s for dinner.   Oscar came in afternoon for her.  Anker home about six  and Walter at eleven-thirty.  Brought mail.  Was long letter from Mother.

 

18th

Second day.  Sixty below by ours.  Anker and Walter for straw for Joshua Wake’s.  Bob did chores and got one load of wood.  I boiled white clothes, made pies.  Boys home late – in time for supper.

 

 

 

19th

Third day.  Bob to meet mailman on Mike.  Fifty degrees below.  Anker and Walter for hay and did chores.  Bob and Walter for one load of wood.  I did wash and went over to  visit with Susie a while.

 

20th

Fourth day.   Walter and Anker  hauled hay and did chores.  Bob went to Langham for Harry, who phoned.  Got coal.  I made butter and did some ironing. 

 

21st

Fifth day.  Sixty degrees below.  Harry went to school meeting – got ten signatures to the ferry petition.   Walter and Bob cleaned barns and did chores.  Anker got wood  etc.  Pa helped Susie wash clothes.

 

22nd

Sixth day.  Harry rode north for more signatures on Mike.  Brought mail back.  Much milder – zero.  Pa and Bob and Anker and Walter sawed wood.  I made cookies,  took children out. 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  Harry away again with ferry petition on Mike.  I did cleaning.  Anker got ready and Walter took him part way to Langham.   Bad blizzard.  Bob and Walter for straw.  Sadie down on Jappy.  Not cold. 

 

24th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Susie and Mary over.  Harry still away.  Sadie and I over to Bob to supper.  Harry home late.  Thirty degrees below all day.  Cold and bright.  Went down  to see  porcupine.  Harry got  53 signatures. 

 

25th

Second day.  Fifty degrees below.  Bob put comfort felt on their ceiling all day.  Harry and Walter cleaned barns and did chores.  Sadie went home in afternoon.  Golden eagle on barn roof.  Pup up too.  Harry took picture.[435]  

 

26th

Third day.  Fifty degrees below.  Bob spent day papering their kitchen.  Harry and Walter did chores and cleaned pens.  Put up aerial.[436]  I did a big wash.  Washed porch floor and kitchen. 

 

 

 

27th

Fourth day.  Thirty degrees below.  Harry and Walter for straw.  Brought mail.  Bob did chores.  I made bread and buns, and did most of ironing.   

 

28th

Fifth day.  Harry and Walter hauled hay and mended runners of sleigh.   Still very cold.  About  fifty degrees below.  I finished ironing. 

 

29th

Sixth day. Harry and Bob and Walter over river for straw.  Bob went to help break trail and find out where they could get straw and went to Langham too.  King and Mike.   Susie and I had a long talk.  Eric down and stayed night. 

 

30th

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter for straw over river – home late.  Eric to Saskatoon.  Bob for mail on Di.  I cleaned bedrooms and churned butter,  but forgot it was seventh day and did not do all the cleaning. 

 

31st

First day.  Up late.  Meeting at home.  Jimmie Scott over.  Stayed dinner.  A little milder – about  eighteen degrees below at noon. 

 


FEBRUARY  1937

 

1st

Second day.  Harry and Walter over river for straw.  Jimmie met them and came back with them.  I cleaned up and baked bread.  Bob did chores, cleaned barns. 

 

2nd

Third day.  Bob to Saskatoon – took Di to Langham.  Walter and Jimmie hauled two loads hay from flats and one load manure to river trail.[437]  Harry chored and  fixed up door of barn etc. I did wash.  Mailman did not come.  Blizzard.

 

3rd

Fourth day.  Meeting at home, just Father and I.  Harry and Jimmie for two loads straw and eight  loads[438] from over river.  I helped milk.  Dried and folded clothes.  Walter chored and cleaned barns.  Bob home late. 

 

4th

Fifth day.  Harry and Jimmie for straw.  Bob got engine going again and Walter and he for load of wood in afternoon.  I did ironing.  Cold again – fifty degrees below in morning.  Played crokinole.  

 

5th

Sixth day.  Harry and Jimmie for straw.  Bob and Walter two loads of wood.  I went on Di for mail.  Long, slow and cold trip.  Went into Duncan’s to warm up.  Two letters from Mother. 

 

6th

Seventh day.  Walter and Jimmie for one load of wood.  Harry mended racks and sleighs.  Bob chored.  I did cleaning and made cake and had shampoo and bath.  Harry and Walter  and Jimmie went to Langham, took some wheat. 

 

7th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Pretty cold.  Boys came home last night and were all home all day.  Did chores.

 

8th

Second day.  Harry and Jimmie for straw over river – two loads.  Fifty degrees below.  Bob not feeling so good.  Walter did chores and cleaned barns.  He and I cleaned all the pipes[439] in the house.  I baked bread.

 

 

 

 

9th

Third day.  Bob feeling sick, but mended pole.  Harry put in five windows in the barn, and fixed chimney and hauled a load of hay.  Walter and Jimmie two loads of wood.  I did washing.  Fred Weston down. 

 

10th

Fourth day. Harry and Jimmie for two loads straw.  Walter and Bob two loads of wood.  I cleaned and churned.  Mother sent parcel yesterday.  Fred Weston brought mail.  Twenty degrees above zero.

 

11th

Fifth day. Harry and Bob to school to Annual Pasture[440]  Meeting.  Took all day.    Walter and Jimmie for two loads of wood.  I did the ironing.  Wrote to Edith and Daisie.  Nice mild day.

 

12th

Sixth day.  Walter and Jimmie hauled two loads wood – big ones.  Bob and Harry found sleigh parts and Bob started building a new sleigh.  Harry did chores – cleaned pig-pen, and hauled hay.  I washed bedroom and down stairs.  Mild day, blizzard at night. 

 

13th

Seventh day.  Pa and I cleaned through house downstairs.  Made two pies.  Walter and Jimmie two loads wood – fourteen loads.[441]   Bob working on sleigh.  Harry to Langham – sent parcel to Winnie.  Nice clean mild day. 

 

14th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Jimmie walked home.  Walter went on Di to Halcyonia.   Bob and Susie went to Hynds’ – left Bobbie[442]  with me. Harold Edney down.  Lovely mild day.

 

15th

Second day.  Walter and Jimmie for two loads wood.  Took Di up to Thirty-five.  Bob making sleigh.  Harry did chores and got engine and chopper assembled.  I put clothes on to boil.  Lovely mild day, twenty degrees above. 

 

16th

Third day.  Bob finished set of sleighs[443]  by night.  Harry and Jim took two loads of rock from Thirty-six to landing.[444]  Walter did chores and chopped oats – forty bushels.  I did wash and hung them out.  Nice mild sunny day.

17th

Fourth day.  Harry and Jimmie took four loads of rock to CAR bridge.[445]  Bob and Walter took load to landing and dug on beach.   I parawaxed[446]  dried beef, folded clothes and did a little ironing.  Cold wind.

 

18th

Fifth day.  Harry and Jimmie  put four loads rock  in river at bridge.  Bob and Walter dug on beach.  I churned, made cookies and two pumpkin pies.  Colder and windy.

 

19th

Sixth day.  Boys all hauling and digging rock.  Put four loads in.  I went for mail on Di. Got Pa’s parcel from Eaton’s and letter from Edith.  About zero but cold wind.   Washed cellar steps. 

 

20th

Seventh day.  Boys all hauling and digging rocks.  Put four loads in.  Cold – about fifteen degrees below and strong wind.  I did cleaning and made cake.  Helped milk.

 

21st

First day.  Meeting at home late, up late.  Tommy over to dinner and he and Eric for supper.  Cold – about twenty degrees below.  Hauled hay and fixed pump.

 

22nd

Second day.  Boys hauled and dug rocks – put in four loads.   Walter dug on hill by ravine.  Bob took  two loads to landing.  Cold, forty degrees below.  I did some cooking. 

 

23rd

Third day.  Boys all hauling rock and digging it.  Walter home for dinner.  Very windy all day, and cold.  Anker came in  evening.  Little Connie calved - white faced black heifer. 

 

24th

Fourth day.  Boys all hauling rock and digging.  Pa helped in afternoon.  I cleaned my bedroom and downstairs, and made cushion cover.  Walter went for mail at night – walked.  Nice mild day – cloudy.

 

 

 

25th

Fifth day.  Boys all hauling and digging rock.  Put four loads in.  Bob and Walter hauled one load straw from J. Powers’[447] – got gas and groceries from Langham.  Got one load hay.  Nice mild day.  Snowed a little.  Anker left.

 

26th

Sixth day.  Harry and Jimmie hauled four loads of rock.  Bob to bridge and to landing.  Walter and Pa dug on hill.  Susie and I up to see them load after dinner.  I skiied a little.  Nice bright day.  Ten degrees below at night.

 

27th

Seventh day.  Boys all busy digging and hauling rocks.  Bob put in two loads.  Walter dug on the hill.  I baked and cleaned and churned.  Fred Weston down in evening.  Brought mail.  Nice day.

 

28th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Jimmie over to Langham.  Lovely bright mild day.  Bob and Susie over in afternoon. 

 

29th

Second day.  Harry and Jimmie for straw – two loads.  Bob to Borden (to sign for relief feed and seed)[448]  by train for Langham.  Walter cleaned barn.  Bob walked out from Borden.  Harry and I met him at Hynds’ – stayed late.  Nice day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH 1937

 

1st

Third day.  Harry and Jimmie for two loads straw.  Bob and Walter hauled three loads of ice.  I did a big wash.  Nice mild day, up to thirty-three degrees above.  Didn’t get mail.  Sadie gave me lovely doily.  Connie sick, lost calf. 

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Jimmie hauled two loads hay.  Bob and Harry and Walter packed ice in well, chopped some oats and sawed a little wood.  Harry fixed soft water pump.[449]

Eric down for dinner and supper.  I did some baking and made ice cream.  Mild.

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Jimmie and Walter hauled four loads of hay from flats.  Harry cleaned barns and chicken house and finished packing ice.  Bob and Walter dug rock and sharpened crowbars.[450]  Henry Badman got groceries from Langham for us and brought some fish.   Melting.

 

4th

Sixth day.  Bob to Langham with wheat and fixed engine.  Harry and Walter and Jimmie all cleaned out barns and calf pens.  I cleaned bedrooms and cleaned drawers.  Fair and very wet.  Cattle went out on hills.  Forty degrees above.

 

5th

Seventh day.  The last five days are out one day as I used the 29th of second month.

 

6th

Seventh day.  Bob took fifty bushels wheat to town – price  $2.025  a bushel.  Brought oats back.  Harry and Walter and Jimmie cleaned barns and dug rock.  I cleaned house and baked.  Sadie down by dark.  Boys to Langham.  Mike and Jerry.  Mild.

 

7th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Made ice cream for dinner.  Lou and Ash Cook  down at Bob and Susie’s.  Walter and Jimmie up for mail and to Hynds’.  Sadie home early.  Much colder and quite a wind. 

 

 

 

 

8th

Second day.  Harry took Father to train for Saskatoon and see about straw.  Brought Duncan back.  Walter and Jimmie hauled two loads wood.  Bob took wheat to Langham.  I did wash.  Cool and windy.

 

9th

Third day.  Bob took wheat to Langham.  Harry hauled wood  - two loads.  Walter and Jimmie cut wood, took lunch.   I ironed and cleaned.  Pretty nice day – a little cooler.  Phone call from Edith.  Billie came and talked. 

 

10th

Fourth day.  Bob took a little wheat and brought Mother and Father back.  Walter and Jimmie cut wood.  Harry hauled and Bob hauled one load  in afternoon.  Cleaned horse barn.  Boys brought mail.  Nice day.  (Mother home.)

 

11th

Fifth day.  I sick in bed most all day.  All the boys cut and hauled six loads wood.  Mother baked and we churned..  Mild  - up to thirty above.  Cattle going out grazing.

 

12th

Sixth day.  Boys all sawing wood.  Let all the horses out but King.  Joshua called on his way from Saskatoon,  says Daisie plans to get married next week.  Mother cleaned bedrooms.  Mild and bright, thirty degrees above.

 

13th

Seventh day.  Harry took the pig Nancy to Borden with King and Dick.  Walter and Jimmie hauled two loads straw from J. Power’s.  Bob  wired barn with Pa’s help.  We cleaned and baked.  I made cake for Daisie.  Fifteen degrees above at noon – cool. 

 

14th

First day.  Bob and Harry and I drove over to Hynds’ for a  lunch dinner and went with them to McPherson’s for K. McPherson’s[451] funeral and on to cemetery.  Called at Lucie’s.  Very cold ride out – home late. 

 

15th

Second day.  Sick and in bed most of day.  Boys sawed wood.  Jim went to Langham for gas.  Bob and Harry and Walter went for two loads wood.  Mother not feeling very well.  Pretty nice day.

 

 

 

 

16th

Third day.  Feeling a little better.  Boys sawed all the wood, chopped oats.  Hannah Mary and Laurie down to dinner.  I made nut loaf.  Planned to go to Saskatoon tomorrow.  Letter from Daisie.  Thirty degrees above. 

