Written by William Creelman (1847-1917)
The following is a faithful copy of a Diary, written by William Creelman
in the years of 1898 and 1899, before he moved to live in the village
of South Branch.
I tried to produce
an accurate copy, with spellings used by William; his handwriting was
by and large extremely easy to read, so hopefully, what you will read
here will give you the flavour of the life and times of 1898 in the Stewiacke
My thanks go to Beth
Creelman Fisher for preserving this book, William Alexander Fisher for
providing the suggestion, Blanche Curtis Creelman and Myra Crouse Creelman
for their able proofreading, and Gordon Fraser Creelman for his knowledge
of and enthusiasm for our family history. This book is for you, Dad.
Lucy Ann Creelman
LeBlanc, a great granddaughter
The farm was located
in Newton Mills, Colchester County, NS. They later moved to South Branch-about
5.75 miles away.
At the end of the
diary is a Supplementary Info table. Quite a few people mentioned in the
diary are found on the Photos page. An asterisk on the Supplementary Info
chart means there is a photo of that person. Find 3 pictures of William
and his wife Libby on the page of Photos.
If you think you know more about who some of the people mentioned in the
diary were, please contact me. That info table is a bit sparse! Thanks.
David Creelman (another
great grandchild). Nov 22, 2001
At the request of our much loved daughter Alice, I will
try to keep a brief record of event of this year of our Lord 1898 particularly
those which concern our family.
year has gone with its pleasures and its sorrows, its opportunities improved
or neglected never to return.
now at the beginning of a new year, the season for happy greetings, and
for making good resolutions, we as a family have much reason for thankfulness
to the Bountiful Giver of all good.
"because Thou hast been our help" may we still trust Thee, and
"go forward" to the duties of another year.
January 1st, 1898
Went to Truro this P.M. with Jotham and Edgar Hamilton. On their way back
to Business College in Halifax.
been home for 10 days vacation. Wheeling good, weather very mild, roads
smooth and very icy. Found Alice Bert and Bessie all well and enjoying
the New Year holiday at home.
Spent the day in Truro. Had a very pleasant and I trust profitable day.
We went to hear Mr. Cumming in the morning, he preached from Ps 63-7 and
to hear Mr. Gizzie in the evening. His text was the last clause of 15
verse 14 chapter Exodus.
Cold morning. Jotham went from Truro to Hax. on the early train. I did
some business in Truro, paid bill $5.28 at Black & Co. bought $2.75
worth of Groceries arid came home in the afternoon. found all well. Fred
Lester working with Will Creelman for a few days.
Very cold. No snow yet for sleighing. Fred Lester with Will. David &
I just tending stock. Went to prayer meeting this evening.
Weather fine and cold with a little snow; at home all day.
Fine morning. a year today since Bert was married. He is going to travel
for Black & Co. this year hope he will do well. Mr. Samuel Johnson
died this morning about 1 oclock. Funeral tomorrow in the church. David
recd. his watch from "Farm & Home" by today's mail.
This has been a wet day. Went to the funeral this P.M. and down to the
cemetary. F.Lester came home last night.
This has been a fine mild day. Nothing special F.Lester cutting wood.
I was doing chores about house and barn.
Was to church Mr. Fraser preached from Matthew
Went to the corner to send Wm. Bentley a card about hearse money. paid
A.A. Grant for new shoes $1.25
William Bentley came over today and we gave him what money we had on hand
for hearse $30.00 leaving a Balance of $8.00 due him. Meeting in the Church.
Views of Trinidad mission premises. Missionaries, Teachers, Bible women;
shown by Mr. Fraser.
At home all day. Shod Girl in fore noon. Went to the woods with Lester
to cut logs in the afternoon. snowing some.
Wet morning been raining all night looks like a big thaw out invited up
to Jas Creelman's this evening. A cold evening went up to Mr. Creelman's.
Ashmore Brown and his wife were there too.
A very fine day. Grandpa went over to Musquodoboit this P.M. just in time
for the funeral of Aunt Susan Hamilton. She died yesterday morning. We
had not heard anything about it. Fred Lester cutting poles today. Wm.
Runalds was here today wanting to buy a gobbler. Sent him up to Jas Creelman's
Rutherford and Mrs. Cox were in this P.M. First time Mrs. Cox has been
in since she came home from the hospital.
We killed 4 pigs for market they weighed 463#. kept 2 to feed a while
longer for home use. we had no help and was done by noon. Had letters
from Joe and Uncle Eddy today.
Went to church. Mr. Fraser preached. his subject was Christ healing the
woman which had the "spirit of infirmity" Luke 13:11-16 Very
few at church, preaching in the Hall at Newton Mills this P.M. Lester,
David & Gertie at Christian Endeavour this evening.
Churning this morning had 13# Butter cows doing well. 3 new calved giving
about 6 buckets per day. feeding bran and sprouts. We went out to Duncan
Creelman's this p.m. for a call found them about as usual. Jess &
her mother both in their room. ordered a set of Britching today from William
A very cold morning. Jas Crockett got calf this morning to keep for Bull,
to pay $1.00 for it.
A fair day, was at home until evening then went up to Eddie Hamiltons
to tea. Jas Creelman and wife were there. Spent a very pleasant evening.
a very mild day. D.F. went to Glengarrie to meet Mr. Fraser got back about
8 oclock. I went up to see Ashmore Brown about Lizzie Barrett going to
some cheaper boarding place. we did nothing definite. Snowing this evening.
A very stormy day blowing and drifting all day but there is not much snow,
so the drifts will be light. Went to the woods in the afternoon and hauled
two small loads of wood.
A fine day hauled 5 loads of wood road very rough not enough snow yet.
Mr. Fraser preached this morning from Isaiah 58 ch. 8 verse to the end
of the chapter. Subject, some conditions of Divine Blessing. Snowing when
coming home, looks like a storm, weather cold. Evening blowing hard from
the East and drifting.
Churned this morning had 11# of butter. went for a load of wood before
dinner. Snowing in the afternoon hauled two loads turned out a very rough
day blowing, snowing & drifting. Bonny calved.
