On January 1, 1872, Isaac wrote an account of his successful growing season during 1871.
I didn’t work much put some paper on the house where the plastering was off & done the chores we have had a tolerable fair winter so far & no very bad weather on stock My Stock is all doing well & healthy I have 22 head of Cattle 4 of them Calves 8 head of horses & colts 72 head of hogs 20 of them fating I have sold 24 head this winter at 3,65 & 3,50 per hhd gross I have 285 bu of oats about 16 or 1700 bu of corn & 9 acres yet to gather & about 80 bu of good wheat I raised 3000 bu of real good corn 300 bu of good oats 410 bu of good wheat & about 30 or 35 tons of hay
I have built a real good handy barn the last year & have it all finished & painted Exept a few Small jobs the carpenter will be here Some time this winter to fix it up
Isaac’s original barn burned down between 1984 and 2014. Isaac built the crib barn [pictured below] later on. It was still standing in 2014 and in use.
Thursday Dec 28 1871 Mag & I went by Daves to Dayton took 12 Doz Eggs got 18 cts per Doz 3 prairie chicks 20 cts each took dinner at Daves I qualified for the office of J P trustee before T D Allen paid $8,10 cts insurance left $4,65 with Mr Stilling for John Carlile
Dec 25th 1871 Christmas the children found plenty in their Stockings I found a lot of hickory nut meats in my cap & Mag a pair of Stockings & Christmas Slippers. I went to town with a load of hogs & got 3,65 home at dark
On November 7, 1871, Isaac purchased an insurance policy from the Farmer’s Insurance Company in Freeport, Illinois. With the devastating Chicago fire occurring just a month prior on October 8, 1871, having insurance coverage for his property and land was something that Isaac decided was in his best interest to acquire.
Sunday November 5th 1871 Father [Harvey Taylor] & Daves & John Brewer & Ellen & Ez Bradfords folks here visiting Add [Addison Taylor] came & got his cow we have been keeping for him all the fall Ellen [Mary Eleanor Taylor] invited us to go to Washington to her wedding next Thursday Marries J. Brewer
Friday Nov 2 1871 gathered Corn found a very sick calf gave it a dose of physic the carpenters finished the barn & left me the eave troughs to paint & some other small jobs I owe Salter $85,00 to be paid when I sell my next lot of hogs
Wednesday Nov 1st 1871 Geathered corn I took up an Estray yearling steer Samson & Singerman appraised him at $11,00 John Adams Agt [Agent] for the Farmers Ins [Insurance] Co of Freeport, Ills [Illinois] Called I sent application for ins on Barn $1,000 on grain $100,00 on house $200,00 on furniture $75,00 on wearing apparel $35,00 making $1410,00 in all for which I am to pay in yearly installments first year now $8,05 cts & $7,05 each succeeding 4 years Finished geathering the ridge west of the Barn
Monday, Oct 30 1871 Geathered corn 1/2 day Jo Farley called rained a little John went to Dayton took a load of corn for himself & got my grist Paid John $3,00
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