On Wednesday, February 28, 1951, I had surgery at Muscatine’s Hershey Hospital to have a tumor removed from my chest. The tumor was the size of a checker, but we found out later that it was not malignant. That was a relief.
On Tuesday, February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
In Muscatine on Monday, February 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8:30 to 5. Talked to Radke about another Gauger & also wrote him a report. Jim & Martha Smith came down at night to watch TV. Not a very good night on TV.” The Smiths lived a couple houses up the street; Dalene and I used to play with their children Janet and Jimmy.
In Muscatine on Sunday, February 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up late, had breakfast at 10 A.M. Kids went to a show in the afternoon. Helen & I washed. I took a nap in the afternoon. Keith Schaffer here for supper & stayed all night. TV at night. Good. 60° today but damp.” Keith (above) was the son of Helen's brother Harley Schaffer.
In Muscatine on Saturday, February 24, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up late. Helen, Dalene & I went downtown to the library & to see a household goods sale out by Weed Park. I went to the sale later. Stan was in a play at the high school, won 6th prize. TV at night at home.”
In Muscatine on Friday, February 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Took Stanley to Dr. Swayze; has tumor on chest. To have it cut out next Wednesday. Bought milk & groceries after work. TV at night. Ed Weis bought a Sears TV.”
In Muscatine on Thursday, February 22, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Holiday pay. Kids didn’t go to school. Stan went to a show in the afternoon. We had fried chicken for supper. Watched TV at night.” Happy birthday, George Washington!.
On Wednesday, February 21, 1951, Dale drove his mother Jettie from Muscatine to the Burlington train station for her return trip to Osceola. She was ready to move to her house in town (above) from her farm house four miles east of Osceola on U.S. Highway 34, where her husband, Williams Gardner, had died a little over two months earlier.
In Muscatine on Tuesday, February 20, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. 35° today. Bushery & I cap sealed on 4th floor all forenoon. Watched TV at night.”