A fine morning, went down to the Bridge. not drifted bad, went. up to
Crossroad. Very bad but snow light, got through it without shovelling.
No one else turned out. went for one load of wood before dinner, got two
in the afternoon, got a card from Alice and a short note from Bert written
in Pugwash. should have got it Saturday. William Johnson sent Britching
to use till he gets stock to make a proper one.
A fine day. was churning this morning. l2# Butter. fixing sled only got
two loads of wood today. Ashmore Brown called this p.m. very sick at John
Crockett's. One of the lumbermen cut off his thumb. Sam Henley & Ida
called this p.m. on their way home.
A fine day hauled 5 loads of wood. Went to meeting of Agrl. Society Directors
at Jas. Hamilton's. Emptied out the molasses Brl. there was about 6 gal.
A very cold day. E. Hamilton called this morning to see about sending
some butter to Halifax with me next week. Hauled 2 loads of wood this
a.m. Went to the Creamery with 5 bushels grain and down to the village
with the britching B. Johnson sent me this p.m. Billy not at home his
boy made some alterations in the harness and coming home saw Billy at
the Corner and paid him for the harness and fixing, $2.00. Had card from
Bert this evening, he is in Cape Breton this week.
A very fine but cold day. getting ready for Halifax. J.Hamilton and Maggie,
C.Cox & Mrs. Cox, E. Hamilton & Clara were home for tea.
Cold morning, went to Church. Mr. Fraser preached. Subject "choosing".
Mr. Fraser went to lumber camps in the afternoon.
The coldest day for 23 years from 35 to 40 below zero in the morning.
Moderated before noon. I started to Halifax 11 o'clock a.m. went to Brookfield
station, took the 5 o'clock train and went to Halifax and spent the night
with Jotham and Eddie. sold butter to Walker for another year. 20 cents/lb.
until the first of June then 18 cents/lb for three months and 20 cents
the balance of the year. Pork and butter came in on the "local"
in the morning but late on account of very heavy snow storm in the night
which blocked the roads badly. Sold to Walker but didnt have time to get
my money. Got $32.45 for 30 turkeys sent him at Christmas. Came up on
the C.P.R. about noon. Tuesday telephoned to B. & Co. to send 3 barrels
flour and 5 barrels corn meal to Brookfield so I would have a load to
take home in the morning. Met Bert in Brookfield Monday p.m. when I was
going down, on his way to Up. Stewiacke travelling for B. & Co. I
went in to Truro in the evening and spent the night with Alice and Bessie.
Came out on the first train in the morning and home same day Wednesday.
roads badly drifted, six teams all loaded arrived home about dark, found
Bert still here. Couldn't travel on account of snow.
At home all day. Snowing some but not very cold. Ma went to circle but
came right back no one there but her. think I will try and answer Uncle
Eddy's letter which I recd some time ago.
Churning in the morning. l5# of butter, hauled one load of wood, broke
the pole out of sled. Managers meeting in the afternoon met here. by taking
Jany's collection we made out to pay all arrears for 1897. went to Mr.
Cox's for tea. Jim & Maggie were there.
Sacrament Saturday. Mr. McLean preached text "Let a man examine himself".
We hauled two loads of wood in the morning. Hay in the mow about the girt.
got card from Bert & Alice all well.
A wet day very few at church. Mr. Fraser preached from First John 1-3
Subject "Fellowship". Eben Johnson addressed the congregation
and offered the closing prayer. Mr. Thompson is expected to preach this
evening. Will stopped for dinner and will likely go up to the meeting
this evening, rain has stopped. Went up to meeting. Mr. Thompson did not
get over on account of the roads. had a very good meeting subject "love"
E. Johnson spoke and offered prayer in the morning.
A soft mild day - was hauling wood all day got 5 loads. Jas. Creelman
& wife, Chas. Cox and Aunt Janet were here for tea, had a very pleasant
A fine day good hauling finished our wood got 34 loads, expect to go to
Truro in the morning to the "Farmers Association" Will and Nell
and the Teacher called for a few minutes this evening.
Went to Truro to the Farmers meeting. got there in time for the afternoon
meeting. Stayed in Truro Wednesday night. attended three meetings Thursday
and went over with R.P. Fulton for the night, came to Truro for dinner
and home in the afternoon Friday. Alice and Erskine Davidson came with
me. Made arrangements with Mr. Chipman Secy for Agriculture to come to
Springside and give us a lecture.
At home all day not feeling very well. Mr. Coxes younger folk and Will,
Annie & Nell came in the evening.
Went to church Mr. Thompson preached from Psalm 1 a very good sermon so
I thought. The life of the Godly and the Ungodly contrasted.
A fine day. Lester went to Brookfield for molasses and corn meal. Came
home same day. Alice went back to Truro with Erskine and Will in the afternoon.
Went after ice saw, but did not get one. Ma went over to Uncle Wms. Lester
cutting poles. Wm Rutherford very sick since last Friday.
A fine morning, but a very wet afternoon a number of the neighbours over
to Glengarrie for bone meal.
Was to the village for cheque. got it all right $110.75 gave my passbook.
Mr. Gandier of Fort Massey, Halifax spoke on missions in the church in
Was down to see Mr. Rutherford. think he will come round again. David
Johnson borrowed $150.00 today. E.A. Logan called this evening for a few
A fine day a crowd went out to Hattie's camp today. Lester & David
was with them. Grandpa was over to Musquodoboit for the day. I went to
meeting of Agrl. Society Directors at S.A. Logans in the evening. Was
not enough present to do business.
Went to church. Mr. Fraser preached on giving to the schemes of the Church.
Text "Bear ye one another's burden and so fulfill the law of Christ".
"Let every man bear his own burden".
A fine morning we got to work cutting ice this morning. Went out to D.W.
Archibald's in the evening to tea. Mr. & Mrs. Fraser Mr. & Mrs.
S.A. Logan and Mr. & Mrs. Leander Hill were also there. We spent a
very pleasant evening, sent a Bbl. of Butter to I.M. Walker today.
