East side of Osceola town square in 1950

Muscatine’s alcohol plant is now making distilled spirits for commercial products sold by companies such as Glenmore, Heublein, and Seagram’s.  Television sets in the 1950s use vacuum tube technology and receive over-the-air analog signals via either “rabbit ears” on top of the TV (if you are close to a transmitting station) or a wire attached to an outside antenna.  There are no cable companies or satellites.  Grandma Jettie Gardner moves from her farm about four miles east of Osceola on U.S. highway 34, to her house in Osceola at 322 South Park Avenue.  Helen and Dale entertain Dale’s co-workers at home frequently, usually to watch TV.  We make the shortest move ever, moving to the house immediately adjacent.

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