WISCONSIN: Hot Rod's Revolt

Life was simple and uncomplicated in the dairyland village of Bonduel, Wis., and the oldtimers wanted to keep it that way. They saved their money, got along without movies, debated the state of the world at daily card games in the town's nine taverns. At every spring election since 1936 about 90 of the town's 700 citizens turned out to vote, and re-elected big, square-set John Froelich the village president.

That was all right with everybody but the young bucks of the town, and chief among them was the village president's son Lorenz ("Hot Rod") Froelich. At dinner almost every...

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