It is cloudy & raining this morn. again. We made little garden, planted beans, lettuce. Papa & Rosalia went out to Uncle Freds got the mule again. canned 2 qts plum & cooked jelly. The lady delivered the pottery what we ordered the other day for $1.35, it looks alright. Papa is working corn with the mule & Uncle Freds mare. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up this afternoon, for lunch & supper, he helped went down with his car to Joe Gregsons & got the rest of wheat.
We all went out to Henry’s threshing, but it rained before they got started, & rain all day, so a few where there for morning lunch, & the rest went home. We where there for lunch & dinner, then went home, & what a time! stuck here & there, had to push nearly all the way across the hills. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came to Hecker first, planted beans, pickles & etc, then went home. Harry Kammler is giving a dance to nite, but not much doing, Dixie Blue Bloys mussic [sic], it is still raining. We cut in about 1 gal kraut; what we took along out to Leona’s & back.
Baked bread, cake, cleaned. Papa had to go down to Ed Pabst’s threshing there this afternoon; he got load wheat, & Rosalia & Bert went along down this evening & got another load, & the rest Joe Gregson took along home with him; it was 77 bus. what we got, from Pabst’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came took the rest of there peas, onions out; wheat is 91¢ today.
We had weed out of garden & corn patch. Mrs. Rennecker came over awhile. Our telephone doesn’t ring at all. Wagners either. Henry started cutting oats today. Mamie & Pete where here awhile this evening. Hy. Staleheber came & paid Uncle Fred interest. We went to Belleville in afternoon. A man was here selling grease & stain remover, we bought bottle 20¢, Oh boy & does it do the work, I’ll say it does.
We washed, ironed, patched. Our Waterloo paper never came at all last week, the mail got robbed from the depot at Red Bud on Thurs. nite. There where 3 people tried to kidnap a Kaffenberg child in Red Bud last week, but didn’t succeed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we helped them plant sweet potatoe plants out, what they had left, we planted in out patch, great big plants they are, they got them from Oscar Birkner. Mr. Hill & Miller where here wanted to buy hatching eggs, we couldn’t sell him none.
We are baking bread, cleaning for tomorrow is a holiday. Henry is 29 yrs. old. & also 5 wedding anniversary. We been planting corn, water mellons [sic], pumpkins. It rained last night & this morning heavy. We went to Waterloo, to church, got our battery from Horns took the other one down to Bill’s, but nobody at home there. We planted out 100 sweet potatoe [sic] plants for 25¢, got them at Connor’s; we didn’t get to the birthday the roads are to bad. Miss Irene Reheis delightfully entertained at surprize misscellaneous [sic] Shower in honor of bride-to-be, Wilma Reheis & Hugo Probst to be married June 7th; singing & dancing were the featured diversions of the evening; the bride to be received many beautiful gifts, the attendants at the wedding will be Miss Irene Reheis, & a cousin & Robert Probst brother to groom.
Christ & Ivo Buehler where here. Bill Rechaunder [?] & Hauptfleisch where here looked at the sows & mule. He offered $30.00 for sow & 7 pigs delivered. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up all day, working there garden, we work ours, & also the potato patch. We drove out to Roy Stauenfbiel’s to look at his hogs that he wanted to sell for $1.50 a piece, but they where already sold to Arthur Hepp. Then we went to Willie Ganley’s & looked at his, & he wanted $25. It is in the paper in the transfer that Mr. & Mrs. Joe Braun sold their place in town here to J. Schmidt Receiver. Peter Watchel’s have a 6 lb. baby girl born May 15, all girls, he has 4. Barney Kaiser brought 2 loads corn today, what papa bought from him.
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 baked bread, coffee cake, cake. Rosalia sew dress. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary worked thire [sic] garden & things today; we helped them, & planted cabbage plants out for them & about 55 in our truck patch. Mrs. Joe Watchel’s birthday is today. It is awful cloudy weather, & cold.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & got there potatoe [sic] plow then went home this morning. Papa & Rosalia are strawing potatoes this morn. A man here from Belleville that has a store bought 36 doz. eggs here at 10¢. We went to Belleville this afternoon, met Joe Hilpert there. Two ladies of Red Bud where here yesterday soliciting for euchre prizes for next Thurs. nite the Swing Circle has a euchre; we got a pair of pillow cases & stamped & worked them out as a prize. We went out to George Boll’s & then out to Henry’s, awhile, Mrs. Cleveland, Grover, & Miss Miles the teacher came up to, awhile. Henry shipped a calf over to St. Louis with Eichenseer, & it only brought $1.40 @ 2½¢; it is awful.