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