Sunday February 4 1923 I arose at 11 feeling very Poorly Roy came & helpd me put on clean unders Mother washd me face & feet I had a long talk with mother how I want things fixt when I am gone & I feel I am going evry day Dave came with Ralphs from Church Warren P called Dave & Row [may have meant Ruth, Dave’s wife] were here most of the Pm & I layd down & aftr 6 I ate a little soup Amos & wife here til after 8
Fri 2 Cold bright & Sunny I arose Near Eleven feeling very poorly Max S called & gave Ralph a check on the American Bank & he brot me 35,00 I gave Isabel 15,00 I laid down awhile after dinner Dave came awhile & aftr supper he & Roy came & stayed the eve also Amos Hull & wife Ruth & others calld while I was laying down I wrote to L E Wilkins of Belknap Iowa about $1100,00 intrest due Mar of Inst [instant] next
Mon 20 A very fine warm day we arose at 7 not feeling well I took my old Brown suit to the cleaners & a shirt 4 collars & 1 tie to laundry we took breakfst at Delmar 25c Neither of us wanted any I bot a paper we walkd to Ocean park & thru it & sat & rested came back by the chamber of Commerce & rested decided we Neither want dinner Amos Hull & wife called PM & Brot mothers hand bag from Isabels a card from Isabell letter from Ellen B & Nora also card from Harriet Willard improves slowly I am uneasy about Willard I sent a card to Harriet I bot 2 big apples & we ate 1 we took supper at the Advent 67c
Fri 28 Warm & mostly clear I tied up some grape vines & made another Cat hole in the barn house stable floor & now I think the cats can get under the barn all round we all 4 wrote to Leslie in Clermont Ralf got the mail by going the second time him & Isabel are at Amos H for the nite I went to PO & maild 3 letters this PM & got 2 lb sugar 20c & salt 10c & mowed some lawn Sylvia & her girls came from Keota this eve I hoed a row of Navy beans
Isaac writes a short statement about how the war in France is going.
Fri 7 A fine temperate clear dry da Our Strawberries are doing fine Isabel & Marjorie were all day at Amos Hulls we wrote to Leslie so did Sylvia & Leila I hoed my late sweet corn & some in the barn garden but tis mostly too wet to hoe mail was 2 or 3 hours late here at 1-15 PM & Eve [evening] came at 9 our Soldiers in France are holding the germans level about now & I am very glad to know it we went up to Ezras this eve & visited with him saw his well cultivated garden & Leila played his Victrola & we enjoyed the eve til 10 oclock & found Isabel & Marjorie home in bed I finished piling manure
Wed 29 Warm & rain a little AM sunny PM It rained much last nite & Evrything is wet wet I piled some manure I got the mail at noon & bot 2 boxs strawberries pd 50c I got hair cut & shave by Amos Hull it cost 50c Isabel & Marjorie take supper at Amos Hulls I went down town aftr dinner & got cheese 25c & crackers 25c 1 box strawberries 25c I finished mowing all my lawn & it looks well Mrs Turnipseed Pres WRC calld to talk over Decoration program & concluded to decorate Wellman Cemetery instead of Wassonville as has allways been the custom I recd a large box containing a flag & flowers from the Elk lodge for the grave of our dear boy Vic god bless his memory
Tues 19 A warm nice summer like da Roy came from Washington at 3 this morn & went to bed Effie Hull brot Willard & Harriet & Mrs Deyoe from Washington A sorrowful home coming many nabor women came & helpd Florilla Longwell came & looked after churning butter Willard Harriet Roy Leslie & I went to Bidwells & chose a casket Walnut $235 & a metallic case $75 & Roy got Rupes car & took Willard & his mother to Keota & went to Washington & Brot Ellen Brewer Came at 7 & I ate Supper with them many came in this eve about 3 pm Bidwell & others with auto Hearse brot Vic my allways pleasant Boy Vic & we laid him in the tower corner of the parlor & Barker Brown sent nice flowers Amos Hull & Ora Star stay with us to nite
I found copies of GAR records for three of Isaac’s comrades in arms who were also Isaac’s life-long friends. I thought I would add their GAR card files at this time. Thomas McReynolds’ card includes his date of death – September 3, 1913. Jesse Longwell died on August 15, 1909.
These, and more, GAR card files can be found at http://www.FamilySearch.org – database “Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949”
Friday January 1st 1909 Quite Cold in the morning but a fine day I took a dizzy Spell & felt very poorly til near 11 am then I dressed in my gar blue which Leslie had pressed & brushed Mother & Nellie went to gar Hall about 10 am I went near noon Post & WRC hold joint installation & we had a grand good time I was installed Commander of the post & mad[e] a short talk to the post & thanked the WRC the ladies Service was very impressive & I Enjoyed it after the meeting I called on Comrade Hastings I found him quite poorly living alone the women Sent him a good dinner they also sent dinners to Longwell & wife Amos Hull & wife the past year has been a grand good year & prosperous
Crops good Except oats were mostly light but from 40 to 45c bu I had 120 bu & Sold them for 44c Corn best I have had in 10 yrs My Share 800 bu (Isaac wrote “guess” above the 800 bushels) worth at least 50c bu I raised 1 big load of Corn 35 bu good & very few Squashes & punkins on my pasture & I raised 75 bu potatos at digging time I have 3 bu clover seed & hay Enough to do me Mel Whetstine farms my place & pd me $25 for Stalk pasture & clover hay
My Health has been good til lately I have dizzy Spells am taking medicine from Dr. Wells I have $2700,00 at 6% & $4500,00 in bank none in pocket $14120,00 yet on my farm plenty of wood for more than a yr
Mother & I made a trip to Shiloh in Apr & another to Oskaloosa this fall Leslie in School at Ioa City Vic Still in the bank
Wednesday December 25th Christmas & a nice mostly clear day we all went by invitation to Bells to a fine Extra Christmas turkey dinner Rach Hull Mary Alfred Amos & Effie 5 Mother & I 7 Vic Leslie 9 Maude Otto & Carrol [Klockenteger] 12 Holden Dave & Add 15 & an Extra fine table was set & Bells house was neat as a house could be She had a tree for the kids I gave Arden & Lillian [children of LeRoy & Cora Carr] Each $1 & took my overcoat pockets full of candy