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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 31, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 31, 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, January 31:

Up late at 10:00. Churned & got ready for Lil's & Del. Men butchered. Had lunch before they left. Pete & I to "Ramona." With 2 Ediths, Kenneth & Harold. Really good. Right home.

Here is the long entry for Sunday, January 31:

 Didn't get up til 10:00. Churned & got ready for Lil's & Del. Men butchered. Had lunched before they left. Took bath & got ready for nite. Pete & I to show, "Ramona."

My comments: Ramona (1936) starred Loretta Young as Ramona, along with Don Ameche


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, January 30, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 30, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 30, 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 Saturday, January 30:

Snowing & cold. Charlie swept & I dusted. (When get the d-). Fixed my hair, ironed & got ready for dance. Pete came at 8:30. More fun. In Ditch at Glidden. Clark pulled us out. 2:45.

Here is the long entry for Saturday, January 30:

Snowing & cold. Charlie swept & I dusted the store. Played Sol. awhile. Wrote letters. Got groceries & went home at Noon. Fixed my hair, ironed & got ready for dance. Pete came at 8:30. More fun. Crazy Ed Kult "I am young & you're so beautiful." Ditch so. of Glidden. Clark, our hero. [Shorthand symbol] Home at 2:45. When get the d ---

My comments: Sounds like they had a great time at the dance, but maybe got in a little trouble later on….  ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 29, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 29, 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 Friday, January 29:

[This one also missing… ]

Here is the long entry for Friday, January 29:

Real cold out. Played cards with 2 decks. Sent in some Shorthand. Pete, Leo, Ila Jean & Robert in store in pm. I did up dishes & listened to First Niters. Went to bed early. Talked about Dairy.

My comments: Ila Jean was the daughter of Robert, first cousin to Eileen - exactly two months older (14 Oct vs. 14 Dec). She married Louis Buhr in 1943.

I think Leo was thinking about possibly going to work for a Dairy, in a nearby town. We'll have to watch and see if that is what is was they were talking about.

I've been unable to find the Ila Jean photo, that is in my mind. I think it is her high school graduation. I did post of photo of Eileen and Ila Jean as 'almost' ten-year-olds. Also, Ila Jean's obit is posted.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 28, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 28, 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 Thursday, January 28:

[Somehow, it seems to be missing… ]

Here is the long entry for Thursday, January 28:

 Colder out. Snowing a little bit. Sore throat and bad cold. Sent in Ivory Soap Contest letter. Did the dishes and listened to Rudy V., Lanny had Mary Small & child's revue. Really was good. Heard Bing Crosby, too. Too bed early.


My comments: "Tell us in 25 words or less why you like Ivory soap." Prizes included 60 New 1937 Pontiac DeLuxe Sixes and 1000 gallons of Texaco gas. I'd probably have entered, too!  ;-)

In 1937, the Pontiac Deluxe was called 'America's Finest Low Priced Car.'



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, January 27, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 27, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 27, 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 Wednesday, January 27:

Real nice. Thawed a little. Bussy & I walked home at nite. Fixed Ferne's  pillow & did dishes. Didn't feel so well. Have a bad cold.

Here is the long entry for Wednesday, January 27:

 Real nice out. Thawing a little. Played with old Sol all morning. Dad & I out home at Noon. Buss in town. Typed & wrote letters after dinner. Real nice out after dinner. Bussy and I walked home at nite. I fixed Ferne's pillow & did the dishes. Didn't feel so well. Bad cold.



My comments: I suppose the pillow she was making was a bit smaller than these. What do you think?  ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 26, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 26, 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, January 26:

Copied Emmert's music. Mom better. Did dishes. Pete & I went to "Rose Bowl." Clara Loeffler got $100. Went right home.

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, January 26:

Not so cold. Copied off Emmert's music nearly all day long. Home at Noon. Mom better. Did up work. At nite took a bath while folks ate. Did dishes. Pete came at 8:00 & we went to "Rose Bowl." Clara Loeffler got $100. Still $140 left. Went right home.



