Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Special - River Rats at Silver Dollar City

Sunday Special
River Rats at Silver Dollar City

This is a series of old photo memories captured while looking for photo images of my cars over the years.

The River Rats playing at Silver Dollar City. We came many times just to see, hear and interact with them… Each of these fellows has gone to quite distinguished careers… Hope they/you enjoy these memories as much as I do!!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday Special - We are Ancestors, Too!

Sunday Special 
We are Ancestors, Too!

A couple of weeks ago, son-in-law Larry Johnson asked if I remembered all the cars I/we had had - we were talking about my 80th birthday and our 60th wedding anniversary coming up. I’ve been thinking about that ever since… At the time, I recalled this post of my first car:

Since, I’ve been looking through old print photos attempting to find some of 24 or so other cars we have had. In the process, I’ve run across other photos that should be shared with stories in line with this post - “You are an Ancestor, too”:

So, this starts a new Sunday Special series of posts on that theme:

Lions Club President in Urbandale, Iowa

This is about 1976, Gene Walker on the left is turning over the Presidential gavel to me as the new President of the Urbandale Lions Club. I had served as Third, Second, and First Vice-President of this long time club and was very proud to serve the community in this capacity. It was the leading service club in the city at the time. We sold a lot of light bulbs and made many financial and volunteer time contributions to the community every year. I ended up qualifying as a 100% President, whatever that means, meeting all the criteria expected from the position. It was a happy time. Serving others brings happiness, as we should each remember.

Simply memories, but important ones!!

Families are Forever!!  ;-)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Obituary - Jon Crisman

Sunday Obituary
Jon Crisman

One of my best friends in High School, Class of 1957; room mate Freshman Year at Iowa State… so sad to hear…

Jon Crisman
Jon Crisman silently passed away in his sleep at home and happily entered Heaven on May 25, 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer, had major surgery, and underwent chemotherapy. He fought the cancer for eight months.

Jon was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an Eagle Scout, and was honored with the Order of the Arrow. Jon earned his BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa. He was in the US Air Force for 8 years, and was honorably discharged as a Captain. He earned a Masters Degree in Microbiology, and a second Masters Degree in Hospital Administration. He was a VA Medical Center Director/CEO of different VAMCs throughout his career. He retired from the Federal Government and moved his family to Bemidji where he designed and built the family home. He then taught Microbiology at BSU and NTC for 13 years. He loved teaching the many students who took his courses. Jon's greatest loves were his wife, Jaci, and his two daughters, Becky and Abbey. He spent many summer vacations taking the family to America's National Parks. The way Jon lived his life was proof of his love for Christ. Jon enjoyed working at Bethel Lutheran Church doing whatever jobs were asked of him. It was common for him to spend entire days at church fixing things. His friends were the men with whom he coffee'd with before church and he greatly appreciated the home visits he had with Pastor Mark Kindem. His favorite hobby was Ham Radio. He enjoyed fixing radios, participating in Ham Radio contests, Field Day, and teaching a wide variety of technical subjects to new Hams. He was a born teacher. He was greatly loved by all who knew him and he will be missed more than words can say. We are heart-broken, but rejoice in the knowledge that he is in Heaven.
A Celebration of Jon's Life will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church on June 9th, 2018 at 10:30 AM.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sunday Obituary - My Aunt, Colleen (Davis) Kinnick

Sunday Obituary
My Aunt, Colleen (Davis) Kinnick

    Colleen Jo Ann Kinnick, age 90, of Bayard, IA, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
     Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating.  Eulogist will be John Kult.  Music for the service will be by Lula Garnes as organist and Cindy Seastrom, Peg Wiemers, and John and Sharon Richardson as vocalists.  Casket bearers will be Colleen’s grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 – 7 P.M. on Wednesday.  The casket will be moved to the church at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday where visitation will resume until 10:15 A.M.    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family
     Born on June 17, 1928 in Osceola, IA, she was the daughter of Wesley and Eunice (Parker) Davis.  She was raised in Coon Rapids where she graduated from high school in 1946.  Colleen played Basketball on the Coon Rapids team that won the State Championship in 1946 and was selected first team all state forward.  She was then selected to play on Dr. Swets AAU Girls National Team that finished second in the nation.  Colleen then attended the University of Iowa for two years. She was married to Edward “Buzz” Kinnick on June 23, 1948 at the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids by Rev. Eugene Alexander.  The couple made their home north of Coon Rapids where they farmed.  They moved to their current farm three years later between Bayard and Coon Rapids and Colleen worked part time at Frohlich’s Grocery Store.  After her children were raised she attended nursing school at DMACC in Carroll.  She then worked at Greene County Extended Care in Jefferson until her retirement.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids, P.E.O. and Eastern Star.  Colleen enjoyed gardening, crocheting, tatting, raising flowers, but most of all, she loved being a Grandma.
     Colleen is survived by her husband Ed “Buzz” Kinnick of 70 years of Bayard; two daughters: Marcia Lewis of Bayard and Cindy Franzeen (Sid) of Scranton; a son Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Glidden; a daughter-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Colleen was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Eunice Davis; her mother and father-in-law Paul and Dorothy Kinnick; a brother Duane Davis (Dorothy); a brother-in-law Leo Kinnick (Ida Marie); and a sister-in-law Eileen Olsen (Roland); a son Bryan Kinnick; and a son-in-law Neil Lewis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Another Brother Class Photo

