Saturday, November 9, 2013

June 25th, 1894 thru June 26th, 1894

I will not be transcribing each entry since most of Bert's diary is pretty clear. You can read the original more easily by clicking on the image above to view a larger version. I will be including this paragraph, or something similar in each entry so that new readers will know they can click the image to enlarge it for easier reading. Also, there will be some links to the right of the page with relevant information that may be of interest. If you follow Bert's diary regularly, you can skip this paragraph. My notes will include the basics of what Bert talks about each day, along with my own personal thoughts, research, information gleaned from past or future entries, etc. If you have information or suggestions that may help my research, please e-mail me.

Monday, June 25th, 1894 -  Bert helps with the chores, and  then helps get the sheep in the barn for shearing.  (This confirms that they were washing the sheep/wool a few days back when  they put the sheep into the pond. -- Exactly a week ago!  Homer Fisher sheared them (probably required some practice/skill to do this smoothly and without harming the sheep?)  Russell tied up the wool.  Bert spent the day dragging 5 acres of buckwheat ground, twice.  He then helped with the chores as usual.  He also got the buckwheat seed from Milo Dye's place.

Tuesday, June 26th, 1894 - Bert helped with the chores again, and also helped get more sheep into the barn for shearing. A second day of shearing - not sure how many sheep they had, or how long it takes to shear a sheep.  Here is a link to a video of  shearing sheep with hand clippers.

Bert cleaned up the buckwheat seed, drilled the 5 acres, and then went down to Sheldon Fishers to pick up Russell's roller to roll some of the buckwheat before doing chores.  Rolling would have packed down the buckwheat seed into the ground to ensure good germination.  Chores as usual

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