Friday July 25, 1919 hot & dry Now at 4 Pm tis 98 at the well house we arose a little early & I called Ora Turnipseed & he will help me with his truck & I engaged Aggson & we went to my pasture in his auto & got a load of dirt on the truck & went to the Taylor Cemetery & fixt the 7 or 8 graves by leveling with 2 loads of good fine soil I pd Ora $2 & he left about 9 am Aggson & I leveled & fixt the graves in good Shape but left the load of manure til it rains & we can level the dirt some more Geo Sigler came to the cemetery & we straightened the monuments to Joe Newlands & Chas Wilsons graves Aggson & wife both took dinner here She helpd Mother this am I pd her 1,00 & him 1,50 by giving him a chk for $2,50 I got mail after dinner it was late I got 35c pork for dinner recd a card from Mrs Shille r after supper at 7-30 we went with C C Gardners to John Flemings Mrs Rupe & Florilla Longwell also went we had a nice Social Eve & calld at Dr Gardners in Lex home at 10 a very warm Eve I took John Carter basket gren Husks cobs
Fri 21 A fine morn we arose after 7 mother is not feeling well I went to telegraf office & got a message from Nora She starts today & will get to Los Angeles Sat at 9-20 I got my laundry sent more pd 43c got a collar 25c at noon Warren came with message from Harriet She will come Message from Lavanda to ask if she [should] prepare for the funeral in Wellman we took dinner at Advent Mother 36c me 31c I saw Ady of 11 Iowa [infantry unit] & we had a talk on the pier we took dinner at the Advent 66c for 2 recd a letter from Nora & 1 from Mrs. Shiller Mr. Palmer & Warren Came PM & we went North 2 or 3 miles to SunnySide Cemetery & Warren bot a small lot 2 graves & pd $108,00 a beautiful & well kept cemetery I bargained for a tombstone for Dear Nellie & when properly inscribed & set I am to give my check for $165,00 we called at the undertaking parlors & saw our Dear Nellie girl & she looked so nice Mr P brot us back to the hotel our room is cold a chilly eve we took supper at Delmar Cafe 30c for 2 & sat in the parlor & got warm & came to our room 7-30 & found it warm
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
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