Tues 18 A fine sunny day cool NW breeze we arose both feeling well took breakfast at Delmar 25c both letter from Harriet & one from Mrs & Mr. Rupe I started to the Market & met Ady [Addison Taylor] of all members of 11th Iowa first 11 Iowa man I have met on this trip & I was sure glad to see him we talked an hour I went on to the market & bot 6 lbs Bellflower apples for 25c they ar good eating apples I havnt seen a News boy today we took dinner at Advent 88c for 2 & took a walk along the pier bot a sak pop corn 5c & went to the swimming pool many boys & girls in & 2 bald heads a cheerful sight to see the youngsters play in the salt water we took Supper at Delmar 30c for 2 sat in the parlor awhile mother came from Nellies at 5 Recd letter from Leslie
Monday October 15, 1917 a very fine day I put in sweet corn from the shock for the cow I went to see Chris Miller about hauling a load of wood will haul it wed [Wednesday] I lookt for some manure to haul on my garden found none I coppied Add [Addison Taylor] Obituary & maild letter & Adds obituary to Washington Democrat & letter to Capt Lemon rec’d letter from Dave telling of Harveys burial & a bill of $89,00 for me to pay which I will & think it a very reasonable burial bill I voted for the amendment to the state constitution prohibiting the sale or manufacture of intoxicants in Iowa & I hope & pray that it may carry I got another box of Doans Kidney pills 60 cents & box salts at Wards & pd 70 cents Mrs. Smith called pm
Sun 14 A very fine fall day & clear Cloudy & dark this morn but cleard warm before noon I went to Church am Mother staid at home aftr dinner Vic brot our car & we took a ride to our timber I selected a place to chop our winter wood we pict up ½ a pail of Hickory nuts & came home around sout [south?] & then up around Dayton home a nice ride roads fine I wrote obituary to Add Taylor for Washington Democrat & letter to A R Miller & letter to Capt Lemon
A series of sad events marred the month of October 1917. The first event involved Margaret’s brother, Addison Taylor. Addison served with Isaac in the same infantry unit during the Civil War and they were very close friends. Isaac is also probably concerned about his son, Victor, as he underscored his commentary.
Tuesday, October 9, 1917 I got a box Doans Kidney pills pd 6 cents Showery cold in the morning but got warmer & light showers all day I churnd over 4 lbs of extra fine looking butter & Florilla Longwell & S. Topping [Sarah Topping] came & took it out & washe the churn & cream jar & came again in the eve & moulded the butter into one lb prints real nice Mrs. Longwell made my bed much nicer & smoother than I can make it at one pm I went to the funeral of Mrs. Oldaker 83 yrs short service at the house & by auto to Frytown for burial I recd card of 8th from Mother Add [Addison] is no better & later I got a telegram from Charley Rinehart that Add died at 2 pm yester the 8th the last of the Taylor boys gone boys of my boyhood day & Steve Leighton good bye Add I wrote to Mother & enclosed a card from Lavanda saying Dr. Schmidt of Postville Hospital is badly hurt in auto & train wreck & Leslie is helping care for him & with many other patients is very busy Mrs. Dr. Wells calld twice left Temperance Circulars & afterward wanted flowers I took her a nice bunch when I maild mothers letter now at 7-30 very dark & looks rainy Vic didn’t come home last nite I split some old hard grubs & wood for Mrs. Florilla Longwell.
Monday Aug 21 Wrote second time to Hagerman in Liberal Kas [Kansas] another warm dry day I got a good bit of Sweet corn for dinner & tied 12 bundles fodder & carried to the barn yard I went down town with Marjorie & sent up crackers cheese & lemons, &c & then went to the Taylor Cemetery with undertaker Bidwell to locate a grave for Holden Shortly aftr we got back Ollie & Brother Taylor, Carris Eldridge & John Carris came & soon after Virl & his father came with the body & we set the casket containing all that is left of Brother Holden Carris soon went back to Keota Virl & his father went back to Keota aftr dinner PM Add [Addison Taylor] & I went down town I got 85c ground steak for beef loaf Many came & paid their respects thru the day & Eve Several offered to set up for watch thru the Night but we thanked them & felt as tho we would rather all go to bed & turn out the lights & all be quiet undertaker Bidwell brought the flowers we got a fine wreath a fine bunch of cut flowers also Rach Hulls Vic pitched the 12 bundles of fodder in the barn & I mowed thorns away W A Taylor came & worked this Mon
Mon 27 Cloudy misty wet Isabel went to Nellies to put up plums I wanted to mow some lawn but it was too wet all day W P Gardner phoned me to come & help him fix a wardrobe to send to Leslie & Lavanda aftr dinner I went over & we got the thing down stairs & he had nothing to work with so we came over here & got lumber & tools & finally got it well fixt this eve I went down town & got Cheese boiled ham & buns & bread to fix lunch for John & L [Ellen] & Ad & Holdn as they go tomorrow at 7-30 I went to official church meeting hired same Janitor Joe Yoder at increased Salary & Had a controversy over cleaning up the church after outside associations meet & Settled it by requiring each association to pay janitor I wrote to Mrs. Woolen & Mr Gaddis about mortgage on land in Okla we had a fire in the grate Eve & past a pleasant eve apples & graphaphone
Isaac and Margaret celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in grand style on September 21, 1915. Ten of their children attended. Isaac’s oldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, who lived in Minneapolis, did not attend, but Harvey’s daughter, Estermae (Jean) Carr traveled to Wellman, Iowa for the celebration – probably with her uncle, David Arthur Carr, who also lived in Minneapolis at the time.
Jean wrote about her visit to Wellman in a letter to me, saying “I had no contact with the Carrs while growing up – until their golden wedding. I was 21 at the time – went to it without an invitation and was treated royally. Many of them kept in touch with me after that.” It is because of Jean that I have the original photos taken that day.
Isaac’s account of this special occasion follows.
Tuesday, September 21, 1915 Our 50th Wedding Anniversary & a most beautiful day our children all at home except for Harvey we past a most pleasant day our good children presented us with a most beautiful mahogany Hall clock 8 day with chimes for every quarter hour Willard [DeYoe] fixt it in complete running order & it is a fine ornament for any home & every time it strikes the hour it brings the memory of our beloved children Leslie came early this morning from Dr. Gardners & he & Lavanda staid all day Our photographer came at 11,40 & took Negatives of the whole group in 4 different settings
Then all but Mother & I were called in the parlor & lastly mother & I were escorted in & Willard made a touching & interesting address & presented us with the clock I responded as best I could my feelings touched as never before Several boquets of greenhouse roses Mr. & Mrs. Shiller sent us a small gold enamel clock Mrs. McFarlane sent me a very nice Innitial tie holder & mother a nice gold nut spoon & sent a letter expressing her friendship & regards Mell [Melvin] Squires [Margaret Taylor Carr’s first cousin, once removed] sent fine roses & a letter with all good wishes Ezra Bradford sent me a nice gold GAR pin Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Gardner a nice letter Expressing their regards & friendship Ellen & John [Brewer] & Add [Addison Taylor] a nice table cloth we all went to the photographers this pm & sat for pictures & mother & I for one by ourselves we gave Esther Carr $6 to buy a ticket home to St. Paul & she went at 4-45 Mary went to the train with her we all had ice cream & cake this eve