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
Fri 11 Cold dark Cloudy & light Showers Frank Arthurs girl came & worked for us all day & Frank came & fixt some plumbing mother & I both feeling well & able to work some we recd a fine typewritten letter from Leslie in Desmoines & he expects to come home soon Mr & Mrs Rupe called & Mrs Lindsey called & spent the eve & we had a good visit I went to see Kopoch & pd him $8 for shoveling snow off my walks last wintr & spreading manure I cashd pension chk $120,00 & depos in Bank I got shaved at Hulls 15c
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.
Mon 31 According to law we set our time ahead one hour we 3 arose feeling well Mother & I took breakfst at Delmar Cafe 25c for 2 we recd a card from Leslie he landed safe in NY the 24th inst [March 24th] & you better believe we were glad to know it is a load off my mind to know my Dr Boy is Safe & Sound on this side of the atlantic ocean again letter from Capt Lemon inviting us to visit them Sent regrets Pack our trunk men roped it & took to Los angeles I pd 1,50 to dinner at y [YWCA] pd 99c drew last $50,00 from from farmers & merchants bank bade Palmers good bye & he brot us back supper at Adv 85c for 3 I settled for room & cot for the girls $72,00