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An Ordinance

To provide for disposing of swine

found running at large

Watertown Weekly Register, 10 08 1853


The Mayor and City Council of the City of Watertown, do ordain as follows:


Section 1.  The running of Swine at large in this city is hereby declared a nuisance. and the Marshal of this city is hereby authorized and required to take up any swine found running at large in any of the streets, highways, avenues, alleys, corners or public grounds, within this city, and in case the owner of any swine so taken up shall not in one week claim his property and pay the Marshals charges and fees, and take the same away, the marshal shall sell the same at public auction to the highest bidder, after three days notice thereof, by publishing such notice in one of the newspapers of this city, and the proceeds of such sale, after deducting his fees and charges, shall be placed in the city treasury.


Sec. 2.  The Marshall shall be entitled to receive one dollar for each and every swine by him taken up, and 25 cents for every day he has the same in charge, and constable’s fees for advertising and selling the same.  The said fees and charges to be paid by the owner or claimant of such swine, before the same is delivered to him.


Passed August 5th, 1853

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Drove Hogs

Watertown Weekly Register, 07 09 1853


On Tuesday last we noticed a drove of fifty or sixty hogs, heading for Milwaukee.  We are informed that persons are perambulating our State buying up all the stock hogs they can find for sale, to be driven to an eastern market.  We very much doubt the policy of this procedure on the part of our farmers.  Nowhere can they put their surplus coarse grains to a more advantageous use, than in manufacturing fat and muscle.

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Watertown Democrat, 04 18 1861


Common Council – The following was introduced by Ald. Baum:  Resolved, That the City Clerk is hereby authorized to cause to be published in bill form for posting the ordinance passed by the Common Council entitled AN ORDINANCE TO PREVENT SWINE FROM RUNNING AT LARGE IN THE STREETS; fifty copes of each in the English and German languages, and that he cause a copy of each to be posted side by side in each ward.


Resolved further, That it shall be the duty of the City Marshall to enforce the above entitled ordinance on complaint of any citizen or citizens.  Adopted.

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Watertown Democrat, 05 09 1861


The following resolution was introduced by Alderman Steele:  Resolved, That James Rogan be and hereby is allowed to let his swine run at large on his own land that is open to the commons.  Lost.   Common Council Proceedings

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Marshal’s Sale

Watertown Democrat, 05 23 1861


On Monday, the 27th of May, 1861, in accordance with an ordinance in such case made and provided, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction, at the pound, a small white pig, taken up by me in the public streets.  John Haines, City Marshal.

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Summary Manner

of “Committing” Matrimony

Watertown Democrat, 05 17 1860


Farmington, of this county, has been within the few weeks past, the scene of one of the most singular coincidents in the matrimonial line that it has ever been my fortune—or misfortune—to hear of.


The groom, Mr. A. N. Butler, a young man of about thirty, recently removed from the state of Ohio, where, he says, he has a good amount of property.  For the last year he has been employed in the well-known Rock River Manufactory of P. R. Wait in Farmington.  During this time he has made several desperate attempts at “captivating” the “fair ones” of that vicinity, wholly fruitless until now.


He is a scholar and he wrote them labored philosophical arguments.  He is a poet and he wrote them sonnets and ditties that would not have disgraced the pen of Byron.  His addresses, however, were judiciously disregarded until he was introduced into the family of a Mr. Benton, who had several “marriageable” daughters—all of them being over ten years—and all of whom, each in her turn, beginning with the oldest, received his addresses, and each in turn bid him depart. 


On Sunday evening he was paying his final visit to the family while his eyes were drowned with tears and his heart overflowed with sorrow.  He had in his possession a likeness of the third Miss Benton, which she requested him to return.  He answered that he would deliver it to her the next Sunday evening.  She said that she was going to leave within a few days and she must have it before that time.  Accordingly, on Wednesday evening he started with a heavy heart to return the only token of “undying love” that he possessed, and upon his arrival was much surprised and chagrined to witness quite a number of persons who had assembled there to spend the evening, thus diminishing his chances for one more private interview.


In the course of the evening, amid coruscations [the occurrence of a small flash or spark] of wit and flashes of humor, some one of the company jestingly proposed to have a wedding, and passed around the company to see who was willing to be “tied up.”  Mr. Butler expressed his willingness forthwith in case any one of the fair ones would consent.  Some one remarked that he thought they would have no difficulty in finding one, and offered one dollar to any one who would go for the Justice of the Peace. 


Upon his arrival he inquired who were to be married.  Mr. Butler rose and said he was ready if any one had concluded to accept his proposal, whereupon Miss Benton, the third, came quietly across the room and stood by his side.  He little expected that and was of the opinion that it was all a joke, but was willing to break the monotony of the occasion by a good hearty laugh even at his own expense.  The Justice began. 


