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Item ID# A2012.087.004
Title James Rowand Burgess diary 1918
Object Name Diary
Dates of Creation January 20, 1918 - June 14, 1918
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 January 20, 1918 - June 14, 1918.

Topics covered in the diary include:
- weather,
- chores and work around the homestead (including cleaning pig pens, fixing fences, hauling logs and lumber, cutting poles, gathering sap),
- farming (including threshing peas - Feb. 12, plowing, sowing spring wheat, barley, etc.),
- social activities, including literary meetings (ex. January 30th, a debate re: capital punishment),
- hardships on the home front during WWI (ex. Feb. 9, 1918 no fires for heat in stores by order of the Fuel Controller; J.R. getting his identification card on June 4, 1918),
- high school work and activities,
- community involvement.

Makes references to friends, families and neighbours, including Alfred Burgess.
Collection Burgess, James and Elizabeth family fonds
Physical Description .5 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, Ethel
Place Arran Township
Saugeen Township
Level of Description Item
Parent Object Burgess series 1