Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1939

Rained last nite & morning. Went to Belleville with 2 hogs; left Whip. by Bill [Klein] to fix he took us home in his truck, & fixed our pump, had dinner here. We got sweet potatoes & turnip ready to take to Belleville tomorrow. Dorothy Pautler – Phil Pautler’s daughter of Evansville & Jerome Harbaugh of Boxtown are being married this morn, dance at Boxtown tonite. Ben Heyl was here looked at heifers. Oll. Englerth & Bill [Klein] came this eve. Bill & Bert [Bertille] & Al. Karban & girl friend went to St. Louis to see Veil Prophet parade, “Gay Nineties” it was beautiful.

Monday, Oct. 9, 1939

Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed patched, cleaned front room. Windy & cloudy today. We got chicks for hogs from Strecks got $6.95 top $7.10, Mr. Englerth 83 is being buried this morn. at Smithton church & cemetery. Bill [Klein] is pall bearer all grand children to carry him. Leo & family came brought molasses, lard, eggs, to sell.

Friday, Oct. 6, 1939

Went to Belleville with 2 hogs 435 [lbs] – @ $6.95, & by Herberts near Ross filling station. Christopher, guy living in Douglas passed us & had head on collison with another car, they were bruised a little on head; our fender damaged; other guys car was way in ditch, it was so awful foggy, awful bad driving; they had there car towed in by Dewein’s from Belleville, we could still drive ours. Went to Leo’s. Marita isn’t feeling well, didn’t sleep & has high fever had her at doctors this morn; he says its teeth; was pretty good when we left. Awful warm these days in 80 [degrees] cloudy this eve.

Friday, Sept. 29, 1939

Bert [Bertille] planted some more flower slips & took some up; getting colder this eve; radio says frost, put the flowers in basement. Henry & family came this eve; he is awful dissatisfied with the boys school up here. We got 9 little pigs today, born this morn; now have 25 hogs.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1939

Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up, she & Bert [Bertille] went to mass wedding of Eichenseer & Parker; bridesmaids Lucinda dressed in plum & Adelle Pour in greenish blue. Mamie all white satin, long trail & veil. Clem & his attendents [sic], Joe Parker & Clarence Parker in dark suits. Joe leading the bride in church, pretty wedding; dance at Daabs tonite. Leo & Rose, Bill [Klein] came, all went. Pap cutting corn these days, prices on things going up. hogs – 9.50 – veal or heifers 12 [cents]. eggs 15 1/2 & 19 [cents]; all on account opear. [? – unclear] in European nation, so many were killed & bombed terrible.

Tuesday, May 2, 1939

Nice day. Went to Belleville took in 3 hogs. 540 lbs. $6.80. Bert [Bertille] washed & scrubed [sic] dining room, varnished floor. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary came for the euchre tonite given by Ladies Aid at church hall.

Friday, April 28, 1939

Cool day. Went to Belleville took 2 hogs along $6.75 – 435 lbs. Bert [Bertille] planted all the house flowers out today. cut lawn.

Tuesday, April 25, 1939

Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came, he took 2 hogs of ours 410 lbs. @ $6.65 to Belleville she stayed helped paper [wallpaper], also Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt Mary], Olive Laut papered bedroom & kitchen $1.75 from 7 till 7:30 pm all had dinner & supper; Leo came for supper, to, hogs weighed 410 lbs. @ $6.65. Marita was good all nite. A guy around selling fish. Olive bought one 5 lb. @ 10 [cents]. Buffalo Corks [? – unclear]

Tuesday, March 7, 1939

Went to Belleville took 2 hogs in 385 lbs. @ $8.05. Washed, ironed, patched; washed sacks. Harms Bros. & stranger hit cars some way in public square here; each had their car tolled in; Chev. down & Harms to Belleville. Aunt Mary & Uncle Fred got card from Manda Reheis, Norman has a radio program every day Station KXOK; send requests to him.

Monday, Jan. 16, 1939

Pap went to Frank Kleins to see his pigs, he wasn’t at home; Hill came collected telephone dues $1.70. Bert [Bertille] washed, ironed. Steve Renneker came wants our fat hog to butcher; may be tomorrow. Pap stopped in at Leo’s this morn.

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