In Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 31, 1956, Dale wrote, “Dalene and I drove home from Mother’s, from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rain and cool driving. Gave our duck to Dr. St. Cyr on Twin Lakes.” Above: Twin Lakes area in Fridley, Minnesota (just north of Columbia Heights, where we lived).
Visiting Jettie In Town
Making Rounds In Osceola
On Sunday, July 29, 1956, vacationing from Minneapolis in Osceola, Dale wrote, “At Mother’s. Dalene and I went to Margie’s and Louie’s in the morning. To Wilma’s in the afternoon. Earl and Rouine there too. Fried chicken for dinner. Took a ride down through Woodburn after supper. Took a walk out in Clarence’s field.” Louie was one of Helen’s brothers and Margie his daughter, Wilma was Helen’s sister, Earl was another of Helen’s brothers, and Clarence was Jettie’s second husband. Above: cousins Nancy Gardner (left; Dale’s niece) and Dalene in Osceola.
Swimming At Weed Park
In Minneapolis on Saturday, July 27, 1957, Dale wrote, “Picked Emricks up at the Curtis Hotel in Stan’s car and brought them home for a visit. Went to Southdale in the afternoon to hear the Muscatine Elks Chanters. Stan took Myrna Criswell. Dalene went to a show at night.” Emricks were friends from Muscatine.
Riding Water Bikes
In Minneapolis on Thursday, July 26, 1956, Dale wrote, “Went to St. Paul capital and museum, disappointment. Went to Como Park. Dalene and Nancy Gardner took a ride on a water bicycle. I went to a show ‘Scarlet Week’ at night. Pretty good.” Nancy was a daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd. Above: Como Park water bikes.
Riding The Rocket
On Friday, July 25, 1941, Dale drove from St. Paul to Osceola with Stanley, to deliver their car to Marvin Schaffer (Helen’s nephew). We had supper at Wilma (Helen’s sister) and George Casey’s farm, and spent the night at Williams and Jettie’s farm. Helen stayed home in St. Paul with another nephew, Keith Schaffer, who was visiting from Osceola. The next day, we rode the Rock Island Rocket back to St. Paul.
At Elk Lake
Take My Duck – Please
Lake Calhoun Boat Races
In Minneapolis on Sunday, July 22, 1956, Dale wrote, “Took the girls to Lake Calhoun to see boat races, etc. Took Linda Durst to the 5 o’clock train for Muscatine. Drove some golf balls at big T after supper. Nice day. Nancy Gardner here.” Linda was a friend of Dalene, Nancy a cousin (a daughter of Dale’s brother Lloyd).
Adlai To Face Ike
On Monday, July 21, 1952, after work in Muscatine, Dale picked Stanley and Dalene up at the Weed Park swimming pool. After supper, he took Dalene to a movie, then watched the Democratic convention on television at night.
Lordy, Lordy, Helen’s Forty
Golfing After Dark
New Used ’41 Olds
Ready For Work
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 16, 1957, Dale wrote, “On vacation. Stan got his new Chevrolet 210, 2 door, 2 tone hard-top today. Beautiful car, ivory and Coronado yellow, V-8 with Power Glide. Helen, Dalene, and I went to St. Paul to the credit union. Shirley came down after supper and brought us malted milks. Dalene went to a show.” Shirley rented the upstairs apartment. I wish now I had kept that ’57 Chevy! What a great collector’s item.
Greetings From Mexico
Sittin’ In The Park
On Saturday, July 14, 1951, finishing their vacation in Osceola, Dale wrote, “Sat in the park in the afternoon. Went to Dot and Harley Schaffer’s for supper. Went uptown at night. Took Dalene to Ruth and Louie’s farm to stay all night.” Harley and Louie were Helen’s brothers. We all drove home to Muscatine the next day. Above are people sitting near the bandstand in the Osceola town park in 1951.