Saturday Sept 21st A very fine cool day quite a frost this is our 53rd wedding anniversary how fast time flies & how thankful I am that we are both well & have plenty to live on but oh how we do miss our dear boy Vic I think of him many times evry day I got sweet corn for dinner & mother took Mrs Ruby a mess [of corn] Bert Steninger calld to rent my Shiller House & Frank Adams & wife calld but mother had gone down town & they didn’t stay long but [mother] came home soon after they left.
Tues 22 Cooler a very pleasant morning NW wind I carried some chairs from the Baptist church for our use Mr Shiller called to pay his respects & offered us his auto for the day C C Gardner took the pallbearers in his 7 seater & would take no pay at 10 AM Rev A M Smith preached a very good sermon at our home & the house & porch well filled & some on the yard several came here to dinner Mrs Lindsey & Ura Taylor came & worked till 2 pm & I pd them each one dollar Ollie & Herve & Verl went away after dinner & I went down town & Settled with Editor Coffey for 100 obituaries & settled with Bidwell a wreath check $5,00 & now Holden is laid to rest & he has had a life of trouble & misery May his soul rest in peace
Isaac and Margaret celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in grand style on September 21, 1915. Ten of their children attended. Isaac’s oldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, who lived in Minneapolis, did not attend, but Harvey’s daughter, Estermae (Jean) Carr traveled to Wellman, Iowa for the celebration – probably with her uncle, David Arthur Carr, who also lived in Minneapolis at the time.
Jean wrote about her visit to Wellman in a letter to me, saying “I had no contact with the Carrs while growing up – until their golden wedding. I was 21 at the time – went to it without an invitation and was treated royally. Many of them kept in touch with me after that.” It is because of Jean that I have the original photos taken that day.
Isaac’s account of this special occasion follows.
Tuesday, September 21, 1915 Our 50th Wedding Anniversary & a most beautiful day our children all at home except for Harvey we past a most pleasant day our good children presented us with a most beautiful mahogany Hall clock 8 day with chimes for every quarter hour Willard [DeYoe] fixt it in complete running order & it is a fine ornament for any home & every time it strikes the hour it brings the memory of our beloved children Leslie came early this morning from Dr. Gardners & he & Lavanda staid all day Our photographer came at 11,40 & took Negatives of the whole group in 4 different settings
Then all but Mother & I were called in the parlor & lastly mother & I were escorted in & Willard made a touching & interesting address & presented us with the clock I responded as best I could my feelings touched as never before Several boquets of greenhouse roses Mr. & Mrs. Shiller sent us a small gold enamel clock Mrs. McFarlane sent me a very nice Innitial tie holder & mother a nice gold nut spoon & sent a letter expressing her friendship & regards Mell [Melvin] Squires [Margaret Taylor Carr’s first cousin, once removed] sent fine roses & a letter with all good wishes Ezra Bradford sent me a nice gold GAR pin Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Gardner a nice letter Expressing their regards & friendship Ellen & John [Brewer] & Add [Addison Taylor] a nice table cloth we all went to the photographers this pm & sat for pictures & mother & I for one by ourselves we gave Esther Carr $6 to buy a ticket home to St. Paul & she went at 4-45 Mary went to the train with her we all had ice cream & cake this eve
Mon Jan 1st New years & real cold clear & quiet Leslie helped wash while I got Warren Palmer over & helped me build a fire in Shillers base burner the fire went Entirely out last night & all her plants are froze Shillers are away since Sat Eve & I have charge Warren got a sak of charcoal & I got kindling & we soon had a fire Rev Boatman Came this Eve & I went with him to church & after church we held quarterly conference when we got home we had some apples & to bed at 10,30 a cold night I went to the church to funeral of Girty Downing Jones I have enjoyed Excellent good health all of the past year for which I am very thankful I raised only about 15 or 20 bu of Small potatos a very poor crop of corn on my truck patch but fine pole beans & lots of Sweet corn & lots of Sweet punkins & fed them to the cows & have 72 large squashes in the cellar I buy apples as we need them 50 to 75c bu I have $9000,00 on time deposit 21,160,00 notes My 4 rent houses bring me 52,50 a mon[th] I get $20 mon[th] pension 130,00 bank div per year I have 5 fine shoats 1 big fat hog 2 horses 2 cows Vic went moonlight hunting got 4 rabbits
Sunday Dec 31st & last of 1911 The year goes out like a lion much colder high NW wind the boys & I Shoveled much Snow off the walks I gave Geo Stewart a check date 30th for $15 & he went away he wanted more he wanted me to Pay a drayman for bringing his little engine from Frank Hamiltons but I persuaded him that $15 was pretty good pay for what he done I went to church had communion Service & used the individual service for the first time in our church Mother didn’t go to church She is not feeling well & this is a disagreeable cold day Emma tried to help me fix a fire at Shillers it looks weak to night
Sunday January 1st 1911 Rain Some morning & Evening New years day finds us all in our usual good health Except I am takeing Some kind of sore Eyes it is going the rounds & is called Pink Eye Ralph has it Leslie went with me to church & I gave him one $ for New years gift we made a New years dinner Mr & Mrs Shiller Ralph & Isabel Nellie & Warren Ezra Bradford Roy Arden & Lilian & Leslie all here for dinner & we had a fine dinner Mother made Some of her best Buns & Evrything Else in proportion & all seemed to Enjoy it Leslie took T P McReynolds a good dinner he is about the same Some times a little better we have had the best of health the past year I weigh 145 that is more then for Several yrs I raised 70 bu of rather small potatos a light crop of corn but 20 Shox fine fodder in the barn plenty pole beans plenty Sweet corn few punkins all in all I am satisfied with my truck patch from my farm I had my barn full of good hay & Sold $85 worth I got $10 for Stalk pasture I Sold 300 bu corn for $120 & I put in crib about 1050 bu of good corn I have pd to date for Leslies Schooling this term $250 I have in bank on demand time certificates 8 or 9 thousand dollars Notes Mortgages &c $16800,00 bank Stock par value $1550,00 actual value $2950,00 I have 5 good houses I have 128 acres of Iowa land 2 cows 2 horses wagon Spring wagon one buggy plenty wood ready to burn to last a year very much to be thankful for
Isaac did not add any entries for July 20th or 21st.
Saturday July 20. A very rainey day. Rained nearly all the forenoon. I worked for Shiller & S. Played with the band. Isobelle went to Riverside [to] day. I and Vic got dinner down town but ate supper at home. Bought corn .10 breakfast food .25 to day.