Isaac and Margaret attended the 56th Annual GAR Encampment in Des Moines.
September 25, 1922 left Wellman at Noon In Ioa City 1-15 I paid Singelman 3, 35 Geo Glider 1,65 Mother & I took dinner at Hotel 80c I bot 2 round tickets to Desmoines pd 8,72 arrived in Des at 7 A large crowd at depot & long train and free autos took us to 1339 forest ave Crawford nice folks there at 8-30
Thursday September 21st 1922 A fine warm Sunny morn we arose aftr 7 Both well & this is the 57th anniversary of our Marriage & we are truly thankful for the many Blessings that have come to us in our long & happy weded life & chief among all our blessing is good health & the big family of good capable children we have raised how often in the long years past I have been proud of my 6 good girls Now only 5 are left C C Gardners asked us to go with them to the Lexington yearly home coming & we are glad to go & had a very Nice ride & arrived at Lex 11-30 & met comrades & old friends I pd for 4 dinner tickets 1,60 & we enjoyed a most excellent dinner in the Basement of the Church & many handsome healthy smiling farmer women waited table & Kindly seen to it that each & all were fully fed after dinner I calld at the Dr Gardiner home close by & wrote a letter to J Z Benson asst adgt genl [Assistant Adjudant General] gar Des moines for 6 identification papers for different gar & wrc an auction was held a Mr McNurlen of Keota sold Squashes mellon apples all good prices & went to the Lex Church home by J Flemings & Called at their fine farm home her Sight is failing & she is growing feeble Gardner & I went to Depot & I telegrapht to J Z Benson Des moines for the papers & I didn’t send the letter I pd 35c for message Mother made 14 qts of grape juice yesterday
Wednesday June 21st 1922 A very fine still day & I am improving I dug our first New potatos they are small a good rain is what they Need I shaved Mrs Lewis Gardner Called I cut with Sickle in the alley I got mail aftr dinner letters from Leslie & Harriet Ellsworth Palmer called PM & got Garag Key his auto in our garage all winter I took 3 books to the library & got 2 this is the second day of the State encampmt in Ioa City of gar & wrc I don’t feel able Nor have much desire to attend
Sun 28 A very fine Sunshine morning & this my 86 Birth day & I am very thankful that everything is as well with me as it is my health is fair considering my age & I have No Complaint we arose at 7 & after breakfst I called up 3 gar & requested them to meet with WRC at the Hall at 10-30 & march to the Baptist Church for the memorial sermon we drest for Sunday at 10-10 Mother & I went to the Hall & met WRC & Near 10-30 [there were] 6 gar & the wrc the Legion & Auxilery girl & boy scouts 1 Spanish war [veteran] we all marchd to the Baptist Church & it was full & Rev Moore made a good talk
Saturday may 27 1922 Sun Shining & warm we arose at 7 I Shaved & tied up some grape vines & Hay are growing very fast as is all vegetation I wrote & mailed a letter to Capt Connie Lemon [at] Guthrie Center Ioa our mail is an hour late I got it after dinner & got meat for Sunday 45c & got loaf bread & rolls 25c I talkd with J H Romine & T Fleming both are opposed to Surrendering our GAR Charter at present & Romine returned to me one dollar I sent him last winter for gar dues
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
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