Monday, May 18, 1936

We washed, ironed; cool & cloudy. Ralph Rausch brought $10 for ballground suppose to be $15 – but that is all they had left – from what they took in last nite, he said; the crowd wasn’t so good. Steve Rennecker came awhile this morning. There are quite a few birthday today. Rev. Stheve [sic – Steve] Freund was ordained in priesthood yesterday at Worthington Ohio, will say his first mass at Waterloo June 7 9:30

Wednesday, April 8, 1936

Pap & Rose took load wheat to Waterloo got .80¢ bu. Pap helped Henry bring the mare up to Meng’s today. We cooked 2 kettles soap, cleaned yard, strawed potatoes. A man here selling Latex for sores, to wrap around just like rubber. Odil Eichenseer & Illinois Light & Power Man was here, pap signed up for a metoer [sic – meter]; he says there will be electric lights in Hecker by May 15, be nice. We went to Lent Devotion tonite at Red Bud. Mrs. Rennecker finished her 2 quilts for Manier’s. In Georgia from the tornado there was a man & wife & 11 children found all dead, were buried in a single row 35×7 ft.

Saturday, April 4, 1936

Pap went out to haul wood again this morning. Lot of news on the radio of Hauptmann; & flood all over in Southern State & a tornado passed through Georgia & South Carolina, quite a few injured, & killed, 1000 are homeless, houses blewn [sic] to pieces. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came he went in the woods to get rock. R. Zipfel of Red Bud brought us our chicks – 305 – 280 @ 9.25 – $25.90 & 25 that pap won as attendance prize; we got 75 lbs. slartine [unclear – possibly starting] a mash along free, 25 lbs. with every 100 chicks; there all pretty nice White Rocks. Joe Griffin came & put us a new A. battery radio for half price $1.50, it works pretty good now, Steve Rennecker was here, collecting telephone dues. Eggs are only 15¢ now here; 16¢ on radio this morn.

Sunday, March 29, 1936

Went to mass. Beautiful day. Went to Waterloo this afternoon & around by Paderborn home, stoped [sic] at Joe Buss; looked at his horse. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here, after church this afternoon, a little while. Ed Meng & Hannecker was over looked at colt. Steve Rennekers were over awhile this evening. There was a fire went all along Kectritzs place, through the woods, & burned fields, they plowed around it yet so it wouldn’t reach Keckritz’s house & buildings.

Wednesday, March 25, 1936

Beautiful day, cleaned upstairs, washed curtains etc. Pap went worked in woods this morn; put the brooder stove & fixed the roof on the brooder house, getting it ready for chicks. Mrs. Rennecker got 1 qt. milk. Clifford Stahlehebers have a baby girl born Mar. 14. Mrs. Zita Carrol is ill with plurisy [sic] & heart trouble; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came for services. We went to Red Bud lent devotion.

Thursday, March 19, 1936

Mrs. Rennecker got 1 qt. milk. Bert send out order of for a dress & things. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to Geo. Reheis’ funeral, very large, also went out to the cemetery, had a concrete vault. Ed. Brand was here to at the funeral. Eggs 16¢. It is cloudy & dusty weather, raining a little.

Thursday, March 5, 1936

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary are up, she went to church. Pap went out in the woods all day. Rose got some honey for Leona from Mrs. Rennecker yesterday; she has the mumps now; since yesterday morn; all swollen this morn. Mr. Ed Pabst came, went up in the woods to see dad; he wants to rent the ground again. There is all kind of bargain sales, the Mahler Clothing Store of Waterloo, delivered paper sale, beginning tomorrow, house slippers 09¢, suits $5. for men, ladies dress $1. silk spring coats $1.99, closing out sale, for 2 days, they just began about 3 weeks ago. The new store here in town Ray Wittenauers has posters around, opening special sale Sat., also buy poultry & eggs; & giving a souvenirs, & food, sample demonstration.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 1936

Leap year. Papa went in the woods all day. Wagners got 1 lb. butter & cheese. Renncker, 1 lb. butter, 1 pt. cheese, Lauts ½ butter, 1 pt. cheese. Henry stopped in he got crushing done. Eggs dropped again 21¾¢ on radio. Beautiful day. There was a sale at Ruma, painted dishes, lot of furniture & license. Good radio nite.

Friday, Feb. 28, 1936

Papa went working in the woods all day. S. Rennecker got milk. Ed Pabst came to see pap, he can’t rent the ground this year. Loyd is working at the foundry at Belleville now. Kalbfleisch of Millsdadt looked at the mare. Leo Kohler of Waterloo bought the Dalkert residence on South Church St. & Mrs. Aug. Wagner bought Ralph Collins place.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1936

Ash. Lent beins, Berti has the mumps on 1 side this morning. Bernice brought the mail. Rennecker got 1 qt milk. Rose went up to Ahren’s, just to the house, Mrs. Ahrens was buried this afternoon, church & Stehfest cemetery. We didn’t get to lenten devotions Berti, has mumps. Rain this morning, colder tonite. Eggs – 23¢ today. Roads are terrible muddy at present, so many wagons & buggies passing these days.