Saturday, August 1, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of August (first half only), 1940


My first years…  
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of August (first half only), 1940


These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.


[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of August (first half only) highlights:

Mon. Aug 5 - Edith L. called & wanted me to go to Lakes. She & Julia & I left at 1:30. Got there at 6:00. Stopped & shopped at every big town on the way. Helen Bower, Helen Rafferty, Arlene Rafferty, Virginia Welch, Elizabeth Welch, Edith Thomas were there. Got there just as they were through eating so they fed us. Cleaned up  & went down on Midway. Played bingo, rode ghost train, ate hambrgs & went home. Julia & I slept together.
Tues. Aug 6 - [on top] [Erna & I danced & Edith T. & Arlene R. We were the only ones who stayed]
Didn’t get up until 9:30. Edith Thomas & Erna got breakfast. Everyone fixed their hair. Went down on the pier & played awhile.Erna, Edith L., Julia & I rode over on the other side to see the swell homes. Had 2 ice cream bars apiece. Home at supper at 5:00. All but Julia, Edith T. & I went on the boat ride. Got ready & went to Claude Hopkins negro dance. Really wonderful. (Bed fell down with Erna, Edith T. & me. Home at 2:00)
Wed. Aug 7 - Up at 8:30. Started for home at 11:30. Got off the road & went to Newell. Stopped in Carroll & had a sandwich. Home at 4:30. So glad to see Billy & Pete I cried. Folks stayed for supper & then we went in town awhile. Back early. Really seemed good to be home.
Fri. Aug 9 - [Birthday note: Pete & Betty[
Fixed a chicken, made an apple pie, ice cream. Don came to help Pete castrate hogs & Norma came for dinner too. Had watermelon in afternoon. Rainy. They left about 5:00. Chores & went in to show “Curtani (sic) Falls.” {She surely meant “Curtain Call” 1940} About poorest show I ever saw. Home early. {no stars in movie - crummy plot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtain_Call_%281940_film%29}
Receipt in diary - Cash and Carry, T. W. Mozena, Prop., Fairwary logo, “Everything for the Table”
Handwritten for Pete Smith: H.B. Coffee - .26, Bd - .10, Weiners - .22, Lettuce - .05;
total - 63 + (assume tax) 1 = .64 That was the groceries they picked up. No date.
Sat. Aug 10 - [Birthday note - Edith Lund & Ray Kinnick]
Betty & Toots came & she got her hair fixed. They plan to go to Nebr. tomorrow.
Sun. Aug 11 - [Birthday note - Toots S. & Harold S.]
Rainy. Did dishes & sep. & went to LVene’s. Lester Cedar, Iva, Eileen, Joyce & Betty were there. Had a swell chicken dinner. Played kitten ball in the pasture. Max, Orrin, Don, Norma were there too. Home & chores & rode around awhile. Had a bottle of pop & came home. Irene, Betty & Toots at LVene’s too. And Aunt Lena.
Mon. Aug 12 - [Folks Anniver]
Went down and picked cucumbers. Made 3 qts. bread & butter pickles. 3 gals. sweet pickles & 4 qts. of beet pickles. Busy with pickles most of the day. Sewed on Billy’s sun suits a little bit & went to bed. Had French Toast for supper.
Tues. Aug 13 - Rainy. Don & Dan Weaver here to vaccinate the hogs… we went in to see Rabuck’s about renting their place. I finished 2 sun suits for Billy.
Thurs. Aug 15 - Took care of pickles. Canned 6 qts tom. after dinner & got tom preserves ready to can. Went to S.S. party at Gymer’s. Billy with Mom.

My comments:

Hated to leave anything out about her trip to “Lakes” - quite an adventure with the “girls” there.
Glad she enjoyed the music.
I believe Cedars were from Nebraska - Betty and Toots trip delayed, to see relatives, in Nebr.
I get really tired, just reading about all the pickles she made… and all the other stuff, as well!!
Oh, and 10 cents for a loaf of bread at “Cash and Carry” - how about that!! ;-)
Sun suits must have been very cute on Billy!! ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of July, 1940


My first years…  
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of July, 1940


These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.