   
My comments: Buster Crabbe was still early in his career in the movies, he had the third position in "Rose Bowl." His career ran from 1930 to 1982, including the popular serial Flash Gordon.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 25, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 25, 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, January 25:

Colder out. "Redbook" - Rhinehart sale. Mom up awhile. Emert's music. Listened to Fibber & Molly. Lil, Edna & Robert came. Made coffee for them. Stayed 'till 12:00.

Here is the long entry for Monday, January 25:

Colder out. Red (sic) "Redbook" in AM. Dad had Rhinehart sale so Buss & I took the car out at Noon. Mom got up in middle of morning. Got Emmert's music at nite. I got supper. Dad didn't come home. Listened to Fibber Magee & Molly & then I did the dishes. Lillian, Robert & Edna came at 8:30 & stayed till 12:00. Bussy & I went to sleep on cot. Had to make coffee for them.

My comments
: I definitely get the impression she was not happy about "Had to make coffee" for them. Couldn't go to bed while 'company' there, so she and Buzzy went to sleep on the cot!  Interesting the things she sees as worth recording.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 24, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 24, 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, January 24:

Really nice day. Mom still in bed. Til Noon doing dishes. Late dinner & then cleaned fret room. Pete sped supper dishes for me. "Winterset" "Smartest girl in Town."

Here is the long entry for Sunday, January 24:

Really a nice day. Mom still in bed. Up at 9:30. Till Noon doing dishes. Late dinner. Cleaned front room. Mom better. She knit awhile. Listened to all radio programs. Took a bath. Got supper & Pete came & wiped the dishes. To "Winterset" & "Smartest Girl in Town."


My comments: Two movies in one nite... and, he washed the dishes. Gotta' marry this guy!  ;-)




Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, January 23, 2012

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


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 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 Saturday, January 23:

Mom still in bed. Home in pm. Really got a lot of work done. Even pt of w work. Leo & Buzz in to town at nite. I cleaned south room after supper. Really nice out.

Here is the long entry for Saturday, January 23:

Mom in bed again. We went out home for dinner. Really got lots of work done. Washed stove & part of kitchen wood work. Leo to town again at nite. I stayed home & cleaned out the South room. Real nice out.



My comments: They must have been taking turns "looking after" their mother - but she never says as much. A bit curious, it seems to me.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 22, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 22, 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 Friday, January 22:

Mom coughing a lot so she stayed in bed. Ate in town. Played bridge. Pete here for awhile. Cancelled dance date! Really had messy house to clean at nite.

Here is the long entry for Friday, January 22:

Mom coughing a lot so she stayed in bed all day. Buzz & Dad & I stayed in at Noon. Had Denver Sandwich at Boehler's. Played bridge with Charlie in pm. [That last sentence underlined] Pete here for awhile. Not going to the dance. Had whole mess of dishes to do at nite. Mom still in bed.

 Suppose it looked like this?  ;-)

My comments: What? Who dirtied all the dishes??  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ila Jean (Kinnick) Buhr - Obituary

From the Coon Rapids (IA) Enterprise - Thursday, May 20, 1993

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 15 for Ila Jean Buhr, 74, of Bayard, who died on Wednesday, May 12, 1993 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Reverend Crystal Oberheu officated the 10:30 a.m. services from the United Methodist Church in Bayard. Martha Wolf served as organist.

Interment was in Highland Township Cemetery, Bayard. Serving as casket bearers were Steve Sheer, Robert Kinnick, Craig Kinnick, Kelly Sheer, Allen Kinnick and Mark Kinnick.

Ila Jean, daughter of Robert and Edna Pierce Kinnick, was born October 14, 1918 at Coon Rapids. She attended schools in Coon Rapids, Bayard, and Stuart, eventually graduating from Glidden High School in 1936.

