November 24, 1921

Thursday November 24 1921  very fine day   Thanksgiving at Harriets  Mother & I arose late   Willard & Paul arose early & went over to the church yard where many young people met & held thanksgiving services at 6 oclock & Breakfast at 7   I went over to the church to get Harriets rolling pin & kneading Board they had borrowed   they seemed to greatly enjoy themselves with a service & Breakfst   long to be remembered   they invited me to a breakfst of warm biscuits & honey but with thanks I returnd to the Parsonage & we had toast & coffee   we got mail at Noon  No letters   at 1-30 we sat down to a bountrous thanksgiving dinner  the 22 lb turkey was roasted   a rich brown fine gravy cranberry & whipt cream & the very best mince pie & I ate an uncommon big dinner   at 3 pm we went riding   good dirt roads & fine day   went NW 23 miles to Haigler in Nebraska & 8 miles E of Colorado   home at dark & at 7-30 Willard Harriet & Paul went to prayer meet

November 14, 1921

Isaac wrote to the Chairman of the Parole Board on behalf of his son, David. This was in response to a suggestion by Isaac’s son, Dr. Leslie Carr, who had recently visited his brother at the Stillwater prison. Leslie thought it might help shorten David’s confinement if Isaac shared David’s family background. 

Nov 14, 1921 – C. J. Swendsen, Chairman, Parole Board, St. Paul, Minnesota 

Dear Sir, 

I take the liberty to write to you concerning my son D A Carr now confined in Stilwater prison No 6621.  My youngest child Dr. Carr from Clermont Ia [Iowa]  called on you lately and he wrote me that it might help shorten David’s confinement for me to tell you just about the kind of family we are. 

I have allways been a farmer now retired.  I am 85 years old last may and my wife 75  we have raised a family of 10 children  2 have died and D A is the only one ever accused of any crime or misdemeanor.  I never sued a man and never was sued.  We are members of the M E Church W. D. Moore pastor.  I have been a church trustee many years.  I served near 4 years in the Civil War 2 enlistments.  I have 2 honorable discharges.  I served the whole time in Co F 11 Ia infty 3rd Brig 4 Divis 17 AC army Tennessee.  Was in the Battles of Shiloh Corinth Vicksburg Atlanta and many skirmishes.  I marched with Sherman to the sea up thru the Carolinas to Wasn [Washington] DC.  took part grandest of all grand reviews May 24, 1865.  Mustered out at Louisville and discharged at Davenport last of July 1865.  

I have no hospital record always ready for duty  slightly wounded twice and a member of Ed Hamlin Post 112 dpt of Iowa GAR.  Wife and 3 girls are WRC.  I have been commander of the post 20 odd years reelected year after year.  I gave D A as good education as our circumstances admitted.  He speaks reads and writes german fluently tho there is no german blood in our veins.  We are of scotch irish descent.  I have 6 sons in law of whom I am proud.  None use tobacco or have ever drank intoxicants.  2 are preachers all are church members and Dave tho not a church member has due respect for Christian religion.  Uses no tobacco and is strictly prohibition and when he is free I am sure he will be law abiding and a useful man generally.  We will be glad to have him come right home and I wil bind myself in any bond that he wil never again deserve a pris [prison?] punishment.  You are strictly honest and upright or you wouldn’t hold the office you do.  The laws must be upheld when your conscience tells you.  Dave has been punished enuf.  Kindly use your influence to send him home to his aged parents Brothers & Sisters and may heaven Bless you is our prayer. 

I. N. Carr

 Note: David would not be released from prison until March 1922.

November 10, 1921

It was reported in the Iowa City Press-Citizen Newspaper [1],  the following:

“Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Carr came home from Clearmont, Iowa, where they have been spending a week with their son, Dr. Leslie Carr and family.  Mr. and Mrs. Carr expect to leave this coming week for California to spend the winter with their children.  They have two daughters and one son there.”

[1] Iowa City Press-Citizen, November 10, 1921, page 8, column 4

September 21, 1921

Isaac saved a postcard sent by his daughter, Isabelle.

