Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 10 - March 8-12, 1937

75 yrs ago
Week 10 - March 8-12, 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. Starting here with Week 10, I am switching to the week ending on Friday.

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 10 (Mar 8-12):

Well, this was an eventful week in Eileen's young life. It looked like she was going to move a couple of hours from Coon Rapids, to Storm Lake, to work… and she did. But, it didn't last very long. She didn't like her new working environment, including the boss, and she was very quickly home sick. Can you blame her? Not really!

Of course, likely wouldn't be here if she had stayed in Storm Lake. So, I may be a bit biased!

On Wednesday, March 10, she got a "manicure set" from a Navy boy she wrote letters to… do you suppose it looked anything like this? Or would it have been smaller?

Comments welcomed! 

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Great photo! It really helped me picture what a manicure kit looked like.

  2. As a youngster, I was in a wedding, and my gift from the bride and groom was a three piece gold-plated manicure set, in a leather case. 60+ years later, I still regularly use the gold plated clippers!