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Hiawatha Extension service

Watertown Daily Times, 07 02 1998


The Hiawatha Extension service that runs from Watertown to Milwaukee will continue to operate for only nine more days.  The service reached the second highest ridership rate during the week of June 23 and June 29.  There were 2,790 riders on the temporary train service between June 23 and June 29, according to figures released from the Department of Transportation.  There were five riders less than the previous week, which was the highest week with 2,795 passengers, but ridership still remains at a high.  [Chapter on Railroads]


Wisconsin State Fireman's Association

Watertown Daily Times, 06 27 1908

Today the twenty-first annual convention and tournament of the Wisconsin State Fireman's Association will begin in the beautiful little city of Lake Mills and continue for three days.  This is an association of volunteer firemen, with a membership of 120 companies, located in all parts of the state mostly in villages and fourth class cities.  The objects of the state association are many - to promote acquaintance and to profit by the experience of each other, to hold annual meetings to bring the firemen together for a social outing when they become acquainted, talk over past experiences and plan for the future.  During the tournament it is quite probable that many of our citizens will visit Lake Mills to witness the contests that will take place.  [Chapter on Watertown Fire Dept]


Supper Club

Watertown Daily Times, 06 27 1983


Plans to turn a palatial home on a historic site in Watertown into a supper club with fine food, dancing and room for large banquets came a step closer to reality.  The Watertown Planning Commission voted to recommend a zoning change for 749 North Church Street, also known as Carl's Huegel.  Bernetta Coughlin, former owner of the Sharp Corner Inn and owner of Coughlin's Coffee Shop, plans to buy the 1,800-square-foot home on 7 1/2 acres between Church Street and the Rock River and turn it into a supper club.

  More on Coughlin's Coffee Shop 

Watertown Daily Times, 10 12 1985


Although the final papers have not been signed, it appears a change in ownership of the city's only racquetball facility, the Watertown Racquetball Club, is almost a certainty.  Without comment, the 13-member Watertown Common Council Tuesday evening agreed to issue a tavern license for the westside club to Coughlin's of Watertown, owner of Coughlin's Coffee Shop, 206 South Third Street.  Bernetta Coughlin has confirmed that the family is close to finalizing a deal for the club with present owner Phillip Buss.  But, she emphasized the closing date for the sale is not until Monday.


The Celebration

Watertown Weekly Register, 07 09 1853


Monday last being the anniversary of our National Independence, our citizens had made arrangements for its celebration in a becoming way.  At sunrise our citizens were aroused by the booming of our city ordnance giving a gun for each state in rapid succession.  The gun was under the direction of the Watertown Artillery Company and the rapidity with which they handled the piece is a guarantee that when fully organized the company will be one of the best in the State.


Pursuant to arrangements, a procession was formed at the liberty pole, and preceded up Main Street, headed by the Watertown Rifle Company, in full uniform, and the members of the Watertown Artillery Company, in citizens’ dress, they not having completed their organization, with the piece used in this city on such occasions.


At the grove the services were opened with prayer are by Rev. Mr. Hoyt, and reading of Declaration by J. J. Enos, Esq.  The English oration was delivered by Mr. J. W. Carter, and was an excellent production.  The gentleman is the young man, and this effort before the public betokens a talent which, if rightfully fostered, will make him a prominent speaker in future years.  Mr. Bernhardt, delivered the German oration, which we have heard spoken of in high terms.


Mrs. Off, presented the Rifle Company with the beautiful flag which they had that day first flown to the breeze.  We were not present at the presentation, but hear that the remarks of the donor, and Captain Bogel in reply, were will timed and appropriate.


The ceremonies in the grove concluded about noon, when the crowd dispersed to the different hotels, whose boards groaned under the weight of good things, and the bill of fare at the American and Planter’s gave ample satisfaction to all lovers of good living.


There were several pic nics in the afternoon and evening, which were well attended and gave general satisfaction.  The pic nic at the Sons Hall [Sons of Hermann?] passed off in a lively manner.  The refreshments were ample and the best of order prevailed throughout the evening.


The whole concluded with a ball in the evening at the Planters, got up in Harrington’s best style, which was well attended.  “We won’t go home till morning,” was literally fulfilled, when the party broke up well satisfied with their entertainment at the Planters, which will be by them long remembered as a happy event.  .   [Chapter on Fourth of July]


Watertown Area Health Services and UW Health


Hospital, UW affiliation announced

Watertown Daily Times, 11 15 2007


Watertown Memorial Hospital and UW Health in Madison today announced an affiliation that will link Watertown's independent community hospital and physician network to the extensive resources of UW Health.


Officials of the local Hospital and UW Health have been in discussions over the potential for a partnership agreement over the past 18 months, and those discussions are now moving quickly toward completion.


John Kosanovich, hospital chief executive officer, is conducting briefings with the hospital staff today and in the coming days will be meeting with the medical staff and others directly involved in local health care service.


Kosanovich said, “the mission of Watertown Area Health Services is to provide the best in health care to our patients. We firmly believe that an affiliation with UW will help us achieve that mission. We are excited about the possibilities created by a partnership between Watertown Memorial and UW and believe the patients in the communities we serve will benefit from the enhanced programs and services we will be able to provide through this collaboration.”


Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, said, “Watertown Area Health Services has shown a commitment to be a leader in both the quality of care and the delivery of excellent customer service. UW Health has built a national reputation in those areas, and so the idea of forming a partnership was appealing to us. ”


Kosanovich and Grossman said that, in addition to patient benefits, each organization would gain from working more closely with the other. UW Health's research and educational efforts would be strengthened through the link to the community, and it is expected that UW Health and Watertown will jointly work on advances such as electronic health records, continuous quality-improvement programs and the implementation of best practices in health care.


With the health care field changing rapidly, Kosanovich said he and the hospital board of directors believe this affiliation will ensure quality health care here and well into the future. He said these discussions “will allow us to chart our next steps so we can continue to compete in this highly competitive market and remain a viable and successful organization. The future of our organization is based on clinically excellent, patient centered care and that's exactly what this affiliation will give us.”


The hospital executive said the affiliation will not change control of local health care. It will remain independent and intensely local, he said. The hospital and its other services will continue to be led by a local board of directors.


Pat Caine, chairman of the hospital's board of directors, said, “One of the main tasks of the hospital board is to ensure this community asset is viable today and into the future. Our affiliation with UW allows us to offer additional services while maintaining local control of the hospital.”


Representatives from the medical staffs of UW Health and Watertown Memorial Hospital are also involved in the affiliation discussions and are focusing on clinical program development and collaboration. Leaders from both organizations are in the midst of finalizing details to expand and formalize areas of partnership. Kosanovich estimated that a definitive agreement would be signed early in 2008.


The hospital also plans to host a series of update meetings for the entire staff on Nov. 28. Those meetings will offer more information on the new strategic direction for the hospital and will offer more details on the progress of the affiliation talks.


The affiliation with UW hospital is an extension of the relationship that is already in place. The hospital has a partnership in place with UW Health for the Cancer Center in Johnson Creek, for heart and vascular services and in other areas.


The hospital has been moving aggressively forward in health care services. Earlier this year a new $26.5 construction project was completed. This project includes a new surgical wing, new heart and vascular suite, GI surgical rooms, minor procedure room, ambulatory care areas, a new MRI suite and a new intensive care unit.


In addition, the hospital has new partnerships with a hospitalist group, cardiologist group, perinatologist group and GI providers and others.


UW Health includes University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison; the brand-new American Family Children's Hospital, which opened in August; a variety of clinics throughout the region; and UW Medical Foundation, the largest group practice in the state. It also includes the state's only federally designated comprehensive cancer center. The School of Medicine and Public Health expends millions of dollars in clinical research studies, which offer opportunities for patients to receive the most advanced treatments available.


Watertown Area Health Services is an independent, non-profit provider of health care and well-living services to area communities. With Watertown Memorial Hospital as its cornerstone, Watertown Area Health Services has grown over the last decade to include comprehensive centers of excellence in women's health, bone and joint health and a brand new Heart and Vascular Center; clinics in Watertown, Juneau, Lake Mills and Johnson Creek; senior housing ventures in Watertown and Waterloo; mental health counseling; wellness and prevention services; a unique cancer care partnership at the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek; Watertown Area Health Services has consistently ranked in the top ten percent in the country for patient satisfaction and has earned repeated recognition for its use of technology to promote the highest quality medical care.


A new partnership for the greater good

UW Health teams with Watertown


Two systems are better than one.  Emphasizing their common vision, leaders of Watertown Area Health Services (WAHS) and UW Health in Madison announced an affiliation that will link Watertown’s independent community hospital and physician network to the extensive resources of UW Health.


Although WAHS will remain independent, the new affiliation includes plans to expand the range of specialized health care services provided in Watertown to patients of the region.  If patients requite more advanced Kenner, they will have easy access to the comprehensive medical and surgical services available at UW Health.



February 27, 2008


On Monday, February 25, Watertown Area Health Services and UW Health said that the leadership of both organizations have approved the agreement that will link Watertown's independent community hospital and physician network to the extensive resources of UW Health.


Both organizations said the new relationship would make highly specialized services more accessible to Watertown-area residents without duplicating services. By working together, both Watertown and UW Health will be able to enhance primary and specialty care in a cost-effective manner.


John Kosanovich, CEO, said, “Watertown Area Health Services is very committed to keeping local health care strong. We firmly believe that an affiliation with UW Health will help us achieve our mission of providing the best in healthcare for our patients. This partnership will allow local residents convenient access to UW’s world class medical specialists, clinical programs, and health research.”


Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, said, “The opportunities for mutual benefit are considerable. This partnership will enhance care, medical education and research. ”


Kosanovich and Grossman agreed that the two organizations will jointly work on advances such as electronic health records, continuous quality-improvement programs and the implementation of best practices in health care.


The hospital and its other services will continue to be led by a local board of directors. With the healthcare field changing rapidly, Patrick Caine, Board Chairman for Watertown Area Health Services, said the affiliation will ensure quality healthcare in the community well into the future.  “Joining with UW Health will allow us to continue successfully competing in our region, and to do so on the basis of outstanding quality and service,” said Caine.


“This partnership is a model for how UW Health serves the people of Wisconsin through collaboration and sharing of resources,” said Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics.  “I am delighted that we could join in this important endeavor.”


Representatives from UW Health and Watertown will be working behind the scenes over the next several months to develop an affiliation implementation schedule.


UW Health includes University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison; the brand-new American Family Children's Hospital, which opened in August; a variety of clinics throughout the region; the UW Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center; and UW Medical Foundation, the largest group practice in the state. The School of Medicine and Public Health expends millions of dollars in clinical research studies, which offer opportunities for patients to receive the most advanced treatments available.


Watertown Area Health Services is an independent, non-profit provider of health care and well-living services to area communities. With Watertown Memorial Hospital as its cornerstone, Watertown Area Health Services has grown over the last decade to include comprehensive centers of excellence in women's health, bone and joint health and a brand new Heart and Vascular Center; clinics in Watertown, Juneau, Lake Mills, Johnson Creek, Ixonia, and Waterloo; senior housing ventures in Watertown and Waterloo; mental health counseling; wellness and prevention services; a unique cancer care partnership at the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek Watertown Area Health Services has consistently ranked in the top ten percent in the country for patient satisfaction and has earned repeated recognition for its use of technology to promote the highest quality medical care.


Hackett Fire

Watertown Weekly Register 07 09 1853


On the morning of Thursday last, a blacksmith shop occupied by Mr. Hackett in the 3d ward, opposite Owens Hotel, took fire and was burnt to the ground with its contents.  Mr. Hackett loses all his tools.  This is a loss which he is ill able to bear, as he is a poor man, having no means to replace them.  We hope our citizens will show their liberality to Mr. Hackett, in placing him in a position to do business again.   [Fire Dept file]


Watertown Savings & Loan Association

Watertown Daily Times, 07 03 1958


Officials of the Watertown Savings & Loan Association today announced that bids were let yesterday for the construction of a new building to be occupied by the institution.  The new building will be located on the southeast corner of North Third and Madison Streets [119 North Third], a few doors north of the present location at 113 North Third Street.  Cost, exclusive of fixtures, will be $110,000.  The present building, a two-story structure and owned by the association, will be sold.  Last August the firm purchased the tavern building on the corner to the north and on the same side of the street, and the building housing a restaurant adjacent to it.  The buildings were purchased from Edwin Wolf.


