Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 35

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago
Week 35 - Aug 24-30

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 35. Maybe a little too much detail, sometimes, about the "Mash Unit" - all three young folks ill or recovering this week. Edith Lund was good friend of Eileen who lived down the road; often stopped by and helped with housework - very nice. She was a life-long friend; nice lady!

Notes - We see our first book reference, as well as reference to car and cornet. Nice to see her feeling well enough again to be thinking about going to 'college' in a town where her aunt lived. Didn't happen, but she was thinking about it. Her dad would have still needed to pay tuition, and got the impression that was not something he wanted to do. ;-(

Reference to '...went down to Rasmuses' ... that is Paul Nielsen's parents; Paul's mother was Eileen's aunt - sister to mom's mom. They lived on a farm to the southeast of Coon Rapids, perhaps ten or so miles away. I think they may not have had a car. [Their place always reminded me of 'Ma and Pa Kettle' when we visited when I was a youngster!]

Enjoy the read. Comments welcomed.

Families are forever!  ;-)


  1. I was trying to get to the link, but didn't work for me. Want to read the diary.