Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 43 - Oct 19-25

75 yrs ago
Week 43 - Oct 19-25

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 43. Another business and cold week as she continued to work at the Maytag store each day.

I noticed this was two Mondays in a row she "Caught chickens/roasters" - a regular meal fare, for sure.

Being inside more, she was reading more, novel as well keeping up with her lessons, which she could do at work - between customers…  ;-) The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I picked up an interesting note, recently, that happened this week - and she was interested in college football as noted back in August: Oct 19, 1936: The first Associated Press college football poll was started - 75 years ago.

On Sunday, the family had the noon meal with Everett and Gertrude (Kinnick) Brideson. Gertrude was a sister of Paul Kinnick, aunt to Eileen. Here is a photo from their wedding.

Comments welcomed! 

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Dr Bill,
    I love this post today and what a beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing today.

  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful diary. It's fun to read about your mother's life. Today I especially enjoyed reading that she caught roasters/chickens two weeks in a row. Cooking is so much easier now--but I tend to think that the food was healthier back then.

  3. Yes, Sheryl. We were certainly closer to the source of the food we ate - and could 'view the processing' up close and personal. Much different from today. ;-)