Friday, Dec. 9, 1938

Cloudy & cold. Pap went to see Hoef’s. Caming was here on business for Uncle Fred & all settled for now. He came here, was at Waterloo first. We went to Henry; got few sacks of wheat to feed. Leonard Hoef was here.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1938

Beautiful day; patched, cleaned etc. Went to New Athens, Freeburg, & Smithton. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she went to church. Bert [Bertille] won the fruit cake by Mertz.

Monday, Dec. 5, 1938

Leo’s birthday 29 yrs. old. Went there butchering today, also Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary helped; came home did the feeding. Mr. Watson was here on business about Lunter [? – unclear]. Henry & family came, we went along with them to Orlet’s to birthday; for supper; played cards. Bill [Klein] came there to.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1938

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. Leo & family came this eve. & Bill [Klein] we played cards.

Thursday, December 1, 1938

Pap hauled load wood; Uncle Fred couldn’t get his car started, we went out, started right away, she [Aunt Mary] came back with us, to go to Ladies Meeting in school hall, sewing quilt patches for a quilt to present to Fr. Aydt for Christmas; she came for supper. Uncle Fred came up in eve, also Leo & family & Henry & family they had been at Leo’s; they weren’t at home; we played cards etc. Bert [Bertille] washed, the car this afternoon; nice day, warm for Dec.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1938

Went to Draber’s funeral this morn. brought him out from Belleville, Gardner’s Funeral Home, to church here, mass by Fr. Aydt, Freund, Ratterman took him back to Belleville to Green Mount Cemetery; church was packed, all Orbon Stove Worker’s had to be present here; it was a very sad funeral. We went to Belleville this afternoon shopping. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up to to this morn. Wm. Ganley was here. We went to Emil’s.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 1938

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. Henry came & got things for butchering tomorrow. Bill [Klein] & Bert [Bertille] went to Leo’s this eve. played cards. Mrs. Orlet is out there for couple of days. Advent started today.

Friday, Nov. 25, 1938

Pap went over by Emil’s, they say he is sick. Bert [Bertille] send pap shoes back to Sears, to small. Emil’s feeling better. Steve Rennecker got bundle of straw for his chickens to scratch. Oliver Birkner delivered us a sack of chick pellets. Wm. Stehfest birthday today, came over radio by German Band. Birkner family.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 1938

Thanksgiving Day. Bert [Bertille] went to church here to wedding mass of Eunice Scheinder & Oliver Fraber guy of Belleville, 2 bridesmaids, dressed peach & old rose with flowers, head bands & shoes to match. bride had white satin with train & long veil; went to wedding dance in eve. at Kammlers Hall. musci [sic] by Belleville Orch. & nice crowd had sandwiches & cake. Thanksgiving Dinner was a big success, sold over 500 tickets, people came from all over. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came down.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1938

Leona & Bert [Bertille] went to Red Bud to Raffle’s Beauty Shop. Leona got end permanent for $1.00 & Bert [Bertille] all $1.50 got oil changed in Chev. & gas etc. Fried in gal & 1 qt. port sausage this afternoon. Billy [Willis] stayed here this morn. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon, had to help clean dishes etc. Awful cold radio says will be 18 [degrees] tonite; freezing right along. Went to Paderborn to euchre party, got sauce pan had 9 points out of 12; crowd was small. Schmidts furnished musci [sic] for dance. Boy! did it snow, so bad couldn’t see were [sic] to drive, terrible ground’s all white & weather man predict more snow.

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