Thursday, April 28, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1947 - April 25 - Helping Hands

From Mom’s Diary… 1947
April 25 - Helping Hands
Dennis, Wayne, Wilson, Bill, ?
Charlotte, Kay, Nancy, Donna, ?
Curious coincidence than I'm standing behind Nancy in photo... ;-)

Friday, April 25:

Went to Jefferson with Pete to get two 14 foot maple trees for side front of yard. Got Jim’s hair cut, ate dinner there. Picked up Ramona Magee & Cretsinger girl. Left Pete at home & I went in town to see Jimmie’s proofs. One was pretty good. Home & Pat, Wilson here. Billy rode around square with them. Had lunch here. Bill & I went to Helping H at nite after I set out tomato, cabbage, flower plants & cleaned pantry. At Nancy Bol.

My comments:

Since late December had been very cold, snowy and blizzards. Roads closed many days. At one stretch, Mom said it had been three weeks between seeing her mother!! At one point, she said “that said” worst winter and snows in four years. I January had been subzero for days on end… she had daily temperatures.

I had this photo Helping Hands children’s group from Church. First mentioned last December. This is first mention when seemed to be decent weather. Was apparently a monthly gathering. Many days missing in diary, so I latched on this meeting to share the photo. Meeting was at Nancy Bolger house.

AND, On Wednesday, May 28:

Had snow. Imagine. An awful night for club. Only 4 here. Arlene, Edith, Elaine, Orville.

This was an event I did recall all my life… the May 28th Snow, in Iowa, and Mom hosted club meeting. Was she upset! Nice to see the year confirmed, again.

AND, one more, on my 8th birthday, Tuesday, July 1: 

Had a birthday party for Billy. 21 kids here. They really had a time. ...

Don't remember that, at all. Not aware of any photos. Nice, tho' !!! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - Nov 28 - Thanksgiving and Buzzy

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
Nov 28 - Thanksgiving and Buzzy
Buzz in Army uniform, on furlough for holiday

Sat, Nov 23: “Buzzy called at 5:00 from home. Surely good to hear him again.”
Sun, Nov 24: “Made 3 cherry pies & went to Leo’s for duck dinner. Really good. Bussy telling us all about the Army. Doing steps etc.”

Thursday, November 28:

Really a nice day. Ironed couch cover, roasted chickens, dressing, cleaned up, made salad - celery pickles, olives, cranberries - set table. Mom bro’t spuds, Lil - chicken. Gertrude - scalloped oysters. Colleen got to come late last nite. She was here for dinner. 17 of us. Took pictures. Had a nice time. All of em stayed for supper. Paul did chores & then came back & ate. To bed at 9:00. Ger’s were last to leave.

Sun, Dec 1: “Buzz & Colleen came & took Billy & me to church. Then they went to Davis’ to dinner.”
Mon, Dec 2: “Cleaned up & Pete & I took Buzzy to Omaha. Nice trip. 1 flat tire just outside Co. Bluffs. … Saw Buzz off at airport at 1:00.”

My comments:

Colleen had gone to college at the University of Iowa, so she was home from school, as well.

Cousin Paul Nielsen was essentially a hired man, with Buzzy off to the Army. Paul had returned from his Army Service in the Pacific, during the war.

Pretty exciting time.

AND, on Dec 1, went to Dennis' 8th Birthday Party... here is photo:
 Donna, Nancy, Kay, ?, ?, Bill, Dennis, Wayne, David; I think! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - Nov 11 - New School Teacher

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
Nov 11 - New School Teacher
Jessie Shirbroun was new teacher at Willow #3, for my second grade year.

Monday, November 11:

Kinda cloudy in A.M. Did dishes, sep. cleaned up. Pete picked load of corn & then we went to Ger. & Ev. for dinner. Ira, Delda, Uncle Will, Roberts, Lucille, Lil’s, folks & us there. Had such a nice time. Men went to Bayard (26), Coon (0) F. B. game at Coon. Had nice visit. Home at 4:30. Bill had been at Petersons all P.M. Miss Shirbroun sick & let them out. Made pies, put Jim to be at 6:00.

My comments:

First mention of Miss Shirbroun. Busy day. Ira and Delda were Grandpa Paul Kinnick’s uncle and aunt who lived in Cheyenne, Wyo. Uncle Will was from Illinois (brother-in-law of Ira. Robert was Paul’s brother, Lucille his sister, along with Lillian and Gertrude. That was all five siblings!

