Monday, Dec. 7, 1936

It is 12 above zero this morning, quite a change. We washed. Rose sewed. Pap took the chev. to Probst had him to look it over, it can stand zero he said. Henry & Leona went to Belleville left Billy [Willis] here, went in about 9:30 came back at 4 o’clock. Pap went to Bolstead bought sow & 5 pigs 4 weeks old for $17.00. Bertille went to Mertz’s store, looked for mail & she won the fruit cake, for 4¢ push the name Belle & that won the cake, some luck, it is 98¢ cake, looks good. We had no street lights for awhile this eve. alright now. Eggs 31¢ now.

Monday, Sept. 21, 1936

We washed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to Red Bud, Waterloo, & Rose & Bert went along to Belleville this afternoon, had dinner & supper here, chickens. Aunt got a new dress. Sure warm today. Streck came out & looked at the heifers, couldn’t make no bargains.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1936

We cleaned upstairs, after the rain; A man here want to buy white oak timber. We got the order from Chicago Mail – everything o.k. pap overalls 38 & jumper 42 rather large, Bert shoes 5 o.k. Waterloo is going to have pinic [sic] again this eve; but it is thundering & raining again now. Fr. Frankovich & Uncle Matt are advertising it. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to Waterloo Pinic [sic], sure had a nice crowd, had sold over 600 tickets for supper last nite, & had supper again tonite, Waterloo Band played. Herr Hugo German Band, Hug. Radan Orch,; all played a few pieces. We didn’t win anything, from 44 prizes; played a bingo for quilt. Mrs. Pete Kleim won it. It rained a little, but didn’t spoil the pinic [sic] any.

Friday, Aug. 7, 1936

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to Belleville got new dresses. A large truck of watermelons went by, stopped here & we bought 2 40¢, nice big one 50 lb. melons.

Thursday, July 29, 1936

Cold again this morn; Kahmers have sale starting at 10. Starr auctioneer again. Harms Excutioner [sic]. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & pap & Bert went to Kahmers sale, about 10:30, all day, we bought wood bar 10¢ & cook pot & flour sifter 25¢; lot of people there, things went quick. Geo. Wagner & kids were over awhile; The Gen Sen [? – unclear] man was at the sale today also. Sure cool morn & evenings. The Walkathon at Belleville is still going at 9 o’clock tonite it is 1008 hrs. for 6 couples & 1 girl; the winners to receive $1,000.

Saturday, July 25, 1936

Pretty warm & windy. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came him & papa went to Nobbe’s at Waterloo & got the new 1936 Chev. coupe, then went out to the sale, we also went took Aunt Mary along to Joe Schilling’s sale, had such a crowd & all bought a good price. Ed. Parker got the piano $25. C. Myerscough the radio $5. Uncle Fred & pap went to see Jac Erle, about Ins. on his new car; green all modern, very pretty car. Manier has a fish fry.

Wednesday, July 22, 1936

We dug potatoes about 3 bus. this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came took pap along to Frank Monike’s sale at Lords Corner, report is he is going to move his family to the Gambach property on E. Main St; were Pete Watchel formerly lived; but we heard today, Walter & family is coming to Hecker, in that house & Frank is going to move to New Athens. Pap bought plow & harrow etc. & we all went to get it this evening with truck. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed for supper, it was so late when they came back.

Monday, July 20, 1936

We washed, ironed. Uncle Fred & pap went to Waterloo, made a trade with Nobbe, his 1934 chev; & $195. for a 1936 Chev. coupe, will get it by next week; They had dinner, here chicken. Pap went out to help Henry plowing, he got stuck with the tractor this afternoon; from there he went to G. Schillings paid lumber sawing, $7.30 – 815 ft @ 90. Jac. Erle came, we paid him $19.60 Ins. now we are house insured in there co. not with Rapp anymore. Watchels & Lauts put there electric wires up again; today.

Saturday, May 2, 1936

Nice rain last nite; makes things grow, we worked the garden all through. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & pap went with them to Emlings sale by Burksville, May sale cryer; tools & 5 rooms furniture. Washed our hair, got real nice again. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had supper here, then pap & him went back to Emlings again & got mule & horse that pap bought, bought all kind junk, Uncle got rocking chair, pap walked home with the team, 11 o’clock when he got here, we listed to the radio & stayed up till they came home again, had a big & good sale. The sow had 1 pig today & 1 dead.

Saturday, February 1, 1936

Pap got crushing done, then went to Red Bud to see Burdgorf, but he wasn’t at home; he went to see Hartmann; Mr. J. Eshmann of Columbia, was here wanted to buy sow, also looked at the cow; Mr. Kunkelmann was here wanted to see dad. He went to Hellmers sale at Red Bud; bought 15¢, flower stand, bread board, sprinkle can; Mr. Faust was buried this afternoon at Red Bud, 8 cars passed by, wasn’t very large. Snowing tonite. Jimmie & Dick played at Stolbergs Lake tonite at Belleville.