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Delta Museum and Archives Society John and Douglas Honeyman fonds
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John and Douglas Honeyman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-42
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1944

The fonds consists of an accounts journal and seventeen daily journals kept by John Honeyman (1845-1926) and his son Douglas Ramsey Honeyman (1886-1968) from 1883 to 1944, which describe farming the Honeyman family farm at Eden, Manitoba, from 1883 to 1895, the farm at Gulfside near Port Guichon from 1896 to 1902, and the East Delta farm from 1903 to 1914 and 1920 to 1944. Entries from 1883 to about 1905 were made by John Honeyman, and from 1906 to 1944 by Douglas Honeyman. John Honeyman's daily entries are more detailed than those made by Douglas and record farm work and family activities, especially those of the Honeyman children. The journals describe visits with family and neighbors, trips to New Westminster and Vancouver, weather observations, illness, entertainment and social activities. Entries about farm work record seasonal activities for tilling, planting and harvesting grains and potatoes; raising livestock; improving and building farm buildings, fences, etc.; and employing workers such as East Indians and Chinese and their wages. Entries also refer to community political events and frictions, and to work done on shared community infrastructure such as dykes, drainage ditches and roads.

Fonds has been arranged in the following series:
Receipts and Shares

Honeyman, John and Douglas

Accounts Journal 1883-1897

File contains a journal kept by John and Helen Honeyman in which they kept record of household expenses at the Eden, Manitoba, farm and, beginning January 1, 1896, at the farm in Delta at Gulfside near Port Guichon. The entries list such expenses as groceries, dry goods, hardware, clothing, school supplies, trees and seeds, and entertainment. Farm expenses were kept separately and list equipment and hardware, worker's wages, seed, and threshing wages. The journal also lists revenue from butter sold in 1884.

Daily Journal 1900-1904

File contains a farm journal in which daily entries are made on the same page for the years 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1904. The entries were made by John Honeyman, with some entries by Douglas Honeyman in 1904, who recorded farm activities, weather, trips, illness, entertainment, and the activities of the Honeyman children. The diary records the gradual move from the Gulfside farm to the East Delta farm.

Daily Journal 1912

File contains a farm journal with daily entries made by largely by Douglas Honeyman with some entries made in September/October by Stuart. The cover of the journal is entitled 'Charles Letts's Canadian Diary'

Daily Journal 1905-1906

File contains a journal titled "Indian and Colonial Scribbling Diary 1905" on the cover with an almanac and interleaved blotting paper between the diary pages. The daily entries of farm and family activities were made by John and Douglas Honeyman.

Daily Journal 1910

File contains a farm journal with entries largely made by Douglas Honeyman. Farming is done by John and his sons Stuart and Douglas. The activities of John's wife Ella (Helen) and daughter Elsie are also recorded.