Was up to mill for a load of sawdust this a.m. churned the churn, had
15# of butter, was hauling ice in the afternoon. Lester went to a party
at Uncle James Hamilton's in the evening.
Blowing like a storm this morning. Cutting & hauling ice today. Storming
this evening, snowing and raining, mostly rain.
Cutting ice today. Was up to Jas. Hamilton's for tea. No one else there.
Was out to see Nessie Cox.
Finished putting in ice today, getting very soft. Was to a meeting of
Overseers of Poor at A. Brown's in the evening. Jas. Pace agreed to pay
for Lizzie Barret's keep from this date.
Killed pigs for our own use this morning. Lester & David cutting &
starting poles in the afternoon. Lyman and wife, Jimmy Dunbar & Nancy
were up for tea, spent a pleasant evening.
Was at church, Mr. Fraser preached. Subject Christ's answer to the question
"are there few that be saved". Luke 13-23 "Strive to enter
in at the straight gate". John S. Brown to be buried this p.m. Funeral
at the School house. It is snowing very fast now, 1:30 p.m. Was up to
the funeral. Mr. Fraser conducted the service. Subject "The wondrous
love of God as manifested in our Salvation". 1st John 3, 1-2.
Went over to Musquodoboit and sent Wm. Bentley $8.00, the balance we owed
him on the hearse by John Miller, mail driver. Lester went to Creamery
with 5 bush. grain to get smashed for the steers. Was to meeting of Directors
of Agrl. Society in the evening.
A very fine day, Nessie Gammell was here last night. I took her out to
school this morning. She is teaching a few days for Libbie. Geo. Dean
was helping Lester cut poles today. Got letter from Bert and one from
Mr. Newcombe today. Bert will be in Truro most of this week. Got an order
for Grant to Agrl. Society today $102.90. Lent Will Creelman $25.00 for
a few days.
Sent order for Society Grant to Hfx. today. Wrote to Joe. Was hauling
poles in the afternoon. Sow pigged, had 10, all dormant (sic).
Will came in for Lester to help him a few days. Went down to John's for
tubs, got 5 1/2 bush. oats from Lyman for $2.40 interest. Got receipt
from Wm. Bentley. Friday 4th for Bal of hearse money $8.00.
came down and we counted the money this morning. Lester at Will's. E.A.
Logan called to have me sign his bill of expenses to Farmer's Association.
Lent Geo. Dickie $20.00 yesterday. He only wants it for 10 days.
Saturday 5th March, 1898
A very dirty day, raining in the morning. Snowing & sleeting in the
afternoon. Mr. Alex Hattie called with Jas. Creelman in the evening. He
is going out of the woods this week.
At church, heard that Uncle Jim Dunlap is very sick. Mr. Fraser not able
to conduct the service today. S.J. Logan opened the meeting & Eben
Johnson read a sermon and closed the exercises. Subject the Lawyer's question
"What shall I do to inherit eternal life" and Christ's answer,
We went out to see Uncle Jim Dunlap, found him better that we expected.
Was at Uncle Wm's for dinner, and came home. Same evening, saw Geo. Creelman
on our way home. He thinks he is improving.
Very fine weather, snow going fast. Hauling a few logs to mill. Leander
Hill & wife here for tea.
Was up to A. Brown's in the morning. Went out to Pembroke to a meeting
of the Overseers of the Poor in the afternoon. Sent L. Dean to Truro.
Was down to Ed Logan's for tea. Wm. & Martha were there too.
Hauling logs to mill, weather very fine, snow going fast with sun. A.
Brown & wife here for tea.
Down to village and out to Higgin's Mill looking after cow feed. Got none.
Got a small grist ground at creamery.
Lester away to mill with loads of logs. S.A. Logan's sale of stock this
p.m. D.W. Archibald called in the evening to get papers signed for the
release of Lorne Dean from Truro jail.
Went to Church this a.m. Mr. Fraser preached from Luke 17th chap. 12 -
19. The miracle of cleansing of the ten lepers. A very soft day. R.P.
Fulton at church. Margaret not so well.
A fine day, starting out poles & logs. Was to meeting of Directors
of Agrl. Society in the evening.
Hauling out poles all day. D.W. Archibald & wife were in for tea.
A cold night.
Went for the horse power and saw frame. Had a meeting here in the evening
of the owners of the thrasher and sawing machine. Sold shares in the saw
to Wm. Hamilton $6.00 , Jas. Creelman $1.00, and Wm. Deyarmond $1.00 to
be paid in April, 1898. Agreed to keep the saw for use of owners only.
Shoeing horses for sawing, and killing late turkeys in the morning. Snowed
& rained in the afternoon so we could not saw any.
Fine morning. Got to work, sawing machine worked well. Geo. Dean helping
for Uncle Wm, and Lyman Fulton a spell in the afternoon.
Sawing wood all day. Lyman and Geo. Dean helping, but did not get done.
Went to church, raining some, very few there. Mr. Fraser preached on Missions
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to any creature and
lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen"
Finished sawing wood in the morning. Lester went to Wm. Cox's auction
in the afternoon.
Was out to mill with small grist to get mashed for cows in the morning.
Got letters from Bert & Alice and Joe, all are well. Will sent the
$25.00 he had lend of this evening.
23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th
Was down to Village yesterday, bought a bbl. of rolled oats from E. Dickie,
paid cash $4.30, Brookfield price.
Mr. Fraser preached from 15th Mat. "The Syphrocerian Women".
Sold steers to F. E. Stewart for $65.00 on 3 months. We gave $32.00 for
them last fall.
Took steers as far as Sprot Stewart's. Roads very bad. Was up to Jim's
counting the minister's money this evening.
Was splitting wood today. Intend to go to Truro tomorrow if fine.
Went to Truro this p.m. It rained nearly all the way. The roads were very
bad. Went by Harmony.
Was in Truro all day. Bought a load of corn meal & oats. Paid $1.00
per bag for meal and 45 cents for oats. Paid for all I bought and paid
a bill about $30.00 at Black's besides.
Came home from Truro this p.m. The roads much better than when I went
Went to church. Mr. Fraser preached on the observance of the Sabbath.
