Thursday, Aug. 30, 1934

Otto Rahn of near Red Bud have a baby girl; also Dr. Pautler have a baby 9½ [lb] boy Paul. The morning’s & evenings are rather cool. Mrs. Chas Fleckenstein has a sale today. Papa & Berti went, got the drill for 50¢ brought it along home, binder $1.40 & the wagon $32; & corn plants $26; highest things sold; to some one from Baldwin; the binder is still out yet, rather fair crowd, Grossman auctioner, Lawrence Weigand clerk. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came awhile from the sale. Monroe Feurer was here in the morning counting our hogs. 15 pigs 1 sow, checked up the papers, see if everything was correct. A man here wanted buy old gold; one here selling washing machines. Levi Gregson bought the automobile at the sale; one just like his, tire all flat, & no battery in it for $11.50. Emil pulled it home for him, behind his car. Gus Klotz came & borrowed our lime dust spreader. Mehrman got 8 doz eggs 21¢ he papa, also Metz.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 1934

Went to Red Bud. Mr. George Gregson is being buried this afternoon from the home of his daughter Mrs. Hy. Benedick to Catholic Church & cemetery. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile; went home. We all went up to Firemen’s Pinic [sic] at Manier’s, this afternoon, but not very much doing, no people there, free drawing in afternoon, music by Ellirs band; tonite by Moonlighters Adm. 25¢ got lot of fish, we had 2 sandwiches, we have chances on 2 quilts, 10 gals. gas, crushed rock, cold package $2 each; laying mash, etc. 10 chances in all for 10¢. We all went out to Cleveland’s this evening to a party, watermelon, cake, lemonade, beer, nice crowd, musci [sic] by Miss Miles Goedell’s, & Norman Heyl. Miss Martha Schilling & Joe Neary were published first time at Waterloo today.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 1934

Leona brought Henry up; he had dinner, lunch, supper. Papa & Henry went over to Ed. Meng’s looked at horses. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & papa went down to Mrs. Gruber’s sale on Gregson farm, didn’t buy anything; large crowd, & fair prices. $120. for horses. Papa & Rosalia wen to Belleville this morning. Leona kids came this evening to get Henry. Clifford has a chev. now $25.00. Hugo Probst is repairing his house, the old folks moved down, & young folks up there because it is closer to his garage there.

Wednesday, July 18, 1934

A beautiful rainbow in the west this morning, thunder, looks awful like rain. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came had dinner here. Mr. Wm. & Aug. Hempe came to paid notes of. Buehler’s threshed again this afternoon. Papa went to Hecker, went up to see Bill Gregson, looked at his horses, there are for sale. Went down to Chas. Helfrich, then drove out to Henry’s awhile. Mailed a letter to Chicago Mail Order for each pr. sleeves [?].

Monday, July 16, 1934

We washed, ironed. Awful hot again today. Buehler’s threshing this afternoon. Joe Schilling’s threshed oats today. Henry came & papa went along with him to Joe Herzog’s, to look at a team horses, that he has for sale; he is sick in bed, wants to move to town; sell out. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening, it rained, thunder, & lighten [sic- lightning], pretty much. Eggs are 11¢ again. Irvin Buehler is home again from the hospital Sun. evening; he still has clamps on his head in the back, the doctor has to open that now, & take the book out of there; he has lost so much blood, the doctor had said, if it would have been 15 mins longer, they couldn’t have saved him anymore. Hy. Gruber, who just moved out to Al Gregson’s place from Waterloo, died about 4:30 this evening, in a chair, his wife went to feed the chicks, when she came back to him, he was just stretching out, he was sick awhile back, but last Thurs. was in town, visiting Hill’s. Wagner Undertaker got the corpse.

Wednesday, June 27, 1934

Rennecker & Agnes Gregson’s birthday; also 4 anniversary of Gambach Bros. death. Jos. Schilling is going to thresh this afternoon. Joe. Watchel’s machine starts to this afternoon, all getting about started, soon. The lightening struck one of Arm Geodelle’s wheat shocks yesterday, burned it all up. Marjorie Rausch is again home from the hospital. Rose & Bertille went to Waterloo took 8 bus. wheat along, got 79¢; bought 100 lbs. flour; soft wheat $3.05. stopped in at Henry’s, he is threshing by Reheis. They were at Uncle Pete’s last Sun. afternoon, Annie has a permanent wave, got it at Waterloo, also Jake’s wife. Henry got 50 barned Rock Chicks 3 weeks old from Monroe Hatchery, $7.00 a hundred. George Wagner came over awhile. We took our onions out today. Uncle Fred brought the mule home, then we took him home, stayed awhile, Ronnenberg came down there to telephone to Evansville, to tell Kissen’s that there boy is pretty sick, up here, he has it in his back, can’t hardly breathe sometimes.

Wednesday, June 6, 1934

Werner Kammler was gathering rubbish this morn. Papa & Rosalia are filling up & around the barn. Henry came to cut his hay had lunch & dinner. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon went to Red Bud with load wheat, brought sack mash feed along for our chicks, & a flower from Buehler’s. Lester Gregson has a new Ford truck. We bought a magazine from Pierre Laut, he sells them every Wed. afternoon he says, 10 a week.

Friday, May 25, 1934

Mr. Kolmer was here yesterday, looking for seed corn, we had none. Miss Ethel Deuker of Washington Park, E. St. Louis, is recently recovering from an operation on appendix. Mrs. Fred Papenberg is a patient at hospital in Belleville for a day, Dr. Wagner gave her gas, to pull all the upper teeth but 6 out, every one has an abscess on, she has awful trouble with them. Miss Bessie Parker, is very ill with cold. Aunt Mary says the frost killed watermelon, pickle & few tomatoe [sic] plants, last night, everything is OK here. Lester Gregson while hauling milk one day last week, had a wreck, another car, going in the same direction, hit the back of his truck, he now has it repaired, the other car was a total wreck, all damaged, no one was hurt. We took Uncle’s ladder & things home this evening.

Wednesday, May 23, 1934

Mr. Cleveland, worked here all day, had lunch, dinner. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came awhile, he took load wheat to Red Bud again. A girl here selling house remedies. A man around from Freeburg selling straw berries & pinapples [sic], we took 10¢ box got straw berries, & Oh! Boy were they good. Rosalia went quilting by Lester Gregson’s, fire Co. donated quilt, was given by Cora Armstutz, quilted by Gregson’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up for church. Rosalia had supper at the quilting, 10 quilters, improved 9 patch. Cleveland stayed for supper. Pap paid Cleveland labor $8.75, 35 hrs. @ 25¢; papa will finish the rest of it.

Sunday, May 6, 1934

Mary Fahey of Red Bud & John Dougherty of Renault were published for the 3rd time, wedding mass to be Tues. morning May 8. & Linus Merz of Red Bud & girl from [blank] were published also 3 rd time. Uncle Fred was by Louis Birkner this morning, who is sick with bad cold, fever & chills. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, then we went to Tiptown to euchre party, Aunt & Bertie didn’t play, the rest did, played 6 games. Rose won 5 got jar honey. 13 tables with euchre & pinochle & bunco & 13 prizes. Oh! some euchre; we stopped at Uncle Adam’s on way home, his birthday 85 yrs. old, they had so much company today, Levi & Joe Gregson’s, Lesters & family J. Myersough of Ruma. Papa asked Emil to help build & Cleveland also. Henry is sick, has fever & stomach trouble, got a tooth pulled Sat.