In Muscatine on Sunday, April 30, 1950, Dale wrote, “Stan and Dalene went to Sunday school, Stan to church, too. Took kids to a show in the afternoon. I went to the Palace theatre and saw ‘Hasty Heart.’ We all went to bed early. Cool and rainy.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, April 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Dalene, Ringer and I walked down to the river in the morning. Levee broke on Illinois side. Fine day. Dalene and Smith kids to show in afternoon. Chicken for dinner. TV at night and to bed early.” Ringer was our dog, and the Smith family lived a couple houses uphill from us. Above: Dalene and Dale in 1951.
In Muscatine on Friday, April 28, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Filled 300 drums today. Rain and snow today. Bought gloves. Got new F.P.E.A. insurance policy for $5,000. Stanley and I went to a show at night.” I think the F.P.E.A. stood for Federal Price Economic Adjustment life insurance contract; that $5,000 would be $48,000 today.
In Muscatine on Friday, April 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Bought new brown summer suit at Batterson’s for $20. Also new belt, 4 glass trays and cups. Card from Mother. Arth here at night for TV.” Arth was a co-worker. Above: Batterson’s department store.
On Tuesday, April 26, the Tri-Festival Chorus was held in the Washington High School auditorium, with Washington, Galesburg IL, and Muscatine high school vocal music groups participating. The program included Muscatine’s chorus directed by Max Collins performing Almighty God of Our Fathers, Soon Ah Will Be Done, and Too Dum Day, plus the Muscatine Boys’ Quartet (left-to-right above: me, Larry Misel, John Evans, and Jerry Hufford, with our accompanist Judy Smith) singing Desert Caravans and Res’ My Shoes. All three high school choruses combined to sing Brother James’ Air, Lord, to Thee Our Hearts Are Raised, Salvation Is Created, The Pines of Home, The Night Will Never Stay, Ain’a That Good News, Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair, My Heart’s Desire, Once In Love With Amy, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, April 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. River higher, 20.5 feet. Cavanaugh, Arth, Arms and I working. Warm & cloudy. Pay day. Arth and Cavanaugh here in evening for television.” Those were co-workers. Above: television stations would show a ‘test pattern’ when not broadcasting programs - this was black and white TV.
In Muscatine on Thursday, April 24, 1952, Dale wrote “Worked 8 to 1:30. River at 20.5 feet. Clear & warmer. Roswell here to say hello. I took 3 hours annual leave in the afternoon & worked on right front wheel brake. Dalene home, sick with tooth. Stan & I went to a show at night.” Roswell Gardner was Dale’s cousin.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 23, 1957, Dale wrote, “Stan and Sue Timm went to the University to study, took me to work and brought me home. Two Internal Revenue Service Inspectors at the plant today.” Sue was visiting from Muscatine; and yes, she had red hair.
Starting his new Post of Duty in Omaha on Wednesday, April 22, 1953, Dale wrote, “Got sick at 2:30 p.m. and Helen talked with Welch and Mast. I’m to work at the Muscatine plant for awhile. Supper at Chasteen’s. 17 years in Civil Service.” Dale later thought he had a nervous breakdown, but eventually recovered.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, April 21, 1957, Dale wrote, “Beautiful day, high 70°. Helped Helen wash. Put our new hammock up on the front porch. Watered the new seeding on the parking strip.”