Sat 3 Cold morn but clear Sunny day I arose before Eleven feeling Poorly rested poor I ate some Strawberries & Beef Soup for dinner we heard John Romine Died 27 Jan I gave Ralp 5,00 to get changd so I can pay Him 40 cents for 2 Box of strawberries aftr dinner Dave Came & shaved me & brot me 2 boxes Strawberries I gave Him 1,00 Amos wife & Roys [wife] came & stayed the eve Dave gave me some Brandy I took a dose
Wednesday August 20th 1919 looked much like rain most of the am but only Sprinkled Mary T Bradford calld mother cookd a Squash our first Mrs Aggson called fitting a dress I got late mail at Noon no letters I workd some at my logs for wood in the alley Kelly Stopt & talkd awhile Pm we went to Chautaugua A very poor part 6 or 7 girls fiddled & screamed & acted fools an air ship & lecture promised to day but failed to come it seems the Chau[taugua] Company can fail on the program at will & a long suffering public has no redress but if I try to buy a ticket & am short a nickle I get no ticket all one sided it only lasted a little over an hour but twas plenty long Enuf I saw John Romine 2 pm of GAR about sending our post per capita tax I got our laundry from Carrie A & pd her 1,25 I greased my heavy shoes & hung them in the well house I shaved
Tue 26 A fine cool da[y] Cool E wind Kopoch came & workd near all day raking & burning & planting potatos & spaded the barn garden I pd Kopach 2,50 Wes Whetstine patched plaster at Brown house & I pd him 1,35 Fay White took a load of trash from Brown cellar I pd him 50c I went to Bank meet[ing] and pd H W Denker $630,00, a Vic & Leslie note I gave John Romine one $ [for] Fred K gar dues we nearly finished planting potatos A Turnipseed plowed garden & I pd him $1,50 I got 40c pork for dinner Smith called to see about painting I got 2 gals paint from Wards $7,50
Along with Isaac’s journals were personal papers and documents that he saved because they were important to him. Isaac served as Grand Army of the Republic Post Commander, Ed Hamlin Post #112, Wellman, Iowa, at different periods of time. The Post would send representatives to Encampments held in different parts of the state of Iowa. Typical of an encampment, the 1900 G.A.R. Encampment schedule and activities, was held over three days. Activities included speeches, meetings, a parade and special outings all designed to honor the Civil War soldiers and help them renew old friendships.
On December 18, 1902 at a meeting of the Ed Hamlin Post, delegates and alternates were selected to represent the Post at the 1903 Department Encampment. A copy of the document that records this selection follows
 See Iowa in the Civil War, http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/other/gar/times-1900c.htm, for a full description.
Isaac starts out the new year by writing “New years day & we are all well”.
This journal entry talks about saying goodbye to farm life and his hired hand, Harve, along with documenting his farm and in-town grain supplies. Isaac also documents his financial accounts in keeping with past journal entries and talks about his new home in town.
Sunday January 1st 1899 Cold & dry a cold tho not hard South wind Sylvia Jap Mag & I & Nellie Vic & Leslie went to Holdens to Spend the day by invitation we had a good visit & after dinner I came with Jap to get his team & he & Sylvia went home to Keota Lola Oldaker is with our girls Jap pulled a tooth or the roots of one for Maude this morning there is no snow on the ground but roads are Somewhat rough we are all getting well used to our new home & like it real well by being away to day the girls didn’t quite understand the furnace & rather neglected it & I have had more trouble than Common in keeping our rooms up to 70 degrees this Eve I hardly know whether we have got the right kind of a furnace or not tho I think if we had good dry wood it will be all right our plumbing & all connected with it gives good Satisfaction except the air pressure tank don’t Serve us as well as I Expected our Gasoline lights are all we could ask & if nothing occurs to change my mind I shall like town life real well My hired man Harve Dorrance that had worked for me 12 yrs I paid off & let him go Some weeks ago I have no use for a hand now I have near 400 bu of Corn here in my Crib & at least 5000 bu Cribbed up on my farm I have about 300 bu of oats here & 400 on the farm I also have 2 good rix of hay & a mow 12x14x34 & another 20x16x20 in barn on my farm I have a driving team of grays 5 yrs old & a team of draft colts 5 in Spring & a riding colt 2 yrs in Spring & 2 good cows & 2 pigs I have now $1350 in Wellman bank Most of it time deposit Stockholders certificate at 7% in fact all but $250,00 & I have $18 being 4th annual div of Keota farmers bank 6% & one dollar in Silver & I have now $2050,00 in Wellman Savings bank $1100 bu of rent corn & 7 or 8 hundred bu of fair rent oats I have put in all my time thro the summer Superintending my building [new house in Wellman] & am well Satisfied with it there has been much Sickness the last fall & mostly typhoid fever & many Cases proved fatal I am very thankful we have all escaped Bell is teaching School & boards at John Romine’s I take her Every Monday morning & go for her Every Friday Eve Some trips it is great a task for me but I will do all I am able to encourage my girls to make their living & Save what they Earn good bye to the old year
Tuesday Sept 14 dry warm & dusty sunny Harve commenced cutting up Corn on the little piece NW of barn tis plenty ripe I went to Wellman & took Ellen & Fred Brewer & wife we took Supper at Holdens I got 7# cheese at Romines home at dusk Roy went to Nira & met Allie back again from Nebraska
Sunday, June 6 A real nice cool day Several Army Comrades GAR came visiting E Bradford & wife Fred Klokenteger & wife John Romine & wife & girl & 2 kids Rufus Whetstine & wife Jesse Longwell & wife & B H Taylor & wife not GAR Also Roy & Cora we had a most splendid visit & a good time Harve still away
Wednesday January 11th 1893 Cold blustry from NW the boys chopped & sawed some wood we took the children & Sylvia to school & went for them in the Eve PM it cleared off nice & the sun shone warmer I went over South to Romines & to Abe bennets to buy corn but got none there is plenty corn in the country & for sale but Everybody Seems to think it will be much higher towards Spring I offered 35c for a crib & A. Bennet asked 45c he gave me a picture to bring home I got 5 gals kerosene & 2 wash pans
Sat Jan 10 A comfortable Still damp cloudy day we arose early & found Mag had came home I studied some time whether to hitch to sleigh or bugy but finally hitched Sele & Kit to buggy & went to Washington John Romine asked a ride from his house to town & came back with me I left Mortgage of S. T. Leighton & wife to be recorded & examined the record found the King land clear of encumbrance as far as I could tell I went to farmers Mutual insurance meeting before & after dinner & I got Mag a rug pattern 50c 15 oranges 50c candy 25c put up them & fed them & took dinner at the Pennsylvania House Started home about 3 PM home little after dark found all right except Maude is no better Mag will Sleep with her & I will take the baby with me. Harve has worked 18 days he took the girls to Amandas to literary this Eve