Saturday August 3rd 1918 A fine warm still day I finishd digging potatos for this year & have 18 bu fine ones in the cellar I got 17 to 20 ears sweet corn to cook & dry I went for the mail near noon Card from Leslie is located at Hospital in DC & we wrote to him & maild the letter this eve Lavanda & Ellen calld this PM I depos Zimmermans chk $15 & kept $5 I got 3 writing tablets & toilet paper at Wards pd Bertha 50c our forces are still driving the Germans & take Soissons & many smaller towns shaved 15c
Tues 30 A very fine comfortable da I dug & put in the cellar 2 bu potatos & mowed some lawn I got a doz ears sweet corn for dinner Willard came this morning from Keota & got Harriet & they went back to Keota to stay til eve we recd a card from Leslie has got as far as Chicago drayman Liebe came & got Isabels trunk & box & took to the depot I am to pay him 25c Lavanda & Ellen called this eve & it is quite cool it was 56 this morning at the well house Ash read our light meter but not the stove war news continue to favor the allies
Mon 29 A very fine clear da & cooler Leslie & Lavanda came from Lex [Lexington] early & Leslie left about 8 am for Ioa City to Washington DC according to orders 8 yrs ago in June 28 he left for Clermont to begin the practice of medicine & he has done well I would not ask or expect him to do better but he gave it all up to serve his country he goes as MD with rank of 1st Lieut & we will greatly miss him & be more anxious than ever for the war to cease Lavanda & Ellen went with him to Ioa City They came back 3 pm & Willard took Leslies car & went to Keota to stay with his mother to nite I sent her 1 doz ears of nice sweet corn I saved 2 ears for seed I dug & put in the cellar 1 ½ bu potatos Willard got John Carters auto & we went to the Taylor Cemetery & put a can of nice flowers on each of our 7 graves I mowed the alley & other lawn
Sat 23 partly cloudy & cooler lt E wind we arose at 6-30 & soon Ellen Gardner came with her auto & took Roy to Washington to go home & Clem Greig left middle AM to visit friends up west I made a fire in the furnace & burned the many many flower boxes our 3 girls Nora Harriet & Maude with Dave are having a good visit & with their Aunt Ellen Mother is feeling more reconciled to day & was around the Kitchen some I finishd spreading manure on my garden & I think all the time of my Dear Boy Vic & why oh why must he do this rash act how lonely we will be & oh how he must have suffered while contemplating this sad ending of his bright & promising young life a week ago this PM he clerkd a sale there in town & now lies cold in the Taylor Cemetery farewell Dear Vic Mrs Myrtle McReynolds & family sent us a fine boquet of hot house flowers
Sunday March 5th 1911 froze in the morning but moderated & dark & cloudy all day we went to church & [Reverend] Hawk preached a long tedious Sermon on the prophet Elias he even curtailed singing he told the choir he wanted the time Milo Smith called to hear our graphophone Mother & Harriet went to Baptist Church Lilian & Ellen Gardner here & Kept the graphophone busy.
This graphophone may be similar in style to Isaac’s graphophone. It was featured in a 1912 ad.
 Example of a Columbia Grafonola in a 1912 Advertisement; photo in the public domain; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Columbia_Grafonola_1912SAP_ad.jpg