Monday, Sept. 19, 1938

Bert [Bertille] washed ironed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up all day, he worked across street, had beef soup dinner they brought here, had dinner & supper. Celestine Neff was here selling chances on bedspread, donations to go for recovering aisle for centennial mass, which will be in Nov. 11. Pap went to meeting at Kammler’s hall; about the farm plans again. Mrs. Bill Gallagher died this morn. is at Kochs parlor, she was ill for about week; will be buried Wed. morn at Red Bud. Leo & family & Henry & family were here this eve. Radio say frost tonite..

Sunday, Sept. 18, 1938

Went to mass. Cool today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed awhile. AuBuchon & Purtle were published at Red Bud for 1st time this morn. Floraville has pinic [sic] & Home Coming today & chicken dinner & supper, the church. Belleville street fair which was to be last nite is posponed [sic] till today & nite; on account of rain last nite. Hubbard came back again today, wanted to see mule; but was to late didn’t go to Henry’s, coming again some time later to see it. Clem Parker & Lar. Kaiser giving birthday dance at Kammler’s tonite. Adm. 25 [cents]. Happy Ramblers playing, nice crowd. Bill & Bert [Bertille] went to Floraville pinic [sic], they had open air dance. Schmidt’s playing, to cold for pinic; crowd was pretty fair in afternoon, but not as good in evening to cold. Greg Neff’s had their baby girl christened at Paderborn this afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. Bill Karban sponsor, called it Dorothy.

Friday, Sept. 16, 1938

Pap took 11 bus. wheat to Waterloo, got 58 [cents]. brought 50 lbs. flour along. Bert [Bertille] baked cookies, cake & biscuits. Nice cool day. Man here wanted old underwear & things. Al Rausch is hauling coal for H.M. Hill this afternoon. Mr & Mrs. Alb. Crook of Poe Station have a baby boy born in Red Bud hospital last week. Mr & Mrs. Joe Schaefer left Wed. for honey moon to Nigera Falls & going to stop at Chicago visit relatives on way back then go housekeeping in there new home, just recently built by Mr. Schaefer near E. St. Louis, he works for New York Railroad Co; at E. St. Louis. Radio is good these nites, & on day time all you hear is war, don’t know yet whats going to be.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1938

Harry Witteanuer [sic] was here. Bill [Klein] came, took our car & all went to State Fair at Duquoin & people about 150 mil trip, enjoyed it wonderfully, & seen things, never have seen before, most exciting attractions were Jimmie Lynch & his 2 hr. circus of death dodgers; real dare devil, went through fire seated in his dodge. Went to Donahue’s to Ed. McDermott & Beat Friel wedding dance which took place in St. Louis; both of Washington DC big crowd, Chas Irose & girlfriend best; bride & them came 9:30. from St. Louis, received a few gifts. From reports Chris Buehler is going to move out on farm occupied by Buettner by Red Bud traded [unclear] for farm.

Monday, Sept. 5, 1938

Labor Day. Took trip this afternoon, went to Walsh & through New Athens home, stopped at Smithton church pinic [sic], wasn’t much doing. Went to Paderborn Totsch’s Dominic Roth 28 & Annie Mueth 33. wedding dance, John Mueth & Olivia Roth the attendants; big crowd & lots of presents. Fahey twins won a prize at Red Bud pinic [sic] today, being the oldest twins there; & Clara Heck nee Hess, there being born last week. 3 lb. each one at the hospital incubator; doing fine, have to be there for 5 weeks.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 1938

Nice day. Susie & German band played songs for Rosalia’s birthday tomorrow. Pap went to Red Bud took car to Schneiber’s get it looked at oil changed etc got 573 miles now. Waterloo & Millsdadt [sic] Home Comings, start this eve. with parade. Susie played for Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Cortner also today. German Band announced Millsdadt [sic] home coming on program. Went to Millsdadt [sic], seen parade & it was good large crowd.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1938

Rained heavy last nite cloudy didn’t wash. Canned 7 qts. peaches. Red Bud Catholic church pinic [sic] today, plate lunch served from 11 till 1:30 for 35 [cents] plate, supper 50. card game in afternoon. Pap went down this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went down for supper; we all ate supper there; wasn’t much till later in evening. None of us received the 41 prizes that were raffled, had no been on ground. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] & baby [Marita] came, pap brought them along done [sic – down], to picnic.

Friday, Aug. 12, 1938

Pap hauled 2 loads gravel with team. Gus Frisch stopped in, he put some coal hat in drive way; took chance Red Bud prize. Leo & family came brought truck back. Emil was over awhile.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 1938

Nice cool all day. Pap hauled 2 loads rock. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, he cut lawn etc. Major Bowes on radio tonite honored city. E. St. Louis. Hy [Henry] brought sack feed down, took 3 chances on Red Bud pinic [sic] prizes. Clara Gregson took 1 this morn. Emil went along with Gus. Blackburns today to Centralia’s yesterday with Clevelands to get peaches. Smithton boys were going around here selling peaches from Centralia for $1. bu. not nice at all.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 1938

Went to mass. Made 2 chickens for dinner. Leo & family came & Bill [Klein] in the afternoon, all went to Red Bud Firemen’s pinic [sic] see parade, not so much, all had supper here. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came – 5. went to pinic [sic] at Red Bud then; awful large crowd.