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Watertown Daily Times, 04 22 1932


Back in 1875 the four barbershops in the city shops were conducted by E. Gebhardt at North First and Main streets, A. Gritzner at Main Street bridge, Frank Tercinski at Main and Second streets and Fred Werner whose shop was located on Main Street bridge.  [1870, Werner bldg (with canopy, north side of bridge, washed away in 1881 flood]


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Watertown Democrat, 06 25 1863


[Advertisement] WERNER’S BATHING ESTABLISHMENT & BARBER SHOP.  The subscriber has just fitted up in the most convenient manner a suit of Bathing Rooms, under his Barber Saloon [Salon], on the north side of Main Street Bridge, which are now open.  Those who wish to regularly indulge in this most healthful exercise will find every comfort and convenience to enable them to do so.  Shaving and hair dressing done in the saloon [Salon] above in the most neat, prompt and fashionable manner.  – F. Werner.


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Watertown Democrat, 11 09 1865


Leeches.  The finest quality of leeches, imported from Paris, can always be found at the barber shop of E. Gebhardt.


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Hair Jewelry Manufactory

Watertown Democrat, 11 16 1865


The subscriber would announce that he is prepared to do all kinds of hair braiding in the most neat and careful manner, such as bracelets, ear rings, studs, rings, watch chains, guards, chains and necklaces and firmly fit them to the tips or gold work.  Hair curled and frizzled and all kinds of hair flowing neatly made.  Also wigs, braids, switches, curls, etc., repaired.  He warrants all the work he does and assures his customers that their orders will be executed with the utmost exactness.  Order may be left with him at his barber shop on First Street.


Eugene Gebhardt


Labor Parade and Ball

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


Labor Day was appropriately observed in this city on Monday.  All the factories and banks were closed for the day, and in the afternoon all business houses suspended business.  At 2 o’clock the labor unions in the city, accompanied by the Watertown and Independent bands, paraded our principal streets and made a very creditable showing.  The parade being concluded, the various unions passed the balance of the day in visiting and entertainment of a private character, the usual labor day picnic having been abandoned.  The parade was made up as follows:  Committee, Colorbearer, Band, Barbers, Painters, Carpenters, Bricklayers and Masons, Band, Sheet Metal Workers, Plumbers, Tailors, Printers, Brewers, Cigarmakers.  In the evening a grand ball was held at Turner opera house, and a right royal time was enjoyed by the large number present.


Interurban Far Kills Man

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


Tuesday morning the mangled remains of a Greek about 40 years of age were found on the tracks of the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Company about six miles east of this city and brought to this city and placed in the morgue.


Charles Fischer

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


Chas. Fischer, of the firm of Chas. Fischer & Son, Co., left on Monday for Lititz, Pa., to attend the provincial synod of the Moravian church, which meets every five years. While east he will visit New York City and other eastern cities.


New Gymnasium-Auditorium

Watertown Daily Times, 05 03 1958


Watertown High School will use its new gymnasium-auditorium for the first time to graduate a class of seniors when the exercises are held for the class of 1958 on Wednesday evening, June 4, it was announced today.  The speaker this year will be H.F. Lewis, first assistant to the state superintendent of schools.  Edward Hinterberg, who will retire on July 1 after 35 years as principal of the high school, will for the last time serve on the program by presenting the senior class members as they step up to receive their diplomas.


Inter-County Fair, 1908

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


All arrangements have been practically completed for the Inter-County fair to be held in this city on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 15, 16, 17 and 18.  Every department will be complete, and a fine amusement program has been arranged.  The racing program will be especially attractive.  One of the special attractions will be Klein's consolidated shows, 15 in number.  This show includes a working force of 200 people, and the Watertown and state fairs are the only fairs in Wisconsin where they will exhibit.  The shows will also exhibit at the Illinois and Iowa state fairs.  They will be open day and evening, and that portion of the fair grounds will be brilliantly illuminated at night time.  Boost the fair in every way possible, and help swell the attendance. All who attend can count on being well entertained.

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Special Trains for the Fair

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


Secretary Charles Mulberger announces that he had made arrangements with the Milwaukee Road officials for a special train on the evening of September 17, during the Inter-County Fair.  The train will leave Watertown for stations on the Madison branch at 9:30 p. m. which will give the people at Hubbleton, Waterloo, Sun Prairie, Marshall and other stations a chance to attend the fair and be at home at an early hour.  He also says that road officials will stop the Pioneer Limited, due to leave here at 10:20 p.m. at Reeseville during the three nights of the fair, September 16, 17 and 18.  This will be a welcome accommodation to the people residing in Reeseville who attend the fair in Watertown this year, which will be bigger and better than ever.

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Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


About 400 Beaver Dam people will attend the Watertown fair next week, coming here in a special train and accompanied by a brass band.  Jefferson people are also arranging to come here in large numbers accompanied by their band.  Fort Atkinson, Waterloo, Juneau, Oconomowoc and Columbus will be well represented.

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Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


The Inter-County fair at Watertown this year will be bigger and better than ever.  Purses aggregating $3300 have been offered for racing events and the premium list is replete with many offerings in all classes.  The free attractions day and night will surpass those of other years, as some of the best talent has been booked by Secretary Charles Mulberger.  There will be plenty of music, including Bach's Military band of Milwaukee and there will not be an idle moment during the fair.  Something doing all the time.  Large crowds expected daily from surrounding counties.  Don't forget the dates, September 15, 16, 17 and 18.  The Milwaukee road will run a special train for the towns on the Madison branch on September 17, leaving Watertown at 9:30 p. m.  The Pioneer Limited will stop at Reeseville every evening during the fair, and the Northwestern road will run a train north on the night of Thursday, Sept. 17, leaving Watertown at 9:40.

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Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


Wednesday next is Watertown day at the Inter County fair, and all business will no doubt be suspended in the on that day to allow everybody a chance to attend the fair


Van Camp Packing Co

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


M. A. Began (Beggan)left on Monday for Effingham, Ill., where he has been tendered the superintendency of a large milk condensing plant of the Van Camp Packing Co.  He will give the position and city a trial for a month, and if he is favorably impressed with that city as a place of residence, he will accept the position permanently and remove his family thereto.  Mr. Began has been field man and inspector for the Van Camp Packing Co. at their plant in this city for the past year, and so satisfactory has his work been that, the company has offered him this excellent position at a fine salary. Our people will regret the departure of Mr. Began and family from the city, should they decide to leave, and all trust that they may prosper wherever they may decide to locate.

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New Superintendent

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


M. A. Began (Beggan), from Watertown, Wis., is the new superintendent of the Van Camp Condensory of this city, to succeed Supt. Van Derson, who resigned some two weeks ago.  Mr. Began arrived Wednesday and at once assumed his duties, Mr. Van Derson having introduced him to our business circles Wednesday.  Mr. Van Derson will remain in Effingham a sufficient length of time to acquaint Mr. Began with local conditions and will then leave to take up the special work in other states.  We welcome Mr. Began to Effingham and bespeak for him the same high business standing that Mr. Van Derson has occupied.  Mr. Began comes from a great dairy country and The Record-Democrat will join him in the effort to make Effingham the center of as great dairy section as any possessed by Wisconsin.  [Effingham, Ill., Democrat]

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Michael A. Began (Beggan)

Watertown Daily Times, 04 23 1915


Mr. Michael A. Began, a former well know citizen and business man of Watertown, died at his home in Effingham, Ill., last Sunday morning, April 18th 1915, after a period of impaired health extending back for more than two years.


