Thursday, March 24, 1938

We went to Leo’s today, washed etc. planted potatoe. Mrs. Orlet passed away at 1 o clock this morn; to be at Quernheims tonite. Robert is 12 yrs. old today. Beautiful day; had light frost this morn. was supposed to be 34. Pap went to Smithton Bank. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came, we went along in to Quernheims, Mrs. Orlet is laid out with black dress & white collar & gray coffin, looks natural, has lot of mass cards, & 4 bouquets flowers; there were quite a few people there this eve. Fr. Joe [Orlet] prayed rosary.

Wednesday, March 16, 1938

Radio keeps reporting the news of tornadoes terrible at West end Belleville, Union School, factory, many resenditals [sic – residential]. 9 being dead & 26 injured so far; 3 blocks area; not very far from Township high school; happened about 5 o’clock. Henry & Leona & Billy [Willis] came. Bert [Bertille] went along to Walter Gregsons & looks just terrible nothing left but the house, & not a whole lot of it, porches of [sic – off] etc; but no stock or any one injured, wood sticking 3 ft. in ground across the road from his house, done more damage by downs by Red Bud Vanburen’s, Gueberts; Henry & stayed for dinner. Pap went to Smithton bought 2 pigs from Ed. Heap. $10.00. Eggs 15 [cents] found 98 today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Waterloo this afternoon, to see Rosie Kaestenier (nee) Mueth she died Mon. eve. from cancer; leaves a boy 11, who stays with Mueth girls in St. Louis; she has divorce from her husband he has remarried again; she is 47, laid out nice, pink dress at Quernheims funeral parlor; till Fri. morn. then to Hecker church & cemetery. Phi & Ed. are just recovering from auto accident, getting along fairly well at present. Quernheims have a funeral tomorrow afternoon to. Jac Rahn, Hy Rahn’s father 85 yrs. old; he is from Valmeyer; has an awful lot of flowers. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came this eve; we had popcorn. Mrs. Orlet is very low.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 1938

Henry stopped in got crushing done. Bert [Bertille] baked cream pie. Rose [Rosalia] brought qt. milk last nite. Mr. John Horn of here died this morn. at 7 o’clock, we seen Quernheim’s come out to get him. Wm. Ganley came on business. We & Emil went out to Henry’s this afternoon. Hess & Cleveland helped yet to cut corn fodder for chop for feed; we had supper there. This eve. we went to Rob. Lauts; Rob & pap lost every game pinochle but 1; had popcorn, coffee cake, wine; seen the plans for Rob’s new house 28 x 32 its going to be. Tonite is Pres. birthday balls some places. Masquerade at Floraville.

Saturday, March 6, 1937

Pap got crushing done. Went to see Wm. Wiegand. This afternoon went to Adam’s sale on Jenning Farm in Lord’s Corner, bought 5 doz. fruit jars 2¢ a piece; he brought a sewing machine along for Rob. Lauts & wardrobe for Watchel’s, he had the truck so he just brought these things along. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stoped [sic] they went to Belleville, they sewed lettuce, cabbage & radish seed. This evening they came up & Bert went along to Waterloo to Quernheim to see Mrs. Peter Matzenbacher who died Thurs. will be buried tomorrow; she is so delicate, doesn’t look like herself. She was 48 yrs. old; & has been suffering quite some time. Henry stopped got crushing done; brought pictures along up; he started in sewing oats this morn; lot people started today.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1937

Leo and Rose came, we went along to funeral sure large, from chapel at Querheim’s to Red Bud church 10 ‘clock high Mass, then to Red Bud cemetery, were he [Omer Schilling] was laid to rest, beside his mother, father & sister. He made a will yr. ago Dec. before he got operated for tonsils, he willed $1,000 for masses for himself, & $1,000 for his father & mother, $60 for poor souls of Hecker, Red Bud & Waterloo; $1,000 for Geo. Schilling; they opened the will yesterday; at Waterloo; the pallbearers were all cousins, George, Chas. Jerome Schilling, & Eugene Reed, Joe Neary, Martha’s husband, Hoeffener, Edna’s husband; beautiful purple coffin & vault, laid out nice, may his soul rest in peace. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to L. Birkners, he is pretty ill, thinks his heart is going to stop; called Oscar & Frank this morn, they went down to Chrs. Buehlers now, pretty bad there to Christ is pretty sick. Uncle Fred came stayed all nite. A. Mary stayed at L. Birkner’s tonite.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1937

Uncle Fred & Aunt stayed all nite went to L. Birkner again this morn. Pap & Bert went to Waterloo, got egg mash, & to Quernheim’s, pd. Rose furniture table 6 chairs, rocker, l brand. Bert went to Fr. Eschmann got mass card for Omer for $1.00. Uncle Fred, pap, A. Mary, Bert all went to Waterloo to chapel sure lot of peoples came in; to see Omer, he looks so nice, smiles so nice.

Monday, Feb. 15, 1937

Uncle Fred went to L. Birkners & we & A. Mary went out to Henrys butchering 2 pigs. Tonite Leo & Rose & A. Mary us went to Querheim’s to see Omer he is layed [sic] out so nice; they were going to come out Sun; while the rest went to church, he went in bathroom & killed himself with razor blade, cut his throat. Oh My Oh My: poor boy; sure terrible.

Friday, Aug. 21, 1936

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to Waterloo to Mrs. Edna Hoeffener [nee] Schilling 32 yrs. funeral from Querheim to church & cemetery, pretty large funeral; got her at St. Louis last nite, from Colrado [sic] looks natural, thin & small, being sick so long, married 7 yrs. to John Hoeffner of St. Louis. The Sisters were also here. Six cousins palbearers [sic] Omer, Jerome & Martin Schilling, Frank, Oscar Birkner & Will Volkmann.

Monday, May 27, 1935

We girls, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & Leona & Billy went to church, Mrs. Eulers funeral, from Querheim Chapel at Waterloo to Hecker Church 9′ o clock; large funeral quite a few flowers. Just 18 yrs. mother dead. Henry & boys came up to make hay, had dinner. Emil came with the wagon this afternoon, & Pete Watchel helped yet, all had lunch here. It started in to rain, so they didn’t get finished with the hay. G. Wagner here a little while. Eggs 21¢ today. Rogation Day’s.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1933

We washed, ironed. Papa went out to Henry’s, talk with the culpert boss. Cleaning chicken houses, putting in clean straw. Mrs. Jim Ganley, (“Liza Otto”) died this morning at 9:30. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & we all went out to the wake, stayed all night, had supper, left 4:30, there was a few more there. Mrs. Schilling & Ben, Chas Kern & sons came after 12 o’clock. Freund boys prayed the rosary. She will be buried Sat. morn. Querheims have the funeral, they didn’t have her away. Rose is sick with swollen head.