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Saturday, May 31, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 31, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 31, 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 Wednesday, May 31:

Did up morning work. LVene & Polly came & we gave pantry a first coat, kitchen 1st coat, painted white bed & box, living room floor. Washed living room & bedroom woodwork. Girls left at 5:00. Pretty tired. Fed my chicks. Pete came at 6:00. Chored. Didn't have much supper. Took baths & went in town. Drank Pepsi-Colas at the folks. Sat on porch awhile. Down town shopping. To bed at 11:30.

My comments:

Does this sound like a Norman Rockwell painting, or what? "…drank Pepsi-Colas… sat on porch awhile…" Pepsi was pretty proud of 39 years. Not sure how Grandpa Kinnick would have had Pepsi-Colas - pretty extravagant for him. Something special must have been going on!! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, May 30, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 30, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 30, 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 Tuesday, May 30:


 Really hot. Ate breakfast, picked flowers & went in & decorated Pete's mother's graves. Home at 10:00. Pete went over to finish plowing. Folks came out. Ate did dishes, made angel food, read awhile. In town after ice. Lil & Del here for supper. Moved the piano, etc. Did dishes late. Took baths. To bed at 11:30.

My comments:


Memorial Day. Interesting how she said "decorated Pete's mother's graves." In the photo, Ella's stone is in the center and Theodore is to the right. In 1939, Irene's would not have been there, of course, nor would the big stone for W.E. Smith, that I am standing beside in the upper photo.
[Theodore was their first son, together, born in 1904, Toots in 1906, Irene in 1909… Theodore died in 1921.]



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 29, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 29, 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 Monday, May 29:

Mom did the washing. I made a batch of jell & a gold cake in the morning. Ate dinner. Took Pete over on 80 & went in and ironed. Louise and 4 kids were there.
Over after Pete at 5:00. Home, chores early. Little lamb died. Ate & went out & weeded the potatoes. Folks came & we sat on the porch & talked until 10:00. To bed.

My comments:

Good opportunity to share this photo of Rasmus and Louise and their family, from a few years later. Judy wasn't yet born, but the others around Louise would be the four: Annie, Winona, Marie and Darrell.


Rasmus and older sons, Howard and Karl are in the back. I assume Paul was in the service when this was taken. Howard was, as well, but home on leave, as I recall other photos from this day.
[Louise was a sister of Dorothy, Eileen's mother, of course. Rasmus and Louise lived along the Raccoon River, south of Bayard, in Guthrie County]


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 28, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 28, 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 Sunday, May 28:

 Cloudy in morning. Fixed ice cream & salad. Did chores, went to S.S. & church. Home & were going to freeze ice cr. but Leo & Dad were here & had it all fixed. Was I mad. in town. Got ready to go to Springbrook.
52 Williams were there - Ate, boys went swimming. Leo W. had Pete's coat. Home, chored, cleaned up. Went in to "Ice Follies '39" Really was good. Talked to Arnold, Julia & Edith & came home.

My comments:

Williams was Mom's paternal grandmother. This group had gotten together for years, and it continued as Kinnick-Williams picnic into the 1950s. Mom grandma, Nettie Williams had only died three years earlier. These were her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. Her married name was Kinnick, of course. [Leo W. was Leo Williams, a nephew of Nettie]

Movie featured Joan Crawford and Jimmy Stewart - couldn't help but be good!!  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 27, 1939





75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 27, 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 Saturday, May 27:


Rained real nice several times during day. Did up usual work. Made an angel food. Ate dinner. Pete went in town in pm & got his haircut. Home and he helped me clean the house. Washed my hair. Pete chored early. Leo & Ida came & we all were in at folks' for supper. Did dishes & went down town. Sat on Main St. for long time. Home at 11:00.

My comments:

A rainy Saturday changed the routine on this Saturday. Great day to get a haircut, Pete! ;-)

When I read she "Made an angel food" the following image came to my mind. I was so happy to be able to retrieve it!!  ;-) [It is a few years later, but less than ten...]



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, May 26, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 26, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 26, 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, May 26:

Late doing morning chores. Did usual work. Made noodles. Pete fixing fence so cows can't get in the oats. Ate chicken noodle dinner. Took Pete over on 80 to plow. Finished my dishes. Went in town to iron. Rained a little in pm. Over after Pete. Did the chores up early. Rained real hard about 7:30. Just what we needed. Really a blessing. Ate, Pete went out and cut off the burdocks in the yard. To bed early.

