I was born half a mile down the road as the crow flies from where I live in Cashton. I’ve had chances to go many places with my music but have never moved more than just a quarter mile from home. Photos by Adam Blackbourn Cashton is the best city in the world; it’s a […]
Every town, city, and county of Wisconsin is unique. In this series, we explore and get to know the region of southwestern Wisconsin known as the Driftless. From a music garden at a former dairy farm to a bookstore in an abandoned tobacco factory to a century-old department store, these stories allow a glimpse into life in the Driftless and the remarkable people that call this place home.
My ancestors came from Ireland and Ohio to a parcel of land in the Driftless region and homesteaded in 1854. Photo by Hedi Lamarr Rudd I am the sixth generation to be raised on the family property formerly used as a 40-head milking dairy farm, but the government pretty much forced out family farms. It’s
I have lived in La Crosse since I was nine. I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, and I lived there until my family came to America. Photo courtesy of Xong Xiong My main memory of that place was that I was free. Even though I was confined to the one-mile radius of
I grew up working on farms my whole life, milking cows, and harvesting our own animals. I’ve always loved cooking, just never thought about it as a career path. Photos courtesy of Heather Oppor I thought I might be a mortician or forensic scientist coming out of high school, or I thought perhaps I would
I am the eighth of 12 children. Six boys and six girls. We divide into three groups of four and I am the youngest of the middle group. Photos by Gary Porter My dad was a railroad worker and my mom was home with us. At the time, the regularity and frequency of railroad work
Nina’s Department Store has been in our family for four generations. My great grandfather, Harris Marcus, started the business. He was an immigrant from Russia. Photos by Hedi Lamarr Rudd Like countless other Russian Jews at the time, he fled religious persecution and in 1886 landed at Castle Garden, which was the forerunner of Ellis
In recent decades, many of Wisconsin’s independent and local newspapers have folded or been absorbed by large media conglomerates that hollow them out and reduce local content. Gillian’s story is part of a series that illustrates why local journalism matters and why we need journalists to confront our urgent local issues. I live on a
My parents were both immigrants from Mexico. When my mother was working, her brother Hector was our babysitter. He was always a jokester, he was like one of the kids. Photo courtesy of Juan Jimenez He taught us to love films and music. Big band swing, salsa, merengue, anything you can dance to, he really
Once upon a time, I was always carrying around way too many books. I moved all over, this place to that; my collection was huge and moving them was a total hassle. The last big move I made I had a U-Haul half full of books. Photos by Megan Monday “It was a real problem.