"For every bottle of brandy he would buy, she would buy a rosebush..."

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"I grew up near Stanley, on 5 and 1/2 acres, about 2 miles out of town. We weren't a farming family, my father was a teacher. Stanley had a circus, and a few other things came to town because of it. When business got lean, Stanley started a rodeo. Everybody thought, ‘Well, this is an odd idea for the town.’ But there's a lot of dairy farms around, so cowpokes have a stake in. It actually became pretty popular. Now they have a rodeo every year."
- Paul, 4th Generation, Madison WI

Paul lives in Madison, but grew up in a small town with a rodeo. Which might seem like another Wisconsin oddity, but the huge amount of cows there made a rodeo make sense. He has a colorful family history with a lot of great stories, but we love the story about how his grandparents drive got filled up with rosebushes the best.

 

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"The old joke was that for every bottle of brandy that my grandfather would buy, my grandmother would buy a rosebush. There's pictures, and there's just rosebushes all the way down the lot. She loved to garden, but that was quite something. He drank a lot of brandy."
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"In the 1930's, just after the logging finished, [my dad] got this little piece of land and lived in a shack. Later he met my mother, who's from Boyd. He was 42, she was 21. It was kind of a scandal. My dad's side was like, "Whoa," but she loved how he danced, so they got married."