Category Archives: May

Sunday, May 11, 1930

Today is Mother’s Day.  It is right nice at present.  Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary & Henry were all up for church this morning.  After church they all went home.  So we ate early dinner and went out for a trip.  We went to Waterloo then to Foster Pond as far as the hard road was finished, then turned around and went back again.  Then we went to the East St. Louis Boy Scout Camp, they call it Camp Vandeventer, but we couldn’t drive in their gates was locked.  Mr. Shrod told us to come back some time after June 22.  Then it would be opened to drive in.  So we drove back again, and then we went to the other camp they call that the Belleville camp and also Waterloo.  The name of it is Camp Wangelin.  There was people working there.  They have a big hall and all small tents out along the woods.  It sure was a dandy place to go.  Then we drove back to Waterloo again & then home.  We were going to stop at Henry’s but they weren’t at home.  In the evening Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary came up a little early and then we played ball on the lawn.  Afterwards Mamie Eichenseer came down until it was time to go to church.  Then we all went up to church.  After church, Mrs. Meuth, Joe, Barbara, Rosie & Mamie Meuth, came down and stayed until about 10:30.  Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary were here too.  Adolph Rittemeyer didn’t have his dance last nite on account of rain so he is going to have it tonight.


Saturday, May 10, 1930

Today there is sale up in town, they are selling the post lamps and old lanterns and all such like.  Bertille washed the machine this afternoon.  Rosalia was up town & took the eggs.  She got .19¢ a dozen.  Rosalia & Bertille, Anna & Alvera Braun clean the church this morning.  Lena Meng was over a little while this evening.  She brought Rosalia her dress over.  She took $2.00 to make it.  There is a dance tonite at Adolph Rittemeyers barn.  We heard he made 90 gals. beer for tonight.  It rained this evening.


Friday, May 9, 1930

Papa, Rosalia are painting the chicken houses this morning.  Mr. Theodore Klinkhardt of St. Louis was here a little while this morning.  He is Mrs. Pour’s father.  This afternoon Papa, Rosalia, Bertille, Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary went to George Heyl’s funeral.  It sure was a large one.  Quernheim undertaker.  They have a new hearse.  The funeral was so large that when the hearse was was driving in at the Round Prairie Church, there were still machines leaving the house yet.  People from all over, St. Louis, Red Bud, Waterloo, Hecker.  Mr. Heyl belonged to the Horse Prairie fire insurance co.  He was killed accidentally.  There were over 100 machines at the house and about 100 at the cemetery before the funeral cortege every came.

Today is Gregory Ganley’s birthday.  Lena Meng was over a little while this morning and told Rosalia to get some buttons for her dress.  Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary had lunch with us this afternoon.


Thursday, May 8, 1930

Today is Josie Gregson’s birthday.  She will be 50 years old.  Rosalia & Bertille washed today.  There was an inquest at Smithton yesterday afternoon for George Heyl.  They pronounced it accident.  There was a dance at Gregson’s this evening.  Some people from their corner were there.  Blackburn and the other bunch were at Sensel’s, there was a dance and birthday there too.  We didn’t have no invitation for either one, so we stayed at home.  Eggs are only .19¢.  Wheat $1.00.


Wednesday, May 7, 1930

Rosalia drove out to get Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary.  Henry came up and then they all worked on the sewer again.  They got it finished about 4:30.  Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Henry were all here for dinner and two lunches.  Leona & the kids didn’t come along.  Today is Irene Neff’s birthday.  She is going to be seventeen years old.  In the evening Rosalia, Papa, Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary went to the cemetery.  After they came back Rosalia, Bertille went to church,  Aunt Mary too.


Tuesday, May 6, 1930

Today is Uncle Adam’s birthday.  He is going to be 81 years old.  It is raining again a little this morning.  Rosalia went out to Uncle Fred’s this morning and brought Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary along back with her.  They were here for dinner & two lunches.  Henry & family were all here too for dinner and two lunches.  Papa, Uncle Fred, Henry, dug up the sewer this morning.  It was blocked up but it didn’t come through yet, so they will have to work another day if they didn’t get finished today.  Mr. Hill was over a little while.  Rosalia took 4 doz. eggs to the store & got .19¢ a dozen.

Mr. George Heyl got killed this afternoon.  The way we heard Mr. George Heyl had been to the stockyards and when he was coming home he got killed between Smithton and Hecker in that creek bottom by Grohman’s.  He ran out of gas and went to the neighbor’s house to get some, when coming back a machine struck him and killed him.  There is so many tales out, that you don’t know which was the right.  Henry Gambach found him laying on the road when he came back from St. Louis.


Monday, May 5, 1930

It is raining this morning.  Today is Dorothy Napier’s birthday.  She is going to be 12 years old.  Papa went to New Athens this morning and got some tilining.  This afternoon he went to Waterloo to get the Whippet repaired.  He got the chive greased last Saturday.  Joe Meuth was here this morning on business.  Yesterday the Hecker and Smithton ball players played together.  Hecker won.  Calvin Mcarthy got hurt.  Papa, Rosalia, Bertille went out to Aunt Mary’s this evening a little while.


Sunday, May 4, 1930

Papa & Bertille went to first mass this morning.  It rained a little, it is supposed to rain seven Sundays because it rained on Easter Sunday.  Today is Olivia Laut’s birthday.  Papa, Rosalia, Bertille, Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary went to the play and dance at Kammler’s hall.  The name of the play is “What Happened to Braggs.”  It was 3 acts.  That that were in the play are: Milton Wagner, Ralph Rausch, Henry Wieg and Ralph Wiegand, Henry Spalt, Karl Ball, Alvera Jatho, Marcella Ettling, Eunice Blackburn, Flossie Kammler.  They had the play in the afternoon too.


Saturday, May 3, 1930

Today is Papa’s birthday, he is 52 years old.  Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Henry & family were all here.  Uncle Fred brought his accordion along.  Music, ice cream, cake, cookies, lemonade were had.  Papa was at Waterloo today.


Friday, May 2, 1930

Today is Mrs. Joe Wachtel’s birthday.  Rosalia went up to church this morning.  It rained last night, thundered and lightin’, hail & wind, but it didn’t do no damage as far as I know.  Papa went up to the school this morning again, today he wanted all the men from the congregation to come to help pour cement.  Miss Lela & Ethel Deuker (sp?), the school teachers, took their school children to Fort Chartre yesterday in Lester Gregson’s truck for an outing.  They had wiener roast, ice cream.  There were about 50 children.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were here this afternoon.  Uncle Fred went up to work at the new school.  They stayed at our house for supper.  Bertille went over to Mrs. Frank Birkner this afternoon & brought her some tomato plants from Aunt Mary.  Bertille took 3 dozen eggs to the store, got .20¢ a dozen.


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