Oh, my!!! You never know what you’ll find in a Rolfe, Iowa, newspaper!


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This past week I photographed advertisements and articles included in decades-old issues of Rolfe, Iowa, newspapers. The photos aren’t of the greatest quality, but, in my opinion, the content is priceless.

From the November 12, 1914, Plover Patriot, A Department of The Arrow. (Click photo to enlarge.)

As you can tell by the caption, this advertisement is from the Plover Patriot department of The [Rolfe] Arrow. Until recently, I had not realized that The Arrow had “department” space dedicated for news and advertisements of neighboring communities.

Because I’m still working on a project, over the course of the next two weeks I’ll post photos from those old issues of the Rolfe newspapers. Even if you might not have a Rolfe background/heritage, I think the history evidenced in the photos will have universal appeal.

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2 Responses to “Oh, my!!! You never know what you’ll find in a Rolfe, Iowa, newspaper!”

  1. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    I just posted your posting on Facebook – yea, baby, we’ve come a long way!

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Marti, the ads are amazing. This one is probably the one that I saw that is the most humorous (but I might not have thought so back then if people thought a new range was the ticket to making me happy!).

    There are also many very sobering ads that were published at the times of various wars. They remind me to thank my lucky stars for the freedoms I have today.

    I spent about three hours looking through a few of the papers and only skimmed the surface. So, I’m sure there’s much more delight to be had from the rest of the papers. At the Pocahontas Public Library there are several rolls of microfilm containing content from old Rolfe newspapers. The microfilm used to be at the Rolfe Public Library until the film reader there needed repair.

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