Thursday, Sept. 9, 1937

Cooking catsup, canned tomatoes. made preserve baked cookies etc. Pap went to see Hy Henze. H. Brinkmann & wife were here looked at pigs yesterday eve. bought 4 – $7. a piece going to get them this eve. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Berneice came got 4 doz. eggs take them along to Floraville for Mehrmann. Orvile Schmidt is working in Mertz store now; Hy. cooking sorghum. Oliver & Wilma Birkner had there tonsils taking out at Belleville.

Friday, Aug. 27, 1937

Berniece brought the egg basket over, Mehrmann got 10 doz. eggs. @ 18¢. Cooking catsup, perserves [sic] made coffee cake. Canned 3 qts tomatoes & 3 peaches yesterday. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came cut lawn, puled [sic] 2 gals. peaches for her. Ruhl came measured land. Mrs. Martin Karban came this eve. wanted peaches, but we didn’t have any picked past then & to dark to pick.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1937

Cut in 7 qts kraut. Uncle Fred came, Bert [Bertille] went along to Waterloo, with him. Washed ironed this afternoon; cut tomatoes 1 bu. for catsup. Pap dug all our potatoes. Circus at Waterloo today & nite. Walter Pour was here wanted peaches; didn’t have none right now. Pap went down to see Louis Armstutz about lime dust. Eggs 18½ ¢ now.

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1937

Went out to Henrys filling silo, had 9 fellows for lunch, Schillings filled it. Leona got tooth pulled has large jaw. swollen for 3 days. Mr. & Mrs. Jake Orlet came down looked at peaches awhile this eve; want to take about 2 or 3 bus. when there ripe enough; still to green for canning yet. Mehrmann got 6 doz eggs.

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1937

Beautiful day, cool, but no rain, had an awful storm at New York last nite radio reports. Washed, ironed, patched, washed bottles, canned 1 qt. & pt. tomatoes. Pap went out to Henry’s . Stoeckel finished everything this morn., paid him for everything worked 86 hrs. @ 25¢ hr. $21.50; he painted, fixed roofs & chimneys & window frame filled in spaces that was needed etc; here & Henrys together. Public sale by Harrisonville this afternoon. Mehrmann got 10 doz. eggs. 17¢.

Monday, Aug. 9, 1937

Hugo Radau Orch. of Waterloo played for dance pinic [sic], pretty good musci [sic], yesterday. So hot this morn. Canned 2 qts. tomatoes & pickles, cooking catsup again. Painter is here again. We went to Friedrich at Tipton, looked at his mule, [illegible] he paid his note, from buying the mare last spring. Then we went to Waterloo, paid paint bill at Hamachers  & toilet lumber for Henry at Grasses; stopped at Henrys took them some peaches, she has about 150 bottles catsup cooked; also stopped at Emil’s awhile. Went to Leo’s & Rose tonite, took peaches along, canned 2 qts; took plow share along for him; had supper there. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, cutting lawn. Eggs 17¢ hog $13.50.

Monday, August 2, 1937

We canned 9 apple sauce, 2 qts. tomatoes & 4 pickles & cooking catsup, & Boy is it hot. Stoeckel painter of Waterloo started painting our house this morn. Billy’s [Willis] 4 yr. birthday today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this eve; brought eggs up. are 17¢.

Thursday, July 29, 1937

Bert [Bertille] baked cake, cooked catsup. Pap went to woods to look for sand. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came, Bert went along to Chester to the wake of Mrs. John McDermott, who passed away yesterday afternoon at 2 ‘ o clock, at Jacksonville Ill, she had been there for 2 weeks, with a nervous break down, in a private place & nurse, while the nurse was just out, she hung herself with a strap; & died; 29 yrs old; they were married will be 2 mons. on 10 of next mo; tomorrow will be taken to her home at Raddle Ill, about 12 miles from Chester, & will be buried there Sat. morn; we met her 2 sisters & brother, being there at the funeral parlor, 2 girls were all school teachers. We were there from 3 to 5:30, people came in & out; John & Ed were there. Leo & Rose came this eve. & we ate watermelons, that A. [Aunt] Mary brought from Sparta, boy what a good melon, we ate it all 22 lb. Mrs. Mehrmann got the eggs. 10 doz. @ 17¢. A fellow here wanted to sell paint. We got 19¢ for our chicks, 77 lbs. – 3 doz. shipping charges 75¢ on coop. We got a new Chicago Mail Order catalog.

Thursday, July 22, 1937

Nice day. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped, then went to get Lena & Wilma Birkner, threshing done at Buehler’s. Pap couldn’t go long to help Leo thresh, on account threshing here. Mrs. Mehrmann got the eggs last nite, 10 doz. @ 16¢, they have to go threshing at Skaer’s today. Hogs sure have a good price, $12.95 today. they were $13. this yr. already; everything going up. Rob. Merz & son of Waterloo painted Uncle Fred’s house & granary roof yesterday. Leona, Robert, Billy [Willis] came Bert [Bertille] went along up to Rose [Rosalia] this morn; had dinner, baked pies this morn. had threshers for lunch, got 258 bus. oats. Buehler’s threshing here, brought the lunch up this afternoon, pap had lunch with them.

Tuesday, July 13, 1937

Awful hot today. Canned plums made perserve [sic]. Eggs 16¢ down again. Werner Kammler is threshing today at Meng’s.