1) Celebrating My Dad’s Birthday … 2) Celebrating Corn Harvest


Ninety-four years ago today my dad, Deane Gunderson*, was born in an upstairs bedroom in the house (then) at the southwest corner of Section 24, Roosevelt Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. That farmstead is pictured immediately below.


September 16, 2012. Ninety-four years ago today my dad was born on this farmstead. (Click on photo to enlarge.)



Four years earlier, on Halloween 2008, my dad and I were in the same corn field (as pictured above) during harvest. Near the bottom of this post is a little video of my dad that day. The video will probably appeal to family members more than anyone else, but I love it so much I’m posting it. (I still have the ears of corn he picked for me that day.)


Halloween, 2008. My dad and me in Section 24 during harvest. (Click on photo to enlarge.)






Enlarge any thumbnail image (below) by clicking on it.



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*In addition to the house that was at this location at the time of my dad’s birth (and is now long gone), there was also a barn located here. In 1982 Roger and Dan Allen had the barn moved into the town of Rolfe. It is now known as their “Bud Barn.”

**An image of a brace root during the growing season is in this post.


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4 Responses to “1) Celebrating My Dad’s Birthday … 2) Celebrating Corn Harvest”

  1. cghoover Says:

    Thanks for posting these pictures and the video. This year’s ears seem a lot shorter than the ears of corn I remember. I was told this is a deliberate feature of the hybrid. The ears aren’t as heavy and don’t weigh down the stalks as much. There’s only one ear on a stalk. (I thought there were two–and before that possibly more.) And this all goes along with planting the corn much closer together.

    I love the video of Daddy in the corn field and the way he’s waving at you at the end.

  2. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    What a nice video and tribute to Daddy on his birthday. I love seeing Daddy in his element.

  3. toddgutmann Says:

    love your pics and I miss Iowa. did you see my website? maybe you can help me form a following for saving all the wonderful icons of grain elevators in Iowa and the heartland?

    • Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

      Todd, I’m glad you like the photos. I did take a look at your paintonhands web site. The artwork is beautiful. As far as the grain elevators, I agree that they are so wonderful and nostalgic, especially the earlier ones.

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