Thursday Dec 28 1871 Mag & I went by Daves to Dayton took 12 Doz Eggs got 18 cts per Doz 3 prairie chicks 20 cts each took dinner at Daves I qualified for the office of J P trustee before T D Allen paid $8,10 cts insurance left $4,65 with Mr Stilling for John Carlile
Dec 25th 1871 Christmas the children found plenty in their Stockings I found a lot of hickory nut meats in my cap & Mag a pair of Stockings & Christmas Slippers. I went to town with a load of hogs & got 3,65 home at dark
On November 7, 1871, Isaac purchased an insurance policy from the Farmer’s Insurance Company in Freeport, Illinois. With the devastating Chicago fire occurring just a month prior on October 8, 1871, having insurance coverage for his property and land was something that Isaac decided was in his best interest to acquire.
Sunday November 5th 1871 Father [Harvey Taylor] & Daves & John Brewer & Ellen & Ez Bradfords folks here visiting Add [Addison Taylor] came & got his cow we have been keeping for him all the fall Ellen [Mary Eleanor Taylor] invited us to go to Washington to her wedding next Thursday Marries J. Brewer
Saturday Nov 3 1871 gathered corn foun[d] my Sick Calf dead & skinned it this makes 3 dead calves this fall Sacked & loade[d] 16 sacks of wheat
Friday Nov 2 1871 gathered Corn found a very sick calf gave it a dose of physic the carpenters finished the barn & left me the eave troughs to paint & some other small jobs I owe Salter $85,00 to be paid when I sell my next lot of hogs
Wednesday Nov 1st 1871 Geathered corn I took up an Estray yearling steer Samson & Singerman appraised him at $11,00 John Adams Agt [Agent] for the Farmers Ins [Insurance] Co of Freeport, Ills [Illinois] Called I sent application for ins on Barn $1,000 on grain $100,00 on house $200,00 on furniture $75,00 on wearing apparel $35,00 making $1410,00 in all for which I am to pay in yearly installments first year now $8,05 cts & $7,05 each succeeding 4 years Finished geathering the ridge west of the Barn