17th

Fourth day.  Bob took  Susie and I to Langham to catch train to Saskatoon.  A.[452] met us at station.  Susie went shopping and I took Mary to Edith’s.  Harry and Jimmie took two loads of rock to bridge.  Nice day.  Daisie and I to party at Edith Burbage’s. 

 

18th

Fifth day.  Busy preparing for wedding.  Went shopping with Daisie.  Margaret N. over to help, made cake.   I went with Daisie to see “Maid of Salem.”[453]

 

19th

Sixth day.  Shopped with Edith for meat, etc.  Ruth (Hinde) down to ice cake and help a bit.  Roger down too.  Daisie and I to Flora’s for supper.  Had lovely time.  Girls gave Daisie a lovely personal shower. 

 

20th

Seventh day.  Wedding day.  Very busy.  Edith and Flora over all morning.  Lots of help in afternoon.  Ceremony took place at 6 PM.  Bride lovely.  Everything went off smoothly.  All went to see “Green Light.” [454]

 

21st

First day.  Up late.  Flora over and Billie came about 10 o’clock.  Later  Art Doyle came and Daisie and Eric about three in the afternoon, also Harry and Bob.  I got ready and packed and came home with boys.  Joshua met us at Langham.  Cold wind. 

 

22nd

Second day.  Did some seeding and took it easy.  All the boys went hauling rock all day.  Only got three loads in.  Nice day.  Cattle stayed out all night. 

 

23rd

Third day.  Walter splitting wood.[455]  Harry for mail on Dick.  His book came back from Belyks’,[456] very good job.    Bob fixing wiring in attic, etc.  I did very big wash.  Nice mild day.  Put up lunches for tomorrow. 

 

 

 

24th

Fourth day.  All the boys rock hauling.  Meeting at home.  Sadie down on Jappy.  Robert Rae[457] down, also Harold Edney on his way to Saskatoon.  Nice day but cold wind.  Boys home by seven.  Last of rock hauling.

 

25th

Fifth day.  I did ironing and made chocolate cake.  Mother cleaned her room.  Boys splitting wood all day and cleaned barn.  Horses  resting and grazing.  Nice day, thawed a little. 

 

26th

Sixth day.  Harry and Walter cleaned up around and  cleared out workshop.  Bob split wood.  Harry for mail, and to Wakes’ at night.  Mother and I cleaned bedrooms and parlour.  Iced cake and baked bread.  Thawed. 

 

27th

Seventh day.  Cleaned kitchen.  Bob and Harry went to Langham and brought Lucie Edmondson back.  Walter split wood.  We made butter.  Joshua and Billie Wake and Amamda[458] and Bess and Ruth and Arthur and Sadie Hynd and Helen, and Lou and Ash Cook down at night for shower.

 

28th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Abe Rempel and his mother down.  Lucie over there.  Fred Weston  down.  Pretty nice day, not melting much. 

 

29th

Second day.  Bob took Lucie to train.  Walter and Harry did chores and split wood.  Up to Halcyonia at night.  Eric came.  Mother not well.  Cloudy and mild.

 

30th

Third day.  Harry and Walter and Bob cleaned barns and split wood.  B. Price[459] got one load hay.  Walter helped him uphill and brought oats back and chopped some.

Mother very sick.  I did big wash.  Cooler.  Eric left on Jappy. 

 

31st

Fourth day.  Boys all split wood.  Bob got load of oats from Wakes’.  I got clothes dry.  Mother in bed still, got up for a little in evening.  Fairly mild.

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 1937

 

1st

Fifth day.  Did most of ironing and baked bread.  Harry and Walter hauled hay from flats and straw from below.  Bob mending harness and chopping oats – fifty bushels.  Milder, but not melting much. 

 

2nd

Sixth day.  Harry and Walter hauled  six loads of hay from flats into stackyard.  Bob mending harness.  Pa seeding.  Harry and Walter making chaps.[460]  I cleaned bedrooms and down stairs.  Forty degrees above, sloppy.  Walter for mail at night.  Windy.

 

3rd

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter hauled one load straw from below and Walter one load hay in afternoon, the last from flats.  Bob and Harry to Langham in afternoon.  Fred Weston here for dinner.  We cleaned and I baked cookies.  Mother feeling a little better.  A little snow fell midday.  Forty degrees above.

 

4th

First day.  I woke with sick headache.  Meeting at home.  Wilfred Brunst and his mother  and Katie and her brother down.  Home late.  Went for a walk in afternoon.  Lovely day.  Fifty degrees above. 

 

5th

Second day.  We baked.  Boys started putting roof on lean-to.  Billie down for groceries.  Arthur and Sadie called on way from Saskatoon.  Cloudy and cooler.  Tootsie had steer calf. 

 

6th

Third day.  Did very big wash.  Harry took Henry’s boy[461] over river.  A lot of water on it.[462]  Bob and Walter and Harry putting roof on lean-to.  Made ice cream.  Walter for mail.  Old Connie stuck in drift.  Warm and cloudy.

 

7th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Warm, cloudless day.  Bob and Walter putting roof on shed, Pa too.  Harry got horses in, shut gates and mended fences. We dyed clothes.  Folded and ironed some.  Mother fell and hurt knee.

 

 

 

8th

Fifth day.  Harry and Bob made last trip to Langham in cutter (not so good.)  Walter cleaned and oiled harness.  Susie and I walked over to ravine with children.  Lovely warm day.  Sixty degrees above – water running. 

 

9th

Sixth day.   Water running.  Filled tank.  Soft wind.  Boys did chores.  Cleaned up cellarway.  Mended and oiled harness.  Bob up to Wakes to kill pig.  Got mail.  Check from F. W.[463] I cleaned bedroom and stairs.

 

10th

Seventh day.  Mother and I did cleaning and baked buns and bread, and made three pumpkin pies.  Boys putting roof on lean-to.  We started to train Fox [464]– quite a fight.  Warm day. 

 

11th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Fred Weston and Harold Edney down to dinner and supper.  Susie and I to Group meeting at Wakes’ on Di and Bunny – stayed supper.  I went on to Hynds’,  stayed night.  Nice warm day. 

 

12th

Second day.  Bob and Harry to Ceepee to catch train for Saskatoon to hear  Anna Louise Strong[465]  speak on Spain.  I went and brought their horses back.  Saw Effie and Ethel.

 

13th

Third day.  Did big wash.  Walter and Pa putting roof on granary and cleaning barns.  Walter for boys to MacPhersons’ – stayed supper.  Joshua down, had long talk.

 

14th

Fourth day.  Harry and I gave Fox lesson – still fighting.  Walter and I washed kitchen ceiling.  Put clothes out.  Very dull and cold and inclined to rain or snow.  

 

15th

Fifth day.  Sally came home with filly colt.  Cloudy and rainy.  Cleaned brooder house.  Walter chored and hauled stones.  Harry and Bob and Pa and Ma and I all to Monthly Meeting.  Home late.  Chix  (chicks) at station.

 

 

 

16th

Sixth day.  Harry to meet mailman – got chix.  Walter went up to Twenty-six, and Harold.  Bob and Harry cleaned oats.  Gave Fox lesson – getting better.   Ma cleaned her bedroom and the men did the same.  Cloudy and windy.

 

17th

Seventh day.  Walter harrowing.  Bob and Harry cleaning wheat.  Walter drilled a few early oats.  J. and H. Tallis down.  We cleaned through house.  Nice day.

 

18th

First day.  Mother had headache.  Pa and Bob and Susie and Harry and I to Meeting, and J. Tallis called for Bob and Harry and I and took us to Saskatoon in his car.  Daisie and Ed and Edith and I to Flora’s to supper.  Slept with Daisie.  Boys to Len’s.  Cloudy. 

 

19th

Second day.  Edith and I went shopping.  Saw  A.   Harry  and  Bob  and Leane[466] up for lunch before starting home.  They bought the car.[467]  We drove home at night.  Windy and cloudy.

 

20th

Third day.  Walter disking, and drilling on Twenty-six.  Harry took light team in afternoon disking.  We baked and churned.  Bob went over car, cleaning etc.   Harry and Mother took cream and eggs.  Lovely warm day.

 

21st

Fourth day.  Bob and Harry and Pa and Ma and Susie went to Meeting at Meeting House.  I did wash.  Walter up on Twenty-six  drilling.  Harry disking on Thirty-six.  Bob fixed yard gate post.  Mother stayed up at Wakes’.  Joshua brought her back.  Cold and windy.

 

22nd

Fifth day.  Rain and snow.  Walter cleaned out barns.  Harry helped and mended round barn.  Tarred boat and took it to river.  Bob worked on car – polished it. 

 

23rd

Sixth day.  Harry took Walter over river in boat to catch train for Winnipeg.  Bob drilling wheat on Twenty-six.  Fred Weston took light team disking.  Cloudy and cool.

 

24th

Seventh day.  Red and Linnet home with Fox – colts - two fillies.  Put iodine on them.  I left for Saloways’ on Flora at 4:30.  Talked late to Peggy.

 

 

25th

First day.  Peggy and I stayed home and got dinner.  Rev. Littlewood[468] came.  Stayed at Saloways until 8:30 and came home.  Called in at Crabbs’,  home late.  Very windy.

 

26th

Second day.  Harry disking.  Bob drilling wheat below.  Fred hauling rock.  I went for bull at Mike’s.   Saw Gay lost colt.  Saw calves.  Did wash.  Windy but warm – seventy degrees above.  Let chix out.  Planted three peonies.

 

27th

Third day.  Bob drilling.  Fred disking.  Harry packed wagon for Ranch and I drove Mike and Sally up.   He rode Flora and caught Bunny.  Started cleaning and kalsomining shack.  Slept at Blanche Brunst’s.   Windy. 

 

28th

Fourth day.  Harry made collar.  Fixed oat bin and boxes and water barrel.  I finished cleaning shack.  Made good job.  Fixed phone line.  Harry and I both home at night.  Walter came over river which is very low.  Windy day.

 

29th

Fifth day.  Dull and warm.  Harry and Walter up to Ranch on Bunny and Tex.   Went fencing.  Fred disking.  Bob harrowing.  Pa and I made steps into garden.  Harold Edney down for one load hay for Leslie Pope. 

 

30th

Sixth day.  Pa and Ma took cream and eggs to truck man – stayed for mail.  Fred Weston left.  Bob sowed oats on Thirty-six.  Pa started shingling granary down below.  Joshua down to see Bob.  Warm day.

 


MAY 1937

 

1st

Seventh day.  Very windy.  Bob feeding down below – oats.  Harry and Walter fencing up at Ranch.  Pa shingling granary.  We did cleaning.  Bob and Mother to town to get Daisie.  Boys home late.

 

2nd

First day.  Six of us to Meeting in car.  Went to see Helen and Effie in afternoon.  Brought  Fred back.  Made bed in bunkhouse for boys.  Lovely warm bright day. 

 

3rd

Second day.  Harry and Walter up to Ranch to collect all the cattle inside the fence.  Harry on Bronk.[469]  Bob and Daisie and Eric and I took forty of our cattle up and twenty of Wakes’.  Daisie and I and Bob came back. I rode Tommy.  Hot day.

 

4th

Third day.  Bob and Susie took cream and for mail in car.  Bees came.  Bob and I put them out.  I did large wash.  Fred disked in morning and planted potatoes in afternoon – twelve rows.  Daisie and I got cows and turned out some strays.  Saw mares.  Hot.

 

5th

Fourth day.  Fred  working on land.  Planted potatoes.  Bob took Father and Mother to Meeting in car.  Daisie rode up to Ranch on Jappy.  I took buggy up with Smoky and Tommy.  Harry and Walter and Eric got cattle from over river.  Called at McCheanes’ on way home. 

 

6th

Fifth day.  Bob up to Ranch with team in buggy.  Very windy and cold.  Fred and Pa planted rest of potatoes.  I ironed.  Saw mares. 

 

7th

Sixth day.  Bob plowed gardens.  Fred took team in morning and finished seeding oats below.  Cleaned bedrooms and made lily pool[470] by back door.  Bob and Susie for mail and took Fred back to Duncan’s. 

8th

Seventh day.  Cleaned house and baked.  Bob and Susie and Pa worked in east garden.  Bob to Duncan’s to fix calves.  Nice day, though cold. 

 

9th

First day.  Ma and Pa and Bob and Susie to Meeting.  Harry and Daisie and  Eric and Walter came home during morning, got baths.  Overseers’ meeting,[471] stayed supper.

 

10th

Second day.  Harry and Walter took colts up to Ranch.  Eric took wagon.  Daisie and I took seventeen cattle, eleven calves up , making fifty-seven animals, and four colts.  Left the Bell heifer.  Dinner up there. Home in rain.  Nice and wet.  Got  mares in.

 

11th

Third day.  Ma and I painted pantry shelves, whitewashed ceiling and painted cupboard.  Kept  mares in all day.  Raining and windy.  Bob took eggs and potatoes for Len to truck man. 