Mr. Began was born in the town of Watertown, Feb. 19, 1861, being the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Began.  Mrs. Began was, prior to her marriage, Miss Susan Carroll, of Richwood.  Both parents passed away several years ago.


“Mike” Began, as he was familiarly known, was one of the most popular residents of Watertown, where he spent many years of his life.


He was a graduate of the Sacred Heart College, Watertown and was a newspaper contributor of marked ability.  He wrote many articles for the Watertown newspapers under the non-de-plume of “Herm Hartvorker” which were widely copied by the press of the state.  These articles, written in German dialect, were intensely humorous and at the same time they exposed public caulessness and brought about many needed reforms.


Mr. Began held many public offices in Watertown and was a man of the highest type of integrity and honesty.  His many friends are pained to hear of his death at the comparatively early age of 54 years.


A wife and four sons survive him.  Funeral services and burial took place at Effingham, Ill., last Tuesday April 21st.


Engine in River

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


By the giving way of the sidetrack just north of Eaton & Son's ice houses, a large C.&N.W. Ry. locomotive tipped into the river just before noon on Thursday and a wrecking crew was sent for to [from] Fond du Lac to remove it.  Fred. Dixon, of Janesville, who married Miss Lizzie Hartnett, formerly of this city, was in charge of the engine when the accident occurred.  He and his fireman escaped injury.


Will Take Over Hotels

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


In a deal consumated some time ago, the Chicago, Milwaukee& St. Paul road took over the entire chain of hotels and eating houses, together with the new distribution system, maintained along its line.  Later it is the intention to own and operate all these side features along the newly constructed road to the coast.  John H. Murphy, who has had charge of the work since the death of its originator, George Allanson, will be installed as manager of the system, with headquarters in Chicago.


Ella Ames, milliner

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908

Closing Out Sale


Beginning August 17, everything sold at wholesale price, will continue for two weeks or until everything is sold.  Trimmed and untrimmed hats, ribbons, flowers, plumes, fancy feathers, cape, hoods, cloaks and all fancy goods.  Mrs. Ella Ames, 11 Main Street.


Jefferson County Fair

Watertown Gazette, 09 04 1908


The Jefferson Co. Fair of 1908, to be held Sept. 22-25 at Jefferson, promises this year to eclipse all former great shows of the association.  There will be something doing all the time.  The greatest list of free attractions ever shown at any fair have been engaged.  There will be eleven horse races one for $100, base ball games every day, other sports, great midway, lots of music, and the outlook for exhibits in all departments promises every building and barn full to overflowing.  It is indeed "Wisconsin's Greatest."


Riverview Commons Fire


Watertown Daily Times, 05 05 1983


Riverview Commons, the apartment complex at 112 Stimpson Street which was destroyed by fire during the evening of March 10, will be rebuilt in the near future, owners of the building announced early this afternoon.  Lynn Durfee, president of Dominium Management Group, owner of the building, said the firm has reached agreement with insurance companies, paving the way for the reconstruction.  Durfee said, “Demolition work will begin almost immediately, and actual construction as soon as possible.  We plan to push this project as much as possible and hope to have it completed in four to five months.”  [Watertown Fire Dept]


Young Men's Association Meeting

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


Mr. S. W. Shorey’s Shakespearian readings before the Young Men’s Association last Saturday evening were very well attended.  Though this was Mr. Shorey’s first appearance as a reader of the poets, his efforts to please and gratify his intelligent and appreciative audience may be pronounced successful.  An attentive listener could discern many of the qualities of voice, tone, manner and quick perception of fine and varying shades of sentiment in the great masters of our language, which are necessary to constitute perfection in that too rare but brilliant and solid accomplishment—perfect reading.  A little more ease, self possession and experience—a little less laboring after dramatic effect in delineating the tragic muse—and he may reach the high standard of merit which the public rigidly but justly exact of all who would catch its smiles, retain its favor and win a permanent popularity.

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Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858


Young Men’s Association—The annual meeting of the members of the Young Men's Association of this city was held at the Reading Room, in Cole's Block, 16th inst., when the following officers were elected for the coming year:


President—F. E. Shandrew

Vice President—C. B. Skinner

Secretary—Geo. L. Field

Treasurer—C. A. Sprague

Executive Committee – John W. Cole, S. W. Shorey, O. B. Sanford, George Peeples, Thomas Moore.


These gentlemen will form an active and efficient board of managers who will do whatever can be done to make the Association a benefit to all who belong to it, and as a means of developing a spirit of inquiry among the young men of the place.


We learn that measures have already been adopted to put the Reading Room under the care of Mr. E. S. Webb, who will keep the papers on file, see that the magazines are on the table where they belong and every evening have the room warmed and lighted for the reception of visitors.  Steps will be taken to have a course of lectures this winter by some of the distinguished men who may come to the west for that purpose.  A number of our own citizens will be invited to render such services in this respect as will secure an interesting and instructive series of addresses.


The future prospects of the Association were never better than they now appear to be.  Those who take an interest in its permanent success and continued prosperity can now lend it their aid and influence with a reasonable assurance that in so doing they are wasting neither their time nor money.  The collection of a Library has been commenced, and a small though choice lot of books has been brought together, to which it is intended to make such valuable additions from time to time as the resources of the Association will permit.

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Watertown Leader, 05 02 1908


A mass meeting for the men of Watertown will be held at the Turner opera house Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. of Wisconsin.  Excellent speakers will be on the platform and a fine quartette from out of town will furnish the music.  Young men will be especially interested and the Y. M. C. A. representatives will be sure to arouse general enthusiasm for a great and growing movement.


The association has become a mighty power for good in almost every large city in the country and is constantly extending its influence and work. It is not proposed, at present, to organize in this city, but on Sunday the speakers will describe the movement and bring men in touch with the organizations in other cities.


The Y. M. C. A. appeals to strong earnest, young men and much good will result from the meeting next Sunday.

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Watertown Leader, 05 06 1908


The body of men attending the meeting held at the Turner hall Sunday afternoon was composed mostly of men from our leading Evangelical churches and was proof of the facts that the desire of the state workers to be of service to our young men is sincerely appreciated by many of the Christian men of our city.  State Secretary F. E. Anderson made an earnest and powerful appeal for a stronger and cleaner Christian manhood for Watertown - a manhood that shall come forth victorious over temptations to sin; a manhood that has enough of love toward his brother men to reach down a helping hand to those who are still conquered by the servant to sin.  The state YMCA quartette rendered songs suitable to the occasion.


At the union service at the Moravian church in the evening, the number attending was so large that the annex had to be thrown open to provide seats for all . . . Mr. Charles Puehler . . . spoke on the work throughout the state and of the splendid report it was receiving from various cities, because they recognize its value to young men and boys.

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Watertown Democrat, 09 30 1858


Library of the Young Men’s Association

To the editor of the Watertown Democrat


Allow me, through the columns of your paper, to call the attention of the citizens of this place to the fact that there are is now being made a strong effort on the part of the directors of the Young Men’s Association, to awaken a deeper interest in and for this institution, and to raise it on a permanent bases to a position that will elicit the full respect and hearty encouragement of every individual connected with it as well as outsiders.  For the furtherance of this object, and in consideration that our library needs additional volumes to make it attractive, it is desirable that all who have books to spare would contribute of such as they have to this object.  It matters but little what they are, or what subject they treat, they will be thankfully received.


