March 17, 1894

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]

March 16, 1894

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

March 10, 1894

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

November 8, 1893

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

November 7, 1893

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

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

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