Murals Rock Rapids

15 Jun

Twenty six murals currently dot the landscape of Rock Rapids, Iowa, June 6, 2013, and more are expected. Rock Rapids Mural Society member Norma Jansma explains the mural project began in 2002 as a way of telling the history of the small town. (photo by Jerry Mennenga ©)

“Cattle Buyer, Artist: Curt ‘Signman’ Nelson

Twentieth Mural

Tony W. Jansma (1934-2004) was born at Lester, Ia, the son of Walter and Jennie Jansma. The family moved to a farm southwest of Rock Rapids in the 40’s. He attended country school, Cleveland #1, through the 8th grade. At age 16, Tony started buying cattle, one small truckload at a time, and by age 18, he graduated to a semitruck load – always driving the truck himself. He was drafted into the army in 1957, serving in the 4th Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. Uon completion of serving his country, he returned to his self-taught occupation – ‘cattle buyer’ – spanning almost six decades. Tony loyally served the cattle industry in all aspects such as: hosting the country 4-H Club calf weigh-in for 20 years, serving as a judge for the National Auctioneer Championship Contests, buying cattle for farmer feeders, plus large and small commercial feedlots across the United States.”

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