My comments:

How many burdocks have you cut? I did many, many in those early days... on the farm.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 25, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 25, 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 Thursday, May 25:

Really hot in the morning. Did usual work. LVene came down to have her hair set. She stayed till 10:30. Ate, took Pete over on 80. Came home, cleaned up, drove my car up to LVene's, went with her & Julia to Club at Doris Johnston's. Rained while we were there. Over home a minute then up to LVene's after our car, over after Pete. Hone, chores, ate, bathed, shaved, went to bed.

My comments:

Nice to have rain when it is needed, on the farm...



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 24, 1939




75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 24, 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 Wednesday, May 24:

Pete plowing on 80. Real hot all day. Did usual morning work. Scrubbed kitchen in am. Ate, did dishes, swept dining room, dusted, picked 2 bouquets of yellow roses. Embroidered on pillow cases. Merle came for the trailer. Pete home at 5:30. Did chores, ate, bathed. Were going for a ride, but it was so hot & Pete was tired so we listened to District Attorney and went to bed.

My comments:

Long day in the field, on the farm, for Pete.

Do you remember Mr. District Attorney on the radio? Summary said the secretary was a key figure!
It ran from April 1939 to June of 1952. I do remember of it, actually…



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, May 23, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 23, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 23, 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 Tuesday, May 23:


 Cloudy in morning. An awful wind and really hot. Pete finished harrowing in corn in morning. Ate, took Pete to work. Did dishes, read & slept and hour. To town at 4:00. Got ice. Buzzy came home with me. Over after Pete plowing soy bean ground. Home, chores, folks came out. Made ice cream. Pete shaved, we bathed and went to bed.

My comments:

I can just feel the hot and dusty day in the field.

An old harrow...


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 22, 1939




75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 22, 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 Monday, May 22:

Birthday note: Pop

Cloudy. Did usual work. Mom did the washing. Read and embroidered in p.m. In town at 4:00. Got the washing. Up home & curled Polly's & Betty's hair. Pete brought horses up and we left at 6::00. Home and chored. Ate cheese sandwiches late. To bed.

My comments:

Wonder if he will get "the horses" again…

Still love grilled chees sandwiches… had them a couple of days ago… I get to make them, now! One of my better meals that I prepare… with chips, out of bag, as well!! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 21, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 21, 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 Sunday, May 21:

Pete up at 6:30. Did chores. Went to SS & church. Over to LVene's for dinner. Grant, Rita, Pop, Irene, Polly, Merle, Betty, LVene, Verle.
Pop is 70 yrs. old tomorrow.
Talked until 5:00. Home, chores, took washing in. Sat on porch & talked until after 10:00. Home to bed.

My comments:

A full family birthday dinner for Pop. Neat! [Oops! Max, Orrin & Gary not there...]

The never imagined it then, of course, but that was to be the last birthday for him. He died on October 8, 1939. This photo was about a year earlier….



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 20, 1939


75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 20, 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 Saturday, May 20:

Got work done up early. In after Mom & Buss. Cleaned bedroom before dinner. Over after Pete. Ate dinner. Stayed over on 80 till nearly 2:00. Waited for horses to eat & drink. Read the paper over there. Home & finished cleaning rest of house. Picked a bouquet of yellow roses. Made ice cream. Folks here & Grant came. Talked till 10:30 & then Pete & I in town. Got a shirt for Pop. Home at 12:30. Really tired.

My comments:

Another tiring day for her…

Yellow roses!!!



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, May 19, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 19, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 19, 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, May 19:

Birthday notes: Barbara & Wallace

Took Pete up home after the team. Did usual work. Rested awhile & then scrubbed. Over after Pete. Ate, Pete took car. Did dishes, took a nap. He had me take him back to plant after he helped Sim Laurence shell corn for an hour. Home and made over my blue skirt. Pete home at 6:00. I weeded between the garden rows. Late with the chores. Ate supper & went to bed. I tried to do my book work but Pete was too sleepy.

My comments:

Glad she is getting her rest. Happy that he is working so hard on the farm. That always made him feel good! ;-)

Suppose her garden looked anything like this one?? ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 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.


