In Muscatine on Friday, August 31, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Hot in morning but cooled off by 5 P.M. Kopp brought real estate man here to see house. Took ironing to Mrs. Duncan. Helen got supper. TV in evening & to bed at 10.”
In Muscatine on Thursday, August 30, 1951, having rented the house next door at 505 East 7th Street, Dale and Helen paid their current landlord, Mrs. Kopp, rent for the next two weeks at their current house, 507 East 7th Street. They also paid their next landlord, Mr. Lease, rent for the second half of September at the house next door. Above left: 505 East 7th Street. Above right: 507 East 7th Street.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, August 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Pay day. Hot & humid. Humidity 92%. We may move next door within a week. Went & looked inside the house at night. To bed at midnight.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, August 28, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Checked over all change letters & gave note to Reifert. Helen had a good night last night, slept 6 hours. TV at night. Letter from Mother.”
In Muscatine on Monday, August 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Worked at alcohol redistillation most all day. Plant then shut down. Shipped 3 tank cars. Took Helen to Dr. Swayze at night for itch treatment.” Re-distilling alcohol increases its proof, also known as alcohol by volume (ABV).
In Muscatine on Sunday, August 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up at 7:30, breakfast, paper, & Dalene & I took a ride, took Ringer. Rain most of day. Took Helen to Dr. Swayze in evening for her itch. Fried chicken for supper. TV at night.” Ringer was our dog.
In Muscatine on Saturday, August 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Very quiet day. Thunderstorm in morning. Paid Stormer Electric for refrigerator motor $8.69, insurance paid it. Took Helen to store & downtown. TV at night.”
In Muscatine on Friday, August 24, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Plenty of help now. I’m trying not to catch a cold. Rode in Stein’s Cadillac. Home in evening & TV at night.” He doesn’t say it was a new Caddy, but there’s a 1951 model above.
In Muscatine on Thursday, August 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to noon. Took 4 hours annual leave. We all drove Mother to Burlington to catch the 2:25 P.M. train to Osceola. TV at night.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, August 22, 1951, Dale and Helen rented the house at 505 East Seventh Street, which was next door to the house we lived in at 507 East Seventh Street. They did this to avoid a rent increase. Above: Dalene and Helen in front of 505 East Seventh Street a year or two later. This house had a nice screened-in front porch, as you can see.