Thursday, Oct. 6, 1938

Bert [Bertille] cleaned bedroom & hall. Pap dug sweet potatoes & cleaned patch, have about 1 bu. little bitter. Today Jack Ganley & girl from St. Louis, Holemeyer, they are living in Colorado, getting married, having wedding dance at Donahue’s; tonite. Days sure are getting short. Leo & family came this eve. Marita is getting big & fat. reaches now has 2 little teeth & some more coming, teeth at 5 mon. old.

Monday, April 25, 1938

Washed, ironed etc. scrubbed brooder house, we planted out about 24 tomatoe [sic] & 30 cabbage plants also sweet potatoes & pickles; it is getting pretty dry. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary worked up here this afternoon; got well pump fixed made new screens on windows & doors. Edwin & Fritz Reheis got half of his stock hay this morn; 3 loads. Harry Wittenauer was here; pap went out to see Walter Wittenauer; Clarence came this morn. with the ball ground rent $25. – the $10 from last yr. & $15 for this year.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1937

John Braun came talking oil leasing again. Wagner kids got ½ bu. sweet potatoes 50¢. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert went along to Floraville to Keim’s wedding dance of Clarence Keim & Lydia Doerr, attendants were Miss Keim & Horn boys Waterloo; such crowd received few presents; bride had blue dress. Henry & Billy [Willis] came, brought beef up. 55¢ for us & A. [Aunt] Mary he as roast & ours soup. 16 & 18¢ he sold it for; at Waterloo. Ed. Scheinader was the butcher. Pretty cold froze ice last nite.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 1937

Send a card for us to get group picture of Chas. Stookey’s Early Bird gang at KVSK. We had beef soup dinner. Schmidt brought sack mash feed; took our 4 gal. crock lard @ 12¢ lb. Mehrmann got 7 doz. eggs .21¢ & ½ bu. sweet potatoes 50¢; H. Wittenauer took ½ bu. to; sewing wheat here, yesterday afternoon & today. Cleaned bedroom, varnished furniture, & going to varnish floor tomorrow. Reports is that Mr. & Mrs. Pete Watchel have a baby boy Leroy, Tues. 4 girls 1 boy, & Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Wiegand have baby girl since Sun. morning.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1937

Washed, ironed. Had chicken soup. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon, papered sides, still ain’t finished only half. Planted all flowers up took them in basement. Rained a little shower, warmer. Burdforf looked at our pig yesterday, also went out to look at Henry’s heifers. Gaven came got 37½ lbs. 2 hams. @40¢ & ½ bu. sweet potatoes 50¢.

Monday, Sept. 20, 1937

Washed ironed, patched, etc. dug sweet potatoes 4 bus. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were here for dinner, he fixed chimney all day. Canned 1 pt. tomatoes. Beautiful day, but it is awful dry no rain for quite awhile. Harry Wittenauer stopped in, papa wanted to see him about cutting hay.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1936

Raining nearly all day, we washed, dug sweet potatoes this afternoon, suppose to get cold tonite & tomorrow, with frost & freezing tomorrow nite; we got nice potatoes & quite a few. Eggs are 27¢ now.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 1936

We cleaned bedroom, washed curtains etc. this morn. Pap went out to the woods finish counting trees. Rose & Bert went out to Uncle Freds, helped her with her dress that she brought, had lunch, & watermellons [sic]. George Boll was here selling sweet potatoes, 3¢ lb. we have some ourselves. Isn’t so bad $1.65 a bu.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1935

We cleaned front & bedroom today, little cloudy & rainy. Schwarz from Mound Ill was here selling apples we took 2 bus. 75¢. winesaps Roman Beautys & 1 bu. twigs 65¢, half for Leona. Uncle Ret’s [?] birthday. Al Gauen came & got 2 hams 24½ lbs. 35¢ & ½ bu. sweet potatoes 50¢. Berti baked molasses cookies. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary went to Belleville to Breautigams funeral from Gunlack chapel to cemetery. Papa used mullin leaves this evening for the first time.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 1934

Henry came finished sewing wheat this afternoon. Emil didn’t help today, papa sewed. Henry had lunch, dinner. Mr. Sheriff Gauen got another ham 12 lb. & ½ bu. sweet potatoes. A guy here to sell Skill gas stoves, working for the Utility Co. of Waterloo. Harry Wittenauer got bu. sweet potatoes $1.00. this morning. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were to Red Bud brought 2 sacks hog along for us. Henry & family came, kids stayed here & they went to Belleville to the stores are open till 8 o clock. Papa got crushing done. Mr. George Schilling left last Sat. for an extended trip in the East to Fort Wayne Indiana. Bill Refescheinder of Waterloo is celebrating his birthday at Pautler’s tonite. Adm. gent 25¢ ladies free. Moonlighters [playing]. Elmer Matthews has one in Foster Pond tonight. Mr. & Mrs. Rennecker, & boarder Mr. Smith went out this evening.