In Minneapolis on Sunday, August 31, 1958, Dale wrote, “I went to the Fair at 7:30 a.m. and stayed until 5:30 p.m. Saw lots of exhibits and the auto races. Cool and cloudy, high only 57°. Had fried chicken for supper. Helen and Dalene stayed home all day. Stan is in Muscatine for the week-end.” Above: the arena at the state fair.
In Muscatine on Saturday, August 30, 1952, Dale wrote, “Rode to Des Moines to the State Fair with Roswell Gardner. Spent the day at the Fair, races, etc. Rode home with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Chasteen, got home at midnight.” Roswell was Dale’s cousin and Jim Chasteen was a co-worker.
On Friday, August 29, 1952, Dale’s cousin Roswell Gardner spent the night in Muscatine. It was hot, and he slept on the screened-in front porch (above, with Dalene and Helen in front).
In Minneapolis on Friday, August 28, 1964, Dale wrote, "High 78° and nice. Card from Ralph and Marie in Vermont. Roofers here today to put a new roof on the house.” They finished the new roof September 1, and Dale wrote, “Looks fine.” Dale’s sister Marie was married to Ralph Kimmel.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, August 27, 1966, Dale wrote, "High 90° but low humidity. Gene and Lela Yates came about 5:30 p.m. We all (Stans too) went to Sweden House for supper.” Helen’s sister Lela and husband Gene left late the next morning to go home to Estherville, Iowa.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, August 26, 1967, Dale wrote, "Helen and I went to Wards at Apache to look for some pillows, wound up buying a beautiful green davenport at Sears. Stan hauled it home in his station wagon. Bought some foam rubber for our other davenport and chair, too, at Graves Interiors. Gene and Lela came about 4:30 p.m.” Above: Helen’s sister Lela and her husband Gene Yates.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, August 25, 1957, Dale wrote, “Dalene, Bonnie, Sharon, and I went to the Minnesota State Fair. Me to the auto races and the girls to the rest of it. Helen stayed home. Perfect day.” Bonne and Sharon were Dalene’s friends.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, August 24, 1961, Dale wrote, "Perfect day, high about 75°. Helen and Dinny went to the library in the evening. I watched sports on TV. Card from Marie from Mexico.” Marie was his sister.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, August 23, 1956, Dale wrote, “Beautiful day. High around 75°. Watched Ike and Nixon accept the Republican nomination on TV.” For you youngsters, that was Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. 'I Like Ike' was a campaign slogan.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, August 22, 1957, Dale wrote, “Got a gas pipe at work for Stan’s clothes closet rod in the new basement closet. Mixed some paint for Dalene to use tomorrow.”