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Bank of Watertown

 

Incorporated 1854

14 E Main

 

 

This is the second building on this site.  The Bank of Watertown was founded in 1854 by A. L. Pritchard, who was a New York financier.  The Bank of Watertown built a three-story building at this location in the 1850s.  Not only was this an important bank, but the original building housed the offices of prominent pioneer attorney Theodore Prentiss, and its upstairs was the early home of Watertown's most significant fraternal group, the Masons.  On January 29, 1916, the above building was formally opened to the public

 

Watertown Gazette, 08 01 1929

The history of the Bank of Watertown is tied up closely with that of the community itself.  Up until a year or so before this bank was organized, Watertown had no banking facilities, the nearest approach to a banking institution being Daniel Jones' broker office. When a resident of the community needed a loan and had no satisfactory collateral, he was very apt to borrow of his grocer or butcher and repay the loan with the products of his farm or garden.  Then, in 1852, the Jefferson County Bank was organized in Watertown.   It survived for about nine years but in 1862, according to the files of the Wisconsin state banking authorities, it liquidated and passed out of existence after paying all claims against it dollar for dollar. 

 

1853-1863

 

The years preceding the Civil War were years of political, social and financial unrest, particularly in the newer states of the West.  From 1853 to 1860 there was constant friction between the pro-and anti-slavery factions.   When the war finally broke out in the spring of 1861, Wisconsin had 109 state banks with an outstanding circulation of $4,500,000, two-thirds of which was secured by rapidly depreciating bonds of southern and border states. Within two weeks after the fall of Fort Sumter, 38 of the 109 Wisconsin banks were closed, and public confidence was not wholly restored until after the great Union victories of 1863.

 

Throughout this troubled period, however, the Bank of Watertown was able, as a result of capable and conservative management, to continue its service and keep faith with its customers and the community.

 

1854

   A. L. PRITCHARD

        City of Watertown, Wisconsin - Architectural and Historical Intensive Survey Report: 1986-1987. City of Watertown Historic Preservation Project, August 1987, pp 214-225.

 

Two of the early banks in Watertown were begun by Yankees.  Daniel Jones, a native of New Hampshire started the Jefferson County Bank in the 1850s.  It was suspended in 1862 and Jones joined with William Dennis who had formed the Bank of Wisconsin.  Together they formed the Wisconsin National Bank (116 W. Main St).  The Bank of Watertown was founded by A. L. Pritchard, a New Yorker who never moved to Watertown.  Its long-time cashier, though, was William H. Clark, another New Yorker who came to Watertown in 1854.  Its original building (14 E. Main St.) was replaced by a new structure in 1916

 

1854

   WILLIAM H. CLARK

      The History of Jefferson County, Wisconsin by C. W. Butterfield, 1879

 

William H. Clark, cashier of the Bank of Watertown; came to Milwaukee in 1852, and to Watertown in 1854.  He organized the bank that year and has been connected with it ever since.  Mr. Clark organized the gas company here, in connection with A. L. Pritchard, and conducted the works for several years.  He has been in the banking business continuously since August 4, 1854, over a quarter of a century.  Mr. Clark is a native of Chemung Co., N.Y.

 

1854, ORGANIZATION OF

    Watertown Gazette, 08 01 1929

 

In 1854, the year after the Jefferson County Bank opened for business, the Bank of Watertown came into existence and has served continuously ever since without even a change in name.

 

Watertown was incorporated as a city in 1853, and its first mayor Theodore Prentiss, was in office when the Bank of Watertown was organized. The population at the time the city charter was granted was about 4,000, but was rapidly increasing.  Wisconsin was just acquiring its first railroad facilities, the Milwaukee Road completing its line from Milwaukee to Waukesha in 1851, to Madison in 1854, and to Prairie du Chien in 1857, while the Northwestern reached Janesville from the southeast in 1855 and Fond du Lac in 1858.

 

1854

FIRST STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING

Among the founders of the bank are some of the most prominent pioneer settlers of this territory, men who played a leading part in the early development of the community.  At the first stockholders' meeting, held on August 1, 1854, A. L. Pritchard, Luther A. Cole, Linus R. Cady, John Richards and Ebenezer W. Cole were chosen directors of the bank.

 

A. L. Pritchard was elected president, and William H. Clark, cashier.  Daniel Jones, Amos Steck, and John P. Roose were also among those actively interested in the organization of the bank, and Theodore Prentiss joined the group shortly after.  Among the later presidents of the institution were William Buchheit and Frank E. Woodard.  Among later officers and directors were Jesse Stone, Marshall J. Woodard, E. J. Brandt, W. C. Stone, Constance Wiggenhorn, and C. H. Jacobi.

 

1855

ORIGINAL BANK BUILDING

Shortly after the bank was organized it erected a three-story brick building on the site of its present structure.  That building, which was the bank's home for sixty years, was regarded at the time of its erection as the best bank building in the state outside of Milwaukee. It was built of Watertown brick.  Vault doors were brought from New York City, and the vault, which would seem almost primitive compared with the one the bank owns today, was hailed as a notable example of advanced construction.

 

11 22       BANK RAISED CAPITAL TO $100,000

The Bank of Watertown has now completed its arrangements for raising its capital to $100,000.  The bills are already struck off, and by the first of January 1856, the bank will commence operations with greatly increased means for accommodating one of the most profitable and growing business communities in Wisconsin.  The Bank of Watertown commenced business in this city a little more than a year ago with a capital of $25,000.  A short time since its stock was raised to $50,000, and now this latter amount is about to be doubled in order to keep pace with the calls that are made on it for larger accommodations.  This short and plain story speaks volumes in favor of our city, and tells with unerring certainty that rapidly as we are going ahead, we are going along safely.  Mr. A. L. Pritchard is the President, and Wm. H. Clark, the Cashier of the Bank of Watertown—gentlemen in whose experience and ability the public may repose the utmost confidence.      WD

 

1857       LOCATION OF READING CENTER (pre public library)

Long before 1900, however, the idea of a free public library was in the dreams and wishful thinking of many Watertown residents.  In 1857 the young men's association rented a room and opened a reading center in the old Bank of Watertown building on Main and North First streets.  So many readers came that the association moved to the top floor of the Cole building.

 

1857 line drawing     

 

c.1859

MAIN STREET IN DECADE BANK WAS BORN

  

 

c1860

    THEODORE PRENTISS

 

The law office of Theodore Prentiss (Watertown’s first mayor) was above the Bank of Watertown.

 

1868

    COL. SOLLIDAY

 

Upon his arrival in Watertown Col. Solliday opened dental parlors over the Bank of Watertown, where he remained three years, finally locating on Main Street (Solliday & Meyer, 117 Main) where he practiced his profession until his retirement from active duties.

