Thursday, Dec. 15, 1938

Went butchering at Henry’s, so did Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary; was done by 2 o’clock; with sausage & everything. Berniece Wagner got 1 doz. eggs; she is going to have birthday celebration, Sat. afternoon, 11 classmates; her birthday is Monday. So many people have rabbit fever. Chas. Schillings called there girl Rose Mary. Went to Orlets, played cards, had lunch.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1938

Nice day. Baked carmel [sic] cookies; patched. Went to Belleville this afternoon. Henry & Billy [Willis] came got things for butchering. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came brought tree up. We received a beautiful calendar for Becker Ins. Agent. Bill [Klein] was here.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1938

Washed, ironed, baked cookies, molasses & hardzorn [? – unclear]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Pap cleaned barn. Leo & family were down this eve; beautiful evening.

Monday, Dec. 12, 1938

Nice day. We went out on trip, back Tipton. Pap went to Myerscough’s this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] baked cookies. Eggs 24 [cents].

Sunday, Dec. 11, 1938

Went to Red Bud 7 o clock. Leo & family came, Marita stayed with pap, & Bert [Bertille] went along with them to Belleville to redication [sic – rededication] of St. Mary’s Parish Blessing by Bishoff [sic] & mass by Frs. Orlet, Kaiser & Hoff; beautiful church & much larger, lot of people at church; had dinner for priests. We came home, had dinner here, pap cooked. Bill [Klein] & Bert went to Henry’s this eve. playing cards; had pie cake etc.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 1938

Pap went to Hoef’s bought 7 pigs $40. weigh 55 to 34. Went to Red Bud. Schriebers put a new heater in, other one leaked. Bert [Bertille] went to Fr. Spors paid $12.00 pew rent. Went to Leos tonite, awhile, played cards. Marita’s colds pretty good.

Friday, Dec. 9, 1938

Cloudy & cold. Pap went to see Hoef’s. Caming was here on business for Uncle Fred & all settled for now. He came here, was at Waterloo first. We went to Henry; got few sacks of wheat to feed. Leonard Hoef was here.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 1938

Raining today. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] brought baby [Marita] here & Bert [Bertille] went along to Belleville, had dinner here, Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary also at Belleville, Caming was here again. Emil came this afternoon awhile. Hecker church have 13 hr. Devotion today. Bill [Klein] & Bert went to Paderborn Sodality of Young boys & girls had banquet, given by Father Weskamp others playing cards, eating & drinking, & followed by dancing, musci [sic] by Jac. Schoenborn, new accordion & also Rheinhardt.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1938

Beautiful day; patched, cleaned etc. Went to New Athens, Freeburg, & Smithton. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she went to church. Bert [Bertille] won the fruit cake by Mertz.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1938

Nice day, washed ironed. Went to Waterloo, Columbia, Milsdadt [sic – Millstadt] home; out on business. Eggs down to 27 [cents] now. Verniece Rausch have a baby girl since yesterday; also Chas. Schilling & have baby girl. Berniece Wagner was here got basket.

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