The remaining journal entries were written by Mary Isabelle (Carr) Hull, Isaac’s daughter, because Isaac was too weak to write.
Wednesday Feb. 7 A lovely day. Father got up at 10 & ate little breakfast & was dressed when Dr. Gardner & wife and Suzanne came to spend day. Father seemed to enjoy their visit & had quite a talk with the Dr. but was so short of breath. He came to table to eat with us for the last time at noon, but ate very little. He laid down all p.m. We called Dr. Kelley at 4-30 & he came & said it was form of dropsy & water forming in his pluray [pleura]. The lung was stopping his breathing & he would come back in eve.
He came back at 7-30 & Roy & Dave came & he tapped father’s lung & drew nearly 2 qts. of liquid & O, he suffered so as it took one hr. He rested better tonite & said he could breath so much better.
Thursday September 21st 1922 A fine warm Sunny morn we arose aftr 7 Both well & this is the 57th anniversary of our Marriage & we are truly thankful for the many Blessings that have come to us in our long & happy weded life & chief among all our blessing is good health & the big family of good capable children we have raised how often in the long years past I have been proud of my 6 good girls Now only 5 are left C C Gardners asked us to go with them to the Lexington yearly home coming & we are glad to go & had a very Nice ride & arrived at Lex 11-30 & met comrades & old friends I pd for 4 dinner tickets 1,60 & we enjoyed a most excellent dinner in the Basement of the Church & many handsome healthy smiling farmer women waited table & Kindly seen to it that each & all were fully fed after dinner I calld at the Dr Gardiner home close by & wrote a letter to J Z Benson asst adgt genl [Assistant Adjudant General] gar Des moines for 6 identification papers for different gar & wrc an auction was held a Mr McNurlen of Keota sold Squashes mellon apples all good prices & went to the Lex Church home by J Flemings & Called at their fine farm home her Sight is failing & she is growing feeble Gardner & I went to Depot & I telegrapht to J Z Benson Des moines for the papers & I didn’t send the letter I pd 35c for message Mother made 14 qts of grape juice yesterday
Fri 24 Mar 1922 We leave Delmar we arose a little before 7 & Neither ate any breakfst but packd our Napsax for Los Angels I pd Mrs Sancifer 2,00 & at 8,45 took the train for Los angels & Pd 1,04 arrive in LA at Eleven & Dr Gardner met us at the Depot & we walkd 2 blox & took Street Cars for Gardners & met Mrs G & Suzane & soon Aaron Palmer & wife came & we had a good social visit & at Noon sat down to a most excellent dinner & then we visited awhile & came to Isabels came by Warrens shop & stopt awhile & got to Isabels Near Sunset & found all rightI gave Isabel $10,00 to buy a coffee pot
Friday July 25, 1919 hot & dry Now at 4 Pm tis 98 at the well house we arose a little early & I called Ora Turnipseed & he will help me with his truck & I engaged Aggson & we went to my pasture in his auto & got a load of dirt on the truck & went to the Taylor Cemetery & fixt the 7 or 8 graves by leveling with 2 loads of good fine soil I pd Ora $2 & he left about 9 am Aggson & I leveled & fixt the graves in good Shape but left the load of manure til it rains & we can level the dirt some more Geo Sigler came to the cemetery & we straightened the monuments to Joe Newlands & Chas Wilsons graves Aggson & wife both took dinner here She helpd Mother this am I pd her 1,00 & him 1,50 by giving him a chk for $2,50 I got mail after dinner it was late I got 35c pork for dinner recd a card from Mrs Shille r after supper at 7-30 we went with C C Gardners to John Flemings Mrs Rupe & Florilla Longwell also went we had a nice Social Eve & calld at Dr Gardners in Lex home at 10 a very warm Eve I took John Carter basket gren Husks cobs
