February 10, 1907

Sunday feb 10  Another fine Sunny thawing Cool NW wind  we went to Church AM  both boys invited to Dr Gardners to dinner  Mother & I ate dinner alone  had punkin & black berry pies  I have read much in 1st vol of Tarbels life of Lincoln recd lately & like it Much  Mother & I went again to Church in the Evening  Our hired girl went this Eve to work for Lyman Bradfords

February 9, 1907

Sat feb 9  Another fine day & the Snow went   Leslie Clerked for Shiller & I am Chore boy & all hands  I Split some Stove & grate wood  I drew $10 from the bank & paid our hired girl Zunie[1] $9 & She will quit for a while  Mrs. Joe England & Cora Carr called PM  I wrote & mailed a letter to Strong pension Atty in Washington DC & filled out blank for Extra Service pension  the McCumber bill[2] which passed the house this week & recd the Presidents Signature  I also wrote Commissioner of Pensions for a blank to use in getting pension by the same ruling  I was down to Roys barn a little while this PM  I bought 2 tickets to the first play in new opera feb 20  gave chk $2

[1] Probably Zunie Hoefort found in the 1900 U. S. Federal Census, English River, Washington County, Iowa, age 12

[2]  McCumber, Porter J. Remarks of Porter J. McCumber, Chairman of the Committee on Pensions…; WorldCat.org, http://tinyurl.com/zxev2km

Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C.
Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C.

February 8, 1907

Friday February 8th 1907  An Extra fine winter day  Clear Calm & Sunny  I cleaned my horses off good after turning them in the yard awhile & blanketed them  Leslie & I put Some furnace wood in the cellar  4 vols Life of Lincoln by I M Tarbl[1] that I sent for on trial came  I think I will keep them but they are too dear by ¼  Leslie took the team & went over North to E L Jones to a School Social

[1] Tarbell, Ida M., The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln History Society, New York, 1902


January 1, 1907

Tues Jan 1st 1907  New years day  Moderate Cloudy & thawed some  I gave Mother $2 & She went down town AM & I gave Leslie one $ & he took the morning 10 AM train to visit Harriet at Delta [Keokuk County, Iowa] & we all took dinner by invitation at Amandas & a real good visit & dinner  Lyman Bradford just getting over a Severe sickness was able to be there & Maude Bradford from Minnesota  we are all in good health & have Small reason to Complain  I raised the past yr plenty of Strawberries & raspberries & blk berries currants & gooseberries  a good garden  85 bu of fine potatos & 21 Shox of Corn & got it in & most of it in the barn in fine order  we got 25 or 30 bu of Apples from our old farm & probably the last we will get from there as I have Sold the farm  277 acres for $60 an acre & recd $1000,00 down  I couldn’t look after it any more & the buildings were going to rack & no one Seemed interested in looking after them but me & I Couldn’t  it was with many pangs of regret that I let the old farm go where I Spent my best manhood days did my best work & my best planning & raised a big family  I am very thankful that we are all So well provided for Especially Mother & I in our old age  our income is now much more than our needs  My [Civil War] pension was raised this last year to $12,00 per month & as I leave most of the money in my farm at 5 per ct the intrest will be much more than the rent  Roy was paying Hicks yet has the Hughbanks place rented & I get 2/5  I got 200 bu of good oats & about 800 bu fine Corn  my barn nearly full of good hay & plenty of Straw & from that place punkins  my financial affairs are in good Shape  I have fifteen thousand Six hundred & twenty dollars yet in the old farm  over four thousand dollars in the bank & three thousand three hundred & forty dollars at intrest  twelve and a half Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank & three Shares in the Keota Savings bank  An Extra good investment  I get a ten per ct dividend Each first of Jan  I got Certificate for $30 yesterday  also $98,40c from Connie Bradford intrest  my 4 houses here in town bring me in $45,00 a month  Surely we have much to be thankful for & little to Complain of  we have as good health as old people can Expect  My great regret the past year is the very poor & feeble attempt Vic made in the university in Studying medicine  he Staid less than 2 months & would Stay to Study any longer  So he came home after Spending $150,00 or more & all for nothing but perhaps it was best for him to quit when he did if he had no mind nor inclination for Such work  the Sooner he quit the better, since he has a good position as clerk in the Wellman Savings bank & I do really hope he will be Steady & keep this job  we have our furnace room in the Cellar near half full of good dry wood  furnace & Stove & 6 cords green wood north of the house & 2 or 3 loads in the alley & lots of kindling in the buggy house  we have a bu of good turnips  3 Sweet punkins  Some Squashes  I resigned the Secretary of horse Co [committee?] & got out of being Commander of the post  I was Secy about 20 yrs & Commander 9 yrs  good bye to the old yr  Welcome the new  May we all be as well off one yr from now                                                               I N Carr Signature

December 26, 1906

Wednesday Dec 26  Warm thawed  a good day  Leslie & I got 100 ft of 2 in lumber 10 ft long of Gardner & we put a floor in Bidwells Stable  Hix brought a Small load of Straw  I paid him $1,00 for it  we covered the Strawberries  Bright Fuller brought one load of Cord wood  I got Leslie a good pair of pants with Suspenders $3,25  I got Longwells gasoline pump & pumped 2 buckets gasoline out of the Carborator & poured it in the tank & our lights are fine to night

December 25, 1906

Tuesday December 25 Christmas 1906  & an Extra fine warm Sunny Calm pleasant winter day & I am writing with a fine new fountain pen that Leslie & Vic gave me for a Christmas gift  I also got a fine Shirt from Mother  2 ties from Nora & Isabel & Nellie  Hdkf [handkerchief] from Sylvia & a pair of warm lined Mocha gloves from Roy  all got lots of presents & Maude & Nellie & Roy & Warren here for dinner

Gift Tag For Ties
Gift Tag For a Tie from the Schwimley’s
Isaac's Note on Back of Gift Tag
Isaac’s Note on Back of Gift Tag

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