Pioneers from Kaua’i, Hawaii, to Rolfe, Iowa


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Because I’m catching up on communication regarding Rolfe’s oral history project and I’m also having fun with Jackson, I’ll likely not post again until Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, if you’d like to read the history of the previously mentioned Tip Top Motel & Cafe on Kaua’i, click here.

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By clicking once (or even twice) on this image of two photos taken eight days apart, you'll magnify the detail.

The top photo was taken nine days ago as Bill and I were driving around the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The bottom photo* was taken yesterday, February 22, 2010, as I was driving around rural Rolfe, Iowa. The sign in the lower photo is on the farmstead of Mick and Sue Reigelsberger…which is also the original home of Mouser, and is 1/8 mile from where my father, Deane Gunderson, lives.

I’m not wild about the winter of 2010, and especially would not be if I still had a 35-mile work commute, but I do enjoy experiencing seasons. What a work ethic our pioneers had, enduring the elements, for us to enjoy life as we know it today.

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I’ll be back to the blog in about a week, or maybe before if timing works out.

* Photo-posting permission is granted by Mick Reigelsberger.

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4 Responses to “Pioneers from Kaua’i, Hawaii, to Rolfe, Iowa”

  1. Clara Hoover Says:

    I like the two Pioneer signs. One doesn’t think about needing seed on a tropical isle. And I’m glad to see how much snow there is at Rolfe. I’ve been encouraged to drive up just to see the snow piles.

  2. Peg Says:

    What a great idea to contrast the two signs. Such a striking contrast! I especially love getting a glimpse of what the snow looks like so near to where Daddy lives 🙂

  3. katie Says:

    The rooster or whatever it is looks lovely in the Hawaii Pioneer picture.

  4. Marti Says:

    I really like both photos individually – but juxtaposed they certainly do portray the different winters!

    We’ve had a few recent cold fronts here in Florida – which in truth are soooo mild comparied to what Iowans have experienced. Floridians are such wimps.

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