Saturday, April 23, 1938

Pap got crushing done. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon, pap went along with them to sale, by Valmeyer, & at Tipton – Joe Lengyl; bought crocks. 1-4 gl – 2- 2 gals. – 1 gal. 65 [cents] cheap. Bert [Bertille] went to Rose’s [Rosalia], cut lawn etc. Leo worked the horse this afternoon. Weber of Smithton, was here on business. Radio isn’t very good this eve.

Wednesday, March 16, 1938

Radio keeps reporting the news of tornadoes terrible at West end Belleville, Union School, factory, many resenditals [sic – residential]. 9 being dead & 26 injured so far; 3 blocks area; not very far from Township high school; happened about 5 o’clock. Henry & Leona & Billy [Willis] came. Bert [Bertille] went along to Walter Gregsons & looks just terrible nothing left but the house, & not a whole lot of it, porches of [sic – off] etc; but no stock or any one injured, wood sticking 3 ft. in ground across the road from his house, done more damage by downs by Red Bud Vanburen’s, Gueberts; Henry & stayed for dinner. Pap went to Smithton bought 2 pigs from Ed. Heap. $10.00. Eggs 15 [cents] found 98 today. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Waterloo this afternoon, to see Rosie Kaestenier (nee) Mueth she died Mon. eve. from cancer; leaves a boy 11, who stays with Mueth girls in St. Louis; she has divorce from her husband he has remarried again; she is 47, laid out nice, pink dress at Quernheims funeral parlor; till Fri. morn. then to Hecker church & cemetery. Phi & Ed. are just recovering from auto accident, getting along fairly well at present. Quernheims have a funeral tomorrow afternoon to. Jac Rahn, Hy Rahn’s father 85 yrs. old; he is from Valmeyer; has an awful lot of flowers. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came this eve; we had popcorn. Mrs. Orlet is very low.

Sunday, Oct. 10, 1937

Went to mass, 7:30 from now on. Ettling from Floraville looked at horses. Leo & Rose came, had dinner & supper here. Gusta Dudenhoeffer & Margaret were here short while, out at Maniers dropped down see how we all were. Pete Matzenbacher had shooting match this afternoon. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Paderborn Totsch’s free dance & fish fry, Rheinhardt & Schoenborn, Geodelle & Bocker musci [sic] Och. large crowd. there is free opening dance at Brezzy [sic] Hill by A. Josten of Valmeyer who now has charge, Mr. & Mrs. Maul moved back to St. Louis. KMOX Radio Stars playing at Oak Grove.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1937

Painter is here. Pautler from Red Bud brought oil here for H. Wittenauer, going to start plowing today, going to put all our ground in wheat. Yesterday afternoon it was 94° little cooler this morn. canned 1 qt. tomatoes. Mr. Joe Kunkel of Tipton was buried last Sat. morn. there; been ailing for quite some time, weak heart. Last week Thurs. nite J. Hellmer & May had a collision between Oak Grove & Donahue’s as May turned of. Mr. Hellmer had his arm broke & splintered, & she is in hospital. Mr. & Mrs. Hahn were with them but unespacd [sic – unescaped?] injuries, Mr. Hahn even flew through windshield, never hurt; glass safety. There is a sale by Valmeyer & Mondanaville [sic] pinic [sic] Catholic Fr. Duehren in charge, raffling a oven ware set & silver tray. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came, went to the meeting in school hall, for the pinic [sic] next Tues. Evansville band to play. 25 pc. $30.

Friday, April 2, 1937

The soap got nice. Bert finished cleaning upstairs, all but washing curtains yet. Pap took dinner along went out in woods with wagon. Sewed some more lettuce, radish & tomatoe [sic] seed, the garden is rather wet. Some guys here from Valmeyer looking for old iron. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, he bought ½ bu. timothy seed 10¢ lb. Mertz has a new electric refrigator [sic] in store, its a dandy. Wheat $1.40. Mrs. Caroline Deueker sold some ground to Geo. Erle seen in paper. also Dr. Pautler bought Kropp land & Chas. Lenhardt place that was sold public auction last Sat. brought $4,986 – 100 acres by Geo. Biffar. Leo & Rose & Mr. Orlet came this evening, also Henry & family. Mertz gave Leo a dripolator for wedding present, its nice; 8 cup size.

Thursday, March 25, 1937

Went to Red Bud mass. Leo & Rose came down had dinner here; Pap & Leo went to Freeburg looked at cows. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came & Rose & Bert went along to Belleville; Rose got dress & Mary a hat. Pap & Leo went to Waterloo & Valmeyer looking at cows, stopped in at Waterloo church. Light bill was only $1. this mon. didn’t use it so much.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 1936

Rained this afternoon. Pap went to Valmeyer to Allotff sale, things brought good price, team mules $400. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped in, they went to Plenger’s sale by Round Prairie, that was a cheap sale. Oscar Birkner bought 106 acres farm, Miller place, were Grahlerrs now fines. $5,800. We went to Floraville to Jac. Reheis birthday dance. music by Schoenborn & Skairs. Gents 25¢.

Monday, Sept. 7, 1936

We washed, ironed. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary & pap went to Columbia to Catholic church pinic [sic], this afternoon. So many pinics [sic] today. Red Bud, Smithon [sic], Valmeyer, Walsh. Sure hot these days again.

Sunday, July 19, 1936

Boy! did it rain, & hail this morn; big as chicken egg; & heavy we didn’t get to church, heavy thunder. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came, had lunch here. Nice sunshine this afternoon; pretty warm again. The Peveley truck went through & hit the electric wire by Joe Watchel tore it lose, & took piece of the truck, but he never stopped; Rob. & Joe & Geo. Wagner took charge of it, took the wire of [sic] altogether, disconected [sic], till the power line came through, tore there post down, have to wash it with wadboard now, & no electric lights, Joe said last nite, if it only holds till the power line comes, they got the posts all set from New Athens till in town here, but they had to go to Percy & make repairs there from the storm they had down there, then coming back & continue here agin, just following the telephone line. There is a free dance at Log cabin tonite, musci [sic] by Skaer’s, Miss Viola Schallann & Rubemeyer had a wedding dance at Valmeyer, he is from there, Omer & Tillie went there, sure had a nice crowd.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1936

Rose & Berti took the wash out to Henry’s; Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening, & we went up to the Ladies Aid Euchre in Kammler’s Hall; played bluey for a quilt, dresser scarf, towel for 10¢; Mrs. Rosemeir of Red Bud got the quilt, Mrs. Joe Griffin the scarf, Bert Thompson the towel. Geo. Lorberg attendance prize, pillow cases; we each had 9 points got sauce pans; Uncle & Aunt got nothing had 6 points, the crowd was pretty fair, people from Valmeyer were here; they also had sleeper tickets for themselves, prizes also seperated [sic]. Henry Birkner have a baby girl born on 18 Feb. christened it Louise Maria – Elmer & Bessie sponsors; she is very sick, had the priest out.