This was a critical moment, indeed; he trembled with excitement while great drops of perspiration stood upon his brow.  As the ceremony progressed the excitement became more intense, but he resolved to act his part well.  The usual questions being put, Mr. Butler answered them in the affirmative.  Now came the “tug of war.”  She would certainly say no and turn the joke on him, but how great was his astonishment, and the astonishment of the whole company, when she came out with an emphatic “I will!” and they were pronounced man and wife. 


A marriage contract consummated and the ceremony performed all within the space of three minutes.


Mr. Butler tells me that he had never conversed with her to exceed five times, and had never once alluded to the subject of matrimony.  Although this is a summary manner of “committing” matrimony I hardly know why it would not be agreeable and perhaps productive of good results.


I. E. A., Watertown, May 12, 1860.


Watertown Lodge No. 666, B.P.O.E.

Watertown Daily Times, 02 08 1960


For the first time in many years, Watertown Lodge No. 666, B.P.O.E. will initiate a class of candidates at a time other than a regular meeting.  The special initiation is to take place Saturday evening, the meeting starting at 5:30 o'clock.  Members of the special 5:30 p.m. initiation class are:  Tom J. Logan, Arthur O. Westin, Donald R. Sayler, Arnold E. Strege, Gary W. Scholl, Paul C. Kehrer, Bernard Helser, Herbert W. Baumann and Stanley Johansen.


Officer Marcie Repta

Watertown Daily Times, 02 16 2000


Officer Marcie Repta, a 14-year veteran of the Watertown Police Department, was recently elected as president of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police.  She has been a member of the board of directors of the association since 1990, serving as sergeant at arms and as first vice president.  Repta is the senior field training officer, bicycle safety instructor and vehicle crash investigator for the Watertown Police Department.  She started the bicycle safety program at Webster School four years ago. She is currently assigned to the day shift.  She was the first female officer to serve in the local department, and currently is still the only female officer.


Capacity Enrollment

Sacred Heart Military Academy

Watertown Daily Times, 02 09 1960


For the first time since it opened its doors in September, 1955, Sacred Heart Military Academy here has a capacity enrollment of 100 boys, according to announcement made public today by the headmaster, Brother Dominic Elder, C.S.C. The academy is conducted by the Brothers of the Holy Cross in what was for many years Sacred Heart College. At the present time the academy has a waiting list, the headmaster said.


Craft Castle

Watertown Daily Times, 01 23 1985


The Craft Castle will celebrate its grand opening this week at its new location.  The arts and crafts shop is now located at 111 South Second Street.  The grand opening will be held Thursday through Saturday in conjunction with January Thaw festivities.   Door prizes will be awarded each day and several special sales are being offered.  The store carries a variety of items for artists and craftsmen including brushes and paints, woodenware, stitchery, picture frames and hoops, plastercraft and instruction books.


Seven Man Board of Education

Watertown Daily Times, 02 22 1960


The advantages of operating Watertown's school system with a seven man board of education, elected from the school district at large, and also the objections to the proposed change, were pointed out at a meeting of the Watertown Civic Committee for a Smaller School Board held at the council chamber of the city hall last night.  At the April 5 election, voters will determine if the present system is to be abandoned.  Now each of the city's 14 wards is represented by one member and in addition two rural school districts are represented on the board, making a membership of 16.


Alexander L. Napolitano

Watertown Daily Times, 02 22 1985


Alexander L. Napolitano, executive director of Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, received a longevity award Feb. 18 for 10 years of service as head of this nationally known training and treatment center for developmentally disabled children and adults.  Walter F. Tesch, a member of Bethesda's board of directors, presented the award to Napolitano, citing him for “leading Bethesda to the position of pre-eminence in the care and teaching of mentally retarded people.”  Napolitano, who came to Bethesda Feb. 1, 1975, credited the accomplishments achieved over the last 10 years to the support of the board of directors and the hard work performed by a dedicated staff.


Clasen Quality Coating Inc

Watertown Daily Times, 07 01 2006


Clasen Quality Coating Inc. of Middleton has agreed to purchase close to 10.5 acres of land that abuts the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad tracks in the West Street industrial park for $15,000 per acre.  The agreement also gives Clasen the option to buy four additional acres that also border the railroad tracks.


Clasen Quality Coating specializes in creating coatings of chocolate, yogurt and peanuts that are used on various food products.  It is expected Clasen would receive its raw products by train and would ship the finished products out by truck.  According to the development agreement, the Clasen industrial manufacturing facility will be 52,000 square feet.


The Industry of the Year Award was presented to Clasen Quality Coating who also expanded its presence in the community.  The business completed a $2 million building project which added 32,000 square feet.  Clasen came to Watertown in 2006 and received this award the first time in 2007.


Lyle Lidholm

Watertown Daily Times, 02 17 2000


A local man will embark on an adventure of a lifetime when he begins a 2,160 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail in mid-April.  Lyle Lidholm, whose life experiences range from log home restorer to war veteran, will continue a passion he has held all his life - hiking.  He will begin his journey of reflection in the state of Georgia, continuing through 13 states until he reaches the end of the trail in Maine.  The Appalachian Trail is the world's longest foot trail, meandering along America's oldest mountain range.  It provides adventure for 3 to 4 million people each year who hike some portion of the trail.  Just over 300 of them become “thru-hikers” by walking the entire length in one continuous journey.  Lidholm intends to become one of those.