September 21, 1921

Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Carr, Wellman, Iowa

My dear Parents,  Will write you a card on this “our wedding anniversary”  Your 56th and our 22nd.  We are all well.  Maud phoned me [that] you said in letter you would be with us this winter & we are sure delighted.  I am going to Mauds tomorrow.  With love,  Isabelle

June 1, 1921

Wed June 1   Showers & very pleasant & growing   we had light shower last Nite & 2 to day & things will grow   I got mail at Noon  letter from Dave in Still water [1]   we had Strawberry Shortcake for dinner & I will do no work to day   we both wrote to Sylvia & I maild the letter at Noon  towards Eve it rained & lookd very threatening in the west & SW

[1] David was incarcerated at Stillwater Prison for an unknown offense.

May 31, 1921

Tuesday May 31 1921   warm & mostly clear   we arose a little early & had breakfst & Roy is hurrying getting his Auto loaded to Start to California   I wrote him a check on the Security Savings Bank for $5000,00 which I am lending him for 5 years   tis hardly probable that I will live to see it paid   Lillian & Mrs England called to see them off   also Perry Ayers & Mrs Roup   about 8 am they started on their long trip   the 3 children highly [excited] over the Prospect of camping & travel   I don’t envy Roy his trip with that woman of his   I got mail at Noon   No letters   I went to Nichols & tried on a fine dark suit & an extra pr of gray pants I had ordered   they fit well & I gave Nichols a check on Wellman Savings Bank for $60,00   aftr dinner at 12-30 Ed Jones our city Mayor & wife called in auto & took Mother & I SW 8 or 10 miles to the funeral of an Old friend Ike Young  preached at the home & buried at Keota   we met many of our old friends & acquaintances of former years   the day was ideal & we had a pleasant ride   Mrs Wm Carris rode with us from the cemetery & we Stoped at her home & had lemonade   reached home at 5  roads fine   a Nice Car & we appreciate the kindness of Mayor Jones  Rupe brot 2 boxs strawberries   I pd him 60c  Jay Nichols brot home my GAR coat I lent him to decorate his window

May 30, 1921

May 30   Decoration day & real warm   Clear & Sunny til 3 pm   we arose Early & at 7 went in Roys auto to the Taylor cemetery & mowed the graves & put a can of Nice flowers in water on each of the 9 graves & the whole never lookd better & very Neat   we went to Wellman cemetery & put wreath & flowers on My Sister Amandas grave   also on Coras   Stopt at Eardly Bell & he made a mortgage & Note for $5000,00 which Roy gives me   I lend him that amt of money at 6% for 5 yrs   we got mail at noon & I recd card & pkg  birthday from Nora   a Nice handy pencil & bright pretty metal box  Colgates perfumed Shaving Soap   Mr & Mrs Rupe & Geneva called & at 8 in eve Mother & I went to a class play at the opera house   it was fairly good & we enjoyd the eve & got home at 10-30

May 29, 1921

Sunday May 29 1921   Warm and clear   I went to meat shop & got Spare ribs & we drest for Church   Mother & I went to the Hall & marchd to M E church with WRC & heard a good Memorial day Sermon by Rev Dewey   Rev Adam Schwimley made an impressive prayer   home by 12 & thermometer at 90   we heard Ike Young dropt dead yester at his home N of Keota   we pict a lot of flowers for our graves tomorrow   mostly Roses

May 28, 1921

Sat 28   A fine warm day & my 85th Birthday & I am very thankful for the health & strength & the many blessings that I enjoy   yet I fully realize the age is telling & I am failing but am thankful & have No complaints   I mowed some lawn & went to Wards? & paid $1,00  for 2 tickets to class Play   I went to Sniders & got cream & pd 75c & we churned 3 times & got fine butter   I got mail at Noon & got letter from Maude & birthday cards from Lamont Harriet Paul & a very fine Angelfood cake from my good girl Sylvia   after dinner Mother & I sat on the porch til 3 or 4 Pm  when Roy & Arden drove in from Corydon & we are glad to see them   I have some lawn yet to mow & they helped me finish it   I took my watch to Millers with broken mainspring   he put in a New one & I am to pay him 1,50

May 27, 1921

Friday May 27 1921   Warm & showery   lots of threatening   I replanted a few pole beans   I piled quite a lot of manure   McConnel still keeps his horses in my Barn & doing nothing   I think they would be better on pasture   I got mail at Noon   cards for my 85 birthday from Maude Marjorie Margaret & from Isabel   I appreciate the remembrance   I got pork & liver 33c   after dinner Mother & I called at Wm Wade & took a nice boquet of roses   Wade is a very sick man & failing fast   I went down town & it looked so like a shower   I didn’t stay long   I tied up a few grape vines  it rained a little shower last nite