Thursday, July 28, 1938

Had spring chicken dinner. Henry came this afternoon went to meeting at Kammler’s again this afternoon. Was at Waterloo this morn. got his check $152. & brought paps along $21.75. 1937 Agr. Conservation check. Henry does pretty good by signing up. We went to Smithton to bank; went to Rennkers awhile this eve.

Tuesday, July 12, 1938

Another hot day. Bert [Bertille] canned pickles from Rose [Rosalia] & 1 1/2 peaches. Have spring chicken dinner. Eggs 17 [cents]. Wheat .60 [cents]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this eve. threshed oats at there place today. Bill [Klein] came from threshing at Cortners finished this afternoon, got our potatoes & onion. Al. Karban came awhile, came to Hecker to get ice.

Monday, Aug. 23, 1937

Rose came A. [Aunt] Mary & Josie stayed last nite, out. we canned 4 doz. qts peaches, & made preserves, 3 doz. for Rose; cooked 12 bottles catsup, canned 2 qts. Uncle Fred went & got Leo, all here for supper, had spring chicken 2 celebrating Wedd. Ann. [of Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary] Henry & family came here yet, got bu. peaches. S. Rennecker got bu. to said they were to green yet & we thought to ripe. Clara Wagner came, wanted peaches to; gave them mushmelon & watermelon.

Thursday, July 1, 1937

Ruma convent has big day. Sisters renew there vows & get the habit some of them. Rosalia Kern is one Chris Kern’s daughter of Red Bud. Bert [Bertille] went to Wagners awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Mehrmann got 9 doz. eggs @ 17¢. Edwin & Fritz Reheis finished the hay today. We had 1st. spring chicken 1¾ lb. enough for 2 meals for us. Bert. varnished dining room floor. Pap hauling straw.

Thursday, June 4, 1936

We clipped old hens wings. Aunt Mary shoes from Chicago Mail Or. & were to small had to send them back today. We had beef soup dinner. We ate 3 springs already, sure good, we got 111 old hens. There is Church pinic [sic] at Dupo today, were we got chances to win a V8 Ford; but I guess we won’t win anyway. Mr. Geo. Homringhausen gets buried this afternoon. Rose & Bert went to the funeral, down to Red Bud only to Dashner’s, he looks natural awful large funeral, Pall Bearers were, 4 fellows of Waterloo, J. Schmidt, L. Zimmer, Metzer, Friederich, Schuette & guy of Red Bud; Rev. Brink had the services at the undertaker parlor, & also at Round Prairie Church & Cemetery; he was 55 yrs. old, had a copper coffin & vault. This evening there was some fellows ran around our hours, one was H. Davis of Belleville, he should of brought a boy along, that he picked up on the road, & kid got away from him, Elmer Kammler came here, he had the kids shoes, what he dropped, in alalfa [sic] field.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 1935

Cloudy & rainy; this morning. We went to Waterloo took Aunt Mary along, also went to Columbia, got new dresses & R [Rosalia] got coat for $1.75. Uncle Fred came up & got her. again; got 16-14½-17¢ for springs [chickens].

Wednesday, June 26, 1935

We painted another little girl. Had spring chicken dinner. It rained all night, this morning yet; can’t cut wheat for awhile now. There was a beautiful float went by, advertising an auction sale to be held at Belleville Sat. & one car to be given away free; the float was shaped like a boat; radio in it, sure was a dandy. Mr. Edgar Prediger oldest boy Cletus was operated for appendix at Belleville, & died yesterday, 7 days since operation, appendix was grown on to liver they say, Jos. Gregson’s neighbor. Rained most terrible this afternoon, just a cloud burst, there was so much water on the road here, splashed all over when the cars went through it; after the rain, kids were all lined up walking in the water in the gutters, also Mrs. Wagners. Papa went over to Rennecker a little while. Henry sends milk to Waterloo New Athens now, Helfrich hauling it, got a new chev. truck & hauls to Athens now. We cleaned basement.

Tuesday, May 23, 1933

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up all afternoon. Rosalia & Bertille helped her house clean across the street, we had lunch with them. We sprayed potatoes this evening. Wuertz boys where here looked at our pigs. We had spring chicken for the first time for this year. Oh boy was it good; believe me it sure was.

Friday, Feb. 3, 1933

Rosalia & Bertille went to church this morning. Robert Laut was here & bought that little spring chicken 2 lbs. 25¢. It is a pretty nice day. Bertille got the mail. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s, he wants to take the fence out along the road. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary wasn’t at the wake last night, Jerome Cortner had invited them to a birthday party some place; so they are going to the wake tonite. Joe Sommer’s the barber have another little baby girl born Jan. 29 at St. Clement’s Hospital at Red Bud. Joe is giving a free haircut to the one that selects the right name to be given to the child. Mr. Erwin Eichelmann, son of Mr. & Mrs. Eichelmann & Mrs. Olga Hauptfleisch of Columbia were quitely [sic] married at Springfield Ill. on Wed. Jan. 25. They are making there home with the groom’s parents, east of Waterloo. Walter Monike of Lords Corner motored to Prairie Du Rocher last Wed. evening & received 3 prize on playing violin. John Hepp who has been down for the past 3 weeks with kidney trouble is reported about in the same condition. Mrs. Walter Hecke is employed as nurse. Wm. Laut is no better, he is troubled with Rheumatism. There was a man here wanted to sell the St. Louis Globe & one here wanted boarding place, he is the constructor for building the bridge west of Hecker, he says, going to start next Mon. & wanted a room. Rosalia & Bertille went to see Angela Eichenseer this evening, it was also Mrs. Vic birthday, Clarence Wittenauer was also there, we played pinochle, papa came over & got us when the store was closed.

Friday, Aug. 5, 1932

We all went to Waterloo this morning Rosalia & Leona went to the dentist. Bernice & Charles Wagner was here selling chances for 2 quilts at 10¢. for the pinic [sic] out the Aug. 21 at Manier’s park. A car ran over one of our chickens spring, so we butchered it for tomorrow dinner.

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