Saturday, April 4, 1936

Pap went out to haul wood again this morning. Lot of news on the radio of Hauptmann; & flood all over in Southern State & a tornado passed through Georgia & South Carolina, quite a few injured, & killed, 1000 are homeless, houses blewn [sic] to pieces. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came he went in the woods to get rock. R. Zipfel of Red Bud brought us our chicks – 305 – 280 @ 9.25 – $25.90 & 25 that pap won as attendance prize; we got 75 lbs. slartine [unclear – possibly starting] a mash along free, 25 lbs. with every 100 chicks; there all pretty nice White Rocks. Joe Griffin came & put us a new A. battery radio for half price $1.50, it works pretty good now, Steve Rennecker was here, collecting telephone dues. Eggs are only 15¢ now here; 16¢ on radio this morn.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 1934

Cooler this morning very likely it rained some place. Miss Josie Keller came out from St. Louis, got 16. chicks .15¢, & eggs at 16¢. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, all had chicken dinner here, they went back again. Josie is going on a boat trip Mon. People around selling peaches $1.75 bus. we didn’t buy any. We went to Donahue’s free dance, musci [sic] by Southern Club Entainers [sic], Irene Reheis.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 1934

Billy’s [aka Willis] 1 yr. old. Mr. Rettinghouse buried year ago today. We went to Belleville this morning took 17 3/8 lbs. chicks along 15¢; got new hats 29¢. We went out to the birthday, Geodelle’s, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Grover, were there, cake was served.

Friday, April 20, 1934

Papa & Rose, strawing the rest of the potatoes. Went out to Henrys got load wheat to feed pigs; then got one took too Red Bud got 58¢. Went to Waterloo & got 57¢, & took another load to Red Bud 58¢. W. Luhr came to look at our chicks, sick; got some medicine to spray with, & tablets for drinking water. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, made little garden. Hy. Keorber was by them all day yesterday. They were at Belleville this morn. Mr. & Mrs. Joe Sunmer barber have a little baby girl is now 3 girls. Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Olendorph had there boy christened last Sun. Jackie Otto. Mr. Lawrence Berkel of Smithon [sic] shot & killed himself last nite, he was a implement dealer; funeral Sun. his wife nee Siebert.

Tuesday, April 17, 1934

Town Election. We cleaned house down stairs, all finished now, but the basement. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stoped [sic] awhile, went down to Red Bud with wheat. 70¢ bus. Pap & Rosi went up to vote. Lester Gregson won by 12 votes & tonite Clifford came & told us that Lester has 1/8 beer in all 3 saloons, everybody should come & help themselves. We didn’t. Ha! Ha! plenty beer; real day for Hecker! Henry came this evening, awhile. Three of our little chicks died. We ate our first lettuce yesterday. We planted 20 tomato plants from A. [Aunt] Mary.

Friday, April 13, 1934

Mr. Ziebold, retired miller was buried at Waterloo yesterday, awful large funeral, business places were all closed. Papa hauled posts, helped Henry this afternoon to cut some logs & haul. Cleveland helped too. Berti washed Chev. Seeley worked in garden. Our baby chicks didn’t come yet. Mr. Walter Lehr brought them this evening 209 chicks @ 7½. $15.50, all. The new Hospital in Chester which has been remodeled will now be called Riverview Hospital. Mr. Martin May has sold property to Charles & Anna Hasnedle – twp. 4-9-$1500.00. The primary election turned out with the winners Chas. Wehmeier. Dem. Co. Judge & Reb. Judge Scheinder; For Sup. of Schools; Zimmer had 26 votes & Wm. Weigand received 1 vote but wasn’t running; several others ran for Supt. Mr. & Mrs. Henry Gruber of Waterloo moved to the farm of Mrs. All. Gregson. Cyrus Hill & family moved to Waynesville Mo. where he has gained a position. Mrs. Steiger, Lena Birkners great grandma died this eve. about 6 o clock, will be buried Sun. afternoon 1 o clock at “Lords Corner;” she would of been 100 yrs. old in May, she was blind & couldn’t hear for a good while.

Thursday, April 12, 1934

Light frost last night, & Boy! it is cold this morning. Papa went to Red Bud got 100 lb. sack chick starting $3.00 from the hatchery. He went out, woods got load posts & hauled them up here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up to fix her dress, was here for supper, she got dress goods in Belleville for us, & black what she is making for herself, & a spring coat. Hy. Armstutz was here a little while, to see if he could plant sugar cane on our ground. Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Kammler have a little baby girl 7½ lb. born to them at there home 500 State St. Bellville [sic] Tues. Apr. 10 it will be named Miariam Louise, Mrs. was formerly Edith Montgomery of Cypress Ill; he is teaching Fairview school, on the Belleville & Millstadt road. Eggs 13¢.

Tuesday, March 20, 1934

We went to Red Bud to Luhr’s Hatchery & ordered,  White & Wyandolte’s chicks, will get them by 12th April; they went to Waterloo to Heyl’s Hatchery, price on chicx [sic] $8.00 a 100; went to butcher shops; etc. Some guys came around selling Coppers Protective & papers for 3 yrs. at $2.00. Mr. Webb, we signed up for it. Steve Rennecker brought us our receipt from Lester Gregson for fire co. payed for 1 yr.

Wednesday, April 12, 1933

We turned our little chicks out for the first time. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up this afternoon, Bert helped to plant onions. We put our dalias out today. We all went to Red Bud to church. It is awful windy today.