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Item ID# A2012.087.003
Title James Rowand Burgess diary 1915-1916
Object Name Diary
Dates of Creation August 22, 1915 - December 29, 1916
Creator Burgess, James Rowand
Description Part of series 1 of the James and Elizabeth Burgess family fonds, this is a sample of one of 13 diaries written by James Rowand Burgess, born December 31, 1890, son of Christina Thompson Rowand and William Burgess of Port Elgin, Bruce County, Ontario. In the diary, an entry is generally made for each day from August 22, 1915 - December 29, 1916.

Topics covered in the diary include:

- social and church activities, including Patriotic Picnic in Burgoyne, School Box Social, Literary Society debates (including list of Executive for winter 1916 executive: Arthur Burgess, Beulah Stewart, Norah Cunningham, Will Cheeseman, Irving Grieve) Endeavour, Leap Year party at Cheesemans'.

- weather

- farm work (ploughing, threshing, harrowing, sowing seed, fixing fences, repairing the barn, cleaning horse stable), including work related to Dalmeney oats, barley, beans, mangels, turnips, peas, wheat, hens, orchard, pigs, cattle, installation of cream separator (July 3, 1916))

- planting garden

- sawing wood in the bush,

- health, dentist appointments (2 teeth filled, $1.50 October 27, 1916)

- use of sleigh and cutter

- Birthday and Christmas presents

- First World War: (Monday, October 2, 1917 "Oliver's battalion, the 160th Bruce has been ordered overseas and he is home on his last leave.")

Also makes reference to friends and family: Edgar, Fred, Uncle Alfred Burgess, Oliver Geddes, Uncle Walter, Uncle Johnnie, John Geddes, Bessie Geddes, Alex Geddes, Ethel Christie, Tom Lamb, Winnie Wilson, Aunt Jennie, Oliver Christie
Collection Burgess, James and Elizabeth family fonds
Physical Description 1 cm of textual records
Subjects Agriculture
Farm life
First World War
Home front
Rural life
Social life
People Burgess, Alfred
Burgess, Elizabeth Oliver ("Olive")
Burgess, James Rowand ("Rowand")
Burgess, William
Burgess, William Noble
Christie, Oliver
Geddes, Alex
Geddes, Oliver
Lamb, Thomas
Place Arran Township
Saugeen Township
Related Units of Description For a list of other diaries created by James Burgess, see Item ID# A2012.087.001-.012.
Level of Description Item
Parent Object Burgess series 1