Good Friday, April 15, 1938

Went to service at 7. & this afternoon from 1:30 stations & sermon at 3 oclock. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up morn. afternoon, working garden. We planted out 16 tomatoe plants. Caught 18 fish out of pond, boy! swell dinner. Berts [Bertille] work shoes came fit fine. $1. from Chicago Mail Or. Seen in Messenger. Fr. J. Orlet & St. Marys Choir, will broadcast Sun. on Messenger hour WJMV. Fr. Joe going to build the church larger & have a tower for bells; were now there outside on brick floor. $25,000 plan. Marriage license of Hy. Bruns 35 & Marcella Whitside 19 were in paper yesterday. Bert [Bertille] baked cake, for Red Bud cake sale tomorrow.

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.

Friday, Aug. 27, 1937

Berniece brought the egg basket over, Mehrmann got 10 doz. eggs. @ 18¢. Cooking catsup, perserves [sic] made coffee cake. Canned 3 qts tomatoes & 3 peaches yesterday. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came cut lawn, puled [sic] 2 gals. peaches for her. Ruhl came measured land. Mrs. Martin Karban came this eve. wanted peaches, but we didn’t have any picked past then & to dark to pick.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 1933

We picked 1 ½ bu. tomatoes, Henry & Albert Cleveland, came up got them this evening, he got his molasses, we took a sample of it. They finished slabbing this morn in town, there out at Geodell’s now. We dug all of our sweet potatoes out. Papa went out to see Roy Stauenfbiel.

Monday, Oct. 2, 1933

We washed quilts etc. ironed; took flowers up. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up, had lunch here, she took the tomatoes all along 1 bu. ½, we went out this evening helped cut them for catsup. Ed Pabst was here brought 6 bus. potatoes. Henry & Floyd brought sugar cane, he butchered a pig yesterday evening, weighed the meat 20 lbs; fryed [sic] some down. Clara Wagner got flowers; here. Form [?- unclear] are being laid now in town.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1932

We washed, ironed. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s to meet that fellow there with the cow & calf, mule. Today school begins. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s & got the 2 mules, then he cut hay here. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this morning. We cup up tomatoes for catsup a big pit full. Henry & family came up this evening & got a basket of yellow tomatoes for canning. Calf was born last Wed. Aug. 31.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1932

We washed, ironed, patched, cooked catsup, canned tomatoes, pickles & beans. Ben Valentine a deaf & dumb mute was here selling moth tabs for a living, he has a wife & 2 children & lives in Red Bud Ill., his wife is also like him, but his children can talk & hear, he had 2 brothers & 1 sister that don’t hear & talk, we took one for 15¢. There was man here from Sparta selling home grown peaches for $2.00 bu., there were nice, but we didn’t take any. Mr. Jung was here & got 9 doz. eggs. 15¢. Henry & family came up this evening & got tomatoes, the yellow ones, for canning.

Monday, Oct. 5, 1931

It rained this morn.  We washed, ironed.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here this afternoon started on Bertille’s dress.  The egg man was late this evening, pays 23 today.  We made some green tomatoes, cut them up for pickley Lily, cooked tomatoes for catsup.  Made pear preserves today.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1931

We all went out to Henry’s all day & helped dig potatoes, we had lunch, dinner there.  Leona cooked catsup 34 bottles she got some tomatoes from Aunt Lizzie.  This evening we cup up a bu. tomatoes for catsup & cooked them off.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here awhile.

Friday, Sept. 25, 1931

We canned 7 qts. tomatoes & cooked catsup.  Papa hauled 2 loads of coal, this afternoon it rained.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up.  There where people around selling tomatoes $1. bu.  Henry & family where up awhile this eve. from here they went to Uncle Fred’s.  Papa got a letter an invitiation, [sic] we all & Aunt Mary should come up & see Fr. Grooten’s tonight, but we won’t go.  We gave Leona a basket ful to take along, the yellow ones, she is going to cook catsup from them.