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The RHS Audio Gallery is a collection of sound from Helen Gunderson's archive of things such as Rolfe High School's last graduation in 1990, various RHS all-class reunions, and  interviews. 

 

Rolfe High School's Last Graduation
Past RHS All-School Reunions
Perspectives on Small Town and Rural Life
Reflections of a Des Moines Township Grad

Last Graduation - 1990:

  • Superintendent, Fred Muth
    Welcome (1:02)

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  • Senior, Sandi Callon
    Student Address (6:55)

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  • Senior, Stevie Pedersen
    Student Address (3:48)

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  • Principal, Fred Columbus
    State of Iowa Requirements (:16)

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  • School Board President,Ron Drieth
    Talks about Changes in the Last 13 years (4:48)

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  • Principal, Fred Columbus
    Presents the Class of 1990 (2:27)

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  • Principal, Fred Columbus
    Address to the Seniors (4:55)

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  • Reverend Steven Hetzel
    Closing Prayer (:39)

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  • Recessional - Emily Anderson, Pianist
    "Pomp and Circumstance" (1:43)

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Past All School Reunions:

2005 Reunion

  • Mary Lou Behrendsen Shimon, Class of 1965 (1:43)
    Welcome and introduction of emcee for the program.

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (1:24)
    Opening remarks and promotion of the Rolfe Alumni Web site.

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (5:35)
    Reflections and humor.

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  • Community chorus (3:05)
    Directed by John Nielsen with piano accompaniment by Marilee Kleespies.
    Top of the World made popular in the 1970s by the Carpenters. Written by John Bettis and Richard Carpenter. (We are applying to Universal Music Publishing for permission to post this song.) chorus roster
  • Community chorus (7:01)
    Battle Hymn of the Republic

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  • Community chorus (2:48)
    God Bless America

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (5:35)
    Remarks, reflections, humor

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  • Ken Kerns, Class of 1956 (7:17)
    Greets the alumni and honors members of the classes of 1934 and 1935.

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (:54)
    House-keeping announcements about the next reunion committee.

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  • Gus Brinkman, Class of 1974 (2:24)
    Remarks and announcement of a newly-created Rolfe alumni fund for a scholarship to be given each year to a graduate of the Pocahontas Area Community School District who is a resident of the Rolfe area.

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (2:26)
    Remarks about the scholarship fund and more humor.

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  • Mary Lou Behrendsen Shimon, Class of 1965 (1:04)
    Rallies former RHS cheerleaders to come front and center to help lead the school song.

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  • Cheerleaders, reunion band, and crowd (1:43)
    The cheerleaders who were present were all women except for Virgil Shelgren (class of 1943). The reunion band was directed by Marilee Kleespies with students from the PAC schools, alumni, and friends. All except two of the band members are from Rolfe. band roster
    Rolfe Loyalty

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  • Chris Pedersen, Class of 1974, emcee (2:29)
    Concluding remarks about address changes, etc.

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  • Reunion band (1:21)
    Rolfe Loyalty

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1995 Reunion

  • Kenny Bennett
    Master of Ceremonies, Class of 1964 (2:00)

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  • Ralph Mortensen
    Superintendent of Rolfe from 1948-1959 (9:32)

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  • Men's Quartet - vocalists: Chris Pedersen (1974), Curt Sindergard (1977), Curt Kerns (1954), and John Nielson (Ottosen 1955) sing gospel music, The Family of God and He Touched Me. Availability for website use confirmed by John Nielson. ( 5:23)

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1990 Reunion

  • LeRoy Nelson
    Class of 1927 (7:09)

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  • Jeff Carlton
    Class of 1979 (8:55)

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  • Islea Ricklefs Graeber
    Class of 1939 (5:51)

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  • Chris Pedersen, Master of Ceremonies
    Class of 1974 (1:11)

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  • Chris Pedersen, Master of Ceremonies
    Class of 1974 (:43)

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  • Stu Webb
    Class of 1949 (9:38)

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  • Eddie Shelgren
    Class of 1956 (5:26)

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  • John Morgan
    Class of 1966 (2:50)

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  • Chris Pedersen, Master of Ceremonies
    Class of 1974 (3:24)

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  • The Polka Dots - vocalists: Rita Wax Kelly (1964), Phyllis Pedersen Peterson (1964), and Linda Robinson Cordes (1963) with Heidi Tiernan Vosika (Pocahontas 1992) on piano performing The Muskrat Ramble written by Edward Ory and Ray Gilbert, 1951. Website use authorized by copyright holder George Simon Music of Santa Barbara, California. The two other Polka Dot songs, Lollipop and Side by Side, are not available for website use but are cleared for production on a limited edition compact disk (100 copies) of Rolfe High School alumni highlights. (2:32)

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  • The Foremen - vocalists: John Nielson (Ottosen 1955), Garland Westerman (Plover 1948), Curt Kerns (1954), and Perry Johnson (Royal 1954) with pianist Heidi Tiernan Vosika (Pocahontas 1992) performing barbershop song with humorous monologue called Singing about a Small Town. Availability for public use confirmed by John Nielson. (6:58)

