Wednesday, March 16, 1938

Radio keeps reporting the news of tornadoes terrible at West end Belleville, Union School, factory, many resenditals [sic – residential]. 9 being dead & 26 injured so far; 3 blocks area; not very far from Township high school; happened about 5 o’clock. Henry & Leona & Billy [Willis] came. Bert [Bertille] went along to Walter Gregsons & looks just terrible nothing left but the house, & not a whole lot of it, porches of [sic – off] etc; but no stock or any one injured, wood sticking 3 ft. in ground across the road from his house, done more damage by downs by Red Bud Vanburen’s, Gueberts; Henry & stayed for dinner. Pap went to Smithton bought 2 pigs from Ed. Heap. $10.00. Eggs 15 [cents] found 98 today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Waterloo this afternoon, to see Rosie Kaestenier (nee) Mueth she died Mon. eve. from cancer; leaves a boy 11, who stays with Mueth girls in St. Louis; she has divorce from her husband he has remarried again; she is 47, laid out nice, pink dress at Quernheims funeral parlor; till Fri. morn. then to Hecker church & cemetery. Phi & Ed. are just recovering from auto accident, getting along fairly well at present. Quernheims have a funeral tomorrow afternoon to. Jac Rahn, Hy Rahn’s father 85 yrs. old; he is from Valmeyer; has an awful lot of flowers. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came this eve; we had popcorn. Mrs. Orlet is very low.

Tuesday, March 15, 1938

So dark & cloudy this morn & raining heavy. Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed curtains; This afternoon at 3 o clock, had such a heavy hail storm, for about 1/2 hr. or longer; & down by Walter Gregsons, terrible cyclone went through, blew part of the house & barn in, they say, lot of people from town here, went to see it. Its Kaufman’s at Waterloo, he just build it up last fall. new home. Pap went to Smithton, bank & to see Ed. Heap; came home before the hail.

Sunday, Feb. 13, 1938

Went to mass. Mrs. Joe Wacthel, Mrs. Clarence Wittenauer & baby girl Doris & Lucinda came last nite awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up all day, dinner & supper; we played 2 games pinochle; there Uncle went to see Mrs. Mike Armstutz who isn’t very good at present; Bert [Bertille] went along with them out to Mueth’s to see them, Josie isn’t so bad the rest are still in hospital, but getting along well so far. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] stopped in, went to Henry’s all day. Beautiful day 74 again. We went over to see Emil – Lester Gregsons family came also. At 9:30 car drove in here, it was Ed. Heap, looked at the pigs.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 1938

Went to mass. Rained heavy last nite, getting colder today, & windy. Bert [Bertille] went to Joe Wacthels this afternoon & Levi & Clara Gregson were here; was by Emil, but he was at Blackburn’s; came over here awhile. Leo & Rose [Rosalia], Jake & Mr. Orlet were here this eve, Jake brought his dad here, & he went along out to Lea’s. Mrs. Orlet is coming home from hospital tomorrow. Pretty cold at 9 o clock was 14 [degrees].

Sunday, Jan. 23, 1938

Rain this afternoon. Awful fog this morn. Levi Gregson came paid for his 2 hogs. $39.40. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary, Leo & Rose [Rosalia] were all here for dinner. A. Mary went to Sodality Meeting & church this afternoon. Rules by the bishoff [sic – bishop] were read in all church this morn, Sat. nite dances forbidden, no intoxicating drinks at parties & pinics [sic], but a card party & pinics [sic] may be held but less frequently. Collection for school this morn. Levi Gregson’s & Joe’s, Lee & girl friend were all by Emil lately.

Monday, Jan. 17, 1938

Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed. Pap went in woods all day. Cleveland called here, for Emil to the phone, going to fix on there telephone lines today. Levi Gregson came, going to kill the hogs here & take them down in our truck, there was a accident near J. Braun’s this eve; a [unclear] truck & car from St. Louis, had the cop there, & car was taken in the Waterloo road on a wrecker; so far haven’t heard no more of it.

Sunday, Jan. 16, 1938

Nice day. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile then went home. Levi Gregson came, brought over 2 hogs, wants to butcher on Tues. if its nice. The St. Mary’s Young people of Belleville are having a play this afternoon & eve. Adm. 25 [cents]. Isidore Orlet is also in it as a butler. The Holy Name Sodality of Red Bud is having card party on Jan. 27; & Sewing Circle a lunch & card party Feb. 22. Fr. Spor said. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came down Bert [Bertille] went along to Belleville to St. Mary’s, Young people gave a play, we were by Fr. Joe awhile, he gave us each a gold cross & Leo tie pin; the play was pretty nice, Isd. was in it. Vin James furnished musci [sic], Orch, it was what you call a musical comedy; the hall was filled. The name of the play “Marrying Mirian” directed by Fr. Rabeman.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 1938

Pap went up in woods again took dinner along; Roman Meng was here; wanted to trim up trees along the fence. We went out to Al. Cleveland’s; wanted to take Emil along, but he didn’t want to go this eve; Levi Gregson’s came out there also, Levi, pap & Al. Clara C. Clara Gregson played 5 hand solo. Agnes & Bert [Bertille], Grover listed to radio. Major Bowes. hr. etc; shelled popcorn, had cookies & apples. Nice moonlight & warm nights.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1938

Pap went out in woods all day; took dinner along, Levi Gregson looked at our pigs. Telephone line men was here, tree on the line below here, interfered with line, wanted to see if it was alright to cut it down. Mr. Louis Metzger of Floraville died 83 yrs. old said over radio. We went to Jac. Orlets tonite, Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came also, we played 5 hand & 6 hand pinochle; kids went to bed.

Friday, Dec. 17, 1937

Bernice got doz. eggs. Raining all day; getting colder, this eve. Emil & Josie & Clara & Lee left last Mon. morn. went to B in Alb. by Ed & Carrie, came back this eve. about 3:30; sure had some trip, was so icy Mon, & Tues. & raining all time. Pap got mail. Was in Messenger Fr. Teonnis of Paderborn is in hospital.