Paul | Madison, WI
“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 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.
“In the 1930s, 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.”
– Paul | Madison, WI