In Muscatine on Sunday, April 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Dalene, Ringer and I walked down to the river in the morning. Levee broke on Illinois side. Fine day. Dalene and Smith kids went to a show in the afternoon. Chicken for dinner. TV at night and to bed early.” Ringer was our dog, and the Smith family lived a couple houses up the street from us; their children were Janet and Jimmy. Above: Dalene and Dale in 1951.