Friday April 18 1919 heavy frost this morn we are both reasonably well tis Mothers 72 birth day & She is well preservd considering the large family she has raised & the work she has done & we have reason to be very thankful I got shaved at Hulls 15c I got red soap 10c we are invited to our friends Mrs Smith Rupe & went at 11 E Bradford called & went with us & then we all went & got the mail mother recd several Birth day cards & letter from Harriet Charley Blumenstine & wife also at Rupes & we had a real good visit & Mrs R had prepared a most excellent dinner which we all enjoyd & we came home after 4 & Hod Wilson & wife came & Spent the Eve we only had fire in the grate & were warm Enuf we got the word thru Lavanda that Leslie will be Discharged from the Army tomorrow & be home soon & tis sure good News we also look for Dave from St Paul & maybe Roy we hope so
Wednesday April 9 1919 Left Harriets in the rain Arose Early & found it raining couldn’t use auto so we took Electric called Strang line for KC arrived 7-30 AM still raining found our trunk & chekd it to Wellman pd $21,35 for 2 tickets to Wellman via Muscatine & I am sick from riding on the electric & felt dizzy & miserable all day & it raind most of the time a woman & her kids put in the time eating we ate dinner & supper from the lunch that Harriet gave us arrivd in Muscatine at 8 eve & put up at the New Muscatine Hotel close to depot & a fine room & a good bed
Tues 8 Harriets Cool a fine morning I feel much better & Slept fair last nite & ate 6 good pan cakes this morning & at morning devotion I read 15 verses of the 57 psalm & read the morning papers how Pres [President] Wilson is about to bolt the peace conference we took several rides in & around town & all ate a good dinner Willard took his nabors to a funeral it rained after supper & thundered & lightened & mother & Harriet went to a school play Now I am up with my diary wrote this May 25 after attending old Mr Lupes funeral with Mr & Mrs Pery Agers
Mon 7 Cooler fine day rain last Nite with thunder & lightning we arose Early I ate good Pan Cakes for breakfst & feel better recd a card from Lavanda in Desmoines with Leslie Expect to be at Wellman soon a card from Dave I went down town with Willard to get things Willard went with Paul to school & he made his first start for school in Kansas Harriet & W will adopt Paul & give him their name  I went down town with W pm A boy came & got mothers & my clothes to press I read awhile in Burns & feel better this eve & played checkers with Paul
 Paul was listed in the 1920 and 1930 census returns as Paul DeYoe. When Paul married his wife, Eleanor Catherine Brogden in 1935, he went by Paul Carr Palmer and kept the Palmer name for the remainder of his life.
Sunday Apr 6, 1919 Harriets in Olathe the 57 anniversary of Battle of Shiloh & a fine day beautiful morning Sun shines by spells I am dizzy & my head feels bad yet I ate a fair breakfst of Harriets good pancakes put on my Brown Suit & at 11 am Mother & I went to M E Church & Willard preached a good Sermon on the usefulness of life & getting money to help the lords cause I ate a hearty dinner & feel better I gave a dollar Bill at church
Sat 5 at Harriets in Olathe Kas As fine a day as I ever knew & we slept late til 8 oclock Harriet had extra fine pancakes for breakfst & mother is about well this beats California 74 in shade I sent a card to Wellman to Frank Arthur to open our house & put our plumbing & electric in order I went down town with Willard & Paul [Palmer] & got shaved 15c we had late dinner 3pm I took a bath & put on clean clothes we all took a long auto ride south & west a beautiful day many farming & wheat extra fine & lots of it I took my brown suit to be prest & got it back this eve I bot cocoanut candy & after dinner mints 45c Harriet prepared a lunch I didnt eat any
Fri 4 fine day on Santa fe rr in Pullman fine da were at Lapenta & Trinidad Cold in the morning mother is quite poorly & hoarse with a cold we ate no breakfst near Noon we ate a lunch from our stock at Dodge City near noon we set our time ahead 1 hour central time mother & I sat in observation car & saw the first corn stalks in Kansas at 3-30 tis real warm & 2 Electric fans try to cool it in our car much water on both sides of the track thru Kansas as tho much rain had fallen we ate lunch in our seats & time hung heavy the train sped on & prompt on time in KC & we bade good bye to new found friends Especially our young Boston friend who gave us his lower Berth Willard came post haste & met us & we were glad all round were soon in Olathe & Harriets fine clean home letter [from] Lavanda in Des moines