Watertown Daily Times, 03 19 1965


Officials of the Watertown Savings and Loan Association today announced that they are entering into an extensive remodeling program. They moved into their present office quarters on May 18, 1959 having assets of $7 million. Association assets have more than doubled since that time. They are, today, in excess of $16 million. It has become necessary to expand the facilities to properly serve this area, today’s announcement said. A stairway will be opened on the first floor and the downstairs area will be finished off into private offices, closing rooms, machine rooms, etc. The main floor area is to be completely refurbished.


Joseph Francl


AUTHOR:  Joseph Francl. Introduction by Richard Brautigan

TITLE:  THE OVERLAND JOURNEY OF JOSEPH FRANCL. The First Bohemian to Cross the Plains to the California Gold Fields.

PUBLISHER:  William P. Wreden.  San Francisco

YEAR: 1968

DESCRIPTION: 55 pages. Pictorial paper over boards. Small quarto (7 1/4" x 10").  Illustrated from highly stylized line drawings by Patricia Oberhaus, the Berkeley film-maker and artist. Introduction by the late novelist-poet, Richard Brautigan. Typographic design by Jack Werner Stauffacher, at the Greenwood Press, San Francisco.  Set in Monotype, Baskerville and Walbaum types. Binding by the Schuberth Bookbindery.  Limited to 540 un-numbered copies, of which 500 were for sale.  Paper spine label. Illustrated prospectus laid in. The imaginative introduction by Richard Brautigan and the illustrations make this very much a production of San Francisco in the Sixties.


From the prospectus:  "Joseph Francl departed Watertown, Wisconsin, 18 April 1854.  Six months later he arrived in California, the first Czechoslovakian to cross the plains . . . Historically valuable, Francl's story is enhanced, almost enchanted, by his quiet charm and humor."


Peggy Preinfalk

Watertown Daily Times, 07 10 1998


Watertown resident Peggy Preinfalk has been named the 1998 employee of the year at the Watertown campus of Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc.  Preinfalk has been employed at Bethesda for 19 years as a housekeeping aide and part-time residential aide.  Also nominated for the award were Donna Mae Bergedorf, assistant vocational specialist; Lynn Burris, residential aide; Shirley Buss, housekeeper; Terri Danner, care services administrative secretary; Sally Jensen, registered nurse; Shirley Tessmann, driver and donations clerk; Judy Ulm, computer network manager; and Crystal Van Dyke, chaplaincy representative.


Watertown owes loss to Milwaukee

Watertown Democrat, 07 07 1858


Watertown Owes to Milwaukee the loss of a railroad beyond a doubt — at least the Madison papers claim such to be the fact. If there is one city in the West, more than any other, that has attempted to build up its own fortunes on the ruin of its neighbors, that city is Milwaukee.


We have no feelings of hostility toward the commercial emporium of the State, but much less fear on her part lest some other place should enjoy a share of the prosperity which she seeks to monopolize, would disarm a great deal of the opposition she always meets when she has any particular measure to carry for her special benefit, which requires the consent of the Legislature.


Clearly, it is for the advantage of Milwaukee, to have the Watertown and Madison road be built and put in operation at an early day. The traveling public would save a vast amount of time and money by the completion of this work. But the Directors of that wretched humbug, the Mississippi Railroad, fearing that it will reduce their receipts, are throwing every obstacle in the way they possibly can to defeat the efforts now being made to finish what they regard as a rival, a better and a shorter line.


Yet Milwaukee quietly looks on, and year after year consents to pay a heavy premium for the privilege of crawling in, crawling out, and crawling around to the capital or the Mississippi, merely that a selfish corporation may make a few more dollars.


Speaking of this suicidal policy, the Madison Argus gives the following illustration: 


"Within a few years, we have attempted an enterprise of our own that would yield a vast tribute of trade and travel to Milwaukee. The Watertown and Madison railroad would have brought us within three hours and a half of Milwaukee, and would have carried passengers to Chicago, by way of Milwaukee, within a half hour of the time occupied by going around the crooked and serpentine Janesville route. This enterprise received from the start the bitter hostility of the two great Milwaukee Railroads, and is, temporarily at least, defeated, after Madison, Watertown, and the towns between, had contributed and paid half enough to build it. It owes its defeat to Milwaukee.”


Planter’s Hotel Property

Watertown Weekly Register, 02 04 1854


By an advertisement in today’s paper, it will be seen that this hotel is for sale.  It is one of the best stands in the state.  It is situated upon Main Street, the plank road passing the door.  The property embraces a tract of ground 100 feet front by 108 feet deep.  Upon the premises is one of the best artesian wells in the state, being 80 feet deep and giving a constant supply of water to the hotel, and also the barn on the opposite side of the street, to which it is carried by pipes underground.  The hotel is newly repaired, and has a general reputation throughout the state.  The barn is one of the largest class, furnished in the best and most commodious style, with a running stream of water inside, which never freezes in the coldest weather. 


To men of capital we consider this property the best investment in the state.  It is the best point in the city for a first class hotel, and we invite capitalists who look at the property.


Allard Express

Watertown Daily Times, 06 19 1983


Allard Express, 806 Elm Street, closed its doors.  Employees of the firm were told of the decision to close the business at a meeting Monday morning by Millicent C. Allard, president of the company.  Approximately 68 people were affected by the decision, most of whom are with the Watertown terminal.  The firm also operates terminals in Chicago and Milwaukee.  It operated primarily in Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Indiana. Allard's terminal in Watertown as well as some equipment has been purchased by Clairmont Transfer Company.  That firm is now operating at the Allard location.  A few Allard employees have been offered positions with Clairmont.  Allard has been in business for 53 years, and the firm has been headed by Millicent Allard since the death of her father, Edward, in 1960.


Gerald Hepp

Watertown Daily Times, 06 23 1998


A longtime Watertown businessman has been named the honorary marshal of this year's Fourth of July parade.  Gerald Hepp, 1616 Lakeside Terrace, will be in one of the front units of the parade set to kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4 at the intersection of Water and West Main streets.  Hepp belongs to many Watertown organizations, including the Moose Lodge, Elks Club, American Legion, and is a committee member of Chickens Unlimited.  He is a member of Bartelme-Schwefel Marine Corps League and has held several offices and received a number of awards through the years.


Edward J. Kusel

Watertown Daily Times, 07 16 1958


Another Watertown boy “who went out into the world and made good” is Edward J. Kusel, president of the Locke Manufacturing Co. at Akron, Ohio.  He is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, 114 East Cady Street, Watertown.  Mr. Kusel, a graduate of Watertown High School, class of 1946, also attended the University of Wisconsin and Akron University, Akron, Ohio.  During World War II he was in the U.S. Naval Reserve, attached to the United States Maritime Service and was active in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of operations.


Temporary Quarters

Watertown Daily Times, 07 16 1983


The Watertown Public Library will reopen in its new temporary quarters at 119 North Third Street Monday at 9 a.m.  Library employees, volunteers and professional movers are in the final stages of moving from the existing building and the new location will be ready by Monday, patrons can be assured.  Actual construction on the library expansion and renovation project is expected to get underway in early August.  Total cost of the project will be about $1.3 million.


H. S. Ranson & Co

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Dissolution.   The Co-partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned, under the name of H. S. Ranson & Co., is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The hardware business heretofore conducted by us will hereafter be carried on by J. A. Hall, who is authorized to settle up the business of the late firm.



Watertown, August 23, 1858


It will be perceived by the above notice that I have assumed the settlement of the business of the firm of H. S. Ransom & Co.  Those indebted will please take notice that I want and must have the money on their notes and accounts. 


Those wanting stoves, shelf hardware, iron or any other goods, and are willing and pay for them, can purchase cheap at the old stand.


  More on J A Hall 

Cook Stoves

Watertown Democrat, 01 05 1860


200 Cook Stoves at Cost at J. A. Hall’s Hardware Store, Watertown, Wis.  Call and See Them.  September 1st, 1859

  More on J A Hall 

Watertown Republican, 09 28 1860


Farming utensils

Joiner’s tools

Shelf hardware and tin ware.

For sale at prices to suit the "times"


by J. A. Hall, Watertown, June, 1860.


Joseph Miller

Gunmaker and Locksmith

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Commends himself to the public of Watertown and the surrounding country for the purpose of furnishing all kinds of fire arms, locks and balusters, every kind of brass, steel and iron work, machines in whole and in part, and all kinds of instruments.  Razors and scissors will be ground in the best manner; and all repairs will be attended to with the utmost diligence.

JOSEPH MILLER  Second St., opposite the Post Office.


Watertown Democrat, 05 23 1861


[advertisement] Joseph Miller – Brass-founder, Gun & Lock-Smith, Watertown, Main Street, Between 3rd and 4th Streets.  All kinds of brass and steel work, machinery, gunsmith and locksmith work promptly made to order.  Particular attention paid to repairing and the making of mathematical instruments.  Lightning rods of the most approved style always on hand.  I also keep a well selected stock of shot guns, rifles, revolvers, pistols and hunting utensils of every description, powder, shot, caps and fine cutlery.


Our Railroad Interests

Land Grant Road

Chapter on Railroads

Watertown Democrat, 08 05 1858


To the Editor of the Watertown Democrat:


The recent, or rather present "Kilkenny fight" going on between the presses of Milwaukee and Madison, in relation to the "Land Grant," is suggestive of several important facts, of interest not only to the cities of Madison and Milwaukee, but also to Watertown, and the State generally, which facts, if you will allow me the use of your columns, I desire to bring before the public.  It is undoubtedly true that "what benefits Milwaukee benefits the State."  It is equally true that what benefits the State benefits Milwaukee; the interest is identical and should be preserved.  But, sir, this cannot long be the case if the narrow and short-sighted policy of making Milwaukee projects the special recipients of favor and patronage from her corporation and citizens is persisted in.


Milwaukee may well be proud of her location and advantages, her enterprise and success; but with all her good fortune and bright prospects, she may still err, and I think, does commit a serious error, in endeavoring to bolster up projects which are at best questionable, to the sacrifice of better ones.


The railroad system of Wisconsin is already well developed, and the time has now arrived when, if any diversion is to be made in favor of Milwaukee, it must be done.  Chicago is struggling for the rich treasures that will flow from the trade of Wisconsin.  She will divert a portion of it, but how much, remains to be seen, and with Milwaukee to decide.


The opening of the Grand Haven route will eventually, and probably soon, turn the Northwestern travel through Milwaukee.  It is important to Milwaukee that at a direct route from thence Westward be furnished, for there will be several, if not more, of those arriving at Milwaukee, who—notwithstanding the beauty and advantages of that city—will desire to go further west.  In these fast days, the cheapest, quickest and most direct route is the one, and neither the Milwaukee and Mississippi, or the La Crosse and Milwaukee railroads possess these advantages equally with other roads leading west. The distance from Milwaukee to Prairie du Chien by the Milwaukee and Mississippi road is greater, more circuitous and consequently more expensive, than by the Watertown and Madison, and greater from Milwaukee to La Crosse by the La Crosse and Milwaukee road than by the Columbus branch of the Land Grant road, each of which roads Milwaukee has been and is endeavoring to crush out. These are facts, and "facts are stubborn things."


The Milwaukee papers in their attacks upon the Governor and upon Madison interests, speak of his Excellency's refusal to furnish a certificate for lands, as a blow at Milwaukee, while the truth is that the blow was first struck by Milwaukee in defeating the construction of these roads, and by the La Crosse Company in neglecting to carry out the true intents of the grant.


The following table of distances will best illustrate the true position of Milwaukee in relation to the railroad system of Wisconsin:


DISTANCE                                        MILES


From Milwaukee to the Mississippi at Prairie

  du Chien by the Milwaukee and Mis-

  sissippi Railraod                             198

From Milwaukee to Prairie du Chien by

  the Milwaukee, Watertown and Bara-

  boo Valley, and the Watertown &

  Madison Railroads                             176

From Milwaukee to La Crosse by the La

  Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad                  198

From Milwaukee to La Crosse by the Mil-

  waukee, Watertown and Baraboo

  Valley Railroad, and Columbus divi-

  sion of the Land Grant road                    192


It will be seen that neither of the pet roads of Milwaukee are the shortest or most direct, but oft the contrary, that those routes that have met the strongest opposition from Milwaukee through her miss-named railroad men, are really the ones that Milwaukee should have assisted.  I have shown that the shortest route to the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien or La Crosse from Milwaukee, is by way of Watertown, Madison and Columbus, and yet Milwaukee has done more to injure the local interests of these places than any others.  She is now opposing the construction of the Madison and Columbus divisions of the Land Grant Road, and the former is particularly objectionable.  Let us see what she has to fear from that source.


