Tag Archives: Harvey Taylor Carr

October 19, 1917

Fri 19 Colder, but a fine day to work lt [light] WNW wind   I went to the pasture & did a good am chopping & feel good   recd letter from Dave receipt for $89,00 Harveys burial expenses   We wrote to Leslie & I maild the letter & made fire in grate   Cordell Oldaker Called after dark I went to Chris Millers  he is gone

October 17, 1917

Wed 17 Warmer Cloudy & dark showery Showery last nite & a deafning clap of thunder lightning struck a tree SE By Wilsons   I carried in bal of shock of fodder   Election seems going in favor of veto[?]1 all day   they have a majority & I am truly sorry   pm I wrote to Dave & sent him a draft for $89,00 Harveys burial expenses   I went down town at 3 pm & maild the letter & got bonami & soda now a[t] 4-45 writing by lamp very dark & raining


1 The October 17, 1917 issue of the Port Townsend Leader, Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, had a notice on the
front page titled “Iowa To Be Dry”. A prohibition amendment carried by a majority of at least 15,000. This may be what Isaac meant in his journal entry. (See http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/ptleader/id/16877/rec/2)

October 15, 1917

Monday October 15, 1917 a very fine day I put in sweet corn from the shock for the cow I went to see Chris Miller about hauling a load of wood will haul it wed [Wednesday] I lookt for some manure to haul on my garden found none I coppied Add [Addison Taylor] Obituary & maild letter & Adds obituary to Washington Democrat & letter to Capt Lemon rec’d letter from Dave telling of Harveys burial & a bill of $89,00 for me to pay which I will & think it a very reasonable burial bill I voted for the amendment to the state constitution prohibiting the sale or manufacture of intoxicants in Iowa & I hope & pray that it may carry I got another box of Doans Kidney pills 60 cents & box salts at Wards & pd 70 cents Mrs. Smith called pm

October 12, 1917

Isaac received word that his eldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, had died.

Friday October 12th 1917  quite cold & partly cloudy   I hurried my morning work & dresd [dressed] & went to depot   thought mother might come but she didn’t    I had fires in furnace cook stove & grate & came home to see to fires & then went to Lewis Restaurant & got lunch pd 15 cents   it got warmer after dinner   I was home most of pm & at 6 in eve went to the Depot & the train was right on time & mother came feeling as good as could be expected   we took supper at Hotel  meantime this am Agt Owens handed me a telegram from Dave telling of Harveys death yesterday in a Minneapolis hospital  he died of nervous breakdown & heart failure pennyless & homeless [1]

Harvey Taylor Carr (1860-1917) - Photo Taken about 1905
Harvey Taylor Carr (1860-1917) – Photo Taken about 1905


[1] Harvey and his wife, Sarah Myers Carr, were separated, but never divorced.

September 21, 1915

Isaac and Margaret celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in grand style on September 21, 1915.  Ten of their children attended.   Isaac’s oldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, who lived in Minneapolis, did not attend, but Harvey’s daughter,  Estermae (Jean) Carr traveled to Wellman, Iowa for the celebration – probably with her uncle, David Arthur Carr, who also lived in Minneapolis at the time.

Jean wrote about her visit to Wellman in a letter to me, saying “I had no contact with the Carrs while growing up – until their golden wedding.  I was 21 at the time – went to it without an invitation and was treated royally.  Many of them kept in touch with me after that.”  It is because of Jean that I have the original photos taken that day.

Isaac’s account of this special occasion follows.

Tuesday, September 21, 1915  Our 50th Wedding Anniversary & a most beautiful day   our children all at home except for Harvey   we past a most pleasant day   our good children presented us with a most beautiful mahogany Hall clock 8 day with chimes for every quarter hour   Willard  [DeYoe] fixt it in complete running order & it is a fine ornament for any home & every time it strikes the hour it brings the memory of our beloved children   Leslie came early this morning from Dr. Gardners & he & Lavanda staid all day   Our photographer came at 11,40 & took Negatives of the whole group in 4 different settings 

Isaac and Margaret's Wedding Anniversary Photo with their siblings (seated) and their children and grandchildren .  Jean Carr is in the back row, second from the right.
Isaac and Margaret’s Wedding Anniversary Photo with their siblings (seated) and their children and grandchildren (standing) . Jean Carr is in the back row, second from the right.

