May 30 Decoration day & real warm Clear & Sunny til 3 pm we arose Early & at 7 went in Roys auto to the Taylor cemetery & mowed the graves & put a can of Nice flowers in water on each of the 9 graves & the whole never lookd better & very Neat we went to Wellman cemetery & put wreath & flowers on My Sister Amandas grave also on Coras Stopt at Eardly Bell & he made a mortgage & Note for $5000,00 which Roy gives me I lend him that amt of money at 6% for 5 yrs we got mail at noon & I recd card & pkg birthday from Nora a Nice handy pencil & bright pretty metal box Colgates perfumed Shaving Soap Mr & Mrs Rupe & Geneva called & at 8 in eve Mother & I went to a class play at the opera house it was fairly good & we enjoyd the eve & got home at 10-30
In the following journal entry, Isaac reminisces about his youth when his parents, and siblings lived for a short time in a primitive Washington County, Iowa in 1844. After Isaac’s sister, Amanda, was born, the family moved back to Scioto County, Ohio, where they had come from. Isaac’s compares the value of a steer to the cost of his automobile and ponders the future.
Wed 10 Cloudy Cold NW air After breakfast I took my wheel barrow & 2 small gunney sax & went to Darnells & got 2 box oats 65 cents bu I pd J. Lindsey 1,30 I went down town at eleven recd a letter from mother She wil start home Thurs morn Also a letter from Sylvia & Isabel & I was glad to get it I took a cup of coffee & hamburg sandwich at Lewis 15 cents I came home aftr 3 & got ready & vic came with auto & we took 2 box oats & 2 box Barley to Wassonville to be ground for the cow Going to mill in an auto I thot of the diference now & 73 years ago First time I went to Wassonvill my father drove a yoke of young steers to a wagon He had a rope on one steers horns & walkd & drove our rig All told then worth probably 60$ or 70 to day $1100 & no steers to pul it What a change & I belive there will be more & greater change in the next 73 yrs I am taking Doans Kidney pills 6 a day I got my Barley of Crosset am to pay 1,25 a bu Mon or tues I took Mrs. W. Crosset a lot of vic’s old clothes to make over for her many little kids I gave one a cap this morn I have a nice cool fire in the grate this eve Miller & Brown bot a basket of hickory nuts at 9 this eve
Saturday May 29th 1909 Warm & Sultry it is fixing to rain I got 4 boxes strawberries 60 cents & meat 86 cents bread 20 cents cake 10 cents bananas 15 cents Mrs Carr & Mrs Pope here to dinner & Supper & will Stay to night Just after dinner we went up to Amanda’s & I took a last Sad look at all that remained of my only Sister Her funeral was preached by Rev Woods at the Baptist Church & we buried her in the Wellman Cemetery Amanda Carr rode with me to the Cemetery A Sad Sad day
Friday May 28 My 73 birth day & a very Sad one Amanda My only Sister died this morning at 2 oclock without gaining Consciousness & about 3,30 I came home & slept awhile My age tells more & more on me every year & although my health is reasonably good I feel very weak & no account at times specially in the morning I bot [bought] 4 boxs Strawberries but they failed to come in the Eve My cousins Mrs Carr & Mrs Pope came from Sigourney & went home with Bell for the night I buy much bread & meat & Leslie came from Iowa City this pm on the freight Bell went home this Eve & Maude came to help us
 Mrs. Carr was Amanda (Pinkerton) Carr (second wife of Samuel S. Carr, who is not related to Isaac Newton Carr, as can be determined). Amanda was the daughter of John Pinkerton and Julia Darling per the 1925 Iowa State Census.
 Mrs. Pope was Hannah (Pinkerton) Pope and the daughter of Cyrus and Martha Pinkerton. Hannah was the wife of Alonzo J. Pope.
Thursday, May 27th 1909 Mostly cloudy dried very slow I was called at 3 am by phone to go to Amandas I hurried & dressed & found her much worse & we thought any time she would leave us but at daylight She rallied & Suffered much pain till the Dr injected Morphine I came home at 8 am & was back & forth all day & my only Sister is as bad sick as she can be & live I wrote to Leslie in Iowa City to come home Saturday and I wrote to Sigourney to Amanda [Pinkerton] Carr  & sent a Card to the Hawkeye My paper failed to come to day & Tuesday last I will soon go up to see Amanda this Eve Lucy Taylor Rinehart  went home to Cedar Rapids this Eve
 Amanda Pinkerton Carr was Isaac’s cousin and the daughter of John Pinkerton & Julia Darling. Amanda was the wife of Samuel S. Carr (not related to Isaac Carr).
 Lucy Taylor Rhinehart was also Isaac’s cousin and the daughter of Addison Taylor and Sarah G. Story, and the wife of Charles Rhinehart.
Thurs Apr 4 A very fine warm Spring day the rain last night Starts the grass I went over to Keaney house & dug around the 4 hard maples & finished trimming my raspberries & black berries got 15c Steak I sawed off Some limbs for Amanda I got pail of milk of Mrs. Smith Vic & I fixed some fense across creek W side pasture
Wednesday March 13th 1907 dark cloudy damp dismal drizzly Some snow but melted when I first arose at 6-30 Cora C [Carr] phoned us that her father Joe England had Suffered during the past night a Stroke of apoplexy or paralysis or both after breakfast we both went over & found Joe bad Enough I staid til noon Amanda called & Sent Keys to the PO & Ezra is not able to go to the office to day