Finished painting garage. Henry is sick, in bed since yesterday, has fever. Papa took the Whip. to Probst garage had it looked over. Bernice got 1 doz. eggs, brought the yeast back. Chris Buehler is threshing today. Ed Pabst threshed this afternoon, papa went down at 3:30, they threshed few loads bushels on our land, then it rained, had to quite [sic -quit] for today, pretty nice shower, steady rain, at Belleville, it rained so heavy that wheat shocks were lying on hard road, & Joe Schillings run they had no rain at all; sure is funny. We went to the triple free birthday dance at Donahue’s, Erna Braun 19, Mildred Feherens & Bill Donahue, large crowd Ellis band & didn’t come till 9:30, some orchestra.
St. Patricks Day. Went to church, went out to Uncle Freds & had dinner & supper, played cards listened to the radio. Mr. Bill Braun of Red Bud came gave us all a ride in his new coach, we all got a chance on one to be given away in Apr. by the Co.; he is a sales agent for chev, working for Schrieber; at Red Bud; we rode out as far Blackjack road & back again, papa drove the car. Oak Grove & Doanhoe’s Brezzy Hill all are having St. Patricks dances tonite, we didn’t go; Lent.
Lent. We went to mass; took Helfrichs along, Miss Magaret [sic] McDermott died at the hospital last night at 12:10 o’clock, surely is to bad; we were going to go in & see her yet this morning, but too late, she was so weak, visitors weren’t allowed in Sun; they were going to take blood transfusions from the boys, but was no use anymore; she is going to be at Koch’s undertaker parlor till tomorrow. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we were all going to go to Red Bud, & the weather got so bad, thunder & lighten [sic], rain & hail wind storm, so they went back home again, we didn’t get down. John Braun brought the rest of clover seed.
Lincoln’s birthday. Made a hot bed today for sweet potatoes & tomatoes. Steve Renneker came over awhile; this morning & tonight again. Mr. Guker & Bill Braun of Red Bud were here on business this evening. Braun is a chev. sales agent. Beautiful day.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came had dinner here, she attended church again today. Mrs. Braun of Red Bud delivered us our nose drops; for 55¢. Papa & Rosalia went to Belleville took 2 hogs, 490 lbs. to Strecks. $5.85 today. Rosalia & Berti went out to Henry’s, got overalls to patch; brought the boys along home with us.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came then we butchered 180 lb. hog; finished early; they had lunch, dinner & supper. Mrs. Braun of Red Bud, was here selling Stuarts Products, we ordered some nose drops, she bought, some sausage. Awful nice day, rained last night.
Leona’s 24 yr. birthday. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Rosalia left at 8:30 Sparta Fair; horse races today. Mr. George Braun, of Red Bud, died, that is Adam’s brother. The Rock Creek School is now closed, diptheria in the district, Roeider kids have it are quarantined also. Leona came up, met Miss Klube & Klaezner from the bus, stopped in awhile here. The Sparta Fair was wonderful, came home 6:30; brought fruit jar lid – a sample, & Aunt bought hair curlers; they had supper here; then we all went out to the birthday; cake was served, those present were, Mr. Gus Geodell & family, Mr. Albert Cleveland & family & Walter Reheis, Emil Bestmann, Miss Klube, Miss Klazener, the young folks, enjoyed themselves with dancing & music, singing.
Rosalia & Bertille went to Henry’s, helped clean house, had dinner. Henry came up & cut hay, had dinner here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, brought lard to Braun’s 9¢ lb. Mr. Zioppel of Red Bud here selling pig feed; Washer sales agent here; lady selling gauze 35¢. Aunt Mary bought it. Fr. Aydt has meeting for the boy’s 16 and men at the hall tonite, Stag Party. Mr. Andrew Rist died at St. Vincents Home, that is John & Mrs. Jac Schmidt of Waterloo father; will be buried Thurs. morn.
Leona & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary all were here papering all day, had dinner, Brand’s also had supper here, Henry is harrowing here. We went to Red Bud to the drawing, none of us were lucky. Fred Wiegand, Mary Braun, were the only lucky ones from Hecker. It was an awful crowd.
Derousse & wife, eye doctors of Waterloo, stopped, go from house to house, testing eyes, they said Rosalia’s is weak; yesterday. Clean chicken houses, cut lawn, dug potatoes. St. Augustine’s church, have pinic [sic], chicken supper, 50¢ this afternoon & evening musci [sic] by Smithon [sic] Band; Church Pinic [sic] is Rocher, K.C. Pinic [sic] East St. Louis. Free birthday dance at Breezy Hill tonite; Moonlighters. Henry took wheat to Red Bud. Leona & kids all had supper here, went to the pinic [sic]. This evening we all went up to the pinic [sic], very large crowd, quilts & blankets were raffled in bingo playing; we didn’t win anything. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary was here awhile before the pinic [sic]. The chances in the books that were sold, was a plain quilt to Keoniomark of Waterloo, Clare Cleveland, small rug, C. Braun knifes & forks, 100 lbs. sugar, A. Lother, $3.00 Wm. Volkmann, $2 Wil Wittenauer. Uncle Fred rayon spread; several others articles; F. Dudenhoeffer went home, & the other boy’s came up.