 

12th

Fourth day.  Bob helped Henry Badman with heifer, made us late for Meeting.  Fred  and Ma and I.   Bob and Susie went up to Rempels in car.    Got raspberries.[472] We  went on painting and cleaning.  Daisie home on Bunny.  Feeling sick. Nice day.

 

13th

Fifth day.  Daisie and I drove up to Ranch.  Flora and Tommy.  Eric home for dinner.  Came home  at four o’clock.  Bob sharpened plowshares.  Lovely day.  Susie planted raspberries.  Finished pantry.

 

14th

Sixth day.  Bob took cream.  Went to Hynds’ (two colts) and brought mail.  Plowed irrigation garden.  Susie gardening.  I cleaned bedrooms and stairs and parlour.  Showering. 

 

15th

Seventh day.  Cleaned and made cookies and nut-loaf.  Daisie home on Jappy.  Had bath.  Boys home late on wagon.  Nice day.

 

16th

First day.  Daisie and Susie and I stayed home from Meeting.  Buffet dinner for about thirty people.  Flora  and Louise and Ruth Murray.  H. Ford[473] and Edith and Bob McGregor up.  Had Quarterly Meeting.  A lovely warm day.   Eric to Saskatoon on Jappy.

 

17th

Second day.  Put Fox up with mares on west Thirty-six.   Daisie in bed all day.  Bob disked lower garden and harrowed it.  I did two weeks’ wash.  Fred stayed and chored around.  Cloudy and cool.

 

18th

Third day.  Daisie still in bed.  Bob took cream and stayed and helped Joshua mend Meeting house chimney.   Away all day.  Fred still here.  Strong wind and dust storm.  Harry and Walter got Radisson bunch.  Eric back with Kitty. 

 

19th

Fourth day.  Eric and I took Belle cow and calf and three of Oscar’s yearlings up to Ranch.  Lots of grief.[474]  Two went home.  Bob up in car.  Daisie still in bed.  Home by seven.   Susie up to see Katie.[475]    Nice day.  Bob fixed Joshua Wake’s colt. 

 

20th

Fifth day.  Bob disked.  Daisie still in bed.  Mother and Pa planted five rows potatoes in irrigation garden.  Abe took Lenore’s calf and pig ”Sara.”   Took Kitty up to West Thirty-six and Fox.  Nice day.

 

21st

Sixth day.  Bob took cream and went on to Ranch.  Brought mail back.  We cleaned bedrooms.  Put cows west.  Nice warm day.  Daisie in bed – severe pain in back.  Bob painted car roof. 

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Bob disking on Twenty-six.  Daisie up in hammock.  Did cleaning.  Fred drove me up to Ranch in car to get dinner for boys.  Called at Popes’.  Mother baked.  Joshua down.  Nice day but windy.  Eric home on Jappy. 

 

23rd

First day.  Raining.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie up to Hepburn in car.  Boys stayed up at Ranch. 

 

24th

Second day.  Bob and Susie home by noon.  Ma and Pa planted potatoes in bottom garden.  Fred to town.  Pa and Ma and Bob and Mary down to see bridge opened.[476]  Daisie and Eric and I up to Hynds’.  I stayed. Boys to town at night.   Lovely day.

 

25th

Third day.  Nice day.  Fred came for me in car.  Eric and Harry and Walter up to Ranch.  Percy Fullerton[477]  here.  We did large wash.  Broke wringer.  Bob and Susie planted asparagus and strawberry plants. 

 

26th

Fourth day.  Meeting at Meeting House, all went but Susie.  I drove part way.  Went to Women’s U. F. C. at Annie’s.  Bob spoke on Spain.  Bob to Borden at night with Joshua.  Had a nice thundershower. 

 

27th

Fifth day.  Finished ironing and baked cookies, tarts and bread.  Bob started breaking on flats.  Joshua and Billie down in evening – had campfire.

 

28th

Sixth day.  Bob went breaking on flats.  Eric and Daisie and Fred and I poisoned gophers on Twenty-five and Thirty-six.  Cleaned bedrooms.  Sunny and nice in morning, rained in evening.  Got mares in. 

 

29th

Seventh day.  Bob down breaking on flats.  We cleaned the house, made chocolate cake and nut loaf.  Eric painted all our windows. 

 

30th

First day.  Joshua started for Norwich.   We had Meeting at home.  Down to river in afternoon and lay on sand.  Nice warm day.  Put fish net in upriver.

 

31st

Second day.  Daisie and I did wash.  Lovely day. Harry and Walter took Fanny and Smoky and got Elliotts’ colts.  Came back and Harry and Mother went to town in car for supplies.  Walter chopped a little oats.  Bob plowed on flats.

 

 


JUNE 1937

 

1st

Third day.   Got  Harry and Walter  off to Ranch – took wagon.     Daisie did ironing.  Mending tent.  Bob plowing.  Eric drove Daisie and I up to Saloways’.  Stayed supper.  Joe Tallis down and brought his wife.  Saw Lasca with colt. 

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Pa  and Eric and Daisie to Meeting in car.   Bob breaking on flats.  Ponies came home.  Fox pretty  crazy.  Big wind at night – blew top of little maple off.  Got our first radishes.

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Bob took Eric to Borden to catch train for Saskatoon. 

 

4th

Sixth day.  Bob and Daisie and Fred and I went to city in car.   Daisie got  a job at McMillans’.  Saw Herdis.  Went to see Sonja Heinie.[478]  Did some shopping.  Got home very late. 

 

5th

Seventh day.  Feeling rotten all day.  Slept for two hours.  Did very little cleaning.  Mother’s in bed with bronchitis.  Bob plowing on flats.  He and Fred went up to school and  hauled plaster[479] etc. home.   

 

6th

First day.  Father and Bob and Abe Rempel to Meeting.  Mary and Laura and their mother down.[480]  Bessie and Harold down.  Went swimming.  Warm but cool wind.  Harry  and Walter home.  Harry sick. 

 

7th

Second day.  Walter took wagon up to Ranch.  Harry and Bob and Fred up to dehorn[481] cattle for Duncan – home for dinner, and Bob and Harry up to Ranch to put in trough.  Fred started on boys’ room.  Cool.  Mother and I feeling punk.

 

 

8th

Third day.  Fred lathing[482] boys’ room.  I did some washing.  Put saddle soap on my saddle.  Mother still sick, has bad cough.   Cool.  Bob home at night.  Fred and I for cream can and to Hynds’.

 

9th

Fourth day.  Bob and Fred and Susie to Meeting.  Mother and I made cookies and I took some supplies up to boys on Floss.  Stayed supper.  Bob and Fred lathing and putting beams[483] in parlour.  Cool and cloudy.

 

10th

Fifth day.  Bob and Fred plastered boys’ room.  Walter came home from Ranch.  Went plowing down below – summer fallow.  I did washing.  Rained a good shower.  Cool.

 

11th

Sixth day.  Bob to town and took cream.  Fred plastering.  Walter helped in morning.  Bob brought mail. 

 

12th

Seventh day.  We couldn’t clean much but did some cooking.  Bob and Fred busy plastering.  Sadie walked down. 

 

13th

First day.  Sadie and Fred and Bob and Harry and Susie and Mary and I to Meeting.  Walter up to Halcyonia on Tex.  Made ice cream.  Bob took Ma and Pa and Susie and children up to Ranch.

 

14th

Second day.  Very hot.  Fred plastering.  Harry helped him.  Walter plowing.  Bob helped Susie plant cabbages.  Harry got fish net out.  Got four fish.  All went swimming at noon. 

 

15th

Third day .  Very hot.  Walter plowing below.  Bob and Fred plastering.  I ironed.  Bessie and Ruth came, and we went swimming in afternoon.

 

16th

Fourth day.  Fred plastering in morning.  Bob took Father and Mother to Monthly Meeting.  We baked.  Very hot day.  Walter and I gave Gay  lesson.  Walter plowed in morning.  Took plow to Hynds’ and got cultivator.  Fred and I swimming in afternoon.  Bob and Susie and Walter and I in evening.

 

17th

Fifth day.  Still hot but cloudy a little.  Walter cultivated.  Bob and Fred plastering – making swell job.  We washed the floors and did some cooking.  Auntie and Billie down in evening.  Letters from Joshua.  Found Nora’s calf. 

 

18th

Sixth day.  Walter summer-fallowing – cultivator.  Bob to town in car.   Plastered pantry.  Gave Gay a lesson.  Cooler.

 

19th

Seventh day.  Worked all day and didn’t get  very straight.  Varnished beams and oiled parlour floor.  Bob worked on Cottage.  Walter finished summer-fallow.  Harry home and to town at night. 

 

20th

First day.  Mother and Father up to McCheanes’ from Meeting.  Bess and Ruth down.  Harry brought Katie (Tallis?)  down.  Went bathing and boating.  Mary  McCheane brought Mother and Father back.  Kenny and Harold down.  Heard from Len. 

 

21st

Second day.  Hot and bright, very.  All went bathing at noon.  I did wash.   Bob and Fred worked on cottage.  Walter hauled  gravel.  Harry mended in barn, did fencing on slough and on Duncan’s and Len’s.  Caught Lasca’s colt “Rainbow”  - fought hard.  Made ice cream.

 

22nd

Third day.  Very hot and close.  Harry and Walter and Pa working on ditch to irrigation garden.  Bob and Fred on cottage.  I made cookies and butter.  Mother straightened upstairs.  We cleaned my bedroom and changed bed around. 

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Cows late.  W. Brown[484]  came with six horses, stayed dinner.   Bob and Fred on cottage.  Harry phoned – fire up at Jimmie’s – all went in car and on horseback.  Fire stopped before we arrived.  Came home, mended tent.  Terrific wind.  Walter up to Ranch, took six horses.[485]

 

 

24th

Fifth day.  Cloudy – rained at night.  Windy and cool.  Bob and Fred on cottage. Mother cleaned porch and upstairs.  I did ironing and cleaned  rack.

 

25th

Sixth day.  Bob took cream and to town.  Nice bright day – but windy.  Bob and Fred worked on cottage.   I went after bull, Dom, in Henry’s.  Mother cleaning stairs and bedroom and parlour.  Painted cupboard.  Bob after little bull in Eastes. 

 

26th

Seventh day.  Cleaned whole house through.  Looks nice.  Bob and Fred finished stuccoing cottage.  Went to town at night.  Nice hot cloudy day. 

 

27th

First day.  No morning Meeting. Cyrus Cooper and William Stanley[486] and Joshua came.  Had an afternoon Meeting.  I kept children.  Fred and Tommy L.[487] here.  Made ice cream.  Harry home at dinner – at night. 

 

28th

Second day.   Very hot.  Harry and Bob to Ranch in car to fix dam.  Tommy (L.) and I with buggy after dinner.  Fred up to bring car back.  Made good drive and put cattle in roundup pasture.   Harold Edney came. 

 

29th

Third day.  Took a swing round middle pasture and brought cattle up to corral.  Very hot.  Did inoculating etc.  Some owners turned up.  Fred brought Mother and Susie up – lots of car grief.  Took lunch north.  Long day – twenty hours. 

 

30th

Fourth day.  Bob and Walter digging on dam.  Harry up to fix  new trough.  Ben Saloway came for cow – couldn’t find her.  I came home about 5:30.  Terrible heat and wind. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY  1937

 

1st

Fifth day.  Meeting and Monthly Meeting in morning.  I home, and Susie.  United Womens’ Meeting at Susie’s.  Nice gang came, several went swimming.  Forty for supper and a sitting afterwards.  Harry and Bob and Edith and I up to Ranch in buggy, late.

 

2nd

Sixth day.  Got cattle up from roundup.  Put out cows and calves and Alf Elliott’s cows, etc.  Joshua brought Friends up to watch.   Bob and I took Elliotts’ cows to top spring, and Harry and Walter and Edith brought north stuff.  Saw new trough. 

 

3rd

Seventh day.  Home from Ranch by dinnertime,  Cyril Cooper and William Stanley here, and Joshua came.  Had short swim.  To Borden at night for meeting.  Boys dug ditch and got irrigation running. 

 

4th

First day.  No morning meeting.  Very hot and windy.  Harry and Pa and Mother and I and Edith to Saskatoon in car to see Len, who has had an operation for gallstones.  I stayed with Ruth and went to see Len in evening.  To Meeting at Edith and Ed’s.

 

5th

Second day.  Saw Friends off on train.  Harry and I took Daisie to work.  Went shopping with Mother and Edith.  Mother and Father to see Len.  Tea at Ruth’s.  Home by milking time. A little shower.

 

6th

Third day.  I did big two-weeks’ wash with Fred’s help.  Walter cut alfalfa.  Bob and Pa and Susie worked on bottom garden.  Bob went to Saskatoon from Ceepee.  Fred took him.  Harry up to Ranch on Floss.

 

7th

Fourth day.  Fred took Father and Mother to Meeting in car.  Brought Sadie back.  Walter to Picnic.  I put up fifteen quarts rhubarb and made ice cream.  Went swimming in afternoon.  Bess and Herdis and Ruth and Kenny all down and for supper.  Harry home,  found Queen with foal.

