In Muscatine on Thursday, August 31, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. 3 tank cars in. Dawson came at 4:30. We went to show at night, ‘The More the Merrier.’ Very good. Warmer today & showers. Paid the grocery bill. To bed at 11 P.M.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, August 13, 1950, Dale wrote, “Left Stanley at folks. Stopped at Marie’s a little while. Saw George Casey. Drove home to Muscatine by 2 P.M. Had chicken dinner. Alva & Teresa here in the afternoon. I washed the car.” Marie was his sister; George Casey was married to Helen’s sister Wilma.
On Saturday, August 12, 1950, Dale wrote, “Stan, Dalene and I left Muscatine at 3 p.m. for Osceola, got there at 6:45. Rain part of way. Called Helen. Visited with folks at night.” Dad and Dalene drove back to Muscatine the next day, but I stayed at my grandparents’ farm for the next three weeks for the last time – my grandfather Williams McBain Gardner died on December 16. Above: Grandpa and I give fresh milk to some barn cats that summer.