We butchered 2 hogs today. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Emil & Henry were the butchers. They were here for dinner, & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed for supper too. It took so long to rendered the lard. Henry & Emil left about 4 o’clock. We made some summer sausage too. Mr. Eichenseer went up to Belleville this morning & got the beef from Streck’s Shop, the driver forgot to call Eichenseer this morning, so he had to go in after it. He brought it down here, & there were 3 sausages in with the beef, so we called them up & Odillo came & got them. We had about 29-30 lbs. beef for .19¢ boneless. Ralph Wiegand was here this morning & invited us all, Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Henry, to come down to their place, the old house on Sunday eve. Jan. 11. It was in big letters in the paper today that Hecker State Bank shut it doors & all the directors, cashier names were mentioned. They thought the bank would open again in a few days, but it hasn’t yet. It was also in the paper that Smithton State Bank is changed to First National Bank. Miss Gladys Hull teacher of the Upper School gave a Christmas Program & quite a few people of around here were present. Mrs. Schemberger of Millstadt died, her husband was killed a year ago by “Patty Diesel.”
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We all went out to Henry’s butchering today. When we came home we started washing. We brought our old talking machine along up & played a few pieces on it. Henry butchered 2 hogs. Emil also helped. Leona & Bertille scrubbed the kitchen floor yet, after we were through butchering, we were done about 11:30. We got a little Christmas tree and took it along home.
Henry & family were all here for dinner, today after dinner Henry went up to see the priest. We went out to Uncle Fred’s and Aunt Mary’s this evening & listened to the Radio & had lunch there too. They was up at our house this morning. Mrs. Seibert is getting buried this morning at Smithton. Henry took the barrel & kettle along home, he is going to butcher tomorrow.
Today is Thanksgiving. Uncle Fred’s are going to butcher, they are getting 2 fat hogs from Walter Stahl for .9¢ delivered. Tonight is to be Box Supper in the Church Hall. We all went out to Uncle Fred’s today. We stayed for supper. Oscar Birkner’s family & Henry Brand were also helping. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up here this evening & then we all went to the Box Supper. There we danced first & then afterwards sold the boxes, there were 7 boxes to sell. They were sold as follows: Helen Braun, Rex Rapp, Verna Stiehl, Clarence Braun, Marie Truttman, Ray Braun, Angela Eichenseer, Fr. Grootens, Pearl Griffins, Victor Braun, Rosella Braun, Ben Schilling, Alvera Braun, Olivia Pour. The highest box brought $1.50, Rex Rapp’s bought it. The only ones that eat together were Angela & Fr. the rest all left for a Smithton dance.
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.
We washed this morning & hung it in the basement. It is awful cold. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this afternoon. Tonight the Y.P.L. is to have their play in Kammler’s Hall, the name is “Dangerous Waters.” It was pretty nice, the characters were: Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Hepp, Henry Spalt, Henry Keorber, Milton Wagner, Ralph & Clarence Rausch, Flossie Kammler, Katy Keorber, Alvera Jatho, Marcella Ettling. Karl Boll made it thunder & lightnin’ & rain. The reserved seats were all taken. Henry Wiedeman & Woods furnished the music, accordion & violin. Henry came up this evening, he is going to butcher tomorrow.
Today is Mrs. Napier’s birthday. We washed this morning. Papa went out to Henry’s. Osie Neff is butchering a cow for him, he is going to take it to Waterloo and sell it there. Papa had dinner out there & then he took some beef back to Willie Ganley’s & then brought some to Uncle Fred’s. Rosalia & Bertille went out to Aunt Mary’s this afternoon & finished our dresses. This evening Rosalia & Bertille went up to see Mamie, we played cards & dominos. Mr. Fries is getting buried this afternoon at New Athens. There is also 2 funerals at Smithton, Mr. Heinrich, Mrs. Weyhaupt.
Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s this morning to get some more beef. Elmer Kammler is a butchering a hog today. We had beef soup for dinner. This afternoon we all went out in the woods and piled brush. Eggs are .30¢ today.