In Muscatine on Thursday, January 31, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Fiscat of Pure Foods called from Minneapolis & so did Wing regarding ‘corn grits.’ Filled 6 trucks. Letter from Lela. Warm today, 50°. TV at night. To bed at 9 P.M.” Lela was a sister of Helen’s.
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 Muscatine on Tuesday, January 29, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. 2° below zero this morning. Loaded 6 tank trucks & 4 tank cars today. Stopped at dime store for toothpaste. 5° above at 10:30 P.M. To bed at 11 P.M.”
In Muscatine on Monday, January 28, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Filled 3 trucks today. Cold all day & snow flurries. Wrote letter to Mother. Lavonne here to return pillow; Judy Fisher here to play with Dalene; Mike Collier here for Stan. Margaret Sinnott here at night.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, January 27, 1952, Dale wrote, “Up at 9:30 & breakfast with Helen. Washed clothes. Bob Shoup here for short visit. Mike here to visit Stan. Mary Ellen here to play with Dalene. Clear & bright & cold, 26°.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, January 26, 1952, Dale wrote, “Non-work day. Dalene & I took a ride through Weed Park. I washed the kitchen ceiling. Went to a show with Dalene in the afternoon. Warm & rainy. Heard Rod Mead on the radio.” Above: waterfowl on the pond in Weed Park.
In Muscatine on Friday, January 25, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Filled 3 trucks today. Warmer, 35°. Some rain. Talked to Wing on phone about lost tank truck. Fish for supper. Ringer is sick.” Ringer was our dog.
In Muscatine on Thursday, January 24, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. No tank cars, no trucks today. 4° below zero this morning. Tried to get more heat in Receiving Room. Worked in District office all forenoon. Meads here at night.”
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 isn’t it nice that doctors made house calls then.
In Muscatine on Tuesday, January 22, 1952, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Arms & Bushery put over 100 cap seals on still. No trucks today – loaded 1 tank car. Cold & snowy all day, streets very slick. To store after work. Home all evening at TV.”