February 13 and 14, 1923

[Feb. 13 & 14]  Nora staid constantly & rest [of family] all in often.  I was up little while Tues. Feb 13 & went in to see him, & O, how he had failed.  He was conscious to the last & passed away at 3 o,clock Wednesday p.m. Feb. 14th.  O, how hard it is to know we will never again have our dear father with us, but he wanted to go & made all his funeral arrangements, his songs to be sung, his pall bearers ect. 

O, how we shall miss him, he was always so generous, so kind & just always made the best of every thing & we always tho’t [thought] what ever father did was just right. 

His life has truly been a most wonderful one & he certainly has always had such high ideals & tried so hard to raise his family right.  We certainly have much to be thankful for such a life as he [has] lived, always so truthful & such a good neighbor & his kind deeds shall long remain in the memory of every one who knew him. 

It is so hard for mother, but they have had a long life together, with very few separations. 

 Father was born May 28 -1836.                                                                                       Died at our home in Pomona                                                                                                           Feb. 14 -1923                                                                                                          Age 86 yrs. 8 mos & 14 days.             Written by Isabelle.

Isaac’s death certificate stated that he died of “marasmus accompanying general arterio sclerosis”.  Marasmus is generally known as the gradual wasting away of the body due to severe malnutrition or inadequate absorption of food.

According to Isaac’s wishes, his body was returned to Iowa.  The funeral service took place in his Wellman home.  Isaac’s obituary was long and descriptive.  It appeared on the front page of The Wellman Advance. Isaac was buried in the Taylor Cemetery, just south of town.


February 10 and 11, 1923

[February 10 & 11]  Mother was nearly sick & Nora just took charge of things & cared for father.  Dr. K. came twice a day.  Maud came & spent today & Sunday.  Father wasn’t up any more from this time & seemed to grow weaker each day.  Really was not in pain all the time but really just worn out.

February 8, 1923

Thursday Feb 8   Father said he was so much better this morning & said he could get up & get breakfast & could run a foot race.  He got up at 11 & ate quite a little.  Dave came & staid for dinner. 

Father laid down in p.m.  Roy & Winnie, Dave & Ruth came & spent eve & father was up all eve & they had just gone when Nora & Allie came & O, how glad we were to see them.

February 7, 1923

The remaining journal entries were written by Mary Isabelle (Carr) Hull, Isaac’s daughter, because Isaac was too weak to write. 

Wednesday Feb. 7  A lovely day.  Father got up at 10 & ate little breakfast & was dressed when Dr. Gardner & wife and Suzanne came to spend day.  Father seemed to enjoy their visit & had quite a talk with the Dr. but was so short of breath.  He came to table to eat with us for the last time at noon, but ate very little.  He laid down all p.m.  We called Dr. Kelley at 4-30 & he came & said it was form of dropsy & water forming in his pluray [pleura].  The lung was stopping his breathing & he would come back in eve. 

He came back at 7-30 & Roy & Dave came & he tapped father’s lung & drew nearly 2 qts. of liquid & O, he suffered so as it took one hr.  He rested better tonite & said he could breath so much better.

February 6, 1923

Tues 6   Cool but Sunshine fine day   I lay til near Eleven & arose feeling Poorly   I ate some dinner at Noon   Mother & Isabel knotted a comfort[er]   Dave & Ruth Came after dinner   We got mail   No letters  Dave Read awhile in the Advance 2nd Edition of the Lew Gardner & Coffey fite   J H Romines Obituary   I laid down awhile   Florence Hull called   I wrote to C M Livezey & sent statemnt of monies & Credits

February 5, 1923

Mon 5   Cold morn   Sun Shines Bright   I aros aftr 9 feeling Poorly  Mother washt me   I rested well fore part of Nite   Mother talked with Maude  Ralph got me fresh side meat for dinner   Dave cam & brot me Beef tea cubes   Isabel went to D of Vet [Daughters of Veterans?] meeting   She is President   Mrs Roup & Mrs Boyd called & we had very Pleasnt visit   We sent Leslie Box oranges 3 doz & 1 doz Tangerines by Parsel Post   I pd the Post 2,51   we got mail after dinner   letter & sessmt Blank from C Livsey  Leslie Nora & John & Mrs Fleming

February 4, 1923

Sunday February 4 1923   I arose at 11 feeling very Poorly   Roy came & helpd me put on clean unders   Mother washd me face & feet   I had a long talk with mother how I want things fixt when I am gone & I feel I am going evry day   Dave came with Ralphs from Church   Warren P called   Dave & Row [may have meant Ruth, Dave’s wife] were here most of the Pm & I layd down & aftr 6 I ate a little soup   Amos & wife here til after 8

February 3, 1923

Sat 3   Cold morn but clear Sunny day   I arose before Eleven feeling Poorly   rested poor   I ate some Strawberries & Beef Soup for dinner   we heard John Romine Died 27 Jan   I gave Ralp 5,00 to get changd so I can pay Him 40 cents for 2 Box of strawberries    aftr dinner Dave Came & shaved me & brot me 2 boxes Strawberries   I gave Him 1,00   Amos wife & Roys [wife] came & stayed the eve   Dave gave me some Brandy   I took a dose

February 2, 1923

Fri 2   Cold bright & Sunny   I arose Near Eleven feeling very poorly   Max S called & gave Ralph a check on the American Bank & he brot me 35,00   I gave Isabel 15,00   I laid down awhile after dinner   Dave came awhile & aftr supper he & Roy came & stayed the eve   also Amos Hull & wife Ruth & others calld while I was laying down   I wrote to L E Wilkins of Belknap Iowa about $1100,00 intrest due Mar of Inst [instant] next