Monday, Nov. 12, 1934

Holiday, Armistice Day, town people don’t work, stores closed, banks, no papers printed. Papa went to Red Bud got sack laying mash, paid for hog feed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, had dinner & supper here. We sawed wood this afternoon, Henry sawed, it, 3½ hrs. Ed Mueth, Emil, Henry & Uncle Fred. We took our wash along out & washed at Leona’s this afternoon. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed, played pinochle this evening. Mr. Herzog fruit tree agent was here, & left a card at the door.

Thursday, July 26, 1934

No threshing this morning. Papa & Rose went to Waterloo load wheat. Sure was some awful hot days the last while; 110 & 112 in the shade, hottest & dryest [sic] year, in 32 & 36 yrs. ago. In Kansas, it must be terrible, stock all dying; 3700 cows & calf were brought to E. St. Louis Stockyards yesterday, some so weak & they shot them right away. People are dying from the heat, the paper says 510 so far, from different states, one place it rained so much that 28 acres bottom corn, all washed out. Dillinger the gangster was shot to death now, while coming out a theather [sic] Sun. night. Frank Dudenhoeffer’s of Oklahoma, nee Lizzie Mueth, are visiting relatives here, since last Friday, leaving Sun; We went out threshing, at Henry’s, had them for lunch; got 128 bus. oats our share. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were also there; came home through town. Watermelon in town.

Monday, July 23, 1934

We washed, ironed, patched. Mrs. Cleveland’s birthday. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening. Eggs are 12¢. Aug. Mueths 7 mo. old baby died & was buried at Mascoutha [sic] this afternoon.

Thursday, June 28, 1934

Jos. Schilling pull his threshing outfit up to Ed Kreher’s today, & Oscar Klotz to Louis Voges. Osie Neff drives the engine what Phil Braun had last year; he isn’t going out. Jack Mueth runs it for Schilling’s run. Pete Kreher’s boy from St. Louis, is working for G. Schilling, driving bundle wagon. It is awful hot weather these day, yesterday 100 in shade. Mr. & Mrs. S. Hellmer wedding anniversary, also Arthur Meohrs. The paper says the new wheat in Monroe & St. Clair Cos, will be 80¢ bus. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, went to Red Bud, got flour, brought papa pair tennis shoes along $1. Henry & family came this evening, got the mule, his horse gave out threshing today, at Pete Reheis, just fell down, is blooted [sic], they say. Eggs 11¢.

Tuesday, June 26, 1934

We washed, ironed, patched, fixed wire fence. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this evening awhile, he cut his lawn etc. George Schilling started threshing, yesterday afternoon but cause it, rained they quit, so he is threshing this afternoon again, from there to John Reheis, & then all through back in there. Mueths left, went with Matzenbachers threshing outfit, this year. Mr. Rennecker was here.

Wednesday, May 9, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up. Rosalia washed the paint in the back porch this afternoon. Otto Horn of Waterloo gave us a call. Joe Mueth of Saxtown having a barn dance, Moonlighters play.

Thursday, April 26, 1934

Rain this morning, just what we need; a all day rain. Jonny Reheis was here on business this afternoon. Papa took eggs up; got 12¢. August Mueth of Mascoutha [sic] was taken to Hospital at Belleville, but is now removed home again, he has his hip injured, was pinned between a car & shoe store over there, the paper says. Some of the ladies in town are helping to quilt by Mrs. Hugo Probst, on a quilt, was is to be raffled at the Firemen’s dance on May 19 in Kammlers Hall. Mrs. Wm. Fritsche donated it.

Sunday, April 8, 1934

Aunt Lizzie’s birthday, 59 yrs. she would be. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped a while before church. Christ Kerns second daughter was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in E. St. Louis to be operated on appendix, but it must have bursted before they could do anything. Miss Ruth Roscow has lost her mind, she stays by Austin McDermott at present, took a walk the other night, all nite, next morning found her by Nic Mueths with McDermott’s dog in the yard; she may be taken to Alton. It rained this morning a good shower. Henry & family, Mrs. Cleveland, & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here for supper after the funeral. Papa took care of the kids, the rest of us went. It surely was a large funeral people from all over, nice day, the church was packed, standing in the back & vestibule, largest ever held in Hecker. Fr. Aydt made a nice sermon. Willie he had to go out of church.

Sunday, Jan. 14, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner & supper here; this evening we all went down to Levi Gregson’s; had social conversation, looked at picture, played musci [sic], had cookies & apples. Henry was up & him & papa went to the public school took the Farm Bureau Meeting & got there government wheat checks, papa’s was from Pabst $5.06, & Henry’s $22.58; Hughes & Kolmer spoke about the hog & corn, question Mr. Vogt came to see Uncle Fred about renting his place, but it isn’t for rent. Minnie Staufenbiel came to see Aunt Mary, wrote a letter to John Hempe today. Lauts got election washer. Walter Hecke moved to Waterloo last Sun. Alvin [Irvin – ed. correction] Albrecth nee Bertha Muenth have a little baby boy, called it James; now have 4 children.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 1933

Jung was here & paid his debts. A lady around selling vanilla, 3 bottles $1.00, we sent her of [sic – off]. Uncle Joe was here paid Rosalia for threshing $1.50. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we went to Wm. Gregson’s sale, didn’t buy anything; big sale. Ralph Collier was to have his property sold, to but it wasn’t today, Uncle Pete is going to forclose [sic] the mortage [sic – mortgage]. Ralph’s wife is in St. Louis, she is suing him for divorce, it comes of in Sept. court.