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John J. Brusenbach, Jr



12 28          NO SALARY FOR THE MAYOR

It too often appears that public servants paid by the people mistake their place and become convinced that they and not the people are supreme.  With some of them a jolt is only necessary, while others wait until their exit from office is more precipitous.  Public servants are well paid as a rule and should at all times strive to do their duty, but many of them seem to think that all that is requested of them is to draw their salary.  Mayor Brusenbach gets no salary and he can hardly be expected to watch his appointees, neither can the governor nor the president of the United States, but still it might do no harm to watch them.




LIVE WIRE.  A small chip of wood and a live electric light wire coming in contact Wednesday evening caused the shutting down of the east side electric lights for a short time about 8 o’clock.  A small boy noticed a blaze over the door of Mayor Brusenbach’s saloon on Main Street and notified the proprietor who in turn notified the company.  The electric current was turned off later on.  When the repairer arrived it was readily seen what the matter was but thinking that perhaps the iron roof or cornice might have become charged with the current it was decided to turn off the lights.  When that was done investigation showed that a small piece of wood, used for decoration purposes was underneath the wire and the wind in swaying the latter had rubbed off the insulation and the live wire coming in contact set the wood on fire.  There was no damage to the building.   WR



1908, Democratic Bryan and Kern club

1908, Homecoming Day Committee

1908, Represents Plattdeutscher Verein



1909, 415 E Main, saloon

1909, Homecoming celebration, officer

1909, Retail Liquor Dealer's Convention




On Monday last Ex-Mayor John J. Brusenbach gave it to the newspapermen of Watertown that he would be a candidate for city treasure at the coming municipal campaign, and would make an aggressive campaign for the office.  Mr. Bruseubach filled the office of mayor for three years and also represented his ward in the city council for a number of terms.  He made a most excellent mayor and is considered one of the very best the city has ever had; he also represented his ward in the office of alderman with ability and credit to all concerned.  It is claimed by his friends that he having served so often and faithfully in honorary positions in our city, without pay, that it is his turn to be elected to a salaried office.  Mr. Brusenbach is one of the old reliable, staunch democrats of Watertown, and if elected to the office of city treasurer, the city's interests will be well looked after.



The undersigned hereby wishes to announce himself as a candidate for the office of city treasurer at the coming spring election, and if elected he promises to fulfill the duties of the office to the entire satisfaction of the people.  He wishes to announce further, that in the event of his election, he will maintain regular daily office hours at the treasurer's office in the city hall.


Respectfully, John J. Brusenbach


10 28          John J. Brusenbach, president of the A. J. Schmitz democratic club of Watertown.   WG




The following resolutions were adopted at a regular meeting of Watertown Central Labor Union, held Friday evening, February 24, 1911:


Whereas, It has pleased Divine Providence to remove from our midst one of our most esteemed  citizens, John J. Brusenbach; and


Whereas, Mr. John J. Brusenbach in life, was an honest, earnest and conscientious worker for the welfare of our city, and withal a most ardent sympathizer of organized labor; and


Whereas, The Watertown Central Labor Union and organized labor has at all times received the utmost consideration and courtesy at his hands; be it therefore,


Resolved, That the Watertown Central Labor Union and all organized labor of this city deeply deplore his demise, and that we heartily extend to the bereaved family our sympathy and be it farther


Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon our records, that a copy thereof be sent to the grief stricken family, and also that a copy be sent to the Daily Times for publication.


Theo. Zick, President,

Emil Doerr, Secretary.      WG


John Brusenbach Sr, 1833-1910

Watertown Gazette, 05 06 1910


On Wednesday, May 4, 1910, John Brusenbach, father of ex-Mayor John J. Brusenbach, died at the home of his son Henry in route 1.  The family had just finished eating dinner when Mr. Brusenbach leaned back in his chair and expired.  The cause of his death was heart disease.  Deceased was born at Altensdorf, Austria, April 12, 1833, and came with his wife to America in 1866 and settled on a farm near this city in the town of Emmet, on which he resided till about six years ago when he went to reside with his son Henry.  Three sons and two daughters survive him, being John J. and Frank of this city; Henry of the town of Emmet; Mrs. John Welsh of Waukegan, Ills.; and Mrs. August Schulteis of Royalton, Minn.  His funeral will take place Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from St. Henry’s Catholic Church.  Mr. Brusenbach was one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents in this section of the state and his death is sincerely mourned as that of a good and honored citizen.



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