Sunday, Feb. 7, 1937

Went to Red Bud, took Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Helfrich along; [church] took a little longer, reading the rules for lenten season, starts Wed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped awhile. Leo & Rose came & we went out to Henry’s for dinner & supper; while we were eating dinner Mrs. Manier called & said that Mrs. Frank Dudenhoefer passed away this morn. This evening pap stayed here with the boys & Leo & Rose & Bert went along with Henry & Leona over to St. Louis, to our surprised we found it was Frank that was dead had a stroke this morn. slept awful good last night, was 72 yrs. old he is at the Zieneheim [sic] Funeral Chapel on Chrokee [sic] St. will be buried from there Wed. afternoon between 2 & 3 o clock, out Gravois Road to cemetery; looks good & natural, was sick 2 weeks, we also stopped at Louis Geodelle’s awhile, got home about 12:30, it was so foggy driving over, had to drive slow, seen Val’s wife & brothers & Zulaffs, Lester & Margorete, that’s all that was there. So warm.

Friday, May 12, 1933

Papa & Rosalia went in to Belleville twice this morning with hogs, took 4 to Streck Bros. 1,025 lbs. & $4.10 brought a cotton mattress along for Henry for $2.25. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came over to help load the hogs up, was here for lunch; we baked bread, cookie, cake. Papa bought himself a straw hat for 25¢ this afternoon from Eichenseer; we got free today a toilet bowl idolizer, to remove all odors. It is in the paper that Louis Petrie Sr. died last Mon, had a stroke was buried yesterday afternoon. Vivian Geodelle daughter of Al Geodelle & Mr. George Stumpf of Belleville where married quitely last Sat. May 6. at the Evangical [sic] Church; the attendants where Miss Estel Geodell a cousin & Kermit a brother to the bride. Waterloo had a many visitors last Sun. just like homecoming to hear the band concert, 8 bands where present. Rosalia finished our dresses today. Papa went over by Wagners a little while. George told him that the ball team was going to give a dance in Kammler’s Hall last wed. nite but the hall was rented to Herzog & he had his dances so they will give one there next Wed nite; musci [sic] to be furnished by Rheinhardt & Skaers bros; we didn’t no a thing about a dance last wed. nite;  rain every day this week, it is awful. Co. from Freeburg looked at mule.

Friday, Feb. 17, 1933

Papa hauled wood. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here & from here they went out to watch the men work on the bridge. Jake Neff came this evening & paid for his hog. Mr. Frank Metzger died Wed. & buried tomorrow afternoon. Father Moneghan of Tiptown was trafered [sic] to Carmi Ill. & Rev. Traynor from there was sent to Tiptown. Harold Krumpke celebrated his birthday by giving a dance last Sun. night, at Burksville Station. The dance at Fahey residence last Sat. nite was fairly well attended. Hugo Probst was surprised last Thurs. nite & his friends gathered to celebrate his 27th birthday. John Herman suffereed a light stroke last Sun. morning. Mrs. William Koch of Coxeyville fell & fractured her hip & was taken to Clements Hospital at Red Bud. Dr. N. B. Paulter purchased the Chester Knitting Mill property in Waterloo for $5,000, to pack & storage quarters for the fruit rasied [sic – raised] on the Pautlert farms. Joe Sommer’s called there baby girl Laverne Francis, & A. R. E. Gaven got the free hair cut for selecting the right name.

Sunday, Jan. 29, 1933

Rosalia & Bertille went to church, Papa wasn’t feeling very good so he stayed at home. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came over little while before dinner, they had there dinner along across the street. Ted Wuertz was here & told papa that our hog had bad teeth, that is why she don’t eat. Uncle Joe Mueth was here on business on telephone. Mr. Mueth is awful sick, they had the preist [sic] & doctor out, he don’t know any body, & weak; had a light stroke in his legs. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came over again this afternoon she went to church service & we played cards, papa had 1500 trump in diamonds, they where here for supper. Henry & family where also here for supper, they brought 1 gal. milk along for our pigs. Henry took Robert to Doctor Eckerts & wanted to get his tooth pulled, but doc ain’t at home. Fr. Adyt appointed 8 men on comittee [sic] this morning for a meeting after church this afternoon to straighten things out; about Frank Scheinwender taking lumber away & loading up fence roofing, doors, etc. but was stopped by Ed. Parker, Phil Braun, Griffin, Roy Stauenfbiel.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 1933

