Sun 5 A very fine cool day we arose late I slept only fair & ate a good breakfst of pancakes & my cold is No worse Isabel has a bad cold & cant talk loud I drest in my Sunday best only Marjore & Ralph went to church I ate a hearty dinner & am feeling much better & Now at 1-30 pm the thermometer stands at 59 & the sun shies warm & is a still beautiful day & we had a good dinner Beef loaf good fruit salad & whipt cream about 2 Roys [family] came & Max & Ottos [Otto Klockenteger’s family] & Warren & Nellies 2 children Lamont & Margaret & we had a realy good visit Especially the young folks
Sunday Christmas Dec 25 1921 at Sylvias in Grand Junction Colorado & moderate [temperature] we all arose late & found Santa Claus had been here & was very liberal Sylvia & family were so well remembered I cant near enumerate them I recd 2 Nice shirts from Leslie & Sylvia fine worster sox from Isabel Book Border Legion  [from] Leila & Ray & a picture of Leila & a picture of Lois also a very fine box of fruit & Nuts from Nora & Allie Nice pkgs of Stationery from Maude & Otto Mother was also well rememberd by all our children Except Roy we have not heard from him as yet the Christmas cheer took our time So we had a late breakfst I gave Mother 5,00 Sylvia 10,00 Leila Ray & Lois each 1,00 I gave a total of Christmas money $69,00 we all but Jap went to Church & heard rather poor Christmas Sermon Ray took us in the Auto Next came our Christmas dinner with the 20 lb turkey as the largest if not the chief attraction Sylvia & the girls had prepared a wonderful Christmas dinner 2 kinds of pie 2 kinds of cake Cranberries & many other fruits with much candy & Nuts towards eve Jap took us all a ride out NW on a New Smooth cement road then over the Colorado river on a fine long steel bridge we were home at dusk & supper servd at 7 I didn’t eat supper thinking I would be better with out
 Grey, Zane, The Border Legion, Grosset & Dunlap, 1916
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
To be continued in the next post.
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