Text "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath".
Was to Landsdowne for meal & oats. Roads very heavy, a good deal of
snow and ice through the woods. Got a message from Bert this evening to
meet him at Mid. Stewiacke at noon tomorrow.
Mr. Chas Creelman here for a visit most of the day. Lester went to meet
Bert. Got home about dark. Expect to drive him down Musquodoboit today
or next day.
Bert at home today. It is stormy, snowing & raining.
Started with Bert this morning. Roads very bad. Went to Geddie Reid's
first day. Bert made some very good sales.
Started from Geddie Reid's this morning, drove to Little River for dinner.
In the afternoon, drove to Shubenacadie, then up to Lower Stewiacke, put
up at Willard Ellis's. Went to Truro on train in the evening. Found Joe
& Bessie at home. Alice away to
Amherst. She came home in the evening.
Drove Bert to Dickie's Mill and back to Lower Stewiacke, then started
for home, got to M. Flake's for dinner, and home for tea. Roads very bad.
Bert gave me
Went to church. Easter Sunday. Mr. Fraser preached on the Resurrection
15 Ch. l Cor.
Sent Bbl. of butter to Walker. Got word from Ryan and weight of butter
- 87 lbs. $16.53. He was very much pleased with it.
R.P. Fulton was here for tea last evening. He is talking about starting
for Vancouver. Was tending about the place.
Went to meeting of the Stockholders of the S.G. & Lansdowne R.Way
Co. Agreed to pay one half of Stock subscribed on conditions that we get
a full clearance from all judgements forever.
Hauling poles and splitting, preparing for fencing. Weather fine. Feed
I went out to Blackie's Mill to get lumber for a hen house.
16th April (lambs commenced to come) Went out to Mill. Lester & I
to start in logs and get them sawed. Rained last night. Very muggy and
warm, frogs singing tonight. Will in a few minutes. Lester went out to
sleep with him.
I did not go to church today, did not feel very well. Mr. Fraser preached
from 9th verse of 119th Psalm "Where with all shall a young man cleanse
his way, by taking heed thereto according to thy ____________"
Went down to Saml Creelman's and settled with him for my railroad stock
by giving him my note on 3 months for $42.00 - went on to the village
and got 2 bags middlings for the ewes'.
Managers met here this p.m. We found on counting the money on hand to
be short of the quarter's salary by $17.00, which was borrowed without
interest until it comes in.
Went out to Blackie's Mill with some grain to get ground for the cows;
got a load of hulls for bedding, also got wet.
One of the lumbermen was here all night. Engaged me to take 3 of them
to Lower Stewiacke for $5.00, but it rained all night and is still raining
this morning. Don't know when we will start. P.M. did not go to L. Stewiacke
as the men got their due bills cashed here and went to the Harbour, so
Lester at the Hall working today. I was tending around the farm.
Working about the place this a.m. Went to meeting of S.S. Workers and
others in the Church in the afternoon. Mr. Thompson & Mr. MacLean
were there and gave good addresses. Mr. T. spoke to the children, took
for a text "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth".
Mr. MacLean spoke to teachers and Mr. Fraser to parents.
Mr. Fraser preached today, text "Train up a child in the way he should
go and when he is old, he will not depart from it". Sabbath School
is beginning next Sabbath.
War declared between U.S. & Spain. Grandpa 86 years old yesterday.
Sent Brl of butter to Brookfield with John Rutherford's team today. Set
out 3 plum trees bought of C. Dunlap.
Very cold and dirty weather, wind from the east. Snowing this p.m. Ground
covered with snow.
Lester up to mill for sawdust. Cold & dirty, snowing some. Was over
to Uncle Wm's for tea (Libbie & I).
Went to work at the chamber, putting up sheathing.
Finished all the lumber I had, but had not enough to finish the chamber.
Weather wet and dirty all the week.
Went to the corner to a meeting about the Midland Railway terminus. Was
appointed to go to Truro to interview Mr. Lawrence.
Mr. MacLean preached today from John 7-17 "If any man will do the
Will of My Father, he shall know of the doctrine wheather it be of God
or wheather I speak of Myself". Subject, the promise of knowledge
and the way to obtain it. Our S. School opened today.
At home all day. Grace's brother & sister were over for a visit.
Went to Truro to interview Mr. Lawrence on the terminus of the Midland
Railway, think we have a fair chance of getting it to come by Brookfield.
Home same evening, brought Mr. Fraser up from Manse, Mid. Stewiacke. was
at __________________for tea.
Lester began hauling manure. Grandpa over to D. Hamilton's. Went up for
the mill. The war is not progressing very fast.
Lester & I were hauling manure for oats all day. ground drying very
fast. Expect Wm. Tays tomorrow to help frame hen house.
A wet morning. Mr. Tays did not come. Lester & I were cleaning grain
for seed this a.m. Still raining at noon. Sold the small pig for $2.30.
Mr. Tays came this morning and we put up the frame of hen house and he
made door & window frames and put them in by 2 o'clock. Paid him .75
cents and he went home. Mr. Tays was up this p.m., stayed for tea.
8th of May
Mr. Fraser preached today from the 17th chap. of John - Christ's prayer
before entering the Garden. Went to S. School this p.m.
The ground was frozen this morning. Lifted the board out of the hay mow
today. 10 loads in the mow. Jas. Johnson and son bought 6 bush. potatoes
at 50 cents per bush. paid for them. Sam Creelman & Agent here for
Commenced plowing and harrowing today. have not sowed any yet. Was to
Dickies this p.m. brought up 4 bush oats 45 cents per bush. and 3 lbs.
mangle seed @15 cents, paid for it. Bought 10 lb. nails from A.A. Grant.
He couldn't make change so did not pay for them.
Have been very busy seeding. The weather somewhat backward. Lester to
Brookfield today for Bran and oats, brought 15 hundred weight at $17.50/ton,
12 bush. oats at 45 cents. Bert has been sick, came home from Pictou Thursday.
Last week not well, think it is Grippe.
