On Monday, September 30, 1957, taking a day off work, Dale was in Osceola and wrote, “Bought five dozen eggs from Lloyd. Got my hair cut for $1 at John Devore’s barber shop in Osceola. Mother and I went to see Aunt Meda, she has cancer. Drove from Osceola to Minneapolis in 6 hours, 300 miles. Home at 6:40. Beautiful day.” Aunt Meda was Ida Almeda Robins, the wife of Dale’s uncle Charlie Gardner. She died a week later. Above: their wedding picture from 1907.
On Sunday, September 29, 1957, Dale wrote, “Left Minneapolis at 8:45 for Osceola, got there at 3:15 p.m. Drove Lloyd’s new tractor. Had supper at Lloyd’s. Marie took me for a ride in her new Mercury. I drove out to Dad’s grave in the cemetery. Peaceful out there. Stayed all night at Mother’s.” Lloyd was Dale’s brother and Marie was Dale’s sister. Above: Dale, Helen, me (with a flat-top haircut!), Jettie and her second husband Clarence Liggitt, with Marie’s daughter Susan in front, at Jettie’s house in town. Dalene or Marie must have taken the photo.
In Muscatine on Sunday, September 28, 1952, Dale went for a bicycle ride with Dalene and her new bicycle down to the Mississippi river.
In Muscatine on Thursday, September 27, 1951, as he was carrying groceries into the house, Dale dropped three dozen eggs in the back yard and broke one dozen.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, September 26, 1957, Dale wrote, “Stan and I went to a show at night, Night Passage.”
On Sunday, September 25, 1966, Dale wrote, "At Mother’s in Osceola. Gardner, Williams, and Machlan reunion in the afternoon at the library basement. 52 people there. Flew back to Minneapolis on Braniff from 8:45 to 9:33 PM. Smooth ride.” Above: Gene Yates' sister Louise Yates Wilson, Elsie Gardner's daughter Dorotha Matheny Kerr, Gilham Gardner's daughter Leona Gardner Van Sant, Helen's sister Lela Schaffer Yates, and Dale’s mother Jettie at the reunion.
In Washington, DC, on Wednesday, September 23, 1936, Dale wrote that government employees got the morning off for the Grand Army of the Republic parade. He worked that afternoon. Above: a plaque commemorating the G.A.R., a fraternal organization of Union veterans of the Civil War.
On Sunday, September 22, 1968, Dale wrote, “Helen and I stayed in a motel in Belmond, Iowa, last night. Today we drove to Des Moines for lunch. On to Osceola to Wilma’s house and then to Mother’s and then to Mac and Wilma’s farm in the country. Supper at the Christian Church, Mother too. To bed at Mother’s after news and weather.” Above: Dale and Helen two weeks earlier when he was newly retired. They would move from Minneapolis to Wilma’s house in Osceola the following month. Helen’s sister Wilma had married ‘Mac’ McFarland in July.
In Muscatine on Friday, September 21, 1951, Dalene broke a bedroom window (the diary doesn’t say how). The next day, Dale wrote, “Put new pane in upstairs window.”