Monday feb 8th A fine warm thawing day I went to Nira to help moove a building for a Depot Mag & Holden went along Mag visited at Lewis’s I went there for dinner but forgot Holden & left him in Nira it was a careless trick & I was Sorry but couldn’t help it we mooved the building on Sleds the work went Slow but we got along fine it is 14×24 & 12 ft high home at Dark Hod Wilson assessor called to Stay all night Roy done the chores
Sunday, February 7th 1886 A very fin day & thawed some Roy & girls went to Wellman to Holdens visiting & Holden came home with them I shoveled snow off the west walk & off the west portico it was a foot to 18 in deep a Splendid day on Stock Geo Woods called to get some Straw from the Taylor place I gave him 2 loads
On the first day of each new year, Isaac would write an account of what transpired on the farm the previous year. Some year’s entries were more detailed than others.
Friday, January 1st 1886 A warm & very muddy day & mostly cloudy Mag & Roy & Josh & wife went to Nira AM Mag got yarn 4 cans oysters 2 cans apricots &c [etc.] Joe Berger called with load of 7 pigs I weighed them for him & charged him 10c I worked some on the cattle shed the past year has been one of hard work for me built hay barn 44×60 20 ft posts addition to old barn 34×34 & 12 ft basement put in about 190 rods of tiling 4 & 5 inch & made a No. 1 good watering place at the other place with 124 rods tile 85 feet 1 ¼ in iron pipe & a 150 gal tub it works fine I raised a fair crop of corn for a wet poor season about 2500 bu [bushel] on 75 acres I raised 871 bu of good oats on 19 acres of good land the best oat crop I have had for several years potatoes enough for our use a very poor fruit year few cherries a half crop Strawberries & middling crop of raspberries only 16 bu of apples to put in the cellar 4 or 5 loads Stock punkins I have 89 head of cattle 20 of them fat steers coming 4 in Spring 28 of them Calves 3 quite young, 15 horses & colts I have $60,00 on hand $412,00 Credits & I owe Wm Allen 256,50 no interest, due Jan 23 1887 for 12 calves & 3 yearling steers I raised at least 160 tons of hay mostly very good we all have good health I have to work too hard too many chores to do & my yards are very very muddy, but all Stock doing well I have tried lately to get a hand but don’t succeed
Monday Dec 28 A cloudy warm day Goodwin came to work we went at the old shed NW of the hay barn & I made a good double gate & hung it at the NW corner of hay barn we got some shed posts set & done the chores
Sunday Dec 27 A pleasant cloudy day & misted a little we went to the other place & brought a 2 yr old heifer for beef will feed her corn 2 or 3 weeks My cattle down there are doing fine we covered 2 corn pens with boards John Goodwin called wanting work told him to come on in the morning Jim Chandler called to tell me he cant come this week I had hired him
Saturday Dec 26 Roy & I went to Keota took 2 cows to Stewart bros at $40,00 & got the gold I got 10 lbs 10-nails & 10 lbs clinch nails exchanged bolts & got a ½ in bit home at middle PM & done chores
Friday December 25th 1885 Christmas A very fine day the nicest Christmas day I can ever remember Roy & I went to the other place & brought Roan heifer 3 in next spring & she had a fine bull calf this Eve my Cattle down these are doing well & my fat steers have good appetite & seem to be gaining fast we made a feed box for calves