Tues 20 A fine warm sunny day we went in Ollies car to the Taylor Cemetery & I cut grass & weeds & put flowers on all our graves & I thot much of my dear boy Vic we then went to Rach Hulls he is very sick & wil die he is very low got meat for dinner 40c aftr dinner Virl & McGuire girl went to young Seth Carris we all went to Chantaugua this eve & the whole program was simple dull & uninteresting & I was disgusted with the whole thing A manager was present & made a talk & tried to get people to pledge themselves to a Chan [Chantaugua?] for next year Tom OFlaherty tried to get signers to that effect he got 3 I maild letter to Leslie
Sat 13 A very fine comfortable da we went Early Roy Leslie & I went to the Taylor Cemetery & fixt Vic’s grave & leveled all the dirt we then went to the Wellman Cemetery to see how graves were fixt aftr dinner I went down town & got beef 9 1/2c coffee 60c & for dinner I bot 50c ham & 10c weneys I dug a bucket of new potatos old ones all gone I gave Roy $10 to help him home Dave Roy & Leslie went to see Rach Hull & later Effie & Rach called an hour & I rode down town with them & got shaved
Sat 15 A comfortable mostly clear da I mowed some lawn we have pict the last strawberries & how I shall miss them but from earliest to latest I guess I have had my share the girls got the mail at noon & i recd a letter from Mapelthorpe wanting pay that Vic owed at the clothing store poor dear vic he has paid all his debts with his life when will this cease I cut a coupon off 2nd liberty loan & drew 8,75 intrest Sylvia pd me 1,50 for Vic’s picture Leslie sent I went down town PM & got beef to boil 1,05 oleo 2 lbs 68c I got shaved 15c E Bradford called on the porch eve Ralf & Marjorie came to stay over Sunday I suppose I met Rach Hull in the barber shop he is very very poorly & weak not long for this world the eve train came on time the first for a week or more
Mon 25 A very fine warm day I took our clothes to Carrie Ash & went to see Kopoch about working for me Zimmerman calld & I went with him to the Brown House & I went to see Torrey Harvey about painting & found him laying with lame back I settled undertakers bill with Bidwell & son & gave my check for $370,90 I went with Dave to the Bank & paid a note of $125,00 & another for $1500,00 & $50,00 & another for $117,50 I got 40c pork for dinner this eve at 5 the 3 girls & I went with Dave to the depot & he took the train for St. Paul & we will be lonesome with out him Rach Hull & Effie called & borrowed a spade
Monday Aug 21 Wrote second time to Hagerman in Liberal Kas [Kansas] another warm dry day I got a good bit of Sweet corn for dinner & tied 12 bundles fodder & carried to the barn yard I went down town with Marjorie & sent up crackers cheese & lemons, &c & then went to the Taylor Cemetery with undertaker Bidwell to locate a grave for Holden Shortly aftr we got back Ollie & Brother Taylor, Carris Eldridge & John Carris came & soon after Virl & his father came with the body & we set the casket containing all that is left of Brother Holden Carris soon went back to Keota Virl & his father went back to Keota aftr dinner PM Add [Addison Taylor] & I went down town I got 85c ground steak for beef loaf Many came & paid their respects thru the day & Eve Several offered to set up for watch thru the Night but we thanked them & felt as tho we would rather all go to bed & turn out the lights & all be quiet undertaker Bidwell brought the flowers we got a fine wreath a fine bunch of cut flowers also Rach Hulls Vic pitched the 12 bundles of fodder in the barn & I mowed thorns away W A Taylor came & worked this Mon
Isaac and Margaret had travel plans, but canceled them due to Margaret’s brother, Holden, being ill. It is likely that they had planned to attend the National Grand Army of the Republic Encampment in Kansas City, Missouri from August 28th to September 2nd. Being the 50th anniversary, it was probably important to Isaac because he kept the brochure.
Sat 19 warm & dry a hot sun I got the hose from the barn & attached it & helpt Mrs Lindsey scrub the porch I got Sweet corn for dinner & I hoed all over my late sweet corn Roy & Adams here & around all day we recd a letter from Ollie T Carris that Holden her father is laying sick very low liable to leave this world any time we had thot of going away mon [Monday] now we give our trip up for the present I got 4 Ears of Sweet corn for Roy to take home I got loaf bread 10c this Eve & a watermelon 45c Vic brot Isabel & Marjorie from Rachs this Eve
Friday August 18 1916 Warm & dry I hoed & weeded my strawberries I mowed some lawn Isabel went to Rachs to help thrash after dinner I went down town & collected one dollar on cow pasture from Mrs teets & $3,50 from Mrs White I was much surprised to find Roy down town he came from Wayne Co with a friend Adams in a ford car & we are having a good visit Vic & I drove out to see Burrel Foster he is Slow about mowing the weeds around my farm he promised to mow them right away
Sat 28 An Extra fine day & roads never better I chopt & Sawd a good lot of wood in the alley & piled Some in the buggy house & while at work Rev Bayless came & paid me $3 on Barn rent & yet owes me $3 up to last of this month I was only down to Oldakers & Romine at 4 PM & got Tea & Syrup Marjorie came from Rach Hulls feeling fine & cured Mrs J Longwell called me by phone & wants a committee of 4 to meet a WRC Committee of 4 at her house tues 31 2 pm to reconsider disbanding of the gar I don’t See how it can be done I told her I would notify Some of the boys & that is all that I can do
Tuesday December 24th 1912 A very fine Sunny day I worked a little at wood in the alley & I went to T D Adams & bot a very fine 20 lb turkey for Christmas I pd $3,00 pm I got Bananas Cheese macaroni candy &c for Christmas I gave Harvey $5 Also Roy & Winnie & grand children one $ Each I gave mother in all $20,00 for Christmas I gave Vic & Leslie Each $5 I Sent Each of my girls $5 & one $ Each to their children I gave Emma one $ Burrel Foster pd me $200,00 on note rent for farm last yr & we fixt up the old lease to do for rent of farm til Mar 1st 1914 Eve we all went to Christmas tree at M E Church where I helpd put up 2 Christmas trees this morning Rach Hull called & took Marjorie home with him
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.