Papa & Bertille & Robert went out to Henry’s early, took Rosalia along & went to Waterloo church, then came back killed chicken for dinner, 4 of them. Henry went to late mass & brought Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Matthews along, we all had dinner & lunch. Henry & Mr. & Mrs. Matthews took the baby in to Waterloo & got it christened by Father Eschman, called it Lawrence Willis, they want to call it Willis, Mr. & Mrs. Gus Geodell & Ray where there all day too. Mr. Hill was here to get news.
Henry & Floyd came up to see about getting to church tomorrow, they are going to christen the baby tomorrow afternoon at 2 oclock by Eschmann at Waterloo. Chas. Jung bought 4 dozen roasting ears corn for 50¢ wheat is 80¢ at Red Bud; eggs 10¢. Henry Metze & son of Smithon [sic] where here this afternoon on business. Pierre Laut & Roy Neff was selling chances, in a quilt for 10¢, for the pinic [sic] on Aug. 20 at Maniers Park. There is quite a few sales today, Mrs. Sensel estate is being sold at Waterloo today.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner, lunch. It is rather warm again today. We went early to church, had a blow out coming home close to Chas Helfrichs, changed tires & came on. Fred Papenberg got a new chev & Oscar Birkners a used Ford, all close cars. There must be some thieves around Hecker, Hugo Probst got $10 stolen, Wagners got all the ripe & green plums stolen. Lester Gregson moved from the Gambach place to his own that he bought on East Main St. & Mr. & Mrs. Willie Gregson moved in Gambach property. We had our first roasting ears corn for dinner. The pallbearers from Aunt Lizzie where, Emil Brand, Ben Schilling, Hy Eichelman, Edwin & Willie Reheis, Fred Wiegand. The Heyl’s relatives have basket pinic [sic] at the Round Prairie Park, in honor of Mrs. Kessler from Alba. The threshing crew of Oscar Klotz’s have chicken bouilion, at Sam Krehers woods. It is in the paper that Lavern Koerber 23 & Irene Neff 21 where married at Red Bud by Rev. Stern in Catholic parsonage, Mary Havey & Paul Neff where attendats; last Wed. Roller skates & bicycle riding is the latest in Hecker at present. Mr. Rettinhouse is very bad expecting to live only couple days. We have 2 qts tomatoes canned so far, Mrs. John Reheis has 28 qts. & ain’t near finished yet.
Papa & Rosalia brought the boys out & took Bertille along to Waterloo to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here awhile, then went to Nic Schaefers, Mrs. birthday had a party. Harry Kammler has a dance to, music by Koehler’s Orch.
We went to church, nice, cool day, turner pinic [sic] at Smithon [sic]. Uncle Joe was here, wanted to pay Rosalia for threshing, but neither new what they take; so he is going to wait awhile. We sold 11 doz. eggs 12¢. Mr. & Mrs. Zimmer, & Mrs. Vogel & Rose, where looking at Aunt Mary’s house, they are going to rent 3 rooms, that is the Mrs. & Rose the teacher for McQuillian School; $6.00 mo. house & garage. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for lunch, then we all went to Turner Pinic [sic] at Smithon [sic]; this evening, cool nights here later.
Flag Day. Rosealia [sic] & Bertille went to church at Red Bud to the Wedding High Mass of Ed. Schilling & Mary Forness. Chars. Schilling brother & her sister where the attendants. The bride wore white & veil, & bridesmaid wore light pink & with white hat with pink ribbon, organdy dress; the brothers & sisters where there to; he is going to have wedding dance at Oak Grove tonite; everybody welcome. Papa got the lawn mower sharpened at Bill Fritsche for 10¢. Papa went to the pulbic [sic] Sale of Joe Braun’s property in town which was turned over to Jac. Schmidt Receiver, he sold it lots & house all for $950.00, to Lester Gregson, the only bidders where Joe Griffin, Barney Kaiser, Lester; he got it. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening & we went to the Wedding dance, gave her sugar bowl & milk pitcher, Schilling’s Moonlighter’s furnished musci [sic], & a crowd. the brides slipper was sold by Gus Kabrinick brought $12.50.
People here from E. St. Louis selling live fish, we bought one, 5½ lbs. Oh! boy was it good, you tell ‘em, had fish all day, 10¢ lb. they had just 3 left when they came here, had 300 lb. We went to Waterloo this afternoon to church, eggs are 7¢.
We where at church. Henry came to Red Bud to around Palls corner, he went to church to, then him & papa went to Prairie Du Rocher again by Laurent to look at his mare & colt again. Ed. Schilling & Forness was published second time, & Auther [sic - Arthur] Moehrs Red Bud & Isabella Kalmer Tiptown first time. Gregson’s stoped [sic] in as they went home from church & brought a t puzzle; we worked it out already; if it is right we don’t know. Ralph Etling came & paid balance on Int. $25.85 it is now paid for 1932. We ate lunch by Uncle Freds this afternoon. Tiptown & Heckers ball team played today in the new diamond here in town. now, Hecker won 5 to 6. We drove out to Henry’s to look at the mare & cold that he traded on his cow, they wasn’t at home, so we went back again, drove out to the cemetery, around the prairie home; Uncle Fred’s went to Hy. Birkner’s birthday. We went up to Kabureck’s dance this evening, oh! boy & a good time, lot of people, hall was crowded, Rheinhardt furnished musci [sic]. The road men worked at Schender’s today, leveing [leveling?] that all of along there the road looks so much different, the hills cut down nearly all level there.
Henry came here, & we went along with him to Hershel [sic - Herschel] Blackburns funeral, to church & cemetery, we didn’t go out to the house, we thought the roads would be bad, but they said the roads are good; it was a very large funeral, & very sad one. The pall bearers where Grover Cleveland, Buddy Napier, Elmer Papenberg, Dilbert Mueth, Henry Sensel, Alfred Eckert; all boys of 14. Henry was here for lunch. We drove out to Ronnerberg’s looked at the corn there; it is Reheis. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up to work in there garden, planted cabbage plants out, came over here for supper, brought chicken along. Josie Gregson birthday.
[editor's note: Herschel Blackburn was born in 1919. He died just shy of his 14th birthday; hence the reason why Bertille mentions that all his pallbearers were 14.]
We went to church, Good Friday, everybody has church today. It rained last night & today. Mudd & Eichenseer students are both at home serving mass; yesterday morning. Papa got the mail; seen in the paper that Aunt Lizzie Reheis was surprised Sun. afternoon on her 58th birthday anniversary, by friends from St. Louis. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dudenhoeffer, Sulaff’s & Turners: all of St. Louis, Clarence Voges, Fred & Peter Reheis & Jake’s family.