Tuesday, February 14, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 14, 1937

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 14, 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 Sunday, February 14:

Up at 8:30. Usual cleaning & then ironed 'till Noon. Lil's for dinner. Leo & Ida attended Earl & Edna at Cooley's. We three home to supper. Pete came at 8:00. Rode around on 46. Home at 11:00.
[Side note arrow to Earl: Earl is Ida Marie's brother. He & Edna's wedding day & Leo & Ida attendants.]

Here is the long entry for Sunday, February 14:

Up about 8:30. Did up all usual wk & then ironed 'till Noon. Leo ready for Earl's & Edna's wedding. To Lil's for dinner. Leo & Ida had to hurry to get to the wedding. Leo kissed the bride. We three home at 5:30. I drove. Started the fires, Leo did chores, got supper, I took bath, did dishes, listened to radio. Pete came at 8:00. Shorty J. cussing us for pushing him down the strech. Out on 46. "Used to go out on this road." "Thinks of me all the time." "Goes rite to sleep."

My comments: Nice thoughts to end these Sunday entries.

Earl Bell would be the wedding. Cooley's would have been the Methodist Minister - likely at the parsonage. A common practice at the time.

Minister Oliver Cooley's son, Wayne Cooley, a graduate of Coon Rapids High School, served 48 years as Executive Director of the Iowa Girl's High School Athletic Union starting in 1954. Only girl's basketball was a girls sport in Iowa, at the time. He oversaw the addition of golf, tennis, track and field, cross country, swimming, volleyball and soccer. [Mom was REAL proud to know him as a friend from her youth!]

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. I love reading these entries Bill!

  2. Thank you, nuccia. Those are words I love to read! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Many more diary entries to come. ;-)