Tues Jan 1st 1907 New years day Moderate Cloudy & thawed some I gave Mother $2 & She went down town AM & I gave Leslie one $ & he took the morning 10 AM train to visit Harriet at Delta [Keokuk County, Iowa] & we all took dinner by invitation at Amandas & a real good visit & dinner Lyman Bradford just getting over a Severe sickness was able to be there & Maude Bradford from Minnesota we are all in good health & have Small reason to Complain I raised the past yr plenty of Strawberries & raspberries & blk berries currants & gooseberries a good garden 85 bu of fine potatos & 21 Shox of Corn & got it in & most of it in the barn in fine order we got 25 or 30 bu of Apples from our old farm & probably the last we will get from there as I have Sold the farm 277 acres for $60 an acre & recd $1000,00 down I couldn’t look after it any more & the buildings were going to rack & no one Seemed interested in looking after them but me & I Couldn’t it was with many pangs of regret that I let the old farm go where I Spent my best manhood days did my best work & my best planning & raised a big family I am very thankful that we are all So well provided for Especially Mother & I in our old age our income is now much more than our needs My [Civil War] pension was raised this last year to $12,00 per month & as I leave most of the money in my farm at 5 per ct the intrest will be much more than the rent Roy was paying Hicks yet has the Hughbanks place rented & I get 2/5 I got 200 bu of good oats & about 800 bu fine Corn my barn nearly full of good hay & plenty of Straw & from that place punkins my financial affairs are in good Shape I have fifteen thousand Six hundred & twenty dollars yet in the old farm over four thousand dollars in the bank & three thousand three hundred & forty dollars at intrest twelve and a half Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank & three Shares in the Keota Savings bank An Extra good investment I get a ten per ct dividend Each first of Jan I got Certificate for $30 yesterday also $98,40c from Connie Bradford intrest my 4 houses here in town bring me in $45,00 a month Surely we have much to be thankful for & little to Complain of we have as good health as old people can Expect My great regret the past year is the very poor & feeble attempt Vic made in the university in Studying medicine he Staid less than 2 months & would Stay to Study any longer So he came home after Spending $150,00 or more & all for nothing but perhaps it was best for him to quit when he did if he had no mind nor inclination for Such work the Sooner he quit the better, since he has a good position as clerk in the Wellman Savings bank & I do really hope he will be Steady & keep this job we have our furnace room in the Cellar near half full of good dry wood furnace & Stove & 6 cords green wood north of the house & 2 or 3 loads in the alley & lots of kindling in the buggy house we have a bu of good turnips 3 Sweet punkins Some Squashes I resigned the Secretary of horse Co [committee?] & got out of being Commander of the post I was Secy about 20 yrs & Commander 9 yrs good bye to the old yr Welcome the new May we all be as well off one yr from now
Tuesday Aug 23 A real nice day till Middle PM when it Suddenly Clouded up from NW & rained quite a hard shower Frank Hamilton Came & took 3 Steers & Bull I sold him & he gave me a check for $150 Vic took Mollie [farm horse] & Helped him drive the Cattle I borrowed Converse Bradfords horse (he was helping Roy thrash) & Mag & I went to Nira She traded near $6 home by noon Roys thrashers Came this morning & finished middle PM just in time to escape the rain here & moved to Joe Englands my share of midling fair oats is 320 bu & 384 from the Hughbanks place I went to Wellman in Eve & Vic & I got caught in a hard rain coming home & Stopped a little while at Roys Harve helped Roy ¾ day & he owes me 11 ¼ days Maude & Nellie helped Roy cook for thrashers
Thursday Oct 21 Cool cloudy & dry Mag & I went to Virg Bradfords to reception for his son Converse & wife had a real good dinner of which I ate hearty & Smoked a cigar Harve husked a load of corn AM & helped the children pick apples PM I helped pick a Jeniton  tree of apples in the Eve
 Could not find a reference for a Jeniton tree. There are several apple trees listed at http://www.orangepippin.com/apples/j Isaac could have meant Jonathan.
