Friday, Nov. 25, 1938

Pap went over by Emil’s, they say he is sick. Bert [Bertille] send pap shoes back to Sears, to small. Emil’s feeling better. Steve Rennecker got bundle of straw for his chickens to scratch. Oliver Birkner delivered us a sack of chick pellets. Wm. Stehfest birthday today, came over radio by German Band. Birkner family.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 1938

Thanksgiving Day. Bert [Bertille] went to church here to wedding mass of Eunice Scheinder & Oliver Fraber guy of Belleville, 2 bridesmaids, dressed peach & old rose with flowers, head bands & shoes to match. bride had white satin with train & long veil; went to wedding dance in eve. at Kammlers Hall. musci [sic] by Belleville Orch. & nice crowd had sandwiches & cake. Thanksgiving Dinner was a big success, sold over 500 tickets, people came from all over. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came down.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1938

Washed hung in basement etc. Pretty cold out. Bert [Bertille] baked mince pie for tomorrow. Celestine Neff got 1 doz. 30 [cents] eggs.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1938

Leona & Bert [Bertille] went to Red Bud to Raffle’s Beauty Shop. Leona got end permanent for $1.00 & Bert [Bertille] all $1.50 got oil changed in Chev. & gas etc. Fried in gal & 1 qt. port sausage this afternoon. Billy [Willis] stayed here this morn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon, had to help clean dishes etc. Awful cold radio says will be 18 [degrees] tonite; freezing right along. Went to Paderborn to euchre party, got sauce pan had 9 points out of 12; crowd was small. Schmidts furnished musci [sic] for dance. Boy! did it snow, so bad couldn’t see were [sic] to drive, terrible ground’s all white & weather man predict more snow.

Monday, Nov. 21, 1938

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary, helped butcher today. 130 lbs. hog. used some Morton’s sausage seasoning in pork sausage. Game Emil a piece of liver, he had to work at Henry’s. Ed. Neff cam to get eggs we had only 1/2 doz. @ 30 [cents] A. [Aunt] Mary bought one of the shoulders @ 18 [cents]. Henry’s cutting chop today.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 1938

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Leo & family were here for dinner, had beef soup & roast. A. [Aunt] Mary went to meeting at church this afternoon, had meeting in prepartion [sic – preparation] for Thursday dinner those that don’t fix turkeys, have to make 4 chickens. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] stayed for supper & also Bill & Bert [Bertille] went to E. St. Louis to Ainade Temple to see Hill Billy show. Susie won 1st prize & Joe Lieber 2nd & little boy 3rd; & Jitterbug Dance 1st couple got $20.00 2nd $10.00 & 3rd $5; it was good.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1938

Pap went out to Henrys got barrl [? – unclear], ready to butcher, brought 5 lbs. beef along @ 18 [cents]. Went to Waterloo to Horn’s sale bought $1.50 all kind of articles. Leona got 4 chairs Leo & family & Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were all in to. Leo got card to come to surprize [sic] wedding dance of Kettler & Eitzenhoefer on Thanksgiving Day. Thurs. at Dicks Grove by New Athens.

Friday, Nov. 18, 1938

Uncle Freds birthday. Bert [Bertille] send a card to German Band. Sears order came, everything O.K. except pap’s shoes to little. Geo. Wagner came paid his hog 279 lbs. @ $7.75. Chris Buehler stopped in on way from St. Louis.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 1938

Geo. Wagner’s butchering today came to get there hog, Hy Armstutz truck, & also J. Kammler, weighed 280 lbs. Got the check from Strecks, one weighed 305 lbs. & 7.40 & 340 lbs. .07. Pap went out on trip this afternoon, took scales back out to Henry’s, he is going to kill a beef this evening. Went to Herman Kettler’s this morn. bought mare from him for $10.00; pap walked home & Bert [Bertille] went to Orlets awhile. Ms. Crocker came got 2 bus. potatoes 50 [cents] bu. Raining this eve.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1938

Beautiful weather. Pap went out looking for pigs. Hy. Armstutz brought the rest of corn, maybe bus. or so. Went out to Henry’s this eve. got scales. Leo & family came here then came out to Henry’s to. Edgar Cox is presenting a show in school hall tonite about Admiral Byrd Exp. Adm. 10 & 25 [cents], wasn’t so crowded they say. Uncle [Fred] & Aunt Mary were up to see the show. Eggs 28 [cents] now. Oliver Birkner delivered 100 lb. chicken & hog pellets.

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