Another Brother Class Photo


We are down to the final two weeks of our series featuring elementary class photos from the 1956 Rambler yearbook. This photo shows the second graders who ended up
being members of the CRHS Class of 1966. Unfortunately, the yearbook did not identify the first five kids in row three. This is our best effort. First row: Sandra Brannan, Kathy
Peterson, Diane Thorn, Sarann McCurdy, Connie Olesen, Beverly Christensen, Kathy Clayton, Shirley Boston. Second row: Doug Duncan, Pat Olesen, Danny Cretsinger, Doug
Slaybaugh, Diana Pfeiffer, Trudy McCamley, Ken Ayers, Steve Smouse Third row: Marty Shirbroun, Sue Coffman, Twila Anderson, Marilyn Smouse, Molly Hazelhoff, Gordon
Gymer, Claudia Thomas, Steve Kult, Marcia Betts, Jim Ford. Fourth row: Mike Hazelhoff, Jody Norem, Dave Mozena, Tommy Kepple, Tom Smith, Phyllis Stenstrom, Richard
Emery, Charles Chase, Terry Augustus. The teachers were Mrs. Dailey and Miss Stotler.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Memories from 1956

Memories from 1956

We are so fortunate to have a hometown newspaper that not only continues to publish local news weekly to this day (starting in 1881), but also has a 100 years ago, 75 years ago, 50 years ago, etc. page that also republishes photos from past years every week on that page. I've shared some of these, here before, but today I have two more that are such fun.
It is the Coon Rapids (Iowa) Enterprise -
We get it weekly, electronically, for $25 a year. What a bargain!! ;-)

The last two weeks have had my brother, Jim, and Nancy's brother, Al Bolger, in their 5th and 6th grade class photos from 1956. Enjoy...I sure do.


"SIXTH GRADERS IN 1956...We’re continuing this week to feature photos originally printed in the 1956 Rambler school yearbook. These were the sixth graders back in
1956 and most of them turned out to be 1962 Coon Rapids High School graduates. The teachers were Miss Robinson and Miss Gruber. Front row: Jan Smouse, Kay Russ,
D. Jensen, Roger Lucht, K. Tuel, R. Augustus, Janice Sigler, Lois Gustoff, P. Patrick, A. Molle, Miriam Bowman. Second row: Arnold Palmer, C. Jensen, S. Kirk, Steven Roberts,
James Herbert, Jane Jensen, Sue Textor, D. Duncan, Ron Brower, Mary Dixon. Third row: Miss Gruber, Karen Lyons, Rayoma Truhe, T. Sailer, G. Swarthout, R Lucht, Thomas
Schumacher, Nancy Bowman, Janet Patrick, Lynn Thorp, Judy Shirbroun, J. Sailer. Back row: Barbara Tuel, Linn Flook, Ron Kopaska, Gary Halterman, Jim Smith, Roger Smith,
Jim Knobbe, David Nielson, Doug Carpenter, Dennis Barber, Linda Jones."

"Fifth graders in 1956...We’re featuring the elementary grade school class pictures from the 1956 Rambler yearbook. Most of these kiddos grew up to become graduates of Coon Rapids High
School in 1963.  Front row from left: Jane Wallace, B. Samuel, Dwight Olson, David Carpenter, C. Samuel, Karen Anderson, Jim Emery, Daniel Stock.  Second row: Mrs. Maude Mountain, D.
Kepple, Terry Hilgenberg, D. McBride, Tom Heater, Michael Dailey, Nancy Deeth, Danny Pierce, Bonnie Hill, Miss Caroline Gruber.  Third row: Mark Peterson, Bernita Rudolph, Carol Woods,
Larry Carpenter, Alan Bolger, M. Ford, Doug Honold.  Back row: Darrel Whitehead, Tom Campbell, Richard Brannan, Wally Wagner, Jim Oleson, Barry Norem, JoAnn Lucht, and J. Meters."

Families are Forever!