 

Solliday held several positions of trust in Watertown, among them four years on the school board, part of the time its president; alderman of the

 

1881

      1881 snow storm street scene

 

1882

10 18       WILLIAM H. CLARK, Cashier of the Bank of Watertown, death of wife Charlotte A. Clark   WR

 

1889

10 23       LETTERING ADDED TO WINDOWS

Some very handsome gilded and tinted lettering was done last week on the south windows of the Bank of Watertown by W. C. Raue.        Watertown Republican, 10 23 1889

 

c.1890

  

 

1891

       1891 drawing, Weltburger

 

1892

09 30       SAFE KEEPING

The Bank of Watertown is making several substantial improvements on its building.  Its building was one of the finest in the state when erected some thirty-eight years ago, its outside walls being built of pressed brick, and the trimmings of iron.  After thirty-eight years the building is in good condition, and one of the most prominent on Main Street.  This institution passed safely through all financial storms during this long period, and by the sound financial policy of its present management has placed itself in the front ranks of the financial institutions of the state. . . .  The principal improvement, will be its steel burglar-proof vault.  Its vault, originally built in the most substantial manner, with very heavy solid walls, the entire interior being of stone, will be lined with burglar-proof steel plate, the vestibule and doors of the vault alone weighing 17,000 pounds.  The outer door will have a triple time lock and automatic bolt work.  This door is of immense weight.  It closes air tight and opens and closes as stated periods automatically, there being no opening nor spindle through the door whatever.  The second door is a heavy steel plate combination door.  The vestibule also a contains day gate.  Inside of this burglar-proof vault will be placed the deposit boxes rented to the bank’s customers, and also its burglar proof time-lock safe, which is also provided with a second steel door.  The reserve cash of the bank will thus be protected by four burglar-proof steel doors, a triple and a double time lock.   WG

 

1893

                TWO DRAWINGS, both from 1893 issues of Weltburger   [1]  [2]

1893

    "NOTICE TO DEPOSITORS"

 

One episode in the bank's history in which it takes particular pride, and one that is characteristic of the high sense of responsibility that has always been a feature of the bank's management, took place in 1893.  That was a year of financial panic in the United States, and banks in many parts of the country were in acute distress.  The Bank of Watertown remained perfectly sound, as it had through previous panics, but gossips aroused by the general lack of public confidence in banks spread rumors that frightened some of the depositors.  To quiet depositors and restore confidence, on July 26th, the bank posted in its window and published in the newspapers the following "Notice to Depositors":

 

Owing to the present unsettled condition throughout the business world, we, the undersigned directors of the Bank of Watertown, hereby guarantee with our private fortunes all the deposits now in the bank and all deposits made during the year 1893.

 

There is due depositors in this bank, $220,000.  The assets of this bank are $300,000.  Added to this ample amount of assets we pledge our private fortunes.

 

We take this occasion to thank the business community, farmers, and other customers for their liberal patronage and desire to show our appreciation of the same with this absolute guarantee.

 

Dated, Watertown, Wis. July 26, 1893.

               Wm. Buchheit,

               Jesse Stone,

               M J Woodard,

               Theodore Prentiss,

               C Wiggenhorn,

               E J Brandt

 

This confidence-inspiring document accomplished its purpose.

 

1894

09 26       FREE HOME SAFE FOR CUSTOMERS

Bank keeps the key

 

  

 

 

c.1897

  

 

1902

COUNTING ROOM

  

 

1906

08 09       BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM

The scene of activity about the Bank of Watertown the past few days and nights has convinced those who have watched the preparation that the installation of a burglar alarm system is no easy task and in fact take a far greater amount of strenuous labor and time than the average person would imagine. The new system is being installed by the Invincible Protection Company of Monroe, the equipment being manufactured at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 

The system is what is known as the open and closed circuit, the vault of the bank being enclosed in a veritable network of cables containing electric wires so that it would be utterly impossible for a burglar to gain access to the vault without giving an alarm that would almost wake the dead. The work of installing the new system is in charge of T. J. Weirich of Monroe, who has four experienced assistants helping him, beside local assistants. The work was started last Saturday, Mr. Weirich working and supervising the work through to Monday a period of forty-eight hours without any sleep. It is expected that it will require a week's time yet to complete the task of installing the system. In the course of operating it was necessary to drill holes through the steel plates of the vaults in order to run the cable. It was found that ordinary drills would scarcely touch the steel, so the process used was by electricity, a common arc light carbon being used as the drill. This process is a very interesting one to watch, the display of light being virtually like a miniature electrical storm. The operation has been watched by many of our citizens and all have found Mr. Weirich and his assistants very courteous in explaining the details of the new system.   WDT

 

1907

12 10       FIRE ESCAPE NEEDED

A deputy factory inspector has ordered the Bank of Watertown to build a fire escape on either the south or east side of its building at the north west corner of Main and First streets as the hall in the third story being used as a test hall (sic).  It is passing strange that such an order should be issued as it is less than four years ago that the owners of the building put up a good and sufficient fire escape on the north side of the building.  The building is small and heated with a furnace, the only stove in it being in the Post hall and the buildings on either side are warmed by steam from the Masonic Temple.  To put up another fire escape where ordered would deface the building and cost at least $200 and is not required for the safety of those who occupy the building.

 

1910

11 18       PASSED MILLION DOLLAR MARK

The reports of the Bank of Watertown and Merchants' National Bank of Watertown show that in capital, surplus and deposits those two banks have now passed the million dollar mark, which speaks well for the business interests of Watertown.  The Wisconsin National Bank's deposits, capital and surplus are over $610,000, and judging from its last report, that old and popular banking institution is also on a solid financial basis.   WG

 

1911

01 06       HAPPY NEW YEAR 1911.  In entering upon another business year we desire to thank our depositors and patrons for the loyal confidence reposed in this bank during the 56 years in business.  It will be our purpose in the future, as in the past, to place our services at your command—our strength and security at your disposal.  Bank of Watertown.  Capital $150,000.  Surplus $30,000.  Established 1854.  Three percent interest paid on time deposits.   WG

 

1914

05 28       NEW DEPARTMENT in Bank of Watertown.  In talking with the cashier of the Bank of Watertown today he told us [Watertown Gazette] of a new department to be opened next week in their bank.  This new service is to be given free to everybody who wishes to use it, whether they have ever done business with this bank or not.

 

“The time is forever gone when a bank's only duty was to accept deposits and return the money when wanted by the depositor,” said Mr. Gamm.  “The up-to-date bank must give their patrons every possible advantage in their money matters.  Few people have the opportunity to study financial affairs as does the banker and he soon learns of the new methods worked out for helping his patrons.  While it is true that money was made to be spent, it is also true that there are many ways to spend it.  The man who gets the greatest [good] from the money spent is an exception to the rule.  Such a man we call thrifty.  Thrift means skillful handling of money in order that the greatest amount of good comes from it.  Everybody wishes to be thrifty.  Our Thrift Savings Club system will give them the easiest possible way to develop thrifty habits.  A large part of any thrift program is to plan ahead for the money to be spent. The vacation trip, the life insurance payment, Christmas expenses, taxes, paying off a mortgage, building or buying a home and various other matters come up and must be provided for.  We have the easiest and best system for providing for these various funds and cordially invite the readers of The Gazette to call and have the system explained to them.  

 

09 17       NEW BUILDING for Bank of Watertown 

Ferd Behlke Secures Contract / An Investment of $35,000.

