Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Wedding Anniversary-Pete and Eileen
We all know that March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. A few years ago, when we confirmed actually having Butler ancestor's born in Ireland, it became more significant to us. But, it had already been a big day in our family, because my parents, Pete and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, were married on this date. Here in 2020 it is the 82th anniversary of that date.
From March 1-17, Pete and Eileen had been preparing the farmhouse that would be their home. They were renting the farm land from his mother's estate, with a house that had not been lived in for some time. Electric lines had not been run to this residence because no other homes were on that road.
Thanks to Mom's detailed diary entries, we have a lot of information on this time period. They were repairing, cleaning and scrubbing, painting and papering. They gathered minimal furniture from family and friends. They waited for the high-line to be brought to their home by the rural electric company. When it arrived, Pete had to run the wire to the house and the barn. He had to wire the house to have light fixtures and outlets where they needed them.
Late in the afternoon, March 17, 1938, with a couple of friends, they drove the 15 or so miles north to Carroll, where they were married in the Methodist Parsonage, by the Methodist Minister. Their friends were the witnesses. Their 'honeymoon' consisted of driving back to the farmhouse on dirt and mud roads to begin their married life together there.
I joined them on July 1, 1939.
Families are Forever! ;-)
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Brothers, Neighbors and Friends from Long Ago
COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE - THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 PAGE 5:
This photo includes by brother, Jim Smith, by brother-in-law, Al Bolger, and the rest are neighbors and friends. How neat!! Here is the caption from the local newspaper:
We’re continuing to feature junior high basketball teams from years ago, compliments of the Bill Keister photo collection.
Here’s the Coon Rapids Junior High boys basketball team from 1958. The coach was John Pitts.
There is no report in the 1958 yearbook to indicate whether this team was
any good, however four years later these players helped CRHS enjoy a very
Front row from left: D. Heater, Harrison Jewell, D. Shirbroun, David Nielson, Jim Smith, R. Kopaska, Roger Smith, T. Tugel, Gerry Halterman, Jim Herbert.
Doug Honold, K. Tuel, Terry Hilgenberg, Alan Bolger, D. Shirbroun, Doug Carpenter, Tom Campbell, J. Olesen, Steve Roberts, M. Dailey, Arnold Palmer.
Families are Forever! ;-)