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Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

 

 

A collection of folksy historical stories based on actual city newspaper articles

 

Compiled and contributed by Ben Feld [1922-2011]

 

 

Ben Feld in his “scriptorium”     08 2008      Ken Riedl photo

 

ARTICLES:

 

            What Every Woman Should Know

 

            The Lake Koshkonong Monster

 

            Criminating Evidence

 

            Don’t Try To Make A Fool Out Of Me

 

            Ask For Directions

 

            The Best Damned Lawyer in Watertown:  The Bill Cody Story 

 

            William Cody Profile 

 

            The Law East of the Crawfish    

 

            The Burial of Thomas Bass    

 

            Boys will be Boys,

                   Girls will be Girls

                    And Men will be Men

                    And Women will be Women

 

            Chickens Come Home to Roost

 

            Ellen McDermott ["Crazy Nellie"]

 

            Young Love 

 

            Bring ‘Em Back Alive 

 

            A Solution For Everything 

 

            Peccadilloes in the Police Department 

 

            He Done Her Wrong 

 

            Clever Woman Outwits Merchants 

 

            What Happens When You “Give Someone the Finger”

 

            When There is Work to be Done ‘tis Folly to Play 

 

            City Government 101 

 

            Saloon Patron Bites The Bullet 

 

            The Long Way Home 

 

            From Mud to Bricks or What Took Them So Long? 

 

            The Milwaukee Street Bridge 

 

Above collection preserved as file within Historical Society digitalization set as WHS_005_121

 

BOOK AND VIDEO RECORDING:

 

 

 

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1962

11 27       STAFF ASSOCIATE AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

The University of Chicago announced yesterday the nomination of Reuben A. Feld, principal of Schurz School, as candidate for an appointment as staff associate in the graduate school and department of education at the University of Chicago.  During the two year period of this appointment, staff associates assume administrative degree.  Mr. Feld is in the process of acquiring his masters degree in education administration at the University of Wisconsin.

 

1967

04 20       TO APPEAR WITH THE MILWAUKEE FLORENTINE OPERA CO

Reuben Feld, principal of the Schurz School in Watertown, has been selected to appear with the Milwaukee Florentine Opera Co. in the organization’s summer concert series in Milwaukee known as “Music Under the Stars.”  A true tenor, Mr. Feld is well known in local music circles.  He is an active member of the choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and is president of the Watertown Municipal Chorus.  At Valparaiso University, where he studied voice under Dr. Richard Schoenbohm, he was soloist with the University Choir.  Most recently he appeared locally as the male lead in Curtain Club’s production of “Pajama Game.”

 

2002

07 20       MAMMOTH CLASS REUNION PROJECT

Ben Feld is a 1940 graduate of Algoma High School.  On July 27 he will make the trek back to Algoma for his 62nd annual reunion. He expects about 25 classmates from the 66 who graduated to be in attendance.  This year Ben is bringing along a two-volume set of all the news items the Algoma Record Herald carried from Aug. 28, 1936, to June 14, 1940, that pertained to his class. Being a small weekly newspaper, school news was always given a good amount of space, and as a result, his compilation is over 290 pages in length.  Ben said it took him a year and a half by using the Algoma paper's microfilm he received from an interlibrary loan program. Gradually he went through all of those papers, page by page. 

 

2007

02 24       GOLDEN OPTIONS VOLUNTEER

Reuben Feld of Watertown, whose volunteer service to St. Coletta’s in Jefferson was called “priceless” today by the facility’s officials, is retiring.  Since 1998, Reuben, or “Ben,” as he prefers to be called, has been a faithful volunteer at Golden Options, an adult day services program of St. Coletta of Wisconsin.  For the past 10 years Feld has faithfully logged over 100 hours at Golden Options presenting a monthly slide show of his travels across America and overseas.  Feld credits his late wife, Ruth, for putting together the slide presentations that chronicle their world travels throughout the course of their lives.  It almost appears a tribute to Ruth that these travels live on and bring pleasure to others as it did for them.  The Felds traveled to Europe 12 times and organized and conducted tours throughout the United States, visiting all but four states.  It is from these adventures that their stories come alive and are shared each month with his friends at Golden Options.

 

 

 

 

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