Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eileen KINNICK 75 yrs ago Week 1 - Jan 4-10, 1937

75 yrs ago
Week 1 - Jan 4-10, 1937

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. During the latter half of 2011, commented weekly on these entries.

For 1937, I am transcribing the daily entries, currently, at The KINNICK Project surname blog.

In this weekly blog post, I will make summary comments and observations, and perhaps add a photo, from time to time.

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 9 years old. Pete Smith is her 'boy friend' - fourth month starting Jan 1 (they do marry, in Mar 1938).

Week 1 (Jan 4-10):

There was no entry I could find for Jan 2 & 3. This week, 4-10, was very cold and snowy. It is interesting to see how her reactions to this situation are reflected in her diary comments.

Their daily activities, of course, were somewhat restricted this week due to the weather.

In the back of the diary for the year, she appears to be entering her 'expenditures' for personal items. Here is a scan of the three entries for January and February:

Black Silk Shirt - 1.00
Print Silk Dress (made) - 2.80
Black Sandals - 2.45

Comments welcomed! 

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. She must have been planning ahead for warmer weather since she bought black sandals :)

  2. Good point, Sheryl. Perhaps they were on a close-out sale... a bargin. ;-)