Friday, March 31, 1939

Went to Belleville got new lawn mower. 14 in 5 blade rubber tires $6.68; went to Leo’s helped saw wood had them for dinner. Jake & John Mueth Kettler [? – unclear] Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, making garden. Egg 15 [cents].

Wednesday, March 29, 1939

Raining this morn. Uncle Fred went to Waterloo get oil changed. Aunt Mary stayed here. Leo & family came Marita stayed, they went to Athens to dentist; had dinner here. Sewed some lettuce & tomatoe seed & peas. Bert [Bertille] fixed curtains upstairs & put up. Received wheat check 1938 – $16.80. Bill [Klein] & Bert went to church.

Friday, March 24, 1939

Rob. [Robert Brand] birthday 12 yrs. Nice day. Bert [Bertille] finished house cleaning upstairs. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, making garden. Willi & John Braun here trying to get signers oil leasing again. A yr. today that Mrs. Orlet died. cloudy this eve.

Wednesday, March 22, 1939

We planted bu. potatoes, sprayed trees, cleaned chicken house, sewed spiniach [sic] & lettuce. Schmidt & Dashner got old magazines here. Mauff was here, bought doz. oranges & lemons; Pap sewed alfalfa seed. Bill [Klein] & Bert [Bertille] went to lent service at Red Bud this eve.

Tuesday, March 21, 1939

Ironed, patched, planted out 50 more frost proof plants. Pap sewed orchard in oats, made potatoe ground ready etc. Beautiful weather. 62 [degrees]. Spring begins today. Bert [Bertille] baked cookies this morn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped in went to see Buehler’s.

Monday, March 20, 1939

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & pap went to see the O leary place. Bert [Bertille] washed; fried in bacon & sausage, we made garden planted out, onions frost proof plants cabbage 62; pears lettuce, spinach. Pap sewed clover seed. Wittenauer finished sewing oats here. Sure beautiful day 60 [degrees]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were at Athens got there quilt, this eve came to Hecker, & she & Bert [Bertille] went quilting, Firemen got 2 quilts in again, both plain, peach & green.

Wednesday, March 8, 1939

Went to Leos had dinner & supper, worked on brooder house, put in a floor. Mr. Orlet was also there. Rose [Rosalia] sewed herself a dress. We set onions out by her. Bill [Klein] & Bert [Bertille] went to Red Bud to lent devotion this eve. got button for jubilee of the Bishop in Apr. 25. his 25 jubliee [sic].

Thursday, Oct. 27, 1938

Beautiful day. Leo & family came this eve. got the old stove, to put up in bedroom. We spaded the garden over today; planted rose bushes out etc.

Wednesday, May 11, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went to Red Bud mass & brought Leona home & took her home. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary staying there all day. Pap cleaned chicken house & hauling lumber home this afternoon, from Schillings. Ed Brand & wife came from Alba. [Alabama] are visiting here with a new hudson car, swell big car. Leo & Bert [Bertille], went to hospital, Leo stayed all nite; Bert [Bertille] came home with Uncle Fred. Mr. Shields was here this evening. We planted sweet potatoes & tomato.

Thursday, May 5, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went to Leo’s, worked garden, cut lawn. Pap went out to Henry’s first this morn; meeting at Waterloo today again. We got 206 chicks out of our hatch, of 264 eggs. broke quite a few. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, working garden, brought plants along. Mrs. Jake Watchel of Paderborn died, will be buried tomorrow morn.

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