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
Sunday Nov 13 A cool gloomy Cloudy day Roy & I done the chores & middle PM Roy went away Harve came in time to help me do the chores & it was very lucky for me for I am getting a very lame back & can hardly carry a basket of corn we fed the steers 17 baskets full this Eve I wrote a letter to Bro [brother] Delos & sent our family picture also one of Amanda’s family group
Sunday Oct 23 Cool & clear light north wind quite a freeze & a hard frost this morning the first of any note this fall quite a lot of Mags flowers got froze Roy & Sylva went over SE 10 or 12 mis [miles] to Hamiltons visiting Harve went to Lindavers Mag & I went to the other place & fed the steers & stopped at Amanda’s few minutes as we came home Amanda gave me their family picture to send to Delos I paid Price Snider $10,00 on painting
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Thursday Oct 6 A very fine full day & dry Mag & I went to Amandas visiting had a good visit took her 2 cans apricots & pictures Delos sent & a pair of kid gloves Sam sent Ez & I went to the other place & saw the steers they look well
Note: Isaac’s wife, Margaret, is still writing these journal entries. Isaac will be home in early October 1892 and will take up writing the journal entries at that time.
Tuesday Sept 6th A nice day. The Boys both went to the other place and hauled manure. Roy took Sylvia up to Nira to article for the School and they got a letter from their Father. We were all glad to hear from him and that he was having a nice visit with his Brother Delos. We received nvite [invite]Taylors Wedding Card. Lunt? borrowed the plow.
Monday Aug 15 A dry warm & Still day Castrated my 6 Early spring pigs mended a gate fixed a trough wrote to Brother Sam & card to Perry Vanwinkle I expect if nothing prevents to start this Evening for the Pacific Coast via St. Paul Neb [Nebraska] Livingston Montana Stop at Yellowstone Park then leave the main line of the NPR at Spokane go to uniontown in Washington then to Grangeville in Idaho where I will visit my Brother Delos then to Yoncalla in Oregon & visit my Brother Sam then to Sanfrancisco Cal & visit Nora & then home via Kansas City & Denver & Muscatine [Iowa] the boys are hauling manure
Saturday, Aug 25th I went & saw the school house where my father went to school when a boy tis in fair order yet & will last several years after dinner Uncle & I went to Mr Shutes (?) where Aunt & Nell & Delos  are picking hops I took supper there helped Aunt & Nelly pick hops after supper it rained I came to Uncles in the rain
 Nell and Delos could be Isaac’s first cousins. Isaac Newton Carr had an uncle, brother and son named Delos.
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