August and Sophia Bliefernicht
400 E Main
August and Sophia Bliefernicht Gamm
August Johann Carl Friederich Gamm was born on 8 Aug 1827 in Mecklenburg,
Germany. He was baptized in the Lutheran church at Alt Gaarz
(modern Rerik) Germany on 12 Aug 1827. On 11 April
1852, in the same church, he married Sophia Maria Dorothea Bliefernicht.
Sofia was born on 28 July 1829 in Mecklenburg, Germany. Baptized 30 July 1829
in the same above-mentioned church.
Early Watertown Settlers:
August and Sophia Bliefernicht Gamm owned and ran Gamm Crockery on Main
08 18 That handsome sign of August Gamm’s
crockery store, so conspicuous on the Fourth Street wall of the establishment,
is the work of Brown Brothers & Dobbratz, and
shows up splendidly with its fine hanging lamp and elegant display of
05 18 DEATH
CALLS MR. AUGUST GAMM
Within the past few days, death has not dealt gently with the aged
populace of Watertown and several of the well-known pioneer residents of the
city. Like the leaves of autumn they have been quickly fading and falling into the
depths of the unknown beyond.
The last to close his eyes in the sleep that knows no awakening on
this mortal sphere is the well known and highly
respected citizen August Gamm, who passed away at 1 15 o’clock this morning at
his home, 901 Sixth Street, after an illness of about a month, the last two
weeks of which time he was confined to his bed.
The announcement of his death will be a sad shock to the host for friends
in the city and tributary country who have enjoyed his acquaintance for many
years. He was universally well liked and
was one of the most highly respected citizens of the city.
August Gamm was born Aug. 8. 1827, in Mecklenburg, Germany. He married Sophie Bliefernicht April 11, 1852. The following day, he with his bride, sailed
for America, coming direct to Watertown, where he had ever since been active in
business. He was one of the pioneer
The deceased was well known in
Lutheran church circles, having been one the founders of St. Mark’s
church in 1854 and had continued an able elder of that
church for many years.
In securing and retaining the Northwestern University for Watertown, he took an active
part and he has held various positions of trust for
the Lutheran Synod, working in its interest and extensive soliciting tours in
the years 1868-69.
The deceased helped to build the railroad into Watertown and at
that early period worked for 40 cents per day, having come to Watertown from
Milwaukee by ox team. He was a stone
cutter by trade and was engaged in that trade here
In the year 1860, he opened a grocery store with his brother. In 1883 he opened a crockery store in which
business he was engaged up to death.
The deceased is survived by his widow, and seven children, August
J. Gamm, Milwaukee, Mrs. Rev. A, Toepel, Iron Ridge;
John G. Gamm. Miss Sophie Gamm, Fred W. Gamm of this city; Herman Gamm of Green
Bay; Rev. Julius Gamm of La Crosse, also twenty-eight grandchildren and
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at St.
Mark's church. It is requested that
flowers be omitted. The Watertown
News, 18 May 1906
Gamm Home, 901 S. Sixth St
Gamm Home at 901 S. Sixth
Built around 1860, was owned by
August Gamm, who
along with his brother George
owned the store at 400 East Main Street.
Gamm, August / 1909, 1935, 400 E
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