Thursday, Oct. 20, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went out to Henry’s helped her [Leona] house clean, 2 rooms. Henry & Billy [Willis] brought load corn up here. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were here, she went up to school house for meeting, making plans for centennial mass to be. Kenneth Kemp was here, looking for Emil. He isn’t at home tonite.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 1938

Beautiful rain last nite, settled dust for awhile. Rob. Payne democratic candidate for clerk was here this eve. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped, went to Red Bud. Harry Wittenauer’s finished sewing wheat here today. Henry & family were up, he got some more wheat to sew; Listened to Major Bowes on radio.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1938

Leona was up all day, we stretched curtains. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Bill [Klein] came, went to euchre at Red Bud, given by Holy Name Men; played cards till 10 o’clock & danced after, musci [sic] by Cowell & Schmidt, only had 1 – 2 – 3 prizes in euchre & 1 – 2 in pinochle & 1 – in 500, something new again, 11 points high in euchre by 4.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went out helped Leona fried down meat & cold packed pork saussage [sic]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up again today, finishing job from yesterday. Hy. Rausch is the chimney ex. this yr. he was here; there are just 2 places in town, that has to be repaired. Buehler’s are tearing down the barn here in town, taking it down to the farm, going to fix one there, also remodeling the house.

Monday, Oct. 3, 1938

Bert [Bertille] washed ironed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up fixing chimney, had dinner here, she got beef bone. Pap was out on business this morn. This eve went to Henry’s butchering, started about 4:30 finished 10 o’clock. Geodelle’s were also out, we made sausage etc.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1938

Bert [Bertille] cleaned front room took of [off] screens. Mr. Watson timber man living on Emil’s place, here on business. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Bert [Bertille] went to Belleville this afternoon. We went out to Leona’s birthday 28 yrs. old; those present were Mr. Gus Geodelle & family & Dan Geodelle & family, Kate Friedrich, Mr Cleveland & Mrs. Walter & Hilda Reheis & Armie. Adolph Klube & family, New Athens, house full; people all night, had 1/8 beer, cake, drinks, musci [sic] etc.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1938

Nice cool morning, after all the rain yesterday. Bert [Bertille] ironed, patched; pap. plowed orchard & harrowed it. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon working across street. Hall’s big animal circus , coming to town tomorrow nite only. Adm. 20 & 10. and elphant [sic] weighing 5000 lbs. big girl jumbo. Henry & family & Leo & family. It is awful cool this eve; with light rain.

Friday, Sept. 9, 1938

Bert [Bertille] baked cookies, pumpkin pie & cake this morn. patched. Its hot again yesterday it was 98. Seen in paper that Joe Lengyl of St. Louis, she being Ethel May have a baby boy second boy now, also seen that Mrs. Eugene Fahey is going to teach Oak Grove School this term; she didn’t teach last yr. living in St. Louis. Mr. & Mrs. Otto Stadel nee Miss Norman Geodelle have moved household articles & 8 head horses by train to Waterloo, going to move with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jac Geodelle in Geodelletown, came from South Dakota. Hy Burckardt of Waterloo is going to start the Oak Grove Tavern now. Clifford Stahelheber wrecked his roadster last Sat. nite near Marrissa, hit into another car, he has a scratch on his chin; but now another car driving around already. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came awhile & Emil; It rained a little & thunder.

Friday, Aug. 26, 1938

Nice cool day. Pap cut 3 shocks corn has 10 cut now. Then hauled 2 loads wood, put 1 in basement. Henry & family brought 3 sacks potatoes, then went to Gus Blackburn’s school meeting.

Monday, Aug. 22, 1938

Washed, ironed. Pap hauled load gravel. There is a family living at Uncle Adam’s place, people that work the hackers; man 70 yrs. boy 16 – Man & lady & 4 kids. Leona & Billy [Willis] were here all afternoon brought the car to Probst to get switch put on; brought the pictures along, all took good. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came, he is working across street. We went to Orlet’s this eve; they had 2 flat tires, so pap & Leo went to Stahls Garage with our car & got tires fixed & air put in. They bought a baby buggy from Mrs. Rahn at Waterloo this afternoon $2.00.