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Kootenay

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I've been trying to scour the local archives on the web for more information on this old farm we now rent. Not too much luck yet, but I did dig out an old Farmer's Account Book that I found when we moved in. The earliest date on the ledger is 1929
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Here are a few of the entries: With most spelling mistakes and shorthand intact.

(I'll take pictures of this book here soon)

March 18, 1929-Planted seed in frame

March 18, 1929-Short Calfed (Shortie)

April 4, 1929-Planted trees-no water around (Planting all done)

April 18, 1929-Planted Glads Spinach, let (lettuce transplanted in frame)

April 15, 1929-Spraying

April 20, 1929- (Queenie calfed) (Ada sick in bed)

April 19, 1929-Chrysanthemums planted in frame

April 20, 1929-took iris to store

April 22,1929- Planted peas (cucumbers in frame) lettuce beets carrots

Year: 1930

Feb.27 -Pa got his teeth out in Nelson

Feb- Mr Graham was buried

March 10-Mrs Borrow in hospital (getting packing house cleaned out)

March 14- Lot's of snow around. Ma planted lettuce in frame (Pa pruning).

Mary reading. Alex got new books. (unreadable),,busy on wedding cake.

March 16- Hauling away snow

17- Planted seeds. (Mary made beer). Lots of snow

20- Buggy to town (building chimbley (sp) ) 53 day 6lb butter

22- (Wedding cake arrived)

23- Alex hauling logs down

24- Snowing today

April 2- Mary's wedding day

6- Went into Benton Hidd Barclay's (no snow)

7- Planted Chrysanthemums in frame. Also out-side.

8- Planted Glads. Plowed the onion and pea patch

14- Planted late Cob asters (Chrysanthemums planted in front of house ' spinach, rhubabrb. (water melons)

19- Planted peas, lettuce, spinach 54 Day Eggs

21- 100 baby chicks (Spot calfed out)

26- Planted (? unreadable) 59 day eggs

27- Planted glads carrots (? unreadable cherries in blossom) 5 lbs Butter

28- Planted chrysanthemums out between trees (sold some)

29- (Spot still missing) Pa went to a meeting.

May 19- Planted melons carrots cucumber beans corn

May 26- hard frost

27- Planted tomatoes (petunias in frame)

30- Sold chrysanthemums, daisy, pansy, etc.

June 12- planted (illegible), baby's breath, daisy, spinach

July 2- Planted beans near barn (Woodwards (illegible) today )

Planted tomatoes in back of house

July 18- picking black currant, (illegible), cherries, cabbage, Peas, roses, pansy's

Sept 13- Pullets started today, Sold chrysanthemums at market.

Sept- (illegible) picked 150 (illegible), 258 winter apples

Oct 23- Market to close the end of Oct.

Nov 12- lot's of snow

There's just a sample of what's in that book. I can type out more if anyone is interested in a historical look at the amazing past of this house/land.



:Kim
 

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That is very interesting how simple things used to be...

Cool that you found it...

Thanks for sharing...
 

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Oh how awesome is THAT!!!!
It brings you back to a simpler date back in time. Wonder what they meant by 100 chicks? Did they hatch out 100 chicks or buy them I wonder? Also neat to see they used frames a lot for planting. Evidently they depended on rain (?) for their water supply? Thanks for sharing that I truly enjoyed it! You can kind of put a story together by just a diary....way cool!
 

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That is so very NEAT!!! I wonder what people in that day and age would think of our ledgers now if they could see our monthly and even daily spending allowance on things such as food, dairy, veggies and feed for horses and livestock! Bet that would surely shock them!
 

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Im sure it would because they for the most part grew their own and made up their own blends for their animals. My grandfather blended natural oats and other grains for many neighborhood animals all the grain was grown on his own ground.He then bartered that for other things his family needed.
 

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Oh COOL! Very neat to read actual dated stuff from way back when. So neat to read what went on in those days. Thanks so much for sharing!
 

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