In Minneapolis on Tuesday, December 31, 1957, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 hours, 4 hours double time. Helen did some baking today. Shirley came down awhile. We watched the old year out and 1958 in.” Shirley Staebler rented the upstairs apartment.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, December 30, 1953, Dale wrote, “George and Wilma Casey were here to stay all night, after spending Christmas with Larry, in military camp in Virginia.” Helen’s sister Wilma was married to George; Larry was their son. They left the next day, on their way home to Osceola.
In Minneapolis on Monday, December 29, 1958, Dale wrote, “High 20°. Cold. Dalene and Susan went downtown. We all went to Atlantic Mills after supper. Marie and Susan bought clothes. I took them to the bus station at midnight. Helen called Stan in Muscatine to tell him he got a job in the U library starting next Monday.” Dale’s sister Marie and her daughter Susan were visiting from Osceola. My job would be a library page pulling and replacing books in the stacks while attending the University of Minnesota.
In Muscatine on Monday, December 28, 1953, Dale wrote “Annual leave. Helen & I washed. Stan had his eyes tested. I developed 2 rolls pictures. Dalene bought a new pair of shoes with her own Christmas money. To bed early.”
In Minneapolis on Sunday, December 27, 1959, Dale wrote, "Fixed the bread board in the kitchen. Fixed a faucet in the upstairs apartment. Helen and I ironed in the evening. Dalene went bowling, and to a party at night. Rain all day, high 40°. Snow on the way.”
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 26, 1956, Dale wrote, “High 40°. Nice day. Snow almost gone. Stan bought a nice pair of ice skates 2nd hand, like new.” I drove back to Muscatine the next day for the spring semester at Junior College.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, December 25, 1956, Dale wrote, “Opened our presents before breakfast. Many nice things. Dalene got me a vise, a dandy. Stan here too. Kids went to a show downtown in the afternoon. Had turkey for dinner. Light snow. Low 9° above, high 28°. Very nice day all around. Wore my new pajamas (Christmas present) to bed.”
Thursday, December 24, 1953; Christmas Eve in Muscatine. Dale bought a turkey for the next day’s dinner. He wrote that Dalene coasted downhill on her new sled he gave her the previous day, so there must have been snow on the ground.
In Minneapolis on Sunday, December 23, 1956, Dale wrote, “Light snow and slick. Finished painting the basement walls. Stan came home about dark from college in Muscatine.” I was a sophomore at Muscatine Junior College, above. It became Muscatine Community College later, in a new location.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, December 22, 1959, Dale wrote, "Slick on the streets, 27° above zero. Light snow. Helen and I went to lawyer McGee to draw up a will each. Dalene went singing Christmas carols with friends.”