High-Speed Rail System

Madison to Milwaukee

Watertown Daily Times, 02 03 2000


About 75 people from area communities gathered Wednesday night to hear about a study under way to implement a high-speed rail system between Madison and Milwaukee.  The plan calls for stops along the route in Watertown, Oconomowoc and Brookfield.  Communities and residents have expressed mixed response to the proposed plan, which is part of the larger Midwest Regional Rail Initiative.  The initiative, along with a national perspective on rail travel, were also part of Wednesday's discussion at Riverside Middle School.  The connection between Madison and Milwaukee is the first segment in an effort to connect the major population centers in the Midwest with high-speed rail.  The plan calls for the Milwaukee to Madison segment to be operating by late in 2003.


Watertown Newcomers


Neighbors Club

Watertown Daily Times, 02 25 2010


The Watertown Newcomers and Neighbors Club is celebrating 40 years of service to be Watertown community this year.  The group is a social club for women who want to meet other women with similar interests and hobbies.

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Newcomers Dinner Dance Is Held at Lindberg's


Watertown Daily Times, 12 19 1978


The Watertown Newcomers Club held its annual Christmas dinner-dance Saturday at Lindberg's by the River.


The evening began with pre-party festivities at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Perry (Georgia) Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Dave (Cathy) Egan, Mr. and Mrs. Lubosh (Kathie) Kormont and Mr. and Mrs. Cary (Nancy) Gillingham. Hors d'oeuvres and punch were served for the guests, club members and their husbands.


A family style ham and chicken dinner followed at Lindberg's.  Music for the dance was provided by Darrell Koplitz and the Kopy Kats.  The band played a variety of tunes including songs of the '50's, '60's, disco, polkas and current hits. The band also played requests.


The Newcomers Club is designed to bring people who are new to the area together and introduce them to the community.  Any woman who has lived in the Watertown area less than three years is invited to attend one of the monthly meetings as a guest.


Through Newcomers it is hoped members will feel more at home in Watertown.


The club provides the opportunity for members to make new acquaintances through meetings, special interest groups and couples events.


New School and Gymnasium

St. Bernard's Catholic Church

Watertown Daily Times, 02 24 1960


Maas Bros. Construction Company of Watertown entered the lowest base bid for the general contract for the construction of the new school and gymnasium of St. Bernard's Catholic Church.  The company's bid was $161,000.  Other low base bidders were: Electrical - Gregory Electric, Oconomowoc, $15,900; plumbing - H. Golden and Son, Oregon, $19,320.  Still to be announced is the low bidder for the heating contract.  Chairman of the building committee is Floyd Usher.  Other members are Al Gamroth, John Baird, James Quirk, Al Schachtner, Charles McKeigue, Robert Noon and James Fitzpatrick.


Glenn Borchardt

Watertown Daily Times, 02 26 1960


Glenn Borchardt, Watertown High School senior, won the district Future Farmers of America speech contest held Monday afternoon at the Johnson Creek High School.  In his speech, entitled “Twin Crops,” young Borchardt outlined how good land management increases the production of the twin crops, which are wild life and farm crops.  Glenn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Borchardt, route 6. He is a member of the Watertown Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.


Elks Lodge

Watertown Daily Times, 02 26 1985


Jack Butcher Sr., exalted ruler of the Watertown Elks Lodge, was re-elected by members of the lodge Wednesday evening.  He defeated Wilfred Riedl, past exalted ruler, for the post.  Other officers elected were Lloyd Meyer, leading knight; Kenneth Sherman, loyal knight; Cordell Eagelman, lecturing knight; Glenn Friedl, secretary; Roger Wolverton, treasurer; George Ebert, tiler, and Mark Erickson, trustee.  Nine new members were also initiated into the lodge Wednesday evening.  They are Delbert (Mark) Dyar, Russell Cottrell, W. Charles Dill, Al Grunewald, Dr. William Reed, James Romlein, Bruce Saniter and Ronald Strege, all of Watertown, and Donald Badtke of Jefferson.


The Preps

Watertown Daily Times, 03 01 1985


Phil Sievert poured in 20 points to lead Northwestern Prep School to a 62-45 victory over University School of Milwaukee and the private schools' Class B state championship Saturday.  The Preps wasted no time as they quickly broke into the lead, converting three steals into driving lay-ups.  With three minutes played, Phil Sievert picked off a Wildcat pass and drove the length of the court for a stuff attempt that bounced off the bracket as his legs were swept away by Mike Grebe of University School.  Sievert picked himself off the floor and sank both free throws to put the Preps ahead 9-0.  Assistant coach Bill Limmer explained the early steals.  “We had studied their offense so thoroughly on film we knew where the passes would be.”


