In Muscatine on Thursday, December 31, 1953, Dale wrote that I drove high school junior classmate Esther Frost 28 miles up the Mississippi River to Davenport for the Ice Show.
In Osceola on Saturday, December 30, 1950, after his father’s funeral December 19, Dale gathered his family and had lunch at the farm of Helen’s sister Wilma and George Casey (off U.S. Highway 69, about where the red star is above), and drove home to Muscatine. He wrote, “Watched TV at night. Good to be home.”
In Muscatine on Friday, December 29, 1951, Dale’s sister Marie and her daughter Susan arrived in mid-afternoon from Osceola to spend the night. They left the next morning, but the diary does not say where they were going.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, December 28, 1958, Dale wrote, “High 37°. Watched Colts beat Giants 20 to 17 in sudden death overtime on TV. Marie and Susan came up from Osceola on the bus, got here at 9:20 p.m. Dalene and I picked them up at the bus station.” Marie was Dale’s sister and Susan was Marie’s daughter.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, December 27, 1958, Dale wrote, “Stan started to Muscatine at 1 a.m. in the Dodge. High 28° and cloudy. Dinnie and I went downtown to look for a hat for me, didn’t find one. Watched football on TV all afternoon. Wrote Mother a letter.” I went to visit Sue Timm; her senior yearbook photo is above. She was a cute redhead.
In Minneapolis on Monday, December 26, 1955, Dale wrote, “Holiday. Nice day at home at 3727 Reservoir Blvd.” Their first Christmas holiday above.
On Tuesday, December 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Christmas in Muscatine at 505 East 7th Street. We had a nice Christmas and roast duck for dinner. Watched TV in afternoon and evening. Kids had fun with dart game.” Merry Christmas!
In Osceola on Sunday, December 24, 1950, after his father’s funeral, Dale went to his brother Lloyd’s for breakfast. He wrote, “We took Mother and went to Wilma’s for dinner. Pearl, Lena, and Louise here in the evening. Ralph, Marie, Susan and us had our Christmas tonight. Nice.” Wilma was Helen’s sister; Dale’s aunt Lena was married to Pearl Yates and Louise was their daughter; Ralph Kimmel was married to Dale’s sister Marie and Susan was their daughter.
In Muscatine on Sunday, December 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Watched Rams beat Browns for pro football championship.” The Super Bowl won’t be created until the NFL - AFL merger in 1966.
In Osceola on Friday, December 22, 1950, after his father’s funeral, Dale wrote, “Helen and I went to Muscatine and back, after Christmas tree and presents. Nice day. Kids decorated the tree at night at Grandma’s. Marie and Susan came out to stay all night.” Above: ‘Grandma’ Jettie’s home two weeks earlier, for their farm sale. Marie was Dale’s sister; Susan her daughter.