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  seen them dance awhile & Geo Miller paid me $3,00 for use of hall for dance home at 10 Roy Stayed to the dance
 Isaac owned a building in Nira and rented it out for various functions.
Wednesday, Dec 23 Sent for Son [possibly Nyson who is mentioned in the December 24th journal entry] A nice day & thawed the yards are getting real muddy I fixed some stakes to make a feed box for steers
Monday, December 21st, 1885 A very fine day I feel poorly I sent Roy to Wellman & got 25cts quinine I took 3 doses last week & I feel as though about 3 more will straighten me out I took 2 today Roy got 20 lbs nails medicine for Charley horse home at 1 pm We done the chores it thawed a good deal to day I turned 2 sows
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]came here in the Eve.
 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa, roll T9-368, ED #131, page 10C
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
Friday October 9th 1885 A very fine day I hauled 4 loads of tile from Nira they are poor looking tile & some of them as poor as they look Den & Al Bull done a good days digging NE of or [our] chard Roy worked at the hog pasture fence
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