Tuesday, July 28, 1936

Baked bread, finished ironing, was 105 yesterday, had a real wind storm about 2 oclock this morning, but then got warm again later on. Joe Schilling moving to town today. Kenneth Kemp is tearing his old house down, ready to build; soon. Mrs. Hy. Meng who died Sat. afternoon, will be buried this afternoon at 2 o’clock to the church & cemetery; she was pretty old & in ill health for 6 week, we went to the funeral, house & church, she was 71 yrs. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, she also went to the funeral, had lunch here; he cut lawn etc. Norman & Irene Reheis played & sang a song. It is so awful warm this eve, no breeze so still, bad weather some place. John Reagen moved his family to Red Bud yesterday; he works on W.P.A. Quarry; they say he gets $100 mon. Walter Monike is moving in Gambach’s house today. Nic Hess is also moving up to Schillings.

Monday, May 11, 1936

The Hecker fire co gave a dance last nite at Maniers, had a big crowd. Moonlighters played & on there way home Keim’s driving & his car, with Ben Schilling, Walter Braun, Armin Bectholdt, upset his car, other side of Kemps. Ben has sore arm, & shoulder. Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary & Bert went in to Belleville hospital, Omer came to there this evening.

Saturday, April 11, 1936

Wm. Wiegand was around electionery for school director against Milton Wagner, & Wiegand won. Hill expired, & gave it up. Kenneth Kemp was relected [sic] without opposition. Some real April showers today. We went to Belleville this afternoon got white shoes. Vic Papenberg was here last nite, wanted to know price of oats. Berneice Mehrmann has a baby boy, born at Fredrichs, she was married to a Smith a while back, & lived in St. Louis, where he’s from.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 1935

Went to Red Bud; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon for the firemen’s pinic [sic]. Mr. Barnphole of Okawville came & pap went along out to Henry’s with him, had a little argument about the colt out there; then went to Red Bud to see Becker Ins. agent. We went to the pinic [sic] about 4 oclock, & nothing much doing, but they had a big crowd in the evening; had 400 lbs. fish, all gone, sold all the books, $150. – chances, the prizes were raffled about 11 o’clock & were won – Enamel Heater – Wm Kemp of New Athens R2, $10.00 cash, party from Belleville, fancy quilt to Noel Roscow $5 cash – Mrs. L. Deuker Belleville, 100 lbs. flour – Joe Griffin Hecker, fancy quilt – Mascoutah – case Mound City Beer, Olivia Gregson 50 lbs. flour – Reitz – Waterloo, case Beer – New Athens – 1 ton coal Helen Miles – Belleville. The dance was crowded, Pals of Harmony, Horse Prairie in the afternoon, & Probsts from Athens called in. Aunt Mary got blanket playing bluey. Dudenhoeffer were out to. Henry & Leona went along to Belleville with Walter & Hilda took her home, the kids stayed here all night.

Wednesday, July 31, 1935

Finished threshing up here, got 386 here. had lunch here, Mrs Geodelle & Leona stayed out home, made lunch & cooked dinner out there. We all went after we had dishes cleaned for lunch here; they had them for lunch & supper again, carried lunch out in the field; he threshed 396 out there, al [sic] together got 782 bus. & we got 260 bus. our share; it went awful this afternoon, Henry had 5 pitchers & it came down as far as 2, pop had to pitch 2 loads & Henry 1. Kemp & Scheinder again was to hot they said, by Red Bud some dropped dead & Belleville to. we got 445 bus. wheat from all the places. Henry had Helfrich to haul a load to Belleville, & got 87¢, best price, he was docked.

Tuesday, July 30, 1935

Threshing here today, had some for dinner; Eugene & outfit got here at 1:15, & threshed till 6:30, Kemp & Scheinder they laid out, some guys; it was awful hot, had lunch & supper. didn’t get finished, threshed out 300 bus. The timber cutting boss came paid the check for $100.42, 2955 ft. they cut this week.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 1934

Went to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stop awhile. We were home all day & night. Advent starts today. Mr. Kenneth Kemp & mother returned home last week, from a few days visit with there daughter & sister, Meredit at Texas, by motor.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 1934

Mission Sun. We went to 6:30 mass at the Catherdal [sic] at Belleville. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had lunch here then went home. The Ladies of Hecker parish had meeting this afternoon & going to give a turkey supper on Thanksgiving Day. We went out on a trip this afternoon, to Waterloo, down the American Botton, along the river, stopped at Fort Chartres & home through Red Bud. Went out to Henry’s, stoped [sic] in, Walter & Miss Kluber & Adelle were there. We went to Uncle Adam’s & Emil, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to. Ed & Carrie Brand are here from Alabama, came Fri. afternoon on a surprize to all. Ed is awful stout, just 5 yr. ago sine [sic – since] there were here together. Alice & Lucille are by Kemp’s now, they will leave Thurs.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 1934

We made pear preserves canned 2½ pickles. Raining this morning Delmar Watchel’s birthday 3 yr. There is 4 kids going to Blackburn School so far, Robert, 3 yr. & Floyd & Wilkerson, Scrivener, on Pautlers place rides down, with the teacher every day, she brings them all home; Mrs. Kruse is the teacher, lived at Burksville. Mrs. Alice Brand & Lucille left from California Sun. & arrived in Waterloo at 11 o’clock Tues. night, were Kenneth Kemp got them, that is were they are making there home & then go around, see all the folks; was by Uncle Adam’s today.

Monday, Dec. 4, 1933

We washed, ironed. Oscar Klotz was here, to see if we wanted to buy corn. Klotz has some to sell; for 40¢ bu., but we got ours now. Mr. Hill was here gathering news for the paper. It is an awful nice day, warm. Josie Keller is spending, Sun. & Mon. at Ben Heyl’s & Tues. at Triveollers at Red Bud, then she is going back home again. Kenneth Kemp got a new coupe Pontiac cars. We sawed wood this afternoon. Henry, Cleveland, Emil. Uncle Fred helped. Aunt Mary stayed here, we put her quilt in the frame across the street, they had supper here, then we played 5 hand pinochle.