Ferdinand Behlke of this city has secured the contract for the new Bank of Watertown building, exclusive of heating, plumbing and decorating.  Work on the new building, which is to be erected on the site of the present building, will begin at once.  The rear half of the building will be completed first and then the front part, so that there will be no interference with the business of the bank.  When the rear part is finished the business will be conducted therein till the entire building is completed, which will be during the summer of 1915.  The building will represent an investment of $35,000, and it is designed by A. C. Clas, one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated architects.  WG

 

Additional source:  Engineering News, Volume 72. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1914

 

10 24       FARE-REFUNDING SALE, full page Weltburger ad 

 

1915

02 25       THREE YEARS IN WAUPUN

On Saturday Judge Grimm in Circuit Court sentenced R. M. Shogry, alias E. M. Esper, to three years in the state prison at Waupun.  On January 13th Shogry attempted to defraud the Bank of Watertown.  His home is at Mosonton, Pa.  Last January he called at the Bank of Watertown and deposited a small amount of cash and a number of worthless checks, and afterward endeavored to draw against the account, but the bank management was too smart for him and had him arrested.  He plead guilty before Judge Grimm and received his sentence on Saturday.   WG

 

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04 20       TEMPORARY QUARTERS IN THE MASONIC TEMPLE

The Bank of Watertown will occupy temporary quarters in the Masonic Temple building while the construction of the front part of the bank’s new building is in progress.  When completed, Watertown will have one of the most handsome and commodious bank buildings in the state and one of which the citizens of the city may justly feel proud.     The Watertown News

 

10 28       NEW BANK BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Building operations in Watertown have shown marked activity during the last year.  Many new residences have been erected, as well as a number of business buildings.  The chief pride of Watertown is the new building of the Bank of Watertown, which institution is the oldest of its kind in Jefferson county.  Its new home, which will be ready for occupancy about Nov. 1st, stands at the northwest corner of First and Main streets.  The ground floor is equipped with the most modern of bank fixtures, while the upper floors will house several commodious office suites which will be occupied by such firms as the individuals as the Old Line Life Insurance Company, Attorney Wm. H. Woodard, F. J. Prentiss [T. & J. Prentiss] and W. C. Stone; while the president of the bank, Mr. F. E. Woodard, will also have private offices above the bank.   WG

 

1916

NEW BANK BUILDING

On January 29, 1916, the present building was formally opened to the public with a reception at which visitors were given an opportunity of inspecting the structure and its equipment.

 

It is interesting to note that, while the Bank of Watertown grew steadily and paid satisfactory dividends for a great many years, its most rapid expansion has taken place since the opening of the present building just thirteen years ago. 

 

An article appearing in the Watertown Daily Times on the day this building opened [1916] called attention to the fact that the bank's deposits were then over $900,000, and remarked that the institution "bids fair to be numbered among the 'million dollar banks' within a reasonable time."  That this prediction was extremely conservative is shown by the fact that deposits in 1929 were about $2,000,000 and total resources are approximately $2,300,000.  The present capital is $200,000 - four times the amount of the original capital - and added to this is $165,000 in surplus and undivided profits.

 

 

 

02 01       NEW BANK BUILDING DETAILED

 

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The Watertown News

01 Feb 1916, Tue    Page 5

 

Scarce would one think of the Bank of Watertown without calling to mind the history of Watertown; for in its line of commercial endeavor the Bank of Watertown is the pioneer financial institution of the city—the oldest now in existence.

 

When the bank received its charter on May 1, 1854, the first mayor of Watertown, Theodore Prentiss, was at the head of the city government.

 

The first president of the bank was A. L. Pritchard, and the first cashier was W. H. Clark. The stockholders were men who made Watertown a commercial possibility, and whose names are indelibly impressed on the city’s history—Lucius Cady, Daniel Jones, Theodore Prentiss, John Richards, John W. Cole and Luther Cole.

 

The officers and directors laid the foundation for the present substantial financial institution along lines of safe banking practice, and there has not been an hour since these pioneers launched the project of banking in the city that any officer or depositor in the Bank of Watertown has had cause to regret the stability of the bank or the policies of financial transactions laid down by these men.

 

Two years after being chartered, the total bank deposits in Watertown were $105,000, of which amount the Bank of Watertown boasted $36,500, the remainder being in charge of the Jefferson County Bank, which liquidated a few years later

 

The bank, shortly after organization, erected what was at that time as substantial and magnificent a structure at the corner of Main and North First streets as the building thrown open for business last Saturday is considered the last word in banking house safety and convenience in this day. The bank occupied this three-story brick structure for more than sixty years, and temporarily vacated the rooms, taking quarters in the Masonic Temple a year ago while the new building pictured on this page was being erected. After some years with Mr. Pritchard as head of the bank. William Buchheit became president and C. H. Jacobi was chosen as cashier, but the latter retained his position only about a year, resigning on account of ill health.

 

At the same time Jesse Stone became vice-president. Mr. Stone, however. did not devote his entire time to the institution, but took an active interest in politics, being elected to the office of lieutenant-governor. At one time he was an active candidate for the nomination of governor, surrendering his claims in the convention to Robert M. La Follette when our senior senator was made his party’s choice for chief executive in his first gubernatorial campaign.

 

Under Mr. Buchheit’s administration Eugene and Constance Wiggenhorn, founders of the Wiggenhorn Brothers, cigar manufacturers, entered the bank’s organization, and Constance was elected to the directorate.

 

Another Watertown pioneer to invest in the bank’s securities was M. J. Woodard, of the firm of Woodard & Stone, cracker manufacturers, while Theodore Prentiss, lawyer and capitalist. retained his interest.

 

