Wednesday, February 8, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 8, 1937

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 8, 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 Monday, February 8:

Came in V-8. Charley at Chrystal Lake. Ruth here in pm. Helen, Jean & I played bridge. Ate at Ruth's. Wore her dress to dance. Did I miss Pete. Everyone wondered where he was. Store at nite.

Here is the long entry for Monday, February 8:

Dad & Buss & I came in in V-8 but roads were bad. I couldn't  see a thing. Charley left for Chrystal lake. I'm in charge now. Bussy & Dad & I ate at Boehler's. Ruth & Don W. in awhile, too. Oh, to see Pete alone for a few minutes. Helen B., Jean K, & I played bridge. Ate supper at Ruth's. Wore her dress to the dance. Did I miss Pete! Every one wondered where he was & if I was lonesome. If they only knew! Stayed at store all mite. More fun. T.

My comments: More mysteries. Apparently to cold and snowy to go back out to the farm because she needed to be back in the store first thing in the morning, since Charley was out of town. But, she stayed with a friend and borrowed her dress to wear to a dance, presumably in town. All her friends wondered where Pete was, as well. She had not seen or heard from him since 1:00 Friday night-Saturday morning… Monday had now come and gone, as well! The plot thickens…  

"The world's largest Bullhead, located in Chrystal Lake, Iowa." Do you suppose this was there when Charley visited in February of 1937? In the dead of a hard, cold winter?

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Great picture of the world's largest bullhead. I love all of the largest this and that statues from the first half of the 20th century that are scattered across the Midwest. Every town had its claim to fame.

  2. OOhhh....what's up with Grandpa??? You've got me sooo curious!

  3. No cell phones back then for Pete to tell her what he was up to! Too bad. I'll be back to find out ....