Distance from La Crosse to Chicago via           MILES

  Prairie du Chien, Madison and Janesville       321

Distance from La Crosse to Chicago via

  Columbus, Watertown and Milwaukee              278

Distance from La Crosse to Chicago via

  Portage City, Madison and Janesville           280


It will also be seen that the shortest route from Chicago to La Crosse will be by way of Watertown and Columbus, as soon as the Land Grant road is completed, and that the Madison division will make the distance less than it now is, and that it is less by way of Milwaukee than by the Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac road.  Thus much for distances.  What other advantages do these anti-Milwaukee routes possess?


A very important consideration, perhaps the most in the construction of railroads, is the connections.  The Milwaukee, Watertown and Baraboo Valley Railroad will, when completed have a direct and the only real connection with any other route running east or south from Milwaukee.  It will terminate at the dock of the Grand Haven route, and connect by rail with the Chicago and Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee and Beloit Railroads, and make the only connections of this kind of any railroad running west from Milwaukee.


I have shown that the shortest route and most favorable connections obtained by any route leading west from Milwaukee does not belong, and is not possessed, by either the La Crosse, or the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroads.


Again, there are other interests and considerations than short routes and favorable connections—the management of the road, the cultivation of a friendly local feeling, and the good will of the people on the line of the road. Does the Milwaukee and Mississippi, or the La Crosse and Milwaukee, either of them, possess these advantages?  Let the citizens of Milwaukee and Madison decide.  The railroad from this city to Milwaukee does, and will continue to possess these advantages.  Its management, from the President and Superintendent, down to the last employee upon it, is eminently superior.  Economically and safely conducted, its earnings are as large and probably larger in proportion to its capital, than that of any road in the State.  The business it brings and the population it renders accessible to the metropolis is equally large and important.  Watertown is the largest and most thriving city within the same distance of, and tributary to Milwaukee, and yet that city has endeavored to avoid rather than conciliate our interests.


A year since, the railroad to Milwaukee from this place, was owned and controlled by the La Crosse Company.  The construction of that portion of the Laud Grant road between Columbus and Portage City, would increase their length of line, shorten the distance from the north-western parts of the State, add to the revenue and comply with the terms of the Grant.  But its construction would interfere with the individual interests of some of its directors; and to place themselves outside of, and beyond, the influence and evident necessity for the construction of that division, it must be sold, and it was.


By the construction of the Watertown and Madison Railroad the distance from Milwaukee to Madison by rail, is reduced one fourth, and twenty five miles saved between Milwaukee and the Mississippi River.  Yet this road has met with its strongest, and its only opposition, from citizens of Milwaukee, prominent among whom were the managers of the La Crosse Company.


The Watertown and Madison Company asked no assistance from Milwaukee.  They only sought to be allowed to construct a road to Milwaukee by the shortest route.  The cities of Watertown and Madison, and farmers of Jefferson and Dane counties, furnished the means.  The citizens of Milwaukee—those most interested in its completion—looked coolly on while the managers of those honest concerns—the Milwaukee &Mississippi, and La Crosse & Milwaukee companies—by lies and defamations defeated, or at least, delayed its completion.


I have shown that the La Crosse Company, by the construction of the Columbus division, would shorten the distance to Milwaukee from the North-west; that they would obtain favorable connections which they do not now possess; and that the true interests of the Company and the city of Milwaukee would be consulted.  It is evident from the course the La Crosse and Milwaukee Company has pursued, that they do not, and never did intend to build either the Columbus or Madison divisions.  Their sentiments and intentions are the same as when, in a memorial to the Legislature they said: "The manifest injustice of appropriating this grant or any part of it, or extending the aid of the State in any manner to assist the Milwaukee and Watertown company to complete their road from Columbus to Portage City, needs only to be stated to be appreciated.  The road is avowed to be in direct rivalry with the La Crosse and Milwaukee railroad; and the latter do most earnestly protest against any interference on the part of the State to aid that company or any company to construct a road from Columbus to Portage City, as a rival to their road." Such were the feelings of the managers of the La Crosse company when they obtained the grant, and they are still the same.


That the Governor does well in refusing to deed lands to a company that has falsified itself and failed to fulfill its agreements, no sensible man will doubt or deny.  That it was the intention of the Legislature that the Columbus and Madison lines should be first built, is equally true.  The time for their construction was limited by the Act to the shortest possible period.  And to avoid conflicting interests and secure the benefits to all the localities interested, they were to be built simultaneously.


The second section of the act granting the lands to the La Crosse company reads as follows:


Section  2.  The said roads shall be constructed on the most direct and feasible route from Madison to Portage City, and from Columbus to Portage City, and simultaneously as nearly as practicable; and both of them shall be completed by the last day of December, A.D. 1858.  And for the purpose of estimating and selecting lands granted by Congress, the city of Madison is hereby designated as the point of commencement of said road and the whole of the railroad hereby authorized to be constructed shall be constructed by said La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad Company within ten years from the third day of June, A. D. 1856.”


Can any one doubt what the true intent of the section is? Can any one doubt but that the constriction of the road from Columbus to Portage City will benefit Milwaukee? Can any one doubt that the building of the Watertown and Madison road will more than equalize any real or imaginary injury that the Madison and Portage City road will bring about?  Certainly not.


Let the citizens of Milwaukee take hold of this matter.  Let her real estate owners, her business men and tax payers, take this matter in their own hands, deal honestly by the rest of the State, and her own welfare will be consulted.


The railroads that will truly benefit Milwaukee are yet to be completed—roads that will open and develop the country and pour its riches into her lap—not those that are built around, but through the State.  Then let the citizens of Milwaukee unite with those of Watertown, Madison, Columbus, and other sections of the State in bringing about the desirable results that will flow from the completion of these roads; in enforcing the true fulfillment of the terms of the Land Grant, and she will reap a far richer reward, than the aggrandizement of a few of her operators.  Let her sacrifice no more, to companies that are injuring her fair fame, and defrauding the people of the State of their rights and claims, and she will not only be a beautiful, but a thriving city, and her "magnificent Newhall Houses" and "palatial stores" will prove better investments than they are at present.




Common Council Proceedings

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Resolved, That the Mayor and Clerk be, and they are hereby authorized to sell the poor farm belonging to the City, for the sum of $650.00 in cash, and to execute and deliver to the purchaser of the same a deed in behalf of the City; and also, that the Mayor be, and he is authorized to sell the personal property of the City on said farm, for the best price he can obtain for the same, and that the proceeds be paid in to the City Treasury.


Resolved, That the fine imposed on Bernard Miller for violation of the Ordinance relating to Billiard Tables, be, and the same is hereby remitted upon his paying the cost of suit and his back license.   Adopted.

  More on Watertown Poor Farm 

Watertown Democrat, 11 14 1861


By Ald. T. Prentiss, Resolved, That the Supervisors from this city to the Jefferson County Board be requested to procure such action by that Board that the tax certificates or tax deeds issued on the sale of the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 19, town 8, range 15, in the years 1852, 1855 and 1857 be cancelled if the same be under the control of said board, and if not under their control that the amount due the holders thereof may be refunded to them upon their delivering up the same to be cancelled, as said land belonged to the town and city of Watertown as a poor farm at the time of such sales and was exempt by law from taxation, and the Clerk is hereby requested to hand a copy of the foregoing resolution to the supervisors of this city.  Adopted.


Teachers, Fall Term, 1858

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


The Fall Term of the Public Schools of this city commenced last Monday.  The following is a list of the teachers selected by the Board of Education and Superintendent to take charge of them:


High School.—Rollin L. Reed, Principal; Miss L. A. Rockwell, Assistant.


Intermediate School, East Side of the River – Miss Abbie R. Parker, Principal; Miss Charlotte A. Perry, Assistant


Intermediate School, East Side of the River – H. H. Jennings, Principal


Second Ward School — Miss Ellen Richards


Third Ward School - Miss Olive A. Pease, Principal, Miss Teresa J. Cobbert, Assistant


Fifth Ward School — Miss S. J. McLaughlin


Sixth Ward, South Side of the River – Henry Doener; North Side – Miss Cotilda Bingham


Seventh Ward School—Miss Hellen M. Colley


Richard's District,—Vacancy to be filled


Miss P. G. Jones [ P Grace Jones]

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Private School—Miss P. G. Jones commences the autumn term of her excellent school next Wednesday, the 15th, on First Street.  It is a great advantage to pupils to be present to begin their course of study on the first day.  We hope so accomplished and well qualified a teacher will have the pleasure of greeting a room full of bright, joyous, hopeful faces, ready and anxious to learn.

  More on Miss Jones 

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


Change of Place—Miss P. G. Jones has fitted up a room in the brick block on [South] Second Street, formerly used as a Post Office, and will hereafter occupy it for her school.  The change is every way a judicious one, as the new location is not only more suitable and pleasant, but entirely free from some objections that might be made against the old one.  Her fall term begins today.  We hope every seat will be filled.

  More on Miss Jones 

Watertown Democrat, 01 06 1859


THE WINTER TERM of Miss P. Grace Jones’ School commenced last Monday.  A thoroughly accomplished teacher, with the advantage of long experience in the work of education, Miss Jones’ school has always enjoyed the well-merited reputation of being the very best in the city.  Those who have daughters to educate cannot place them in better hands.

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Oconomowoc Female Seminary

Watertown Democrat, 08 04 1859


Oconomowoc Female Seminary.  This popular and successful institution for educating young ladies will hereafter be conducted under the management of Miss P. G. Jones of this city, who has long been known here as one of the best teachers we have ever had.  Under her control the Female Seminary, so favorable located in the flourishing village of Oconomowoc, will enter upon a new career of usefulness and will more richly deserve the favor and patronage of parents who have girls to educate and prepare for the duties of after life [sic].  Beauty of situation, variety of scenery, absence of distracting causes, the uniform healthiness of the region—ready means of communication, surrounding hills, lakes, groves and streams—all conspire to make this a favorite place for a High School of the fair reputation which this has always enjoyed and we are confident that under the management of Miss Jones it will more abundantly deserve the good fortune which has thus far attended it from its commencement.

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Select School

Watertown Democrat, 09 01 1859


Mrs. Spence proposes to open a Select School in this city and furnish adequate facilities for the instruction of the young in all the useful and ornamental branches of education.  She brings with her the best testimonials of her abilities and successes as a teacher, and we cheerfully command her to the confidence and patronage of the community.  We hope her efforts will be properly appreciated and that through her instrumentality we shall be supplied with such a school as is very much needed here at this time.

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Seminary Note

Watertown Democrat, 09 15 1859


Mrs. Spence begs leave to inform the inhabitants of Watertown and vicinity that she has made arrangements with Miss Grace Jones to succeed her in her seminary.  Mrs. S. has for many years been successfully engaged in tuition and hopes to have an opportunity of proving herself worthy of support.  Studies will commence on Monday, the 12th of September.

  More on Miss Jones 

Watertown Democrat, 07 05 1860


The Oconomowoc Young Ladies Seminary, under the successful and efficient management of Miss Grace P. Jones, will close its present scholastic year on the 13th inst.  On Thursday, the 12th, there will be a review of classes the entire day.  The exercises of Friday will open with morning prayer in Zion Church, at half past 10 o’clock in the forenoon.  An address will be delivered by Rev. H. D. Cole, president of Nashotah Theological Seminary.  The afternoon exercises will commence at 3 o’clock.  The friends of this institution in Watertown and vicinity are warmly invited to be present on this occasion.  We regard this Seminary as eminently worthy of the confidence and patronage of the community.  Its regulations are wise and judicious—it has accomplished and well-qualified teachers—its course of studies is ample and thorough—and its location is one of the more beautiful and pleasant that can be found in the whole state.  Miss Jones having formerly resided here, a delegation of her numerous friends in this city would be cordially welcomed by her at Oconomowoc next week.


Watertown Democrat, 09 15 1859


The fall term of the public schools of this city commenced last Monday.  Parents should not only avail themselves of the facilities which they afford for the education of their children, but by a display of interest in their success, do all they can to make them [the public schools] better and better every year and more perfectly adapted to accomplish the noble ends for which they have been established.


George M. Barnes

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Married.  In Mokena, Ill., on the 29th, Mr. George M. Barnes, Esq., of Chicago, to Miss Isabella M. Howell, of the former place. 


