In Muscatine on Saturday, March 31, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Fixed kitchen chair after supper. Letter from Lela. Watched wrestling on TV at night. To bed after 11 P.M.” Lela was one of Helen’s sisters.
In Muscatine on Friday, March 30, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Colder today, 40°. Snow flurries. Took food out to Arms after work, his mother-in-law died yesterday afternoon. Smiths here at night for TV.” Delbert Arms was a co-worker; Smiths were neighbors.
In Muscatine on Thursday, March 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Dull day. I got my own breakfast & left family in bed. TV at night.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, March 28, 1951, Dale wrote, “Pay day. $146.25. Took Helen for a shot & also got groceries. Found a short in light wiring, didn’t get it fixed. Rain today & warm. Smiths here at night for TV.” That take-home pay would be $1,362 in 2016 dollars. Dale got paid every two weeks, so his annual income after withholding and other deductions would be the equivalent of about $35,400 today.
In Muscatine on Tuesday, March 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Warm today, 50°. Car lights won’t work very good. TV at night at home.”
In Muscatine on Monday, March 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Fixed Mother’s clock shelf, mail box, dresser mirror & stair door & hung hall curtain. Drove home to Muscatine from Osceola in the afternoon. Took Helen to the library. TV at night.” Mom was a voracious reader.
In Osceola on Sunday, March 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up at 8 A.M. I went to church with Mother & Carol. Dinner at Mother’s. Waxed & polished dining & living room floors. Mother & I stayed home in the evening, reading old papers.” Carol was the oldest of Jettie’s granddaughters, the daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd. That’s her at right above, a couple years earlier, with me and Dalene on Williams and Jettie’s farm.
On Saturday, March 24, 1951, Dale drove from Muscatine to his mother Jettie’s new home in town in Osceola, to be with her for the weekend. They went to Marie’s house (Dale’s sister) that night to watch television, and they went to church the next day. Above: Jettie at her piano in 1951.
In Muscatine on Friday, March 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Rain, snow, & sleet today. No school today. Took family to library & store in evening. Smiths here at night to watch TV. Boxing & wrestling & etc.” The Smith family lived several houses up the street from us.
In Muscatine on Thursday, March 22, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8:30 to 5. I cap sealed on 3rd floor all day. Warm, 50°. Letter from Mother. Martha Smith gave Helen a home permanent. Stan on KWPC radio today. Dalene home sick all day.”