Archive for the ‘Deane Gunderson’ Category

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

September 16, 2012

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.



* * * * * * * *

*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.


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


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.)


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.



* * * * * * * *

*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. (Or USPS mail them my way and I will return them.)

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

1956: The Race (that was lost) Against Taxes

June 30, 2012

In response to my last post, my oldest sister Clara commented, “I’m surprised Mother’s [1956] journal didn’t contain an entry for the reception Mother and Daddy hosted for Gov. Hoegh at our house in April or early May. Daddy was an advisor for Gov. Hoegh’s unsuccessful re-election campaign. Pam [Jordan] and I were allowed to wear hose and  heels (generally reserved for eighth grade graduation) for the first time because we helped collect plates and glasses from people attending the reception.”

Clara’s comments prompted me to include in this post:

  • a photo and two articles regarding my dad’s (Deane Gunderson) involvement with Iowa Governor Leo Hoegh’s campaign in 1956,
  • more of my mom’s journal entries* from 1956, and
  • a February 1981 audio clip of my dad describing some of his involvement in the Republican party.

In the articles, notice 1956’s 2 1/2 % sales tax in Iowa compared to today’s 6% (and in some Iowa areas 7%).


1956. Publication: Unknown. (Click on image once or twice to enlarge.)


The following are more of my mom’s 1956 journal entries:

1956. Publication: Unknown. (Click on image once or twice to enlarge.)

Apr. 9: Oleriches over in P.M. to pick names for Hoegh coffee.

Apr. 16: Ike vetoed Farm Bill.

April 18: Entertained at coffee for Governor Hoegh. Very successful. To Cattle Feeders banquet and to Webbs’ after.

Sept. 17: Hoegh talked to Deane with Proposition. Art Ass’n met here. (Deane later accepted job as campaign manager for Gov. Hoegh.)

Sept. 18: Deane to Des Moines for dinner and meeting with Hoegh.

Sept. 25: Deane to D.M. for Hoegh.

Oct. 9: Deane in Des Moines for $100 a plate dinner.

Oct. 12: [Marion and Deane] Still in D.M. Met Emily Haverkamp and she recorded for Radio for the Gov.

Oct. 4: Oleriches over in P.M. to discuss Governor’s being behind and the dissention with ___. [Since I don’t know if this is a local person or not, I am not including the name here.]

Oct. 17: John Christian Gunderson (Deane’s father) passed away at the age of  67, of Cerebral Thrombosis.

Oct. 19: Continued busy with friends, etc. Flowers (glads and bronze mums) from Gov. Hoegh.

Oct. 30: To Hoegh coffee at Bette Brinkman’s and Lois Hodoway helped.

Nov. 1: Gave program on Politics at Sorosis at Darlene Brinkman’s. To Olerichs’ in P.M. — They planning Garfield Twp. campaign tactics.

Nov. 2: I gave talks at “Coffees for Leo” at Hazel Streit and Maude Mather.

Nov. 4: Quite rainy Sunday. Deane out on Every Member Canvas.

Nov. 5: Gave talk at “Coffee for Leo” at Betty Kloster’s.

Nov. 6: Eisenhower – Nixon re-elected. Hoegh lost. Hickenlooper and Erbe won. Doliver lost. To Olerichs’ to watch returns with Percy VanAlstine, Bob Franken and Bill Shannon.

* * * * * * * *

*Other 1956 journal entries were included in the most recent post which also included images of Mother’s watercolors painted in 1956 and the Rolfe school’s 1956 yearbook.

BTW, tomorrow, July 1, 2012, marks two years since my dad passed away. Here’s to you, Daddy!

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

Rolfe’s Doc Ranney Pitches for Armstrong — in 1932

April 5, 2012

Pictured* are Dr. R.B. Ranney and his assistant, Erma (Hopkins) Lund. Dr. Ranney retired from his Rolfe, Iowa, dental practice in 1978. In 1986 he passed away at the age of 72. (Click on photo to enlarge; twice for further enlargement.)


Today, Major League Baseball’s 2012 opening day, I’m posting about Dr. Ranney (back row, far left in photo below). He was a high school pitcher playing for the 1932 Armstrong, Iowa, high school baseball championship team. He later became the dentist in my hometown of Rolfe, Iowa. Pictured above is Dr. Ranney with Erma (Hopkins) Lund. Off-and-on from approximately 1967 to 1978, Erma was Dr. Ranney’s assistant.


