Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1937

Leo and Rose came, we went along to funeral sure large, from chapel at Querheim’s to Red Bud church 10 ‘clock high Mass, then to Red Bud cemetery, were he [Omer Schilling] was laid to rest, beside his mother, father & sister. He made a will yr. ago Dec. before he got operated for tonsils, he willed $1,000 for masses for himself, & $1,000 for his father & mother, $60 for poor souls of Hecker, Red Bud & Waterloo; $1,000 for Geo. Schilling; they opened the will yesterday; at Waterloo; the pallbearers were all cousins, George, Chas. Jerome Schilling, & Eugene Reed, Joe Neary, Martha’s husband, Hoeffener, Edna’s husband; beautiful purple coffin & vault, laid out nice, may his soul rest in peace. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to L. Birkners, he is pretty ill, thinks his heart is going to stop; called Oscar & Frank this morn, they went down to Chrs. Buehlers now, pretty bad there to Christ is pretty sick. Uncle Fred came stayed all nite. A. Mary stayed at L. Birkner’s tonite.

Monday, Feb. 8, 1937

Henry came after the boys, had breakfast here, they stayed all nite here. So warm this morn, & roads boy some mud, thawing out now; & rained heavy this morn. colder tonite. The healing doctor in E. St. Louis, Hyman was shot & killed, will be cremated Tues. at St. Louis, hear lot on radio about him now. Mr. Hy. Hinze & the lady that was keeping house there all along got married last week. Louis Birkner is pretty sick, don’t want no doctor & takes no medicine. Irene Buehler is also sick 5 days, don’t know what is wrong with her, has white spots on throat.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1936

Uncle Fred is 62 yrs. old today & Uncle Joe 53. Today Pap & Rose went out to Henry’s got load oats. We all went out to Uncle Freds, had dinner there, played cards, Jos Keller came out to, for dinner. They all went to Louis Armstutz’s sale at the molasses factory, Kaltwassers estate. Went out to Uncle Freds again, had supper. Buehler’s & Frank & Oscars Birkners family came also, played cards, etc. Beautiful day, getting colder.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1936

Pap harrowed for Chris Buehler, in our field. Mr. Emil Geodelle plaster of Waterloo fixed the front room ceiling, finished at Kemps to. Pap & Rose went to Belleville, he got 3 teeth pulled, at Dr. Wagners. Omer & Bertie went to St. Louis to Emil’s, seen the Veil[ed] Prophet parade, was real nice, had 20 floats, different states & bands etc. It rained this afternoon. Hecker Catholics had euchre party tonite in school hall, 26 tables; quite few from other place they say.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1936

Ironed, & patched. Picked the last peaches. Mr. Louis Widemann, Roy Staufenbiels wifes father shot himself in a wagon in shed, was buried this afternoon at 3 o’clock, found him last nite, don’t know how long he was dead, thought about 14 hrs. Henry & Leona & pap went out to the funeral. Billy stayed with us. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this eve. we had watermelon. Adam Eckert came, got pickles that Aunt brought along for him & Freida. It is Chris Buehlers 22nd Wedding Ann. today. Ray Wittenauer is still unconsious [sic]. Lester said, he didn’t know his mother.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 1936

We went to Waterloo to Eilbract sale, didn’t buy anything. Went to see Alvis Havey about radios. Chris Buehler started plowing here today; with tractor & team. Eggs 24¢. Cool nights.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1936

Pap went out to see Mason. We baked pie & cookies, cut lawn. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening; Chris Buehlers was by them last nite, got some cucumbers, she brought some along here to. Some of the men from here aren’t working these days at the Foundry at Belleville. We had a couple of nice showers this afternoon, sure nice. It has been so hot.

Friday, July 24, 1936

Pap & Rose took wheat to Waterloo got 99¢. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped went to Christ Buehler’s. Nobbe & Klein of Waterloo, they wanted to see Uncle’s car dad [Anton] went with them; the girls like it, they want to teach school. Miss Josie Keller & Ella Miller were out at Aunt Mary’s last nite, brought a pattern out.

Tuesday, July 7, 1936

Baked bread etc. Rose helped pap finish spreading lime dust this morning. Boy is it hot this afternoon, some places it is 118 degrees; that must be some heat; stock is drying, starving, pastures are black, in western states, Dakotas, Missesota. Chris Buehler is threshing. Hy. Armstutz hauled the oats from our ground & threshed them down there, we got 16 bus. our share, put them in Uncle Freds barn.

Sunday, May 31, 1936

Went to Waterloo mass. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped awhile; Chris Buehler’s & Henry’s family went to see them this afternoon. Rose & Berti went to Mamie’s, seen Vic’s & Elmer Kammler’s houses. Beautiful day & the cars on the road, awful. Geo. Homringhausen was taken to Red Bud hospital last Thurs. nite has double pneumia [sic], at present is packed in ice, has awful high fever.