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Watertown Will Honor Memory of ex-Governor Hoard


William Dempster Hoard (1836-1918)




Large Delegation From Watertown and Surrounding Country

Will Attend Dedication Services at Madison on February 3


The people of Watertown and vicinity are taking great interest in the Hoard memorial exercises at Madison on February 3.  A large delegation will attend the services and thereby show their lingering appreciation of Gov. Hoard as the foremost dairy leader in the history of the state. 


From Ft. Atkinson comes the report that they’re planning at least for 700 residents and farmers residing within a radius of five miles of the city, to attend the Hoard memorial exercise at Madison on Friday, February 3. 


A special train leaving Ft. Atkinson at 8:00 o’clock, picking up people at Jefferson and Jefferson Junction, where Johnson Creek residents will join the party, also Lake Mills and Cambridge. In fact, we fully expect that we will require two special trains. 


At the program in Madison, following the unveiling of the Hoard memorial, the principal speaker will be the Hon. H. Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., with addresses by other men of national reputation.  Our train will reach Madison in time to allow opportunity to visit the state capitol building, as well as to inspect various instructive and educational exhibits at the college of agriculture, among which is an exhibit illustrating fifty years of dairy progress in Wisconsin, arranged by the extension division of the college of agriculture in co-operation with the Wisconsin Dairymen’s association, and first exhibited at the national dairy show at St. Paul, Minnesota. 


The college of agriculture is showing a large number of animals, on all of which have been carried out some most interesting experiments in feeding, showing the advantage of milk and milk products over any so-called substitutes. The national department of agriculture at the national dairy show at St. Paul, with its wonderful dairy exhibit, attracted most unusual attention.  This is the greatest exhibit that was ever put on by the government and may now be seen in Madison during milk week.


All of Jefferson County is being organized by the dairy association, by the Farm bureau and other farm organizations, by the Holstein Breeders’ association, Guernsey Breeders’ association, all cooperating for the purpose of securing a large attendance at Madison on February 3, and at Watertown on February 4.


The fact is that the Wisconsin Dairymen’s Association, organized in Watertown on February 15, 1872, was originally a Jefferson County organization, being the direct outgrowth of the old Jefferson County Dairymen’s Association.  The dairy farmers of Jefferson County have never had a better opportunity than this to put Jefferson County on the map in a big way.  Badges bearing the name of Jefferson County will be furnished all who attend on this occasion. 


Special trains are being arranged for Saturday morning from Madison to Watertown, where final exercises for the week’s celebration of fifty years of progress in Wisconsin will be held. 


Dean H. L. Russell of the college of agriculture has accepted an invitation extended by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce to be present in Watertown for the celebration on Saturday, February 4. 


At noon on Saturday, February 4, a real dairymen’s dinner will be served at Turner Opera house, followed by addresses by A. J. Glover, Hoard’s Dairyman, and by Mr. Marcen, chief of the dairy division from Washington, D. C.  The businessmen of Watertown and the farmers of this part of Jefferson and Dodge counties should be present at Madison on February 3, in large numbers.  There should be at least 500 in attendance wearing Watertown emblems and inviting the farmers and others attending Farmers’ Week in Madison to be the guests of Watertown on Saturday, February 4. 


This should be one of the biggest days in the entire history of this city.



Cross references:

               William Dempster Hoard, WI Hist Soc citation