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 https://goo.gl/wNqtkF. 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

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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 http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/ptleader/id/16877/rec/2)

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