Sunday, January 1, 1939

New Year (1939). Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed awhile, then went home. Leo & family, came had dinner & supper here. We went over to see Ed Meng; looks natural, nice flowers. Sure some nice day just like Easter. warm out, beautiful.

Sunday, Dec. 25, 1938

Christmas. Went to 6 o clock mass, stayed for 2nd mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary, Henry & family & Leo & family & Bill were here for Turkey dinner & supper, took pictures in afternoon, beautiful warm day. Went out to Henrys this evening, seen what Santa Claus brought, tree etc. so many things.

Saturday, Dec. 24, 1938

Went to Waterloo, church etc. Getting ready for Christmas Dinner. Roads are awful muddy at present.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 1938

Went to mass. Fr. Simon had it, sermon after mass for married people only. Seen in paper Leo Cortner is in hospital at Belleville. Eugene Neff was just dismissed, he got hurt, when working with carpenters at remodeling St. Mary’s Church. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up stayed for chicken soup dinner; we played cards this afternoon; got ready to butcher, set kettles & put water in etc. Mr. Klein & Ignatz & Frank Birkner stopped in & took Uncle Fred along this morn. down to Red Bud, to see the straw baler guy, they weren’t pd yet for there bails; but he paid up right away, no trouble.

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.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1938

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

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1938

Rain this morn; nice this afternoon, we went to Waterloo this afternoon, church etc; got egg mash.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 1938

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary & Leo & family were here for dinner, had beef soup & roast. A. [Aunt] Mary went to meeting at church this afternoon, had meeting in prepartion [sic – preparation] for Thursday dinner those that don’t fix turkeys, have to make 4 chickens. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] stayed for supper & also Bill & Bert [Bertille] went to E. St. Louis to Ainade Temple to see Hill Billy show. Susie won 1st prize & Joe Lieber 2nd & little boy 3rd; & Jitterbug Dance 1st couple got $20.00 2nd $10.00 & 3rd $5; it was good.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 1938

Went to mass. Henry & family were up for dinner & supper. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came this afternoon & also Josie Keller & friends & landlords, 3 folks that live upstairs; took eggs & chickens along; she was operated on while back. Fr. Flanagans Boys Town picture is now being on at Lincoln.

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