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Early Watertown Residents

 

JOACHIM ALWART, farmer; P. O. Watertown; born in Germany in 1831 - he came to America in 1851. Married Miss Albertena Betow, of Johnstown, Rock Co., Wis., and lived there till 1866, when he moved to Watertown, bought a farm of 144 acres within the city limits and upon which he now lives; he has five children - John, Bertha, Herman, George and William. Mr. Alwart has been a prominent member of the Lutheran Church and has been a Trustee of the same for five years.

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JAMES AMES, butcher; born in the town of Macedon, Wayne Co. N. Y., July 4, 1844; the year of his birth his parents, with their family, removed to Wisconsin and engaged in farming; located on Section 22, in town of Emmett, Dodge Co; James was engaged in farming pursuits until he commenced his present business in 1878. He married Lizzie Darling Feb. 8, 1874; she was born in town of Emmett, Dodge Co., Wis. They have two children - Mary and Lizzie. Mr. and Mrs. Ames are members of the Catholic Church; Mr. Ames was Town Clerk in Emmett Township, Dodge Co., for two years; he was President of St. Bernard's Temperance and Benevolent Society of Watertown; he was a delegate to the Catholic Total Abstinence Convention, of America, which was held in Chicago in October, 1874.  On 08 February 1874 he [James AMES] married Lizie DARLING. She was born in town of Emmett, Dodge County, Wisconsin. They [James and Lizie (DARLING) AMES] have two children: Mary and Lizzie. Mr. and Mrs. AMES are members of the Catholic Church. 

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CHARLES ARENBERG, cooper, Sixth Ward, Dodge Co.; born in Brunswick, Germany, Oct. 8, 1832; came to America in July, 1854; located in Milwaukee; came to Watertown in May, 1856. He was married in Milwaukee, in June, 1855, to Mary Dittes; she was born in Baden, Germany; they have had three children; one died in infancy; the living are Otelle and Ernst. Mr. Arenberg,, is one of the oldest coopers in the State; he has been engaged in the business ever since he came to the country; he is one of the leading citizens of the city; he has been Supervisor; is now President of Concordia Musical Society, having held that position several times.   He has been President of the Northwestern Saengerbund, and is at present a member of that society; he is a member of the Sons of Hermann and has been President of the same, also has held presidency of the Grand Lodge.

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CHARLES ARNOLD, Justice of the Peace; born in Germany Nov. 7, 1833; came to New York in 1863 - in 1863, he enlisted in Co. M 12th N. Y. V. C.; was attached to the staff of Gen. Schofield, also the staff of Gen. Cox;   Mr. Arnold was employed as book-keeper in banking-houses in Europe prior to coming to America; he was bookkeeper for the Collier White Lead Company, of St. Louis, before coming to Wisconsin in 1876; he was obliged to leave his position in St. Louis on account of lead poisoning, and came to Wisconsin to regain his health; since coming here, he has been employed as book-keeper for the Rock River Flouring-Mill Company, and as assignee of Milwaukee and Watertown firms; in 1881 he was elected Justice of the Peace. He married Miss D. Deetjen; they have one child - Jennie. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold are members of the Episcopal Church.

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JOHN F. BANDELIN, manufacturer of and dealer in boots and shoes; was born in the Kingdom of Prussia July 15, 1847. In 1857, he accompanied his parents to America, locating at Watertown, where he has since resided. He began the trade of bootmaking when 13 years of age, and commenced business for himself in January, 1877. Oct. 1, 1871, he married Anna Schlueter, a native of Watertown, and have had four children- John, Minnie, Amanda and Lydia, the last of whom is deceased. They are members of the Moravian Church.

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M. N. BARBER, M.D., born in the town of Mendon, near Rochester, N. Y., in March 1821.  His present wife was Jane L. Hartwell.  They were married in La Porte, Ind.  They have two children - Laura and Neal.  The doctor has two children from an earlier marriage - Jane L. (now Mrs. J. R. Buchanan for Trinidad, Colo.) and Frank A. (who is associated with his father in the practice of medicine.   Dr. Barber came to Wisconsin from La Porte, Ind., in the spring of 1846, and located at Racine, where he remained until he came to Watertown, in the spring of 1848.