It will be seen by the above, that our young friend George M. Barnes, Esq., has gone the way of all flesh, and is no longer free; but bound in the holy bonds of wedlock, and confirmed in the seclusion and oneism [belief that you are the only one who can do anything right] of matrimony.  Well, well, so goes the world, and so it should go.  A warmer friend, more genial companion, or a truer man than “George” does not exist; gentlemanly, courteous, and obliging, high minded and liberal, almost to a fault.  He must, and will, prove a companion, friend, and gallant husband, to her who has consigned to his care, herself, her hopes and happiness.  George is a younger brother of Hon. S. W. Barnes, of this city, and was for several years a resident among us.  While here he won hosts of friends, each of whom wishes himself and fair bride all the health and happiness that they can desire, and that their union may be crowned by every blessing that life is heir to.


Rope-Making Machine

Watertown Daily Times, 07 14 2008


Greg and Sandy Ninmann, Neosho, recently purchased an ingenious rope-making machine from Casper Schmitt, the Clyman entrepreneur who made nearly 900,000 rope halters with it during the last 36 years. 


Schmitt had bought the unique four-string rope- making machine from Watertown inventor Fred Rumler who designed and built it in 1928. The machine still works today with the same Model A Ford spindle bearings that were originally used.


Schmitt recalls that Rumler was quite an inventor and took him under his wing, working with him several months to learn the ropes before turning the business over to him.  Schmitt now did the same with the Ninmanns . . .


Jefferson County Fair

Watertown Democrat, 09 09 1858


Through the columns of your valuable journal let me call attention to our County Fair, which is to be held at Fort Atkinson, on the 24th and 25th days of September, 1858.  The Fair, under the supervision of Milo Jones, Esq., President, cannot but be a success.  Class R, is a new thing—it provides that "the citizens of any town, exhibiting the best ox teams, not less than ten yoke, $10.00; best span  of horses either geldings or mares, not less than ten, $10,00." Let the farmers in the several towns in the County then turn out with the “ox teams" and see which is the banner town . . . Class P, "best exhibition of bread, pies, and cakes, $5.00." This class will of course be well cared for; the ladies are never behind in their departments.  The citizens of Fort Atkinson will extend to all their best accommodations, and promise a good time to all.  Let Jefferson keep pace with her sister Counties.



Fort Atkinson, Sept. 1, 1858.

  More on Jefferson County Fair 

Watertown Democrat, 09 30 1858


AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITIONS—Last week we attended two county fairs - one at Fort Atkinson in Jefferson and the other at Juneau in Dodge.


The Jefferson County Fair was well attended.  Under the direction of the President of the Society, Mr. Milo Jones, the grounds were in excellent order, and all the arrangements were judicious and successful.  The display of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, fruit, grain and vegetables was highly creditable.  Neither for quantity or quality have the productions of the present year been distinguished, and it would be unreasonable to look for as full and fair a show of the products of the soil as might be otherwise expected.  The ladies did their part to make the occasion interesting.  The results of their skill and industry were the most attractive features of the Fair.  They not only did well, but set an example for which the other sex could profitably follow in the future.


On Saturday afternoon Hon. L. P. Harney delivered the address.  He did not speak so much on the best methods of tilling the earth as on the value and importance of self culture to farmers.  His observations on this subject carried with them the power of truth, and if they were generally practiced, would have a tendency to create a class of farmers that for intelligence and influence would be inferior to the members of no other pursuit or calling.


The village of Fort Atkinson is among the most flourishing in the state.  Admirably located - surrounded by a country unsurpassed for beauty and fertility - it needs only the facilities of a railroad to give it an advantage which must render it one of the most prosperous in the west.


The show at Juneau is not in all respects equal to the one of last year, especially so far as grain, fruit and vegetables were concerned; there are was a large collection of superb horses and cattle.  Dodge County has a reputation of having secured the best breeds of horses, cattle and sheep, and the specimens exhibited could more than vindicate its fame in this particular.  The riding by the ladies on the afternoon of the last day formed one of the chief attractions of the occasion.  Some fine displays of graceful and daring horsemanship were made, and the ladies are entitled to the praise of having performed their full duty to make everything pass all off well. 


The grounds were in the best condition and the President of the Society, Mr. Clark Lawton, spared no effort to secure the comfort and convenience of the thousands who thronged the ground.


The address of Hon. Charles Billinghurst was listened to by the multitude that crowded around the stand, with deep attention.  It was plain, common sense, instructive and well written - abounding in good and timely suggestions and without making pretensions to eloquence, was interspersed with passages of marked duty and force.


Wholesale and Retail



In Dohenty's Brick Store

West side of the river

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


The Subscriber returns his thanks to the citizens of Watertown and vicinity, for the liberal patronage heretofore extended to him, and begs leave to call their attention to the many new and fashionable articles added to his extensive stock this spring.  In addition to the wholesale and retail Cabinet Department, he has an elegant assortment of Pier Slabs and Mantle Shelves of the finest Italian Marble—with brackets Gilt and Bronze.  Also, Picture Frames and Mouldings in endless variety.  For the benefit of the public, and his own particular satisfaction, he has invented a new Extension Table (patented last April) which he is now manufacturing of various materials, and offers at prices to suit the time.  Purchasers of all work manufactured at his establishment can have a written warrant that the same is well made of seasoned lumber and better than can be had at any price elsewhere, as those who for the last ten years have favored him with their patronage can testify.  To those who have the misfortune of being strangers to his commodities, an invitation is extended to come and examine his work before purchasing elsewhere.


All kinds of Cabinet Work made to order as usual; also, on hand, ready-made Coffins of every required size.  Hearse to attend funerals in town and country.


M. Quigley


Tobacco—Dodge County

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


A few days since, in the town of Oak Grove, Dodge County, we saw a very fine field of tobacco, which we have since learned has come to maturity and proved to be a fine quality.  There is no doubt but what this crop could be successfully cultivated in this State.


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Cultivation of Tobacco

Watertown Democrat, 08 29 1861


Tobacco Raising.  For some years past Mr. Walter Pease has devoted a small part of his farm to the cultivation of tobacco.  As a general thing he has found it a more profitable crop than any other he has raised, nor is it more uncertain than wheat or corn.  One season he raised on one third of an acre a quantity that sold for $125.  He has now about an acre and a half growing, which promises well.  The chief danger to be feared in this climate comes from early frosts, and from this cause he has lost only one crop, and that, in its damaged condition, he sold at a paying price.  There is no doubt but a good quality of tobacco might be extensively grown in this state.  Many have made the experiment on a small scale and succeeded.  It requires a rich soil, considerable care, and some skill in curing.  Mr. Pease has grown Cuban tobacco, from which a choice and fine variety of cigars has been manufactured.  There is always a good market for this article and as long as it is so generally used as it is, it would be well to add to our productions another element of profit.  Large amounts are annually raised in Connecticut and certainly no one will claim that the soil of Wisconsin is less fertile or favorable to its cultivation.

Cross References:

                1885, F.W. Coon, “The Ins and Outs of Tobacco Culture”

                American Cigar Co. plant in this city, sorting and packing, about 20 hands employed


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Tobacco Raising

Watertown Democrat, 09 07 1865


Many farmers in this section have engaged quite largely in the business of growing tobacco.  When successful this crop is probably as profitable as any other that can be cultivated.  If the soil is properly prepared, the right kind of seed procured, the plants carefully taken care of, and when matured the tobacco is rightly cured, there is little danger of failure.  Tobacco does well here, as many fields testify.  The most apprehension arises from unusually early frosts, which sometimes occur.  Probably the largest and finest field in this vicinity is that owned by Mr. Walter Pease of this city.  It consists of about five acres, and as it now stands, or did stand a few days ago, it presents a splendid appearance.  The stalks are tall and vigorous, the leaves broad, long, and perfect, mostly free from the ravages of insects, and will turn out a fine and heavy crop.  Considering the present price and the expense of cultivation, we do not see how the same amount of land could be made to yield a better return.  For several years past, Mr. Pease has paid considerable attention to this crop, and ample experience enables him to grow it with as much perfection as it can be produced in this climate.  He has shown that be raised here with profit and success.  A diversity of industry is always an advantage, for the reason that if one crop fails, another can be resorted to, and the loss partially repaired.



1866-67 city dir


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Clem Schoechert

Watertown Daily Times, 09 08 1965



For years Clem Schoechert of 1313 South Third Street, a salesman for the C. A. Feisst Co., has been telling tavern keepers he sells and services in Edgerton that Watertown would be able to grow better tobacco than Edgerton which is in the heart of the Wisconsin tobacco belt.  His remarks, whenever he hit any of the taverns in Edgerton, brought raised eyebrows, snickering and laughter.  Finally Duny Bosbin, bartender at Vorpahls Tavern in Edgerton could take Schoechert’s jibes no longer, handed him 12 plants and said, “Go ahead and prove it.”  Well Clem has.  Those 12 plants which were set out in the Schoechert garden for him by Erwin Schliewe, who tends his garden, have grown into seven foot-plus plants.  This, says Clem, proves he was right and he is ready to “throw it right back at those fellows in Edgerton” who doubted him.


Carl Schurz

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


CARL SCHURZ—Governor Randall has appointed Carl Schurz of this city, Regent of the University, in place of Ezra S. Carr, resigned.



Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


CAMP MEETING—The Methodists [of this city] are now holding a camp meeting, which is largely attended, in the town of Lowell, Dodge County.


Livery Business

Watertown Democrat, 09 16 1858


Going to Court—Messrs. Turner, Lindon and Bertholf & Humphry will run regular lines of carriages between this city and Jefferson during the term of the Court.  These gentlemen are all in the livery business and have accommodated our citizens during summer’s heat and winter’s cold as occasion required.  They are certainly deserving a benefit when a trifle is to be made.  Those going to Jefferson will certainly consult their own convenience and the interests of the “Regulars” by patronizing the old firms in preference to the new comers or interlopers.

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Watertown Democrat, 12 02 1858


Notice is hereby given that the co-partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned under the firm of Humphrey & Bertholf is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  All persons indebted to the firm will please call and settle their account without delay.  The business will hereafter be conducted by Norman Humphrey at the old stand, where the public can have the best the establishment affords.  A cash business alone will be done.


Norman Humphrey,

Peter Bertholf.

Watertown, Nov. 17, 1858



Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858



Resolved, That the Mayor be empowered to confer with Mr. Basford as to the settlement of any damages due the city in consequence of his failure to fulfill his contract to erect two union school houses, and if, in the judgment of the Mayor, no satisfactory arrangement can be made with said Basford, he is hereby authorized to commence legal proceedings against him forthwith.  Adopted.


Werlich Brothers

Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858

Soap and Candle Manufactory

G. Werlich & Co.

Sixth Ward County Line Street, West of Second St. on the river

All kinds of Soft and Hard Soap, and Candles constantly on hand.

Orders left at the Factory or at the Store of Werlich Brothers will be promptly executed.


delivered in quantities of Ten Gallons or more at any place in the city, Free of Charge.

The highest market price paid for Tallow in Cash.

G. Werlich & Co. [Gustav]

Watertown, August 20th, 1858


S. P. Day & Co

Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858

Stoves by the Million


Now is the Time to Buy Cheap what are Left.


The subscriber, wishing to close out the Stove branch of his business, offers the remainder of his stock consisting of first class


Cook, Box, and Parlor Stoves,


at the lowest cash rates.  He is willing to make it the object of all who want a good article, to buy of him, as he can sell on the most favorable terms.  He invites the public to examine his stock at his old stand, where all the descriptions and varieties of hardware will be found, which can be had as cheap as the cheapest, and he warrants them to be as good as the best.


S. P. DAY.

Watertown, Sept 9, 1858


Cooley & Wing

Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858



The subscribers bearing in mind the motto “United We Stand" etc., have concluded to join their forces under the name of




at the old stand of C. R. COOLEY over the Watertown Bank, where the dear people of Watertown and vicinity can obtain






and all the other types—exempt newspaper type—on short notice and in a style that cannot be surpassed.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call.



  More on Curtis Cooley 

[Curtis Cooley took the only known photo of Watertown founder Timothy Johnson]

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[Democrat Building [as in Watertown Democrat], Watertown, Wis.]

Watertown Democrat, 08 25 1859


The subscriber wishing to close up business in Watertown by the 1st of October (or sooner) would respectfully invite all who are desirous of having pictures taken to give him an early call.  Prices lower than ever, and satisfaction is given in all cases.


