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Carl Schurz Memorial Fund

04 02 1908


Word from Madison yesterday to Supt. W. P. Roseman informs those interested that many cities throughout the state are contributing very liberally to the Carl Schurz memorial fund. Cities composed largely of German population, such as La Crosse, Milwaukee and Wausau are becoming very enthusiastic over the idea and are sending in large amounts and many of the smaller cities both in German and English communities are not backward in their contributions.


The Germans of Milwaukee have already raised $30,000. Madison has raised $5,000, La Crosse $4,500. The apathy of the part of the people of Watertown in this matter is hard for outsiders to understand, but it is hoped that something will be done here very soon in the way of swelling the fund.


Odds and Ends


Watertown Gazette, 07 03 1908


—Edw. Racek has removed the dwelling house from the property he sold in North Second Street to the U. S. government to his lot in Second Street and is fitting it up for residence purposes.


—John Enright lost a large roll of bills last week, and as luck would have it, an honest man found the money and returned it to Mr. Enright.  William Roark was the finder of the money and says he cares more for honesty than he does for money.


—The Mayor and a number of aldermen, of Oconomowoc, were in the city-last week inspecting our paved streets with a view of making street improvements in their city next year.  While here Civil Engineer Parsons showed them about the city.


Turner Hall

Watertown Daily Times, 03 25 1958


A new legal question has been raised here in connection with the pending application filed by Phil M. Mlodzik for the transfer of his White House tavern license at 1021 South Third Street to the bar at Turner Hall.  The new question relates to the claim that the First Baptist Church is within 300 feet of the Turner Hall, where the transferred license would be in effect.  This is contrary to law relating to taverns it is claimed, since the present license for Turner Hall involves only beer.  The transferred license would involve a full tavern license, including hard liquors.  City Attorney Harold W. Hartwig has been asked for an opinion relating to the transfer of the license, but the church angle is a new development which will also be involved when the matter comes before the City Council at its meeting on April 1.  Some persons who have become interested in the issue have also raised the question of possible difficult supervision in the tavern at Turner Hall if the license is transferred there, since the Turner Hall attracts many teenagers for dancing, wrestling matches and other functions.  Church people are said to feel that this matter must be thoroughly cleared up before any action on the license is taken.  They want to know how it will be possible to keep 18-year-olds away from the bar or tavern when they frequent Turner Hall in large numbers.


Automobiles Pass Through City

Watertown Daily Times, 07 03 1907


Among the many automobiles that passed through the city yesterday, was a Beaver Dam auto.  The Messrs. H. Becker, Jos. Wagner, Orran Hoffenbert and W. D. Rood were the occupants of the car.  The first three, were Beaver Dam people, while Mr. Rood, the operator of the machine, is the representative of the Jonas Automobile Co., at Milwaukee.  Mr. Rood was one of the observers in last Saturday’s endurance race, being in charge of the Peerless Car, No. 4, which finished the race with a perfect score.  The auto which W. D. Rood drove yesterday was a Cadillac car and made the time between Milwaukee and Watertown in two hours and thirty minutes.  The occupants of the car stopped in the city and called on friends for a few moments.



Watertown Daily Times, 03 25 1908


The Leader is in receipt of another letter from L. C. Hanafourde, the Chicago gentleman who is trying to secure the establishment of an automobile factory in Watertown, of which mention has been made in the recent past.  The gentleman writes very encouragingly of the project and among other things says:  “We are getting along very well with our automobile factory and I hope to be able to spend two or three days in Watertown in the very near future.  It was my intention to visit your city some time ago, but I have been delayed each time I had intended going.  However, I will be there.  From the present outlook, I feel confident that the automobile factory in Watertown is a sure fact.  If you can find a picture of the factory building we discussed on my last visit, I wish you would send it to me.”


The building referred to is the one on North Water Street formerly used by the Woodard & Stone Company, which Mr. Hanafourde thinks, with remodeling and an addition, would make an ideal factory building.


Wisconsin Homeseeker

Watertown Gazette, 07 03 1908

Immigration for Wisconsin.


