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
Sun 14 A fine partly cloudy da we arose a little early & at 7-30 Leslie took Roy to Washington to go home Leslie was out back at 10 & he put on his 1st Lieut Uniform for the first & we all went to church & Leslie & Lavanda went to Lexington to Dr. Gardners PM & we visited with Dave & the girls in the eve we all went to ME church to a steropticon lecture by a Rev Brigham of riverside showing German crimes & atrocities a foolish mess of misrepresentation & ought not to be patronized any where especially in a church
Fri 12 A very fine day & I only visited done no work Dave & Roy here all day til eve Roy went out to Pery Ayers in Leslies auto Leslie & Lavanda came from Clermont this PM & Lavanda went out to Dr Gardners at Lex [Lexington, Iowa] Mame Store called this eve & mother & I went out to the auto & saw her Rierman folks from Oskaloosa
Thurs 18 A very fine da cool NE wind eve I mowd some lawn in the alley the Crosset boys took the cow to pasture & this was an excellent day for her only the boys brot her home again too early I got a small fish for dinner 25c a lb I had a fire in the grate Maude came home this morning from Gardners I hoed some in my strawberries but ground is too wet grass growed fine to da Maude got the mail Ike Mary & Mrs Rupe called Peas are coming I saw one hil of potatos coming
Mon 15 Cloudy dark rainy SE slow & Easy I got Henry Lindauer to help me take my cow to McConels 3 good covers the cow got away from us & was mean as she could be but we made it all right & Henry would take no pay as this is the 3rd time this Spring I am in hopes she will stick young Sloan calld this AM to sell me a tombstone I showed him my auto & he thot they could use it let me know Wed but didn’t wait that long about 3 or 4 PM Sloan & another son came & lookd the auto over & went away in the rain after supper Maude went to Dr Gardners for the nite Mr Sloan calld again & staid till 10-30 & we made a deal wherein I let him have my auto for $500 & pay him $325 Cash for a stone set on a deep cement & rock foundation in the Taylor Cemetery stone to be red Wisconsin granite 6 ft high in the foundation 5 ft wide & 2 ft thick suitably inscribed with 4 corner markers & 3 other markers on cement & rock foundation all to be done as soon as Sloan can get the stone
Isaac and Margaret celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in grand style on September 21, 1915. Ten of their children attended. Isaac’s oldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, who lived in Minneapolis, did not attend, but Harvey’s daughter, Estermae (Jean) Carr traveled to Wellman, Iowa for the celebration – probably with her uncle, David Arthur Carr, who also lived in Minneapolis at the time.
Jean wrote about her visit to Wellman in a letter to me, saying “I had no contact with the Carrs while growing up – until their golden wedding. I was 21 at the time – went to it without an invitation and was treated royally. Many of them kept in touch with me after that.” It is because of Jean that I have the original photos taken that day.
Isaac’s account of this special occasion follows.
Tuesday, September 21, 1915 Our 50th Wedding Anniversary & a most beautiful day our children all at home except for Harvey we past a most pleasant day our good children presented us with a most beautiful mahogany Hall clock 8 day with chimes for every quarter hour Willard [DeYoe] fixt it in complete running order & it is a fine ornament for any home & every time it strikes the hour it brings the memory of our beloved children Leslie came early this morning from Dr. Gardners & he & Lavanda staid all day Our photographer came at 11,40 & took Negatives of the whole group in 4 different settings
Then all but Mother & I were called in the parlor & lastly mother & I were escorted in & Willard made a touching & interesting address & presented us with the clock I responded as best I could my feelings touched as never before Several boquets of greenhouse roses Mr. & Mrs. Shiller sent us a small gold enamel clock Mrs. McFarlane sent me a very nice Innitial tie holder & mother a nice gold nut spoon & sent a letter expressing her friendship & regards Mell [Melvin] Squires [Margaret Taylor Carr’s first cousin, once removed] sent fine roses & a letter with all good wishes Ezra Bradford sent me a nice gold GAR pin Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Gardner a nice letter Expressing their regards & friendship Ellen & John [Brewer] & Add [Addison Taylor] a nice table cloth we all went to the photographers this pm & sat for pictures & mother & I for one by ourselves we gave Esther Carr $6 to buy a ticket home to St. Paul & she went at 4-45 Mary went to the train with her we all had ice cream & cake this eve
Sunday feb 10 Another fine Sunny thawing Cool NW wind we went to Church AM both boys invited to Dr Gardners to dinner Mother & I ate dinner alone had punkin & black berry pies I have read much in 1st vol of Tarbels life of Lincoln recd lately & like it Much Mother & I went again to Church in the Evening Our hired girl went this Eve to work for Lyman Bradfords