Who is Tillie?

Bertille “Tillie” Anne Brand Klein was born on November 5th, 1914 in Prairie du Long Township, Illinois, the youngest of three children.  She spent the greater part of her developing years in Hecker, Monroe County, Illinois.  After graduating from 8th grade, she stopped going to school since she was needed more at home.  She started these journals or “news books” as she called them, as way to continue her education on her own.  She recorded daily events from January 1, 1930 until December 31, 1939.  In 1940, she married William Klein and went on to have one daughter, Janice.  She passed away in 1997 and is dearly missed.  This is a small part of her legacy.

Unless explicitly stated,  everything recorded in the daily entries are her exact words as she wrote them.

She would find it incredibly funny and silly that her books are on the computer for others to read.


  1. Carol says:

    What a cool idea!

  2. Betty Schreder says:

    My father, Clem Parker, is mentioned in Tillie’s Tales. He knew Bertille personally and I remember family speaking of her.

  3. Willis L. Brand says:

    Tillie was my father’s sister, pappa was my grand father

  4. Maurene Guker says:

    This is very interesting diary. I am finding stories about my grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Ettling and my aunt and uncle Marcella and Karl Boll. Thank you.

  5. Willa Mae Wiegand Prange says:

    I grew up in the “brick house” you refer to. Was born in 1940. I am the daughter of Fred Wiegand. Enjoy following your daily posts.

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