I had walked a little over half a mile from school to Petersons who lived just north of our farm. They would feed my an apple and a piece of bread with peanut butter on it, for a snack. Memories. They rarely left the farm, for any reason, so were a pretty safe haven for me! ;-)

P.S. on Wednesday, Nov 6: "Bought the Book of Knowledge." I sure remember that. Lots of good reading. I especially like each year when we got the Annual. Practically read it front to back... ;-)

AND, came across this photo of Ira and Delta... same visit, I'm pretty sure... [Actually this may be earlier, but that is them on the left...]

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - September 15 - Buzz leaves for Army

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
September 15 - Buzz leaves for Army
Edward (Buzz) Kinnick - Coon Rapids High Grad, 1946

Wednesday, Sept 15:

Cleaned the house. Over to the folks awhile. Pete there putting up hay. At nite Buss came over & took a bath. Told him goodbye. He leaves for Army tonite at 11:00. …

My comments:

In previous days, he said goodbye at Leo’s. “Buss had a nice farewell letter for Leo.”

Also, of note, prior day: “Toots & Mary came to say goodbye to Buzz. They just got hame from big trip out west, south & North to Canada.”

[Note: Mom used Buzz there, instead of Buss.]

Buzz went through Military Intelligence training for several months, then served in Osaka, Japan. He was in the Army for eighteen months as part of occupation forces.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - July 1 - 7th Birthday

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
July 1 - 7th Birthday

Diary was blank for June 28 through July 23, so it missed my birthday. I think this may be a birthday photo, with a tent and angel food cake. We’ll say it is, anyway, until proven otherwise!! ;-)

My comments:

Ego requires me to record my annual birthday.

Few weeks later there is a reference: "Billy playing with bow & arrow." Must have been a Indian themed birthday, perhaps!! ;-)

P.S. Just realized this posted on April 20, with is brother Jim's 72nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Jim! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - June 21 - Bible School Photos

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
June 21 - Bible School Photos
Group Bible School Photo - Star Methodist Church
Nancy and Bill - first side by side photo

Friday, June 21:

Warm & sunny. Made a malted milk cake, noodles, did dishes, separator, went to church to Bible School Picnic. Jimmy fussy. Took pictures. Put food away. Home & gave Jim a nap. Did dishes, swept, Took Jim to Mom’s & went to church. Swept & dusted it. Got Jim. Home & cleaned up & went up to Bible S. program. Billy was a Toad in a play. Nice music & all. Home at 10:00.

My comments:

This was first Bible School, following first grade. Went all week. This was on Friday, a picnic concluding... a program was later at night.

In the upper photo, I believe that is brother Jim, sitting on someone's shoulders, above all others!

Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1946 - April 8 - Basketball Banquet

From Mom’s Diary… 1946
April 8 - Basketball Banquet

High School Madrigal Group - Spring of 1946
Buzz, upper left - Bruce Annear, upper right

One of several graduation related activities for Buzz and his class:

Monday, April 8:

Sunny but windy and chilly. Patched o’alls for Billy & Pete. Did sep. Harold here after cream & eggs. Pete took 4 sows to town in pickup. Cut out 4 o’alls - Jim, 1 jacket for Bill. Pete home at 3:00. When Billy came I took him & Jim to Mom’s. … Home & bathed & went to Girl’s & Boy’s Basketball Banquet. Mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, fresh salad, ham, ice cream, cake. Nice program. Bill Creighton, Gene Summate, Chisholm. Talked to Buzz & Colleen. They had car. We had pick-up. Out after boys. Did Jennings & all ever razz Colleen & Buzz. He blushed. Sang in Quartet.

My comments:

So much to say, so little space. Buzz and Colleen had just started really going together. He was star on Boy’s BB team, too… but they weren’t that good. Colleen star on Championship team, of course. Each so tall and good looking (photo of them together, to come, later on). Made quite a couple. Noted that Buzz had Mom & Dad’s car a lot, lately, leaving them with the pickup, when Buzz had dates!! What fun!

Chose the photo of the singers for here. Madrigal actually performed at graduation, I think. Buzz and Bruce were in the quartet with two of the girls from this group.

Personal note: Last summer, at a funeral, it was fun to see both Buzz and Bruce, together again after a number of years, both now in their mid-eighties. Bruce had been living in Arizona for quite a while.

Families are Forever! ;-)