Then all but Mother & I were called in the parlor & lastly mother & I were escorted in & Willard made a touching & interesting address & presented us with the clock   I responded as best I could  my feelings touched as never before    Several boquets of greenhouse roses   Mr. & Mrs. Shiller sent us a small gold enamel clock   Mrs. McFarlane sent me a very nice Innitial tie holder & mother a nice gold nut spoon & sent a letter expressing her friendship & regards   Mell [Melvin] Squires [Margaret Taylor Carr’s first cousin, once removed] sent fine roses  & a letter with all good wishes  Ezra Bradford sent me a nice gold GAR pin   Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Gardner a nice letter Expressing their regards & friendship   Ellen & John [Brewer] & Add [Addison Taylor] a nice table cloth   we all went to the photographers this pm & sat for pictures & mother & I for one by ourselves   we gave Esther Carr $6 to buy a ticket home to St. Paul & she went at 4-45   Mary went to the train with her  we all had ice cream & cake this eve 



October 14, 1914

The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, dated October 17, 1914, reported on the marriage ceremony for Dr. Leslie Lewis Carr and Lavanda Gardner.

“Wellman, Ia., Oct. 17 —  One of the prettiest home weddings of the season was consummated at the W. P. Gardner home Wednesday, at 5 o-clock p. m., when their daughter, Lavander, was united in marriage with Dr. Leslie Carr of Cleremont, Iowa.  The short ring service was used and was performed by Reverend DeYoe of Abilene, Kansas, a brother-in-law of the groom, in the presence of about 50 guests.  The bride’s father gave her away and the wedding march was played by the bride’s mother [Nettie Gassner Gardner].  Miss Suzanne Gardner acted as bridesmaid and Victor Carr, as the best man. The bride’s dress was of white silk crepe with lace tunic, and carried yellow chrysanthemums.  The bride’s bouquet was white rosebuds and lilies of the valley.  After the ceremony a four course supper was served. The bride is a graduate of the local schools and Iowa Wesleyan and for three years a teacher in the Victor schools.  The groom graduated from the Wellman schools and Northwestern college of medicine and is now practicing at Cleremont, Iowa.  The happy couple grew up here  [in Wellman] and have the best wishes of all for a happy married life.”

“Ad.  [Addison] and Dave Taylor of South Dakota, and Harve and Dave Taylor of St. Paul, Minn. [actually Harvey Taylor Carr & David Arthur Carr] were here to attend the Gardner-Carr nuptials.”

December 24, 1912

Tuesday December 24th 1912  A very fine Sunny day  I worked a little at wood in the alley & I went to T D Adams & bot a very fine 20 lb turkey for Christmas  I pd $3,00  pm I got Bananas Cheese macaroni candy &c for Christmas  I gave Harvey $5  Also Roy & Winnie & grand children one $ Each  I gave mother in all $20,00 for Christmas  I gave Vic & Leslie Each $5  I Sent Each of my girls $5 & one $ Each to their children  I gave Emma one $  Burrel Foster pd me $200,00 on note rent for farm last yr & we fixt up the old lease to do for rent of farm til Mar 1st 1914  Eve we all went to Christmas tree at M E Church where I helpd put up 2 Christmas trees   this morning  Rach Hull called & took Marjorie home with him

December 17, 1912

Tues 17 dark cloudy cool SW wind I chopt very little wood in the alley & I wrote an account of our day Spent last Thurs the 12th at Henry Fosters & took it to the Advance office Vic has gone to Washington with V Siglers auto to bring Vernon out I wrote to Maude at Idaho falls Idaho & Sent her draft for $6 Christmas gift for her & Carrol I drew 5 from bank & $6 draft $11 in all Dave & Harvey here this Eve & we had oysters for Supper F. Arthur came this morning & fixt light plant & took Smoke pipe off the furnace & cleaned it & took cold air pipe off & got Mothers cuff button & 2 whips Carrol had probably poked down

December 12, 1912

Thurs 12 Cold & clear Cold SW wind   dry roads good   I arose a little Early & hurried around   we are all Dave Harvey Roys Nellies Mother & I invited to Henry Fosters to spend the day   Nellies did not go   Mother & I went with our mare & buggy   the boys went with Roys we had a delightful visit at Fosters fine country home   An Excellent dinner   Mother & I got home little aftr sundown   left the rest at Fosters   I was late doing chores Wasson piled furnace wood in the cellar   worked 8 hours & got along well he fed the pigs & cows at noon   Emma & Vic took diner at the Hotel