Bert was home all last week but we expect he is to work this week. Finished
sowing yesterday. Put in some mangles about a week ago. They are coming
up now. Finished the last today. Have no potatoes planted on interval
Smith Fulton came today and we planted potatoes on interval. Gave him
an order to go to Dickies and get 3 bush oats for seed. Grandpa has been
bad with Rheumatism for a few days. Dr. MacKay was to see him a week ago,
was back again today.
Dr. MacKay was here again to see Grandpa, he has been very bad.
Dr. MacKay called on his way to Pictou, thinks Grandpa will soon be better,
has been wet & cold for a week. no farming done.
Grandpa worse, went for Dr. Cox in the a.m. and for Dr. Deckman in the
p.m. and they stayed until midnight, but failed to give much relief.
Grandpa no better. Dr. Cox came and he said there was no chance. Bert,
Alice & Joe drove out from Truro this a.m. and stayed all day.
Dr. Cox here. Grandpa suffering very much with his kidneys. Dr. got him
relieved and he appears better. Thinks if we could get his bowels moved,
he would have a little hope. Bert & Alice went back to Truro this
a.m. at 5 o'clock. Dr. was back again at midnight.
David Byers & Lydia came at midnight. 4 p.m. Dr. MacKay has called
on his way home from Pictou. He is not so hopeful as Dr. Cox. Both Drs.
came at 10 o'clock tonight. They think he is doing well.
I have been up most all night. Grandpa rested very well. Both Drs. were
here today and think Grandpa is doing well.
John MacGill Johnson and Geddie Reid was with Grandpa last night. He rested
pretty well. Geddie & Libbie came last evening. This is a wet morning.
Lester went out to help Will in the shop today. Cleared off in the afternoon.
Got letters from Bert & Alice and flask of Brandy from Alice. Grandpa
about the same. George sat up with him last night, he rested pretty well.
The boys are hauling manure for the turnips today. The Dr. was here this
June 11, 1898
Grandpa about the same. Lyman was with him last night. He rested pretty
well. This is Sacrament Saturday. The boys are at church, but Libbie &
I had to stay home with Grandpa. My stomach is very bad, expect some medecine
from the Dr. today.
Sacrament Sabbath. Mr. Gizzie preached. All the family at church except
Libbie & I. Grandpa about the same. I went to hear Mr. Gizzie in the
evening. His subject was "Follow me" from Luke 9th from verse
50 to the end of the chapter. Four classes of men Jesus deals with.
Was with Grandpa myself all night. He had no rest until 3 o'clock, after
that he slept better. He dont appear quite so well today. Was down to
the village with Brl of Butter this morning & I got a bag of bone
meal from Sam Creelman, paid $1.57 for it.
A fine day, finished sowing buckwheat this morning, used one bag of bonemeal.
Grandpa rested very well, is sleeping most of the time. Was up to the
Church last evening to District Lodge meeting. S.E. Gourley, Esq. was
there and made an excellent speech. Mr. Adams, Baptist minister read a
paper. A wet evening.
Was with Grandpa last night, he was very restless until about 3 a.m. then
he went to sleep and rested better. Is very comfortable this morning.
The boys are working at brush fence.
A very cold morning, very hard frost. The potatoes are killed, but not
all up yet. Grandpa rested pretty well. I was with him after midnight.
Congregational meeting this p.m.
The boys are on the roads. I can't leave Grandpa, he is much the same.
Don't think he is improving much.
Frost again this morning. The weather is windy & cold. Was down to
the village this evening. Was in to see the Dr.
A very windy cold day. Ma has gone to church. Grandpa did not want me
to leave him. He is about the same. Will was with him most all night.
A wet morning, rained most all night. Was with Grandpa all night. He rested
pretty well, but don't appear to be improving much. Dr. MacKay called
this evening. Don't think there is any improvement.
A very fine morning. Lester away with the horses helping Henry Johnson
haul a barn. Grandpa about the same. Looking dark again as tho it would
Uncle Jimmy was with Grandpa last night, he had a very bad night. Vomited
a good deal. Is better today. IS quite easy, not much pain, and sleeps
a good deal.
Noble was with us last night. Grandpa rested very well. W.B. Chipman gave
a lecture in the church this p.m. Very few present. The Dr. (Cox) was
here this evening, says there is a great change for the worse since he
saw Grandpa. Said about all he could do was to give something to keep
A fine day. John MacGill was here last night. Grandpa rested pretty well.
Lester was down last night and got some medecine to ease the pain, and
G. has been easier since. Mrs. Geo. Hamilton and Uncle William Dunlap
and Aunt Martha came today, and have just left for home 5 p.m.
Wet most all the morning. Harvey Archibald came in the p.m. to see Grandpa,
he was very poorly. I went down to see the Dr. but he don't think he can
do anything for him.
Bert, Bessie & Alice came in the night and was with us all day. Bert
stayed with Grandpa, he is very poorly.
Bert & B. & Alice started this morning about 4:30. It is a fine
morning. Lester working at the church furnaces. Grandpa about the same.
Am sending Walker another Butter by Dickie's team.
We were all alone with G. last night. He rested very well and seems better
today. The Dr. (MacKay) came last evening & washed out his bladder.
Geo. Hamilton is here now. W. Logan called for a half hour this evening.
Grandpa did not rest so well last night. Don't seem so bright this morning.
I was with him all night.
David Johnson came to stay with Grandpa tonight. Lydia came again. Lewis
was to Truro and brought her out.
Grandpa rested fairly well last night. Is sleeping a good deal today.
Ma is away driving David & Gertie out to the picknick. Agrl. Meeting
in the village tonight. I want to go very much. Went down but did not
stay for the meeting.
Grandpa failing. The Dr. MacKay came today & says he can do nothing
more for him. Uncle Wm. Dunlap came up and hired Lester 3 months on condition
that Joe don't get a place. Wages $25.00 for haying month and $35.00 for
the other two.
Grandpa is pretty easy today. Will was with him last night. We are giving
him morphine tablets to ease the pain, expect Noble tonight. This is a
very warm day. Rev. Isaac Reid preached today. Jim stayed with us last
night. This is Monday morning.
