February 24, 1938

Margaret died on February 24, 1938 in Pomona California. She was 90 years old. Her death came 15 years and 10 days after Isaac’s. Her children brought their mother home to Wellman, Iowa, where she was buried with Isaac in the Taylor family cemetery, just south of Wellman.

Isaac specified in his will that “at the death of my wife, I direct that Leslie Lewis Carr is to have all of the books belonging to my daily diary and library, except any of my other children may have one or two books apiece from the library if they wish same for keepsakes”. We know from the newspaper account, dated February 13, 1924, that Leslie was there to help his mother dispose of the household goods. So, it would make sense that the daily diaries and library books would be given to Leslie at that time instead of moving them to California. Leslie also received some mementos Isaac saved and original land purchases from the U. S. Government documented on parchment paper. Also in the collection were Isaac’s hand-written speeches and many newspaper clippings saved over the years.

After Leslie died on October 19, 1968, Isaac’s entire collection made its way to the State Historical Society of Iowa, Special Collections, Iowa City, Iowa. I am very grateful to the Historical Society for introducing me to Isaac’s journals and allowing some of the collection to be published on this blog.

This concludes my blog entries for now. I haven’t decided how I will go forward, but as previously mentioned in the past, if anything new comes to my attention, I will post the information.

Thanks, again, to my followers for their interest, commentary and support.

April 5,1930

There is no information about Margaret’s life in the intervening years until the 1930 census was taken. It showed Margaret as the head of her household. She owned her home, valued at $4,000.  It was located at 445 Main Street, Pomona, California.  Newer buildings have replaced the homes in Margaret’s neighborhood since then.

Living with Margaret was her widowed daughter, Harriet Carr DeYoe, and Margaret’s grandson, Paul Palmer DeYoe. Paul was adopted by Harriet and her husband, Willard, after Paul’s mother, Nellie Carr Palmer, died in 1919.

Other information on the census form stated that the family had not yet purchased a radio set. Radio broadcasting was still in its infancy. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) began in 1926; followed by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1927. [1] Evidently, the government wanted to know how many people could receive radio news broadcasts as of 1930.

Margaret was 82 years old, Harriet was 51 years old, and Paul was 20 years old. None in the household worked. Paul was attending college, so they must have had sufficient resources to live on and provide Paul with a college education.

[1] Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_broadcasting

February 13, 1924

In the “Neighborhood News” column published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper, dated February 13, 1924, the following was printed:

Dr. Leslie Carr of Clermont, Iowa, arrived Thursday to visit his mother, Mrs. I. N. Carr, who has just returned from St. Francis, Kansas, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. De Yoe.  They disposed of Mrs. Carr’s household goods and Mrs. Carr will return to the De Yoe home for an extended visit.

November 14, 1923

In the “Wellman News” column published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper, dated November 14, 1923, the following was printed:

Mrs. I. N. Carr has sold her house to Mr. Tom O’Flaherty, the consideration being $4,500. Mr. Flaherty is to take possession on March 1st.  Mrs. Carr and her son, Roy, will come here from California to transact some business after which Mrs. Carr will return to the west to make her home with her children, all of whom reside there with the exception of one son, Dr. Leslie Carr of Clermont, Iowa.

Note: Two of Margaret’s daughters were not living in California yet.  Harriet Carr DeYoe lived in St. Francis, Kansas. Harriet would later move to Pomona, California after the death of her husband, Rev. J. Willard DeYoe, in 1927.   Sylvia Carr Green lived in Grand Junction, Colorado, but later moved to Orange County, California.

March 17, 1923

On March 17, 1923, Margaret signed a Declaration for Widow’s Pension form in order to receive a widow’s pension, based on Isaac’s service in the Civil War.  Affidavits signed by Elizabeth E. Stevens, John Fleming, and D. F. Kirkpatrick attested to the fact that Margaret was the wife of Isaac Newton Carr and that they were personally acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Carr.

Margaret’s application for a widow’s pension was approved.  She continued to receive a monthly pension until her death, which, at that time, was $40 per month.

March 7, 2018

Here is another favorite song of Isaac’s, Marching Through Georgia, music & lyrics by Henry Clay Work [1] [2]

To hear this song on YouTube, click – http://tinyurl.com/y8wgash8

Marching Through Georgia

Ring the good ol’ bugle, boys, we’ll sing another song,
Sing it with the spirit that will start the world along,
Sing it as we used to sing it 50,000 strong
While we were marching through Georgia.

Hurrah, hurrah, we bring the jubilee!
Hurrah, hurrah, the flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea
While we were marching through Georgia!

How the darkies shouted when they heard the joyful sound!
How the turkeys gobbled which our commissary found!
How the sweet potatoes even started from the ground
While we were marching through Georgia!


Yes, and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears
When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years.
Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers
While we were marching through Georgia!


“Sherman’s dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast!”
So the saucy rebels said, and ’twas a handsome boast,
Had they not forgot, alas, to reckon with the host
While we were marching through Georgia!


So we made a thoroughfare for freedom and her train,
Sixty miles in latitude, 300 to the main.
Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain
While we were marching through Georgia!


[1]  http://mariah.stonemarche.org/livhis/georgia.htm

[2] Wikipedia.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marching_Through_Georgia


February 21, 1923

Newspaper articles stated that Margaret’s sons, LeRoy and David, accompanied her on the journey back to Wellman, Iowa. They left California by train on Saturday, February 17th and arrived in Wellman three days later.

Isaac chose the following songs for his service.  His favorite, The Wonderful Country, was sung by Mrs. H. B. Knight.  A quartet, composed of Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Knight, and Messrs. Huntsberger and Love, sang Will the Circle Be Unbroken and In the Sweet By and Bye.

Isaac asked his sons-in-law, Reverend Schwimley and Reverend DeYoe, to deliver the eulogies. They traced his life from birth to the end.  Isaac was warmly remembered by them for his home life, his service to his community and church, as well as in defense of his country during the Civil War years.

The funeral service took place in their Wellman home, also at Isaac’s request. Many floral arrangements and a silk flag were placed on his coffin. The funeral procession made its way to the Taylor cemetery where Isaac was laid to rest.

March 1, 2018

I began this blog in June 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed bringing Isaac’s personal story to my followers — primarily cousins and persons interested in the history of a Civil War soldier and farmer.  My goal to learn more about Isaac’s life was reached, and I hope you have enjoyed reading Isaac’s words.  He has taken us on  a remarkable  journey.

During the Civil War years, Isaac wasn’t able to journal on a daily basis.  Even so, I’ve estimated that Isaac’s journal entries, spanning sixty-two years,  probably total over 20, 000 entries. This blogs represents only a fraction of that number.

I am especially indebted to the State Historical Society of Iowa for allowing me to post a small portion of his journal entries.  If you ever find yourself in Des Moines (main facility) or Iowa City, Iowa (home to Isaac’s journals and papers), definitely take time to visit their collections.

As for the future, some additional postings are planned, which will cover a bit of information about Isaac’s wife, Margaret, in the years after his death.  If any other relevant information surfaces, I will add it.   My next goal is to write and publish Isaac’s life story, which will get underway shortly.

Sincere thanks goes out to my loyal followers. I have enjoyed your comments and thank you for joining me on this journey through Isaac’s life.

Carole Carr Magnuson