Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1935

Baked cookies, sewed aprons & curtains. Bernice Wagner got 1 doz. eggs. Mr. George Purtle & wife came looked at our incubator of 100 egg, bought it $3.00, went to E. St. Louis, take it along when they came back. Ray Vogt land agent of Waterloo, stopped in on a short call this afternoon. We went out to Uncle Freds this eve;  about 7 o clock, it started in raining & got so terrible windy, we went home, a limb was blown down in front of J. Kreher Sr., across the road, had to clear it away, before we could pass there, but it turned out to be a nice evening, moon & stars came out, & beautiful.

Thursday, March 2, 1933

We cleaned upstairs this afternoon. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s got a load of wheat. Papa went out on business this afternoon. Joe Watchel’s got a dinning [sic] room set delivered to them this morn, from Miller furniture from Belleville; it was 6 chairs, table, rocker, & buffet, rug. It is real warm the past days. Henry got setting eggs from Uncle Dan & Aunt Emma, the other night, & took them in to Geodells, to set, Gus is going to set them for Henry with Henrys incubator. We went out to Uncle Fred’s, this eve, played 6 hand pinochle, & had popcorn, listened to the radio.

Friday, March 25, 1932

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came over this morning he helped to move the hogs at the straw shed & ring them. They stayed in Hecker, nearly all day. We went to Red Bud to church. Bertille helped Aunt Mary scrub. Rosalia & papa went out to Henry’s he helped him, then he brought the mule home. Gus Geodelle’s where there too. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, tonite for church, then they went to Wm. Birkner’s, Oliver’s birthday, school children where present, playing games. We got 67 chick from our incubators, & out of set 110 eggs.

Friday, March 4, 1932

Today is Eddy Brand’s birthday in Albama [sic]. We set 3 hens last night & the incubator. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up, she helped to quilt, & he worked in there garden. Bertille was over at Renneckers to get the paper to see about Hy. Frischkorn having sale tomorrow. There was a man around trying to sell chicken medicine, we didn’t buy any. the Eicheneseer’s boys was down & looked at our little pigs & chickens. Seen in the Waterloo paper that Emil Querheim had twins a boy & a girl born 9 clock on Feb. 29 leap year, they have 4 – 2 boys & 2 girls. Alois Havey have a child born in the hospital at St. Louis & Hy. Eichleman Jr. have a little boy, the first born.

Monday, April 20, 1931

Papa & Rosalia finished planting popcorn this morn. & this afternoon planted watermelons, pickles.  We got 160 little chicks from our last incubator hatch.  16 hens.  Rosalia took the eggs up town this evening, they are 13¢ a doz. coming down all the time.  It rained heavy this evening for about 15 mins, we where all out trying to put the little chicks in their coops, & got all wet over it.

Thursday, April 2, 1931

We all went to church this morning.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for breakfast, dinner & supper.  Aunt Mary, Rosalia, Bertille went to church this afternoon for 1/2 hr.  Uncle Fred went home & come back again for supper.  Papa went to Waterloo today, & from there, too Caldwell’s farm.  There were school kids here pretty near every half hr. today, selling chances on bedspread, quilt, lumber jacket for 5¢.  We took 3 chances.  This evening Henry’s family were all up.  We all went to church.  Uncle Fred took care of the kids.  We heard today that Harry Stiffler was runned away from Gambach’s Store.  The Scheriff [sic.] was out, & also Bollinger the other day.  Henry was up here this morning & got a load of corn fodder.  This evening they took 17 doz. eggs along home to set the incubator again, they got about 125 from the last hatch.  Bertille took 1 setting down to Lizzie Boll’s this evening, got 20¢ for them.  Eggs are 16¢ a doz.

Thursday, March 5, 1931

Papa is plowing & harrowing the potatoe land this morning.  Fr. Grootens was here.  He wanted to use the truck to get some straw and our brooder.  So him & Frank got it.  He has 2000 little chicks.  He also has a new DeSoto coupe.  We planted 2 bu. potatoes this morning.  Papa took the team back out to Henry’s again he is going to help him sow oats out there today.  He was there for dinner.  This afternoon Rosalia had to go out to get him.  We have to turn our eggs twice a day now in the incubator.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this afternoon.  She went to the sewing circle.  Tonight is farmers meeting at the new school hall, but none of us went.  Eggs are 18¢ today.  There was a lady here today & wanted to sell 3 flowers in a basket for 25¢.  I send her off.  She said she was selling them to support 5 small children & her father.  There was a man here wanted to take orders for strawberrie plants, & also a fellow from Waterloo & wanted to sell or advertising Skill Gas.  They sure have a time at Blackburns School this year the way Mrs. Ettling told Papa.

Tuesday, March 3, 1931

They are sewing oats today again.  George Reheis & Henry were here for dinner today.  He charged Henry $3.50 for sewing oats.  He finished just before dinner.  This afternoon Papa went to Caldwell’s sale, but didn’t buy anything, it was a pretty fair sale.  There were quite a few there from around here.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went too.  This afternoon Philip Peiffer is being buried at Centralia, he used to live around here, it is Ben Heyl’s wife & Mrs. Cleveland’s father.  Rosalia got 17¢ today for eggs.  We set 6 hens tonight & we also got the incubator setting with 100 eggs.  Rosalia finished Bertille’s dress today.

Sunday, March 1, 1931

It is Christ Buehler’s birthday today.  Leona was up for first mass today & Henry for late mass.  Uncle Fred is working on the bed what he bought yesterday, he is cleaning it with coakol [charcoal?].  It just seems that everybody what didn’t have the measles yet are sure to get them this year.  Agnes Gregson, Karl Boll, Hugo & Robert Probst, Oscar Birkner’s children, & a good many others all got the measles now.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry, were all here for dinner today.  He tried to fix our incubator.  Tomorrow he is going to sew oats up here.  George Reheis is to sew it for him.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Rosalia put up curtains upstairs in the house across the street.  They took Cyrus Hill’s wife to the hospital at Red Bud to get operated on appendix.  Rosalia went to church this evening.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 1930

Today is Mrs. Blackburn’s birthday.  Henry & family were all here for dinner today.  This afternoon, Papa, Rosalia, Bertille drove out to John McCarthy’s to get our lamp for the incubator that we bought at Strohd’s Sale & also got a 1/2 bu. apples for .75¢.  Papa spoke a few words to Wm. Rankin.  We also stopped at Frank’s and Hover’s.  Tonight Louis Kerobers are having a dance celebrating Kate’s birthday.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary are going.  We heard Mr. Fries shot his wife and then himself at New Athens this morning at 4 o’clock.