High School Basketball Team


Watertown Daily Times, 02 24 1985


The Watertown High School basketball team accomplished the rare feat of winning the Little Ten Conference title with a perfect record Friday, as the Goslings defeated Oconomowoc 72-54 in the regular season finale.  The Watertown squad finished with a 14-0 conference record and extended their overall slate to 18-1. Coach Eli Crogan said few people expected this Gosling edition to attain such heights.  “If any Gosling fans said before the season this team would go 14-0, I think they might have been charged with wishful thinking,” said Watertown coach Eli Crogan.


Checkerboard-Painted Water Tower

Watertown Daily Times, 03 01 2000


The Watertown Water Commission is studying options for a complete refurbishing of the checkerboard-painted water tower on West Road.  The commission reviewed two concepts for the work at its meeting this week.  Either of the two options would cost approximately $250,000, according to Michael Olesen, manager of the department.  The tower was constructed in 1984-1985 but has had only minor work done on it since that time.  The interior of the 500,000 gallon tower must be completely sandblasted to a bare metal surface and completely repainted.  The exterior must be spot painted at a minimum and most likely a full sandblasting and repainting will be needed.


Spring, 1860

Watertown Democrat, 05 10 1860


Spring—the interesting time for agricultural pursuits and for the cultivation of those fruits of the soil that give sustenance and wealth to the population of the world—has now fairly arrived.  We all have occasion to feel the strongest desire for the most favorable weather in order to enable the farmers that plant such an amount of seed as will secure a bountiful harvest.


The reverse of 1857 and the depression which has since continued must naturally lead the population of the country to greater dependence on agriculture and more earnest conviction of the necessity of the realization of all the profit possible from their farms.  We may therefore look for the cultivation of more acres this year than during any former one in our history.  With favorable weather, there is every reason to believe that the agricultural productions of the country will this autumn swell to a quantity they have never before reached.


Watertown Democrat, 05 17 1860


The Country—A day or two ago we took a short excursion into the surrounding country.  Everything that God has made or man sown seemed to wear a bright cheerful smile.  We saw some magnificent fields of grain.  Indeed, we had no idea of the scene we were to behold, and if we gazed on these evidences of coming prosperity with enthusiasm we are not ashamed to own that we felt delighted.  All looks well, all promises well, and if all ends as it has begun, this will be a marked year in the industrial history of Wisconsin.


Grand Haven Route to the East

Watertown Democrat, 05 10 1860


The Grand Haven Route to the East, through Milwaukee and across Lake Michigan, is now, and has been for some time, in full operation.  During most of the year, and especially at this season, this is unquestionably the shortest, cheapest and pleasantest line of travel to take to reach any point on our extended Atlantic seaboard.  Every arrangement has been made to prevent the least interruption from the beginning to the end of the journey.  The different railroads run in connection with each other and all are managed with the utmost care and efficiency.  The steamers employed on the lake are large and commodious, well furnished and splendidly fitted up, so that a short trip on one of them makes it a desirable and agreeable change from the [RR] cars.  The card of the company, including time table, will be found in this paper.  Mr. D. M. Belden, the courteous and intelligent ticket agent of Milwaukee, Watertown and Baraboo Valley Railroad Company, is the passenger agent for this city and will cheerfully give all necessary information relative to the advantages of this line of travel.  Mr. George Peeples is the freight agent.


Prof. McCormick

Secures Fine Position

Watertown Gazette, 04 22 1910


Prof. B. E. McCormick, first assistant principal in the Watertown High School for the past two years, at the close of the present school year in June, will sever his connection with the Watertown High School, having accepted the principalship of the La Crosse High School at a salary of $1700 for the first year with a promise of an increase from year to year till the maximum salary of $2500 is reached.  This is one of the very best high school positions in Wisconsin and we are pleased that Mr. McCormick has secured it, though all our citizens will regret the departure of both himself and wife from our city.  He is one of the most popular teachers we have ever had in Watertown, and none will regret his departure more than the Board of Education, who feel that our schools will lose a most excellent teacher and our city one of its very best citizens.


Frame House and Lot

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860


$175.00 will buy a good new frame house and lot near the Milwaukee & Watertown Depot.  Title good.  Possession given immediately.  Call soon.  It must be sold. A. L. Pritchard.


Buggy for Sale

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860


At public auction, belonging to a man unknown.  A buggy which was left at the establishment of Hathaway and Munsill [Munsell], last September, to be repaired, will be exposed for sale, at public auction, at the Marble Shop, on Second Street, in the city of Watertown, on the 18th of May, 1860.  It will be sold to the highest bidder, to pay for repairs.


Hathaway & Munsell.


Cross Walks

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860



Resolved, That the Street Commissioners of Third Ward be and they are hereby fully authorized and empowered to construct or cause to be constructed “cross walks” on Washington, Main, Montgomery, Warren and Monroe streets in the Third Ward, and also to construct or cause to be constructed cross walks on Water, Main, Montgomery, Warren and Monroe streets at their intersection with West Avenue street [West Main today], in said Third Ward, and the said Street Commissioners of said ward may cause said cross walks to be constructed of stone, timber or plank, either in whole or in part, as they may determine.  Rules suspended and passed.


