Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1938

Nice cool morning, after all the rain yesterday. Bert [Bertille] ironed, patched; pap. plowed orchard & harrowed it. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon working across street. Hall’s big animal circus , coming to town tomorrow nite only. Adm. 20 & 10. and elphant [sic] weighing 5000 lbs. big girl jumbo. Henry & family & Leo & family. It is awful cool this eve; with light rain.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1938

Awful hot day; no breeze. Washed, ironed. It rained yesterday at New Athens & Marrissa. but not here. Leo & family came this eve. took tomatoes along green & ripe ones. Levi Gregson, Emil & Noel & Agnes are all out at Clevelands’ tonite eating watermelons. Levi took bucket ripe tomatoes along home. They have devotion for 3 nites here starting tonite till Sat. eve at tridium for happenings at London which is going to take place soon.

Thursday, September 1, 1938

Nice cool morning. Pap went up in woods count trees. Mr. Crocker tin hacking man was here yesterday, wanted to cut in our woods. Hecker Public School begins today. Mrs. Pickett teacher same as last yr. We dug all our potatoes this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she brought yeast along for Rosalia. We went to Orlets this eve. they were going to come down. The order to Chicago came today, everything O.K. send for a cap for Marita; little to large.

Saturday, Aug. 27, 1938

Beautiful day cool. Pap got crushing done. Went to Belleville this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] got new fall hat & shoes. Leo & family came.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1938

Rained heavy last nite cloudy didn’t wash. Canned 7 qts. peaches. Red Bud Catholic church pinic [sic] today, plate lunch served from 11 till 1:30 for 35 [cents] plate, supper 50. card game in afternoon. Pap went down this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went down for supper; we all ate supper there; wasn’t much till later in evening. None of us received the 41 prizes that were raffled, had no been on ground. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] & baby [Marita] came, pap brought them along done [sic – down], to picnic.

Friday, Aug. 12, 1938

Pap hauled 2 loads gravel with team. Gus Frisch stopped in, he put some coal hat in drive way; took chance Red Bud prize. Leo & family came brought truck back. Emil was over awhile.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1935

Awful hot. Ironed, patched. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came for church pinic [sic], they have to be in winner stand. J. Keller came got eggs, tomatoes; we went up to pinic [sic] this eve. Ray Wittenauer won set dishes. Doval Eichenseer 48 lbs. flour. Alice Hess – 100 sugar, Elmer Haudrich taspestory [sic – tapestry] quilt to Mrs. Burke St. Louis, awful crowd, Smithton band, played musci [sic] . Leo & Rose [Rosalia] & baby [Marita] came this eve; pinic [sic]. Mrs. Merhmann came wanted eggs. Chas. Dougherty (Elvira Haudrich) have twins, Aug. 5. girl & boy; 6 3/4 lbs. each; 1st. set of twin that Dr. Werth & Helwig caught; doing fine now.

Monday, Aug. 8, 1938

Pap went & got Rose [Rosalia] & baby [Marita], we canned 25 qts peaches & tomatoes & cooked catsup & preserves. boy what a hot day. Leo came for supper, to get them. Henry & family came this eve. also.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 1938

Went to mass. Made 2 chickens for dinner. Leo & family came & Bill [Klein] in the afternoon, all went to Red Bud Firemen’s pinic [sic] see parade, not so much, all had supper here. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came – 5. went to pinic [sic] at Red Bud then; awful large crowd.

Friday, Aug. 5, 1938

Rained a little. Cooking catsup etc. Pap hauling a load rock for drive way. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she helped clean dishes for the pinic [sic] on the 10. next week; he cut lawn here. Mr. Geo. Weinhoff of Waterloo was married to Weilbacher at Millsdadt [sic – Millstadt] Miss Elnora – bridesmaid & Milton Weilbacher best man. Wm. Weber & Mary Qurin of Smithton married at St. Therasa [sic – Theresa] at Belleville, priest house, attendanted [sic] by brother & sister. she was formerly at Ruma Convent to be a nun till yr. ago, going to live at Smithton were he runs service Station there. Leo & family got plow share. Received our books from Fr. Spors, there is 41 prizes for 10 [cents] – 3 – 25 [cents]. got 2 books, 1 is filled.