Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 6 - Feb 15-21, 1937

75 yrs ago
Week 6 - Feb 15-21, 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 7 (Feb 15-21): A week of change and transition. The visit of Eileen's friend, Ruth, from out-of-town, came to an end. Eileen learned that the Maytag store is being sold and she will be looking for work elsewhere.

A visit to great-grandma Williams at her home.

I do have a map of Union Twp in 1835 with the Kinnick farm marked on it, red circled 5 just northwest of Coon Rapids town proper.

Note from Coon Rapids Enterprise of February 5, 1937 [as reported in the 75 Years Ago column of the February 16, 2012 edition]: "Since the close of the third month of school, there have been four staff changes in the rural teaching staff of the county… Union No. 6. These schools are now being taught by … Ida Marie Bell of Coon Rapids." Important bit of (soon to be) family news.

Comments welcomed! 

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. It's interesting that there were mid-year changes in the teaching staff. My grandmother's diary also noted a mid-year change in teachers. Perhaps changes were relatively common years ago--though it seems like it would have been difficult for the students.

  2. Yes, interesting. Just a few samples, but...
    Also, yours were men, in 1911; these eight (two each at four schools) were all women...
    Thanks for the comment! ;-)