Many family libraries contain books that the owners never read, that would be acceptable to some of the many who do their reading at the room of the association.


Lawyers, doctors and all other professional men might contribute books to this object that would be valuable and at the same time be no pecuniary loss to themselves.  We earnestly desire the attention of the people to this subject, and hope to receive the large voluntary contributions of the generous public.  It is the intention of the managers to have an interesting course of lectures the coming winter, and we need the hearty cooperation of the citizens to make the Young Men’s Association one of the permanent institutions of this young and thriving city.


Those wishing to comply with the above request will please leave the books either at the room in Cole’s Block or at the store of C. A. Sprague.


One of the directors


Watertown Daily Times, 05 06 1983


Karma, 801 South Twelfth Street, a division of Brandt, Inc., has been sold to three employees of Karma.  The new owners are Richard K. Natrop, Jerry D. Scheiber and Chris W. Gorski.  All three have been in key positions with Karma. Karma, a manufacturer of beverage dispensing equipment for the food service industry, has been owned by Brandt, Inc., since October of 1968 and has been at its Twelfth Street location since the summer of 1970.  Under terms of the agreement, the new owners will retain the Karma name, but will move the business to a new location in Watertown.  The agreement calls for Karma to be located in Brandt's present paper products facility at the corner of Milford and West streets, which will be leased from Brandt. Brandt will then move its paper products operations to the existing location on South Twelfth Street.


Hugh Burkett

Watertown Daily Times, 05 09 1983


The resignation of Watertown High School Principal Hugh Burkett was accepted with some reservations at Wednesday evening's special meeting of the Watertown School Board.


Burkett resigned effective June 4 because he plans to complete a year of schooling and his dissertation for a doctorate.  He has accepted an assistantship from the University of Mississippi in Oxford for next year.


Burkett plans to return to public education after next year, and several school board members wondered if arrangements could be worked out for his return to be in Watertown.  It was suggested that Burkett could be given a year's leave of absence or some arrangements could be made for him to retain his principal duties on a limited basis during the year.


Burkett was asked why he had resigned and not requested a leave of absence, and he replied that the district does not have a leave of absence policy for administrators.  He also said he had talked with Superintendent of Schools Richard Stolsmark about a leave of absence, but that Stolsmark had told him it wouldn't be practical for the district.


Memorial Day 1908

Watertown Leader, 05 24 1908


The joint committee of the O. D. Pease Post, G. A. R. city council met last evening at the council room in the city building to arrange further details for the observance of Memorial Day . . . The program as yet is not fully complete.  As has previously been announced in The Leader, it is planned to hold the literary and musical exercises on Friday evening, the 29th, at the Turner opera house.  The exercises will open with music by the orchestra.  There will be addresses appropriate to the occasion by representatives of the Northwestern University, the Sacred Heart College and the public schools, also recitations and songs by the school children.  The exercises open with the singing of “Old Glory” by the audience. The hall will be beautifully decorated for the occasion and every child present from the public and parochial schools will be presented with a badge, a ribbon of red, white and blue as a background, over which is a small ribbon with the words:  “In Memoriam, May 30, 1908.”


Watertown Leader, 04 29 1908


At the last regular meeting of O. D. Pease Post, Grand Army of the Republic, the members present, in an informal way talked over as to what should be done in the way of the observance of Memorial Day.  Heretofore, the Post has taken the responsibility and labors incident to a proper and patriotic recognition and observation of the day, but the members realize that now, advanced age and infirmities accompanying old age render it impossible for them to take an active part in the memorial services as they have in the past and must delegate the labor and responsibilities required to others, who inspired by patriotic impulses will see that the day is duly observed with the usual ceremonies.  After the question had been discussed at some length it was the almost universal opinion of the members . . . that should not the municipality or some civic society take hold of the matter, the best and only thing the Post could do, would be to meet at the post hall on Memorial Day and march in solemn silence to the cemetery in which the last veteran was laid to rest and around his grave go through memorial ritual and then return to their hall, disband and retire to their respective homes to question the patriotism and gratitude of the people.


Turner Hall Liquor License

Watertown Daily Times, 05 07 1958


The City Council by unanimous vote last night rejected the application for the transfer of a liquor license to the Turner Hall bar and today a new problem was posed for the Turner Hall management by reason of a letter which was read into the record of last evening's meeting. The letter written by D. H. Pritchard, director of the Division of Beverage and Cigaret taxes for the State of Wisconsin Department of Taxation, pointed out that under the Turners' present class “B” license to sell beer no person under the age of 18, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, may enter or be on the license premises, which includes any room that is accessible from the barroom and under control of the licensee



Watertown Leader, 04 24 1908


Last evening witnessed the parting of the old city council and the birth of the new. At 8:00 o'clock, the mayor and members of the council filed into the council chamber, which was beautifully bedecked with ferns, cut flowers and potted plants. Each of the aldermen wore a carnation in the lapel of his coat. Dr. Shinnick, the alderman-elect from the Second ward appeared to be the favored one, for on his desk, friends had placed bouquets of carnations, lilies and roses.


Considerable interest had been aroused in the initial meeting due to the fact that several city officers were to be named by the council and appointments to be made by the mayor, therefore quite a number of interested spectators had assembled to watch the proceedings ... For chief of police, Herman Block was the unanimous choice of the council, there being no opposition.


Neumann vs. Krueziger

Watertown Leader, 05 12 1908


Justice Henze's court was a busy scene yesterday. The . . . case of Bertha Neumann vs. Edward Krueziger . . . opened at 10:30 o'clock yesterday morning and it was about 10:00 o'clock last night when the jury, after deliberating about 10 minutes, brought in a verdict for the defendant.  The case was the outcome of the sale of a horse by Krueziger to plaintiff . . . (Neumann).  The horse was sold for the sum of $140 paying $130 down.  The defendant claimed that the animal was sound, “so far as he knew.”  The defendant was notified fifteen days after the sale that the horse was sick and lame, followed later by a request that he take the horse back (which) . . . Krueziger refused to do.  The horse finally died and as a result action was brought to recover the sum paid for the horse, the last $10 having been paid five days after the sale was made.


Grinwald Chrysler Center

Watertown Daily Times, 05 12 1998


The Grinwald Chrysler Center, 301 W. Main St., has been sold to a Madison dealership, co-owners John and Terry Grinwald announced Friday.  Kayser Automotive Group purchased the Chrysler dealership, which will be known as Kayser Chrysler Center of Watertown, on Thursday.  The Grinwalds will continue to own Grinwald Ford Mercury Inc., which is located at 200 S. Second St.  The business will be moved to a new location to be constructed this year at Main Street and Highway 16.

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Grinwald Chrysler - Ford

Watertown Daily Times, 09 11 1998


A new car dealership near the Highway 16 bypass is one of the top building projects listed in August by the Watertown Building Inspection Office.  Kayser Automotive Group of Madison and Grinwald Ford Mercury are building car dealership facilities on the bypass at East Main Street.  Kayser recently broke ground on a new 20,000-square-foot showroom.


They currently operate at the former Grinwald Chrysler Center, 301 W. Main St., which was purchased from the Grinwald family recently.


Grinwald Ford also plans to build a new facility, adjacent to Kayser, and move from its current location at 200 S. Second St.

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Razing of Grinwald Chrysler

Watertown Daily Times, 12 10 1998


Demolition crews begin work on the razing of the former Grinwald Chrysler building along Main Street this morning.  The project, which will eventually level several homes on the block in addition to the building, will make way for the construction of a new Walgreens store.  The general contractor, Miron Construction, plans to complete the project by next spring.


