Mon 5 Another hot uncomfortable day 104 deg in our well house I mowed the north park & cut with the sickle & got a heaping basket full of grass for the cow & I dug along the edge of the walk aways after dinner we went to the funeral of Mrs Kreger at their house preached by Rev Mueller in English & German very impressive but so very warm it was to me almost unbearable many attended I got mail at noon letter from Leslie is getting fairly started in the Hosp capacity 3000 & near full some from over sea Susie  & Lavanda just called John Lindsey calld wants pasture for 1 horse will turn in the 6th at $2 a mon[th]
Saturday August 3rd 1918 A fine warm still day I finishd digging potatos for this year & have 18 bu fine ones in the cellar I got 17 to 20 ears sweet corn to cook & dry I went for the mail near noon Card from Leslie is located at Hospital in DC & we wrote to him & maild the letter this eve Lavanda & Ellen calld this PM I depos Zimmermans chk $15 & kept $5 I got 3 writing tablets & toilet paper at Wards pd Bertha 50c our forces are still driving the Germans & take Soissons & many smaller towns shaved 15c
Tues 30 A very fine comfortable da I dug & put in the cellar 2 bu potatos & mowed some lawn I got a doz ears sweet corn for dinner Willard came this morning from Keota & got Harriet & they went back to Keota to stay til eve we recd a card from Leslie has got as far as Chicago drayman Liebe came & got Isabels trunk & box & took to the depot I am to pay him 25c Lavanda & Ellen called this eve & it is quite cool it was 56 this morning at the well house Ash read our light meter but not the stove war news continue to favor the allies
Mon 29 A very fine clear da & cooler Leslie & Lavanda came from Lex [Lexington] early & Leslie left about 8 am for Ioa City to Washington DC according to orders 8 yrs ago in June 28 he left for Clermont to begin the practice of medicine & he has done well I would not ask or expect him to do better but he gave it all up to serve his country he goes as MD with rank of 1st Lieut & we will greatly miss him & be more anxious than ever for the war to cease Lavanda & Ellen went with him to Ioa City They came back 3 pm & Willard took Leslies car & went to Keota to stay with his mother to nite I sent her 1 doz ears of nice sweet corn I saved 2 ears for seed I dug & put in the cellar 1 ½ bu potatos Willard got John Carters auto & we went to the Taylor Cemetery & put a can of nice flowers on each of our 7 graves I mowed the alley & other lawn
Sun 14 A fine partly cloudy da we arose a little early & at 7-30 Leslie took Roy to Washington to go home Leslie was out back at 10 & he put on his 1st Lieut Uniform for the first & we all went to church & Leslie & Lavanda went to Lexington to Dr. Gardners PM & we visited with Dave & the girls in the eve we all went to ME church to a steropticon lecture by a Rev Brigham of riverside showing German crimes & atrocities a foolish mess of misrepresentation & ought not to be patronized any where especially in a church
Fri 12 A very fine day & I only visited done no work Dave & Roy here all day til eve Roy went out to Pery Ayers in Leslies auto Leslie & Lavanda came from Clermont this PM & Lavanda went out to Dr Gardners at Lex [Lexington, Iowa] Mame Store called this eve & mother & I went out to the auto & saw her Rierman folks from Oskaloosa
Sunday, December 23rd 1917 Dark & Cloudy threatning all day I went to church AM Mother had a dizzy spell & couldnt go our old fone wont work & aftr dinner I went to find Vic I want him to take hands to the timber tomorrow to chop wood I found him working at the Bank John Carr calld this Eve & he will chop 10 or 12 cords of wood & make some posts for 5c each & wood 1,25 a cord Mrs. W. P. Gardner calld this eve & brot mother a Christmas from Lavanda a nut bowl & 6 cups, nice this eve I read my little book thru Isabel sent me & while I am not particularly charmd by the authors style & diction & composition & Rhyme & his Annanias-like simplicity (90 bu corn to the acre in Colo[rado]) yet I admire the affection & the thoughts that prompted Isabel to send it to her father as a Christmas gift (In the Valley of the Grand)1
1In the Valley of the Grand, by Earnest Leaverton, 1917, can be viewed at https://goo.gl/wNqtkF. The book refers to Grand Junction, Colorado where Isabel lives.
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