December 11, 1896

Friday Dec 11  A very Extra fine Sunny day  we arose Early & the hands soon got to Sawing wood & I stayed with them most of the time & we made it go finished by noon & I pad Carris’s $5 & paid Snider $2,25 & Sam $1,50 Vic Carris came to dinner & brought me $105,00 interest money from Hervey Carris  this comes very handy & Hervey is very prompt  the Dr & Holden came at 10 AM & Mag is no better  PM I went to Keota & brought Bell  I got Mag oranges pears & crackers but she has no apetite  Harve split some wood & chored  we have an extra fine pile of sawed wood to do the next year & lots of dry wood in the wood house


December 10, 1896

Thursday Dec 10  an Extra fine day & warm  I went Early to Hicks’s & we went to Wellman & I left word for Dr. Morgan to go & see Mag  She seems at least no better  we then found Ez Bradford & we three went before Notary Ed Smith & qualified & we then proceeded to appraise the Estate of Frank Krejci deceased  we visited 4 pieces of land & got through before noon  Bradford & Hicks went home & I got home to dinner  PM I went to Nira on Church case business but Could do nothing because Stice? Failed to come with a Subs [substitute?] paper  Dr. Morgan came  Holden went home with him  the Dr said Mag was threatened with typhoid fever & would probably be very bad but doctors allways make a patient out full as bad as they are  Seth & Grey Carris came at noon to saw wood  Roy & D. Snider & Harry England Harve & Sam helped  they got along rather Slow all the PM

December 9, 1896

Wednesday December 9th 1896  An Extra fine day  I went Early to Hicks to see if he would go with me on appraiser business but he was gone  Harve chopped a little wood & chored  I put a handle in his axe  I went to Lewis in Eve to see wood Sawyers  Holden came & stayed all night  Roy & Sam finished hauling hay from the other place

November 26, 1896

Thursday Nov 26  Cloudy warm & rainy  it rained by Spells all night last night & is very muddy  we are invited to Mr. Ira Adams’s to his Daughter Allice’s wedding & have our present ready  a nice bedspread $1,50  about 11 am it looked a little more favorable & we Started  got there by 12–20 & the ceremony was set for noon but like the guests it was delayed & took place at 12—30 by Rev Newsom  Methodist Minister of Wellman  he made a poor out [outing?] but we had a most Elegant dinner & a good Social time  Came home by Nira mostly in the rain & mud mud mud & home by dusk  Harve grubbed Some dead apple trees & chored  he finished plowing the new ground while I was gone

November 25, 1896

Wednesday nov 25  A nice warm day  the little boys [1] & I went to Wellman  I paid W F Reed $3 that Dave Taylor gave me to pay on paper  I got Some grates & Castings for our Cook Stove at Palmers & Co  home at noon & weighed Some Corn for Roy  I have bought some of him at 15c – 75# to the bu  Harve hauled a load of wood  we took 12 Steers & a beef heifer to the other place  Roy finished husking a most splendid crop of corn there this PM

[1] Victor Carris Carr, age 11 and Leslie Lewis Carr, age 7

November 24, 1896

Isaac continues to work through the idea of moving as thoughts about selling the farm surface again.

Tuesday November 24th 1896  froze in the morning & cool & Cloudy all day  we arose late at Scrantons & after a good breakfast we went to depot  Joe went along & at 10 am started for Keota & arrived on time  found Bell waiting for us at the depot & Vic & Harriet soon came with the buggy & after getting banannas & oranges & Candy to take home we Started  roads good & we arrived Safe at home again about noon & found faithful Harve ready to take the team & didn’t stir around much this PM  I have visited so long it makes me lazy & I am thinking more favorable of leaving my farm my place where the best years of my life have been passed but I can do but little work & begin to feel that I am Entitled to a rest & to live more comfortable but how to dispose of the farm seems to be the question that confronts me which ever way I turn or what Ever I think of doing  I have too many & too valuable improvements to rent  Harve hauled 2 loads of wood