Street Crossings and Cattle Guards

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860



Resolved, That the North Western Railroad Company be requested to forthwith construct street crossings and cattle guards upon Spaulding, Arcade and Leonard streets, in the 5th Ward, in this city, and that the City Attorney is hereby requested to serve the above notice upon said company.  Adopted.


By Alderman Rogan—Petition presented from the Pioneer Engine Co., for a new engine house.  Report accepted and referred to Com. on Fire Department, with orders to report plans and specifications and cost of same at the next meeting.


Rev. L. W. Russ

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860


Rev. L. W. Russ, pastor of St. Paul’s Church of this city, closed his ministerial labors here last Sabbath morning, the 29th ult.  Having recently accepted a unanimous and flattering call from the Vestry of St. John’s Church, in the city of Lafayette, Indiana, he will immediately depart for his new field of duty.


Mr. Russ leaves with the respect and confidence of the whole community.  The members of his own church and congregation are not alone in the expression of sincere regret for his loss.  To a high order of talents as a preacher and ripe attainments as a scholar, he has added the devotion and zeal of the true disciple and thus constantly exercised a salutary and elevating influence over all who have come within the circle of his power.


He has been a doer as well as a talker and proved that he can act as well as think.  His vineyard shows many bright traces of his care and toil in its improvement and extension since he had charge of it.  He has had the pleasure of seeing the membership of his church steadily increasing since he came here. 


Near the small and humble house of worship he found on arriving here he has beheld a larger and more commodious temple arise, and on the day of its dedication to the praise of the Most High, there will be a few in attendance who will not miss his welcome presence, persuasive eloquence and heart-felt benediction, should he be absent on an occasion from which he had a right to anticipate so much satisfaction and delight. 


In thus bidding him reluctant adieu, we can only bear our willing testimony to the fact that both he and his family go to their new home carrying with them our best wishes for their future and lasting welfare; and none, we are sure, will be more glad at any time to hear of the late pastor’s prosperity and success, than those real and unfailing friends whom his courtesy, kindness, worth, and genial social qualities have gathered around him during residence in the city of Watertown.


L. J. Kadish & Co.

Kadish & Schuhrer

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860


Grocery and Provision Store

L. J. Kadish & Company have one of the largest and best supplied Grocery and Provision Stores in this city.  They buy everything that is to be found in the market and pay the highest cash price.  Anything wanted for family use may always be procured there in abundance.  We refer all to their advertisement in this paper.


Copartnership Notice

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860

The undersigned brings to public notice that he has himself associated with Mr. Emil Schuhrer and begs his friends and the public in general to transfer the patronage which he so greatly enjoyed to the new firm.  L. J. Kadish.


In reference to the above, we would respectfully announce that we are ready to fill all orders in our line of business as grocers and provision dealers at wholesale and retail at as low prices as can be purchased west of the lakes and we invite the public to examine our stock before purchasing elsewhere.  We will try to give general satisfaction and endeavor to keep up with the times.  “Quick sales and small profits” will be our motto.  L. J. Kadish, Emil Schuhrer.

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1,000,000 feet of Pine Lumber

Watertown Republican, 11 02 1860


1,000,000 feet of pine lumber for sale.  The subscribers give notice that they have recently opened a yard near the Chicago and Northwestern depot in this city for the sale of pine lumber and shingles, and that they are now prepared to furnish all kinds and qualities of that article.  Fond du Lac and Oshkosh prices.  Adding transportation.  Our assortment is complete, and we shall at all times have every article of lumber in the market.  Farmers, carpenters, builders, and all others wanting anything in that line will do well to give us a call and examine our lumber and prices.


We also keep at our store on Main Street a general assortment of nails, glass, sash, oils and paints, also the celebrated metallic brown paint.


Kadish & Co.

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A Large Establishment

Watertown Democrat, 03 21 1861


We ask attention to the announcement of L. J. Kadish & Co. in this paper.  They have recently enlarged their Dry Good’s and Provision Store and now keep all kinds of articles.  They deal in every thing that can be bought or sold.  We call particular attention to their extensive and valuable stock of beautiful and choice wall paper, which cannot be surpassed.  A busy place is that establishment.


The Special Tax Law

Watertown Democrat, 05 03 1860


We publish this week the law providing for the collection of all city taxes unpaid during the last three years.  We copy it as we find it in the official paper in Madison.  It either contains some impracticable provisions or else some gross blunders have been committed in transcribing it, we do not know which.  It may be that the original is as it should be.


Watertown Assessment Law

An Act to provide for the re-assessment of certain taxes in the city of Watertown for the years 1856, 1857 and 1858.

