Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Eileen Kinnick-75 yrs ago - Week 41 - Oct 5-11

75 yrs ago
Week 41 - Oct 4-11

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 41.  "C. E. Work" referred to "Commercial Extension" a business school "correspondence course." She and her dad had decided they could not afford to send her away to business school, so she had begun this course(s) from home. Starting here, we begin to see 'shorthand' notes in the margins. That is one of the courses she was taking.

Note: She regularly listened to the World Series on the radio.  ;-)

On Friday: "danced every 3 with Pete." His sister, Max, had graduated in 1935; Pete in 1933.

I'll comment on final entry: "Were going to show but we found Don & Norma. Went to café & ate & cut out paper dolls. Sat in Don's car & listened to radio & ate pop corn. Ollie Betts road."

Don and Norma Williams were close friends for many years. Don had lived right across the road south of the Smith place for many years. When they married, Don and Norma lived just down the road, for many, many years... the moved to Arizona in the 1950s. Mom and Dad visited them a few times. Nancy and I, and Annette at 2, visited them in 1962. Nice folks! One daughter, Marla, a life-long teacher, now retired, of course (same age as my next younger brother).

Comments welcomed!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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