Sunday Oct 23 An Extra nice warm Sunny day the children all went to Methodist Sunday School Mag & I went to Baptist Church Ez & Amanda came home with us to dinner PM Luther Bradford & his daughter Maude called it clouded up towards Eve & Mag has a Severe head ache Louis King & wife called
Thursday Sept 3 A real nice cool Sunny day Mag & I went to Luther Bradfords to Mr. Aaron Lamberts funeral & Sam Carr & Wife My Cousin came home with us also Elsie Pinkerton we got home to dinner & found Ed Jones wife & kid & Bertha also Lee Darling here visiting we had a good visit & made some cider finished cutting the corn & dug Early potatos
In this next passage Isaac writes about a surprise party where he and his wife were the honored guests. He talks about a silver tea set that was to be presented, but shipment was held up due to the snow. Their 25th wedding anniversary was September 21, 1890, so that would not be a reason for this party. It’s not known if this was a special occasion or just a special get-together in the dead of winter because, as far as can be discerned, February 8th holds no special meaning for either Isaac or Margaret.
Wednesday feb 8 – long to be remembered – A cold cloudy day We expected a few of our friends & relatives & we killed a nice turkey & a rooster & about 10-30 a few loads of People that were not invited came & brought well filled baskets pans & steamers & they came thicker & faster till our house was full & our Stables & Sheds full of horses I suppose Ellen had got this up as a Surprise party for Mag & I & we were most agreeable Surprised we had a Splendid dinner 3 long tables full & we had a good Social visit with our friends relatives & neighbors they had ordered a Silver tea set but it got snow bound & will come in due time to say that we were pleased with this demonstration of good feeling & neighborly kindness doesn’t half Express it the roads were blocked with Snow drifts in many places & very hard traveling yet our friends persevered & traveled in the Cold to Show their good will & we highly appreciate it Our Sisters Ellen & Amanda were the Main ones in this pleasant & long to be remembered Occasion following were present on the occasion:
Mr & Mrs V W Carris, Ez & Amanda, Dave & Evaline, Ellen & Fred, Mr & Mrs J C Jones & Dan, Mr & Mrs J C Jones, Mr E L Jones, Mr G W Weller & Edith, Mr Henry Foster & Hila, Mr W A Foster & wife, Mr Marion Foster & wife, Mr. Harlan Hodges & wife & B [baby? – Floyd Hodges was born in 1893], Mr & Mrs Luther Bradford, & Cora, Roy brought Cora [Anna Cora England – Roy’s wife] over to stay all night, Mr Geo Sigler & wife, Mr H H Wilson & wife, Mr Tom Moon & wife, B H Taylor & wife, Chas Grassel & wife, Wm Downing & wife
& in the Eve Many young folks came in & we heard Singing Music & playing till midnight & Malachi Newland brought me $5,00 that I over paid him on corn
 Ancestry.com, Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, 1895 Iowa Census, Wellman, Washington County, Iowa, pg. 449
Thursday feb 2 A cold Wintry Cloudy day we only done the Chores & it Snowed some & looked very Stormy Jim Wishard called to look at my Steers but didn’t buy Aug Lindauer Called to see me about getting the Hall for church purposes PM & he got his dinner later C. Durien & Hamilton Called & I Sold them my 41 Steers by the lump for ($1693,00) Sixteen hundred & Ninty three dollars & they gave me a check for $50,00 on the Wellman bank Roy & Fred Brewer went rabbit hunting Wes Taylor went to Luthers
Wednesday feb 1 real Cold & Stormy from NW 12 deg below zero Roy took Sylvia to School & it was a tough trip none of the Children went to School after dinner Roy took Adds [Addison Taylor] kids & Lucys  2 kids to Luthers but Wes Taylor Stayed here we only done the chores it was too Stormy to do any work
 There were two ladies in Washington County who were relatives of Isaac’s through his wife, Margaret Taylor Carr. There were of the age to have small children. One was Lucy Squires, born ca. 1860 who was the daughter of Perrin and Mary (Goss/Gross) Squires. The other person was Lucetta E. Squires, the daughter of Joseph Warren and Nancy (McDonald/McDowell) Squires.
Tuesday Jan 24 rainy Sleety & very gloomy & unpromising in the morning & moderate but it cleared off & was a very fair day we arose early & Dave took Sylvia to School & we killed 2 very nice hogs they weighed gross about 580 & then Ed Jones & wife & Mr. & Mrs Daugherty came & then all menfolk went to Luther Bradfords sale I bought 3 boxs wagon grease 15c a box of Irons Jewelry 35c an iron Slant tooth harrow 7,25 & 4 heifer Calves $20,00 & then all came home to dinner had a good visit & Jones & Daugherty went home about 4 & I cut up & salted my 2 hogs Dave & Ev went with Jones to stay all night Harve & Roy worked
Sunday May 3 a very fine warm day Nellie & Maud went to Luthers to hear from Old Mrs. Leighton She was just alive last Eve & was expected to die hourly I put grease & Kerosene on the Jim Colt to kill lice & turned him & Kit and her colt in the root our pear[s] are up nice plums are in full bloom our currants are blooming very full later Mrs Leighton died yesterday Eve between 8 & 9 oclock this passes away about the last of the Early Settlers of this Ct [county?] A good kind motherly woman with many friends