In the late 1800s, Peter’s sons, William B. (Will) and Pete wentinto business as Curran Brothers Warehouse. They not only soldgoods but also bought the farmers’ produce and transported it forsale in Chicago. They had the first grain elevator in the area andmany other daring innovations. It was a lifesaver for farmers tohave a market for a cash crop.
Will married Catherine Power Curran of Evanston, Ill. (Her Father,Denis Power, came from Tipperary.) Their sons Charles, WilliamR. and Thomas, all went to law school and came back to practicein Mauston. William R. left to serve as the local Judge from 1951to 1980. The remaining Curran brothers’ law practice broughtthem professional recognition, including, Thomas receiving apresidential appointment to be a Federal Court Judge inMilwaukee from 1983-2006.
Thomas married Colette Curran of Blanchardville. Of their sixchildren, three went to law school and returned to the MaustonLaw firm. William T. (Bill), his sister Catherine Orton, her husbandJohn Orton and Brother Paul Curran all practiced in the firmtogether. Paul left to serve as a Juneau County Circuit Judge. Thefirm has grown to eight lawyers including an office in Lake Delton.It continues the tradition with recognition as an “A” rated firm;admission into the American College of Trial Lawyers; andinclusion in Super Lawyers magazine.
Bill married Joelle Curran of Sioux Falls. Their two sons, Peter J.and Alexander W. are still in school so where they will land is yetto unfold. Perhaps a fifth generation farming or in business togethercontinuing the Curran Brothers tradition is possible. Eachgeneration of the family has been a civic leader in church, city,county and beyond. In addition to his Juneau County civicassignments Bill has recently been recruited to serve on the Boardof Directors of the Greater Sauk County Community Foundationto further local charitable causes.
Charlene married Patrick L. Terry Feb. 27, 1965 at Sacred HeartCatholic Church in Reedsburg. Charlene then moved to Baraboowhere she joined Pat on his dairy farm. She has been an activemember of St. Joseph Catholic Parish since. Pat and Charlenehave farmed and lived on Hogsback Road, Baraboo since theymarried.
Today, Charlene continues to do the bookwork for Terry Farmsand devotes her life to her family and church. Pat and Charlenehave three sons and one daughter: Joe (Kristine) and Jim (Kristin)both operate Terry Farms with Pat and Charlene; Annemarie(Dan) is a teacher (all of Baraboo), and Patrick (Becky) is arealtor in Sun Prairie. Charlene and Pat often get to see theirchildren and six beloved grandchildren: Samantha 13, Mary 11,Zachary 10, Josephine 9, Jake 6, and Grace 2. Charlene is awonderful grandmother, always willing to baby-sit and help in anyway she can. Charlene regularly baby-sits her youngest grandchildwhile the others love to spend time at the farm and at grandma andgrandpa’s after school and on weekends.
Before staying home to raise her own children, Charlene taughtfourth grade at Waterloo Elementary, Beaver Dam-Wilson,Madison-Hoyt, and Reedsburg Elementary. While raising herfamily and doing bookwork for Terry Farms, Charlene taughtCCD, served as Home and School President, room mother, andvolunteer for J-Club and in many other capacities for her childrenat St. Joseph School, including substitute teacher. Charlene nevermissed a single event of any of her children from grade schoolthrough high school.
Charlene is a past President of the Sauk County Deanery, active inthe Madison Deanery. She was a long-time St. Joseph BarabooBingo worker, Parish Council, and Liturgical Commission member.Charlene currently serves as a Minister of Hospitality/ Greeter. Sheis a member of the Council of Catholic Women, Daughters ofIsabella, the Art and Environment Committee, and St. Martha’sCircle. Charlene also continues to substitute teach at St. JosephSchool. She is a member of the South Central Shamrock Club andpast member of Sauk County Homemakers and the Sauk CountyDairy Promoters Committee.
Charlene also served her community through working elections inthe Town of Baraboo. In 1996, the Terrys hosted the SaukCounty Dairy Breakfast, and they continue to host students onfarm tours.
Charlene is a woman deeply devoted to her faith and family. Shehas lived and taught by example; she has always put others beforeherself. She is honored to be your 2009 Irish Rose.
'Beoga is the most exciting band to emerge from Ireland since Lunasa in the late 1990s. Like Lunasa, Beoga quickly establisheda reputation as a highly inventive all-instrumental group. During adownpour at the Compass stage on Friday night, the quintet gave amagnetic performance. (Gerry Holland, Sept. 2008)August 2008. Cambridge Folk Festival website: It’s a hat trick forBeoga!
Dana J. Horkan-Gant, Membership Chair