Monday, June 14, 1937

Worked gardens, Henry & family were here for dinner. took calf to Belleville got 8¢. Pap & boys put roofing on brooder house. Went out to Henry’s got load oats & corn that was still out there yet. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary got card, inviting us to come to Luella Ronenberg’s wedding dance at Paderborn Sat. nite; also has a fish fry & dance Sun. nite.

Wednesday, March 24, 1937

Rob. is 11 yrs. old today. Rained heavy last nite, cloudy this morn. Cleaned brooder house, etc. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, had been in N. Athens after the quilt, but it was sold to $6.00. They came up this eve. again, we went with them out to Henrys, Rob’s birthday, had cake, Geodells & Leo & Rose were all there; getting cold again. Eggs 21¢.

Thursday, June 11, 1936

Levi Ganley came, he said he wasn’t going to buy a horse yet, might get a tractor, he lost his horse last week, just has 1 left. Cool this morning, temperature 62. Working on brooder house.

Saturday, March 30, 1935

Papa got the deed all fixed up, for the land that he bought from Alice Brand for $15.00. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came about 10 o clock & papa went along with them to Okawville to Ben Kuhn’s sale. Raining all afternoon. Mr. Justin Zipfel brought us our baby chicks, $8.50 – 269 $22.65, all nice; he told us that Bill Vogt’s brooder house burned down Thurs morning, 270 chicks & everything; coal oil burner they had..they had just put the chicks in on Wed. night & 2:30 everything was allright, & when they woke up, it was burning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had supper here, came about 5 o’clock; the sale was postponed till Wed; to much rain, there also. So many people sick in bed with bad colds, fever, & headaches; especially the children of the Public School here, its one than the other. Eggs are 18¢ by Eichenseer’s this afternoon.

Friday, March 29, 1935

Papa & Rose took wheat to Waterloo, 81¢. This afternoon took load hay out to Henry’s & cut it all up for chop, to put in brooder house floor. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, stopped, went to Belleville & E. St. Louis, came up this evening again for church.

Tuesday, March 26, 1935

We washed, ironed. Chas. Helfrich & son were here got load hay for $12.00. A man around selling apples 35 & 40¢ pk. Papa took 14 bus. wheat to Red Bud got 81¢; got all kind mash & medicine for the little chix, disenfectant [sic] for brooder house etc. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening, she was quilting at Mary’s today, finished it up. We patched tonite.

Tuesday, April 10, 1934

Papa went up in woods. Willie Ganley is going to haul logs this morning. Started the fire in brooder house, Thurs. our chicks come. Mrs. George Haudrich got operated on appendix & tumor & is in a serious condition in Hospital at Belleville. The Sewing Club of Red Bud are giving a euchre, 500 & lotto tonite in the parish hall. Mr. Emil Rubel was here counted the pigs to see if it corresponce [sic] with that contract. Mrs. Rennecker brought some flower over, dalias [sic] etc. Clara Wagner & kids were here awhile. Gus Frisch came wanted to see if pap was going to vote. Today is Primary Election. We cooked kettle soap, cleaned upstairs. We went to the euchre, didn’t get no prizes. Bert had 8 points but no prizes. Bobby Cowell received attendance prize a small rug. The quilt was won by Mr. & Mrs. Joe Mauer’s youngest child.

Monday, April 9, 1934

Beautiful day. We washed, ironed, disinfected the brooder house. Papa & Rose went up in the woods. Mr. Hill was here. The pallbearers for Mrs. Birkner were, George Parker, Ed Cortner, Nic Helfrich, Ignatz Neff, William Kaiser, J. Kreher. Martha Schilling said a prayer before they left the house; no bells were tolled, being it was Sun; mass will be Wed. morning. Eggs. 13¢

Tuesday, March 14, 1933

We scrubbed brooder house. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, he stayed here for dinner, & Aunt Mary went to Wm. Birkner’s quilting all day. Rosalia finished her dress. Papa sewed clover seed out there & brought a load of wood along, it is all down now what is sowed. We bought 5¢ cabbage seed & Aunt Mary sewed it this morning. Ino Buehler birthday is today. It got dark & cloudy & rained this afternoon. Mar. 9 & 10 are the 40 ridean [? – unclear] days, can have frosts in 40 day from now. We had a real hail storm for awhile, real big ones too.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 1931

Aunt Mary, Uncle Fred were here today.  Mary went to the sewing circle.  Uncle Fred work over at the place.  Papa was out in the woods this afternoon hauling wood together.  Aldoph Rittemeyer got hurt this evening.  They were moving a brooder house out from Belleville to Aldoph place.  Aldoph was standing on the brooder house when he hit the telephone wire crossing the hard road by Lipperts.  The wire hit him under the chin and knocked him off of the truck they rushed him to the hospital.  And he has a fracture scaul [skull].  Broken collar bone and a broken hip.  And still unconscious and in very bad shape.

[Ed. note: This entry is not in Bertille’s handwriting.  Strong possibility that it was written by Rosalia].