Ila Jean attended beauty school in Des Moines, receiving her diploma in 1941. She worked in Des Moines until her marriage on July 31, 1943 to Louis Joseph Buhr. They made their home in Bayard and in 1951, she opened her own beauty shop. Ila Jean retired in 1991 after 50 years as a beauty operator.

Ila Jean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard and the Bagley Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and crocheting in her spare time. Her family was of the utmost importance to her.

Ila Jean died on Wednesday, May 12, 1993 at Iowa Methodist Medical center in Des Moines, at the age of 74 years, six months and 28 days.

Besides her husband, Louis, who died on September 14, 1966, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Burdette Kinnick.

Survivors include her children: Pamela and her husband, Jim Rumelhart, of Waukee; Michelle and her husband, Charles Davis, of Des Moines; Melinda and her husband, Dwight Holbrook, of Stuart; Teresa Buhr, of Des Moines; and Haydn Buhr and his wife, Lynette, of Pauls Valley, OK; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her brother and sisters: Lyle Kinnick and his wife, Marie, of Bayard; Gretchen Vaughan, of Bayard; and Betty and her husband, Howard Sheer, of Bayard; a sister-in-law, Ruth Kinnick, of Guthrie Center; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 21, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 21, 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 Thursday, January 21:

Snowed and blew all day. Real hard. Played beige (sic) & cribbage. Mom & Leo not feeling good. Listened to Rudy, Maxwell's & Bing Crosby. Really cold.

Here is the long entry for Thursday, January 21:

Quite cold. It snowed & blew like the dickens. Snow so hard you can walk right over the drifts. Played Honey Moon Bridge & cribbage quite awhile. [That whole sentence underlined] Leo & Mom neither one feeling good at nite. I did up the work. Listened to Rudy, (ventriloquist) Maxwell House & Bing Crosby. Really cold at nite.

My comments: Couldn't find anything special on 'Honey Moon' Bridge. Have you heard of it?
[Eileen's grand-daughter, Allison, came up with the answer, "Honeymoon Bridge" is a set of rules that lets two people play bridge. THANKS, Allison!  ;-)]

Bing Crosby was a big star from 1934 to 1954, and beyond in music, radio, and movies. Hats like that in the photo image, below, were very popular, too.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 20, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 20, 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 Wednesday, January 20:

Sent in typing for a change. Took down president's speech. Listened to Fred Allen & Lucky Strike Hour. "Pennies from Heaven." 1st.


Here is the long entry for Wednesday, January 20:

Sent in typing drills for a change. Forced myself to do it. Took down president's speech in Shorthand. At nite listened to Fred Allen & Lucky Strike Hours. "Pennies from Heaven" got 1st again.

My comments: "Pennies from Heaven" very popular song.
Fred Allen


Fred Alleen (circa 1940s)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 19, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 19, 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, January 19:

Typed 4 letters for Charlie in a.m. Played "Cribbage" & "Bridge" after dinner. Bk nite with folks. Charlie Ruggles & Mary Boland. Felt like dickens. Flu.


Here is the long entry for Tuesday, January 19:

 Still cold out. Typed 4 letters for Charlie in morning. After dinner he taught me to play "Cribbage" and "Bridge." Played all afternoon. At nite came in to Bk Nite with the folks. "Wives Never Know." Charles Ruggles & Mary Boland. Felt like the dickens all day. Feverish-Like flu.

My comments: I found it interesting that Charlie taught Eileen to play games; and they apparently played all day. Very interesting interaction.  ;-)

Bank nite was a family movie with a drawing. Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland were the stars of "Wives Never Know."



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 18, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 18, 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, January 18:

Cleaned store all morning. Old man sick. Dad. Audubon. I bro't car in. Erna better. Listened to Fibber & Molly - Pick & Pat - Lux Theater.
[She had arrow from "Old man" - Old man Vandaworker - (where Locker is)]

Here is the long entry for Monday, January 18:

Quiet cold. Took all morning to clean the store. Mr Vandaworker sick. Dad at Audubon so Leo came after us & I bro't  car back in. Edith rode home with us. Worked on Scrap Book. Typed letter to U. Bob in p.m. Erna better (underlined). Listened to Fibber Magee & Molly, Pick & Pat & Lux Theater. To bed early.

