In Ludlow, Vermont, on Wednesday, January 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller (above) became the first American citizen to receive a Social Security check. Between the years 1937 and 1939, she contributed $24.75. Her check was for $22.54. By the time she died in 1975, she had collected $22,888.92 in Social Security monthly benefits.
In Osceola on Tuesday, January 30, 1934, Helen and Dale rode horseback to Dale’s cousin Orville Gardner’s at night. The horses got loose and Dale rode all over the farm to find one.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, January 29, 1956, Dale wrote, “I put Congowall on the kitchen wall. Looks very good. Took me most all day. 5° above zero at 8 a.m., 6° above at 10 p.m.” Above: a vintage ad for Congowall.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, January 28, 1956, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I watched the St. Paul Winter Carnival Parade on the capital grounds in St. Paul. Pretty chilly.”
On Friday, January 27, 1950, Dale’s diary recorded that the Muscatine High School basketball team beat Ottumwa 45 to 31.
In Muscatine on Friday, January 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Ed and Gwen Weir came over at night to watch TV.” Many of Helen and Dale’s friends and co-workers bought their first television sets this year. Above: 1951 advertisement for a Motorola TV.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, January 25, 1958, Dale wrote, “Light snow. Watched Iowa beat Minnesota 73-71 on TV.”
On Tuesday, January 24, 1950, Dale wrote that the Muscatine High School basketball team beat Mt. Pleasant. He did not record the score, very unusual for him.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 23, 1952, Dale wrote, “Stan home from school with a cold. Dr. Swayze gave both a shot.” He doesn’t say who the other person was, but the point is that doctors made house calls then.
On Sunday, January 22, 1950, responding to an invitation from Orris and Olive Olsgaard (old friends from Washington, DC), Dale and Helen and children drove from Muscatine to Clarence, Iowa, for dinner with the Olsgaards. Dale wrote, “Learned to play Canasta, played all afternoon.”