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Eileen Kinnick Diary - 1936 - Week 24

Eileen Kinnick

1936 Diary

Week 24 – June 8-14

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1936 Orientation

Eileen was 17 on Dec. 14, 1935
Senior, Coon Rapids (IA) High School

Leo is 1 year older
Buzzy is 10 years younger


Moving to farm "for sure."
Major life change.
Note mention of "new separator."
Needs washed thoroughly every day.

I asked Leo about the decision to move to the farm: "Uncle Robert & Uncle Rasmus had both tried out there and couldn't make it so Dad took it over & kept working in the Bank."

What wasn't said, of course, was that young Leo was home from college and available to work.


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Monday, June 8

Real nice day. Warm. Still tired. Cleaned house & then went up town. Got new blue bathing suit. Went swimming from 5:30 to 6:00. Got season ticket. Surely fun swimming again. At nite real warm. Read on the porch & then up to Emery's after Buss. Cracked nuts and got Misquito bites from head to foot. Leo & Dad at the farm.


Tuesday, June 9

Going to move for sure. From 10 to 12 darkest day I ever saw. Had lites on. Mom washed & what a mess. Leo, Busz[sic] & I rode around in Chevy a little while. Cleared off in pm. but surely cool at nite. All went to “Bad Boy.” Sophia Storony got $1200.

1934 Chevy - when new...
Extracted: Feb 2005

SEE: Movie detail: "Bad Boy"


Wednesday, June 10

Clear day but surely cool. Ironed all forenoon. Rasmus & boys here for dinner. Finished ironing about 2:00. Cleaned up house & washed new separatoar. Went out to farm; gathered eggs, shelled corn, carried water & about everything else. Finished dishes at 9:00. Went right to bed.

Surely cool.

Ora all gone.

Hand Mild Separator
Extracted: Feb 2005

[Each part had to be taken apart and cleaned thoroughly, all the nooks and crannies, where milk could possibly accumulate and spoil. Whole (raw) milk poured in top, cream separated from the milk, out different shoots, into different containers.]

Seamless Milk Can
Extracted: Feb 2005

[Whole milk, direct from the cow, not needed for on farm use was stored in cans like this in cool cellar-like location, and taken to town to Creamery, as cash commodity.]


Thursday, June 11

Leo plowed & came in town for dinner. Had chicken & noodles already before we went out after him. He surely was tired and sore. Mom & I both went out after dinner. Gathered eggs, shelled corn etc., again. Ate big supper, went to bed & then Dad bro't home a quart of ice cream & I went downstairs & had a dish.


Friday, June 12

Out to farm again. Took Leo's dinner. Had wieners, buns, lemon pie, beans, p. chips, coffee. More fun eating “weep in sholves” etc. Mom stayed & helped & I got supper. Afterwards drove up town. Leo went to “Smilin' Thru” – Saw Helen & Eliz. Dishes about 10:00.

SEE: Movie detail: "Smilin' Thru"


Saturday, June 13

Took Leo out in am. Had V-8. Got groceries, washed my hair, went swimming in pm. Made hmbgrs, mowed lawn, Leo came home & then swam again. Drove Chevy down alley – back out! Leo – Ida Bill Lowden there.


Sunday, June 14

Buzzy & Mom – SS. & Ch. I got dinner. Roast ph. Ger – Ila J. erp here to services. Children's day. Folks to farm in pm. I had car. Rode around awhile, got Marian, went to Scranton & back. Buss & I to Charlie Chap – “Modern Times” 1 st audioscopic.

SEE: Movie details: "Modern Times"


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Feb 2005