Dr. Arno Q. Weniger Jr.

Watertown Daily Times, 05 15 1983


Dr. Arno Q. Weniger Jr., a Baptist leader from Normal, Ill., has been named president of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, and will succeed Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm at the position.  Cedarholm said Weniger will be formally inaugurated into the position on Aug. 25 and will assume his new duties at that time.  Cedarholm will then assume the newly created position of chancellor of the college.  His father is also a well-known fundamentalist leader and for 35 years he was pastor of Hamilton Square Baptist Church of San Francisco, Calif.


Northwestern Military Company

Watertown Leader, 05 13 1908


Have you ever extended your after supper strolls to the campus of Northwestern?  From now on, the military company may daily be seen drilling in preparation for the sham battle on May 30.  Capt. Koehler has succeeded in imbuing his company with more than an ordinary spirit of discipline and all those with a liking for military array could not fail to enjoy a visit to the scene of the company's maneuvers.  Parade drill, the main feature of the company activity, is held every Wednesday evening. At this occasion the band enlivens the parade with a few martial airs.


Watertown Memorial Hospital Association

Watertown Daily Times, 05 13 1958


Officers of the Watertown Memorial Hospital Association were elected last night by the association's board of directors.  Elected were: Paul Kehrer, president; Attorney Roland Dierker, vice president; Miss Catherine Quirk, secretary; and Robert Wills, treasurer.  In addition to the officers, other directors are L.J. Lange, Erwin Bilse, William Guyer, Ray Kern and John D. Clifford. The hospital association was recently formed to assure the continuation of hospital service in Watertown.  In May of 1956, Missionary Sisters, Servants of Holy Ghost, announced that it was placing St. Mary's Hospital up for sale, giving as the reason lack of nuns.  Sale of the building now is in the hands of the B.C. Ziegler Company of West Bend.


Miss Ruth Uttech

Watertown Daily Times, 05 13 1983


Miss Ruth Uttech, an employee of the Watertown Daily Times for over half a century, has retired, according to an announcement today by John D. Clifford, editor and publisher.  Miss Uttech has been bookkeeper for the Daily Times during a span of 52 years, a period of time longer than any other employee in company history and also for well over one-half of the 88 years the company has been in existence.  Although she has officially retired from the Times, Miss Uttech will continue to work on a limited basis in the coming months to insure a smooth transition of duties to Ralph Krueger, new business manager, is completed.  In his new position Krueger will supervise the entire accounting department.


Watertown Fair

September 21, 22, 23 and 24


Bigger and Better Than Ever.

Watertown Gazette, 09 14 1920


The indications now are that the 1920 fair of the Watertown Inter-County Fair association to be held in this city next week will be larger and better than any previous fair of this organization.   A splendid line of attractions has been secured for the fair, and it is expected all departments of the fair will be filled to overflowing, and the horse races will be very fine.  Don’t fail to attend the fair on Tuesday and then every day till it closes on Friday night.  Remember the fair is open day and night.  Go to the fair and take your whole family.


Dedication of St. Mark’s New Lutheran Church

Watertown Gazette, 09 14 1888


St. Mark’s new Lutheran Church in the 2d ward was dedicated last Sunday according to the usual Lutheran ceremonies.  Fully 700 strangers were here from Milwaukee, Jefferson, Columbus, Oconomowoc, Ft. Atkinson, Lowell and Juneau to take part in the services.  In the morning the opening services were held in the old church presided over by Rev. J. H. Brockmann, the pastor, the dedication sermon being preached by Rev. John Bading, of Milwaukee, delivered the sermon, and in the evening, Rev. Philip von Rohr, of Winona, preached.  A very large attendance was present on each occasion, and all were deeply interested in the proceedings.


Virgil. D. Green

Watertown Democrat, 08 05 1858

Flour & Feed Store


The Subscriber has just opened a Flour and Feed Store, on Main Street, in the city of Watertown, where he is ready to buy and sell all kinds of Provisions, Bread Stuffs and Feed.  Flour, Buck Wheat, Corn, Oats, Rye, Barley, Potatoes, Beans, Onions, etc., etc., are always kept on hand, and sold for the lowest cash prices.  Cash is also paid for all these articles, and farmers are requested to give him a call when they bring them in for sale.  Goods delivered in all parts of the city promptly, and at the hour named, free of charge.  VIRGIL. D. GREEN.  Watertown, May 13, 1857


City Directory, 1858

Watertown Democrat, 08 05 1858


T. M. Halpin & Co., are now making the canvass and compilations for a City Directory which will be furnished our citizens in about thirty days.  We have seen specimens of their work which are very creditable.  A Business Directory is much needed by all our citizens and we trust they will, by their subscriptions, aid the publishers in accomplishing this work in a manner worthy of the reputation of our city.  Extreme care will be taken to have this work full and accurate, so that it will be reliable as a convenient book of every day reference.  We understand that these Directories of the prominent cities and villages of the west are purchased quite extensively by the heavy dealers of Chicago and other large places in order to ascertain who are the businessmen of the State.  It is an object for us to have one of our city, and we are glad one will soon be presented for our acceptance.


Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


The Directory—The gentlemen engaged in canvassing our city for the Directory, will have the same completed and ready for the printers by next Wednesday.  They are determined to make thorough work of it, and request us to state to our citizens that in order to get the work out in proper shape and so as to remunerate them for the expense and labor attendant of the publication of such a work as will be necessary, they expect that all of our citizens who have the interest and future welfare of Watertown at heart, will come forward and contribute freely to the support of the Directory, by way of advertisements and subscriptions. They wish us to add that they have not met with as good success as they anticipated.


They propose to publish the work only by subscription. At Sprague & Pett’s a specimen book may be seen which will exhibit the manner in which the volume will be compiled - style of binding, and its general appearance.  Everybody should take at least one copy, and thus extend to the enterprise sufficient material aid to make it "a go."  There is now hardly a village in the state that has not one of these convenient and neat Directories. We should be sorry to have our city an exception.

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Watertown Democrat, 10 26 1865


City Directory.  Mr. Merritt Greene, Jr., who is engaged in compiling and publishing city directories in this state, proposes to get one up for this city, as he has already done for all the prominent places in the state.  The name, residence and business of every resident of the city will be accurately given and no pains spared to make it complete and reliable.  Such a directory as this would not only be useful and convenient for reference, but create a favorable impression on travelers and strangers and be worth all it would cost.  If sufficient encouragement is given to the undertaking he proposes to furnish it to subscribers for a dollar a copy, which is as low as can be expected and ought to induce our citizens to favor the enterprise.  Let us have the directory.  It will be a good thing to have and keep.


