Saturday, April 9, 1938

Cold snow & froze hard. Warming up this afternoon, Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came, Bert [Bertille] went along to Fauss sale in Waterloo, bought few articles. Bert got chain card to win hankies, came from Mrs. Aselm Hellener of Waterloo; Mr. Wuller of Belleville, brother to the guy, they put in pen shot himself yesterday, so did Fred Papenberg brother in St. Louis.

Friday, Nov. 26, 1937

Bernice got eggs. @ 26¢. Pap went out on business trip. Lester Mehrmann & Geradline [sic – Geraldine] Werling were married yesterday eve. at 5 o clock candle light wedding. Vic Papenberg is hauling sand for Rob. Laut’s to build new house in spring. Roy Staufenbiel & Jake. Ed. Schnieder were visiting Emil tonite at 12 o clock she called wanted to know if Roy was still here but just then he came home.

Friday, Oct. 8, 1937

Canned qt. tomatoes. Pap went to town order laying mash & hog feed brought it down this morn. Received letter from Dupo stating who won there prizes, all of St. Louis, except 1 at Dupo & Highland 2 at Belleville; anyway not us. The wedding pictures of Papenberg & Schmierbach & Armstutz’s are all in paper, all pretty good. John Braun was here; going around trying to get signers for leasing land for oil, quite a few around here have signed up. Pap took 19 bus. wheat to Waterloo got 93¢. top is 95¢. Bert stayed at Henry’s. Seen in paper that Emil Brand gave the Times Editor a paper from 35 yrs. ago; they published the news, some of the items from that paper.

Sunday, Oct. 3, 1937

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. We had winers [sic – wieners] for dinner. Raining all morning. Today is the wedding of Aaron Papenberg 24 & Mabel Rieso 21 at Smithton Church with attendants. Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Rittmeyer sister of bride & Miss Alma Weber & Vic Papenberg; it is also the 25 Silver Wedding Ann. of Mr. & Mrs. Rieso; a reception to invited relatives & friends will be held at Daabs Clubhouse tonite; we are not invited, going to live in Lizzie Boll’s house, 2 rooms; she got electric put in last week. Today is also the Golden 50 Wedding Ann. of Mr. & Mrs. Mike Armstutz; for only relatives, children & sisters & brothers for supper & rest, nephews & nieces, cousins etc at Maniers Park & hall tonite for a dance & reception. Musci [sic] by Wm. Birkners Orch. & all musicians. Miss Ida Schmierbach of Smithton & many of Fateyeville [sic – Fayetteville] being married at Smithton Tues. morning; dance in eve. at Fateyville [sic – Fayetteville].

Sunday, June 27, 1937

Bert [Bertille] went to Mamie’s went to ballgame awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came took Bert along to Breezy Hill to Simon Miller’s & Buettner Wedding dance, Dream Time Trio furnished musci [sic]; large crowd & nice time. Vic Papenberg & car from New Athens had collision at the corner, the other car passed on wrong side, damaged the truck & car, no one hurt; Joe McCarthy, deputy Marshall, was at Boxton Sat. nite; camp guys started in fighting, he wanted to part then & keep peace, fellow pulled out a revolver & shot him at the shoulder, came out below the shoulder blade, he is at home, getting along well if no blood poison will set in; pretty hard for the guy, that did the shooting he is in the pen; at present time. There is also 4 boys from Red Bud in Chester pen for stealing by Jac. Erle’s. South of Red Bud. Mr. Erle caught them in the house, stealing money out of a dresser drawer.

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.

Monday, April 6, 1936

Cloudy, & cold; In Alambama [sic] had a storm yesterday, 1 reported dead. In Georgia Tornado, 1,000 persons dead, & 4 houses burned this morning, from cyclones; terrible in other states. Pap & Rose took load wheat to Waterloo & went out to see Joe Freund’s to see his cow; but pap didn’t want it, but made trade anyway – $75 – cash – $75 note, coming to look & get it Thurs. morn. Leona is sick in bed with flu, – cold. Mr. Saliger of Horse Praire got the cultivator $35.00 this afternoon. Wm. C Voges was here wanted to buy oats, thought it was to high price but was going to tell his son Charles. Aaron Papenberg the assesor [sic] was here. We went out to Uncle Freds, for supper; & on business, paid interest of $300.00 note.

Wednesday, January 1, 1936

Went to Red Bud in the Whip. to church. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Henry & family were here for dinner, Uncle & Aunt were here for supper; we played cards. Leona was sick, so they went home early. Aunt Mary said Clem Parker & Carol Papenberg were married 2nd Christmas Day Dec 26. in the evening.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 1935

Aaron Papenberg’s 22 yr. birthday today. Leona brought Henry up & he couldn’t get the tractor started all morning, so he got Hugo Probst to fix it for him, started right away then. Papa is hauling coal 2 loads for basement & 1 nut coal for brooder stove .05¢; this morning; finished hauled 182 bus. including 12 bus. nut coal @ 5¢ the others 8½ & tax all $15.53 from the East Side coal mine at Freeburg. Henry finished plowing, took the tractor along home; had lunch, dinner. Papa hauled 2 loads wood from Pabsts – 60¢ paid for sawing. Mr. Ed Meng got a light stroke yesterday morning seated in a rocking chair, had the doctor, was better again now. Sterling circus in Waterloo this afternoon & evening porformances [sic] Adm. 25¢; We went in this evening, & crowd just picked reserved seats 10¢ extra, chairs & Boy it sure was good; flying trapeze, elephants & horse dance etc, big band, 3 different side shows at 10¢ Adm; littlest mother & baby. Wild west, 500 lbs. boy, a girl with thousand eyes & so much; a girl lyed [sic] down & elephant walked over her, Monkey, dogs & baby elephant etc.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1935

We washed cloudy day no sunshine, Mertz got 2 coops chickens, young & old we shipped to St. Louis 33 young & 15 old. Gus Klotz & Aeron Papbenberg went to Centralia yesterday & got peaches. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up, he helped to fix stands up for the pinic [sic] tomorrow. We went out to Henry’s this evening, put up hair.