The caption to this 1932 photo** reads, "Here is the crack Armstrong High school baseball team which climaxed a great season by winning the state prep championship. The members are, back row, left to right: Ranney, E. Lorig, B. Lorig, Erickson, Gagestad, Olson, Coach Estel Thompson. Bottom row, left to right: Horswell, Fitzgibbons, Gaarde, Wilson, Ankrum, Nicoson." (The player with the last name of Nicoson was Mac Nicoson. He was the catcher on the team. He was also a brother to long-time Rolfe resident Sam Nicoson who married Geraldine, "Gerry." Mrs. Nicoson was my first grade teacher.) (Click on photo to enlarge.)



In 1976 my dad, Deane Gunderson, wrote in his weekly “Bubbles in the Wine” column about Dr. Ranney.


“Ranney Pitches”

Bubbles in the Wine (column) in the Rolfe Arrow

by Deane Gunderson

First published 36 years ago…May 13, 1976


Dr. T.D. Jones, 1934.*** (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Dr. R.B. Ranney is one of Rolfe’s best liked citizens and a very highly regarded professional. Russ graduated from dental school and came to Rolfe in 1940. I had looked in the old files of the Arrow for some account of his coming, but didn’t find any. Doc said he rather “snuck” in. That must have been the case. It’s understandable, in a way, because when he first came he worked on a commission basis for Dr. T.D. Jones who was in failing health. Three years later when Ranney bought Jones out, the local residents probably weren’t aware of much of a change. Who cared as long as the dental work was that good?

Doc and Maureen, who are two of our most solid citizens, reared a family of two boys while in Rolfe. They don’t brag much.

But did you know that Doc was the winning pitcher in the 1932 Iowa High School Baseball tournament, pitching hometown Armstrong to the state title with the school’s 23rd consecutive win? That little guy? (120 lbs. then) And who was the victim? North High of Des Moines, the 1931 state champs!

The intensity of the feeling in Armstrong must have begun to build up about May 12, 1932, when the Armstrong Journal headlined, “Baseball Team Will Enter State Tourney,” and continuing, “The Armstrong High School baseball team left this afternoon for the state tournament in Des Moines, having wiped the slate clean at the Spencer tournament last Saturday and Monday.

“They met the Spencer team in the first round and eliminated them 9 to 0. Monday morning they defeated Sanborn 8 to 1, and in the afternoon, played in the finals against Arnold’s Park, winning 6 to 1.

“Ranney pitched the first and last games.”

A week later the town must have been bustling with pride and excitement. Again from the Journal:

“Armstrong High School baseball team came home Saturday night with the State Championship, after having won three straight games in the tournament at Des Moines in Western League Baseball park. A crowd was waiting [for] them near the midnight hour at the Junction and formed a parade, marching up through Main Street led by the high school band. A tired and happy bunch of boys and Coach Thompson piled out of cars to play the game over among the fans who for two days had paced up and down main street anxiously waiting for a telephone call from Des Moines announcing the result of each game.

“Armstrong played their first game Friday afternoon against Moulton and defeated them 6 to 1. Ranney let the Moulton team down with three hits, while Armstrong batters hit 10 safe singles.

“Saturday morning Hamburg was the next to fall, 8 to 2. Horswell allowed five scattered hits, and Armstrong hit safely eight times.

The final game was played against North High, Des Moines, last year’s champions. This team was rated strong, especially their crack pitcher, Jim Iles, who had been played up in news reports. He met his downfall in a slugging match with 14 hits for Armstrong and 13 for North High. Ranney pitched this game and was nicked hard, this making his second full game in two days.

“The Score was tied at 9 in the fifth inning after each team had been ahead by as much as three. It was again tied at 11 in the 6th inning. Ranney allowed but three batters to face him in the seventh inning and Armstrong went to bat in the last half of the inning with a tie score. With one out Wilson walked, Ranney singled, Gaarde was purposely walked and the bases were full. B. Lorig crashed a single through the infield and Armstrong won the tournament.”

* * * * * * * *

See last year’s opening day post about the Chicago Cubs here.

*From the collection of Erma (Hopkins) Lund.

**From the collection of Richard (Dick) Ranney.

***From the Webb photo collection at the Rolfe Public Library.

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

The Iowa Caucus: 36 Years Ago

January 2, 2012

The following is my dad’s (Deane Gunderson) Bubbles in the Wine column about Iowa caucuses. This article was originally published in the Rolfe [Iowa] Arrow on January 15, 1976, just four days before that year’s caucus.

