Saturday, Aug. 14, 1937

Made catsup, canned 3 qts. tomatoes. Went to Red Bud to Beckers Mill got check cashed, got new fan belt put in Chev. $1. went to Paul Crook looking for pigs, but were just delivered this morn. went through Tipton to Pluegers, but he moved last Sat; doesn’t live there any more, moved 10 miles away; went to Waterloo to church. Henry & boys were up this afternoon got wagon; last nite they were at Waterloo big W.L.S. Show at Pautlers Hall; I had forgotten all about it. Send bu. peaches small ones with Henry; pap picked 2 bu. little more. got in mushmellons & 1 watermellon [sic]. Hugo Probst is building new house on his lot, tore the old one away; also J. Kreher’s, Siedle is building that, contract job; but Probst just day labor. J. Reheis, Klein etc. We went over to Geo. Wagners awhile. Mary & Anita were out to. Clif Stahleber had a accident with his motorcycle at Pautlers, back wheel locked through [sic – threw] him quite a distance; hurt pretty bad.

Sunday, July 25, 1937

Rained this morn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Leo & Rose [Rosalia] had dinner & supper here. Wm. Braun came wanted to rent wheat ground. Bert [Bertille] went along with Leo home went with them to Floraville to free dance Schmidts Orch. nice crowd & good time, came home with Wagner’s. Nice cool evening.

Saturday, July 17, 1937

Hy. Armstutz brought sack feed for pigs this morn. Pierre Laut was here selling chances for a quilt, pillow slip & scarf, to be raffled on there church pinic [sic] on Aug. 8. Cloudy & cool; some are threshing Joe Watchel is out at Frank Birkners, going to finish there. Wm. Myerscough of New Athens died will be buried Mon. Morning. papa’s first coummioun [sic – communion] partner, they used to live near Hecker. Keims have a free dance at Floraville tonite, musci [sic] by the girls. The Country Club has its annual carnvial [sic], beginning Fri. nite ending Sun. nite, Pappy Cheshire KMOX radio stars are to intertain [sic] for an hr. tonite & tomorrow; free for all & all for fun. Bert [Bertille] went along to Floraville to a dance with Geo. Wagner’s, large crowd. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came, from here went out to Henry’s.

Thursday, July 15, 1937

Bert [Bertille] went to Henry’s got jugs; he isn’t feeling well, stomache [sic] trouble. Jac Erle came on business, we canceled the Whip Ins. Sally Neff came this eve. Pap went over to Geo Napier’s, she & kids were at Chas. Wagners threshing. Sally Neff was at Probst’s.

Saturday, July 3, 1937

Beautiful day. little cloudy. Nic Hess started threshing today; that is Joe. Schillings, both threshing same time, like always. Henry is helping at Geo.. Our cistern is nearly dry, time for rain. Lot of cars out for holiday; tomorrow & Mon. Bert [Bertille] baked apple pie. Geo. Wagners came over awhile this eve.; Lightening & thunder tonite.

Thursday, July 1, 1937

Ruma convent has big day. Sisters renew there vows & get the habit some of them. Rosalia Kern is one Chris Kern’s daughter of Red Bud. Bert [Bertille] went to Wagners awhile. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Mehrmann got 9 doz. eggs @ 17¢. Edwin & Fritz Reheis finished the hay today. We had 1st. spring chicken 1¾ lb. enough for 2 meals for us. Bert. varnished dining room floor. Pap hauling straw.

Thursday, June 17, 1937

Rain last nite & all morning showers. Bert [Bertille] washed few clothes & dresses, A. [Aunt] Mary’s front door curtains. Ed. Watchel & Lester Bruns both have new second hand cars. Mrs. Jake Helfrich is being buried this morn. at Paderborn, church at St. Mary’s [ed. note – should be St. Michael’s], then out to cemetery. She is Louis Mueth’s daughter, sister to Mike, John & Joe. Helfrichs have 12 children 7 boy & 5 girls. 1 girl died; pretty large family. Jake is manager carpenter for Relief Work. on the W.P.A. Project at Belleville. She was 43 yrs. ill 3 mons. taken to hospital on Mon. Fr. Orlet has charge of funeral, Fr. was sick to, had touch of pneumonia, but is better again now. Went to Waterloo 13 bus. wheat @ $1.18 best price; got paint for house, stopped at Henry’s; he is building a toilet, in ground one. Went to Wagner’s, Berniece fainted this morn, turned real blue & pale, called doctor, he says stomach trouble, she ate to green cherries yesterday; Mehrmann got the eggs @ 16¢. we had 8 dozen.

Monday, May 31, 1937

Holiday, Decoration Day. Pap went to Henry’s, took mower home; went to Schillings to get lumber. Rob. Laut, Pierre, Buddy Napier & Geo. Boll strawing Rob’s, potato patch today; Geo. Wagner putting rubber roofing on barn today. School pinic [sic] today at Waterloo, parade at 10:30; all day pinic [sic]. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came Bert [Bertille] went along to Waterloo to pinic [sic]. We planted, pumpkins, watermelons, pickles, beans etc. truck patch.

Wednesday, May 5, 1937

Another day of showers & hail, sure awful. Our chicks are hatching now these days. Radio say shower again. Mrs. Chas. Wagner broke her wrist & one of Ed. Parkers boy’s his hip; we heard. Henry had an exray [sic] taken of Floyd’s; it is set right, now they are sure; Dr. won’t change the bandage till 6 weeks he said; he is getting along alright now.

Tuesday, April 20, 1937

Town Election, pap served as judge $3. he gets. I didn’t go to vote, all same officers, only J. Meng in place of Os. Neff, & Milton Wagner lost. L. Birkner & M. Armstutz each received 1 vote for trustees & A. Stuart got 2 – J. Griffin 1 for police & Gus. Frisch 20 for treasurer, he also gets in; there were in 80 vote cast. Raining all day. Bert [Bertille] washed, put in basement, to much rain. We ate our first lettuce today, certainly tastes good.