Archive for July, 2012

1963 Centennial Float: “Rolfe Offers Lovely Family Environment”

July 31, 2012

Rolfe, Iowa, 1963 — L to R: Johnny Zeman (driving the truck), Peggy (my next older sister), Louis Zeman and Jim Zeman (two of Johnny’s sons) and Bill Nieman. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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This photo is of my dad’s (Deane Gunderson) 1963 Rolfe, Iowa, centennial parade float, driven by Johnny Zeman*.

In preparation for RAGBRAI going through Rolfe in 2007, my dad had postcards made to hand out as bike riders visited with him about his Cy statue. This red and gold bordered image is a copy of the front of his postcards.

In my certainly-not-biased opinion, Rolfe, Iowa, still does have the “BEST CLIMATE in the WORLD for KIDS and CORN”! This is especially true during this summer’s drought; the Rolfe area has been blessed with more precipitation than that received by many areas of the corn-producing midwest.

In the most recent post I posted a movie that included the Rolfe, Iowa, 1963 centennial parade. In that parade was my dad’s float. It flashes by at about the 5:55 point of the movie.

Below are slide images of his parade entry. They are quite similar to each other. Since I figure my family might want to see all the photos I have of the float (on a chance that each might provide another tidbit re: our formative years), I’m including everything I have. For non-family members, one photo is probably enough, although in each photo I can see a unique flavor. For example, some of the photos were taken at Gunderland (the farmstead where I was raised). I had forgotten we had that great big TV antennae on a rather intrusive big pole. In the black and white photos, I’m pretty sure my grandma’s (DeElda Gunderson) house is in the background. (She died less than a year after this parade.) Also, in some of the photos, I’m the only one wearing a centennial dress. I wonder why I was the “lucky” one!

Hmmm…since the parade was in the first week of July, my dad must have saved this corn from the previous year?????

Click on a thumbnail-sized image to enlarge it. Once enlarged, to enlarge even further, click on the “View Full Size” link. ( I think the clicking to get to the full size view is fickle.) Once in full size view, if you click on the image again, it will enlarge even more. Click through the images to view as a slideshow.

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*In this post you can see Johnny and my dad putting a Christmas tree on top of a brick corn crib.

If you have any Rolfe centennial photos you’d like to share, please email them my way. mariongundersonart@gmail.com (Or USPS mail them my way and I will return them.)

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

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Rolfe, Iowa: A Movie from 49 Years Ago (and getting ready for 1 year from now)

July 16, 2012

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The movie in this post was filmed forty-nine years ago during Rolfe’s centennial. The centennial was celebrated July 4-6, 1963.

One year from now on July 12-14, 2013, Rolfe, Iowa, will celebrate 150 years of existence…its sesquicentennial.

In conjunction with the 2013 event, the Rolfe school alumni reunion will be held on Saturday afternoon and early evening during the sesquicentennial. It will be conveniently sandwiched between other events.

A community-wide program will take place in the evening at the former gym, now known as the RAM Event Center.

Across the three days next summer, festivities are planned. What I’ve heard is that much of the planning will be solidified in early August. As I learn more, I’ll update here periodically. (I do know a walk/run is planned for the morning of Saturday, the 13th. What a fun way to observe or participate and renew acquaintances.)

Back to the movie…

In the 1963 centennial parade, I was on the Presbyterian Church’s float. I’m not sure which one it is, but I remember it had a big cross on it!

At the 3:55 mark, my sister Peggy was on my dad’s float*.

The movie quality is poor. Still…very, very nostalgic.

I think it is easier and better quality to watch this movie when it is not in full-screen mode.

If you can identify anyone in this movie, if you don’t mind, please comment below as to the time marker (approximate minute:second point) in the movie and the person/people at that particular point. For as many points/people as you can! Or, if you have time, please email me. mariongundersonart@gmail.com

I’m always searching for photos, movies and videos, memorabilia, letters, storytelling, etc., that people are willing to share for me to post here. I never post anything without first getting permission from the provider (if still living).

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*In the near future I’ll post photos of my dad’s centennial float.

My mom’s (Marion Gunderson) handwriting on the VHS case for the video (above) says, “From Al Christensen.”

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

Hot and Steamy (in July in Gillett Grove, Iowa)

July 9, 2012

 

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Clicking on the image will enlarge it..

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Dog and Dog’s Best Friend

July 8, 2012

Date: July 4, 2012

Location: Browns Bay, West Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.

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Good Morning — July 4, 2012

July 4, 2012

July 4, 2012, Sunrise — West Lake Okoboji, Iowa. (Click on image once or twice to enlarge.)

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