 

8th

Fifth day.  Took Sadie home – Dick and Floss.  Stayed dinner.  Herdis there.  Harry and Walter digging ditch to irrigation garden.  Pa took rack back to Wakes’.  Walter and I swimming at night.  Fred stuccoing basement. 

 

 

 

 

9th

Sixth day.  Finished ironing.  Leslie Pope brought Harold down and they went swimming.  We went after dinner.  Boys fixing trough and sharpening.   Walter took  mower and rake up to Ranch.  Harry and Harold took mares and colts and Kitty.

 

10th

Seventh day.  Fred for Bob and on to town.  Bob and Susie home by 4:00.  Fred stayed in town.  I met Herdis and went up to Wakes with her.  Brought Jappy back.  Very hot.

 

11th

First day.  I stayed home from Meeting with children.  Boys home.  Bob and Susie up to Great Deer.  Katie T. and J. Thiessen and Alfred[488] down for swim and supper.  Took Harold over river.   

 

12th

Second day.  Walter took team and rack up to Ranch.  Harry and Bob digging ditch and Harry up to Ranch in buggy in evening.  Fred fixed fence and hauled water to each garden.  I did the wash. 

 

13th

Third day.  Made thirty-eight bottles of pop.  Got ready and went up to Brunsts’, where boys have camped.  Used Jappy.  Supper in house, boys home late.  Hannah Mary Crabb and Bessie over.  Boys got one load to Brunsts’.  Bob and Fred digging ditch. 

 

14th

Fourth day.  Raining.  Went to shack for dinner.  Rode in north pasture all afternoon.  Got  Derksen’s heifer and M. Irwin’s[489] steer.  Back to Brunsts at night.  Harold Edney came.

 

15th

Fifth day.  Still dull and rainy.  Rode all day.  Derksen took heifer and black heifer for Ben Thiessen.  Home and to bed late at Brunsts’. 

 

16th

Sixth day.  Bob up on Floss.  Cattle buyers came with Alf Elliott.  Rounded up some beef.   M. Irwin came – got steer but heifer got away.  Home to shack late, stayed the night.  Bob home.

 

17th

Seventh day.  Boys went for hay to north pasture.   I got their lunch and came home on Jappy.  Dinner at Brunsts’.  Boys brought load home and went to town at night. 

 

 

18th

First day.  All to Meeting but Susie.  I went to Wakes to dinner.  Billie and I to Sutherlands’ and on to Saunders’ for supper – home late.   Bessie’s two girls[490] and Harold down.

 

19th

Second day.  I did wash.  Boys castrated Fox .  Showery.  Bob and Harry up to fix   Ab Williams’ horse.  Mother went and all stayed supper.  Got a little pig from Saloways’.  Walter up to Ranch. 

 

20th

Third day.  Walter cutting hay.  Harry up in buggy – got Arnold Larson’s bull from McCheane’s and took him up to Ranch.  Tommy Larson there, looking for him.  Boys got big load to Wilfred Brunst.  I up late on Floss.

 

21st

Fourth day.  Boys up to north (pasture) haying.  I went on Floss – got dinner, raked in afternoon.  Had supper and loaded good load.  Got water from Orchards’ pasture on way home.  Cold and drizzly.  

 

22nd

Fifth day.  Wet.  Went to shack.  Got dinner – made cookies.  Bob Brand[491] out in evening and we went over north pasture looking for A cattle,[492] 4th quarter.  Harold and I home to Brunsts.  Stormy.

 

23rd

Sixth day.  Over to shack and up to north – hunting A’s and beef cattle.  I to shack at 10:30 to help inspector with Thiessen cow.  Got dinner and back to north.  Down to  roundup with forty-three head.

 

24th

Seventh day.  Alf Elliott up.  Got his sixteen yearlings started to town, and the others checked over.  Gave Bronk lesson with  war bridle [493] - good results.  Bob up on Bunny.  Abe Newbold up , and buyer.  Took beef to Stella’s.[494]   Walter home with load of hay. 

 

25th

First day.  I stayed home with children.  W. Brown[495]  and family came.  Auntie Margaret and Joshua down, also Philip and Bessie  down to swim.  I rode over to

 

Hynds’ on Floss.  Stayed all night.  Met Linda.[496]

 

26th

Second day.  Up late – had talk and breakfast.    Home and down for swim – river high.  Did wash in afternoon.  Bob and Fred got two loads of hay.  Walter and Harry graded dam in Stella’s pasture.

 

27th

Third day.  Harry and Walter up at Ranch.  W. Brown came for horses.  Walter cut hay – three quarters load to shack. 

 

28th

Fourth day.  Harry and Walter made camp at Brunsts’.  Got one big load.  I went up there on Floss.  They came back late.  Bessie over to see us – cooked on open fire.  I slept in tent, boys under rack.  

 

29th

Fifth day.  Rain.  Walter topping stack.[497]  Hauled one load to shack.  Bob and Harry and I got beef[498] up from Stella’s.  Spiller[499] took five cows and one steer, Fred went to Saskatoon with him (boo hoo!)

 

30th

Sixth day.  Spiller back for another load.  Harry and Walter and I got them in and helped load them.  Brought  tanks and canned stuff and some bacon for us.  Second load in afternoon – two A’s and one EF.[500]

 

31st

Seventh day.  Walter and Harry and I collected beef in north, put twenty head in Stella’s.  I lost rope and spurs.  Home late.  Bob and Mother gone to Saskatoon in car. 

 

 

 


AUGUST 1937

 

1st

First day.  Bob and Mother came back in afternoon with Len and Ruth and Roger.  Harold Edney came back with them.

 

2nd

Second day.  Walter and Harry mended fence round heifer pasture.  Len feeling very sick.

 

3rd

Third day.  Wes and Harry fencing on Thirty-six and Badman’s.  Rained.  Sam Gray[501] and Charlie Orchard and Benjamin Saloway down.  Took photos, showed us movie camera.

 

4th

Fourth day.  Bob up to Ranch in car.  Sissie and Eddie and family down.  Went swimming in afternoon – had a nice time.  Boys to Ranch meeting at Thistle Dale.  Ruth and I to Hynds’, Sadie came home with us. 

 

5th

Fifth day.  Sadie and Walter and Harry and I up through Stella’s.  Went round the south pasture, got about sixty head.  Benjamin Saloway and Sam Gray and Peggy down, had impromptu stampede and picnic and took lots of pictures.  Cleaned up south pasture at night.

 

6th

Sixth day.  Big day.  Owners and buyers here.  Sold sixty calves and thirty animals.  Rode all morning – got boys’ dinner.  Bob home in evening.  Rained gently all night.

 

7th

Seventh day.   Harry and Walter and Bill Saunders[502]  up to north pasture for Bill’s horses.  Sadie and I down home for dinner.  Len took Sadie home in car.  Bob up to Ranch with buyers.  Harold  mowing on slough. 

 

8th

First day.  Ruth and Father and bob and I to Meeting.  Walter and Harold to Langham, later up to Halcyonia with  J. Tallis.  Rained hard in afternoon – cloudburst.

 

9th

Second day.  Bob to Borden on cattle business.  Len and Ruth and Harry and Sadie and I started for Saskatoon after dinner.  Six went to show in evening.

 

10th

Third day.  Cleaned up and went shopping.  Sadie to doctor.   Harry bought  suit;  Edith a dress.  Daisie got her half day.  Sadie and I had supper with her and Eric. 

 

11th

Fourth day.  Packed car, did some shopping, called for suit, watch, etc. Sadie at Alma Lund’s room.  Len and Ruth’s for lunch, on home.  Hot day.

 

12th

Fifth day.  Did large two weeks’ wash.  Boys all haying on slough, worked late.  Nice hot day.  Churned.

 

13th

Sixth day.  Harry up to Ranch to check out Alf Elliott’s cattle.  Brought mail back.  Other boys hauling hay to barn.  All haying in afternoon.   Joshua and Auntie down at night.

 

14th

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter up to Ranch, Tommy and Bronc.  Harold and Bob hauled one load hay and then went in car to Langham.  I did ironing.  We did churning and made cake.  Boys home at night.

 

15th

First day.  I stayed home from Meeting.  Very windy day.  All took it easy.

 

16th

Second day.  Harry and Bob and Walter haying on slough.  We baked bread and cookies.  Mother sick.   Harry and I feeling punk.  And so to bed.

 

17th

Third day.  Bob and Susie took cream. I did wash.  Mother in bed – stomach flu.  Sent ten pounds of cucumbers to Hynds’ – cut some up for pickle.  Harry and Bob and Walter haying on slough – brought three loads up.  Quite hot.

 

18th

Fourth day.  Mother still sick.  I did ironing, Harry up to Ranch on Bronc.  Bob and Walter mowing and hauling hay – three loads.    Bright but cool wind.

 

19th

Fifth day.  Showery all day.  Walter up to Ranch on Fox.  Bob to Borden and McCheanes’, took Mary (McCheane) and were away all day.  Brought back peaches, crabapples and apricots home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th

Sixth day.  Bob up to take cream and see Duncan, and on to Ranch.  We canned – two chickens and three beans.  Bessie and Kenny  and Marion Pope[503]  down to swim.  Susie and I with them.  Boys home at night.  Lovely warm day.

 

21st

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter and I got ready and started for Battleford after dinner.  Bob went to Borden in morning, two loads of hay in afternoon.   I made cookies.  Got to Walter’s home in time for supper.  All went to show at night. 

 

22nd

First day.  Harry and I took a look over the town and back to Johnsons’[504] for dinner, from there to Eaton’s Ranch and visited them and stayed supper – home by moonlight.  Lovely night.  Saw Lizard Lake. 

 

23rd

Second day.   Nobody did much at all.  Bob to Borden and Langham.  Away all day.  Mother and I put up eighteen  quarts peaches.  Felt rotten after late nights.  Arranged for Eric to come and help.  Harry and Walter and Eric and I up to Ranch at night. 

 

24th

Third day.  Up at 2 AM, breakfast and down to Stella’s pasture and rounded up cattle.  Checked and double-checked them.  Bob up in car.  Trailed sixty-five head to Borden.  Cool.  Worked  in stockyards.  Very long ride home at night.

 

25th

Fourth day.  Susie and Bob to Langham in car.  Harry up to Ranch on Floss.  Walter mowing up on Thirty-six.  Stewarts over with ten head of horses.[505]   Walter and I took them up to Ranch.  Eric came along on Fox – went over backwards with him.  Marjorie here. 

 

26th

Fifth day.  Eric and I home.  Called in at McCheanes’  - had tea, home late for dinner.  Marjorie  and Frank here, Frank on bike.  Marjorie put up eight quarts apricots.  Hot day.  Went swimming.  Eric and Marjorie and Frank and I to Hynds’ at night.

 

27th

Sixth day.  Eric and I over to Hynds on Floss and Fox.  I rode Fox part way.  Bob haying and Father took rack.  Walter came back, got two loads hay.  I did the wash and rode Fox at night. 

 

 

28th

Seventh day.  I did the ironing and cleaning.  Marjorie cooked.  Harry up at Ranch.  Bob mowing.  Frank and Walter hauled two loads prairie wool.  I rode Fox for cows – went fine. 

 

29th

First day.  Walter’s folks over in car.  Had nice visit.  Harry and I for cows on Fox and Floss.  Bob and Susie up to see Helen.[506]

 

30th

Second day.  I did the wash.  Bob mowed.  Walter hauled two loads home and raked.  Marjorie went with them.  Harry up to Ranch in Bennet buggy.

 

31st

Third day.  Got up and rode Fox for cows – pitched a little.[507]  Could not find cows – felt sick and went back to bed.  I stayed home from Meeting.  Pa got cows, east.  Boys still haying, got eight loads.  Took Marge to bus.  Walter and I rode for mail on Fox and Bunny. 

 


SEPTEMBER  1937

 

1st

Fourth day.  Bob  mowed until noon – rained a little.  Walter hauled two more loads.  Bob sharpening knives,[508] etc.  Harry home by noon.  Went mowing in afternoon.  Laurie Crabb and Bessie down on Smoky and Tess.  I did most of ironing.  Put up eight quarts of crabapples.  

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Rained most of night.    Walter disked the breaking.[509]    Harry and Bob fenced on slough.  Queen seems to have strangles.[510]  Harry fixed Bennet buggy, and we hitched Gay – went well. 

 

3rd

Sixth day.  Cutting on slough.  Harry used Gay to go for plow to George Hynd’s.  Walter disked in morning – haying in afternoon.  Bob took cream in morning, did not come back.

 

4th

Seventh day.  We did cleaning.  Harry and Walter both haying.  Bob still away.  Father and Mother drove up for cream cans,  mail and book case from Meeting House.  Letter from Daisie.  Bob phoned from Langham.  Frank and  Fred came. 

 

5th

First day.  Father, Mother and I to Meeting in buggy - Floss and Smoky.  Ed and Edith came back for dinner.   Edith and Fred and Walter and I for ride over to Hynds’.  Fox threw me off.  Had hot bath.  Bob had accident with car on  railway.

