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Free community event at Saxton House
Community Brief

ARGYLE — A free community event will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Saxton House, 204 N. State Street, Argyle. This event is sponsored by Historic Argyle and the Argyle Community Fund.

Tim and Becky Connors will begin the event by performing as Bob and Belle LaFollette, and The Blarneys will provide music from 6-8 p.m. Attendees can bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket.  

Food and beverages will be available onsite by the Corner Pub and Deli. Receive a free T-shirt with food pantry donations of nonperishable food or personal care items. Silent Auction items are available for bidding now through July 16th at the Argyle branch of First National Bank & Trust.  

The Saxton House is one of Argyle’s oldest structures, built in 1850 and was the boyhood home of Robert M. LaFollette.  “Fighting Bob” spent his formative years in Argyle (1862-1870) and would eventually become Governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. Senator, and run for the Presidency of the U.S. as a Progressive. At the time LaFollette lived in Argyle, the home he lived in stood at the crossroads of what is now the intersection of Highways 78 and 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 Street.  The home is called the Saxton House for Fighting Bob’s stepfather, John J. Saxton, who built the house. The house will be open for viewing throughout the evening.