Here is the daily entry for Thursday, May 18:

Cloudy all morning. Sprinkled a little. In town at 7:00. Got folk's car. Out home getting ready to go to Carroll. Pete fixed the gate by road. In after Mom at 10:00. Shopped awhile before dinner. Ate at Carroll Cafe. To Dr. only a few minutes. He was in a hurry to get to hospital. Only gained one pound. Left Carroll at 2:30. Home in good time. Took folk's car in. Chored, ate, bathed, shaved, to Jack Bowman's to SS part. A lot there. Had wiener roast. Home at 12:00.

My comments:

Nice report from Dr. visit, again!

Wiener Roast! Yum!! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 17, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 17, 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 Wednesday, May 17:

 Real warm again. Did usual morning work. Liver for dinner. Pete finished plowing on 80. Did dishes, washed my hair, cleaned shoes, read. Pete home at 6:30. Chored. Made oatmeal cookies. Folks here after milk. Ate supper, bathed, went to bed.

My comments:

Oatmeal cookies are winners, any time! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, May 16, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 16, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 16, 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 Tuesday, May 16:

Real warm day. Did dishes, separator, scrubbed, rested a bit. Ate dinner, took Pete to work. Home did dishes & went in home. The baby's things came. They're all just real nice. Home, went after Pete. Chored, getting supper when Max, Orrin, & Gary came. They bro't back the sheller. Left at 9:30. To bed.

My comments:

We had an old hand sheller around the farm as I was growing up. Could it have been the same one? I looked a lot like this one.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 15, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 15, 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 Monday, May 15:

Didn't get up very early. Did separator & fed chicks, took Pete over on 80 to plow & then went in to wash. At noon took picnic dinner & we ate in the car. Back in to town. Slept till 4:00, did most of the ironing, got Pete, came home & chores. Were going to the class play but were too tired. Ate supper, Pete read Capper's. Took baths & went to bed.

My comments:


Always interesting to see which days they are "tired" and which not…

Capper's Farmer… knew it as a kid. Learned more about it when we lived in Kansas. It was out of Topeka, Arthur Capper was a prominent business and political leader, including Governor from 1915 to 1919 and U.S. Senator from 1919 to 1949.

This is the April 1939 issue...



Family note from Coon Rapid Enterprise, 100 Years Ago (May 8, 1914) - reported in paper of May 15, 2014, Page 5:


"Paul Kinnick was elected president of the Alumni Association Tuesday evening...."


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 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 Sunday, May 14:


Keen day. Pete chores, I took him over to Gene Wm's after the bull & he walked it clear over to Morg Evans. Dad froze ice cream. I made potato salad. Cleaned up & all went in folks' car to Louise's. Lil's & Del there too. Ate picnic lunch in the timber. Home at 5:00 in folks car, they went home with Del & chores. Roberta & Buss home with us in folks car. Irene & Betty came down and got their hair fixed. Lils, Del, folks here for supper. They bro't some more little chicks. They left at 9:30 & we went right to bed.

My comments:

I can picture Dad walking down the road leading the bull…

I love Mom's, and about any, potato salad! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 13, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 13, 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 Saturday, May 13:

Up at 6:30. Quite cool. Real nice day. Did usual work. Over & helped Pete measure corn ground on 80. In to town. Got 20 Wh. Leghorns. Mom & Buss home with me. Over to Norma's & got another hen to put with the 28. Got Pete, ate dinner, moved dining room stove in closet, cleaned up the house. Folks here for supper. Checked balance sheet. Folks left at 9:00. We took our baths and went to bed.

My comments:

"…stove in closet,…" ???

White Leghorn chicks...



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, May 12, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 12, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 12, 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, May 12:

Up in good time. Did usual work. Scrubbed out the chicken house. Read papers.
Pete came for dinner. Ate, I took him back to 80. Made out order of the baby & me.
LVene & Verle bro't back chairs. Curled LVene's hair. In to town. Mailed orders, got groceries, got 25 White Leghorns. Home & fixed chickens. Over after Pete. When we came home the hen had killed 17. Over to Norma's & got a hen to put with the 8 that were left. Pete chores, ate potato soup & went to bed.

My comments:

"Made out order of the baby & me."

Did she order stuff like this, do you suppose?



