Green Bowl Tea Room / Supper Club
1413 Oconomowoc Ave
Pitterle-Beaudoin American Legion Post No. 189
206 S First St
1919 FOUNDING OF
The Watertown American Legion began in 1919 with Dr. A. F. Solliday as first commander. Later, the organization was named the Sgt. Frank Pitterle Post #189 in honor of Pitterle [1896-1918], who was the first Watertown man killed in action during World War I. At the conclusion of World War II, Beaudoin was added to the post in honor of the last town casualty in World War II.
The American Legion was founded in Paris at the end of World War I.
The First Street location is the
Legions fourth headquarters since its inception. Up until World War II the Post was without a
main office and members met in various locations throughout the city. But near
the beginning of the war, the Legion started to gather at the old Armory and early high school building on
Firing squad started, since there was no group to give veterans of World War I military honors WDT
AMERICAN LEGION POST 189 BASEBALL CHAMPS
Erv Buchert, Henry Maltz, Pete Doerr, Jip Neubauer, Zem[?] Hady, Bill Beisner, Clarence Schuman, Chirp Dollase, Don Bittner (mgr), Chet Hady, Chet Blaese, Paul Hoppe, Art Zielsdorf, Harold Jahn, John Biefeld. [some names are nicknames] Cross Reference: Chapter on baseball
AMERICAN LEGION FLOAT IN CENTENNIAL PARADE
10 27 EDWIN KAERCHER (1893-1939)
Edwin H. Kaercher, 46, residing at 910 Western Avenue, died at St. Mary’s hospital. Mr. Kaercher, who was auditor and office manager for the G.B. Lewis company, was a World war veteran, serving with the original Company E of this city. He was a past commander of the Sergt. Frank L. Pitterle post of the American Legion and was president of the Last Man’s Club made up of men in Company E.
-- -- FATHER HENRY NOVOTNY (1896-1945)
A solemn requiem funeral High Mass, a moving mix of religious rite and military aspect, was held at St. Henry’s for Father Henry Novotny. The night prior to the funeral, his earthly remains were brought to Watertown and taken directly to the church; members of Company E, with whom Father Novotny served in World War I, and the Sgt. Frank L. Pitterle post of the American Legion were among those who paid him tribute. Prayers were said by the differing groups that assembled and a guard of honor and an all-night vigil were maintained throughout the night by members of the Holy Name Society of the parish. Many old friends and acquaintances, old classmates, and buddies of WW I filed past the bier.
In 1948, the Legion purchased the Green Bowl Tea Room, formerly the Wenzel Prochazka House and converted it to the Legion Green Bowl Supper Club. It was located at 1413 Oconomowoc Ave which was laid in 1912 and was the first cement street in Wisconsin. Twenty-five years later the Legion sold the club to George Lindberg, who then operated it as Lindberg's By The River.
Legion Band was formed
03 24 The Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion, is now far enough advanced with its plans to enlarge its property, the Green Bowl to petition to the City Council to have the area rezoned from residential to commercial in order to begin construction. The plans have been underway for the past several months and have been checked with state authorities. The Legion's petition will be presented to the City Council this evening and following the customary procedure will be referred to the City Plan Commission after which a hearing will be scheduled before any action is taken.
07 17 New officers of the American Legion Firing Squad announced today by officials of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, are: Ronald Millin, commander; Delbert Barner, adjutant; Roger Wilkes, first vice commander; Leroy Draves, second vice commander; Harvey Duehring, historian; Donald Lenius, finance officer; Edward Kuenzi, drill sergeant; Laverne Wanke and Lester Else, sergeants at arms.
05 03 Work on the Green Bowl addition is to start next Monday, it was announced today by the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion, owners of the property. Walter Otto, Watertown contractor, has been awarded the contract, having submitted the bid which the committee recommended for acceptance. The project has been approved by the membership of the Legion. The plans for the addition call for a large new structure for Legion purposes and there will also be new and enlarged rest room facilities. There will also be some improvements in the present quarters.
01 17 REFERENDUM TO DISCONTINUE SALE OF BEER AT PARK
The Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion, which each summer sponsors the largest celebration at Riverside Park, the Fourth of July festivities, today began to assemble its forces to seek defeat of the April 2 referendum which will decide whether the sale of beer is to be continued in Riverside Park and other public parks in the city. The Legion has made it clear that it wants to continue sponsoring the celebrations but cannot do so if its largest revenue raising source at the park is halted.
