On their way home to Minneapolis from the west coast on Thursday, September 30, 1965, Dale and Helen drove 250 miles from Columbus, Nebraska, to Estherville, Iowa, where they spent the night at the home of Lela (Helen's sister) and Gene Yates.
In Minneapolis on Monday, September 29, 1958, Dale wrote, “High 70°. Cool. Sprinkle. Stan to the first day of classes at U of M. 25,000 students. He thinks he will join Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, September 28, 1956, Dale wrote, “Watched Columbia Heights High School get beat by White Bear. Dalene had the cast taken off her arm and went on a slumber party all night.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, September 27, 1957, Dale wrote, “Took Helen to the downtown library after supper. Picked Dalene up at a football game, Columbia Heights High School 18, Hastings High School 7.”
In Minneapolis on Saturday, September 26, 1964, Dale wrote, "Watched Minnesota get beat by Nebraska. Stan helped me bring the air conditioner down from the apartment for the winter.” The score was 26 to 21.
In Minneapolis on Monday, September 25, 1967, Dale wrote, "High 82° and clear. Wilma called about Harold Lewis illness. Helen called Paul Eggleston to tell him about Harold Lewis.” Wilma was Helen’s sister. Harold Lewis and Paul Eggleston both were great-grandsons of Jonathan Lewis and Rebecca Gaskill (Helen’s great-grandparents).
In Minneapolis on Monday, September 24, 1956, Dale wrote, “Mother is 75 years old today.” Jettie loved to play her piano and sing hymns.
In Muscatine on Friday, September 23, 1955 Dale wrote, “Schulz called me at 2 p.m. to tell me I’m transferred to St. Paul about November 1st, as a Gauger. Stan and Dalene took it nice.” But after ten years in Muscatine, even though we lived in three different houses there, this felt to me like a big change. Above, in order of home, L-R: 874 Newell Avenue, 507 East 7th Street, 505 East 7th Street.
In Osceola on Monday, September 22, 1969, Dale wrote, "Leo Sanders’ brother Frank and sister Blanche came at 10 a.m. We took them for a long ride through Leslie, to Mac and Wilma’s, to Ruth and Louie’s, etc. Margie was here in the afternoon. Read Mother’s diary in the evening till after midnight. High about 70°.”
Siblings Leo, Frank, and Blanche were children of Luther Sanders and Adelia Lewis, daughter of Aaron Lewis and his first wife Susan Linder. Aaron’s brother Ezra Lewis was Helen’s grandfather, married to Susan Stiverson (who married Aaron after Ezra and Susan Linder died). Wilma and Louie were Helen’s siblings, and Margie was Louie and Ruth’s daughter. On the map, Leslie is about 8 miles south of Osceola.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, September 21, 1957, Dale wrote, “Family went downtown in the morning to Robert Hall’s and Foreman & Clark’s, in Stan’s car. Watched football on TV in the afternoon. Dalene went to a show, Stan went on a date, Helen and I watched TV. Sent Mother a birthday card.” Jettie would be 76 on September 24. Above: we were in Osceola earlier that year - Dale, Helen, me, Jettie, Clarence, and my cousin Susan Kimmel in front.