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Where (and How) in the World is…..Mr. Spaulding?!!! (including Mr. Spaulding’s Aug. 5th comment)

July 29, 2009

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If you didn’t attend or teach at Rolfe High School in Rolfe, Iowa, during the time span of fall of 1965 through spring of 1983, or aren’t a family member of someone who did, you probably are wondering who in the heck this post is about.

July 2009, David Spaulding and his nephew, David ..... in front of the Mothman Statue in West Virginia.

David Spaulding and his nephew, David Althaus, in front of the metallic Mothman Statue*** located just across from Ohio in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. July 2009. (Click photo to enlarge.)

On the other hand, for anyone who did attend or teach at Rolfe High School during that time period, the name “Mr. Spaulding” conjures up memories including phrases such as “best teacher I ever had,” “pen-clicking,” “best teacher I ever had,” “clock-watching,” “best teacher I ever had,” “jokester,” “best teacher I ever had,” “strict” and “best teacher I ever had.” *  **

Over the past couple of months I’ve been involved in at least five conversations where I’ve heard people say these and/or similar comments.  Also, so many of us want to know about him on a more personal basis…um…since we are all grown up now.  (Sort of!)

A month ago I called Mr. Spaulding. When he answered, I didn’t know…could I even bring myself to call him Dave?  David?  (You may think this is humorous, but I really was nervous!)  After I told him who I was and about this blog, and the reason behind it (to promote prints of my mother’s watercolors for the library fund-raiser) I told him what I was really after.

I asked him if he would mind writing something for the blog and/or answering some of my questions about him.  In his gentle voice, with some humor along the way, he asked that I give him some ideas.

I later emailed a bunch of questions/topics to him.  We’ve had fun talking and emailing since.  He is a little skeptical about my putting his information on the web.  He wonders who would ever read it.  I reminded him that there are so many of us Rolfe-ites who speak of him with such appreciation (and memories of strictness!), and that I think people would really like to hear from him.

He’s a pretty busy guy with recent road trips to the Badlands, Ohio, and, coming up, Minnesota.  But, he’s game to let us “know” him a little better, giving us insight about his life including during those years of teaching in that aromatic chemistry lab.  As he emails me periodically with answers to my questions, I’ll post his responses.

If you want to write anything in the “comments” section below, maybe even your own question(s), I’m sure he’d enjoy hearing from you. (If you do comment/ask, using your first and last name — and maiden if you are a married female — as well as when you attended/taught at Rolfe High School would be helpful.)

I’ll post Mr. Spaulding’s initial response within the next few days.

* While at Rolfe High School, Mr. Spaulding taught Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Senior Math.

** Other teachers’ names from the ’65 through ’83 period have also surfaced fondly (some with more fondness than others!) in conversations.

*** Click here to learn more about the Mothman Statue.

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Bubbles In The Wine by Deane Gunderson (February 27, 1975 — Part II)

July 27, 2009

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(You probably won’t understand Part II below unless you first read Part I.)

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“Bubbles In The Wine” by Deane Gunderson, February 27, 1975 * (Part II)

My father, Deane Gunderson, played on this John Deere softball team during his 1940 to 1945 employment with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa.  (Click photo to enlarge.)

My father, Deane Gunderson (back row, far left), played on this John Deere softball team during his 1940 to 1945 employment with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa. During this employment he attended the meeting described in his February 27, 1975, "Bubbles In The Wine" article. (Click photo to enlarge.)

About thirty years ago [in the early- or mid-1940s] the John Deere Experimental Men’s meeting was being held in Moline and a good friend of mine from the Waterloo factory, Emil Jirsa, was to give a talk on the development of the John Deere Powr-Trol (hydraulic) system, then in its infancy.

Emil wasn’t much of a talker and he didn’t have the handsome, slippery appearance of John Connally. He was, as a matter of fact, just the opposite, and I suppose the audience was expecting a dull halting speech, hoping to get on to the next topic or to get into the bar, where each engineer would have the opportunity to brag about what he had dreamed up. more…

Bubbles In The Wine by Deane Gunderson (February 27, 1975 — Part I)

July 26, 2009

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For background information about my father’s (Deane Gunderson) mid-1970s “Bubbles In The Wine” newspaper column, click here.  The article below is the first of his “Bubbles In The Wine” articles appearing in the weekly Rolfe Arrow from early 1975 through mid-1977.  The article below is also his favorite!

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“Bubbles In The Wine” by Deane Gunderson, February 27, 1975 *

My father, Deane Gunderson, in the mid-1970s, the same time period during which he wrote his 114 articles for his Bubbles In The Wine column.

My father in the mid-1970s, when he wrote 114 articles for his "Bubbles In The Wine" column.

On a recent Sunday morning yours truly was sitting in the Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Minnesota, when the minister said something that prompted the going ahead with this column. The idea of a column for the Rolfe Arrow had been tossed around a lot over the last several years. If you don’t like the idea, you’ll have to blame it on going to church, and that’s a pretty tough argument. more…

Bubbles In The Wine 101 (The Prerequisite)

July 23, 2009

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In the mid-1970s my father, Deane Gunderson, wrote several articles which he titled “Bubbles in the Wine.”  Fortunately for my family, and anyone else interested in reading them, one of my sisters, Marti Gunderson Carlson, typed up the articles and compiled them in a book.  The intro to the book states the following:

“Bubbles in the Wine” is the title of the column written by Deane C. Gunderson between February 27, 1975, and May 26, 1977, for the Rolfe Arrow, published then in Rolfe, Iowa.