06 19 Newly elected officers of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion were announced following ceremonies at which they took over their duties. Officers are: Harold Wilde, commander; Tom Darcey, first vice commander; Howard Klug, second vice commander; Arnold T. Jorgenson, finance officer; Delbert Barner, chaplain; Conrad Ott, historian; Lester Else and Bert Sterwald, sergeants-at-arms; Harvey Duehring, trustee for three years; William Connor, service officer.
10 13 RIVERSIDE PARK POPCORN HASSLE AT PARK
The Riverside Park popcorn hassle, which was brought into the open at the city council meeting on Oct. 6 today seemed headed toward a solution and a report to that effect will be filed with the council at its meeting next Tuesday night. The issue was brought into the open by the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, the American Legion when its commander told the council that officers would find it difficult to sign up a carnival for rides and concessions unless such group was given exclusive rights to concessions at the park for the annual Fourth of July celebration which the Legion sponsors each year. A report received by the Times today stated that the solution calls for the carnival company to have complete control of all concessions on the Fourth of July midway in the park. There is nothing to bar “outsiders” to maintain stands in other parts of the park, but they will not be permitted on the midway. WDT
06 24 Thomas H. Gillis last night was installed as commander of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, the American Legion meeting held at the Legion Green Bowl. Installation officer was Howard Zillge, Jefferson County Legion adjutant. Gillis succeeds William T. Connor who has completed his term of office as commander. Other officers installed last night are: Edward H. Dusowsky and Trevor J. Kevan, first and second vice commanders; Conrad W. Ott, adjutant; Kenneth Wilkes, finance officer; John H. Model, chaplain; Gerald Schubert, service officer. Conrad W. Ott, historian; Roland J. Gibson and Earl E. Korban, sergeant-at-arms, and William T. Connor, trustee for three years. WDT
07 13 The Watertown Rotary Club is going to meet at the Legion Green Bowl starting in August. Ever since the club was founded here the membership has met every Monday noon at the Elks Club, in the lower dining hall. The space in the lower dining hall is limited and the same table arrangements have to be followed week after week, it was pointed out. WDT
12 03 Work is expected to start in a few weeks on the construction of a $116,000 addition to the American Legion Green Bowl as the result of a meeting Wednesday evening of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, at which members voted to proceed with the building plans which long have been under study and discussion. The vote was 51 to 21 in favor of the project. Plans call for the construction of a new dining room addition on the southeast corner of the present building. Kitchen facilities will be enlarged. More equipment will be added to the kitchen. The bar will be completely new and relocated in the northeast corner of the old building. WDT
12 03 Edward H. Dusowsky, a member of the Watertown Police Department last night was elected commander of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, the American Legion during the annual business meeting of the organization at the Legion Green Bowl. Others elected are: O. E. Peters, first vice commander; John H. Model, second vice commander; Palmer J. Freres, adjutant; Kenneth Wilkes, finance officer; William Kehl, chaplain; Paul E. Corbin, service officer; Conrad W. Ott, historian; Kenneth Kropf and Edward H. Sadowski, sergeant-at-arms. WDT
04 27 Harold Wilde, a past commander of Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion of Watertown, last evening was elected to the office of commander of the Jefferson County Council of the American Legion. Other officers elected with Commander Wilde are as follows: Vice Commander, Edward H. Dusowsky of Watertown. Finance Officer, Howard Klug of Jefferson. Chaplain, Russel Schultz of Fort Atkinson. Sergeants at Arms, Zeno Schultz of Fort Atkinson, James Barrett of Jefferson. Athletic Director, Erwin Drews Barrett of Jefferson. Service Officer, Roland Weber of Lake Mills. Grave Registration, Arthur R. Langholff of Fort Atkinson. WDT
11 25 TRIBUTE TO MEMORY OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
City Mourns Dead President
Watertown Daily Times photo, 11 25 1963
A flag bedecked Watertown, with United States flags flying at half-staff from buildings, today joined in the almost worldwide tribute to the memory of President John F. Kennedy whose funeral was held in the nation's capital. The Watertown ceremonies were held on Cole Memorial bridge at 10 a.m., the starting time for the funeral cortege in Washington. Participating here were Mayor Robert White who dropped a memorial wreath into the Rock River, a prayer was recited by the Very Rev. A. J. Herrmann, pastor of St. Henry's Catholic Church and a firing squad from the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion took part. There also were other local veterans organizations represented at the ceremony.
