Every person has a story to tell, and in the case of the children in La Crosse, it seems like most of them are pretty interesting.
Rosella, aspiring photographer that she was, jumped at the chance to pose with her camera when the family had photos taken in 1917.
Many early photographers made money by taking horse or goat carts door-to-door and having children pose for pictures in them. Here young Albert is enjoying himself on a play wagon in similar fashion.
Joyce Anderson was a La Crosse celebrity by the age of six, singing with her father’s band “Andy Anderon and the Merrymakers” and then breaking out on her own as "Baby Joyce" on KSTP radio. A bit of a wild child, a relative recalls a story in which Joyce came home one day with an extraordinary amount of money, and when questioned by her parents she explained that she had been singing at Ma Bennet’s brothel next door. The ladies working there had thought Joyce so adorable that they sent her off with a windfall of cash. Needless to say her parents were impressed by her ingenuity, but barred her from returning there in the future.
Learn more stories of the citizens of La Crosse, and see hundreds more beautiful historic photos, in the Tribune's new hardcover pictorial history book La Crosse Memories.