November 14, 1918

Thursday 14   A very fine fall day   we arose a little early & Willard had a funeral at 8-30   a boy 17 hunting rabbits   his gun bursted & he was killed   we then all went to KC over fine roads & splendid scenery & farms & fine house   Especially the buildings of KC are many  & fine   we went to rr office & found about our train &c to Grand Junction & I think we ought to end our visit here & go to Sylvias but mother & Harriet want us to stay to Thanksgiving   we took dinner at Caffeteria   a very fine meal  I pd $1,84 for the 4   then we lookd around the city & went in car around the cliff drive   a very fine drive & scenery   home by dusk & it rained a little   a letter from Lavanda said Leslie started over sea Mon [Monday]

November 13, 1918

Wed 13   A very fine day   this AM we got the 3rd Wellman Advance of Nov 7   will soon know it by heart   I went with Willard   several short rides  a lady Mrs Kirkpatrick called & wanted to meet mother & I   an old soldier of 11 Kas [11th Kansas Infantry] I met down town a Mr Fenn told her we were here   I sent a card to Leslie  Hoboken NJ

November 12, 1918

Tuesday November 12th 1918   Harriets in Olathe   A fine cool clear day   I went several places with Willard   we had beefsteak & onions for dinner  we recd a card from Leslie   date 10 [possibly November 10th] NY city   I slept well last nite & feel well to day   also mother is feeling good   all is quiet & enjoing the thot of a world peace once more   I am glad Leslie writes often & Keeps well   we all past a pleasant eve & had most excellent apples

November 11, 1918

The end of World War I — Isaac described the events in two separate journal entries.

We were here at Olathe when the Armistice was signed & by previous arrangement the fire siren let go at 1-30 the morn of 11 Nov    Rev Deyoe & his good wife jumped out of bed & soon the big bell of the ME Church joined in the chorus & the bdg [building] it self was a blaze of electricity from the basement to the highest steeple & pandemonium broke loose later in the day   the Kaiser was hung in effigy & shot full of holes at $ a shot & the money given to the red cross & he was finally burned 

Mon 11th   cooler  clear a fine day   we were awakened at 2 oclock this morning by the fire siren loud & long ringing of bells & blowing of whistles celebrating the news of peace   Willard rang the church bell  Harriet also went down town   I thot [thought] of my Dr. Boy Leslie & wonder where he is & if he too joined in the peace jubilee   I sent him a card this pm to Hoboken New Jersey   we went down town PM in Olathe & many were there   the town was like 4 of July flags drums & one old chap had his fiddle & in place of fife played with the drums  Kaiser [Wilhelm II] [1] & Hindenburg  [2] were hung in effigy & later burned   many speechs were made & later a cash donation was taken for a soldiers monument in the park   Subscriptions were liberal   I got 10 post cards

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II,_German_Emperor

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_von_Hindenburg

November 10, 1918

Sun 10   Colder hard frost   a pleasant day   we all went to church AM & Willard preachd a fine sermon text Watchman what of the nite  home to a late Excelent Chicken dinner   I am reading a manuscript by an Army Nurse who was with Shermans Army around Atlanta GA  Mrs Jackson   she lives in this town Olatha [Olathe, Kansas] & is 83 years old   PM we took a long ride west over Cedar Creek   much lime stone & stone fences   rough hilly stony land   Harriet drove til the roads got so stony & hilly   Willard took the wheel & I felt safer   came back furthur south past a dam on cedar creek & a large reservoir supplies Olathe with soft pure water   we past a pleasant eve & I finishd reading Mrs. Jacksons manuscript memoirs   I sent a card to Roy   I wrote to W S Bank Electricity    sent check 2,86

November 9, 1918

Saturday November 9 1918   Cooler a very fine day   I took salts & feel tolerable well   mother not feeling good is lying down   Mr. Wallace a former Keota [Iowa] man who had done some work for me on the farm & in Nira called on us this morning & we renewed our acquaintance of 40 yrs ago   he is nearly blind & partly deaf but has his faculties & we had a fair visit   PM we took a long ride & enjoyed it  Willard & Harriet do all they can to make our Stay with them pleasant

November 8, 1918

8 Fri   Cool clear   a fine morn   we arose on time  ate a good breakfast of pancakes   slept good last nite   Willard pollishd his fine car & we all went 25 miles to KC & took dinner in very crowded restaurant   Cafateria style  had fresh halibut & evrything   then went across the K river to KC Kas to the funeral of Mrs Parsons   a very estimable woman 58 who we had met once before   Willard conducted the funeral   home at sundown   letter from Leslie in NY City Hotel McAlpin   he is just embarking for over the sea & will be very ancious til we hear again   Harriet & W went out this eve

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