Business places closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and schools, the post office, factories and banks joined in the day of mourning. WDT
09 23 EUNICE GRUNER
Among the pleasant and topical conversation pieces in Watertown these evenings are the series of panels and a mural which Mrs. Eunice Gruner of 1010 Charles Street has done for the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, the American Legion, for the Legion Green Bowl. That the art work is attracting attention is stating it mildly. Mrs. Gruner, who founded Home Town Prints, a commercial art service here and which she still heads, has done, in these latest pieces, some of her most delightful art work to date. When she was first approached with the suggestion that she consider doing something for the walls at the remodeled Legion Green Bowl she was hesitant and reluctant, but said she would consider the request and come up with an idea in case she decided to do it. WDT
Image Portfolio Panels and mural at Green Bowl (Lindberg’s)
10 23 A dedication service will be held Sunday, Nov. 8, at the V.F.W. Club, 1027 North Fourth Street, when the Beaudoin-Koehler-Draeger Post 3709, Veterans of Foreign Wars, pays tribute to the war dead as the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day. The service will center about a 37-foot memorial flag pole which was erected this spring at the main entrance to the Post club rooms. Michael Garfield, Watertown, second district commander, who with Eugene E. Schlesner directed the flag pole detail, will be master of ceremonies. WDT
05 07 Palmer Freres, 234 North Avenue, a member of the Watertown Post Office staff and examiner in charge here for the U.S. Civil Service Commission, last night was elected commander of the Pitterle-Beaudoin Post 189, the American Legion. He will be installed May 19 along with other officers named last night. William Kehl was elected first vice commander and Herman Rohr, second vice commander. Other officers are: Warren Gay, adjutant; Kenneth Wilkes, finance officer; Ceylon Baker and James Anderson, sergeants-at-arms; Lloyd Reckner, chaplain; Kenneth Kropf, historian, and Thomas Gillis, service officer. WDT
07 24 Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Schultz of 1310 Utah Street have taken over the management of the American Legion Green Bowl. They plan to take up their resident in the Green Bowl apartment. Mr. Schultz has tended bar at the Green Bowl part time for the past five years. Prior to taking over the management, he was employed at the Milwaukee Die Citing Company. His wife has been employed at the Green Bowl since last February. WDT
AMERICAN LEGION GREEN BOWL FIRE
11 07 FLAG BURNING CEREMONY
The Legion was again without a main headquarters until December 28, 1984 when it purchased its present home, formerly Waldoch's, at 206 South First Street. The Legionnaires and Auxiliary have completely renovated the former tavern where the Post holds meetings and store equipment such as wheel chairs, walkers and hospital beds. The Legion holds a liquor license for the building but it is not open to the public.
In 1996, the City of Watertown and the American Legion Pitterle-Beaudoin Post #189 hosted Watertown's 178th annual city celebration of the Fourth of July. The parade draws a throng of people to the business section on Main Street as well as along the parade route to the Riverside Park where the Legionnaires and Auxiliary offer food and drinks and music. Fireworks are scheduled at night.
Veteran’s Day Observance
Post #189 is instrumental in observing Veterans Day along with various other organizations. Local veterans groups met at the Heritage Inn and march in a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continue down Main Street to the Main Street bridge where a brief ceremony is held to honor all military people who did not return from war. This replaces the Armistice Day celebration of years ago commemorating the date and time of the end of World War I as silence fell over "No Man's Land" in Europe at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1948.
In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming Nov.11, Veterans Day instead of Armistice Day and asked Americans everywhere to dedicate themselves to the cause of peace on this national holiday. Since that time, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War have brought more veterans into existence.
About 1500 American Flags are placed on area graves of military veterans before Memorial Day and are removed shortly after Labor Day by a few Legionnaires under the direction of Wes Altwies.
The larger cemeteries include: Watertown: Oak Hill, Moravian, St. Bernards , St. Henrys , Immanuel Lutheran ; Ixonia: Glenview Gardens . Three of the 21 cemeteries only have one flag each. The flags are placed in special metal holders called “stakes”. Stakes in use include World War I, World War II, Korea, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Vietnam, Cuba, the Civil War and two in Watertown from the Indian War.
The Watertown American Legion baseball team competes for the State AA tournament.
