ebook  History of Watertown, Wisconsin


Watertown Residents


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


CONRAD DIPPEL, Sixth Ward, Dodge Co; born in Saxony Nov. 2, 1831; came to America in 1849; located on Staten Island; there and in New York City, he learned the trade of plasterer and stone and brick mason.  Resided on Staten Island, New York City and New Jersey until 1855, except a few months spent in Indiana and St. Louis in 1852 and 1853.


In May, 1854, he married Louise Hoerger; she died in Cottage Grove, Dane Co., Wis., in October, 1861; by this marriage he had three children, two of whom are now living – Louis and Caroline; one son, John, died when only about 6 months old. 


Mr. Dippel’s present wife was Mrs. Wilhelmina Niemann; they were married in April, 1862; she had one daughter by a former marriage – Augusta (now Mrs. Wendtland of Watertown).  Mr. Dippel came to Watertown in 1855; lived here until March, 1861, then he removed to Cottage Grove, Dane Co., where he resided until April, 1862, then returned to Watertown.


He served one year and one month in Co. I, 37th Wis. V.I.; was wounded and lost right arm, near Petersburg, Va., June 17, 1864; discharged and pensioned in December, 1864; since that time he has lived in Watertown.  He was educated at the Polytechnic Institute of Dresden, Saxony. 


For six years, he taught in the Sixth Ward Public School of Watertown; he is a member of the German Reformed Church; he is Secretary and Treasurer of the Bible society, and is a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Bee-Keeper’s Association.  Mr. Dippel is a bee-keeper of considerable prominence, being a producer to quite an extent.


Conrad and Wilhelmina are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery 


Dippel, Conrad Civil War veteran, GAR Personal War Sketch, 1890


H. B. DODD, representing the express and telegraph companies; was born in Toledo, Ohio, in October, 1849.  When 9 years of age, he removed to Indianapolis, where he resided seven years; going thence to Canada; remaining there two years and removing to Kalamazoo, Mich., residing there one year, when he again removed and established himself at Fond du Lac; whence, after four years’ residence, he again moved to Watertown, reaching his present home in the spring of 1872.  He has been in the employ of the American Express Company thirteen years.  On the 29th of May, 1872, he was married to Adelaide O. Lewis, of Fond du Lac, a native of New York State, by whom he has one child – Carrie Olive, born Dec. 23, 1874.



EDWARD DOSCHADES, hotel proprietor, Waterloo; born in Germany March 20, 1838; came to America in 1865; located at Watertown, Wis., and went to work at his trade of turner; in 1868, went to Baraboo, Sauk Co., and engaged in the same business.  In 1871, he opened a hotel at Everyman's Station, which he kept until 1875; went to farming two years; in 1878, came to Waterloo and started the Wisconsin Hotel.  Married, in Germany, in May, 1864, Amelia Budach, of Germany.  Has one child - Otto, born Dec. 30, 1875.



THOMAS D. EVANS, carpenter and joiner; born Dec. 16, 1823, in Carmarthenshire, Wales, where he was educated and learnt his profession; came to America in 1853, and located in Watertown, Wis.; worked for himself till 1856, when he entered the employ of the C. & St. P. Railroad, and worked in several departments till, in 1869, he became foreman carpenter, and still holds that position.   Married Miss Margaret Jones, of Wales, in September, 1851; they have one child – David T.  Members of the Welsh Presbyterian Church; Republican.



HON. H. FLINN [Hezekiah Flinn], nurseryman and farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Watertown; born March 7, 1825, in Leesville, Lawrence Co., Ind.; moved to Illinois in 1830 with his parents, who located in Paris, where he learned his profession of nurseryman.  In 1848, he came to Wisconsin and settled in Watertown Township, Jefferson Co.; bought two and one-half acres and afterward five acres of land near the College; then ten acres on Silver Creek, when he sold the first two pieces.  About 1858, he bought ninety-nine acres of prairie and timber land, a tavern stand and ferryboat in Iowa, and sold it within six days.  In 1859, he bought 120 acres in Iowa for $600, and within a year, sold it for $1,200; then bought forty acres near Columbia, Wis., and sold it at an advance of $150.  In 1860, bought 160 acres near Delton, on Webster Prairie, and sold it at a loss of over $800.  In 1874, bought his nursery grounds and farm of sixty-two acres, on which he raises all kinds of fruit and shade trees and evergreens suitable to this climate; on the farm, he raises all kinds of grain and stock.  Married Miss Annice Frost, of Hustisford, Wis., March 10, 1850; had eight children – Eunice (now Mrs. Squiers), Alvy N., Harriet (now Mrs. Hurtubise), Annie, Eudora, Eudora, Benjamin and William S. (who died at 9 years of age).  Mr. Flinn was Mayor of Watertown for 1873 and 1874; was employed in the Quartermaster’s department in St. Louis from 1864 till the close of the war; member of Assembly for 1877, 1878, and is for 1879; was elected the first time without opposition, polling 2.034 votes.  In 1879, he received 819 against 534 for J. Gibb (Independent Democrat), 5,387 for Shennick (Independent Democrat), and 183 for S.S. Woodworth (Greenbacker).  He was Alderman of the Third Ward for 1877.



WM. FUERSTENAU, teacher; born in Prussia April 16, 1830; came to America in 1857; located in Chicago; was employed as a teacher there and in that vicinity for seven years; then he came to Watertown, and has been engaged in teaching here ever since; he is Principal of the school which he is now connected with; educated at Stettin Seminary, in Germany.  Mr. F. is a member of the Missouri German Lutheran Synod.  Oct. 12, 1854, he was married, in Germany, to Wilhelmina Gramzow; she was born in Prussia; they have six children – Martha (now the wife of Rev. Mr. Machmiller, of Fairbank, Iowa), Renata (now teaching in Milwaukee), Martin (a student in the Northwestern University), Paul and Anna.