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  • The 1978 Swing Choir and Band directed by Paul Tapper performs I Return to Music composed by Kirby Shaw with lyrics by Gayle Landess, 1976. Website use authorized by copyright holder Kirby Shaw of Kirby Shaw Music of Ashland, Oregon. Goodbye Love written by Ken Kraintz and edited by Michael Kysar, 1975. Website use authorized by copyright holder Michael Kysar of DemiQ Music of Bellevue, Washington. This recording of Goodbye Love presented in cooperation with DemiQ Music at: http://www.demiq.com. The swing choir's third song, Itís a Miracle, is not available for website use but is cleared for production on a limited edition compact disk (100 copies) of Rolfe High School alumni highlights. (5:38) 

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1980 Reunion

Perspectives on Small Town and Rural Life:

  • Roger DeWolf, Ames, IA - Class of 1939
    Learning about Rolfe bank closure as child in 1932 (1:48)

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    First year his dad grew soybeans in 1930s (1:18)

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    First year his dad used hybrid corn seed in 1930s (1:40)

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  • Harold Dreith, Rolfe, IA - Born circa 1916
    Harold grew up in Oklahoma and farmed there for much of his life. He and his wife Lydia eventually moved to Rolfe to be part of the same community where their son Ron and Ron's wife at the time, Joan Cleal Dreith, lived. Joan is a 1962 graduate of Rolfe High School.


      
    The following material is from a conversation with Harold that was hosted by the Rolfe Area Christian Discussion Group on March 6, 2004, at the Gary and Kathy Dahl home near Rolfe. A VHS videotape of most of the interview will be available at the Rolfe Public Library. The following is a sampling of what Harold said.

    His father's move from Russia to Oklahoma (12:26)

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    One room school and farming in Oklahoma (7:39)

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    Honoring his parents, courting and marrying Lydia (4:21)

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    Love of civics and animals, especially rabbits (4:10)

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  • Doris White Freeman, Rolfe, IA - Class of 1932
    Life on Main Street during the 1930s - 1950s (18:43)

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    A story about Miss Marcum (1:53)

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  • Don Grant, Colo, IA - Class of 1936
    Tagging along to country school (1:03)

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    Hauling oats to town with his dad (1:00)

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    Moving day in the country neighborhoods (3:56)

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    Shipping eggs to his uncle in Chicago (1:44)

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    Playing baseball in his dad's pasture (3:24)

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    Saturday nights in Rolfe (2:42)

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    Installing electrical wiring for Rickard's Hardware (7:05)

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    Setting up a ham radio system on his farm (6:29)

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  • Deane Gunderson, Rolfe, IA - Class of 1935
    Radio reception on the farm (2:14)

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    Refrigerator, iceboxes, and Thompson's pond (2:45)

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  • Wanda Peers Hodgell, Gilmore, IA - Class of 1941
    Enjoying Miss Grant's country school (1:34)

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    Swinging from elm trees on the farm (:43)

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    The death of her son (3:01)

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    Seasons and life cycles (2:22)

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  • Velma and Verle Howard, Rolfe, IA - Parents of Monte Howard - Class of 1970
    The support of Monte's friends (:55)

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  • LaVonne Page Howland, Rolfe, IA - Class of 1954
    Chores and the garden on her farm (3:50)

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    Being in charge of two draft horses (1:18)

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    Women's work on threshing day (3:17)

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    Enjoyment of farm life and nature (2:38)

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    Saturday nights in Rolfe (2:16)

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  • Russ and Mary Jane Jordan, Atlantic, IA
    He was on Rolfe School Board from 1955-1966

    First impressions of Rolfe (5:23)

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    Abandoned farms in his neighborhood (:41)

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    Rising costs of farming (1:54)

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    Party lines and a winter ride to town (3:02)

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    Flat land with rocks and ponds (2:39)

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    Women and leadership (1:20)

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  • Marjorie George Simonson, Des Moines, IA
    Class of 1947

    Eggs and cream (1:34)

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    The first school bus (:30)

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    Rubbering on the party lines (:30)

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    Babysitting (2:43)

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  • Lucile Taylor, Rolfe, IA - grew up in Rutland, IA
    Her childhood days in Rutland (20:02)

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    The 1930s Depression (2:22)

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    Teaching school and meeting her husband (8:12)

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    Their oil station and the town's first school bus (6:19)

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    Her role in the oil business (8:04)

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    Main Street Rolfe in the 1940s (7:27)

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    Demolition of tall Main Street buildings in 2001 (1:59)

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    Her being at home in Rolfe (2:14)

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    Microwave oven is one of her favorite appliances (2:32)

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  • Phyllis DeWolf Thompson, Hayfield, MN - Class of 1947
    Her childhood days on farms south of Rolfe (19:10)

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    History of drainage ditch built in the 1990s (1:34)

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    Allie Grant and country school life (3:11)

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    Dr. Fuller-White and scarlet fever quarantine (1:46)

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    Saturday nights in Rolfe and high school memories (3:35)

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Reflections of a Des Moines Township Grad

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