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LaFollette Day planned June 15 in Argyle
Community Brief

ARGYLE — The Argyle community will host LaFollette Day June 15 with events held at the Saxton House, 204 N. State Street, the boyhood home of Bob LaFollette. 

At 3 p.m., “Immigration Adventures with Ma and Pa” will begin. This program demonstrates the difficulties of early immigrant ancestors as they traveled across the ocean in the 1800s. The program is presented by Tom Kleist, a former school teacher and auctioneer, and Sandy Fisher, former education coordinator who worked at Old World Wisconsin. 

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by Norman Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive, the magazine that Bob and Belle LaFollette started back in 1909. Previously, he served as WORT Community Radio’s operations coordinator. He also coordinated the Iraq Journal website from 2002 to 2003. He is co-editor of the book “REBEL REPORTING: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists.”

At 5 p.m., music by “The Accidentals” will begin with Peggy Mille Steil and others. 

Throughout the day, the Argyle library staff will have a LaFollette Day button making stand. Button making dates back in Argyle history when clam shells were dredged up from the Pecatonica River bottom and used to make buttons. 

Lafollette Day events are free and open to the public. The afternoon will feature tours of the Saxton House, silent auction, beverage stand, snacks and strawberry sundaes.  

Silent auction items are available for bidding at First National Bank and Trust in Argyle. Final bids are accepted until 6 p.m. June 15 at the Saxton House.