Sunday, Oct. 9, 1938

Went to Red Bud; Mauer going around with book, taking collection for dining room suite for priest, pap gave $1. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon she went to devotion & meeting he was here; then after when [sic – went] to Wustmark, Bill & Bert went also in eve. got dish playing bluey, A. Mary got 2 blankets & bread box playing Liz Boll won quilt, that was raffled out; nice crowd.

Sunday, Aug. 8, 1937

Went to early mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed awhile, brought a watermelon along that they bought at Red Bud store; had real watermelon lunch, couldn’t eat half of it 28 lbs. it weighed. Ralph Wiegand stopped in & brought Rose Wedding present at tea kettle aluminum. Steve Rennecker came here awhile then went up to pinic [sic]. The Ladies Aid have there pinic [sic] today at Maniers Park; dance this eve. chicken supper. Uncle Fred & A. Mary, Leo & Rose came we ate watermelons then went to pinic [sic]; much larger crowd; quilt went to Ad. Rittmeyer’s girl, bed spread Hy Armstutz & pillow slip, I don’t know; It was awful cloudy, hot, thundering, but it didn’t rain very much, light shower this eve late.

Sunday, June 13, 1937

Cloudy all day. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] were down for dinner & supper. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came went to pinic [sic] at Evangical [sic] Church, awhile; quilt played at bluey was won by Oliver Kammler. & raffled one, Carol Lee Armstutz & pillow cases Frieda Koerber & dresser scarf Henry Wiegand; sold 225 supper tickets Adm. 25 & 15. Bert [Bertille] went with Uncle Fred to Donahues to Al Benedick wedding dance got married Sat. in St. Louis, she was formerly from Tipton Bunch girl; he works in St. Louis; had an awful large crowd & no presents. Schmidts Orch. played at the pinic [sic] O. Birkner with his new piano key board & Ben Schilling drums; real nice music they played.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 1935

Went to Red Bud; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came this afternoon for the firemen’s pinic [sic]. Mr. Barnphole of Okawville came & pap went along out to Henry’s with him, had a little argument about the colt out there; then went to Red Bud to see Becker Ins. agent. We went to the pinic [sic] about 4 oclock, & nothing much doing, but they had a big crowd in the evening; had 400 lbs. fish, all gone, sold all the books, $150. – chances, the prizes were raffled about 11 o’clock & were won – Enamel Heater – Wm Kemp of New Athens R2, $10.00 cash, party from Belleville, fancy quilt to Noel Roscow $5 cash – Mrs. L. Deuker Belleville, 100 lbs. flour – Joe Griffin Hecker, fancy quilt – Mascoutah – case Mound City Beer, Olivia Gregson 50 lbs. flour – Reitz – Waterloo, case Beer – New Athens – 1 ton coal Helen Miles – Belleville. The dance was crowded, Pals of Harmony, Horse Prairie in the afternoon, & Probsts from Athens called in. Aunt Mary got blanket playing bluey. Dudenhoeffer were out to. Henry & Leona went along to Belleville with Walter & Hilda took her home, the kids stayed here all night.