My comments: You can listen to the episode of Lux Theater she listened to, in your mp3 devise; download number 2 (37-1-18)

From 1930 U. S. Census - appears to be our Vandaworker family:
Cyres Vandaworker
Birth Year: abt 1881
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1930: Garfield, Plymouth, Iowa
Spouse's Name: Alice M Vandaworker
Occupation: Auctioneer
Household Members:
Name - Age
Cyres Vandaworker 49
Alice M Vandaworker 43
Charles C Vandaworker 21
Dorothy Vandaworker 19
Robert J Vandaworker 9


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 17, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 17, 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, January 17:

Slept late. Folks at Ger's. We kids at home. Cleaned stove. Listened to good programs Pete came at 8:00. "Sing Baby Sing." Glidden road. Mickey's school. Home at 11:45. Prettiest Moon.

[Note added later: arrow to Mickey - Mickey Parker (country school)]

Here is the long entry for Sunday, January 17:

Slept till 9:30. Late dinner at 2:30. Folks & Buzz went to Louises & Ger's & Leo & I stayed home. I did dishes & cleaned stove real well. Listened to Penner, Benny & "Wanna be an actor" & "We, the People." Pete came at 8:00 & we went to "Sing, Baby, Sing." Drove out on Glidden road afterwards just for fun. Home at 11:45.

My comments: "Sing Baby Sing" - Alice Faye and Adolphe Menjou movie.
Penner, here and here. "We, the People," radio program.


"Glidden road. Mickey's school." Eileen often gives a description of there they "drove" after the movie, or other nite activity - to have time alone together - remember??  ;-) "Prettiest Moon" about says it all!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, January 16, 2012

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


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 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 Saturday, January 16:

Not as cold but real windy. Helen L'ot (sic) hamrs for Edith & me. Had to work in p.m. To town at nite with Edith & Helen. Rode with Kenny P. up to Lenore's. Buss at show. Pete's car. (arrow to Pete) took me home.

[Note added later: arrow to Kenny P. - Kenneth Pingrey (married Elizabeth Welch)]

Here is the long entry for Saturday, January 16:

Not so cold, but terribly windy. Read "Esquire" in morning. Bro't V-8 back in after dinner. Helen sat up Hambgrs for us. I took her & Lenore home. Leo & I & Buzz in town after supper. Buzz to show. I with Edith, Helen. Rode with Kenny P. in new Chevy. Over at Lund's station. Drove Pete's car. Took Helen home. Pete took me home. Erna had attack of appendicitis!

My comments: Couple of new names, that do recur in future months and year: Ken and Elizabeth, as well as Lenore - married Carl Shirbroun; also friends for many years.
I have noticed Eileen occasionally worked on Saturdays.
"Lund's station" was where farmers brought milk, cream and eggs on Saturday night - cash crops. Then, often went shopping on Main Street, a half block away. [I have vague memories of the men, in their hats, from those Saturday nights.]

New 1937 Chevy


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 15, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 15, 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 Friday, January 15:

Charlie shaved & I went down & used Bette's new typewriter. Edith, Pete, Betty & Jean here in p.m. At nite to Edith's & Erna's "abliskines" party. Real cold. Prissy took home at 1:00.

[Eileen later added, with arrow to Charlie: Vanderworker owned Maytag store where I worked. $4 a week. Arrow to Prissy: Priscilla Rogers. Then, spelled out: aebilkivers - Danish O pancake]

Here is the long entry for Friday, January 15:

Real cold. Got white ear muffs. Used Betty's new typewriter down there in a.m. Charley played Solitaire till his shaving water was ready. Edith, Betty, Pete & Jean in in p.m. At nite to Edith's & Erna's girl party. "Ableskives," "whipped cream," "I doubt it," "Donkey," "Jingo." Prissy took me home. Stuck in Lund's driveway. Home at 1:00. Boys at Pete's. Arch bothered me. In rather bad humor during the day. 

