Papa went to Red Bud to get butter milk for our chicks. Ike Napier & Karl Boll came & got the hog this morn, it weighed 309 lbs. at 4.50¢ lb. Steve Rennecker came over this afternoon, the ladies of the Evangical [sic] church have meeting George Kammler’s. Mr. Philip Ruhl 79 years of age died & will be buried this afternoon at New Athens.
Henry & family came up this morning, had lunch & dinner here. Papa, Rosalia, Henry went to East St. Louis to get little chicks, 400 chicks from, Illmo Poultry Farm at $4.55 – 100, all white Rocks, nice. George Wagner was here to get signers for Mr. Hill so he can be now – high school director. Our telephone is on the bum, papa went over to Renneckers to talk. We got new batteries & put them in today & everything is in No P condition, our old ones where all together dead.
Papa got crushing done this morn. Geo. Boll was here to sell soup meat or roasts. 10 & 13¢, we didn’t take any. It rained last nite, & cooler today. Bess Helmer is giving a birthday dance at Brezzy [sic] Hill tonite adm. 25¢, White Duck, & Miss Lucille McCarthy is giving one at Oak Grove 20¢ each. We all & George Wagners family went over to Renneckers played pinochle this evening, wine & cookies where served.
Line’s 12′s members are all online 2 now, so they are all out working, setting posts. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s, papa is going to use Henry’s horses & wagon & haul wood together. Rosalia is coming back home again. We took dinner up in the woods to papa, got 9 loads wood hauled up, then Henry came up there for the team to get posts out for the line; so he had to quite [sic - quit]; we took a load of fire wood along home, stopped at Henry’s a little while then went home. Papa hauled cinders from back Henry’s sheds, hauled them in our road. Bertille got the mail, there was a letter there from J. Keller for Aunt Mary, I called her up, & she said for me to open it; the letter was mailed last Fri & was in Hecker on Sat., but no body got there mail till today, she had written that she would try & come out Tues. or Wed. but she didn’t show up those day, anyway’s nobody seen anything of her. Renneckers & Wagners went to Lauts tonite. Mr. Ed. Pabst brought a load of corn this afternoon.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here awhile before the funeral of Mr. Joe Mueth 75 yrs. old; it was a very large one, but it snowed a little & got awful cold, after church the sun was shining. Fr. Aydt had a very nice sermon again today. Henry & Leona where at church, & from there went to Belleville. We all went out to the cemetery. Papa went to Hecker this afternoon, we baked cream pie. Frank Dudenhoeffer & Lizzie didn’t come up for the funeral, & with Rosa & her boy, they went along home with Lizzie to Oklahoma. We all & Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rennecker went over to George Wagner’s & played pinochle, papa had 1540 trump in hearts & didn’t see it, & his partner Clara at the same time had 300 pinochle, too bad wasn’t it, I Say, beer & cake & doughnuts where served, to the visitors. Rosalia got 1 gal. milk.
We washed, ironed. Beautiful day like spring. Papa went up in the woods, this afternoon. Louis Dehn is butchering his hog here at Renneckers 600 lbs. Robert Laut is also, he got 2 hogs from Christ Buehlers. Edwin Reheis had there little baby bay christened the other Sun at Smithon [sic] by Rev. Hosto, called it Emil Fred, was sponsor. Papa brought 1 gal. milk along for the pigs. We went out to Henry’s this evening. Papa & Henry went up to Joe Mueths, this 12 o’clock, he is pretty bad, the doctor gives him up, he breathes so loud, & some times not at all, girls are all at home.
We were all out at Henry butchering had lunch & dinner. they made 57 summer sasauge [sic]. Mrs. Meuth is awful bad sick in St. Louis, MO. We had awr [sic] eggs at Renneckers today and peddler paid 17¢. [ed. note: entry completely in a different handwriting than Bertille's. Most likely is Rosalia writing].
We went to Jac. Brandt funeral it was largely attended. Papa went to Waterloo this afternoon he got a book from the Times printing office, for agriculture – it is for farmers. Christ Buehler’s are having corn shocking frolic & butchering. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary helped. Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rennecker & George Wagner’s family where all here this evening, playing cards, Bertille had 1500 trump in Clubs & partner 300 pinochle. Harold Wagner’s birthday is today. Henry & Leona went to Belleville & left the kids here this afternoon. 3 little pigs born.
We fried down bacon, sugar cured meat. Steve Rennecker came over & collected his telephone dues, $1.50 including drop tax. Steve cut all of his trees down in front of his house. George Wagner hauled them away for firewood. Papa went over awhile. George & Joe Wactel was also there. The Democrat man from Belleville called out to Hills to get some information to put in the paper today on Hecker Default State Bank, about the wreath that has been placed there; in front of the bank door. Mrs. Hill ordered some cottage cheese from Ben Heyl’s they sell it 15¢ pint. Mrs. George Wagner put a quilt in the frame this morning, Mrs. Rennecker helped, Mrs. Watchel also helped to quilt on it this evening. Jerome Cortner was to see Uncle Fred’s but they wasn’t up here, they where at Chris Buehler’s, who is pretty sick, he didn’t come over here. Wagner told him that they wasn’t up today.
We butchered 2 hogs today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Henry where helping, had lunch & dinner. Uncle Fred stayed for supper then we played 5 hand pinochle. Mr. Tecklenburg paid 28¢ for eggs we had 7½ doz; he got some from Mrs. Rennecker too. Mrs. Papenberg called up this evening for a patter for a sunburst quilt, we didn’t have none.