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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 23, 1939



75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 23, 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, July 23:

Up at 6:15. Fed baby. Cleaned chicken & did the supper dishes while Pete chores. Ate, gave baby his bath, fed him, did the separator, got dinner. Had fried chicken. Fed baby, did dishes, folded the diapers & then Pete & I slept until 3:30. LVene, Margaret, Edith, Aunt 'Sadie', Wilson Dale & Patty came & stayed until after 4:00. Chored early.

My comments:

Well… back to being nameless 'baby' - she must have been really tired… ;-)

First mention of diapers, that I recall. Real world stuff! ;-)

Did she have pins like these, or, did they only come later??? ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 22, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 22, 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, July 22:


Up early. Took Pete threshing. At Williams'. Home & did separator & made a white cake. Dishes & bathed Billy. Cleaned the house. Slept from 1:00 'till 2:00. Grant & Rita came about 5:00. Pete home before 6:00. Chored ate, bathed, shaved & went in to town. Left Billy at folks. Down town & ordered groceries. Up home & fed Billy & then Lil & Del came. Down & got groceries. In to Boehler's new cafe & had sundaes. Home at 11:30.

My comments:

Wow! Quite a day. Billy very active. Hope he was sleeping while she was! I liked staying with "the folks!" Grandpa and Grandma are neat! ;-)

Funny, as I read… ", bathed, shaved & went in to town." I could see and smell my Dad… I knew just how it was… funny how those things happen!! ;-)

Really stepping out on the town with the new cafe!! But, I'm still thinking about that white cake she made… usually a sheet cake in 9x12 metal cake pan… as I recall, in later years…  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 21, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 21, 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, July 21:

Up at 6:00. Fed baby just as Pete finished chores. Hurried & ate & took Pete up to thresh. Home & did my work and went back up again. Had 12 men for dinner. Polly slept until 3:00. Grant, Rita, Betty came & ate dinner. Took Norma home. Home at 4:00. Fed baby. Priscilla had been here and she left the cutest cover. Late with the chores. Folks came & got the washing. Bussy had an airplane ride today. Fed the baby & went to bed.

My comments:

Assume Polly was involved with Toots "operation" and/or recovery. All pitching in. Threshing needed to be done while weather good. NOTE: See article in paper, below the photo.

Have an airplane photo to go with comment on Bussy… hold it off a day or two…

Here is a threshing crew at work… remember them well!


***** Coon Rapids Enterprise, July 17, 2014, p. 5:

75 Years Ago
July 14, 1939

Threshing rigs in operation about the country report medium yields of fair quality grain. W.A. Kretzinger, who threshed Monday, reports his oats went about 35 bushels to the acre.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 20, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 20, 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, July 20:

Didn't get up very early. Couldn't thresh. Pete up home after beans to take in to sell & then we went in town to dinner. Looked at washing machines. Had ice cream at new place. Mom kept Billy. Home & chores early. Toots operated on at Jefferson. Up home at nite. Helped Junior wipe dishes. Over to Max & Orrin's a minute to tell them about threshing. In town after ice & home at 9:30. Right to bed.

My comments:

"Mom kept Billy." - Wow… moving along! ;-)

"Looked at washing machines." Suppose they looked at one like this?



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 19, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 19, 1939 
 

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK, 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 Wednesday, July 19:

Got up and fed baby, went back to bed & didn't get up until 7:30. Ate, Pete picked a pail of beans. Bathed baby & fed him & then fixed 9 quarts of beans. Got dinner. Fed baby, ate, & then took Pete threshing at Anderson's. Up & talked to Polly a minute. Home, did dishes, & canned 5 quarts of tomatoes. Polly came down a minute. Fed baby. Late with chores. Really tired. Ate late, I slept while Pete bathed. Fed the baby & went to bed. Rained a lot.

My comments:

Quite a day. Much canning going on… but, "fed the baby" a lot, as well!! ;-)

How about those tomatoes, today! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, July 18, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 18, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 18, 1939

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK, 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 Tuesday, July 18:

Up early. Pete over to Orrin's helping shell. Did work up early. Tried on all my last year's dresses & started to hem my green one. Got dinner, ate, Pete picked beans with I did the dishes. Snapped them. Aunt Kate, LVene, Margaret, Julia, Edith & Patty came. Brought baby a ring. Down in garden & picked a pail of tomatoes.
Pete chored. Pop, Merle, Toots here. Brought baby medicine from Carroll.
Ready to eat when the folks came. Ate, talked, folks left at 9:30. To bed.

My comments:

Another incredibly busy day, with visitors and work. Nice to see the men brought medicine for "baby!"

I believe "Aunt Kate" was Kate Preston, wife of Harry Preston - brother of Pop's wife, my grandmother Ella Preston Ballard Smith. First time I remember her being mentioned; she would have been 66 year old.

Shelling corn from crib to make room for new, later, and to sell, for money, to pay bills, and feed animals…



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 17, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 17, 1939


This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK, 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, July 17:

Up early. Pete went in town & got a haircut & brought the washing home. Ate dinner & then Pete went out & picked a pail of beans. We snapped them & put them on. At night we took or baths while they finished. Sat on porch awhile but the bugs were so bad that we finally came in the house & laid on floor.
Took beans off, fed the baby and went to bed. Don & Norma here about 4:00. Bro't the baby a little kimono.

My comments:

Well… "the baby"… tired of him already… or, just hot? ;-)

Canning beans…. remember that well, in the 50s as well!



Families are Forever!  ;-)