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JOHN A. BARRETT, dealer in lumber, lath, packets, fence-posts, etc.; born in Watertown Township June 23, 1841; engaged in farming until he was 21 years of age; since then be has been extensively engaged in the lumber trade in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota; engaged in business in Watertown in April, 1876. Mr. Barrett is a son of William and Eliza (Allen) Barrett; they settled here in 1839. His mother died in March, 1859, and his father died Dec. 4, 1878.

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AMOS BAUM, Assistant Cashier of the Watertown Bank; born in Manheim, Herkimer Co., N. Y.; came to Watertown in 1855. For six years, he was connected with the Jefferson County Bank; he was not engaged in active business for about two years. In October, 1863, he was appointed to the position which he now holds in the Bank of Watertown. He has served as School Commissioner, etc.; Vestryman and Treasurer of the Episcopal Church. Sept. 11, 1849, he was married to Mary E. Goulding, daughter of Curtis Goulding, of Jefferson Co., N. Y.; she was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y.

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A. BAUMANN, dealer in grain and general farm produce; born in Watertown July 25, 1852. He has been engaged in the grain business for thirteen years; for the last three years, he has been doing business for himself.  November 10, 1874, he was married to Susan Simons; she was born in Milwaukee; they have three children - Fred, Katie and Albert.  Mr. Baumann is Alderman of the Fifth Ward. He is a son of John and Elizabeth Baumann, who came here from Switzerland in 1848. They have three children - Emil, John J. and Albert, the latter being the subject of this sketch.

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STEPHEN BAUMGARTNER, Cooper; born in Hungary March 5, 1830; came to America and located in Watertown in 1866. Commenced cooperage business for himself in 1872. Mr. Baumgartner married Teresa Pessenlehner in June, 1863; she was born in Hungary. They have seven children - Stephen, Anton, Joseph, Anna, Ida, Teresa and Johanna. Mr. and Mrs. Baumgartner are members of the Catholic Church.

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THOMAS BAXTER, manufacturer of lime; born Aug. 15, 1832, in Franklin Co., N. Y.; moved with his parents to Waterbury, Washington Co., Vt., when quite young, and was educated there. In 1850 he went to work for the Vermont Central Railway, as foreman of construction. In 1853, went to Ohio, working in the same capacity on the Ohio Central Railway. In 1856, came to Janesville, Wis., working on the NorthWestern Railway till 1857, when he came to Watertown, remaining in the direct employ of the company till 1873, and had transactions with them till 1875, when he began to manufacture Watertown lime on the North road, and now averages 300 bushels a day, and employs generally six hands, but sometimes increases the force from ten to twelve. Married Miss Frances McCullough, of Ohio, Nov. 6, 1853. Have six children - Mary E., Charles S., Martha J., Emmie F., Frederick T. and George S. He is Superintendent of the Poor for the northern part of county, for 1879; Alderman of the Third Ward for 1862 and 1863, and is now for 1879; member of Lodge, No. 49, Masons; members of the Episcopal Church.

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CHARLES BECKER, cigar manufacturer, Sixth Ward, Dodge Co.; was born in Germany Aug. 26, 1838; came to Watertown in 1866; worked as cigar-maker  for Wiggenhorn Bros. until December, 1878; in the spring of 1879, be commenced manufacturing for himself. In April, 1868, he married Augusta Zahn; she was born in Germany; they have five children - Christiana, Fredrick, William Charles, Victor Otto, Augusta and an infant son.

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CHARLES BECKMAN, Justice of the Peace, Sixth Ward, Dodge Co.; born in Prussia Aug. 16, 1813; came to America in September, 1843; located in Buffalo, N. Y.;  taught school in Western New York until he came to Wisconsin in September, 1845; engaged in farming until 1868. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace continuously since 1853, except for three years, from 1860 to 1862, and one year prior to that time; he was for many years Supervisor, Alderman, City Treasurer, School Commissioner, City Clerk, Commissioner of Public Debt, and, in 1874, he was a member of the Assembly. It would be difficult to find a man in the State who had received so many manifestations of the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and fellow-citizens as the people of this vicinity have shown to Mr. Beckman. He was married, Oct. 31,1839, to Hannah Charlotte Knuth; she was born in Prussia Feb. 7  1812; they have had seven children; the living are Anna Maria Eliza (now Mrs. Hermann Teisch, of Dakota), Alvine Louise Francisco (now Mrs. Eugene Gebhart, of Watertown) and Henry Louis Martin (a resident of this city).

 

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