75 yrs ago
Week 36 - Aug 28-Sep 3, 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 36 (Aug 28-Sep 3): On Thursday, Sep 2, 1937, Eileen wrote: "Had Miss Millslagle set my hair & she did a good job on it, too." Miss Millslagle was a teacher at the school (starting in 1932) and later, for several years, High School Principal. I knew her as Stella Zumwalt - my High School English teacher in 1953-57. She died in 1957, shortly after we graduated. She had married Ed Zumwalt, the dry cleaner owner in town, in 1942 or so, in her mid-40s. Her obit says they later divorced.
Her are his and her obits from the Coon Rapids Enterprise:
Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, July 12, 1979, page 21:
EDMUND WALTER ZUMWALT
Edmund, son of Daniel and Sarah Myers Zumwalt, was born April 9,1890, in Ashkum, HI. As a youth the family moved to Iowa. He lived with his family on a farm (near) Ames, Iowa, until his marriage in 1917 to Avis Stott. To
'this union were born three chilldren, Shirley, John and Richard.
He was remarried in 1928 to Hazel McCannon. To this union were born Charlotte, Donald and Janet. Hazel died in 1937. Ed was married again in 1943 to Stella Millslagle who died in 1957. Ed operated a dry cleaning establishment in Coon Rapids for many years and continued to live in Coon Rapids after his
He had been in failing health for several years and entered the Thomas Rest Haven about three years ago. Ed died at the St. Anthony Regional Hospital on Sunday, July 8,1979, at the age of 89 years, 2 months, 29 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson. He is survived by six children: Mrs. Gerald (Shirley) Blake, Altoona, la.; John Zumwalt, Mentone, Ca.; Richard Zumwalt, Daly City, Ca.; Ms. Arnold (Charlotte) Stevenson, LaVerne, Ca.; Donald.Zumwalt, San Pedro, Ca.; and Mrs. Janet Nielsen, Des
Moines. Also by 12 grandchildren, and six greatgrandchildren and many cousins in the Ames area and other relatives and friends.
Front page, Coon Rapids Enterprise, Friday, July 26, 1957:
Last Rites For Stella Zumwalt Held Monday
Funeral rites for Mrs. Stella Zumwalt, 62, who died at St. Anthony hospital at Carroll Friday morning, the 19th were held at the First Christian church here Monday morning at 9:30.
The service was in charge of the pastor, the Rev. Morris L. Bailey. Larry Crisman san "The Twenty Third Psalm" and "In the Garden." Mrs. Paul Nelson was organist.
Casket bearers were Merlin Johnson, Clarence Jacobsen, Lyle Crisman, Amos Howard, William Augustus and H. A. Riis.
Burial was in Union Township cemetery east of town, the first burial in the new cemetery.
Mrs. Zumwalt's death resulted from a heart condition, having suffered an attack in August 1956. She had been at the Carroll hospital since July 14.
She taught at Glidden before coming to Coon Rapids in 1932, serving as principal of the public school for a number of years. She owned a nice home here and took an active part in church and community activities.
Stella Millslagle, daughter of Peter and Esther Millslagle, was born at Steamboat Rock Dec. 17, 1895. Her parents are deceased.
She married Ed Zumwalt in 1942. Later they were divorced. Surviving are three stepchildren, Charlotte, Janet and Donald, all of California; one brother, Chester Millslagle, New Virginia, and a sister, Mrs. Grace Shery of Des Moines.
Mrs. Zumwalt was a member of the FIrst Christian church, Faith Chapter Order of Eastern Star and Chapter D.W. - P.E.O. at Coon Rapids.
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