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
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
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
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
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
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