My comments: First, the Danish pancakes. The word means apple slices. The traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Check out the wikipedia description at the link!
Clearly the Lund family was Danish - as well as Eileen's Mom, Dorothy. However, my Grandma Dorothy was careful not to 'flaunt' being Danish, in any way; although she spoke with a clear accent. It was an interesting phenomena; one opinion.

 The Danish 'pancake'

I'd been wondering what Eileen earned at the shop - nice to get the answer; patience is rewarded. Good comparison to expenditures she makes.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 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 Thursday, January 14:

Played "Sol" most of day. [That is short for Solitaire!] Jean J. & Betty in in p.m. Terribly cold. White ear muffs. Buss and I walked home. 'Bout froze. Listened to good programs. Finished Jeanette's pillow.

Here is the long entry for Thursday, January 14:

Real cold out and slicker than the dickens. What thawed yesterday froze again & is it ever bad to drive. Played solitaire most of day. Buzz (Buss, originally; then added tails so they look like zz; much later??) & I walked home at nite. Nearly froze. Listened to Rudy, Maxwell & Bob Burns. I finished Ger's baby pillow. To bed early.


My comments: It as been a while since I posted the link to the radio shows. Let's see what we find, today. Rudy Vallee, here and here. Bob Burns, here and here.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, January 13, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 13, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 13, 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 Wednesday, January 13:

Finished Dr. Ger. typing. Lil & Del here for dinner. Took V-8 in town. Barky Johnson's sale. Mule died. Pete & I played cards & typed at Lunds. To town to get heater warm. [A string of shorthand!][Also, she underlined Barky Johnson's name]


Here is the long entry for Wednesday, January 13:

Thawing a lot. Barkey Johnson's sale. Lil & Del out home for dinner. Eileen, the red mule, died. Pete came at nite & we went to Johnson's & then to Lund's. I typed for Edith & we played Rummy. Reminded of Anthony Adverse. Edith timing Pete to see how long it took for him to take me home.

Typed for Dr. Gertrude. Norma & Don here in pm.


My comments: This is the first of many (obviously private) shorthand comments she left...  ;-)

This is the first I had heard of "Eileen, the red mule" I need to write to Buzzy and see if he remembers…  ;-) He would have been about 9.

Anthony Adverse was a movie they had seen a month or so ago.

Rummy was a common card game. We were taught to play is as kids.


A hand of Rummy - courtesy Wikipedia

"Lil & Del" [Paul's sister; aunt to Eileen] were well known to show up at meal time - that continued into the 1950-1970s, as well. P.S. Three-year-old Roberta would likely have been with them, as well.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 12, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 12, 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, January 12:

Nice out. Thawed. Typed for Betty & Dr. Ger. [added margin note: Dr. Gertrude (Collard) was an osteopath (in Johnson house)] Walked home. At nite Buss & I to Bayard games. Folks to Bk. nite. "Rip" Morman's name called. With Edith & Norma. Won all 3 games.


Here is the long entry for Tuesday, January 12:

Nice out again but a little colder. Norma called in pm. Betty here after school. Left some typing for me to do. At nite Bussy & I went to the Bayard games. Rest of folks went to bank nite. With Edith and Norma. Home at 11:00. We won all 3 games.

My comments: I'm curious about "3 games" - would expect it to be boys and girls basketball. We'll have to wait to see if later notes give more clues. She was pretty regular at following high school sports.

I assume she was being paid for doing the typing. Her ledger accounts may have some more insight into that. She does typing for folks fairly regularly. He dad had the typewriter… stayed in the family, for years… an old upright Underwood. She was still typing 'family newsletters" on it in the 1960-70s.



1937 Underwood Typewriter
Image from ebay


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 11, 1937

75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 11, 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, January 11:

To work again. Studied & played "Solitare." Typed for Betty a little. At nite listened to Fibber & Molly & Lux Theater "Gilded Lily." Embroidered on Ger's baby pillow.