My father and me (Louise) on November 15, 1975.  I purposely did not crop closely in case anyone wanted to "relive" a visual of Rolfe's Presbyterian Church.  The last service held in this church was its Commemorative Sunday, April 30, 1995.  (Click photo to enlarge.)

My father and me (Louise) on November 15, 1975, the same year Daddy began his "Bubbles In The Wine" column. The last service held here in Rolfe's (Iowa) Presbyterian Church was its Commemorative Sunday service, April 30, 1995. Soon thereafter this church was razed, I believe in 1996. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Mr. Gunderson’s topics, about matters of personal interest, are many and varied.  The themes reflect his involvement in farming, education, sports, Iowa State University, politics, etc.  The spectrum includes historical accounts as well as current events.  Some of the subjects are as topical today as when they were first published.

He occasionally invited guest columnists to provide their perspective into a particular area in which they were knowledgeable.

This compilation brings information, insight, history, and wit, to the reader.  To one who knows the author and the community serviced by the publication, this gathering of words brings enjoyment.

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Periodically I’ll post Daddy’s “Bubbles In the Wine” articles about everything from…A to Zeman.

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Wildflowers, Wine Bottles, and the Monster Cookie Recipe

July 20, 2009

6/4/2011 Update: The Celebration Barn is now closed. For more information, click here.

(To understand this post better, if you haven’t already read From Trevi Fountain to The Celebration Barn, it would be helpful if you did before you read the following post.)

IMG_5515 W bot and fl on white 1000

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After Katie’s (our younger daughter) and Joe’s July 19th, 2008, wedding, a family friend said that the wedding and reception were simple yet elegant, and that, “That’s Katie.”  Katie and Joe have very similar tastes and therefore came up with the idea of having our own wildflowers as reception centerpieces.  They also chose to have a box of monster cookies as a small gift for each guest at the reception.

Where Katie was raised outside of Perry, Iowa, Bill (my husband) planted wildflowers so he could avoid the difficult-to-mow hills.  The kind of wildflower typically plentiful in July where we live is the Purple Coneflower.  They are gorgeous.  And…free.  A nice combination when planning a wedding reception. more

From Trevi Fountain to The Celebration Barn

July 18, 2009

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Two years ago on May 28, 2007, Bill’s and my now son-in-law, Joe Moon, asked our daughter, Katie, if she would marry him.  A week prior, Joe asked Bill and me for our permission to ask Katie to be his bride.  Because we (and Katie) enjoy and appreciate Joe so much, we were elated to be asked.  Also, because we then knew Joe planned to ask Katie the following week, we had much anticipation (but not as much as Joe!). more…

A Visitor

July 17, 2009

I haven't posted for a couple of days, and have quite a bit going on the next few days.  So, I thought I'd show you this little tree frog friend that was on our window yesterday.

I haven't posted for a couple of days, and have quite a bit going on the next couple of days. So, I thought I'd show you this little tree frog visitor that was on our window yesterday. I'll have a new post up on Saturday. (Click once, and even twice, to enlarge.)

Bear Spit and Wild Willy’s Wheat — Part II

July 15, 2009

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The reviews from Jim and Bill of Bear Spit and Wild Willy’s Wheat are as follows: more…

Bear Spit and Wild Willy’s Wheat — Part I

July 13, 2009

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At some point I’ll post more thoroughly about home beer brewing.  Before I can do that, I need to learn more about the process.  Until that time, hopefully bits and pieces will suffice in your sharing the fun of beer making with us.

May 31, 2009.  L to R:  David Weiser, Jim Eaton and Bill Shimon transferring Bear Spit from the turkey fryer to the cargoy for fermentation.  Click photo to enlarge.

May 31, 2009. L to R: David Weiser, Jim Eaton and Bill Shimon transferring Bear Spit from the turkey fryer to the carboy for fermentation. Click photo to enlarge.

Last Wednesday evening, July 8th, Jim Eaton and Bill (and I, a little bit) sampled their first fruits of beer making.  To date Bill and Jim, with the help of Scott Finneseth and David Weiser, have begun three batches of home brew.

The first beer unveiled last Wednesday is what Bill and Jim fondly refer to as Bear Spit.  The kit for what we call Bear Spit is officially marketed as True Brew TM * “DOUBLE IPA All Malt.”  The Double IPA home brewing kit is $52.25 at Beer Crazy in Urbandale, Iowa.  The packaging says the kit should yield five gallons of beer; however, the yield at the Shimon household was a skosh more than four gallons. more…

Blue Hat and Iowa Corn (Part III)

July 12, 2009

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(To read “Part I” click here.)

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~ Submitted by Clara Gunderson Hoover

Iowa Corn watercolor by Mother (Marion Gunderson), 19--.

"Iowa Corn" watercolor by Mother (Marion Gunderson), 1956. (Click photo to enlarge.)

When I saw Bill and Judy Carmichael’s Ear of Iowa Corn, it seemed very similar to a painting Mother had given Sara (Olerich) and Dale Schoenefeld as a wedding present.  Mother painted that painting, Iowa Corn, in 1956.  Sara and Dale’s Iowa Corn was not in the small photo album Mother had created of most of her paintings, nor did I remember this painting until Sara mentioned it to me and, in 2006, sent me photographs of it. more…