Thursday, Jan. 13, 1938

Pap went up in woods again took dinner along; Roman Meng was here; wanted to trim up trees along the fence. We went out to Al. Cleveland’s; wanted to take Emil along, but he didn’t want to go this eve; Levi Gregson’s came out there also, Levi, pap & Al. Clara C. Clara Gregson played 5 hand solo. Agnes & Bert [Bertille], Grover listed to radio. Major Bowes. hr. etc; shelled popcorn, had cookies & apples. Nice moonlight & warm nights.

Monday, Dec. 27, 1937

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary had breakfast & supper here going to stay over nite again, awful warm out. Went out to Henry’s butchering, had dinner. Boys got piona [sic – piano] accordion from Santa Claus for Christmas. Lena Meng was here to see Uncle Fred. Uncle Fred fixed the pump for Emil, after we came home from butchering. Frank Emery died this morn. 2 oclock is by Wagners. We played cards this eve. pinochle. Lena Meng stopped in on way town.

Thursday, Nov. 11, 1937

Armistice Day. H. Wittinauer’s boy stoped [sic] in this morn. Sure warm weather for this time of year. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon. Lerna [unclear – could be Leona?] Meng came over to see them. Uncle went to Stahlehebers to see John, he is home today from Woodriver Ill. Mrs. Mehrmann got 5 doz. eggs @ 28¢. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Floraville to Bocker’s free dance, music by Cowboys of Alton, pretty nice, bass fidale [sic – fiddle], guitar, banjo & fiddle. pretty nice crowd, present; Och. formerly Smithton boys now of Alton.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1937

Beautiful day, washed ironed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came had dinner here, he & Bert [Bertille] went to Waterloo on business. Emil came, he put in his lineleoum [sic – linoleum] at his place, in kitchen, all around. real pretty. Eichenseer put it in. Henry stopped in got crushing done. Lena Meng was here, see what pap tought [sic – thought] about oil leasing. A fellow here selling weather stripping for house, from St. Louis agent.

Friday, Aug. 20, 1937

Beautiful day; finished ironing, canned 5 qt peaches. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon, she helped to peel, cut lawn etc. Chris Buehler brought Henry’s 2 colts here, pap bought them from Henry $85 a piece. Lena Meng looked at peaches. We got 20 ½¢ for springs sold here to Mertz 18 – 51 lbs.

Tuesday, July 13, 1937

Awful hot today. Canned plums made perserve [sic]. Eggs 16¢ down again. Werner Kammler is threshing today at Meng’s.

Thursday, April 22, 1937

Beautiful day, pap went in woods this afternoon cut posts for hay floor. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came cut lawn. We went to Leo & Rose tonite, Jake was also there, we got 4 settings of eggs @ 19¢. Bert [Bertille] cleaned front room waxed floor etc, cut lawn. Pap went over to Meng’s got cap for wagon wheel, he had lost his & found again by Geo. Parkers; the last time when he was in the woods that happened yesterday the wheel came of [off] by the gate.

Tuesday, April 20, 1937

Town Election, pap served as judge $3. he gets. I didn’t go to vote, all same officers, only J. Meng in place of Os. Neff, & Milton Wagner lost. L. Birkner & M. Armstutz each received 1 vote for trustees & A. Stuart got 2 – J. Griffin 1 for police & Gus. Frisch 20 for treasurer, he also gets in; there were in 80 vote cast. Raining all day. Bert [Bertille] washed, put in basement, to much rain. We ate our first lettuce today, certainly tastes good.

Thursday, April 8, 1937

Ironed curtains, patched. Roman Meng the acessor [sic] was here. Steve Rennecker brought the boards back what he got for papering. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came Bert went along to Waterloo to Wihelm’s sale, bought flower pots, got free can paint at Hamacher’s, advertising, also got chance to win 3 articles to be raffled tonite there. Received the benefit check – $102.03. Raining & colder this eve. Literary in Public School tonite; speaking by H. Hill, Sup of Schools of Belleville. Birkners Och. & Dor. & Osc. Lippert. Eggs .20¢ today. Wheat $1.39.

Wednesday, April 7, 1937

Bert went along with Ivo Buehler to Leo’s, helped ironed, patch, had dinner & supper there went along to Paderborn play tonite. Texas Ranger’s, boy what crowd, players were, Hy. Roth, Al & Bertha Karban, Isd. & Ceceila [sic] Watchel, Sly. Neff, Sy. Louis Schoenborn, Esther Helfrich, Marcella Schilling, Cryil Haudrich, Skaer’s Schoenborn played for dance after play, sure was good. Hermann of Columbia got the mule in trade for cow & pigs $65 booth [sic-both]. Leo has there cow & pigs. Bert Thompson was here, pap was over at Meng’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary bought Bert home this eve.