Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Mid-March in New Home


From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Mid-March in New Home


In spring of 1942, I was approaching my 3rd birthday. As of March 1, Mom and Dad bought a farm a mile east of the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa, a couple of miles north of where they had been living. Moving in was an on-going process…

Here are four days demonstrating life in the new home… and the work to be done…

Thursday, March 12:

Gerry here to wire again. Made a butterscotch pie for dinner. Boys working in kitchen & basement. Ate, and did dishes, read, After Gerry left I swept whole downstairs. Billy & I went outdoors. Got 51 eggs. Watched Pete milk. Ate, did dishes.

Friday, March 13:

Gerry came & worked in the morning. Pete & I in to Mom’s to dinner & then to Carroll. Picked out fixtures. Pete went in town & bro’t Billy home - I came home with Ruth, Lil, & Buelah. Mrs. Jergans lead the practice. Didn’t learn much. Had hamburgers at Clyde’s. Home at 6:00. Ate, read, & went to bed.


An Oil Burning Furnace

Saturday, March 14:

Did up usual work in morning. Pete hauled a load of manure. Ate dinner. He moved the oil burner & laid down wool rug. Had to level the stove. Did dishes, straightened up the house. Ate, read, went to bed early.

Sunday, March 15:

Washed my head. Billy & I went to church. home & fixed dinner. The folks came out. Men walked around the edges of the farm. Mom & I scrubbed & waxed the kitchen floor. Popped corn. Ate supper, did dishes. Dad went to sleep. They left at 10:00. Went to bed.


My comments:

Kind of fun to see some full entries again, as they did up something around the house each day. I could really visualize Dad and Grandpa Kinnick walking ‘around the edges of the farm.’ I’ve done it. It was 160 acres, but with a road down the middle, length-wise, eighty acres on each side. Neat memories.



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Saturday, February 6, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Moves in March


From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Moves in March
 In spring of 1942, I was approaching my 3rd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa. But, that was about to change…
An image I couldn't pass up; even though not real accurate!! ;-)


The 1st of March on the farm was always a day of change, but especially if you were a renter. Not unlike apartment dwellers today. Historically, on Iowa farms, annually leases ended, and started, on March 1 each year. Mom and Dad moved on March 1 the prior year. This year, they bought a farm, with the aid of some inherited funds, but they were replacing a renting family. So, they had to work together. Following are some entries that relate to some of these moves…

Friday, February 27:

Up early. Took Billy in to Mom’s. Over to Max & Orrin's. Helped them move. Max had LVene bring dinner over to their new place. Ate & went in & got Billy. … Pete got new glasses. …

Tuesday, March 3:

Norma came in morning. Packed dishes for me. Pete & Elmer in to see Keister. We’re moving for sure. Ate, did dishes. Pete & I had to run in town & sign at South Bank. Norma stayed with Billy. Home & did more packing. …

Wednesday, March 4:

Howard came before Noon. Don & Norma here a little while in morning. Got quite a bit of packing done. At night Pete took down cupboard & Howard took down curtain fixtures. …

Thursday, March 5:

Howard here again. Marg. & Elmer moved their upstair’s furniture over today. We moved fruit jars & stuff from the shop. Mom & Buss came out for supper. Did some more packing. Rolled up the rugs. LVene & Verle came for a little while. Dad came after folks. To bed at 11:00.

Friday, March 6:

Up at 5:30. Ate, did dishes, sep. Delbert, Bud, Pete, Howard, Bill, Harold, Verle, Toots helped move. Got over here before Noon. Norma helped here & LVene & Margaret got dinner. Ate, came back & got the house pretty well straightened up. Nice day to work. Really tired at nite. Chores & went to bed about 10:30.

Saturday, March 7:

… Bro’t out chickens over. Mom & I papered the pantry. …

My comments:

I can really visualize them all making the move, and doing the various things that got done. Wow!

It appears that Elmer and Margaret Lucht & Mom and Dad swapped residences…

Note: Whereas I noted that Mom and Dad were painting and putting up ‘their things’ in the other house, all year… now, all of a sudden, they were doing it all, again, but this time, in their ‘own place.’

Over the following couple of days, they had a fellow in wiring the whole house, upstairs, downstairs and in the basement… first time they had a basement!!

Transitions are fascinating!! What fun!! ;-) This is the farm where I grew up...  ;-)


Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Bought the Farm


From Mom’s Diary… 1942 Bought the Farm
 

In spring of 1942, I was approaching my 3rd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa. But, that was about to change…

I’ll post occasional interesting tidbits.


This is one of the posts I wanted to find…

Thursday, February 5, 1942:

Was cleaning the house when Ensey came.
Cleaned up & went in to Mom’s for dinner.
Went to Carroll with Tome in P.M.
Bought the Farm.
Quite an undertaking.
Had a lunch and came home. Real foggy. Got Billy.
Chores, ate, did dishes, read and went to bed.
[All in one paragraph. I separated them, for my emphasis.]

My comments:

She had only mentioned ‘looking at land to buy’ a couple of times over the past couple of months, but nothing specific about finding anything. Then, out the blue… they did it.

