Friday, Dec. 3, 1937

Raining all day & nite. Cleaned chicken house. Baked cookies. Pap went up town got papers; seen in there that Ed. Brand had wrote a letter to U. Heyl’s, telling them that last Fri. nite, fire destroyed the United paper Stock Co. were he works, but are going to rebuilt again; was quite a big loss. The plans for the new school building in Waterloo is now ready to go to work will cost building & lots & all $150,000. Farm Adv. Hughes to going to leave Waterloo & taken position in Cook CO; by the first of year; Clarence Olendorph had there baby christened last Sun. Charles William – sponsors Mr. & Mrs. William Minnemean. There will be an India Missionary coming to Evangical [sic] church, will speak & also show pictures. Literary Meeting at School house tonite; speaking old age pension. Mr. Ulrich of Smithton formerly the banker was stricken with apolexcy [sic] taken to hospital were there he died.

Sunday, March 8, 1936

Went to church, at Red Bud, Fr. Aydt had the masses again, Fr. Stern is getting along fairly well. Berti went out to today; Henry & family were up had dinner & supper, Fr. Aydt came & gave us a visit, last nite him & Fr. Simon were here awhile; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Rose & Berti went to the closing of the mission service, church was pretty well filled, several priests present, renewed the vows, etc. Rained a little. Pierre Laut got ½lb. butter. Clem Parker’s have a baby girl born last Thurs; christened Elizabeth Louise, Betty, Mr. & Mrs. Geo Parker, sponsors. Henry went to see E. Parkers about chix [? – unclear].

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1936

Rose & Berti took the wash out to Henry’s; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening, & we went up to the Ladies Aid Euchre in Kammler’s Hall; played bluey for a quilt, dresser scarf, towel for 10¢; Mrs. Rosemeir of Red Bud got the quilt, Mrs. Joe Griffin the scarf, Bert Thompson the towel. Geo. Lorberg attendance prize, pillow cases; we each had 9 points got sauce pans; Uncle & Aunt got nothing had 6 points, the crowd was pretty fair, people from Valmeyer were here; they also had sleeper tickets for themselves, prizes also seperated [sic]. Henry Birkner have a baby girl born on 18 Feb. christened it Louise Maria – Elmer & Bessie sponsors; she is very sick, had the priest out.

Sunday, December 1, 1935

Advent. Went to mass. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile. Fourth’s of Tiptown was here, looked at hiefers [sic] & colt. John Myerscough also came to see them; him & papa went out to see the horses at Henry’s. The Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving here brought in clear $153; he says success. Oscar Birkner had the baby christened Fri; sponsors Ben Schilling Cecelia Krehrer; named it Muriel Cecelia. Pretty cold tonite, freezing hard.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1935

We clipped chicken wings, got about 130 in all. Rose & Berti went out to Henry’s helped, wash & clean house, 2 front rooms, got dinner there, we took basket small sweet potatoes along & crock bacon 23½ lbs. with crock. Wheat $1.07 & eggs 25¢. Joe Neary’s had there baby boy christened James last Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, April 17, 1935

Rain all day, we cleaned little chix house this afternoon, a lady here wanted some eggs, & left a sample of metal polisher here. Went to Red Bud at 6 o clock, confession & Jubillee [sic] Indulgencies [sic], 4 visits & benediction; lot of people present. The twin Doyle’s were christened Sat. & named William Eugene & Wilma Jean, are still at the hospital yet, getting along fine.

Friday, Feb. 8, 1935

Baked cake, cleaned basement; Chicago Mail Order came today. Mrs. Harry Crook of Waterloo has a baby boy, now three, Mr. Crook passed away several weeks ago. Mr. & Mrs. Authur [sic] Bestmann had there baby girl christened last Sun. by Kochkeim, Helen Olivia, Emil Bestman & Oliv Geodelle sponsors. Bertie took Mrs. Renneckers patterns home.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile. George Wagner got 1 doz. eggs @ 30¢ here. Mr & Mrs. Leonard Mertz have a baby boy, Thurs. 22. Mr. & Mrs. Herman Goessling had there baby christened at Red Bud church today. Mrs. Susan Wagner is being buried this afternoon at Belleville. We went out, stopped at Henry’s a short while, then went to the free wedding dance at Guerscheminer & Whiel, Jake Wiehl’s daughter, at Paulters Hall. Moonlighters played, & Oh! Boy what a crowd. Some camp guys got to fighting in the hall, but was taken downstairs, then later put in jail yet, 2 of them; were feeling pretty happy also.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, then he went back home again, got telephone. Meister was there to get hay at $5. load. Henry came up is disking this afternoon, had lunch. Mr. & Mrs. Alpho Parker have a little baby boy was christened Virgil Sun. Mr. Harry Stumpf found a black widow spider, one day last week, brought to to Hecker, & the teacher Miss Burgess explained it at school, to the children. There is a Republician Meeting at the Lower School tonight, to which everyone is cordially invited; will be at Hecker School Fri night.

Tuesday, July 17, 1934

Hy. Birkner’s got a second hand Chev. 1930 model at Belleville today, just like Hy. Clem Parker was here on business. George Parker’s got the baby christened Sun. afternoon James Arthur, Arthur Coop & sister, were sponsors. Oscar Birkner had fish fry Sun. evening. There is a free wedding anniversary dance at Brezzy Hill tonite. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this morning, had dinner here, him & papa went to Waterloo, he got a new Chev. 1934 model, $568. from W. Nobbe; black weehls [sic – wheels], green body. Mr. Otto Horn was here wanted to sell suits. A lady here selling household goods & toilet. Uncle Fred got $176.00 for his old car & $105 for horse all in the trade. They went to Red Bud to Buehler’s. Jac Erle came & they got the papers insurance fixed out, a new policy. George Wagner & kids, came over to fly kites in our field. We went to Brezzy tonight, Mr. Maul & Perry May’s Wedding Anniversaries, but poor musci, Fisher Orc; nice crowd. Uncle Fred bought ice cream for lunch, this afternoon.