Thursday, February 16, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 16, 1937

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 16, 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 Tuesday, February 16:

Up at 8:30. Ate & came to work. All am. messing with the crazy stove. Ruth, Pete, Jean here in pm. Pete came at nite at 8:00. To "Valient Carrie." Butcher's wife got money. Chiviari gang. [Note on top: What for Chiviari: "We'll give 'em Hell if they don't leave us alone."

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, February 16:

Up about 8:30. Ruth still in bed. Ate breakfast & came down to work. Real nice out. Grate fell out of the stove & didn't do a blamed thing all morning but monkey with the crazy thing. Built fire in ash tray. Hot Stuff. [Her writing is poor; she is agitated!] Ruth, Jean & Pete here after dinner. Mom called 3 times in succession while they were here. Pete slamming Jean. Went home at nite for a change. Did dishes. Folks all left for show. Pete came at 8:10. "Valiant is name for Carrie." Queer but good sho'. Back seats. Took Ruth home. Out home then chased Orville back to town again. Chivari crowd. Home at 11:30. "I'll give 'em hell if they don't leave me alone."

My comments: Too much to comment on. I cannot get the correct spelling of 'chivari' to get the definition - a 'party' after folks get married - usually on their wedding night, in the 'olden' days. She doesn't say who it was for, but some of their friends were obviously involved. Perhaps a little 'too happy' in the 'running around." We'll likely never know, for sure.

Movie was "Valiant is the Word for Carrie."

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Chivaree - a post-wedding 'party' outside the newly-wed's home on their first night - involving lots of noisy instruments (even pots'n pans). Pretty exciting for everyone, from the sounds of it!