Sun 20 An extra fine warm day I only made fire in the grate we drest & Dave went with us to church & I subscribed $25,00 for painting church inside we had extra good dinner Ethel Ayers called to see Roy he hadn’t come yet we all went to church in the eve a fine Eve & warm Leslie came this eve he Lavanda & baby came in by the Kitchen door & we were surely very glad to welcome him home they all took Supper here & went with us to church & I enjoyed hearing Leslie sing Bass they went to Gardners from Church but Leslie came & staid with us & Dave til bed time
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
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
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
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  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
 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.
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
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