Thursday September 21st 1922 A fine warm Sunny morn we arose aftr 7 Both well & this is the 57th anniversary of our Marriage & we are truly thankful for the many Blessings that have come to us in our long & happy weded life & chief among all our blessing is good health & the big family of good capable children we have raised how often in the long years past I have been proud of my 6 good girls Now only 5 are left C C Gardners asked us to go with them to the Lexington yearly home coming & we are glad to go & had a very Nice ride & arrived at Lex 11-30 & met comrades & old friends I pd for 4 dinner tickets 1,60 & we enjoyed a most excellent dinner in the Basement of the Church & many handsome healthy smiling farmer women waited table & Kindly seen to it that each & all were fully fed after dinner I calld at the Dr Gardiner home close by & wrote a letter to J Z Benson asst adgt genl [Assistant Adjudant General] gar Des moines for 6 identification papers for different gar & wrc an auction was held a Mr McNurlen of Keota sold Squashes mellon apples all good prices & went to the Lex Church home by J Flemings & Called at their fine farm home her Sight is failing & she is growing feeble Gardner & I went to Depot & I telegrapht to J Z Benson Des moines for the papers & I didn’t send the letter I pd 35c for message Mother made 14 qts of grape juice yesterday
Wednesday June 21st 1922 A very fine still day & I am improving I dug our first New potatos they are small a good rain is what they Need I shaved Mrs Lewis Gardner Called I cut with Sickle in the alley I got mail aftr dinner letters from Leslie & Harriet Ellsworth Palmer called PM & got Garag Key his auto in our garage all winter I took 3 books to the library & got 2 this is the second day of the State encampmt in Ioa City of gar & wrc I don’t feel able Nor have much desire to attend
Sun 28 A very fine Sunshine morning & this my 86 Birth day & I am very thankful that everything is as well with me as it is my health is fair considering my age & I have No Complaint we arose at 7 & after breakfst I called up 3 gar & requested them to meet with WRC at the Hall at 10-30 & march to the Baptist Church for the memorial sermon we drest for Sunday at 10-10 Mother & I went to the Hall & met WRC & Near 10-30 [there were] 6 gar & the wrc the Legion & Auxilery girl & boy scouts 1 Spanish war [veteran] we all marchd to the Baptist Church & it was full & Rev Moore made a good talk
Isaac wrote to the Chairman of the Parole Board on behalf of his son, David. This was in response to a suggestion by Isaac’s son, Dr. Leslie Carr, who had recently visited his brother at the Stillwater prison. Leslie thought it might help shorten David’s confinement if Isaac shared David’s family background.
Nov 14, 1921 – C. J. Swendsen, Chairman, Parole Board, St. Paul, Minnesota
I take the liberty to write to you concerning my son D A Carr now confined in Stilwater prison No 6621. My youngest child Dr. Carr from Clermont Ia [Iowa] called on you lately and he wrote me that it might help shorten David’s confinement for me to tell you just about the kind of family we are.
I have allways been a farmer now retired. I am 85 years old last may and my wife 75 we have raised a family of 10 children 2 have died and D A is the only one ever accused of any crime or misdemeanor. I never sued a man and never was sued. We are members of the M E Church W. D. Moore pastor. I have been a church trustee many years. I served near 4 years in the Civil War 2 enlistments. I have 2 honorable discharges. I served the whole time in Co F 11 Ia infty 3rd Brig 4 Divis 17 AC army Tennessee. Was in the Battles of Shiloh Corinth Vicksburg Atlanta and many skirmishes. I marched with Sherman to the sea up thru the Carolinas to Wasn [Washington] DC. took part grandest of all grand reviews May 24, 1865. Mustered out at Louisville and discharged at Davenport last of July 1865.
I have no hospital record always ready for duty slightly wounded twice and a member of Ed Hamlin Post 112 dpt of Iowa GAR. Wife and 3 girls are WRC. I have been commander of the post 20 odd years reelected year after year. I gave D A as good education as our circumstances admitted. He speaks reads and writes german fluently tho there is no german blood in our veins. We are of scotch irish descent. I have 6 sons in law of whom I am proud. None use tobacco or have ever drank intoxicants. 2 are preachers all are church members and Dave tho not a church member has due respect for Christian religion. Uses no tobacco and is strictly prohibition and when he is free I am sure he will be law abiding and a useful man generally. We will be glad to have him come right home and I wil bind myself in any bond that he wil never again deserve a pris [prison?] punishment. You are strictly honest and upright or you wouldn’t hold the office you do. The laws must be upheld when your conscience tells you. Dave has been punished enuf. Kindly use your influence to send him home to his aged parents Brothers & Sisters and may heaven Bless you is our prayer.
I. N. Carr
Note: David would not be released from prison until March 1922.
Sunday May 29 1921 Warm and clear I went to meat shop & got Spare ribs & we drest for Church Mother & I went to the Hall & marchd to M E church with WRC & heard a good Memorial day Sermon by Rev Dewey Rev Adam Schwimley made an impressive prayer home by 12 & thermometer at 90 we heard Ike Young dropt dead yester at his home N of Keota we pict a lot of flowers for our graves tomorrow mostly Roses
Sun 28 Dark Cloudy damp mist we arose late & had biscuits for breakfst Harriet Willard & Paul went to SS [Sunday School] & I washed my feet & put on clean clothes & at 11 we all went to church & Willard preachd a good sermon on Eternity then Dave went with Harriet & W to a short funeral service & mother Roy Paul & I came home we had dinner at 1-30 & at 3-PM Roy & I went with Willard to the GAR Hall to memorial services for GAR & WRC who died the past year & Willard made an address I met many Comrades & WRC
Sat 9 A comfortable Nice day mostly clear I dug 1 ½ bu potatos in the North patch I shaved & took a bath I got mail at Noon letter from Maude I got 25c Bacon Mother went to WRC Pm I read & went down town a while depos Zimmerman Chk for 15,00 owe mor[e] rent for August we shelled some beans in the Eve & while at supper Mrs C C Gardner called & asked us to go in their auto to Kalona to Chautaugua we declined tis quite cool & comfortable this eve
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
Wed 28 & my 83 Birth day a fine warm day & I have failed much in the last year in strength & my eyesight has failed & my back has lately been lame & weak Leslie has prescribed for me & my back is maybe a little better on the whole I have got much to be thankful for & I wont complain many are worse off Mother & I planted 4 rows of shoe peg Mrs Lindsey sweet corn seed soakd 19 hours the ground is getting quite dry I hoed som got mail at noon Birth da card from Sylvia letter from Sec WRC Riverside with 6 certificates of identity for reduced fare on rr to CR [Cedar Rapids] to the dpt Encampmt I signed & sent to Riverside I was down town AM & Pm this is a good corn day Mother went to Missionary meet at the church PM I wrote letter & thankd Dave for Birth da greeting
Tues 27 warm Hazy good growing da I hoed a row of beans & beets & raddishs & got the mail at Noon & 25c liver I recd a Birth day card from Dave & a Shoe set brush & blacking complete for my 83 birth day gift Dave rembers his parents better now than in his younger days & we appreciate his kindness recd letter from John & Ellen asking us to visit them soon John is very feeble also letter from Leslie he is busy as ever & has bot [bought] 106 acres of land at $83,25 an acre good for Leslie I cut some of my brush in the alley Florilla Longwell & Sade T called to get tomato plants Mrs P Ayers called I helped Mother set tomatos and cabage Flora Snider called & borrowed Extension ladder Dalas Zimmerman called with a plant good corn day