Thursday, April 30, 1936

Pap went Praire [sic] Du Rocher to McBride to get a sow. We baked doughnuts, Bert went along to Belleville with Henry & Leona, had to get Floyd’s hand redressed; looks terrible; they had dinner here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, lawned & planted cabbage & beans etc; went over to Minnie’s & got her dress finished 25¢ now. We planted 77 cabbage plants, & 87 sweet potatoes; this evening & tomatoes. Beautiful day, warm. Louis Armstutz’s have a big supper at there place tonite, Alumium [sic] cooking ware, there advertising, 2 men & lady from city are doing it, furnished everything; she had to ask 6 couples, Mr & Mrs Milton Wagner, Harry Kammler’s, Hugo Probsts, Lester Gregsons, Joe Wacthels, & themselves; supper to be at 7:30. Eggs 18¢.

Saturday, April 25, 1936

Pap went out & helped Henry bring his mares up; brought 1 along to leave here, so he could plow a few patches. Pap went to Dr. A. Wagner’s sale this afternoon, selling all things. Congratulations was heard on the radio, german band for Arthur Mehrmann by sisters & brothers of Floraville, & for Mary Wagner of Belleville by Bernice, Charles & Melvin Wagner of Hecker. Sam Mosio has a free dance & fish fry, tonite music by Webers Bros. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here, he is hauling rock again & she stayed here. Mamie Eichenseer came down awhile. Manier has fish fry.

Friday, April 17, 1936

Pap had dinner at Henry’s again, finished all but 1 load for Henry yet. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, she was by Staufenbiel’s & he got load rock in woods, & cut his lawn across the street, we cleaned dining room & kitchen. Zita Carrol is going to move her furniture over to E. St. Louis tomorrow, Eichenseer’s truck. Mr. Fred Grohmann of Douglas shot himself Thurs. evening going to be buried tomorrow, leaves his wife Annie nee (Herzog) & 5 sons; all of around Smithon [sic]. Mr. Ed Rehling has a new plymouth sedan; Dr. Wagner was here wanted to get about 6 bus. oats, this evening maybe, when pap home.

Wednesday, April 15, 1936

Sure a windy day; we cleaned bedroom 1 bath & hall. Pap & Henry hauled wood he had dinner there at Henry’s, brought load, posts home. Hy. Hepp got the lime dust spreader. Dr. Wagner came to see pap. Mamie Eichenseer came & Rose set her hair for her. We worked in garden, sewed some more seed. Eggs are 17¢ today. Mrs. Fred Weber was taken to Belleville hospital, treated for rupture, she is Mrs. Bert Thompson’s mother. Robert Bescher is taking charge of Bert’s horses at Meng’s for the present, cause she is there all time.

Monday, April 13, 1936

We washed ironed. Pap & Henry hauling wood. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up, she went to Minnie’s & he worked garden. Mrs. Geo Freund, Joe & neighbor lady, came got the mare & colt, he lead the mare & colt, through town, & then rode it home through the prairie; Uncle helped him on hard road; paid $75 & balance a note. Pap & Henry went to Sam Mosio’s to Farm Bureau Meeting. A-A-A contract it is a new plan now again. Bert Thompson brought our 2 settings of duck eggs 70¢. Louis Geossling was here he is a agent selling door mats $1.25; he was hurt in the sewer project in Waterloo, rocks fell, & smashed his toes, pretty bad, dangerous.

Wednesday, April 8, 1936

Pap & Rose took load wheat to Waterloo got .80¢ bu. Pap helped Henry bring the mare up to Meng’s today. We cooked 2 kettles soap, cleaned yard, strawed potatoes. A man here selling Latex for sores, to wrap around just like rubber. Odil Eichenseer & Illinois Light & Power Man was here, pap signed up for a metoer [sic – meter]; he says there will be electric lights in Hecker by May 15, be nice. We went to Lent Devotion tonite at Red Bud. Mrs. Rennecker finished her 2 quilts for Manier’s. In Georgia from the tornado there was a man & wife & 11 children found all dead, were buried in a single row 35×7 ft.

Wednesday, April 1, 1936

All fools day. Papa went out to see Uncle Adam, still the same. Bert Thompson stopped in, he said we could get a setting duck eggs 35¢ as soon as they get them takes 13 eggs. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came Berti went along to Belleville; raining all nite & day; papa went out to Emil’s to helped him burn hedge this afternoon, Al. Cleveland also helped him. Henry has a little cold since yesterday morn; mare colt, black, is allright. Reports is out now to be true that Joe Schilling has bought Elmer Kammler’s house here, & Elmer is to build on Werner’s lot by the blacksmith shop, as soon as Seidle has finished Eichenseers, is going to start his right across the street. Eggs are up 1¢ again now. 16¢.

Thursday, March 12, 1936

Cold wind; Bernice brought the mail. We painted the screen window frames, in basement, all for downstairs so far, all finished; this afternoon cleaned chicken houses, put in clean straw. We get 5½ doz. eggs; now & there only 16¢ today. The radio batteries is about done can’t hear nothing, papa didn’t go out to Henry’s today, to windy to sew oats.

Monday, March 2, 1936

Rose went out to Henry’s with the wash; sure wonderful weather. Bernice brought the mail. The parish in Hecker have mission for a week now.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 1936

Went to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up early, went to go to see Mrs. Nic Loehr – nee Cortner, who died yestday, from blood poison, a scratch from a pin; funeral will be tomorrow morn. at Paderborn. Sure is a beautiful day, on top, & plenty mud. Mr. Chas Hill left yesterday to be gone all summer he say’s, going out digging for gold & hidden money, intends to be a millionaire, when he arrives home, hen’s flat now, be sould of said [? – unclear]. We got beef roast for dinner. Eichenseers brought it along from Smithon [sic]. Jim & Dick Novelety [sic] Boys, &  hot footer & saxphone [sic] player are playing at Oak Grove Park tonite, & Orvil Bocker of Floraville is having a birthday dance at Pautler’s & has Skeets & Frankie & Ozark Mountain radio stars playing, all the stars are out, around her tonite. We went, sure had a nice time, big crowd; & wonderful floor show.