Sunday, April 19, 1936

Beautiful day, warm, no rain not so far. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped after church awhile. Mr. Geo Siefert of Red Bud died Fri, will be buried tomorrow morn. 9 o’clock mass. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Mrs. Amanda Reheis & Josie Keller all stopped in, then went to the play, they were visiting Uncle this afternoon, the play was good “Bertie Cave Man,” was the name, players were Rallin & Clarence, Lyle, Vernice, Marjorie Rausch, Floyd Thompson, Hard Wagner, Alsace Eckert; use after the play musci [sic] by Wild Cat String Busters,” that Brun’s boys, Lav. Mueth & Lyle Rausch & boy was it a crowd; Adm 35¢. Arlene Klotz is getting along well.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 1936

In St. Louis it was 11 degrees below zero, this morning, pretty cold; but some places it is 66 & 55 below, tonight it is to be zero here, getting warmer, snow this morn, now sunshine. Papa went to Red Bud to see butcher & paid pew rent; Went to Mertz, wants to ship our calf. Hartmann of below Red Bed was here, looked at the horse. Mrs. A. Eckert & Roland Birkner’s birthday anniversary; this is the coldest weather ever been here, they claim; anyway when you ain’t use to it; have to making fire all the time. Calf 13¢.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1935

Election today, just 2 commissioners running, Vogt & Teonjes. Bertille’s 21 yr. birthday. We washed, hung it in basement. Chris Buehler stopped in, to tell papa about some hogs. Chas. Wagner came with some corn for his hogs here, Geo. Lorberg was going to get them this afternoon, & he did. Geo Boll was also along, they had taken stock to East St. Louis, then went to J. Friedrichs, had bought a heifer & brought a cow along for A. Eckert. Painted a few window frames this afternoon. A Wind Power Electric Agent was here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening, called for Christ Kern’s to came here also, wanted to speak with them, so Mr & Mrs Kern & boy Leo came. We started fire in furnace for first time this year.

Monday, Nov. 4, 1935

Raining all day. A Midwest truck driver fell asleep driving & ran off the road on the other side of John Brauns house in the ditch & upset, took so long to get them out, lot town people went down; to see it. Alsace Eckert had a accident yesterday at Belleville, she was cut in the face, & car is a total wreck, they said. Harold Wagner was here & drove his pigs in our yard, they had just bought them, & got out & ran away on them, were out on the hard road by Meng’s lane, he was looking for them all morning. Surely is raining something terrible going around in the north, getting colder, yesterday we had the doors open, we went to bed early; this evening.

Monday, Sept. 30, 1935

We washed, ironed, patched. The Ladies Aid of the Evangical [sic] Church is giving a euchre party at Kammler’s Hall tonite. Werner Kammler is hauling coal in for Geo. Wagner. Al. Eckert had a accident in Belleville Fri. night, fender, & wheel smashed, to the corner to fast & upset on curbing, has the car fixed now. Milton Wagner’s called there little boy Darwin & Geo. Lorbergs called there girl Romona. Rose & Bert went to Waterloo, took papa watch in again & left it there for awhile now; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we went to the euchre, Uncle had 11 & got sauce pan, & Bert had 10 got little rug; not much of a crowd, & no prizes, 7 euchre tables.

Friday, Sept 6, 1935

Papa & Rose went out digging potatoes; stoped [sic] at Henry’s. Bert canned qt. pickles & ½ tomatoes. Papa hauled load wheat to Red Bud got 77¢, that is the fourth load from Hecker wheat. Bert Thompson sold his farm to Minor from Belleville; Al. Eckert Niede Rausch, Jul Rausch, are going to Waterloo High School, Fredrick Fritsche to New Athens, & Beata Stiffler to Red Bud, lots of high school students.

Friday, Aug. 30, 1935

We cleaned chicken house; canned peaches got 93 qts. Made perserves [sic]. Henry & family came got pk. basket peaches to cook as perserves [sic]. Elmer Weihl has a baby girl born at E. St. Louis on Aug. 23, – 2 weeks later than Rochies [? – unclear], make 2 grandaughters [sic] of Louis Weihl. It was in the paper that Al. Eckert 15 of Hecker was arrested for speeding last Sun. night at Belleville.

Friday, Aug. 2, 1935

Billy [Willis] 2 yr. birthday. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, stopped on their way to Adam Eckert’s threshing. Nice cool this morning. Papa & Rose went out to Henry’s, look at the wheat; Leona hauled some of got 81¢ at Waterloo, it is 86¢. The boss timber man was here. Clerk Al Gaven got a 13 lb. ham, 35¢ this afternoon. At the prize dance at Oak Grove last Sat. night Jim Tobin & Leona Vogt won the prize waltz $2.50 & all a fox trot prize of $2.50 was won by Eugene Flym of Burskville & girl of Evansville. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here from threshing. We went out to Henry’s. Billy’s birthday, took 10¢ ice along & made 1½ ice cream; us & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were the only ones there.

Sunday, July 28, 1935

Henry & family came had supper here, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this eve. they Rose & Bert went to Kammler’s Hall. Adam Eckerts ball team gave a dance Adm 25¢. Moonlight Orch.

Thursday, April 25, 1935

Papa is fixing fence again, will soon be finished now. The Y.P.L. of Hecker, are giving a play intitled [sic], “Gates to Happiness” tonite at Kammler’s Hall; Adm. 35¢ dancing after play. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went up, but it wasn’t so nice, no pep at all; Characters were: Hy. Spalt, Clarence & Ralph Rausch, Harold Wagner, Floyd Thompson: Carol Papbenberg, Vernice Rausch, Marjorie Rausch, Mrs. Arthur Hepp, Alsace Eckert. The hall was crowded. Irene Reheis, furnished musci [sic]. Rev. Hasto painted the backgrounds, furniture came from N. Athens. Papa took load wheat to Red Bud, 90¢, got sack chic mash. Mrs. Gambach & daughter have a new 1935 model Chev Sedan; today. There were gypsies at J. Kaltwasser’s today, ransacked the place, took coffee & bread.