Luther Cole Home Struck by Lightning

Watertown Democrat, 08 05 1858


Within the past week, we have been visited by storms accompanied with the most vivid displays of lightning.  That which occurred on the evening of the 29th was remarkable for the rapidity with which clap followed clap and flash followed flash.  The atmosphere was charged with electricity and sometimes the whole heavens seemed to a sheet of flame.  Two houses were struck though not seriously damaged.  One had no lightning rod, and the other, Mr. Luther A. Cole’s, had, yet both were struck. If the conductor on the latter dwelling is properly adjusted, it would be a curious inquiry why it afforded no protection, and did not harmlessly carry the destructive element away.  It cannot be denied that there is a growing distrust as to the benefits of lightning rods.  Many believe that if one-half the buildings of a city or country were to be furnished with well fitted rods, and the other half left destitute of them, the result at the end or a season or series of years would demonstrate that the lightning had not respected those with rods any more than those without.  It is well known that many buildings that have rods, good, bad or indifferent, are struck every year, and it would be interesting to know why this is the case if these conductors have the advantage that is claimed for them.  Still may be that lightning rods, constructed as they should be, are perfect safeguards against damage from lightning, and that at all events it is safer to be with than without them.  If the fault is in the way in which most of them are put up, it would be well to ascertain the best method and adopt it.  Lightning often exhibits many singular and unaccountable freaks, and it is hard to find out what are its laws of action; so materially are they modified by circumstances.  This is a subject for the scientific to investigate and is of practical importance.


Parmelke and Gilmans

Watertown Democrat, 08 05 1858


Green Corn is now plenty in our streets. Mr. E. S. Parmelke has presented us with a lot as large and fine as any we have seen this season.  It was just right for the table.  We are informed that corn now promises remarkably well all over the State.  We have seen some splendid fields—the best we ever saw waving and rustling in the summer breezes within the past weeks.


The Gilmans, at the "Humbolt," are just now serving their customers with that best of all malt drinks—Stock Ale. Sand's X X X is about the best of the kind, clear as crystal, yellow as amber, healthful, invigorating and delicious. If ever we drank anything, we would try it, and when we do drink, it is generally about this time of day.

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Watertown Democrat, 12 23 1858


The proprietors of the Humboldt will keep open house on the holidays.  In their best style Messrs. Gilman will serve all who choose to give them a call with a free lunch and all know that they do not allow themselves to be surpassed when they try.  Those who may visit that “institution” on the festive days now drawing near will be made doubly happy by the all kinds of good cheer that will be offered them without money or price.


Carr Street Controversy

Watertown Daily Times, 06 04 1908


The council at its regular meeting last evening settled the Carr Street controversy, which has been hanging fire for the past year, by the adoption of a resolution instructing the chief of police and the street commissioner to remove the obstructions, the vote standing 10 to 4, all of the aldermen being present. The chances are that in the future there will be a quietus, unless the matter comes up in the way of a petition asking for the narrowing of the street in order to accommodate some of the property owners.


The report of committee on street lighting relative to installing gas lights at the corner of North Sixth and Cole streets and on North Church Street between Elm and West Green streets brought forth quite a discussion, the contention of several of the aldermen being that it was incurring an expense that was not justified at the present time. The matter was referred to the committees on street lighting and finance and the mayor.


Edwin H. Matthes

Watertown Daily Times, 06 04 1958


Members of St. John's Lutheran Church today prepared to turn out Sunday evening to honor one of the most distinguished Lutheran parochial school teachers ever to serve its parish and young people.  Edwin H. Matthes, longtime teacher in St. John's School and for many years its principal, is retiring at the close of a teaching career that spans some 55 years.  To honor him, the congregation and school will assemble Sunday evening for what is termed a retirement service.  The service will be held in St. John's Church on Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 o'clock and will be followed by a reception for Mr. Matthes and his family. T his will take place at St. John's School.


Temporary Relocation, Public Library

Watertown Daily Times, 06 05 1983


Library patrons take heed.  The Watertown Public Library closes its doors at 5 p.m. July 2 to begin the move to its temporary quarters on North Third Street.


Opening at the interim location is anticipated July 18.  Anyone wanting to help with moving can do so by using their library card, librarian Mary Carol Powers noted.  She explained the library board will be asking people, the last week of June, to check out bags and boxes of books for return to the new site.


Any books loaned now are not due until August, Miss Powers said.  She also noted the board will be looking for volunteers to help pack books for the move.  “I am amazed at the number of people who have taken an active interest in how we will move the library,” she said.  “I really appreciate the interest, ideas and offers for help.”

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New Library

Watertown Daily Times, 07 01 1983


Bids for Watertown's new library were opened Thursday afternoon at the Watertown Municipal Building and the news was good.  The low base bids totaled $1,054,606, over $100,000 less than originally estimated by architects.  Jerold Dommer, head of The Durrant Group, said he was pleased with the interest in the project and especially that the apparent low bids were below estimates.


Convention held at Immanuel Church

Watertown Leader, 06 11 1908


A convention of the Wisconsin district of the Lutheran Synod of Iowa begins on the 11th of June and will continue till the 15th.  The meetings are to be held in the Lutheran Immanuel Church (Rev. O. Pett's) in this city.  About eighty ministers and delegates of congregations from outside the city are expected . . . The Lutheran Iowa Synod has 500 pastors, 1000 congregations and 100,000 communicants . . . The whole Synod assembles every three years as a delegate synod; six pastors send one as a delegate and also six congregations send one.  In August, 1845, the synod was founded by four ministers and two congregations at St. Sebold, Ia. and now has grown so great it was blessed and has been a blessing for hundreds of thousands and will be a blessing.


Albert L. Solliday

Watertown Daily Times, 06 11 1958


Albert L. Solliday, formerly of Watertown, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. A. F. Solliday, has been elected president of the Pan American Petroleum Corp., with headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., it has been announced.


Pan American is a subsidiary of Standard Oil Co. of Indiana.  E.F. Bullard was elected chairman of the board of Pan American.  Mr. Solliday was formerly with the Dixie Oil Co. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in geology.  Elected vice president in charge of operations and a director in 1944, he became executive vice president of Pan American late in 1947.


Government Building for Watertown

Watertown Leader, 06 10 1908

Watertown gets $65,000.


It appears that the Congressional Record the date of Saturday, May 30th, was somewhat misleading to a number of Watertown citizens who had gathered for a perusal of the same that the appropriation for the government building here had been reduced by the joint committees on appropriations from $65,000 to $20,000.  The Leader, like others, felt grieved what it considered a merciless reduction in the appropriation.


The matter was cleared yesterday in telephone message from Congressman John M. Nelson to Postmaster H. T. Eberle, the representative speaking from Madison having recently returned from his seat in Congress.  Mr. Nelson stated that the bill granting $65,000 for the government building for our city passed Congress and was signed by the President.  He added that the $20,000 appropriation was merely upon the recommendation of the joint committees to make money available for building purposes, in order to begin operations when the time arrived to do so.


The success of Mr. Nelson in securing such a handsome appropriation for Watertown is even beyond the expectations of the most sanguine of our citizens and certainly entitles him to much credit. 


Schuler's Pick ‘n' Save

Watertown Daily Times, 11 19 1982


A 36,000-square-foot, $1 million warehouse grocery store will be built at Watertown Shopping Center, it was announced today.  Edwin Schuler, owner of Schuler Foods, 701 South Church Street, and of the new Pick ‘N Save franchise, said the new store will be supplied by Roundy Foods, which has supplied Schuler’s for the past two years.  The current Schuler Foods building, owned by Jim Frisch and Associates of Milwaukee, will be leased to a new occupant.  There has been no confirmation of who the new occupant will be.


Watertown Daily Times, 06 10 1983


Watertown's newest and largest food store Schuler's Pick ‘n' Save, located in the ShopKo plaza, 701 South Church Street, will officially open Tuesday at 9 a.m.  Ed Schuler, owner of the store, said final work on the store is being completed today, and everything will be in operation for Tuesday's opening.  Schuler has operated Schuler's Super Valu Store at the south end of the shopping complex, since it was opened 11 years ago.  That store was closed on Saturday and today neither store was open.  The new store is 37,000 square feet in size, about twice the size of the existing Schuler's store.  Because of the change in concept in marketing the items, the actual floor space for items is substantially larger than in conventional stores.


