Monday Sept 11 A pleasant fall like day I was down town awhile AM & PM & got 35 Cards $2,50 at Reeds for Bells wedding She is to be married the 21st inst to Ralph Hull it Seems to me She might have done better but I will also say She might have done worse heard Dreyfus the French Capt is convicted 2nd time
Isaac starts out the new year by writing “New years day & we are all well”.
This journal entry talks about saying goodbye to farm life and his hired hand, Harve, along with documenting his farm and in-town grain supplies. Isaac also documents his financial accounts in keeping with past journal entries and talks about his new home in town.
Sunday January 1st 1899 Cold & dry a cold tho not hard South wind Sylvia Jap Mag & I & Nellie Vic & Leslie went to Holdens to Spend the day by invitation we had a good visit & after dinner I came with Jap to get his team & he & Sylvia went home to Keota Lola Oldaker is with our girls Jap pulled a tooth or the roots of one for Maude this morning there is no snow on the ground but roads are Somewhat rough we are all getting well used to our new home & like it real well by being away to day the girls didn’t quite understand the furnace & rather neglected it & I have had more trouble than Common in keeping our rooms up to 70 degrees this Eve I hardly know whether we have got the right kind of a furnace or not tho I think if we had good dry wood it will be all right our plumbing & all connected with it gives good Satisfaction except the air pressure tank don’t Serve us as well as I Expected our Gasoline lights are all we could ask & if nothing occurs to change my mind I shall like town life real well My hired man Harve Dorrance that had worked for me 12 yrs I paid off & let him go Some weeks ago I have no use for a hand now I have near 400 bu of Corn here in my Crib & at least 5000 bu Cribbed up on my farm I have about 300 bu of oats here & 400 on the farm I also have 2 good rix of hay & a mow 12x14x34 & another 20x16x20 in barn on my farm I have a driving team of grays 5 yrs old & a team of draft colts 5 in Spring & a riding colt 2 yrs in Spring & 2 good cows & 2 pigs I have now $1350 in Wellman bank Most of it time deposit Stockholders certificate at 7% in fact all but $250,00 & I have $18 being 4th annual div of Keota farmers bank 6% & one dollar in Silver & I have now $2050,00 in Wellman Savings bank $1100 bu of rent corn & 7 or 8 hundred bu of fair rent oats I have put in all my time thro the summer Superintending my building [new house in Wellman] & am well Satisfied with it there has been much Sickness the last fall & mostly typhoid fever & many Cases proved fatal I am very thankful we have all escaped Bell is teaching School & boards at John Romine’s I take her Every Monday morning & go for her Every Friday Eve Some trips it is great a task for me but I will do all I am able to encourage my girls to make their living & Save what they Earn good bye to the old year
Sunday December 25 Christmas & an Extra fine day Sun Shone all day thawed only a little Jap & Sylvia here & all the Children arose Early to see their gifts they were numerous & pretty I got a hdkf a pr of nice gloves a pr of nice Slippers 2 neck ties one from Nora & one from Bell a book from Nora Roy & Cora Came & they also were remembered by Santa Claus & altogether we passed a very Enjoyable day Bell & Maude had Ralph Hull & Otto Klokenteger here Holden & Laura were here Jap & I took a mince pie & Small basket of nice apples to Lyman Bradfords this morning Jap went home PM but Sylvia will Stay a week her Mag & the boys have gone up to Amandas this Eve My cold is at least no better & I thought I had better keep in doors I am taking Weeks’s break up a cold tablets bought of Longwell & Watters 25c no cure no pay
Tuesday Nov 22 Nearly a rainy day & turned much Colder at night We recd a telegram from Bell from Blakesburg will be here this Eve & the boys & I went to the train & met her we were glad to see her & hear from Harriet who kindly Sent me an apple we Soon got back to our well lighted & nice warm home all for which I am truly thankful
Monday Nov 21 a rainy day but not much water fell it turned colder in the Eve & Vic went to the train at dark Expecting to meet Bell from Blakesburg but She didn’t come we were disappointed had a little extra Supper & the house well lighted up I put in near half a day fixing the organ
Monday Oct 24 A real nice warm pleasant day we arose Early I took Bell to her School at the Bull School House & went to the farm & Roy & Harve helped & we nearly built a corn crib 10 x 32 & I came home in good season Roy lent me 21# fresh pork fore quarter
Saturday October 22nd 1898 Cool Cloudy & damp but Cleared off towards evening & the roads dried Some Vic has rode my Millie Mare a few times to Exercise her My horses are getting to feel Extra good being kept up all this bad weather PM I drove up to my old farm with Joe who was very glad to get back to the old place & said he would rather live there than in Wellman we got a Sack of apples the sowing machine squash punkins turnips & Roy lent us a fresh Spare rib & backbone Bell came from her School over north to Roys & we brought her home also a Bohemian girl working for Roy rode to town with us quite a load Mr. Jess Longwell & Mrs. Sade Topping called & Spent the Evening, Harve 326 & $142.50
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