Sunday, April 8, 2012

La Follette's brother lived in Sutton????


Another cool item gleaned from the old newspapers. 


"100 Years Ago

Mayor Bender introduced Wisconsin Senator Robert M. La Follette as he arrived in Sutton for a reception and speech during the 1912 presidential campaign. La Follette told the crowd that he felt he was not a stranger to the people of the vicinity as his brother Bill was a former resident of Sutton. (To which I say, “Huh?” A quick check finds Robert age 5 and his brother W. T., 12, in Primrose, Wisconsin in 1860. William La Follet lived in Chamberlain, South Dakota in 1900 and was back in Wisconsin in 1910.) Robert La Follette left Sutton heading for Harvard and Hastings in that 1912 visit."

Need to do some more research on this one. It sounds like William La Follette would have been in Sutton in the 1880's or 90's, not the easiest time to find more information.


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