Tag Archives: Mary Isabelle Carr Hull

February 13 and 14, 1923

[Feb. 13 & 14]  Nora staid constantly & rest [of family] all in often.  I was up little while Tues. Feb 13 & went in to see him, & O, how he had failed.  He was conscious to the last & passed away at 3 o,clock Wednesday p.m. Feb. 14th.  O, how hard it is to know we will never again have our dear father with us, but he wanted to go & made all his funeral arrangements, his songs to be sung, his pall bearers ect. 

O, how we shall miss him, he was always so generous, so kind & just always made the best of every thing & we always tho’t [thought] what ever father did was just right. 

His life has truly been a most wonderful one & he certainly has always had such high ideals & tried so hard to raise his family right.  We certainly have much to be thankful for such a life as he [has] lived, always so truthful & such a good neighbor & his kind deeds shall long remain in the memory of every one who knew him. 

It is so hard for mother, but they have had a long life together, with very few separations. 

 Father was born May 28 -1836.                                                                                       Died at our home in Pomona                                                                                                           Feb. 14 -1923                                                                                                          Age 86 yrs. 8 mos & 14 days.             Written by Isabelle.

Isaac’s death certificate stated that he died of “marasmus accompanying general arterio sclerosis”.  Marasmus is generally known as the gradual wasting away of the body due to severe malnutrition or inadequate absorption of food.

According to Isaac’s wishes, his body was returned to Iowa.  The funeral service took place in his Wellman home.  Isaac’s obituary was long and descriptive.  It appeared on the front page of The Wellman Advance. Isaac was buried in the Taylor Cemetery, just south of town.


February 7, 1923

The remaining journal entries were written by Mary Isabelle (Carr) Hull, Isaac’s daughter, because Isaac was too weak to write. 

Wednesday Feb. 7  A lovely day.  Father got up at 10 & ate little breakfast & was dressed when Dr. Gardner & wife and Suzanne came to spend day.  Father seemed to enjoy their visit & had quite a talk with the Dr. but was so short of breath.  He came to table to eat with us for the last time at noon, but ate very little.  He laid down all p.m.  We called Dr. Kelley at 4-30 & he came & said it was form of dropsy & water forming in his pluray [pleura].  The lung was stopping his breathing & he would come back in eve. 

He came back at 7-30 & Roy & Dave came & he tapped father’s lung & drew nearly 2 qts. of liquid & O, he suffered so as it took one hr.  He rested better tonite & said he could breath so much better.

February 6, 1923

Tues 6   Cool but Sunshine fine day   I lay til near Eleven & arose feeling Poorly   I ate some dinner at Noon   Mother & Isabel knotted a comfort[er]   Dave & Ruth Came after dinner   We got mail   No letters  Dave Read awhile in the Advance 2nd Edition of the Lew Gardner & Coffey fite   J H Romines Obituary   I laid down awhile   Florence Hull called   I wrote to C M Livezey & sent statemnt of monies & Credits

February 5, 1923

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

February 2, 1923

Fri 2   Cold bright & Sunny   I arose Near Eleven feeling very poorly   Max S called & gave Ralph a check on the American Bank & he brot me 35,00   I gave Isabel 15,00   I laid down awhile after dinner   Dave came awhile & aftr supper he & Roy came & stayed the eve   also Amos Hull & wife Ruth & others calld while I was laying down   I wrote to L E Wilkins of Belknap Iowa about $1100,00 intrest due Mar of Inst [instant] next

February 1, 1923

Thursday February 1 1923   Cloudy Dark & misty   we arose at 7-30   I feel quite Poorly & my Breath is short & weak   I ate 3 small pancakes   I have No pain only very weak & feel bad   I ate very little dinner & Near 5 Roy came & took us to Isabels   it has been Cold dark & dreary all day   very little rain   I am very weak & short of Breath   I could hardly get out of the car   I read a Note from Security Savings Bank   L C Miller had Depos [deposited] 30,00 Rent to Jan 23 1923

January 30, 1923

Tues 30   Dark foggy & rainy   we arose at 8   I slept fine   was Not up till 8  I ate 2 pancakes   Huckster [1] Calld   I told Maude to by all she wanted   I pd the Bil only 1,45   I addrest a letter to Nora in Escondido   we Sat around & read & visited & it raned a little & Slow all day   Isabel Called up from Pamona this eve   they will not go to the Wellman Picnic Thurs   too wet

[1] Huckster is defined by Dictionary.com as a retailer of small articles, especially a peddler of fruits and vegetables


January 28, 1923

Sun 28   Cool Clear & Sunny   Ralph Isabel & Marjorie went to Sunday School   Came home at Eleven   We were drest for Sunday & all went to Ontario to Maudes & had an Excellent dinner & some Idaho folks came & sayed [stayed] awhile & more Idaho folks came & the room is full   about 3 Palmers all came in 2 autos & brot Mrs Roup & Jennie Boyd  old Wellman Iowa friends & Nabers & we were sure glad to see them   they only stayed a short time   with callers all gone nice fire in the grate we past a very pleasant Eve   Maude gave me a cup of strong hot ginger tea & a hot iron to my feet as I have Symtoms of taking cold

January 27, 1923

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

January 26, 1923

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