Tag Archives: Lavanda Gardner Carr

April 19, 1919

Sat 19   A most beautiful warm & Balmy morn   we arose both feeling well  I made fires only in grate & Stove & at 10 am went to the Depot & met Dave from St Paul & we are Sure glad to have him with us again   I got 1 lb butter 70c meat 40c bananas 25c crackers 15c & home to dinner   PM I burned pile of trash   hi S wind & looks much like rain   PM went down town   I got a thick steak for Sunday 90c & another lb creamery butter 70c   we lookd for Roy & for Leslie til bed time   Lavanda & baby came & Spent the Eve & Dr Gardner came by & told that they had telegram from Leslie   he will be in Ioa City 10 AM Sunday   boy brot my brown clothes pressd   I pd 1,00

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April 18, 1919

Friday April 18 1919   heavy frost this morn   we are both reasonably well   tis Mothers 72 birth day & She is well preservd considering the large family she has raised & the work she has done & we have reason to be very thankful   I got shaved at Hulls 15c   I got red soap 10c   we are invited to our friends Mrs Smith Rupe & went at 11   E Bradford called & went with us & then we all went & got the mail   mother recd several Birth day cards & letter from Harriet   Charley Blumenstine & wife also at Rupes & we had a real good visit & Mrs R had prepared a most excellent dinner which we all enjoyd & we came home after 4 & Hod Wilson & wife came & Spent the Eve   we only had fire in the grate & were warm Enuf  we got the word thru Lavanda that Leslie will be Discharged from the Army tomorrow & be home soon & tis sure good News   we also look for Dave from St Paul & maybe Roy   we hope so

April 10, 1919

Thurs 10   Arose Early in Muscatine   Paid our bill $2,00 at the hotel & soon took the train for Wellman   a dull cool cloudy day   we arrived nearly on time at 10-30 & Dr Gardner was at the train & asked us to their home for dinner & of course we gladly accepted   we had eaten no breakfast & Mrs Gardners dinner was exceptionally good & we appreciated the kindness   first we came home & started 3 fires   found things all as we left them near 6 mos ago only mice had got in & made some havoc but Lavanda had got some traps & had caught the most of them with Mr & Mrs Rupe to help   Mr Rupe also invited us to dinner & we were sorry we couldn’t accept both invitations   after visiting with Gardners & reading a letter from Leslie in Desmoines we came home & oh how we missed our dear boy Vic   he allways met us at the train but he is gone never to return   we will allways cherish his memory   I bot bread meat tea coffee flour & Frank Arthur had put our plumbing in shape & we are glad to be at home once more

April 7, 1919

Mon 7   Cooler   fine day   rain last Nite with thunder & lightning   we arose Early   I ate good Pan Cakes for breakfst & feel better   recd a card from Lavanda in Desmoines with Leslie   Expect to be at Wellman soon   a card from Dave   I went down town with Willard to get things   Willard went with Paul to school & he made his first start for school in Kansas  Harriet & W will adopt Paul & give him their name [1]   I went down town with W pm   A boy came & got mothers & my clothes to press   I read awhile in Burns & feel better this eve & played checkers with Paul

[1]  Paul was listed in the 1920 and 1930 census returns as Paul DeYoe.  When Paul married his wife, Eleanor Catherine Brogden in 1935, he went by Paul Carr Palmer and kept the Palmer name for the remainder of his life.

April 4, 1919

Fri 4  fine day on Santa fe rr in Pullman   fine da   were at Lapenta & Trinidad   Cold in the morning   mother is quite poorly & hoarse with a cold   we ate no breakfst   near Noon we ate a lunch from our stock    at Dodge City near noon we set our time ahead 1 hour central time   mother & I sat in observation car & saw the first corn stalks in Kansas   at 3-30 tis real warm & 2 Electric fans try to cool it in our car   much water on both sides of the track thru Kansas as tho much rain had fallen   we ate lunch in our seats & time hung heavy   the train sped on & prompt   on time in KC & we bade good bye to new found friends   Especially our young Boston friend who gave us his lower Berth   Willard came post haste & met us & we were glad all round   were soon in Olathe & Harriets fine clean home   letter [from] Lavanda in Des moines

February 21, 1919

Fri 21   A fine morn   we arose after 7   mother is not feeling well   I went to telegraf office & got a message from Nora   She starts today & will get to Los Angeles Sat at 9-20  I got my laundry sent more  pd 43c  got a collar 25c   at noon  Warren came with message from Harriet   She will come    Message from Lavanda to ask if she [should] prepare for the funeral in Wellman   we took dinner at Advent   Mother 36c me 31c   I saw Ady [Addison Taylor] of 11 Iowa [infantry unit] & we had a talk on the pier   we took dinner at the Advent 66c for 2   recd a letter from Nora & 1 from Mrs. Shiller   Mr. Palmer & Warren Came PM & we went North 2 or 3 miles to SunnySide Cemetery & Warren bot a small lot 2 graves & pd $108,00   a beautiful & well kept cemetery   I bargained for a tombstone for Dear Nellie & when properly inscribed & set I am to give my check for $165,00   we called at the undertaking parlors & saw our Dear Nellie girl & she looked so nice   Mr P brot us back to the hotel   our room is cold   a chilly eve   we took supper at Delmar Cafe  30c for 2 & sat in the parlor & got warm & came to our room 7-30 & found it warm

February 13, 1919

Thurs 13   A very fine sunny day   Slept well last nite   took breakfst at Delmar Cafe 25c for 2   got paper 3c   we took a walk to the market   met Mr Palmer & helpd him sack some cow feed   cabbage leaves cheap   he got 3 Sax   I bot Belflower apples 15c   mother wrote to Lavanda   we took dinner at Advent 61c   Mr Palmer & Mrs Boyd came after dinner & we went with them to the emporium & Saw shoes pots & camelshair cloth & skin churn &c   foreign Palestine Jerusalem looking women silent begged for money   I walkd along the pike & bot 3 sax Cracker Jack for Nellies children 15c   took Supper at Advent  40c for 2   I took bread & milk 14c  a man put a pane of glass in our room window   he ate my Bellflower Apple & my sak of pop corn   may he steal nothing larger