Monday, June 20, 2011


The Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
And I had to answer 'yes.'

He told me to get off my fanny,

And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick...
I was just admiring my good work.

I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops - I found
A real absorbing site
That I got SO way into it...
I was into it all night.

Nothing's changed except my mouse.
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess...
While I sit here on my hiney.

Submitted by Janice

Thursday, June 16, 2011



This poem was read at my Father’s Funeral 40 Years Ago

Glenn Harold Bolger
18 Sep 1911 Coon Rapids, IA
14 Nov 1971 Carroll, IA

by Robert O. Birkhimer

He will not walk with me again,
Who gently held my hand
To guide me when I was so small
I could not understand
The trials that, from day to day,
Reset the paths I trod;
He will not walk with me again,
For now he walks with God.

He will not talk with me again,
Who gently led my mind
To understand the myriad ways
Of blundering mankind;
Who gave me faith to guide my way--
Divine as Moses’ rod--
He will not talk with me again,
For now he talks with God.

Yet as I contemplate the ways
That he has counseled me
The things I ought to do and say
And what I ought to be
If now the hand that guided me
Is clay beneath the sod,
He walks with me, and talks with me,
Although he is with God



The community was shocked and saddened

Monday morning to hear of the death of Glenn Bolger

60. He suffered a stroke Friday night after the band

concert at the high school and was rushed to St.

Anthony Hospital in Carroll where he died early

Monday morning.

A son of Frank and Hazel Wilson Bolger, he was

born Sept. 18, 1911, on the same farm north of Coon

Rapids on which he resided at the time of his death.

His marriage to Ruth Thomas took place at Carroll

May 8, 1934. He was a member of United Methodist

Church and had been active in community affairs.

Funeral services were held Wednesday Morning

at the United Methodist church with the Rev.

James Buikema officiating. Mrs. Virginia Stawarz

was organist and accompanied Mrs. William

Bowman, soloist.

Casketbearers were Orel Thomas, Leverne

Smith, Faris Thompson, Victor ford, William Bowman

and William Bote. Burial was in the Coon Rapids


Survivors include his widow, Ruth; six children,

Mrs. Paul (Carolyn) Conner, Glidden; Robert of

Baton Rouge, La; Mrs. William (Nancy) Smith,

Des Moines; Alan of Coon Rapids, Joel and Janice,

both at home; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs.

Hazel Bolger of Coon Rapids; one sister, Mrs.

Clifford (Claire) Grimm of Perry.