Monday Oct 14 A pleasant day Mother & I went down town I got a fine lamp for Vic & Leslie a wedding present for Maude & we got Nellie a nice dish for the same I got pension Chk cashed & kept $20 & deposited $10 I got butter $1,55 at Reaneys Mrs. S E Topping called & gave me $10 for Post to apply on rent
Sunday Oct 13 Cool light NW wind Cloudy & rain a little we all but Maude went to ME Church heard a rousing Sermon on Hell by Stryker the Children & girls Except Maude went to Sunday School Bell went home this PM Mother & I called at Klockentagers & invited them here Wednesday Eve
Saturday Oct 12 Cool drying a pleasant day I got butter & toilet soap at Beardsleys 71c I got port for dinner & in Eve part basket of grapes a lamp top & a flue Maude & Otto went to Keota & brought Harriet at 10-30 in Eve we had just gone to bed Nellie McKinley Carney came for me to make a short talk at WRC the 26th
Friday October 11th 1901 Cloudy Cool drizzly rain Some & muddy Harriet is in Keota & Maude & Otto were going after her this Eve but it is muddy & looks too rainy Bell came back this morning I helped wash this morning
Sunday Sept 29 Cooler & Cloudy all the AM light NW wind all went to Sunday School but me I killed a rooster for dinner very fat I washed & dressed my little colts wire cut leg with green mountain Salve it is doing well I feel better to day than yesterday & fiddled some & read Some Leslie took an Early hunt for Wallers Cow Maude went to Bells Walt Liverzy 10 year old boy Mervin was Shot & instantly killed I heard the report
Monday Dec 25 Christmas Colder cloudy & froze all day I killed 2 dux [ducks] Roy gave & we had them roasted for dinner Bell & Ralf were here for dinner our girls took dinner over for Holden & Laura Holden is about the same he improves very Slow I am better to day this has been a rather Slim Christmas day for us & our home will be apt to have fewer children each returning Christmas till they are all gone we miss them Even now Maude got home late last night from Keota & left Nellie there for a week’s visit with Sylvia
Saturday Sept 23 An Extra fine Cool fall like day & Mag has a bad headache we are all invited to Hulls to Bell & Ralphs infair [affair] all went but Mag & I & Vic he tended to his laundry & then went down on his wheel [possibly a bicycle]  & told Maude that Mother was better so her & Otto Klokenteger drove my team & Carriage back & we arrived Safe about 1 pm & had a real good dinner & good visit & Rach gave us a mess of green corn & we came home & Roy hitched to my old buggy & took Harriet & Nora & their husbands home with him Jap Green came this Eve from Keota
 Bicycles were a popular mode of transportation at this time.
June 15, 1899 A very fine day & warm Roy brought a load of oats to town & Maude came home with him & he hauled 4 loads of oats to Smith for me 410 bu at 21 ½ & Smith paid me $46,45 Roy was here to dinner & I paid him one dollar for hauling the oats & I have plenty to feed til after harvest Vic is real Sick the Dr thinks he will have Brain fever or typhoid fever Holden finished making Cellar door Screen & Cellar window Screens & we put them in & I paid him 1,50 Dr came twice I paid Aron Palmer $31,10 for window & door Screens
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