Highland House Waterloo

Watertown Daily Times, 06 16 1998


The ribbon was cut Tuesday afternoon on Highland House, a new 20-bed, state certified assisted living facility in Waterloo.  The home, a service of Watertown Memorial Hospital, is a community living facility that provides room and board, supervision and support services to people who are unable to live independently in the community due to the frailty of age, mental and physical capabilities.  Highland House of Waterloo is a counterpart to Watertown's Highland House, a community-based residential facility that is celebrating its third anniversary.


Stafeil's farm

Watertown Leader, 06 16 1908


A friend of The Leader, in order to satisfy himself as to what is being done in the line of building on the new interurban line, walked from the city yesterday over the right-of-way to Pipersville finding that steel has been laid as far west as Stafeil's farm near that place.  Three locomotives are engaged in bringing supplies and two steam shovels are busily engaged in clearing the right-of-way and in about three days the steel gang will be pushing the rail to the river.  A force of between 350 and 400 men are strung along the right-of-way.  The building operations are said to be very interesting and well worth a trip out to see.  The observer of yesterday states to The Leader that he feels certain in his own mind that the line will be completed to this city and in operation by August 27 - according to the provisions of the franchise.


High School Remodeling Approved

Watertown Daily Times, 06 16 1958


The Board of Education is ready to proceed with plans to remodel the high school building, part of the overall high school expansion project of which the initial step is the new addition which is nearing completion, now that the City Council has given the board the “go ahead” signal.  At last night's meeting of the Council it approved by unanimous vote the four contracts which the Board of Education filed with a recommendation that they be carried out.  All councilmen voted in favor of awarding the contracts to the lowest bidders and so did two town chairmen, Groth of the town of Watertown and Witte of the town of Emmet who sat in at the meeting.  The chairman of the town of Shields, Lenius, was absent from the meeting. 


$65,000 - $45,000 = $20,000

Watertown Leader, 06 07 1908


Every little bit taken from what you've got, makes just a little bit less.


Watertown citizens have been jubilant over the thoughts that this city was to get an appropriation from the government of $65,000 for a stately government edifice to grace the city and stand as a monument of the liberality of the Sixtieth Congress, at the corner of Second and Madison streets.


But there are times in the experiences of municipalities, as in the lives of individuals, when “pride must take a fall.” 


While strong hopes were built locally on the report of the House of Representatives of the appropriation bill, carrying with it the handsome sum of $65,000 for Watertown, it seems that the joint committees of both houses in making their final report, arrived at a different conclusion, and if one can believe his eyes in reading the Congressional Record under the date of Saturday, May 30, giving the official proceedings of progress, it's enough to take a little of the crimp out of those of our citizens who had built their hopes at the $65,000 mark.


The conference report in the Record gives in bold figure of the appropriation of “Watertown, Wis., postoffice twenty thousand dollars”. It will have a tendency on the part of our people to await the last turn hereafter in dealing with the government before placing their hopes at the Zenith.


Ira Henry Box Co.

Watertown Daily Times, 06 07 1958


Stuart M. Stebbings, president of the Cheesweet Candy Company of Milwaukee, was in Watertown today to place an order for 100,000 deluxe candy boxes, with the Ira Henry Box Company.  The Cheesweet Company has just completed a new factory in Milwaukee to manufacture fine candy from Wisconsin's Swiss cheese.  Seven different artists and box companies submitted samples of fine boxes for this new candy.  However, the contract was finally awarded to the Ira Henry Company, due to the high quality of their boxes.  The Kiwanis Club of Watertown, for the next two weeks, will sponsor the sale of Cheesweet, to raise money for disabled children of this district.  This was done very successfully last year, by the Kiwanis Club of Watertown, a spokesman said.  The new boxes of Cheesweet candy will be shown, starting next week, at the International Finefoods and Confectionery Show, at the Palmer House, Chicago.



Watertown Leader, 06 18 1908


Much interest is now centering in the commencement exercises of the Watertown High School to be held at the Turner opera house on Thursday evening, June 25.  It is an epoch in the lives of the students looked forward to with great anticipation, not only by those who are to bid farewell to books and bells, but is a joy to proud parents and friends of the school.  This year there will be a class of forty-seven to leave the local institution of learning.


Class Play

Watertown Leader, 06 25 1908


To use the phraseology of the theatrical people, the seniors of the Watertown High School held the boards at the Turner opera house last evening, presenting their class play, “All On Account of the Professor.”


The young people not only “held the boards,” but they held the rapt attention of their audience which fairly packed the hall.  The young folks acquitted themselves in a very credible manner and that their work was appreciated was amply evidenced in the generous applause which came with frequency.


It was no doubt the means of giving permanency to High school class plays in Watertown and it is safe to predict that hereafter it will be an annual event to which each senior class will look forward to with great expectancy, as will also be the case with friends and patrons of this local institution of learning.  Each member of the cast carried out their respective parts without a hitch and in a manner that reflected great credit upon the senior class of 1908.


Windwood Country Club

Watertown Daily Times, 02 01 1994


Golfers eager for spring will be treated to a panoramic view of the front nine at Windwood Country Club when the first phase of the new multimillion dollar privately owned public golf course complex opens this weekend.  Windwood is located on County Trunk CW east of Watertown. The bar and lounge area will be open to the public weekends starting Friday at 4 p.m., according to owners Dan Fredrick, Barry Draeger and Tom Godfroy of Watertown.  The opening of the bar area marks the first of a series of openings for the 16,000-square-foot two-level clubhouse.  Plans are under way to open a restaurant and banque tfacilities to the public in three weeks.  Visitors to the new clubhouse will be able to view the 110-seatrestaurant which adjoins one side of the lounge area.  A banquet room which can accommodate 225 persons adjoins the other side of the lounge.  A banquet room on the lower level, which can seat up to 300 persons, is also expected to be completed in three weeks.  In addition to the banquet area, the lower level will have a bar and grill area, golf shop, patio, locker rooms and offices.


Watertown Daily Times, 06 07 1998


Local golfers now have an additional nine holes to challenge their skills in the Watertown area.  Windwood Country Club, located on County Highway CW just northeast of Watertown, opened its second nine to the public Friday.  The back nine will provide more of a test for golfers than the front, which opened in 1994.  Dan Fredrick, who owns Windwood along with Barry Draeger and Tom Godfroy, said the progressively more difficult layout was by design.  “That was our goal . . . we wanted to make it (back nine) tougher, more challenging,” Fredrick said.


C. H. Lord Store

Why don't you save

Milwaukee prices?

Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


You can do so by calling on me at the corner of 3d and Main streets where I have just received from New York the best assortment of staple groceries in this city.  They have been purchased on such terms that I can sell cheaper than any other grocery house in town, and make myself rich in some three weeks time.  You can have all the Milwaukee profits to yourselves if you will examine my stock.  Just look in and see what I have got.  C. H. Lord.

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Ralph Lord Store

Watertown Democrat, 10 21 1858


A NEW STORE, crammed to overflowing with every variety and quality of new and carefully selected dry goods, has just been opened by Ralph Lord in Cole's block.  He has returned from New York with a heavy and valuable stock which he offers on the best terms.  Read his advertisement elsewhere in this paper.

