On Friday, January 31, 1964, Dale wrote, “Helen and I drove from Minneapolis to Latimer after work, to Gerald and Ressia’s by 11 p.m. Moonlight night for driving. Stayed up and visited until 2 a.m.” They were on their way to Osceola and spent the night at the home of Helen’s brother Gerald. This day’s drive, above, was 160 miles.
Now living in Osceola on Thursday, January 30, 1969, Dale wrote, "About 16° above, windy, cloudy. Very, very icy. Visited at Keith’s a little while in the afternoon. Marie here a minute. Supper at Pleasant’s, saw Emil and Ruth and their son there.” Keith Schaffer was a nephew of Helen’s, Marie was Dale’s sister; Pleasant’s was a restaurant. Emil Rinderspacher would be the soloist at Helen’s funeral in 1996, singing Amazing Grace and Whispering Hope. His wife, Ruth LaFollette, was the granddaughter of Jonathon Norville Williams; she and Dale had the same great-grandfather, Jonathon Smith Williams. Dale’s father, Williams Gardner, was named after Nancy Ellen Williams, a daughter of Jonathon Smith Williams.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, January 29, 1967, Dale wrote, "High 21° and snow most all day. 5½ inches of new snow today, all time record of 34+ inches for January. Stayed in the house all day.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, January 28, 1966, Dale wrote, "28° below zero at 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Warmed up to about 19° below during the day. Started a savings account at Columbia Heights bank with $100. First savings account we ever had. Good movie, ‘I’d Climb the Highest Mountain,’ on TV.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, January 27, 1961, Dale wrote, "20° below at 7 a.m. No snow. I took Helen to the library after work. Dalene went to a dance with John at night.” Above: Dalene and John Laufers dressed for a prom the previous year.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, January 26, 1958, Dale wrote, “Snow all day. Stan and Dalene went to church. Dalene also went to a church supper. Helen and I washed clothes. I shoveled snow off the walks after supper.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 25, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 7:30 to 4. Wrote report on samples for Radke. Played Canasta with Fisher & Arms. Stayed home at night & read ‘Lonesome Valley.’ To bed at 12 midnight; zero at midnight.”
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 24, 1962, Dale wrote, "High 33° and sunny. Helen and I went to a show, ‘Blue Hawaii’ at night.”
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, January 23, 1962, Dale wrote, "High 20° above, feels warm. Dalene sent four letters applying for work to L.A. area.” Dalene moved to Santa Monica in June and started working at System Development Corporation, where I worked. Above: the company logo, a hyperbolic paraboloid. Employees called it the Flying Diaper.
On Friday, January 22, 1960, Dale wrote that he and Helen arrived at the Minneapolis train station after a 6,000 mile vacation trip to the West Coast. Dalene and Jettie met them and took them home to Columbia Heights. A vintage postcard above shows the Great Northern Depot, razed in 1978.