By Freeland Dexter
Edited by Deanna R. Haney
Foreword by Mark E. Lfebvre
At the turn of the twentieth century, the bustling railroad town of Lone Rock, Wisconsin, was home to about one thousand residents, and Freeland Dexter seemed to know the business of every single one. Dexter reported all the news from Lone Rock-from the significant to the trivial, the tragic to the comical- for the Weekly Home News of neighboring Spring Green from 1884 to 1912.
This collection of Dexter's most fascinating, amusing, and poignant stories and observations brings back to life the colorful characters of his time and takes readers on a journey to a wold that was both simpler and changing fast. Whether he was reporting who grew the biggest watermelon, teasing the local lovebirds, or taking side on the ever-controversial question of whether the town should go dry, Dexter wrote with a distinctive wit and an obvious affection for his town and its people. Evocative of Our Town, The News from Lone Rock also provides an illuminating window into a time period of rapid technological progress, showing how the introduction of electrical light, telephones, and cars changed lives and connected this quaint village more and more to the world.
Freeland Dexter, 1847-1912, lived most of his life in Lone Rock, Wisconsin. In addition to being the Lone Rock correspondent for the Spring Green Weekly Home News, Dexter worked as a farmer, beekeeper, and school teacher, played drums in the Lone Rock Brass Band, and at various times operated a shoe store, ice cream parlor, and millinery store in town.
Deanna Haney, the great-granddaughter of Freeland Dexter, wrote two books on the family's genealogy before curating this collection. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.