We went to Red Bud. Fr. Stern read of the annual report this morn. They now have service & instruction on Sun. afternoons. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here awhile. Ex president Calvin Coolige [sic – Coolidge] died Thurs. Jan. 5; heart stroke. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to see Mr. & Mrs. Louis Birkner, she is better now, she had a stroke awhile back; heart stopped beating on the way over to Kern’s, & she fell on the ground. Emerys found her took her to there house till the doctor come. Mamie & Clarence came down this evening, played dominoes.

Friday, Jan. 6, 1933

Papa pumped the water out of Uncle Fred’s cellar this morning. Mr. Rennecker & Hy Armstutz are butchering 1 hog at Mrs. Arns today. Bertille got the papers. Mr Wm. Laut & Mr. John Hepp are awful bad sick no hopes for recovery. Mr. Laut got a light stroke again. Mr. Hepp here in town has kidney trouble. There is a big free dance tonite at the Odd Fellow Hall at Waterloo. Seen in the paper that Wm. Sensel’s mother, Mrs. Mary Sensel was buried last Sun. afternoon at Waterloo 74 yrs. old; her husband preceded her in death about 2 yrs. ago. Dr. Sennot died, most probably be buried this afternoon, being ill for several months, in former years, he practice as his doctor in Hecker for several yrs. According to Bill Kleyer’s onion, this is supposed to be a very dry year. Sheriff Al Gaven took Wm. Zimmer Jr. to the Vandalia Penal Farm last Friday. Alf. Mueller who was clerk at Connor’s Store is now employed at Gauen’s Store since the first & Joe Johnson is now employed at Connor’s.

Tuesday, June 21, 1932

We washed the truck patch through & dug a few potatoes, there are nice. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up this afternoon. George Wagner’s got word that Mr. Merhman was pretty sick, he got another stroke, he had one Sun. they went up this evening. A man was around delivering coupons for soap & things.

Saturday, June 18, 1932

Papa went to Belleville this morning. Rosalia is on the sick list yesterday & today, so many people are now. Mrs. George Boll. Mr. Rettinghouse had a stroke the other day while coming home from carrying lunch, right in the yard it happened. Two connecting rods burned out in the chev. so papa left it at Barthel’s garage to get it fixed, he brought papa home. It was so hot today 95 in the shade & the oats bugs so bad. We took a drive up to Smithon [sic] & got a barrel that papa bought at Bernius sale. Ross is living on the place now, he bought it for $8.50. We stopped at Barthel’s, but the car wasn’t finished yet, we also stopped at George Burnius [? – is crossed out] to see wether [sic] he had the key. George Wagner’s family came over awhile, we had lemonade, he is shocking wheat for Chas. Wagner this year. Today is Ignatz Neff’s birthday, the Birkner bunch went, had beer, cake, wieners.

Monday, Dec. 28, 1931

Jos Braun is bad sick got a stroke. Henry & family came up they left the kids here with Pop & the rest of us went to the funeral. Geodell’s it was very large.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1931

Mr. Harbaught the mineral feed man was here. Aunt Mary got the mail today. Mr. Laut looked at our pond. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Ettling, Henry, Wm. Ganley where digging the pond, they where here for dinner. They worked about 6 hrs, because it rained this afternoon. Ed Meng, H. M. Hill where here & looked at it. There was a lady here, bought 5 lb. sprs. 19¢ lb. Henry lost a heifer. Hon. Fred Kern passed away Mon. morning 4:30, got a parlyitic [sic] stroke. he was Editor of the Belleville News Democrat. Osie Neff & John Meuth had a most terrible accident today, they where crossing a bridge by Frisch korns [?] in Lord’s Corner, with a engine, when the bridge broke, the engine is still in the creek yet. Osie was scaled pretty bad on his leg, the skin was all of & his chest, John Meuth has a hole through his hand & has it in a sling. Osie say’s if it wouldn’t of been that Johny was there he, would still be lieying [sic] there. Gus. Klotz is sick in bed next thing to appendix. He has it in his side. Dr. Schmidt wife of Red Bud was buried this afternoon, she had pneumonia.