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Exploring Brodhead’s history. Al Ringling among those who stayed at the famous Exchange House

COURTESY PHOTO The Independent-Register

	 The Exchange House is located down this street behind the trees in a photo that was taken in Brodhead before 1895.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Halfway through the 19th century, Loring S. Fisher moved to the newly settled Brodhead area. He came from Bowdoinham, Maine, with hopes to run an inn, just like his father had. Fisher’s dream came true in 1864, when he opened the Exchange House inn on Exchange […]

 
 

8/12/20 Brodhead Shopper

8/12/20 Brodhead Shopper

 

 
 

GLORIA ALEXANDER

GLORIA ALEXANDER

Gloria Jean Alexander, 87, of Albany passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Pleasant View Nursing Home surrounded by her family. She was born at home, the daughter of George and Millicent (Sinks) Drew on Sept. 13, 1932, in Magnolia, IL. She attended Beloit High School. Gloria was united […]

 
 

Getting out in the woods Area shops, sportsmen gearing up for busy fall hunting seasons

Getting out in the woods  Area shops, sportsmen gearing up for busy fall hunting seasons

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent As summer draws to a close, many are thinking ahead to the upcoming hunting seasons that accompany fall. Deer hunting is up first, starting for bow hunters on Sept. 12. Gun deer hunters begin their season a couple of months after, on Nov. 21. Albrecht Taxidermy […]

 
 

8/5/20 Brodhead Shopper

8/5/20 Brodhead Shopper

 

 
 

Tinker’s Garden makeover

Tinker’s Garden makeover

Brodhead’s Business Improvement District has made several improvements to Tinker’s Garden this year. The Brodhead Jaycees placed new mulch, and Kuhn North America donated the newly installed benches to replace the deteriorating concrete pebble stone ones. Brodhead Public Works employee Justin Schwartz installs new benches. “Tinker’s Garden is a great […]

 
 

One stitch at a time Women’s quilting shop going strong in Orfordville

KATELYN BLACK PHOTO The Independent-Register

     This is the automated, long-arm quilting machine that Tina Wellnitz and Rhonda Streich use instead of the traditional sewing machine.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Three years ago, Tina Wellnitz and Rhonda Streich were urged to share their passion for quilting with a larger crowd. Out of this idea came the Sassy Farm Chicks Quilt Company, located on West Beloit Street in downtown Orfordville. “When this building opened up, there were […]

 
 

DONNA OLSEN

DONNA OLSEN

Donna Lee (Weidman) Olsen, 82, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. She was born on Dec. 6, 1937, in Oakley, WI, the daughter of Leon and Leona (Stocker) Weidman. She grew up in Brodhead, WI, along with sisters Phyllis Seibert and Lanaya Jones. She graduated from Brodhead High School […]

 
 

RUTH AESCHLIMAN

RUTH AESCHLIMAN

Ruth Phyllis Aeschliman, 88, of Albany, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Albany Oaks Assisted Living. She was born on April 16, 1932, in Albany Township, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Lawrence) Dunphy. She married John “Hansie” A. Aeschliman on Nov. 13, 1950, at St. Rose Catholic […]

 
 

HARRY BISHOP

HARRY BISHOP

Harry C. “Butch” Bishop Jr., 75, of Brodhead, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Born July 19, 1945, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Harry C. and Lillian (Hanson) Bishop Sr. Butch was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. Butch married […]