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 wrote to the Chairman of the Parole Board on behalf of his son, David. This was in response to a suggestion by Isaac’s son, Dr. Leslie Carr, who had recently visited his brother at the Stillwater prison. Leslie thought it might help shorten David’s confinement if Isaac shared David’s family background.
Nov 14, 1921 – C. J. Swendsen, Chairman, Parole Board, St. Paul, Minnesota
I take the liberty to write to you concerning my son D A Carr now confined in Stilwater prison No 6621. My youngest child Dr. Carr from Clermont Ia [Iowa] called on you lately and he wrote me that it might help shorten David’s confinement for me to tell you just about the kind of family we are.
I have allways been a farmer now retired. I am 85 years old last may and my wife 75 we have raised a family of 10 children 2 have died and D A is the only one ever accused of any crime or misdemeanor. I never sued a man and never was sued. We are members of the M E Church W. D. Moore pastor. I have been a church trustee many years. I served near 4 years in the Civil War 2 enlistments. I have 2 honorable discharges. I served the whole time in Co F 11 Ia infty 3rd Brig 4 Divis 17 AC army Tennessee. Was in the Battles of Shiloh Corinth Vicksburg Atlanta and many skirmishes. I marched with Sherman to the sea up thru the Carolinas to Wasn [Washington] DC. took part grandest of all grand reviews May 24, 1865. Mustered out at Louisville and discharged at Davenport last of July 1865.
I have no hospital record always ready for duty slightly wounded twice and a member of Ed Hamlin Post 112 dpt of Iowa GAR. Wife and 3 girls are WRC. I have been commander of the post 20 odd years reelected year after year. I gave D A as good education as our circumstances admitted. He speaks reads and writes german fluently tho there is no german blood in our veins. We are of scotch irish descent. I have 6 sons in law of whom I am proud. None use tobacco or have ever drank intoxicants. 2 are preachers all are church members and Dave tho not a church member has due respect for Christian religion. Uses no tobacco and is strictly prohibition and when he is free I am sure he will be law abiding and a useful man generally. We will be glad to have him come right home and I wil bind myself in any bond that he wil never again deserve a pris [prison?] punishment. You are strictly honest and upright or you wouldn’t hold the office you do. The laws must be upheld when your conscience tells you. Dave has been punished enuf. Kindly use your influence to send him home to his aged parents Brothers & Sisters and may heaven Bless you is our prayer.
I. N. Carr
Note: David would not be released from prison until March 1922.
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
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