Margaret died on February 24, 1938 in Pomona California. She was 90 years old. Her death came 15 years and 10 days after Isaac’s. Her children brought their mother home to Wellman, Iowa, where she was buried with Isaac in the Taylor family cemetery, just south of Wellman.
Isaac specified in his will that “at the death of my wife, I direct that Leslie Lewis Carr is to have all of the books belonging to my daily diary and library, except any of my other children may have one or two books apiece from the library if they wish same for keepsakes”. We know from the newspaper account, dated February 13, 1924, that Leslie was there to help his mother dispose of the household goods. So, it would make sense that the daily diaries and library books would be given to Leslie at that time instead of moving them to California. Leslie also received some mementos Isaac saved and original land purchases from the U. S. Government documented on parchment paper. Also in the collection were Isaac’s hand-written speeches and many newspaper clippings saved over the years.
After Leslie died on October 19, 1968, Isaac’s entire collection made its way to the State Historical Society of Iowa, Special Collections, Iowa City, Iowa. I am very grateful to the Historical Society for introducing me to Isaac’s journals and allowing some of the collection to be published on this blog.
This concludes my blog entries for now. I haven’t decided how I will go forward, but as previously mentioned in the past, if anything new comes to my attention, I will post the information.
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Mon 5 Cold morn Sun Shines Bright I aros aftr 9 feeling Poorly Mother washt me I rested well fore part of Nite Mother talked with Maude Ralph got me fresh side meat for dinner Dave cam & brot me Beef tea cubes Isabel went to D of Vet [Daughters of Veterans?] meeting She is President Mrs Roup & Mrs Boyd called & we had very Pleasnt visit We sent Leslie Box oranges 3 doz & 1 doz Tangerines by Parsel Post I pd the Post 2,51 we got mail after dinner letter & sessmt Blank from C Livsey Leslie Nora & John & Mrs Fleming
Sat 27 Quite cool & frosty this morning The sun shines Bright we arose at 8 I feel fair I finishd & mailed letters to Leslie Mother & Isabel also wrote mail at noon we got No letters after a late dinner when Isabel gave me Straw Berries & very fine & ripe I got Ralph to Send to Rice of NY for a double truss 14,00 we went down town I got shaved 15 cents & met Dave & Roy we had a good visit at Ralphs RE [real estate] office they brot me home & stayed awhile my 3 collars sent 2 wks came this eve 12 cts
At Isabels & Maudes
Friday January 26 1923 Sun rose clear we arose about 8 Isabel starts a nice gas fire in our room & brings us hot water to wash my cold is better but I don’t feel good I ate 2 pancakes soon after 10 Ralph came home from land trip to Arizona tis cold don’t warm up fast Roy & Dave called awhile after dinner all but me went to school Margaret P graduates we gave her 2 silver dollars I commenced a letter to Leslie I gave Marjorie 50 cents
Wednesday June 21st 1922 A very fine still day & I am improving I dug our first New potatos they are small a good rain is what they Need I shaved Mrs Lewis Gardner Called I cut with Sickle in the alley I got mail aftr dinner letters from Leslie & Harriet Ellsworth Palmer called PM & got Garag Key his auto in our garage all winter I took 3 books to the library & got 2 this is the second day of the State encampmt in Ioa City of gar & wrc I don’t feel able Nor have much desire to attend
Wednesday March 15, 1922 fine day no frost this morning & mostly cloudy arose before 7 I did not rest well last Nite ate a good breakfast of pancakes we 3 finished a letter & mail to Leslie in Clermont & I shaved & took a short walk tis not quite so warm as yesterday it cleared off after dinner & is real Nice & I took a walk & after supper Isabel came & we all visited til 9 oclock Mother & I came home to Pomona with Isabel & got to bed after 10 & we expect to all go to Long Beach tomorrow & we expect to stay there a week or two I paid one dollar for a Doz carnations to put on Nellies Grave
Thursday February 23 1922 At Maudes in Ontario Mostly cloudy we arose Near 7 & ate a good breakfst of pancakes Otto went to work & Carol to School I sat around & read & PM I took a walk East from Maudes I went to Bank with Maude & gave her $500,00 to pay on her home after Supper Ralph & Isabel & Marjorie came & Stayed til bed time & brot me a letter & Sessment [assessment?] from C M Livezy assessor for me to fill out also a letter from Leslie in Clermont containing one from Dave in Stilwater he [Dave] thinks he can meet us soon at 8-30 Isabel Marjorie Ralph & I came to Isabels leaving Mother with Maude getting a new dress made & an old one made over we reached home and to bed at 9-30 the burning well WSW showed very plain coming home