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.

Friday, Oct. 12, 1934

Henry & Emil came again, had lunch, dinner, lunch. Mrs. Rennecker has 3 extra men for dinner every day, besides her board, Mr. Eugene Smith of below Sparta, they are men that are figureing out the books at the station, the paper says that Albert Griffin has resigned for a highter position, some says he is going to school. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up this afternoon, she bought a 3 lb. chicken & dressed it ready for tomorrow. Melvin Wagner was over awhile. We baked pumpkin pie. The banks are all closed today Columbus Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up, then he went back home again, got telephone. Meister was there to get hay at $5. load. Henry came up is disking this afternoon, had lunch. Mr. & Mrs. Alpho Parker have a little baby boy was christened Virgil Sun. Mr. Harry Stumpf found a black widow spider, one day last week, brought to to Hecker, & the teacher Miss Burgess explained it at school, to the children. There is a Republician Meeting at the Lower School tonight, to which everyone is cordially invited; will be at Hecker School Fri night.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1934

Aunt Mary came over. We washed, ironed, patched. Today is the last game of ball between Cardinals & Tiger’s, they are even now, today tells the tale who wines. The Cardinals won out. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner here. We dug the rest of our sweet potatoes out, got about 2 bus. for sale. Uncle helped to. Aunt Mary & us, kids went fishing caught 8, they are so small, we through [sic] it back in again. Uncle Pete’s birthday. Henry brought the tractor up. Leona & kids came to get him; he didn’t work any more this evening. Steve Rennicker was collecting telephone dues, ours is 75¢. Hy. was here selling pears, 50¢ bu. & some guy around selling apples $1.00 bu. Looks like rain.

Monday, Oct. 8, 1934

Papa baked bread. We went out to Uncle Fred’s painting had dinner. Mrs. Staufenbiel brought Aunt Mary’s basket here. Mr. Henry Wittenauer stopped wanted to buy sweet potatoes, we have none to sell so far; ours are such awful big ones. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came dug some of there’s out this evening, stayed in Hecker all night.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 1934

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile had lunch. Barry May has shooting match this afternoon. The Hecker Baseball team has a dance at Manier’s tonite, Jolly Six Osc. of Red Bud, pretty fair crowd attended. We stayed home all day; had beef soup dinner. Mr. Joe Hilpert & family stopped a little while, he bought 2 doz. eggs; they were down at Sparta, he helped to build the CCC camps there. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, too take in Maniers dance; outside. Papa & Uncle Fred went out to Henry’s. Pete Birkner looked at the house, he said he would furnish everything & plastered it for $30.00, papa thought that was rather much, so he won’t let him fix it. We went to Oak Grove to a dance, musci [sic] by Chris Dorn’s Orc. Adm. 25¢; nice crowd & good time. James McCaffery 68 of Red Bud died, funeral tomorrow, 9 o’clock by Rev. Stern. Mr. Emil Frick brother of Mrs. Willie Gregson died, will be buried tomorrow afternoon at St. Louis.

Friday, Oct. 5, 1934

Dug sweet potatoes, they are right nice. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up. Clara Wagner came awhile; got eggs for Mehrmann; he came last night & we were all in bed here.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1934

Cooked kettle soap. A man here wanted to clean cess pools. Fournie bros. here wanted to know if Uncle Fred still had his spring harrow for sale yet, they went out there. Henry & Leona came up he broke a piece on his harrow. Papa hauled wood. Henry came got the rest of the hay. We went out to Uncle Fred’s took them along to Paderborn euchre; Pap & Bert each got pillow cases, 10 points the rest got nothing had 7 points; played 14 games & dance after musci [sic] by Rheinhardt’s; nice prizes, quilt was raffled to a Smith from Waterloo; large crowd there.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1934

Papa & Rosalia went out & got a load wheat. Mrs. Rennecker has a boarder Ferd [Fred?] Smith. The St. Augustine Parish are having a euchre, lotto, pinochle; tonight; in the hall. We cooked kettle soap. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, we all went to the euchre, Rosalia had 8 points, she got a glass & plate, the rest of us got nothing had 7 points. Cecilia Coop won attendance prize, pillow cases. Mr. Albert Griffin was fired at the St. Louis Dairy Station here, another guy Smith got on his place. Frank Hilpert’s wedding ann. today.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 1934

We were at Red Bud. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed awhile. The girl that Fr. Stern raised was married to Johnson on Labor Day at Red Bud, last Thurs. noon she looked in the mirror & shot herself in the head, died 5 o clock; she was cashier in Packing House in St. Louis, were she will also be buried over there. Mrs. George Gregson who was taken to Red Bud hospital last week was operated on for appendix, & will be removed to her home tomorrow. Josie Kaiser is keeping house. We drove to New Athens, Lenzburg; Happy Hollows: to see Mr. Hamill, he wanted to buy binder or trade on a cow. Steve came here when we got home, told us Chas. Kern & son of Columbia was here looking at drill & binder. Seen some beautiful country by Lenzburg.