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 11, 1939

 

75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 11, 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 Thursday, May 11:

Up in good time. Did separator, fed chickens, fixed cottage cheese, in to town after ice. Up to LVene's. Served about 35 club members & 6 hostesses & waiters.
Valeria K., Edith L., Max served. Norma, Gertrude & I hostesses.
Had Hor D'evvess (sic), Individual Meat Loaves in Bacon rings, buttered beans, creamed potatoes, pear salad, buttered rolls, pineapple ice cream, angel food cake, coffee. Had maypole decorations at 3 long tables.
Really tired at nite. Over on 80 after Pete at 6:00. Home, ate. Otto, Stella here a minute. Chored, Polly & Merle came & stayed till after 10:00. Cleaned up & went to bed.

My comments:

I've been scrolling through photo images of "Meat Loaves in Bacon Ring" - at supper time. Not smart… may drown in my saliva before I finish this…

Did they look like there, perhaps?? ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 10, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 10, 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 Wednesday, May 10:

Did usual work. Really a lot of dust in the air and quite cool. In to town a minute for groceries. Pete mad because we didn't have chicken and noodles for dinner. Did dishes & went up home. Took table over to LVene's. Waited for Pete. Didn't get back to LVene's until 4:00. Fixed the tables etc. Pete bro't chairs & we stayed up there for supper. Folks here when we got home. Finished the chores and went to bed.

My comments:

Mildly confusing day… except for the chicken and noodles…  ;-)

Here you are, Dad! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, May 9, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 9, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 9, 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 Tuesday, May 9:


Up in good time. Max here from 9:00 to 10:00. Pete planting. Ate dinner, did dishes, up home a minute, over to LVene's, in to town & got plow lathes. Betty, Polly, LVene here to get their hair fixes. Max, Gary, Norma here too. Had to get a setting hen from Norma. Out to chicken house when Edith Lund & Harold Johnson came. Harold milked 2 cows. Ate, took baths & went to bed.

My comments:

Lots of folks in and out during the day…

Harold milked 2 cows… with Pete?? I assume…

Needed one more setting hen??? Too many eggs? Just got new chicks, not eggs. ???



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 8, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 8, 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 Monday, May 8:
[bold]

Birthday note: Julia Hicks

Nice day. A little cool. Did separator and went in to wash. Through at 11:00. Down town & did the shopping. Did my ironing. Bussy sprained his ankle yesterday & was home from school. Got 50 day-old Buff Rocks. Home & fixed them up, fixed picnic lunch. Burned brush down by gate. Had wieners, buns, potato salad, beet pickles, marshmallows, cup cakes & coffee. In house again at 10:00. Pete read paper & I wrote in books & then to bed.

My comments:

Picnic two days in a row… spring must have arrived… ;-)

50 more baby chicks… Dad apparently liked his chicken and noodles… see entry in a couple of day… here are some day-old Buff Rock chicks…  ;-)
 


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 7, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 7, 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 Sunday, May 7:

Didn't get up very early & we had to hurry to get to church. Julia & I transferred our memberships from town to Star. Jack, Joan, Hazel B. [Bowman] baptized. 21 in our class. 46 there altogether. Came home & got picnic ready, changed our clothes, & went back up to church. To Springbrook with Glenn & Ruth. Ger. & Vic, Julia, Arnold, LVene, Verle, Margaret, Orel, Don, Norma, Ruth, Harold, Polly, Merle, Junior, Betty, Edith. Had a keen time. Walked up to the shelter house. Home at 4:30. Pete fixed the car. Irene came in her new Plymouth. We rode up to Moylan's & back in it. Home & chored. Up home until 10:30. Took wire and plate back. Home to bed.

My comments:

This entry brings back lots of memories of Star Church and related activities. This is sort of "where it all began…" Springbrook is nearby Lake and State Park, in Guthrie County. A very popular picnic site, over many, many years! ;-)

Notice they "rode up to Moylan's & back" - I assume that is Rita's family home… ;-) Small world.

Irene's new Plymouth likely looked like this 1939 Plymouth Sedan.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 6, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 6, 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 Saturday, May 6:

Did usual work. Up to Smith's after wire and planter plate. Bro't i down home. In to town and got Mom & Buzz. Cleaned bedroom before dinner. Made a cream pie. Had beefsteak. After dinner made an angel food cake, cleaned kerosene stove & set it up. Cleaned kitchen & dining room. Out watching chickens & pigs. Real tired. Ate supper, Pete shaved & we went in to town. Threatened to storm but it just sprinkled. Sat in front of the show until 11:00. Pete got the groceries & we came home.

