Vacationing in Osceola from Muscatine with his family on July 5, 1951, Dale wrote, “Went to Ruth and Louie’s farm after lunch and put two new shock absorbers in front. Had supper there. Cool. Kids rode merry-go-round and Ferris wheel once each. Brought Mother home from Marie’s store.” Ruth was married to Helen’s brother Louie. The carnival rides were still at the town square.