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Saturday September 1-Today Mame, Phyllis, Helen, Mildred and Alberta went to a fishing party at Flat Creek. The younger children left at home, took their dinner and went to the pasture to have a picnic. The house was still all day. A steady rain set in and all the fishing party were soaked when they reached home. They had a delightful time and are none the worse. I hope.

Sunday September 2-Went to Sunday school. We still have no minister. Phyllis is 22 today. Frank and Maud have just returned from a visit in Nebraska (Grandma's sister-in-law and her daughter. No doubt they rode the train that ran through Green Ridge). Have been sewing on Berta's new dress. School begins next Monday.

September 4-A dull gloomy day. Mildred and Berta are up to their Uncle John Laney's picking grapes. I have nearly finished Berta's dress, a brown voil, real pretty. Ruth is over to Naydene Baker's. Maybelle visiting at Hattie's, also Sammy. Father William has gone to town with his friend Nathan Reed. I will have 9 cows to milk.

September 7-Friday, and my 48th birthday. Worked around the house all morning, sewing and cooking. Went calling in the afternoon on Mrs. Wallin, and afterwards, on Mrs. William Baker. Stayed to tea and got home after dark.

September 8-Made Berta a new white sun bonnet. Mame baked for Sunday dinner as it is her turn to cook. She is looking for Frank Johnson to come.

Sunday-Hattie and Fred were here and have gone home. F. Johnson did not come. I did not go to Sunday school today. Phyllis is gone to church tonight with Roy McCampbell.

Tuesday September 11-William and I attended the funeral this morning of George Wadleigh, an old neighbor and acquaintance who died Sunday night. He was a great sufferer from heart disease, brought on by drinking whiskey. How many murders, how many homes are broken, how many children, worse than fatherless, are cast out in the world to take care of themselves, all caused by the love for drink.

We will leave Grandma Pfaff and her family for now.

For us, we need to get ready for the October Madison County Singing Convention, coming up the fourth Saturday of October, at the Mine La Motte Baptist Church. Mark your calendar now.

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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