In Minneapolis on Friday, August 31, 1956, Dale wrote, “Dalene broke her right arm, the big bone, just above the wrist. Fell over a low fence at Winchester’s.” They were neighbors.
In Muscatine on Thursday, August 30, 1951, having rented the house next door at 505 East 7th Street, Dale and Helen pay their current landlord, Mrs. Kopp, rent for the next two weeks at their current house, 507 East 7th Street. They also pay their next landlord, Mr. Lease, rent for September 15-30 at the house next door. Below left: 505 East 7th Street. Below right: 507 East 7th Street.
On Sunday, August 29, 1954, Dale and Dalene drove from Muscatine to Davenport’s Credit Island to ride horses, then went to Monkey Island (below).
In Washington, DC, on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Below is an excerpt.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, August 27, 1961, Dale wrote, "I went to the State Fair about 3 hours to look around. Rain off and on in the afternoon. Gene Yates called, on his way to New York on business by plane. High 58° and a good day to go to the Fair.” Gene was Dale’s cousin, married to Helen’s sister Lela. Below: Gene and Lela at Dale and Helen’s home.
On Tuesday, August 26, 1919, Williams and Jettie Gardner bought a 100-acre farm near Osceola at $166.50 per acre. The following January, they rented their farm to Jim Inyard for $40 an acre for pasture & half the grain. In 2013, the value of an average acre of Iowa farmland was $8,690 per acre. That’s a 5,000% increase in almost a century, nearly 4 times the rate of inflation.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, August 25, 1956, Dale wrote, “Helen, Dalene, and I went downtown shopping and then to the Minnesota State Fair all afternoon looking around. Stan worked. Nice day. High 80°.”
In Minneapolis on Saturday, August 24, 1957, Dale wrote, “Stan went to a lake. We went downtown shopping. Bought Dalene some clothes and me a new pair of health-spot shoes. Big price but my feet felt better the minute I put them on. Mowed the lawn.”
On Saturday, August 23, 1952, Dale and Dalene drove to the Burlington depot to meet Stanley arriving on a train from Osceola (visiting Jettie in Osceola since July 31) and drove back to Muscatine.
On Sunday, August 22, 1943, Helen and children visit Lela (Helen’s sister) and Gene Yates in Albia, Iowa - but Dale is working in Clinton, Iowa, and writes, “Home is not home without a family.” We lived in Clinton for 10 months during World War II.