The publisher is just in receipt of the first issue of the publication known as the Wisconsin Homeseeker, issued by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad for the purpose of stimulating immigration to Wisconsin and furnishing information in regard to its natural resources.


A series of letters from settlers is published in the Homeseeker, in which these pioneers tell in an interesting way something of their experiences in establishing new homes and developing their land into profitable farms.


The Northwestern is desirous of securing as many more testimonials of this kind as possible. A letter from you would appeal strongly to the prospective homeseeker, and every homesteader is earnestly invited to write a letter telling of the crops, soil, climate, schools, the cost of getting a start, etc., for use in this manner, and send it to us, together with the names and addresses of friends in the east who would be interested in having a copy of the "Homeseeker," illustrated books, maps and other literature mailed to them free of charge.


Address all communications on the subject to Mr. W. B. Kniskern, P. T. M.  C. & NW. Ry , Chicago, Ill


Fourth of July, 1908

Watertown Gazette, 07 03 1908



Big Reduction at Goeldner's For Fourth.  A big reduction in firecrackers, fireworks, blank cartridges, etc., is announced at Otto J. Goeldner's store. See the prices and reductions below:  Firecrackers - 2c bunch at 1c; 5c bunch at 4c; cannon crackers 5c box at 4c; 8c box at 5c; 2c one at 1c; 3c one at 2c; son-of-a-gun crackers 5c one at 3c; 3c one at 2c; roman candles 2c one 1c; 3c one 2c; 5c one 3c; 8c one 5c; 10c one 8c; 15c one 10c. All other firecrackers and fireworks reduced in same proportion.


There will be a grand 4th of July celebration at Hubbleton, to include a picnic at Bare's Grove, east on the banks of the Crawfish River.  There will be games and amusements of all kinds, dancing, refreshments, etc. At 8.30 in the evening there will be fireworks at the village of Hubbleton, and a grand ball at Washington hall. The Hubbleton bridge will be passable on that day, and a big crowd is expected to attend from Watertown, and other places.  The public is cordially invited, and all can count on having a good time.   [Chapter on Fourth of July]



Lenore Salick

Watertown Gazette, 07 03 1908


A lawn social was given last Tuesday afternoon at the home of Charles J. Salick and wife, Third Street, in honor of their daughter Lenore Salick and Miss Helen Heaton, of Marshfield.  Games of various kinds were indulged in, a fine luncheon was served and there was a fine display of fireworks and a balloon ascension in the evening.  Those present were: Misses Doris Meyer, Mabel Mansfield , Helen Hertel, Rose and May Fitzgerald, Ruth Wilkowski, Ruth Kraft, Dollie Wolfram, Ruth Archie, Francis Skinner, Mary Conway, Edna Blaesius, Selma Spohn, Florence Potter, Margaret Koenig, Mercedes McGolrick, Estella Salick , Edith and Marie Buttler, all of this city, and Irene Smith of Beaumont, Texas.          Cross Reverence:   Salick, Leanore "Slicky" 1918, Watertown High School Senior YrBk portrait


Interurban Construction

Watertown Gazette, 04 03 1908


In speaking of the prospects of early operations on the interurban line of the Milwaukee Heat, Light and Traction Company, William C. Stone of this city, yesterday stated that active construction operations would be commenced just as soon as the frost was out of the ground and the works pushed to completion with all possible rapidity.  Mr. Stone also remarked that the promoters of the line would bend every energy to have the same completed and cars running on schedule time for the annual homecoming to be held in August, so that the members of the Watertown Homecoming club of Milwaukee will have the pleasure of enjoying the pleasant and novel trip out here on the new interurban line.  Mr. Stone said it was barely possible that a branch line would be built out to the fairgrounds in time for the fair this fall, but that it could not be promised.

