The recent house fire was on Isaac’s mind and so he made sure he had enough insurance coverage.
Saturday Mar 17 A very fine warm growing day South wind & light we fixed up for harrowing & the boys run both 3 horse harrows & finished harrowing the oats & Elmer put some straw in ditch V W Carris & wife came & we went with them to Roys & Vic insured him in Farmers Mutual $500 – 400 on house 50 on contents & 50 on granary he also insured Si Miller & came back here for dinner I took some tornado insurance 1000 on house 1000 on Stock barn 100 on hen & buggy house & 100 on tool house I also took insurance against fire & lightning on tool house 100 buggy & hen house hay barn & 500 on Stock I had insured before & he took up the old policy & put all in one policy I am to pay for Roys insurance 1,50 & settle my own & all when Carris & I settle V Carris also adjusted my loss by fire last Saturday & sent in proof of loss to Secy Goodspeed & Claim for 7,50 PM late I went to Wellman & got 4 bu of nice timothy seed of Palmer &c [etc.] 1,60 per bu home in time to chore & we all went to Nira to see the play in the hall called The Danger Signal by the Nira literary Sylvia played the part of Stella & did extra well in fact the whole 11 characters done first rate Billy Stapleton as Enfield was a big Success this was a most delightful warm moonlight night grass is starting fine & anything would grow [in] this weather left the Colts in the East pasture to night Elmer Leighton stayed at home alone Harve has worked 252 days & drew 88,75 Elmer 4 days I recd a letter from Dr. J. D. Miles assist Surg [assistant surgeon] 11th Iowa inftry Schuyler Neb [Nebraska]
Friday March 16th 1894 A very nice day & warm I sowed oats most all day over west on the Roy corn ground & finished before night I sowed in that piece 26 sax – 12 sax of cover oats & 14 sax of my own oats I sowe all with the pointer on the T except most of the piece north of hog house a trifle less Mag & Sylvia drove Jim & Frank [their horses] to Keota & brought Harriet & Seth Carris home I sent $150,00 Certificate by Mag & she got the money for me at Farmers bank & paid balance of Harriets board bill $10 Elmer run the disk & finished over west all oats disked Harve chored fixed a few P brush & pottered around
Sunday Mar 11 A nice Sunny day light west wind Harve rode Jim down home after we had done the Chores Vic & I got in 3 shox fodder for tomorrow Roy & Cora called in the Evening & Harve Came home in time to help me do the chores my yards are drying fast & are very passable Except the west Steer yard & it is getting worse instead of better
A tragedy was averted by the quick work of Isaac’s daughters while the family was away in Nira.
Saturday March 10th 1894 A very windy day it blew very hard from the South all day & in the Eve changed to the west harder than Ever Harve & I chopped willows in the AM & PM Harve Chopped & Mag & Joe & I went to Nira I found the Calves in my Shock corn & the girls helped me drive them out we took 16 doz egs to Ashton at 10c Joe wore pants to Nira the first & we got him new Shoes traded out more than the Eggs I got repairs for lever harrow at Schwarts 1,50 paid & brought home 2 shovels for plows & will pay for them if they fit one an Eagle claw we got home about 5 & were Surprised to find that our house had been afire a coal from the Stove had burned thru the double floor of the kitchen & the joice & pine under floor were burning lively when Sylvia discovered it they rang the bell & Roy & Si Miller heard it & came running & Harve came from his work the girls had been drawing water & putting it on without stint & had the fire about out when the boys got here Roy pried up the floor to mak sure & we got home just as the fracas was about over & I felt very thankful it was no worse I couldn’t think of a worse day for a house to get afire dry & very very windy & if this fire had had 20 minutes longer start probably our house would have burned up I feel very thankful Harve took the girls to Nira to literary this Eve he has worked 246 days & drew 88,75
Thursday Nov 9 Another foggy morning & wet but soon cleared off warm & dry Harve plowed over East I went to Nira & got my grist Paid Stoner $1 home at noon & PM I finished harrowing Stalks in the East Pasture
Wednesday Nov 8 A very fine warm day Harve & I shelled 10 bu of corn & took 20 bu corn rye & oats to Nira to get chopped foggy awhile in the morning but cleared off nice warm & Calm My colts all got out last night & Harve went & got them over west he worked a little in the garden & PM we went over East & I harrowed Stalks & Have Commenced plowing about 15 acres for corn it plows midling fair & we got along well Ed Goodwin Called with a load of Corn from Hodges to H Foster I weighed it 3015 gross Ed on the wagon my beef heifer Eats good & I feed her regular & turn her with the cows
Tuesday Nov 7 Election day & a very fine warm day we took my 35 steers to other place & turned them in the Stalks good grass 7 acres plenty of Punkins & 23 acres of good Stalks they ought to do well we got 2 loads about 2/3 full of corn & finished out with Punkins & got home by 11 am we Shelled a bu of my Early yellow corn for Roy & PM took it to Nira when we went to vote I voted Straight Republican the Election was held in my Hall I got letter from Secy Farmers Mutual Ins that my assessment for the past year is 7,70 — & later a $1 more I got Ex order for same & sent it to Washington National bank I got 2 spools thread & 2 bots [bottles?] lye at Ashtons Home early & Roy & Cora went to Joe Englands Roy will husk corn for Joe I lent him a wagon looks much like rain