 

6th

Second day.  Labour day.  Misty.  I felt stiff and sore.  Sadie  and Alma down for dinner.  Boys all haying.  Ed did picture.  Left about six.  Bob went with them and brought car back from Langham. 

 

 

 

7th

Second day.  I stayed in bed,  Feeling sick and sore.  Bob mowing, Walter hauling hay.  Harry cutting and raking.  Rained in afternoon.  Bob took cream.  Harry getting ready to go to Ranch. 

 

8th

Fourth day.  Mother and I washed and baked.  Harry and Walter up to Ranch in Buggy.  Took Fox.  Bob  worked on car – took Father to Meeting in afternoon.  Got mail.  Letter from Olive. 

 

9th

Fifth day.  Bob to town most of day.  I did ironing.  Eric and Buck and a buyer here for supper and night.  Nice warm day. 

 

10th

Sixth day.  Cleaned bedroom and downstairs.  Ironed for Susie while she sewed my dress.  Bob turned over hay and cut.  I went for mail, Harry and Walter back from Ranch. 

 

11th

Seventh day.  Boys all haying – four loads home.  Bob and Walter to town at night.  We did cleaning and baking – buns, loaf and cake.

 

12th

First day.  To Meeting -  on to Wakes’ to dinner.  Mary McCheane and Harry and I to Saskatoon in Eddy’s car.  Had Group meeting.  Went for Daisie.  Joshua took us.  Slept on chesterfield with Mary.  Harry back with Joshua.  

 

13th

Second day.  Walked with Daisie to work after quiet time in her room.  Edith and I shopping.  Came home in evening.  Bill[511] brought me home.  Bob McGregor came along.

 

14th

Third day.  Did the wash and baked bread.  Bob sick in bed – tonsillitis.  Harry and Walter haying and fencing.  Very windy.  Went for mail in car after supper.  S. Grey sent photos. 

 

15th

Fourth day.  Harry took us to Meeting.  Walter got load of hay.  Bob still in bed.  I did ironing.  Put up seventeen quarts plums.  Slight frost at night. 

 

16th

Fifth day.  I rode on Floss up to Ranch over north pasture.  Got bull out.  Saw Bill Saunders.  Bob still sick.  Harry and Walter hay-making.  Sick cow on Thirty-six.

 

17th

Sixth day.  Bob and Susie to Saskatoon in car.  Left children with us.  I took cows up to Thirty-six[512] and on for mail, and on to Wakes’.  Mother and Father got cows in.  Put up seven quarts.  Harry up to Ranch in car.  Walter up to Halcyonia on Tommy.

 

18th

Seventh day.  Harry and Walter haying.  Put up  thistle with syrup.[513]  We cleaned and made buns.  Nice hot day. 

 

19th

First day.  To Meeting in buggy,   Father and Mother and Harry.  Ed and Edith  with Eric came in time for dinner.  Went boating.  Eric back, took Buck’s car.  Bob and Susie back.  Abe and Lizzie over. 

 

20th

Second day.  Did the washing.  Harry and Walter haying.  Bob took it easy.  Quite hot and smoky.  Bob and Harry to pasture meeting at night at Leslie Pope’s.  

 

21st

Third day.  Raining and cold.  Put Queen and colt in.   Harry and Walter  mending saddles.  Bob took cream.  Boys over river to meet Eric, who did not come.  Did some ironing.  Made two fruit cakes. 

 

22nd

Fourth day.  Harry and Walter fencing along slough.  Mother and Father and Bob to Meeting.  Harry and Bob to meeting in Borden.  I finished ironing.  Packed things for pasture.  Walter got Eric from over river. 

 

23rd

Fifth day.  Cold and raining.  Packed wagon and I drove it to Ranch.  Walter took saddle stock.  Harry and Eric cleaned out Stella’s pasture and breeding pasture.  Bill Saunders and Ralph Buswell[514]  came and helped.  Put members’ stock back. 

 

24th

Sixth day.  Cleaned all the cattle out of north pasture.  Six riders – made good job.  Bessie came on Twilight.  Met us in north pasture. 

 

25th

Seventh day.  Great Deer got their cattle – hundred eighty  head.  Cut out members’ cattle – seventy  south, cut seventy-two  Langham cattle.  Long Lake cattle light in roundup.  Walter walked to Tallises. 

 

 

26th

First day.  I did some baking and cleaning.   Harry and Eric looked at cattle in roundup.  Eric rode Spee.  Looked over Orchards’.  Over to Brunsts’.  Walter back at night. 

 

27th

Second day.  Bob up in car,  tested cattle.  Eric and Walter took Long Lake cattle.  I went with them into north pasture.  Cold north wind.  I found Lasca and colt sick.  Alf Elliott took cattle.  Inspector stayed dinner. 

 

28th

Third day.  Rounded up horses out of north pasture – two hundred head.  What a ride!  Quite a lot of help. Most of them taken out that day.  Put the rest in Stella’s pasture.

 

29th

Fourth day.  Cut horses, Blaine Lake to  north pasture, Stewart’s to middle pasture, Langham horses south to Stella’s pasture.

 

30th

Fifth day.   Four rode round the north pasture, got two strays.  Cox and L.[515] and six colts.  Fred and Sam Thiessen came in evening. 

 

 


OCTOBER  1937

 

1st

Sixth day.  Got Langham stock from Stella’s pasture.  Cold and very windy and wet.  Fred and Sam helped.  We all helped them as far as ferry.  Bob up to Ranch, retested Langham cattle. 

 

2nd

Seventh day.  Cleared out roundup pasture.  Put mares into Stella’s pasture.  I got bad headache and went back to shack and slept.  Mike Strawn (?) and Roman  S.[516]  came for cattle and colts.  Slightly warmer.  Packed up and all came home. 

 

3rd

First day.  Mother stayed home.  Sadie came home with us.  Harry and I took  her home.  Rainy and cold.  Father’s 78th birthday.

 

4th

Second day.  I sick headache.  Eric up to Ranch on Floss.  Harry and Bob doing pasture books.  Harry took Mother up to Wakes’ – got calf and took to Saunders’ , home after supper.  Walter cleaned barn and hauled load of clay.[517]

 

5th

Third day.  Bob took cream, got mail.  Carl Christensen brought Lucie down.  George  and his mother down in democrat.  I started to wash.  Harry up to Ranch with team.  Walter mixed plaster and did one side of barn.

 

6th

Fourth day.  I went for horses on Twenty-six.  Walter plastered barn and hauled alfalfa.  I finished wash and cleaned porch.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Eric took some of Blaine Lake horses.  Sun shone part of day. 

 

7th

Fifth day.  Walter and I cleaned and plastered on side of chicken loft.  Put up heater in parlour. [518]  Bob to town in car – home late.  George and Lucie up to Ranch. 

 

8th

Sixth day.  Walter cutting and turning hay.  He and Pa put floor in ice house.  I washed it.  Bessie down for Harold’s saddle.   Nice bright day.

9th

Seventh day.  Lucie came and George came later.  Walter getting up hay.  We cleaned and made buns and cake.  Had campfire at night – about thirty people.  Ed and Edith and Daisie came late. 

 

10th

First day.  George and Lucie left -  took pups.   Peggy and I stayed home  and cooked dinner.  Daisie in bed.  Pretty cold and cloudy.

 

11th

Second day.  Thanksgiving.  Daisie up.  Put my sweaters together.  Edith blocked it.  Edith and Ed took Peggy home and called on Hannah Mary.  Back for early supper.  Bob with them to Saskatoon. 

 

12th

Third day.  Harry took cream – too late.  Car wheel came off.  Harry to Borden for oats.  Fifty bushels, 49 cents.  Got drum  of gas, took cream.  Home late.  Walter  sorting seeds.  We put straw in loft and took twenty-two pullets in.[519] I made grape jam.

 

13th

Fourth day.  Mother in bed with cold.  I went on Floss up to Wakes’ and on with Billie to Raynors’  for UFC meeting.  Bob talked on State Medicine. [520] Felt rotten.  Got cold. 

 

14th

Fifth day.  Felt rotten.  Did very little.  Mother put up three quarts tomatoes.  Father and Walter got turnips up and in. 

 

15th

Sixth day.  Harry mended buggy tires, fixed car, and brought it home.  Pa took cream in wagon and got mail, two Eaton’s parcels.  Boys to Halcyonia at night.  Bob phoned.

 

16th

Seventh day.  Much warmer.  Harry and Walter piled rock on beach all day,  took dinner.  We cleaned and baked.  Found first pullet egg.  Pa got in the parsnips – very good crop. 

 

 

 

17th

First day.  Raining hard all day.  Meeting at home.  Father in bed with cold.  Susie and children over for supper. 

 

18th

Second day.  Harry and Walter to Ranch for Stewart’s horses and bring cattle back.  Floss and Smoky.  I continued wash.  Walked for cows.  Missed them – fell in barbed wire gate and tore stockings.

 

19th

Third day.  A. Stewart came for his horses.  Boys put cattle west and horses.  Clip-branded horses.  Harry started digging out for garage.  Walter and Pa digging rock.  Nice mild day.  For mail in car.  My coat came. 

 

20th

Fourth day.  Harry up looking for strays with car.  Walter up for last of our cattle – got six.  I finished wash and did some ironing.  Canada Lye man here and Mike Waychuk.[521]

 

21st

Fifth day.  Nice day.  Walter and Harry on dugout for garage.  Harry took Father and Mother to Monthly Meeting and on to Borden to meet Bob, who didn’t come.  Got mail and groceries from Weatherby’s.[522]     

 

22nd

Sixth day  Nice warm day.  Walter and Harry grading.[523] Harry  and Mother to Radisson to change checks and shop and say Lydia Crabb.  I helped on grade some.  Walter heard his father very ill.  Bob came home. 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  Lovely warm day.  Bob took Walter to meet bus at Borden.  His sister on same bus for Winnipeg.  Harry and Pa on grade.  Went to surprise party at Baxter’s at night.  Home with Sadie. 

 

24th

First day.  Up late.  Father and Mother and Harry down to lunch and dinner .  To Agnes and George Hynd’s to C. McDermid’s [524] funeral.    Susie and I  went in with Wakes.  Saw Peggy.  Nice warm day.  Bob in bed with cold. 

 

 

 

25th

Second day.  I did wash.  Harry out all day on Tommy, looking for W. Brown’s horses.  Eric phoned from Hynds’.  Bob got engine going again.  Nice day but windy.

 

26th

Third day.  Bob took cream and brought Eric back.  I went on Tommy for mail and got Brown’s horses out of Sutherlands’ pasture.  Dinner at Hynds’.  Mother and Bob up to see Blanche Brunst. 

 

27th

Fourth day.  Eric and Harry went to pile rocks on beach all day.  I helped Susie wash and did ironing.  Abe and Mary and Laura and their mother down to see Susie.  Nice warm day. 

 

28th

Fifth day.  Harry and Bob and Eric up to Clarks’ [525] for tractor wheel.    Didn’t get it.   Harry and Bob to Williams’ to cut two colts.  Eric made fence across road allowance on Thirty-five! [526]

 

29th

Sixth day.  Bob and Susie and Pa took the furniture to truck man.[527]  Bob went along.  Harry and Eric and I took cattle to town – ten head.  Hazel, Connie and bulls, and two steers and Yvonne and calf.  Very cold and windy. Miserable trip.

 

30th

Seventh day.  Did cleaning.  Harry and Eric to McPhersons’ for bull – had dinner at Hynds’.  Harry up to Ranch meeting at Popes’.  I went and helped Eric home with bull.  Bob and Susie and I to Popes’ for supper.  Harry and Eric to Hynds’  Group meeting. 

 

31st

First day.  All to Meeting but Susie and I.  Very busy,  Walter Brown over.  Bob and Susie packed up and I went with them to Saskatoon in car.  Slept with Daisie.  Snowing and cold.   

 

 


 

NOVEMBER 1937

 

1st

Second day.  Bob to University.  Len came up and took us downtown and got car windows fixed.  Bob home at noon.  Len took Susie and Edith and I to show at Ritz.[528]  Lloyds of London.[529]  Edith Burbage up all evening.  Still overcast.

 

2nd

Third day.  Len had car radiator mended, then called for me.  Had lunch and came home.  Called for Jim Scott in Langham.  Harry and Eric away at Ranch.  Lovely day.

 

3rd

Fourth day.  Harry and Eric still away. Jim cleaned out ditch and piled rock.  Len took us to Meeting.  Len and Mother to town – home pretty late for supper.    Nice mild day.  Got materials for doing  back of pantry. 

 

4th

Fifth day.  I did the wash.  Not feeling very good.  Len fixing engine of lighting plant.  Harry came at noon and both worked on it – got it going about 10:30 PM.  I cleaned beans. [530]  I to bed early. 

 

5th

Sixth day.  I stayed in bed all day, with chest cold.  Mother cleaned out back of pantry.  Len boxed in stairs. [531]  Harry and Jim went piling rocks on beach.  Lovely mild day.  Eric home at night.

