Thursday, Nov. 9, 1939

Beautiful weather these days; so nice warm. Klein Bros. came yesterday & got 3 pigs $12.00 pc. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped in, they was at a corn field fire, at Veilwelers near Cortner land; Bert [Bertille] made dish towels. Mr & Mrs Ben Heyl stopped in to take look at hog feeder. Vic Papenbergs 1st wedding Ann. today; went over radio. Bert paid coal bill, $19.43 – 14 6 1/2 bus. coal @ 9 [cents]. $13.51 & 4 [cents] hauling $5.86 to Eichenseers. Leo & family came this eve.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1939

Washed, ironed. Eichenseer boys hauled in 2 loads coal. Pap went out on business trip this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came went to euchre in School Hall given by the Holy Name Society. Bill [Klein] & Bert [Bertille] went to Paderborn euchre there, & also Millsdadt [sic] has a card party tonite, all in same nite. Cortner boys bought a new V-8 traded in 1937 chev.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1939

Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came Bert [Bertille] went along to Belleville selling. Marita stayed here; had beef soup dinner. Eggs 28 [cents]. Bert [Bertille] varnished kitchen floor this eve. Ted Eichenseer is building double garage, he purchased a 1939 Demonstrator Chev. from Kaiser at New Athens. Hy. Bruns moved his family & household articles last Sun. to Gambach farm, were [sic] he will now start farming, there. Mrs. Fristsche has her house for rent.

Sunday, Oct. 8, 1939

Went to Red Bud mass. Emil come over brought paps trousers over, Henry had brought them up, had them cleaned at Waterloo. The front door glass broke over at Emils wind blew door shut; so far isn’t fixed yet. Eichenseers have it here, to large glass. Bill [Klein] & Bert [Bertille] went to Smithton.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1939

Leona’s birthday. 29 yrs. Pap hauled 2 loads wood. Bert [Bertille] finished cleaning upstairs. Leona was at Clevelands cooking applebutter. Virgil Eichenseer came got catalogs got a newspaper drive at Cathedral at Belleville at present. Leo & family came this eve. Bill [Klein] came & Bert [Bertille] went along home to his mother to get title for his car, they were going to go to Waterloo, so we came back home again; had watermelon, but wasn’t any good.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1939

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she & Bert [Bertille] went to mass wedding of Eichenseer & Parker; bridesmaids Lucinda dressed in plum & Adelle Pour in greenish blue. Mamie all white satin, long trail & veil. Clem & his attendents [sic], Joe Parker & Clarence Parker in dark suits. Joe leading the bride in church, pretty wedding; dance at Daabs tonite. Leo & Rose, Bill [Klein] came, all went. Pap cutting corn these days, prices on things going up. hogs – 9.50 – veal or heifers 12 [cents]. eggs 15 1/2 & 19 [cents]; all on account opear. [? – unclear] in European nation, so many were killed & bombed terrible.

Sunday, Sept. 3, 1939

Cloudy this morn; hot in afternoon. Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. Bert [Bertille] went up to Mamies, gave her butter dish, shakers & cream pitcher & sugar bowl, for shower present, has all pretty presents. Leo & family & Bill [Klein] were here for dinner. Went to Waterloo to see parade. Then went to Smithton, Bill had to open at 2 o’clock, Favre went to Grange to pinic [sic], had to work there.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 1939

Sure hot this day. Pap got hair cut. Bert [Bertille] baked pumpkin pies & cake, made chicken for tomorrow. Hy. Ferner was here there is meeting all day in school hall here. Tonite is surprize [sic] shower for Mamie Eichenseer at Vic’s. Milsdadt [sic] has homecoming, parade at 6. o clock. German Band played “Beer Barrel Polka,” that A. [Aunt] Mary sent in for Rose [Rosalia], Louis Armstutz, Cletus Buehler, Joe Reheis, Willis Brand, 1 Lung [unclear] for there birthdays in Aug. & Sept. all nephews & nieces. Bill [Klein] came, went to Milsdadt Homecoming to see parade.

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1939

Went to Belleville with things all sold out, 8 doz. eggs. 18 [cents] – 10 watermelons – 25 – 10 [cents] ; potatoes, grapes, tomatoes. Bert [Bertille] got new dress & shoes. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up. Mamie & Lucinda were down to give us an invitation for her wedding dance at Daabs Club House, on Sept. 6.

Monday, Aug. 28, 1939

Went out to Henry’s took some peaches & tomato out there. Pap cutting grass. Mauff was here. Went to Leo’s took sugar & bottles along made grape juice & took bu. along to sell at Belleville; they aren’t feeling good today. Lucinda Eichenseer was here invited Bert [Bertille] to there place Sat. nite for shower for Mamie; for about 25 guests.

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