Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1938

Washed, ironed, baked cookies, molasses & hardzorn [? – unclear]. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this afternoon. Pap cleaned barn. Leo & family were down this eve; beautiful evening.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 1938

Went to Red Bud 7 o clock. Leo & family came, Marita stayed with pap, & Bert [Bertille] went along with them to Belleville to redication [sic – rededication] of St. Mary’s Parish Blessing by Bishoff [sic] & mass by Frs. Orlet, Kaiser & Hoff; beautiful church & much larger, lot of people at church; had dinner for priests. We came home, had dinner here, pap cooked. Bill [Klein] & Bert went to Henry’s this eve. playing cards; had pie cake etc.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 1938

Pap went to Hoef’s bought 7 pigs $40. weigh 55 to 34. Went to Red Bud. Schriebers put a new heater in, other one leaked. Bert [Bertille] went to Fr. Spors paid $12.00 pew rent. Went to Leos tonite, awhile, played cards. Marita’s colds pretty good.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 1938

Raining today. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] brought baby [Marita] here & Bert [Bertille] went along to Belleville, had dinner here, Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary also at Belleville, Caming was here again. Emil came this afternoon awhile. Hecker church have 13 hr. Devotion today. Bill [Klein] & Bert went to Paderborn Sodality of Young boys & girls had banquet, given by Father Weskamp others playing cards, eating & drinking, & followed by dancing, musci [sic] by Jac. Schoenborn, new accordion & also Rheinhardt.

Monday, Dec. 5, 1938

Leo’s birthday 29 yrs. old. Went there butchering today, also Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary helped; came home did the feeding. Mr. Watson was here on business about Lunter [? – unclear]. Henry & family came, we went along with them to Orlet’s to birthday; for supper; played cards. Bill [Klein] came there to.

Thursday, December 1, 1938

Pap hauled load wood; Uncle Fred couldn’t get his car started, we went out, started right away, she [Aunt Mary] came back with us, to go to Ladies Meeting in school hall, sewing quilt patches for a quilt to present to Fr. Aydt for Christmas; she came for supper. Uncle Fred came up in eve, also Leo & family & Henry & family they had been at Leo’s; they weren’t at home; we played cards etc. Bert [Bertille] washed, the car this afternoon; nice day, warm for Dec.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1938

Pap went out to Henrys got barrl [? – unclear], ready to butcher, brought 5 lbs. beef along @ 18 [cents]. Went to Waterloo to Horn’s sale bought $1.50 all kind of articles. Leona got 4 chairs Leo & family & Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were all in to. Leo got card to come to surprize [sic] wedding dance of Kettler & Eitzenhoefer on Thanksgiving Day. Thurs. at Dicks Grove by New Athens.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 1938

Geo. Wagner’s butchering today came to get there hog, Hy Armstutz truck, & also J. Kammler, weighed 280 lbs. Got the check from Strecks, one weighed 305 lbs. & 7.40 & 340 lbs. .07. Pap went out on trip this afternoon, took scales back out to Henry’s, he is going to kill a beef this evening. Went to Herman Kettler’s this morn. bought mare from him for $10.00; pap walked home & Bert [Bertille] went to Orlets awhile. Ms. Crocker came got 2 bus. potatoes 50 [cents] bu. Raining this eve.

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