  More on interurban and W C Stone 

Interurban To Watertown

Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


"Interurban cars will be running into Watertown in time for the homecoming on Aug. 2," said W. C. Stone in the Hotel Pfister.  Mr. Stone is connected with the Watertown extension and the Watertown city line. He is on his way to Madeline Island for a summer vacation.  The interurban will be met at the head of College Avenue, continued Mr. Stone, "and the cars will run down that street to Fifth Street, thence to Main Street. The line in the city will be extended west as far as Montgomery Street, one block west of St. Bernard's church. There it will stop for this year. It is the intention as soon as the financial skies clear to build north and south on Montgomery Street, south by the fair grounds to Jefferson and north to Juneau. This work has been planned, but nothing will be done until money is a little easier. It will probably take about three hours at first to make the run from Milwaukee to Watertown via Waukesha and Oconomowoc. When the roadbed has become settled and the track is in proper shape the time will be lowered probably to about two hours. It is intended to give an hourly service. This will be a great accommodation. "While it will take a little longer to make the trip old timers will remember that two and one-half hours was the regular train time between the two cities for many years and no one objected seriously. Besides that the interurban runs through a beautiful strip of country all the way from Watertown to Waukesha. The constant stops which have to be made at every crossroads make it difficult for interurban trains to make fast time, but with the lower fare between Watertown and Milwaukee it looks as though there would b e a great deal of travel, to say nothing of the local traffic which will be considerable, owing to the ease with which people can go from one town to another [Milwaukee Sentinel, July 10]


Odds and Ends

Watertown Gazette, 07 03 1908


The J. H. Murphy Co. of this city has secured the contract for frescoing the German Lutheran church at Hustisford.


Henry Beneke has purchased the saloon in North First Street recently owned by “Pat” Diekoff and will henceforth conduct the place.


Edw. Racek has sold the store building at 210 Main Street, occupied by E. Herro & Son, to Wm. J. Gruetzmacher, consideration $6000, the deal being made through the agency of Skinner & Thauer.  Mr. Gruetzmacher will remain in his present quarters, but has made this purchase as an investment.



Watertown Gazette, 07 10 1908


WANT ALLEY - Owners of property in West Main Street, between Water and Washington streets, are endeavoring to have an alley opened in the block on the south side of the street, which they claim will be almost an absolute necessity when the street railway [interurban] is in running condition.  In the business section of Watertown there should be more alleys, not only for business purposes, but also as a fire protection. Should this alley be opened it would take a small piece off the rear of the public library lot, but the advantages to be derived from having an alley in that block would more than compensate for the small tract of land set aside for that purpose.


St. Mark’s Improvements

Watertown Gazette, 07 10 1908


The interior of St. Mark's Lutheran Church is to be decorated by A. Liebeg & Co., of Milwaukee, electric lights are to be placed in the church, also two fine water fonts.  The improvements are to cost $2000.

  More on St. Mark’s improvements 


Weekly Watertown Leader, 10 30 1908

Theodore Dobbratz falls while decorating St. Mark’s


Theodore Dobbratz, the well-known painter, met with a serious accident at St. Mark’s Lutheran church this morning while he was at work decorating the interior of the edifice.  He was at work on a scaffold about twenty feet high when it gave way, precipitating Mr. Dobbratz to the floor below.


As soon as possible he was removed to his residence, 117 North Fourth Street, where physicians examined his injures.  It was found that he sustained a fracture of the back bone.  The spinal cord is intact but there is a fracture and dislocation of the vertebrae.  Hopes of recovery are entertained, provided that no pressure symptoms develop.


Aside from this injury he also sustained a fracture of the left forearm.  While in a critical condition the physicians have hopes of his recovery.  Mr. Dobbratz has been employed for some time on the interior decorations of the church as his services as a decorator are much sought after, and the news of this unfortunate occurrence will be learned with sorrow by all and it is to be hoped that he will be fully restored to health.


  More on St. Mark’s improvements 

St. Mark's has been redecorated

Watertown Gazette, 11 20 1908


Special Services at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.


