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.

Monday, Sept. 28, 1936

Raining all day & cooler. Henry & Leona went to Belleville. Billy stayed here; boys were at school. The town lights were put up today, we had lights all over town tonite, at 5:05, turned on over at New Athens. Mr. Bill Kammler died, yesterday morn, of a cancer & stroke, will be buried tomorrow afternoon at the church & cemetery. Mr. Guker of Red Bud brought Joe Walcthel radio up $42.50 pretty nice, Philio, also brought a $17.00 here, its small Philio, nice an loud, we should keep it for a week, till Sun. morn.

Friday, Sept. 11, 1936

Send a card to Aunt Mary, at St. Louis. We got lights now, all connected & working order, sure nice. Got letter from Aunt Mary; coming home by buss [sic] as far as Belleville, we should meet them there.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1936

Pap went to see Alb. Monicke. Henry Huelsmann’s have a baby boy born Sat. Henry came brought the wagon & load corn fodder, took the mower home. The family came this evening, got the yeast. We had roast beef dinner today. Vic Eichenseer finished our ground wire for light; suppose to hook up tomorrow, they say. Nice rain today.

Monday, Aug. 31, 1936

We washed, ironed. Joe Griffin finished today. Pap got load corn fodder. Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Cortner had Gypsy Joe to play “Red Sails in Sunset” for there baby 1 yr. old today Ethel May. Mildred Watchel & Berneice Wagner was here, she is news reporter for Niece Rausch, for Daily Advocate, neice [sic] is working at Clara’s in New Athens 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.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 1936

Pap got load corn fodder. Sure awful hot. We dyed white dresses; navy blue. They oiled the streets in town yesterday. Joe Griffin came about 2:30 worked on the lights till 6:30, has the 2 front rooms finished. Nic Mueth came to see Joe, there radio don’t work. Osie Neff wanted to see if we want to thresh clover, they were finished now, & moving up the road. Thunder this eve. but no rain.

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, Aug. 19, 1936

Today is the Wedding of Vanderiet & Schields at Waterloo. Pap & Rose went out to Henry’s help with the silo again, aren’t finished yet; were out all day, got 5 loads cut; tractor is broke now. S. Renneker came this evening. The light & power Co. were putting in posts & bracketing.