Friday, January 13, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 13, 1937

75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 13, 1937

This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.

Here is the short entry for Wednesday, January 13:

Finished Dr. Ger. typing. Lil & Del here for dinner. Took V-8 in town. Barky Johnson's sale. Mule died. Pete & I played cards & typed at Lunds. To town to get heater warm. [A string of shorthand!][Also, she underlined Barky Johnson's name]

Here is the long entry for Wednesday, January 13:

Thawing a lot. Barkey Johnson's sale. Lil & Del out home for dinner. Eileen, the red mule, died. Pete came at nite & we went to Johnson's & then to Lund's. I typed for Edith & we played Rummy. Reminded of Anthony Adverse. Edith timing Pete to see how long it took for him to take me home.

Typed for Dr. Gertrude. Norma & Don here in pm.

My comments: This is the first of many (obviously private) shorthand comments she left...  ;-)

This is the first I had heard of "Eileen, the red mule" I need to write to Buzzy and see if he remembers…  ;-) He would have been about 9.

Anthony Adverse was a movie they had seen a month or so ago.

Rummy was a common card game. We were taught to play is as kids.

A hand of Rummy - courtesy Wikipedia

"Lil & Del" [Paul's sister; aunt to Eileen] were well known to show up at meal time - that continued into the 1950-1970s, as well. P.S. Three-year-old Roberta would likely have been with them, as well.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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