[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of July highlights:

Mon. Jul 1 - [Birthday note: Billy]
Billy is one year old today. I canned 9 quarts of cherries. Edith & Erna came over in p.m. & bro’t him material for 2 suits. Up to Lillian’s after Mom & Bussy. They had picked cherries. Had a pint of ice cream to celebrate Billy’s birthday. Home at 10:00.
Tues. Jul 2 - Put Billy money in bank $14.23 now. Had his hair cut at Rex’s. He didn’t cry at all. Just got along fine.
Wed. Jul 3 - Lost 2 sheep last night by dogs.
Thur. Jul 4 - Fixed fried chicken. Mom & Bussy went to Spring Lake with us for picnic. I skated awhile, watched them dance. Home & chores. Mom kept Billy & we went back again to dance. So hot & crowded & the floor was terrible. Didn’t stay very long. Had good fireworks.
Tues. Jul 9 - Wet in morning. Pete picked 2 pails of beans. I looked them over. Mom canned them. I drove tractor on binder until 6:00.
Blank pages, Jul 11 - 18. Two words on 19: Started threshing.
Sun. Jul 21 - Pete, Billy & I went on picnic at Squirrel Hollow… …went to “Grapes of Wrath.” A dreary show but some wonderful acting.
Jul 22-24 blank
Rest of month about feeding threshers at different farms. Collective activities…


My comments:

My first birthday important, but just one of many activities.
Mom drove tractor all day!! ;-)
Picnic at Squirrel Hollow… interesting bit of news.
The Blank Pages in the diary would indicate she was very, very busy with work, in the heat! ;-)
Her reaction to “Grapes of Wrath” movie were most interesting, to me. I’d have probably felt about the same, actually.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of June, 1940



My first years…
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of June, 1940


These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.






[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of June highlights:

Sun. Jun 2 - Made a meatloaf. Pete went in after ice & then froze a gallon of ice cream. Took a cake too to Williams Picnic at Lillian’s. Nearly 60 were there. Played piano awhile & then we played volley ball over the fence. Had a keen time.
Mon. Jun 3 - Billy up. Left him at LVene’s & I went to Bible School. I taught the beginners. Got Margaret B. to teach them from now on. … Lizzie Moylan died this morning at 9:30. Surely feel bad about it. Pete finished planting beans over on 80.
Blank until 12th… Down to Myrtle Daileys to committee meeting.
Thurs. Jun 13 - Entertained at Julia’s for club. Made 2 white cakes. Had ice cream. About 60 there. Quite tired at night.
Blank until 18th… Mom & Bussy here. Canned 10 pints of peas. Quite a job.
Wed. Jun 26 - [Birthday note: Mom] Mom & Bussy came out. Made ice cream at night to celebrate Mom’s birthday.
Sun. Jun 30 - Pete & Irene picked cherries. Had leg of mutton for dinner. Orel, Margaret, LVene, Verle, Arnold, Julia, Patty, Wilson came in pm. We shipped 2 sows & up home they sold a bull. Home at 6:00. Clored and took Billy to show with us “Thomas Edison the Boy.” He slept right through it.


My comments:

Always enjoyed the Williams-Kinnick family reunion picnics… lots of cousins we rarely saw!
The month’s entries all seemed hurried, and a bit frazzled. She must have been very busy, and very hot… working hard!
Mrs. Moylan died.
Mom was really active in a lot of clubs at this time…
Interesting to me to see which family and friends groups got together at which time! ;-)
My first movie!! ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)


Saturday, July 11, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of May, 1940


My first years…  
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of May, 1940


These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.