St. Mark's Lutheran church in North Sixth Street has just been redecorated throughout its interior by the celebrated church decorators Liebeg & Co., Milwaukee.  The color effect and harmony is most beautiful and the members of that congregation, and their pastor Rev Klingman, may well feel proud of these artists' work.  The church has also been recarpeted, the body of the church with green cork carpet, and the chancel with green velvet carpet, which harmonizes very nicely with the church decorations.  In honor of this new improvement at St. Mark's special services will be held next Sunday.  Prof. Schaller, president of the Lutheran Seminary at Wauwatosa will officiate at the 10 a.m. services, Rev. Keibel, of Kirchhayn, Wis.[a community in Washington Co.], at the 2 p.m. services, and Rev. R. A. Stock of Hartland will preach at the 7:30 evening services in English.

  More on St. Mark’s improvements 

Gets $1,250 Damages

Watertown Gazette, 09 24 1909


Theodore Dobbratz was given $1,250 damages in his action against A. Liebig and others in the circuit court at Jefferson last week.  The action was brought to recover damages for injuries which he received by falling from an alleged defective scaffold while working for the defendant in decorating the interior of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church last October.


Dr. F. C. Werner

Watertown Gazette, 07 10 1908


Dr. F. C. Werner has sold his office and store property at 104 [East] Main Street to P. W. Mansfield, through the real estate agency of Skinner & Mauer, consideration $9000. The doctor's office will still be located in the same building.


City Council Notes

Watertown Gazette, 07 10 1908


There was an interesting meeting of the city council last Tuesday evening. Among the matters of interest taken up were:  The Milwaukee Heat, Light and Traction Co. asked to have its franchise amended so as to substitute wood poles instead of iron poles on one side of Main Street. Owing to the absence of City Attorney Kading from the city, the matter was postponed till next Tuesday evening.


Mayor Mulberger recommended the establishing of a Board of Park Commissioners, and in accordance with his recommendations an ordinance was introduced creating such a commission.


The Mayor appointed Hon. Wm. F. Voss and Julius W. Wiggenhorn to succeed themselves as members of the library board for the next three years.



Watertown Gazette, 07 10 1908


Western Avenue residents presented a petition remonstrating against giving permission to the Milwaukee Heat, Light and Traction Co. to lay a track on that street from Fifth to Second streets. It was referred to the board of public works and the committee on streets and bridges.


John J. Brusenbach presented a remonstrance against making any change in the sidewalk lines of his property near corner of Main and 5th streets for the Interurban railway. Referred to the committee on judiciary and streets and bridges.


The late Mrs. Dora Naeve of Minneapolis, Minn., left a residence and real estate at Albert Lee, Minn., valued at $8000 to the hospital in that city.  She formerly resided in Watertown, her maiden name being Soth. She was a cousin of Ernst Krueger and Mrs. A. F. Baumann of this city.


Watertown Leader

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908


Daily Leader Suspends.  The Watertown Daily Leader, which was established two years ago last April in this city, suspended publication last Friday. The management have always published a good paper, and attended strictly to business, and it is through no fault of theirs that the paper has not been a paying investment.  In its last issue The Leader says:  "It is not a case of The Daily Leader dying with a struggle and all the other appurtenances thereto. It is a desire on the part of the management of the morning paper to bring to an end what has been a continuous grind in the publication of the morning visitor, which was set forth recently in an announcement that was made that The Leader would be "switched" to an evening sheet. The phase of a second evening paper, also gave glimpses of a future struggle for both papers. The questions involving the change announced this morning have been carefully considered for some time with the mutual resolve that there was in Watertown a field for one daily paper. The Leader, being the latest candidate in the local journalistic field, has consented, in view of a satisfactory consideration, to clear the track and give its competitor the right-of-way.


In the signed agreement between the principals to this transaction, the management of The Leader has amply protected its subscribers. There are some who have paid in advance. Any who are taking The Daily Leader and not the Times, will be given such credit as the time in which they are paid in advance, on the subscription list of the Times. There are some cases, perhaps, where parties have paid in advance for both papers. In case of such payment to The Leader, the credit will likewise be given, so that none will be the loser. This is an agreement between the parties interested and will be carried out to the letter by The Times people.


The publication of The Weekly Leader will be continued and the management will be continued and the management solicits the patronage of the public, not only in the matter of subscriptions, but in job work and advertising.


