In Muscatine on Monday, October 31, 1955, Dale wrote, “Told the boys goodbye at GPC. Fishers and Meads took us to Ina Mae’s for supper and to Fisher’s afterwards. Had a nice time.” Dale was transferred to the St. Paul office and he and Helen were moving to the Twin Cities. 'GPC' was Grain Processing Corporation; Fisher and Mead were co-workers.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 30, 1962, Dale wrote, "High 54°. Helen rented the basement room to Duane Kurth, a railroad man. Neighbor Marie Miller borrowed our step ladder. Kurth moved into the basement room.” It wasn’t as nice as the one pictured.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, October 29, 1961, Dale wrote, "Cemented some holes in the basement walls to stop water leaking in. Painted a cabinet for the basement room. Painted the shower room and toilet room in the basement.”
In Osceola on Monday, October 28, 1963, for his brother Lloyd’s funeral, Dale wrote, “Annual leave. Brought Helen to town from Lloyd’s. Helped haul corn in forenoon. Stan Saddoris and I winterized both of Lloyd’s tractors and put a new fuel line on one. High about 60°. Saw Lloyd at Webster’s funeral home in the evening. Out to George and Wilma’s a little while.” Lloyd, above, on a better day. Stan Saddoris was married to Lloyd’s daughter Nancy. Wilma was Helen’s sister, married to George Casey.
In Minneapolis on Friday, October 27, 1961, Dale wrote, "Helen and I went to the Candlelight Café for supper. Dalene went to a show downtown. Nice day.”
Friday, October 26, 1956, on vacation from Minneapolis, Dale, Helen, and Dalene drove from Osceola to Muscatine. They stopped by the alcohol plant for a visit, and talked to all the Gaugers at the plant. Dale wrote, “Talked to Rod Mead on the phone. Went to Stan’s apartment to stay all night. Saw Sue Timm, etc. Nice day.” They drove back to Minneapolis the next day. How they spent the night at our tiny apartment (at pushpin above) is beyond me - with two other boys, I shared a living room, one bedroom, a kitchen, and a bathroom at 217½ Iowa Avenue (second floor) while attending Muscatine Junior College.
Thursday, October 25, 1956, on vacation from Minneapolis and staying at Jettie’s house in Osceola, Dale wrote that he, Helen, and Dalene went to Ruth and Louie Schaffer’s for dinner and to Jack and Margie Nish’s for a visit, then back to Jettie’s for supper and the evening. Louie (above, with Ruth) was Helen’s brother and Margie was Louie’s daughter, married to Jack Nish.
On Thursday, October 24, 1957, Dale was on vacation in Minneapolis and wrote, “Annual leave. Dalene and I drove Stan’s Chevy to Osceola from 9:30 to 5:30. Lunch in Albert Lea. Rain part of the way. Mother and Clarence took us to supper at B&H and to Marie’s.” Jettie had married Clarence Liggitt. Marie was Dale’s sister. Be sure to look up the humorous description of the B&H Café in Osceola Restaurants under the Extras tab; it was just south of the train tracks, east of Main Street.
On Thursday, October 23, 1958, Dale took the day off work in Minneapolis and wrote, “Helen, Dalene and I up early and drove to Muscatine by 2:45 p.m. Visited at the alcohol plant. Bought new shoes for me and Helen in Muscatine. Drove to Osceola and Mother’s by 11 p.m. Stopped for supper in Washington, Iowa.”
On Tuesday, October 22, 1963, Dale took the day off work and picked up Gene and Lela Yates (Helen’s sister) at the Minneapolis airport, on their way back from their vacation in Italy. Above: They stayed overnight, and went back to the airport the next day to fly home.