After Mr. Jacobi’s retirement as cashier, the directors selected Edward J. Brandt as cashier, who continued his connection with the bank for thirty-six years, retiring so that he could devote his entire time to manufacturing, at present being at the head of the Brandt Cashier works, one of Watertown’s largest manufacturing plants. As remarked above, the history of Watertown and the history of the Bank of Watertown are parallel incidents of local history, and while all can look back with pardonable pride on those who so successfully financed and guided its earlier destinies, and refer to them as Watertown’s most successful and influential citizens, no less can be said of the men who today are entrusted with the conduct of the Bank of Watertown and the safe investment and handling of the present-day dedepositors’ money.. Frank E. Woodard, at present chief executive of the bank, became connected with the institution in 1898, and in December of that year was elected its cashier, remaining in that capacity until July, 1911, when he was promoted to the presidency. Early in his banking activities Mr. Woodard displayed a keen insight into sound investments and conservative management, and it was not long until he was recognized as a finincial authority, not only in this city, but in banking circles throughout the middle west, and ne has developed a loyal support to his policies from depositors and the bank’s officials which can be interpreted in only one way—a confidence in, and compliment to, his judgment. One of the really tangible results of his management can best be explained in figures. When he assumed the cashiership the deposits were $245,000, while today they are over $900,000. At that time the capital of the bank was $50,000 and the surplus was $25,000. Now the capital is $150,000, and the surplus and undivided profits are $70,000 —a record of steady advancement; but the most remarkable feature of this advancement lies in the fact that the $145,000 was added when investors in the bank’s stocks were drawing their regular dividends, the increase being accumulated out of the earnings of the business. At the time of Mr. Woodard’s elevation to the presidency, E. J. Brandt and M. J. Woodard were elected vicepresidents, and F. W. Gamm was chosen as cashier. In January, 1914, Henry Mulberger was selected as a vice-president, succeeding M. J. Woodard, resigned. Mr. Mulberger took to the bank energies he had developed in investments, milling and banking, and his sound judgment has been a factor in the bank’s progress and prosperity. F. W. Gamm. cashier, is a man of sound judgment and keen financial perception, a strength in the president’s cabinet, and by his uniformly courteous treatment has endeared himself not only to the banks’ officials, but to the patrons of the bank and the citizens of Watertown generally. The directors of the bank are W. C. Stone, Julius Wiggenhorn. Alex Brchheit, W. H. Woodard, J. F. Prentiss, F. E. Woodard. F. W. Gamm and Henry Mulberger, a list of men who at once inspire confidence and respect. The clerical force includes W. O. Schempf. accountant; R. G. Thauer, teller; Lawrence Lange, teller, and H. G. Schumann, manager of the collection department. M. J. Woodard is the bank’s oldest stockholder. Among others who have long been investors in the bank’s securities as stockholders are George Hawkins, August Wiggenhorn ana Mrs. Martha Prentiss. THE BUILDERS. Men Selected for the Work Who Stood High in Their Lines of Endeavor. Materials All High Grade. While one could write and talk indefinitely on the Bank of Watertown as a financial enterprise in our midst, the Leader would feel that it was not doing justice to its readers did it not give some idea of the building and the men who worked so hard, not only to erect a monument to their handicraft, but to grace one of the city’s most prominent corners with a structure, the essence of which, of necessity, must be strength and substantiality, but also along lines which would be an ornament to the city. The Architect. One could not view the structure either from within or without but admiring the graceful lines and perfect proportions without at once realizing that the one who planned the structure was imbued with the artistic as well as with the necessarily substantial. The man responsible for this is A. C. Clas of Milwaukee, an architect whose fame in planning buildings has reached far beyond the confines of Wisconsin. General Contractor. But be the architect ever so efficient, the one upon whom he must rely is the general contractor. Had the officers of the bank gone through the state with a fine tooth comb they would not have found one to surpass Ferd. Behlke, 921 Main street, this city. To Mr. Behlke was entrusted the general construction work, and he approached his contract with a confidence born of past experience in the construction of some of Watertown’s most substantial structures during the twenty-seven years he has followed his calling as a contractor. Besides the building, for which he can be excused of particular pride, he has erected the First M. E. church, St. Henry’s church, St. John’s church, the Congregational church, the Merchants bank building, the Schempf building. Brennecke’s drug store building, the Wiggenhorn building, the Kusel hardware store building, the building at Main and Second streets recently vacated by the Strauss-Sette company, the Central block, and residence buildings innumerable.

 

The Decorators. To the visitors to any place of business, no matter what the nature of the structure, the impression gained is in the interior decorations. The architect can be the country’s best; the contractor can not be surpassed; but it is left to the decorator to give that harmonious tone to the colors that are restful to the eye, pleasing (Continued on Page 8.)

 

 

 

(Concluded from Page 5.) to the artistic taste and at the same time have a quality for standing the test of time. All these things being considered it was a logical conclusion that the Wm. C. Raue & Sons Cos. were the ones to possess all these virtues, and no more than a passing glance is needed to impress one that an artist planned and executed the painting and decorating. The same company also furnished the glass and did the glazing. Lighting Fixtures, If humanity could perform all its labors during the light of the day, the interior decorator’s work would be much easier; but the artificial light is an ever-present quantity to be considered, and the fixtures for artificial illumination are no small part of the general artistic scheme. The Brandt- Dent company was intrusted with this feature of the building. The fixtures that company installed are of the indirect type, and in the scheme of illumination and radiation, and the filtering of artificial light waves a nicety of measurements and possibilities are essential. In the work here performed it would appear that the last word had been pronounced taking into consideration also the harmonious and artistic fixtures furnished. The Lighting and Lamps. Little could be expected of the Brandt-Dent company, however, did these fixtures not be properly equipped. This feature of the work the winring and the lamps, were furnished by the Wisconsin Gas and Electric company, the type- C nitrogen lamn being installed. These lamps radiate a particularly beautiful ray, and their effect on the decorations and the artistic fixtures and furniture of the room do not detract from the whole scheme of beauty. Locks ami Trimming Hardware. Not the least in the artistic trimming of a building are the locks and fancy hardware. This line of goods was furnished by H. & O. Winkenwerder, being made by the Sargent company of New Haven, Conn. These locks are a study within themselvesand interesting. It goes without the saying that they are as nearly burglar proof as door locks can he constructed by the locksmith, but this is not all. Once one leaves the room, after the lock is set. the only means of entrance is by using the key. Should any tenant on the- second floor wish to unlock the door at the street entrance on the first floor, the key to the office will admit him to the hall, but he cannot open any other than his own office with the same key. The locks are what is known as the pin tumbler type. All locks, hinges and other fancy hardware in the hanking house are of the gold bronze finish, while the upper floor is fitted with dull black finish, known as Bower Barff. Heating and Plumbing. Not the least important feature of any building, and especially in this zero weather, is the heating and plumbing, and this part of the work was installed by the Otto Biefeld company. North Water street, this city. The heating of a building is also a scientific problem, for here the radiation must he figured as against the cubic feet within the walls to be properly tempered. The Bieftld’s have mastered these problems, and when they installed the heating plant they used a hot water gravity type. The boilers are of the Spencer make with a capacity of 2.750 square feet of radiation, which is in excess of the requirements. The radiators, naturally, are of an artistic design, the latest patterns, and are made of a high grade cast iron. The plumbing fixtures are of the newest type made, and the installation of this branch of construction follows the lines of the latest scientific sanitary methods now known. There is hot and cold running water, and the company also installed a system of gas pipes and fixtures for use in emergency. Lumber, The Barker Lumber and Fuel company contributed its share to the building, albeit that share was small when others had finished their parts in the construction of a modern fireproof building. The Barker people, however, supplied in quality, as they always do, a grade of lumber of the best, which was used in the joists, rafters, hard wood floors on the second floor, and in the builders’ scaffolds. Of flooring only 3,000 feet was used, it being the best grade madeclear cut maple. Jlasonery and Plastering. William Hoefs, the mason and plastering contractor, demonstrated how a building which appears to be of stone, can he constructed. Mr. Hoefs bought terracotta of the Rickertson &. Schwarz company, Milwaukee, one of the largest makers and dealers in terracotta and brick in the United States. Mr. Hoefs. built all the exterior walls, with blocks made from terracotta of the gray granite variety, lined these walls with brick, and plastered the building throughout. Had Mr. Hoefs in the least slighted his work, the decorator would have found difficulties hard to surmount; but he maintained the high reputation he had established for superior workmanship, and his labors add not a little to the artistic whole.

 

 

SAFES, VAULT DOORS AND LININGS.

The L. A. Meyer Company of Milwaukee was entrusted with the devices for the safety of storing the bank’s money, and at this juncture to express wonder in its construction and weight appears to be apropos.  The vault doors weigh 12,000 pounds, while the steel lining of the vaults weigh 18,000 pounds.  All doors to these vaults are equipped with the latest in combination and time locks, and personal examination is the only adequate manner in which to attain even a faint conception of the wonders of vault construction.

