At the end of each year, Isaac would document his crop yields, stock, and write about significant events. This is an example of an accounting of his sows for the winter of 1869-70.
Nov 11th Sow with spot on right side of tail and round spot on middle of right side took boar sold to Vick for ½ intrest in bull calf
Nov 13 turned Sow to Boar after dark
Nov 14th Old Sandy sow took Boar
Dec 19th the Bright Black & Sandy Sow took
Dec 30th the largest white Sow & the old black spotted sow took the Boar
Dec 31st the light black & Sandy sow took the Boar
Thursday June 3rd Plowed corn Clark Brown came & worked one day Paid him $1,00 Mag is still no better
Friday June 4th Plowed corn in AM & in PM went to Dayton for medicine for Mag & got load corn Mrs. Carris & Mrs. Jenks came.
Tuesday June 1st Worked on the road Wellington Hoed corn the grass is getting a fair start but I guess we will believe it yet Hughbanks children left school again
Wednesday June 2nd Worked on road ½ day with team finished my poll tax PM plowed corn Commenced in N [north] piece
Sunday May 30th Took Ellen Home Went by Dayton & got Dr. for Mag Paid Him $4,00
Monday May 31st Pleasant most of the day rain a small shower Hoed corn & Hedge Mag no better taking medicine Harvey went after Ellen Tipton & Timmons  came
 There were a few Tipton and Timmons’ families living in the area in the 1860s & 1870s.
Saturday May 29th took mare to Watters  no go by Dayton got some Crackers for Mag She is sick Hoed early Potatoes tis a real wet time rains most evry day
 Samuel Watters and family lived in Washington, Washington County, Iowa at the time of the 1870 U. S. Census. He lived in Lime Creek Township at the time of the 1860 U. S. Census.
Friday May 28th 1869 My Birthday & I am 33 years old How fast the time flies Went to School to settle difficulty Hughbanks  children left school but came back took dinner at Capens  took sow to Stapletons 
 John Wesley Hughbanks and family lived in Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa at the time of the 1870 U. S. Census
 Charles Capen and family lived in Lime Creek Township at the time of the 1860 U. S. Census. He wasn’t found in the 1870 U. S. Census in Washington County, Iowa.
 Martin Stapleton and family lived in Lime Creek Township at the time of the 1860 U. S. Census. He wasn’t found in the 1870 U. S. Census in Washington County, Iowa.
Thursday May 27th Rain last night Hard took Sow to Stapletons Boar & replanted corn Vick came going after Corn rain little Hughbanks came for me to see about school matters.