Wednesday January 11th 1893 Cold blustry from NW the boys chopped & sawed some wood we took the children & Sylvia to school & went for them in the Eve PM it cleared off nice & the sun shone warmer I went over South to Romines & to Abe bennets to buy corn but got none there is plenty corn in the country & for sale but Everybody Seems to think it will be much higher towards Spring I offered 35c for a crib & A. Bennet asked 45c he gave me a picture to bring home I got 5 gals kerosene & 2 wash pans
Another year has passed and Isaac writes an accounting of his farm and cattle production for 1892. He begins to ponder leaving farming behind.
Sunday January 1st 1893 A rather cold new years but a pleasant winter day we only done the chores & Harriet went to Wellman with _____ buggy in the Eve & Sylvia went away with Jap Green all the past year has been wet & on the whole discouraging to farmers we have no reason to complain of our prospects for a living I have had Harve & Roy both to pay Rent $18,00 per month for the year & Harve & Roy for a year & I have them both mostly paid as far as they have worked I have 40 head of nice pigs & 11 brood sows & a good boar I have all told 101 head of Cattle 43 head of steers coming 3 which I am fatting & 17 head of cows & 27 head of younger Steers & heifers & 16 calves my calves are not doing well & I have lost 3 we raised about 17 nice turkeys & plenty of chickens to do us & about 200 tons of nice hay & at least 2000 bu of real good corn 200 bu of fair oats & 40 bu of rye & about 30 bu of rather poor potatos at digging time had a fair crop of punkins Considering the season we had very few apples a most splendid crop of blackberries but very few raspberries & not many grapes My orchard is well filled up no missing or dead trees I set out 27 nice grape vines last spring also a few apple & cherry trees Mag took a trip of one month to Wayne Co [County] in June & in the fall I took a trip to the Pacific Coast & around by California thru Kansas home about 2 months & cost me about $300,00 & yet financially I am in pretty fair fix I owe Roy & Harve about $75,00 & I owe $400,00 at the Wellman bank I expect I owe Ashton a little & I owe Mag $100,00 interest money & I owe $7,00 for fixing Harriets teeth & I have $100,00 in cash & I owe Cover for corn $35,68 I have over five thousand dollars out at interest but two thousand of it is Mags & I have just taken a mortgage on S. S. Millers 80 acre farm for fifteen hundred dollars to run three four & five years at Six per ct take it all round we have had fair health the past year Mag is not as well as I wish she was & I am getting old & Somewhat rheumatic but still do a good deal of work yet I sometimes think I would like to leave the farm & go to some town but who would run the farm I don’t want to sell it & besides I have too many small children to live in town When I get a few more hundred dollars at interest & have a few less children to run the streets I think I will move to town for the present I ought to be satisfied I have much to be thankful for & little to complain of
Tuesday Dec 27 Cold but pleasant & Sunny V W Carris called by appointment Also Si Miller & wife & Si gave me a Mortgage on 80 acres of land for 1500,00 payable $500,00 in each of the years 1896, 97 & 98 they all stayed to dinner & then I took Holden & wife to Wellman & I borrowed $1400,00 from the Wellman bank 60 days 8% I got it in a draft on Chicago & will use it to get the Mortgage on Si’s land he has been owing me a long time & I will pay off a Mortgage he has in Washington for 1200,00 & take one for $1500,00 at 6% I lent Vic Carris my ice saw & tongs & in the Eve he sent Guy [Vic Carris’ son] over with Sled to borrow my Boar pig & I let him have it I would have lent him to no one Else
Monday Dec 26 A cold clear day 14 below zero in the morning we cleared out the ice house & hauled a big load of hay from over west the last from there PM Mag & I & Holden & Laura went over to V Carris’s to see Mabel [Vic Carris’ daughter] they think her better but she is very low we feed the 41 Steers nearly a level wagon bed full of Snapped Corn & they seem to be doing well
Sunday Dec 25th Christmas rather Stormy & snow blew by spells from NW & grew colder all day & at Eve is 9 deg below zero we had a real good Christmas dinner Mr. Joe England & wife & Cora were here also Holden & Laura & Jap Green We only done the chores & tis cold work this evening but our Stock all seems to be doing well I bred about 7 or 8 sows this last week
Saturday Dec 24th A nice winter day Roy & I got a load of hay a load of straw & 2 loads of fodder we bedded the Steers real good Roy went to Nira to [get a] Christmas tree I sent for mittens for Holden for a Christmas gift Sylvia went to Nira with Jap [Jasper] Green we killed a turkey & a nice fat rooster for Christmas Roy 269 ½ [days] & drew 155,35 Harve 184 days & drew 56,00
Friday December 23rd 1892 A fair moderate winter day Roy took 4 sax of buckwheat & went to Wassonville Mill got grist a sak plow full good flour & a sak of bran & shorts I done the chores & Roy got home way after dark Harve went away with Roy & will visit awhile till his leg gets better