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C. M. & St. Paul Railway


Purchased Milwaukee and Watertown Railroad




The Milwaukee and Watertown Railroad (single track), later the C. M. & St. Paul, was begun in 1851, and finished by 1855.  The funds were raised by subscriptions, and each contributed in his particular line, such as carts from the wagon makers, harnesses from the harness makers, cattle, horses, pork, oats, etc. from the farmers. This was given to the contractors in payment for the work. Some people even mortgaged their farms to aid in the construction of the railroad which at times was in great financial trouble, but pulled out of bankruptcy.  The east-bound track was constructed in 1902.


Depot opened.




The Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Company are now laying the foundation of an extensive blacksmith shop on the west side of the river.  The new building will be brick, 100 feet long, 35 feet wide and a story and a half high.   WD



05 19       N. W. Pierce, ticket agent at the Junction   WR



07 01       The most extensive conflagration that ever visited Watertown occurred last Thursday night at 11:30 o'clock, by the burning of the rail mill, machine shop, carpenter shop and blacksmith shop of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway situated at the junction in the Third ward.



07 20       Jonas Sleeper 1939-1888.  In 1860 he came to Watertown; agent of C. M. & St. Paul Railway. Co.    WG




It is expected that the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company will again the coming season make this city the headquarters for a number of work trains which will be employed at further improving the roadbed both east and west of here.  At present a force of men is engaged in distributing heavy new steel rails which will be laid from this city westward as soon as the ground is settled.  The Chicago & Northwestern Company, it is reported, will also improve its roadbed between Janesville and Fond du Lac this season by laying new rails.  The demands made by these two companies, as well as the contemplated street improvements here, will render the season a very busy one for the Watertown laboring man.




Thursday afternoon, a tramp who gave his name as Ole Larason and his home as Minneapolis, was quite severely injured while attempting to get onto a moving freight train on the C. M. St. P. railroad near the east side depot.


He was brought to the city hall and taken into the office of Chief of police Block and Dr. F. C. Moulding, the surgeon of the road summoned, who upon examination found two of the bones in his right foot badly crushed, which would in his judgment, necessitate an amputation of the foot. He dressed the wound and made the poor fellow as comfortable as possible under the circumstances and at 7 o'clock in the evening he was taken to the Northwestern depot enroute to the poor farm at Jefferson.


The unfortunate is a Norwegian and speaks but little of the English language and through an interpreter it was learned his name, residence and the name of his son Carl Olson 1102 Camdem Place, Minneapolis, also that in a small town near Chicago he was robbed of his watch and five dollars in money by two negro roughs and was trying to beat his way back to his home.


It was quite probable that he had ridden for a long distance and being cold and stiffened got off the train to exercise and get his blood into circulation and was injured in his endeavor to get upon the train again. As the poor fellow had no money with which to buy smoking tobacco, Dr. Moulding generously gave him the money with which to buy a supply.




One day last week when it was desperate hot - just sizzled - there was not a bus at the St. Paul depot at the time of the arrival of the 12:44 passenger train and those who came had to walk to their homes or the homes of their friends.


Emil Pehl, proprietor of the Commercial Bus Line says that this statement is not true, as his bus line meets all regular trains.  On Saturday there was a special train at 12:10 p.m., on which several passengers arrived, but that was not known in time for the bus driver to make it. Mr. Pehl says if those who make the statements will inform him in what time special trains are due here he will meet them as well as all regular trains.


- The Bus Driver




The C.M&St.P. Ry. Co. is building a carpenter shop on the site of the old rolling mill near the junction, which in time may develop to large proportions.


The company has also established temporary bridge repair works south of the depot, and the Dornfeld-Kunert Co. has contracted to repair bridges that the company brings into the city for repairs.  One bridge was recently brought here on eight flat cars.  The paint is taken from the iron work by means of a sand blast, and when removed the iron looks like polished steel.  It is quite interesting to watch the work being done.   WG


1907      Is the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul road discriminating against Watertown? 


1908      Chicago, Milwaukee& St. Paul road took over the entire chain of hotels and eating houses, together with the new distribution system, along its line.



03 26       Wells Fargo took charge of the express business on the C.M.&St. Paul lines   WG


06 04       James Mortenson, 33 year employee, died   WG



12 31       EXHIBIT CAR





Chas. McLaughlin, son of John McLaughlin of this city, has recently been promoted from freight to passenger conductor on the C. M. & St. P. Ry.  Charley is one of the best and most faithful men in the employ of that road, and has served the company well for over 22 years, hence has well earned his promotion.  His host of friends in Watertown and elsewhere extend to him most hearty congratulations.   WG



11 25       Death of Herman Block, detective for C.M.&St. Paul Ry. Co, former Watertown Chief of Police   WG



06 23       Junction of Chicago and North Western with Milwaukee Road tracks removed   WDT



Cross References:

C M & St P Railroad Bridge

No 2:  “When the St Paul Railroad came here it was so poor that Daniel Jones couldn’t pay for the wood it needed to run its engines.  “Alexander Mitchell was a great friend of mine and he told me that if I would pay for the wood he would see that I didn't lose by it.  For two years I bought the wood for it. When the Chicago & Northwestern got this far it couldn’t get its iron, which was in bond. With several others I signed the bond that released the rails and permitted the road to go on.  These acts cost me dear.”

No 3:  1861, Amos Bennett was chief carpenter of the C. M. & St. Paul; came to Watertown in May, 1848

No 4:  1865, John Booney employed by C. M. & St. Paul

No 5:  John Ford, seven years was in the office of the Chief Engineer of the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company.

No 6:  1879, N C Daniels, Superintendent of the C. M. & St. Paul’s Railmill, Machine and Blacksmith Shops

No 7:  Station Agent George W. Webb, 48 years continuous railway service with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad is a record.

No 8:  George Wilder, Assistant Purchasing Agent, 1850 – 1923

Depot and train image, WHS_006_335

George Reason, 1856–1912, Employed by the C.M.&St.P. Ry. as a carpenter. 





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