January 1st 1908 New years day & a very fine day good Enough for any body & we had a nice new years dinner Maude & Otto & Nellie & Warren here the rest went to Rach Hulls in the Eve I went down town awhile & got Some Salted P nuts 12 papers[?] 43c & later in the Eve a ladies club met here the unity guild & we had a fine time Speeches toasts & stories & light refreshments til the old year went out & the new came in Vic & Some girls Sang good songs I spoke on the unity guild & at 12-30 we all Separated feeling that we had Enjoyed the time
I raised the past yr a good garden plenty of green corn & 16 large Shox field corn plenty of Sweet punkins & Squashes near 90 bu potatos light crop Strawberries few raspberries & few black berries
Mother & I took a long trip longer than I Ever will undertake again we Started July 11 & went to Yellowstone Park & thru the park 6 days then we went to Portland Stopped 3 days then on to Yoncalla Oregon Expecting to visit a week with my Brother Sam imagine my Surprise & Sorrow to learn that he dropt dead in his barn the 6th of last feb we went out to his place & Staid 2 days his wife used us the best kind & gave me a handerchief a deer Skin nicely tanned & a pair of Spect [spectacles] all these once were Sams & I value them very much We are also much indebted to Sams daughter Allice & her husband for kind attentions while there & they went with us 35 miles on our way South the trip failed to agree with me I lay abed 2 days at Wayside Inn in Los angeles California & Came back via Sylvias in Grand Junction & Stopt 3 days Sick most of the time & was very glad to get back to Iowa & home Aug 17 & found all well & I soon got well
Wednesday December 25th Christmas & a nice mostly clear day we all went by invitation to Bells to a fine Extra Christmas turkey dinner Rach Hull Mary Alfred Amos & Effie 5 Mother & I 7 Vic Leslie 9 Maude Otto & Carrol [Klockenteger] 12 Holden Dave & Add 15 & an Extra fine table was set & Bells house was neat as a house could be She had a tree for the kids I gave Arden & Lillian [children of LeRoy & Cora Carr] Each $1 & took my overcoat pockets full of candy
Wed Mar 6 Cold E wind froze & thawed none dark Cloudy Mariam Leighton Allen died this morning Early at Bid Romines She had been Sick a long time [she was the] mother of my friends of boyhood days gone I lived with her folks 2 years when I was 16 to 18 yrs old  I cut & trimmed up a white oak tree on E side truck patch & Enjoyed it I sawed a little wood in the alley Otto Klock [Klockenteger] went with others to New Mexico to look at land Vic milks & does his Chores
 Isaac and his three younger siblings moved to Washington County, Iowa from Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio after they were orphaned. It remains a mystery as to how these young children were able to travel to Iowa. One theory is that their mother, Harriet’s, brother, George Pinkerton, of Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa, arranged for their transportation.
Friday Dec 25 Christmas Stormy blow from S & turned to NW & Colder all day Cora & kids came with Frank Florang Roy is not well we arose about 6-30 & the boys were astir & found many presents Mother Silver teaspoons rocking chair dishes & many things I got hdkfs & ties & hdkf box the girls got Slippers bread box bonbons laces ribbons boxes & fine things & Candy we sent old Comrade Hastings a mince pie & buns & Holdens ½ bu nice apples & 1 bu potatos Bell Maude Ralf & Otto here also Holden & Laura & Frank Florang in the Eve Otto took Vic to Chester to go to Des moines to visit Sylvia a week I gave him $8 & he had $4 they will have a cold trip
Monday Sept 21 A very fine day much like it was 38 yrs ago our 38th wedding Anniversary how fast the time flies & how thankful I am that we are both Spared & in good health we truly have much to be thankful for & little to Complain of we have raised a large & nice family of Children that we are proud of all but one [Isaac could be referring to his son, Ezra, who died in 1879] & we have Saved Enough So we have plenty in our old age & we are both Able to work all that is necissary We arose Early this morning & I made 2 fires & we washed the boys went to School & I dug potatos up at the pasture the boys got up the horses at noon Bell Came PM & Otto brought us Some Sweet apples for preserves in the AM I got the wagon all ready for the boys & went up again PM to dig potatos & the boys came up & we hauled home 32 bu of fine potatos
Sunday Sept 20 An Extra fine warm day the Children went to Sunday School we miss Nellie we went to Church 3 times to ME in the AM and heard the new Rev a Mr. Clapp I liked him very well Maude & Otto here for dinner PM we went to Opera house & heard Rev Evangelist Stout lecture on Temperance a good talk Vic & 3 girls Sang a solo Eve we went to ME Church & heard Rev Clapp & to bed
Friday September 18th 1903 A very fine cool day I drew $5 from the bank bought bananas 1 doz 20c eggs 2 doz 35c Cheese 2# 30c Cakes 25c Celery 5c Watermelon 10c cooked ham 25c Fred Klockentager & wife & Henry Klokenteger & fat wife Came I took Supper & Spent the Evening Maude & Otto also Spent the Evening & we had a good Social visit & a fire in the grate
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