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06 21       DIRTY AND FILTHY



Is hereby given to all persons owning or occupying Lots in this City, to clear the same to the center of the street adjoining, of all rubbish and filth, or other offensive sub-stances, or the ordinance in relation to nuisances will be strictly enforced.


Section 6 of said ordinance provides that no owner or occupant of any tenement or lot in the City, shall permit or suffer any rubbish, dead animal, fish, or putrid meat, entrails, decayed vegetables, or other offensive substance, or stagnant or filthy water, to be or remain upon said tenement or lot, or between the same and the center of the street adjoining, under the penalty of two dollars, for each and every twenty-four hours the same remain or be thrown, after having been notified to remove or abate such nuisance.


JOHN C. GILMAN, Street Commissioner.

    Watertown, April 26th, 1855               WD




There has been quite a number of German carp caught here this winter, each weighing from 4 to 5 pounds.  No doubt they are from fry put in by J. McCall some ten years ago.  The water in Rock River is the lowest in forty years or more.   WR



03 29       Forty thousand pounds of carp were shipped in a few days from Fort Atkinson to the Fulton Market, New York City, the bottom feeders having been taken from Lake Koshkonong.  It is not known what disposition is made of the carp, but it is surmised that it is canned and labeled “British Columbian Salmon.”  The carp are shipped in ice and it is said that the fish were still frisky when they reached New York.    [08 26 1906] 


11 11       Our mayor is entitled to a very large credit mark.  He is causing the unsightly manure heaps upon the banks of the river to be removed, so that strangers visiting the city will form a better opinion of our city and its sanitary conditions.  Heretofore, visitors have frequently remarked, in being shown about the city, that the beauty of the river was destroyed by the accumulation of manure and garbage upon its banks of both sides of the stream which gave one an unfavorable opinion of Watertown and the poor taste of its inhabitants.  Watertown is a beautiful city; there is not one more so in the state of Wisconsin and those who are anxious to make it more so, will rejoice that the mayor has insisted that there shall be a cleaning up and that the banks of the Rock river shall be kept clean within the city limits.



Bohemian Community, Oconomowoc Ave, near East Gate Drive.  Recollection of fishing for carp by taking a wash tub and hay rake to the river.  There one could easily pull the fish into the tub because the fish were so plentiful in the springtime.  Pickled carp was considered a delicacy in 1910.




Prof. George Wagner of the University of Wisconsin, an acknowledged expert on everything that relates to fish life, states that in his opinion ten years of seining in the lakes of Madison would fail to make any appreciable difference in the supply of carp.  Capt. G. W. Rickeman, state game warden, insists that constant seining soon will exterminate the large carp and in time will reduce to a minimum the number of these fish in the lakes and streams around Madison.  He also insists that the carp do more harm to game fish than possibly can be done by the use of large seines.  Prof. Wagner, in a polite way, intimates that Mr. Rickeman does not know what he is talking about.


"In my opinion you could seine these lakes for the next ten years and fail to make an appreciable impression upon the number of carp,” declared Prof. Wagner.


"In the majority of cases all the fish that are caught in a carp seine die of injuries,” declared the university expert.  "You can imagine how much chance a game fish would have in a drove of fighting carp.  When a single scale is bruised a fungus growth develops and causes death.  It does not take much to tear the gill of a pickerel or a pike and an injury of this kind is almost certain to prove fatal.  Pickerel and pike are particularly sensitive.  Bass can stand little more.”   WG




Another consignment of rough fish and perch will be placed on sale in Watertown Tuesday morning.  The demand so far has been up to the supply and as the weather grows colder these fish should be in greater demand.  City Sealer Edward Gnatzig has been in charge of the sales in Watertown so far and has been offering carp at 5 and 6 cents a pound on Wednesday and Green Bay perch at 8 cents a pound on Friday.  The city fish market is certainly being appreciated by hundreds of citizens.  This will be the last shipment of fish here for two weeks, as Mr. Gnatzig will be busy on other matters.


The carp discovered America in 1877.


He found the laud to his liking.  He multiplied and filled the waters with his kind.  He is now big, abundant, useful.


He converts useless vegetation and small animals into meat.


This meat is wholesome and nutritious.  It contains as much protein as sirloin steak. it is easily digestible.


It can be cooked in such a way as to remove the muddy taste.


It can be boiled, baked, made into croquettes, or fish loaf. Carp Jelly, an ancient Swedish dish, is delicious.


There are millions of carp in the United States.  The last census shows that 48,000,000 pounds were marketed in one year.  Nearly all this came from a few states in the Middle West.


Somebody ate those 43,000,000 pounds of carp.


Therefore, the carp must be good to eat.


The carp is good to eat.  Carp has not only been eaten, but has been cultivated in Europe tor centuries.  Europeans know how to cook it-


Catch the carp; buy the carp; cook the carp properly and eat it.  Eat the roe; can the roe.  Make carp jelly.  Can the fish.  Smoke it, too.


All that has been undertaken to un-carp the lakes and streams in which carp were planted seems to have been done in vain.  The carp are here — apparently they are here to stay.  In that case, the obvious thing to do is to make the best of the situation, and to eat the carp.  The Bureau of Fisheries stands ready to furnish recipes to all who would like to know how to prepare the carp for the table.     The Watertown News, November 12, 1917.




Restocking of game fish and forage minnows in the Rock River is on schedule, but a third chemical treatment of the lower portion of the river is being considered, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Area Fish Manager James Congdon.  The third treatment might be necessary because of the number of fish that survived last fall’s carp kill.  A survey will be made by DNR crews to determine just how large the carp population is.  No plans to re-treat portions of the river will be made until that study is completed.  The section of the river from Hustisford to Watertown has been restocked with the following species: 7,500 adult yellow perch (spawners); 1,400 adult channel catfish (spawners averaging two pounds); 13 million northern pike fry, stocked in shallow marshes and sloughs in the river system where they propagate; five million walleye fry; and more than five million minnows normally found in the-Rock River (10 different species).  Condon said within the next several months 53,000 largemouth and 225,000 smallmouth bass fingerlings will be stocked in the river.




Preparing Riverside Park for Riverfest.  Dead carp being hauled away by the truckload.  The carp kill is being caused by the koi herpes virus (KHV).  This is the first time KHV has been detected in Wisconsin.


KHV is a viral disease that is very contagious to the common carp Cyrpinus carpio. It is most commonly found in ornamental koi, which are often used in outdoor ponds or as feeder stock. The first case of KHV was reported in 1998, but not confirmed until later in 1999.





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