Tag Archives: John Romine

February 3, 1923

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

August 20, 1919

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[1] 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

[1] The University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections: Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautaugua in the Twentieth Century, http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/tc/

March 26, 1918

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

December 18, 1902

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,[1] 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

Credentials of Representatives to Department Encampment, 1903
Credentials of Representatives to Department Encampment, 1903

[1] See Iowa in the Civil War, http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/other/gar/times-1900c.htm, for a full description.

January 1, 1899

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

September 14, 1897

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

June 6, 1897

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

January 11, 1893

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

January 10, 1891

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