Isaac and Margaret traveled to Des Moines, Iowa for the 1915 Grand Army of the Republic Encampment.
Tuesday September 14th 1915 Vic Isabel & Dave went with us in my car to Iowa City & at the Depot they left Mother & I & were to come home by Philip Schwimleys & bring Nora who had phoned me this morning we Started for Desmoines fare 4,84 at 3,45 past Tiffin & Oxford [train stops on route] car crowded & hot past Marengo at 4,30 Victor 4,50 Brooklin at 5 & cooler Malcom & Grinnell first stop Kellog & Newton 5,50 Colfax 6-8 min lights burning & looks Sundown & arrived in D [DesMoines] 6,45 pd 75c for a jitney ride to the Savery house  & while at Supper recd a telephone from Martin Scranton in Desoto that John Brewer is laying at the M E Hospital with a broken arm caused by Auto accident yester [yesterday] Elen is with him & they were to come home with us from Desmoines Mother & I took Street car & by much inquiry found the hospital & on the 5th floor room 516 found John & Ellen he is not Suffering but both feeling blue we staid awhile to encourage them came back to the Savery & have a splendid parlor room with bath and supper cost 1,43 to bed at 10-30
 The Savery Hotel is now owned by Marriott and is undergoing renovation. The hotel’s website states: “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Renaissance Savery Hotel stands as an elegant architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Des Moines.”
Sun 29 A very fine day light S wind we all but mother went to Church AM & heard a very appropriate Sermon at the close of the year when we got home we found Martin Scranton & wife Ed McCauley Ollie & Marie from Washington in an Auto they Staid till near Sundown Roys & Nellies [families] came after dinner none here but Isabel this evening Mother is feeling quite poorly with a cold I am still putting peroxide of H [hydrogen] on my right big toe the nail is all loose & it hurts me Some at nite
Thurs Oct 19 Cooler Cloudy looks much like rain & did rain some Enough to Stop the mixing of plaster for the new house however they Commenced again after dinner & Allie & I went to see the new house Mart Scranton & wife went to Holdens for dinner we all took back chairs dishes &c Early AM & I went to the new house after dinner & in the Eve we all went to Aron Palmers to a reception but he made it a point to be absent & Mart Scrantons wife got Sick about 8 in Eve I came home with her & Mart & went to bed
Wednesday October 18th 1905 A fine day cleared off about 8 AM fine & this is Nellies Wedding day Bell Messenger came to help & is good help I borrowed $500,00 from the bank on demand & got $100,00 in gold $20 gold pieces for our wedding present & we were all busy all day I paid Ed Smith $7 for red paint Topping bros [brothers] $2 for bananas Celery &c & I pd Maude 2,40 for Chickens &c Oldaker & Romine I pd 1,25 sak flour Mart Scrantons came from Washington Roys came & Nellie & Warren Palmer were Married by Rev Willard Deyoe at 7 in Eve assisted by Rev W. A. Schwimley Rev Clapp was here Many Palmers & others they brought many nice & useful presents had a grand wedding Supper & all went off fine my lights bothered some but I finally got them all right we had a good Social time & Singing & guests gone & got to bed near 12 am I hauled 3 loads of plaster 40 sax this morning & Hofer & 2 hands commenced to plaster my new house Nora & Allie came this AM with Leslie from Iowa City I pd Bell Messenger 1,50c
Friday Oct 18 A very extra pleasant fine day we all went to Bells visiting Roy & Cora came I waited for the mail & drove Willards Single horse down H. Blumenstine called & wanted to put up wire for my telephone but I told him I had a visit [visitor] on hand & we put it off till next Monday Bell had taken great pains with her dinner & it was real nice She is a good cook & a neat housekeeper I wish She more of a chance to do & a good house to keep Leslie Stayed at home & went to School & done the chores the 3 Scrantons are here yet with their team Jap & Sylvia stayed with Bell to night Most of us went to M E Church this Eve Scrantons went to Roys this Eve
 Probably Charles H. Blumenstine who was a traveling salesman per the 1900 U. S. Census Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa, T623-464, Enumeration District 0117, Sheet 8B
Wed Oct 16 Clear Sunny & Cool Maudes wedding day We arose in good season & put in the day getting ready on the 10 oclock Express Nora & Allie came I & Harriet met them with Carriage & we had a glad & joyful meeting I got grapes cheese & cooked ham 5 lbs we had a lap supper & a good one Willard Deyoe Married Maude & Otto at 7 PM Eve [evening] Martin Scrantons 3 Children here I got Lindauers Stable also Hamiltons & we have 3 Stables well filled with horses Mother & I got to bed at 11 PM over 40 here Many nice presents Mother & I gave $100,00 in gold.
Friday Sept 22 Muddy & wet in the morning it rained a light nice rain till about 11 AM when Martin Scranton & his children went home in the Eve it had dried off & Nora & Harriet & their husbands took my team & Carriage & went for a ride Mrs Smith called PM I sawed & split some wood
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