On Saturday, June 30, Dale and family drove from Muscatine to Osceola. Dale wrote, “Got to Mother’s at 5 p.m. Went uptown at night. Kids went to a show at night.” Above: Dalene (with long hair) and Dale (with cigar) in 1951.
In Minneapolis on Monday, June 29, 1959, Dale wrote, "Cool, high 63°. Went to a store in St. Paul and bought Dalene some shoes. Stan’s first day on his Santa Monica job. He called at night to ask about his work history. Helen and I looked up in my old diaries for his record of jobs.” I needed that information for a security clearance questionnaire. Above: the control console of the IBM AN/FSQ-7, the first computer I learned to program. It filled a large room, employed vacuum tube technology, and was used by the Air Force SAGE system in the North American air defense program.
In Minneapolis on Friday, June 28, 1957, Dale wrote, “McCumber at the warehouse with me to take over next Monday for three weeks while I’m on vacation. Stan came home about 7 p.m. from Muscatine. Dalene, Sharon, and I went to a show.” McCumber was a co-worker. Sharon was Dalene’s friend.
In Muscatine on Saturday, June 27, 1953, Dale wrote, “Helen and Dalene and I looked at a 1946 Dodge. No deal. Wind and rainstorm at night. Lights went off for several hours. To bed late.”
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 26, 1957, Dale wrote, “I mowed the back yard after work. Stanley got a fulltime job at General Mills, starting next Monday, as Radiation Physics Laboratory Technician. We are all pretty pleased about it. He went to Muscatine to see Sue Timm.” Above: General Mills Central Research Lab, built in the 1930s at 2010 Hennepin Avenue East, where I worked for the next two years.
In Minneapolis on Monday, June 25, 1956, Dale wrote, “Stan brought a duck home, about one week old. He picked it up on Central Avenue on his way to work.” We kept it until it grew up.
On vacation Thursday, June 24, 1937, Dale wrote, “Got up early and left Osceola at 10 a.m. Mother with us. Drove to Peoria at 6 p.m. and stayed all night.” That was a 250-mile drive on their way home to Washington, DC.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, June 23, 1957, Dale wrote, “I patched a hole in the roof around a vent pipe. Pretty high up there. Stan mowed the front yard. Dalene and friends went to the Columbia Heights carnival.”
On Thursday, June 22, 1944, President Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 into law. It was commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. (A later version was enacted after the Korean War.) Watch the video to see how it came to be.
On vacation from Muscatine on Tuesday, June 21, 1955, Dale wrote, “At Gerald’s in the morning. Drove to Ames to question college. On to Wilma’s farm in the afternoon, then to Mother’s in Osceola.” We had just visited Helen’s brother Gerald and his family in Latimer; Wilma (Helen’s sister) lived a couple miles north of Osceola. I was considering Iowa State University in Ames.