[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

1940 U.S. Census, I'm the bottom line, above


Month of May highlights:

Thurs. May 2 - Pete plowing on 80. Another sheep had a set of twins. Census taker here in morning.
Tues. May 7 - Rained. Howard Patrick papered kitchen. … Hal Stewart Fireman’s dance. Had the keenest time ever.
Thurs. May 9 - Got ready to go to  Club Luncheon at Mrs. Wheelers. The had a nice dinner. Sat by Mrs. Krenmyre & Julia. All were there except Lou Schultz. They bro’t my new refrigerator when I got home.
Sun. May 19 - Orrin woke us at 5:00. They have a new little girl. Judith Ann. Born at 3:30.
Wed. May 22 - Cleaned up & went to Workers Conf. at Ruth Grim’s. Laura, Lula, Rhoda, Hazel, Gurtha, Agnes, Josephine & the kids were there.
Tues. May 28 - Billy cut 7th tooth.
Wed.  May 29 - Mrs. Moylan so bad we couldn’t see her. [At Carroll, at hospital]

My comments:

Got included in 1940 U. S. Census, for sure!!
“keenest time ever” - she was still only 21 years old… ;-)
Assume this is the same refrigerator we grew up with!! ;-)
Judi Hilgenberg born!!! ;-)


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Giveaway - last chance


Book Giveaway - last chance



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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ancestor-based eBook Published


Ancestor-based eBook Published



Latest eBook finished..."Weston Wagons West," James Weston and later, his descendants join the John and Mary Kinnick family to Ohio, then Illinois, and some on to Iowa, where I showed up...

In 20 episodes, first published at: http://drbill-wml-smith.hubpages.com/

Compiled in eBook (ePub format) for ease of reading in one spot.

Covers one full ancestral line (mother's father's surname line: Kinnick) from 1640 to early 1900s...


Families are Forever! ;-)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

My first years… from Eileen's Diary - Highlights of April, 1940


My first years…
from Eileen's Diary
Highlights of April, 1940 
 


These are highlights from the diary of my mother, twenty-one year old Eileen KINNICK SMITH, 75 Years Ago. She kept a diary from 1932 as a freshman in high school until she left us, too early, in 1999.

[Rather than posting each mundane entry, I've chosen items of interest to me, as I knew my family (or didn't). Also, significant events Mom noted, as seen by me, looking back. Comments at the end.]

Month of April highlights:

Mon. Apr 1: [Birthday note: Delbert Ford] -
Did my washing. Clothes dried real good. Cleaned the dining room. Aired curtains. Wiped the walk etc., waxed the kitchen floor. Pete in town getting tractor repairs. Really tired at night. …
Leo Williams was at Mom’s & we talked with him awhile.
Fri. Apr 5- Billy, Mom & I went to Carroll in pm. … & then had to wait on the Dr. …Dr. said he’s getting 2 more teeth. Weighs 24# 10 oz.
Thurs. Apr 11 - Pressed new white blouse & skirt & got dinner. Ate & then went to club at Ruth Bolger’s. Really was a big crowd there. Sat with Lil. Bertha Thomas gave a talk on Mexico.
Fri. Apr 12 - Left Billy at Moylan’s & we went to Edith’s school play & pie social at night. The place was clear full. She had the best program. Stayed & talked afterwards. Home at 11:30. Mrs. Moylan has help. She doesn’t look very well.
Sun. Apr 14 - At nite we left Billy at Lund’s and we went to the show “Fighting 69th.”
Tues. Apr 16 - Had sheep shearers here for dinner. 2 of them. Pete finished sowing oats on the 80. I went to S.S. Worker’s Conference at Margaret’s. A lot there.
Fri. Apr 19 - Folks came out at nite to show us their new car radio.
Sat. Apr 20 - Roy Holliday gave me a music lesson.
Sun. Apr 21 - Left Billy at Lund’s & we went to “Gulliver’s Travels.” Good in cartoon technicolor.
Sun. Apr 28 - Decided to go to Leo’s with the folks. Left at 9:45. Mom, Dad & I went to church there. Karen baptized. Had fried chicken. Surely have a nice home in a nice town. Rained hard. Went down to the bank & rode around. Home at 7:30. Rained all the way. 

My comments:
I was less than a year old, but many of these activities we were also doing as I grew up. Went up to Lohrville many, many Sundays. I even remember visiting “the bank” and driving around, in later years.
Folks’ new car radio was interesting… an add-on accessory, as American Pickers would point out!
“Roy Holliday gave me a music lesson” was a fascinating thing to see!!
I made note of Mrs. Moylan being “doesn’t look very well.” - more on this in next couple of months.



Families are Forever!  ;-)