Grandpa is very low, we don't think he will live through the day. He takes
very little notice now. Lester went to Brookfield for a load and David
went with him. He is going to the exam in Truro this week.
Monday 4th July, 1898 Grandpa died.
Funeral this afternoon at 5 o'clock. Mr. Fraser spoke from Job 5"26
"Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn
cometh in in his season" and sang the last Hymn,which were among
the last words of him whom we now mourn. There was a very large gathering
of friends and relatives.
Jotham took Lester out to Uncle Wm. Dunlap's to work for 2 or 3 months.
Don't know how he will get along.
Ma went to Sewing Circle. Joe & I were hoeing mangles.
Lydia went home today. I was to the village in the morning and paid J.
Hindy for digging grave $1.50. Painted the buggie in the p.m.
Picked over the wool and put it in Bags ready for market. Joe was bunching
turnips in the forenoon and cultivating potatoes in p.m. David came home
from the board this evening. Brought the money from Walker $138.00
Mr. Fraser preached subject "Stability amid changes"
Was down to Dickie's with 6 lambs, got $2.00 apiece. Paid C. Cox $5.00
on rates for 1898. Paid Geo. H. $9.00 for Linens for coffin.
Went to the Tea meeting Springside. Joe sprained
Was to the village this morning & paid Dr. Cox $16.50 and Dr. MacKay
$18.00 in full of all accts. to date.
Was out to D.R. Creelman's last evening. This is a wet day.
Went to the factory with some wool and exchanged for yarn and batts.
Mr. MacKinnon preached. Subject "Faith".
Was to the Village with Butter. A. Brown's 2 boxes and Bbl. for self,
brought Margaret Fulton up for a visit. Geddie Reid came over this evening.
Went over to Big Hugh the Marsh's with Geddie today, but lost our trip
so I think.
Wet day. Intended to commence haying, but the weather is bad. Mowed part
of the Garden.
Still wet. Did nothing at the hay. Ma went to the Women's meeting.
Mowed the rest of the garden. Went to Pictou in the evening with the mare.
Came home Saturday morning and put in the hay in the garden.
Came from Pictou this a.m. Mowed the hill and raked it. Got a letter from
Electa that Uncle Eddy is very poorly. Don't think he will live many days.
Started at 5 o'clock this morning for Londonderry to see Eddy. Went to
Truro in 4 hours, had Will Creelman's horse. Stayed in Truro until 4 o'clock,
then went to Portaupique in 3 1/2 hours. Stopped at Tupper's, he is in
Windsor. Amelia & I went down to Sam's in the evening. Was at Tupper's
Went out to Castle Reigh to see Eddy this morning. He is stopping at Sam
Found Eddy very weak but comfortable. He has a good place to stop, they
are very kind to him. Stayed with him all day. He felt better than he
had done for some time. came in to Sam' s in the evening.
Left Sam's at 7 o'clock for home. Came to Truro in 4 hours. Found Bessie
sick. Left Truro for home at 4 o'clock and got home about 9 o'clock.
The Boys had cut 2 loads in the upper field and we put that in and mowed
Finished mowing in the upper field except the rough and put some in.
Finished the upper field had 5 loads and about another to cut. Commenced
mowing below the barn put one load in.
Finished mowing this side of the Gully except the little point, put in
6 loads and left 89 cocks of clover out. 15 loads in now.
Alice came home for her vacation today. Miss Newcombe came with her. Bert
telephoned yesterday morning and David went through last night and brought
Black's old mare home.
Alice & Miss Newcome went out for Lester today.
No preaching today. Mr. Fraser was in Truro preaching for Mr. Gezzie.
David took Lester back to Uncle William's. He thinks he has a good place.
Have had very wet for 3 days now. Have 39 loads of hay in. Was over to
Pictou with the mare for the 3rd and last time this season. Alice &
Miss Newcombe are out to Mr. Wm. Johnson's this p.m. Uncle Eddy died Thursday
11th at 5 o'clock a.m. Was buried Friday 12th. Had a message from Bert.
Had a long letter from Electa tonight telling the particulars of his death.
Jotham came from Halifax where he has been since Exhibition week. Alice,
Bert, Bessie & Will came about 5 o'clock this am. We are all at home
today, a happy family. Mr. McRae has been here for a week, making clothes
for Lester & I.
All at home Today!. Alice, Bert & Bessie are going back to Truro this
evening. Jotham will stay home for a while to see how his health is. Evening
They are gone & Gertie went with them for a week or two. Andy Cox
came home from Chicago Saturday evening. Came with Joe from Brookfield.
Was up to Jas. Creelman's for the evening. Mr. & Mrs. Fraser &
D.W. Archibald & wife were there.
Lester & Jotham went to Mid. Musquodoboit to Rising Sun Division Jubilee.
Had a good time. Got home
Saturday evening in a snow storm. Sat. 31st Congregational meeting $61.67
behind with Minister's salary.
Jany 1st, 1899
A very stormy day. Very few at church. Mr. Fraser preached from Psalm
90 12 "So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts
unto wisdom". An Excellent sermon may we learn the lessons this text
is calculated to teach.
Went to Village, sent P.O. order for $8.40 for Cooperative Farmer, 14
Heard today that Aunt Jenny Archibald is dead, is to be
buried tomorrow. Aunt Sally Campbell died Nov. 7th at Geddie Reid's. They
buried her in our lot in the Upr. Stewiacke cemetry. She was 83. Aunt
Jenny was 88 years old.
A very soft day, the sleighing is all gone. Andy & Nellie Cox were
here for tea. Duncan Creelman went to Hospital today to have his mouth
Sabbath School reviewed in church today. Mr. Fraser took as a centre of
thought ll Chron. 34 chap.
Will Creelman brought Gertie home from Truro. Paid J.Rutherford $1.25
for a pair of Larrigans for Joe. J.Crockett paid $20.00 borrowed.
