December 24, 1885

Sent for Nyson   Thursday, Dec 24   A very fine day   Roy & I made another feed box for steers   Warren Stewart called buying cattle   offered me 3 ¾ for my Steers   I didn’t sell   I sold him 2 old cows with swelled bags for $20 each   Mag & I went to Nira & she helped fix a Christmas tree & we got some presents to put on it for the children   I put a good new Silver watch on for Roy with this engraved inside the lid “a present from Father for not using tobacco”  home at Sundown & I helped do the chores & I took the children to Nira to the Christmas tree   had a nice time & went to my hall in Nira [1]   seen them dance awhile & Geo Miller paid me $3,00 for use of hall for dance   home at 10   Roy Stayed to the dance

[1] Isaac owned a building in Nira and rented it out for various functions.

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October 11, 1885

Sunday, Oct 11   An uncommon fine day   Salted the Steers   painted my water tubs & Mag & I & 4 kids went to Joe Englands visiting   Vic came over & he & I & Joe went to Hughbanks place & surveyed & finished laying off the watering place & back to Joe Englands for Supper or late dinner & a good one   Vic done the Engineering & he is a good hand & a very accommodating neighbor   I came home by Vics & left his level & straight edge   he will order my water pipe 85 feet & elbow & short 3 pieces   Eliza Stayed with Nora & N. Miller   Malks Newland [S. Malachi Neuland][1] came here in the Eve.

[1] 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa, roll T9-368, ED #131, page 10C

October 10, 1885

Saturday, Oct 10   Very fine day   I went Early to the Taylor place   I rented 20 acres of the South land   next Johnson to Dodds   he gives me 1/3  puts it in oats & hauls 1/6 to my house & plows the land this fall if possible   I looked over the place & went & hired Geo Woods to plow Some of Mags land at $1,00 per acre   home at noon & PM Mag & I went to Vic Carris & Vic & I went to the Hughbanks place & surveyed around & Prospected all the PM to make a watering place but accomplished nothing   only had a good time & took Supper & visited with Vic’s till bedtime   Mrs. Carris is quite poorly   has a Son 2 weeks old   Ed Goodwin came this morning  has worked 2 days this week & 25 ¼ in all & drew 75c  him & Roy finished the hog pasture fence   filled some tile ditch & got a load of corn   Eliza Sigler came home from Vics with us