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"Rodney was named for Rodney Rice, the first passenger to step off the
ne Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway. Rodney Rice was married to my Aunt Emma Myers.
--G. E. (Ed) Myers-- My father was an early business man in Rodney, being a partner in a
meat market. He also had a livery stable. He was a constable and as such, served legal papers and arrested drunks, throwing them in the calaboose. The calaboose (jail) was built by the town for $ 50. It was located
across the street to the east of the "Old Mill". Bill Nolen and Vissel Mikkleson also had livery barns.
Bert Gillet's horse drawn hack made 3 trips a day between Rodney and Smithland at 25 cents a trip, hauling salesmen and other passengers who came to Rodney on the train. Tory's had the hotel. They sold it to Pellitiers and moved to Ute. Pellitiers also had a general store. That hotel burned. Lynns built
another hotel. Jensens had the first car in Rodney. It was made like a buggy. Mr. Edgar had a little Busch car. I remember the Rodney band and the bandstand on Main Street. A Mr. Henderson directed the band.
There were 3 grocery stores, a barber shop and pool hall, a drugstore and millinery shop. My brother sold his meat market to Isa Kee. Rodney has had 4 doctors: Dr. C. G. Lass, Dr. E. E. Fisher, Dr. A. L. Allison, and Dr. Isabel E. Cowan. Dr. Cowan came when I was 15 or 16, about 1906."
--Mamie Browning Shea--
1954 Monona County Centennial Book
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