Bill LaFleur's collection was on display for a few weeks in November at Horicon Bank in Green Lake. Bill’s brother, Jerry Baskett of Green Lake is looking to have the collection displayed once more at another location in Green Lake.
Bill LaFleur's collection was on display for a few weeks in November at Horicon Bank in Green Lake. Bill’s brother, Jerry Baskett of Green Lake is looking to have the collection displayed once more at another location in Green Lake.

   When Green Lake’s Jerry Baskett visited the ruins of his brother’s home last year, he wasn’t expecting to make find something unexpected.

   At the time, Jerry’s 85-year-old brother, Bill LaFleur, was dealing with the twin tragedies of losing his wife and his home burning down a month later. All that remained was Bill’s garage.

   After the fire, Jerry drove out to his brother’s property on County Road CC in Green Lake to check on the garage, worried that someone might steal thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment.

   However, when he entered the garage, he discovered something more valuable.

   In the back of the garage on the top shelf with a sign that read “Nothing for sale above this shelf” stood 23 glass containers of various shapes that were artistically filled with vintage toys, collector’s items and knickknacks.

   Jerry had stumbled upon his brother’s own art collection, pieces that Bill had created over the years that Jerry never knew existed.

   Read the full story, which includes details about the art collection and what Baskett did with it, in the Dec. 13, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.