05 20 RITUAL PERPETUATED BY WESLEY AND GLADYS ALTWEIS
The colors of red, white and blue have been emerging on graves in cemeteries in Dodge and Jefferson counties as a visual reminder of veterans and the sacrifices they made to keep this country free. The appearance of the flags is a spring ritual in 21 cemeteries in this area, thanks to the efforts of two volunteers from American Legion Post 189 and its auxiliary. Placement of the flags is a long-standing ritual perpetuated by Wesley and Gladys Altweis, the two volunteers who visit the cemeteries each year before Memorial Day and again after July 4. The flags are stored until the following spring, but the patriotism evoked by the symbol of freedom is never-ending for Altweis.
06 11 HAROLD WILDE HONORED
Harold Wilde of Watertown was recently honored for his many years in the American Legion Post 189, capping a rich history of military related service. The Legion honored Wilde for his 60 years of service to the organization of which he has been a very active member since 1945. Wilde has served as past post commander, past county commander, 2nd District sergeant at arms and chairman of the Membership Committee. His enthusiasm and participation in the organization date back to many years ago when he played Legion baseball. WDT
03 30 A committee from Post No. 189 consisting of Wesley Altwies, Jerry Peters and Howard Hilgendorf placed 2,272 flags on the graves of veterans in the area to honor their sacrifices.
Harold and Nancy Schultz
Nancy A. Schultz, 83, of 18781 Hoover St., Salinas, CA, died March 6, 2007, at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas. Nancy was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, daughter of Terence and Myrtle Bruun.
She married Harold Schultz of Watertown, Wis., in Melbourne in 1943. Harold preceded her in death March 12, 2003, in Haines City, FL.
Nancy came to Watertown from Australia in June 1945. Nancy and Harold were managers of the former American Legion Green Bowl in Watertown and Nancy had worked for several local restaurants.
Surviving are daughters, Karren (Charles) Wolfram of Watertown, Sandra (Tony) Ziganay of Salinas and Patricia Schultz of Sullivan, WI.
05 21 FLAGS PLACED ON GRAVES OF VETERANS
Members of Pitterle-Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion, have been busy this week placing American flags on the graves of veterans in all local and area cemeteries. Placing the flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day week has been a tradition of the local Legion Post. In recent years the flag holders have been moved from the ground near the grave to the base of the headstone markers so they are less likely to be damaged by lawn mowing and maintenance crews.
06 05 Post No. 189 INSTALLS OFFICERS FOR 2015-15. WDTimes article
08 01 2015 WISCONSIN AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL
Madison played Plover for the State Championship. Image Portfolio
11 11 VETERANS DAY
06 09 POST NO. 189 HOLDS MEETING
STAR BANNER TO LOIS BLOEDORN, SISTER OF RUSSELL BEAUDOIN
Blue Star Banner Chairman Lavern Schumann reported giving a Gold Star banner to Lois Bloedorn, sister of Russell Beaudoin
The regular monthly meeting of American Legion Post No. 189 was opened by Cmdr. Ken Zindars with the Pledge of Allegiance and the preamble to the Legion constitution.
The main order of business for the evening was the installation of officers for the 201617 session. Taking the gavel from Zindars was new Cmdr. Ronald Krueger. Also sworn in were 1st Vice Cmdr. Robert Saeger, 2nd Vice Cmdr. Kenneth Wzorek, Adjutant Larry Schultz, Chaplain Ward Genz, finance officer Roger Herbert, service officer Emily Derbas, Judge Advocate Dan Stratman, historian Douglas Clemmons, and Sgts.-at-Arms William Connor, Louis Checkai and William Rex. Wzorek and Derbas are new to the board this year. Dodge County Cmdr. Julie Muhle and Pat Sukowski, 2nd District chairman of A& G Testing, presided at the ceremonies.
Genz reported sending get well cards to Dan Weidenhoeft, Pedro Perez and Don Meier. A sympathy card was sent to the family of Dr. Robert Liners.
Blue Star Banner Chairman Lavern Schumann reported giving a Gold Star banner to Lois Bloedorn, sister of Russell Beaudoin who was killed in action on an aircraft carrier during World War II and buried at sea. Beaudoin is one of the servicemen after which Post No. 189 was named.
