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 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 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.”
In Minneapolis on Thursday, December 19, 1957, Dale wrote, “The alcohol plant had Christmas dinner at The Peacock, I went too. Took Helen downtown to the dentist after supper. Stan went to school. I stayed up to watch ‘Tonight’ with Jack Paar and Jonathan Winters and Charley Weaver.” Jack Paar took over hosting The Tonight Show in 1957 after Steve Allen left it.
In Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 18, 1957, Dale wrote, “Cloudy with drizzle all day changing to snow after supper. Helen kept Carl until after 10:30 p.m., his mother went to a party. Stan went to choir practice at night. Dalene decorated the Christmas tree.” Carl was an infant Mom was baby-sitting.