In Muscatine on February 29, 1951 – wait. That wasn’t a leap year. Never mind.
In Muscatine on Monday, February 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8:30 to 5. Talked to Radke about another Gauger & also wrote him a report. Jim & Martha Smith came down at night to watch TV. Not a very good night on TV.” The Smiths lived a couple houses up the street; Dalene and I used to play with their children Janet and Jimmy.
In Muscatine on Sunday, February 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up late, had breakfast at 10 A.M. Kids went to a show in the afternoon. Helen & I washed. I took a nap in the afternoon. Keith Schaffer here for supper & stayed all night. TV at night. Good. 60° today but damp.” Keith (above) was the son of Helen’s brother Harley Schaffer.
On Wednesday, February 21, 1951, Dale drove his mother Jettie from Muscatine to the Burlington train station for her return trip to Osceola. She was ready to move to her house in town (above) from her farm house four miles east of Osceola on U.S. Highway 34, where her husband, Williams Gardner, had died a little over two months earlier.