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Argyle to feature past resident 'Fighting' Bob LaFollette on Saturday
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ARGYLE - Argyle will celebrate its most famous historical resident, "Fighting" Bob LaFollette, on Saturday.

The date of June 13 was chosen to celebrate the birth of LaFollette, who was born on June 14, 1855.

Free events hosted by Historic Argyle will celebrate the opening of his childhood home to the public. The day's events will begin at 1 p.m. with tours of the house. A program will be held at 2 p.m., with descendants of Bob LaFollette in attendance. At 3 p.m., the Peggy Miller Irish Quartet will perform, and the Fever River Band will play from 5 to 7 p.m.

A silent auction will be held during the day to raise money for restoration efforts. Food and beverages will be available.

LaFollette spent his formative years in Argyle, from 1862 through 1870, and would eventually become governor of the state and a U.S. senator. He also ran for the presidency of the U.S. as a Progressive.

At the time LaFollette lived in Argyle, the home he lived in stood at what is now the intersection of County 78 and County 81. The house was moved in 1910 to make way for the L. A. Rossing Department Store. Historic Argyle purchased the home in 2000 at the present location at 204 N. State St. The home is called the Saxton House for Fighting Bob's step-father, John J. Saxton, who built the house in 1850.