ebookHistory of Watertown, Wisconsin


Theodore Kusel


1908††††† Theodore Kusel was exhibiting to his friends this week an old clay pipe that the late "Dick" Jones presented to him on May 4, 1882, the date being printed on the pipe with a pen the day the pipe was given him.Years ago he placed the pipe in the basement of the Kusel hardware store, and it laid there for years till some alterations were being made therein, and it was found and placed in the care of the late Chris Becker, who prized it very much as an heirloom of his old friend, Mr. Jones. A few days ago Mr. Kusel had a "pipe dream" about the old pipe and went to the Becker store in North Water Street and found it in the odds-and-ends corner of the store. Theodore says that more good fellows and great men (and Watertown statesmen) have smoked that pipe than the last congress of the United States contained, and he treasures it very highly. When Richard Jones conducted a wagon shop in North Water Street, all the statesmen of the town used to assemble there and they took turns in taking a whiff out of the old "dugeen."†††† 07 03 WG



Mrs. Theodore Kusel / Cora Sehrt Kusel

1868 - 1915


11 11†††† Mrs. Theodore Kusel died last week Friday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Louise Sehrt in Waukesha.She had been in poor health for several months and some weeks before she died was taken down with pneumonia, from which she recovered but her condition was so weak that she finally succumbed to heart failure.A few weeks previous to her death she went to Waukesha, where she could be under the care of her mother and sister.


All that could be done for here by a kind and devoted husband, mother, sisters and brothers, was done for her but Divine Providence seen fit to call her, and she passed peacefully away surrounded by her loved ones.


Mrs. Kusel was born in Waukesha, June 23, 1868, her maiden name being Cora E. Sehrt.On January 12, 1895 she was married to Theodore Kusel of this city, and for a time resided at Waukesha, removing later to this city.


She is survived by her husband, her mother, and brother, William Sehrt of Waukesha, and three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Maynard, Milwaukee: Mrs. Albert Goerke, and Mrs. Lilian Chilson of Waukesha.


Mrs. Kuselís death is sincerely regretted in Watertown, for she was a lady of charming disposition, mild and ladylike in manner, and ever mindful of Godís admonition to do unto others as you would be done by.In her death our city has lost a most worthy citizen and her husband a devoted wife and life companion.In his sorrow he has the heartfelt sympathy of all our people.


Mrs. Kuselís funeral was held on Monday from the home of her mother in Waukesha, the Rev. W. Dielun officiating.The interment was in Prairie Home cemetery.A large number of relatives andfriends from this city attended.