Sunday, January 15, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 15, 1937

75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 15, 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 Friday, January 15:

Charlie shaved & I went down & used Bette's new typewriter. Edith, Pete, Betty & Jean here in p.m. At nite to Edith's & Erna's "abliskines" party. Real cold. Prissy took home at 1:00.

[Eileen later added, with arrow to Charlie: Vanderworker owned Maytag store where I worked. $4 a week. Arrow to Prissy: Priscilla Rogers. Then, spelled out: aebilkivers - Danish O pancake]

Here is the long entry for Friday, January 15:

Real cold. Got white ear muffs. Used Betty's new typewriter down there in a.m. Charley played Solitaire till his shaving water was ready. Edith, Betty, Pete & Jean in in p.m. At nite to Edith's & Erna's girl party. "Ableskives," "whipped cream," "I doubt it," "Donkey," "Jingo." Prissy took me home. Stuck in Lund's driveway. Home at 1:00. Boys at Pete's. Arch bothered me. In rather bad humor during the day. 

My comments: First, the Danish pancakes. The word means apple slices. The traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Check out the wikipedia description at the link!
Clearly the Lund family was Danish - as well as Eileen's Mom, Dorothy. However, my Grandma Dorothy was careful not to 'flaunt' being Danish, in any way; although she spoke with a clear accent. It was an interesting phenomena; one opinion.

 The Danish 'pancake'

I'd been wondering what Eileen earned at the shop - nice to get the answer; patience is rewarded. Good comparison to expenditures she makes.

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. I look forward to Arrion giving them a try... I am confident that she will! ;-)