Requests for membership to Post No. 189 were received from David Hulick, U.S. Navy, Vietnam era; Dennis Daley, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam; Reginald Ingersol, U.S. Marines, Vietnam; Roland Marmes, U.S. Navy, Vietnam; Daniel Mejia, U.S. Army, Vietnam; Mike Palm, U.S. Army, Vietnam; and Brian Joyce, U.S. Army, Persian Gulf era. All were unanimously accepted and welcomed to the post.
New commander Krueger presented past commander Zindars with a plaque honoring him for his three years of service as post commander.
Plans are underway for the annual Fourth of July celebration, which will be held at Riverside Park. The event will be a three-day affair this year, with live music starting Saturday afternoon, July 2, and continuing through Monday afternoon, July 4. The fireworks will be held Sunday, July 3, with July 4 as a rain date. There will be new activities for young and old, and all are encouraged to attend and support their local veterans community.
It was also announced that Derbas, a registered nurse by profession, will donate her time once a month to assist any veterans with health concerns. This month she will be at the post on June 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All time with Derbas will be done in strict confidentiality. The recent military show at the Watertown Municipal Airport conducted a raffle and an airplane ride, which was won by Bernice Baumann.
06 28 ALA SINCE ITS INCEPTION
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) was formed nearly a century ago, in 1919, when women were left behind on the home front while their men were going off to war. Those concerned women embraced the day-to-day responsibilities of life and soon became aware of the plight of fatherless families and the needs of returning veterans, vowing to continue their supportive role.
With that dedication, in less than a year, 1,342 Units of the Women’s Auxiliary to The American Legion had been organized in more than 45 states. And now, almost 100 years later, its members continue to support veterans and the military. The organization is nearly 800,000 strong and working to reach the million mark.
Some of the programs of the ALA include Americanism, Badger Girls, Children and Youth, Community Service, Education and Scholarship, Juniors, Legislative, Membership, Music, National Security, Past Presidents Parley, Poppy, Public Relations and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation.
Unit 189 is one of eight units in Jefferson County. The other units are Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Palmyra, Sullivan and Waterloo. Six counties, Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington, form the Second District. Twelve districts cover 72 counties and comprise the Department of Wisconsin. The ALA is organized into 52 (state) departments, with one operating in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the following periods and died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an honorable discharge, died after service: — Gulf War/War on Terrorism: Aug. 2, 1990, to date of cessation; Panama: Dec. 20, 1989-Jan. 31, 1990; Lebanon and Grenada: Aug. 24, 1982July 31, 1984; Vietnam War: Feb. 28, 1961-May 7, 1975; Korean War: June 25, 1950Jan. 31, 1955; World War II: Dec. 7, 1941-Dec. 31, 1946 and World War I: April 6, 1917Nov. 11,1918.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. Its mission is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and country, the auxiliary advocates for veterans, educates citizens, mentors youths and promotes patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
American Legion Pitterle-Beaudoin Unit 189 officers for 2016-17 were installed at the unit’s June meeting. Officers include Karen Sherry, chaplain; Mary Petrie, president; Kathy Allermann, vice president; Sandy Sullivan, historian; Ora Kuckkan, treasurer; Rebecca Hoffman, secretary; Carol Peters, sergeant-at-arms and Jeanne Gillis, assistant sergeant-at-arms. Mae Wilkes, a past president, served as the installing officer.
02 12 JERRY PETERS (1942-2017)
Jerome E. Peters, 74, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Jerome Edward Peters was born on Oct. 31, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Watertown, the son of Oswald and Patricia (nee Simon) Peters. On Feb. 2, 1980, he married the former Debra Buchta at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Jerry graduated from Watertown High School. He entered the United States Navy and served his country from 1960-63. He then was employed by Kinkead Plastics in Johnson Creek for 23 years, serving most of those years as foreman. He then purchased the former Bowl-A-Fun Lanes and became the proprietor of Jerry’s North Bowl and served there as proprietor for 17 years, at which time he retired.
Upon his retirement, Jerry became very active in the American Legion Post 189. He was commander from 2007-13. Jerry was honored with having the Main Street Bridge named after him for one year for all his help in the community. He was also an active member of AARP Chapter 3056. Jerry was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Jerry’s passion was softball and bowling. He played softball for 50 years and started bowling as a teenager setting pins. He held a 200 plus average for many years. He also played golf and played on the Lutheran Dartball League. WDT
No 2: Watertown’s Company E Went to War, Frank Pitterle
History of Watertown, Wisconsin