Sunday, July 10, 1938

Beautiful day. Elvira Siebert (nee Jatho) have a baby girl. Leo & family came, we went along to Uncle Freds for dinner & supper. Mr. Haudrich was here on business. Smithton Turner pinic [sic] today, awful hot. Totsch’s has a free dance again tonite.

Sunday, June 26, 1938

Leo & family & pap went to Henry’s for dinner & supper. Bill [Klein] & Bertille & Bertha Karban went to St. Louis to see Forest Park zoo Highlands; went to Totsches tonite. Raining a little this morning.

Tuesday, June 21, 1938

Leo & family brought Bert [Bertille] home this eve. listened to Waterloo band play on radio; were at Waterloo on band stand broadcasting over WTMV. sure nice, it sounded.

Sunday, June 19, 1938

We all had dinner here today. Mrs. Ralph Prediger, nee Ethel Parker was operated for appendix Mon. of last week. Elmer Probst & Lorretta Kraft married today; wedding dance tonite at Brezzy Hill. Arthur Cowell’s boy was married Fri; dance at Log Cabin. Clara Wagner & Mrs. Joe Watchel came to see the baby [Rosalia’s baby – Marita Orlet] this morn. Mr. Geo Haudrich & Elmer came Sat. got the mare $135, for Elmer.

[Undated Entry]

Bert’s [Bertille] at Leo’s all this while; for 3 weeks so far. Edwin Neff & Amelia Dintelman got married Decoration Day. May 30. Catholic School children have pinic [sic]; Mrs. Jake Friedrich had sale June 4.

June 1, Elmer Haudrich & Edna Watchel were married here, attendants Cyril & Leroy Haudrich, Mildred Watchel & Lorretta Biffar; wedding dance at Kammlers Hall, Neffs dance also was there. Mr. Fritsche of here died. Mr. Jake Mehrmann had a stroke on going home from Haudrichs wedding dance & died; buried June 5. Rob. Knabe big barn burned to ground Sun. eve. June 5; 2 fire department Hecker, & Smithton were out; saved the out buildings house etc.

Important Info on Tillie’s Tales!

Note from Angie:

From May 20, 1938 through June 18, 1938, Bertille “Tillie” Brand does NOT write every day. It appears that during this time she stays with Rosalia Orlet, her sister, to help her care for her newborn, Marita.

The next journal entry (blog post) from Bertille has no date on it but it is her attempting to give the highlights of what has happened during the time that she is away. On June 7th and 8th she has regular entries (which I will enter on those dates) but she then goes back to Rosalia’s home.

The entries do not start up again in regularity until Sunday, June 19, 1938.

You have been warned.

Think of this as a small way of getting ready for when the journal is done at the end of 1939 / end of 2020.

Thursday, May 19, 1938

Bert [Bertille] was at Red Bud all day till Leo came this afternoon, brought the family [Rosalia and Marita] home. It rained stopped home quite awhile.

Sunday, May 15, 1938

Went to mass at Red Bud; stayed at hospital awhile; went home. Went down again this afternoon. Fr. Spors. christened the baby this afternoon 1:30 named it Bertille Marita Orlet, call it Marita. Pap & Bertille sponsors. Bill came down to hospital & we went over to hall, to school children’s play was very good; came home had supper went to Firemen’s Dance at Maniers Hall awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped here awhile. Leo came, went to Red Bud to stay all nite. Leo Myerscough visited there this eve.