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


According to Sharon (Wickre) Rickard, this photo was taken of the feed mill in Rolfe, Iowa, "After my dad opened for business." At the beginning of the Wickre ownership of this business in 1944, it was named Climax Mill and Feed. Later it was Climax Feed and Grain. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


Click here to listen to the second of five segments of a conversation I had this spring with Sharon (Wickre) Rickard (Rolfe High School, 1960). This segment is approximately seven minutes long.

The first two segments refer mainly to Sharon’s parents’ Rolfe business shown in the photograph above. All of the five segments have to do with Sharon being raised in Rolfe, Iowa, from 1944 to 1960.

If anything Sharon said conjures up any of your memories, I hope you will email them to me ( and/or include them below in the comment area.

Sharon’s parents, Barbara and Henry Wickre, purchased Climax Mill and Feed in 1944, the same year they moved to Rolfe with Sharon and her sister Beryl. (Sharon was two years old at the time.) Because the functionality of the business changed at a later date, they changed the name to Climax Feed and Grain. That functionality change is explained in the first segment included in a previous post. That previous post shows two photos…including the “elevator” scale.

In the comment section of that previous post, my sister, Clara, asked me to tell my story about that scale. It IS a fun little story…! But, not then! You may navigate to that story by clicking on the following links.

Grain Elevators and Teenage Dating — Part I

Grain Elevators and Teenage Dating — Part II

Subsequent segments of my conversation with Sharon refer to several former and/or present landmarks in Rolfe, Iowa. I’ll most likely have the third segment posted by mid- to late- next week.

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

  1. mona Says:

    I do love looking at the old photos. Surprising how little has actually changed.

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