Sun 21 Cool cloudy & misty Our 54 Anniversary we arose late at 8 & it rained most of last nite tho not hard we went to church am & took umbrella for all the time it lookd dark & threatning I got a book from My dear Boy Vic’s room this morning a history of the burning of Iroquois theatre Dec 30, 1903 in Chicago 3 girls came to borrow ancient clothes to tog up for hard time party  this has been a gloomey lonesome day Mother called at Florilla Longwells I gave Crosset boys a string to fix their home made auto
Friday August 8, 1919 Mostly cloudy I dug 2 bu potatos & finishd the south patch I got mail at Noon letter from Isabel she is real well I gave Enos Miller a chk for 3,50 for My Dear boy Vic we wrote to Leslie in Clermont I was down town awhile Pm & we sat on the porch After watering the flowers Mother pulled some beans in the barnyard & we are drying them on the walk
Sat 26 Another warm da South hot wind we arose late Mrs McConel called to buy ½ bu potatoes I dug & took them to her at 2,50 per bu to apply on our milk bill I borrowed Aggsons razor oil stone & Sharpd my razor & Shaved I got mail Noon & 10c salt card from Harriet & Corydon also 2 Dunns from Dr Braden for 3,50 for seeing my Dear Boy Vic after he shot himself 18 Mar 1918 I will refer this acct to my Dr boy Leslie & pay it if he says I ought Mrs Aggson brot us apple pie & her & Mother went down town to trade PM & a boy brot a package from K Bakers store Rupes came over & we sat on the porch & visited til 10 oclock
Fri 30 Decoration day a fine warm da 90 at the well house 3 PM I was very poorly all last nite my head hurt was a little sick & had Slight Diarhea I got up late ate no breakfst took a light dose of Salts near Eleven I went & got Shaved at Hulls I had no money the Bank is closed & I got trusted I got mail a Birth da card from Sylvia I ate a lite dinner & mother heard Roy has Sold his 280 acre in Wayne Co no particulars I heard fife & drum while down town but it failed to awaken in me the usual life & patriotic feeling Mother got Mr Rupe to take her Early to the Taylor Cemetery & She put the Elk flowers on Dear Vic,s grave PM mother went to M E Church to Decoration day exercise I am home alone & poorly the first time I have taken no part in decoration day exercises WRC ladies called early for me to go & help them decorate with flags & flower the graves at Wassonville I couldn’t go Dr & Mrs Gardner called a little while this Eve but were hurried off as it thundered & sprinkled & the Dr had a newly painted car
Thursday May 29 1919 A very fine dry day we wrote to Leslie & I maild the letter when I got mail at Noon 3 Birth day cards from Dr Gardners letter from a Mrs Cooper Grinell wanting Willard & Harriets address I sent it I phoned Marble man Sloan at S English about Vics stone & I got 3 boxs extra fine Strawberries 35 [cents] box PM Agson took us to Taylor Cemetery & I mowed grass & weeds off the graves & mother put flowers on & we went to Wellman Cemetery awhile & this eve Lindsey brot a large box of flowers from Elks for Dear Boy Vics grave & Lindsay Staid quite a while Harriet sent me a fine Birth day greeting in a frame
Thurs 10 Arose Early in Muscatine Paid our bill $2,00 at the hotel & soon took the train for Wellman a dull cool cloudy day we arrived nearly on time at 10-30 & Dr Gardner was at the train & asked us to their home for dinner & of course we gladly accepted we had eaten no breakfast & Mrs Gardners dinner was exceptionally good & we appreciated the kindness first we came home & started 3 fires found things all as we left them near 6 mos ago only mice had got in & made some havoc but Lavanda had got some traps & had caught the most of them with Mr & Mrs Rupe to help Mr Rupe also invited us to dinner & we were sorry we couldn’t accept both invitations after visiting with Gardners & reading a letter from Leslie in Desmoines we came home & oh how we missed our dear boy Vic he allways met us at the train but he is gone never to return we will allways cherish his memory I bot bread meat tea coffee flour & Frank Arthur had put our plumbing in shape & we are glad to be at home once more
Saturday Sept 21st A very fine cool day quite a frost this is our 53rd wedding anniversary how fast time flies & how thankful I am that we are both well & have plenty to live on but oh how we do miss our dear boy Vic I think of him many times evry day I got sweet corn for dinner & mother took Mrs Ruby a mess [of corn] Bert Steninger calld to rent my Shiller House & Frank Adams & wife calld but mother had gone down town & they didn’t stay long but [mother] came home soon after they left.
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