On Tuesday, October 31, 1950, Dale wrote, “Went to Osceola to see Dad. He is having heart trouble.” Dale took several more trips between Muscatine and Osceola that fall; his father died December 16. Below: The last picture I have from 1950 of Williams and Jettie Gardner, my grandparents, taken at their farm.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 30, 1956, Dale wrote, “I went to see ‘Trail of the Lonesome Pine’ and ‘Shepherd of the Hills.’ Good shows.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, October 29, 1955, Dale wrote, “My last day of duty at Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa.” He had been transferred to the St. Paul office of the Alcohol Tax Unit, Internal Revenue Service. Below: the plant and barges on the Mississippi seen from Muscatine’s riverside walk.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, October 28, 1953, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I went to Maid-Rite and then home. She rode her bicycle.” Those were goooood sandwiches.
In Muscatine on Thursday, October 27, 1955, Dale, Helen, and Dalene went to a Junior College play I was in, “The Bishop Misbehaves.” Mother clipped the following picture out of the newspaper and underlined my name so I wouldn’t miss it:
In Muscatine on Sunday, October 26, 1952, Dale wrote, “Helen, Dalene, Ringer, and I drove to Wild Cat Den State Park. Roast beef dinner and football in the afternoon on TV.” Ringer was our dog. Below: an old postcard of Wildcat Den, about 13 miles east of our house.
In Muscatine on Sunday, October 25, 1953, Dale wrote, “I finished painting the bathroom. Dalene and Stan went to Sunday school and church. I watched football on TV in the afternoon.” Watching sports events was a favorite pastime of his.
On Thursday, October 24, 1935, Dale signed an application for a job as a postal clerk. He and Helen were going broke during the Depression as farmers 11 miles south of Osceola, Iowa:
On vacation from Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 23, 1956, Dale, Helen, and Dalene left the Gene and Lela Yates home (Helen’s sister) in Estherville at 9 a.m. and drove to Osceola by 2:30. He wrote, “Nice day, nice drive. Stayed all night at Mother’s. Went over to Lloyd’s awhile.” Lloyd was Dale’s brother. It’s about 214 miles from Estherville to Osceola:
On Monday, October 22, 1956, Dale wrote, “Nice day again. Helen, Dalene and I left Minneapolis after work for Estherville, Iowa, to see Lela and Gene Yates. We stayed all night there.” Lela was Helen’s sister. Estherville is in northern Iowa: