On Friday, March 31, 1961, Dale wrote, “Annual leave. Dalene and I left Minneapolis early for Muscatine. Spent two hours at the alcohol plant and then on to Osceola for supper. Lloyd and Marie were there too. At Mother’s all night. Beautiful day for driving, 23 mpg for the Valiant.” Lloyd and Marie were Dale’s brother and sister. Above: a 1961 Plymouth Valiant, similar to Dalene’s.