April 6-7, 1917

Isaac may have attended the National Survivors of the Battle of Shiloh event that was held on April 6-7, 1917.   I did not copy images of these journal pages on previous trips, but will remedy this when I visit the Iowa State Archives in the spring.  I will copy those journal entries and others on my list and post them to this blog.

Isaac saved the program and a souvenir from the event, shown below.

Program cover for the Survivors of the Battle of Shiloh
Program cover for the Survivors of the Battle of Shiloh



February 20, 1917

Isaac purchased a new journal book from Montgomery Ward and annotated his purchase on February 20, 1917 on the inside of the front cover.

Inside the front cover of Isaac's journal
Inside the front cover of Isaac’s journal

Isaac often wrote sayings he heard, family home addresses, and anything that came to mind in the front and back covers of his journal books. Isaac made a note of the following three songs he must have liked and said that Dreams of Galilee was “a good reckord”.

  • Dreams of Galilee, Edison Mixed Quartet, ca. 1913[1]
  • Sing Me the Rosary, Frank Henri Klickmann, composer, 1913[2]
  • Wonderful Country

Other notations on the back cover, included his children’s home addresses and the following notes:

A W Crans for dept Com [Commander] State Encmpt [Encampment] in Davenport June 1917  he is member Aug Wentz Post Davenport No 1 

James Hickey Adjt [Adjutant] for P Eagle Com 

Balch bros & West Co 207 & 209 John St Utica NY for grave markers 

Isaac pasted a guarantee notice for stockings he purchased on the back cover of this journal.



[1] Intertique: Edison Blue Amberol Records for Sale, http://www.intertique.com/Edison_Blue_Amberol_records.html

[2] University Libraries, Ball State University, Digital Media Repository, http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ShtMus/id/753

Listen to the recorded song Sing Me the Rosary here: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=%27sing+me+the+rosary%22#id=1&vid=0c0f9c43290c749084331308594ad9a7&action=click

August 22, 1916

Tues 22  Cooler  a very pleasant morning  NW wind  I carried some chairs from the Baptist church for our use  Mr Shiller called to pay his respects & offered us his auto for the day  C C Gardner took the pallbearers in his 7 seater & would take no pay  at 10 AM Rev A M Smith preached a very good sermon at our home & the house & porch well filled & some on the yard  several came here to dinner  Mrs Lindsey & Ura Taylor came & worked till 2 pm & I pd them each one dollar  Ollie & Herve & Verl went away after dinner & I went down town & Settled with Editor Coffey for 100 obituaries & settled with Bidwell a wreath  check $5,00 & now Holden is laid to rest & he has had a life of trouble & misery  May his soul rest in peace

August 21, 1916

Monday Aug 21 Wrote second time to Hagerman in Liberal Kas [Kansas] another warm dry day  I got a good bit of Sweet corn for dinner & tied 12 bundles fodder & carried to the barn yard  I went down town with Marjorie & sent up crackers cheese & lemons, &c & then went to the Taylor Cemetery with undertaker Bidwell to locate a grave for Holden  Shortly aftr we got back Ollie & Brother Taylor, Carris Eldridge & John Carris came & soon after Virl & his father came with the body & we set the casket containing all that is left of Brother Holden  Carris soon went back to Keota  Virl & his father went back to Keota aftr dinner  PM Add [Addison Taylor] & I went down town  I got 85c ground steak for beef loaf  Many came & paid their respects thru the day & Eve  Several offered to set up for watch thru the Night but we thanked them & felt as tho we would rather all go to bed & turn out the lights & all be quiet  undertaker Bidwell brought the flowers  we got a fine wreath  a fine bunch of cut flowers  also Rach Hulls  Vic pitched the 12 bundles of fodder in the barn & I mowed thorns away  W A Taylor came & worked this Mon

August 20, 1916

Sun 20  Another hot dry day & I was called to Lewis phone this morning by Herve Carris telling B H Taylor died last nite or this morning & will start with the body Mon morning & be here Mon nite & I have made all arrangements to that effect & now Eve at 9-15 Ollie phones from Keota that Herve is bringing the body in his auto & will be here yet to nite   about 10-30  we got another phone from Keota enquiring if the auto carrying the body had arrived & near Eleven got word that the body of Brother Hold had arrived in Keota & will Stay there to nite

August 19, 1916

Isaac and Margaret had travel plans, but canceled them due to Margaret’s brother, Holden, being ill.  It is likely that they had planned to attend the National Grand Army of the Republic Encampment in Kansas City, Missouri from August 28th to September 2nd.  Being the 50th anniversary, it was probably important to Isaac because he kept the brochure. 

Sat 19  warm & dry  a hot sun  I got the hose from the barn & attached it & helpt Mrs Lindsey scrub the porch  I got Sweet corn for dinner & I hoed all over my late sweet corn  Roy & Adams here & around all day  we recd a letter from Ollie T Carris that Holden her father is laying sick  very low  liable to leave this world any time  we had thot of going away mon [Monday] now we give our trip up for the present  I got 4 Ears of Sweet corn for Roy to take home  I got loaf bread 10c this Eve & a watermelon 45c  Vic brot Isabel & Marjorie from Rachs this Eve

Program cover for GAR Encampment in Kansas City, Missouri
Program cover for GAR Encampment in Kansas City, Missouri

August 18, 1916

Friday August 18 1916  Warm & dry  I hoed & weeded my strawberries  I mowed some lawn  Isabel went to Rachs to help thrash  after dinner I went down town & collected one dollar on cow pasture from Mrs teets & $3,50 from Mrs White  I was much surprised to find Roy down town  he came from Wayne Co with a friend Adams in a ford car & we are having a good visit  Vic & I drove out to see Burrel Foster  he is Slow about mowing the weeds around my farm  he promised to mow them right away

Information in these posts is taken from Isaac's journals and speeches written between 1861 and 1923. If you had ancestors who lived in Washington County, Iowa, they might be mentioned in Isaac's diary. Try searching for them in the search box, below. Use spelling variations in your search as names were often spelled differently.