To our friends of The Times, we wish them the greatest of success and trust that the public will appreciate the value of a daily paper to the extent of extending them a generous patronage - a very necessary factor in the manipulation of a daily paper.


There are many in the city who have stood loyally by The Leader - who have encouraged the management in numerous ways. To those friends we wish to extend our hearty thanks collectively and will take occasion to do so individually.”


Ward L. Swift has accepted the position of state political writer for The Milwaukee Journal. His family will reside here for several months longer, but he will make his headquarters in Milwaukee.  His many friends here wish him success in his new field of labor.


Home Coming 1908

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Origin of the celebrating of Home Coming Day


The following appeared in the Milwaukee Sentinel last week, in which the origin of the celebrating of home coming day is mentioned:


"President Ernst A. Kehr and Secretary M. A . Blumenfeld, Milwaukee-Watertown club, which will send at least 1,000 former; residents to assist in celebrating home coming day in Watertown on August 1 and 2, claim to be originators of the home-coming idea which has taken root in every part of the United States.


The plan was born six years ago, when Watertown held its first affair of the kind, it being projected by Mr. Kehr and Mr. Blumenfeld, to be followed with the organization of the club.


Congressman John M. Nelson, Madison, will be orator of the day at the big picnic celebration on August 2, on Tivoli Island. The city will be decorated in carnival style. The Milwaukee-Watertown club has in its membership practically every former resident and the majority will attend the home coming."


Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Thirty Year Club


The Thirty Year Club, which is a part of the homecoming organization, expects to be in force here on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2.  The official meeting of the members will be held at the Masonic Temple on Saturday evening at 8 o'clock.  All members are requested to be present at that time and Watertown people who will entertain such members are requested to inform them of such arrangement.


Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Special Train for Homecoming Day


On Sunday, August 2, 1908, a special train will leave Madison at 8 a. m., on the Madison branch of the St. P. Ry. for this city, and returning will leave here at 9 p. m., to accommodate all along the Madison branch of the St. P. Ry. who wish to attend the homecoming here on that day.


Educational contest

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Awarded Prizes


Messrs Leo E. Pitterle and Erwin W. Russell of Watertown, who took part in an Educational contest given by the Williams Business College [in] Milwaukee, Wis., have been awarded prizes by the judges.  Another contest will be given in a few weeks.


Postal Raise

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Raised $100


The Watertown post office clerks and carriers have each received a raise of $100 per annum from Uncle Sam, something all of them very much appreciate.


Oconomowoc to Watertown Interurban Line to open


Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Watertown Line Open Soon


The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company's extension from Oconomowoc to Watertown, a distance of thirteen miles, will be opened to traffic about the middle of next week. Through cars from Milwaukee will leave the public service building hourly at half after the hour from 6:30 o'clock in the morning until 11:30 o'clock at night [Milwaukee Free Press, July 22.]


Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908

Interurban Railway


Work on the Interurban street railway is progressing nicely, and many of the objections raised to its construction by property owners have been satisfactorily settled, the street railway company doing everything possible to satisfy our citizens.  Western Avenue is to be cut down to the satisfaction of residents on that street, the relaying of the brick in Main Street along the right of way of the railway has been laid to correspond to the objections raised, and many other individual objections have been settled.  There is no question about it that the Interurban railway will be of great benefit to our city, and no unreasonable objections should be raised to hinder the good work being completed as rapidly as possible.


August Kading

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Will Go to Juneau


August Kading, a brother of District Attorney C. A. Kading of Watertown, and a graduate of the law department of the University of Wisconsin, has formed a co-partnership with John G. Bachhuber of this city under the firm name of Bachhuber & Kading, and will come here to begin the practice of law next week.  Since completing the law course at Madison, Mr. Kading has been associated with his brother in the practice of law at Watertown and is well known in the courts of the county. The firm will also maintain a branch office in the village of Reeseville. [Juneau Independent]


Kiro, the African Monkey

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908   [Advertisement]



Direct from Madison Square Garden, N. Y.  Kiro, the African Monkey will do the same sensational act as the noted "Diavola" Looping the Loop, in an automobile. The only one of his tribe [who] ever accomplished this feature.


