Sunday, Nov. 3, 1935

Went to Red Bud; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner here, chicken. Henry & Leona left the kids here & they went to Red Bud hospital to see Mrs. Emil Bestmann, she is pretty good, going home this week; had supper here when they came back. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we all went to Pautler’s to Bertille birthday dance, & my what a crowd, we danced the first piece Rose & Bertille. Josie Keller & Miss Kuhn came out also, [Josie] gave Bert pair beads, & flower hankerchief [sic]. Cowboys played; & swell time. There was no other dances, except Donahue’s & one in Paderborn, but it was nothing, Paderborn people all at Pautler’s & lot of Hecker; all the neighbors.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 1935

We dug our sweet potatoes, 5 bus.; pretty nice. Mr. Davis of Belleville was out, looking up old junk, went to Uncle’s Fred’s to look at a buggy. Mr. Emil Bestmann & Florence Trentman of Freeburg are being married this afternoon at Waterloo by Rev. Kochkeim, the attendants being Walter Reheis & Hilda Khebe. The catholic parish have a euchre, lotto & pinochle party tonite, also attendance prize in the school hall. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, & we went along. Rose was lucky, she got attendance prize a pillow, & first prize in games had 12 points, got pillow cases. Aunt Mary had 8, got safety razor outfit; large crowd; but not so many prizes. Rose & Bert took 14 bus. wheat to Red Bud got 86¢, prices is $1.00 got flour & that is $4.20, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, he took load down too, got $1. for his. Milly Brown, Stuart Product agent.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1934

Fried down bacon & sausage; patched, ironed. Bertie went to dentist, he couldn’t finish it yet; forgot root canal filling. Went out to Henry’s took boys clothes along. Leona came home this afternoon. Rosalia stayed out. She took the boys to school this morning & delivered some cold tablets to Cleveland’s; stopped by Henrys awhile. A beautiful day, warm. Emils birthday 51 yrs. old today. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Bestmann, nee Geodelle have a baby girl Mon. night, first.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1934

Leona’s 24 yr. birthday. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Rosalia left at 8:30 Sparta Fair; horse races today. Mr. George Braun, of Red Bud, died, that is Adam’s brother. The Rock Creek School is now closed, diptheria in the district, Roeider kids have it are quarantined also. Leona came up, met Miss Klube & Klaezner from the bus, stopped in awhile here. The Sparta Fair was wonderful, came home 6:30; brought fruit jar lid – a sample, & Aunt bought hair curlers; they had supper here; then we all went out to the birthday; cake was served, those present were, Mr. Gus Geodell & family, Mr. Albert Cleveland & family & Walter Reheis, Emil Bestmann, Miss Klube, Miss Klazener, the young folks, enjoyed themselves with dancing & music, singing.

Tuesday, May 1, 1934

Linus Buehler’s birthday; 13 yrs. old. Renneckers are papering dining room & kitchen. Papa got a letter from Mrs. Leohr to meet Hempe’s this afternoon, 2 o clock in Waterloo. The transfer is in the paper of Christian Bestmann & wife to Peter Reheis, $3,000. Steve Rennecker was here to borrow some planks, so he can paper. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to Waterloo, they met the Hempe Bros. at the post office. We got some free flower seed at Hamscher’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt had lunch here, went home, came back, went to Red Bud to Buehler’s. We planted 36 cabbage plants out. Papa got his watch repaired $2.50 Bersche’s.

Thursday, October 1, 1931

Henry & Leona & the kids where all here all day, for lunch, dinner, lunch & supper, they where sewing wheat.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner.  We had 2 spring chickens.  Uncle Fred & papa went to Waterloo on business to meet Bestmann’s family.  The egg man pays 21¢ today, he also bought a ½ bu. turnips for 30¢.  Aunt Mary, Rosalia, Bertille & the boy’s went down to the molasses factory & watched them cook awhile, we got ½ gallon for ourselves for 5¢, & got Henry a gal. for 10¢, foam.  Rennecker’s got apple picking frolic this eve.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1931

Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s this morning, papa is going to bring the team up, & wheat.  Henry came with the tractor, he is going to disc & then sew wheat, he was here for lunch, dinner, lunch.  Leona & the kids came this afternoon, she brought some more wheat along & also the stuff to treat it with.  He started today.  Hy Kessler is sowing too.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up today.  Christ Bestmann & family was here too see Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary on business.

Sunday, August 3, 1930

We all went to first mass this morning.  Today Bill Matzenbacher and Viola Bestmann are getting married.  They are going to have a wedding dance at Oak Grove this evening.  We all went to the dance.  Roy Staunbiel & family were all her this afternoon, they was here for supper.  Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Herzog furnished the music for the wedding dance.  They received quite a few presents at the hall.

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