Papa went to church this morning & then he went down to see Jos. Braun a little while. We washed & ironed today, baked bread. This afternoon Mamie called up & wanted to know if any of us were going to the quilting in the School Hall. We didn’t know anything of it at all so Rosalia went up to Mamie’s & then they went. There is Trustee meeting over at Elmer Kammler’s this afternoon. This morning the ground was all covered with snow, but it is so warm today, that the snow is all most gone already. This evening Papa went down to the telephone meeting at George Kammler’s & Rosalia & Bertille went up to Mamie’s & played pinochle. Angela & Bertille were partners & Mamie & Rosalia, we played 2 games & each won one. Greg. McCarthy went to a show with Ralph Wiegand. Odillo went over to Ed. Neff’s & the 2 Schilling’s boys too, they had a game of pinochle there. At the telephone meeting they elected the old officers again, & the next meeting will be in April at our place.
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We all went to Belleville this morning & sold $10.85 meat & $3.50 for 10 doz. eggs, we got .35¢ a doz. Papa went up town this afternoon. We cooked some beef soup for supper & invited Henry & family & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary to come up, so they all were here for supper. We played six handed pinochle, ladies against the men, two games were played & each won one. It started snowing so they all left for home. Aunt Mary said this evening that Oscar Birkner’s boy Leo & girl Erma were both so sick with the Winter Fever.
Today is Epiphany. Rosalia fried down 5 gals. bacon today. Papa took the car up town & got air & gas ready for Belleville tomorrow. Mr. Hill called up this evening & told us about telephone meeting next Thursday Evening at George Kammler’s. Bertille made some mush & put blood sausage in with it & fried it for supper. It sure was good. This evening we cooked some beef soup for tomorrow when we come back from Belleville.
Today is Robert Probst’s birthday, they are to have a party there tonight. George Boll’s family are going to Uncle Fred’s this afternoon. Papa went up town a little while this morning. Leona came up by herself this morning the kids ain’t feeling so good yet. We all went to Uncle Fred’s & Aunt Mary’s this afternoon, George Boll’s family & Lizzie Schaefer from Texas was there too for supper. Karl Boll has to play music over at Probst’s tonight.
Papa got crushing done this morning. This afternoon Papa & Rosalia went out to the woods & sawed a tree down. They stopped at Henry’s & brought our big table along back for butchering Monday. Tonight we all went to Uncle Fred’s & Aunt Mary’s first, Henry Birkner & family were also there & then we all went to Hy. Ronenberg birthday dance. There was an awful crowd there. Henry Birkner & Uncle Fred & Roy Stafenbiel furnished music. Those from here that were there were, Parkers, Pappenbergs, Rittemeyers, Probsts, Reheis, Watchel, Skaer boy played his guitar & sang three songs, one was, The Letter Edged in Black, Will You Let Me Sleep in Your Barn. It sure was nice. The Evansville relatives were all there too.
Rosalia & Bertille went to church this morn. & Papa went out to Oscar Birkner’s. This afternoon he went out in the woods. Fr. Grootens & Frank Swindle were here this evening & looked at our new pigs, they said “they are sure nice.” H.M. Hill was reporting the news to the Belleville Papers that the Hecker bank shut its doors. I seen in the Waterloo Times that Miss Helen Keckritz & a Cowell from Red Bud had a collision & Miss Keckritz machine got on fire & was completely pushed off the road & all damaged, it happened between Red Bud & Waterloo, she & a few more friends were going to the Brickey School, when the accident happened. I believe she has a new Whippet now. Emmett Cowell of Red Bud, the store manager of there was fined $102 (he had no license) for buying furs of a certain kind. Robert Basecher 19 of Red Bud & Miss Fern Gully 20 of the same place were married last week. Dr. Fentor also of Waterloo was in a collision in E. St. Louis & Mr. & Mrs. Fenton & their niece was hurt seriously. Henry Kessler of Hecker has just passed his 70th birthday anniversary & says he is going to withdraw from the Woodmen.
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.
We all went to Belleville this morning & sold 16 doz. eggs for .35¢, $5.60. Papa went in the woods this afternoon & also stopped in at Henry’s & brought the thread in for her, what we brought along from Belleville. Rosalia is fixing up the doll & stuffed it. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here this evening & then we all went up in the School Hall & there Oh! what a time, it was a dance. Isadore Helfrich went home & got his accordion & then Uncle Fred Roy Staufenbiel furnished music. There were a few outsiders there. Papa bought a cake. Uncle Fred got 2 cakes. The dance was over about 11 o’clock.
We washed this morning & ironed & patched. Papa was over at Ed Meng’s this morning to see if they had a hog rack, but he didn’t have any, so Papa went up to Eichenseer & got one there & then he loaded our hog & went out to Oscar Birkners. This afternoon he went up in the woods. Bertille got the mail this evening. We got a doll sent for 3 coupons of Elgin Butter it is ready to cut out & stuffed & sewed shut & then ready to play with.
Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for lunch this morning. We & Henry & family went out to Uncle Fred’s & Aunt Mary’s for dinner & supper. We played pinochle and victrola. This evening they came up here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & then we all went to the euchre in the School Hall. For a prize they took a little washtub & Aunt Mary got it back again, she had 8 points. We took a flower vase there, but none of us got anything. Papa & Bertille had six points & Rosalia 2 points. There was quite a crowd there. George Parker’s have a little baby boy since yesterday, they got it christened today. They called it Virgil. Paul & Anna Marie were sponsors. Joe Kaisers have a little boy since last week, Christmas Eve. William Schaefers also have a little boy since last week.