Saturday, May 28, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - In the fall - Kinnick family


From Mom’s Diary… 1949
In the fall - Kinnick family
Back row: Paul, Eileen, Colleen, Leo, Buzz, Delbert
Next row: Dennis, Bill, Dorothy, Ida Marie, Lillian
Next row: Jim, Kathleen holding Karla, Kelton, Karen
Tom in car, Marcia in scooter

Based on age of kids, this photo of the Kinnick family is in the fall - place unknown. There are lots of gaps in Mom’s 1949 diary entries, so did not find any matching entries, but wanted to get the photo it.

Also, as the school year began, there are mentions that Inez Shirbroun was our teacher. Jim had started Kindergarten and I was in 5th grade.

As the fall moved on, Grandpa and Grandma Kinnick moved down to “the farm.” I’m fairly certain this was the farm between Coon and Bayard where Buzz and Colleen now live. Grandma Dorothy had had her 61st birthday. (Appears Buzz and Colleen moved down there, from Harvey place, after the first of the year.)

My comments:

This appeared to also be the year that Dad built the granary up on hill south of the house, up the hill from the Cattle Shed.

Jim and I were taking piano lessons in town every Saturday afternoon. One day said that I was driving tractor for Don Shultz.


Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - June 9 to 11 - Tommy walked; Bill cultivated


From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - June 9 to 11
Tommy walked; Bill cultivated
Not ours, but looked like this!

Thursday, June 9:

Tommy took first steps alone out doors from Dad to me. …

Friday, June 10:

… Bill ran Buzz’s cultivator alone on fall plowing. I kept driving out in car to watch. …

Saturday, June 11:

Tommy walked across kitchen floor. …
Bill cultivated with M with Buzz & Pete ate. He’s really growing up. …

My comments:

I would be ten years old in a couple of weeks, on July 1. What fun to read!

Note: On birthday, got "a bike horn & light, & film developer & printer." How about that? ;-)


Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - May 14 and 19 - Tom’s Birthday and School Picnic


From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - May 14 and 19
Tom’s Birthday and School Picnic
 
Spring at Willow #3 school
(I'm at right end of back row...)


Saturday, May 14: (1st birthday Tom, 12 teeth)

Cleaned the whole house. Made angel food for Tommy. Got 2 chickens from Elsie. Scrubbed kitchen, porch, bath room. Washed, set my hair. Men planting at Buzz. Got all except 6 A. beans. I took boys to Roy Rogers “Grand Canyon Trail.” Silver Mine. Pretty good. Got groceries & came home.

Thursday, May 19:

… Went to school picnic at Noon. …

My comments:

First mention of going to a Roy Rogers movie with “the boys.”

Assume the photo was from the picnic day. Works well here, in any event! ;-)


Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1947 - Summers - Bikes


From Mom’s Diary… 1947 - Summers - Bikes
 
Wilson, Pat Thomas, Jim, Bill


This is out of order, but I wanted to get it recorded here.


My comments:

Note not only the kids, most important, but also the background.
As I’ve said before, looking at photos from years past, the backgrounds become very important.
Note that the driveway goes straight back, around the garage. At some point, the drive began to turn to the right on this side of the garage.
Note especially the pickup and the car!! The Barn and Garage. The white wood fence?!??
The house with old porch and chimney…
What fun! ;-)


Families are Forever! ;-)


Saturday, May 21, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - Apr 17 - The “dork” for “hork” incident!


From Mom’s Diary… 1949 - Apr 17 
The “dork” for “hork” incident!



This was one of my more “memorable” events from my younger years - have told the story for years.
Truly fascinating to see it in Mom’s words, in her diary, just as I’ve told the story. Wow! What fun!

Sunday, April 17:

To church on time. Had Tom baptized. Got along O.K. Dad had to hold him of course. To Leo’s to dinner. Ham & yams in basement. Stayed for lunch. Karen played horn & piano. Home & straightened up & went to bed.

Kelton said Jimmy says “dork” for “hork.” (fork)


My comments:

This was Easter, I’m sure, with Tom being baptized. The “in basement” notation was significant because they (Leo’s) had remodeled their lower level with a second kitchen, including a breakfast nook, as I recall. The formal dining room was still on the ‘main’ floor.

I also remember this as the day Leo noted that he got a ‘diamond stickpin’ for Easter which he was wearing in his tie. Seemed to denote success in his bank clerk life.

But the big ‘take-away’ was young nearly 4 year Kelton saying that 5 year old Jimmy was saying the word for ‘fork’ wrong, saying it wrong as well, himself.

Ah, the memories… ;-)



Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1948 - Dec 14 - Mom was 30


From Mom’s Diary… 1948
Dec 14 - Mom was 30
 
This was our 1948 Christmas Card photo

Sunday, December 14:

30 years old today. Buss came & bro’t blue silk nitie. Really pretty. He & Pete went to Barr’s to finish picking. Worked on aprons, got a lot of birthday cards in mail. $1 from folks, hair brush, holder from Ida. Sidewalk & roads real slippery. Had fresh liver from Buss’ for supper. Did dishes, got boys to bed.

 
My comments:

Just chose her birthday as a marker to use the Photo. They bought ‘a big Console Bendix at Furn. Store’ on Dec 21. Said ‘Bill sat by it all night.’ Radio/phonograph combination. They had been to Leo’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so had been looking to get one for us, since! ;-)
Also a note that this was the year Dad got a ‘jig saw’ for Christmas and made the stand (welded) himself… I do remember the arrival of the jig saw, for sure… We had a great life!! ;-)
Mom made and gifted many aprons over the years... ;-)



Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1948 - July 23 - Bill drove tractor


From Mom’s Diary… 1948
July 23 - Bill drove tractor
 


I believe the Avery tractor we had looked something like this… shared with Buzz and Grandpa Kinnick a lot.

Friday, July 23:

Got up early and washed. Colleen drove Avery over  & Buzz the M. Started combing here. … Kids married a month. … Bill ran tractor on oats wagon & he & Dad went in to ball game at night. …


My comments:

First mention of me driving the tractor as farm work. Neat. Nine years old.
Also, first mention of going to Coon Rapids to watch baseball games… did that a lot…



Families are Forever! ;-)