Thursday, Dec. 21, 1933

Papa went out in the woods, this morn & afternoon. We ironed, & patched, got things ready for Christmas. Bill was at Henry’s today, killing sheep, I guess. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stoped [sic] here on there way down to Chris Buehlers at Red Bud. Bertille mailed Christmas cards & then went to Eliza Boll’s on business. Eggs are 15¢ at Eichenseers today. The Catholic School children are having a little program, this evening to surprise Fr. Aydt on his 1st Anniversary here, the parishoners [sic] should also attend. The way it reads in the paper, Eugene Bruns & Adale Weber must be married, cause it say Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Bruns, attended a birthday party at Millstadt.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 1933

Papa got hair cut; him & Rosalia went out to Henry’s got a load oats. Baked Oatmeal cookies & pie this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we all went to Red Bud to Mass. Jake Mauer’s sale, large attendance, papa bought rope & things, it was late till they started the household goods, we left afterwards. Buel Rascow was sale cryer, & John Schumacher, clerk; Mrs. Mauer is going to move to the city & her 2 daughters that are not married, will live with her, Bertha & Stella; everything brought a fair prize for bring cash sale. Mrs. Lizze Peiffer, 53 yrs. of age died last Tues. evening & buried this afternoon at Millstadt Cemetery she was Lizzie Hollerbach; married Chas. Peiffer, have 1 son & 2 daughters. Mr. Elmer Rittmeyer 32 & Miss Edna Rieso 19 are being married at Smithon [sic] Church by Rev. Hoste [? – unclear] at 3 oclock, wearing white dress & veil. Mr. Al Rittmeyer & Alice Mantle are the attendants & Miss Mabel Rieso Maid of honor & Aaron Papenberg groomsmen; one wearing peach, & the other green, with slippers to match; they will live in St. Louis, where the groom is employed, a private reception is held in Daabs Club house this evening for, invited several hundred guests. Santa Claus was in Hecker, Mertz store from 3 o clocks on.

Friday, Dec. 8, 1933

Holiday. Went to 6 o clock mass at Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner; she bought soup beef & bread had dinner here. We took a chance on a stitched quilt at Red Bud, this morn. Mr. & Mrs. Walter Kelley & cousins & neighbor where here on business with regard to Uncle Fred’s. Frank Emery was here bought 20 lbs. popcorn at 4¢ lb; ears & all. We all & Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary visited Uncle Adam & Emil this evening.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1933

Papa went out helped Henry saw wood. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, we help her quilt awhile, then him & Rosalia started fire for butchering, 10’oclock. They had dinner & supper here. We started butchering 185 lb. hog this afternoon, finished about 4 o clock. Mr. Nic Helfrich & Isa. hauled load corn, 41 bu. 50 lbs., he bought the liver for 25¢. Emil was here wanted block & tagle for butchering tomorrow, but it is out at Henry’s. Miss Josie Keller went to Lizzie Boll’s & rang up, then drove down here, she was at Red Bud today; we saved the kidney & snoots for her to eat; she bought $1.00 took it along, liver, pork, blood sausage.

Monday, Dec. 4, 1933

We washed, ironed. Oscar Klotz was here, to see if we wanted to buy corn. Klotz has some to sell; for 40¢ bu., but we got ours now. Mr. Hill was here gathering news for the paper. It is an awful nice day, warm. Josie Keller is spending, Sun. & Mon. at Ben Heyl’s & Tues. at Triveollers at Red Bud, then she is going back home again. Kenneth Kemp got a new coupe Pontiac cars. We sawed wood this afternoon. Henry, Cleveland, Emil. Uncle Fred helped. Aunt Mary stayed here, we put her quilt in the frame across the street, they had supper here, then we played 5 hand pinochle.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1933

Went to Waterloo to mass, cause making hard road to Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner here, then went home, Armstutzs came out there. Today Advent starts. Mr. Jake Merlhmans birthday today. Gus Millman is visiting his sister Mrs. Wm. Kelley of Ruma who is ill.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 1933

Thanksgiving Day. We went to Red Bud church. Then went on to Aunt Mary for chicken dinner & supper, backbones, Iceberg lettuce, cranberries. Oh Boy! Did it taste good; Cream cake, pumpkin pie. Hot Dogs! Hy. Meng came, paid for his hog. 23¢ lbs. at $3.75. Hy & family came left the kids, here & we went along with them to Brezzy Hill to Myrtle Rau, Quentin Schroeder, wedding dance, bride wore white & veil, bridesmaids wore green, blue. Country Club Orc. from there we went to Oak Grove, to Mudd & Hendrick wedding dance, & crowd, Oh My! on both places, string band. Myerscough & Deukers where all there. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Josie, came up, so they played, pinochle till 12′ o  clock. Henry sends his milk to Waterloo Creamery now.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1933

George Wagner came, payed [sic] for his hog $3.80 lb. Hy Meng got one to & butchered today. The Moonlighters played at a dance at Foster Pond last nite, wedding of Simon Matthews 19 & Agnes Scheinder 19 & to best, where Chas. Shilling & Mary Matthews. Tonite they played at Pautler’s park; Gents 25 ladies free. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stoped [sic] in, on there way to Red Bud, moving Christ Buehler & family down there, all the Birkners is helped. Frank Buehler moved into a different place down there. Miss Josie Keller was here for supper, she brought us each a dress goods, & quilt patterns. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came then we went to the free show in school hall. Rheinhardt from Belleville & Scout Boy’s;  all free. When we left Josie got flat tire. Braun’s kids fixed it for her. Ed Pabst brought load corn.

Sunday, Nov. 26, 1933

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stoped [sic] awhile. George Wagner came to see if he could get a hog, for butchering tomorrow. A lady called to get eggs but they got some at Renneckers, ours to high I guess. 27¢ in the store here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, then Rosalia & Bertie went along to the play, in the School Hall given, by the Dramatic Club; name is the “18 Carat Boob.” players; are Elvira Braun, Pearl Griffin, Anna Marie Parker, Wilfred Eichenseer, Albert Coop, Agnes Parker, Elfreida Wittenauer, Joe Griffin, Edgar Wittenauer, Raymond Wittenauer, Angela Eichenseer, Lee Gregson. The hall was packed. Auchbon’s band of Red Bud, furnished musci [sic], & also tap dancing.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 1933

Mrs. James Ganley is getting buried, be at Hecker 9 o clock, Catholic church. We went out to the house, Rosalia & Bertie prayed the rosary. The funeral was rather large, had nice bouquet of flowers. Nefphews [sic] acted as pall bearers; were, Willie & Philip Frend, Willie & Jonny Ganley, & Jimmie Brauch. Fr. H. H. Aydt had a very nice sermon. She was the first to be traveled on hard roads, first funeral & her sister Mrs. Brauch, she was the first one on hard road from Waterloo out to cemetery, the people had to walk out, couldn’t drive on it yet at that time. Mr. Jake Mauer of Red Bud age 72 died with a stroke last Mon. evening was buried Thurs. morn. at Red Bud. Uncle Fred is 59 yrs. old. We went out this evening, quite a crowd, Christ Buehler family, Henry Birkners family, Henry Brand family, Ignatz Neff & family, Adam Eckerts family, Willie Birkner’s family, Frank Birkner family, Oscar Birkners family. Cake, & lemonade where served. Pinochle & lotto were played; attendance prize was a plate, Mrs. Christ Buehler, received it, prizes were given to the highest lotto players; crowd left 11 o clock.