Friday, April 21, 1939

Cloudy & still cold wind, rained heavy again last nite. Pap was by Emil awhile this morn. He said that wasn’t so that Mrs. Threfall was married, he back out. There was about 12 cars & 5 trucks loads people went by yelling etc; guess they went over to city for ball game which is now going on over there, starting last Mon. Wild of Waterloo sale cryer passed away, being sick just a week. Levi Gregson’s & Emil attended Tipton euchre last Wed. nite reported having had such a good time, arriving home at 4:30. Temperatures these days being around 40 [degrees] & raining.

Saturday, April 1, 1939

Leo & family came, had supper here. Leo & pap went to Ruma to sale & we went to Red Bud to Mrs. Gallaghers, also Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went to sale; bought few articles, jugs. An oil drill is on Mrs. Al. Gregsons farm. but not started in to work yet. April fools today.

Saturday, March 18, 1939

Len. Mertz bought 80 acres ground from Wm. Gregson, not quite $9.00 acre. Harry Wittenauer was here.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1938

Not so cold today, 16 [degrees] this morn. Pap went out & got load wood for Emil; this afternoon got wheat at Henry’s, & got crushing done. Fire engine went down to Joe Hempe’s; machine shed burning implements burned; that is on Mrs. Albert Gregsons farm. The Officer that won at election day of Monroe Co. are giving a free dance at Pautler’s tonite. The Young People of Parish here are having a party also tonite.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 1938

Nice day. Fixed tree stand etc. Renneckers called this eve. to come over for a solo game. Lester Gregson Emil & Steve & pap played & Olive & Bertille & Gus & Katie Klotz played 6 hand pinochle, breaking up even. Gregson boys & Klotz’s girls played games. Served were 5 cookies & apples.

Friday, Nov. 4, 1938

Cleaned chicken house, put in straw etc. Rained little this morn, & getting colder, still south wind. Waterloo paper didn’t come today. Emil came over awhile till Clara called up, said he should come down there. Celestine Neff got 1 doz. eggs this eve. No school in Hecker, Mrs. Pickett is sick.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1938

Awful hot day; no breeze. Washed, ironed. It rained yesterday at New Athens & Marrissa. but not here. Leo & family came this eve. took tomatoes along green & ripe ones. Levi Gregson, Emil & Noel & Agnes are all out at Clevelands’ tonite eating watermelons. Levi took bucket ripe tomatoes along home. They have devotion for 3 nites here starting tonite till Sat. eve at tridium for happenings at London which is going to take place soon.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 1938

Nice cool all day. Pap hauled 2 loads rock. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, he cut lawn etc. Major Bowes on radio tonite honored city. E. St. Louis. Hy [Henry] brought sack feed down, took 3 chances on Red Bud pinic [sic] prizes. Clara Gregson took 1 this morn. Emil went along with Gus. Blackburns today to Centralia’s yesterday with Clevelands to get peaches. Smithton boys were going around here selling peaches from Centralia for $1. bu. not nice at all.

Saturday, July 30, 1938

Pap got crushing done. Emil got the truck went out to Henry’s hulling sweet clover for Emil Ganley now. Bert [Bertille] went to Levi Gregsons to get Emil, there telephone doesn’t report. Cloudy all day. Smithton has home coming, parade 6:15. raffling out a lawn mower, byicile [sic – bicycle]. Ford Coach – for 25 [cents]. Went to Smithton, but parade was posponed [sic] till tomorrow on account of rain, streets would be to muddy, dance & pinic [sic] was held.

Sunday, July 24, 1938

Hot. Went to first mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile. Becker Ins. agent came brought policy title back for our car. Henry & family came had supper here. Bill Klein & Bobby & Al, Bertha, Elsie Karban & Marcella Schilling & 2 brothers all came wanted to go to Fort Chartres, but we were getting company so Bill stayed rest left, took his car anyway. When they got to Fort Chartres. Fr. Wishkamp from Paderborn & Buddy Karban & Jerome Haudrich caught them, they all went to Ferry crossed it went to Kaskaskia to church pinic [sic], were Fr. came from; he paid all expenses 10 in all, had supper there; payed $1 a car & 15 [cents] a piece to cross ferry, they all had a wonderful time. We went to Karbans this eve. ate watermelons. Joe Schilling’s threshing run had free beer at Kaburecks to nite & lawn party. Walter Gregsons celebrating 25 yr. silver Wedding inn at Log Cabin tonite. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary went. Fr. Spors was there made a speech. Schmidt Orchestra, playing musci [sic]. Renneker’s, Emil were all down. Nic Cortner died Belleville hospital this morn. sometime buried at Hecker.

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