In Muscatine on Sunday, September 30, 1951, Dale wrote, “Paid Mr. Lease $50 rent + $10 on furniture, balance due on furniture $74. Warm day. Dalene & Sonnie went to a show in afternoon. Stanley went to Mike’s in afternoon for supper. TV at night.” Sonnie was a neighbor friend of Dalene’s, and Mike was a classmate of mine.
In Muscatine on Saturday, September 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Non-work day. Fixed washing machine. Fixed TV aerial, too. Watched Yale 7 - Navy 7 on TV. Letter from Wilma. Kids went to a show in afternoon. I made chili for supper. Warm fall day.” Wilma was a sister of Helen’s.
In Muscatine on Friday, September 28, 1951, Dale wrote, “Cool, 34° this morning. Gas furnace is wonderful.” He was happy about not having to shovel coal any more with a coal shovel like the one above.
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 Muscatine on Wednesday, September 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. One man short today. I took out 103 barrels & worked in ER in afternoon. Pay day. Christensen phoned in evening for visit. Watched TV at night. Rain & windy.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, September 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Quiet day at work. I bought Dalene some birthday presents. She is 9 years old today. Had roast beef for supper, Roswell here at night. Got Stanley’s eyes tested.”
In Muscatine on Monday, September 24, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. I had a quiet day. Went to store after work. Shower & cooler today. Mike Collier, Bob Rath, & Stan had a party in Stanley’s room. To bed before 10.”
Mike and Bob were classmates of mine.
In Muscatine on Sunday, September 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Restful day. Put blinds on kitchen windows. Put Dalene’s mirror up. Tacked hall rug down. Helen is better again. Nice evening at TV. To bed early.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, September 22, 1951, Dale wrote, “Fixed short circuit in stop lights in the morning. Put new pane in upstairs window. Took kids to a show, & went to store. I got supper. TV at night & to bed early.”
In Muscatine on Friday, September 21, 1951, Dalene broke a bedroom window but Dale’s diary doesn’t say how.