And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry — I mean Garfield — Street


Here is what I “saw” yesterday during my trip to Rolfe. #1 and #3 are the only ones that took place at Garfield Street (a.k.a. Main Street) locations in Rolfe, Iowa. But, with so much going on, I felt like Marco in Dr. Seuss’ Mulberry Street story!*

1. Approval for Rolfe newspapers online project

On November 17th the Rolfe Public Library board approved the contract with Heritage Microfilm for the “Rolfe Newspapers Online” project. Yesterday the first check toward the project was mailed to Heritage. THE BALL IS ROLLING!

Are donations toward the project still needed? The answer is, “It depends.”

The comlete project will cost about $4,000. From private donations $740 has been collected specifically for the newspaper project. The balance of funds has been raised via prints of Mother’s watercolors. The library board plans to put a chunk of those funds toward the newspaper project; it is also hoping to retain a portion of the prints funds for other library-related projects. For that to happen, yes, donations toward the project are still needed.

Project and how-to-donate information is at this link.

2. P-l-e-a-s-e click on this image to magnify the detail of the granite.

While in Rolfe I visited the cemetery. When Jackson and I were at the cemetery last summer, he affectionately put this heart sticker (pictured) on Mother’s (Marion Abbott Gunderson) side of the grave marker, and a smile sticker on Daddy’s side of the marker. Both stickers are still there.


3. Another watercolor: Eyelashes Under Hat

I stopped at Wild Faces Gallery to approve another proof of one of Mother’s watercolors. We’ve named the prints of this whimsical watercolor Eyelashes Under Hat. (Below is just a portion of the image.)


4. A new (to me, anyway) kind of pizza

On my way to Rolfe I saw something at the Casey’s in Jefferson that I had never seen or heard of. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pizza. Ok, so this wasn’t even in Rolfe, but it was part of my meandering “Mulberry Street” day.


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* Do you know what the setting was for Dr. Seuss as he wrote And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street? And, do you know what Dr. Seuss’ real name was?

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


2 Responses to “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry — I mean Garfield — Street”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Fun! When I was little and we lived in Muscatine, we lived near Mulberry St. there.

  2. Clara Hoover Says:

    One of the things I’ve always admired about Mother and her art is that she could find beauty in almost anything and create compositions from everyday things. She imagined “art” in the simplest things, arranging them, adding her personal (sometimes whimsical) touches, and playing with colors. Sometimes her paintings were realistic; othertimes they were abstract. Sometimes they were wonderful, high quality art; othertimes they were playful, almost childlike.

    In today’s post you’ve found beauty in several unrelated (well, they’re related in a way–they were all on “Mulberry Street”) images and woven them into a story of your day.

    Great news that the newspaper project is officially a “Go.” I loved Jackson’s heart and remember seeing it in October. That mac ‘n cheese pizza must be sooo loaded with cholesterol, but maybe tasty. And only four of us know the deep discussion behind “Eyelashes under Hat.” 🙂

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