Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 34

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago
Week 34 - Aug 17-23

My mother, Eileen KINNICK (maiden name), kept a diary from 1932 until her death in 1999. In Feb 2005, I created a website of her 1936 diary, the year she graduated from high school, and started dating my dad later in the year. The transcription, week by week, with commentary, notable items, and my comments are sitting there to view, unchanged (a few back links and all!). I am starting this retro view in the middle of the year. You are welcome to click on the Weekly Index, and go back to read the first half of the year, at your leisure.
My comments - in red
Commentary at the time - in green
Notable items - in blue

Setting: The family lived in a farmhouse a couple of miles out of town (Coon Rapids, Iowa). Older brother, Leo, lived at home; girl friend, later wife, Ida. Younger brother, Buzzy (she often wrote Bussy); see photo.

Week 34. 'Appendicitis' seemed to be the malady of the month - She was looking after her older brother, Leo, who had the operation at end of last week. On Thursday, this week, her Dad brought their cousin (her mom's son), Paul Nielsen, to be operated on and took Leo home. On Friday, it appears Mom (Eileen) had a ruptured appendix!

Note on Birthdays - Mom's Dad, my grandfather, Paul Kinnick, was not much for celebrating either birthdays or Christmas or such… amazing. Big deal for the rest of the family, but not him. [Scrooge?]

The link should work as: http://stoopnagle.com/ - but I can't get it to work, either.

Enjoy the read. Comments welcomed.

Families are forever!  ;-)


  1. Couldn't get the link to work but I still love reading the stories. What a great thing to have in your family..your moms diary.

  2. Thank you. We are very proud and pleased to have her stories, for sure. ;-)