For ‘quite an undertaking’ it was very low-key in her diary… but, wasn’t everything?!?!?  ;-)

I have these two photo of the farm, taken a few years later. I just have the black and white image. Jim had the color image, framed, on his wall, many years ago, last I knew of it. This is where we were raised…



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

From Mom's Diary... 1941 Pearl Harbor


From Mom’s Diary… 1941 Pearl Harbor
 
In fall of 1941, I had already had my 2nd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

I’ll post occasional interesting tidbits.
 
President Roosevelt, 1941

Listen to Fireside Chat 19… on the Declaration of War with Japan…
http://millercenter.org/president/fdroosevelt/speeches/speech-3325

Nothing was mentioned in her diary about Pearl Harbor on the 7th or 8th, but, on the 9th…

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1941:


Got up & washed. Kinda cold but the wind blew and the clothes dried good. Did up the house work. Chores, folded clothes. Cut out Judy’s dress. Listened to President’s speech. Went to bed.


My comments:


Very interesting to me how few times she mentioned politics or national news, but when she did, it was meaningful. I know they listened to the radio regularly, and read local, regional and state-wide papers every day. Just not mentioned unless really important, it seems.



Families are Forever! ;-)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1941 Thanksgiving


From Mom’s Diary… 1941

In fall of 1941, I had already had my 2nd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

I’ll post occasional interesting tidbits.


Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27:

Did up the work. Really a grand day. Went to Leo’s for turkey dinner. Del & Lil & the folks there too. Took pictures in P.M. Home at 5:00. Chores, put Billy to bed, ate & went to bed.

Here is one of the photos taken:



Here is an obviously posed photo by a photographer. Think it was taken earlier in the fall:


Bonus photo, from earlier in the year, to show all three of us!


My comments:

One goal while I read the diary is to be able to match up these old photos I have that are or are not dated, to get them in order… somehow. Never ending challenge!! ;-)



Families are Forever! ;-)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1941 - Sports on Radio



From Mom’s Diary… 1941

In fall of 1941, I had already had my 2nd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

I’ll post occasional interesting tidbits.


This post is mostly about sports broadcasts the family listened to on the radio. On August 18, Paul, Mom's dad was 49 years old, and Buzzy was 13. One weekend in the fall, Mom mentioned that her Dad was in Iowa City at an Iowa Hawkeyes football game.

Mom had mentioned much about radio, but over a couple of weeks in the fall, we got these:

Monday, Sept. 29:

… Had fire in the heater. Read at nite. Listened to Louis K.O. Nova. …

[From Wikipedia article on boxer/actor Lou Nova: “On September 28, 1941 he fought Joe Louis for the heavyweight title. Nova was knocked down once, in the 6th round. Nova made a poor showing. According to (The Ring magazine) he didn’t win a round and took a terrible beating in the sixth round. The end was somewhat controversial because the fight was stopped with just one second left in the round when Nova arose unsteadily from the knockdown.]

Wednesday, Oct. 1:

…Painted again. Norma, Lil, Dennis came to practice for Sunday. Heard Yanks beak Brooklyn 3-2. Painted again. …

[From Wikipedia article: 1941 World Series: “The 1941 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. … The name “Subway Series” arose for a World Series played between these two New York City teams.” This was the first meeting of seven between these two teams from 1941 to 1956 (the Dodgers only won in 1955). Yankees manager was Joe McCarthy, Dodgers skipper was Leo Durocher.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1941_World_Series]

Sunday, Oct 5:

I went to church. Pete & Billy stayed home. Went in to folks for dinner. Karl & Howard there too. Mom & Dad went to Lou Textor’s Funeral. Listened to World Series. Mickey Owen dropped the ball on the last strike to let Yanks win. Home & chores early. Left Billy at folks & went to show “Bad Men of Missouri.” To Cafe with Helen & Elmer afterwards.

[From same article: “The series was punctuated by the Dodgers’ Mickey Owen’s dropped third strike of a sharply breaking curveball (a suspected spitball) pitched by Hugh Casey in the ninth inning of Game 4. The play led to a Yankees rally and brought them one win away from another championship.”]


My comments:

Guess I was exposed the sports via the media at a very early age. I probably heard those broadcasts, though I likely didn’t pay any attention.

Couple of interesting lines from Oct 8 & 9:

…Pete & Billy fixing fence again. …
… Billy with Pete all morning fixing fence. …

What fun, working with my Dad, barely past 2 years old!!! ;-)


Families are Forever! ;-)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

From Mom’s Diary… 1941 - July 1 - My 2nd Birthday


From Mom’s Diary… 1941
 
In 1941, this was my 2nd birthday. We lived on a rented farm on the county line between Carroll and Greene County, north east of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

I’ll post occasional interesting tidbits.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 1941:

Billy 2 years old today. Over to LVenes after angel food pan & made Billy a nice cake. In after Mom & Buss. Did dishes, cleaned up. Took Billy in town. Put $4.12 in bank. Got his hair cut. Had ice cream cones & came home & took picture with his cake. David came & we took his picture too. Toots & Betty came at nite. They had ice cream & cake with us. To bed at 11:00. Mom & Buss here all nite.
 

My comments:

Always wondered about the context of this birthday photo. Neat to read about it.


Families are Forever! ;-)