Thursday, July 26, 1934

No threshing this morning. Papa & Rose went to Waterloo load wheat. Sure was some awful hot days the last while; 110 & 112 in the shade, hottest & dryest [sic] year, in 32 & 36 yrs. ago. In Kansas, it must be terrible, stock all dying; 3700 cows & calf were brought to E. St. Louis Stockyards yesterday, some so weak & they shot them right away. People are dying from the heat, the paper says 510 so far, from different states, one place it rained so much that 28 acres bottom corn, all washed out. Dillinger the gangster was shot to death now, while coming out a theather [sic] Sun. night. Frank Dudenhoeffer’s of Oklahoma, nee Lizzie Mueth, are visiting relatives here, since last Friday, leaving Sun; We went out threshing, at Henry’s, had them for lunch; got 128 bus. oats our share. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were also there; came home through town. Watermelon in town.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1932

Papa went over to see Mr. Ed Meng. It is so awful hot again today, & nights are cool. They are surveing [sic – surveying] for hard road from Waterloo to Hecker, & the paper says it to, on the old road to Hecker, & then from Hirsts’ corner to New Athens. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening & we took them along to Breezy Hill to a free birthday dance, the boss wife at the Condensery birthday, Country Club Orschestra [sic – Orchestra] music, they took up collection, with the hat at 12: oclock, then they played till 1:30, & a big crowd. When we came home we ate watermellon [sic], Aunt Mary brought one along up.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 1932

Papa got crushing done. There was a man here & wanted to buy eggs, from St. Louis, but we didn’t sell him any. Papa & Rosalia went out to Henry’s to get some oats. Today is Freeburg home coming. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up to spend the evening here, her & Rosalia & Bert [Bertille] went down to Geo. Lorberg’s to get a watermellon [sic], but he had just sold them all in Red Bud & didn’t have no more for sale, so we couldn’t get any.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1932

Papa got some whey. The Catholic Church of Ruma have pinic [sic] today. Burcham was around selling watermellons [sic] from 5¢ on up. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped here awhile, they went down to Joe Gregson’s to get some pullets. Rosalia hemmed Aunt Mary’s pillow cases for the pinic [sic], & stamped them ready to stitch. It rained this afternoon. Papa sowed another patch alfalfa the morn.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 1932

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed in Hecker all nite & went home this afternoon. They said there was such a crowd at Braun’s, they danced in the barn & about 10 o clock they laid a floor down outside, so many people, the fish got all, people from all over where there. Robert Laut & family came to see us this evening, also Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, she bought a watermellon [sic] from Geo. Lorberg for 5¢, 8½ lbs. an a good one.

Monday, Sept. 28, 1931

Papa hauled coal 4 loads today.  We now have 205 bus. $18.47.  Ralph Ettling & Buddy where here & wanted to see papa on business.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here, they brought a watermelon along.  The egg man was late this evening, he pays 20¢.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1930

Papa went to Waterloo again this morning.  Wm. Ganley was here this morning.  Papa (had dinner out there too) went to Henry’s first and helped him get his pig pen fixed so when the man comes with pigs, so it was ready.  He got the mule this morning & brought Henry the pigs.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this evening & brought a 40 lb. watermelon along up to eat, so I called Leona & told them to come up too, so they did but still we couldn’t eat it all.  Eggs are .32¢.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 1930

Today the teacher’s have institute in Monroe Co.  Papa went over to Steve Rennecker’s awhile last evening.  Rosalia & Bertille went to church this morning.  Mr. Feldmeier was here this afternoon and looked at our horses.  But he didn’t want them.  Papa went to Belleville this afternoon.  I seen in the paper that Mrs. Alfred Stahl was ill & Miss Luella Pfeiffer is working there.  Last Sat. Eichenseer’s has a new roof put on the barn.  Jacob Helfrich did the work.  Mr. & Mrs. George Wagner and family spent last Sunday at Forest Park in St. Louis.  George Gambach will sell out and retire from merchandise business.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this evening, they brought a watermelon along, we ate it, it tasted good.  Bertille took 6 doz. eggs off and got .23¢ a dozen.

Friday, Sept. 19, 1930

Rosalia & Bertille went out to Henry’s this morning.  Bertille dyed her white dress this afternoon made it a dark pink.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this evening from here they went to Weber’s barn, Joe Gregson’s are giving a dance there.  We were invited, but didn’t go.  Bertille was up town this afternoon.  I seen in the Waterloo paper that Geo. Quibold was over in St. Louis at the Radio Exposition and we won an automobile radio and he has four children and each one received $25 a piece to put in the bank until they are 21 years of age.  He sure was lucky.  Aunt Mary brought a watermelon along and we ate it just before we went to bed.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 1930

We went to late mass this morning.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here all day, we took them home this evening.  We at the watermelon this afternoon.  What we got from Lee Gregson for .30¢.  It tasted pretty good.  Uncle Fred gave Mr. Hill a piece to put in the paper about Rosalia’s birthday.

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