Mission Sun. Rally at Cakohia [sic - Cahokia] at Parks Air Port. Bob Rettinghouse got killed on the hard road last nite, he & his daughter where visiting at John Lipperts, neighbor & brother-in-law, on there way, home got he struck by a passing car, from Sparta; the car was damaged a little, they say the road, has blood, on & some of his brains, so it must of been terrible. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner. We went to Renneckers, Wagners where there too; played cards. Wagner held 1500 trump spades, Bertille had 500 in spades, & Pap had 1500 in clubs, & didn’t see it, some card player’s ha! ha!
We cleaned bedroom. Bertille got the mail. Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rennecker were here this evening. Mr. & Mrs. John Lippert of North from Hecker, celebrated there 25 Silver Wedding Ann, on Oct. 7 at Daab’s Clubhouse, near Smithon [sic], to which the relatives & neighbors took part.
Henry came up at 4:30 got the truck, took it home, loaded hogs, & came back again, took papa along, over to E. St. Louis stockyards, he got work from Hughes, to take them over on Suservind’s permit, government bought. It is raining, & awful dark all day. Clem Parker’s birthday is today 21 yrs old. Henry stayed for dinner. Bertille went over to Renneckers got quilt snowball sun flower pattern, we started the snowball, all little patches.
It rained last nite again, every day so far, cloudy today again; Leona’s birthday 23 yrs old. We went out, took basket tomatoes along, those present were, Mr. & Mrs. Al Cleveland, Emil Brand, Gus Goedelle’s family & us, cake. They cooked molasses yesterday, no more there again, it comes in very slow. Mrs. Rennecker said, she was here awhile, we cut lawn, cleaned up stairs.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry & family where here for dinner, & supper; had chicken soup. Steve Rennecker’s wed. anniversary. Mamie & Clarence where down tonite. Maniers have a dance, Herzog Nite Owls. Miss Marie Krack died Thurs. & will be buried this afternoon, with mass tomorrow morning; she was 29 yrs. old, they have her at home upstairs. Mr. Rex Rapp & Miss Helen Braun where married yesterday; surprise, they weren’t published.
Today the farmers meet in Hecker School house signing the contract for the wheat proposition. Henry was here for dinner, he signed; Some boys where around selling papers to get votes to go to school. Mrs. Rennecker, was here awhile, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary brought peaches & damson plums.
Rosalia & Bertille went out to Aunt Mary’s, had lunch, dinner, lunch, sewed Aunt Mary a dress. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening, they got a check from Dugans & cashed it now, it says insufficient funds, but they can’t locate Caldwell. Rosalia was by Mrs. Rennecker for awhile. Canned 2 qts. tomatoes.
We went out to Uncle Fred’s took a spring along out & brought one back, & also the mule. Henry called up, said one should come out, so papa & Rosalia went, she is going to stay. Mrs. Geodelle went home last nite, & Mrs. Cleveland stayed there & this morning; Robert came along back with papa. We cultivated the pumpkin patch. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we helped clean house, & set things straight again had lunch, there, a watermelon, but it wasn’t very good. Steve Rennecker was here awhile, we all went along home with him to see a flower, Kings of the Night, it will be opened about midnight, it is nice.
Papa went out with the Doctor to see Aunt Lizzie this morn. Aunt Mary & Uncle Fred when out this afternoon. They oiled the streets again this Morning. Aunt Lizzie she was 58 yrs. 3 mo. 19 days died at 10 mins, after 12 today, they didn’t have no priest, Aunt Mary got to late, also Jac, got to later. Mr. Rittmeyer was here selling brushes. Mrs. Rennecker came over. Henry went over to Reheis this evening; but they didn’t have her home yet, not till tomorrow.
[editor's note: Beginning of this entry is believed to have been written by Rosalia]
We went to Red Bud, the Catholic will have pinic [sic] & chicken supper, Aug. 8. Hecker ball team played Douglas last Sun. here & won 7 to 5, & today are playing up at Belleville, & lost 24 to 2. Mrs. Cleveland’s is celebrating her birthday today, her mother came along back with here from Centralia. Ruth Braun was here selling chances for the pinic here in Hecker on Aug. 12; we took one. Mr. & Mrs. Rennecker came over awhile, till they got company. Katie came. It sure rained nice here; some places they can thresh like by Pour’s.