Thursday, Aug. 6, 1936

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here all day dinner & supper he worked across the street. Leona & Billy [Willis] were up, she brought dress goods along & they sewed & made it for her. Richard Crowe won $4.25 playing bluey, sure lucky, that was half what they took in. Eggs 21¢

Wednesday, June 17, 1936

We all went out to Henrys, all day, came home for supper. Rose went home at noon to feed; Finished cutting wheat & started oats. We washed, ironed out there. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this eve. they were at Mrs. Benedick funeral, Grandsons carried her, Benedick, Oscar, Bill & Henry Birkner, Roy Gregson, Ben Schilling; Awful hot day.

Wednesday, April 22, 1936

Hauling logs all day. Uncle Fred helped to, they had dinner here. Aunt Mary & Rose went over to Minnie’s fixing her dress, Rose smocked it. Leona brought Floyd to the Dr; cut his hand in chopping box, fingers nearly of [sic – off]; took him to the hospital at Belleville, to see what they could do. Gus Geodelle went along in, she stayed there with the boy’s. Henry Birkner’s, Glenn fell from L. Birkner’s sink in Hecker here Sun, & bit his lip & tongue in through, & had to take it also to hospital & have it clamped together. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening.

Saturday, March 21, 1936

Nice day, Rose has a swollen cheek, but doesn’t hurt & don’t get any larger, guess it is the mumps. Uncle Fred went to Waterloo to get his car fixed, she stayed here, her & Bertie went to see Wm. Birkner’s, & to Minnie Staufenbiel. Joe Griffin came looked at the radio, the B. batteries are shot, & A. is good, he put in new ones, going to take the others to Belleville, get them looked after. Uncle Adam rested pretty good last nite pap came home at 5:30, him & Emil stayed up all nite; Josie went home, Clara is coming this morning again. Josie has a sore leg. Rob. Lauts family was here this evening; had radio.

Tuesday, March 3, 1936

Berti ironed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, she went to mass. Pap went out in the woods. Mrs. Hy. Birkner is awful sick again, they don’t allow no visitors now. Frieda Buehler is out there now. Uncle Fred hauled wheat to Red Bud, got 99¢; she helped to quilt awhile they came again this evening Rose went along to church; the church was packed; Fr. Simion asked & answered questions this eve.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1936

S. Rennecker got 1 qt. milk. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Rose & Bert went along down to Boll’s, a little while, then went to Belleville, Bert got coat $5.67, nice one. Mr. Boll was 87 yrs. old large funeral Koch Undertaker; people came from all over. Berti mailed a card for Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary a request for Oscar Birkner’s 13 Wedding Ann. to sing “Red Sales in the Sunset,” Sat. morn, & also asked for acidine [sic – accordion]. Presidents’ Birthday Ball all over this evening, 1 at Waterloo at Odd Fellows Hall.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 1936

In St. Louis it was 11 degrees below zero, this morning, pretty cold; but some places it is 66 & 55 below, tonight it is to be zero here, getting warmer, snow this morn, now sunshine. Papa went to Red Bud to see butcher & paid pew rent; Went to Mertz, wants to ship our calf. Hartmann of below Red Bed was here, looked at the horse. Mrs. A. Eckert & Roland Birkner’s birthday anniversary; this is the coldest weather ever been here, they claim; anyway when you ain’t use to it; have to making fire all the time. Calf 13¢.

Sunday, Jan. 12, 1936

Went to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary made a short call. Louis Birkner’s family of New Athens were visiting them today. At 11:30 today report came to Mrs. Renneker, that Peter Dehn’s house was on fire, he was at the house at the time, looked out the window & seen fire on the lawn, he called for help, saved a few things, & house burned to the ground, old one & new one, the wind was so high, it carried sparks over to Owen Fahey’s hay shed & that started burning from the bottom, but they got it out & plows around it, Steve & Gus Klotz & papa went over to help this afternoon roads are terrible muddy. Stutz & Keller of Near New Athens looked at the horse, said they see us later.

Sunday, Dec. 29, 1935

Went to Red Bud. Snowed all night; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile, finished the ice cream, that we made last night, but was to much, couldn’t eat it all yesterday, enough left for each a dish this morning. Steve Rennecker got 1 qt. milk wanted to make pumpkin pie today he said. We all went out to Uncle Freds had dinner & supper. Rob Knabe was out at Oscar’s from there he came here, so papa & Uncle Fred went home; papa sold the cow & calf to him for $65.00 to get it after the 1st. Fr. Aydt wasn’t at all satisfied this morning with the Christmas Collections, not enough; A Christmas party was held at the home of Henry Meyer at Belleville & there it was announced the engagement of Miss Dorthy Meyer to Odello Eichenseer of Here to be wed in the near future; she is employed at Endres Motor Sales Co. Mr. Karl Kammler 26 of Belleville & Mamie Roth 20 Mascoutah license were published, were married Christmas Day; at the Evangical [sic] Church in Mascoutah, the attendants being Alf. Kammler a brother & Anita Funk a cousin of the bride; the bride wore brown crepe dress & assessories [sic] to match, bridesmaids wore blue. going to make there home with the groom parents Mr. & Mrs. John Kammler of 712 Forest Ave; they also had the wedding supper there to which intimate friends & relatives were present. Mr. Fred Rothaug 38 – Miss Ida Bechtoldt 42 of Belleville, were married, she is Mrs. Geodelle’s cousin.