Section 1.  The Common Council of the city of Watertown are hereby authorized to levy and collect a tax for city, ward, special and other purposes of every kind or nature authorized by law or that was authorized by law in the years 1856, 1857 or 1858, in the mode heretofore prescribed by law for the levy and collection of taxes in said city, except when that mode is changed by this act, upon all the taxable property that was in said city and the several wards thereof at the time for making the assessment in the year 1856, according to the assessed value thereof, as appears in the assessment roll of said city and wards for that year, adding thereto all taxable property in said city, that was omitted to be valued to put into the said assessment roll for  that year . . .


Pigeons and Wild Ducks

Watertown Democrat, 05 10 1860


The woods are full of pigeons and wild ducks by the thousands are floating on the surface of our inland lakes and rivers.  If those who like to have a successful hunt now and then do not find enough shooting and bring home plenty of game it must be their own fault.  The birds are around waiting to be put to some good use as soon as taken.


Half Fare and Change of Time

Watertown Democrat, 05 10 1860


By the correction in the card of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad it will be seen another change has been made in the hours of the departure and arrival of trains at this city.  A night train has also been put on.  Half fare tickets will be issued to all who wish to attend the Republican Convention at Chicago next week, which no doubt will induce many who would not otherwise go to visit Chicago during the session of that important political assembly and witness its proceedings.  A large number of influential and distinguished men will be collected together there from all parts of the Union.


Going to Kansas

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The Madison Journal of the 19th says that a large company of Germans from the vicinity of Watertown, Jefferson County, passed through the city on the 18th inst., on their way to Kansas.  Not one among them could speak English so as to be well understood.  They numbered about thirty, including children, which, by the way, seemed to be more numerous than adults, and had with them thirteen cows and calves, besides ten yoke of oxen, drawing five covered wagons.  The flow of emigration to the west this spring is almost as large as in the years ’56 and ’57.


Wyboney’s Addition

Watertown Democrat, 05 17 1860

Petition presented to the Common Council


Your petitioners respectfully show that they are residents of the city Watertown, freeholders and occupants of land in the second ward of said city, and your petitioners further show that I. Wyborney has a regularly recorded addition to the Second Ward of the City of Watertown, lying between the Plank Road and the Boughton Road, on the east side of the Rock River, that on the said recorded plat there is a road or street designated to run in front of lots 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 of said Wyboney’s addition, which road or street has never been opened.  Your petitioners are desirous that measures may be taken by your body to open the same for the convenience and benefit of the lot owners of said addition and the public necessities which require that the same should be opened.


Signed, John Rutherford and others.


On Motion, the above petition was referred to Com. on Highways and Bridges.


Twenty-Three Rounds

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


A prize fight came off in Effing, N.H. on Thursday, between Harvey Finnegan, of Boston, and Mike Leavitt, of Lowell.  Finnegan won in twenty-three rounds.


Little Boys Sent to State Prison

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The Prison City Item at Waupun says:  “During the last month three little boys have been convicted and sent to State Prison from Milwaukee, one of whom does not appear to be over eight or nine years of age.”


Watertown Sunday School Teachers Assn

Watertown Democrat, 05 17 1860


Watertown Democrat, 06 14 1860


Such is the name of an institution recently organized by the teachers and officers of the Sunday Schools of the various denominations whose object is to assemble on the evening of the first Monday in each month, for mutual consultation, with a view to awaken a greater and more general interest in Sunday Schools.


Agreeable to previous appointment, a meeting was held on Monday evening last, at the Methodist Church.  A constitution and by-laws were adopted and officers elected, consisting of President, Vice President, Secretary and two others, who together with the above named, constitute an Executive Committee. 


The officers for the present year are J. A. Hall, President; J. L. Richards, Vice President; S. W. Webb, Secretary; F. E. Shandrew and S. W. Shorey, Executive Committee. 


Appropriate addresses from time to time may be expected upon the subject of Sunday Schools.  Any Sunday School teacher may become a member by subscribing to the constitution and by-laws.  Similar societies, organized by teachers of public schools, have proved very beneficial and we see no reason why the same system will not operate as effectually upon the indispensable institution of Sabbath Schools.


Consulting Engineering Service

Watertown Daily Times, 03 03 1960


Ralph M. Ebert, professional engineer, 128 Harding Street, announced the opening of a consulting engineering service in the field of building construction.  He will also act as manufacturers' representative in the sale of engineered building products.  He has established his office at his residence. Mr. Ebert, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin school of civil engineering, has been active in the construction industry for over 24 years, during which time he was structural engineer for the Otto Biefeld Co., Watertown, a career interrupted only by the five war years when he served overseas as an officer in the army engineers.




Pioneer Engine House

Jail (lock-up)

Watertown Democrat, 05 17 1860



Report of Ald. May, Chairman of the Fire Department:


We, the undersigned, Committee on Fire Department, to whom was referred the communication from Pioneer Engine Co. No. 1, with instructions to report a plan and specification for an engine house, do respectfully report:


That they have examined the present place where the engine is kept and find that the room is too small for that purpose and is very inconvenient as to entrance; and have also examined a site for the erection of a proper engine house and find that a suitable site can be obtained on the east side of Rock River, in the First Ward, at the end of East Washington Street [now intersection of S. First and Market streets] where the same runs down to the river.


