Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mostly Cloudy cool & pleasant Uri Taylor came early & workd for mother 5 hours & I pd her one dollar I pd electric stove bill for July 2,90 I mowed the lawn south of the house I got mail at noon & got bacon & steak 45c Tea 30c sugar 19c war news still favorable to our side Electricity failed just at noon so we didn’t get our meat cooked in the eve I went for the mail got none I expected a letter from Leslie Dr McIntosh our Mayor invited mother & I to ride in their fine new car we went to Washington (Sat eve) I got some ice cream lemonade musk mellon &c 75c we had a fine ride Sam, Jessy Ashby & I heard that Fletcher Graham is dead home near 11 fine ride
Thurs Aug 1st A fine pleasant day partly cldy I got our laundry from Carrie A & pd her 1,25 I hired E C Goodwin to take Nellie & kid & W & Harriet to Washington this morning & they will go to Olathe, Kansas Harriets home this eve I got Crackers Oranges for some lunch & gave Nellie $65,00 & Harriet $25,00 Nellie looks bad & is weak we are uneasy about her I got 2 suits underwear & cuff at K Bakers chk 3,00 I dug & put in the cellar 2 bu potatos Mother & I are alone again the first since last spring Mrs. Ruby called this eve our army in France & the Huns are about at a standstill after 2 weeks fighting many reported Killed but nothing decisive we fumigated & disinfected the N [north] room up stairs where Nellie has slept the last 6 wks with formaldehyde starch for 7 hours Dr Wells advised this as did Leslie for fear of Tuberculosis germs
Tues 30 A very fine comfortable da I dug & put in the cellar 2 bu potatos & mowed some lawn I got a doz ears sweet corn for dinner Willard came this morning from Keota & got Harriet & they went back to Keota to stay til eve we recd a card from Leslie has got as far as Chicago drayman Liebe came & got Isabels trunk & box & took to the depot I am to pay him 25c Lavanda & Ellen called this eve & it is quite cool it was 56 this morning at the well house Ash read our light meter but not the stove war news continue to favor the allies
Isaac writes a short statement about how the war in France is going.
Fri 7 A fine temperate clear dry da Our Strawberries are doing fine Isabel & Marjorie were all day at Amos Hulls we wrote to Leslie so did Sylvia & Leila I hoed my late sweet corn & some in the barn garden but tis mostly too wet to hoe mail was 2 or 3 hours late here at 1-15 PM & Eve [evening] came at 9 our Soldiers in France are holding the germans level about now & I am very glad to know it we went up to Ezras this eve & visited with him saw his well cultivated garden & Leila played his Victrola & we enjoyed the eve til 10 oclock & found Isabel & Marjorie home in bed I finished piling manure
Random notes written by Isaac Newton Carr inside the cover of his 1915 journal follow.
- he has lived a busy life the life of the avr [average?] midwest farmer he & his good wife have brot up ther children as they Should & now they live in this community a blesing to their parents (It is thought that Isaac was writing about he and his wife as he pondered their 50th wedding anniversary approaching later in the month.)
- I have heard it estimated that not more than 1 married couple in a 1000 reaches the 50th milestone known as the golden wedding.
- on returning from war first got married & showed best of judgmt in choosing life companion she is ever reddy to help folks and comrades
- 50 yrs 1/2 century of wedded life
- It is 149 miles by rr from Wellman to Clermont (Isaac’s son, Dr. Leslie Carr, lives in Clermont)
- Pray for peace in Europe