Saturday, June 27, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of March, 1940

My first years…  
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of March, 1940

These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.

 Was this the 'nursery chair' he 'finished?'

[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of March highlights:

Fri, Mar 1 [Birthday note: Ruth Bolger] - (Pete) pulled the new John Deere Spreader home with Delbert’s tractor. Had swiss steak for dinner. … Pete finished his nursery chair and I read until 10:00.
Sat. Mar 2 - I got up and built the fires. Really icy out. Pete worked on the cupboard.
Mon. Mar 4 - Pete took Jno.Dr. & went up to Bolger’s after his binder. … He took the tractor up to Delbert’s & I went after him. … Ruth & Glenn came. Figured on ch. cupboard & played cards until 11:00.
Wed. Mar 6 - …took Pete & lumber up to the church. I came home, fixed chicken & noodles & went up there for dinner. Glenn’s, Verles, Beryl’s, Gurerney’s, Don’s, us were there. Spilt Billy’s milk & went up to Ruth’s after some more.
Thurs. Mar 13 [Birthday note: Ida Marie] - Planned on having Leo’s here for Ida’s birthday tonite, but it snowed too hard. … Roads all blocked again.
Sun. Mar 17 [2. anniversary] - Nice day. Went to church. In to folks for dinner. Leo, Ida, Paul there.
Been married 2 years. Mom gave us $1; Ida gave us stationary.
Wed. Mar 20 - Dad went with Charley T. to the hockey game in Omaha.
Thurs. Mar 21 [Birthday note: Leo Kinnick] - Up early. Left for Des Moines. Edith T., LVene & Betty went along. Ate dinner at Bolton & Hay. Coat at Robinson’s. Shoes at Berland’s & hat at Sibyl’s. Home at 5:45. Chored, ate & went to S.S. party at Brown’s. Played Rook. Mom and Buss stayed all night again.
Sun. Mar 24 [Easter - Billy was baptized] - Got ready and went to church. Quite a few were there. Jack B. sang - girls had an exercise. Didn’t have any class. Real cold day but we all wore our new coats.
Sun. Mar 31 - Leo & Ida moved to Lohrville.

My comments: Good peak into their life in the winter.
I remember seeing Grandpa Paul Kinnick had gone to hockey game in Omaha with Charley Thomas and a couple of others, in the Enterprise. Would never have guessed… but true! “Mom and Buzzy” always came and stayed with Pete and Eileen, when Paul out of town. Interesting.
Quite a shopping spree in Des Moines. P.S. She sent the coat back to Robinson’s in Des Moines, and got another at Ellerbrock’s in Carroll. Must have decided it was too expensive. ;-)
Jack Bowman sang on my baptism day! That was nice!! ;-)
This confirms when Leo and Ida moved to Lohrville!!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of February, 1940

My first years…  
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of February, 1940

These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.

[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Billy in snowsuit, Eileen, Pooch

Month of February highlights:

Sat. Feb 3 - Pete finished the play pen. …  Pete played piano…
Sun. Feb 4 - Listened to radio, wrote in books, & Pete played the piano.
Mon. Feb 5 - Pete cleaned out the chicken house. Chores, ate supper, read, Pete played piano & we went to bed.
Tues. Feb 6 - Got ready to go to Farm Bureau meeting at Mrs. Turners in town. LVene took Billy up to Smith’s. They kept him. Truman’s home is real nice.
Wed. Feb 8 - Snowing and blowing.
Mon, Feb 12 - Polly & Merle left for Calif.
Tues. Feb 13 - Betty showed me how to crochet.
Thurs. Feb 15 - Pete went up and helped Delbert & Lilian move.
Friday Feb 16 - Pete worked on sandpapering play pen, I worked on books.
Sat. Feb 17 - Snowing. … took Billy in to Mom’s & Pete & I went to Carroll. I practiced in F.B. Women’s Chorus.
Thurs. Feb 22 - I made a choc. cake. Took it to pot luck S.S. party at Glenn & Ruth’s. Played cards & games & sang. Home late. Hazel Bolger kept Billy.
Sun. Feb 25 - Folks came for supper & then they stayed with Billy while we went to Vic & Ger. farewell party. Levee, Verle, Julia, Arnold, Edith, Betty, Irene, Toots, Glenn, Ruth, Ruth, Harold, Brannan’s, Don, Norma, Berle, Gurtha, Beulah, Guerney.
Mon. Feb 26 - Pete worked on nursery chair.

