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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday (July 1) - 4th of July Special Offer


Birthday (July 1) - 4th of July Special Offer
 
 

I made this offer on Facebook, and was pleasantly surprised how many people signed up!
I want to extend it to all my readers, in case you missed it:

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Eileen's Diary... continued


Eileen's Diary... continued



I began posting monthly excepts from Eileen's 1940 diary a couple of weeks ago, on Saturdays:

http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/2015/06/my-first-years-from-eileens-diary.html

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 6, 1939



75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 6, 1939 

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


Here is the daily entry for Monday, November 6:

Men moved crib, picker, elevator down here. Had chicken, noodles for dinner. Billy & I went to town in pm. Home at 5:30. Boys fixing the picker. Did chores, went to bed early.

My comments:

Picking always a critical time on the farm!

This is a few years later, but they still looked the same!

Corn pickers!


NOTE to readers: This will be the last daily entry from Eileen's diaries. We got through my birth, Pop's death, and electricity in the house.
It is time to move on to other things. Continue to follow my Facebook page, and, if and when, I use other diary entries, as part of more family stories, they will be shared there.
Thanks for the being a part of the journey.

Bill  ;-)

Families are forever! ;-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 5, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
November 5, 1939 
 

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


Here is the daily entry for Sunday, November 5:

I went to church. Billy & Pete stayed home. Got dinner. Ate, Toots, Butch came & took Pete over on 80. Did dishes, sep. Irene & Betty came. Fixed Irene’s hair.  Mabel Hupp, Dean, Wanda here a minute. Bro’t back lamp. Pete bro’t picker at 5:30. Chores, made waffles & went to bed.

My comments:

Harvesting in full gear.

Had waffles lately? I do want to catch that drip...  ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 4, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
November 4, 1939 
 

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


Here is the daily entry for Saturday, November 4:

Did usual work. Mom & Buss came. Had butter scotch pie, meat loaf. Scrubbed, waxed d. room in pm. At nite took Buss to show. Folks here for supper. Pete went to sleep. Cleaned up & tried to get Pete to come to bed with me.

My comments:

Dad was tuckered out from picking duties, it appeared. Good for him!

Butter Scotch Pie. That sounds good, as well! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, November 3, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 3, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
November 3, 1939


This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


Here is the daily entry for Friday, November 3:

Mom & Buss came out. Men picking on the 80. Had pork chops & apple pie for dinner. Washed after dinner. Scrubbed kitchen floor. Leo, Ida, Karen came for supper. Did dishes & then did stunts. They left early & we went to bed.

My comments:

Ok, What is with "did stunts"????

Also, since Grandma did not drive, how did "Mom & Buss came out" ? Did her Dad bring them??

Assume the pickers were there for the noon meal. Then, they had company for supper as well?

OK, enough with my questions… let's have some apple pie! ;-) That is my piece, thank you! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - November 2, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
November 2, 1939


This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


Here is the daily entry for Thursday, November 2:


Took Pete up home in the morning. Mom & Buss came out for dinner. Cooked pumpkin. Over on 80 after Pete. Waited for him until 6:30. Home, chores, ate, folks left early. Had pancakes. Pete shaved and we did stunts.

My comments:

"… and we did stunts." Have no idea what that means?!?

Cooked pumpkin...



Families are Forever!  ;-)