 

6th

Seventh day.  Len busy on pantry.  Eric and Jim fixing fence round stack down below.  Harry went after cattle.  He and Eric to town about four – took  Joshua Wake and Sadie and Billie in to Group meeting.  Lovely weather.  My chest still bad.

 

7th

First day.  I stayed home from Meeting – felt pretty rotten and weak.  Eric to Hynds’ last night – home in afternoon.  Len and Harry over there in afternoon – home for supper.  Lovely bright day.

 

 

8th

Second day.  Eric got bull home.  Went to town with rack – Mike and Jerry – to haul straw for George Hynd.    Jim worked on engine and chopped oats.  Got five eggs.  Harry and Len worked on pantry.  I did ironing for last week.

 

9th

Third day.  I was sick in bed most of day.  Abe took heifer Jessica.  Harry and Jim killed beef “Marina” -   too bad!  Mother and Father up to shack – got load of stuff.  Took oats up to Eric.  Eric up on Tex. 

 

10th

Fourth day.  Cloudy and cold.  I in bed with headache most of day.  Folks to Monthly Meeting.  Len to town.  Jim raked rushes.[532]  Harry helped Len on cellarway. 

 

11th

Fifth day.  I in bed till suppertime.  Harry and Len working on cellarway and cut up beef.  Jim cleaning barn.  Len and Harry to Saskatoon after supper.  Inclined to snow but now very cold.  Coral  brought calf home.[533]

 

12th

Sixth day.  Still overcast but fairly mild.  Jim got bull home – third day – and mail and put storm windows on. [534] Mother cleaned pantry.  I was able to do more today. Eric home at night. 

 

13th

Seventh day.  Eric back to Ranch.  Wakes took his papers re:  relief wages.[535]   Jim cleaned barn.  We got the house straight.  I went milking, first time for ten days.  Father not feeling very good.  Pretty mild.  Ten eggs.

 

14th

First day.  Father not well.  Meeting at home.  Cold and windy.  Gave colt oil.  Harry and Len back in time for supper.  Eric town too. 

 

 

 

15th

Second day.  I did some of a big wash.  Len worked on cellarway.  Jim put glass in chicken house windows and made gate in barn. Harry and Eric took our horses up to Ranch.  Cold and overcast.  

 

16th

Third day.  Finished big wash.  Hung  most of clothes out.  Not so cold, snowed a little.  Harry and Jim dug out water trough and put to dry in shop.  Len made door for cellarway.  Father and Mother and I all making rugs.  Twelve eggs.  Jim got mail.

 

17th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Brighter today and mild.  Harry and Jim took old shelter to pieces.  Len got door put on.  Mother cleaned her bedroom.  I did some ironing.

 

18th

Fifth day.  Cleaned whole house through.  Had Alf Baxter and wife and Sadie and Linda down for supper and evening.  Harry and Jim worked on shelter.  Cold but bright.  Len put some finishing on parlour.   Harry took them all home in car. 

 

19th

Sixth day.  Sold six dozen eggs  for thirty cents,  Weatherbys.   Harry took Len to bus and me to Baxters’ corner and I walked up to Saloways’.  Cold.   Radiator leaking.  George Orchard took us all to pie social[536]  in evening – farewell to Edie Walker.  Had nice time.  Chest sore.

 

20th

Seventh day.  Chest still bad.  Had quiet day.  Helped Peggy a little.  Not so cold out – very windy.     Eric got Larsons’ colts.  Van Volzer came with lumber - $26.00 for  1100 feet.  Stayed overnight.

 

21st

First day.  Peggy and Emory[537] and I stayed home from the service and got dinner on account of my chest.  Clive Pope over for afternoon and evening.  Sang hymns.  Jim over river first time.  Eric home for mail. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd

Second day.  Quiet day,  Did some knitting.  Played  crokinole with Emory.  Cloudy and zero.  Harry and Jim worked on cattle shelter.  Eric shod Tex. [538] Killed Princess Pat’s , 

 

23rd

Third day.  Warmer.  25 degrees above.  Another quiet  restful day.  Talked lots to Peggy.  Harry and Jim still working on shelter and shot Queen, who couldn’t get up. 

 

24th

Fourth day.  Stayed in house in the morning.  Peggy and I walked  over to Lila Pope’s for supper.  Miss McManus[539] there.  Had nice evening.  Nice mild night.

 

25th

Fifth day.  Ben and Peggy Saloway’s birthday.  Had A. and D. Williams over for supper and played games.  Snowing a little at night. 

 

26th

Sixth day.  My birthday and what a headache. Took Aspirin and stayed in bed until about 4 o’clock.  Blizzard blowing all night and day.   About fourteen inches of snow fell. 

 

27th

Seventh day.  Emory brought me home on sleigh.  Got here for dinner.  Letters from Olive, Edith, Maria.  Silk hankie for my birthday – Susie.  About ten degrees below at noon.

 

28th

First day.  Forty-eight degrees below but bright and sunny.  Boys put up heater in cellar.  Meeting at home.  Quiet day.  Wrote to Daisie. 

 

29th

Second day.  Cleaned up bedrooms.  Jim and Harry fixed up chicken house window and tarred trough and cleaned barns.  Harry went to look for Silverbell – no luck.  Stayed at Wakes’ for supper and evening.  All rug-making. 

 

30th

Third day.  Did the wash.  Jim to Langham, took two cream cans and six and a half dozen eggs – thirty cents. Harry took battery out of car.  A and B. Stewart over with two horses for Ranch.  Harry took them up with Smoky.  Played crokinole.   A. Stewart stayed overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DECEMBER 1937

 

1st

Fourth day.  Lovely mild bright day.   A. Stewart helped Jim with chores and put trough in.  Harry and Eric put horses into north pasture – not home at night.  I finished rug, and made two fruit cakes. 

 

2nd

Fifth day.  Mild and cloudy.  A. Stewart and Jim did chores and got load of wood.  I did ironing.  Harry home at night, only one Stewart horse.  Eric down to Hynds’ and to Wakes’ overnight.  Silver Bell home – left calf out. 

 

3rd

Sixth day.  Harry for mail on Smoky.  Jim and Harry cleaned  chickens out, and barn.  A. Stewart, left riding pony.   Small parcel from A. M. Sykes,[540] letters from Hannah and Edmund Blake, Bob and E. Williams.[541]  Colder and a little snow.

 

4th

Seventh day.  Thirty-two degrees below – bright and sunny.  Boys hauling rushes for bedding. [542]  Harry did some fixing in chicken loft.  I was out – found Silver Bell’s calf.  Made raisin loaves.  Eric down and on to Langham and Saskatoon. 

 

5th

First day.  Meeting at home.   Jim over home.  Harry and I up to Wakes’ for supper and evening in cutter – Mike and Jerry.  Rained a little.  Broke cutter  on rock.

 

6th

Second day.  Mild but very windy.  Colder at night.  I did wash.  Boys cleaned place for garage.  Did mending in afternoon.  Silver Bell seems to have lost calf.  Wrote to Martha Chamness.  Eric back at night. 

 

7th

Third day.   Cold.  Twenty-six degrees below.  Eric cut Harry’s and Pa’s and my hair before leaving for Ranch.   Boys working around.  Jim cut wood.  Got most of the white faces[543] up to the hill.  We did some feeding.

 

 

8th

Fourth day.    Cold, twenty-eight degrees below, thirty-eight degrees at night.  Josephine calved.  Killed heifer and cut up meat into quarters.  Meeting at home.  I did ironing and we started quilt for Mother – very nice.  Harry headache at night.   Started  fingercraft cushion.[544]  Henry Badman down. 

 

9th

Fifth day.  Very cold.  Boys put in trough below corral, the usual one frozen solid.  We did some sewing. Did another quilt.  Heard horses were out in Ranch. 

 

10th

Sixth day.  Ten degrees below and strong wind.  Harry and Jim to Langham, took meat.  Sent for horse blankets.  Mother sick in bed.  Wrote to Martha and Susie. Meat weighed 65, 65 and 54 pounds, for Bob and Edith and Len and Daisie. 

 

11th

Seventh day.  Nice day and mild – twenty degrees above.  Jim went for mail – letters from Edith Burbage and Auntie Annie.[545]  Harold Cruise started building garage – got on good.

 

12th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Very mild – twelve degrees above.  Over east, boys went on skis and set traps.[546]  Wrote to Ruth.

 

13th

Second day.  Ten degrees above and bright.  Boys did chores and worked on garage.   Got three walls up.   Carl Larson came for his two yearlings, stayed dinner.  I did the wash.  Ab Williams phoned to say they are taking rock tomorrow.[547]

 

14th

Third day.  Bessie came at night.  Five degrees above and bright.  Harry and Jim got Dick and Major in and took two loads of rock to bridge, the only ones from this side.  Mother and I made two batches of cookies,  I went to see traps on skis.

 

15th

Fourth day.  Boys got an early start for rocks and put in two loads each.  We had Meeting at home.  I did ironing and went to see traps.  Boys home by five.  Lovely warm day – twenty-five degrees above.  Finished fingercraft cushion top.

 

16th

Fifth day.  Boys away before daylight, put in four loads each.  Billie brought Auntie down, stayed supper.  Mother washed all the cushion covers and curtains and cleaned her bedroom.  Lovely mild day – twelve degrees above.

 

17th

Sixth day.  Boys away early, one load each.  Finished rock hauling for this time. Piled rocks on beach.  Brought $120.00 for the equivalent of one week’s work.  I cleaned my bedroom and stairs.  Saw traps.  Mother worked on cushions all day.  Twenty degrees above.  Churned. 

 

18th

Seventh day.  Mild.  Zero and snowing lightly all day.  Boys cleaned out barns and fixed river trail and hauled bedding.   We did cleaning and baked.  Baby calves got away all night. 

 

19th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Jim for mail on Dick.  Wrote letters and read mail,  I. C.[548] wrote.  Lovely day.

 

20th

Second day.  Harry and Pa went on with garage.  Jim hauled bedding from slough and one load of straw from Thirty-five.  Eric down with ponies and Stewart’s horse.   Ours pretty thin.  Snow melting.  Heard there is straw in Langham. 

 

21st

Third day.  Boys away early for straw, Henry Badman too.  Back late, took some to Scott’s.  Cold wind though mild.  I felt rotten all day and lay around.  Eric back to Ranch.  Boys took Stewart horse to Langham. 

 

22nd

Fourth day.  I sick in bed all day, sick in stomach.  Boys fixing racks, both broken yesterday.  Ten degrees below and a wind.

 

23rd

Fifth day.  I up late.  Joshua down with eggs.  Boys fixed racks and went to Langham for two loads of straw.  Got back in good time.  Thirty degrees below in morning, zero at noon. 

 

24th

Sixth day.   Forty degrees below.  Never above twenty-five below.  Boys  fixed up[549] and did chores.  Harry took Jim home for holidays, got 25 bushels oats.  Eric came down, brought mail.  Walked over to Langham and over to Saskatoon on bus.  I did some ironing and sent cake to Daisie, and parcel to children.[550] 

 

25th

Seventh day.  Christmas.  Had a quiet day.  Cleaned through house.  Harry did chores.  Very cold.  Now above thirty degrees below all day.  Couldn’t go over to Hynds’ as planned. 

 

26th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Cold, milder toward night and very windy and snowing.  Jim home early.  Wrote to Edith.   Horses stayed out all night. 

 

27th

Second day.  Twenty degrees below and strong west wind.  Better at night.  Bob phoned – coming tomorrow morning, Eric too.  I washed kitchen ceiling.  Mother made cookies.  Harry and Jim fixed water holes.  Horses came home. 

 

28th

Third day.  Harry went to meet Bob and Susie and children and Eric at Langham.  Very cold and windy.  Twenty-seven degrees below – milder by night.  Eric back to Ranch.  Twenty-three eggs.

 

29th

Fourth day.  Harry and Jim got car into garage.  We helped push it.  Got a load of wood.  I got  Flora – down and in.  I made doily holder for Sadie.  Twenty degrees below and nice day. 

 

30th

Fifth day.  Nice bright day, windy at night.  Bessie  and Ruth and Betty[551] and Ken and John McCheane down to supper and played games after.  Boys started to dig well in barn.[552]   Flora had big calf.  

 

31st

Sixth day.  Twenty-five degrees below and sunny.  Took children out for walk.  Harry and Jim cleaned horse barn and cleared dirt[553] from cow barn and fixed water.  I did some spinning.[554]

 


January 1938

 

1st

Seventh day.  Happy New Year!  Lovely day, mild and bright.  Boys  finished garage roof.  Bob worked on door on stairs.  Had Joshua and Billie Wake and Bob McGregor and Sadie and Pullie[555] down for supper.  Eric brought Browns’ horses down.

 

2nd

First day.  Harry home with Wakes.  Down to Hynds in afternoon.  Jim and I over for him at night.  Mild but windy.  Long trip and slow.  Bob and Susie packed ready to go.  Meeting at home. 

