Verona Area Historical Society

Verona, Wisconsin

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

Upcoming Events

All are free and open to the public.

The Bongey Family and Their Verona Pharmacy.

Sunday 9/25/22, 1pm, at the Verona Senior Center.

If you've had a prescription filled in Verona since 1958, there's a good chance you've come across a member of the Bongey Family. WWII veteran Don Bongey and his wife Ruth started their family pharmacy that year in the old Kunstman building that formerly stood in the current Walgreen's parking lot. Together they would serve Verona for over 40 years, and in that time their children Pam and Gary would grow up to follow in their footsteps.

Generations of Verona kids may recall something memorable just inside the door of that original store (that their parents might not have been thrilled about :-) Other memories include how members of the Verona community and beyond pulled together when the building burned in 1997, and the series of changes that led to the current Verona Hometown Pharmacy we still know today.

Our guest this month will be Gary Bongey, and possibly other members of the family. We will hear their memories of growing up in Verona, their family business, what it's been like to be an integral part of our community for over a half century.

(Illustration by Lori, 1997.)


Happy Birthday, Verona!

Verona became a township 175 years ago in 1847...making 2022 our Dodransbicentennial! This June we held a series of community events to mark the occasion. If you didn't get your free commemorative pin or stickers (featuring the logo seen to the left), let us know at and we'll find a way to get you one.


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      • Verona Area Historical Society

      • c/o Jesse Charles

      • 1234 Cathedral Point Drive

      • Verona, WI

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