We are back to see Grandma Pfaff again today.

It is Sunday, October 7th 1905. A beautiful day. We all went to Sunday School except Helen, who had to get dinner, and Maybelle who had no dress to wear. We had no preaching service as no minister is in charge of our church just yet. I hope we will have one soon, and that he will be a man who will do us good.

Father William has been cutting corn most of the week and expects to cut next week for Nick Baker.

October 17th) William still cutting corn, is at Sawyer's now and has been cutting all week, some for Eri Anderson, some for Everett Brown. I went to the sewing society which met at Mrs. Durand's. We sewed for Mrs. Hollenbeck's twins, and made ten garments. I called at Mrs. Baker's to see about her mother who had her teeth extracted Monday and was unable to come home till Thursday. As I drew near home, Maybelle met me with a story of how Mr. Dunfee's horses had run away and broke the wagon up. Mr. Dunfee was found in the cornfield unable to move. Mr. Moffit, Charlie Whitcomb, Clara Clark and Phyllis, carried him in a blanket to Mr. Moffit's house, and Berta had to go telephone for the doctor. It was found that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis and is not expected to get well or live.

October 23) A dark rainy day. Mame is visiting Maud Ream. Mildred gone to town. Helen sewing for Hattie. Father William is feeling very poorly and has been for some days. Mr. Aaron Dunfee is dead and will be buried tomorrow. Nathan Reed's daughter Ida was married Saturday to Mr. Stickrod. All of our friends who were young with us are growing old, as are William and I. When the children leave the home roof we are reminded that we are now the "old folks".

October 31st) I am sitting up, baking bread. All the other members of the family are in bed. I do not suppose the bread will be very good. I must get some new yeast. Sammy is at Hattie's tonight. We intend to go nutting tomorrow. Phyllis went to the Christians Endeavor meeting with John Proctor last night. Helen is home now, but goes up to Hattie's about two days a week to sew. Mame had to sew steadily all Fall to get her clothes ready. She has only her black silk to make yet, and then comes the wedding dress and Helen is to make that. Hattie Wadleigh Paige has a little girl. I remember very well when Hattie herself was born.

We'll say goodbye to Grandma for now. I notice she didn't mention anything about Halloween. Maybe they did not recognize that day back then, or maybe they chose not to. I don't know. I am of the understanding that it is a spin-off of a pagan celebration, and maybe they knew that and objected.

This will be the last call for the quarterly meeting of the Madison County Singing Convention, October, 28, 6 p.m., Mine La Motte Baptist Church. Turn off Highway 00, on county road 217, to 215, to church. Y'all come if you can, and we'll be looking for you.

Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them. She can be reached at 573-783-6721 or by mail at 2040 Hwy 00; Fredericktown, MO 63645

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