C. R. Cooley

Watertown, August 10th, 1859

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Watertown Democrat, 01 27 1859


The subscribers have removed to the rooms formerly occupied by D. Wing, over the Post Office, and are now ready to furnish the citizens of Watertown and surrounding country with as good photographs or ambrotypes as are made anywhere and at as low prices.  Daguerreotypes enlarged to any size by the photographic process.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine some fine photographic views of Madison.  Rooms open from 8 to 12 o’clock a.m. and from 1 to 5 o’clock p.m.


November 18, 1858   Cooley & Wing

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Curtiss’ Fine Art Gallery


Watertown Democrat, 07 19 1860


Mr. C. R. Cooley, well-known here as a skillful and accomplished Dageurrean artist, will stop in this city a few days longer at Curtiss’ Fine Art Gallery, and furnish all who desire with true and beautiful miniatures of themselves.  Mr. Curtiss has a double-lens camera for this purpose and more exquisite or beautiful likeness it is impossible to take.  They can be easily and cheaply multiplied to any extent.  In perfection of finish and fidelity of expression we have never seen miniatures that surpassed these recently taken at the gallery of Mr. Curtiss. [are “Cooley” and “Curtiss” being used interchangeably?]

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S. E. Curtiss

Watertown Democrat, 03 08 1860


S. E. Curtiss, Photographic Artist (successor to C. R. Cooley).  Where pictures can be had from a miniature to that of a life-like size in all the various styles of the art.  Citizens and the public generally are invited to call and examine his specimens as the subscriber is aware that all puffing is superfluous.  The picture is the thing—which can be procured with all the truthfulness of life, at Curtiss’ Fine Art Gallery.  Prices varying from 25 cents and upwards.  Particular attention paid to copying and enlarging from daguerreotypes.

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S. E. Curtiss

Watertown Democrat, 03 07 1861


CURTISS’ FINE ART GALLERY is a good place to get pictures.  N. S. Curtiss and H. Dennisson [Denniston, Harda ?], two experienced and accomplished artists, have been operating here during the past few weeks and produced some as fine photographs, ambrotypes and fereotypes as we have ever seen.  Now is the time to get likenesses that are both beautiful, true and cheap.  Mr. S. E. Curtiss has recently established a branch gallery at Waterloo, where the people of that thriving village can get first class pictures on their own terms and after their own taste.

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Curtiss’ Fine Art Gallery

S. E. Curtiss, Photographic Artist

Watertown Democrat, 06 06 1861

(Successor to C. R. Cooley)  Where pictures can be had from a miniature to that of a life-like size in all the various styles of the art.

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Two Daguerrean Artists

Watertown Democrat, 08 09 1860


Opposition is the life of business.  The two Daguerrean Artists in this city have been “running” each other for the last few days.  Times were dull and a little excitement was necessary.  One came down a little, then the other fell still lower in the price, until both got down to ten cents a picture, and since then both rooms have been crowded; every thing goes off lively, and dimes are changing hands rapidly.

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Watertown Democrat, 08 16 1860


For about a month Mr. C. R. Cooley—the skillful and accomplished Daguerrean artist—will have charge of Mr. S. E. Curtiss’ Art Gallery in this city, as will be seen by a card in another column.  More life-like and beautiful pictures than Mr. Cooley takes it would be hard to find anywhere

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Watertown Democrat, 08 23 1860


S. E. Curtiss, Photographic Artist, would respectfully tender his thanks to the citizens of Watertown for the liberal patronage received from them during his short residence in this city.


Not feeling inclined to boast of the merits of his work, as is the manner of some, he is willing to submit it to the test of a discerning public who have had and still are having many pictures from his rooms and of his own taking.


Having occasion to be absent for four weeks, he has employed C. R. Cooley, to take charge of the rooms during his absence and if any are told that the rooms are shut up he hopes that it will not be credited until they find it so, as they will always be open from half-past 7 in the morning until 6 at evening, Sundays excepted—the assertion of a certain individual to the contrary notwithstanding.


. . .  Rooms over Fountain’s Store, near the bridge, on Main Street.


Fine for Driving over Main Street Bridge

Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858


A NEGLECTED ORDINANCE—There is one city ordinance which seems to be so entirely forgotten as to be generally disregarded, but which should be rigidly and impartially enforced.  There is a fine for driving over Main Street bridge faster than a walk, and yet every day teams are rushed over that structure on a full run.  No bridge built of wood can long stand such usage, and must be damaged by allowing this constant use of it.  We hope the Marshal will direct his attention to this violation of a plain law, and promptly bring every offender before the Police Justice, and see that he gets his dues.  One or two examples will be a wholesome warning.

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Watertown Democrat, 09 30 1858


A RACE COURSE—Though not very long, yet it [the Main St. bridge] is so smooth and wide, that travelers cannot resist the temptation of commencing a run or a trot the moment they come in sight of it—or they rush at full speed, jarring and shaking every timber and plank in the structure.  The city authorities should put an immediate stop to this practice by taking up and fining every individual who makes himself liable to action.  It is not of much use to talk about this matter, but a few arrests will be likely to furnish a warning that will be heeded.

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Image showing portion of sign on bridge


Watertown Nursery

Watertown Democrat, 09 23 1858

Splendid Fruit and Ornamental Trees


The subscribers would call the attention of all who wish to set out Fruit and Ornamental Trees, to the large and fine varieties to be found in their nursery three miles east of this city.  They offer choice stock on the most reasonable terms, and warrant every tree or shrub they sell what they recommend it to be.  They flatter themselves that their experience in the nursery business and a constant aim to make such selections as would meet the wants of the West, will enable them to give general satisfaction to all who may favor them with orders for anything in their line.


We will sell to wholesale dealers and those wishing to engage in the nursery business on such terms as will make it an object for them to buy.  We will furnish grafts or stock of any kind at the most reasonable charges and can supply them in any quantities.



Watertown, August 12, 1858

Reynolds, Barnaby and John (son)

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Watertown Democrat, 03 28 1861


The advertisement of Reynolds & Whelan offering for sale a large variety of fruit and ornamental trees will be found in this paper.  They have taken great care to procure such trees as will grow and flourish in this climate.  Every farm should be enriched and every yard embellished with trees.  We hope all who want to purchase trees will give this nursery a call.

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Watertown Nursery




Watertown Gazette, 04 09 1909


Whelan Bros., propagators, growers and dealer in a general line of nursery stock.  Apple trees a specialty.  Large stock of evergreens and shade trees.  Small fruits, flowering shrubs, plants, vines, roses and evergreens.  All guaranteed stock.


1430 Oconomowoc Ave., Phone 231-x.   Watertown, Wis.



Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


BABY SHOW.  At the baby show held at Juneau last week Thursday Paul Mullen, son of S. S. Mullen and wife of this city, the first prize in the three-year-old class; Donald Burke, son of F. B. Burke, this city, took first prize in the two-year-old class.  He was considered the healthiest, strongest and all around baby on exhibition.  In the special twin class Donald and Dorothea Burke of this city took first prize.


Clam Bake

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


WILL ATTEND CLAM BAKE. On Friday of this week a large crowd of Watertown people will attend the clam bake at Waterloo, accompanied by the Watertown band.  In the afternoon at that place the Watertown baseball team will play the Columbus team and a red-hot game is expected.  The train will leave the C.M.&St.P. depot at 8:40 a.m., where badges will be provided all who attend.  Waterloo turned out in good shape at the [Watertown] homecoming and it is hoped our people will reciprocate handsomely on Friday.


Fred W. Hilgendorf

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


WILL TEACH AT FOND DU LAC.  Fred W. Hilgendorf, a former resident of Watertown and a teacher in the 8th grade No. 4 public school, who recently graduated from the State University, has secured the appointment of teacher of civics and history in the Fond du Lac High School.


John Stangler

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


BIG THRESHING RECORD.  Last Saturday on the Meitner, Warner and Heck farms in the town of Emmet, John Stangler of that town threshed 2574 bushels of grain in one day.  This is a great record in grain threshing, especially so when it is considered that three settings were made.


Henry Box Factory

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


AT WAUKESHA BEACH.  On Monday the employees of the I. L. Henry box factory passed the day at Waukesha Beach, making use of the interurban cars for the trip.


James M. Moore

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


GONE TO TEXAS.  James M. Moore, son of the editor of The Gazette, left here on Monday for Austin, Texas, where he will teach for the next year in the Commercial Department of St. Edward's College in that city, this being his second year in that institution.


Fred. M. Creuz and wife

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


CHINA WEDDING.  Thursday afternoon and evening of last week Fred. M. Creuz and wife celebrated their china wedding at their home in West Main Street.  Luncheon was served in the afternoon and among the many friends who called to offer congratulations were the ladies of the German Reformed church, who called in a body.  Mr. Creuz and his estimable wife were married in Milwaukee 20 years ago and have made this city their home ever since.  Our citizens in general extend hearty congratulations to this worthy couple, and all trust that they will live in the enjoyment of good health to celebrate many happy returns of their wedding day.


Main Street Bridge Rebuilt

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


THE ELECTRIC CARS.  The rebuilding of Main Street bridge was completed last week by the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Co., and the work was accepted by the city.  The line is completed as far as Montgomery Street in West Main Street, and cars are now operated every hour to and from that point in the city to and from Milwaukee.  A move is on foot to have the line extended to the C.&N.W. Ry. depot.





Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


Ferd. Marlow has purchased James Enright's 120 acre farm in the town of Emmet, the consideration being $13,200, taking in exchange the business property at 601 North Second Street, known as the Bumpskeller, at $4,000.

  More on saloon 

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


The saloon property owned by Ferdinand Marlow at 610 [601] Second Street was sold to James Enright of the town of Emmet, consideration $4,000.


  More on saloon 

Watertown Daily Times, 07 06 1937


The old tavern at 601 N. Second Street, known for many years as the "Bumpskellar," has changed its name and has come under new management.  It is now to be known as Scotty’s tavern and will hereafter be operated by John (Scotty) MacLeod, who has for years operated a tavern in North Water Street.


Lewis Fountain Returned

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


LEWIS FOUNTAIN.  A solid concrete base is being erected at the fountain square in West Main Street, on which the Lewis fountain will be placed this week.  The fountain will rest higher than it was previous to being taken down and horses can hereafter drink at it without being unchecked.


Board of Education

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


An adjourned meeting of the Board of Education was held Thursday evening of last week, and considerable regular business was transacted.  Rohde & Zickert were awarded the contract for re-shingling a portion of the high school building for $230. 


Miss Winifred Culver, of Albion, Mich., was appointed manual training teacher at a salary of $75 per month, but has sent word that she had accepted a position elsewhere.  A male teacher has since been appointed at $80 per month, L. Wright of Scranton, Pa. 


On account of the crowded condition of the High School, the eighth grade in that building was transferred to the vacant room in School No. 4.  There are forty pupils more in the high school this year than the building with the eight grades therein can accommodate.  The matter of refusing high school pupils from outside the city was discussed, and thus relieve somewhat the crowded condition of the school, but no definite action was taken on the matter. 


At the close of the meeting Frank M. Eaton, Wm. F. Voss, C. H. Jacobi and Supt Roseman were appointed a committee to arrange for a reception for the public school teachers in the near future.


The Interurban Railway

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


John I. Beggs of Milwaukee, president of the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Co., has given orders that work begin at once on extending the interurban railway from Montgomery Street to the C.&N.W. Ry. depot.  This means a great deal to the people of this city, for it will add greatly to the good service already in force here, and it is hoped all will help the good work along.  Mr. Beggs has also ordered that all electric cars entering the city make one round trip between Montgomery Street and Western Avenue, allowing 15 minutes for this service.  If the experiment pays, this service will be continued.  During the fair next week each car will have a trailer, and enough cars will be run to accommodate all going to the fair who wish to patronize the electric line between Montgomery Street and Western Avenue.  The company means to give Watertown the best possible service, and as merchants and business men have already felt the good effects of the interurban railway, it is hoped that no citizen will do anything to retard the growth and extension of this public enterprise.

  More on interurban 

Interurban Electric Service

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


On Sept. 15th the interurban railway service between this city and Milwaukee put on the two hour schedule, cars coming and going every two hours, from now till May 15th next, when the hourly schedule will be resumed.  The same rule prevails with all interurban roads controlled by John I. Beggs.  Between 9:05 a. m. and 10:05 p. m. a daily city service will be maintained between Montgomery Street and Richards Avenue leaving Montgomery Street at 9:05 and arriving at Richard's Avenue at 9:15, returning to Montgomery Street at 9:05 and back to Richard's Avenue at 9:35, and back to Montgomery at 9:45, and so continuing till 10:05 at night. This service will be continued till the extension is completed to the Northwestern depot; and if it is found the local service pays, regular city cars will be put on next year.


