Tag Archives: Lavanda Gardner Carr

November 14, 1918

Thursday 14   A very fine fall day   we arose a little early & Willard had a funeral at 8-30   a boy 17 hunting rabbits   his gun bursted & he was killed   we then all went to KC over fine roads & splendid scenery & farms & fine house   Especially the buildings of KC are many  & fine   we went to rr office & found about our train &c to Grand Junction & I think we ought to end our visit here & go to Sylvias but mother & Harriet want us to stay to Thanksgiving   we took dinner at Caffeteria   a very fine meal  I pd $1,84 for the 4   then we lookd around the city & went in car around the cliff drive   a very fine drive & scenery   home by dusk & it rained a little   a letter from Lavanda said Leslie started over sea Mon [Monday]

October 14, 1918

Mon 14   An extra fine da   frost this morn   I arose a little early & fed & milkd my cow for the last time & I never milkd a gentler cow   some after 10 am John Fleming & son Everet [came]   I rode in auto with them to my pasture   I put a good halter on my cow & sold her to John Fleming for $100, & he gave me a check which I had put to my acct   I got mail at noon   rec a letter from Leslie in DC   he is well & very busy  much influenza in the hospital in camps & City   Lavanda & baby are in Clermont   I took plants to Florilla Longwell & went down & maild 5 letters to Roy Maude Nora Sloan in SE & B Reece Jones Secy insurance Desmoines [1]   boy brot 2 boxes strawberries & Florilla Longwell pd for them   I took laundry to Carrie   I went [to] Mrs Crossets this eve & pd her 1,50 for boys taking cow up to 17th

[1] Rees B. Jones, Secretary, Fire Insurance Company, Des Moines, (Source Citation – Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Des Moines Ward 1, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T625-507; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 86; Image: 1011)

August 5, 1918

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 [1] & Lavanda just called   John Lindsey calld  wants pasture for 1 horse  will turn in the 6th at $2 a mon[th]

[1] probably Lavanda’s sister

August 3, 1918

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[1] & many smaller towns  shaved 15c

[1] Soissons, an ancient town in France, was heavily bombed in the war; Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soissons

July 30, 1918

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

July 29, 1918

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

July 14, 1918

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