The last day of the old year. A year ago today Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Medlock were married & Leocadia [?] Braun got killed in an accident. Papa went up town this morning to order his license & he went in the store first & they told him that the bank was closed. Ted Eichenseer went down to see Jo. Braun, but he wasn’t at home. When Braun came home, Arthur Barthel went down to the house to see him , & he asked him what it was shut for, & he said “for the Federal Reserve Banks, & to protect the depositors. The sign was first on the door early this morning, last night it wasn’t on yet. The signs say closed until further notice. So I don’t know how long it will be closed. It may not be long. Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary were here this afternoon then went to Belleville. They was to inquire about some beef for us from Streck’s Butcher Shop. After they left, we all went out in the woods. We also stopped in at Henry’s. He has such an awful bad cold. We all got an invitation to come to Hy. Ronederberg’s dance Sat. night. Uncle Fred has to furnish the music. Gene Mechler of Waterloo have a little baby boy since last week.
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We all went out to Henry’s butchering today. Uncle Fred’s & Emil were all there helping, he butchered 1 sow – it weighed 275 lbs. dressed. That was the first one this year. It started snowing today, for a little while & cold 28 above zero. Today Papa & Rosalia shoes came, they fit alright could have been better. Last Sunday, Mr. & Mrs. August Voges celebrated their silver wedding down at Lords Corner.
Today is Harold Hellmer’s birthday. Henry & family were here for dinner today. After dinner we played ball. It is such a nice day. Charles Schilling & Odillo Eichenseer was riding around this afternoon they went down as far as Meng’s road and turned around & he missed the culpert with one wheel and it went down, Odillo got the truck and pulled him out. At 2 o’clock was church, so we went to church & after church to the cemetery. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to the cemetery first then they came up here, then to church, then to Mrs. Threfall’s shooting match. We had company from St. Louis, they first was at the house, but we weren’t at home, so they came up to church & then they went along to the cemetery & then they came back up to Hecker again & had lunch with us. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up again afterwards from the shooting match. There was nobody there. The people from St. Louis were Mr. & Mrs. Sig. Dudenhoeffer, and friends Mrs. Karmer and son Harry & Jake Becherle from Germany, he is just over 4 months now. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had supper here and then they went to Willie Birkner’s it was their wedding anniversary. Tonight Harry Kammler has a dance again. People Jane Orchestra playing. Bill Matzenbacher, Ed. Wittenaurs, Mrs. Threfall all had shooting matches this afternoon.
Rosalia went to church this morning. George Reheis brought our lime dust spreader back again. Today is Mrs. Oscar Birkner’s birthday & also chicken supper in Paderborn. Papa hauled a load of coal this morning & this afternoon took some tile to Belleville for Fr. Grootens & then he brought another load of coal along back. Rosalia took 8 doz. eggs off & got .25¢ a doz. She bought 2 1/2 yds. of table cloth for $1.65. I seen in the paper that Ike Napier moved his family & household goods to a farm by Paderborn, one of Knapp’s places last Thurs. Ike is going to work for Knapps. Mr. & Mrs. Martin Fritsche celebrated their golden Wedding last Sunday.
We washed, ironed, patched today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this afternoon a little while, from here they went to Red Bud to Chris Buehler’s, it is their wedding anniversary. Oliver Kammler is playing accordion over at George Wagner’s. Ralph Ettling was here, he paid his $98.00, he still has a $100.00 to paid yet. Peter Watchel had a accident by Grohmann’s lane up by Belleville. He was by himself when it happened, but he didn’t get hurt so very much, because he went to work again today the way they say.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for lunch, dinner & lunch today, we dug a well. There is about 8 ft. of water. In the evening we drove out to Uncle Fred’s & got them went back to Hecker and took the hard road to Breezy Hill to Gus Geodell’s 25th wedding anniversary, silver. There was a big crowd there. It rained this evening, it just poured down. They stayed at our house all night. Bertille was over an invited Elmer Kammler.
I have seen the paper that Arthur Matlock from Waterloo have a little boy at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, it was born last Monday. Nick Schaefer’s second youngest daughter, Maggie, was taken to the hospital last Sat. night and was operated on for appendix. Henry Meng got his finger smashed between 2 large rocks, he now has his arm & fingers in a sling. The St. Louis baseball team played here Sunday with Hecker the score was 8 to 15 in favor of Hecker. It is reported that Clem Parker lost a valuable horse last Sat. from heat. Bertille was up town and got the paper this morning. Mrs. Gene Meckler from Waterloo, they took her to the Hospital at Red Bud. We baked cookies, washed, ironed, cleaned upstairs today. It is Albert Cleveland’s birthday today. Yesterday it was their wedding anniversary 18 years married & tomorrow night they are going to have a dance. Emma Braun brought Mrs. Rennecker home this evening. Papa & Rosalia went down to Geo. Vonderheit’s this afternoon and got the spring buggy home, what Papa bought for .30¢. Steve Rennecker and his wife were over this evening a little while. Roman Meng came over and told us that our colt was out, something was chasing it, I guess a dog. It ran through the wire fence, it has a cut on the breast & one on leg behind. We put some lard & turpentine on it right away. Mrs. Rennecker said that Mr. Dehn ain’t no better yet, no changes she said. Dr. Eckert’s father is awful bad sick too.
Today there is homecoming in New Athens. This evening we went out to Henry’s a little while, they are going to thrash Monday morning. I saw in the paper that Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Koch have the blessing of a little boy since last Thursday. They now have a boy and a girl. Mr. [and Mrs.] Jacob Miller celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on July 2.