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C. H. Lord

Watertown Democrat, 04 07 1859


[advertisement] The Way to Make Money is to Save It.  The Way to Save Money is to buy your goods of C. H. Lord who had just received from New York the largest and choicest stock of groceries and crockery ever opened on the East side of the river.  Throw away your broken dishes and buy a new stock cheap.  Come in and select your supply of Groceries while they last.  You can buy sugars, teas and coffee to suit the times.  Everything in the line of housekeeping constantly on hand.  I am sole agent for paraphine oil lamps, the cheapest, brightest and clearest light in existence.  Three cents an evening will afford a light equal to six candles or four fluid burners.  Not explosive.  Call and see it burning at my store.  C. H. Lord


Notice to Teachers

Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


Notice to Teachers


The examination of teachers for the ensuing term will be held at the First Ward Brick School House on the 12th day of August, commencing at 9 o'clock a.m.  Fourteen teachers are wanted, to whom wages will be paid ranging from Twenty to Fifty Dollars per month. 


By order of the Board of Education. 

Charles R. Gill, Watertown, August 2, 1858.


Water Powers on Rock River

Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


A rumor we hope may be true—In the Milwaukee Wisconsin of the 5th inst., we find the following encouraging item, but upon what it is based we have not been able to learn.  If it should be correct, we may look forward to a permanent revival and large increase of business at this point—so favorable for building up profitable manufacturing interests:


"We understand that there is a prospect of some of the water powers on Rock River at Watertown being occupied for manufacturing purposes—to what extent we are not informed.  The water power facilities at that point are not excelled by any other in the State.  Watertown must become a city of mechanical importance ere long, and we shall with pleasure note its progress."


Rock River Water Diversion

Watertown Daily Times, 07 02 1958


City officials and representatives of the Globe Milling Co., and the Jaeger Milling Co., are going to make a study of what effect a proposed Rock River water diversion will have on the city and the milling concerns.  The proposed diversion is to be the subject of a hearing at the City Hall on July 28 by the State Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.  Curt Kanow, Ixonia farmer, has filed a petition with the commission for permission to divert up to 1,000 gallons per minute each year from May to Oct. 1 to irrigate 60 acres of land on his farm.



Cole's Hall

Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


Fall of Ceiling — Last Sunday evening a space of ceiling, nearly forty feet square, in Cole's Hall, came crashing down on the third floor with a heavy noise, and materially injuring the roof of that large block.  The cause of the break was the giving away of one of the main beams, the point where the break occurred being rotten.  Mr. Cole is now engaged in repairing the damage caused by this fall.  He intends to make the hall and everything about the building substantial and safe, and strengthen the whole in such a way as to prevent the occurrence of another break down like the present.


Justice Hadley

Watertown Democrat, 08 12 1858


Police Court - His honor Justice Hadley, finds no relief from the cares of office during these sultry days—when if ever—all men should beware of broils.  When strokes of any kind—from shoulder hitters to sun strokes, are alike annoying and dangerous, and nothing will keep us cool short of lemonade, ice-water and equanimity.


With the thermometer at ninety eight, everybody appears to be at eight and nine, and at the Crawfish, when all should back down, everybody's back is up, and that bourne from whence no traveler returns, possesses no fear for those in fever heat.  The dog star rages and the most dogmatical want to bite.  Warm weather is certainly provocative of warm feelings—and certainly nothing will warm us up better than punch, hunches and pugilistic exercise.  Should extremes meet or follow, an application by Justice Hadley of cornbread and mush and milk will probably carry off the superfluous bile, and remove the effects of this boiling wrath.


Death of Paul Juneau

Watertown Democrat, 08 19 1858


In the rear of the Court House, in the village of Juneau, at half past ten o'clock in the forenoon of Friday, August 13th, 1858, Paul Juneau was accidentally hit by a ball shot carelessly and at random from a pistol, and after staggering a few steps, fell to the ground and expired within the space of three minutes.  The bullet entered the right side of his breast, and so fatal was its effect, that he never uttered a word and died apparently without any pain beyond the first sharp, momentary pang of agony.  The deceased was the second son of the late Solomon Juneau, the founder of Milwaukee, and the first-born of that revered pioneer after his permanent settlement at the flourishing commercial emporium of Wisconsin, now more than forty years since, where Paul was born on the 28th of April, 1823.  He was consequently in the thirty-fifth year of his age at the time he was unexpectedly taken away by a most sad casualty.  During the last years of his life his residence has been in Dodge County.  In 1849 he was elected member of the Assembly from the Juneau district.  In 1852 he was chosen Registrar of Deeds, which office he held for four years, discharging its duties to the satisfaction of the people who had placed him there . . . At the time of his sudden and shocking death, he was a member of the present Assembly from his district, and also Clerk of the Circuit Court of Dodge County.


Among all that multitude of mourners [for Paul Juneau], there was not one beyond the circle of the departed's nearest and dearest relatives, who exhibited a deeper or sincerer sorrow than an aged and silver-haired Indian, who in sadness and grief followed his lost friend to his final place of repose—weeping like a child and showing that though he belongs to a race the poets have described as "Stoics of the wood—men without a tear," he was not destitute of the sympathies which belong to humanity in every age and every clime. There was something touching and affecting in seeing an old Indian—a lonely and neglected stranger amidst the intruding crowds who have driven his people from the beautiful land of his ancestors—coming from his distant forest home to witness the burial of one in whose veins flowed the blood of his tribe, and whose family had ever been the guardian and vindicator of his injured nation. But such are the contrasts and such the vicissitudes of life.


The Rev. L. W. Russ, Pastor of St. Paul's church of this city, preached the funeral sermon. The text was taken from the 14th chapter of Job, which contains that most momentous and vital of all human questions - “If a man die, shall he live again?" The discourse was well written, suggestive, eloquent, and peculiarly adapted to the circumstances under which it was delivered—impressing on all who were present, a lesson, a warning and a hope, together with the necessity of being ever ready for that great change which comes to all—we know not how, when or where, but which none can escape. The long procession then formed—the bell slowly tolled—wife, children, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends gathered around the last resting place of a noble man—dust returned to dust—and the grave closed over all that was mortal of Paul Juneau.  He sleeps well in the beautiful village that bears his and his father's name—beneath the green branches of a spreading oak—long to be remembered for his virtues—deeply regretted that his should have been an end so untimely and lamentable. There let him sleep the last sleep in peace.


An investigation taken at the house of the late Paul Juneau, in the village of Juneau, in the County of Dodge and State of Wisconsin on the 14th day of August, A. D. 1858, before James Douglass, one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County, upon the body of Paul Juneau there dead, by the Jurors whose names are hereunto subscribed, who being duly sworn to inquire on behalf of the people of the State, when, in what manner and by what means the said Paul Juneau came to his death, upon their oaths, do say, that the said Paul Juneau came to his death at about the time of 10 o'clock in the forenoon of the 13th day of August, A. D. 1858, while in the privy in the rear of the Court House, in the village of Juneau, by means of a lead ball shot from a pistol in the hands of Stanley A. Brown, of said village of Juneau, a lad aged about 15 years while the said Stanley A. Brown was standing in the back door of the Court House.  The said ball passing through the door of the privy, then entering the right breast of the said Paul Juneau at the upper edge of the third rib, about half an inch from the sternum.