My comments:

Very active day. Wonder about "…cleaned kerosene stove & set it up."
Notice she spelled "Buzz" for first time in a long time… has been using Buss or Bussy all the time…

Loved to see this image of the team and planters, with wire, if you notice! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, May 5, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 5, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 5, 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, May 5:

Warm but windy. Did up usual work. Pete got North field ready to plant. Had chick-noodles. Did dishes, scrubbed, Wallace's Farmer salesman here. Up home at 2:30. Pete got team & planter. Both home at 6:15. Otto & Stella Gehrig here. Pete & Ollie docked the 3 little lambs. Pete milked. *Folks came out and we planted a few more spuds. Ate late. Fixed our books and went to bed.

My comments:

"Pete got team & planter." Interesting, still using team for planter, but tractor for plowing and other… in a transition period. How about that?

Wanted to share masthead of Wallace's Farmer… so familiar! ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 4, 1939



75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 4, 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 Thursday, May 4:


Threatened to rain all day but it didn't. Did morning work and went in to town. Home, got dinner, are, did dishes, embroidered awhile and then set out cabbage & tomato plants. Pete finished plowing north of house at 6:30. Did chores, had pancakes for supper. Pete read the paper & we went to bed.

My comments:


"Threatened to rain…" comment made me think of the difference in our knowledge and understanding of the weather… now we look at the radar, and pretty well know if it will rain, or not. They didn't have that, for sure!! ;-)

Have you set out tomato plants??



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 3, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 3, 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 Wednesday, May 3:

Another nice day. Did usual morning work. Fixed fingernails. Got dinner. Ate, did dishes, cleaned up, went up to LVene's. Norma & Gertrude there. We made 36 Maybasket Nutcups for the luncheon. Home at 5:30. Folks came out. Another lamb born this morning. Folks came out & Dad, Buss & I planted 9 rows of spuds. Ate, folks left. Took our baths and went to bed.

My comments:

Another lamb born, planted spuds! And, made 36 Maybasket Nut Cups!

Did they look like these?



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, May 2, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 2, 1939


75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 2, 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 Tuesday, May 2:

 Nice but a little cooler. Did usual work. In to town and ironed until Noon. Home, got dinner, Pete plowing. Ate, went over to Johnson's after 2 calves. Did dishes, scrubbed kitchen, read the paper. Planted some more garden until 5:00. Embroidered a little while. Made choc. cookies while Pete milked. Ate, Pete read paper, went to bed early.

My comments:

Library of Congress photo image of 1939 tractor plowing… how about that?! Looks pretty accurate, but the field in the image is likely quite a bit bigger than Dad was working on! ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

75 Years Ago Today - Eileen's Diary - May 1, 1939




75 Years Ago Today
Eileen's Diary
May 1, 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 Monday, May 1:

Birthday notes: Lil Ford, Karl Nielsen [My note: 31, and 19, respectively]

Pete up at 5:00. Me at 6:30. Cared for chicks, ate, did seperator & went in to town and washed. Folks got home at 10:00 last nite. Pete fixed pig fence & plowed. Through washing at 10:30. Home & got dinner. Took boar in & sold him. Home at 2:00. Pete plowed. I did dishes, patched Pete's P.J.s, embroidered. Really a grand day. Had pancakes for supper…(ink blot)…baths and went to bed at 9:30.

My comments:

Pretty typical day on the farm in the spring… nice that she gave a lot of detail. FUN! ;-)


We now get the Coon Rapids Enterprise, on line, only, so the May 1 (today) issue was available last night, on line: This article in the 75 years ago column caught my eye. I had notices a few months, or year or so ago, that Harry Cadden had closed and sold his clothing store in town - but I knew he was there in the late 40s and early 50s when I was "around" - I was curious... the answer appeared today, on page 5:

75 Years Ago
April 28, 1939


Harry Cadden, former clothier here, has again opened a clothing store in Coon Rapids, this time in the Speiker building formerly occupied by a beer parlor. Harry is well known here, carries a good line of merchandise and his many friends welcome him back. He will be especially welcomed by the golf playing, fishing and basketball fan clan.

We bought lots of clothes there, as I recall!!  ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)