Friday May 28, 1920 At Ollies  Dark cloudy looks like rain My 84 birth day & I begin to feel much like an old man have Neither strength nor activity my lame back is some better am taking Harlern oil tablets they help my general health is fair my hand is trembly & I can hardly write with a pen but get along fairly with a pencil we arose rather early as Alma Izor is going away Virl took her to Minburn I went along & tried to find a way to get from here to Guthrie Center to see Capt Lemon but I got no satisfaction we are visiting with Ollie & she does all she can to entertain us & she is sure a wonder to manage
 Olive Taylor Carris is the widow of Albert Carris who died in 1918. Olive is the daughter of Benjamin Holden Taylor and Laura C. Izor, Margaret Taylor Carr’s brother and sister-in-law.
Friday Dec 25 Christmas Stormy blow from S & turned to NW & Colder all day Cora & kids came with Frank Florang Roy is not well we arose about 6-30 & the boys were astir & found many presents Mother Silver teaspoons rocking chair dishes & many things I got hdkfs & ties & hdkf box the girls got Slippers bread box bonbons laces ribbons boxes & fine things & Candy we sent old Comrade Hastings a mince pie & buns & Holdens ½ bu nice apples & 1 bu potatos Bell Maude Ralf & Otto here also Holden & Laura & Frank Florang in the Eve Otto took Vic to Chester to go to Des moines to visit Sylvia a week I gave him $8 & he had $4 they will have a cold trip
Monday Dec 25 Christmas Colder cloudy & froze all day I killed 2 dux [ducks] Roy gave & we had them roasted for dinner Bell & Ralf were here for dinner our girls took dinner over for Holden & Laura Holden is about the same he improves very Slow I am better to day this has been a rather Slim Christmas day for us & our home will be apt to have fewer children each returning Christmas till they are all gone we miss them Even now Maude got home late last night from Keota & left Nellie there for a week’s visit with Sylvia
Thursday September 21st 1899 Thirty four years ago to day Mag & I went to Washington in my two horse wagon with a board for Spring seat & were married by Judge B F Brown Alice Leighton Wolf & Sister Amanda & E Bradford went along & to day our daughter Bell was married to Ralph B Hull only relatives were present a most delightful day & all went off well W A Schwimley performed the marriage Ceremony & Willard Deyoe prayed & we had a fine dinner & the young folks got Several fine & appropriate presents Mother & I gave one hundred dollars in gold which I drew from the bank this morning I have taken five more Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank & now have ten Shares worth $140,00 a share Rach Hull & Wife went home Early most of our guests Stayed later & Holden & Laura spent the Evening Jap went home about 9 in the Eve & left Sylvia & baby here Martin Scranton girl & boy will Stay all night
Friday June 16 A very fine pleasant day Vic passed a very restless night & is no better AM but we think is better this PM the Dr called twice & said this Eve that Vic has appendicitis I guess he will hit it after a while Leslie & I hoed awhile in the morning Holden & Laura called in the Eve & brought us a small tin pail of Cherries real nice & old Mrs. Diker brought us a Small can of Cherries I got 3 oranges for Vic
Sunday December 25 Christmas & an Extra fine day Sun Shone all day thawed only a little Jap & Sylvia here & all the Children arose Early to see their gifts they were numerous & pretty I got a hdkf a pr of nice gloves a pr of nice Slippers 2 neck ties one from Nora & one from Bell a book from Nora Roy & Cora Came & they also were remembered by Santa Claus & altogether we passed a very Enjoyable day Bell & Maude had Ralph Hull & Otto Klokenteger here Holden & Laura were here Jap & I took a mince pie & Small basket of nice apples to Lyman Bradfords this morning Jap went home PM but Sylvia will Stay a week her Mag & the boys have gone up to Amandas this Eve My cold is at least no better & I thought I had better keep in doors I am taking Weeks’s break up a cold tablets bought of Longwell & Watters 25c no cure no pay
Monday August 31st 1896 A real nice day I went to Keota Holden went along & we met Harriet from Washington we all got home to dinner I got 4 baskets peaches for $1,00 real nice & PM I went to Wellman & tool Holden & Laura home I got well bucket irons at Kings 20c home in good season Harve hauled manure Mable Carris went home & Ollie to Carris’s also Hervey
Tuesday Dec 25th Christmas & a nice day we arose Early & Sylvia found a nice large ornamental lamp after chores I went to Wellman & brought Holden & Laura & Roy & Cora came we baked a nice turkey & had a nice Social time ground not froze could plow right along Holden & Laura came to Stay a week I got Mag tissue paper 42c & I got Elixor Lactopeptine 30c Harve went home rode Jim I am using my new pen holder & inkstand for the first this evening
Saturday Jan 14 A cold raw blowy NW drifty day the boys hauled 4 loads of hay from other place Luther brought Maude home & Mag is still mad & went away with Luther to go to Wellman I am glad she is gone but she came back in the Eve & Holden & Laura & Dave & Evaline [Margaret’s brother & sister-in-law] came with her Clarence Carris brought 3 big loads of rather poor corn & too much snow in it Harve has worked 198 days drew 56,00 Roy has worked 287 ½ days & drew 155,35
Tuesday Dec 27 Cold but pleasant & Sunny V W Carris called by appointment Also Si Miller & wife & Si gave me a Mortgage on 80 acres of land for 1500,00 payable $500,00 in each of the years 1896, 97 & 98 they all stayed to dinner & then I took Holden & wife to Wellman & I borrowed $1400,00 from the Wellman bank 60 days 8% I got it in a draft on Chicago & will use it to get the Mortgage on Si’s land he has been owing me a long time & I will pay off a Mortgage he has in Washington for 1200,00 & take one for $1500,00 at 6% I lent Vic Carris my ice saw & tongs & in the Eve he sent Guy [Vic Carris’ son] over with Sled to borrow my Boar pig & I let him have it I would have lent him to no one Else
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