Isaac and Margaret arrived in Long Beach on January 24, 1920, and stayed at the Hotel Del-Mar.
Isaac wrote that they found the city full of tourists this is a quiet agreeable city in the more than 2 weeks we have been here have heard no bad talk & saw no signs of intoxication many young Soldiers here mostly discharged clean gentlemanly respectful boys but in evry single instance smoking cigaretts morn noon & night & all the time it was a mistaken act of kindness when our charitable organizations encouraged this habit so contrary to law & wellbeing many gar are here Ocean park is their favorite meeting place where they gather to tell the truth & pitch horse shoes a space being reserved & especially fited for this game thru the Kindness of Mr. [Aron] Palmer we have taken many rides in all directions
Sun 28 Dark Cloudy damp mist we arose late & had biscuits for breakfst Harriet Willard & Paul went to SS [Sunday School] & I washed my feet & put on clean clothes & at 11 we all went to church & Willard preachd a good sermon on Eternity then Dave went with Harriet & W to a short funeral service & mother Roy Paul & I came home we had dinner at 1-30 & at 3-PM Roy & I went with Willard to the GAR Hall to memorial services for GAR & WRC who died the past year & Willard made an address I met many Comrades & WRC
Wednesday August 20th 1919 looked much like rain most of the am but only Sprinkled Mary T Bradford calld mother cookd a Squash our first Mrs Aggson called fitting a dress I got late mail at Noon no letters I workd some at my logs for wood in the alley Kelly Stopt & talkd awhile Pm we went to Chautaugua A very poor part 6 or 7 girls fiddled & screamed & acted fools an air ship & lecture promised to day but failed to come it seems the Chau[taugua] Company can fail on the program at will & a long suffering public has no redress but if I try to buy a ticket & am short a nickle I get no ticket all one sided it only lasted a little over an hour but twas plenty long Enuf I saw John Romine 2 pm of GAR about sending our post per capita tax I got our laundry from Carrie A & pd her 1,25 I greased my heavy shoes & hung them in the well house I shaved
Friday July 4th 1919 Mostly cloudy we arose a little early as I am Chmn of the decoration Committe & Wellman celebrates to day I got Nails wire pincers & hammer I put out 3 flags at home & took flowers to Mrs C C Gardner to help make a boquet to dek the Speakers stand I went to the park & 2 Ash boys & Mrs Clark Brown & Mrs C C Gardner helpd with decorations & we got a good job done put lots of flags on trees & drest the Speakers stand in flags & Bunting had a horse & pony show on Main St it was real good have 2 Bands a brass Band & fife & drum the GAR were to ride in autos in the right of the procession to the park but no autos were for GAR tho there were thousands of them all around & the GAR were ordered or requested [to] fall in between the 2 bands & march to the park but we didn’t march Neither did the Spanish war Soldiers Nor the world war soldiers Fred K & I went to PO & got our mail & I came home to dinner Geo Sigler put his horse in my barn for the day it thundered & lookd so much like that Mother & I who had gone to the park aftr dinner came home & it failed to rain for a while but about 3-30 it lookd more like rain & I took my pincers & went to the park & commencd taking down flags Seth Carris Jr came along & I had a talk with him & it raind slow & Easy C C Gardner & Hambright came & helpd me & we took down all the flags & bunting & left them at Gardners & Hambrights lumber office it is all mussed & quite damp I came home to Supper & sat on the porch while it rained just about right & we needed it all & the atmosphere is cleared & cooler this is sure the least interesting of any 4 of July I remember the main speaker a violent wildly gesticulating Irishman was of little intrest to me he worked entirely too hard I met several old time friends & was glad to meet them the threatening Showers this Pm put a damper on all the drill proceedings that needed no damper there were no balloon ascensions as advertised & except visiting with old friends all was dull & uninteresting in the am hot & very dusty & PM showers
Fri 7 Cool & partly cloudy wrote to Harriet both feeling well took breakfst in Delmar Cafe 20 c for both I got a 3c paper & read awhile in the Parlor recd letters from Fred Klockenteger & Emma Carr Fred K has paid my GAR dues & mothers WRC dues I got shaved 15c a poor shave met A Palmer & gave him $5 to buy gasoline & he came to Hotel at 11 & mother went home with him took Nellie candy I took Min [Minnesota] library book back & went to Advent Cafe for dinner 38c I wrote long on my Advance letter & then took jitney out to see Dear Nellie she was not up today & grows weaker recd letter from Nora & C C Gardner & roll of papers from Nora
Monday February 3rd 1919 Long Beach Delmar After a 3 days rain & gloomy dark weather the sun Shines bright & warm a cool wind from North I went to Barbers & got Shaved & shoes shined 20c we wrote to Flemings Wanrus and Zimmermans Sat on the sun parlor awhile & went with Mother to a corn Dr & pd $2 to have 4 corns removed took dinner at Advent Caffatera pd 75c & mother got a mess of green beans and this PM she took them to Nellie with a big rool of white cloths Nora sent for Nellies use I saw mother off then I went to a patriotic meeting near the pier Conducted by GAR & I gave my name reg [regiment] & Co [company] for registry a ymca secy spoke & tis well known how the ymca fot well & died for the country & this chap had done it all but he made a good speech I met A Palmer & went with him to a Dr & he got a tonic for Nellie I met mother when she came from Nellies & we took supper at the Delmar Cafe 30c for 2 sent some laundry away & I got black coat & blue pants from the presser pd 1,50
Fri 3 frost & cool all day & clear All the people are telling this the coldst spell never saw any as cold Allie came from down town & said we are all invited to joint installation of GAR post & WRC (I had been invited before) we all put on our best clothes & went found a goodly assemblage 20 or more GAR & 65 to 75 WRC & all very friendly & social had a good dinner then Allie Mother & Nora left as Allie had a church business meeting I staid to all the services & it was real good I was asked to occupy the Chaplains Chair as he was absent the WRC was especially interesting & the president asked me to make remarks which I did & came home 3 or 4 pm Leslie faild to get home a wrong with his auto he phoned for money
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