Tag Archives: Leona

Sunday, August 10, 1930

Today is Smithton home-coming.  It looks like rain this morning.  Uncle Fred, Aunt Mary, Henry & Leona & the kids were all here for dinner today.  After dinner we all went up to Smithton to see the parade.  It was sure nice.  We went home about 5:30.  They had such a big crowd there.  I guess in the evening it was worse yet.  It was nice & cool today.  They had a mule there that did all kinds of stunts.  This evening Steve Rennecker came over a little while & talked with us and also Nicci Rausch was here a little while.


Wednesday, July 23, 1930

Today is Mrs. Cleveland’s birthday.  Leona called up this morning & said “that Olivia called up & invited us all to go to Clevelands tonight.”  So we all went out there, there was a big crowd there.  Beer & cake were served.  We washed, ironed, patched, baked bread, coffee cake, cakes today.  Mrs. Reinecker came home this afternoon from Dehn’s, Perter is the same yet she said, I guess she is going back tomorrow afternoon.  Tomorrow morning she wants to can tomatoes and cabbage.


Tuesday, July 15, 1930

We are cooking plum jelly today.  Bertille went up town & got some sugar.  Papa is spreading lime dust this morning.  Kuhns are plowing over at Ed Mengs, they are going to stay another year yet.  I guess they will crop our ground again too.  Leona, Robert, & Floyd were here this afternoon, she came up & got the milk check.  Clarence Pabst was here this afternoon & brought the oats here from down at their place.  I saw in the paper that Joe Handrich fainted while out at thrashing, but they called for Dr. Pautler from Waterloo to come out.  He is allright again now.  They took William Braun to the hospital last Thurs. he got operated on appendicitis, he is as good as can be expected, last Sunday.  Papa went to Waterloo last Sun. & got the oil changed in the chev. 10,942 miles.  Steve Rennecker came over a little while this evening.


Sunday, July 13, 1930

Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry & Leona & family were all here for dinner today.  This evening Rosalia & Bertille walked up to Eichenseer’s corner.  It is nice & cool today, yesterday it was 106 degrees.  Henry C. Voges was buried this morning.  Today is Fern Gulley’s birthday & also George Parker’s, he was 50 years old.  Fern was 20 years old.  Today the Smithton Pontiac’s & Hecker teams played but Hecker lost this time.  They also lost last Sunday, they played with Waterloo K.C.


Saturday, July 12, 1930

Leona called up and said Rosalia should come out today, because she wasn’t feeling very good.  So Papa took Rosalia out there then he came back home again.  We had chicken for dinner and supper.  Papa went to Waterloo this afternoon and Bertille went along out as far as Henry’s, there she scrubbed and cleaned.  Papa got the oil changed in the Chevrolet and got the battery charged, but it is still in Waterloo yet.  We had 10942 miles.  Rosalia had dinner and supper out at Henry’s.  This evening they brought her home again.


Tuesday, July 8, 1930

Papa hauled 22 bus. of Henry’s wheat to Red Bud and got .75¢ for that.  Leona called up this afternoon and said we should come out & help her milk so we went.  But Henry came home from thrashing early.  While we were there Aunt Mary called up & said we should come over & help to make hay, so then we went over there.  We had supper there.  Oscar Birkner was helping too.


Sunday, July 6, 1930

Leona fainted in church this morning.  Henry and family were all here for dinner.  Ed Pabst was here a little while this evening.  Today is Turner picnic in Smithton.  Good many Hecker folks went there for the dance in the evening.


Wednesday, July 2, 1930

Today is Hy. Armstutz’s birthday.  Him and Mr. Gambach tend the store.  I send a letter to the Auto Ins. Co. for the Chev. $7.18.  Kuhus started thrashing today.  Tomorrow they will be over at Ed Mengs.  Rosalia and Bertille went out to Henry’s this afternoon and took a few things along out from the store what she needed for thrashing.  This evening Papa, Rosalia, Bertille went out to Henry’s to see about thrashing.  Geodell’s family from Waterloo were also there.  We helped Leona string and cut beans for to can.  Bertille was up at church this morning.


Friday, June 27, 1930

Hecker baseball team played with Prairie boys last Sunday.  Hecker won 4-11.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this afternoon.  Uncle Fred helped Papa fix wire fence.  We finished our dresses this afternoon.  They was here for supper.  Henry & Leona went to Belleville this afternoon.  They left the kids here.  The most terrible thing happened this afternoon about 2 o’clock.  The two Gambach’s Henry & Willard died.  They was trying to clean a well out.  There was some gas got in the well & the water taste, so they got the fellows that put the gas tanks in the ground to come to dig it out to see if it was a leak, but they said none of them had a leak, so they don’t know how the gas got in the well.  Henry went down first to get a bucketful out, and when he came out he said, that his breathe pretty near got taken away from the smell of gas.  But he went down in the well again, but failed to come back up alive.  Then Willard wanted to save Henry’s life, then he too was taken [in] there.  Henry Emery went down, but he couldn’t stand it either.  They had to pull him up with a rope & he also was unconscious. They rolled him around until he got to himself then he was alright.  They sent for men from Belleville but they couldn’t do no good so they full around until they got the rope around him & then pulled him out.  Willard they got out about 1/2 hour but Henry was in almost 2 hours.  Henry was 32 years old.  Willard was to be 27 on July 2.  They took them to the undertaking parlor at Belleville by Gundlach’s and will bring them out Sat. afternoon.  Mrs. George Gambach is so worried, she is some time gone all together.  Uncle Fred, Papa, Aunt Mary, Rosalia all went up to see them pull him out of the well.


Friday, June 20, 1930

Papa went up town this morning.  Rosalia was up at Mamie Eichenseers this afternoon and got one of her dress patterns.  She brought our umbrella along back.  They got it fixed up now.  The men are going to work in the quarry again today.  Fr. Grootens called on Uncle Fred to come to the new school and work today.  He was afraid it was going to rain so Rosalia went out there and brought them along back.  Then Uncle Fred and Papa went to work at the school all day.  Henry & family came up this afternoon.  Henry & Leona went to Belleville and the kids stayed here.  Aunt Mary & Bobby carried lunch up to the men working, to Uncle Fred and Papa.  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary had dinner, supper & breakfast with us.  Clarence Wagner was down a little while this evening or this afternoon playing with Bobby.  This evening Mamie, Angela Eichenseer & Mrs. Joe Wachtel came here to get us.  Then we all went up to Kammler’s Hall and celebrated Odillo Eichenseer’s birthday.  There were quite a few people there – Gus Blackburn, Uncle Fred, Karl Boll, Hy. Rausch & Ralph Rausch furnished the music.  Gus Blackburn charged $3.00.  They had 8 cakes baked.  We sure had a good time!  Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stayed all night at our house.  There is going to be a dance at Rapp’s next Wed., but we got no invitation.


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