December 24, 1917

Mon 24 Colder & Cloudy NW wind We arose a little early & at 8 Vic came around with the auto & we got John & Jim Carr & a Whetstine & we took them & tools to our timber I showd them where to chop & as Vic was in a hurry we were soon back I stopt at T. D. Adams & bot 2 fine young roosters 10 lbs & I pd Adams 1,75 17 1/2c pound I churned & helpd mother & chored & shaved & PM I went down town & took poor Crippled Mrs. Farley a mince pie & gave her a silver dollar  we got more presents & this eve Vic at 5 started to Washington to meet Dave & Roy & bring them home for Christmas & we waited & watched & mother got supper ready at 7 & I made extra fire in the grate finaly at 9 they came Dave & Roy  & Vic left & we saw him no more to nite  we all did ample justice to Mothers good supper & then visited & exchanged presents  Dave gave me fine mittens hdkf suspenders & shaving cream  Mother gave me nice mittens & neck scarf & Vic a shirt  I gave mother Dave & Roy each $5 & near 12 Oclock went to bed.

December 23, 1917

Sunday, December 23rd 1917 Dark & Cloudy threatning all day I went to church AM Mother had a dizzy spell & couldnt go our old fone wont work & aftr dinner I went to find Vic I want him to take hands to the timber tomorrow to chop wood I found him working at the Bank John Carr calld this Eve & he will chop 10 or 12 cords of wood & make some posts for 5c each & wood 1,25 a cord Mrs. W. P. Gardner calld this eve & brot mother a Christmas from Lavanda a nut bowl & 6 cups, nice this eve I read my little book thru Isabel sent me & while I am not particularly charmd by the authors style & diction & composition & Rhyme & his Annanias-like simplicity (90 bu corn to the acre in Colo[rado]) yet I admire the affection & the thoughts that prompted Isabel to send it to her father as a Christmas gift (In the Valley of the Grand)1

1In the Valley of the Grand, by Earnest Leaverton, 1917, can be viewed at The book refers to Grand Junction, Colorado where Isabel lives.

October 17, 1917

Wed 17 Warmer Cloudy & dark showery Showery last nite & a deafning clap of thunder lightning struck a tree SE By Wilsons   I carried in bal of shock of fodder   Election seems going in favor of veto[?]1 all day   they have a majority & I am truly sorry   pm I wrote to Dave & sent him a draft for $89,00 Harveys burial expenses   I went down town at 3 pm & maild the letter & got bonami & soda now a[t] 4-45 writing by lamp very dark & raining


1 The October 17, 1917 issue of the Port Townsend Leader, Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, had a notice on the
front page titled “Iowa To Be Dry”. A prohibition amendment carried by a majority of at least 15,000. This may be what Isaac meant in his journal entry. (See

October 16, 1917

Tues 16 A fine fall da[y] towards eve clouded & light & cooler E wind   I lookd the town over this morning & got Ed Goodwin to haul a big load of strong manure from stock yds to cover a pipe pd.50 cents   I got Jay White to haul 5 loads fine dry dusty manure from stok yds for $1,00   I got A. Turnipseed to haul me a big load of good manure pd 75 cents & now my garden is well manured   I wrote to Sylvia & Isabel 4 pages   I went down & maild my letter & pd Jes Gardner 4,50 my last ice bill for this year   H. Stricker got the old gas stove & pd me 50 cents now  I feel that I am getting fixt, but want a load of wood from the lumber

October 15, 1917

Monday October 15, 1917 a very fine day I put in sweet corn from the shock for the cow I went to see Chris Miller about hauling a load of wood will haul it wed [Wednesday] I lookt for some manure to haul on my garden found none I coppied Add [Addison Taylor] Obituary & maild letter & Adds obituary to Washington Democrat & letter to Capt Lemon rec’d letter from Dave telling of Harveys burial & a bill of $89,00 for me to pay which I will & think it a very reasonable burial bill I voted for the amendment to the state constitution prohibiting the sale or manufacture of intoxicants in Iowa & I hope & pray that it may carry I got another box of Doans Kidney pills 60 cents & box salts at Wards & pd 70 cents Mrs. Smith called pm

October 14, 1917

Sun 14   A very fine fall day & clear   Cloudy & dark this morn but cleard   warm before noon   I went to Church am   Mother staid at home   aftr dinner Vic brot our car & we took a ride to our timber   I selected a place to chop our winter wood  we pict up ½ a pail of Hickory nuts & came home around sout [south?] & then up around Dayton home  a nice ride roads fine   I wrote obituary to Add Taylor for Washington Democrat & letter to A R Miller & letter to Capt Lemon

October 13, 1917

Sat 13  coldest morning this fall 12 below freezing   It seems real good not to have to mix & bake my cakes[1]  I got feed for the cow   I went down town & got a drayman to come & haul out the manure in the barnyard  3 good loads on our truk patch & I pd Leibe 60 cents   Ura Taylor came & workd 9 hours & mother pd her 1,25   I carried plants upstairs & churned   I & mother wrote to Leslie   I sent a card to Jon [John?] & Ellen   I went down town & maild letter & cards & got bred & cinnamon

[1] Farmers made pressed cakes from the course residue of seeds, which were used to feed their animals.  Encyclopedia Britannia,

October 12, 1917

Isaac received word that his eldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, had died.

Friday October 12th 1917  quite cold & partly cloudy   I hurried my morning work & dresd [dressed] & went to depot   thought mother might come but she didn’t    I had fires in furnace cook stove & grate & came home to see to fires & then went to Lewis Restaurant & got lunch pd 15 cents   it got warmer after dinner   I was home most of pm & at 6 in eve went to the Depot & the train was right on time & mother came feeling as good as could be expected   we took supper at Hotel  meantime this am Agt Owens handed me a telegram from Dave telling of Harveys death yesterday in a Minneapolis hospital  he died of nervous breakdown & heart failure pennyless & homeless [1]

Harvey Taylor Carr (1860-1917) - Photo Taken about 1905
Harvey Taylor Carr (1860-1917) – Photo Taken about 1905


[1] Harvey and his wife, Sarah Myers Carr, were separated, but never divorced.