Raining all nite; warm this morning 34 above. Josie Keller’s birthday. George Wagner got 1 lb butter. A man here begging for something to eat. A Stumpf girl 7 yrs. age died at St. Mary’s Hospital, from fractured legs, she is from Waterloo, was broadcasted over radio, E. St. Louis Station. So many coal trucks went down today; coal is pretty hard to get now, a restaurant burned at New York, last nite; A womens club gave party & dance, a Holy Society, priest was also present; 200 people were dancing flames spread on through floor. It also was said, that they never seen so many accident along the road like today, cars turned over lying in ditches from the icy roads, & foggy weather, at & around St. Louis, terrible.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up early, & Rose went along, left 5:15 to Belleville to Route 15 to Mr. Vernon & then route 142 to Dalgreen, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Sam Schilling, got there at 9 o clock, had coffee; walked to the cemetery; too muddy to drive, came home at 4 o clock, shopped at Belleville first. Joe & George Schilling, Mrs. J. Kreher Sr. & Jr. & daughter, also all went down; it is 100 miles there; one way. There was a lady here, begging for help, clothes are [sic: or] food; we gave her liver sausage. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had supper here, stayed in Hecker all night; too muddy to go home. Mr. Robert Bersche infant baby of was buried Sun; she is Fern Gulley, that is the mother.
Today is town election, Steve Rennecker, Ed Neff, Monike, are the judges. Ted Eichenseer & Phil Braun running opposition for town clerk. Ted received it by 6 votes. There where 99 votes cast. Rosalia & Bertille went out to help Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, paint the floor in the big room around the edge & polish furniture. We had lunch, dinner & lunch. This evening they came up & got some enamel. George Wagner was here wanted to borrow setting hens, but we have none. A man here begged for something to eat, & one wanted money, his legs where gone, came here in a car, last year he was here too. Joe Watchel boy has pneumonia pretty bad.
Today is nice once for a change. Leona & the kids, came up to get greengages, she cut our hair. Hy. Armstutz was here awhile. Anton Buehler from DeKalb & also his family where here, he just stopped in to say Hello! they are coming back again to make a longer stay. Osie Neff was here, he wants to buy land. There was a man in town today begging for money, he lost both of his legs in the coal mine, he is walking round on clutches. Papa went out to the farm this afternoon. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary brought some more greengages along up for Henry’s & Kammler’s this afternoon.
Papa & Rosalia are fixing fence along the road this morning. I noticed this morning that Lester Gregson has a new truck to haul milk, now. There was 2 ladies here & wanted something to eat, there machine broke & they & the family had nothing to eat, so we gave them a half loaf bread & sausage, they didn’t have no money, some gas station gave 2 gals. to go on they said. I seen in the paper that Mrs. George Schilling got $50 for the turkey’s that was killed by stray dogs. Bill Haudrich & Florence Buss where published last Sun. for the first time. Hecker ball team where lucky last Sun. they both won, one at Valymer [sic] & the other with Hecker & Red Bud. Papa drove up to Barthel’s to get the Whippet repaired. Eggs are 14¢ now. Alvera Braun is awful bad sick the way we heard, she is in bed all the time now, swollen so bad.
Bertille took 3 dozen eggs to Eichenseers got .21¢ a dozen. There was a man around here this morning in a machine that had no legs or feet. He had wooden legs and he needed a new pair so he went around collecting for money. He had $164.00 when he was at our place and he needed $300.00 to buy himself a pair of wooden ones. We found 26 eggs. There was a man here from Baldwin trying to sell house or barn paint this evening.