Happy New Year!
In Muscatine on Sunday, December 31, 1950, Dale, Stanley, and Dalene went sledding. Helen’s brother Harley, his wife Dot and son Keith arrived from Osceola to spend the evening with them. Dale wrote, “Had fried chicken and watched TV all evening.”
Happy New Year!
In Muscatine on Tuesday, December 30, 1952, Dale wrote, “Mother and I drove to Stillwell for dinner and visit with Pearl Wood and her husband George Parrick. Nice day. Home by 6:30 p.m. Turkey pie for supper and TV all evening.” Stillwell, Illinois, was about 100 miles south of Muscatine (below). I don’t know who Pearl Wood and George Parrick were, but likely friends or relatives of Jettie’s.
From Jettie’s diary: On Sunday, December 29, 1918, Williams hitched the team, Bob and Bet, up to the sled to go to Miller’s for dinner. Williams tied one horse to a hayrack. When he came to the house to get ready, Bet turned Bob and the sled around, upset the hayrack and broke it and broke the tongue of the sled, and broke the bridle all to pieces.
On Sunday, December 28, 1952, leaving Osceola with Dalene after the weekend, Dale wrote, “Brought Mother home to Muscatine with us. Took 3½ hours. Bright day. Helen had meat loaf dinner. Watched Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns on TV. Good programs on TV.” That was the 1952 NFL Championship game, with the great Otto Graham quarterbacking the Browns - but they lost, 17 to 7.
In Osceola from Muscatine for the weekend on Saturday, December 27, 1952, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I drove out to Louie’s for dinner. I drove his Dodge. Watched football in the afternoon on Marie’s TV. Had supper there. Went to George and Wilma’s after supper.” Louie was Helen’s brother, Marie was Dale’s sister, and Wilma was Helen’s sister. If that football game was the Blue-Gray Football Classic, Gray won 28 to 7. If it was the East-West Shrine game, East won 21 to 20.
In Osceola on Friday, December 26, 1952, Dale wrote, “Holiday. Dalene and I drove from Muscatine to Osceola. The Mercury stopped in Oskaloosa. Wired up wrong. Had to be towed to a Ford garage. Cost $5.74 to fix. Mother was surprised to see us. To Lloyd’s at night for ice cream.” Lloyd was Dale’s brother.
On Monday, December 25, 1950, in Osceola after his father’s funeral, Dale wrote, “We went to Lloyd’s in morning, Mother and Marie, too, for dinner. We went out to Ruth and Louie’s to borrow 2 sleds. Louie and Ruth here for supper.” Lloyd and Marie were Dale’s brother and sister; Louie was Helen’s brother. This was not a happy Christmas. However, the following T-Mobile video, published last year, should cheer everyone:
On Wednesday, December 24, 1952, Perry Como broadcast his Christmas Eve show on CBS:
In Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 23, 1936, Dale wrote, “Jim and Corinne bought a house and took us to look at it. We’re going to live there, too: 8 Moore Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland.” Jim and Corinne were friends.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, December 22, 1954, Dale and Dalene went to the high school gymnasium to watch the Harlem Magicians play basketball. Dale described it as “Punk” in his diary. The team was formed by former Harlem Globetrotters star and Hall of Famer Marques Haynes in 1953. Goose Tatum was also on the team. Below: one of their vintage posters.