On Friday, June 30, 1950, Dale wrote that Helen’s oldest brother Lloyd Schaffer (above as a young man) and his wife Chloe and daughter Marian arrived in Muscatine to spend the night. Dale had the next two weeks off for vacation.
In Muscatine on Thursday, June 29, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Cashed a bond $18.75. Bought Helen a T-shirt for her new shorts. Merle Osterquist here for supper. Merle took me, Stan, & Dalene to a show. Helen stayed home.” Merle was a business acquaintance.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, June 28, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Went shopping today. I bought 2 pair trousers, Helen sun suit & blouse, Dalene socks etc., & Stanley also. Took kids to bathing beauty contest at Weed Park at night. Cool & beautiful evening.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, June 27, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Nice bright cool day. I called B. Brubrisko at 3 A.M. to ask her to shut her dog up. She did & Helen talked to her during the day. Metropolitan insurance man here at supper time. Filled out application for hospital & surgery insurance.”
In Muscatine on Monday, June 26, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. No tank cars today, rail strike on. Merle came back on annual inspection. Went to show at night with Merle & brought him home for coffee afterwards. Cool today.” Above: Dale in his alcohol plant office.
In Muscatine on Sunday, June 25, 1950, Dale wrote, “Fisher’s dog kept us awake from midnight to daylight. Kids went to Sunday school. Took Helen & Dalene to river front in the morning. Rode to Weed Park in the afternoon & took a little ride at night. Hot.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, June 24, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 7 to 3 today. I traded non-work days with King so he could go to Cedar Rapids. Rain in forenoon. Drove Olson’s new Studebaker. Went to store & library in evening. Helen is feeling better.” Above is what was called Jet-Age Styling.
In Muscatine on Friday, June 23, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Loaded 6 tank cars today, expecting a rail strike. Talked to Radke on phone. Took radio out of car yesterday. Wrote card to folks. Stayed home at night. Warm & humid.” Those tank cars were filled with alcohol.
In Muscatine on Thursday, June 22, 1950, Dale wrote, “Brought Helen home from hospital in the morning. No gallstones by X-ray but some density in gall bladder. Scolded Stanley for busting cement block garage door step. I went to a ball game at night. Good breeze.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, June 21, 1950, Dale wrote, “Took Helen to doctor for exam. He said go to hospital for X-rays so I took her to Bellevue at 5:30 to stay all night. Kids & I had a picnic supper in riverfront park & went to a show.”