Mr. E. V. Bramer

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


PLACE OF RELIGION IN DAILY LIFE.  That religion can help you to run your business and do your work more easily will be demonstrated by the Rev. H. C. Rehm in his next Sunday morning sermon at the Congregational Church.  The subject is "The Place of Religion in Daily Life" and it will show that there is more to Christianity than church going, praying and the hope of heaven.  There will be a violin solo by Mr. E. V. Bramer.


John Kneubuehler


Watertown Democrat, 01 17 1908


John Kneubuehler, 1210 N. 2nd Street of this city, who on 12/171907 swallowed a silver-plated tuning reed which has since rested on his lung having lodged in the right bronchial tube, was relieved of the foreign substance last night during a spell of coughing.  The case was a peculiar one.  Mr. Kneubuehler was playing with his young son and had the tuning reed in his mouth and in drawing a breath, the whistle was forced down the right bronchial tube.  For several hours after the incident a musical sound was produced in breathing, but as the reed went lower down this stopped.  A strange feature of the case was that he experienced no pain or inconvenience and did not worry over the matter at all.  It was thought at one time that it might be necessary to perform an operation, but it was later decided to wait a while and see if the obstruction would become troublesome.


This, however, did not happen and last night, just one month from the date of swallowing the reed, it was coughed up.  Many people were skeptical about the matter, but there was no doubt of the reed being lodged in the windpipe and an x-ray indicated its location, and now that it has been removed will be a cause of congratulations by friends of the victim of the strange occurrence.  The reed was about 1 3/4" long and slightly larger in diameter than an ordinary lead pencil.  One-half of each end was open and through this the air could freely pass without causing him difficulty in breathing.  The reed was finally lodged on the lung by the 7th and 9th ribs where it seemed to cause the man no inconvenience whatever.


He never worried over the matter as might have been expected and which most people would have done under like conditions, but took the situation philosophically until the relief came.


  More on John Kneubuehler 


Infant's Dead Body Found

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


Tuesday morning on the premises of John Kneubuehler, 1210 North Second Street, the house cat was found dragging the body of a female fetus.  Mr. Kneubuehler was startled at the discovery of the child's body and the police were notified and Dr. Shinnick also viewed the body.  The child, the indications showed, was born alive a few hours before it was found.  One arm was missing and the neck was broken.  It is supposed the cat found the body west of Mr. K's place in a cluster of trees.  Tuesday afternoon a postmortem was held on the remains at the morgue by Drs. Shinnick and Feld, who came to the conclusion that the child was born alive, but could not definitely state because of the absence of the lungs, which had been torn out by the cat.  A coroner’s jury consisting of Dan Ryan, August Hoef, F. A, Meyer, Wm. Laabs, N. Schwensen and W. H. Meyer on Tuesday was summoned before Justice Henze and adjourned for two weeks to give more time for investigation.


Poultry Organization

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


A temporary poultry organization was effected last Tuesday evening at the gentleman’s room in the public library by electing W. F. Gruetzmacher president, Henry Zier vice president, A. J. Gamm secretary and Theodore Lehman treasurer.  Another meeting will be held the week following the Inter-County fair.  It is the intention of the association to hold annual poultry shows.


Nearly Killed


Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


Last Tuesday afternoon Aug. Kleck, R. P. Koenig & Co.’s teamster, had a narrow escape from death.  He stopped his team in front of Salick's jewelry store to leave a watch for repairs and as a street car approached from the west his team started to run east and he attempted to get on the wagon and was caught between the wheels and was dragged as far as First Street, when he fell to the ground, one of the wheels narrowly missing his head.  His shoulder and one foot was run over, his foot being badly cut.  Dr. Habhegger attended him and says no serious results will follow.


Jaedecke's millinery

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


—Miss Amy Halpin of Cedarburg is filling the position of trimmer at Mrs. H. Jaedecke's millinery store.


Grutt Brothers

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


Grutt Brothers, formerly of this city, suffered great loss in the fire at Rawhide, Nevada last week.  Emil Grutt blew up his office with dynamite to save other property in the vicinity.


Inter-County Fair, 1908

Watertown Gazette, 02 07 1908

Boost the Watertown fair of 1908!


That was the key-note sounded at the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Watertown Inter-County Fair association held at the city building last evening.


The meeting was the largest and most enthusiastic ever held and if the enthusiasm displayed at the gathering could but have the cooperation of the citizens of Watertown generally, the coming fair would eclipse anything in the state and prove a mint in the way of receipts.


At the meeting last evening, many volunteered to assist gratuitously at the grounds during the fair in order to lessen the expenses and help to put the association on a stronger financial footing.


Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908

The Watertown Fair a Great Success.

A Large Attendance, Great Display

and Fine Entertainment.


Everybody Well Pleased and the Management Happy.


Of the Inter-County Fair now being held on the fairgrounds in this city it can be truthfully said that it is one of the very best fairs ever held in the state—every department is full to overflowing and extra accommodations have had to be made since the fair opened on Tuesday to display the various products of farm and home. The livestock quarters attracts much attention this year and no one attending this fair should fail to give their attention to this feature of it. Blooded stock of all breeds in cattle, horse, swine and sheep was never so well represented in this county, and the poultry department, always of interest, is particularly large and interesting this year. Many crates of poultry have had to be placed outside the building. The machinery quarters, the horticultural, fine arts, merchandise and household product apartments, as well as the school exhibit are extensive, interesting and instructive, and with the many fine attractions on the ground all attending the fair certainly find something to satisfy their tastes., The fine attractions, horseracing, etc., are excellent and in fact nothing that tends to amuse and instruct has been neglected by the management, and it certainly has succeeded in getting together for the 1908 fair a vast amount of material. The city is in holiday attire, decorated with flags and bunting, and there is an air of success and interest in this year's fair never before so well shown here. The attendance at the fair thus far has been very large and tomorrow, Friday, it is expected the crowd will be a record-breaker for the last day, as many of the best races will take place and all of the free and other attractions will be continued . . .


Beaver Dam sent a delegation of 500 to the fair on Thursday, headed by their brass band.  Bach's band furnished the music on Wednesday, and Beaver Dam and Waterloo the music on Thursday.


On Wednesday, Watertown day, it is estimated fully 20,000 people passed through the gates.  Fort Atkinson and Jefferson sent large delegations and all the surrounding towns were well represented.


  More on Inter-County Fair 


Watertown Fair Association Annual Meeting

Watertown Gazette, 02 05 1909


At the annual meeting of the Watertown Fair Association held last week Thursday evening all the old officers were re-elected as follows:


President—H. Werthheimer

Vice President—G. M. Gahlmann

Treasurer—C. E. Frey

Secretary—Charles Mulberger

Executive Committee—W. A. Beurhaus, J. F. Hughes, Reeseville; Albert Cebell, John C. Gruel, C. A. Vaughan, H. G. Grube, Simon Molzahn, Charles Kiepert, Concord; C. E. Donovan, Waterloo.


The chair appointed the following soliciting committee:  H. G. Grube, Max G. Kusel, Edward F. Wieman, G. M. Gahlmann and R. Schott.


President Herman Wertheimer presided at the meeting.  The treasurer’s report showed the association to be in good financial standing.  By resolution the secretary was authorized to employ an assistant secretary to aid him in looking after the fair’s work.  An additional building will be erected on the grounds this year, and a fifty-foot addition added to the grand stand.


Dr. Edward Johnson

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


Dr. Edward Johnson, in behalf of himself and his wife, Mary Johnson, deceased, has donated $1,000 to St. Bernard's school to be in perpetual memory of them as long as the school exists.  The interest of the $1000 only is to be used in giving prizes to the pupils of the school for excellence in the knowledge of Christian Doctrine, also for the best knowledge of the Gospels.  The principal of the $1000 must remain intact.  This last gift of Dr. Johnson is only another testimonial of the great interest he takes in St. Bernard's church and school.  The present school building was erected by him, and he has donated many thousands of dollars to the church in various ways, and St. Bernard’s congregation owes him an everlasting debt of gratitude.



Attorney Gustav Buchheit

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


Attorney Gustav Buchheit has removed his law office from the Buchheit block in Third Street to the Central block, corner of Main and Third streets.


Dancing School

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


The opening of Paul Thom's dancing class at Turner Opera house, Friday evening, October 2, 1908.  All the latest up-to-date dances taught.  The barn dance in all its various figures will receive special attention.


Lange's Grocery Store

Grocery store Robbed.

Watertown Gazette, 09 18 1908


Sometime early Sunday night the panels of the side door of Chas. Lange's grocery store in Montgomery Street were smashed in and burglars entered the store and stole about $6 worth of cigars and tobacco, and 18 cents in change was take from the cash drawer.


Lange, Charles L & Son 1913, 424 Montgomery, grocer


Ralph E. Meiers

Watertown Daily Times, 07 29 1983


Ralph E. Meiers of Watertown Elks Lodge No. 666 has been appointed a district deputy grand exalted ruler by newly elected grand exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Kenneth V. Cantoli of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.  District deputy grand exalted rulers serve as the district representatives of the grand exalted ruler to the local lodges.  Meiers was sworn in as one of the 253 district deputy grand exalted rulers at the 119th annual convention of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Honolulu.  More than 4,000 voting delegates and 20,000 total persons from across the United States attended the convention.


Ernst Quis

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


Ernst Quis and family will remove from this city next week to Oconomowoc, where Mr. Quis will conduct a home bakery and delicatessen and grocery business.


Miss Laura Salick

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


Miss Laura Salick left here last week to teach school at Lomira, Dodge County.


J. B. Murphy Co

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


The J. B. Murphy Co. of this city has received the contract for frescoing St. John's Lutheran church at Mayville.


Ice Cream Festival

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


On Thursday evening, October 1st, the Young Ladies Society of St. Bernard's Church will give an ice cream social on the church lawn, to which the public is cordially invited.  The lawn will be handsomely illuminated with electric light effects, and a fine entertainment is in store for all patrons.


Mrs. Ella Ames

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 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, caps, hoods, cloaks and all fancy goods.

Mrs. Ella Ames, 11 Main Street


John F. Dornfeld

Watertown Gazette, 09 11 1908


The undersigned will sell at public auction on September 18th, 1908, at 10 o’clock a.m. of that day, to the highest and best bidder for cash, one Hopkin’s Diamond Gear Street Car, now located on the property of the undersigned, for the purpose of paying all expenses in moving said property to said premises and the costs and disbursements incurred on account of said sale.

John F. Dornfeld

Cor. Of Third and Clyman Sts.

Watertown, Wisconsin

Dated August 28th, 1908


William J. Bryan on policy of President McKinley

Watertown Gazette, 10 05 1900


(In his speech Wednesday) Mr. Bryan hit the nail squarely on the head with every blow he dealt the unpatriotic policy of President McKinley in his treatment of the Filipinos.  He severely arraigned the administration for its violation of the fundamental principle of the Declaration of Independence — taxation without representation . . . Mr. Bryan’s speech was limited to about fifty minutes, having to speak at Waukesha at night, as he speaks not only daily, but often talks to two or more other assemblages the same day, much precaution must be taken to prevent a breakdown.


We regret our inability for want of time and space to give the speech in its entirety, as it should be read by every lover of justice, fair play and good government.  Those present had much explained to them which has heretofore been imperfectly understood, and will be the better able to defend their political actions against those who place partisan success above the welfare of country.


Much to the delight of everybody, Wednesday morning was ushered in by indications of beautiful weather, which gave promise that the great meeting looked forward to would be a memorable one in the political annals of our beautiful city — the receptions of William J. Bryan, the champion of the people; the unselfish and intrepid defender of the sacred and constitutional rights of the masses as against the criminal and blighting aggressions of the millionaire-trust oligarchy . . .  This great warrior of two presidential campaigns arrived here over the St. Paul Road at 3.50 p.m., having spoken at Columbus and Portage on the way down.  Mr. Bryan is looking well, and does not seem to have aged much since his appearance here four years ago . . . Unfortunately, about train time a heavy rain storm was precipitated, and it prevented a large number of people from meeting and escorting the great commoner from the depot to the Turner Opera House.  However, Mr. Bryan and party were conveyed to the hall in carriages, and met with an enthusiastic reception from the dense throng which filled the spacious building to overflow, every available foot of room being filled with men and women who were determined to see and hear the next president of these United States.

  More on Bryan 

Organized Bryan and Kern Club

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


Last Tuesday evening at the club room in the public library a Bryan and Kern club was organized and a large number of names were signed as initial members [Democrat William Jennings Bryan had been nominated for President and John Worth Kern of Indiana as VP running mate].  The meeting was called to order by James W. Moore, chairman of the Democratic City Committee.  On motion of Prof. C. F. Viebahn, Chas. Mulberger was selected as chairman of the meeting, and on motion of James W. Moore, Hon. Wm. F. Voss was selected as secretary.  A permanent organization was effected by the election of the following officers:


President - Charles Mulberger.

Vice president-O. R. Krueger.

Recording secretary-Jas. P. Holland

Corresponding secretary- Emil Tanck,

Treasurer-G. M. Gahlmann.

Finance committee-D. Schwieger, Herman E. Krueger, G. J. Russell, J. J. Brusenbach, R. Schott

Vice presidents-John Schatz, S. Molzahn, A. J. Carlin, John T. Ryan, Albert Borchart, Henry Scheblak, Frank Kalina.

Decorations -H Scheblak.

A committee was appointed to secure rooms for the meetings of the club and make such other arrangements as are necessary in that line. The next meeting is subject to the call of the president.

  More on Bryan 

Bryan Passes through Watertown

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


W. J. Bryan [William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for President in 1896, 1900 and again in 1908] passed through this city last Saturday at 5 o'clock P. M. en route from Madison to Milwaukee.  A large number of our people were at the Junction to greet him, no stop being made at the depot.  He had a few words to say to those present, and many found time to grasp him by the hand.

  More on Bryan 

Will Vote for Bryan

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


Walter Blair, of Pittsburg, Pa., son of the late A. Blair, ex-treasurer of Jefferson County and a former resident of Watertown, was a guest last week at the home of his sister, Mrs. Max Blaesius, West Milwaukee Street.  Walter was looking well and prosperous, and all his old friends here gave him a hearty greeting.  He is now proprietor of a large commission business in Pittsburg and came west to arrange to get a weekly consignment of farm produce.  He says he would not be surprised to see Pennsylvania carried for W. J. Bryan at the coming election, and informed us that even our old friend Edward May and former Watertown resident [Edward C. May, 503 E Main, flour and feed businessman] is a supporter of W. J. Bryan.  We always new [sic] Ed. would get religion before he died and we extend him a hearty welcome to the democratic fold.  When dyed-in-the-wool republicans like Ed May vote for a democrat for president of the United States, the chances certainly are very good for a change of administration at Washington.


Looks like Attempted Murder

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


John Cizik, a Pole employed as a laborer on the electric railway, was found last Monday night by August Zieger near the arched bridge of the electric railway where it crosses the C. M. & St. P. Ry., in Richards' cut.  Zieger had been working for some time in this vicinity, and started to walk to Oconomowoc along the railroad track.  When he reached the point above referred to he heard a man groaning and discovered Cizik lying across the rails of the south track.  Zieger thought the man had been hit by a train and he pulled him to the side of the track and went back to the depot and reported the case to the employees. Cizik was taken to the emergency hospital and on examination it was found that he had been struck on the head with some blunt article, rendered unconscious and then placed across the railroad track by the party who slugged him.  Dr Moulding, the attending physician, gave it as his opinion that the fellow had been struck with a club.  Cizik and several of his companions who work in Finnerty camp, No. 4 east of this city, came to town on Monday, having received their pay from the contractor, and started for the camp about 10 o'clock at night, Cizik returning to secure some matches. He had in his possession $16.50 when he came to this city, but when he was found on the railway track, his money was gone, but in his pockets were found a full bottle of whisky, several packages of tobacco and cigarette paper.  His injuries are not serious, but his case looks as though it was an attempt at murder.


Tuesday evening Frank Maradic, a companion of Cizik on the night he was assaulted, was arrested on suspicion and on Wednesday morning he was taken before Justice Stacy, and his examination set for October 3 at 9 o'clock.  Not being able to furnish bail, he was placed in the county jail till that date.


Kussel Farm

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908

Don't Fail to Attend


Sale of barns, sheds and other out buildings on the Kussel farm, if you want to buy some cheap lumber. Sale Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 P. M,

  More on Kussel property 

Auction Sale

Watertown Gazette, 09 25 1908


The undersigned will sell on his premises in the Sixth ward on Wednesday, Sept. 30th, at 10 o'clock a. m., the following personal property to the highest bidders:  2 work horses, 1 single heavy harness, set of heavy harness, 1 double carriage harness, 1 single buggy harness, 1 Milwaukee binder and Milwaukee mower, 1 seeder, 1 sulky corn cultivator, 2 hand cultivators, 1 drag in three parts . . . 1 disc sub-soil plow, fanning mill, 1 lumber wagon, wide tire truck wagon, milk wagon, several buggies, sulky potato bug sprinkler, corn sheller, land roller, 1000 lb. scale, some hay and other farming utensils and some household goods.  Terms—All sums under $10 cash, over that amount six months time will be given on good secured notes at 5 per cent interest.


Lunch at noon.   Samuel Kussel, Prop.

More on Kussel property 

Riverside Addition [Kussel Farm] - Labaree St.

Watertown Gazette, 10 09 1908


BIG REAL ESTATE DEALS.  The Riverside Land Co. is putting in a fine driveway between Fourth Street bridge and county line bridge [new “driveway” is assumed to be the upgrading or rebuilding of Labaree St., a portion of which had existed as early as 1855; county line bridge is Division/Boughton St bridge].  They have recently sold 420 lots in Beloit in one day, 232 lots in Janesville, 145 lots at Monroe and 173 lots in Stoughton.  If you are in line for an investment don't fail to purchase lots in the Riverside addition, known as the Sam Kussel property, in the 6th ward [Samuel Kussell home was at 924 Labaree].   Watertown is on the boom and these lots are bound to advance in price  [chapter on Riverside Park].


DON'T PUT IT OFF.  Start now and buy a lot in the Riverside addition to Watertown, for these lots will not last long at these terms and prices.


DON'T FORGET.  Sale of lots in Riverside addition, opens Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 a. m.  Come early.

  More on Kussel property 

Lots go like Hot Cakes

Watertown Gazette, 10 16 1908


Over 200 lots were sold in the Riverside addition in the 6th ward last Wednesday.  Several sat up all night to get the first chance to buy the lots at 7 o'clock in the morning.  It was the biggest sale of lots that has ever taken place in Watertown and Mr. Bunn, who had charge of the sale, was delighted with it.

  More on Kussel property 

Map of Riverside Addition

Watertown Gazette, 11 13 1908


By Alderman Werner:


Whereas Charles G Kiewert has submitted to this common council for approval in accordance with chapter 225 laws of Wisconsin, 1905, a map of Riverside addition, extended, being a sub division of part of outlot No. 31, in the Sixth ward of the city of Watertown, Wisconsin;


Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, By the common council of the said city of Watertown that the said plat of the Riverside addition, extended, be and the same is hereby in all respects approved.


The resolution was referred to the committee on judiciary and streets and bridges


Apollo Musical Club

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


The members and friends of the Watertown Apollo Club are hereby urged to note that the first rehearsal of the club for the season of 1908-9 will take place on Tuesday evening, October 6, at 8 o'clock promptly, in the assembly room of the Masonic Temple.


The club will be under the direction of Mr. Evan Roberts of Milwaukee, who will be assisted by Prof. Daniel Protheroe at every fourth rehearsal.  Mr. Roberts is a pupil of Mr. Protheroe's and the club is to be congratulated on this double directorship.


The music committee has secured the services of one of Watertown's skilled pianists, Miss Lydia Pease, as accompanist.  Mendelssohn's songs will constitute part of the studies of the first term.  Every effort is being made to insure a huge membership and a most successful season.  The executive committee is strongly desirous that the young people of musical ability of Watertown and vicinity avail themselves of this opportunity of studying the productions of the masters and the very best of popular music under such directors as Messrs. Roberts and Protheroe, and all who have any interest whatsoever in the promotion of all things excellent in solo, quartette and chorus singing, are most cordially invited to be present at Masonic Hall Tuesday evening, October 41, at 8 o'clock sharp.


Following are the officers of the club for the season 1908-9:


President—M. L. Eversz.

Vice President—J. W. Wiggenhorn.

Secretary—O. E. Meyer.

Treasurer—E. C. Wolfram.

Libarian—A. Ralph Eberle.

Music Committee—Miss M. Notz, Mrs. C. R. Feld, Mrs. G. B. Lewis, Edward L. Schempf.

Business Committee—Max Rohr, C. E. Emmerling, William Sproesser, W. Parks.

  More on Apollo Club 

Eighth Apollo Concert

Watertown Gazette, 11 27 1908


Interesting Program,

Under Direction of Dr. Daniel Protheroe and Prof. E. G. Roberts.


On next Tuesday evening, December 1st, at Turner opera house, the Apollo Club, a mixed chorus composed of Watertown people, will submit and render its eighth concert.  Few cities in Wisconsin can boast of such an organization and because of the opportunities it affords our people along musical educational lines, every one should lend his active and material support and attend the concert.  All that is desired in a financial way is that the club be able to meet its obligations in the future.  Its object is not a pecuniary one, but solely to spread and perpetuate the tender and refining influence of music, and flood all hearts with its sunshine.  Music is born of love. Had there never been any human affection, there could never have been uttered a strain of music.  It expresses feeling and thought without language.  No organization could bring greater blessings and benefits to humanity nor secure a more precious heritage to growing and future generations.  It must not be forgotten that every person is most cordially invited to become a member of this club and receive, for a small pittance, the great, lasting and character-molding influences of a musical training at the hands of such great music masters and composers like Doctor Daniel Protheroe of Chicago, with the regular weekly proficient suggestions and guidance of Prof. Roberts of Milwaukee, director of the famous Lyric Society of that city.  The price for admission are as follows: tickets 50 cents; side galleries 35 cents.


Interurban cars will leave for the east one halt hour later than usual, viz: 10:30 p.m.


The program has been arranged to please all and is as follows . . .

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Apollo Concert

Watertown Gazette, 12 04 1908


The eighth annual concert of the Apollo club at Turner opera house last Tuesday evening was attended by an appreciative and select audience.  The program opened with the May Song chorus by Mendelssohn, which was rendered by the Apollo club, directed by Prof. Daniel Protheroe of Chicago.  That this chorus was well given was very forcibly illustrated by the enthusiastic applause extended at its close.  Five choruses were rendered by the Apollo club, Prof. Protheroe directing the first and last choruses, and Prof. Roberts the balance.  All the choruses were delightfully rendered, due credit for which must also be given Miss Lydia Pease, the accompanist  The singing of the soloists was all good, and a more pleased audience would be hard to find.  Prof. Roberts has a beautiful tenor voice, and he was recalled twice.  The cello playing of Robert Ambrosius captivated the audience, and he was called and recalled time after time.  Mrs. Wm. Sproesser was his accompanist and she came in for a good share of the honors.  Prof. Protheroe's singing has always been popular in Watertown, and his efforts on Monday evening added greatly to his previous popularity.  Watertown's favorite contralto soloist, Miss Anna Smith, was at her best on this occasion, and she was most cordially received by the audience.  She has a most beautiful voice and she handled it very artistically in all her numbers.  The audience showed their delight by recalling her twice after her first encore. The program in full was as follows:


Veil of Rest                      Mendelsohn

Departure                         Apollo Club

Contralto Solo      Selected

Miss Anna Smith

Duet, Martial Spirit  Perry

Daniel Protheroe, E G. Roberts

Twilight                          Protheroe

Apollo Club

Cello solo          Selected

Robert Ambrosias

Baritone Solo       Selected

Daniel Protheroe

Hoist the Sail                    E Broome

Apollo Club

May Song                          Mendelssohn

Apollo Club

Tenor solo, Queen of the Earth   Pinsuiti

E. G. Roberts

Cello solo         Selected

Robert Ambrosias

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"Creation," by Handel - Apollo Musical Club

Watertown Gazette, 01 15 1909


Members and Friends of the Apollo Club Attention


The next regular meeting of the Apollo Musical Club will be held on Tuesday evening, Jan. 19.  The famous oratorio, "Creation," by Handel, will be the subject of study.  This grand work is certainly worthy the best efforts of all who would sing.  We hope to see all the old members present at the very first rehearsal and many not yet members who would participate in this uplifting recreation, Tuesday evening, January 19, at eight o'clock punctually.


Wenker and Miller

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


Dr. R. J. Wenker of Milwaukee, formerly of this city, has been appointed a member of the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Milwaukee.


ROBBERY.  Chas. H. Miller's cigar factory in Main Street was entered by burglars one night last week and about $100 worth of meerschaum pipes and stems stolen by them. [Meerschaum is a very rare mineral, a kind of hard white clay. The light and porous structure of the pipe keeps the smoke cool and soft].


Schurz Home as Memorial

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


A meeting was held at the public library last Friday evening by those interested in the purchasing of the old Schurz homestead in North Church Street and turning it into a memorial park.  The matter to desire ways and means was turned over to the following gentlemen:  Park Commissioners—H. Wertheimer, Edward J. Brandt, E. J. Seifert, S. Molzahn.  Committee –Mayor Arthur Mulberger, Ex-Mayor W. F. Voss, C. F. Viebahn, C. E. Straw, J. W. Wiggenhorn, O. R. Krueger, E. F. Wieman.

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Sends Check for $50

Watertown Gazette, 10 09 1908


E. G. Broennimann, formerly of Watertown, writes Mayor Mulberger as follows:


New York, October 2, 1908.


Mr. Arthur Mulberger, Mayor, Watertown, Wis.


My Dear Arthur:  I am in receipt of yours 30th ultimo, calling my attention to the plan of raising funds by popular subscription for the purchase of the old Carl Schurz homestead.  I certainly am in accord with this movement, and feel it must be successful if the matter is properly brought to the attention of Carl Schurz's many admirers.  With the high place he made for himself in our national history, and the eminent regard for his memory throughout the land, as evidenced by similar movements here in New York and elsewhere, I feel Watertown is especially fortunate and should be particularly proud of the opportunity of honoring this great man in the way proposed.


I shall be glad to cooperate with Mr. Merkel, as you suggest, to interest other New Yorkers, and in the meantime beg to enclose my personal contribution herewith—check for fifty ($50) dollars payable to your order. 


Wishing you success.

Sincerely yours,

E. G. Broennimann.

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Schurz Homestead Bought by Street Car Co

Watertown Gazette, 10 23 1908

    [this story appeared after the 10 16 story]


Clark M. Rosecrantz, attorney for the Milwaukee Heat, Light and Traction Company, bid in at sheriffs sale last Saturday the Schurz homestead, including seven acres of land, for $3,583.  The Begg's line will give the city an option on the property to continue for a year, reserving for its own use, however, a strip of the site for a right of way.  The city has no fund at present to buy the property, but will take the option.

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Schurz Homestead for a Public Park


Watertown Homecoming Club Proposes to Purchase Historic Grounds by Subscription

Watertown Gazette, 10 16 1908


After more than half a century of neglect and decay, the historical Carl Schurz homestead and estate is to be converted into a public memorial park, through the instrumentality of a country-wide movement inaugurated yesterday by the Watertown Homecoming Club of Milwaukee.  Subscriptions will be asked for among the 1,100 members of the club scattered over the United States for the purchase of the estate from the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Company, who recently secured the property as a right of way on its northern extension from Watertown.


The traction company has signified a willingness to sell the estate at the original purchase price of $3,500 and to give the club an option of one year to close the deal, reserving only a narrow strip for the laying of rails.  That the movement will prove an instantaneous success is the opinion of Ernest A. Kehr, 105 Grand Aveune, president of the Watertown Homecoming Club of Milwaukee.  "It will take some time to reach all the members of the club," said Mr. Kehr, "but of the ultimate results there is not the slightest doubt.  In the Homecoming Club we have men in all lines of business who will undoubtedly make generous contributions.  One Milwaukee man yesterday offered to donate $100 before the movement was fairly under way.  "I feel that many Milwaukeeans not members of the club, but admirers of Carl Schurz, will help the project along in a financial way. It is not improbable that we will receive funds from Germans all over the United States."  The estate, of nearly eight acres, is said to be in bad condition and the quaint, old fashioned story and a half house rapidly falling to pieces.  The natural advantages of the place are such, however, that it is possible to convert it into a beautiful park.  The house will undoubtedly be restored to its original condition as built and occupied by Carl Schurz for two years in the early fifties.  The amount of money necessary to make contemplated improvements will be decided by a committee to be appointed at the next meeting.—[Milwaukee Sentinel article reprint]

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Schurz Memorial

Watertown Gazette, 12 18 1908


B. G. Heyn, treasurer of the Wisconsin Society in New York City, was in Watertown this week in the interest of the Carl Schurz memorial park.  On Wednesday he visited the old Carl Schurz homestead in North Church Street and in the afternoon held a conference at the public library with the local committee for the Schurz Memorial Park.

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Money Raised To Purchase Schurz Homestead

Watertown Gazette, 01 29 1909


It is now practically settled that the Watertown Homecoming Club, with the Milwaukee branch as the principal movers in the enterprise, is to purchase the old Carl Schurz homestead in Watertown and transform it into a public park.  The purchase money has already been raised, and the prospects are that the deal will soon be closed.  The homestead is now the property of the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Company, which has offered to sell it at the price paid for the property by the company, to be used as a public park, which was $3,500.  The company, however, will reserve a strip upon which will be used as a right-of-way for its northern extension.


Ernest A. Kehr, who is president of the Milwaukee branch of the Watertown Homecoming Club, is authority for the statement that the money for the purchase of the property is available at this time, but he says the plans for the improvement of the grounds will involve an expenditure of $35,000.  It is proposed among other things to place a statue of Carl Schurz at the main entrance, and the making of an artificial lake.—[Milwaukee Daily News]

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Schurz Homestead as National Park

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


The “Carl Schurz National Memorial” has become possible, says The Milwaukee Sentinel of Thursday.


The old homestead and its ten acres of ground in Watertown that formerly was the residence of the great soldier and statesman is to be purchased for $10,000 from the present owner, John I. Beggs, in the first part of September, and it will be maintained by the western association as a national park.


Ernest A. Kehr, chairman of the Milwaukee committee, was in New York last week and attended the banquet of the New York committee.


On this committee that has been raising funds in New York for the purchase of the Schurz homestead are Senator John C. Spooner and Edward Broennimann, among other Wisconsin men.  A meeting of the committee is to be held on September 1st, when it will be formally decided to purchase the homestead.


The western association, which comprises all the territory outside of New York, is raising an endowment fund of $40,000 which will be used to maintain the park.


“The homestead is in fairly good condition,” said Mr. Kehr, “but it will require the $10,000 raised by the New York committee to purchase the property and put the house into the condition we want it.


“The grounds are to be fitted out beautifully and all will be maintained as a national park.


“There is great interest all over the country in fitting up this old home as a perpetual, national memorial to a great man.”


Fred Griswold

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908

Died at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.


Fred Griswold, son of Mrs. Mary Griswold (nee McLaughlin) of this city, died at Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, Missouri, last Sunday evening of pneumonia.  The announcement of his death was a great shock to his mother and other relatives and friends here, for it was only a month previous he visited in this city, and his relatives did not know of his illness.  He was 28 years of age and for the past nine years served in the regular army, re-enlisting for five years after leaving here five weeks ago.  He was orderly sergeant and served in Cuba and the Philippine Islands, receiving DOUBLE CREDIT for his service.  Had he served for five years more, he would have retired from the service with 26 years to his credit, and entitled to a pension of two-thirds of his regular pay.  He was a most excellent young man and had a fine army record.  His death is a sad blow to his widowed mother, he being her only child.  On Wednesday his remains were brought here and interred in St. Bernard's cemetery.


Congregational Boys Organize

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


A new club to be known as the Woodcraft Indians met and elected officers at the Congregational Church Tuesday evening.  It is designed to interest the members in outdoor life and nature study and was planned by the well-known naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton.


To Waupun for two years

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


On last Wednesday Judge Grimm of the circuit court sentenced Max Scobe of this city to two years in Waupun on the charge of unlawfully entering freight cars on the North Western Ry. in this city with intent to commit larceny, Scobe having pled guilty to the charge.


Grand Ball

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


A grand ball will be held at Cleveland Hall, Richwood, on Friday evening, October 9, 1908, to which the public is cordially invited.  Music by the Weber-Stube orchestra of Watertown.  Floor managers:  John Westenberg of Richwood; Peter Engelhart, West Road, Watertown; Joe McCaig of Hubbleton; John Carey of Clyman.  Tickets 50 cts.


Watertown Thirty Year Club

Watertown Gazette, 10 02 1908


We are in receipt of a neat 16-page pamphlet the title cover of which reads “Watertown Thirty Year Club."  It contains an account of the first annual reunion of the Watertown Thirty Year Club, with a copy of the constitution and by-laws and a roster of the Charter and Life Members, held at Masonic Temple, Watertown, Wis. August 1 and 2, 1908; a list of its officers, interesting letters of members of the club, and other matters of interest.  It is neatly printed and the subject matter well edited.  James Nellins, 723 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, Minn, secretary and treasurer of the club, and one of the Home Comers greatest enthusiasts, compiled the work, and it reflects great credit on his ability in that line, and shows that the club made no mistake in electing him its secretary.  The pamphlet is well worth preserving, and it will find a prominent place in our office desk.  Following is a list of the members of the 30-year club taken from the pamphlet:


Achtenhagen, Richard; 1002 1/2 E. Madison, Seattle, Wash.

Bruegger. John; Williston, N. D.

Butscher, Albert, Boyd, Wis.

Buhler, W. C.; Merrill, Wis.

Bonney, Geo. L.; St. Louis, Mo.

Beckman, H. L.; 935 Riehart St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Bruegger, Geo. B.; Berlin, Wis.

Block, A. E.; 316 Second Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.

Baumann, Ford. O.; 514 Dearborn Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Blumenfeld, R. D., 111 Albert Bridge Road, S. W., London, England.

Bauman, Albert; Westhope, N. D.

Boeing, Robert; Hustisford, Wis.

Cruez, Wm.; Iron Mountain, Mich.

Evans, Gomer E.; 85 East Lake St , Chicago, Ill.

Faster, John I.; 521 Middle St., Kenosha, Wis.

Fitzgerald, Dudley, Park Hotel, Madison, Wis.

Goldner, H.; Alma, Wis.

Gallagher, William, care Keely Bros., Chicago, Ill.

Mall, Otis F.; Marine Eye Remedy, Chicago, Ill.

Hartwig, Otto J.; 1570 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago,

Haney, Wm. G.; 2534 St., N. E Minneapolis, Minn.

Hoeffner, Herman, Minneapolis, Minn.

Hermann, Ernest, Minneapolis, Minn.

Johnson, Charles, 36 1/2 Park Hill Place, Milwaukee, Wis.

Jaedeke, Herman; Ishpeming, .Mich.

Kehr, Ernest A.; 105 Grand Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.

Koepp, Herman, Huron, S. D.

Laffey, M.; 234 Seventeenth St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Lippet, Joseph; Tombstone, Arizona.

Meyer, L. A.; 450 East Water St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Molzahn, A.; Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Norton, Peter J.; care Kohn Bros., Chicago, Ill.

Nellins, James; 723 East 28th St, Minneapolis, Minn.

Paraski, Victor H.; 938 N. California Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Pierce, C. A.; 825 Kenilworth Ave., Rogers Park, Chicago, Ill.

Perry, E. J.; Springfield, Mo.

Ramsey, A. A.; Fond du Lac, Wis.

Retschlag, William; Huron, S D.

Retschlag, August; Huron, S . D.

Rogan, Edw.; 344 1/2  E. 44th St., Chicago, Ill,

Staats, E. N.; Merrill, Wis.

Steger, Wm. T.; St. Louis, Mo.

Schmutzler, Louis; 320 9th Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.

Staub, John; Maxbass, N. D.

Schaller, Wm., 511 Thomas St., Chicago, Ill.

Stange, Aug. Sr.; Merrill, Wis.

Schaeffer, H.; 652 Wells St., Chicago, Ill.

Schmutzler, Wm.; 69 Sixth St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Sproesser, Geo; Sioux Falls, S. D.

Schmutzler, Henry; 431 Eighth St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Simm, Joseph, Westhope, N. D.

Thielman, Julius; Merrill, Wis.

Thielman, Robert G.; Tomahawk,Wis.

Wood, Ernest M.; 7616 Ingleside Ave, Chicago, Ill.

Wicket, E.; 159 Otter St., Oshkosh, Wis.

Zemlika, Frank C.; Merrill, Wis.