My comments:
Dad seemed to tire of playing the piano, after a few days.
I had not realized that Polly & Merle left for California this early in 1940. Nice to see the record.
Delbert & Lillian Ford moved. Vic & Gertrude Ford “farewell party.” ??
Still working on play pen. “Nursery chair” I assume is the one I still have!! All wood. Neat!
Thurs Feb 22 - First time Hazel Bolger kept Billy, that I’m aware - many times, over those early years. Assume she probably had Bob, Carolyn and Nancy, as well!! ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of January, 1940

My first years…  from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of January, 1940

These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.

[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of January highlights (I was six months old on Jan. 1):

Wed. Jan 3 - Had w.c. shot for Billy. Got our corn money.
Sat. Jan 6 - Took folks a load of cobs & bro’t home a load of coal.

Wed. Jan 10 - Ate dinner at Carroll… Mom had her glasses changed. Billy had his last whooping cough shot.
Thurs. Jan 11 - Chored early & went to Ruth and Glenn’s for oyster supper. Moylan’s kept Billy.
Sat. Jan 13 - It really is snowing. Real deep. … Billy - 2 more teeth.
Sun. Jan 14 - Quit snowing but blowing terribly.
Tues. Jan 16 - Pete in to lumber yard. … Pete started play pen.
Wed. Jan 17 - Pete working on Billy’s play pen.
Thurs. Jan 18 - Really was cold. About 20 degrees below.
Sun. Jan 21 - Showed Pete a little about the piano…
Mon. Jan 22 - Pete worked on Billy’s play pen.
Tues. Jan 23 - Pete played piano awhile…
Thurs. Jan 25 - Pete took me & Billy to club at Mrs. Wheeler’. He slept all the time. …
… went to Gymer’s to S.S. party…Polly kept Billy.
Sat. Jan 27 - Pete went up home & helped butcher a beef. … Pete played the piano awhile…
Sun. Jan 28 - Pete played piano a little…
Mon. Jan 29 - Pete worked on Billy’s play pen.

My comments: Didn’t know Dad ever had interest in playing the piano…
Sure put a lot of effort into “Billy’s play pen”…
Interesting to note the people who cared for me when they ‘went out.’ More than I realized.
It was a really hard winter. Snowed in a lot, but rarely more than a day…

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Obituary - Dennis Ford - 1938-2015

Sunday Obituary
Dennis Ford

Dennis was my first cousin, once removed, and in my graduating Class of 1957 at Coon Rapids, Iowa. [He outlived his doctor's 6-8 months by nearly two full years...]

