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