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Thursday, August 29, 2013

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 29, 1938


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 29, 1938


This entry is an irregular post on this blog from the diary of nineteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

From March 1 thru April 29, I posted every day, to cover the marriage and the early married life of Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, but decided to 'take a breather.'  Posts will be added, from time to time, as items of particular interest appear.


Here is the daily entry for Sunday, Aug 28:

Pete up at 8:30. Me up at 10:00. Ate breakfast late. Pop & Merle came while I was out in the toilet sitting reading the paper with the door open. Picked cucumbers & tomatoes & ate dinner. Was just going to town when Red Brannan came. "There's no one with endurance like the man who sells insurance."

My comments: Hard to notice the "insurance man" quote after the… "with the door open" quote. Right? ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 28, 1938


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 28, 1938
This entry is an irregular post on this blog from the diary of nineteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

From March 1 thru April 29, I posted every day, to cover the marriage and the early married life of Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, but decided to 'take a breather.'  Posts will be added, from time to time, as items of particular interest appear.

State Fair Time

Here is the daily entry for Sunday, Aug 28:

Up at about 8:30. Ate breakfast, cleaned up and went down to the grounds. Through the exposition building, and agriculture building. Ate lunch at a stand. Went & cleaned up and went to the grand stand. Keenest auto races. Emory Collin's won. Really a crowd. Left the grounds about 6:30. Went down town to Orpheum. Saw "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Really grand. Ate supper at Barr's & came home. Orville, Elmer, Arnold & Don passed up on the way. Talked to them at Guthrie.

My comments: I'd like to see the road maps of the highway route they would have taken at the time.

They seemed to enjoy the auto races in the afternoon, but still hard to beat a movie!!


A couple of readers of early State Fair Posts have mentioned the weather. Here were the readings for Harlan, in western Iowa, for August 1938... they would be pretty close... There weren't any for Des Moines. Note that there had been a 100 day on August 23. But, for the days they were at the fair, the high-low was:
Aug 26 - 82 - 59
Aug 27 - 77 - 58 Trace of rain during the day
Aug 28 - 86 - 60
Aug 29 - 89 - 60


Source:http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/coop/coop.html?_finish=0.6716706969591688



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 27, 1938


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 27, 1938
 

This entry is an irregular post on this blog from the diary of nineteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

From March 1 thru April 29, I posted every day, to cover the marriage and the early married life of Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, but decided to 'take a breather.'  Posts will be added, from time to time, as items of particular interest appear.


State Fair Time

Here is the daily entry for Saturday, Aug 27:

 Up about 8:00. Ate breakfast at the tent. Wore slacks & Pete wore overalls dow to see the livestock in the morning. Ate dinner at the tent. Slept till about 2:30 and then went down to the grounds. Ate supper in a stand. Chicken giblets. Went and got a jacket and came back down to the grounds. Saw quite a few from Coon Rapids. Saw hoola-hoolas, the fireworks. Played bean. Pete won the first time. Got an "alumuninim" pan. Up to the tent about 11:30.

My comments: If you have been to the Iowa State Fair, you can probably easily imagine the paths they took and the 'feel of the fair' as you read what she wrote. NEAT!

"Ate in a stand" - obviously was an "experience" for them. Not sure the connotation, but I can feel it in her words. I'm sure she was concerned about either cost, or cleanliness… perhaps both! ;-)

Livestock still make a "fair!"



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, August 26, 2013

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 26, 1938



75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 26, 1938
 

This entry is an irregular post on this blog from the diary of nineteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

From March 1 thru April 29, I posted every day, to cover the marriage and the early married life of Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, but decided to 'take a breather.'  Posts will be added, from time to time, as items of particular interest appear.


State Fair Time

Here is the daily entry for Friday, Aug 26:

 Didn't get up very early. Getting ready to leave for the fair. Fried a chicken, made oatmeal cookies. Toots here awhile. They tried the tent. Got pin to town to eat with the folks. Left town at 1:00. No trouble on the way. Got to Des Moines at 2:30. Got some socks at Younkers & then went out to Fair Ground. Pete put up the tent. We ate supper at the tent. Went down to the grounds. Ran around until 11:00. Saw fireworks and came back to the tent.

My comments: Hard for me to imagine Mom and Dad in a tent… but they were young then, and seemed to really enjoy the experience.

I really wonder what their tent looked like!



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 25, 1938


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - Aug 25, 1938
 

This entry is an irregular post on this blog from the diary of nineteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

From March 1 thru April 29, I posted every day, to cover the marriage and the early married life of Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, but decided to 'take a breather.'  Posts will be added, from time to time, as items of particular interest appear.

State Fair Time Approaches...

Here is the daily entry for Thursday, Aug 25:

Up late. Just finished breakfast when Betty, Pauline, Irene came down to get their hair set. They're going to the fair tomorrow, too. Canned 22 quarts of sauerkraut in p.m. At nite went in to town & ironed dresses and shirts. Mom cleaned a chicken for us. Home about 9:00. Went to bed right away.

My comments: Is this how you would prepare to go to the fair??

Eileen still using her Mom's iron, it appears. Here is an image I used earlier…



Families are Forever!  ;-)