Love Reading Old Diaries?

If you enjoy reading Tillie's Tales of the 1930s, I highly encourage you to check out the website Paper of the Past. Mandy is a scrapbook collector who shares the stories of those who wrote in them on her Instagram page. She brings to light what might have been forgotten and/or discarded. Starting tomorrow, June 16th, she will be emailing excerpts each week from a diary she discovered that dates to 1891. The author, Leona, is 16 when the diary begins and lives in Houston, Texas. You can subscribe to these emails by clicking here. Thanks again for your ongoing support of Tillie's Tales. … Read More >

Your Photos Hold a Story

Did you ever look at a photo and think: I know there is a story behind this! I just wish I could know what it is!? This happens to me more times than I can count. Sometimes a family member is dressed up silly which is the case in a photo of my grandfather wearing nothing but a native Hawaiian hula skirt and a huge grin. Where did he get this skirt? What drove him to put it on? Was it even his?? Unfortunately I didn't come across this picture until after he was gone to ask him these questions. And sometimes it is just a group shot. All filled with smiles and I can only identify a couple of people in the photo. Oh, how I wish I could know who the other folks are and why they were important in the lives of my relatives. This past summer I attended St. Augustine's KirchenFest in … Read More >

Get talking! 22 Interview Questions to Discover YOUR Family Story

The dreaded interview. We all have had to endure at least one that didn't go quite the way you wanted. Or, in my case, you thought it went really bad and you still ended up with the job! It all goes to say what you may think is one thing isn't always the case! But I am not talking about those kind of interviews. Let's talk about the interviews where we take some time and just sit and chat with … Read More >

Changes at Tillie’s Tales

There are changes afoot on Tillie's Tales! We are now deep in 1937 for my grandmother's (Bertille "Tillie" Brand Klein) entries of her "Tales." She ends her entries on December 30, 1939 so that means we have a little over two years left to go. With that being said I (Angie Kelly - Tillie's granddaughter and the person who posts her entries) have decided to expand what I post on this website. … Read More >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Tuesday, June 22, 1937

Cut in 13 qts. kraut; 3 qts beets; this morning. This afternoon varnished kitchen cupboards & doors, woodwork. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up, working across the street.

Monday, June 21, 1937

Worked truck patch, garden, washed, ironed. Pap went out to help Henry cut wheat; came back at dinner, pretty warm. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon.

Sunday, June 20, 1937

Went to 6:30 mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed awhile. Came up this afternoon, Bert [Bertille] went along to Millstadt German pinic [sic], seen St. Louis people dance a German Polka, sure was good; met a few people that we knew; came home had supper here, then went to Paderborn to Carrie’s fish fry Skaers Orch.; & what crowd, Floraville had to close down, everybody at Paderborn. Ray Neubarth & Buettner getting married at Waterloo today. Wiegands had free barn dance last nite musci [sic] by girls of Floraville, had pretty large crowd & hot.

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