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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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


 75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
September 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 Saturday, September 2:

Pete up to Hufferd's shelling corn. Bussy fixing his airplane. I cleaned the house. LVene came & had her hair fixed just before noon & Polly came just after dinner. Waxed kitchen & dining room rugs. (sic) Pete home at 3:30 & finished plowing so. field. Chored, ate, bathed & went in town. Bussy to show. Took Billy down on street with us. Home at 12:00.

My comments:

Did the corn sheller look at all like this?


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, September 1, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - September 1, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
September 1, 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, September 1:

Didn't get up until 8:30. Bussy rode his bike out & woke us up. He & Pete plowing. I went in to wash and didn't get home until 4:00. Over to Hufferd's after Pete. Over to Orrin's & did their chores. Home & did ours, ate, read papers & went to bed. Bussy here all nite.

My comments:

Short night, in any case… Buzzy rode his bike out.

I think this is the same bike, in this picture, about 9-10 years later, that I'm riding.
Also in photo, Pat and Wilson Thomas, and my little brother, Jim. Note the pickup and barn in the background, among other things…


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - August 31, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
August 31, 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, August 31: 


Bussy rode his bike out. He & Pete plowed awhile in am. Ate, did dishes & went in town. Pete had his hair cut & I got 2 permanent curls. Home at 3:30. Chored, cleaned up & took Billy to Polly for her to keep. Went to Des Moines with Irene, Bernice Eyestone. Danced to Paul Whiteman. He really was good. Pete drove. Home at 3:30.

My comments:

Irene had asked them to go to Des Moines this evening in her car. Sounded like they had a great time. Paul Whiteman had been known in earlier years at the King of Jazz. Here he is, as he appeared in the film, "Rhapsody in Blue," in 1945:




Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - August 26, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
August 26, 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, August 26:

Did dishes & separator. Pete cutting weeds. Dep. sheriff here at 11:00 & served papers.
Got dinner. Made a white cake. Cleaned the kitchen. Took baths after supper & went in town.
Home in good time.

[In big letters, under entry (may have been added later]
To move by Mar 1?
Crystals bo't it   

My comments:

Wow, that must have been scary! Served papers by Deputy Sheriff.

Apparently one of the Crystal family bought the farm they were renting, and they would have to move the following March 1, to a new farm… assuming Dad can find one. This will be something to watch for, for sure. I knew they moved… didn't actually realize why.

Suppose the Deputy Sheriff looks something like this???




Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, August 25, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - August 25, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
August 25, 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, August 25:

Up in good time. Ate, did separator, dishes, bathed Billy & went in town. Did Mom's & my ironing. 8 shirts, 10 dresses. Ironed all day. Pete scythed along corn field.
Home at 6:00. Chored, ate, fixed pickles.

My comments:

"… fixed pickles…" two nights in a row???

Dad still cutting those last weeds along the corn, where he couldn't get with the horse-drawn mower. Neat!  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - August 24, 1939

 
75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
August 24, 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, August 24:

Up late. Did separator. Took washing in town for Mom to do. Got groceries. Made p. salad & got ready to go to Swan Lake to Club Picnic. Had a keen dinner. Played kitten ball. The ladies watched Billy. Home at 6:00. Really tired. Chored early, read papers, fixed pickles & went to bed.

My comments:

Tried a search on Kitten Ball… "A search on the phrase Kitten Ball, a variation of baseball designed for city life, …"

Anyone heard of Kitten Ball??

Here is a kitten, in the meantime! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
August 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 Wednesday, August 23:

 Didn't get up to stay until 8:30. Ate, did separator, bathed & fed Billy. Rasmus, Karl, Howard came to have Pete fix their coupe. They stayed for dinner. Fed Billy & then did dishes & read paper & slept till 5:30. Pete scything weeds along corn field. Fed Billy, chores, ate supper. Read paper & went to bed.

My comments:

Billy well fed, today. Nice! Dad was good at fixing machines… cars, tractors, tongues… ;-)

Suppose their "coupe" looked like this??

[1934 Ford Deluxe 5-Window Coupe]


Families are Forever!  ;-)