Tag Archives: Sylvia Edna Carr

September 26, 1895

Thursday Sept 26  An Extra fine pleasant day  Sylvias Wedding day  Oscar Smith came Early & took the broken Casting off my wind mill  Mr. Sherman Came with him 20 guests were here to dinner  the Marriage took place at noon on the front porch by Rev. Allie Schwimley Nora’s man  Several Nira boys headed by D & F Snider serenaded & Came in to Supper & left firing guns & feeling good  the hands got a load of Chairs from my Nira Hall  I gave Sylvia $100 in gold & Mr. Green gave Jap $25  Many presents of silverware knives forks spoons baskets &c table cloths napkins


September 15, 1895

Sunday Sept 15  A nice warm day too warm  Harve went to Roys visiting & after dinner Mag & I went to Mr. Greens [William Green] & gave him & family an invitation to his son’s & Sylvias wedding  he seemed well pleased  we only Stayed a few minutes as it looked very much like rain & we drove fast home & it only Sprinkled us a little  came by Roys & got the buggy seat  we left there  Allie & Nora Stayed at Roys & now at 15 minutes to Seven tis raining hard & Steady & tis a very welcome rain  the little boys [probably Victor Carris Carr, age 10 and Leslie Lewis Carr, age 6] & I went from Roys to the other place to see the steers  found them doing fine  plenty of grass water & Salt

August 29, 1895

Thursday Aug 29  rained a little last night & is misty drizzly & damp & foggy this morning  a poor prospect for thrashing  So after breakfast the thrashers went home & the 2 hands to trimming hedge on the north  Mag & Sylvia took Harriet to Keota to go to Washington [county seat of Washington County, Iowa] to take her teachers Examination over  She failed before in both grammar & Arithmetic  2 Most important Studdies that comes of not having her mind on her Studdies  She is too much taken up with beaus & foolishness  it cleared off most beautiful about 9 AM & after dinner we went to other place & finished thrashing there  had 1467 ½ of nice oats  we moved the machine up to the Stax in the E pasture  got Stuck with the Engine in the Slough ditch down East but hitched on a Span of horses & pulled out & got in to Supper at 8-30 feeling good  I paid Ed Romine & Geo Foster off  Each $1 for helping thrash at other place  Mag took 41# butter to B&S at 15c

May 25, 1895

Saturday May 25  Nice & dry Cooler in the Evening & wind NW  we had a Small Shower at noon & turned off dryer through Eve  we need rain bad  I replanted Corn  finished the piece north east of the orchard & replanted the East half of the piece north of the hog house & will let the west half stand  Roy came & plowed corn for me after the planter & Harve also plowed & they plowed the corn East of the orchard  Sylvia & Martin Brewer went to Keota & brought Harriet  She is now through school & ready for a Certificate to teach  Harve has worked 295 days & drew 121,80  I went over East this Eve & looked at the breaking corn tis up fine but cut worms are destroying it very fast  my sod ground planted 16th of May is just coming up & cut worms cutting it  the Cattle in the East pasture are out of water & I turned them in the Creek pasture  Vic & I

May 24, 1895

Friday May 24th 1895  A very nice dry day  I planted corn til noon  finished the little NW piece & Commenced on the piece north of the orchard just before dinner  Roy came & will run the planter for me to day   PM Mag, Bell, Ollie Scranton & I went to Keota to the High School Commencement  Harriet will graduate  Roy will bring Martin [Brewer] & Sylvia this Eve  we went to Mrs. Sanders for Supper  I put team in Coffmans stable  we passed a pleasant Evening & all the graduates did well & parents had good reason to be proud of their Children  we got home at Midnight  left Harriet there to get her graduating class picture taken  a nice pleasant Evening  I got Harve boots $5 & paid him $5

March 13, 1895

Wednesday Mar 13  real cold & high NW wind  I have a bad cold & headache & feel poorly  I done no work excep chore night & morning & feed the west hay barn rack  I set in the house & read  the assessor called & listed my property & took census [1]  Billy Stapleton [Martin William Stapleton] Called Eve & took Sylvia to Nira to lecture  13 deg above zero this Eve  Harve hauled in 8 Shox fodder & a bed full of ear corn

[1]  Iowa took territorial and state censuses periodically beginning in 1836.  Starting in 1885, state censuses were taken every ten years through 1925.