Here is the long entry for Monday, January 11:

Real swell day but it didn't thaw very much. Came in to work. Played Solitaire. Quite busy in p.m. Jean & Betty down to see me. Buzz & I started walking home & Pevestorfs picked us up. Sewed on pillow for Gertrude's baby. Listened to Fibber Magee & Molly, Pick & Pat & Lux Theater "The Gilded Lily." Main man was Pete again. Went to bed after programs.

My comments: 'Pick and Pat' here was new to me - a forerunner to Amos and Andy is seems.

You can actually download the radio program "The Gilded Lily" that she listened to, in MP3 format on your computer or other listening device.

Here is the description of the 1935 movie of the same name…

Jeanette Brideson was born on Dec 13, 1936.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 10, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 10, 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, January 10:

Road open. Still cold. Cleaned the house. Buss [Buzzy] & I went to Liebs [She added a note, off to the top: Lieb was Clark Lee's uncle & they were bachelors. He probably left the farm to Clark.] & slid on his hill. More fun. Pete came at nite. "Anthony Adverse." Swell! Out home in kitchen. Leo came. Pete & I put V-8 in garage.

Here is the long entry for Sunday, January 10:

Slept rather late. Cleaned up the house & went out doors & over to Leib's. Really swell out. After dinner Buzz & I went sliding over on Leib's hill. Had the keenest time. Made cheese sandwiches & cleaned up. Pete came about 7:30. Went to "Anthony Adverse." Really was good! Out home afterwards. Had to put V-8 in garage. Had keenest time!


My comments: In the late 1940s and into the 1950s, Clark Lee was my barber in Coon Rapids. He was married then, to one of Mom's friends. Real nice guy. Don't know that they had an children, come to think of it…  ;-)

Interesting that 'putting the V-8 in the garage' - after the snow storm was over, could be the "keenest time!" Wonder what they were really doing, in the car? 18 and 21 years old…  ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, January 9, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 9, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 9, 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 Saturday, January 9:

Still cold but not so windy. Outdoors & down to river. Got cars started & road open. I took V-8 and Leo took Chevy to town. With Pete quite awhile. Home with Dad. Listened to radio. Bed early.


Here is the long entry for Saturday, January 9:

Sun shining & getting nicer out. Reisberg & Shawd got road open. Dad walked in again. Leo drove Chevy & I drove V-8 in town in pm. Saw & sat with Pete. "Reason girls go with him is because he has so much money." Rode home with Dad. Did dishes, listened to Kate Smith on Sealtest Hour. About froze coming down the lane.


My comment: Scroll down to photo of Kate Smith and Sealtest Hour is mentioned, here on CBS wiki site.


Familes are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

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


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 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 Friday, January 8:

Dad walked to town. I didn't go to work. Lots of snow. Roads closed. Cleaned up house. Got cobs, wood, & water out doors. Cleaned library drawer. Did dishes & listened to "Nite for Murder."


Here is the long entry for Friday, January 8:

Snow really deep. Kept up all nite until about Noon today. Dad walked to town. Charlie called & said I needn't come in to work. Cleaned up the house & went out doors & did chores & looked around. No cars through all day. Dad walked home. Nearly frozen. Listened to First Nighters, did dishes, & went to bed early. Mom lots better. Really cold up stairs.



My comment: Could not find a "Nite for Murder" 1937 Radio show link; Oh, well - I'm amazed at how many I do find!  ;-)


Familes are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 7, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 7, 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 now 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 Thursday, January 7:

Dad & I got breakfast. Mom lots better. Terribly slick & snowing. Ate in town. Sent in 21-22-23. {She added note: shorthand lessons to Commercial Extension Omaha}. Studied at bank. Home in V8. Colder than ___. Listened to Rudy, Maxwell House & Bing Crosby.