Wednesday October 20th 1897 A real nice fall day Nellie & the boys picked apples & Harve helped them in the PM he husked a load of corn AM & him & the boys got a load of Punkins & fed the cows some Mag & I went to Wm Fosters to the wedding of their Daughter Harriet to Converse Bradford by Rev Newsome we had a nice time & good social visit with many friends went to the other place & looked at the corn where Roy was husking I shut up my 2 Boars from the Stock hogs I feed my 15 Cattle 4 baskets of corn at night we Shut up my 2 boars
Another year has come and gone. Here is Isaac’s year-end report for 1896.
Friday January 1st 1897 An extra fine warm pleasant day & no frost in the ground Roy plowed all day over west & killed a large blue racer snake & it was quite lively & showed fight Harve done the chores & split & piled some wood Mag is getting slowly better & came down stairs to dinner PM I went to Wellman & got a harness fixed Converse Bradford paid me $75,00 intrest money & I Deposited $50,00 in the bank & paid W F Reed $6,55 renewal to the Advance [Wellman Advance newspaper] for myself & Harvey brothers Same & Delos & also the Cincinnatti Enquirer & weekly Interocean I got a Key for my Hall lock at Palmers 5c My horses broke a nek yoke Strap & I got a new one I went to Amanda’s & She came home with me we got home at dusk & found Mag feeling midling well the roads dried fast & are getting good in places
The past year has been probably the best corn year that we ever had in this neighborhood I had 28 acres & it averaged 60 bu to the acre Roy had most of the Hughbanks place in corn equally as good & I have the barn Crib full & the crib out north full & a new crib west of the barn 80 ft long 11 ft high & 9 ft wide full all of this nice Sound big eared white corn & I have some in rail pen & will probably buy enough to feed & not use any out of my cribs tis selling at 12 & 15c a bu & dull sale at that Either the local or Shipping demand is slow oats was a very poor crop we had better left them in the field & not touched them I have 600 bu of nice old oats & got 150 bu of poor rent oats Roy raised 345 bu of nice full wheat on my place I got 2/5 138 bu a little musty but sound & will make good pig slop apples were an Excellent crop both in quantity & quality we geathered at least 200 bu & left a big pile of windfalls out in the orchard to freeze & for the chickens I buried about 12 or 15 bu to freeze plenty of Squashes turnips punkins &c a fair crop of raspberries & blk berries no plums our health has been good except the Sick Spell Mag is having now Many are Complaining loudly of hard times I have no reason to complain prices of all farm produce never was so low Collections are slow & men don’t want to pay their intrest I have 5 Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank all paid up worth $1135 & 3 Shares of Stock in the farmers savings bank of Keota worth $335 I am not making any money am just trying to keep even & am thinking very hard about leaving my farm but don’t know what to do with the farm however I feel that I must leave it some way before long my farming days are about over good bye 1896
Thursday July 9 Warm & Calm & dry we raised the front porch 3 or 4 inches it had settled I put up some woven wire for clematis &c to run on Harve shelled some corn & we sacked 7 bag corn & 8 of oats for chop feed Bill Rodes called to tell me that Con [Converse] Bradford was cutting hay at other place Scott & Sigler stock buyers called Sylvia & Jap went to Greens
Thursday Jan 2nd 1896 Moderate in the morning but turned colder all day I am feeling better & Mag & I went to Wellman & took dinner at Holdens [Margaret’s brother] & in the Eve called at Amandas I got frank & tom shod before new shoes 1,60 at Louis Kings belts fixed for sleigh also neck yoke straps for sleigh I attended post [Grand Army of the Republic(GAR)] & was installed as Commander I paid one years dues in advance $1,00 I was to have give a talk to the post on the battle of Shiloh but we had to much other business it was postponed till next meeting I went fully prepared probably better than I will be next time I met Converse Bradford [son of Virgil & Sophia] at the bank by appointment & I lent him $400 in addition to what he owed me making $1300 in all I took a mortgage on the South 40 of their farm & on 30 acres of timber land laying ½ mile north in 2 notes one for $300 drawing 8% interest the other for $1000 drawing 7% both for 5 years we had cold disagreeable ride home & I was glad to get by the fire after taking care of my team Harve cut the ice for cattle at other place left my pension papers with E Bradford to send off this 4th & paid him 25c
 Isaac applied for a pension due to an injury he sustained during the Civil War.