Friday, Nov. 4, 1938

Cleaned chicken house, put in straw etc. Rained little this morn, & getting colder, still south wind. Waterloo paper didn’t come today. Emil came over awhile till Clara called up, said he should come down there. Celestine Neff got 1 doz. eggs this eve. No school in Hecker, Mrs. Pickett is sick.

Friday, Oct. 28, 1938

Pap went up in woods stopped at Henry’s. He brought load corn, this afternoon, & told us about the fire at Jerome Cortner’s house burned to ground not much saved we didn’t no [sic] nothing about it, happened 12:30. Lorena was at Belleville, at hospital where her mother is a patient, when Jerome got to the house flames were coming out the window they say. Hecker fire department was out.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1938

Cleaned garden. Went to Leo’s this afternoon helped put up stove, then went to Smithton. There is a Democratic meeting at Kammlers Hall tonite; Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up for the Halloween party in School Hall given by Young People of parish, he had to bring his accordion along & also Irene Buehler had to bring hers. There is also a euchre at Paderborn, all in one nite. Ray Braun is in St. Louis Hospital, had a rock in the pupil of his eye, is very dangerous operation, but they got it out but he can sees alright, only pupil isn’t round.

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1938

Bert [Bertille] varnished front room floor. Went out to Henrys we washed quilts, had beer yet & cake; had chicken dinner. Mrs. Lena Zoller died this morn. is at Koch’s Parlor at Red Bud till Fri. afternoon funeral here at Hecker church & cemetery. 56 yrs.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1938

Had no frost. We took 2 hogs & went to Leo’s, loaded his calf went to Belleville to Streck’s pap stayed there with baby [Marita]; he got 11 [cents] for calf 157 lb. & we got for 175 lb. $8.60 & 230 lb. $8.75 that’s yesterdays price, today markets when down again. The Young Ladies have card party in school hall tonite; open air if it isn’t to cold. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came here awhile they & Bill & Bert [Bertille] went to euchre in hall, got nothing A. [Aunt] Mary got last price package napkins. 8 points. Leo & family & pap went to Red Bud to wake at Koch’s of Mrs. Isabel Gallagher. Emil came brought a letter with Nic. Brands name on it, it came from Mrs. Ryan of Oxley Mo.; wanting information about Turstenberg family, which she is a relative; to write. The sheriff of Waterloo & Belleville was out in Hecker gathering a few boys that damaged Vera’s property Sun. nite; Clyde Mueth, Clarence Braun, Bill Braun, few others yet, did about $150.00.

Thursday, September 1, 1938

Nice cool morning. Pap went up in woods count trees. Mr. Crocker tin hacking man was here yesterday, wanted to cut in our woods. Hecker Public School begins today. Mrs. Pickett teacher same as last yr. We dug all our potatoes this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she brought yeast along for Rosalia. We went to Orlets this eve. they were going to come down. The order to Chicago came today, everything O.K. send for a cap for Marita; little to large.

Monday, Aug. 15, 1938

Went to 6:15 Holiday Mass. Birkners were here awhile. We cleaned chickens etc. delivered everything cake, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lard beets. Rained a little, light showers. Nice cool. Emil came awhile. Bill & Bert [Bertille] went to Belleville. Henry came this eve. he was to see Fr. Aydt. about sending Rob. [Robert] to Hecker School it’s alright he should send him; for to make his solemn communion.

Sunday, July 24, 1938

Hot. Went to first mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. Becker Ins. agent came brought policy title back for our car. Henry & family came had supper here. Bill Klein & Bobby & Al, Bertha, Elsie Karban & Marcella Schilling & 2 brothers all came wanted to go to Fort Chartres, but we were getting company so Bill stayed rest left, took his car anyway. When they got to Fort Chartres. Fr. Wishkamp from Paderborn & Buddy Karban & Jerome Haudrich caught them, they all went to Ferry crossed it went to Kaskaskia to church pinic [sic], were Fr. came from; he paid all expenses 10 in all, had supper there; payed $1 a car & 15 [cents] a piece to cross ferry, they all had a wonderful time. We went to Karbans this eve. ate watermelons. Joe Schilling’s threshing run had free beer at Kaburecks to nite & lawn party. Walter Gregsons celebrating 25 yr. silver Wedding inn at Log Cabin tonite. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went. Fr. Spors was there made a speech. Schmidt Orchestra, playing musci [sic]. Renneker’s, Emil were all down. Nic Cortner died Belleville hospital this morn. sometime buried at Hecker.

Tuesday, July 12, 1938

Another hot day. Bert [Bertille] canned pickles from Rose [Rosalia] & 1 1/2 peaches. Have spring chicken dinner. Eggs 17 [cents]. Wheat .60 [cents]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this eve. threshed oats at there place today. Bill [Klein] came from threshing at Cortners finished this afternoon, got our potatoes & onion. Al. Karban came awhile, came to Hecker to get ice.