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.
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
Sun 4 A very warm day 100 deg in the well house Mother & I went to the Baptist Church Many present no preaching at M E Church 3 were baptized by immersion & a good sermon by Rev Dewy Mother & I took little comfort we set around PM & talked about our dear boy Vic & about making over my will not pleasant contemplations & the heat was oppressive even at dark as we sat on the east porch we took little comfort Mr & Mrs Rupe called awhile at sun down
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
Friday June 14th 1918 A fine warm day mostly clear I made a good picket fence in the alley where the barn stood at Zimmermans Esther Carr went away on the train at noon we 6 of us wrote to Leslie in Clermont Joe Albion called & got the gas drum Shultz from Washington with a Lawyer Wilson called with a note for $275,00 Signed by my dear misguided boy Vic & wanted me to pay it & they threatened me with legal proceedings & they evidently will make me all the trouble they can even when I might become reconciled to the loss of my dear boy something occurs to deepen the gloom in my old age