Thursday, Aug. 27, 1936

Pap got load corn fodder. Sure awful hot. We dyed white dresses; navy blue. They oiled the streets in town yesterday. Joe Griffin came about 2:30 worked on the lights till 6:30, has the 2 front rooms finished. Nic Mueth came to see Joe, there radio don’t work. Osie Neff wanted to see if we want to thresh clover, they were finished now, & moving up the road. Thunder this eve. but no rain.

Wednesday, July 15, 1936

Still no rain & hot. Papa buried over 200 fish this morn. Most threshing machines finished yesterday, Schilling’s & Frischkorns did. Clifford Stahleheber & family is here at Meng’s, there all nite, the baby is sick had 106 fever yesterday eve; the Dr. Eckert was over several times, Clifford goes up & down noisy as ever. Bert went to town, & Clara Wagner said baby died at 4:30, she was there with it all nite, till it died; Meng Undertaker from Freeburg has charge of the funeral which will be tomorrow afternoon from Ment’s to Hecker cemetery, Rev. Hosto coming to the house, it was just 4 mons. old, had 2 teeth, & the heat was the cause of the death, Peggy Jean is its name. Papa buried 504 fish that died all today, altogether we buried 534 terrible how they lay around dead. Cooler this evening & little rain, not hardly enough to settle the dust. We went over to Meng’s to see the baby, looks awful cute, laid out so pretty, hands folded; so nice, quite a few came & went. Mrs. Joe Schilling is pretty sick again so they say.

Monday, July 13, 1936

We washed, ironed. So hot, we patched in basement. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he dug his potatoes across the street; they stopped in again this evening went to Adam Eckerts threshing; had them for supper; our radio didn’t work.

Friday, July 10, 1936

Threshing all day, here for lunch got 218 bus. together wheat (wheat here 72 for 3) & all day out there till 4:30 got (738)1/3 246 share) bus. oats. Boy! some heat. Margaret Mary Myerscough youngest daughter of John Myerscough got the name Sister Mary Angelita. Hy Spalts got baby boy Wed. morn. also Eberhardts nee Katie Keorber last month.

Tuesday, July 7, 1936

Baked bread etc. Rose helped pap finish spreading lime dust this morning. Boy is it hot this afternoon, some places it is 118 degrees; that must be some heat; stock is drying, starving, pastures are black, in western states, Dakotas, Missesota. Chris Buehler is threshing. Hy. Armstutz hauled the oats from our ground & threshed them down there, we got 16 bus. our share, put them in Uncle Freds barn.

Friday, July 3, 1936

Boy! is it a heavy dew this morn. Started threshing again, at Ganley’s, this afternoon. We went to Henrys had lunch dinner supper; had the thresher for lunch, 243 bus. we got 81 bus. We went to Mason’s from there. Mrs. Geodelle was out but she was sick.

Thursday, July 2, 1936

Cloudy & heavy dew this morn; no threshing for awhile yet. Henry & Boys came up made hay; had lunch, put 2 loads in barn & took 1 home. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped on there way home from Belleville brought us sugar & saussage [sic] along. Sun ain’t shining so bright today, don’t dry so good. A lady here wanted to sell foot cushions to wear in your shoes for callouses.

Tuesday, June 30, 1936

Still hot. 90. Stookey says at St. Louis; cloudy but so far hasn’t rain, radio says rain, & cooler today. Mrs. Randolph Parrot is being buried at Red Bud this morning at 9’o clock; Omer’s aunt. We went out to Henry’s had dinner, they were going to thresher, but it started raining at 9:30, & Levi Ganley didn’t get finished. Boy! It sure was a nice rain. We had a few chicks soaked, made fire & brought them by the stove, & they were soon alright again, 1 dead.

Monday, June 29, 1936

We washed ironed, patched. Hot winds today & the sun, hot then it ever was yet, 108 at Belleville, 102 here at 7 o’clock. Alvin Voges was here & got our sacks for threshing wheat at Pabsts.

Thursday, June 25, 1936

Today threshing begins Joe & Geo. Schilling & Joe Watchels; at E. Rettinghouse. Pap & Rose went to Belleville with 28 springs 59 lbs. @ 20ยข. Pap put new screens on basement.