Friday, Feb. 19, 1937

Pap hauled in straw. Rose came down, helped quilt all day, had dinner here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came to stayed awhile by Bikners this afternoon, Lena came here last night wanted to get him to come up, but they weren’t home, so she called Frieda to come up last nite. Pap got the mail; not much in the paper, Gilbert Dinan of Ames had twins born Sun; she is formerly Hilda Pretzilk – Franks daughter. The light bill is the same again $1.47 for Jan; same as last month.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 1937

Washed. Pap went to see Williams, looked at his pigs, bought a little pup along: for boys, he went down to Acker’s to look at cows. A. Mary came down this morn; had dinner here, helped quilt, they went home this evening, L. Birkner isn’t so bad; now, getting along well. Alf. Geodelle & Rob. Laut got 2 loads hay, $10.00. Henry & family came this eve; to get the saw & wedges & took the pup along, pap brought along for them, they carried it around the house here, pretty nearly all the while.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1937

Leo and Rose came, we went along to funeral sure large, from chapel at Querheim’s to Red Bud church 10 ‘clock high Mass, then to Red Bud cemetery, were he [Omer Schilling] was laid to rest, beside his mother, father & sister. He made a will yr. ago Dec. before he got operated for tonsils, he willed $1,000 for masses for himself, & $1,000 for his father & mother, $60 for poor souls of Hecker, Red Bud & Waterloo; $1,000 for Geo. Schilling; they opened the will yesterday; at Waterloo; the pallbearers were all cousins, George, Chas. Jerome Schilling, & Eugene Reed, Joe Neary, Martha’s husband, Hoeffener, Edna’s husband; beautiful purple coffin & vault, laid out nice, may his soul rest in peace. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to L. Birkners, he is pretty ill, thinks his heart is going to stop; called Oscar & Frank this morn, they went down to Chrs. Buehlers now, pretty bad there to Christ is pretty sick. Uncle Fred came stayed all nite. A. Mary stayed at L. Birkner’s tonite.

Friday, Feb. 12, 1937

Lincoln’s Birthday, also send J. Kellers birthday greeting for tomorrow. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, baked bread here. Fred went to L. Birkners, she stayed had dinner here, then went up this afternoon, he is pretty low & didn’t think he would pull through today any [unclear] talks so much, high fever. Uncle Fred came down for supper, went back again, then came again at 1:30 went to bed here, had breakfast then went up again.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1937

Lent. We went to church, received the ashes. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came we went out to Henry’s, went along to St. Louis to Zeiheim [sic – Ziegenhein] funeral chapel to Frank Dudenhoefer funeral, all nephews pallbearers, has some beautiful bouquets, about 21 or 25, some nice ones. We went to J. Kellers for dinner at 1 o’clock, then went to the chapel again, met all Dudenhoefers & all, funeral was at 3 p.m. we didn’t go out to the cemetery, to far, got home here about 5:15, we got to St. Louis at 11:30 this morn; had nice drive, met Winnie Ganley. Jake & wife & Walter & wife were also over. Mrs. Wolf, that is Mrs. Jatho mother, was buried from Belleville to Village Cemetery here, this afternoon; lot of people sick & dying.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1937

Bert washed, ironed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came they had dinner & supper here, him & pop went to Waterloo on business. Uncle Fred & Aunt went to see Louis Birkner this afternoon; he is pretty sick, has flu, fever. Henry & Leona went to Belleville, took calf in got 9½ – they are 10½ on the radio. Billy [aka Willis] stayed here, came back all had dinner here. Some fellows here from Red Bud looked at horses. We all went to euchre in School hall tonite, we got nothing. Uncle got picture of a bird, & A. Mary a lamp; big crowd, from all over Waterloo, Red Bud, Athens, Paderborn; nice evening, cold. Mrs. Hepp died at Wm Wiegands, her daughter; will buried about Sat. at Round Prairie; she was pretty old to.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 1937

Went to Red Bud, took Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Helfrich along; [church] took a little longer, reading the rules for lenten season, starts Wed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped awhile. Leo & Rose came & we went out to Henry’s for dinner & supper; while we were eating dinner Mrs. Manier called & said that Mrs. Frank Dudenhoefer passed away this morn. This evening pap stayed here with the boys & Leo & Rose & Bert went along with Henry & Leona over to St. Louis, to our surprised we found it was Frank that was dead had a stroke this morn. slept awful good last night, was 72 yrs. old he is at the Zieneheim [sic] Funeral Chapel on Chrokee [sic] St. will be buried from there Wed. afternoon between 2 & 3 o clock, out Gravois Road to cemetery; looks good & natural, was sick 2 weeks, we also stopped at Louis Geodelle’s awhile, got home about 12:30, it was so foggy driving over, had to drive slow, seen Val’s wife & brothers & Zulaffs, Lester & Margorete, that’s all that was there. So warm.

Friday, Jan. 29, 1937

Bert cleaned, baked bread etc. Eggs only 19¢ now; Bert got the mail, not much news, Mr. & Mrs. Jake Schaefer of near Foster Pond have a baby boy, born at St. Mary’s Hospital last Thurs. nite; Mr. & Mrs. Ray Schmidt & son Linus [? – unclear] of Waterloo returned home from Red Bud’s Hospital Sat. were all 3 had pneumonia, boy was taken back there again still has throat ailments, paper says. Mrs. Joe Watchel gave me the wedding present for Rosalia, they couldn’t go to the wedding, Delmar was sick with grippe. She [Rosalia] got set silver ware from Uncle Ed, knives & forks, spoons, teaspoons, butter knives, sure beautiful set, sent by mail.

Monday, Jan. 18, 1937

Henry & family & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were all here for dinner, helping us, clean 2 ducks, & baked 7 cakes & 10 pie crusts, cleaned basement etc. A fellow around selling pencils 2 for 5¢. Rosalia got a letter from Fr. Stern, congratulations & God’s blessing, for a happy wedded life. Beautiful day. Pap & Henry & Uncle Fred all went to Kammler’s Hall for a Farm Bureau & Benifit [sic] meeting, the hall was to cold & saloon not big enough, lot of farmers present, reelected new members, Ruhel – & President etc. Got the chev. license No. 655 – 890. Sure lot of people down with flu.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1937

Clean chicken house, got oats over. Bertie baked cookies. Sun don’t want to shine, still cloudy & slick icy roads. Eggs .21¢. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up this afternoon. Loyd Pabst came brought book on the Orbon Stores, Iornmasters [sic – Ironmaster. Sure lot people dying from pneumonia, & flue epidemic, 35 died in Chicago 1 day; lot have it in New Athens. Hofmeister’s are sick; ugly weather, to damp. The paper & radio say the Matteson 10 yr. old boy that was kidnaped [sic] from his home at Tacoma Wash. 15 das. ago was found slain along a highway, was said to be the boy, was nude, blow marks on forehead etc. A case something like the Lindeberg’s baby that time; haven’t found the kidnapers yet; The Matteson family was to pd. a $28,000 ransom. Rosalia went to invite the neighbors for the dance. Leo came, then they went to see his uncle Geo. Roths family, Alois & Gertie were also there.