The last day of the old year. A year ago today Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Medlock were married & Leocadia [?] Braun got killed in an accident. Papa went up town this morning to order his license & he went in the store first & they told him that the bank was closed. Ted Eichenseer went down to see Jo. Braun, but he wasn’t at home. When Braun came home, Arthur Barthel went down to the house to see him , & he asked him what it was shut for, & he said “for the Federal Reserve Banks, & to protect the depositors. The sign was first on the door early this morning, last night it wasn’t on yet. The signs say closed until further notice. So I don’t know how long it will be closed. It may not be long. Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary were here this afternoon then went to Belleville. They was to inquire about some beef for us from Streck’s Butcher Shop. After they left, we all went out in the woods. We also stopped in at Henry’s. He has such an awful bad cold. We all got an invitation to come to Hy. Ronederberg’s dance Sat. night. Uncle Fred has to furnish the music. Gene Mechler of Waterloo have a little baby boy since last week.
We all went to Belleville this morning & sold 16 doz. eggs for .35¢, $5.60. Papa went in the woods this afternoon & also stopped in at Henry’s & brought the thread in for her, what we brought along from Belleville. Rosalia is fixing up the doll & stuffed it. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here this evening & then we all went up in the School Hall & there Oh! what a time, it was a dance. Isadore Helfrich went home & got his accordion & then Uncle Fred Roy Staufenbiel furnished music. There were a few outsiders there. Papa bought a cake. Uncle Fred got 2 cakes. The dance was over about 11 o’clock.
We washed this morning & ironed & patched. Papa was over at Ed Meng’s this morning to see if they had a hog rack, but he didn’t have any, so Papa went up to Eichenseer & got one there & then he loaded our hog & went out to Oscar Birkners. This afternoon he went up in the woods. Bertille got the mail this evening. We got a doll sent for 3 coupons of Elgin Butter it is ready to cut out & stuffed & sewed shut & then ready to play with.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for lunch this morning. We & Henry & family went out to Uncle Fred’s & Aunt Mary’s for dinner & supper. We played pinochle and victrola. This evening they came up here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & then we all went to the euchre in the School Hall. For a prize they took a little washtub & Aunt Mary got it back again, she had 8 points. We took a flower vase there, but none of us got anything. Papa & Bertille had six points & Rosalia 2 points. There was quite a crowd there. George Parker’s have a little baby boy since yesterday, they got it christened today. They called it Virgil. Paul & Anna Marie were sponsors. Joe Kaisers have a little boy since last week, Christmas Eve. William Schaefers also have a little boy since last week.
Papa went to the sale 1/2 north of Tiptown Church, it was Mike Elonka sale. Papa didn’t buy anything. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were there too. Harold Wagner was here this afternoon taking orders to sell flower and garden seeds. This evening we went out to Meuth’s. Rose & Josie were out from St. Louis. The rest of the girls weren’t home, they had to work.
This morning we all went to church. The Eichenseer’s kids were all here this morning. Harold, Cyril, Clarence, Lucinda. Them boys all got pocket knifes for Christmas from Santa Claus. Today Bill Freund was here for dinner, he brought Rosalia & Bertille each a scarf for a Christmas present. Rosalia got the mail this morning. I seen in the papers that Al Geodelle of Waterloo have a little girl. Mr. McCarthy teacher of the Hecker Public School had a Christmas Program & also Santa Claus was there, he received many beautiful present, powder, perfume, shaving outfit from the school children, & he presented them each with a bag of candy. School is closed now till Monday, Jan. 5 1931. The author Mr. Harris, of the piece “After the Ball” passed away at the age of 65, I seen in the paper.
Today is Merry Christmas. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up early this morning & we all went to church but Uncle Fred he went up stairs & lay down awhile with the kids. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary was here last night for supper. This morning they were all here for breakfast. Henry & Leona went home & left the kids here. Bobby went along with them home with Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary. We took Floyd along out to Henry’s with us, we were all there for dinner & for supper, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Geodells, family. In the afternoon we played pinochle. Papa & Bertille were partners & won every game against Uncle Fred & Henry. We came home about 4:30 then Bertille went after the mail, but no mail there. Mamie Eichenseer called up this evening & wanted to know if we would be at home, so then she came down this [way], we played pinochle, Papa & Bertille & we won every game. Then we played Euchre because next Sun. night is euchre in the School Hall, but them Mamie & Rosalia won. She stayed till about 10 o’clock.
Mr. Rhein was here this morning & delivered our victrola. This afternoon we all went to confession. This evening Santa Claus came. Henry & Leona & family were here all night, & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here till about 10 o’clock. Papa got a tie, shirt, garters for Christmas. Rosalia got 2 handkerchiefs, a box powder, perfume, garters, puff, handkerchief, 75¢, scarf. Bertille got garters, perfume 2 bottles,powder, cat [?], 75¢, scarf. We played victrola this evening & also 6 handed game of pinochle & Papa & Uncle Fred & Bertille were the winners.
We send off a few Christmas Greeting today. This morning we went to Belleville with our meat & eggs. We bought some tree ornaments & also a few presents. This afternoon went up to see the Children’s Christmas Program. It was nice. Adm. 11¢ the whole family.
We all went out to Henry’s butchering today. When we came home we started washing. We brought our old talking machine along up & played a few pieces on it. Henry butchered 2 hogs. Emil also helped. Leona & Bertille scrubbed the kitchen floor yet, after we were through butchering, we were done about 11:30. We got a little Christmas tree and took it along home.