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January 1, 1908 (Part II)

I cut of & bound 16 Shox big corn & 8 shox Sweet corn  Joe Farley & wife visited here 2 nights & he helped me one day with the Corn in hauling & one day digging potatos & they went to new Orleans La  Dave & Add Taylor came & Staid one month 

Leslie Started to School in Iowa City 17 Sept for a 6 yrs Course probably in medicine[1]  is taking german & so far I have paid for him Since he started to school  $150,50 but think it money well Spent as he so far tries to learn & conducts himself Straight  is a member of the ymca  

We have all had reasonably good health the past yr for which I am truly thankful  About the first part of June I Commenced taking treatment for Cure of my hernia right Side from Dr Summers of Columbus Junction to  pay one hundred dollars when cured  I paid the money before we Started on our trip & was not bothered any till I had a hard Spell of Coughing in Iowa City Coming home & Since then it has been more or less weak but does not hurt me any & now I feel that I am about cured again but will wear my truss till February & then try it off again   

Hix raised for me 115 bu oats & I Sold them from Machine 40c bu & about 500 bu of midling corn  my barn full of fair hay & $16 worth I sold Roy  my finances are in good shape  I have yet 14120,00 in the old farm $6000,00 in bank & $2500,00 after debts  3 Shares Stock in Keota farmers bank & 12 ½ Shares in the Wellman Savings Bank  I got as usual on New yrs day $30 a[t] 10% on my Keota bank Stock  C Bond pd me 98,40 & Roy $60,00  my 4 houses bring me $50 a month  I get $15 per mon pension  Surely we have much to be thankful for & little to Complain of  Vic Still holds his job in the bank at $20 a month & is Steady to work  we have a new Saddle & bridle  a new 12 in globe  put in a new 24 in grate & I am very very thankful to him who doeth all things well  good bye old year

Conclusion of January 1, 1908 journal entry.

[1] Leslie would go on to graduate from the Northwestern College of Medicine in Iowa City and begin a practice in Cleremont, Iowa


March 31, 1907

Sunday Mar 31 & Easter Sunday  a very fine sunny Cool day & we had a big Easter dinner as of old  only Joe & Maria Farley were not here  Bell Maude & Nellie & their husbands & Roy & Cora & Mr & Mrs Joe England & Zunie Hofert  Roys girl & Cecil Steminger Bells girl & we had a good dinner & a good visit  we went to Church AM & Eve & had Easter Services  our girls & Vic sang in the Choir  Mr John Yoder died this PM at his home in town  Leslie has the mumps & no mistake  he don’t Suffer much but don’t move around any more than he has to  had a fire in the furnace all day

January 26, 1872

Isaac’s journal entry for January 26, 1872 reports that he heard from his brother Samuel who wrote to tell him that Samuel’s wife, Susannah, had died in August 1871.   Susannah’s maiden name was Wells[1].   They had three young children.   Ralph was about three years old.   Alice was one year old and a baby was born August 25, 1871.   Susannah may have died in childbirth.   Samuel’s second wife was Emeline Ann Cowan.   They had a son, Leroy, and a daughter named Laura.   Samuel and his family lived in Douglas County, Oregon.

The fair weather earlier in the month of January 1872 now turned very cold, but work and play still went on.

Friday January 26, 1872  Hauled 1 load wood & posts   shraders boys came & took their colt away 2nd time   we went to Farleys to the dance  had a real good time  good music & good crowd   got home about 1 oclock  Still cold 

[1] Ancestry.com Public Member Tree, entitled “Clifford Alvin Shields, Sr & Rosella May (Olson) Yaudes”

January 1, 1871

Time for another year-end report.

Sunday, January 1st 1871   Another year gone & a new one begun   this book will probably last me 2 years   I have done very well in making a living the past year   times are rather hard now   pork $5,00 per hhd wheat 80 to 85 corn 25 & plenty   I bought 500 bu [bushel] delivered at 25 cts  I fatted 25 hogs   killed 1  Sold 1 for $6,00 & 23 to Downing for $5,00   I sold 4  3-year old steers & a cow to Stewart for $285   My ½ of a stag $22,50 cts   I have now about 104 or 5 or 6 hog  20 of which I am fatting   I have 29 head of cattle 6 of which are calves wintering with the fattening hogs   7 head of horses & colts   I raised over 2000 bu of corn  191 bu of wheat 292 bu of oats 160 bu of potatoes & 4 bu of white beans  melons squashes pumpkins &c &c in abundance   So far this has been a remarkable mild & pleasant winter   we have had very little cold weather & no storms to speak of   My stock appears to be all doing fine  my stock well affords an abundant supply of water for all   I herded my cattle   we went to Adds [Addison Taylor’s] visiting   I paid him $20,00 which I owed him for breaking   Dave [1] sent a couple of kegs of Early rose potatoes up to put in our cellar   things have froze some in theirs   Harvey herded the cattle at Farleys in the stalks

[1] Perhaps Isaac’s brother-in-law, David Taylor.

December 3, 1870

Saturday Dec 3 1870   Topped out a corn pen with Straw & Hauled 2 loads of wood & Split & sharpened 7 posts   Jim quit work at noon & went visiting   Mag & I went to Farleys for a Evening visit but Mag got mad because I played cards with a young lady [added later: pretty lady that would see and play cards with a lot of married men] and we didn’t Stay very late   Harvey went to Uncle Greens this morning   Who would not get mad if they were called a damed disagreeable thing as ever was and a god damed liar   forget it never, got mad because I was Cussed all the way home

[1] Probably Green B. Squires, son of Nathaniel & Mary (Bennett) Squires.  Green was born on 11 Mar 1818 in New York state.