Tag Archives: Converse Bradford

January 1, 1907

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                                                               I N Carr Signature

August 23, 1898

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

October 21, 1897

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 [1] tree of apples in the Eve

[1]  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.

October 20, 1897

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

January 1, 1897

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

July 9, 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

January 2, 1896

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[1] with E Bradford to send off this 4th & paid him 25c

[1] Isaac applied for a pension due to an injury he sustained during the Civil War.