Here is the long entry for Thursday, January 7:

Coldest it's ever been this morning. Mom stayed in bed. I had to get up & get breakfast. Almost didn't get around one corner. Slid in ditch taking Buzzy to school house. Erna & Behren's kids rode with us. Dad & I rode home at nite. Snowing on top of ice. Getting deep & drifting. Did dishes & listened to Rudy & Maxwell & then I went to sleep on cot. Really cold.


My comment: Check photo of Maytag store where she worked, in the snow.


Familes are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, January 6, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 6, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 6, 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 now 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 Wednesday, January 6:

Mom stayed in bed late. sleeting out & walks slick. Jean to school house in pm. Ate in town again. Listened to radio & finished embroidering Ferne's pillow. Still cold!


Here is the long entry for Wednesday, January 6:

Had to get breakfast again. Mom stayed in bed. Not so cold but it rained and turned to ice. Walks terribly slick. Lots colder at Noon. Bussy & I ate at Hambg. shop. Ila Jean here awhile in the morning. Fun watching people fall & stumble by. Bussy said he only fell down twice. {she had underlined} Charley stayed in. Listened to president's speech. Talked about Louisiana. {she had underlined} Jean & I took V8 up to school house. Lot of fun. Typed & watched B.B. practice. Home early. Listened to radio & I finished Ferne's Xmas pillow.

My comment: If you would like to see President Roosevelt's State of the Union message, read here.


Familes are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - January 5, 1937


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 5, 1937


This entry is the second daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Background: For 1936, Eileen's diary entries have been online since 2005. 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 now 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, January 5:

Mom stayed in bed late. Studied shorthand. Wore ski suit. Not quite so cold today. Pete came down to store awhile in p.m. We went to Bk Nite "Star for a Nite". Dad & Buzzy to games - Mom in bed.


Here is the long entry for Tuesday, January 5:

Awfully cold. I had to get breakfast. Mom stayed in bed 'til late. Little warmer at Noon. Aunt Lil was in.  Had her hair cut and set. Looks so differently. Got 21 ready in Shthand. Charlie is going to either Arkansas or Louisiana! {she had underlined} Pete here in pm for awhile. Curled Bertha's hair. Skating rink men talked to me awhile. Edith and i started home with Edith R. Her car broke so we started walking & Orville picked us up. Did separator, ate, did dishes, and Pete came & we went to Bank Nite "Star for a nite." Really good. Went right home Sat outside in the car till 11:00.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Dick and Jeanette


Wordless (nearly) Wednesday
Dick and Jeanette

Returning home from being out of town over the holidays, it was so neat to open this 2011 Christmas card, with all the latest news, from my KINNICK cousins, in California. Neat cover photo on card!


Dick and Jeanette Kinnick Brideson Shapley

Jeanette was one of my earliest cousin correspondents as I began my serious research on the KINNICK family back in the early 1990s. She is the daughter of Gertrude KINNICK, one of five children of Alonzo and Nettie (WILLIAMS) KINNICK, along with my maternal grandfather, Paul.

[For more on this family, see here, here, and here.]

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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


75 Years Ago
Eileen's Diary
January 4, 1937


This entry starts a daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date. Eileen had recently turned 18 years old, just before Christmas. [Eileen, who is the mother of the author of this blog, died in 1999, at age 80]

Background: For 1936, Eileen's diary entries have been online since 2005. 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.

The 1936 entries ended with January 1, 1937. There are not entries for January 2 and 3 available. For 1937, the first entry available is 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 entry for Monday, January 4:

Wore ski pants to work. Studied shorthand. Paul T. got my typewriter. Got 7 curls (Zoto)(sic) at 5:00. I brought car home alone. Heard Fibber MaGee & Molly & "Men in White". Embroidered.


My Comments:

Fibber McGee & Molly debuted on the radio on 16 Apr 1936.
Fibber McGee and Molly 1937 Archive - That voice is sooooo… familiar; listened many years, myself.
Lux Radio Theater - men in white - 1/4/1937


Families are Forever!  ;-)