In Minneapolis on Saturday, November 30, 1957, Dale wrote, “Stan went to the train station to meet Esther at 8 a.m. but she isn’t coming, we got a letter from her. Army 0, Navy 14 on TV.” Esther was a girl I had dated in Muscatine.
On Sunday, November 29, 1942, coffee rationing began, following sugar rationing on May 2, as the U.S. got serious about wartime conservation. Meat, rubber, shoes, silk, and other goods were also rationed as the country tightened its belt to make sure critical resources were allocated fairly and to the war effort. Mandatory gasoline rationing went into effect two days later.
On Thursday, November 28, 1935, Helen and Dale (living on a farm ½ mile north of the Weldon, Iowa, stockyards) went to Thanksgiving dinner with neighbor farmers Gene and Minnie Peague. Dale wrote in his diary, “Came home to chore then went back at night. Had a good dinner & a good time.”
In Muscatine on Friday, November 27, 1953, Dale wrote that I got a seasonal job at Kord’s drug store as sales clerk and stockboy, to help out after school and weekends during the holiday season. They were located at 114 East Second Street, above.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, November 26, 1959, Dale wrote, "Thanksgiving Holiday. Jim Staebler went to sleep and his cigarette burned a large hole in Shirley’s davenport and filled the house with smoke at 3 o’clock in the morning. I helped him carry the davenport out to the porch. Fool. About 4 a.m. the davenport caught fire again on the upstairs porch and I went up and threw it over the railing into the back yard. High about 15°, cold and clear.” Shirley Staebler rented the upstairs apartment and Jim was her son.
In Osceola on Thursday, November 25, 1971, Dale wrote, "Cloudy and 47°. Helen and I went to Derby for Thanksgiving dinner. Watched football all afternoon. Supper at Manley’s Café. Went to see Mother in the evening.” Above: Dale and Helen in 1971, probably at the home of Helen’s sister Wilma McFarland.
On Thursday, November 24, 1955, Dale and Helen and Dalene drove from Minneapolis to the home of Gene and Lela Yates in New Ulm, Minnesota, for Thanksgiving. They stayed overnight. It’s about 100 miles each way.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, November 23, 1957, Dale wrote, “Ate breakfast in the Heights and then went to the grocery store. I laid new linoleum on the apartment kitchen floor. Dalene went downtown Christmas shopping.” Above: a vintage ad for Gold Seal linoleum. Dale and Helen rented out their second floor apartment.
In Minneapolis on Thanksgiving, November 22, 1956, Dale wrote, “I took our car to the Shell station to have the rear brakes re-lined. Stan, Don, and Bill Mullen came at 1:30 p.m. for the week-end. We had turkey for dinner.” Don and Bill were brothers from Muscatine.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, November 21, 1959, Dale wrote, "Helen and I made reservations on the Union Pacific R.R. for January 4th from here to L.A. via Chicago, at the Great Northern station downtown. Watched a late movie. High 42° and clear.” They were going to visit Judy and me in Santa Monica, and I picked them up at Union Station in Los Angeles on January 6, 1960.