Baked bread, had chicken dressing. Papa took lawn mower to Fritsche to get it repaired. Evansville church, & Tipton church have pinics [sic] today; & chicken suppers. Loyd Pabst came got sacks, threshing oats today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to Belleville came back here for dinner had chicken. Sure is hot this afternoon & day. Mrs. Emma Altis of St. Louis Mo. died, be buried tomorrow afternoon, she was a Freese, Uncle Fred niece; & Mr. Jim Parker 85 died last nite at 5:30; be buried Fri. morning at Hecker Church & cemetery. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, went along with us to the wake, he looks natural. Koch undertaker, he would be 86 in Sept. Aunt Mary brought plums.
Finished patching, baked blackberry pie; got 42½ pt. sour kraut canned. Rose & Berti went out to Henry’s, canned beans, she claims hers don’t keep what she canned; also canned beets; & ironed for her. Uncle Matt & boys were here, he wanted to take him out in his woods to see how those fellows were making piling, 3½ ft. thought maybe papa would let them make some in our woods too. Rose took lawn mower to Fritsche got the handle fixed on it; then we cut lawn. Pap started painting chick house.
We planted potatoes. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary made garden up here today. We went to Belleville got spring hats, etc. Aunt Mary went to lent service tonight. Mr. & Mrs. Killiam Marquadt have a baby girl born, now have 3 children. Charles & Bernice Wagner are still in with cold & fever, but are getting better. Mr. Wm. Fritsche while riding a bycicle [sic] last Sun. evening fell of [sic] & fractured his tumbh [sic], pretty bad. Papa & Rose went out to Henry’s got mule, harrowed the oats in.
Rosalia & Bertille went out to Henry’s to help clean house, washed; she isn’t feeling well, Berti stayed out all week till Sat. afternoon. Papa got the stove fixed up, Bill Fritische fixed it up again, won’t need no new one now.
Papa went up to Wm. Fritsche to get some repairs done for the grass mower. There were 3 people from St. Louis Walsh’s & Mr. Ducan [? – illegible] the latter fixing a truck at the home of J. Kraft near Waterloo, they skidded hit a passing truck, & were all three killed, Mrs. Walsh was a Kraft. Raining again this morning & colder. Alice & Lucille are visiting at Mrs. Staufenbiel’s now, then they want to go to Joe Gregson’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went out to Al. Cleveland’s to a party; had a most wonderful time, Oh! Boy, old time & modern musci [sic], furnished by Miss Miles & her band, & Uncle Fred; Papenberg & Parker; beer & cake were served, to people from far & near.
Hauled water out for pigs. J. Wittenauers selling pickles in town $1.50 bus. Mrs. Scheinder $1.25. Clevelands $1.40. Jake Reheis he got $2.00. John Reheis sell there’s in Red Bud. People stopped bought 5 roosters 10½ lbs. @ 18¢; about 2 lbs. apiece. A man here selling apples 75¢ bu. George Wagner’s family were here a little while. The settlement of Pete Reheis & Fritsche was in the paper for the last time, will be on July 28 at Belleville Court House; he foreclose him. The assesed [sic] valuation was in the Times; we are the highest in Hecker & around. Joe Watchel & Robert Laut dug a 2o ft. well on Watchel lot.
Rose took papa out to Henry’s, shock wheat. We washed, ironed; nice cool breeze this morn. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for lunch, he broke scicle driver, brought it up for Fritische to fix. We went out to Henry’s to get papa this evening. Eggs 11¢. I noticed in the paper there was a accident happened on Route 3, Alf. Matthews, was struck by hit & run driver, he was taken to Red Bud hospital were he is still unscoious [sic – unconscious]. He & wife & brother in law Cletus Miller; & were attending a dance, it happened 5 mis. north west of Red Bud.
Papa & Bertille went out to Henry’s, Nobbe came out & they made a trade, the old binder & the mare, & $150 cash, getting the old binder, tonite, bring the new one 9, o’clock tomorrow, Christ Buehler & kids are here, going to cut wheat, made ½ around, broke double tree; they had dinner here; We all went out shocked our wheat. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s, he helped shock there awhile. We went out to Uncle Freds this evening, took his plow out. Mrs. Bill Fritsche, stopped the saloon keepers from giving Bill, whiskey. that is the third time now. Ed Schilling wedding anniversary 1 yr.
We washed, ironed. Beautiful day. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he helped papa with the shed, had lunch, & supper. They had lots company yesterday, Buehler’s family, Frank Birkner’s family, Uncle Adam & Emil. Mr. Hill was here, also Joe Johns, peddler, Frederick Fritsche, Maryanna, wanted setting eggs; we have none. Papa went to Hy. Armstutz got mixing box. The fire men pumped Uncle Fritz’s [aka Uncle Fred – ed.] cistern dry, put it in the tank. Papa went over awhile to help them, some mess.
Rain this morning, just what we need; a all day rain. Jonny Reheis was here on business this afternoon. Papa took eggs up; got 12¢. August Mueth of Mascoutha [sic] was taken to Hospital at Belleville, but is now removed home again, he has his hip injured, was pinned between a car & shoe store over there, the paper says. Some of the ladies in town are helping to quilt by Mrs. Hugo Probst, on a quilt, was is to be raffled at the Firemen’s dance on May 19 in Kammlers Hall. Mrs. Wm. Fritsche donated it.