Thursday, June 24, 1937

Sure hot today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] painted kitchen chairs, table, cool oil stove. Mehrmann came got 7 doz. eggs. @ 17¢. S. Rennecker got 1 bu. wheat, he went shocking wheat at Heyl’s tonite, 5 are going to schock [sic] want to finish. 110 acres Walter Heyl has out. C. Buehler has 130. Ivo Buehler brought a letter here from Rose [Rosalia]; she say’s are going to finish cutting wheat today; also finished with the berries 13 qt.

Wednesday, June 23, 1937

Went out to Uncle Fred’s picked 4 gals. berries. Made ½ gal. & 23 glasses jelly & canned 4 qts., had lunch at A. [Aunt] Mary, came home & put berries away; finished varnishing in kitchen.

Tuesday, June 22, 1937

Cut in 13 qts. kraut; 3 qts beets; this morning. This afternoon varnished kitchen cupboards & doors, woodwork. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up, working across the street.

Monday, June 21, 1937

Worked truck patch, garden, washed, ironed. Pap went out to help Henry cut wheat; came back at dinner, pretty warm. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon.

Thursday, June 17, 1937

Rain last nite & all morning showers. Bert [Bertille] washed few clothes & dresses, A. [Aunt] Mary’s front door curtains. Ed. Watchel & Lester Bruns both have new second hand cars. Mrs. Jake Helfrich is being buried this morn. at Paderborn, church at St. Mary’s [ed. note – should be St. Michael’s], then out to cemetery. She is Louis Mueth’s daughter, sister to Mike, John & Joe. Helfrichs have 12 children 7 boy & 5 girls. 1 girl died; pretty large family. Jake is manager carpenter for Relief Work. on the W.P.A. Project at Belleville. She was 43 yrs. ill 3 mons. taken to hospital on Mon. Fr. Orlet has charge of funeral, Fr. was sick to, had touch of pneumonia, but is better again now. Went to Waterloo 13 bus. wheat @ $1.18 best price; got paint for house, stopped at Henry’s; he is building a toilet, in ground one. Went to Wagner’s, Berniece fainted this morn, turned real blue & pale, called doctor, he says stomach trouble, she ate to green cherries yesterday; Mehrmann got the eggs @ 16¢. we had 8 dozen.

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 15, 1937

Leona & Billy [Willis] were up for lunch & supper, she got brakes fixed by Probst’s, & we washed & stretched curtains here; she had to go to Ben Heyl’s to get Mrs. Cleveland, she rode up with her. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came went to the lawn & air social & card party. We went up to; started raining; had to play cards in school hall played 8 games. Pap had 5 & Bert [Bertille] 4 got 3 yds. dress good & linen dresser scarf crowd wasn’t so large; weather spoiled everything. A. Mary had & got tablecloth, & dish. Leo & Rose were down at store. not pinic [sic].

Monday, June 14, 1937

Worked gardens, Henry & family were here for dinner. took calf to Belleville got 8¢. Pap & boys put roofing on brooder house. Went out to Henry’s got load oats & corn that was still out there yet. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary got card, inviting us to come to Luella Ronenberg’s wedding dance at Paderborn Sat. nite; also has a fish fry & dance Sun. nite.

Saturday, June 12, 1937

Cut lawn, etc. Pap went to Red Bud took cement back; we went to Belleville this afternoon dentist. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were here, cutting lawn etc. Clif Staheleber is 21 yrs. old today, says he is going to get drunk tonite, no matter what it costs, some ideas for 21 yr. old lad. Went out to Geo Schilling’s was going to pay lumber sawing, but he hasn’t got it figured out yet; seen the doll dressed in $1. with $25.00 sure looks beautiful, ribbon band with $1. shoes & hand bag, pleated dress of $1. bills; she got it from Indiana, stopped at Clevelands paid saw sharpening; went looked at oats & berries.

Friday, June 11, 1937

Painted garage & cleaned in hours. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Steve Rennecker helped pap saw of [off] posts for his pig floor pen, he was over this morn, told him he would help saw them of [off]. Bert [Bertille] went out to Henry’s got saw, washing out there; papered yesterday.