Thurs 24 warm & dry Burrel Foster came early to buy our farm known as the Hughbanks place & after mature deliberation we decided to sell at $300 per acre for the 80 & $100 per acre for the 28 acres of fine timber we went to the Security Savings Bank & the cashier drew a contract to that effect possession given 1st of Mar 1920 I have a Note signd by B C & Henry Foster due the 1st Mar 1920 for $5000 & I am on giving possession to have a mortgage 5 yrs at 5 ½ % annually for $21600 I regret very much to sell our farm but I cant even look after it as I would like to & none of my children near to help me there seems nothing else to do & the price & time seems right I got mail at Noon Cards & letter for H & W [Harriet & Willard] I forward the letter we wrote to Leslie in Clermont I got Hamburg & Bacon for dinner 35c in the Eve Mrs. Aggson asked us to take a ride with them & we went out west past Dikers & Bull & Spent a half hour with tire trouble & came back thru town & lookd for Ora Turnipseed & home & to bed by 10 & I helpd mother string some beans
Saturday February 27th 1897 Wind South & more moderate I kept some fire in my tank heater I chored some AM & Harve helped wash I repaired Ben & Nells Stall & a feed box & PM Harve & I went to the Hughbanks timber & got a good load of white oak posts & wood Wm Larew of Wellman Called & I sold him my 2 big horses Ben & Nell they are fat sleek & nice & weigh near 1800 Each I deliver at Wellman a week from next Tuesday & am to get $200 he paid me $10 down $190 due V W Carris Called in the Eve & I took $700 insurance on corn in the Washington Co mutual fee $1,70 which we let go on act [account?] Harriet came home this Eve Harve took all the girls to Nira S H to an Exhibit of Nira School Harve has worked 178 days & drew $69,25
Another year has come and gone. Here is Isaac’s year-end report for 1896.
Friday January 1st 1897 An extra fine warm pleasant day & no frost in the ground Roy plowed all day over west & killed a large blue racer snake & it was quite lively & showed fight Harve done the chores & split & piled some wood Mag is getting slowly better & came down stairs to dinner PM I went to Wellman & got a harness fixed Converse Bradford paid me $75,00 intrest money & I Deposited $50,00 in the bank & paid W F Reed $6,55 renewal to the Advance [Wellman Advance newspaper] for myself & Harvey brothers Same & Delos & also the Cincinnatti Enquirer & weekly Interocean I got a Key for my Hall lock at Palmers 5c My horses broke a nek yoke Strap & I got a new one I went to Amanda’s & She came home with me we got home at dusk & found Mag feeling midling well the roads dried fast & are getting good in places
The past year has been probably the best corn year that we ever had in this neighborhood I had 28 acres & it averaged 60 bu to the acre Roy had most of the Hughbanks place in corn equally as good & I have the barn Crib full & the crib out north full & a new crib west of the barn 80 ft long 11 ft high & 9 ft wide full all of this nice Sound big eared white corn & I have some in rail pen & will probably buy enough to feed & not use any out of my cribs tis selling at 12 & 15c a bu & dull sale at that Either the local or Shipping demand is slow oats was a very poor crop we had better left them in the field & not touched them I have 600 bu of nice old oats & got 150 bu of poor rent oats Roy raised 345 bu of nice full wheat on my place I got 2/5 138 bu a little musty but sound & will make good pig slop apples were an Excellent crop both in quantity & quality we geathered at least 200 bu & left a big pile of windfalls out in the orchard to freeze & for the chickens I buried about 12 or 15 bu to freeze plenty of Squashes turnips punkins &c a fair crop of raspberries & blk berries no plums our health has been good except the Sick Spell Mag is having now Many are Complaining loudly of hard times I have no reason to complain prices of all farm produce never was so low Collections are slow & men don’t want to pay their intrest I have 5 Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank all paid up worth $1135 & 3 Shares of Stock in the farmers savings bank of Keota worth $335 I am not making any money am just trying to keep even & am thinking very hard about leaving my farm but don’t know what to do with the farm however I feel that I must leave it some way before long my farming days are about over good bye 1896
Jan. 1st 1869 A pleasant morning a little snow & sleet on the ground made good sledding we got up early I went to Hughbanks for load of fodder brought over 14 shucks Mag & Ellen worked all day yesterday fixing for a New Years dinner. All the folks from the Taylor House were there today also Joe Farley & family, Al Morrow & lady & Jabez H we had a good dinner & a first rate visit we looked for Amanda & Ez but they failed to appear Night we went to J. Mosiers to a first rate dance and a most Excellent Oyster Supper Had 2 good fiddlers Bags & Thurman a real good time I am fatting 6 Head of Steers & 16 Hogs they Eat between 3 & 4 shocks 10 Hills Square per day I have contracted my Hogs 14 to Downing for 7,50 gross to be delivered in Washington between the 14th Feb & 14 March I have bought 267 shocks corn of Hughbanks & 100 Shocks of Downing for 25 [–?–] 100 bu of Husked corn of Slocum for 25 cts per bu I Have 24 ½ Head of cattle in all & 39 Hogs & 5 little pigs only about a week old it keeps me busy to make 1 load from the timber Henkles mill & do my chores it snowed about 3 inches last night