Tuesday May 3 Moderate Cloudy & looks like rain I went Early to Washington put up team & took dinner at the Benz house I called on Beamer & Co also Stewart & Co plumbers & had a talk with them about plumbing my house foundation in Wellman
Plans are being drawn up for construction of the new house in Wellman and arrangements made with local craftsmen to do the work. At this point in time, there were still five children of Isaac and Margaret’s living at home — Mary Isabelle (Belle), Maude Bertha, Nellie Glendora, Victor Carris and Leslie Lewis.
Monday May 2 Warm Cloudy & looks like rain it rained some last night Harve & I went down on the Creek & got Some timbers & I took them to Wellman & took Maude to her School & gave her 1,50 to pay tuition I helped Waite & Co fix a bridge to the barn & met Albert Taylor & we got Some drawing paper at Longwells & he drew three plans for my Wellman house we took (Taylor & I) dinner at Amanda’s Lyman Bradford worked some for me digging to tap the water main.
Sunday May 1st 1898 May day Rain last night but warm & nice to day a good grass & growing day but muddy Mr. Green wife & 2 kids came visiting also Cora & Roy we had a pleasant visit plums apples & cherries nearly in bloom & bid fair for a good crop we have 23 little pigs & 10 little calves Harve & I went down in the Creek in the Eve & cut 2 dead trees to make a bridge to my Wellman Barn a burr oak & a walnut
Sunday Apr 10 Easter Sunday a nice cool dry day We went according to turn as usual to our annual Easter dinner to Joe Englands we had a good dinner but I have Enjoyed myself better than I did to day Vic Carris & wife were there I took Nellie Vic & Joe we came home early to Chore
Saturday, Apr 9 A real nice day a grass starter it thundered & lightened & rained quite a shower last night but dried off nice to day we rebuilt fence in west barn yard Castrated my Early Spring pigs I have 10, 5 sows we also Branded my yearling Calves 15 6 steers & 7 heifers 2 of the Calves are late & quite Small we shut up 4 poor little pigs to try & make them do better I bought a pig of Nellie & Maude that they had raised to be a nice hog I gave them $8 for the pig $4 down & $4 when I seel [sell?] the pig Harriet & Willard went to Keota after dinner & Mag & I & the boys went to Nira took 12 doz Egs at 7c got the boys Sunday Shoes at Ashtons $1,35 each & Mag traded some I settled with Ashton & paid him $7 & some cts but didn’t pay for what we got to day Harve helped me about the work & Cleaned out Stables He has worked 186 days & drew $50,05 Cash $10 & gloves 75c
Fri Apr 8th Cool & cloudy rain a little just before noon PM I went to Wellman for Maude looks much like rain as I passed the bank Si Miller called me in & he had made all arrangements to pay me what he owed me I signed a release of Mortgage & Si paid me ($2140 – 40c) twenty one hundred & forty dollars & forty cts & I am credited with that amt on the banks books H G Moore Charged me nothing for what he has done in this transaction I paid him 50c to record release of mortgage I am real glad to have my money out of Millers farm altho I have made money in the long run by the transaction I now have all the money I want towards building in Wellman & Expect to Commence building soon as I can get ready we got home in good season & I helped chore Harve split a little wood
Thurs Apr 7 A real nice spring dry day & I worked good for now I fixed a barn door & a feed rack & Several gates &c & PM went to Nira took 12 doz Egs at 7c I got Harriet a table cloth & 2 dusters $2,10 Harve tinkered around & split a little wood we sowed some grass Chaff from the barn down north in the oat ground
Wednesday Apr 6 36th anniversary of battle of Shiloh I was there A nice day cool Sunny day froze some in the morning we arose Early & Bell & I went to Washington & met Mother at 11 am at the N I Depot we were glad to see her & we all went to Joe Scrantons for dinner & Joe & I called on a Mr. Ferguston a stone mason I looked at some of his work at Wm Stewarts house he seems a good workman but he is a terrible talker a regular blowhard I didn’t engage him for sure I went to the Court House Called on Jesse Ashby auditor & Bruce Young Co Clerk I got $7 in fees for rent of some for Elections & $4 for appraising Crage property Mag got 1 doz oranges & I got 2 doz banannas to take to the Children & at 4 PM we left Bell on the Street bound for Winfield & Sylvias we got home little after Sundown in good order I drove Prince & Mollie & they needed no urging roads rough but dry Harve fed the last Shock corn for this year
April 5th 1898 Cool freeze in the morning getting dry Cool all day We had dinner a little early & PM Harriet Bell Nellie & I went to Wellman to Mrs. Wm Downings funeral in the Wellman Methodist Church & buried in the old Wassonville grave yard wore my new over coat roads fairly good the girls traded some I called at the bank we got home in good season Harve husked the last Shock corn & chored I called on S. Miller he promised to pay me $2100,00 twenty one hundred dollars Friday hope he will as I am getting anxious to know what I’m going to do about building in Wellman this Spring
Isaac purchased a new journal book writing on the inside cover: This Book bought of T H Ashton at Horsemeeting March 26 1898 Expressly for a daily diary & account book cost $1,00 I N Carr
Sunday Mar 27 allmost a rainy day very muddy misty damp rained quite hard awhile I killed a chicken for dinner & wrote up Horse Co [committee] minutes & wrote to here in this book this rain will stop oat sowing corn is worth 21 ¼ oats 22 hogs 3,50 wind goes clear round