Friday, Sept. 25, 1931

We canned 7 qts. tomatoes & cooked catsup.  Papa hauled 2 loads of coal, this afternoon it rained.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where up.  There where people around selling tomatoes $1. bu.  Henry & family where up awhile this eve. from here they went to Uncle Fred’s.  Papa got a letter an invitiation, [sic] we all & Aunt Mary should come up & see Fr. Grooten’s tonight, but we won’t go.  We gave Leona a basket ful to take along, the yellow ones, she is going to cook catsup from them.

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1931

We all went to Red Bud church.  The Hecker Priest read Ignatz Neff name off this morning, he signed the paper at Belleville, this week his kids can come back to school if they want too.  Osie Neff was here looking for Uncle Fred.  Today is homecoming at Floraville.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came here & then about 4:30 left for the picnic.  Joe Hibbert the carpenter & his brother Frank & a cousin was here for a short visit.  He was visiting Hecker friends this afternoon.  This evening we drove out to Henry’s took them along & went to the basement floor dance at George Freund’s.  Adm. 30¢ as enter.  Rheinhardt & Skaer furnished musci [sic], 3 pieces.  Papa was up at the store awhile & he also stopped at George Wagner’s, she said that her sister Lorenia Merhmann & Orlindo Skaer are getting married next Sat. Sept 26 at Floraville.

Friday, Sept. 18, 1931

Papa went up town.  Today he is supposed to be at Belleville but ain’t going, Ignatz Neff received a letter too, he is going in.  Papa went to Red Bud on business.  There was a man going around taking orders to sell coffee.  I seen in the Waterloo paper that Wm. Heyl’s daughter Ester got married to Hugh Mays last Sat.  Mildred Stiffler got, was granted a divorce from Harry Stiffler.  Steve was over & looked at our hogs this eve, they walk lame, but eat good.

Monday, Sept. 14, 1931

Today is a washing, ironing & patch day.  Papa & Rosalia are hauling wheat to Waterloo today.  Papa got a letter from State’s Attorney Lindauer of Belleville, stating that papa scandaled Fr. Grooten, but it is just the contrary, he should be at Belleville Fri. morning at 11 o clock, papa took the letter along into Waterloo to show it to Whiel.  They started working on the molasses factory today, they are going to start cooking soon.

Sunday, Sept. 13, 1931

We went to Smithon [sic] church.  Aunt Mary went to Hecker, he was pretty loud again today for being sick all week.  Bill Freund was here & gave us an invite to George Freund’s Sun. night for a dance.  Wiegands boy’s invited us for a dance at the brick house Wed. night.  Rosalia & Bertille went up to see Mamie & Angela this afternoon.  This evening we went to see Joe Watchel’s little boy, Papa went over to Wagners awhile.  They are chivarie Frank Krolls tonight.  Edwin Watchel is giving a dance at the brick house tonight.  Gus, Blackburn & Roy Stauenbiel playing musci [sic].

Thursday, Sept. 10, 1931

Mrs. William Braun, nee Schilling will be buried today, leaving the house at 8:30, church at 9, then to the cemetery.  She was 35 yrs. old & has 7 children living & 4 dead.  Henry & Leona, Aunt Mary, Rosalia & Bertille all went to the funeral it was a large one, we went to the house, church, cemetery.  Fr. Janssen of Smithon [sic] had the ceremony, he had a wedding in the home first, Frank Kroll got married.  Fr. Grooten is awful bad sick with nervous breakdown.  Papa took care of the kids this morn.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for dinner.  All the Schillings where out today, Jonny, Sam, Gabriel, Martin, Joe, & George, all at the funeral, Degenhardts, Natz, Mosbacher 1 daughters.

Uncle Fred & Papa went to help Roy Staunfbiel get his father’s coping from the cemetery this afternoon.  Mrs. Stauenfbiel was here to see if she could get a ride home from Belleville on the 15 of Sept.  She & papa have to go in to be witness on Val. Fristche’s will, to snigfy [sic] there writing.  The egg man was here again from St. Louis, but we didn’t have any.  Henry & family where up this evening, he paid his threshing bill.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1931

Papa is hauling wood today.  The bells where tolling this morn. at our church for the first time, for Mrs. William Braun, she died this morn. around 6 o clock at the Belleville Hospital.  Kock got her from there & took her to Red Bud & fixed her up, brought her home around 1o o clock, Henry & Leona, Rosalia, Bertille, Aunt Mary went down to see her this evening, there wasn’t many people there because they didn’t bring her home till late.  They have 7 children, oldest is 13 & youngest 4.  Joe Watchels have a little baby boy born Sun. 6 Sept.  Lester Gregson’s have a little boy since last week Thurs. 2 [crossed out] or 3 Sept, they christined [sic] it Virgil Lee, Lee Gregson & Agnes where sponsors.  Jack & Willie Ganley & Fr. Grooten where by Hill’s this evening.

Friday, Sept. 4, 1931

Today Rosalia is 20 yrs. old.  The bunch came & surprized [sic] her, where: Mr. & Mrs. Henry Birkner & family, Henry Brand & family, Fred Papenberg & family, Alf. & Elsa Eckert, Rosalia & Rita Braun, Clem & Elmer, Bessie Parker, Hy. Hillsheim, Odillo & Mamie Eichenseer, Christ Buehler & family, Henry Spalt, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rennecker, Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary.  The basement was cleared & dancing begun till 12 o clock, Uncle Fred & Henry furnishing the musci [sic].  Beer, cake, where served.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary where here for lunch& supper.  It is also Mrs. Geodell’s birthday, they had the celebration Thurs. evening.  Fr. Grooten gets in trouble with everybody, Richert was fined $15.00 & all night in jail for having plum wine, Jack Ganley was arrested, cutting the wires on Hillsheims machine & one thing another, lots news in Hecker, in 1931.  But ain’t so claims it.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 1931

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this morn. & had dinner with us.  This afternoon Henry & family came up, he finished plowing & took the team home.  We all went to the funeral of Mrs. Rittmeyer except papa, she had a pink coffin, & dress, gold ring on & a diamond hair pin, she looked good.  Steve Rennecker was over a while.  Odillo Eichenseer came, he wanted to see our paper.  Mrs. Eichenseer came too so he had to take her to Red Bud to the doctor.  This morning Fr. Grooten’s had Mrs. Pete Watchel, Mrs. Henry Kern, Henry Rausch & Odilo Eichenseer, in Waterloo in front of Bollinger’s in the room, Pete Watchel & Rausch [crossed out by Bertille] paid the expense, as far as we know.

Tuesday, September 1, 1931

We ironed & patched & scrubbed the basement, raining all day.  This afternoon Fr. Grooten’s was here & raised a howl about the cemetery, & cursed the whole family, wanted to sue for slander, & nothing to it.  Today the Schools started all over, everybody has the same teacher pretty much hired on there same place, like last year.  It rained all night.