October 20, 1871

Friday Oct 20 1871   I went to Washington   took no load as I heard there was no sale for grain Since Chicago is burned[1] but I found wheat selling at 80 to 87   New corn 16 & 17  hogs 3,25 to 3,50   lumber & Shingls have raised 20 per ct  got 300 ft dressed stock $2,75 boards & 400 ft Sheeting at 2,25  9 gals linseed oil at $1,00 per gal  15 lbs venetian Red 8 cts per lb  20 lbs Red lead at 13 cts per lb 1 qt Enammel green 1,50  2 bushes $2,40  1 keg white lead $3,10

[1] The Great Chicago Fire started on the evening of October 8, 1871 (http://www.chicagohs.org/history/fire.html)

September 14 & 15, 1871

Thursday Sept 14 1871   Paid Semfer [1] $36,00 making $46,00 for the Stone work   I Sold beef & asked men to the raising   got 11 pikes  made to raise with cost cts 75   we kept 1 for quarter of beef   weighed about 85 lbs & sold the rest at from 5 to 8 cts   took dinner at Daves   paid him $1,50 for pasturing calf   Ellen came home with me   I brought Roy from Holdens 

Friday Sept 15 1871  A big day   we raised our barn   a pleasant Still day & all went well Except Uncle Ezra Bradford fell & hurt him self but not seriously  The following men were here & helped raise 

H Taylor, B H Taylor, D Taylor, J Taylor, E Bradford Sr, E Bradford Jr, N G Field, Andrew Samson, W S. Griffith, J Boyd, J Boal, J Kenedy, Geo Wait, J Whetstine, Ollie Wilson, L Wilson, Jack Wilson, Ezra Darling, Mr. Singerman, Wm Foster, Mr Foster, P Quire, M Stapleton, G T Leighton, V W Carris

[1] This may be Marion J. Samphere.  He and his family lived in the nearby town of Washington, the county seat of Washington County, Iowa.

Information in these posts is taken from Isaac's journals and speeches written between 1861 and 1923

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