Sunday, March 4, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - March 4, 1937

 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - March 4, 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, for most days, there is both a short entry in a multi-year diary and a longer entry in a an appointment book like her diaries of past years. There is some indication the short entries were made later based on the longer entries. We still do not really know for sure.

Here is the short entry for Thursday, March 4:

Swell day. Thawed. Ate in town. Down to Jean's awhile. Knoll's in. ___ ___ berries. Walked & rode with Mts. at nite. Roads really wet. Did up worked & listened to radio.

[ Added much later: Arrow to Mts.: Eva & Maud Mountain & parents lived where Bonnie South lives.]

Here is the long entry for Thursday, March 4:

Cloudy & a little colder.  Not thawing so much. Up to Jean's a while. Dad ordered taxes at Carroll so Bussy & I ate alone. After dinner I took a few typing tests & then studied short hand. Got another lesson to send in. Knole & Honald's here during the day. Got quite nice out late in the afternoon. Got the paper and walked home. Rode as far a Mts. with them. Leo & Buss & I down to river in the buggy. Did up work & then Storm Lake Long Distance call. Listened to radio programs. To bed early

My comments: More mysteries than answers, today. "Storm Lake Long Distance" call - what was that?

It was Thursday, so The Coon Rapids Enterprise came out, but, where and how did she get it?

Knoll's and Honald's were farmers out east of town several miles. Almost surprised she knew them, then.

The Mountain family were neighbors, and most interesting folks. Even in my days, they were thought of, dare I say it, "old maid school teachers." VERY GOOD teachers, let me be sure to say. Teachers for many, many years in the community.

Finally, I'm fascinated by the "down to river in the buggy." We get so few insights into real, everyday life of the time. Was the river up, from the thaw? The river ran through the back of their property, so they would have gone back across the fields to get there.

Would they have looked something like this??  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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