Monday, May 24, 1937

Henry’s 33 yr. birthday. He was here cutting hay, had dinner here. Uncle Fred & A. Mary were up, she made the dinner. We went to Fr. Sterns funeral didn’t get back till 12:30 & never went out to cemetery, it took pretty long, about 90 priests there; from all over they came excepts Fr. Eshmann who is very bad sick at present, had no mass at Waterloo yesterday to much of a shock; Bischoff went to see him from Red Bud; church was crowded couldn’t all get in, was opened during mass, priests sang & played organ. Fr. Burn’s made a very nice sermon, he also made the sermon when Fr. celebrated his 25 yrs. priest, he was was 42 yrs. priesthood, 21 yrs. at Todds Mill & 21 yrs. at Red Bud came there on May 21 & died on May 21. Leo & Rose came got our truck to haul a pig to Strecks; tomorrow. Streck was out looked at cow, but didn’t buy went out to Henry’s, pap went along bought his 7 pigs, getting them Wed. $47.00 & cow for $48. Eggs 16¢; sent some cheese home with A. Mary.

Sunday, May 23, 1937

Went to Red Bud; Fr. Dubren of Waterloo said mass, & so many confessions he had this morn. We stopped at Dashner’s funeral parlor to see Fr. Stern, laid out in purple vestments hat & shoes, opened all the way copper colored steel casket; looked good. Leo & Rose & we  went out to Henry’s had dinner & lunch; celebrated Henry’s birthday; pap left at 2 o clock, had to be at Red Bud, brought Fr. Stern to church at 3 o’clock, 8 men on guard all nite along, pap turns was from 3 to 5. Bert [Bertille] came home with Leo & Rose, he stopped & milked yet. then went home came back again also Uncle Fred A. Mary, Bert went along all in Leo’s car, went to Red Bud to church, by Fr. Stern for ½ or then went out to cemetery to see were he would be buried, that makes 4 priests now buried there; also looked at Omer’s grave; has no tombstone yet; Seen the carnival west of town, didn’t go in, stopped at Log Cabin on way home free dance musci [sic] by Schmidts Orch; large crowd there. Wil – Leo Cortner was in a fight last nite at Floraville with Muskoffs was badly [? – unclear] hurt, they say.

Sunday, April 4, 1937

Raining all morn, & heavy, we went to Red Bud mass, hospital priest, Oberlinkels said mass, Fr. Stern is in hospital suffering with nervous breakdown. Rain & mud make it bad for Quathamaner’s funeral this afternoon; he was about 45 yrs; has been ailing for quiet awhile. The Paderborn children are to make there solemn Coumioun [sic – Communion] this morn; tomorrow afternoon get confirmed. We are invited out to Geo. Berniers for supper this eve. We went out had supper, played cards, Alois Roth, was also there Rheinhardt didn’t come, to muddy; 2 of Berniers girls making solemn coumnioun [sic] & getting confirmed; bad morn. rain. Bert gave Theresa a dress.

Thursday, March 18, 1937

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, pap went along in to Belleville, to attend Mrs. Kate Buehlers funeral from Reumer’s [Funeral Home] to Ruma Church, at 9 o’clock; there were 8 cars from Belleville. Pallbearers from Ruma Congregation, pretty large funeral quite a few people of around here went down to Ruma. She was keeping house for an Ins. [Insurance] Man at Belleville, the children all had to come in there this afternoon & get her clothes & things at that place. Lena Meng came over to see Uncle Fred on business. Pap took the team, went after load of posts. Eppinger was here again but pap didn’t want to sell it today, he has a sore leg, limbs. Mrs. Staufenbiels said today that Alice Brand in California was going to buy land & house on it  & more. Miss Stella Roscow is visiting down at California now, at Kern’s, she is going by Alice.