 

 

 

 

Concrete. This magnificent structure was not built upon the proverbial foundation of sand, but upon the solid rock. Ed. L. Bartlett, well known to readers of the Leader, put in the foundations, of concrete, first digging down into the stone two feet to make sure of the proper solidity. The foundations are all concrete, while the vaults up to the floor level are a solid block of concrete from the same depth as the walls. The vault foundations, walls and ceilings are reinforced with both horizontal and perpendicular steel bars, an inch square, crossing eech other so that the meshes are about four inches. This steel is in the center of the walls and ceilings, and burglars will think twice before attempting once to gain an entrance. In this work Mr. Bartlett used nearly a car load of steel and 2,700 cubic feet of cement weighing 300,000 pounds.

 

The Tenants. The Bank of Watertown is also landlord. On the second floor are tenants even at this early date, they being W. H. Woodard, attorney; J. F. Prentiss, fire and liability insurance; The Old Line Life Insurance company, represented by A. C. Reuteler and L. E. Neumann, the John Hoffmann & Sons Cos., wholesale grocers. represented by B. F. Zillisch, “the home boy,” and W. C. Stone. Mr. Woodard as an attorney has practiced in Watertown since his admission to the bar. and for the Leader to even attempt to introduce him in this community would b® presumption. Mr. Prentiss is a life-long resident of this city, whose illustrious father was no small factor in Watertown’s early history, and the occupant of room No. 7 has proven himself a business man of the highest integrity. Messrs. Reuteler and Neumann, who represent the “Insurance company with a heart” are energetic young business men, fast forging to the front and the company for whom they sell life insurance rightfully employ the slogan, “Protect Your Income.” Ben F. Zillisch, “the home boy,” who occupies room 2, has represented the John Hoffmann & Sons Cos., wholesale grocers, for thirty years, and to think of either their pure food products or of their popular representative is to call to mind thoughts most pleasant. Mr. Zillisch will be pleased to meet all his friends in room No. 2 next Friday, when he will give a public display of the goods he has so long and faithfully praised and so successfully sold. DON’T SCOLD FRETFUL CHILDREN That nervousness, fretting and restlessness is no doubt caused by worms or constipation. Instead of whipping or scolding, give your child a treatment of Kickapoo Worm Killer. Nice candy confections that kill the worms and are laxative enough to move the bowels and expel not only the worms but accumulated poisons. These poisons and worms bring on fever, makes children nervous and irritable, reduce their vitality and make them victims of sickness. Get a box of Kickapoo Worm Killer to-day at your Druggist, only 25c—Adv. Enterprise Enterprising. The Palmyra Enterprise came to the Leader office last week with a two page supplement, and a total of sixteen columns of new ads announcing January sales of local merchants, besides a few write-ups. The ads were set in a tasty and artistic manner and should attract trade to the purchasers of space in that paper. The Enterprise is always a newsy paper, omiting nothing of a local character worthy of mention, and Miss Dow, the editor, is to be congratulated. Important Ruling. The fourth assistant postmaster general has made anew ruling providing that every person on a rural route shall have his name printed in a legible manner on his mail box and shall also have the number of the box which will be given him by the rural carrier on the mail box. If the instructions are not followed a second request will be made; if this is not heeded the carriers will be instructed to discontinue delivery of mail and the patron will have to get mail at the postofflce. SPEND THE WINTER IN CALIFORNIA OR FLORIDA. Florida and California offer wonderful attractions for winter tourists; surf bathing, golfing, yachting, deep sea fishing, motoring, tennis and other outdoor sports can be enjoyed amid ideal surroundings. Escape the long winter months. Secure “The Best Of Everything” enroute by having your ticket read via the Chicago & North Western Ry. Round trip Winter Tourist tickets on sale daily. Full particulars on application to G. P. Booth, ticket agent Chicago & North Western Railway. Telephone 31-X. 23-2 t LIVEN UP YOUR TORPID LITER. To keep your liver active use Dr. King’s New Life Pills. They insure good digestion, relieve constipation, and tone up the whole system—keep your eye clear and your skin fresh and healthy looking. Only 25c at your druggist.—Adv. New Grand Stand. At the annual meeting of the Dodge County Fair association held at Beaver Dam last week, it was decided to enlarge the grand stand by the addition of 100 feet at the west end. Suitable aisles in the entire grand stand will be provided so as to obviate the necessity of disturbing spectators who are seated in the lower rows by those who desire to go higher up. 30 Day Sale on Fancy Goods. Mercerized Crochet Cotton, White and Ecru, at 8c a ball. Stamped Pillow Tops and Table Scarfs at 35c. Linen Drawn Work, Scarfs and Squares, at 25c, 50c and up to $1.50. Embroidered Laundry Bags and Table Scarfs, at 95c. All Embroidered Sofa Pillows at half price. Also a great reduction on millinery. 23-2 t MISS M ROLLER. . _ Children Cry FOR FLETCHER’S CASTORIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02 01       NEW BANK BUILDING OPENS

[same date]  HEARTY WELCOME EXTENDED VISITORS

 

BANK OF WATERTOWN RECEIVES VISITORS IN MAGNIFICENT NEW HOME.

 

Wives and Daughters of Officials Act as Hosts—Beautiful Floral Pieces.

 

Historic Relics Shown Visitors,

 

Probably one of the most brilliant and whole-hearted welcomes ever extended to the citizens of Watertown by a business concern was when the Bank of Watertown opened its doors for the transaction of business Saturday morning.

 

The finishing touches had been completed by the contractors on the magnificent new building at Main and North First streets, and it presented a handsome appearance, both as to exterior and interior.

 

Nothing had been omitted by the bank officials to make visitors feel at home, and those who braved the storm which raged all day were well repaid.

 

Wives and daughters of the officials and directors were hosts to the lady visitors, presenting each with a flower as a remembrance of their visit.

 

Officials of the bank extended welcome to the male visitors, the passing out of cigars being one of the gracious acts of entertainment.

 

The guests were in all instances shown through the bank’s new home, which was a revelation to the visitors in substantial construction, neatness of finish and conveniences.

 

Carnations and roses were used in profusion in the decorations, while palms and ferns were interspersed.

 

Claude Reynard’s mandolin orchestra furnished the music and remained on duty until the reception came to a close at 10 o’clock in the evening.

 

One floral piece which attracted much favorable comment was the “Welcome,” made of red carnations, and which was prominently displayed.

 

Directors of the other three Watertown banks sent beautiful floral pieces as their compliments to the Bank of Watertown entering its new home, as did also some of the business men of the city.

 

One interesting souvenir which the officers displayed was a history of Watertown, in pamphlet form, published in 1856, by order of the city council, going into extensive detail to set forth the city’s advantages as a manufacturing center, and explaining the transportation facilities.