I’m a conservative and will be voting in Iowa’s Republican caucus tomorrow night, January 3. I am solid with my choice, but (for now, anyway) feel that I’ve designed this blog for topics other than pushing my political beliefs onto others. I’ll save that for my speech at the caucus tomorrow night. (Am I nervous to speak? Yes!) Or for anyone who wants to private-message me. If you are wanting to know for whom I am voting, feel free to email me and I will tell you.

Contrarily, if you’d like to comment on your thoughts, feel free to do so below. Or, private message me about your thoughts, as well.

For now, here’s my dad’s column.

“Jan. 19 Political Caucuses”

Bubbles in the Wine (column) in the Rolfe Arrow

by Deane Gunderson

First published 36 years ago…January 15, 1976

There have been press releases and official notices of political caucuses, Republican and Democrat, to be held January 19. [Remember, this was written in 1976 and that the 2012 Iowa caucuses will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 3.]

A rather unique thing happened this year. The Democrat State Chairman and the Republican State Chairman held a joint news conference and issued a joint news release, “. . . we challenge people to demonstrate their concern for responsible government by attending one of these caucuses.”

It used to be that the Republican and Democrat organizations did a good job of ignoring each other, especially the other’s good points.

The above joint announcement should be taken as a sincere feeling that more participation in political activity is a good thing for the country.

I was surprised to be asked a few days ago if these caucuses were open to anyone, or if they were just for the party committee men and political workers.

Emphatically — the caucuses are open to anyone who wishes to indicate that he or she has the slightest inclination to make his desires known through one of the parties. Obviously, party structure would break down if it were permissible for a bunch of Republicans to attend a Democrat caucus and make decisions — or vise-versa. Likewise, independents without any purpose except to undermine the organizational framework should not be allowed to make decisions.

I’m sure that either party will welcome anyone who shows any indication whatsoever to make his voice heard through that party structure. You do not have to be registered. Just be one who could be eligible to vote November 2 and be a resident of the precinct for the caucus you attend. (See notices in last week’s paper.) [In 2012, you will need a photo ID that includes your current address, for example, your driver’s license. If you’ve moved and your current address is not on your photo ID, you will need some proof of your current address, for example, a utility bill including your address.]

The purposes of the party caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, are to:

1. Name a precinct committeeman and committeewoman who will serve as members of the county central committee for that party.

2. Elect delegates to the county conventions which in turn will elect delegates to the state and district conventions. The state and district conventions will name delegates to the national political conventions, thus naming the candidates for which you will be making a choice for president Nov. 2, 1976.

3. Suggest resolutions and platforms which will be considered at county, district, state and national convention.

While you might consider the impact at the local caucus level to be very small, every idea will have a hearing and be voted on in a democratic way and, if accepted, ushered on up the line to the proper point of application (state, national — or county, for that matter). Be there January 19th. [Or, in 2012, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 3.]

* * * * * * * *

If you want to know more about this year’s Iowa caucus, click here. And, remember, some elections win or lose by just one vote. Heck, my dad got one vote one time at the county level…and won!

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

Iowa State’s 1981 Cy’s Favorite Alum (shhhhhh…) Attended the University of Iowa

February 27, 2011

Click on résumé to magnify detail.

In a previous post I included my father’s (Deane Gunderson) 1940 résumé. Under his sub-heading of education, my father included that he had attended one summer session/program at the University of Iowa. This newspaper article (below) tells about that session specifically geared toward high school seniors and the study of physics. By putting a few clues together, I believe this June 13, 1935, article is from a Rolfe Arrow.

Other than this particular summer session, my father’s collegiate studies were at Iowa State College. From there he received two engineering degrees: a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1939, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1940.


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

Population Trends for Pocahontas County and Rolfe, Iowa

February 24, 2011

In case you didn’t see it already, published an interactive map indicating the population changes for each Iowa county  as indicated by the 2010 census. Of all 99 Iowa counties, Pocahontas County had the biggest percentage drop — minus 15.6% — in population. Rolfe, Iowa, my hometown, is in Pocahontas County.

In my dad’s 1976 Bubbles in the Wine column (below) about population trends, he referred to Pat Wood. Since Pat was a former mayor of Rolfe and longtime businessman there, I thought it would be fun to include a couple of photos of him. Pat passed away in 1987.

This photo of Pat was taken in 1976 by, I assume, my mother (Marion Gunderson). During that year of our nation's bicentennial, my mother photographed nearly every Rolfe community member. All of those photos are in albums at the Rolfe Public Library. (Click on photo to enlarge.)