 

3rd

Second day.  Harry took Bob and family to train.  Jim did chores and dug well.  We cleaned up house, some.   Edith Scott over on skis.  I went over river with her.   Lovely day.  Harry got a barrel of gas.  

 

4th

Third day.  Boys dug and cribbed well.  Not got good supply yet. Muddy blue clay.  I did big two weeks’ wash.  We baked and churned too.  Mother not feeling very good.  Nice mild day.  Twenty degrees above. 

 

5th

Fourth day.  Boys digging and cribbing well in barn.  Got water twelve feet.  Mother and Father and I d rove to Wakes’ for Monthly Meeting.  Had cold drive, got mail.  Jim’s notices from Government came.[556]  Mild day but cold wind.

 

6th

Fifth day.  Tried to catch up with the work.  Boys finished the well.  Nice mild day.

 

7th

Sixth day.  Cleaned bedrooms and to bottom of stairs and boys’ room.  Harry and Jim got an early start for Brunsts’ – got two loads of straw.

 

8th

Seventh day.  We did cleaning.  Boys killed pig – made a good job.  Harry to Langham to meet Daisie at train.  Eric down late.  Mild day. 

 

9th

First day.  Henry and L. Badman down for Meeting and dinner.   Thirty degrees  above and raining.  Billie and Joshua down to see Daisie.  Jim home. I felt sick all day – severe pain at night.  

 

10th

Second day.  Twenty degrees above and snowing a little.  (Blizzard at night.)  I felt punk and took it easy.  Put  Harry’s sweater together.  Eric and Harry put Ranch all straight.  Cut up pork.  Jim put up fence in front of house. 

 

11th

Third day.  Harry to Langham for oats, got forty bushels chopped.  Daisie got phone call and did not have to go.  Eric back to Ranch early.  Jim got load of straw from Thirty-five and one load bedding from slough.  We canned seven quarts pork,  two quarts apple and made sausage.  Ten degrees above.

 

12th

Fourth day.   Zero and still.  Meeting at home.  Jim hauled rushes for bedding.  Got boat and put up in loft.  Harry mended cream can and tank.[557]  I took Daisie to meet  Billie who took her to Larsons’ and Saunders’.

 

13th

Fifth day.  Did the wash.  Heard that Peggy can come tomorrow.  Jim and Harry hauled two loads of bedding.  Harry mended other tank.  Nice mild day, fifteen degrees above.  Got Cynthia[558] in.  Billie brought Daisie back. 

 

14th

Sixth day.  Cleaned house through.  Peggy came during dinner, brought mail.  Played Flinch in evening.  Nice day, twenty degrees above.  Letter from Winnie – baby’s name “Laurence Milton.”[559]

 

15th

Seventh day.  Daisie and Peggy stayed in bed till noon.  We straightened house.  Nice mild day.  Harry and Jim mended cutter.  Billie brought baby Marilyn Parks down for us to look after.[560]

 

16th

First day.  Eric took Daisie to train.  Meeting at home.  Eric left in afternoon – took six and a half pounds of butter for Blanche Brunst.  Snowing.  Had quiet day.  Peggy and I rested.

 

17th

Second day.  Stewarts came for their horses, stayed dinner.  Emory came for Peggy.  Billie brought Peggy Parks  down to stay a while.  Boys working on sleigh runner.   Colder, twenty degrees below.

 

18th

Third day.  Did the washing.  Nice day, milder.  Boys working on sleigh runner.  Got it done.  Peggy not so good in evening, had convulsion.[561] 

 

19th

Fourth day.  Rinsed wash and put out a few.  Too much hoar frost.  Mild and cloudy.  Jim cleaning out barns and choring.  Harry up to Ranch early.  Peggy in bed most of day. 

 

20th

Fifth day.  Peggy in bed till noon.  I helped Jim milk.  Harry still away.  Did some ironing.  Jim cleaned barns out.  Nice mild day.  Cynthia had heifer calf. 

 

21st

Sixth day.  Jim went for mail on Mike.  Letters from Aunty Mary,  Hannah Blake Hatcher, Daisie, Len, Bob.  Hannah Mary and Laurie and Ken down for dinner.  Had nice visit.  Peggy fell downstairs in fit.  Jim cut wood.  Lovely day.  Twent degrees above.  Harry home late.

 

22nd

Seventh day.  Poor night with baby and Peggy.  Billie came, took Peggy to hospital.  Boys to Langham for straw.  Amand came for chopper.  Henry Badman to Langham – got our Eaton’s order.  Mild day, twenty degrees above and sunny.  Eric home late.  

 

23rd

First day.  Mild and bright, fifteen degrees above. Meeting at home late.  Mother and I not feeling very good.  Baby Marilyn fine.  Eric wrote in my  autograph.[562]  He saw mares and foals – pretty good.  Di missing. 

 

24th

Second day.  Harry and Jim to Langham for straw -  second car to unload.[563]

Billie Meakin came to help, brought Sadie, hauled all straw home.  Big day.  Mother in bed most of day, Sadie helped me.  Colder.  Minus thirty degrees.  Susie and Bob home at night.  

 

 

 

 

25th

Third day.  Boys cleaned out chicken house and barns.  Harry did some electrical fixing and worked in workshop.  We did the wash.  Milder.  Weighed baby – gained two pounds in ten days. 

 

26th

Fourth day.  Harry and Jim hauled one load logs from island.[564]  Mother and I cleaned kitchen and porch.  Finished off wash and hung clothes out.  Nice mild day.

 

27th

Fifth day.  Harry and Jim hauled two loads of logs from island.  We cleaned bedrooms and dried clothes.  Nice bright and mild day, twenty degrees above.

 

28th

Sixth day.  Mother not well.  Up late.  Harry and Jim hauled one big load logs.  Pa went for mail in cutter.  Colder.  Thirty degrees below in morning.  Eaton’s order came.   Lily in bud.

 

29th

Seventh day.  Fifty-two degrees below zero.  Harry and Jim to Langham for two loads straw from Scott’s.  Twenty-five degrees below at noon. I did ironing.  Mother cleaned parlour.  Mother not feeling very well yet.

 

30th

First day.  Forty degrees below.  Meeting at home.  Quiet day.  Wrote to Hannah Hatcher.

 

31st

Second day.  Decidedly cold.  Jim cleaned barns.  Harry made cant hook[565] and a bunch of clevises.[566]  Peggy Saloway phoned from Saunders’. 

 


February 1938

 

1st

Third day.  Twenty degrees below, a wind and snow.  Boys to island for two loads logs.  Billie came and took Marilyn.  I gave him check for stove - $30.00.

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Pa and Mother and I.  boys hauled two more loads of logs from island.

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Mother and I both feeling punk.  Mother in bed most of day.  Harry and Jim for two big loads of logs.  Ten loads.  Twenty-nine below at noon, but cloudy.  Knitting and mending.  I washed towels and cleaned my bedroom at last.

 

4th

Sixth day.  Boys choring round.  About ten degrees below and bright.  Harry for mail in afternoon on Dick, to Wakes and home late.  George Hynd called on way to Langham to meet Eric,  Mother and I sewing, mending and spinning.  Baked and cleaned boys’ bedroom.  Made cake. 

 

5th

Seventh day.  Cold and cloudy.  Some light snow.  Boys chored and cleaned out ice well.  Harry and Jim to Langham in evening, home late. 

 

6th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Wrote to Mrs. Raynor.  To bed early.  Clear bright day, about twenty below.  Snowed in evening. 

 

7th

Second day.  Harry and Jim hauled three loads of ice from river.  Billy Meakin to Saskatoon for operation (rupture.)  I did big two weeks’ wash.  Cold west wind – minus twenty-five degrees below – mean day.  Cows looking pretty thin.

 

8th

Third day.  Boys  packed ice and hauled one more load – made good job.  Minus fifty degrees in morning, minus twenty-three degrees at night and snowing a little.  I did ironing.  Mother and Father making mats.  I knitted extension for my sweater, and spun a ball of wool. 

 

9th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Jim cleaned barns and chickens out.  Harry went for mail and brought horses back.  Put colts in.  Fox and Bunny not so good.  Put mares east.  Colts pretty thin.  Dyed some goods for rugs.  Bob phoned  from Saskatoon. 

 

 

 

10th

Fifth day.  Fairly mild day,  snowing and blowing.  Put mares on west Thirty-six.  Jim and Harry around yard fixing and mending things.  Harry puttied windows[567] porch and kitchen.  I unraveled my yellow sweater.  Father and Mother making rugs.

 

11th

Sixth day.  Harry got mail and brought Jill home.  Sally not too bad.  Gypsy very thin.  We cleaned bedrooms and made wheat-loaf.   Jim hauled hay and bedding.  West wind but fairly mild and bright. 

 

12th

Seventh day.  Harry to Saskatoon.  Jim took him to Langham.  Twenty degrees below and snowing and blowing all day.  We sent two baby jackets to Winnie and my tan sweater for Olive.  The lily is blooming.  

 

13th

First day.  Minus twenty degrees in morning and still blowing.  Up to ten degrees below at noon and quiet at night.  Meeting at home.  Wrote to Olive and Peggy. 

 

14th

Second day.  Forty degrees below, clear and bright, lovely moonlight.  Horses all came in.  Put Fox in again.  I did wash.  Jim cleaned barn and chored.  Went to Langham to get Harry.  Henry Badman down, brought twenty-five pounds fish.  

 

15th

Third day.  Decidedly cold, fifty degrees below in morning.  Harry in most of day, writing, phoning, etc.  Jim did chores.  Harry took all the horses on to west Thirty-six, Fox too.  Peggy to Saskatoon.  Daisie phoned re: baby.[568]  

 

16th

Fourth day.  Not so cold, up to ten degrees at noon.  Radio on blink.  Ash Cook phoned to say straw is in Langham.  Pa mended mitts.  Boys chored, sharpened axes.  Colts out on slough.

 

17th

Fifth day.  Harry and Jim got an early start to Langham.  Brought two loads of straw home – four ton.  Heavy going.  Thirty degrees below but nice and bright.  We chored and did some mending.

 

18th

Sixth day.   Boys to Langham.  Henry Badman got half ton.  Unloaded car at Scotts.  I felt sick most of day.  Knitted and mended and cleaned bedrooms and down stairs.  Milder – up to zero.  Windy at night.  Pa resting well.

19th

Seventh day.  Mild and bright – about minus ten degrees.  Harry took colts, Buck etc., up onto west Thirty-six and on for mail.  My book ends came, substituted, too bad.  Jim cleaned out barns and shelter. 

 

20th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Lovely bright day – zero at noon.  The Simpsons[569] called in on their way to Badmans’.  Mares came home and were fed.

 

21st

Second day.  Mild, ten degrees above.  Cloudy and snow flurries.  Harry took  big team and went to Borden.  Stayed overnight at Saunders’.  Got relief oats, 62 bushels.  I did the wash and cleaned porch.  Put out white things. 

 

22nd

Third day.  Mild and cloudy, 25 degrees above.  Jim chored and went to meet Harry.  Home about seven.   Brought mail.  We dried and folded clothes.  I took pheasants[570] some wheat down below.

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Boys went for one load of dry wood – Thirty-six.  Played (Pick-Up-Sticks) at noon.  I felt sick and went to bed – rotten headache.  Little Connie had a very large bull calf.  Very weak. 

 

24th

Fifth day.  Still feeling sick.  Got up and lay on lounge.  Harry to Langham.  Got hardware and canned goods from station.  Took eggs and cream.  Brought load of straw.  Jim got load of reeds from slough.

 

25th

Sixth day.  Jim choring.  Harry fixing pipes and sink.  I got up late.  Very mild day, forty degrees above.  Hills clearing.  Jim got mail – letter from Ruth.  Jill and Jerry both sick.  Strangles.  Jim hauled two loads hay from slough.

 

26th

Seventh day.  Harry putting in water pipes and faucets.  Jim choring.  I helped with work some.  Felt a bit better.  Boys to town at night – home very late.  Very warm, bright day, water running past door. 

 

 

27th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Alec Vereshine[571] to dinner.  Borrowed chaps, etc.  Bessie brought Auntie down in afternoon.  Nice warm day.  Forty degrees above.  Snow disappearing fast.  Horses came home.  I fed them.  Arthur Hynd came home fifth day.  Billie too, from Saskatoon. 

 

28th

Second day.  Forty degrees above.   Harry still working on water system.  I didn’t feel so good, so we didn’t wash.  Finished sweater for Roger.  Jim did some chopping.  Cattle grazing out a little. 

 

 

 

 

 


MARCH 1938

 

1st

Third day.  Mild in morning but wind got up and was cooler.  Felt better.  Mother and I sewed and mended.  Harry still working in bathroom.  Jim did chores and put floor in ice house, and put everything back in place.  Got violent headache at night.  Letter from Peggy.

 

2nd

Fourth day.  Harry up to Crabbs’ to get cook stove home by seven-thirty.  Felt headachey all day.  Jim cut load of wood,  Harry walked for team.  Mother washed wall in porch and Pa painted it.  About zero.