Remember the Day and Date, Sunday, July 26, 1908.


Watertown defeated Hartford

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908


Watertown defeated Hartford in an interesting game of baseball at Washington Park last Sunday by a score of 3 to 1.  Both clubs put up a good game.  Kronitz's home run won the box of cigars offered by Wiggenhorn Bros., two dollars at the Wegemann-Faber-Kaercher Co. store, and one dollar at the People's Meat Market.


Olympic Games in London

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908


The opening day of the Olympic games in London was marred somewhat by rain. Americans did well in preliminaries. In the evening the lord mayor entertained the athletes.  American athletes captured three more gold medals in the Olympia games at London, winning the 100-meter swim, the broad jump and the bantam wrestling finals.  The American tug-of-war team in the Olympic games at London, finding the Liverpool police team were violating the rules by wearing specially prepared shoes, made a protest, which was overruled, and then withdrew. Canadian and French athletes also were dissatisfied with the management of the games.


Carl Achterberg and Wife

Watertown Gazette, 07 17 1908

Golden Wedding


Carl Achterberg and wife celebrated their golden wedding at their home, 906 Wisconsin Street, on Friday last, Rev. H. Sterz, pastor of the Evangelical Protestant church, conducting the religious part of the services.  Among the guests present was Wm. Quandt, of Summer, Iowa, who was best man on the occasion of Mr. and Mrs. Achterberg's marriage. Mr. Achterberg was born on December 1, 1829, at Falkenberg, Pommerania, and his wife was born at Grosse-Poplow, Pormmerania, February 1, 1839. They came to America in 1857, locating in Milwaukee, where they were married the following year. In April, 1859, they removed to this city, and have ever since made it their home. Thirteen children were born to them, four of whom are living, being Mrs. Geo. Rathjen and Mrs. James Wright, of Janesville; Mrs. Fred Monahan and Charles Achterberg, of Chicago.


Plattdeutscher Verein

Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


John J. Brusenbach represented the Plattdeutscher Verein at the German-American convention in Milwaukee last week and was elected vice- president of the state association.  Mr. Brusenbach is one of the best-posted men on all general affairs and this honor is well bestowed.



Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


The Miller Brewing Co. baseball team of Oshkosh was defeated at Washington Park last Sunday by the Watertown baseball team by the score of 18 to 2. The Oshkosh team played very poor ball, hence Watertown won an easy victory.  Watertown is playing good ball and the boys work together well. Hallett and Schultz were the batteries for Watertown and Walt and Fitzgerald for Oshkosh.  Ruedig made a homerun, Schultz a three-base hit, Kuenzi, Leschinger, Bergan and Monohan two-base hits.



Democratic Caucuses

Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


At 7:30 o'clock on Friday evening of this week there will be democratic caucuses held in the five Jefferson county wards of this city to appoint delegates to attend the county convention at Jefferson on Saturday, which convention appoints delegates to the state convention to be held in Milwaukee next week Wednesday for the purpose of perfecting the party organization in the state and formulating a platform, the selection of candidates for the September primaries for state offices and such other business as may come before the convention.  Don't fail to turn out at these caucuses and show an interest in the coming campaign.


Watertown Retail Liquor Dealers' Association

Watertown Retail Grocers' Association

Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


H. W. Kronitz, Reinhold Schott, Carl F. Otto, W. C. Radtke, W. J. Beach and S. Molzahn were elected delegates and Max Staats, Ernst W. Hoeffner, Otto Winklemann, Henry Diekoff, Edward Voigt and Otto Schott were elected alternates of the Watertown Retail Liquor Dealers' Association to the state convention of the organization at Kenosha this week.


The Watertown Retail Grocers' Association on Monday evening elected as delegates to the state convention at Hayward on August 24 to 26, A. A. Hardie and A. Peters.



