In Minneapolis on Friday, January 31, 1958, Dale wrote, “Watched Jonathan Winters on TV and went to bed late.” Above: Jonathan improvising on TV.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 30, 1952, high school friend Mike Collier and I walked to Neitzel’s drug store on Mulberry Avenue near Fourth Street for ice cream sodas after supper.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 29, 1958, Dale wrote, “Stan went to Tony’s to study in the evening.” Tony Lord (above left, with me) was a co-worker lab technician at General Mills Research.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, January 28, 1958, Dale wrote, “Just another day. Looked at pictures at night. Stan went to the U to evening class.”
Tuesday, January 27, 1953, was to be Dale’s last day of work at Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine, since he had a new Post of Duty in St. Paul. He didn’t stay there this time. Above: a recent photo of the Muscatine grain processing plant, with a barge on the Mississippi River in the foreground.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 26, 1955, Dale wrote, “5° below zero at 9:30 P.M. Nice and warm in here, gas heat.” With a gas furnace like the one above, he relished not having to shovel coal, as he had done for many years.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 25, 1967, Dale wrote, "High 13°. Jim’s front wheel brakes froze in the driveway this morning, my car starter froze. Shell station started them. Took me 1½ hours to get home after work, slick street at highway 8 and Stinson Blvd. Worst I ever saw it. WINTER.” Jim rented the basement room. Conveniently, the Shell service station was across the street from the house.
In Minneapolis on Friday, January 24, 1958, Dale wrote that Dalene (a sophomore now) went to a Columbia Heights High School basketball game after supper. Those get more important each year you’re in high school.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 23, 1958, Dale went to the show “Les Girls” at the Heights movie theater after supper.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, January 22, 1956, Dale wrote, “11° below zero. Stan and I shoveled the driveway out for his car to go in the garage. Stan and Dalene went to a show in the afternoon.” The garage was a two-car garage, but only Dad’s side had been in use until I got my ’49 Ford, like the one above.