January 10, 1879

Friday, Jan 10   We were up all night with little Ezra and he is worse    I fear he has the Dipptheritil Croup and will never get well   I went and got old Mrs Jones a Dr woman and she said there was very little hope for him Goodwin came early and worked ½ day and stayed till most night when he went home    Ez and Amanda came up also Holden & Laura & Father Dave went after Father but he was not at home   Ez & Dave went & took Old Mrs Jones home after dark    She charged 75 cents but wouldn’t take the pay as it was her Sabbath this Eve


January 8, 1879

Sadness and loss  of a son visits the Carr household in early January 1879.   These passages must have been very difficult for Isaac to write and they convey a very sad and heart-wrenching time for the Carr family.

Wednesday, Jan 8   I went and got Sele shod and now I have him and frank well shod all raind [reined?]   We chopped and hauled wood   Little Ezra is sick and very hoarse to day but seems a good deal better and plays as usual this eve   We got 6 loads of wood


October 1, 1878

Tuesday Oct 1   Cleaned up a load of wheat & went to Keota   23 bu sold to Rice for 56 cts   Bell went over with me   She felt very bad in leaving  She cried most of the time going over & I felt as bad as she did   She is a good kind hearted & affectionate woman   a good neighbor   we will never get a better   I gave her the dress I bought & she was well pleased with it   I took dinner at Fields Mush & Milk   I got lemons for Mag & yeast   4 cows took this week little [in light pencil was written at the end of this passage “heifer Samson”].

August 31, 1877

August 31st   went to Amandas & took her money to her   She paid My railroad fare one way $30,00   So that left her $170,00 & then I gave her the $20,00 that Aunt Mariah sent & the $5,00 that Uncle sent making in all $195,00 for her   I took dinner there & My mare broke loose & caused me much trouble to catch her   I went to Craigs to see the thrashers as I want to thrash   I went & looked to the hogs

August 30, 1877

Thursday, Aug 30th    rested some last night & train stopped for breakfast at Davenport & at noon arrived after my long trip safe in Keota & found Roy waiting for me at the Depot with a team   we went to bank & got my Drafts cashed $350,00 for 25 cents & then went & paid Hinkle the $25,00 I borrowed of him & got my note   then home by 4 PM found all well & supper or dinner ready   found my pigs nearly all dead & several big hogs but they have quit dying now   Bill is plowing

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