June 16, 1918

Sun 16   Very warm & clear hot sun   we all went to church but Ralf & he said he was sick but he ate a big dinner   tis now at one PM 96 [degrees] in the well house   I got no Muscatine Journal & none yester & Mrs. Macky said it was stopt   I wrote to the Journal   Newt Gardner asked Mother & I to go with them in their auto to John Flemings this PM & we gladly accepted the offer & had a fine nite   made a good social visit at Comrade Flemings   home Early & all went to the Baptist church to Childrens day   extra good singing   very warm & uncomfortable

June 15, 1918

Sat 15   A comfortable mostly clear da   I mowed some lawn   we have pict the last strawberries & how I shall miss them but from earliest to latest I guess I have had my share  the girls got the mail at noon & i recd a letter from Mapelthorpe wanting pay that Vic owed at the clothing store   poor dear vic   he has paid all his debts with his life   when will this cease   I cut a coupon off 2nd liberty loan & drew 8,75 intrest   Sylvia pd me 1,50 for Vic’s picture Leslie sent   I went down town PM & got beef to boil 1,05 oleo 2 lbs 68c   I got shaved 15c   E Bradford called on the porch eve   Ralf & Marjorie came to stay over Sunday I suppose   I met Rach Hull in the barber shop   he is very very poorly & weak not long for this world   the eve train came on time the first for a week or more

June 14, 1918

Friday June 14th 1918   A fine warm day mostly clear   I made a good picket fence in the alley where the barn stood at Zimmermans   Esther Carr went away on the train at noon   we 6 of us wrote to Leslie in Clermont   Joe Albion called & got the gas drum   Shultz from Washington with a Lawyer Wilson called with a note for $275,00 Signed by my dear misguided boy Vic & wanted me to pay it & they threatened me with legal proceedings & they evidently will make me all the trouble they can   even when I might become reconciled to the loss of my dear boy something occurs to deepen the gloom in my old age

June 10, 1918

Mon 10   a very fine day the warmest yet   I mowed some lawn & hoed & raked some   I went down town after dinner & got my Bank book   it was Balanced   Mother & Sylvia pict a fine mess of strawberries   Geo King called at the front door before we were out of bed   he wanted to know about fence   I mowed grass for my cow Eve & morn   I set 4 big tomato plants in the barn garden   the girls got the mail after dinner   train late & now at 9,25 it has not come this eve   Isabel & Sylvia washd   I took our wash to Carrie   I filld rat holes with glass & cement & put much dirt filling around the barn & in rat holes   I have been poisoning rats & am in hopes I have our place free of the pests

June 9, 1918

Sun 9  warmer clear sunny AM cloudy PM   We all 8 went to church AM & heard a long commonplace Sermon on the parable of the woman stiring leaven into 3 measures of meal   home to a good big dinner cooked on our electric stove   boy brot my laundry pd 20c for one shirt & one collar   we all went to Childrens day exercises at the church this eve   many little tots took part

June 8, 1918

Saturday June 8 1918    A most beautiful comfortable drying day   I hoed some in the Barn garden   Mail 2 hrs late   Electric Johnson called & got wire &c left here I gave him a Check for $10 for resetting our electric stove we had a most bountiful dinner new beets peas strawberry short cake &c &c   the girls got the mail after dinner & I went down & put C Rickey $87,00 note due next feb in my deposit box & got soap 25c & starch 25c   came home & hoed in the barn garden but tis too wet   I hoed beans west of the grape arbor   the girls & their Kids all went down town this eve & is now 9-20 & the train from the E has not come trains are irregular on acct of high water washouts & bridge gone the girls came in at 11 oclock & Ralf with them

June 7, 1918

Isaac writes a short statement about how the war in France is going.

Fri 7 A fine temperate clear dry da  Our Strawberries are doing fine Isabel & Marjorie were all day at Amos Hulls   we wrote to Leslie   so did Sylvia & Leila   I hoed my late sweet corn & some in the barn garden but tis mostly too wet to hoe   mail was 2 or 3 hours late  here at 1-15 PM & Eve [evening] came at 9  our Soldiers in France are holding the germans level about now & I am very glad to know  it we went up to Ezras this eve & visited with him saw his well cultivated garden & Leila played his Victrola & we enjoyed the eve til 10 oclock & found Isabel & Marjorie home in bed   I finished piling manure