Sunday, February 12, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 12, 1937

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 12, 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, February 12:

Another nice day. Ruth & Jean here. Could go to Carroll tourn - with Cooley, Boyd, Charley. "See how you rate, Pete." Coon beat Manning in finals. To dance. Dick, Orville, Leland, Pete. Swell - fun. 3:00 a.m.

Here is the long entry for Friday, February 12:

Keenest day. Wrote in 5 yr nearly all morning. Jean & Ruth here all pm. Had 4 ways to go to tourney at Carroll. Cooley, Ruth's Dad, Charley & Pete. Pete was really too good to be true when he walked in here at about 4:00 just when we were wishing he'd come. To Ruth's for supper.  Ran around up stairs with me blinds up! Pete came at 7:30. Went to Ball game. Coon beat Manning in finals. Swell game. Then to dance. Not many there because of Lent. Out home at 3:00. Stumbled over chair in front of door. Were gonna stay out a.m.

My comments
: I'm going to focus on: "Wrote in 5 yr nearly all morning." This is the first mention of the 5-year-diary entries - what I've been calling the "short entries" each day. This suggests that she had continued to do the full page entries, but, at some point, gave consideration to starting a 5-year-diary. The difference, of course, is that over the five years, you could compare what you said on the same day of the year, over a five year span. I think she enjoyed the full page entries too much, personally.

I started a five year diary once. I did it into the second year, if I recall correctly. I wonder where it is… it has a leather binding. In a box in storage, I'm sure. Early 1960s, I think. Photo has a sample.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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