Tag Archives: Dr. Leslie Lewis Carr

February 13, 1924

In the “Neighborhood News” column published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper, dated February 13, 1924, the following was printed:

Dr. Leslie Carr of Clermont, Iowa, arrived Thursday to visit his mother, Mrs. I. N. Carr, who has just returned from St. Francis, Kansas, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. De Yoe.  They disposed of Mrs. Carr’s household goods and Mrs. Carr will return to the De Yoe home for an extended visit.


November 14, 1921

Isaac wrote to the Chairman of the Parole Board on behalf of his son, David. This was in response to a suggestion by Isaac’s son, Dr. Leslie Carr, who had recently visited his brother at the Stillwater prison. Leslie thought it might help shorten David’s confinement if Isaac shared David’s family background. 

Nov 14, 1921 – C. J. Swendsen, Chairman, Parole Board, St. Paul, Minnesota 

Dear Sir, 

I take the liberty to write to you concerning my son D A Carr now confined in Stilwater prison No 6621.  My youngest child Dr. Carr from Clermont Ia [Iowa]  called on you lately and he wrote me that it might help shorten David’s confinement for me to tell you just about the kind of family we are. 

I have allways been a farmer now retired.  I am 85 years old last may and my wife 75  we have raised a family of 10 children  2 have died and D A is the only one ever accused of any crime or misdemeanor.  I never sued a man and never was sued.  We are members of the M E Church W. D. Moore pastor.  I have been a church trustee many years.  I served near 4 years in the Civil War 2 enlistments.  I have 2 honorable discharges.  I served the whole time in Co F 11 Ia infty 3rd Brig 4 Divis 17 AC army Tennessee.  Was in the Battles of Shiloh Corinth Vicksburg Atlanta and many skirmishes.  I marched with Sherman to the sea up thru the Carolinas to Wasn [Washington] DC.  took part grandest of all grand reviews May 24, 1865.  Mustered out at Louisville and discharged at Davenport last of July 1865.  

I have no hospital record always ready for duty  slightly wounded twice and a member of Ed Hamlin Post 112 dpt of Iowa GAR.  Wife and 3 girls are WRC.  I have been commander of the post 20 odd years reelected year after year.  I gave D A as good education as our circumstances admitted.  He speaks reads and writes german fluently tho there is no german blood in our veins.  We are of scotch irish descent.  I have 6 sons in law of whom I am proud.  None use tobacco or have ever drank intoxicants.  2 are preachers all are church members and Dave tho not a church member has due respect for Christian religion.  Uses no tobacco and is strictly prohibition and when he is free I am sure he will be law abiding and a useful man generally.  We will be glad to have him come right home and I wil bind myself in any bond that he wil never again deserve a pris [prison?] punishment.  You are strictly honest and upright or you wouldn’t hold the office you do.  The laws must be upheld when your conscience tells you.  Dave has been punished enuf.  Kindly use your influence to send him home to his aged parents Brothers & Sisters and may heaven Bless you is our prayer. 

I. N. Carr

 Note: David would not be released from prison until March 1922.

November 26, 1918

Tues 26   Not so cold   a fine morning & we are fixing to go to KC for the day   I rested well last nite & feel good this morn   I ate 3 pancakes for breakfast   I hope we hear from our Dr & Soldier boy Leslie to day   tis over 2 weeks since we heard he was just starting for France   at 9 am we all started to KC & took a Nabor girl Martha Woodberry along   Willard & I went to rr office & I bot a round trip 2 tickets to Los angeles & return to KC by S route including 2 sleeper standard tickets to Denver for $216  went to Bank & got a $400 draft cashd   took $200 bills & $200 draft   we all went to caffateri for dinner   I pd the bill 2,85   we went to market   I bot string beans 15c apples 50c pears 40c   Willard got some catfish &c  home at dark   letter from Ellen & John [Brewer]  I bot 5 books  1 life of Wm McKinley 25c & 3 Kentucky books 25c each & physical geography 10c

November 11, 1918

The end of World War I — Isaac described the events in two separate journal entries.

We were here at Olathe when the Armistice was signed & by previous arrangement the fire siren let go at 1-30 the morn of 11 Nov    Rev Deyoe & his good wife jumped out of bed & soon the big bell of the ME Church joined in the chorus & the bdg [building] it self was a blaze of electricity from the basement to the highest steeple & pandemonium broke loose later in the day   the Kaiser was hung in effigy & shot full of holes at $ a shot & the money given to the red cross & he was finally burned 

Mon 11th   cooler  clear a fine day   we were awakened at 2 oclock this morning by the fire siren loud & long ringing of bells & blowing of whistles celebrating the news of peace   Willard rang the church bell  Harriet also went down town   I thot [thought] of my Dr. Boy Leslie & wonder where he is & if he too joined in the peace jubilee   I sent him a card this pm to Hoboken New Jersey   we went down town PM in Olathe & many were there   the town was like 4 of July flags drums & one old chap had his fiddle & in place of fife played with the drums  Kaiser [Wilhelm II] [1] & Hindenburg  [2] were hung in effigy & later burned   many speechs were made & later a cash donation was taken for a soldiers monument in the park   Subscriptions were liberal   I got 10 post cards

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II,_German_Emperor

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_von_Hindenburg