Strawed potatoes, cleaned chicken house. Papa got the chev. again this afternoon, all fixed up, new oil rings, etc. greased & labor, all $8.00. Omer Schilling is giving a birthday dinner at Paulters Hall to nite, gents 25 ladies free; Moonlight Orch.; playing; we went in, & Boy! was it a crowd. Papa went to Waterloo this afternoon & got his hog check cashed $33.58. Sure some dust, today, it is terrible in Kansas dust storms.
Elmer Parker’s 21 yr. birthday, celebrating it tonite in Uncle Clem’s barn, at Jim Parkers; no invitations, everybody welcome. We cooked kettle soap. Papa & Rose fixing fence; Mrs. Rennecker came, said if anybody calls at there play, should sent them down to Katy’s, digging a pond today. A guy here wanted old gold. Bertie fixed sweet potatoe [sic] rows. We went to Donahue’s to Milching election dance, 2 kegs of beer & free dance. Musci [sic] by Nic Ellis, or Sunrise Four; Mrs. Donahue is very bad, not expected to live.
Aunt Lizzie’s birthday & Louis Birkner buried a yr. ago. Cloudy & cold this morn; we didn’t wash, quilted all day. Chas Helfrich came up this morn, wasn’t satisfied with the deal they made yesterday, wanted more cash, so papa split the difference & paid him $5.50 & made him a present of 50¢ & seed ½ bu; called it straight with the other load hay; so it is all settled now, sometime Ha- Papa went over to Meng’s with the mare. Bert Thompson & Ed Meng came & looked at our colt; thought it surely is a dandy. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, she helped to quilt & Uncle went to Red Bud. Eggs are 20¢ today, wheat 85¢. There was a man here from Campaign [sic] Co. wanted to buy clover seed, he took samples along, they have no grown clover seed there & wanted to get a start.
Roberts 9 yr. birthday, we went out, dinner & supper; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Geodelles, Hilda, Walter & Emil, were there. Willie Doyle came here, bought 1½ bu. sweet clover seed, @ 9¢-$8.10; cloudy & warm today. Sure lot cars passing by. We went over to George Wagners tonite, social conversation, had apples.
Cleaned kitchen, got letter from Alice saying everything is O.K. so went to Waterloo this afternoon, paper fixed out, ready to sent to her, for to sign; $15.00 & expense here, for ground, what lies on the north side of road, joining ours. A kid around selling household articles. Went out to the cemetery fixed, Louise grave, it had sunk down, 12 buckets ground in it; so many are down. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, she went to church; they & Oscar Birkner’s were at Ronnenberg’s last night. Ivo Buehler’s birthday yesterday.
Floyd 6 yr. birthday; We had clean up day, washed curtains, scrub basement etc. Went to Red Bud, lent devotions to nite, we celebrated Floyd’s birthday last night there. Papa went to town settled with Schillings lumber bill; they are sawing in Hecker now. The fire chiefs had there truck out today, pumping water in the barrels from Watchel’s & Kammlers wells. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, went to church, lent devotions.
We washed, ironed, awful wind; made little garden. Henry & Albert Cleveland, were here for dinner, sewed oats, rained, after dinner, so they had to quite [sic – quit]. Mr. Stehl butcher of Smithon [sic] stopped here. They Daily Advocate man of Belleville, was here, to sell paper. Comes in on the bus, in the evening now. Mr. Zipfel of Lurlhs [?] Hatchery of Red Bud called over chicken this afternoon, put out 18, we have 106 layers now; Eggs are 19¢ today. Ed. Brand’s birthday.
Went to church. Went out to Uncle Freds, dinner & supper, played cards. They came up this evening went along with us to Pautlers to a free birthday dance, Cowboys of Rythmn [sic] playing, nice crowd also; stopped at Henrys awhile. It rained, wind, this evening.
Papa hauled wood. Washington birthday. Yesterday it was so hot & today it is just the opposite, north wind & cold; real sickening weather, quite a few people at Waterloo have chicken pox & measles. Mrs. Christ Buehler’s & Martha Bell’s birthday. Transfer of George Purtle to Chas. Minneman was quoted in the times $3,000.00.