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
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
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
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
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
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
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