John Arentsen: 1858-1962

     Arentson operated Dray Line and a trucking business. Before the C. & N.W. Railroad built a spur line to Maplewood, Arentsons used his four horse, twenty passenger bus and two ten passenger rigs, to carry visitors from the train stations along dirt roads to Chautaugua programs or to vacation in the cottages and tents at Maplewood (which was the popular resort). This pioneer Wasecan built roads, dug basements, and spread gravel. He operated feed barn and livery stables. When the mud and snow made country roads impassable, Arentson drove doctors to midnight calls.

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