Bubbles in the Wine — Rolfe [Iowa] Arrow weekly column

September 23, 1976

by Deane Gunderson

Several years ago the Register had an article on the projected population growth of different Iowa areas to the year 2020. The Skunk River valley area — Ames, Newton, etc. — was predicted to have the highest growth (0.45 percent per year). Our area, the Des Moines River valley was predicted to have an increase of 0.35 percent per year. The lowest was southwest Iowa, I believe.

I visited with Mayor [Pat] Wood a few days ago. He told me that whereas the town of Rolfe had an official census of 767 in 1970, the population, according to the count taken in February, 1976, was 838.

That’s a nice gain and it has been gratifying to see a number of your  young people come back to Rolfe as well as others that have moved into town.

Projecting from the figure of 838 at the rate of 0.35 percent per year, we come up with a figure of 976 in the year 2020. Or using the 6 year growth rate from 767 to 838 (and assuming it would continue) we would come to a figure of 1359 in the year 2020.

We would like to think that if the town did get to one of those figures it would mean that the Rolfe School would have a substantial gain in enrollment. That will probably not be the case as the percentage of old people is increasing, the young ones decreasing. That is substantiated by there having been a school enrollment drop averaging 8 per year for the last 5 years, the heaviest being the last two years — even with the town population increasing as mentioned. The 1976 census shows only 247 people age 0 to 20. The drop in farm population is no doubt a factor also.

The influx of population to Rolfe seems to be primarily retiring people  and people that are using Rolfe as a bed room town and working elsewhere. The latter is probably the greatest hope that we have to continue to grow some. It seems that we haven’t had much sound interest by anyone in locating an industry here — and apparently the same is true in other towns of our size.

It’s easy for me to understand why there hasn’t been a lot of interest in locating industries in smaller towns and why there probably won’t be in the future. This writer attended a meeting in a larger town outside the county several years ago and listened to the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce tell what all they were doing and offering to find industries that might locate there. The extent and the detail of their research amazed me. My feeling ever since that time is that with all the bird-dogging by the larger towns and cities, there would be very little chance of industries coming to the smaller towns.

This photo of Pat Wood and Tom Diggs is taken from the November 19, 1970, edition of The Rolfe Arrow.


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

O Christmas Tree …

December 24, 2010


In the above photo the Christmas tree was on the dome of the brick corn crib at Gunderland, the farmstead where I was raised. For several years in the 1970s, Daddy (Deane Gunderson) and Johnny Zeman collaborated to offer holiday spirit emanating from these glowing lights seen across the night-time countryside.

Immediately below is a 1970s video* of their process.



Mother's (Marion Gunderson) note about this photo says, "Home of Deane and Marion Gunderson near Rolfe, Iowa. Taken about 1969 or 1970 by Jerry Turner --- then funeral director in Rolfe --- Hobby Photography." (Click on photo to enlarge.)


*The cast of “characters” in the video is:

Daddy is the person at the beginning of the video carrying the tree up the ladder. He’s also the person getting on top of the dome of the crib, and the second person coming out of the top of the crib to climb down the ladder.

Johnny is the person inside the top of the crib while Daddy is carrying the tree up. Johnny is also the first person to climb down the ladder at the end of the video.

Marti (7-year-older sister of mine) is in the yellow coat. Mother is in the red scarf. Mick (Marti’s husband) is in the leather jacket. I’m not sure who the person is in the vicinity of the red barn.

At the end of the video there are a few seconds of footage of my Dad’s “old” (the red one) and “new” (the sheet metal one) work shop. The old one was destroyed in the tornado that passed through in 2004. The new one still stands. Also in the video you’ll see our two dogs coming out of their warm doghouse. My dad made this doghouse by removing a basement window so there would be an opening for the doghouse “door.” Just inside that foundation opening he built a wood and glass doghouse that was at the ceiling level of the basement. Whenever we went down to the basement, we could look up and see Dumpty (my dog that Daddy gave to me when I graduated from eighth grade at D.M.T., hence the name “DuMpTy”) and Happy (Dumpty’s son) and they would wag their tails with excitement as they could see us.