Wednesday, March 17, 1937

St. Patricks, nice day, snow is nearly all gone. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went into Belleville to see Mrs. Buehler this morning & also went over to N. Athens but couldn’t get the quilt yet, the show won’t be over till Sat. nite being bad weather; but she got the money for the stitched quilt $7.50, that one gone to St. Louis already, they had dinner here. Uncle [Fred] went to Waterloo got oiled changed in his car, & she helped Bert fixed her dress. Ralph Collier was here awhile. Burckhardt & Eppineger horse traders of Waterloo were here, coming back tomorrow evening again. Nobody planted potatoes today, I don’t think. There is St. Patricks dance at Oak Grove, & a free one at Donahues tonite.

Tuesday, March 16, 1937

Henry & Leona came left boys here & Bert went along to Belleville shopping, Le [Leona] got new hat & Bert dress; all for Easter; Boys had dinner here. Emil came awhile this afternoon, some guys looked at horses. We went to see Mrs. Buehler, Kaisers were there at the time, looks natural. Sure beautiful from the top, but oh! the mud; below is terrible. Eggs 21¢.

Monday, March 15, 1937

We washed, ironed, to much snow to hang it out side, but beautiful sunshine again, some of the snow will leave. Pap went to Waterloo, Bert visited at Henry’s awhile. Leo & Rose came we went along to Henry’s, celebrated Floyd’s birthday. Mrs. Adam Buehler died, stroke. She will be buried at Ruma cemetery & mass there on Thurs. Christ & Frank’s. Mary & Katie’s mother. She is at Reumer Bergmann Funeral Parlor at Belleville, she died on Ivo’s birthday; she was pretty well aged 68.

Friday, March 12, 1937

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, went along with us to Red Bud to Sl. Doyle’s funeral he was 34 yrs. old sick quite awhile, 3 weeks today there he was taken to the hospital, he leaves his wife & 2 children, 4 yr & 6 yrs. of age, we didn’t go to the cemetery, made it to late, they had dinner here then went to Waterloo took Leona & Billy along to Chas. Geodelle’s funeral was also very large; & beautiful bouquets. We planted about 68 cabbage plants this eve. for 10¢ at Schmidts; getting colder tonite, sleeting. Waterloo Church had 40 hr. Devotion last week ending Sun. nite. Ben Schilling returned home from a week sightseeing in Colorado. Geo. Schilling has for sale Omers chev. coupe, wagon, corn cultivator harrow, gas engine; to sell reasonable; its advertised in the paper.

Tuesday, March 9, 1937

Pap is sewing clover seed. Bert baked cake. Its cold this morn. froze ice last nite again. Joe Schilling is appointed solictior [sic] for gathering feed grain through Farm Bureau for the flood sufferers at along the Wabash & Ohio Rivers. Leo came with the team & got his disk, that he bought at Todds sale. Eichenseer pays only 19¢ for eggs. Mertz 20¢. Mr. Chas Geodelle died this afternoon. There were 2 funerals at Red Bud this morn. Wagner & Kaffai.

Sunday, March 7, 1937

Went to Red Bud, mass; tomorrow morning is mass for Omer, first time down there now; & on Tues. is two funerals at 8:30 is Len. Wagner 27 from Anna, Clarence oldest brother & Mrs. Kaffai, Mrs. Roy Gregson’s mother, both died of stroke. Mr. Jake Reheis is being buried in Smithton this afternoon. Ben Schilling went along to Denver Col. with his brother in law John Hoeffner, of there; to see the country. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, Bert went along to Reheis funeral at Smithton, church was crowded; he was 74 yrs. old; was buried in concrete house, erected in 1935 for him & his wife & daughter. Christ Buehler was here, looked at his wheat. Emil Ganley came wants the hedge cut in there lane. Uncle Fred went home she [Aunt Mary] went to church, came after her again this eve. had supper here. Sure beautiful day. Leo & Rose went to Annies & Earls Heumann’s at O’fallon; all day. Isi was here this eve.