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, and started dating my dad later in the year. The transcription, week by week, with commentary, notable items, and my comments are sitting there to view, unchanged (a few back links and all!). I am starting this retro view in the middle of the year. You are welcome to click on the Weekly Index, and go back to read the first half of the year, at your leisure.
My comments - in red
Commentary at the time - in green
Notable items - in blue
Setting: The family lived in a farmhouse a couple of miles out of town (Coon Rapids, Iowa). Older brother, Leo, lived at home; girl friend, later wife, Ida. Younger brother, Buzzy (she often wrote Bussy); see photo.
Week 38. 1936 was a year of extreme weather, much like 2011; see:
I was fascinated to hear Eileen talk of "First time I ever saw all of our land" and "make the cows swim" in the river on the property. This was the Middle Raccoon River that was a pretty powerful stream when flooded. I can visualize it very well… scary - I do not like flood waters, anywhere.
"Watched Mts. Pitch horse shoes." A family by the surname of Mountain lived on the edge of town. She went past their home on about every trip to town. Two of the 'young ladies' in the family became school teachers in Coon Rapids, for many years, into the1980s-90s. Fixtures in the community.
From 1930 U.S. Census:
|Name:||Maude M. Mountain|
|Last Residence:||50058 Coon Rapids, Carroll, Iowa, United States of America|
|Born:||24 Oct 1902|
|Died:||21 Feb 1998|
"Lund 's, Pete, Don A., Peverstorf's Par [ink blot blocked part of word] Jensen & I in truck riding in pm." There is Pete, again... ;-)
Enjoy the read. Comments welcomed.
Families are forever! ;-)