Papa got hair cut; him & Rosalia went out to Henry’s got a load oats. Baked Oatmeal cookies & pie this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we all went to Red Bud to Mass. Jake Mauer’s sale, large attendance, papa bought rope & things, it was late till they started the household goods, we left afterwards. Buel Rascow was sale cryer, & John Schumacher, clerk; Mrs. Mauer is going to move to the city & her 2 daughters that are not married, will live with her, Bertha & Stella; everything brought a fair prize for bring cash sale. Mrs. Lizze Peiffer, 53 yrs. of age died last Tues. evening & buried this afternoon at Millstadt Cemetery she was Lizzie Hollerbach; married Chas. Peiffer, have 1 son & 2 daughters. Mr. Elmer Rittmeyer 32 & Miss Edna Rieso 19 are being married at Smithon [sic] Church by Rev. Hoste [? – unclear] at 3 oclock, wearing white dress & veil. Mr. Al Rittmeyer & Alice Mantle are the attendants & Miss Mabel Rieso Maid of honor & Aaron Papenberg groomsmen; one wearing peach, & the other green, with slippers to match; they will live in St. Louis, where the groom is employed, a private reception is held in Daabs Club house this evening for, invited several hundred guests. Santa Claus was in Hecker, Mertz store from 3 o clocks on.
Papa & Rosalia went out in the woods; got some up for butchering, Cloudy weather. Gus Geodelle is celebrating his birthday which is tomorrow, tonite in the bus shop at Waterloo, concrete floor. Henry & family came left the kids here, we went along, cake, pretzels, keg beer where served, small crowd, men paid 30¢ each. Geodell’s band. Wagner’s & Rennecker, came here didn’t stay long. we wasn’t home. Mr. Nic Helfrich & Isadore, hauled 50 bus. corn for us from Papenberg’s, 2¢ bu. for hauling. Papa paid 25¢ for the corn, they weighed it out there.
Nice day, warm. Henry & family & Mrs. Cleveland, came left Willis here, they went to Bellville [sic], bought for Christmas. Mr. Louis Whiel was here, to see dad, about the corn, on Reheis’s farm, the 1/3 of Papenberg’s, papa can get it for 25¢ In. & pay for weighing. Wagner & Herman funeral home, in the Crowe Building was opened up, Sat. & Sun. for visitors. They have remodeled thing’s, builded, some to it. Miss Lucille McCarthy has sprained her ankle, & is now confined to her home at present. Found 14 eggs today.
Uncle Fred, & Aunt Mary where up for dinner, then we went riding to see if we could get corn, went to Adam Eckerts he wants 50¢ bu; Herzog on Fritsche’s place, she won’t sale none they say, has over 1000 bus, & won’t sell; to Papenberg’s, nobody home, went to Henry talked awhile there, hard road opened that far, went to Barthels place, then past Joe Gregson’s home, also pass Voges, Brauns, then home, still didn’t buy no corn. We went out to Uncle Fred’s this evening, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Birkner & family, Christ Buehler’s family, Frank Birkners family, Hy. Spalt; were there, the ladies had 6 hand pinochle game Mrs. Oscar Birkner has 1500 trump; the men had social conversation.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile this morning. We went down to Ruma to the 18th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Myerscough, in the hall, big crowd, some from here, Gregson’s, Krehers, Parker, Papenberg, neighbors string band played. Oct. 5 was the day.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner, lunch. It is rather warm again today. We went early to church, had a blow out coming home close to Chas Helfrichs, changed tires & came on. Fred Papenberg got a new chev & Oscar Birkners a used Ford, all close cars. There must be some thieves around Hecker, Hugo Probst got $10 stolen, Wagners got all the ripe & green plums stolen. Lester Gregson moved from the Gambach place to his own that he bought on East Main St. & Mr. & Mrs. Willie Gregson moved in Gambach property. We had our first roasting ears corn for dinner. The pallbearers from Aunt Lizzie where, Emil Brand, Ben Schilling, Hy Eichelman, Edwin & Willie Reheis, Fred Wiegand. The Heyl’s relatives have basket pinic [sic] at the Round Prairie Park, in honor of Mrs. Kessler from Alba. The threshing crew of Oscar Klotz’s have chicken bouilion, at Sam Krehers woods. It is in the paper that Lavern Koerber 23 & Irene Neff 21 where married at Red Bud by Rev. Stern in Catholic parsonage, Mary Havey & Paul Neff where attendats; last Wed. Roller skates & bicycle riding is the latest in Hecker at present. Mr. Rettinhouse is very bad expecting to live only couple days. We have 2 qts tomatoes canned so far, Mrs. John Reheis has 28 qts. & ain’t near finished yet.
Seen in the paper quite a few people from Waterloo attended the World’s Fair; at Chicago the past week. Mrs. Wm. Scheider got her divorce last Mon, he has to paid $75 alimony. Mr. Frank Finnerty is going to have a sale July 29, also Julius Stensel, Aug. 19. Ralph Collier had the Whiteside property for sale, just the place, Papenberg live there.
Scheiders are threshing, they finished last nite at the house & moved up here right away this morning, & started threshing 267 bus. altogether, we got 69 bus. they had them for lunch, so they ate here in the dining room. Mrs. Scheinder & Eunice, Carol Papenberg, Cecelia Parker, we had lunch with them. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up to help to; had dinner & then went to Christ Buehler’s this afternoon, threshing there. Seen in the Waterloo paper, that Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose Doyle have a baby boy & also Mr. & Mrs. Al. Crook first born. Louis Goessling & family, are back again from Nashville, & working on Hecker road now.
Rosalia & Bertille went out to Henry’s washed, ironed; had lunch & dinner. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here. Mr. Papenberg fell from a horse, & brusied [sic] himself pretty bad; yesterday. The Wedding dance last nite brought out an awful crowd; she received so many presents, it lasted till 2 ‘o clock; the table was set for supper after 11 in the basement, there the drinks was also had, her slipper was sold by J. Cortner brought $14. Hugo got it.
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.]