Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 38 - Sep 11-17, 1937

75 yrs ago
Week 38 - Sep 11-17, 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 38 (Sep 11-17): Eileen was at work at the new Coon Rapids Municipal Light Plant this week collecting monthly light bills and properly recording them in the records in the office.

In the Coon Rapids Enterprise for 75 Years Ago on September 13, 2012, we find the story of the accident Eileen reported in her diary on September 1: "Emery's garage burned & Howard Teter ran in the ditch. Really some excitement."

75 Years Ago
September 3, 1937

Howard Teter was badly hurt Wednesday night when the car he was driving crashed into the south bank on Highway 46. He failed to make the turn coming down the road from the north by the old Vanderloo place. A stuck throttle and a number of cars traveling 46 at this junction was the cause given for this accident. Teter suffered a broken nose, a fractured collar bone, a badly cut right arm, a gash in his head, split lip and the loss of some teeth when the car buried its nose in the bank and he went through the windshield. He was rushed to Dr. Jewell’s office where his wounds were treated and where he appears to be making satisfactory recovery.


On September 5, 1937, Eileen again mentioned riding the bike. This was the bike Buzzy got for his birthday, that a few years later became my bike. I finally came across a good photo of it this weekend - this is from 1947, that is me on it, on the right; along with Wilson and Pat Thomas, with my brother him... at our farm home. ;-)

I look forward to your comments!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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