75 yrs ago
Week 51 - Dec 14-20
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 51. On Monday, it was Eileen's 18th birthday. Birthdays and holidays were not big deals in her Dad's house. She was sick, too, which really made the day special! ;-(
Note the very utilitarian gifts: pajamas & Aladdin lamp - see photo.
She was making a jacket for her plaid dress; even worked on it at the store. She seemed to handle cold sore well, on Tuesday evening out with Pete! ;-)
The big event of the week, of course, was the wedding, on Wednesday, Dec 16, of Max (Pete's younger sister) and Orrin Hilgenberg. "Max made the sweetest bride." Here is a photo of them taken not long after they were married. [Each still alive and together to celebrate 75th anniversary in Arizona!]
Assume the book she read, Laddie, was: Laddie boy: the autobiography of a dog, Harper & Bros., 1936.
They got very domestic with friends, Don and Norma, on Sunday. Eileen took a change of clothes. Girls fixed nice meal, together. Across the road to Smith's for supper. How nice! ;-)
Next week ends the 1936 diary entries on the website. For 1937, I have copies of the diary pages and will be posting them, daily, on The KINNICK Project blog, beginning January 4. Weekly summaries will continue, here, starting Tuesday, January 10.
Families are Forever! ;-)