Sat 18 Awoke in Ioa city feeling midling fair washd & slickd up paid $3 for our room went to a restaurant & got a good breakfast I took pancakes & strawberries pd both 70c we walked to RJ depot met Barker Brown & he kindly carried both satchels to the depot & I bot 2 tickets to Wellman pd 1,20 but the agt wanted 1,26 sent a card to Leslie we came slow a most beautiful warm pleasant morning & the sun shone nice we arrived in Wellman near eleven am I bot meat 25c 3 boxes strawberries 75c buns 10c Mrs Rupe sent us pie cake cream & cornbread we had a fine dinner & enjoyed it & our home so nice & pleasant & our garden looks extra fine but our dear boy Vic failed for the first time in many years to meet us at the depot & mostly with the auto we will forget his faults & remember his many acts of Kindness I Pd Croset boy 1,50 for taking Cow Eve we set tomato plants
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
Friday July 19. A nice day. But rained early this morning. Pulled weeds for the pigs. Went down town early this morning and got meat to boil to make noodels .15c also got 1 doz egg .12 Pulled weeds on the hill this evening.
[Isaac – July 19] Sunny most delightful day aftr good breakfast Started at 7-30 for trip had a fine drive Saw several deer & 2 Spoted fawns & took dinner at Swan lake Camp I wrote to bro [brother] Sam & to Isabel & mailed them at Gardner where we got mail from Vic Isabel & Nora got Supper at Gardner then took Cars to Livingston & put up at Hotel at 10 PM
 At this point in time, Isaac didn’t know that his brother had died back in February. Isaac planned to see Sam when they arrived in Oregon.
July 18. Looks like rain this morning but don’t think it will rain. Pulled weeds for pigs and hoed some. Bell went down to Jesse Gardners to day. Bought meat .15 and pineapple .25 to day. Finished reading my second book on Lincoln’s life. I think they are fine and will start the third book to day. Got two cards from the folks to day. Also got the letter from Aunt Emma Carr saying Uncle Sam died the 6th of Feb.
[Isaac] July 18 a fine Sunny dry day arose both feeling well after a good breakfast Started for grand Kanas Camp arrived AM & teams took us on farther to see the grand sights we Enjoyed it to camp for dinner PM we gave our driver 50c Each & he guides us to most magnificent scenery to very bottom of big falls by uncle toms Cabin at camp 4 bears enlivened the Eve & 2 deer came good fire in tent fire out side & [in] camp
 Samuel Carr (1838-1907), Isaac Newton Carr’s, younger brother. Samuel and his second wife, Emmeline Cowan Carr lived in Douglas County, Oregon.
Another year has come and gone. Here is Isaac’s year-end report for 1896.
Friday January 1st 1897 An extra fine warm pleasant day & no frost in the ground Roy plowed all day over west & killed a large blue racer snake & it was quite lively & showed fight Harve done the chores & split & piled some wood Mag is getting slowly better & came down stairs to dinner PM I went to Wellman & got a harness fixed Converse Bradford paid me $75,00 intrest money & I Deposited $50,00 in the bank & paid W F Reed $6,55 renewal to the Advance [Wellman Advance newspaper] for myself & Harvey brothers Same & Delos & also the Cincinnatti Enquirer & weekly Interocean I got a Key for my Hall lock at Palmers 5c My horses broke a nek yoke Strap & I got a new one I went to Amanda’s & She came home with me we got home at dusk & found Mag feeling midling well the roads dried fast & are getting good in places
The past year has been probably the best corn year that we ever had in this neighborhood I had 28 acres & it averaged 60 bu to the acre Roy had most of the Hughbanks place in corn equally as good & I have the barn Crib full & the crib out north full & a new crib west of the barn 80 ft long 11 ft high & 9 ft wide full all of this nice Sound big eared white corn & I have some in rail pen & will probably buy enough to feed & not use any out of my cribs tis selling at 12 & 15c a bu & dull sale at that Either the local or Shipping demand is slow oats was a very poor crop we had better left them in the field & not touched them I have 600 bu of nice old oats & got 150 bu of poor rent oats Roy raised 345 bu of nice full wheat on my place I got 2/5 138 bu a little musty but sound & will make good pig slop apples were an Excellent crop both in quantity & quality we geathered at least 200 bu & left a big pile of windfalls out in the orchard to freeze & for the chickens I buried about 12 or 15 bu to freeze plenty of Squashes turnips punkins &c a fair crop of raspberries & blk berries no plums our health has been good except the Sick Spell Mag is having now Many are Complaining loudly of hard times I have no reason to complain prices of all farm produce never was so low Collections are slow & men don’t want to pay their intrest I have 5 Shares of Stock in the Wellman Savings bank all paid up worth $1135 & 3 Shares of Stock in the farmers savings bank of Keota worth $335 I am not making any money am just trying to keep even & am thinking very hard about leaving my farm but don’t know what to do with the farm however I feel that I must leave it some way before long my farming days are about over good bye 1896
Thursday Oct 6 A very fine full day & dry Mag & I went to Amandas visiting had a good visit took her 2 cans apricots & pictures Delos sent & a pair of kid gloves Sam sent Ez & I went to the other place & saw the steers they look well
All rights reserved. The journal entries contained in this blog are part of the I. N. Carr Papers, Ms132, Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa, 52240-1806, (319) 335-3916. They may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Please see the “Conditions for Reproduction” on the copyright page for guidance before using the material contained on this site. Information in these posts is taken from Isaac's journals and speeches written between 1861 and 1923. If you had ancestors who lived in Washington County, Iowa, they might be mentioned in Isaac's diary. Try searching for them in the search box, below. Use spelling variations in your search as names were often spelled differently.