Kansas man reflects on return to Kendall after 30-year absence

Posted March 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to return to a town after decades of absence? Richard Brown shares his bird’s-eye view of Kendall after being gone for more than 30 years.

Richard Brown was in the U.S. Navy from 1962-65. Following military service, he attended Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He attended the University of Hawaii for his master’s degree, and then began a 30-year civilian career with the U.S. Army in civilian personnel management. Ten of those years were in Korea, where he met his wife Sung Hi. Following retirement from federal service, Richard and his wife settled in Overland Park, Kan., to be near their daughter and grandchildren. He still makes periodic trips to Wisconsin to visit his 92-year-old aunt, Doris Pollard Wichern, who grew up in Kendall but now lives

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    Ontario of yesteryear

    County Line staff has been searching for the photo below for a long time. It is a rare shot of the Vernon Hotel, which stood on the lot now occupied by the Ontario Community Hall.

    In its heyday, around the 1870s, it was considered one of the finest establishments in Vernon County and was a regular stop for travelers making their way from Portage to La Crosse. In 1876, the Sparta Herald called the Vernon House a “roomy and commodious”

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