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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.  To listen, you will need Real Audio's Real Player. To download the software, go to the RealAudio web site. The free version should be sufficient.

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:

Past All School Reunions:

2005 Reunion

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Community chorus (2:48)
    God Bless America

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

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

  • Reunion band (1:21)
    Rolfe Loyalty

1995 Reunion

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

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

  • 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)

1990 Reunion

  • LeRoy Nelson
    Class of 1927 (7:09)

  • Jeff Carlton
    Class of 1979 (8:55)

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

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

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

  • Stu Webb
    Class of 1949 (9:38)

  • Eddie Shelgren
    Class of 1956 (5:26)

  • John Morgan
    Class of 1966 (2:50)

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

  • 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 perform 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)

  • 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)

  • 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) 

1980 Reunion

Perspectives on Small Town and Rural Life:

Reflections of a Des Moines Township Grad

  • Karen Truelsen Kerns, Rolfe, IA - DMT Class of 1957
    (Note, the DMT Schools merged with Rolfe in 1959.)

    (Clips range in length from 40 seconds to 7 minutes.
    Also, you will need the RealAudio software to listen.)

    01.) Karen's role as co-chair of 2001 DMT reunion.
    02.) Rationale for an annual reunion
    03.) Details of the 2001 reunion
    04.) The DMT orchestra
    05.) Surprise when school building was moved
    06.) How the DMT country schools consolidated in 1916
    07.) The DMT spirit
    08.) Girls could wear slacks to school
    09.) Hanging out at the school
    10.) The merger with RHS in 1959
    11.) Ware and other small school basketball courts

    dmt_girls_bb.jpg (37573 bytes)

    12.) Tomboy image
    13.) Music and academics
    14.) News of Kenny Lehnus killed in Korean War
    15.) People knew everybody in past decades
    16.) Social life in the 40s and 50s
    17.) Her grandchildren traveling 19 miles to Poky schools
    18.) Today's loss of community - part one
    19.) DMT grads insist on another reunion
    20.) The slide at the DMT playbround
    21.) The big DMT playground
    22.) School lunch program at DMT
    23.) Today's loss of community - part two 
    24.) Young couples returning to farm in the 1950s
    25.) Telephones and party lines

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