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.
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
Fri 19 Colder, but a fine day to work lt [light] WNW wind I went to the pasture & did a good am chopping & feel good recd letter from Dave receipt for $89,00 Harveys burial expenses We wrote to Leslie & I maild the letter & made fire in grate Cordell Oldaker Called after dark I went to Chris Millers he is gone
Thursday 18 Moderate dark cloudy & growing colder NW I went to the pasture & chopt all the am got along fine home 11-45 after dinner I made a fire in the grate it raind a part of last nite & considerable water fell
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 http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/ptleader/id/16877/rec/2)
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
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
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
Sat 13 coldest morning this fall 12 below freezing It seems real good not to have to mix & bake my cakes 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
 Farmers made pressed cakes from the course residue of seeds, which were used to feed their animals. Encyclopedia Britannia, http://www.britannia.com/EBchecked/topic/426145/oil-cake
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 
 Harvey and his wife, Sarah Myers Carr, were separated, but never divorced.