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.
It started sleeting, it was awful bad driving the windshield always froze up & we couldn’t see, had to clean it of [sic - off] 5 times coming home from Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner we had chicken, we played 5 hand pinochle about 3 games then they went home. Dan Geodelle & his family called in this morn, looking for Henry, he wasn’t home they where at Waterloo, she called in so they are going to visit them tonite. Dan wanted to speak with Henry about pigs. Art Schaefer & a gang, Papenberg, Parker’s, went down the road with the sleigh & bells ringing this afternoon for a ride, they sure went some. We went to Robert Laut’s this evening. Joe Watchel’s family & Mr. & Mrs. Karl Boll where also there, the ladies plaed 5 hand pinochle & the men played solo. popcorn & wine where served, came home about 11 o’clock.
It is cold. The alarm ring came over the lines that Valentine Metz died & will be buried Sat. morn, leaving the house at 9 o’clock to St. Mary’s Catholic Church & cemetery. Papa isn’t feeling well, so we can’t go in. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went in this afternoon. He was pretty old. Bertille got the mail. Hugo Radau surprized many of his friends by being married Nov. 19 to Miss Anna May Scalis, kept it secret till now, he is a muscian [sic] having a orchestra at Waterloo by Adam Brust’s where Hugo stays, his foster father, he is employed in the meat market there, where married at St. Genieve [sic] Mo. on 19 Nov. Clarence Voges son of Louis Voges is a very happy young man at present his Uncle presented him a nice new car, he now has two. Mr. Herb. Schmidt mail carrier & his family, Arthur Cowell & the Red Bud Junior Band surprized Ed Weber last Thurs. eve, on a few orchestra slections [sic] & everybody enjoyed a good time.
We went to late mass at Red Bud. Henry & Leona & Floyd stopped in on there way to Belleville & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Rosalia & Bertille went along in with them, lot of Hecker & Paderborn people there today; buying Christmas toys such like. We killed a mouse in the wood box this eve. Adam Eckert’s birthday is today. It is awful cold out tonite.
It rained a little last night, warm again today. We are baking bread. Rosalia & Bertille went out to Uncle Fred’s this morning had dinner there, made 2 blouse shirts for the boys for Christmas. It got cloudy & black out in the northwest & thunder & lighten, wind, hail rain this evening, & turned cold.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary was here a little while this morning, they had a different priest here in Hecker, this morn. Fr. Grooten’s is sick, they say. Mr. Ralph Ettling was here this afternoon & paid of $175.00 part interest $25.50 still due. He told us they had the Sheriff out to Wuertz’s to get there dog, they had pined up in the house, sheriff got there dog for them, he went in the house & got it, at night time. The Wuertz’s boy’s jumped on Buddy & the old lady ordered them of the place, Henkel & Buddy, so they left & got the sheriff, to get them dog. Louis Armstutz was here awhile. We went out to Cleveland’s this evening played 6 hand pinochle, Mr. Cleveland & Rosalia & Bertille partners & the other 3 partners, played 4 games, wine & cake, popcorn where served. That solo set out there where at Papenberg’s last night they said.
We went out to Henry’s butchering today, 1 big hog, we had lunch & dinner, Emil & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary helped too. Today is Gus Geodell’s birthday he is 51 yrs. old.
Papa got his hair cut & shave this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up & went along with us to Belleville. It is in the Waterloo paper that Cornealia Petri 24 & Marcus Mentel 21 son of Henry Mentel where married on Thanksgiving Day & also John Heiken Jr. married Arline Meyer on the same day. The license of Frank Geschwender 23 & Mildred Becthloftt 20. Roy Stauenfbiel’s have a little baby boy since Nov. 30 they have 4 girls & 1 boy.
It is so nice an warm all week already, cool nights. We shelled corn this morn. George Wagner’s is butchering today, got it hog from Chas. Wagner’s. Steve & Kammler’s boy’s butchering. Henry brought a load of corn this afternoon. We went out to Uncle Fred’s this evening, but they where down at Oscar Birkner’s butchering, they came home then.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry & family where here for dinner & supper. Aunt Mary & Rosalia & Bertille went over to Mrs. Stauenfbiel’s this evening to see the quilt she has in the frame for Irene Neff’s place where she is working. It is called Grandmothers flower garden; it is sure pretty. We went over to Uncle Fred’s & played cards, 5 hand pinochle, played 3 games.