Went to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary made a short call. Louis Birkner’s family of New Athens were visiting them today. At 11:30 today report came to Mrs. Renneker, that Peter Dehn’s house was on fire, he was at the house at the time, looked out the window & seen fire on the lawn, he called for help, saved a few things, & house burned to the ground, old one & new one, the wind was so high, it carried sparks over to Owen Fahey’s hay shed & that started burning from the bottom, but they got it out & plows around it, Steve & Gus Klotz & papa went over to help this afternoon roads are terrible muddy. Stutz & Keller of Near New Athens looked at the horse, said they see us later.
We went to Waterloo church, & then went to Gus Geodelle’s to see Leona, she is very weak, gets nothing to eat, not much; we brought Floyd along with us to. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile. Henry came to get crushing this afternoon. Wilbert Geodelle is having a birthday dance at Pautlers tonite, musci [sic] by Rythm [sic] Kings. John Kaltwasser is being buried this afternoon at Stehfests cemetery, from Belleville; Eugene Ahern of Waterloo will be buried Tues. morn.
Went to Red Bud in the Whip. to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Henry & family were here for dinner, Uncle & Aunt were here for supper; we played cards. Leona was sick, so they went home early. Aunt Mary said Clem Parker & Carol Papenberg were married 2nd Christmas Day Dec 26. in the evening.
Christmas Day. Went to 5 o clock mass at Red Bud. Uncle & Aunt called in then went home after church. We went out to Henry’s had dinner, Geodell’s were out to; Boys got all kind of things from Santa, wagon, coloring sets, lotto game, pocket knife, fountain pens from Grandma at Waterloo. Boy! did it get gold, snowing terrible this morning at 4 o clock it was warm at 6 & after it started in freezing & zero all day. The Evangical [sic] children have there Christmas program at the church tonite. In Red Bud they have a big lighted tree on Public Sq; drive around it.
Went to mass. Mr. John Schumacher of West of Red Bud died this morning at 2’o clock will be buried Tues. Morn. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile had lunch. This morn, there is snow on the ground. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening her & Berti went to church, dedication of a statue of The Mother of Perputal [sic] Help, some one donated it. Fr. Grewenwald & Hellrug of Belleville were here, he made the sermon. Snowing, all white, tonite.
Advent. Went to mass. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile. Fourth’s of Tiptown was here, looked at hiefers [sic] & colt. John Myerscough also came to see them; him & papa went out to see the horses at Henry’s. The Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving here brought in clear $153; he says success. Oscar Birkner had the baby christened Fri; sponsors Ben Schilling Cecelia Krehrer; named it Muriel Cecelia. Pretty cold tonite, freezing hard.
Thanksgiving. Rose & Berti went to Red Bud to mass. We all went to Waterloo & then to see Lee Jeffrey at Foster Pond to look at pigs. They have Turkey & chicken dinner & supper at the School Hall, today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came down awhile; so many people there they say from all over. Dances all over tonite, double birthday at Pautlers Weinhoff’s, & free wedding dance at Oak Grove, & a wedding dance at Donahue’s. Snowed a little today.
Cloudy & raining a little. Berti went up to church. Wedding mass of Clarence Braun & Verna Stiehl, she turned Catholic, single ring ceremony, bride wore dark blue, blouses & skirt, coat, & hat shoes; white crystahemums [sic], & bridesmaid Marie Braun wore the same only tan color; yellow flowers, Hugo Ray was best man; wedding dance at Kammler’s tonite, we went, had nice time; cake, Schmidts Orch.; of Herb & 2 sons, 2 Braun Wms. girls, & Edgar Wittenauer. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came bought 2 roasters here, 9 lbs. @ 15¢; cleaned & dressed them ready for tomorrow. Pap & Rose hauled bad old wheat to Waterloo got 91¢, lot is 96¢ today. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Brand of Alalabama [sic] visited us this afternoon, had supper here. Henry & family came this evening. Mamie came down then we went to the dance together. Bert Thompson was here to see Henry; so much company. Henry received a letter from Barrenphol’s lawyer on account of the colt business, he wants $25.00 if paid in short time. Oscar Birkner’s have a baby girl born yesterday evening, also Armin Geodelle’s have a baby girl. Otto Horn, suit agent at Waterloo, also Justice of peace 38 yrs. old was killed in an auto accident in town on Tues; Archie Wiehl was the one that had collision with him, on Fourth St. Libory he was thrown out of car, & never regained conscience; both cars turned over, & completely wrecked; they say; it is terrible, had left his home about ½ hour before it happened; John Hieken was with Horn at the time, but not hurt bad.
Went to Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon, she went to church & to meeting, for the Thanksgiving Turkey & chicken dinner. Clara Wagner & kids came awhile; John Henkel came for his money for the hay 242 lbs. @ $9.75, highest this week. We went to Waterloo to Hy Roth’s birthday dance. Boy! nice crowd. Schumacher & Carle played. We put sleeper tickets here at the Firemen’s euchre party & dance; pretty nice crowd but mostly all elderley [sic] people. Wm Birkner’s Orch. played; none of us got prizes, we gave bridge set.
Mission. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile after church; going to Frank Birkner’s pear peeling tonite. We had backbone soup. Went to Henkels this afternoon to look at hogs; went over to Burksville, to Kruse’s, Edlers place, & to McCarthy’s by mistake, they also had shooting match, we tried twice, on a goose & turkey, but didn’t get none; came through Waterloo home, The Hecker base ball team giving a dance at Kammler’s tonite Moonlight Orch; I don’t think it was much. Adm 25¢; we didn’t go, went to bed early. Lady here wanted eggs.