Tag Archives: Grand Army of the Republic

February 1, 1919

Sat feb 1st & rainy dark & gloomy   we had breakfast at Delmar Cafe 25c for both   we wrote to John & Ellen   Mother wrote to Lavanda   I have headache & feel poorly all day   took dinner at ymca  pd 61c both & went to a store & bot a skirt for Nellie & stockings for Margaret   pd 1,15   read awhile in Minnesota book   bot LA paper 3c   Mother & I walkd to Chamber Commerce & look over the Iowa register [1]  found Mr & Mrs Rupe reg [registered] 2 yrs ago & Vern & Geneva Sigler reg last summer   we took supper at Delmar Cafe  30c for 2   to bed at 8-30   have heat & we need it   we sat in the Sun parlor awhile but too cold

[1] In addition to visiting his children out West, Isaac was in California for a reunion of Civil War soldiers that was held every year and sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic.


January 3, 1919

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

December 21, 1918

Saturday December 21st 1918   at Isabels in G J Colo  [Grand Junction, Colorado]   Shortest day in the year   I am feeling fairly good this morning   Mother & I wrote to Fred Klockenteger & sent a check for $2 to pay our GAR & WRC dues   I took a bromo quinine tablet   I went to Sylvias PM & shaved   took a bath & put on clean clothes & aftr   I came back   mother went & Staid til aftr 9 in the eve   Isabel went to sing practice & I was here alone til aftr 8

November 1, 1918

Fri Nov 1st   At Lieut Brewers Camp Ft Desmoines   cold   a hard frost & we arose early & had breakfast & Martin & wife went with us to the interurban & I pd our fares to D 25c   10 miles & She went with us to D & staid till we took train at 8,45   I got 6 fine grimes golden [apples]  pd 40c & we had a pleasant ride & arrived in Corydon at noon & John pd one dollar Taxi fare & Ellen soon had dinner & at 2 PM   John & I went down town & attended GAR post Robert Jackson post 198   12 members of the post were present   I was called on by the com [commander] to give a talk which I did to the best of my poor ability   I was very favorably imprest by the old Comrades    a social earnest set of men   26 names yet on the roll  we went after post to the office of one of the Editors Le Compte by name & past an hour or so in social conversation   I bought 1 doz nice apples grimes golden & Johnathan   pd 40c   home at sunset & we read the daily papers with satisfaction as the war news were very favorable except politics is creeping in when the parties should be united in bringing about a satisfactory peace   I sent a card to Harriet & Willard in Olathe Kansas 

September 6, 1918

Friday September 6th 1918    A very fine da   I went Early for the mail & engagd Kopock [possibly Frank Kopach] to come & mow our lawn   my back is yet lame   he came at 1 & mowed most of our lawn & Mother paid him 75c   Ezra Bradford calld & we went to [GAR] post   5 present & we had a good social time   this Eve Sam D. Guengerich called & brot My Parents Old family Bible   I had hired him to put a new back on & fix it generally   he put it in good shape   I pd him 3,50   I prize this bible more than money as my father bot it in Portsmouth Ohio about 1841 or 2 & it has seen rough usage   Had Wilson & wife calle & spent the eve   a good social visit

June 1, 1918

Sat June 1  cooler partly haz  lt wsw wind   too wet to hoe   I piled some manure   Joe Albin came & brot the GAR WRC drum home   I got the mail at noon only the Hawkeye [newspaper]  Isabel pict a qt of fine strawberries for dinner  Johnson from Keota calld   he will reset our electric stove Monday   after dinner I took a bath   Marjorie went down town & got 2 lbs butter 45c raddish seed 85c   I gave her 1,00   Mother & Isabel pict a very extra fine lot of Strawberries for to day & Sunday & I hoed my early corn all over & it look fine   tis over 1 ft high  Tom Kirks in auto stopt this eve to see Isabel   this is a fine cool eve & it dont look a bit like rain the ground dried fast & was fair hoeing this eve

May 26, 1918

Sunday May 26th 1918   partly cloudy & warm   Sultry   looks & feels like rain   mother fell down the cellar steps yester & to day she is quite lame   I drest & at 10-30 went to the Hall & GAR   7 GAR marchd with the WRC to the Baptist Church & listened to Rev Dewey in his memorial Sermon which was real good & a large attendance   Mother went to the church & after dinner we heard Rash Hull died in CR & I went down town to find out about it but I found out nothing & came home & was called to the fone & it was Isabel at Hulls   came from Colorado & got with Hulls at CR & Rach came home is very poorly, but not dead   in an hour or so Isabel Marjorie & Ralf cam & we were glad to see them   Ralf & Marjory only staid an hour & went back to Hulls   Isabel will stay here at least to nite   tis very warm & muggy this eve   I went down & Engaged Ed Goodwin to take us to the Taylor cemetery to fix the graves in the morning & then we sat on the porch awhile & visited with Isabel