In Muscatine on Thursday, July 31, 1952, Dale wrote, “Stan went to Osceola with Mother and Marie. Dalene and I went to a show at night.” Jettie, her daughter Marie and Marie’s daughter Susan had been in Muscatine since July 29. Above in 1952 are Susan (right) with her cousins, Lloyd Gardner’s daughters Nancy (left), Marie (center), Mary (front).
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 30, 1957, Dale wrote, “Slow day at work. Very quiet. Mowed the lawn after work with the new power mower. Took Dalene for a short ride in Stan’s new Chevy.”
In Minneapolis on Monday, July 29, 1957, Dale wrote, “Our street is being repaired and I can’t get my car out. Rode to work with Stan. Patterson beat Jackson in defense of his heavyweight title.” I must have parked my car at the Shell station across the street overnight. Above: Floyd ‘Panther’ Patterson slugs Tommy ‘Hurricane’ Jackson.
On Saturday, July 28, 1956, Dale wrote, “Dalene, Nancy Gardner, and I drove to Osceola with 1½ hours out for stops. 309 miles, 20 miles to the gallon, no oil. Battery charged too much. Rain on and off all the way. Cool in Osceola. Stayed at Mother and Clarence’s house.” Dalene's cousin Nancy, one of Lloyd Gardner’s daughters, had been visiting us in Minneapolis. ‘Mother’ Jettie had married widower Clarence Liggitt several years after her husband Williams died.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, July 27, 1958, Dale wrote, “Over ½ inch of rain. Sunny in the afternoon. I took the carburetor off the Dodge and cleaned it. Put a tail pipe extension on the Chevy. Dinny and I went to Lake Calhoun. Margie called in the evening, Louie to be operated on in the morning for gallstones and ulcer. High 82°, 69° at bedtime.” Margie was the daughter of Helen’s brother Louie, who had gall stone surgery the next day, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Above: a ‘50s Dodge carburetor (before fuel injection became common for blending air and fuel in internal combustion engines).
Briefly in Osceola on Saturday, July 26, 1941, to sell his car to Helen’s nephew Marvin Schaffer, Dale and Stanley got a ride to Chariton’s train station and took the Rock Island Rocket back to St. Paul.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 25, 1956, Dale took the day off work and wrote, “Built a pen for the duck, portable. Stan had a date with Marcia. Arthur Godfrey had a good show, ‘Frontier Days’ in Cheyenne, Wyoming.” We had found a duck in June and kept it to the end of July.
On Monday, July 24, 1961, Dale was off work and wrote, “Helen, Dalene, and I left Osceola at 8 a.m., drove to Latimer to Ressia and Gerald’s for dinner. Home to Minneapolis about 7 p.m. High 83° and nice. Dalene is home now.” Dalene had been visiting family in Osceola. Latimer is 136 miles north of Osceola, and then 160 more miles north to Minneapolis. Ressia was married to Helen’s brother Gerald.
Visiting in Osceola from Minneapolis on Sunday, July 23, 1961, Dale wrote, “Took a ride southwest and to Woodburn and north. Mother’s for dinner. To George and Wilma’s in the afternoon and for supper. Went to Bert Chandler’s a little while too.” Woodburn, 11 miles east of Osceola, had a population of 202 in the 1960 census. George Casey was married to Helen’s sister Wilma. Bert Chandler was married to Minnie Schaffer, Helen’s aunt.
In Minneapolis on Monday, July 22, 1957, Dale wrote, “Back to work after three weeks vacation. Took Helen to the library after supper. Stan took his car in for its 1000 mile check-up.”