A very cold day. Wm. Hamilton & Martha and C. Cox & Mary were
here for tea this evening. Will called late in the evening and told us
that they had word from his father. They had successfully performed the
operation and he stood it well. It is a very bad case of cancer in his
Very cold. No snow. Not doing much. Boys are cutting wood at the door.
Some they snaked off the hill.
Boys commenced to cut some ice today.
Boys went for sawdust for ice house. Got load of plainer shavings at Davy
Dean's. Uncle Wm. Dunlap came up today and offered to sell his farm. Gave
us a month to make up our mind. As he was short of money, I gave him $50.00
If we buy the farm, it will go as the first payment. If not, he will give
it back. G.N. Robinson sent $2.25 for taking care of his pig and service
Boys, Lester & Joe commenced to put in the ice.
Mr. Fraser preached on the healing of the blind man at the pool of Bethesda
Mark 8: 22-26
Working at the ice. Went down to Dickie's with a bbl. of butter for him
to take to Brookfield. David started to school after Holidays.
Very stormy. Worked at the ice in the forenoon. Lester was to go to Uncle
William Dunlap's to help him, but did not get off.
F. Lester went to the Branch this morning to work for Uncle Williams to
& Friday 19th & 20th
Sledding good. Joe & I hauling wood. A meeting of the Managers appointed
for this evening. After the meeting- by borrowing $21.00 we had enough
to pay Mr. Fraser off for 1898.
Went to Truro today. Called round by Uncle Wm. Dunlap's and talked over
matters in connection with buying his farm. Got to Truro about dark, found
them all well.
In Truro. Went to hear Mr. Faulconer (Proff.) preach in St. Andrews Church.
Subject "Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee"
Came home from Truro today. Paid Black & Co. $22.90 for C. meal. Paid
Bert $6.00 borrowed. Paid Alice $2.07 Bought a number of articles. Ordered
a stone for Grandpa's grave from "Walker". Got home about 4
Hauling wood, got 5 loads. Gave A. Brown $29.49 for Walkers.
Great rain storm, the sledding spoiled. Ice gouged and a freshet in the
river. Some of the lumber teams coming out of the woods.
We went out to the Branch. A lot of ice & water on the intervale in
the village. Concluded the Bargain with Uncle Wm. about the farm. Got
Dickie's bill and gave him $5.00 on my way home in the evening.
Was cutting poles in the forenoon with Joe. In the afternoon, went over
to D. Hamilton's but he was away in Halifax. Went down to the Corner on
my way back. Gave A.A. Grant $15.93 balance on Turkeys bought for Walker.
Helping Joe & David cut poles.
Mr. Fraser sick with Grippe. Mr. McKinnon preached for us today. Text,
13th verse of the 13th chap. of 1st Corin. "And now abideth faith,
hope & charity, these three but the greatest of these is Charity".
A very fine day. Joe sick with cold or Grippe. Mrs. Crockett called and
I gave her money for Butter sent to Walker 42 1/2# @ 16 cents $6.80 She
paid me $2.00 which they had borrowed to pay Agrl. Society.
Lodge held a pie social. Lester came from the Branch. They cleared $48.50
Joe not able to be there.
William & Martha Hamilton were over this evening. Weather cold &
clear, no snow for sledding.
Cold & fine. Went out to Pembroke to see Mr. Deyarmond about doing
Still cold and no snow. Cutting poles.
Mr. Deyarmond came & commenced the writings between Uncle Wm. D. &
Mr. Fraser not able to preach. Been down sick with Grippe. Elders conducted
service. Subject "Christ's healing the nobleman's son".
Joe & I were hauling poles but very little snow. Ma & I were up
to Jim's to tea. Bill & Martha, Jas. Creelman & Jessie were there
Went out this morning to see David Johnson about paying me some borrowed
Took Joe out to the Branch to help Lester get wood for a few days. Agreed
to have the writings done first of March. Read the agreement to Uncle
Wm. & he seemed well satisfied.
Ma very sick today. Went for medecine for her. The Dr. was up to the lumber
woods and called as he came down. She was better in the evening.
Ma rested pretty well, but her head is bad this morning again. Bad all
Ma is very bad with her head all day. Telephoned for Alice to come Monday.
Ma very bad this morning. Dr. came in the afternoon. Wm. & Martha
came over & Martha stayed all night.
Went to Brookfield for Alice. Took a bbl. of Butter. Very bad road, began
to snow about noon. Stormed hard on us all the way home. The Dr. came
early in the morning, and when we came home, Ma was so bad that we telephoned
for him. He came & stayed all night. Tremendous hail storm.
Ma some easier. Dr. went home, and I took Aunt Martha home. Lester &
Joe came home in the evening. Ma very sick all night.
Ma some better this morning. Lester went back to the Branch. Dr. came
and said she was better.
Ma very sick all day, and all night.
Ma very bad with her head. Send the Dr. a card, he came in the afternoon.
Mr. Fulton telephoned Alice to stay till first of week.
Ma some better and has been better every day since until
Last Tuesday the 21st was to Lansdowne for Bone Meal. Brought 13 bags.
Erskine Davison & Bessie came Wednesday 22nd. Stayed until Friday
24th. Joe & David have been hauling wood two days, all most done.
Went down for Medecine this evening. Ma is feeling pretty well this evening.
Ma is comfortable this morning. I went to church. Mr. Fraser preached
from Mat. 6-33 "Seek first the kingdom of God & his righteousness
and all these things shall be added unto you". This is a very fine
day. The sleighing is excellent.
Very fine morning, roads good. Went over to Lansdowne for 8 bags bone
meal for M.S. Cox.
Ma improving slowly. Very fine day. Tim Robinson Ellis died this morning
suddenly. Local Union of C.E. met South Branch.
Bert came home this evening. Brought Lester with him. Ma was on her chair
today for the first.
Bert took Lester back to the Branch and canvassed the shops. Ma not feeling
very well this evening.
Bert left this morning for Musquodboit & Shubenacadie. Weather very
fine. Went down to see the Dr. He sent some medecine for stomach. Commenced
to take out manure.
Boys hauling manure. Eddie came and got the gun and shot a fox this morning.