 

BANKERS PLEDGE THEIR PERSONAL FORTUNES

 

A placard displayed was of more than passing interest, recalling the days when a run on the bank was threatened.  This was during the panic of 1893, in Cleveland’s administration, when banks all over the country were going into bankruptcy, and to question the stability of any financial institution was a matter of course.  Rumors of a collapse, not only of the Bank of Watertown, but of any bank, was not a matter of surprise, and to retain confidence in the bank the following notice was published in the various Watertown newspapers and displayed in the bank:

 

NOTICE TO DEPOSITORS.

 

Owing to the present unsettled condition throughout the business world, we, the undersigned directors of the Bank of Watertown, hereby guarantee with our private fortunes all the deposits now in the bank, and all deposits made during the year 1893.

 

There is due depositors in this bank $220,000.  The assets of this bank are $300,000.  Added to this ample amount of assets we pledge our private fortunes.

 

We take this occasion to thank the business community, farmers and other customers for their liberal patronage, and desire to show our appreciation of the same with this absolute guarantee.

 

Dated, Watertown, Wis., July 26, ’93.

Wm. Buchheit,

Jesse Stone,

M. J. Woodard,

Theodore Prentiss,

C. Wiggenhorn,

E. J. Brandt.    Watertown Weekly Leader, 02 01 1916

 

1929       DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

     Watertown Gazette, 08 01 1929

Bank of Watertown Observes Its Diamond Anniversary

 

Observing the occasion with an open house celebration to which the entire community is invited and with a free theatre party for the children, the Bank of Watertown on Saturday, August 3rd, will mark the completion of three quarters of a century of uninterrupted service.  The bank first opened for business in August, 1854, when Franklin Pierce was President of the United States.

 

The bank will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and depositors, friends, and the public at large are invited to attend the celebration.  Officers, directors, and employees of the institution will be present to receive the guests.  The party for the children will be held at the Classic Theatre on Saturday afternoon, admission being by complimentary tickets which are being given out at the bank to children of 15 years and younger.

 

Present officers of the Bank of Watertown are H. Mulberger, president; J. F. Prentiss, vice president; L. J. Lange, cashier; and H. L. Schumann, manager of the bond department.  Directors are E. J. Brandt, Alex Buchheit, F. W. Gamm, H. Mulberger, E. A. Pratt, J. F. Prentiss, F. E. Woodard, and W. H. Woodard.

 

The force, the members of which through courtesy and close attention are an important factor in the bank's success, are: H. A. Mitzner, E. G. Thompson, Walter Manthey, Mary Burke, Waldemar Kohn, Anne Kress, and Gertrude Fleischer.

 

The bank offers a complete range of modern financial services under the general headings of commercial banking, savings, safe deposit, investments, and trust service.

 

1954

07 04       FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

    

 

-- --           FORMER BANK BUILDING REMODELED

Remodeled in 1954, the former bank building has been altered by the installation of metal storm windows on the second floor and by the covering of the majority of windows on the lower story as well as by the addition of a modern storefront in front of the original corner entrance. Only two original windows located at the north end remain on the structure.

 

08 14       BANK OF WATERTOWN CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE

Flowers, good wishes and between 2,500 and 3,000 callers marked the open house at the Bank of Watertown Tuesday afternoon and evening which was part of the institution’s centennial observance now underway.  Callers came from all walks of life, and some were from out of the city.  The flowers came in all colors and arrangements, sent by Watertown business concerns, individuals and out of town associates.  The visitors were shown through the bank’s recently expanded quarters and routine banking operations were explained.  Officers, directors and staff members shared in greeting the many visitors who kept up a steady stream throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

-- --           COMMEMORATIVE PUBLICATION

      Centennial Tri-Fold

 

1956

06 30       FARMERS AND CITIZENS BANK ACQUIRED

After today Watertown will have but three banks instead of the present four. With the close of business this evening, the Farmers and Citizens Bank (1957c, 300 E Main, city assessor image) will cease to exist, according to announcement made public today. The negotiations which led to this step were underway for some time, but public announcement of the plan was withheld until today.

 

As of today the Bank of Watertown is assuming the deposit liabilities of the Farmers and Citizens Bank. All loans and mortgages will be payable hereafter to the Bank of Watertown. At a special meeting of the stockholders of the Bank of Watertown held late Wednesday afternoon they ratified a plan to increase the capital stock of the bank from $200,000 to $250,000 and endorsed the proposal previously acted on by the board of directors to assume the deposit liability of the Farmers and Citizens Bank, the announcement said. All loans and mortgages will be payable hereafter to the Bank of Watertown.   WDT

 

c.1950s-60s

Those were the days the Bank closed at 3:00 and Fridays reopened from 6:00 tp 8:00.

 

1957       DIRECTORS

City Directory Ad:  Meyer, O E; Kern, Ray; Weihert, A W; Lange, L J; Kramp, L B; Schumann, H L

 

c.1957

 

 

1960

03 26       Bank acquired property; 106 Madison St, 8 E Main, 10 E Main   WDT

 

12 14       L. J. Lange, 313 Elizabeth Street, president of the Bank of Watertown since 1946, announced his retirement from banking at the end of this year.  His plans to retire did not come as a surprise since he had made it known last year that this would be his last year as a banker.  He is a member of the board of directors of the bank.  Mr. Lange, who was born in Watertown, went to work for the Bank of Watertown in 1911.  On June 2, 1924, became cashier of the bank, succeeding the late Fred Gamm who had been cashier for many years.  On Jan. 10, 1946, Mr. Lange was elected president, succeeding Henry Mulberger at the time of his retirement from banking.   WDT

 

1961

01 12       The Bank of Watertown elected a new president, Harold L. Schumann.  He succeeds L. J. Lange who announced in December that he would retire from banking.  Mr. Lange was elected vice president and cashier last night.  He will remain with the bank until a new man comes into the institution to join the staff.  Walter F. Manthey was elected assistant cashier, R. J. Hoge was elected assistant vice president and J. V. Anderson was elected assistant cashier.  Directors elected last night are Ray J. Kern, L. B. Kramp, A. Weihert, L. J. Lange and Harold L. Schumann.   WDT

 

08 02       The Bank of Watertown last night was granted permission to make use of the city hall alley in order to carry out its plans for a drive-in banking facility.  The vote was 8 to 5.  There was little or no debate on the issue and during the discussion, Gerald E. Flynn, vice president and cashier of the bank revealed that the bank hopes some day to acquire the present city hall to enable it to carry out a greater expansion program.  Mr. Flynn said that the day is undoubtedly coming when a new city hall or municipal building will be constructed in Watertown and that when that time comes the bank will certainly be interested in an opportunity to acquire the present city hall site.  WDT

 

12 31       L. J. Lange, 313 Elizabeth Street, finally brought to a close his career as a banker last evening.  More than a year ago Mr. Lange announced plans to retire from the Bank of Watertown where he has been associated for a little more than 50 years but circumstances arose in the bank, including the death of Harold L. Schumann and several staff changes, which made it impossible for him to sever his connections until now. He still has the title of vice president and is also a bank director. Mr. Lange formerly served as president of the bank following the death of Henry Mulberger. Mr. Lange last year gave way to Mr. Schumann for the presidency and accepted one of the vice presidencies. After Mr. Schumann’s death, Gerald E. Flynn who had been brought to Watertown to join the bank staff was elected president and Mr. Lange continued as one of the vice presidents and a director.   WDT

