Wednesday, June 16, 1937

We have 10 little pigs born Sun. nite. Raining this morn. baked cookies. Mr. Jake Helfrich’s wife of Belleville was taken to hospital & died; nee Mueth of Paderborn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon picked cherries. We went to Leo’s; picked dewberries, not ripe enough yet, picked about 1½ gal.; took few home just to eat; Rose made jelly, had lunch there. Cut lawn & broke the mower, in wheel. Went out to see Uncle Adam & Emil, he is in bed, there all day, don’t eat much & can’t sleep, has awful back pain, the doctor came when we were there, he says its old age & cold in kidneys. Emil doesn’t get much sleep either had to be there day & nite, Uncle lies nearly all day, can’t sit up & nite he sits & can’t lie down. We stopped at Henry’s on way home; they picked the cherries, ½ gal. & peas, almost milk bucket full, & ain’t finished yet; she has beets to can to; lots work.

Tuesday, June 8, 1937

Washed ironed. Pap painted. The ford agent of Waterloo was here with 1935 Ford coach $450.00. Werner Kammler was around gathering rubbish around town. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up again this afternoon, had horse worked his corn patch; canned pt. cherries. A lady here selling books. Burkhardt was here looked at the horse. Canned 2 qts. beets.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1936

Baking bread etc. Rained heavy & wind last nite. Pap went up in the woods. Canned pickles, from Aunt Mary. Uncle Adam & Emil came to see us this afternoon. Eggs 24¢.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1936

We baked bread, etc; canned pickles. Mr. Eichenseer & the Fairbank Morse Co. man, was here yesterday advertising electric radios, refrigerator etc; had everything in a trailer house; seem pretty. Pap went over to Geo. Wagner, he is making garden fence. Had a nice rain this morn, cooler now, wind in the north. Sure lot flies these days. Miss Loretta Kraft is giving a birthday dance at Paulter tonite, musci [sic] by Del Rose Trio Gents 25 ladies free, we went in, nice crowd.

Wednesday, July 1, 1936

Cleaned garden, cooked plum jelley [sic] & canned juice. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this morn. had chick dinner here. Henry also he came & cut hay. Cooler today, good many cars went to Ruma this morn; the vows of the Most Precious Blood Sister Day. We went to Renneker’s this evening; Klotz’s were there too. Eggs 18¢.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1935

Canned 1 qt. pickles & ½ pt. tomatoes. Rose fixed Bert a skirt. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary was up had lunch here. Bert took some cucumber pickles over to Clara; they got a 6 lb. fish from Hy. Armstutz. Mr. & Mrs. Milton Wagner have a 8 lb. baby boy born this morning, everybody is well they say; that increases the Hecker population to 201. We went to Red Bud, then out to Tiptown to see Mike Elonka, about some pigs, but his were sold; then went to Burksville Station to see Van De Reit, to see a cow that Finnerty has to sell there for $40.00, old; then to Waterloo got beef bone for soup tomorrow; then home, had supper.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1935

Canned 2 qts. pickles & ½ pt. tomatoes. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s helped put up hay; made 17 loads, stacked; Emil & Clem Parker helped; they had lunches & dinner there. Bert got flower slips from Mrs. Rennecker & Mamie; planted them out. Mrs. Rennecker came over this evening & got some from ours. George Lorberg’s have a baby girl born last week; getting along nicely. 3 girl 1 boy. Frank Kroll moved his furniture & family from Al. Monike’s place to upstairs in Manier’s place, couldn’t agree together. Dr. Isselhardt was in Hecker at his office in Kammler’s building, opened up again Wed. from 1 till 4 o clock, every week; Rev. Hosto hit a 80 yr. old man at Mascoutah & killed him, he was only driving 20 mi hr. the policeman saw it also, the man ran in front of his car.

Friday, Sept 6, 1935

Papa & Rose went out digging potatoes; stoped [sic] at Henry’s. Bert canned qt. pickles & ½ tomatoes. Papa hauled load wheat to Red Bud got 77¢, that is the fourth load from Hecker wheat. Bert Thompson sold his farm to Minor from Belleville; Al. Eckert Niede Rausch, Jul Rausch, are going to Waterloo High School, Fredrick Fritsche to New Athens, & Beata Stiffler to Red Bud, lots of high school students.

Monday, Sept. 2, 1935

Labor Day. We canned damson plums & jelly. Firemen’s pinic [sic] at Red Bud; chicken supper at Donahues, Tipton parish giving it there. We went to Red Bud to see the parade & pinic [sic] awhile then went to Donahue’s, stayed for the dance. Adm 25. A C Buchon’s Orch. It started in raining about 5 o clock, & went home then. Not much of a crowd in the evening, quite a few had supper. The Smithons [sic] Catholics have pinic [sic] also, we have chances on there, things that are to be raffled, cash, – etc. Henry started plowing this afternoon here, had lunch.

Friday, Aug. 30, 1935

We cleaned chicken house; canned peaches got 93 qts. Made perserves [sic]. Henry & family came got pk. basket peaches to cook as perserves [sic]. Elmer Weihl has a baby girl born at E. St. Louis on Aug. 23, – 2 weeks later than Rochies [? – unclear], make 2 grandaughters [sic] of Louis Weihl. It was in the paper that Al. Eckert 15 of Hecker was arrested for speeding last Sun. night at Belleville.