They do further report a plan and specifications which were heretofore furnished by Henry Stager, by order of the Common Council.  This plan and specification provides for a two story brick building with basement of stone, the cost of which would only amount to a trifle over $1,200.00.  The basement, which would have naturally been necessary in order to give the sufficient height for an entrance to the main floor, would, by expending a small sum extra, give an excellent place for a jail or lock-up, and as the city does not now own such a commodity, it would be very appropriate to finish off the basement for that purpose, and this Committee brings in the specifications and probable amount of cost, with a view to finish off such a jail or lock-up.


The first floor will be used for an engine room, the second story for a hall for the meetings of the fire company.


In the opinion of this Committee such a building ought to be erected with as little delay as possible.


All of which is respectfully submitted.


Christian May, Henry Vaudel, Committee

Watertown, May 12, 1860.

Ald. Dennis moved that the report lay over to next meeting and be printed.  Adopted.


The Volcanic Kindlers

Shorey’s Volcanic Kindlers

Watertown Democrat, 04 19 1860


Such is the name of a very useful and convenient article about being manufactured to some extent in our city.  We have examined, with a good deal of interest, this very ingenious production of our friend, whose name it bears, and find it most admirably adapted to the use for which it is designed by the inventor.  It is truly an excellent composition, and as its name would indicate, its burning resembles a miniature Vesuvius.  The inventor has succeeded in selecting and combining the ingredients in such a manner as to concentrate the inflammable substance in so small and neat and perfect a form that when ignited we cannot but exclaim “Behold what great fire a little matter kindleth.”  When once sufficiently introduced, this article cannot fail to become as general in use as friction matches.  The compact and convenient shape in which it is put up renders it very desirable.  Ladies will now have no further necessity of seeing their carpets littered with shavings in kindling fires.  We understand Mr. Shorey is now filling several contracts for companies about to make overland journeys to the gold mines—these kindlers being greatly in demand on account of being perfectly waterproof.  Mr. S. has applied for a patent.  We wish him the success his enterprise so well deserves.

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Patent Fire Kindler

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


We are glad to find Mr. Shorey is meeting with good success in his Patent Fire Kindler; he has already established wholesale agencies in some of the most important western cities, and his laboratory is now in full blast in the manufacture of a large lot for St. Louis and St. Joseph—the great thoroughfares where miners obtain their outfits for Pike’s Peak.


In this we should judge he has directed his attention to the right points, as the Volcanic Kindler must prove invaluable not only to the emigrant on his way to the auriferous regions, but after he has arrived there, as they are in just as good condition after remaining in water for months or years, being entirely impervious to wet. 


Our own citizens leaving for the mines do not consider their arrangements complete until they have stowed away a box of Volcanic Kindlers.  R. S. Little, with his keen foresight, takes out a lot on speculation. 


Mr. S. has increased his facilities for manufacturing by performing a large portion of the heaviest labor by horse power.  We wish success to his enterprise.


Congregational Church Membership

Rev. Charles Boynton

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


An addition of forty-one was made to the membership of the Congregational Church of this city on Sunday, the 8th of the present month.  This gratifying result has been accomplished through the instrumentality of Rev. Charles Boynton, the successor of Rev. William A. Niles as the pastor of that congregation.


During the short period Mr. Boynton has resided here he has devoted his name and influence to the sacred cause which it is alike his highest pleasure and solemn duty to advance.  The reward of his well-directed and earnest efforts may be seen in the strong and deep convictions which have lead so many to embrace the saving and redeeming truths of the Gospel and deliberately choose the “good part that shall not be taken from them.”  Some of those who have recently entered upon the Christian’s career are yet young—in the full bloom and promise of youth—and it is an impressive as well as a delightful sight to see so many, still in the morning of life, thus early and wisely placing their feet in the hallowed pathway made bright by the footsteps of the Son of God, well assured that through all the changes and trials of the future, it will shine clearer and clearer until the light of that perfect day dawns which shall put an end to earthly scenes and carry the pilgrim onward to the glorious and transcendent realities of a happier and better world.  So may it be with them all and many more.


While recording this encouraging fact, it would not be just to wholly forget the strewer of the well-scattered seeds of religious truth in this community, which have at length, after long and hopeful waiting, sprung up so abundantly in tender and well-prepared hearts.  Few ministers have left behind them more friends or are more kindly remembered in their absence than Mr. Niles, whose people parted from him with no feigned expressions of regret.


He labored here for several years and was universally esteemed for his devotion and zeal.  Now that he has gone, it is no more than right that the honor and satisfaction of such an accession to his church should be divided between the patient and the never-despairing sower and the gifted and ever-ready reaper, and sure we are that no one is more willing to share with his faithful predecessor the credit of such a rich gathering than he who has succeeded to the pulpit and offices of our cherished friend, whom Providential circumstances called away as the wide-spread spiritual fields were ripening for the moral harvest.  Paul planted and Apollo watered, but God gave the increase.


