In Muscatine on Sunday, May 31, 1953, Dale wrote, “Stanley worked two hours in the morning. Helen and I went to the West Liberty depot at 11:30 p.m. for Margaret Sinnott.” Mrs. Sinnott was our neighbor on East Seventh Street. My work was early-morning packing and dropping off Sunday paper bundles around town for Cohn’s News Agency at 209 East Third Street, in a panel truck like the one above.
On Friday, May 30, 1941, on vacation in Iowa, Dale and family drove from the Williams and Jettie Gardner farm near Thayer to the George and Wilma Casey farm near Osceola, where they spent the night. Gene and Lela Yates were there, too. Dale, Helen, and Stanley drove back to St. Paul the next day. Wilma and Lela were Helen’s sisters. On the above map, the pushpin locates Thayer. The Casey farm was a couple miles north of Osceola on highway 69.
On Monday, May 29, 1950, visiting with his family at Williams and Jettie’s in Osceola, Dale wrote, “Went to Wilma’s for dinner. Drove George’s new Ford. Dalene played with their cats.” Wilma was Helen’s sister, married to George Casey. There is Dalene and a feline friend.
On Sunday, May 28, 1950, visiting with his family at Williams and Jettie’s in Osceola, Dale wrote, “Went with Louies to see Gene in the hospital at Perry. Saw Louise and Uncle Pearls too.” Louie Schaffer was Helen’s brother, Gene Yates was the husband of Helen’s sister Lela, Pearl Yates was Dale’s uncle and Gene’s father, and Louise was Gene’s sister. Above: Dalene posed on Grandpa Williams Gardner’s tractor.
On Tuesday, May 27, 1941, on vacation in Iowa from St. Paul, Dale and family left the Casey farm north of Osceola and drove back to Dale’s parents’ farm near Thayer, where they stayed the next three nights. Williams was ill, so Dale did the chores. Above: Grandpa Williams Gardner took me for a ride on his tractor.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, May 26, 1956, Dale wrote, “Marie, Dalene, and Susan went to look at some ponies and then downtown in the afternoon. We all took a ride in the evening over to St. Paul, etc.” Dale’s sister Marie and her daughter Susan left the next morning to return to Osceola.
In Muscatine on Thursday, May 25, 1950, Dale wrote that he bought a carton of cigarettes for $1.42. He took Stanley and Dalene to “Prince of Peace.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, May 24, 1952, Dale wrote, “Stanley worked all day at Otto’s. Dalene went to a show in the afternoon with Hahn girls.” I don’t know who the Hahn girls were. Above: a Bisquick display at Otto’s Grocery on East Second Street where I was a box boy.
In Muscatine on Saturday, May 23, 1953, Dale wrote, “Got up early and painted the car maroon. Stan worked. Dalene went roller skating in the afternoon. Dot and her nephew were here at night for coffee, on their way to Des Moines.” Dot was the wife of Helen’s brother Harley Schaffer. Above: Skateland was at the corner of East Seventh and Orange Streets, a half-block from our house on East Seventh Street.
On Monday, May 22, 1961, Dale wrote, “Annual leave, in Reseda. High 80° in the sun, about 70° in the shade. Packed the car, bought some gas, cashed some travelers checks. Met Charles Matheny Jr. in Canoga Park.” Helen and Dale had been visiting my family in the San Fernando Valley, getting ready to leave for Minneapolis the next day. Charles Matheny was a cousin of Dale’s. Above: Helen in front of our house.