Verona Area Historical Society

Verona, Wisconsin

"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Upcoming Events 

All are free and open to the public.

Sunday 3/19/23, 1:00pm: "Memories of a Small-Town Railroad Depot Agent.”  At the Verona Senior Center.

The train depot was the heart of many small Wisconsin towns for generations.  At the center of the depot was its depot agent, the person responsible for all operations including the important task of manually relaying telegraph messages from town to town.

Our guest speaker is Don Mahoney, who in 1943 at the age of 16 in Kongsberg, North Dakota was asked to replace his town’s depot agent when they were drafted into WWII.  Don will share his memories of learning morse code on-the-fly, and how a well-functioning depot kept a small town running.



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