Thursday, February 23, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 23, 1937

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 23, 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 23:

Terrible wind. New calf. Baked bread. snow plow got as far a our place. Washed & set my hair. Made ice cream. "Mummy's Boys" with Pete. East on 46.

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, February 23:

Not so cold but a terrible wind. Baby Cow had a little heifer calf. Leo's foot bothering him. We three alone for dinner. Baked bread. Snow plow got as far as our place. Reisberg's folks trying to get moved. Washed & set my hair after dinner. Mom stirred up ice cream, Leo chopped the ice & I froze it. Listened to Martha Raye. Pete came at 8:00 & we went to "Mummy's Boys." East on 46 afterwards. Leo's let bothering him. "C.W." [underlined]

My comments: Check the link on "East on 46" for history of the road they kept going out on. It was what we knew as "old 141" from Manning to Perry. Note that it was only partially paved at that time! Amazing!  ;-)

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  1. Such a familiar scene in this entry - washing and setting her hair before going out to a movie in the evening! I have memories of my older sister sitting at the kitchen table with a mirror propped up in front of her, and her bobbypins in a pile beside her! Me - I had curly hair and never did this, and usually felt that I somehow got left out of a date ritual! :)

  2. Very familiar as I was young, as well. Mom continued the same pattern over the years. Thanks for the comment! ;-)