Preaching this p.m. Mr. MacLean. The Dr. came in the evening, says Ma
is doing fine.
Sacrament Sabbath Mr. Fraser preached from John 20th 24-25. Meeting this
evening in the Hall. A wet night. Bert Creelman got his hand badly hurt
yesterday. Ma keeping better.
Soft day. Joe went to Blaikie's mill with 14 1/2 bush grain to get mashed.
Stormy today, snowed and rained. Ma improving.
Went up to Jas Creelman's and got the horse power in the a.m. In the afternoon,
went to J.R. McCoul for the saw.
Went over to Musquodoboit, got laces from Sid Hamilton for belt. Got tin
dishes and lantern fixed at I. Dunlap's.
Boys went to the lumber woods with a crowd. Lester came home from the
Mr. McLean preached. My neck very sore with carbuncle. Did not go to Church.
Went to Truro this morning. Got there before Bert was out. Drew money
out of Saving Bank $111.38. Bert drew $400.00 and gave it to me to pay
on Uncle William's farm. Came home same day, was home before dark.
Commenced sawing wood. Burchell came in the afternoon.
Sawed all day, got a good days work done. Discovered a crack in the saw,
went out to Will's and got a rivet in it.
Stormed so we could not saw much. Quite a heavy fall of snow.
Finished sawing and Lester took the machine out to the Branch.
Snowed and stormed, killed 3 pigs for home use.
Raining some. very soft at night.
Snow most all gone this morning, soft all day. Cut up and salted 3 pigs
for home use. Weight 356 lbs. Lambs commenced to come last Wednesday.
Went to the Branch to help Lester saw wood. Had to come home because a
wheel was lost off the horse power.
Went out again and commenced sawing.
Finished sawing and brought the machine home. Bean supper at the Branch
Lester went back to the Branch today. Took 7 bags Bone Meal.
A big fall of snow, good sledding. Went out to see Mr. Deyarmond, agreed
to go to the Branch on Wednesday next.
Mr. Fraser reviewed S.S. Lessons for the quarter.
Went over to D. Hamilton's to get Gertie's foot measured for a pair of
Working around splitting wood, etc. etc. E.A. Logan here for tea.
Went out to the Branch and got the writings done. Bert came from Truro.
Rained hard and we stayed all night.
We got all the writings signed, sealed & delivered yesterday. I paid
Uncle William $650.00 with $50.00 which I lent him before makes $700.00
for which I took a receipt. He gave Bert $600.00 to put in the Bank for
safe-keeping. Mr. Deyarmond & I came home this morning & Joe went
to Blackie's mill this p.m.
Bert came yesterday p.m. and stayed all night. Brought a crock to fill
with Butter for Archibald's Truro. He started early this morning for Musquodoboit.
Mr. & Mrs. Fraser and Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Creelman were here for tea
Lester came home last night. Is staying until Monday. We shod the horses
& I made pole for big waggon for him to take out to the Branch. A.
Brown & wife were here for tea today.
Weather very cold. Mr. Fraser preached today on the resurrection of Christ.
Lester & Joe went to the Branch, took 24 bush. potatoes, new pole
for big waggon and 5 head of cattle.
John Carr came with pig, stayed all night. Joe & I was splitting wood.
Went to Ashmore Brown's and bought his cattle, his steers for $47.00,
one year credit. Harvey Archibald was here for tea.
6th Ap. 1899
Sold steers to Ronald MacDonald's son for $70.00 $20.00 cash and $50.00
in two months.
Took steers to Gordon Farnell's (Parkers Corners) for McDonald. Paid D.
Hamilton $2.50 for making boots for Joe.
Leander Hill & wife were here for tea and Mrs. M.A. Ellis.
Was not at church. Mr. Fraser preached.
Mr. Chas Creelman here all day. S.S. Convention. Mr. Sanford Field Secy
Wm. Redmond here for potatoes yesterday and Mr. C. Creelman here visiting
today instead of yesterday.
Ma up to Jim' s visiting. Joe went to Truro with Will.
Splitting wood. Aunt Martha Johnson here.
Joe got home this morning. Splitting wood, went to E.A. Logan's visiting
in the afternoon.
Finished splitting wood. Ed. Hamilton got 4 bush potatoes.
Mr. Fraser preached from "Amos" 3rd ch. 2nd v. and 4th ch. 12th
v. "You only have I known of all the families of the earth, therefore
I will punish you for all your iniquities" "And because I will
do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God Oh Israel".
A very stormy day, ground all white with snow. Meeting of the Managers
of the Congregation here, about $80.00 behind. Agreed to borrow if possible.
Appointed Joe to help the Treasurer for the bal. of the year.
Packing our stuff to move.
Lester came with a load of straw and we took 2 loads out same day.
Came home after putting up the Beds and arranging our stuff.
Commenced hauling manure.
Boys hauling manure. Ma & I were out to Uncle Wm's for tea.
Mr. Fraser preached from Mat. 17th - 27.
End of Diary
Edition Editor's Notes:
I am sure most readers
of this diary are fascinated by the amount of travel that my grandfather
did in the run of a year when his only mode of transport was by horse
and wagon, except for his jaunts to Halifax on the train. As you could
see he often mentions taking butter to Brookfield or elsewhere, and because
of this he was sometimes referred to as "Butter Bill". You may
also wonder who all the characters in the story may be, especially if
you suspect you are related to some of them. I have included some references
below but most are missing. As time goes on perhaps we can fill in some
of the missing information. I feel that different names were used for
the same people sometimes.
After William and
family moved to South Branch the former owner "Billy" Dunlap
and his wife boarded with the family for a time. The original farm at
Newton Mills was kept up to some extent and Jotham sometimes lived there
before moving out west because of his Asthma condition. Later Lester took
over the South Branch farm and William moved back to the old farm. Incidentally
the old farm, on the Fulton Brook, may have been called "Ingleside"
My part of the story
was in assembling the information so that it may be circulated.. Thanks
to my son David for doing the actual scanning of the typed copy for computer
use. Thanks also to those others mentioned earlier.
Ken Creelman, son
of Jotham January 18, 2000