We went to late mass at Red Bud. Henry & Leona & Floyd stopped in on there way to Belleville & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Rosalia & Bertille went along in with them, lot of Hecker & Paderborn people there today; buying Christmas toys such like. We killed a mouse in the wood box this eve. Adam Eckert’s birthday is today. It is awful cold out tonite.
It is freezing, cold. We started the furnace fire again this morning, didn’t have none all week because it was so nice & warm. Fr. Grootens was taken to the hospital last Friday, suffering from a nervous break down. Frank was also sick, he stays up at Belleville with the Becthloffts, the house isn’t finished yet.
It rained a little last night, warm again today. We are baking bread. Rosalia & Bertille went out to Uncle Fred’s this morning had dinner there, made 2 blouse shirts for the boys for Christmas. It got cloudy & black out in the northwest & thunder & lighten, wind, hail rain this evening, & turned cold.
We washed, ironed; nice day warm. Mrs. Louis Armstutz is on the sick list. The egg man got 7 doz. eggs 33¢. Papa went out on a business trip looking for corn this afternoon.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary was here a little while this morning, they had a different priest here in Hecker, this morn. Fr. Grooten’s is sick, they say. Mr. Ralph Ettling was here this afternoon & paid of $175.00 part interest $25.50 still due. He told us they had the Sheriff out to Wuertz’s to get there dog, they had pined up in the house, sheriff got there dog for them, he went in the house & got it, at night time. The Wuertz’s boy’s jumped on Buddy & the old lady ordered them of the place, Henkel & Buddy, so they left & got the sheriff, to get them dog. Louis Armstutz was here awhile. We went out to Cleveland’s this evening played 6 hand pinochle, Mr. Cleveland & Rosalia & Bertille partners & the other 3 partners, played 4 games, wine & cake, popcorn where served. That solo set out there where at Papenberg’s last night they said.
We went out to Henry’s butchering today, 1 big hog, we had lunch & dinner, Emil & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary helped too. Today is Gus Geodell’s birthday he is 51 yrs. old.
Papa got his hair cut & shave this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up & went along with us to Belleville. It is in the Waterloo paper that Cornealia Petri 24 & Marcus Mentel 21 son of Henry Mentel where married on Thanksgiving Day & also John Heiken Jr. married Arline Meyer on the same day. The license of Frank Geschwender 23 & Mildred Becthloftt 20. Roy Stauenfbiel’s have a little baby boy since Nov. 30 they have 4 girls & 1 boy.
It is so nice an warm all week already, cool nights. We shelled corn this morn. George Wagner’s is butchering today, got it hog from Chas. Wagner’s. Steve & Kammler’s boy’s butchering. Henry brought a load of corn this afternoon. We went out to Uncle Fred’s this evening, but they where down at Oscar Birkner’s butchering, they came home then.
Mr. Loresch from Red Bud was here & wanted to sell us some marble flower pots to put on the front porch, for $1.75 a piece, we didn’t take the. Papa & Neff’s went out wood sawing again, guess they will finished this afternoon. Herzog a fruit tree agent from Belleville wanted to sell us Dintelman’s tree’s, but we have plenty. Joe Wacthel is butchering today. Frank Geschwinder & his bride came home yesterday from there honey moon trip. The Eichenseer kids where around trying to sell Christmas seals stamps. Mr. Stadleman was around selling apples $1.50 bu. we didn’t take any. He sold a good many bus. here in town.
Uncle Adam & Emil butchered today Papa & Henry & L. Gregson’s helped. Rosalia & Bertille went out & stayed at Henry’s, helped Leona sew shirts for the boys. had dinner & lunch there. Papa had lunch & dinner at Uncle Adams they finished butchering about 3 o clock, he came home with Levi Gregson’s. A dealer in Westhinhouse [sic- Westinghouse] Automatic electricity from Belleville was here advertising he had a small plant in his car he started it up & showed how it works, for electric lights irons etc. Rosalia Bertille went up to Mamie’s this eve. to see her quilt, cookies & orangeade where had. Lawrence Cortner was here to buy some pigs, he had been here this afternoon but nobody home, so he came back this eve. but he didn’t buy them yet.