We washed, ironed, patched, cooked kettle soap, finished now. A man was here wanted to buy old gold rings etc, we had none. Lester Gregson was here, electioneering, tomorrow is town election. Pap & Rose went out to Henry’s wanted to haul load wheat to Waterloo, but couldn’t get in the yard so came back again, then went over to New Athens got some cement & nail kegs empty ones, seen Ike Napier over there at the lumber yard where he is working. Nice day. Rose took 21 doz. eggs up. 13¢. Bertille wrote a letter to Kansas, joined in the cake & cookie contest to be over Apr. 30, sent recipes.
Light frost last night, & Boy! it is cold this morning. Papa went to Red Bud got 100 lb. sack chick starting $3.00 from the hatchery. He went out, woods got load posts & hauled them up here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up to fix her dress, was here for supper, she got dress goods in Belleville for us, & black what she is making for herself, & a spring coat. Hy. Armstutz was here a little while, to see if he could plant sugar cane on our ground. Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Kammler have a little baby girl 7½ lb. born to them at there home 500 State St. Bellville [sic] Tues. Apr. 10 it will be named Miariam Louise, Mrs. was formerly Edith Montgomery of Cypress Ill; he is teaching Fairview school, on the Belleville & Millstadt road. Eggs 13¢.
Beautiful day. We washed, ironed, disinfected the brooder house. Papa & Rose went up in the woods. Mr. Hill was here. The pallbearers for Mrs. Birkner were, George Parker, Ed Cortner, Nic Helfrich, Ignatz Neff, William Kaiser, J. Kreher. Martha Schilling said a prayer before they left the house; no bells were tolled, being it was Sun; mass will be Wed. morning. Eggs. 13¢
Papa & Rosalia went out in the woods took dinner along. It is raining a little this morning. April Showers. They only went as far as Henry’s & brought load posts along back, didn’t go to the woods at all. We got the chick yard all spade over & sewed in oats. Cut the lawn, papa disked the potato ground, but to wet to plant yet. Dan Goedell & family stoped here, thought Leona was up, they wanted to tell her that Mrs. Geodells Dan’s mother died & will be buried Fri. afternoon at 1:30, from the house; she should tell Tom Crowe to let his folks no [sic – know] in St. Louis. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were at the cemetery & then came here. We all went to the cemetery this evening, took 2 sacks ground along & filled up Louise grave, sunk in a little. Rosalia took eggs up got 14¢, she heard Mrs. Louis Birkner 66 yrs. had died this evening. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary left right away & went up there. Papa was talking to Louis this afternoon, & he said she was getting better, only her eyes & face was all swoll up today, from the medicine, what Pautler gave, he said thats what he wanted, they thought everything was allright; & now she is dead already. Pautler said she had poision [sic] in her & that had to come out. She died on Emma, Oscar’s girls 5 yr. old birthday today. 19 grandchildren.
Beautiful Easter Mon. We washed, ironed, fried in meat. Today is a funeral at Hecker, Catholic cemetery, Irene Durang’s from Newton, Kansas, ship to St. Louis Union Station at 7:30 & there Gundlach has charge & buried at 9:30 here. Mr. Lester Bruns 29 & Melissa Weigand 27, wedding today; Hosto Parsonage at Smithon [sic]. Rosalia & papa went out to haul wood together. Berti spaded chick yard. We went over to Renneckers tonite a little while. Eggs 14¢.
Holy Thursday. Went to high mass, 9 o’clock, & Aunt Mary was here for breakfast & dinner. Uncle went home, came back again this afternoon & went to Belleville shopping. Rosalia went to Hecker, got 14¢ for eggs, got 50# flour. Mrs. Kroll moved to Waterloo.
We washed, also curtains. Snowed all night, some west here. Papa went after the paper. A man here wanted to sell products. Hy Dann & his son were here got 3 heifers for $57.50 he comes from Wartburg; he also got 1 bull from Schumacher $30.00. Eggs 15¢.
Cloudy today. We are going to have chicken dinner, soup & fried. Armin Geodell came said, he wouldn’t take the pigs, because his dad was over last night & told him that he ordered them from Geo. Geodelle for him. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s got load wheat, took it to Red Bud got 61¢ bu. Mrs. Cleveland was by Henry’s, helping Leona, she has her arm in sling now, couldn’t see anything wrong with it on the picture. Eggs are 14¢.
We went to Red Bud to Luhr’s Hatchery & ordered, White & Wyandolte’s chicks, will get them by 12th April; they went to Waterloo to Heyl’s Hatchery, price on chicx [sic] $8.00 a 100; went to butcher shops; etc. Some guys came around selling Coppers Protective & papers for 3 yrs. at $2.00. Mr. Webb, we signed up for it. Steve Rennecker brought us our receipt from Lester Gregson for fire co. payed for 1 yr.
We washed, ironed, patched. Nic Schaefer came, papa had to sign a paper for him again that he bought hogs from him, his paper’s came back. Henry came went to the meeting in the School house, & had the slight error corrected on the contract. He borrowed $18.00 & went down to Red Bud to Ed Pautler & paid his oil & gas bill. The five men had pratice [sic] about hr. today again. Rose went to Hecker with 18 doz. eggs. It is warmer again today. Eggs 15¢.