In Muscatine on Monday, April 30, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Warm day & windy. Shower in the afternoon. Sent Marie a birthday card. Went to the top of the elevator at work to see the flood. Helen washed.” Dale’s sister Marie would be 33 years old the next day.
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 went to a show in the afternoon. Chicken for dinner. TV at night and to bed early.” Ringer was our dog, and the Smith family lived a couple houses up the street from us; their children were Janet and Jimmy. Above: Dalene and Dale in 1951.
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 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.
In Muscatine on Thursday, April 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Bright warm day. 2nd Street open to traffic to Mulberry Street. Bought Stan a new bike, this is his 14th birthday. Got Dalene a new spring coat. TV at night.” I loved that bike!
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, of course.
After work in Muscatine on Tuesday, April 24, 1951, Dale took the family to see the river. The Mississippi (above) was still rising, near 20.5 feet.
In Muscatine on Monday, April 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Very quiet day. River over 20 feet. No mail today. Warmer in afternoon & evening.”
(Apologies to Tennessee Ernie Ford.) In Muscatine on Sunday, April 22, 1951, Dale noted fifteen years in the Civil Service. The Mississippi River was over 20 feet and steadily rising, and Dale wrote, “Levee broke at Port Louise. No danger to Muscatine yet.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, April 21, 1951, Dale wrote, “Levee still holding. No danger where we live. Rain all forenoon. I have a catch in the back of my neck. Took a nap in the afternoon. Had steak for supper. TV at night, at home.”