In Muscatine on Monday, December 31, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up early to give Arms keys to office. I took a ride to riverfront & Weed Park. Paid rent $50 & $10 on furniture. Dalene & Mary went to a show in afternoon. Helen & I washed. Stayed up to watch old year out on TV.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, December 30, 1951, Dale wrote, “Marie & Susan left before noon. Nice bright day. Disconnected left front shock absorber. King brought oleo margarine. Good TV today. To bed at 10:30 P.M.” Above: a 1951 ad for oleomargarine.
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 Muscatine on Friday, December 28, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. I was sick at 2 A.M. but went to work, late. My car wouldn’t start after work, Bushery pushed me. Package from George & Wilma. To bed at 11 P.M.” Helen’s sister Wilma was married to George Casey.
In Muscatine on Thursday, December 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Picked Mead up at M&T. Bought topcoat $20 and gloves $1.69 at Batterson’s. Had checkup at Dr. Swayze in afternoon (OK). Burned out light socket with toaster at night. Brought 6 darts home to kids.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, December 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 - 4:30. Loaded 3 tank cars today. Talked to St. Paul about alternate operations. Brought 2 dart boards home to Stan & Dalene. TV at night. Zero weather.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, December 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Christmas in Muscatine at 505 East 7th Street. We had a nice Christmas & roast duck for dinner. Watched TV in afternoon & evening. Kids had fun with dart game.” Merry Christmas!
In Muscatine on Monday, December 24, 1951, Dale wrote, “Non-work day. Kids & I went shopping in the morning. I took a long nap in the afternoon. Good Christmas programs on TV today & tonight. Put out presents at midnight.”
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 Muscatine on Saturday, December 22, 1951, Dale wrote, “Non-work day. Pay checks finally arrived. Whole family went downtown Christmas shopping. Dalene & Mary S. went to a show in the afternoon. Mailed Christmas cards back to Cheerful Card Co. Mead picked up his fruit cake.”