 

3rd

Fifth day.  Minus twenty degrees below.  Harry and Pa got stove in and water front[572] fixed fine. Nice stove.  Jim hauled one load dry wood and cut another.  Harry to Langham in afternoon, home late.  Got box of apples.  Sent eggs and sweater for Roger. Painted kitchen door and my chair. 

 

4th

Sixth day.  Fairly mild, cattle out most of day.  Harry fixing new stove etc. and helped Jim in afternoon get wood.  Got two loads.  Painted my chair and stool.  Mother sewed.  Harry has toothache.

 

5th

Seventh day.  Harry’s toothache worse, face swelled.  Stayed in bed until noon.  Got up and I went with him to Ranch Meeting at Thistle Dale School.  Six people there.  Jim did chores.  Ten degrees above and sun hot.  Not melting much. 

 

6th

First day.  Jim took Harry to train for Saskatoon.  We had Meeting at home.  Ten degrees above but cold north wind.  Jim back early.

 

7th

Second day.  Mild and cloudy.  Jim did chores and cleaned barns.    We did big two weeks’ wash.  Horses came home, put Lenore in.

 

8th

Third day.  Jim chored and got two loads wood.  I cleaned my bedroom and bathroom, and we dried the clothes and sewed and mended.  Mild and bright.

 

 

 

 

9th

Fourth day.  Jim to Langham for straw after hauling one load hay from flats.  I walked after Major and Dick.  Caught Jappy and rode him.  Found them on Thirty-five.   Went for Edith and Harry to Langham.  Saw Jack[573] in  Penner’s and had coffee.  Nice day.

 

10th

Fifth day.   Edith not feeling well.  Mild bright day.  I did the ironing.  Jim and Harry to Langham for two loads of straw.  Edith and I out for walk.  Cattle stayed out all night for first time. 

 

11th

Sixth day.  Harry up to do Badmans’ chores.[574]  Jim cut wood.  Jim mended corral and let calves out.  Harry up for mail.  Picked up Billie.  Did Badmans’ chores.  Home late.  Edith and I out to see traps.  Nice mild day.  Water running in yard.

 

12th

Seventh day.  Harry took Billie to Langham.  Jim up to do Badmans’ chores and cut wood  on Thirty-six.  Nice mild day.  Edith feeling better,  Mother in bed with headache.  Thirty-eight eggs.

 

13th

First day.  Harry up to do Badmans’ chores.  Meeting at home. Mild day.  Water running.  Cattle out all day.   Edith and Mother feeling better.  Harry up to Badmans’ again at night.

 

14th

Second day.  Harry to do Badmans’ chores.   Jim for wood, two loads.  We put up seven quarts meat.  Edith made over Mother’s coat from A. Sykes.[575]    Harry fixing pipes etc.  Nice day, cloudy and cold.  Started filling tank.

 

15th

Third day.  Harry walked up and did Henry’s chores.  Jim hauled the last of =hay from slough,  filled tank.  Edith made two blouses for me. 

 

16th

Fourth day.  Boys for one load wood and brought mail.  Harry fixing pipe in afternoon.  Meeting at home.  Edith and I walked up to Badmans’.  John and Mary McCheane there.  Henry still sick.  Edith fixed blue dress.  Forty degrees above. 

 

 

17th

Fifth day.  Harry took Edith to catch train in Langham.  Looks like last trip.  Lost of water on river.  Took old stove.  I did the wash.  Jim hauled bales up from below.  Lenore had heifer calf – Poppy.

 

18th

Sixth day.  Harry fixing leaks in pipes.  Filled tanks.  Went for mail on Mike.  Jim and Pa started shingling garage.  I did some ironing and cleaned boys’ room.  Mother sewed.  Mild, but cooler.  Cows stayed away. 

 

19th

Seventh day.  Harry writing out bills for Ranch.  Pa and Jim nearly finished garage  roof.  We churned.  Finished ironing and did cleaning.  Made raisin loaf.  Cooler. 

 

20th

First day. Fair and mild.  Meeting at home.  Boys, Harry and Jim over river, walking.  Home six-thirty.  We felt anxious about them.[576]  I wrote to Agnes, Herdis and Eric.

 

21st

Second day.  First day of spring.  Cloudy and cooler and inclined to snow.  I did the wash.  A dull grey day.  Harry made out Ranch bills etc.  I wrote Eaton’s order for cold cream etc.  We made out seed order. 

 

22nd

Third day.  Harry to mail on Mike.  Sent about a hundred letters.  Letter from Winnie.  Jim cut stakes and Harry too in afternoon.  Father in bed with bad back.  Got all clothes dry.  Cooler.  Had first bath using system.[577] 

 

23rd

Fourth day.  Fair and mild.  Harry fixed tank and filled it, and no leaks – “YIPPY.”  I did ironing.  Meeting at home.  Harry and Jim got three loads stakes from flats.  Jim cleaned barns and chickens.  I fed horses.

 

24th

Fifth day.  Fair and mild.  Boys hauled stakes from flats – have over 300. Harry brought home missing cows.  Pa put aluminum paint on pump and tanks and pipes.  Looks very nice.  Heard crows.

 

 

 

25th

Sixth day.  Harry got an early start for Borden – Dick and Jerry – for oats.  Jim did chores and cut stakes.  Pa finished shingling garage.[578]   We put up border in my room.  Warm and bright.

 

26th

Seventh day.  Boys hauled stakes – 550.  Harry put up heater in cottage.  Mother and I helped.  Mother made cake and pie.  Warm and windy, snow almost gone.  Put ridge on garage roof. 

 

27th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Harry caught “Rainbow” and he fought plenty.  Harry up to do Badmans’ chores in evening, made a fire over in cottage to air bedclothes.

 

28th

Second day.  Harry up to Harris’s sale and on to Borden with buggy.  Bob phoned at night.  We cleaned out cottage, washed floors, put things back in bathroom.  Jim cut stakes.  Warm, 58 degrees above. 

 

29th

Third day.  Snowing and blowing.  Bob and Susie and Harry and  children stayed in Borden at Saunders’.  Jim mended harness and went for cattle.  We papered bathroom ceiling and wall in my room.  Mother cleaned her room.

 

30th

Fourth day.  Did some papering.  Bob and Susie and Harry and children came in time for late dinner.  Still snowing and blowing and colder.  Horses home – fed them.  Jim cleaned barns and pens. 

 

31st

Fifth day.  Pa and I continued on landing – slow job.  Jim chored and cleaned barns.  Bob and Harry started sharpening stakes.  Fairly nice day, sun out a little.  Children out.

 

 


APRIL 1938

 

1st

Sixth day.  Bright and mild, not much melting.  Harry to mail on Mike.  Arthur Hynd down for one ton straw for Wakes;  borrowed saddle.  Pa and I papering.  Bob and Susie over to dinner.  Bob put up wall in bathroom.  Jim sharpened stakes.

 

2nd

Seventh day.  Fair and mild, snow going slowly.  Jim sharpened stakes.  Got one load.  Harry up to Badman’s, got calf, four dollars.  Bob lined bathroom.  I papered stairway.  Mother did cleaning and cooking. 

 

3rd

First day.  Fair and mild.  Meeting at home.  Bob and Susie over to dinner.  Marion and calf “Marilyn.” 

 

4th

Second day.  Colder but bright.  Boys finished sharpening stakes.  Harry took Mother up to Wakes for a visit.  I did two weeks’ wash and got it mostly dried.  Bob made two book cases out of the big one.

 

5th

Third day.  Harry to Borden, took cream and eggs.  Bob and Jim fixed engine for wood-cutting and mended around barn.  Pa and I finished papering ceiling of landing.  Cold and bright – about twenty degrees  above.

 

6th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Billie Peters[579] down (brought L. Badman)  helping saw wood.  We baked.  J. Tallis  down, selling papers.  Snowed a little, but mild.  Jim brought one load of wood. 

 

7th

Fifth day.  Billie the Kid down again and helped saw wood all day.  I went on papering stairs.  Nice mild day, snow going fast.

 

8th

Sixth day.  Finished sawing wood.  I helped.  Bob papered their bedroom.  I finished papering stairs and my room on bathroom wall.  Harry for mail at night.  Started string coat.  Lovely warm day. 

 

9th

Seventh day.  Harry and Jim put sleighs away.  Jim chopped oats.  Cleaned nine bags of wheat for house and brought some machinery up.  Bob fixed buzz saw, to saw bones.  We straightened up the book cases and cleaned through house.  Bob and Harry wrote letters and drew maps re: flooding on sloughs.[580]

 

10th

First day.  Meeting at home.  Bright but windy.  River is breaking up.  Boys got net up.[581]

 

11th

Second day.  Boys all working on trail down the hill.  I painted banisters and bathroom door, etc.  H. Hamm came to ask for job.  Gave Spee confidence lesson. 

 

12th

Third day.  Boys still working on trail.  Bob repairing drill and disc.  I did wash and gave Spee lesson.  Nice day but windy.

 

13th

Fourth day. Finished up the brown paint on stairs.   Harry and Jim worked on road, making good job.  Bob to Borden, got lumber for partition – brought mail.  Nice day.

 

14th

Fifth day.  Lovely day.  Jim and Harry worked on roads.  Harry  helped me hitch Spee, went very good.  Bob working on machinery.  I up to Wakes all day.  Mother and Pa put some paper on kitchen wall.

 

15th

Sixth day.  Lovely day, bright and mild.  Bob and Harry working on implements.  Harry got Sally and Gypsy in.  Jim oiling harness and out plowing in afternoon.  Harry rode Spee in evening.  I ironed, cleaned bedroom, stacked wood.

 

16th

Seventh day.  Jim plowing.  Harry for mail on Spee, and I rode him for cows.  Harry worked on car.  Bob put a partition in Cottage.   Mother baked bread and buns.  I cleaned through house.  Warm and bright.

 

17th

First day.   Jim found Gay with colt.  To Meeting for the first time this spring, in car.  Harry and I stayed home.  Harry and Bob and Susie and children and I up to Group meeting at  Sutherlands’.  Took  Ben and Peggy Saloway home.  Saw Peggy, called at Williams’; home for supper.  Nice day.

 

 

 

18th

Second day.  Jim plowing.  Harry up to Baxters to get Andrew Saunders[582] to fix radio.  He and Pete Siemens and his father here for dinner.  I did the wash.  Bob made buggy into trailer.  Very windy all day. 

 

19th

Third day.  Harry took Bob to meet the truck to go to Saskatoon to get furniture.  Harold Edney came.  Harold got horses in.  Used Tommy and Smoky to clean mature from around house.  We cleaned workshop.  Cloudy and cooler.  

 

20th

Fourth day.  Did ironing.  Had headache.  Bob and Pa and Ma to Monthly Meeting.  Jim plowing by Maple Grove.  Harold and Harry cleaned up around house and cleaned barns.  Cloudy and cool.

 

21st

Fifth day.  Bob to town for seed, Jim disking.  We poisoned gophers.  Susie, Harold, Harry and I hitched Linnet.  (Two lines scratched out.)

 

22nd

Sixth day.  Jim disking on flats.  Bob and Harry mending drill.  Harry harrowing in morning.  Harold made hotbed and dug garden.  I did varnishing in parlour.  Pa seeded top patch – potatoes and peas. 

 

23rd

Seventh day.  Snowstorm.  Boys lime-washed cellar and cowbarn.  Bob working on cottage.  Cleaned through house.  Abe and Lizzie came.  Susie’s mother slept over here. 

 

24th

First day.  Bob and Father and Mother started for Meeting, got stuck in road on hill.  I had sick headache, Meeting at home.  Harry and I put chains on car and went to meet Eric at CeePee.  Supper at McPhersons’.  Cold.

 

25th

Second day.  Prunella home with calf.  All got ready to go to Ranch.  Eric took riding stock.  Harold took stakes and straw.  Harry and I up in buggy.  Harold over to Brunsts for hay and oats.  We cleaned shack.  Took  in 25 head horses.   I came home at night.  Chicks came. 

 

26th

Third day.  Snowing fast.  Bob and I got A-house ready and got chix in stalled by night, good bunch.  Bob and Jim  got pump working (irrigation).  Got Gay and colt in.  Cleared by night. 

 

27th

Fourth day.  Meeting at home.  Jim raking thistle.  Bob to Borden to get relief oats – 55 bushels, four bushels potatoes.   Made cookies and doughnuts for boys.  Warmer.  Ina has calf. 

 

28th

Fifth day.  Nice day and bright.  Kitty got horse colt.  Bob and Susie to Saskatoon to take K. Rempel to hospital.  I got cows on foot.  Jim plowing, did some gardening.

 

29th

Sixth day.  We washed, churned and baked.  Jim went to town for wheat – forty bushels.  Bob back for late dinner.  Very warm day.

 

30th

Seventh day.  Jim plowing and drilling.  Sowed grass on Thirty-six.  Harold and Eric and Harry home in evening in wagon.  Mother planted hotbed.  Not quite so warm.  We cleaned up outside.