Tuesday, March 21, 1939

Ironed, patched, planted out 50 more frost proof plants. Pap sewed orchard in oats, made potatoe ground ready etc. Beautiful weather. 62 [degrees]. Spring begins today. Bert [Bertille] baked cookies this morn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped in went to see Buehler’s.

Thursday, March 2, 1939

Pap sewed clover seed. Emil came got bu. [bushel] potatos [sic]. Went to Belleville this afternoon; lot of people in town.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 1938

Geo. Wagner’s butchering today came to get there hog, Hy Armstutz truck, & also J. Kammler, weighed 280 lbs. Got the check from Strecks, one weighed 305 lbs. & 7.40 & 340 lbs. .07. Pap went out on trip this afternoon, took scales back out to Henry’s, he is going to kill a beef this evening. Went to Herman Kettler’s this morn. bought mare from him for $10.00; pap walked home & Bert [Bertille] went to Orlets awhile. Ms. Crocker came got 2 bus. potatoes 50 [cents] bu. Raining this eve.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1938

Columbus Day. We wormed our pullets this morn. John Frish – Gus dad was found in chair, pulling potatoes & died was found that way when Gus came home last nite. Bert [Bertille] made some more Mince Meat. Besse of Millsdadt [sic] bought 4 bu. & 20 lbs. potatoes & 75 [cents] hundred. $1.96.

Monday, Oct. 10, 1938

Beautiful day washed ironed. Pap hauled 3 loads wheat to Waterloo got 60 [cents]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were here this morn. accross [sic] street. We went to New Athens this afternoon, took 2 bus. potatoes we got 40 [cents] trade. made guess on [? – unclear] of Waalows, 25 45 & 15 some people guessed in millions; closes today the contest. Pap payed [sic] L. Matzenbacher for lime dust & hauling & [? – unclear] 15 ton & 60 lbs @ 1.45 – $45.27 that was here & out at Henrys.

Monday, July 18, 1938

Cloudy. We went to Red Bud to Ford Dealer & Chev. & there we got 1938 Chev. Coupe with heater & froster, 6 sets chains for $580 & old Chev. 1926 model $164.00. Black coupe pretty good trade. We canned 2 qts pickles & tomatoes; fixed garage for new car. Kleins got about 2 [cents] bu. for our onions & 50 [cents] bu. potatoes. last Thurs. at St. Louis. Bill [Klein] started working there today in store. Jac. Erle was here to Ins. [insure] car; also Ms. Becker, we insured with Becker for liability & property damage $16.65 yr. Henry & family came brought potatoes, quite a few bushels, & nice ones they got this year. Emil came over to look at the car; same as Uncle Fred’s.

Monday, July 11, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went to Leo’s washed & cut in kraut, 49 gals. Emil came over awhile, hottest day so far 102 [degrees]. Pap dug 1 bu. potatoes.

Friday, July 8, 1938

So hot 92. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, digging potatoes. Bert [Bertille] got mail. Mrs. Otto Susewind nee (Osterhage) died of 2 weeks illness, married 5 years. Walter Pour lost one of his best horses.

Monday, March 21, 1938

Spring begins; & beautiful hot day. 75 at 7 o’clock. Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed; pap hauled load wood home, got potatoe ground ready & we planted a small patch by straw stack, planted out onions in garden; this eve. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Bert [Bertille] went to Belleville this afternoon, got shoes etc. Berniece came over, said Mehrmanns couldn’t use no more eggs now. Still 15 [cents] here. Josie Keller & landlord & family stopped in this afternoon, pap was here, was also at A. [Aunt] Mary they weren’t at home, they took 13 doz. eggs, along with them.

Wednesday, March 9, 1938

Raining again. Pap went to barber; Joe Freund & guy here looked at pigs, to high price they said. Chas. Wagner was here, quilting for fire co. – put in 2 quilts this morn; 1 a marked of & the other fan quilt. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came here & Bert [Bertille] went to fire house, quilting this afternoon. Emil was over awhile. Chas. Helfrich got oats & potatoes today. Started in to dig basement at Lauts; only 2 carpenters & Karl Boll & Geo. Parker with team; its a contract job; Emil don’t even get chance to work there; suppose to be $1400 house including furnace.

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