Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1938

Pap went out in woods all day; took dinner along, Levi Gregson looked at our pigs. Telephone line men was here, tree on the line below here, interfered with line, wanted to see if it was alright to cut it down. Mr. Louis Metzger of Floraville died 83 yrs. old said over radio. We went to Jac. Orlets tonite, Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came also, we played 5 hand & 6 hand pinochle; kids went to bed.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938

Cloudy, raining tonite. Washed, scrubbed basement, etc. Pap went to Hecker got inner tube for Chev. tire. A guy here yesterday eve. wanting clover seed didn’t sell none yet. Rennecker’s & Klotz girls & Emil, came, we played 1 game pinochle, then Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came, then we played 6 hand then Alois Roth & Gertie Cortner came yet, so then pap, Emil, Steve & Alois played solo, rest played pinochle, Gertie took my wreath along what Bert [Bertille] had, when Rose [Rosalia] got married. Viola wanted to borrow it, Alois & Gertie getting married next mo.

Monday, Jan. 10, 1938

Cloudy all day, we went out to Henry’s butchering, had dinner, finished up about 2 o clock brought load oats along. Went out again for supper; Geoddels also came out, we made gal. ice cream we took the ice & bannanas [sic] along out, played musci [sic]. Ray brought his guitar along. He said Pautlers had big crowd, Neff & Probst’s birthday dance, couple fights he said. Rhenhardts quite [sic – quit] playing musci [sic] now, Ray joined Keim’s Och. now, played first time with them Sat. nite; at Dreamland Palace; have several jobs.

Sunday, Jan. 9, 1938

Snowed a little this morn; but turned out to be nice, got warmer. Went to Red Bud to mass. Went out to Uncle Fred’s for dinner; A. [Aunt] Mary isn’t so well these days.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 1938

Nice day, cold. Emil came said pap could ride with him to funeral, Reunker went along also, down to house of Hy. Stahleheber, with service in Evangical [sic] church, then to Village cemetery.

Friday, Jan. 7, 1938

Cleaned, took tree down etc. Pap cleaned barn. A man stopped in, to find the way to Mrs. Hy Braun. Mr. John Horn is very ill at present. Ed. Cortner lost small shoats – 8.

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938

Fried in bacon & pork sausage. Henry & Leona went to Belleville with a calf left Billy [Willis] here. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up after the batteries by Probst’s this evening. We went to Renneker’s, paid up telephone dues, 50 & extra for drop tax; Emil came there & we had pinochle game – 10 games 9 to 1. Mr. Hy. Stahlebeher died, will be buried Sat. afternoon; the bell rang this morn. It is getting awful cold rapidly.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1938

Butchered 2 hogs, 223 lb. each. Henry, Leona & Billy [Willis], Leo & Rose [Rosalia], Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary, all helped. had lunch & dinner. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed for supper, sugar cured meat this eve. Hill was here collecting telephone dues, got meeting at Kammlers tonite, pap didn’t go, electing new officers this eve. for the new year. John Horn is pretty sick; doctor was there this morning. Eggs 23 [cents] hogs $8.40.

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1938

Washed ironed, sure nice days. We went to Leo’s & Rose’s [Rosalia] tonite; asked them to help butcher tomorrow, one for us & 1 for Uncle Fred.

Monday, Jan. 3, 1938

Went out butchering at Henry’s had dinner. Oliver Ruhel was here, working on agricultural problems. Nice day.