Rolfe, Iowa, in the ’40s and ’50s: The Wickre Story


Sharon (Wickre) Rickard said this photo is of Climax Feed and Grain, "When we bought it from Vic Shimon in 1944." (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This 2009 photo is of the same location as the photo at the top of this post. In this photo (immediately above) is the former Farmers Co-op grain elevator office and scale, used until moving to the new location to the south across Broad Street in 2002. The scale dial hung in the window and was used until the early/mid 1980's when it was replaced with a digital readout and printer system. (Click photo to enlarge.).

This post includes the first segment of a conversation I had with Sharon (Wickre) Rickard (Rolfe High School ’60) this spring. We talked a lot about the Rolfe business owned by Sharon’s parents: Climax Mill and Feed which later became Climax Feed and Grain.

To listen to the first segment (9 1/2 minutes long), click on this link: SharonWickreRickardDPart1.

Partial map of Rolfe, Iowa, including landmarks referred to by Sharon. (Click on map to enlarge.)

This map at left includes just one portion of Rolfe over a cross-section of time. (I.e., it includes a mix of former and current landmarks.) I’ve tried to include areas in Rolfe that Sharon mentioned during our conversation*.

I’ve divided Sharon’s and my conversation into five segments. I’ll include those segments in five sequential posts. However, in the string of those posts, I may intersperse additional posts about unrelated topics.

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*If you want to refer to the map while you listen to the audio recording, you may do so by opening your browser to view the map, and then by opening a second tab/window in your browser to listen to the audio.

Most likely I won’t post the second segment for another week or so, since I want to post something related to my dad. As far as my dad goes, his memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31st at the Shared Ministry in Rolfe, Iowa. Immediately after the service, there will be a luncheon in the church basement. (I.e., we will not be going to the cemetery between the service and luncheon.)

Daddy requested that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be given to the Rolfe Lions Club. For anyone who wishes to do so, contributions may be mailed to P.O. Box 101, Rolfe, Iowa, 50581.

(Click here to go to Louise Shimon’s blog’s home page.)


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One Response to “Rolfe, Iowa, in the ’40s and ’50s: The Wickre Story”

  1. Clara Hoover Says:

    Louise: You neglected to tell about Bill’s unique use of the scale dial. Clara

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