Watertown Gazette, 07 24 1908


Theo. Kunitz died of typhoid fever at Minneapolis, Minn., last Saturday. Deceased formerly resided here, and after leaving school he was employed for a time in H. T. Eberle's drug store. He served in the army of Uncle Sam in the Philippines 3 years, and on returning to Minneapolis he became a travelling salesman for the National Biscuit Co. The news of his death was received in Watertown with sincere sorrow.  Louis H. Kunitz, brother of the deceased, and wife and daughter Louise left on Sunday night for Minneapolis to attend the funeral.


Mrs. Fred. Ryder

Watertown Gazette, 07 31 1908


Mrs. Fred. Ryder died at the family borne in Minneapolis last Saturday.  Recently she was operated on, and her condition was such that death soon followed.  Sunday her funeral was held at Minneapolis and on Monday afternoon her remains were interred at Columbus.  Her husband and two adopted children survive her.  The family formerly resided here, Mr. Ryder being employed for years as bookkeeper for the Woodard-Stone Co.  Deceased was well and most favorably known here and her death was learned of with sincere sorrow.  She was a most excellent lady and possessed a sweet and amiable disposition.  The husband and children have the sincere sympathy of the people of Watertown in their great affliction.


St. Bernard's Church Notes

Watertown Gazette, 07 31 1908


Rev. Father Boland, the new pastor of St. Bernard's Church, took charge of the parish last Sunday and Solemn High Mass was celebrated by him in honor of the event. He was assisted by Rev. Dr. Morrissey, Provincial of the Holy Cross Order of Notre Dame, Indiana; Rev. Father O'Keeffe, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Austin, Texas, and Rev. Father O'Leary, President of Sacred Heart College, Watertown, Wis.  Father Morrissey preached the sermon, which was one of the best ever delivered at St. Bernard's.  A large congregation was present to benefit by the sermon and services.


Rev. Father Rogers, for seven years past pastor at St. Bernard's church, left here last Friday for Fond du Lac, Wis., where he will take treatment for a time at St. Agnes' sanitarium, previous to going to Notre Dame, Ind. It is hoped he will receive the benefit sought and that he will shortly be restored to health.


Rev. Dr. Morrissey, Provincial of the Holy Cross Order of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Rev. Father O'Keeffe, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, of Austin, Texas, has been a guest for some time past of Rev. Father O’Leary at Sacred Heart College, and of Rev. Father Boland at St. Bernard's parsonage. Father O'Keeffe was for many years the esteemed president of Sacred Heart College, and many of his old friends took advantage of his visit here to call and see him.


Fathers Morrissey and Boland were former vice-presidents of the college, and like Father O'Keeffe were highly esteemed by a large acquaintance. Their presence together on the altar at St. Bernard's last Sunday, with Rev. Father O'Leary, the present efficient, popular and worthy president of Sacred Heart College, was a coincidence that is worthy of note, and one that was greatly appreciated by the large congregation present on the occasion.


The Lewis Fountain

Watertown Gazette, 07 31 1908


The Board of Public Works has removed the Lewis fountain at the corner of West Main, Washington and North Washington streets temporarily while the street car tracks are being laid. As soon as the street railway is completed the fountain will be replaced on its old site on a better foundation than heretofore and connected with larger pipes for the overflow to be taken away. The watering troughs will be turned east and west, making it more convenient for teamsters to water their horses than heretofore, and decreasing the chances of accident. The Board is to be commended for deciding to retain the fountain at this point, not only for the reason that it was placed there by the only real philanthropist that Watertown has ever had, the late Robert E. Lewis, but also for the reason that it will at that point be the means of quenching the thirst of more animals than at any other place in the city. Watertown people are not unlike people the world over, they have a kindly feeling for the brute creation and are willing to do their share toward administering to their wants.



Watertown Gazette, 07 31 1908


Portiuncula services will be held at St. Bernard's Church next Saturday and Sunday.  Confessions will be heard and visits may be made to the church next Saturday afternoon and evening ,and Holy Communion received Sunday morning.  These services are usually taken advantage of by a very large number of Catholics of this city and surrounding country, and on Saturday and Sunday next the usual large number are expected to take part in them.