Monday, Dec. 6, 1937

Went to Red Bud, high mass & sermon, for hr. Went to Henry’s butchering, 1 hog. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary helped also, 8 degrees above zero this morn; pretty cold. Emil was over this morn. Mrs. Connor was here on business; wants to trade or sell colt.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 1937

Getting colder, windy. Our Chicago Mail Ord. came everything O.K. Pap got crushing done. Emil is done by Joe Gregson’s. Josie is sick; Emil lost his shed key. Henry came, wants to butcher Mon. if weather is favorable. The Tipton priest brought Walter Kelley over, on business for Uncle Fred. Sure getting colder, freezing right along, to be 25 [degrees].

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1937

Went to Leo’s & Rose [Rosalia] butchering 2 hogs. Jake helped awhile had to go home Earl came to fix him a brick foundation for kettle. We had lunch, dinner & supper & sugar cured meat & played 6 hand pinochle in eve. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed also, they left there car set by Jake’s to much mud. Mr. Orlets birthday today 73 yrs.

Monday, Nov. 29, 1937

Henry & family & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & we each butchered 1 hog here, 179 lbs. & 168 lbs. – 170 lbs.; had lunch, dinner & supper. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] helped also. Emil came over awhile. Aug. Grahlerr Mrs. Joe Watchels father died will be buried Wed. morning at Hecker. We got 8½ for hogs today. Schmidt brought sack feed & articles down.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 1937

Uncle Fred birthday; 63 yrs. today. They came up butchered 139 lb. hog @ $8.40; finished at 1 ‘oclock, sausage out of kettle & everything done. Harry Wittenauer stopped in. The Farm Bureau have meeting & show tonite & school hall. Smithton have euchre. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this eve. & Bert [Bertille] went along to picture show in school hall, big crowd, showed pictures of 4h. club; from all over the county. Miss Werner of Hecker, leader of Busy Bee Club, has the most in county. Buddy Braun was here selling chances on box candy.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1937

Snowing a little this morn. Washed & ironed some, hung it in basement. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came brought things for butchering Thurs., he went out woods to haul rack. Hogs $8.65.

Monday, Nov. 15, 1937

Went to Orlets butchering, had lunch, dinner & supper. killed 2, 1 for them & 1 for his folks, they helped & Jake, Uncle Fred & A. Mary, 255 – 184 they weighed. We came home did our work & went back again, played 2 games pinochle, Isd. came out to after work sugar cured there meat, then went home; getting colder tonite.

Friday, Oct. 29, 1937

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary up this afternoon. Clara Gregson came here till Emil got back, he was out at the place. We took load wheat – 17 bus. to Waterloo got 87¢. top is 90¢; ordered Times. H. Wittenauer is putting up hay. Henry is going to butcher a heifer again this afternoon, but it is awful warm today. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came brought apples for A. [Aunt] Mary; plow share down.

Saturday, April 10, 1937

Baked bread, coffee cake, then went to Leo’s butchering 2 hogs, also Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary helped to; had lunch, dinner supper, sugar cured meat, etc; got weighed U. Fred, 166, pap 162, Rose 162, Leo 149, A. Mary 176, Bert 118. Pap took eggs up got 20¢.

Monday, Feb. 22, 1937

Washington’s Birthday. We went butchering at Orlets, killed 2 pretty big, made summer saussage [sic]; Uncle Fred & A. Mary & Jakes & Isd. helped Pap went out to Henry’s & got block & tackle first this morn. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came here, seen the shed door open & drove up there. Bert was home, we had lunch & dinner there. Isd. got a 1931 Chev. coach. It started in to rain & snow a little this eve. Eggs 20¢.