 

1962

01 02       L. J. Lange, who retired last week from the Bank of Watertown with which he was associated for more than 50 years, and James J. Schmied, well known Watertown builder, announced the formation of a real estate and building partnership to be known as Schmied and Lange, Inc.  Mr. Schmied, who is president of the Watertown Home Builders Association, has been a builder here for the past 12 years, specializing in homes.  He resides in route 5 on highway 26. Mr. Lange, who resides at 313 Elizabeth Street, said that the new business will be located at 112 North Second Street, which for years has been the office quarters of Kading and Kading.    WDT

 

1963

09 06       The Bank of Watertown has made an offer, subject to negotiations, to acquire the present city hall property in North First Street [110 N First] in order to carry out its long standing plans for expanding its present bank facilities.  The offer was made public last night at the meeting of the common council.  That the bank seeks the property has long been a matter of record.  In fact some years ago, when Lawrence J. Lange was still president of the bank, it was announced at a meeting of the council that the bank wanted the present city hall when and if a new municipal building were constructed.  Such construction is now underway in Memorial Park and the city will occupy the new building late next year, vacating the present city hall which was erected in 1884.   WDT

 

1964

01 08       BRANDT FAMILY MEMBER BACK ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Bank of Watertown held its annual meeting last night.  Elected to the board of directors are Ray J. Kern, Edgar J. Kellerman, L. J. Lange, A. W. Weihert, L. B. Kramp, Gerald E. Flynn and E. James Quirk.  Mr. Quirk is the newest member of the board of directors.  This rounds out the board membership by bringing in a Watertown industrialist.  This brings a member of the E. J. Brandt family back into the Bank of Watertown organization, Mr. Quirk’s grandfather, the late E. J. Brandt, having been cashier of the bank many years ago.

 

1965

01 13       RELOCATE FROM FIRST AND MAIN TO NORTH SECOND STREET

The Bank of Watertown today announced plans to relocate.  It will abandon its present Main and North First Street building and move to a new and modern bank building to be constructed in the North Second Street at Madison Street section.  The site which the bank will acquire, and on which it has held options, runs along North Second Street from Madison Street to Jones Street and involves the Kopp buildings, the Schuenemann property and the Kellerman property which now houses the Kroger Supermarket in Madison Street.    WDT

 

The M&I Bank is now located on land which was acquired from a number of different businesses.  Among them were Koerner and Pingel Hardware Store, Kopp Sheet Metal, Kroger Food Store, Elmer and Beats Tavern, Marachowsky’s Grocery Store, Kellerman Insurance Agency, and Hofbrau Tavern.

 

1966

01 15       PREPARATION OF NEW SITE AT NORTH SECOND STREET

Work has begun on demolishing the first building located on the site of the future new Bank of Watertown.  The building being torn down was among the pioneer bakery establishments in Watertown, at the corner of North Second and Jones Streets.  According to the bank’s plan for its new building, the new bank site runs along the east side of North Second Street, from Jones Street south to Madison Street, and includes the former Schuenemann property, the Kopp buildings and the Kellerman property which formerly housed the former Kroger Supermarket in Madison Street.    WDT

 

07 07       LEO’S STAR HARDWARE SITE

The Bank of Watertown, having acquired the property occupied by Leo’s Star Hardware store in North Second Street, part of the site which the bank purchased last year for its new bank building, is planning a closing out sale so the business can be terminated and work begun on the demolition of the last of the buildings making up the new bank site.  The new bank property runs along North Second Street, from Madison Street to Jones Street, as well as property in Madison Street, running up to and including the former site of the Kroger Grocery store building.  Most of the buildings have already been demolished and cleared for bank construction to begin.    WDT

 

08 04       LAST BUILDING ON SITE DEMOLISHED

Wrecking the last building units on the site of the new Bank of Watertown has started.  The bank, designed by Law, Law, Potter and Nystrom, Madison architects, will be located in North Second Street, between Madison and Jones Streets, including landscaping and customer parking facilities.  Other buildings in the nearly one block area were demolished earlier.  The architects have been given the word to prepare the final working sketches and will also construct a scale model.   WDT

 

1967

02 27       BUILDING PERMIT FOR NEW LOCATION

The new Bank of Watertown project in North Second Street “saved the day” for new building in the city in February and helped make a presentable showing in the line of new building permits for the month. The total for the month stands at $228,600, of which $206,400 is represented by the permit granted to the bank for construction of its new building. That is for the building only.  WDT

 

12 18       CORNERSTONE LAYING CEREMONY

A cornerstone laying ceremony was held at the new Bank of Watertown building, located at the second block in South Second Street.  Pictures and other items were placed in the box.  Pictures included one of the first Bank of Watertown building, erected in 1854, at First and Main streets; of the present building, built in 1916, at the same location, and of the officers and directors who participated in the ground breaking ceremony on February 14, 1967.  Other items placed in the box included:  An issue of the Daily Times of January 15, 1965, which carried a page one story telling of the decision of the stockholders and board to erect a new bank building, and a Dec. 20 issue of the Times.

 

1968

01 30       RELOCATES TO NORTH SECOND ST.

The Bank of Watertown today began its operations in its new bank building, located on North Second Street, one block north of Main Street.  Starting with the closing of the old bank at 8 o’clock on Friday night, the moving operation began.  The biggest single task in connection with the moving operation was moving the seven-ton vault door.  The door arrived at the new bank at noon Saturday and was in place by 1:30 p.m., but another five hours was required to level it.  By 6:30 p.m., the work was completed, and the door was closed and locked at the new bank building.

 

02 06       OPEN HOUSE AT NEW LOCATION

Open House at the Bank of Watertown’s new home, located on North Second Street, one block north of Main Street, will be held on Friday and Saturday.  The Friday hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and the hours on Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Coffee and doughnuts will be served during the Open House.  This new building is a one-story structure located on the northeast corner of North Second and Madison Streets.  The site covers nearly one block.  The new building is complete in every respect, and provides the last work in convenient and attractive banking facilities.  Outside two depository windows are located on the east side of the building.  Parking space is provided on the north side of the structure.

 

02 08       OCTAGON HOUSE MURAL

  

 

07 07       ROBERT WESTRICK

Robert W. Westrick, 32, of Detroit, Mich., has joined the staff at the Bank of Watertown as of today.  He will be replacing Miss Lorraine Schatz, who will be retiring at the end of the year after over 16 years of service with the bank.  Prior to that she was private secretary for the late Attorney William H. Woodard who was associated with the bank.  For the past 11 years Mr. Westrick has been employed with the National Bank of Detroit as a branch manager.  He joined the Detroit bank upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame.  His wife is the former Donna Welsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Welsch, 597 South Third Street.

 

12 28       LORRAINE SCHATZ RETIREMENT

Miss Lorraine I. Schatz, senior trust officer of the Bank of Watertown, will retire on Tuesday.  She was employed by the bank on March 17, 1962, as a secretary after working in a similar capacity for the late Judge William H. Woodard for a period of over 32 years.  Because of her extensive probate background she was elected to head the bank’s trust department in January of 1962.  Gerald E. Flynn, bank president, today expressed regret over her leaving the bank.  He, the bank’s employees and the board of directors extend to her many years of true contentment and joy in her well-earned retirement.

