Sunday, Feb. 18, 1934

Went to church, rain & snowed all day; stayed at home. Angela Eichenseer’s 19 birthday. Stauefenbiel’s 2 kids got chicken pox.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1934

Hauled water in the cistern. Papa went to Waterloo got out shoes repaired. The Farm Bureau had meeting all day. The bread man stopped. The P & H Lumber Co. went bankrupt, Archie Weibul, Ditenberger, Berger took it over & is now called Waterloo Lumber Co. & has nothing to do with Petri & Hill; they still are going to do contracting & building. Mrs. Louis Osterhage nee (Jehling) local contractors wife was buried Mon. afternoon, sick a week.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1934

Pap went out haul logs. Aunt Mary & Josie where here for dinner, came up for church, stayed here for the cheese, played 2 games pinochle this afternoon. Mr. Talbot brought 3 lbs. cheese got it from Mertz Store. “St. Valentine’s Day.” Mrs. Henry Hoerth nee Wagner, of East St. Louis was buried yesterday, found her dead in bed. Mr. Aug. Busch, of the Busch Brewery of St. Louis killed himself yesterday; shot, on account of his health. We went to Red Bud service, took Helfrich’s along. The electric lights went out in church. Eggs are 15¢.

Friday, Feb. 2, 1934

Fried in bacon, sausage. Pap & Rose went in the woods. Baked bread. Ground hog can see his shadow today, no 6 weeks bad weather. Hy. Emery got hit by a passing automobile last Sat. night in Waterloo, but is not injured. Hawson the Plumber’s dad, of Waterloo died & buried. Fred Friedrich boy while attendening [sic] one of Pautler Dance’s at the park, slide down the railing banaster [sic], to the stair way & run over a splinder [sic] through his leg, in on one side & out the other, they didn’t take him to the doctor right away & now he has such awful high fever & is bad sick; talk is they want to sued Dr. Pautler for it. Good many people hauling wheat today. Mr. Vogt from Red Bud was here & looked at our heifers. Mr. Eddy Watchel of Waterloo had a accident last Sun. night, smashed his car, & was bruised up a little, it happened by Oak Grove.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1934

We butched [sic] 2 hogs, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & lunch, dinner & supper, Henry helped too was here for lunch & dinner; took some soup bones, sausage along home. Leona wasn’t feeling so well; we made summer sausage, 10 lbs. beef. Mildred Wacthel brought the 25¢ what she owed on beef. Chas. Heff, stopped in to get beef last we had 6 lbs. George Wagner came & engaged a hog to kill maybe on Sun. They are working steady on the road, 8 hrs. work, 50¢ hr; so he has to butcher on Sun. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here this evening, we all went to the euchre given by Altar Sodality in the School hall, Bertille the highest one of us had 8 points, got box, perfume, bath salts, powder, Aunt Mary had 7, got box letter writing paper, not enough prices [sic – prizes], 4 out of seven points got prizes; pretty good crowd, 23 tables. Fr. Aydt,  got first prize 12 points, got magzine [sic] stand. The surprize attendance prize was won by Ethel Parker, $1 bill. Joe Wacthel was here looked at the hogs; he wants one to butcher tomorrow.

Monday, Jan. 8, 1934

We washed. Mr. Hill came for news. Mr. & Mrs. John Myerscough, & Peter came up to Hecker, thought the funeral was today but it isn’t till tomorrow; so they came here, & had dinner with us. Mr. Wil Harbaugh, mineral feed man, stop & gave us a call; we took our Christmas tree down. They took Mrs. Philip Braun to Oakville, [Okwaville] to a hospital; she has rehumatism [sic] so awful bad, Rita went along yesterday.

Friday, Dec. 29, 1933

Oscar Klotz & Eugene Bruns came & got the hog weighed 280 lbs; they took it home on our sleigh. A man around selling 7 bars soap for 25¢. The relief workers are on work again today. We all went out to Henry’s this evening, took ½ doz. eggs & package cookies & ice, & made ice cream out there. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were also there, we played 3 games pinochle, ladies against gents, ladies won 2 games, we also played 6 hand euchre, 2 games. Robert & Willis has a bad cold, & cough.

Friday, Dec. 15, 1933

Papa went out to Nic Shaefer’s, took him long up to Henry’s, looked at the hog, traded to him for 4 pigs. Mr. Schaefer came this afternoon & pap & him went out & got him. Henry took the sausage to Waterloo, Mrs. Cleveland, stayed there with the boy’s, cause Willis has a cold. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we quilted, & Uncle Fred clean garden; we baked cookies this morn, hauled water in the cistern from Uncle well. Pap went to see Greenever’s clocking corn on Hepp’s land, they sell it at 35¢ bu. Ad. Rittmeyer intened [sic] buying from him. The Eliza. Ganley heirs are selling the place on Jan. 6, public.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 1933

Fried down 2 gal. bacon. A man was here selling soap for toilet for 35¢; McAndrew’s was here, papa had to signed so, he was satisfied to have the stump hauled on his ground. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped awhile, went to Bellville [sic]. Papa hauled wood, 2 loads this afternoon. Lucinda Eichenseer is in the Bellville hospital. Awful cold, today. Winter is coming.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1933

Went to Waterloo to mass, cause making hard road to Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner here, then went home, Armstutzs came out there. Today Advent starts. Mr. Jake Merlhmans birthday today. Gus Millman is visiting his sister Mrs. Wm. Kelley of Ruma who is ill.