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Dr. Charles J. Habhegger

108 E Main, physician


Officer of first hospital

Surgeon of first hospital



Skin graft operation



Banquet honoring John Beggs and interurban



07 06       Married

Dr. C. J. Habhegger and Miss Evelyn Becker were married in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 28, 1911.  The bride had been visiting with relatives at Eugene, Oregon, and on her way home Doctor Hebhegger met her in St. Paul and they were quietly married.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Habhegger and has resided here all his life, excepting while studying medicine at Rush Medical College, Chicago, and while studying in Germany.  He is one of Watertown’s leading physicians and is well known to most of The Gazette readers.  His bride is the daughter of Mrs. Christian Becker and has resided here all her life.  Like her husband she has a very large acquaintance here and is highly esteemed by all of them.  The Gazette extends hearty congratulations to bride and groom.   WG



10 15       Thief Gets $200.

Tuesday afternoon, during the absence of Dr. Habhegger and his office girl, a thief entered his office and stole $200 in cash and several checks from his safe, which was unlocked.  There is no clue as to who the thief is.   WG



William Sproesser funeral, pallbearer



Noted Physician Dies following Lung Attack


August 7, 1926


Dr. Charles J. Habhegger, noted Watertown physician, died in St. Mary’s Hospital this morning following a hemorrhage of the lungs.  He suffered an attack while in his office during the evening and was later removed to the hospital but medical aid proved of no avail.  The news of his death was a distinct shock to the whole community as but few were aware of his condition.   He had suffered a like attack some months ago and himself was aware of it serious nature. 


The body was removed from the hospital to the Harry J. Krier Co. funeral home.


Dr. Habhegger was born in Watertown on April 24, 1873, a son of Mrs. John Habhegger and of the late John Habhegger.  He graduated from the local high school in 1891 and then entered the University of Wisconsin where he took a course in pharmacy.  He was for two years pharmacist at the northern hospital for the insane and later attended and graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago.  He was an intern at the Cook county hospital for two years and for a similar period of time held a fellowship at Rush Medical college.


Dr. Habhegger also studied abroad in Vienna and Berlin.  He was the author of numerous articles on internal impalements for the American Medical Journal.  His methods in this work was generally adopted in surgery.


Surviving Dr. Habhegger are his mother, Mrs. John Habhegger of this city, his wife, formerly Evelyn Becker, two daughters, Kathryn and Caroline, and five sisters, Mrs. A. F. Solliday and Mrs. O. L. Gaston of this city, Mrs. G. W. Norris of Waukesha, Mrs. Fred H. Irwin of Mishawaka, Indiana, Mrs. Dexter Witte of Milwaukee. 


Dr. Habhegger was a member of Phi Rho Sigma fraternity, of Watertown Lodge No. 6566, B. P.O. Elks and of the Masons.


Dr. Habhegger was one of the founders of the first practical hospital established in Watertown and he always took an active interest in its welfare.  Later the hospital was taken over by the sisters, but he always kept up his interest in the institution and died within its portals.


In the death of Dr. Habhegger, Watertown loses a surgeon of marked ability whose skill as a physician and surgeon was known all over the northwest.  Especially as a surgeon will his loss be felt to this community and many noted cases of recovery from injuries in which an intricate knowledge of surgery was necessary are monuments to his practical knowledge.  Not content with graduation from the medical college, after a short practice in Watertown he went to Germany where he studied under some of the most noted physicians of that time and returned to Watertown with an advanced medical education which he used in his daily practice.   His ability in his chosen profession was known far and wide and his practice included people far removed from Watertown where his fame as a skillful doctor had spread.  He was always ready to respond to the call of duty, and withal possessed a kindly nature which was evidenced in the many friendships he acquired in his practice.


Of Dr. Habhegger’s exceptional professional attainments and ability and his fine judgment in critical cases the members of the profession in Watertown are best qualified to speak  And their tributes will be cordial.


The funeral will be held from the home of his mother, Mrs. John Habhegger, 413 Fifth Street, on Monday afternoon under Masonic auspices.  Services at the home will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock and the burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Those desiring to view the body may do so at the Krier undertaking parlor in North Second Street from Sunday afternoon to Monday noon.  Friends are requested to omit flowers.