A Jump Into the Past
When Sylvestor VanLoon and Rev. William Priddy first set foot on the area known as Bloomer's Prairie, little did they know that 150 years later the little village they created would be a thriving, growing city. Through the roaming of animals in the streets, to floods that nearly wiped out Old Main Street, to the end of logging, through diphtheria and flu epidemics that took the lives of many, many citizens, to fires, depression and prohibition, Bloomer changed with the times and survived when many villages failed, their names wiped off the face of the maps. Not to depict the rich history for Bloomer's Sesquicentennial, would be a crime. During the writing of this book, I have been constantly amazed at the tenacity of the people of Bloomer. This book has been a joy to write, getting to know those people as they struggled to make Bloomer what it is today.