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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hometown News - 75 Years Ago - March 29, 1940

75 Years Ago This Week
Hometown News

Coon Rapids, Iowa

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, April 2, 2015, page 5:

75 Years Ago
March 29, 1940

In what almost might be called a photo finish, and with the vote tied until almost the last vote was counted, Mayor Alex nosed out Dale Carpenter in the mayoral race here Monday winning by ten votes. Out of a total of 551 votes cast, Mayor Alex received 273, Carpenter polled 263. Treasurer Paul Kinnick, running without opposition, polled 376 votes.
Ben Bowman was elected assessor, polling 306 votes; Mrs. Ethel Austin ran second with 173 votes; and B.M. Surridge, third with 33 votes. Elected to the town council and the number of votes polled:
Dwight Williams, 423; George Textor, 388; Freeman Mingus, 369; Wellman Kretzinger, 365; and John Tigges, 365. Defeated for town council were H.L. Cadden with 268 votes and C.A. Nelson with 186 votes. All members of the old council who ran were reelected. Dave Davis and Ralph Shannon were not candidates for reelection and Mingus and Williams will take their places on the board. Ben Bowman will be thenew assessor.

Leo Kinnick, employed by the First State Bank the past three months, has accepted a position
as book-keeper and teller of the Commercial Savings bank at Lanesboro [Note: This should say Lohrville, in Calhoun County - he stayed there for many years!]. Mr. Kinnick is already
at his work there and the family will move there the first of the week.

Note: Paul Kinnick was my maternal grandfather. Leo Kinnick is his oldest son, and my uncle.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Hometown News - 75 Years Ago This Week

75 Years Ago This Week
March 22, 1940

 From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, March 26, 2015:

Charles W. Thomas, Walter Buenneke, H.S. Keister, M.H. Galloway, Milo Roberts and Paul Kinnick drove to Omaha Wednesday night to see an ice hockey game.
[Paul Kinnick was my maternal grandfather.]

 [1939-1940 Season Ice Hockey game]

Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Mom and Dad's 77th Wedding Anniversary

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday
Mom and Dad's 77th Wedding Anniversary

This photo was taken on Mom and Dad's 25th Wedding Anniversary. 

Yesterday was the 77th Anniversary of their Wedding, St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1938.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Obituary - Bryan Wesley Kinnick

Sunday Obituary
Bryan Wesley Kinnick

[Image added to obit]

Lost this first cousin way too soon. 54 years old, husband, father, and grandfather. This may be how he'd like to be remembered, courtesy of his daughter, on first seeing a grand-child...

Bryan W. Kinnick
(September 29, 1960 - February 4, 2015)

Bryan "Buzzy" Wesley Kinnick, age 54, of Bayard passed away unexpectedly at his home near Bayard on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 - 7 P.M. on Friday evening. The casket will be moved to the church at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes and soloists will be Cindy Seastrom and Peg Wiemers. Casket bearers will be Jeff McCool, Mark McCool, Tom Hoffman, Terry Hoffman, Justin Hein, Dave Wiemers, Keith Hilgenberg, and Doug Duff. Honorary casket bearers will be Bryan's grandchildren: Zoey, Hunter, and Jack. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for Bryan's family at

Born on September 29, 1960 in Carroll, he was the son of Edward "Buzz" and Colleen (Davis) Kinnick. He grew up in Bayard on his family's farm and graduated from Bayard High School in 1979. Following high school he worked for Garst and Thomas Seed Company in seed production. Bryan has continuously worked for the company through its evolution which is currently Hartung Brothers. He was married to Cindy Snyder on March 20, 1982 at the First United Methodist Church in Yale by Rev. Art Hill. Bryan and Cindy met through the Bayard - YJB class share program in Jamaica. Bryan served on the Coon Rapids - Bayard School board for seven years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bayard and he was a member of Ducks Unlimited. Bryan enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping, farming, and the occasional Bud Light. But most of all, Bryan loved spending time with his three grandchildren.

Bryan is survived by his wife Cindy of Bayard; a son Kory Kinnick and his wife Rachael of Kellogg; a daughter Kyla Kennedy of North Liberty; three grandchildren: Zoey, Hunter, and Jack; his parents Edward "Buzz" and Colleen Kinnick of Bayard; his mother-in-law Roberta Snyder of Yale; two sisters: Marcia Lewis and her husband Neil of Bayard and Cindy Franzeen and her husband Sid of Bayard; a brother Lon Kinnick and his wife Donna of Glidden; three brothers-in-law: Ron Snyder and his wife Amy of Marshalltown, Gary Snyder and his wife Stacia of Altoona, and Roger Snyder and his wife Brenda of Lake Panorama; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bryan was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law Delbert Snyder. 

Family photo from after the funeral, from Lexie Franzeen, on Facebook:

“Celebrating the life of Bryan "Buzzy" Kinnick today, such an amazing man who will be missed more than words can say. We love you so much! We are so blessed with this amazing family” 

Note: Three men far back right are my three youngest brothers... nice they could be there!

Front row are Bryan's son, Kory (wife, Rachel, and son, Hunter, behind), Buzz, Colleen, Cindy Sun, Brian's wife, holding grandson, Jack, and Kyla, holding Zoey [Hope I got those all right!].

