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].

Saturday, Feb. 14, 1931

Uncle Fred/Aunt Mary were here a little while this morning & from here they went to Christ Jensens’ sale 4 miles north west of Waterloo & then back again to Mrs. Threfall’s, she is selling household goods, brooder house, farm implements.  Christ Buehler’s are figuring coming on that place.  We got our Chicago Mail Order catalog today.  Adam Eckert’s baby is awful bad sick, it has it in his throat.  Tonight is Masquerade Ball at Smithton.

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