Dennis Ford passed away May 18, 2015, at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.  He was 76 years of age.  Per his wishes, no services are planned at this time.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future.  Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
Dennis Kinnick Ford was born December 1, 1938, at Carroll.  He was the son of Lillian Kinnick Ford and Delbert Ford.  Dennis graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1957. Through his high school years, he participated in 4-H and FFA.  Dennis attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, studying accounting and business.
On August 28, 1960, Dennis was united in marriage to Sandy Fagan at the Glidden Methodist Church.  The couple farmed around Coon Rapids for a time, then farmed south of Glidden for 10 years, where they also had a small dairy herd.  They lived near Dunbar Slough for a few years and then moved to Lake View, and then back to Coon Rapids.  In 1973 they made their home in Jefferson where Dennis remained for the rest of his life.
Dennis worked as a welder at Parker Manufacturing in Jefferson, and then worked for 24 years in building maintenance and engineering for the Jefferson and Jefferson-Scranton School District.  He retired in November 2000.
Together, Dennis and Sandy mowed lawns and did snow removal in the Jefferson community for more than 30 years.  Dennis enjoyed playing cards and was an avid reader of western books.  He belonged to First United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and was head usher for many years.  Dennis volunteered throughout the community by delivering congregate meals, working for the food pantry, Greene County Medical Center auxiliary, and securing  hosts for the seasonal operation of the Mahanay Bell Tower.
Dennis was a member of Morning Star Lodge #159 A.F. & A.M. (Masons), Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, and the Odd Fellows Lodge.  He loved being around people.  Comaraderie and service to others was important to him.
Surviving are his wife Sandy Ford of Jefferson; children Jeff (Terri) Ford and Deborah (Don) Wills of Jefferson, and Gene (Greg Lacey) Ford of Des Moines; grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Oakes of Paton, James (Mindy) Ford, Josh (Jessica Wolf) Ford and  Megan Vaughan, all  of Jefferson,  and Jada Lacey of Des Moines,; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
The family is assisted by Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home of Jefferson, 515-386-2171.
Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hometown News - - 75 Years Ago - May 3, 1940

Hometown News
75 Years Ago
May 3, 1940

A rural school nearby in the late 1940s

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise - Thursday, May 7, 2015 Page 5:

75 Years Ago
May 3, 1940

Mildred Middleton, for the past nine years, a teacher in Union township rural schools and one of the most active workers in the Rural Teacher Association, will leave June 4 for Cedar Falls to enroll in Iowa State Teacher’s College for a two year Junior High teachers’ course.

After graduating from Coon Rapids High School, Mildred taught at the Heald School for six years and has been teaching the Richland Center School for the past three years. In 1931, Mildred and her sister, Mrs. Roswell Jordan, were prominent in organizing the Ten and Seven Teachers’ Club, one of the first such organizations in this part of the country.

Monday night Mildred entertained that group at a cooperative dinner at her home here with
county and state Rural Teachers Association officers as additional guests. The original organization included only 12 members: Irene Smith, L’Vene Smith, Mrs. Verle Thomas, Dorothy Barnoske, Clara Trullinger, Mrs. Alf Hetland, Mrs. Roland Drake, Elma Johnson, Mrs. Grant Ballard, Ineze Grohe, Mrs. Clarence Shirbroun, Mrs. Roswell Jordan and Mildred Middleton.

Now the group has a membership of 24. Honored guests at the dinner last Monday night were Mrs. Captolia Greteman, of Templeton, president of the state rural teachers’ association; Mrs. Mary Moore, of Carroll, assistant to the county superintendent; Helen Kuhn, of Manning, corresponding secretary of the county rural teachers’ association; Aurila Lamp of Manning, treasurer; and Edith Lund, president, who is also a member of the local Ten and Seven Club. Other members of the club attending were Erna Lund, Irene Smith, Mrs. Verle Thomas, Lorene George, Loretta Brannan, Pearl Brutsche, Eveleyn Schultz, Dorothy Schultz, Linette Cretsinger, Arlene Cretsinger, Virginia Gillespie, Mrs. Harold Pomeroy, Mrs. Roland Drake, Ethel Betts, and Mrs. Jordan. Edith Thomas and Irene Anderson served the dinner which had been planned by Mildred, Miss Brannan and Miss Brutsche. Places were laid at two long tables centered with potted flowers on table mirrors. Nutcups and favors were combined in handmade pots of artificial tulips.

The evening was spent in games, contests and singing, directed by Mrs. Jordan, Miss Betts and Mrs. Thomas. Mrs. Greteman also showed private movies.

My comments:

These women played key roles in early family life. Three of them were my aunts, and all were close family friends. They were teachers in local schools, in the town schools as well as rural schools over the years, and one, at least, Erna Lund, just retired a couple of years ago. Mildred Middleton went on to serve Education at the state level and elsewhere. Many of these ladies served many important community roles and leadership positions. A neat article. I haven't corrected any errors... just copied as it was printed. Dr. Bill

Families are Forever! ;-)

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! ;-)