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What's New 2003
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We have found a fascinating Web site at Iowa State University called the Iowa Geographic Image Map Server. Our favorite image is a black and white aerial of Rolfe and surrounding area.

December 29, 2003

December 4, 2003

November 28, 2003

November 23, 2003

November 20, 2003

  • Added postlude from Roger T. DeWolf's memorial service. The song was "Amazing Grace" played by Roger's daughter, Debbie Emery, on piano and Roger's son-in-law, Steven Emery, on trumpet in a blues, jazz, Dixieland, and Bourbon Street style.

November 19, 2003

  • Added the written text of the reminiscences about Roger T. DeWolf, RHS class of 1939, given at his memorial service by his son Jim DeWolf. And we have posted an audio file of the pastoral reminiscences. We plan to get a written version of the pastor's remarks and post them, too. Even if you don't know Roger, we think you will enjoy these remarks about him.

November 18, 2003

November 10, 2003

November 8, 2003

  • We've posted a fun and thoughtful story that Nancy Brinkman, who is the children's librarian at the Rolfe Public Library, sent us about the library moving into its facilities at the newly-constructed community center. We hope she will send us some photos of the move to post along with the story. But one thing at a time. We're grateful that she sent the story.

  • Information from the funeral service bulletin in memory of Ellwood Olerich (RHS class of 1934).

November 4, 2003

  • We regretfully report the death of Elwood Olerich (RHS class of 1934) after a sustained decline in his health. Elwood was a lifelong resident of the Rolfe area, farming south of town. He and his wife Barbara later moved to a home in Rolfe and most recently have resided at the Rolfe Care Center.

November 3, 2003

October 28, 2003

  • We've changed our address and, therefore, have posted a new page of information about how to contact us. Eventually, we will comb through the site in an attempt to have various hyperlinks to point to this page rather than our old addresses.

October 27, 2003

  • We regretfully report the death of Joy Howard Hayes (RHS class of 1969). She lived in Hawaii and passed away late this summer following a short illness. Her parents, Velma and Verle Howard, have said they will send any obituary or memorial information to us when it is available.

  • We apologize for the lack of updating this web site in recent months. The two of us who have been working on the site have been distracted by other priorities. Chris Simonson, who has been the memorial page editor, and his wife had their first child. Helen Gunderson, who is the editor, has been caught up in being a political activist in the small town where she lives north of Ames. She is also trying to focus on a book she is writing about the road she grew up on between Rolfe and Pocahontas and would like to finish it in the next few months. But it's easy to find excuses to procrastinate.

  • We did add a couple of new items to the Rolfe News page, including a link to a fascinating web site at Iowa State University called the Iowa Geographic Image Map Server. Our favorite image was a black and white aerial of Rolfe and the surrounding area.

July 13, 2003

  • Added an obituary for retired Rolfe educator Averil Blewitt.

  • Added an obituary for former Rolfe area resident Betty J. Caryl.

  • Added an obituary for former Plover area resident Alan Simonson.

  • Added an obituary for Judy Peterson, DMT graduate and life long Rolfe resident.

July 1, 2003

June 27, 2003

  • Added announcement of Greater Rolfe Days Flea Market as well as announcements of other fund-raising events on July 12 for the town's new community center.

  • Added announcement of 50th anniversary reunion for RHS Class of 1953 to be held on July 12.

June 26, 2003

  • Added announcement and photo of very generous, queen-sized quilt that Rolfe and Pocahontas quilters have made. It will be auctioned by the Rolfe Enrichment committee on July 12 to raise funds for the town's new community center.

June 16, 2003

June 8, 2003

  • Added an announcement to the Bulletin Board page. Helen Gunderson has created three photo calendars of Rolfe scenes for use in 2004. The sale of the calendars are to benefit the Rolfe Community Center construction project.

June 5, 2003

  • Added a photo of the class of 1963 as Kindergartens to the Bulletin Board page. Also, commented on how we would like RHS reunion organizers to send us information about class events they plan to hold this summer.

June 1, 2003

  • Added two images to the gallery of photos of Rolfe's new community center project. One is a black and white photo of Main Street in the 1960s that Lorene Hansen loaned us. The other is a color photo of Main Street on Memorial Day, 2003, taken by Helen Gunderson. The concrete floor and sidewalk has been poured.

May 24, 2003

  • Added some Rolfe news.
    Rolfe LIONS Club is selling t-shirts and pins
    Rolfe calendars to be available in July

  • Former Rolfe teacher Dick Barrett to retire from teaching added to the bulletin board

May 18, 2003

April 26, 2003

April 16, 2003

April 6, 2003

  • Added an report about Clara Gunderson Hoover (RHS 1960) receiving an award as outstanding graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

  • Updated web site statistics. In February, we had 3,507 unique visitors. In March, we had 2,796 unique visitors.

April 1, 2003

  • Added a short obituary for Johnnie Loss and will update with a full obituary as it becomes available.

March 26, 2003

March 25, 2003

  • Added some thoughts about war and peace. Also links to the Red Cross and Oxfam web sites. Both agencies provide humanitarian relief during and following wars.

March 22, 2003

  • Added an obituary for LeRoy J. Nelson, RHS class of 1927 and life-long Rolfe resident. See his obituary page for cross-links to his written essay and hear his 1990 all-school reunion speech.

March 21, 2003

  • Added a report on progress of new community center construction.

March 17, 2003

  • Added a memorial for Tommy D. Behrendsen who attended elementary school with the future class of 1963.

March 15, 2003

March 3, 2003

  • Added an obituary for Shirley M. Jones who operated and worked at the Sunnybrook Cafe during the late 1970s and 1990s.

February 19, 2003

Added obituaries for local residents, some of whom attended Rolfe school

February 10, 2003

  • Added an obituary for Rolfe resident Ellen Kirchner

  • Added three new images to the gallery of photos of construction of Rolfe's new community center.

February 6, 2003

  • Added three articles recently published by the Pocahontas Record-Democrat to the Rolfe News page. The articles offer facts and opinions on the condition and future of the local school districts.

February 5, 2003

  • We have posted an announcement about Dorothy Farlow Gravlund, a former Rolfe beautician who has written two books that her son Jerry Farlow (RHS class of 1955) has posted on the Internet.

  • We had added three new photos showing construction of Rolfe's new community center on the east side of Main Street.

February 2, 2003

  • We have learned of the death of Rolfe alumnae Jeannie McEwen Gehrt. She is a 1927 graduate of Rolfe and the sister of Mary McEwen Nelson. More information will be posted as it comes in.

January 24, 2003

  • Added a link from the Memorial Board to a new web page of detailed information on the Rolfe area cemeteries.

January 17, 2003

January 9, 2003

  • We posted a gallery of photos that show construction of Rolfe's new community center building.

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