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

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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.

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

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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.)

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

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

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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?
    todd

    • 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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