Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner & supper here; this evening we all went down to Levi Gregson’s; had social conversation, looked at picture, played musci [sic], had cookies & apples. Henry was up & him & papa went to the public school took the Farm Bureau Meeting & got there government wheat checks, papa’s was from Pabst $5.06, & Henry’s $22.58; Hughes & Kolmer spoke about the hog & corn, question Mr. Vogt came to see Uncle Fred about renting his place, but it isn’t for rent. Minnie Staufenbiel came to see Aunt Mary, wrote a letter to John Hempe today. Lauts got election washer. Walter Hecke moved to Waterloo last Sun. Alvin [Irvin – ed. correction] Albrecth nee Bertha Muenth have a little baby boy, called it James; now have 4 children.
Jung was here & paid his debts. A lady around selling vanilla, 3 bottles $1.00, we sent her of [sic – off]. Uncle Joe was here paid Rosalia for threshing $1.50. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we went to Wm. Gregson’s sale, didn’t buy anything; big sale. Ralph Collier was to have his property sold, to but it wasn’t today, Uncle Pete is going to forclose [sic] the mortage [sic – mortgage]. Ralph’s wife is in St. Louis, she is suing him for divorce, it comes of in Sept. court.
Rosalia & Bertille went out to Henry’s, took our wash along, & washed, ironed, patched. Bertille stayed & Robert & Floyd went along home, with Rosalia, & helped dig potatoes. Philip Mueth was here & bought hams 2 for 15¢ lb.
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.
Rosalia went up to Mueths & finished threshing, & Bertille stayed at Henry’s again, all night & Sat. all day. Rosalia had dinner there today; by Henry’s, Papa took Uncle Freds, horse & mule out there, he was there for dinner, they where up in evening. Robert went along home with Rosalia until Sat. night. Wheat is now $1.00 bu.
Papa brought Rosalia out to help cook at Mueth’s threshing, Bertille cleaned & washed at Henry’s, we went in to get her & kids after dinner; she was out all day, & papa came back in the evening to get us both again, Clem Parker went threshing on Henry keu [? unclear].
Today is the big Weddings of Arthur Moehrs & Isabel Kalmer at Tiptown; & dance at Oak Grove, & Sylvester Hellmer, Mamie Mueth at Waterloo, dance at Brezzy Hill. We went out to Uncle Fred’s helped make hay, had lunch, dinner. It sure was cloudy in all corners, but still no rain, out at Schillings it rained, they couldn’t thresh from 3 o’clock on. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we went to Brezzy Hill, stop in at Henry’s. Mamie didn’t get so very many presents at the hall; 4 in all, that we seen; the crowd was just about right, she wore white hat with little veil on it & dress, hose & shoes, flower pink, long sleeves, all satin; & the bridesmaid Aurelia Hellmer wore light green with white hat, & white bow, & slippers, the groomman [sic] Jerome Schilling & groom wore dark suits, Schillings Moonlighters furnished musci [sic], we had fish lunch & sodas then went to Oak Grove, stoped [sic] in on our way home, but boy! was there a crowd there it was awful there, everybody played musci [sic] Keohler’s Orchestra; the bride wore all white, with long veil; double bridesmaids, brothers & sisters from both sides; one wore pink & blue with slippers to match; they played “Home Sweet Home” we left, got home 1:30. We gave Mamie a pair pillow cases.
Nice an cool, morning & nights; We got an invitation card from Mamie Mueth & Slyvester Hellmer, to attend there wedding dance at Brezzy Hill on June 28 at 8 o clock; & to tell Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry & Leona, Everybody welcome. The Waterloo paper never came this week. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here.
Today is band concert in Smithon [sic], & the News Democrat Corres. was to have there pinic [sic] at Daab’s ClubHouse but was given up now on account of the concert. there is pinic [sic] & cold supper here, given by the Evangical [sic] church; we went down awhile, watch the ball game between Red Bud & Hecker, the latter won 5 to 3; there wasn’t much doing at the pinic [sic] in the afternoon, everybody was at Smithon [sic]; at the band concert; the Koehler’s Orch. furnished music for the pinic [sic], Casper Koehler, Rahn, Cowell, Auelibou, are in the band. Uncle Fred won the quilt that was raffled, & a dandy. Bertille got pair pillow cases at playing bluey. Ed Schilling was published for 3 times & wedding will be Wed. morn. 8 o’clock at Red Bud dance at Oak Grove in the evening. Mamine Mueth & Bess Hillmer where published 1st time in Waterloo.
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.]