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Boelter Market


Bocher's Food Market


201 N Water

Groceries and Meats



Milton W. Bocher

1919 - 2007




      Milton Bocher is New Owner


Boelter’s market, 201 North Water Street, which for many years was owned and operated by the late Herbert J. Boelter, has been sold to Milton W. Bocher of Fredonia, Wis.


Mr. Bocher has been in the meat business for the past ten years and has had considerable experience in the making of sausage which he plans on offering to the public in the near future.


Mr. Borcher's wife and daughter will move to this city as soon as living quarters are available.


The Boelter’s feel that the public will be offered the same efficient and friendly service which has been the reputation of the market for many years.  Mrs. Boelter and sons, John and Jerry, in announcing the sale today, thank the many faithful customers who have traded with them through the years.  They also stated that they will miss the daily contact they have had with the people who have come to mean so much to them.


Mr. Bocher will continue to handle the same line of dependable merchandise and the former owners wish him continued success in the business.



03 15       BOCHER’S FOOD MARKET, 112 North Water Street


A Colonial style front, which has been constructed at Bocher’s Food Market, 112 North Water Street, has completely transformed the building and makes a most inviting appearance.  Bocher’s is one of the best known neighborhood food markets which also serves a wide downtown clientele as well as drawing customers from all parts of the city and many surrounding areas.  Milton Bocher, the owner and operator, in 1950 purchased the Boelter Market, which was located at 201 North Water Street.  There Mr. Bocher continued to maintain the high standards in the production of homemade sausages and smoked meats which the late Herbert Boelter had introduced.  After ten years in that location, Mr. Bocher purchased the Hotmar Grocery, formerly Kramer’s, at 112 North Water Street.  Besides handling a complete line of groceries, he continued his popular line of homemade sausages and smoked meats.  He continues to turn out his sausages regularly, retaining the original recipes.      Watertown Daily Times, 03 15 1966



Milton W. Bocher, 88, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at Watertown Memorial Hospital.


Funeral services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Stephen Savides officiating. 


Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.


Memorials to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.


The Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.


Milton was born on April 24, 1919, in Fredonia, the son of Louis and Alvina (Kirchenwitz) Bocher. Milt served in the U.S. Coast Guard from January 1942 until June 1946. On Nov. 15, 1947, he married the former Lila Gruendeman in Batavia.


Milt had been the owner/operator of the former Bocher's Market on North Water Street from 1950 to 1983. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ where he served on numerous boards and committees over the years and enjoyed playing dartball on the church league. Milt enjoyed riding motorcycles until the early 1990s. During his younger years he owned several Indian motorcycles. He also enjoyed turkey hunting, deer hunting and fishing, and following his retirement he became involved in woodworking, upholstering and furniture refinishing.


Milton was a member of Watertown American Legion Post No. 189.


Survivors include his wife Lila; his children, Ellen Brown of Apple Valley, Minn., Wayne “Buzz” (Patricia O'Hara) Bocher of La Crosse, Kim “KB” (Lori) Bocher of Watertown and Scott Bocher of Watertown; eight grandchildren, Crystal, Ben, Dan, Bridget, Philip, Bradley, Kaycee and Sean Bocher; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elvira Groeschel; and four brothers, Rollin, Lester, Ernest and Edward Bocher.


Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown




Cross Reference:

Prior to Bocher’s Market this site was the location of Boelter’ s Meat Market.





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