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Published on Jul 5, 2010
This video focuses on my father, Deane Gunderson, and some of his row crop farming developments in the 1970s. It also includes a few scenes of other people in the rural neighborhood between Rolfe and Pocahontas in NW Iowa. Deane was a third generation Iowan from that area. He received degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering from Iowa State College (now University) circa 1940. He then worked for John Deere Company in Waterloo before he and his family moved back to the Rolfe area. In my perspective, one of his more renowned projects was coupling two 4-row cornplanters together to make an 8-row planter that cross-checked the corn in the early 1950s. Unfortunately, I did not begin to take home movies until the late 1960s. This YouTube posting is an edited, digital version of those movies. One of Dad's friends, and also a friend of mine, Emily Anderson of Story City, but formerly of Rolfe, created the music for this piece that was originally shown at Dad's 90th birthday party in 2009.