Thursday, Feb. 2, 1933

Rosalia & Bertille went to church, candlemas day. Louis Rechfsichner & Colton of Belleville was here, they looked at our mules. Papa went out to Henry’s this afternoon. The ground hog will see his shadow, so I guess that means bad weather. Cyril Eichenseer was here he wanted to see if we had chickens to set, he wanted some. Wilfred came & wanted alfalfa hay. There was a girl here selling soap 10¢ bar, we bought one, she was a cripple & said had no dinner. We got 9½¢ for eggs, store pays 9¢. Cyril said Mr. Laut & Mr. Hepp are getting along pretty good here in town, but Joe Mueth died last night. Papa took the fence out at Henry’s along the road & brought a gal 1 milk along home. We went up to Mueth’s to the wake, he looks natural; we didn’t stay very long, there were so many people there, hardly standing room, anymore. We stopped at Henry’s awhile when we came back. Mrs. Cleveland & Grover stayed there & Albert & Henry went to Mueth’s. They sure got trouble again at Blackburn University.

Monday, Dec. 19, 1932

We butchered 2 hogs, Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Henry & Emil helped, they where here for lunch & dinner. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed for supper & then played 5 hand pinochle, 3 games. Henry Meir came here wanted to sell corn, papa bought a wagon load for 17¢ bu. he is going to bring it the first day. There was a lady around selling vanilla’s, & other remedies. Aunt Mary bought a bottle of corn salve, is to take it out in 5 days for 25¢.

Friday, Nov. 25, 1932

Bertille got the mail. Dorothy Napier was around selling something this morning. We went to bed early & slept it out tonite.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 1932

Papa went out to Henry’s to help vaccinate his hogs, then Henry & Mr. Hughes came along & vaccinated ours too for $4.50/20 pigs. Uncle Fred helped too, they came for the pinice [sic – picnic], they had to bring the chicken cleaned & dressed & cup, then Fr. takes them all to Belleville & gets roasted. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner chicken with us, she gave 3 to the pinic [sic]. Papa & Uncle Fred went down to the molasses factory. There was a lady selling extracts & a pan for $1.00, Aunt Mary took it. Uncle Fred had lunch with us. Spirtas junk dealer was here & looked at some old stuff; he is coming again yet; didn’t buy anything. Aunt Mary bought 25¢ chicken at the pinic [sic], Uncle Fred brought it here, then we lunched this eve, the crowd wasn’t as large this time.

Saturday, March 19, 1932

Henry was up this morning. Papa went to Red Bud, Waterloo this afternoon. A lady here wanted to sell crockers to cook in $1.98 for 4 piece set, we didn’t take any. Steve is trimming trees today.

Monday, Nov. 30, 1931

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here. A lady was around selling flowers or trade. Egg man paid 30¢ for eggs.

Wednesday, July 15, 1931

Leona & the kids where here for lunch this morning.  We heard that George Parker’s baby Virgil died, they had him at the hospital, had trouble with the teeth, they wouldn’t come through.  We cleaned the chicken house, papa is setting posts.  Henry went threshing today.  The machine was by Parker’s yesterday, but account of the baby died, they moved up to Kemp’s & are threshing there now, & from there to August Blackburns’s.  There was lady here this morning selling a bottle vanilla for 99¢ & a set sugar bowl & pitcher.  We washed the machine this afternoon & fixed the tire.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening, they told us about Pete Hoffman, from Mayestown, he was driving a wagon & fell off & broke his back, the horses ran away.  A man down by Red Bud, they didn’t know his name he was ground all to pieces through the seperator [sic].  Mr. Keonig from Columbia was here, he was the guy that was looking for the score book, ball games.  He took it along.  Henry had found that book by the school house some place.

Thursday, March 5, 1931

Papa is plowing & harrowing the potatoe land this morning.  Fr. Grootens was here.  He wanted to use the truck to get some straw and our brooder.  So him & Frank got it.  He has 2000 little chicks.  He also has a new DeSoto coupe.  We planted 2 bu. potatoes this morning.  Papa took the team back out to Henry’s again he is going to help him sow oats out there today.  He was there for dinner.  This afternoon Rosalia had to go out to get him.  We have to turn our eggs twice a day now in the incubator.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this afternoon.  She went to the sewing circle.  Tonight is farmers meeting at the new school hall, but none of us went.  Eggs are 18¢ today.  There was a lady here today & wanted to sell 3 flowers in a basket for 25¢.  I send her off.  She said she was selling them to support 5 small children & her father.  There was a man here wanted to take orders for strawberrie plants, & also a fellow from Waterloo & wanted to sell or advertising Skill Gas.  They sure have a time at Blackburns School this year the way Mrs. Ettling told Papa.

Tuesday, April 1, 1930

Bertille washed today.  She took 3 dozen eggs to the store, got .22¢ a dozen.  There was a lady around this morning taking orders for abstracts of all kinds and spices.  Mamie Eichenseer came down this evening and then Rosalia & Bertille went along with her up to Lena’s to make flowers.  We found 30 eggs.

Friday, March 21, 1930

It is awful cold this morning.  There was a lady here that wanted to sell waxed paper flowers 3 for .10¢ or 6 for .25¢  We didn’t buy any but they sure were dainties.  Leona, Bobby, Floyd were up this afternoon.  Mr. Jacob Erle came on business.  After he was gone then another lady came and wanted to sell the paper of  “The Little Flower” for $3.00 a year.  Mr. Erle came back again later in the evening about 5 o’clock.  We found 28 eggs today.  Rosalia, Bertille, Aunt Mary went to church this evening.

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