Wednesday, June 7, 1939

Went to Leo’s helped plant patch corn & make hay this afternoon; had lunch & chicken dinner there. We also had first cabbage of season of ours today. Rained this afternoon, but not so much, we need it alwful [sic] bad day. Mrs. Willing Kreher came home from Belleville Hospital yesterday, after giving birth to a 3 lb. baby, which is still in hospital in incubator. Planted out tomatoes & pepper plant last for season, sprayed potatoes. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came, she went to Mrs. Staufenbiels, to see about her dress. Mrs. Agnes Kroll died of a stroke this morn; while Kate was at mass; she has been blind for good many years.

Thursday, June 1, 1939

Went to Leo’s all day, had chicken dinner worked in corn & put up hay. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came up awhile to; brought her some tomato plants.

Thursday, May 25, 1939

Went to Orlets, sprayed potatoes had lunch. Bert [Bertille] had to go to Totschs to get arsenate [? – unclear] of lead 4 – 80 [cents]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up. planted corn today. The Ladies Aid got euchre party again tonight – in church hall. Awful warm & no rain, a shower sure would be good. German band played a no. [number] for Henry birthday & Wedd. Ann. last nite at 7:30 & today for Mrs. Hy Birkner & Leo Cortner. Bill [Klein] came this eve. said his Uncle Ignatz died at about 3:30 this afternoon, got out of bed went outside & had stroke.

Sunday, May 21, 1939

Went to Red Bud. Irene Buehler came along back, she went to Ed Parkers, Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary, awhile. We went to Orlets for dinner & supper. Leo’s dad was also there. Isd. & girlfriend Phyllis came to take him along home. Bill [Klein] came to Orlets to. We planted sweet potatoe [sic] plants, out up there.

Tuesday, May 16, 1939

Cool this morn. Chicks still dying 18 this morn. Bert [Bertille] cleaned basement & scrubbed it. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, working garden. Eggs 13 [cents]. Buettner was found dead at or near Douglas this morn, he shot himself in his car; was there since Mon. paper says; had 2 notes written, one to Mrs. Grosse & other lady at Belleville. Chas. Mehrmann of Belleville had a stroke & died suddenly yesterday eve. after work; his wife died 5 weeks ago from tooth extraction, he will be buried Thurs. morn. at 10:30 he turned Catholic when he married Becherer.

Monday, May 15, 1939

Had Mertz to look at our chicks, dying, terrible. Pap went to Waterloo took 11 bus. wheat along @ 71 [cents] & paid tax $270.94. Terrible thing happened last nite, Waterloo talking this morn. Gus Buettner of Waterloo shot & killed Miss Hattie Grosse & boyfriend Wetzler all of Waterloo, at a lonely spot on Boxtown road, Wetzler & girlfriend & Mr & Mrs. Mitchell were enroute to Boxtown to a dance, when Buettner crowded them of road & shot & killed the couple & didn’t harm Mitchells so far they haven’t got Buettner yet, he wanted to go with Grosse. All police are on look out for him, he was seen driving south through Boxtown after it happened at 10 o clock. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped in went to Red Bud & worked there gardens today. Went to Leo’s this eve. took them plants & we got cabbage plants from her.

Friday, May 12, 1939

Baked cookies, worked garden etc. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped went to Buehler’s & to Red Bud. Seen in paper Wm Reheis of Burksville have baby first born. Leo & family came this eve; brought qt. milk. Marita runs all around.

Wednesday, May 10, 1939

Peterson of Michigan was here selling jar [? – unclear] canners; we bought 1 – $1.35 set; yesterday. Rose [Rosalia] & Marita, Leona & Billy [Willis] were all here for lunch & dinner we stretched curtains; everybody’s; planted 65 cabbage plants from Rose. Mertz paid 13 [cents] eggs. Nice day.

Tuesday, May 9, 1939

Washed ironed. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up. we planted out some more tomatoes, etc. watermelon pumpkin.

Monday, May 8, 1939

Rained nearly all day. Chas Helfrich got load hay. Bill [Klein] came this afternoon. Bert [Bertille] went along to Belleville. & this eve. went to Marita’s 1 yr. birthday, nobody else there raining & roads pretty muddy; we planted out tomatoes & sweet potatoe [sic] plants this eve. Cleaned little chick house this morn.

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