Saturday, January 18, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - Jan 18, 1939

75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
Jan 18, 1939

This entry is a post from the diary of my mother, twenty year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.
Now we are beginning 1939 - the year I was born, on July 1 - Bring it on! ;-)

Here is the daily entry for Wednesday, Jan 18:

Birthday noted: Mrs. Lee Brutsche

I didn't get up until 9:00. Ate breakfast, did the separator and started patching Pete's old jacket. Got dinner. Ate, did dishes, Pete went up home. He & Pop & Toots went in to the bank & talked to Dad all afternoon. About getting things settled & us getting something of our own. I finished putting buttons on Pete's old jacket and then played the piano and read awhile. Out doing my chores. Pete came about 5:30. Had French Toast for supper & then Pete milked while I did the dishes. Pete shaved and we both took baths. To bed at 10:00.

My comments: Very substantive entry. I can just feel the tension in her as she wrote this. I'd love to be able to hear that afternoon discussion. All afternoon. Wow!

Pete's mother actually owned the Homeplace farm; gift from her grandfather Miller (a long story).
With her early, unexpected death, the ownership interests included all the children, under intestate laws. Now that "the children" were all grown, it was time for some of them to "get something out" of their interest.

Eventually, some siblings bought out the interests of others. Mom and Dad wanted to have money to put a down payment on their own place. They did that, in a couple of years. Safe to assume that moving in this direction was a part of these discussions.

Notice how Mom did "busy work," and talked about it, while she waited to hear how the discussions had gone, during that long afternoon, at home, alone.

French Toast: Yum! ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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