In Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 31, 1956, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I drove home from Mother’s, from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rain and cool driving. Gave our duck to Dr. St. Cyr on Twin Lakes.” Above: Twin Lakes area in Fridley, Minnesota (just north of Columbia Heights, where we lived).
On Monday, July 30, 1956, still vacationing in Osceola, Dale wrote, “At Mother’s, Dalene and I. Fixed Mother’s front porch step banisters on her house in Osceola. Went to the cemetery. Temperature in the low 80s and a good breeze. Fried chicken for supper.” Above: Jettie’s home in Osceola.
On Sunday, July 29, 1956, vacationing from Minneapolis in Osceola, Dale wrote, “At Mother’s. Dalene and I went to Margie’s and Louie’s in the morning. To Wilma’s in the afternoon. Earl and Rouine there too. Fried chicken for dinner. Took a ride down through Woodburn after supper. Took a walk out in Clarence’s field.” Louie was one of Helen’s brothers and Margie his daughter, Wilma was Helen’s sister, Earl was another of Helen’s brothers, and Clarence was Jettie’s second husband. Above: cousins Nancy Gardner (left; Dale’s niece) and Dalene in Osceola.
In Muscatine on Monday, July 28, 1952, Dale wrote, “To store after work, and to Weed Park to pick up the kids. Cooler today and it sprinkled. To bed early to sleep while it’s cool.” Above: the Weed Park pool where Dalene and I went, replaced in 2004 by the Aquatic Center.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, July 27, 1957, Dale wrote, “Picked Emricks up at the Curtis Hotel in Stan’s car and brought them home for a visit. Went to Southdale in the afternoon to hear the Muscatine Elks Chanters. Stan took Myrna Criswell. Dalene went to a show at night.” Emricks were friends from Muscatine.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, July 26, 1956, Dale wrote, “Went to St. Paul capital and museum, disappointment. Went to Como Park. Dalene and Nancy Gardner took a ride on a water bicycle. I went to a show ‘Scarlet Week’ at night. Pretty good.” Nancy was a daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd. Above: Como Park water bikes.
On Friday, July 25, 1941, Dale drove from St. Paul to Osceola with Stanley, to deliver their car to Marvin Schaffer (Helen’s nephew). We had supper at Wilma (Helen’s sister) and George Casey’s farm, and spent the night at Williams and Jettie’s farm. Helen stayed home in St. Paul with another nephew, Keith Schaffer, who was visiting from Osceola. The next day, we rode the Rock Island Rocket back to St. Paul.
In Minneapolis on Friday, July 24, 1959, Dale took the afternoon off work and wrote, "High 80° and clear and beautiful. Helen and I drove to the Elk Lake cabin to pick up Dalene and girl friends to bring home. Mowed the back yard.” Above is an Elk Lake cabin.
In Minneapolis on Monday, July 23, 1956, Dale wrote, “Took the duck to Como Park Zoo but didn’t leave it. Brought it home.” This is the duck I found a month earlier as a duckling.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, July 22, 1956, Dale wrote, “Took the girls to Lake Calhoun to see boat races, etc. Took Linda Durst to the 5 o’clock train for Muscatine. Drove some golf balls at big T after supper. Nice day. Nancy Gardner here.” Linda was a friend of Dalene, Nancy a cousin (a daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd).