Saturday, July 3, 1937

Beautiful day. little cloudy. Nic Hess started threshing today; that is Joe. Schillings, both threshing same time, like always. Henry is helping at Geo.. Our cistern is nearly dry, time for rain. Lot of cars out for holiday; tomorrow & Mon. Bert [Bertille] baked apple pie. Geo. Wagners came over awhile this eve.; Lightening & thunder tonite.

Thursday, May 27, 1937

Pap went to Belleville to see fellow’s mare & made trade, billy horse for mare & $20 booth; got them at noon. Henry & Rob. came made hay, had dinner & lunch ice cream. Uncle Fred & A. Mary were up, cutting lawn. A man here wanted to clean cisterns $1.50. Lauts had there clean. Eggs 16¢.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1935

Went to Red Bud mass. Raining this morning & last nite. Clara Wagner came to see if they could get some water out of Uncle Fred’s cistern, there’s had been turned on, & is black. It sure is a terrible night, raining, sleet & colder.

Friday, July 13, 1934

Two & three years today of Hy Braun’s death & also Virgil Parkers, Papa & Rosalia hauled water from the cistern out for the pigs, in the barel [sic]. Water is getting pretty low, everywhere at present. Mrs. Rennecker was here awhile. Oscar Klotz finished his run today, pulled home.

Wednesday, May 2, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he cleaned his cistern, took all the dirt out; then went back home. The Y.P.L. are giving a play entiled [sic] “Here Comes Charlie,” & a dance after it musci [sic] by Holloywood Harmonists tonite in Kammler’s Hall; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we all went, it surely was good; the players were, Flossie Kammler, Clifford Stalhleber, Clara Hofmeister, Clarence Rausch, Ralph Rausch, Viola Weigand, Henry Spalt, Alsace Eckert, Alma Hepp, Lyle Rausch, & between acts was songs by Marjorie Emig, & acrobatics tap dancing by Louise Wilhelm both of Belleville. A large crowd, hall filled.

Monday, April 30, 1934

We washed, ironed. Beautiful day. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he helped papa with the shed, had lunch, & supper. They had lots company yesterday, Buehler’s family, Frank Birkner’s family, Uncle Adam & Emil. Mr. Hill was here, also Joe Johns, peddler, Frederick Fritsche, Maryanna, wanted setting eggs; we have none. Papa went to Hy. Armstutz got mixing box. The fire men pumped Uncle Fritz’s [aka Uncle Fred – ed.] cistern dry, put it in the tank. Papa went over awhile to help them, some mess.

Monday, Feb. 26, 1934

We washed. Papa took saws to a man in jail here, to sharpen, he is awful good at it, they say. Pap is shoveling snow in the cistern over 100. We mailed a money order $2.23 for tax on meat sold in Jan. that is the last time. We got a can Tom Boy milk & made ½ gal. ice cream this evening. The saw sharpener man, came down this afternoon looked at our lawn mowers, took one along back with him to fix it up; also our scissors.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1934

Hauled water in the cistern. Papa went to Waterloo got out shoes repaired. The Farm Bureau had meeting all day. The bread man stopped. The P & H Lumber Co. went bankrupt, Archie Weibul, Ditenberger, Berger took it over & is now called Waterloo Lumber Co. & has nothing to do with Petri & Hill; they still are going to do contracting & building. Mrs. Louis Osterhage nee (Jehling) local contractors wife was buried Mon. afternoon, sick a week.

Friday, Dec. 15, 1933

Papa went out to Nic Shaefer’s, took him long up to Henry’s, looked at the hog, traded to him for 4 pigs. Mr. Schaefer came this afternoon & pap & him went out & got him. Henry took the sausage to Waterloo, Mrs. Cleveland, stayed there with the boy’s, cause Willis has a cold. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we quilted, & Uncle Fred clean garden; we baked cookies this morn, hauled water in the cistern from Uncle well. Pap went to see Greenever’s clocking corn on Hepp’s land, they sell it at 35¢ bu. Ad. Rittmeyer intened [sic] buying from him. The Eliza. Ganley heirs are selling the place on Jan. 6, public.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 1933

All Souls Day, went to 6 o clock mass at Red Bud, then went to Belleville, 9 o clock mass at Catherdal [sic], went to the stores, then came home. Henry & Floyd brought load corn. It rained this afternoon, a good shower. Our cistern was dry. It got cold.