 

1990

04 03       FLYNN RETIREMENT

Herald F. Flynn, who has served as the president and chief executive officer of M&I Bank in Watertown since 1961, has announced his retirement from that position.  Flynn, 63. said his retirement will take effect on July I, 1991.  After July I of this year, he will continue to serve in a part-time capacity as a consultant to the bank until he retires.  The Kaukauna native began as vice president and cashier at the Watertown hank in June of 1961.  In October of that year, Flynn was appointed president and chief executive officers.  After retiring Flynn plans to continue to reside in Watertown with his wife. Joan, at 1082 Boughton St.  They have three children.  “Twenty-nine years is a long time in any job, let me tell you.  I e joyed it, very much so.  We love Watertown, and Watertown has been good to us." he said.

 

1991

03 05       M&I BANK REMODELING

The M&I Bank of Watertown has begun an extensive three phase remodeling project which is expected to be completed in the middle of May, according to William Shoemaker, president.  The initial phase of the project addresses exterior signage consisting of bronze bank name lettering, parking and traffic direction signage, illuminated bank logo identifier and customer information.  The second phase, which is currently underway, addresses the installation of additional exterior windows along the west side of the building.  Also included in this stage of the remodeling is the relocation of extensive offices, conference rooms and the establishment of a personal banking center.  The final phase of the remodeling includes recarpeting, reupholstering of furniture and draperies in colors and coordinates appropriate to financial institutions.   WDT

 

1992

01 16       OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

William E. Shoemaker Jr. was re-elected president and chief executive officer of M&I Bank of Watertown at the annual meeting of the bank Wednesday.  Other officers are H. Bruce Kasten, executive vice president; Christopher Jurss, cashier and controller; Larry Schuett, vice president real estate; Patrick Caine, commercial loan officer; Daniel Thousand, vice president agriculture; Wayne Duris, assistant vice president agriculture; Larry Braunschweig, vice president retail, and Ora Kuckkan, auditor.  Directors reappointed to their positions were Shoemaker, Kasten, Bertram Beltz, William Kwapil Jr., Edward McFarland, Alexander Napolitano, George Neuberger, William O’Brien and Jerald Theder. Re-elected as director emeriti were Edward Dobbratz, Dr. V. R. Bauman, E. James Quirk, Edgar J. Kellerman and L. B. Kramp.   WDT

 

06 24       PATRICK CAINE PROMOTION

The board of directors of the M&I Bank of Watertown has approved the promotion of Patrick J. Caine to assistant vice president of commercial lending.  Caine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Marquette University.  He comes to Watertown from the Marshall & Ilsley Corp. in Milwaukee.  Caine will oversee the bank’s credit administration and its regulatory compliance function, in addition to his new responsibility.   WDT

 

10 17       JOHN EBERT ELECTED

John H. Ebert was elected president and chief executive officer of M&I Bank of Watertown at a special board of directors meeting Wednesday evening.  Ebert, 39, succeeds William Shoemaker who resigned as president on Sept. 24.  Ebert has served the last four years as president of M& I Tri-County Bank in Marshfield.  Prior to that he spent six years as commercial lending vice president at M& I First National Bank in Wausau.  Ebert holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  A native of Wisconsin, he has more than 15 years of banking experience.  WDT

 

1993

11 09       M&I BANK AND VALLEY BANK COMBINE

Upon completion of the M&I and Valley merger, which is expected in mid-1994, the M& I Bank of Watertown and Valley Bank will combine, creating a single operating bank with offices in Watertown, Beaver Dam and Juneau.  Following the merger, David M. Hanson will become chairman and chief executive officer and John H. Ebert will be named president.  Hanson is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Valley Bank South Central and Ebert is president of M& I Bank of Watertown.  The combined assets of the M& I Bank of Watertown and Valley Bank South Central will be approximately $213 million.  WDT

 

1994

09 20       DAVID HANSON MOVES ON

David M. Hanson, chairman and chief executive officer of M& I South Central, headquartered in Watertown, has been named chairman and chief executive officer of M& I Bank S.S.B. in Sheboygan. Hanson will begin his new duties on Monday, Oct. 3.  He plans to remain in Watertown for some months before moving permanently to the Sheboygan area.  John H. Ebert, who is currently serving as president of M& I Bank South Central, will continue in that capacity and will assume the responsibilities previously held by Hanson.  “Dave has been an outstanding member of the Watertown community and an excellent leader at the bank.  He will be missed,” Ebert said.  “M& I South Central remains committed to Beaver Dam, Juneau, and Watertown.  We will continue to focus on strengthening these communities through our business and civic activities,” he added.

 

2007

01 20       GREG SCHROEDER VP

Local resident Greg Schroeder, who works at the M&I Bank offices in Watertown and Beaver Dam, has been promoted to vice president.  Schroeder, who has over 13 years of financial services experience, is a senior financial adviser and has been with M& I since 1996.  Schroeder has earned bachelor’s degrees from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and a master’s degree from Marquette University.   WDT

 

01 20       TODD FISCHER JOINS BANK

Todd Fischer has joined M&I Bank, 205 N. Second St., as a business banker.  Fischer was the vice president and general manager of Fischer’s Department Store in Watertown for over 19 years.  In his new role as a business banker, Fischer will assist his business customers with their daily financial needs.  Fischer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is active in the community as a board member of Watertown Chamber of Commerce.  He was the chairman for the Watertown Streetscape Committee and is the founder of the Watertown Central Business Association.

 

2008

01 26       TODD FISCHER PROMOTED

Todd Fischer, a business banker with M&I Bank in Watertown, has been promoted to the title of officer.  Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Banker Association Introduction to Commercial Lending School.  He founded the Watertown Central Business Association in 1992 and served as the organization’s inaugural president until 1997.  He was the vice president and general manager of the former Fischer’s Department Store in Watertown for over 19 years.  WDT

 

07 26       TODD SCHEID HIRED

Todd Scheid has been hired by the Watertown office of M&I Bank as its new vice president of business banking.  Scheid has over 24 years of experience in banking, most recently with ISB Community Bank and Town and Country Bank.  Scheid received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1985 and is a graduate of the Madison Graduate School of Banking.

 

10 26       PATRICK CAINE

M& I Bank senior vice president Patrick Caine will become the market president of the local business starting on Jan. 1, 2009.  Caine will replace John Ebert, who announced his retirement Monday.  Caine began his career with M& I in 1985 in Milwaukee and moved to the Watertown office in 1991.  In addition to his new duties as market president, Caine will continue in his role as a business and agricultural banking manager for M& I’s southwest region.  Caine has served the community in various capacities over the years and is the current board chairman of the UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center.  He is also a trustee for the Joe Davies Scholarship Foundation and serves on the finance committee of St. Henry’s Parish.

 

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E J Brandt's inventive talent came to the fore while he was employed as a cashier in the Bank of Watertown.  Tiring of counting money for railroad payrolls, he invented an automatic cashier and in 1890 founded his own company to manufacture this product, Brandt Inc.

                Death of Richard Hoge, 1983

 

 

 

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