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