Monday, Jan. 16, 1939

Pap went to Frank Kleins to see his pigs, he wasn’t at home; Hill came collected telephone dues $1.70. Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed. Steve Renneker came wants our fat hog to butcher; may be tomorrow. Pap stopped in at Leo’s this morn.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 1939

Cloudy again today. We cleaned chicken house; painted chairs for Marita, had piegeon [sic] for supper. The Christmas card I send to Ed. McDermott at Washington D.C. came back unclaimed, it sure is funny it came back. Klotz’s family & Wagner’s family all got vaccinated for small pox.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1939

Washed, ironed, pap cleaned barn, nice day, warm again, it is past spring weather, & an awful lot of sickness, paper has so many dieing [sic] of pneumonia. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, put there meat sugar cured here, she said Probsts family all got vacinated [sic] for small pox & some more from town are going to get vacinated [sic] yet, no cases here. Red Bud schools are all closed; only Ganley’s & Grabs had it around here.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1939

Washed ironed; hauled wood, in basement. Nice just like spring. Bill [Klein] came brought pictures, that we took on Christmas, they got pretty nice, all except 2, was no good. Berniece got doz. eggs; Geo. & Clara’s Wedding Ann. today, german band played a piece in there honor. Emil came over to get 4 doz. eggs for Grace Ellis, who came this eve. 25 [cents].

Monday, Dec. 26, 1938

Raining nearly all day. Bill [Klein] came & took us along to Leo’s. Henry’s family also went for dinner & supper; played cards, checkers etc. Pap went along home with Henry’s & Bert [Bertille] went along with Bill to there place, for him to do his work, then came home again.

Friday, Dec. 23, 1938

Still cloudy. We got Christmas cards from Fr. Orlet, Josie Keller, Irene Helfrich, Gusta Dudenhoeffer. Shelled popcorn, cleaned etc. Christmas Program at Blackburn School this afternoon, couldn’t go to much mud & Hecker School has there to nite. Everybody welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1938

Washed, ironed; scrubbed basement; cold packed 6 qts pork sausage. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon; cleaned up from butchering. Wm. Ganley brought our turkey up Mon. 12 1/2 lb. @ 20 [cents]. Got the Chicago Mail Order everything is O.K. Got Calandar [sic] from Chas. Grosses at Waterloo.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1938

Nice day. Baked carmel [sic] cookies; patched. Went to Belleville this afternoon. Henry & Billy [Willis] came got things for butchering. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came brought tree up. We received a beautiful calendar for Becker Ins. Agent. Bill [Klein] was here.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1938

Washed, ironed, baked cookies, molasses & hardzorn [? – unclear]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Pap cleaned barn. Leo & family were down this eve; beautiful evening.

Monday, Dec. 12, 1938

Nice day. We went out on trip, back Tipton. Pap went to Myerscough’s this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] baked cookies. Eggs 24 [cents].

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