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 Osceola on Saturday, December 30, 1950, after his father’s funeral December 19, Dale gathered his family and they 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.”
On Friday, December 29, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Drove to Osceola 4:30 to 8:30. Ate supper in Washington, Iowa. Visited with Mother at night & to bed early. Cold tonight. Carol Jane here too.” Carol was the daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd.
In Muscatine on Thursday, December 28, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Got the car fixed again, $11, carburetor & fuel pump trouble. Called Helen at noon from the plant. Polished the kitchen floor & printed pictures at night & watched TV.” Dale had a photography darkroom at home for developing negatives and prints.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, December 27, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Got the fuel pump fixed $1.73. Ate supper at Bushery’s. Watched TV at night including boxing. 12° above tonight. Got a letter from Helen.”
On Tuesday, December 26, 1950, Dale wrote, “Drove home to Muscatine from Osceola, alone, 3:45 A.M. to 7 A.M. To work at 8 to 4:30. Bought Fred & Nettie King tobacco & candy for firing our furnace. Had supper at Lofgren’s. Watched TV at night.” King and Lofgren were co-workers.
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 and Ruth was his wife.
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.
Still in Osceola on Saturday, December 23, 1950, Dale wrote, “Fixed my fender & tail light. Ralph put up his TV aerial. Christmas shopped most all afternoon. Had dinner & supper at Marie’s. To bed at midnight.” Ralph Kimmel was married to Dale’s sister Marie.
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.