In Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 30, 1958, Dale wrote, “Very windy today. High 63°. Looked at trailers after supper. Nice.” The RV bug bit him again. Above is a 1958 ad.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, April 29, 1956, Dale wrote, “We went to a University chorus recital at Northrop Auditorium. Stan sang in the chorus.” That’s the auditorium above. I was a freshman at the University of Minnesota.
In Muscatine on Saturday, April 28, 1951, Dale wrote that the Mississippi River was holding at 20.9 feet. The next day, a levee broke on the Illinois side of the river.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, April 27, 1957, Dale wrote, “Took storm windows off the upstairs and put screens on. Helen and I went downtown early to look at carpets. No sale. Stan and Sue Timm went back to Muscatine on the 5 o’clock train. Helen, Dalene, Bonita, and I walked up to the Dairy Queen after supper.” Sue Timm was my girlfriend; Bonita was Dalene’s friend.
Visiting in Osceola from St. Paul on Sunday, April 26, 1942, Dale wrote, “Gene and Lela came up. We rode out to George and Wilma’s and to Louie and Ruth’s with them. George and Wilma came out to the folks and borrowed our camera.” Lela Yates and Wilma Casey were Helen’s sisters, and Louie Schaffer was her brother. That’s the farm home of Williams and Jettie above, in 1942.
In Muscatine on Saturday, April 25, 1953, Dale wrote, “Dalene went to a party and luncheon. Stan went to Iowa City to a music contest in the afternoon. His group won a 1st place.” My yearbook for 1953 says I was in a Madrigal Group with Phyllis Van Zandt, Janice Faulkner, Marilyn Furnas, Ann Wigim, Joyce Ogilvie, Phyllis Duggan, Larry Misel, Kay Woodward, Doug Coder, Ken Hopkins, and Bill Buster. Our accompanist was Sharon Mittman. A ‘madrigal’ is a vocal music composition of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. Our group wasn’t as large as the one above.
Still on sick leave on Friday, April 24, 1953, Dale wrote, “Helen, Dalene, and I drove from Osceola to Muscatine in the rain. Got a letter of assignment back to Muscatine. Stan went to Fun Night.” I must have stayed home in Muscatine while Dad tried his new Post of Duty that week. Fun Night was a teen dance at the YWCA.
On sick leave on Thursday, April 23, 1953, Dale and Helen drove from Omaha to Osceola. They picked Dalene up at the farm of Wilma (Helen’s sister) and George Casey and spent the night at Jettie’s house. That’s Helen sitting in the car, above.
In Muscatine on Monday, April 21, 1952, Dale wrote that the Mississippi River was at 19.3 feet, and there was flooding downtown at the riverfront. The next day, the river was at 19.6 feet.