In Muscatine on Monday, July 31, 1950, Dale wrote that neighbors Jim and Martha Smith (who lived three doors up East Seventh Street) dropped in at night with their fifteen-year anniversary cake to have a quiet celebration. Dale and Helen made coffee.
In Muscatine on Sunday, July 30, 1950, Dale wrote, “Whole family rested till 11 A.M. I got up at 8:30 to read the paper & then back to bed. Helen & Dalene went to a show in the afternoon. Hard rain about 3:30 P.M. Cooled off in the evening & more rain.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, July 29, 1950, Dale wrote, “Up at 7 A.M. & had breakfast alone. I read the paper. Dalene & I took Ringer for a ride in forenoon. Took the car radio to O. Emrick in the evening. HOT TODAY. To bed at 11 P.M.” Ringer was our dog; Emrick repaired electrical appliances.
In Muscatine on Friday, July 28, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Jack Owens came down to the plant to say goodbye – he is transferred to Yankton, South Dakota. Hot today. I mowed the yard after supper & cut weeds. Stayed home at night & to bed after midnight.” They had no air conditioning, so waited for the evening cool-down to go to bed.
In Muscatine on Thursday, July 27, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Eubanks told me they have a 4 year contract with Seagram’s for 1,000,000 gallons of pure-grain alcohol per month. Dalene & I went to a show at night.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, July 26, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Radke at the plant until noon. I worked on the car radio. Wiped dust off car after work. Loaned Jim Smith the rake. Stayed home at night. To bed at 10 P.M.” The Smith family lived a couple houses up the street from us.
In Muscatine on Tuesday, July 25, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Durkin, Radke, & Hemerson here on business at the plant. Plant can’t have but one C.R. Got our hospital & surgical policy. To the library at night.” Musser Public Library, above, on Iowa Avenue. A newer building is there now.
In Muscatine on Monday, July 24, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Bought a new belt for the refrigerator. I went to a show at night. Wrote a card to the folks. Cool at night.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, July 23, 1950, Dale wrote, “Slept until noon. Dalene & I went to stock car races in the afternoon. Helen & Dalene went to a show at night. Stan & I stayed home.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, July 22, 1950, Dale wrote, “Up late & to the plant to write inspection reports on new C.R. ‘B.’ Bought 2 new pair shorts. Paid telephone bill & $5 to Grimm’s Drugs. Started to take vitamin pills – one a day. To bed early.”