Monday, Dec. 7, 1936

It is 12 above zero this morning, quite a change. We washed. Rose sewed. Pap took the chev. to Probst had him to look it over, it can stand zero he said. Henry & Leona went to Belleville left Billy [Willis] here, went in about 9:30 came back at 4 o’clock. Pap went to Bolstead bought sow & 5 pigs 4 weeks old for $17.00. Bertille went to Mertz’s store, looked for mail & she won the fruit cake, for 4¢ push the name Belle & that won the cake, some luck, it is 98¢ cake, looks good. We had no street lights for awhile this eve. alright now. Eggs 31¢ now.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 1936

Pap & Rose went out to Henrys to get feed for crushing. Joe came & Vic Eichenseer put in electric ground wire this afternoon. Nights are cool.

Friday, Aug. 28, 1936

Pap got load corn fodder; Then worked on lights. Joe came this afternoon again, & also this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon. Bert Thompson stopped to see Joe on business.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1936

Ironed. Rose & Bert went to Waterloo to dentist. Bert got 1 filled by Hotz $2.00. A guy here selling apples $1.25 bu. & ones taking orders for Mitner Product Co. of St. Louis. Joe Griffin came & checked up on light switches etc. We went to Belleville, got everything the fixtures etc. Joe also was in, got it all at Haskel’s Electric Store.

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.

Monday, March 14, 1932

Rosalia & Bertille went out to Henry’s, Aunt Mary came to, we put her quilt in the frame & helped quilt, chain. We had dinner & lunch there. Aunt Mary came home with us, & had supper. Uncle Fred went to the line meeting for electric lights at Griffins hall. There line won’t move no posts.

Tuesday, June 23, 1931

Papa went out to help Henry shock the rest of the wheat, then it is finished.  He had lunch & dinner there, came home about 2 oclock.  Then we all got ready & went to Waterloo, & came by the way of Red Bud home.  This evening Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Mr. Hy. Stalebher to pay int for John to them, & Steve Griffin & Elmer Kammler to see Uncle Fred, about lights.  We washed, ironed, patched today & canned 2 qts. cherries that Aunt Mary brought us 1 gal. & 1 can beans.

Monday, June 22, 1931

Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s again this morn. they was there for lunch, then they came back, Henry & Emil too with the tractor & binder, they was here for dinner & lunch, they finished cutting here about 4:30.  Then they helped Papa schock yet.  He left the tractor & binder stand here, ready for the oats next week.  We washed the Chev. this evening.  Elmer Kammler & Steve Griffin where here, Steve was speaking for the electric power line to come through, we won’t stop it, just so it comes.  He said nearly every one he spoke too it was alright.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here this evening, she picked some beans, & peas.  Eichenseers came down with a coop & we sold 70# l. hens for 13¢, & 39 h. hens for 14¢.  Eggs are 11¢.