We butchered our hog today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Henry & family all where up had dinner. We finished at 10 ‘ clock. Alois Havey was here & looked at our pigs, he wants to buy fat hogs. Egg man paid 10¢ today all together we had 32½ dozs. for him. Cyril Eichenseer was here selling chances for a fancy quilt & bad spread to be raffled on Feb. 22 at a euchre in the school hall, papa took a chance on it, 10¢. Harold Wagner was around taking orders for flower & garden seeds, we didn’t order none. Pierce Klotz of Belleville stoped [sic] here, wanted to know if he could put his car in Uncle Fred’s shed across the street, Bertille called them up & they said it was alright, as he put his machine over there, he wants to stay by Mr. Laut a couple days, who is very ill. Papa went to Hecker, to the store, to meet Oscar Birkner, he brought a letter along for us, from Uncle Fred’s, it is awful cold, raining & snowing.
We went to Red Bud. Mrs. Oscar Klotz invited Renneckers to there place for dinner today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner. Mrs. Staunfiel was here Sud. [sic- Sunday] afternoon. We and Uncle Fred Aunt Mary were at Louis Armstutz this eve. and we were playing cards. [ed. note: part of this entry is written in different handwriting - believed to be Rosalia's].
Cleaned chicken houses, put clean straw in. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s got wheat & oats. We baked Christmas cookies this afternoon. Klotz’s, Fritsche’s, Boll’s, Buehler’s are all butchering today, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had to help Christ. nice day. Fr. Grooten’s is very ill, some said he was out of mind.
We went to Red Bud church. Aunt Mary was here awhile before church, she came up with Oscar’s. Ralph Rausch brought the Sun. paper here this morn. It is a beautiful Sunday. Gus Klotz killed a buf yesterday. We went over to Rennecker’s awhile & played pinochle, this evening. Rosalia held 1500 trumps in clubs.
Papa & Rosalia finished strawing potatoes this morn. We got 10 hens & incubator hatching, 130 chickens we have, from them, we set 13 hens now again, & got 5 more hatching these days. Katie Klotz was here & asked if she could get cistern water from Aunt Mary’s, she got 2 milk cans, for washing & cooking soap. This evening we went out to Henry’s took the plow out, she planted out 30 tomatoe [sic] plants. The old Hepp building in being torn down here in town. Mamie Mueth got operated on this morn. for appendix at Red Bud.
We washed, ironed, patched. The wind is so strong, it blew our clothes line to pieces. Papa went out to Henry’s with the mule, helped Henry harrow & sow oats. He had dinner there. Rosalia went & got him this evening with the Whippet. The sewing circle of Red Bud Catholic Church is giving a card party tonite. There is also one in Waterloo given by Mary & Martha Society. Seen in the paper, Mrs. Val. Fristche was suing Wm. Klotz for $10,000 for accident of him & Val Fritche in Smithon [sic] & Hecker road. Ben Neff’s had a big dance Sun. nite, being Mr. Neffs, 53 birthday. Mr. Hy. Burdhorf of Red Bud told Eliza Boll this evening that Mon. was Mrs. Burgdorf’s birthday, & that they have a daughter living far away I believe Montana, she called her & congratulation her mother, it was 2200 mile distant talk, & Mrs. was so happy she cried for joy.
Mr. Harbaught the mineral feed man was here. Aunt Mary got the mail today. Mr. Laut looked at our pond. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Ettling, Henry, Wm. Ganley where digging the pond, they where here for dinner. They worked about 6 hrs, because it rained this afternoon. Ed Meng, H. M. Hill where here & looked at it. There was a lady here, bought 5 lb. sprs. 19¢ lb. Henry lost a heifer. Hon. Fred Kern passed away Mon. morning 4:30, got a parlyitic [sic] stroke. he was Editor of the Belleville News Democrat. Osie Neff & John Meuth had a most terrible accident today, they where crossing a bridge by Frisch korns [?] in Lord’s Corner, with a engine, when the bridge broke, the engine is still in the creek yet. Osie was scaled pretty bad on his leg, the skin was all of & his chest, John Meuth has a hole through his hand & has it in a sling. Osie say’s if it wouldn’t of been that Johny was there he, would still be lieying [sic] there. Gus. Klotz is sick in bed next thing to appendix. He has it in his side. Dr. Schmidt wife of Red Bud was buried this afternoon, she had pneumonia.
Papa is hauling the fresh coal in the basement for this year. He hauled 2 loads this morning. Henry was here this afternoon, he was talking about getting his hogs vacinated [sic], Alf. Geodelle, Joe Schilling have there. There are getting them vacinated [sic] all over. Papa went over by Steve Rennecker’s awhile. There was a gent here selling Oriental Rugs. It is awful hot these days. Odillo Eichenseer & 2 of his friends from St. Louis left last Friday, for Chicago, he covered a distance of 900 miles with his new car. They took a 40 miles ride on the lake on a speed boat. Papa was over at Rennecker’s this afternoon, & Steve he told him, today was his 40 yr. wedding anniversary, so tonight we all went, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry’s family, Gus, Klotz, Adam Brauns, Ed Neff, Gus Frisch, the evening was spent in musci [sic], cake, soda, wine where the refreshments served. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s this afternoon, papa had to help him, he got his hogs vacinated [sic] Quirin did the work for $8.55. Albert Cleveland Grover where there, he brought theres up to & got it vacinated [sic], he has only the one. The egg man was here, we sold 3 doz. 19¢. A man selling rugs, & one taking pictures of babies where here.
It is raining this morning. We got our beets in from the garden here & the truck patch, we got 5 quts & 1/2. Mrs. Katie Klotz was here this morning to see if she could get a can of cistern water at Uncle Fred’s place, because they are getting the thrashers this evening, & they wanted the water to wash the dishes. Papa went up to Eichenseers, & went along out with Vic & Odillo, to fix Henry pump, they put 5 ft. pipings on it, there is 30 ft. of water in it yet. Papa called up for Rosalia to come out & bring some wrenches along from the store. Mrs. Klotz was telling me about a fire at Albert Gregson’s on Tues. night, the road men had a fire burning the grass on piles, & they left without putting the fire out, & during the night the fire creeped & burned all the way through the woods, nearly too the house, they just got it out in time. George Lorberg was called with a tank of water on his truck & also Joe Shilling’s, Louis Armstutz’s & a fire apartment, I don’t know if it was Smithon’s [sic] or Red Buds, fire out later, it happened around 12 o’clock in the night that is when George Lorberg left. This evening we went out & lawend [sic] at the cemetery, & looked at Frank’s pigs, sheep. Eggs are 12¢ now.
It rained a little this morn. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here this afternoon for lunch. Lucinda Eichenseer brought us some flowers from Mamie this morn. This afternoon there where some school kids here with cards, chances to win, bed spread, quilt, tea set, gas or coal range, & other articles, 10¢ a chance, we didn’t take any. Rosalia & Aunt Mary where by Mrs. Rennecker a while. Bertille & Rosalia went to church to-night & took that table scarf along & gave it to Mrs. Joe Braun. Mrs. Rennecker birthday is today, Klotz’s & G. Wagners where there, they had ice cream.