Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938

Cloudy, raining tonite. Washed, scrubbed basement, etc. Pap went to Hecker got inner tube for Chev. tire. A guy here yesterday eve. wanting clover seed didn’t sell none yet. Rennecker’s & Klotz girls & Emil, came, we played 1 game pinochle, then Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came, then we played 6 hand then Alois Roth & Gertie Cortner came yet, so then pap, Emil, Steve & Alois played solo, rest played pinochle, Gertie took my wreath along what Bert [Bertille] had, when Rose [Rosalia] got married. Viola wanted to borrow it, Alois & Gertie getting married next mo.

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1937

Foggy day again. Bert [Bertille] washed. Emil came over awhile this morn. Pap & him walked up to Frank Emery’s funeral this afternoon 2 o’clock services at house; then to city cemetery, he was 63 yrs. of age. had been ruptured some time ago; Pallbearers were Vic Eichenseer, Jac. Neff, Steve Rennecker, Oscar Klotz, Adolph Lother, Bill Fritsche. Wagner boy’s came got 4 doz. eggs for Mehrmann 25 [cents] today. Mrs. Bill Kaiser was taken to hospital in ambulance yesterday, double pneumonia, for 6 days; had Dr. Frein & nurse out yesterday also. Mr. Martin Fritsche here in town also has double pneumonia; so much sickness around & real weather for it to. Miss Kate McDermott who was making her home in St. Louis past while, suffered stroke Sun. morn, was taken to Red Bud hospital, were there she died, will be buried tomorrow morn, at Tipton church & cemetery at Koch [? – unclear]. Wagner’s family came this eve; we play 7 games pinochle, ladies winning every game.

Sunday, Dec. 26, 1937

Went to Red Bud. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up, went along with us to Leo’s, had dinner & supper there, they drove out with there car opened track & we went out after them some mud. Fr. Teonnies died, going to bring him out to Paderborn this afternoon at house till tomorrow afternoon 3 o clock, take him over to church, funeral Tues. Morn. 9:30 buried at Germantown, they have church at Paderborn to nite devotions by there assistant Fr. Brandmeyer. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed in Hecker over nite, played cards, stayed in there house & slept over nite to much mud on the roads.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 1937

Raining again all day; some weather. Pap went to see Fr. Spor’s at Red Bud paid $8. pew rent. Went to Hecker, got 50 lbs. flour. Mehrmann got 7 doz. eggs .28 [cents]. It sure is foggy, it’s so thick, can’t see very far at all, last nite same way.

Sunday, Dec. 5, 1937

Went to mass. Fr. Simion, made a little sermon & read epistle & gospel, he has high mass & read some of his programs. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile went home. We went to Leo’s & Rose’s [Rosalia] – Leo’s birthday, had dinner & supper; played cards. Sure cold tonite, at 7 o clock 14 degrees; we didn’t go to Mission Service tonite, to cold. Fr. Aydt is having some teeth extracted, has another priest here today. Wed. Holiday has 13 hr. Devotion. Fr. Brandmeyer of Paderborn to make eve sermon. They have Mission up there next week by Fr. Hullwing [? – unclear] OMal. also of St. Henry’s parish Belleville.

Friday, Dec. 3, 1937

Raining all day & nite. Cleaned chicken house. Baked cookies. Pap went up town got papers; seen in there that Ed. Brand had wrote a letter to U. Heyl’s, telling them that last Fri. nite, fire destroyed the United paper Stock Co. were he works, but are going to rebuilt again; was quite a big loss. The plans for the new school building in Waterloo is now ready to go to work will cost building & lots & all $150,000. Farm Adv. Hughes to going to leave Waterloo & taken position in Cook CO; by the first of year; Clarence Olendorph had there baby christened last Sun. Charles William – sponsors Mr. & Mrs. William Minnemean. There will be an India Missionary coming to Evangical [sic] church, will speak & also show pictures. Literary Meeting at School house tonite; speaking old age pension. Mr. Ulrich of Smithton formerly the banker was stricken with apolexcy [sic] taken to hospital were there he died.

Monday, Nov. 29, 1937

Henry & family & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & we each butchered 1 hog here, 179 lbs. & 168 lbs. – 170 lbs.; had lunch, dinner & supper. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] helped also. Emil came over awhile. Aug. Grahlerr Mrs. Joe Watchels father died will be buried Wed. morning at Hecker. We got 8½ for hogs today. Schmidt brought sack feed & articles down.

Saturday, Nov. 27, 1937

Beautiful day. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & pap went to Mrs. Hy. Miller’s sale pap bought plow $4.10 C. Buehler brought it along home, for 25¢. Bert [Bertille] went to town paid light bill $1.16. Eggs are down 25¢ here at store, radio is 23 & 27¢. Henry & family came this eve. played cards, starting in raining & snowing.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1937

Patched. Went to Belleville. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up, went to euchre in School hall, given by Altar Sodality. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came brought there mollasses [sic] down to Hy. Armstutz $1 gal. we played pinochle; warmer again today. Euchre in Waterloo tonite.

Friday, Nov. 19, 1937

Awful cold, snowing a little today. The fire department was called to Bert Thompson’s chimney on fire but no damage done. Authur Geodelle & Alberta Friedrich were married Wed. morning by Kochheim at 10 o’clock. Laf. Geodelle best man. Pretty cold is to be 20 degrees tonite.