Fri 30 Decoration day a fine warm da 90 at the well house 3 PM I was very poorly all last nite my head hurt was a little sick & had Slight Diarhea I got up late ate no breakfst took a light dose of Salts near Eleven I went & got Shaved at Hulls I had no money the Bank is closed & I got trusted I got mail a Birth da card from Sylvia I ate a lite dinner & mother heard Roy has Sold his 280 acre in Wayne Co no particulars I heard fife & drum while down town but it failed to awaken in me the usual life & patriotic feeling Mother got Mr Rupe to take her Early to the Taylor Cemetery & She put the Elk flowers on Dear Vic,s grave PM mother went to M E Church to Decoration day exercise I am home alone & poorly the first time I have taken no part in decoration day exercises WRC ladies called early for me to go & help them decorate with flags & flower the graves at Wassonville I couldn’t go Dr & Mrs Gardner called a little while this Eve but were hurried off as it thundered & sprinkled & the Dr had a newly painted car
Thursday May 29 1919 A very fine dry day we wrote to Leslie & I maild the letter when I got mail at Noon 3 Birth day cards from Dr Gardners letter from a Mrs Cooper Grinell wanting Willard & Harriets address I sent it I phoned Marble man Sloan at S English about Vics stone & I got 3 boxs extra fine Strawberries 35 [cents] box PM Agson took us to Taylor Cemetery & I mowed grass & weeds off the graves & mother put flowers on & we went to Wellman Cemetery awhile & this eve Lindsey brot a large box of flowers from Elks for Dear Boy Vics grave & Lindsay Staid quite a while Harriet sent me a fine Birth day greeting in a frame
Sun 20 An extra fine warm day I only made fire in the grate we drest & Dave went with us to church & I subscribed $25,00 for painting church inside we had extra good dinner Ethel Ayers called to see Roy he hadn’t come yet we all went to church in the eve a fine Eve & warm Leslie came this eve he Lavanda & baby came in by the Kitchen door & we were surely very glad to welcome him home they all took Supper here & went with us to church & I enjoyed hearing Leslie sing Bass they went to Gardners from Church but Leslie came & staid with us & Dave til bed time
Sat 19 A most beautiful warm & Balmy morn we arose both feeling well I made fires only in grate & Stove & at 10 am went to the Depot & met Dave from St Paul & we are Sure glad to have him with us again I got 1 lb butter 70c meat 40c bananas 25c crackers 15c & home to dinner PM I burned pile of trash hi S wind & looks much like rain PM went down town I got a thick steak for Sunday 90c & another lb creamery butter 70c we lookd for Roy & for Leslie til bed time Lavanda & baby came & Spent the Eve & Dr Gardner came by & told that they had telegram from Leslie he will be in Ioa City 10 AM Sunday boy brot my brown clothes pressd I pd 1,00
Thurs 10 Arose Early in Muscatine Paid our bill $2,00 at the hotel & soon took the train for Wellman a dull cool cloudy day we arrived nearly on time at 10-30 & Dr Gardner was at the train & asked us to their home for dinner & of course we gladly accepted we had eaten no breakfast & Mrs Gardners dinner was exceptionally good & we appreciated the kindness first we came home & started 3 fires found things all as we left them near 6 mos ago only mice had got in & made some havoc but Lavanda had got some traps & had caught the most of them with Mr & Mrs Rupe to help Mr Rupe also invited us to dinner & we were sorry we couldn’t accept both invitations after visiting with Gardners & reading a letter from Leslie in Desmoines we came home & oh how we missed our dear boy Vic he allways met us at the train but he is gone never to return we will allways cherish his memory I bot bread meat tea coffee flour & Frank Arthur had put our plumbing in shape & we are glad to be at home once more
Sunday July 28 1918 fine warm day quite warm & I got sweet corn for dinner we all but Nellie went to the Baptist Church & heard a good sermon by Mrs. Rev Dewey & we met many friends & Nabors Leslie drest in his uniform & lookd much like a Soldier PM & eve it thundered & lookd much like rain only sprinkled Dr & Mrs. Gardner called a while & Willard came from Keota None of us went to church this eve
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