This page part of chapter on series of annual Homecoming Days
During the Homecoming held September 4, 1904, Tivoli Island was crowded with 3,000 people, while another 1,500 were at the same time watching the races on a half-mile track in the new fairgrounds. Two clubs - the Thirty Year Club and the Milwaukee-Watertown Club - both consisting of Watertowners living away from the city, were formed around this time.
08 10 HOME-COMING DAY!
September 4th, 1904 is the date set for the second annual excursion of the Milwaukee-Watertown Home-Coming Club to Watertown.
Monday evening president Ernst A. Kehr, Frank J. Toussaint and Jos. Schumacher, of Milwaukee were in the city and made preliminary arrangements for the affair. Special excursion trains will be run on that date from Milwaukee, and it is expected that large delegations of excursionists will also arrive from Chicago, Madison other cities.
There were over 3000 visitors in this city on Home Coming day last year, and September 4th promises to have a much larger crowd.
Thousands of former Watertown people who reside all over the United States have been waiting anxiously for the announcement of the date this year, and now that it has been set, they are arranging their affairs so they can be here on that date. Watertown Daily Times
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.
Large Crowds Expected – Picnic, Speech Making
and Amusements on Tivoli Island.
Further Particulars Next Week.
September 4th, 1904, is the date set for the second annual excursion of the Milwaukee-Watertown Home-Coming Club to Watertown. Monday evening, President Ernst A. Kehr, Frank J. Toussaint and Jos. Schumacher, of Milwaukee, were in the city and made preliminary arrangements for the affair. Special excursion trains will be run on that day from Milwaukee, and it is expected that large delegations of excursionsists will also arrive from Chicago, Madison and other cities.
There were over 3000 visitors in the city on Home-Coming day last year, and September 4th promises to have a much larger crowd. Thousands of former Watertown people who reside all over the United States have been waiting anxiously for the announcement of the date this year, and now that it has been set, they are arranging their affairs so they can be here on that date.
Mayor Wertheimer will deliver an address of welcome, which will be responded to by Mayor Rose, followed by addresses from President Kehr, Joseph E. Davies and others. The local committee consists of Mayor Wertheimer, Jos. E. Davies, Julius Wiggenhorn, W. F. Brandt, Dr. F. C. Werner, Jas. P. Holland and Jas. W. Moore, who will appoint other committees to assist them in the good work.
The second annual Home-Coming day will be a hummer in Watertown. Invite all your friends, and prepare to entertain them in a manner that such an occasion deserves. Watertown Gazette – 08-12-1904
08 23 ARRANGEMENTS FOR HOME-COMING DAY
Arrangements are progressing nicely for the big event of Home-Coming Day in this city on Sunday, September 4th, under the auspices of the Watertown Club, of Milwaukee. Clauder’s military band of 36 pieces will accompany the Milwaukee excursionists to the city, and it is stated by President Kehr, of Milwaukee, president of the club, that the number of excursionists this year will be much greater than the big crowd of last year. Watertown people should write their friends abroad and invite them all here on that day, and businessmen, especially those on Main Street, should decorate their places of business in honor of the event. People are com¬ing by the thousands on that day from all over the country, but the largest del¬egations are expected from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Janesville, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Portage, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tivoli Island will be the rendezvous of the home-comers and their friends. Remember the date, Sunday, September 4th.
09 08 The second annual homecoming celebration last Sunday in this city under the auspices of the Watertown Club of Milwaukee was a grand success - the attendance was larger than last year, the day was an ideal one so far as the weather was concerned, and good cheer prevailed on all sides. The city was handsomely decorated - business houses, public buildings and residences, - and Main street was nicely illuminated.
Over 700 Milwaukee people were present on the occasion and it is estimated that there were at least 3000 visitors in the city, and in the words of The Milwaukee Sentinel reporter: "Watertown proved a royal host indeed to its homecoming sons and daughters."
A parade in the morning, a monster picnic at Tivoli Island in the afternoon and evening, and a brilliant illumination of the city's streets at night were the features of the program rendered.
A large portion of the visitors began to arrive on Saturday, including over 200 from Milwaukee, but most of them came on Sunday morning trains. The banner delegation left Milwaukee in a special train of six coaches over the Milwaukee road at 8:15 o'clock in the morning, arriving at Watertown at 10 o'clock. This train carried over 500 people, including the officers of the Watertown Club . . .
Former Gov. George W. Peck, a member of the Watertown Club, had promised to be present, but as the result of his nomination for governor on the democratic ticket he asked to be excused and "homecoming day" lost its star attraction. Mayor Rose also had promised to speak at Watertown in behalf of the Milwaukeeans, but his trip to Arizona removed his name from the program. Visitors from other cities had come on earlier trains, and when the special train of the Milwaukee delegation arrived over 1,000 people crowded the depot yard to greet them . . .
(At Tivoli Island) 3,500 gathered for the afternoon festivities, and this number was increased to over 5,000 during the evening. At 2 o'clock City Attorney Arthur Mulberger called the crowd to order and in behalf of Mayor Wertheimer, who was suffering from a painful cold, delivered an eloquent address of welcome . . .
During the afternoon and evening Bach's band gave a concert on the island, and at night the island and the streets of the city were brilliantly illuminated by strands of electric lights. The special train left for Milwaukee at 10:30 o'clock. Watertown Daily Times
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