Sat 13 A very fine comfortable da we went Early Roy Leslie & I went to the Taylor Cemetery & fixt Vic’s grave & leveled all the dirt we then went to the Wellman Cemetery to see how graves were fixt aftr dinner I went down town & got beef 9 1/2c coffee 60c & for dinner I bot 50c ham & 10c weneys I dug a bucket of new potatos old ones all gone I gave Roy $10 to help him home Dave Roy & Leslie went to see Rach Hull & later Effie & Rach called an hour & I rode down town with them & got shaved
Saturday April 13 1918 A very fine day warm sunny day I spaded some ground for mother Mr Rupes came early & gave me a few strawbery plants I went over where Rupe & Col Hull & Shrader & Love were cutting down 2 trees I went down town AM & PM I got mail & meat & exchanged 2 books I tied up more grape vines Suzan Gardner came this eve to stay with Maude Maude went to Ioa City with Effie Hull & back at 4 PM Mother calld on our renters Zimmerman
Mon 25 A very fine warm day I took our clothes to Carrie Ash & went to see Kopoch about working for me Zimmerman calld & I went with him to the Brown House & I went to see Torrey Harvey about painting & found him laying with lame back I settled undertakers bill with Bidwell & son & gave my check for $370,90 I went with Dave to the Bank & paid a note of $125,00 & another for $1500,00 & $50,00 & another for $117,50 I got 40c pork for dinner this eve at 5 the 3 girls & I went with Dave to the depot & he took the train for St. Paul & we will be lonesome with out him Rach Hull & Effie called & borrowed a spade
Tues 19 A warm nice summer like da Roy came from Washington at 3 this morn & went to bed Effie Hull brot Willard & Harriet & Mrs Deyoe from Washington A sorrowful home coming many nabor women came & helpd Florilla Longwell came & looked after churning butter Willard Harriet Roy Leslie & I went to Bidwells & chose a casket Walnut $235 & a metallic case $75 & Roy got Rupes car & took Willard & his mother to Keota & went to Washington & Brot Ellen Brewer Came at 7 & I ate Supper with them many came in this eve about 3 pm Bidwell & others with auto Hearse brot Vic my allways pleasant Boy Vic & we laid him in the tower corner of the parlor & Barker Brown sent nice flowers Amos Hull & Ora Star stay with us to nite
When I first read the following passage about Victor Carris Carr, Isaac and Margaret’s son, I considered not adding this journal entry and others that followed to this blog because of the sensitivity of the event, but this is Isaac’s story. So, they will be included. Also, since Vic was unmarried and had no descendants, the decision was a little easier to make.
Monday March 18 1918 An extra fine warm day I fixt some lawn where our gas pit was & I spread some manure & got an old heavy bench I bot at a sale Sat [Saturday] & Moore phoned to Mother [that] Vic had shot himself & soon word came that he had past away with out regaining conscious & Oh how we were shockd & such a good business man in the Bank & so Kind to his parents Evrything allways suited him & he never gave his parents a saucy or unkind word I never heard him use any bad language & we cant imagine any cause whatever for the rash deed many of our kind neighbors came to help & offer sympathy & Mrs Morrow kindly telegraphed to all our children & John & Ellen Brewer & we heard from Nora Maude & Harriet Vernon & Geneva Sigler came from Washington this eve & Vernon took me to the Hotel & I got a long distance [call] from Harriet she will be in Washington at 7 tomorrow morning & Effie Hull will meet them with her auto Mother is nearly prostrated & cannot be consoled or comforted our gloomiest & most sorrowful day
Wednesday December 25th Christmas & a nice mostly clear day we all went by invitation to Bells to a fine Extra Christmas turkey dinner Rach Hull Mary Alfred Amos & Effie 5 Mother & I 7 Vic Leslie 9 Maude Otto & Carrol [Klockenteger] 12 Holden Dave & Add 15 & an Extra fine table was set & Bells house was neat as a house could be She had a tree for the kids I gave Arden & Lillian [children of LeRoy & Cora Carr] Each $1 & took my overcoat pockets full of candy
Saturday July 8th 1893 rain last night quite hard & Ezra Pools barn was struck by lightning & burned up we got to cutting rye by middle AM & finished it all shocked in the evening Snider failed to appear Ralph Hull & Effie came in Eve Harve 47 days & $16 Roy 85 ½ & drew $40