August 30, 1895

Friday Aug 30  A Calm pleasant day & nice  a very heavy dew this morning but we got to thrashing in good season & by 11-30 had finished mine for this year 1467 ½ nice Oats & 55 bu of nice rye & Romine gave big measure  the Oats weighing out from 10 to 13 bu more than machine measure to the load  I paid Joe Romine $20,43 & we are square  I paid Charley Miller $1 this morning & he went home  After dinner we all went to Roys to thrash  Mag went along to help cook  he had so many hands I came home  I have both oats bins full & about 150 bu in a Stall  I fed the last shorts? To my pigs this morning  the hands & Mag got home from Roys after I had gone to bed.

August 29, 1895

Thursday Aug 29  rained a little last night & is misty drizzly & damp & foggy this morning  a poor prospect for thrashing  So after breakfast the thrashers went home & the 2 hands to trimming hedge on the north  Mag & Sylvia took Harriet to Keota to go to Washington [county seat of Washington County, Iowa] to take her teachers Examination over  She failed before in both grammar & Arithmetic  2 Most important Studdies that comes of not having her mind on her Studdies  She is too much taken up with beaus & foolishness  it cleared off most beautiful about 9 AM & after dinner we went to other place & finished thrashing there  had 1467 ½ of nice oats  we moved the machine up to the Stax in the E pasture  got Stuck with the Engine in the Slough ditch down East but hitched on a Span of horses & pulled out & got in to Supper at 8-30 feeling good  I paid Ed Romine & Geo Foster off  Each $1 for helping thrash at other place  Mag took 41# butter to B&S at 15c

August 28, 1895

Wednesday August 28th 1895  We found it raining this morning & were much disappointed about thrashing but it Cleared off Middle AM & we Stay around the tool house  I mended some chairs &c & the hands trimmed hedge on the west & north & after dinner we went to the other place & thrashed 600 bu of nice oats  the roads were rather heavy to do the hauling  we had 6 teams to haul & needed one more

May 26, 1895

Sunday May 26 real cool NW wind  Sunny clear too cool  we went to Wellman to Memorial service at the Methodist Church by Rev. Osborne a real good sermon  we had many invitations to dinner in Wellman but came home as Mag is expecting to go to Wayne Co. tomorrow with Martin Brewer & visit with Ellen [Mag’s sister] a month  Roy & Cora came home to dinner

May 25, 1895

Saturday May 25  Nice & dry Cooler in the Evening & wind NW  we had a Small Shower at noon & turned off dryer through Eve  we need rain bad  I replanted Corn  finished the piece north east of the orchard & replanted the East half of the piece north of the hog house & will let the west half stand  Roy came & plowed corn for me after the planter & Harve also plowed & they plowed the corn East of the orchard  Sylvia & Martin Brewer went to Keota & brought Harriet  She is now through school & ready for a Certificate to teach  Harve has worked 295 days & drew 121,80  I went over East this Eve & looked at the breaking corn tis up fine but cut worms are destroying it very fast  my sod ground planted 16th of May is just coming up & cut worms cutting it  the Cattle in the East pasture are out of water & I turned them in the Creek pasture  Vic & I

May 24, 1895

Friday May 24th 1895  A very nice dry day  I planted corn til noon  finished the little NW piece & Commenced on the piece north of the orchard just before dinner  Roy came & will run the planter for me to day   PM Mag, Bell, Ollie Scranton & I went to Keota to the High School Commencement  Harriet will graduate  Roy will bring Martin [Brewer] & Sylvia this Eve  we went to Mrs. Sanders for Supper  I put team in Coffmans stable  we passed a pleasant Evening & all the graduates did well & parents had good reason to be proud of their Children  we got home at Midnight  left Harriet there to get her graduating class picture taken  a nice pleasant Evening  I got Harve boots $5 & paid him $5

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

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