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

Johnny Zeman: Long on Loyalty, Know-how, and Getting Things Done

December 22, 2010

In this 1961 photo, Johnny prepared the seedbed with John Deere 730 tandem tractors pulling two 14-foot tandem discs and a 30-foot harrow. This configuration was designed by my dad, Deane Gunderson, who in the early 1940s was an engineer for the John Deere Tractor Company in Waterloo, Iowa. The tractors could also be used separately for lighter fieldwork during the summer. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


Bubbles in the Wine (A Rolfe [Iowa] Arrow weekly column)

March 20, 1975

by Deane Gunderson

Johnny Zeman, long on loyalty, know-how, and getting things done, a 145 pound bundle of tough muscle and porcelain innards. The muscle is just about as good as it was 19 years ago when he started to work at Gunderland, and his know-how and a few other things have improved a good bit in the last few years.

No longer will Johnny be slowly turning Irving Cornwell’s corner at 7:59 a.m. (winter hours) with his six-soother at his side. We’ll miss the convenience to us in the little things as well as his sincere desire to get the crops in and out properly and quickly.

Johnny...and Johnny. (Year unknown. Click on photo to enlarge.)

Johnny had his funny side. One night he was relaxing in the old tavern (now extinct) near the coin laundry. A friend along the bar said he was going up to the (old) Midway to see what was going on there, and friend left. Johnny thought, “I’ll just duck out the back door and slip up to the Midway and be nonchalantly at the bar when friend comes in the front door of the Midway.”  Johnny was scurrying back behind the buildings in pretty good darkness with a smile on his face, no doubt, when he unexpectedly found himself scrambled with sandburs, broken shipping crates, and cinders in the bottom of an abandoned basement drive-in entrance to one of the buildings.

Johnny and Daddy at Gunderland. (Year unknown. Click on photo to enlarge.)

On another occasion, Johnny called up about 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening and suggested that he go up to Les Allen’s to pick up some equipment so that we’d be ready to charge into our work more quickly Monday morning. I told Johnny, “No, just let it go — we’ll take care of it in the morning.” Nevertheless, half an hour later, Johnny called from Allen’s to say he had encountered a couple of horses in the middle of the road and his car was over in Martin DeWall’s field. “I’ll come to get you,” I said. We looked for the horses, [but] didn’t find them although we could see where they had been. Later I took Johnny home and by then Johnny was concerned about what discipline he was going to get, because he had outright disobeyed me. “No, Johnny,” I said, “it’s just that at certain times you ought to keep away from that car.” “You mean to say that I’m not going to get laid off, or have my wages docked or anything like that?” Answer: “That’s right.” Whereupon Johnny said, “O.K., then, give me some more ell.”

Once when visiting in California, I was regaling my dentist uncle with some of Johnny’s antics, telling about  how Johnny liked to get to the tavern after work and tell his buddies about how we (or he) did this today, and we did this much this week, etc. My uncle said, “Yep, that’s his fraternity.”

Best regards Johnny, LaVonne and the kids, and fond memories from Gunderland.

* * * * * * * *

Johnny passed away in 1989.

Click here to read a few more of Daddy’s “Bubbles in the Wine” columns, including his story about how he began his BITW column. I’ll be sure to post more of them in the future. I have his permission, and the Pocahontas Record-Democrat‘s, which now owns the Rolfe newspapers.

If you want to learn more about the John Deere configuration and didn’t already see it when I posted my dad’s obituary, click here for a 1964 Fort Dodge Messenger article about it. The article also includes another photo of Johnny.

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

The Mouser Transition — Part I

October 7, 2010

For the past two or three years, until Daddy (Deane Gunderson) passed away on July 1st, 2010, Mouser had been Daddy’s adopted cat. Bill and I are fortunate (right, Bill???!) to now have Mouser living with us…and Sammy and Miss Kitty.

Until Daddy fell on May 4th of this year, Mouser and Daddy would, together, make a trip to and from the mailbox…every day.

More about Mouser is in this post. Another photo of Daddy and Mouser is in this post.


True to his twinkle-eyed personality, it was Daddy's idea to have me take this photo for his 2009 Christmas cards. I didn't think of it until now, that Mouser fits right in with the ISU color scheme: ISU mailbox, ISU logo on Daddy's jacket, ISU bolo tie, and...golden cat. (Photo taken in October or more likely November 2009.)



April 22, 2010



April 22, 2010



April 22, 2010


The last three photos don’t do justice to Daddy’s engineering and by-example teaching, intellect, humor, and generosity. But, they are what they are; they illustrate companionship and the bond between Mouser and Daddy.

* * * * * * * *

For the next week or so, and maybe frequently until mid-November, the posts might be more fluff oriented than informational. I’ve got to get more house painting done, I want to play some, and I’ve got to get organized for the November (11th, 13th, and 14th) open house.

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