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 bad links and all!). . 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; his girl friend, later wife, Ida, visited regularly. Younger brother, Buzzy (she often wrote Bussy) was 8 years old; see photo.
Week 39. On Wednesday, "Robert and Edna here about supper time" This was Robert Kinnick, her father, Paul's brother and his wife. [This link is to one of the few photos I have of Robert.]
Eileen's mom, my grandma Kinnick, did not drive. So, Eileen did most of the shopping. "Garst's" was the department store in town. I learned from this diary that she worked at this store, from time to time; perhaps just on weekends.
Sunday was of special interest to me. She curled Edith Lund's hair - assume it meant "cut" Pete's hair, while there, as well. Then "town again in Pete's car." - followed by "Pete & I took Helen in to town & then he bro't me out home." They are beginning to look like a couple - even though on 'group dates.' What do you think?
OK, it is a little easier to speculate when we know how it came out! ;-)
Enjoy the read. Comments welcomed.
Families are forever! ;-)