In Muscatine on Tuesday, July 31, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 – 4:30. Cooler & clear. Fisher & Arms worked on cards today. Took family to library after supper. TV at night.”
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Day Of Rest
Mowing The Old Way
Alcohol From Wheat
In Muscatine on Friday, July 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 – 4:30. Hot & bright today. Eubanks says we may use wheat. Cooled off before bedtime. Dalene better. TV at night. To bed at 11 P.M.” Alcohol produced from wheat has many industrial uses and is in widely consumed spirits, such as vodka and whiskey.
In Muscatine on Wednesday, July 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 – 4:30. I was the Mill & Tower man today. Hot, good corn weather. Doctor here to see Dalene again, put her on sulfa, gave Stan a shot. Helen put drapes in hall.” Mill & Tower (‘M&T’) refers to the distillation part of the alcohol plant.
Doctor House Call
New Old PJs
Lordy, Lordy, Helen’s Forty
In Muscatine on Thursday, July 19, 1951, Dale wrote, “8 hours annual leave. Slept late this morning. Cashed my check. Helped Helen change beds around. Cut mattress off for Dalene’s bed. Went to store. Had fried chicken supper. Had Magnafilter demonstrated. TV at night. To bed late.” Magnafilter was a TV add-on to make the picture appear larger.
Cool Sleeping Porch
In Muscatine on Tuesday, July 17, 1951, Dale wrote, “8 hours annual leave. Helen & I washed. I went to the store. Bright & hot today. Family to library at night. Slept on back porch tonight, 1st time this summer.” We had no air conditioning, but our house had a big screened-in porch good for evening breezes.
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Home At Last
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 square park in 1951.
Soap Box Race
Vacationing from Muscatine in Osceola with his family on Thursday, July 12, 1951, Dale wrote, “I’m 42 years old today. Got some nice presents. Fixed Mother’s basement steps in the morning & painted storm windows in the afternoon. Bought a new muffler for the car. Marie showed her pictures.” Marie was his sister.