Wilsons’ Model T truck trundled to Des Moines
from Dexter so that Delbert and Donald could
sign up for the US Navy. They brought home
a radio for the family, and a sled for younger brothers.
They left home a month later, February 1934.
September 5, their father wrote his sons
how relieved they were when
Delbert’s allotment check arrived
so the kids could buy overalls and school books.
Clabe and the younger brothers were out in the shed one day.
One of them said, “Why don’t you take the top off–it looks too high!”
Their dad picked up the hammer and knocked it off.
“You ought to have heard them laugh.
We cut down the seat and cut off half of the windshield.
It looks like a sports roadster.”