Wednesday August 18, 1920 Hazy A very fine morning to work I mowd some lawn & cut some with the sickle & stood the work well I feel good my back is much better Joe Schrader called & Rupe brot us butter & buttermilk & brot our churn home we went to chaut [Chautaugua] this eve & heard the same 3 girls trill & screech & tremble seemed foolish Congressman Royal C Johnson of S Dakota made a good talk Mrs Hik Snider calld by fone & want me to hold the Zimerman house for them at $18 per mo soon as Zimermans vacate I mowed the terrace & alley this eve
Fri 30 A warm sunny day I got 17 ears sweet corn & our first ripe tomatos for dinner I went over to Rupes & he will go to Goodwins for Blk berries Jap & I Split some wood & I carried some down Rupe brot us 2 boxes blkberries & I pd him 40c we got mail at Noon letter from Dave & I got good beef steak 60c loaf bread 15c bonami 10c soda 10c this pm thermometer reg 93 in wellhouse Sylvia washd & irond 3 ties for me we wrote to Leslie in Clermont
Thursday July 29 Warm dry dusty Jap & I Split a little wood then drest in our best & went by invitation to Fanny Stephen in Keota Stopt on the way at the old Bil Carris home & got Gene [Jean Alean Stephen]  adopted daughter of [William Alexander] Stephen & reached Keota before Eleven I went down town & met Warren Stewart Joe Romine & called on Allice Leighton Wolf went back to Stephen to dinner & an extra good one calld twice at Theodore Greens no one at home a small fire in west part of town Konklins out bdg nearly total[ed] Jap & I went the fire co soon put it out I met Tip Dayton & went back to Stephen’s & near 6 Eve we had lunch & came home were delayed Near Fosters by a blow out & got to the PO at 7-50 & found it lockd & my Ioa City daily faild to come I gave F Klockenteger paper Maude sent & Fred gave me a letter from Maude this is a beautiful Eve Keota has improved much since our girls attended school ther & Main St is a nice thorofare & I enjoyd the sociability
 Jean Alean Stephen is William Alexander Stephen’s niece. Jean lived with William Stephen and his wife Fanny after her mother died when she was a child. Jean’s parents were James Samson Stephen and Nellie Jean Nichols, Stephen(s)/Boice Family Tree, Ancestry.com
Wed 28 Cool nice morn Sun shines warm Jap & I split some wood & he went down town for a shave & hair cut I shaved & drest to go to John Fleming’s & we Started near 10 roads good but dusty we arrived in due time & all 6 met with a genuine welcome & after an hour or more visiting & the arrival of Frank Fleming we were invited out to a most bountiful dinner fresh fish & fresh strawberries & Eatibles too numerous I consider Comrade Fleming & wife among the best entertainers seconded by their Son Everet & his capable & interesting wife the day was well spent home at 6 & Jap split some wood
Tuesday July 27th 1920 Cool Pleasant A cool pleasant perfect day I got 17 ears sweet corn for dinner & got 9 & mother took to Mrs Marner Roys came from Ayers  & got things ready & soon after 8 they left for their home in Corydon I have enjoyd our visit with Roy & shal miss him Jap & I split some wood I cant do much at it but my back is better than last spring the wood is Elm hickory & oak & most of it splits good & is extra wood Mrs Rupe brot us one box blackberries & I pd her 20c took a ride to our old farm down the creek fond memories stopt at the old Leighton place & here memories of the long ago when I lived with Leightons & Steve Charlotte faithful honest hard working Charlotte & Marne & Allice & kind hearted Mr & Mrs Leighton they were Father & Mother to me the reality all gone only a fond memory still lingers
 Perry and Julia Ayers, LeRoy’s wife, Winnie’s parents.
Friday May 28, 1920 At Ollies  Dark cloudy looks like rain My 84 birth day & I begin to feel much like an old man have Neither strength nor activity my lame back is some better am taking Harlern oil tablets they help my general health is fair my hand is trembly & I can hardly write with a pen but get along fairly with a pencil we arose rather early as Alma Izor is going away Virl took her to Minburn I went along & tried to find a way to get from here to Guthrie Center to see Capt Lemon but I got no satisfaction we are visiting with Ollie & she does all she can to entertain us & she is sure a wonder to manage
 Olive Taylor Carris is the widow of Albert Carris who died in 1918. Olive is the daughter of Benjamin Holden Taylor and Laura C. Izor, Margaret Taylor Carr’s brother and sister-in-law.
During this winter trip to California, Isaac and Margaret must have traveled to Tijuana, Mexico. They needed a temporary ID card. A copy of Margaret’s ID card appears below, dated March 17, 1920.