Monday, July 14, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - July 14, 1939

75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
July 14, 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.

Here is the daily entry for Friday, July 14:

Pete didn't get up until 7:00. Fed the baby. Bathed him. Did morning work. Washed my hair. Marget, Wilson Dale, Patty & LVene here awhile. Ila & I ate dinner alone. Rested. Dwight brought ice. Went in to wash. I went down to Leo & Ida's. Rasmuses came down there to see the baby. Up home & then went down town to do a little shopping. Home & got supper. Ila went to bed before Pete was through choring. Took baths & went to bed.

My comments:

Another full day. Not sure about that first list of visitors, but that is what she wrote… It is Margaret Thomas, with Wilson…oh, his full name is Wilson Dale Thomas… his sister, Patty. Margaret was LVene's sister-in-law… all neighbors, as well. Ok, figured that out! ;-)

Realizing I don't really know, for sure, where Leo and Ida lived at this time… seems to be on the south side of Coon Rapids, from Mom's expressed used to describe. NOTE: See News Articles, below!

Note that Ila Jean is staying at the farm house, with Pete, Eileen, and Billy… ;-)

This isn't actually Dwight delivering the ice, for the ice box they had (no refrigerator, because no electricity, yet), but it does show the block of ice like he would have brought!

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NOTE: From the Coon Rapids Enterprise: July 10, 2014, p.5:

75 Years Ago
July 7, 1939

Leo Kinnick of Bradgate, recently purchased the Tallcorn Inn off A.F. Tatman and took possession
this week. Mr. Kinnick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Kinnick and was raised in this community.
For the past few years he has been associated with his father-in-law, Ray Bell, on a farm near Bradgate.

My comment: This explains where they were living. Need to learn more about this!

“Ping” Herron, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Herron, suffered severe head and chest
injuries Saturday when his team ran away with a hay rake he was operating, and he was dragged
underneath the machine. He was rushed to St. Anthony’s hospital at Carroll for treatment where he is expected to make a complete recovery.

My comment: This was mentioned one day in the hospital last week!

Coon Rapids and this part of the state really got soaked during the first week of July. Monday night
a deluge of about three inches fell here in a trifle over an hour and Tuesday night’s rain amounted to
approximately half that amount.
While the rain benefited crops it also did considerable damage in many places. Small grain was beaten down and corn blown over but the damage here was small as compared to bridges washed out in Audubon and Guthrie counties and elsewhere in the state.
The deluge gave the cinch bugs a decided setback. Corn is considerably advanced over normal for
this season of the year and much of it is beginning to shoot tassels.
Where it got sufficient rain in June the crop is excellent. Spots where the June rains missed don’t look
so good. The small grain harvest is well under way and shocks now dot many fields. The straw is
short but quality of the grain is reported as good. “It’s not so much the heat as it is the humidity,” everyone is saying and right now Iowa is experiencing an honest-to goodness hot spell.

My comments: Mom said it really stormed... Dad was late to the hospital one day, because of the storm... this was obviously it!! ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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