December 25, 1894

Tuesday Dec 25th  Christmas & a nice day  we arose Early & Sylvia found a nice large ornamental lamp   after chores I went to Wellman & brought Holden & Laura & Roy & Cora came  we baked a nice turkey & had a nice Social time  ground not froze could plow right along  Holden & Laura came to Stay a week  I got Mag tissue paper 42c & I got Elixor Lactopeptine 30c  Harve went home  rode Jim  I am using my new pen holder & inkstand for the first this evening

May 25, 1894

Friday May 25  A nice drying day & warm  I loaded 11 sax of rye corn & oats 3 each & 2 sax of corn for chicken & went to Wm Devkers [probably Decker] to mill  got it ground & paid 1,10 for grinding  it rained very little over there  the boys hauled dirt & filled up at the red gate west of house  I got home by 10 am & unloaded  we had Early dinner & the boys went to the other place to plow corn  Sylvia Came from her School a little Early & Mag & her & I went to Keota for Harriet & to attend Commencement Exercises of the high school  too 33# butter to B & Sanders at 18 a lb  I paid Mrs. Sanders the balance of Harriets board bill $5  the Exercises were good & we passed a pleasant Evening & got home & team put out at 1 in the morning

May 23, 1894

Wednesday May 23rd 1894  Cool & partly cloudy  I took Sylvia & the children to School & went to the other place to see the steers  found them all right  I went to Vic Carris & on to Nira & got the mail  home by noon  the boys hauled some dirt in the morning & before noon Commenced to plow the corn over East & they both plowed all the pm  PM I helped Mag wash the buggy & mowed the yard & then put in the bal of the pm looking for Rose cow  found her towards night & brought her in with a very nice bull calf  I heard to day that Mr Gregory of Keota is dead  he has failed for some time  he was a nice pleasant man & will be much missed

March 17, 1894

The recent house fire was on Isaac’s mind and so he made sure he had enough insurance coverage.

Saturday Mar 17  A very fine warm growing day  South wind & light  we fixed up for harrowing & the boys run both 3 horse harrows & finished harrowing the oats & Elmer put some straw in ditch  V W Carris & wife came & we went with them to Roys & Vic insured him in Farmers Mutual $500 – 400 on house 50 on contents & 50 on granary  he also insured Si Miller & came back here for dinner  I took some tornado insurance 1000 on house 1000 on Stock barn 100 on hen & buggy house & 100 on tool house  I also took insurance against fire & lightning on tool house 100 buggy & hen house  hay barn & 500 on Stock  I had insured before & he took up the old policy & put all in one policy  I am to pay for Roys insurance 1,50 & settle my own & all when Carris & I settle  V Carris also adjusted my loss by fire last Saturday & sent in proof of loss to Secy Goodspeed & Claim for 7,50  PM late I went to Wellman & got 4 bu of nice timothy seed of Palmer &c [etc.] 1,60 per bu  home in time to chore & we all went to Nira to see the play in the hall called The Danger Signal by the Nira literary  Sylvia played the part of Stella & did extra well  in fact the whole 11 characters done first rate  Billy Stapleton as Enfield was a big Success  this was a most delightful warm moonlight night  grass is starting fine & anything would grow [in] this weather  left the Colts in the East pasture to night  Elmer Leighton stayed at home alone  Harve has worked 252 days & drew 88,75  Elmer 4 days  I recd a letter from Dr. J. D. Miles assist Surg [assistant surgeon] 11th Iowa inftry Schuyler Neb [Nebraska]