Sunday, Dec. 12, 1937

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary had dinner here played cards. 4 games. Emil’s birthday. Gregsons were all by him. Tonite is Solemn closing of Mission, & the begining [sic] at Paderborn. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came, went along with us to closing of Mission, but boy! what a nite, raining & slick, coming home going down Round Prairie Hill, our car turned around 2 times around boy it sure was awful, but turned out alright, they didn’t have the cinders put on there yet; but were just at it.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 1937

10 above this morn. We went to mass. & sermon. Washed, made carmel [sic] cookies; cracked nuts etc. Levi Gregson came to get our key to Emil’s, he wasn’t at home but came later. Levi couldn’t get the car started, got some hot water home. Mrs. Geo. Parker’s birthday today. We went to Mission Devotion.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1937

Went to Red Bud high mass & sermon; Baked cookies & cake. Pap went along with Emil to Red Bud to Louis Gregson’s funeral this morn. There was a fellow dropped dead at the Gregson house, fell over & was dead. Mrs. Gregson’s sister child, a man of about 200 lbs. they said. We run out of gas by Levi Gregson this morn. coming home from church, he had a 5 gal. can at his place. Went to Mission Devotion & sermon; had questions & answers.

Monday, Dec. 6, 1937

Went to Red Bud, high mass & sermon, for hr. Went to Henry’s butchering, 1 hog. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary helped also, 8 degrees above zero this morn; pretty cold. Emil was over this morn. Mrs. Connor was here on business; wants to trade or sell colt.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 1937

Getting colder, windy. Our Chicago Mail Ord. came everything O.K. Pap got crushing done. Emil is done by Joe Gregson’s. Josie is sick; Emil lost his shed key. Henry came, wants to butcher Mon. if weather is favorable. The Tipton priest brought Walter Kelley over, on business for Uncle Fred. Sure getting colder, freezing right along, to be 25 [degrees].

Wednesday, December 1, 1937

Bert [Bertille] went to funeral of Mr. Grahlerr to church, wasn’t so large. Pallbearers were Geo. Parker, Geo & Joe Groosheim, Joe Gregson, Nic Helfrich, Ignatz Neff. Henry & Leona went to Belleville left Billy [Willis] here. Washed this afternoon, scrubbed basement, washed kettles. Emil came but didn’t stay, we were busy. Mr. Herbert looked at horse. Emil came over, again this eve. awhile; he told us Louie Gregson was ill; Alf. Eckert upset his dodge Sun. eve. by Belleville. Otto Koch’s girl Erma is missing since Sun. nite, got the fellow down in Chester, but he didn’t talk up yet; she is from Red Bud.

Monday, Nov. 29, 1937

Henry & family & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & we each butchered 1 hog here, 179 lbs. & 168 lbs. – 170 lbs.; had lunch, dinner & supper. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] helped also. Emil came over awhile. Aug. Grahlerr Mrs. Joe Watchels father died will be buried Wed. morning at Hecker. We got 8½ for hogs today. Schmidt brought sack feed & articles down.

Friday, Nov. 26, 1937

Bernice got eggs. @ 26¢. Pap went out on business trip. Lester Mehrmann & Geradline [sic – Geraldine] Werling were married yesterday eve. at 5 o clock candle light wedding. Vic Papenberg is hauling sand for Rob. Laut’s to build new house in spring. Roy Staufenbiel & Jake. Ed. Schnieder were visiting Emil tonite at 12 o clock she called wanted to know if Roy was still here but just then he came home.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1937

Rabbit season opened today, hunters are out, & will be tomorrow holiday Armistice Day. Pap went out on business trip. Stehl was here. Emil came this afternoon finished his visit from last nite. Bert [Bertille] ironed, patched, etc. Cloudy this eve. radio says rain tonite. Mrs. Wil Gregson died this morn. 5 o’clock at Red Bud hospital, ailing for quite some time; will be buried at Round Praire [sic] Cemetery nee Frick.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1937

Washed. Pap hauled load wood in basement. Bert [Bertille went to Lauts quilting this afternoon, wedding ring. had lunch there. Pirre was over this morn & told me about it. Boul from Belleville was here, looking for fat hog, ours sold. Emil came over this eve; till Grover Cleveland called him away, him & Albert & Kenneth Kemp came up to have a solo game with him.