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
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  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
 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.
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
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
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