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lon Kinnick - Coon Rapids - 100 Years Ago - My Hometown

 Lon Kinnick
Coon Rapids
100 Years Ago
My Hometown

From the 
Coon Rapids Enterprise - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Page 5:

100 Years Ago
January 22, 1915

Three boys from town, who were hunting Wednesday on the Lon Kinnick farm with three dogs, came near causing Lon the loss of a valuable hog. The dogs, two of them bulldogs, chewed the sow up badly. The boys tried to beat the dogs off with the butt of their guns but were unable to do so though breaking the stock of their guns. Town dogs appear to have no sense about stock. If a hog or any other animal runs from them, they take after it. Country dogs, used to stock, know better. Lon has warned all hunters to keep off his place.

Photo of Lon Kinnick with his horse...

Alonzo Kinnick & prizewinning Percheron.jpg

Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Brother Jim at Farm House

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday
Brother Jim and Three cars at Farm House
Winter 1965-6? Perhaps

My mystery photo for the day... with others dated 1962... [Update: likely Winter 1965-66, based on age of the cars!] 3 very interesting cars. These photos are from my Mother's and/or Grandmother's box of photos... I didn't take them.

This is the Smith Family Farm, and my next younger brother, Jim, in the middle. Perhaps a younger brother on far left. Curious as to specifics on cars. Not terribly familiar... perhaps I'm just getting old (that really is not in question, of course!!).

Comments appreciated from family and friends! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Obituary - Ida Marie (Bell) Kinnick

Sunday Obituary
Ida Marie (Bell) Kinnick Obituary
13 Mar 1918 - 6 Jan 2015 (Age 96)


[Ida Marie was my aunt; wife of Leo, my mother’s older brother]

Ida Marie Kinnick, age 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. She was born in Coon Rapids, Iowa, to Warren Raymond and Zula Agnes (Patrick) Bell, and was next to youngest of their six children: Opal, Irl, Lucille, Dorothy, Ida Marie and June.

Soon after graduating from high school, she married the love of her life, Leo Millard Kinnick, on Oct. 17, 1937, which led to them celebrating their 77th wedding anniversary just a short time ago — a milestone few couples ever reach. During this time, she lived in the Iowa towns of Coon Rapids, Rolfe, Lohrville, Fort Dodge, Lenox and Pella, as well as 20 years in Tucson, Arizona. 

Ida Marie's first jobs were as a farm girl, helping her family with the dairy farm, but also raising pigs and chickens. Like a lot of farm kids, Ida Marie learned to drive the pickup early, and long before getting a license, she drove the pickup for delivering milk in Coon Rapids, while her younger sister June delivered it to the doorsteps. After finishing high school, she took what was called "normal training" to be a teacher, and taught "all subjects" in two different country schools outside Coon Rapids — one term in Oakhill, and a second term in STAR School.

Marrying Leo Kinnick in 1937, they started their 77-year trek together on an 80-acre farm outside Coon Rapids. But she rode to town with her father-in-law each morning where she worked in the Jack Spratt grocery store. The next year Ida Marie and Leo followed her parents to their new dairy farm in the Bradgate/Rolfe area, to help with the milk cows and the 100-acre farm.  It was here that she started her dream job, combining life as a mother as well as a wife. Their first daughter, Karen, was born on the Bradgate/Rolfe farm.

About a year and a half later Ida Marie and Leo returned to Coon Rapids with baby Karen, where they ran a little hamburger cafe for about 6 months — living upstairs from the cafe. Ida Marie waited counter and served the food, and left Leo to fry the hamburgers and prepare the food. They sold a hamburger for 5 cents at that time! 

The next year Ida Marie and family moved to Lohrville, Iowa, where husband Leo had taken a job in the bank, and she dedicated herself to motherhood, adding three more children, Kathleen, Kelton, and Karla to the family over the next 10 years.  One of Ida Marie's main priorities was seeing that all her children got many of the chances in life that she didn't. She ensured that all four learned to swim, got music and dance lessons, and tried whatever sports interested them. And though it was long before "soccer moms" were ever heard of, she drove the kids to their activities stretching 30 to 50 miles in all directions from their home in Lohrville.  Ida Marie was also an accomplished seamstress — making many of the clothes for all four kids, all the way through their high school and college years, including formal dresses for the daughters and sport coats for her son. She made dance costumes by the dozens, as well as outfits for all the majorettes in the high school marching band. And the sewing continued for many of her grandkids as well — pretty much a life long passion.

In Ida Marie's early years in Lohrville, she was active in Methodist church support functions. But an early passion developed when good friends invited her and Leo, and several other couples, out to their farm to try square dancing!  Ida Marie was really skeptical of dancing in an old chicken coop, even though it had been cleaned out, but Leo convinced her to give it a try.  It was "spic and span clean", and they continued to allemande left, do-si-do and promenade for many more years. Another long term activity was helping with all the school activities for her kids, especially the band boosters — serving up thousands of maid rite sandwiches at the football games. When she and Leo moved to Lenox after the kids were grown and gone, the two of them took up bowling for the first time, joined a local league, and remained avid bowlers for several years — all to the amazement of their four children!

Ida Marie is survived by her husband Leo, her younger sister June Patrick, her brother-in-law August Edward (Buzz) Kinnick and his wife Colleen, her children Karen, Kathleen, Kelton and Karla, son-in-law Ken Lucas, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Obituary courtesy of Garden Chapel Funeral Homes, Pella, Iowa