[Undated Entry]

Bert’s [Bertille] at Leo’s all this while; for 3 weeks so far. Edwin Neff & Amelia Dintelman got married Decoration Day. May 30. Catholic School children have pinic [sic]; Mrs. Jake Friedrich had sale June 4.

June 1, Elmer Haudrich & Edna Watchel were married here, attendants Cyril & Leroy Haudrich, Mildred Watchel & Lorretta Biffar; wedding dance at Kammlers Hall, Neffs dance also was there. Mr. Fritsche of here died. Mr. Jake Mehrmann had a stroke on going home from Haudrichs wedding dance & died; buried June 5. Rob. Knabe big barn burned to ground Sun. eve. June 5; 2 fire department Hecker, & Smithton were out; saved the out buildings house etc.

Important Info on Tillie’s Tales!

Note from Angie:

From May 20, 1938 through June 18, 1938, Bertille “Tillie” Brand does NOT write every day. It appears that during this time she stays with Rosalia Orlet, her sister, to help her care for her newborn, Marita.

The next journal entry (blog post) from Bertille has no date on it but it is her attempting to give the highlights of what has happened during the time that she is away. On June 7th and 8th she has regular entries (which I will enter on those dates) but she then goes back to Rosalia’s home.

The entries do not start up again in regularity until Sunday, June 19, 1938.

You have been warned.

Think of this as a small way of getting ready for when the journal is done at the end of 1939 / end of 2020.

Thursday, May 19, 1938

Bert [Bertille] was at Red Bud all day till Leo came this afternoon, brought the family [Rosalia and Marita] home. It rained stopped home quite awhile.

Wednesday, May 18, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went down to mass, came home, washed & ironed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went down to hospital this afternoon. Leo & Bert went down again this eve. Bert stayed all nite. Ed Brand & Carrie & Clara came awhile this eve; were all over by Emil’s today.

Tuesday, May 17, 1938

Pap came down, got Bert [Bertille], washed, had to hang it in basement, raining all day; As we were coming home just a little ways on this side of Red Bud Stehlhorns kid was playing out at the road he picked up a rock & hit the glass in our car, & flew all to pieces, we drove to there house, said we should get it fixed at Schriebers, so pap went down again, had it put in, $2. Mrs. Cleveland, Leona & boys went down to hospital this afternoon, today she [Rosalia] can sit up & tomorrow get up & walk around & next day go home Doc said. Bert caned [sic – canned] 2 qts. 2 pts cherries, isn’t all of them yet, just the ripest once [sic – ones] off of a tree. Leo came down stayed all nite at Red Bud.

Monday, May 16, 1938

Pap worked garden etc. Bert [Bertille] went to mass, to see Rose [Rosalia] all morn. Pap went down after dinner. Raining this afternoon, nice showers, brought another patient in Wilda [? – unclear] Ziebold operated for appendix. this morn. sure got the hospital filled; the 4 lb. baby died Sat. eve. Leo came Bert [Bertille] went along to Red Bud, stayed all nite. Rained.

Sunday, May 15, 1938

Went to mass at Red Bud; stayed at hospital awhile; went home. Went down again this afternoon. Fr. Spors. christened the baby this afternoon 1:30 named it Bertille Marita Orlet, call it Marita. Pap & Bertille sponsors. Bill came down to hospital & we went over to hall, to school children’s play was very good; came home had supper went to Firemen’s Dance at Maniers Hall awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped here awhile. Leo came, went to Red Bud to stay all nite. Leo Myerscough visited there this eve.

Saturday, May 14, 1938

Pap went to Red Bud. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went down this afternoon, Mrs. Lester Gregson & son & Mrs. Con. Myerscough & daughter were there this afternoon. We went to Belleville. Leo & Bert [Bertille] went to Red Bud; this eve. Bert [Bertille] stayed all nite. Leo went home.

Friday, May 13, 1938

Bert [Bertille] went to mass & pap came down got Bert, & went back again this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] went out to Henry’s washed Rosalia’s wash there & ironed,; cloudy & cooler today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up. Leo came & Leona went to Red Bud Leona stayed; came early home in morning. Pretty cold tonite, but not freezing.

Tuesday, May 10, 1938

Beautiful day. Pap came to hospital at 10:30 AM. & Bert [Bertille] went home, washed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Pap stayed at the hospital all day. Jake Friedrich & wife while on there way to St. Louis to see Bernice Sun., was struck by train by Columbia he lived till 5 o’clock that day & died, & she is in hospital, she had just been home about 3 weeks, been ailing all along; he is at Wagner Funeral Parlor, will be buried tomorrow afternoon. Henry & Leona came & Leo & Bert [Bertille] went along to hospital, boys were at Clevelands, Leona stayed all nite; rest came home, Pap & Bert [Bertille] went to May Devotion.