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 18, 1935

We all went up dewberry picking this morn. got 6 gallons, had our baskets all filled, canned 9 qts.; cold packed, & rest in jelly, 12 glasses so far; & 5 pts. peas, also cold packed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he went to Waterloo; Clara Wagner came over a little, tell us about canning peas. Rain again, in showers, & awful cold, north wind. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were at Belleville Sat, to see Ivo, he was pretty good talked quite a bit. Papa got skim milk yesterday, made cheese today.

Tuesday, June 19, 1934

We all went out to Henry’s, helped wash, iron & patch, had lunch, dinner & lunch. They finished cutting wheat, used about 130 lbs. twine; started cutting oats. Emil was shocking. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening, brought some dewberries along, she put away 2 gal.; nice cool evenings. Rose fixed a Whip. tire, patched it.

Friday, June 15, 1934

Papa hauled load posts home, he & Rosalia went out to Henry’s this afternoon, had lunch, there. They didn’t get started cutting till 3 o’clock, till they had the new binder set up works fine. papa helped shock. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening; they got a letter today from postmaster Loehr of Waterloo, to come to Waterloo tomorrow afternoon, that Wm. & John Hempe, received the paper from the government, & will pay up everything. Mr. Loehr came out this evening to talk things over; the bonds aren’t in yet, come in a few day’s. Mr. Louis Dehn, was here for eggs, we only had a few; he is going to buy dewberries from Gus Blackburn 75¢ bucket.

Saturday, June 9, 1934

Papa & Rosalia went out to look for dew berry, but there is none this year. It rained a little & wind. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we all went to the free dance at Donahue’s given by Texas Oil Co; Keohlers Orch. playing musci [sic], & a crowd.

Sunday, June 21, 1931

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for pie lunch this morn.  After mass this morn – the chances were raffled from the Pinic [sic], Tom Havey won the stove, Mrs. Hy S. Braun won the tea set, Lester Miller won a quilt, Uncle Joe won something too.  There was 5 articles raffled out.  This afternoon we all went out to Henry’s, he was up for church this morn – then went home & started cutting wheat again, Gus Geodell’s was out too, he was sitting on the binder.  We helped to bake dewberry pie.  Then it started in a raining & we went home.  George Wagners have lots of company today, it is Charles Birthday he is 4 yrs. old.  The Merhmans, Fritsche’s, Ettlings, Kammlers where all there.  It is a real lawn party.

Friday, June 19, 1931

Today is baking day.  Papa, Rosalia went dewberrying this morn, they got 3 gals.  We got 4 qts from them & rest in jelly.  Papa is helping shock wheat again, Emil is also helping today.  Papa was there for lunch dinner & lunch.  Rosalia came home to put the Berry’s away.  This evening she has to drive out & get him again.  We all went out to Uncle Fred’s this evening to pick berries, we got 1/2 gal, Lonia was picking this afternoon & she got 1 gal, Aunt Mary gave us a 1/2 gal of cherries.  We all & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary drove down to Oscars Birkner’s to pay him for the cow, but we didn’t get [out] of the car.

Wednesday, June 18, 1930

Rosalia & Bertille went out to Uncle Fred’s this morning to pick dewberries.  We picked about 2 gallons.  We canned 2 gls. today and made the rest is jelly.  We took Aunt Mary’s curtains along home and washed them for her.  We had lunch out there this morning.  Kuhus brothers started cutting wheat in our field this afternoon.  Mr. Kuhus is sick in bed with rheumatism.  Yesterday was Ike Napiers birthday, but they didn’t have no dance.  This evening Kuhus brother-in-law was here and looked at our little leghorn chick.  Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary were also here.  Papa went out a little while to help Kuhus shock wheat.  Pete Wachtel and Louis Armstutz, Uncle Fred helped a little while this evening too.  Papa and Uncle Fred went up to the new school this evening to get some benches.  Uncle Fred took 2 of them.  Aunt Mary, Rosalia, Bertille went over to Mrs. Rennecker.  She showed up her garden.  They finished fixing the church steeple today.

Sunday, June 15, 1930

Leona came up for church by herself this morn.  Henry stayed at home and watched the kids, then he went to Waterloo to late mass & brought Jake Geodell’s family along out.  Leona had to cook dinner for them.  Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary were here for dinner today, they brought some peas & beans, dewberries along up.  It rained this afternoon & then they ran for home.  Mamie Eichenseer came down a little while this evening until it was time to go to church, then Rosalia, Bertille, Mamie went up to church.  It rained this evening again a little.  There were 2 St. Franciscans Sisters here, one was Rosa Kaiser.  Today the Hecker baseball team played with New Athens.  Hecker won 3 to 4.  The ball players went coming back from New Athens they slipped in the ditch by Jake Klein’s and tore the mailbox off.

Monday, June 9, 1930

Papa & Rosalia went to Henry’s this morning.  They had dinner out there.  Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Bertille went to Red Bud to the school picnic.  Papa went to look for dewberries, but he said “there was none there.”  In the evening we all went out to Kenneth Kemp’s barn dance.  Ha!  Ha!  We sure did have fun.  Bertille was at church this morning.  This evening she took eggs to the store & got .17¢ a dozen, then she went up to Eichenseer’s to see if Mamie could go along to Kemps.  But she wasn’t allowed to go.

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