January 1st 1908 New years day & a very fine day good Enough for any body & we had a nice new years dinner Maude & Otto & Nellie & Warren here the rest went to Rach Hulls in the Eve I went down town awhile & got Some Salted P nuts 12 papers[?] 43c & later in the Eve a ladies club met here the unity guild & we had a fine time Speeches toasts & stories & light refreshments til the old year went out & the new came in Vic & Some girls Sang good songs I spoke on the unity guild & at 12-30 we all Separated feeling that we had Enjoyed the time
I raised the past yr a good garden plenty of green corn & 16 large Shox field corn plenty of Sweet punkins & Squashes near 90 bu potatos light crop Strawberries few raspberries & few black berries
Mother & I took a long trip longer than I Ever will undertake again we Started July 11 & went to Yellowstone Park & thru the park 6 days then we went to Portland Stopped 3 days then on to Yoncalla Oregon Expecting to visit a week with my Brother Sam imagine my Surprise & Sorrow to learn that he dropt dead in his barn the 6th of last feb we went out to his place & Staid 2 days his wife used us the best kind & gave me a handerchief a deer Skin nicely tanned & a pair of Spect [spectacles] all these once were Sams & I value them very much We are also much indebted to Sams daughter Allice & her husband for kind attentions while there & they went with us 35 miles on our way South the trip failed to agree with me I lay abed 2 days at Wayside Inn in Los angeles California & Came back via Sylvias in Grand Junction & Stopt 3 days Sick most of the time & was very glad to get back to Iowa & home Aug 17 & found all well & I soon got well
To be continued in the next post.