Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 31 - July 24-30, 1937

75 yrs ago
Week 31 - July 24-30, 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 31 (July 24-30): This week, Eileen began her new job at the new Municipal Light Plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Her first job was to do the monthly billing. One of her co-workers she refers to as Verna. One of the plant operators was Leo Watrous. In reviewing some Coon Rapids Enterprise issues from 1987 this week, I came across an article in the 50 Years Ago column of the March 5, 1987 issue that said:
"Miss Verna Watrous entertained a number of friends at bridge in her home, then took her guests to the Textor Cafe for lunch." Is it safe to assume this is the same Verna?

From the 1930 U.S. Census for Coon Rapids, Iowa:
Leo Watrous 40 Clara Watrous 41 Verna Watrous 13 Lyle Watrous 10 Neva Watrous 9 Cleo Watrous 9
Looks like the right family!  ;-)

In the 50 Years Ago column of the December 25, 1986, Coon Rapids Enterprise is the following:
"In a pretty wedding at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Willow township, Miss Maxine Smith, daughter of William Smith, became the bride of Orrin Hilgenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Hilgenberg."

I look forward to your comments!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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