In Muscatine on Saturday, October 31, 1953, Dale wrote, “Bright, warm day. Watched football on TV in the afternoon. Dalene went to a Halloween party in the afternoon. Stan went to a midnight show.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, October 30, 1955, Dale wrote, “Packed and packed and washed, and moved Stan’s clothes to East Fourth Street. To bed tired.” See October 19.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 29, 1958, Dale wrote, “Schultz, Palmer, and Gray at Phillips to tell me I’m Gauger In Charge. Took Helen and Dinny to the library after supper. Watched a movie on TV. High 59°.” Those were big shots from the St. Paul office.
On Thursday, October 28, 1954, the Boy’s Quartet (left to right: second tenor Stan Gardner, first tenor Larry Misel, baritone John Evans, bass Jerry Hufford) sang for a luncheon group at the Hotel Muscatine. Larry and I were seniors, as was our accompanist Judy Smith, and John and Jerry were juniors.
On Sunday, October 27, 1957, after visiting in Osceola from Minneapolis, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I drove Stan’s Chevy from Osceola to Minneapolis 5 a.m. to 12 noon. Beautiful day. Watched football on TV in the afternoon.”
On Friday, October 26, 1951, completing his temporary assignment in Omaha, Dale drove back to Muscatine, stopping in Osceola for supper. He wrote, “Home by 10:45 p.m. Glad to be home.” On the map, Osceola is at the intersection due east of Creston.
On Saturday, October 25, 1919, Jettie Gardner’s diary recorded that Dale’s older brother Lloyd shucked corn by himself for the first time, and got 10 bushels. He was 12 years old. For the young'uns out there, shucking is the process of removing (by hand) the husk and silk from the ear of corn.
On Wednesday, October 24, 1956, vacationing from Minneapolis and staying at Jettie’s house in Osceola, Dale and Dalene rode around with Dale’s brother Lloyd picking corn. Dale, Helen, and Dalene went to Eva Kelly’s (Helen’s niece) in the afternoon and to Marie Kimmel’s (Dale’s sister). They went to Helen’s nephew Don and Opal Schaffer’s at night for a visit.
In Muscatine on Thursday, October 23, 1952, Dale wrote, “Looked at a new Dodge in the evening with Dalene.” He often got the new/used car bug and liked to go looking. Above: a 1952 Dodge.
Visiting in Osceola from Minneapolis on Saturday, October 22, 1960, Dale took movies of his brother Lloyd plowing, Helen’s brother Louie and son-in-law Jack picking corn, Helen’s brother-in-law George and son Larry cutting hay and feeding cattle. He wrote “Bought 12 dozen eggs of Louie for $2.”