The jurors do further say that said Stanley A. Brown fired the said pistol without malice towards the said Paul Juneau, but with carelessness and at random, and for the purpose of discharging the same, and as the jurors believe, in ignorance of the fact that the said Paul Juneau was in the said privy. When struck by the ball the said Paul Juneau rushed from the privy with his hand upon his breast and staggered about two rods when he fell upon his face and immediately expired without speaking.


The Jurors deem it proper on this occasion to reprobate the practice which was shown in evidence to have prevailed among several of the citizens of said village who have arrived at years of discretion, of shooting fire arms in said village at great risk to the lives of the inhabitants.  When full grown persons indulge in such practices, it is not strange that the youth of the place should follow the example.


Peter May and E. C. Starin

Watertown Democrat, 08 19 1858


Great Furniture Establishment!

The Best in the West


Peter May has just removed his extensive Furniture Establishment to his new building on Main Street, where he is now receiving direct from the East a large assortment of the


Best and Most Elaborate Furniture


Of the latest style, such as Sofas, Rocking Chairs, Ottomans, and all kinds of Cane Bottomed work.


He also manufactures at his shop all kinds of common furniture, such as Bed Steads, Stands, Windsor Chairs, Bureaus of the most elegant patterns, and altogether is prepared to show the citizens of this vicinity the most


Elegant and Substantial Lot of Furniture


ever offered in Watertown, enabling him to suit all tastes and all means, and his prices are




The Wholesale Department for Country Dealers is well supplied in all its branches.



Watertown, June 23d, 1857.



Selling Off at Cost!


The City Jewelry Store is removed to the Bank Building, two doors north of the Watertown Bank [104 N First?], and opposite the Watertown Exchange, or J. B. Van Alstines.  The whole of the above stock is now offered for sale




as the whole must be sold by the coming spring to make room for new.




and bring your money along as you never had a better chance of getting as much for your money as the present.  Clocks, Watches and Jewelry Repaired as Usual and Warranted.

Don't forget the place—two doors north of Watertown Bank.


Dec. 26, 1857.          E. C. Starin

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E. C. Starin


Watertown Democrat, 04 21 1859


Mr. E. C. Starin has removed his jewelry store to the first building west of the Bank of Watertown [10 East Main?] where he will be found ready to supply his customers with any article in his branch of business or do any kind of repairing with the promptness and care for which he is so favorably and well known.  Clocks, watches and jewelry, silver and plated ware, pocket cutlery, razors, wallets, pistols, gun wads and caps, violins and violin strings, etc.


S. W. Shorey


Watertown Democrat, 04 21 1859


Mr. S. W. Shorey has just started a new clothing store in the first building west of the Bank of Watertown, on [10 East?] Main Street.  He has a very choice stock of every variety of cloths for gentlemen’s wearing apparel and he knows how to fit them gracefully and make them up well.  His vest patterns are particularly fine and beautiful, being of the best material and most fashionable styles.  Mr. Shorey has previously been engaged in this branch of business.

 S W Shorey 

Watertown Gazette, 05 12 1859


S. W. Shorey.  Appearances are something with every one—every thing with some.  The leading American Fashions are regularly received at the custom clothing establishment kept by S. W. Shorey, one door west of the Watertown Bank, where can at all times be found such goods as the wants of the public demand, consisting of Cloths, Cassimere’s, Hosiery, Shirts, Collars, Cravats, etc, etc.  The Custom Department will at all times be under the immediate supervision of the undersigned, who will be happy to converse with his friends on the important subject of clothes.  S. W. Shorey

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Watertown Gazette, 05 26 1859


Our friend Shorey, whose piquant and spice advertisement will be found in this paper, is a “case” in more ways than one, as our citizens well know.  He cannot only quote Shakespeare in his business matters but he can read the tragedies of the matchless poet in the way of business; and what is more, his admirable skill in this particular does not prevent him from furnishing his customers, no matter how fastidious, with the neatest fitting garments in the world—he makes a hit every time.  Whether we are mistaken in this opinion or not, any body can ascertain by just testing the truth at his Clothing Emporium

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Custom Clothing

Watertown Democrat, 09 08 1859


Dress Neatly, Dress Cheaply, Dress Well—“Appearances are something with every one—everything with some.”  Bishop Berkley.


American fashions are regularly received at the custom clothing establishment kept by S. W. Shorey, one door west of the Watertown Bank, where can at all times be found such goods as the wants of the public demand, consisting of cloths, cassimeres, vestings, hosiery, shirts, collars, cravats, etc., etc.  The custom department will at all times be under the immediate supervision of the undersigned, who will be happy to converse with his friends on the important subject of clothes.  S. W. Shorey

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Custom Clothing

Watertown Democrat, 09 22 1859


Mr. S. W. Shorey is now opening his fall and winter stock of custom clothing.  He has just the styles of goods to please his customers and he knows how to make them up so as to do all for a man that a comfortable, serviceable and neatly fitting suit of new clothes can do for his appearance.  He invites all to examine and price his clothes of all descriptions.


Emil Seibel losses pony


Watertown Leader, 06 28 1908


Emil Seibel lost a valuable little pony mare yesterday forenoon at the Northwestern depot.   The American Expressman Frank Bertram had taken the pony to the depot in a crate to have it sent away on the southbound train.  While waiting for the passenger train to arrive, the crate was standing on the platform.  During this time a freight train passed to reach a side track and the pony was that frightened that it jumped out of the crate in between two cars and was mortally wounded.


The expressman and another man were watching and holding the horse when the freight train went by, but in spite of their strenuous efforts to hold the pony, they were unable to do so.


Frank Heldeman

Watertown Democrat, 09 07 1858


Strayed from the premises of the subscriber, in the fourth Ward of this City, near the William Tell House, a black cow with a white face, white line on her back, and white belly, and a little bell on her neck.  Whoever will return or tell where she may be found, will be liberally rewarded.  Frank Heldeman, Sept. 7, 1858.


Dr. Shamberg

Watertown Democrat, 08 19 1858


A New Way of Doing an Old thing - Pulling teeth made easy is an art that will be particularly pleasing to all who have to submit to that always unwelcome and painful operation.  Dr. Shamberg this city—who is one of the best and most successful dentists in the State - has a way of doing this, as he has of everything else connected with his profession, so as to cause the least trouble to those who are obliged to part with their teeth.  He has an electric battery by means of which he can extract teeth so as almost entirely to avoid hurting.  And what is more and better, after he has disposed of the old ones, he has the skill to supply their places with others, which are the very next best things to natural ones.  We have recently been shown specimens of his workmanship, and we must say that for beauty, finish, durability and perfection, we have never seen them surpassed.  Preserve your own teeth if you can, but if you cannot, we are sure Dr. Shamberg will furnish you with as good a set as art and experience can do.

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Dr. G. Shamberg

Watertown Democrat, 12 09 1858


DR. G. SHAMBERG has located himself permanently at Watertown and is now prepared to wait upon all who may require his services.  Office:  In Pritchard’s Block, over the Watertown Bank. References given if required.


Oconomowoc Avenue bridge

Watertown Daily Times, 07 02 1983


What's unusual about going to work each day to build a half-million dollar bridge out of 6,000 tons of concrete and steel across a river?  To Steve Lunde, nothing.  “It's a pretty typical job,” Lunde said about one of his current projects, the Oconomowoc Avenue bridge in Watertown.  Lunde, a Watertown native who now lives in Prairie du Sac, is area superintendent for Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., a Baraboo firm that specializes in bridge and street construction.  Lunde's area extends from Milwaukee to Madison and from the Illinois state line to Fond du Lac.