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.

Friday, Aug. 3, 1934

Papa & Rosalia dug bucket potatoes. Went to to Waterloo took a load wheat in, 87¢ went to the bank. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, she helped to clean dishes for pinic [sic], in the school house; had dinner, & watermelons here. Henry was here for dinner & supper, he started plowing after dinner, with tractor. Papa got the money from Hempe’s $1400.00 & he paid $1700.00 of to Uncle Fred; & $17.00 interest. Leona & kids came up to get Henry.

Tuesday, July 31, 1934

Schilling’s machine finished up threshing yesterday. The paper is just full of the people who died from the heat last week, awful hot weather, always 100-112 everyday, but now it is nice again, cool, it was just to hot, everything dried up. The St. Johns Catholic Church of Red Bud is having a Ice cream Social this evening & pinic there; we gave pair pillow cases. Henry & family came up this morning, pap & went along with them looking at horses again, down at Ames; all had dinner & supper here. Rob [aka Robert] & Bill [aka Willis/Willie] stayed here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon, & then him, Henry & pap, went to Red Bud to look at Ratz’s horses, but didn’t buy any yet; they stayed for supper too. It rained, thundered tonight. Harold & Cyril Eichenseer was caught in our watermelon patch tonite, papa laid the law out to them, didn’t do no good, so he reported it to the old folks; watermelons are disappearing.

Monday, July 30, 1934

We washed, nice cool. Ronnenberg’s moving today. Mrs. Jake Staufenbiel nee Prediger of St. Louis died Fri. night, funeral Tues. morning. We all put in a free guess to how many strokes it would take to bust an inner tube yesterday. Berti guessed 1400. Henry came & papa went along, looking at horses. Wm. Probst, Nic Schaefer, at Ames, & etc., he had lunch here. Rose finished my dress today. The directors & Henry are to meet at the Blackburn’s school tonite- see about school.

Thursday, July 26, 1934

No threshing this morning. Papa & Rose went to Waterloo load wheat. Sure was some awful hot days the last while; 110 & 112 in the shade, hottest & dryest [sic] year, in 32 & 36 yrs. ago. In Kansas, it must be terrible, stock all dying; 3700 cows & calf were brought to E. St. Louis Stockyards yesterday, some so weak & they shot them right away. People are dying from the heat, the paper says 510 so far, from different states, one place it rained so much that 28 acres bottom corn, all washed out. Dillinger the gangster was shot to death now, while coming out a theather [sic] Sun. night. Frank Dudenhoeffer’s of Oklahoma, nee Lizzie Mueth, are visiting relatives here, since last Friday, leaving Sun; We went out threshing, at Henry’s, had them for lunch; got 128 bus. oats our share. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were also there; came home through town. Watermelon in town.

Wednesday, July 25, 1934

Joe Herzog has sale this afternoon, also one in Maeystown. Kouminity [sic] Pinic [sic] in Red Bud, tickets are raffled out. like last year. Henry was here for lunch, he brought the wagon up & we had Armstutz’s, hauled the wheat out. We all went out this afternoon, some were there for lunch & supper, it rained, the machine got there about 4 o’clock, so they threshed, 2 loads wheat & 1 oats. we got 25 bus. from the 2 loads. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary come this evening & we all went to Red Bud pinic [sic], Bertille won 50 lb. flour on little tickets; several others, Mary Braun, Mrs. L. Millman, Percy Starr, Martin Fahey, Wm. Harbaugh got cheese & butter, Percy Roscow won $20 cash; they had a calf & nice prizes. The wrestling match was L. Cowell & boy from Belleville the latter won.

Sunday, July 22, 1934

We went out to Uncle Fred’s, had dinner & supper. Henry’s family came over to in the afternoon, they went up to Knob’s, horse trader. Hecker ball team won at Prairie Du Rocher.

Thursday, July 19, 1934

Baked doughnuts. Dug bucket potatoes. Awful hot. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening, they were helping Papenberg’s thresh tomorrow at Walter Wittenauer’s I guess. Henry & family came, the men folks all went with him out to George Cortner’s to look at a horse. Hy. Gruber was buried this afternoon at Waterloo. Wagner’s Undertaker, 16 cars in all with Rev. Kochheim.

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.

Saturday, July 14, 1934

Cool wind this morn. Sheutte by Waterloo died, the man, that Mrs. Sheutte insane, put poison in there food. A free dance at Donahue’s musci [sic] by Nite Hawks & a free wedding dance in Pautlers Hall, musci [sic] by Moonlighters tonite. This morning about 10:30 Irvin Buehler, 7 yr old son of Chris Buehler, was struck unconsious [sic], while playing with tires on the hard road, in front of Parker’s house, they were all there helping with threshing, the driver of the car, was Frank Schwartz of R.R.1 Belleville. Irvin was brought to Hecker to Dr. Eckert & then the ambulance was called & taken to Belleville hospital, where he is still the same, fractured head & back & wrenched leg. The car nearly hit Cletus to. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & papa went to Hyde sale in Red Bud, who lives in John Rennecker’s house, bought a few articles. Henry & Leona went to Belleville, left kids here, bought new shoes & dress. this evening took us along, kids stayed here, went to Pautler Pavillion, Kopp’s Wedding dance; pretty large crowd. Donahue’s was nothing some said. Boy! did Walter Reheis feel good!