Live Stock Market Association

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The farmers of the central part of this county have organized a Live Stock Association for the purpose of buying and selling horses, cattle, sheep, swine, etc.  The days of sale for 1860 will be held in the village of Jefferson on the 12th of June, 7th of August, and 2nd of October.  Those having live stock to sell, or wishing to buy, will do well to attend.


Liederkranz Society

Watertown Democrat, 12 27 1907


The Masonic Hall was the scene of merriment last evening, the occasion being the dancing party given by the Liederkranz society. The music for the occasion was furnished by Sloan’s orchestra. Those who participated, report an evening of rare enjoyment.


Richard Reynolds

Watertown Daily Times, 12 17 1957


Richard Reynolds, 24, of 461 South Concord Avenue, last night was named to the position of patrolman on the Watertown Police Department effective Jan. 1.  He will fill the newly created position of an extra patrolman recently authorized by the City Council.  The appointment was made by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners.  Reynolds has been working part-time on the department.  The board also approved the promotion of Officer Gordon Gerth to the rank of sergeant in the Police Department.


Wayne Kohlhoff

Watertown Daily Times, 12 29 1997


The gas pumps have disappeared along with the name and cars are now parked where the pumps once stood.  The neighborhood station at 716 N. Fourth St. has a new second-generation owner and a different focus from years ago when small station owners could make money pumping gas.  Longtime owner Wayne Kohlhoff said federal regulations made it too costly to keep the pumps which were recently removed along with the gas tanks below.  Although the gas tanks were not leaking, he said federal regulations stipulated that new tanks had to be installed because of the age of the old ones.


L. L. Lucas

11 20 1907


The confectionery and fruit store of L. L. Lucas, 119 West Main Street, was entered last evening some time before 10 o’clock, while Mr. and Mrs. Lucas were at the Palace theater looking after the same.  Entrance was gained through a rear window, which was pried open.  The till containing about $5 was robbed, also a quantity of cigars and tobacco.  The thief was evidently some person who was familiar with Miller’s clippings, for they took every package.  While Mr. Lucas feels the loss, he is pleased for one reason and that is that two watches valued for their accuracy were not molested.  The watches were two and three centuries old and were valuable for that reason . . .  The first thought was that it was the work of “kids,” but investigation showed conclusively the work was by an older person and one who was familiar with conditions.


Pawn Shops

01 10 1908


The first meeting of the city council for the year 1908 was held last evening … The only enlivening feature of the meeting was the discussions and action upon a petition, signed by one hundred of the business men of the city, asking for a repeal of the city ordinance, adopted recently, governing second hand dealers, pawn brokers and junk dealers, being represented the council that the measure worked a hardship to some of those affected by the terms of the ordinance, details of which have been aired in the press of the city from time to time and which are familiar to the reading public.


Alderman Lutovosky . . . voiced his opinion in no unmistakable terms against the petition and a repeal, Mr. Farrington . . . appeared before the council in opposition to the ordinance declaring it was not legal.  He then moved that the matter of the petition be indefinitely postponed.


Civilian Defense Disaster Center

Watertown Daily Times, 12 18 1957


Watertown has been designated the disaster center for 17 counties in southern Wisconsin under Civilian Defense.  The first move for the new setup which has been outlined to city officials by representative of State Civil Defense was taken last night when a portion of the basement of Lincoln School was approved for use in emergencies as headquarters for area Civilian Defense communications.  At the same time it was disclosed that State Civil Defense proposes to utilize the city’s west side water tank, near the Lincoln School, for an antenna which will be used as part of the communications center, receiving messages from state headquarters on Rib Mountain.


Horse Stealing

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


Horse stealing is carried on in this vicinity pretty extensively, if there is any ground for the complaints that are made of missing horses.  Two men were arrested the other day in Columbus for this crime, but discharged for want of proof.  As a good many horses have been stolen thereabouts, the Journal urges the Anti-Horse Thief Society to be on the watch.


Van Amburgh’s Show

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The combined caravan and circus of Mr. Van Amburgh, the renowned lion tamer, will exhibit in this place next Monday.  This company is the best now in the west and offers more attractions than any other exhibition of the kind before the people.


St. Mary Magdalen’s Congregation

Watertown Gazette, 05 27 1910


A grand bazaar will be given by the members of St. Mary Magdalen’s congregation of Johnson Creek on May 31 and June 1 at the Park Hall.  Meals will be served by the ladies of the congregation and entertainments of various kinds for young and old will be given.  A cordial invitation is extended to all.


Congregational Convention

Watertown Gazette, 05 27 1910


The Milwaukee district convention of Congregational churches opened in this city last Tuesday at the Congregational Church with a large attendance.  Twenty churches are represented, and also Sunday school superintendents and delegates from Woman’s societies and from Christian Endeavor societies . . .


Northwestern Tennis Courts

Watertown Gazette, 03 26 1908


With the return of spring active work has again been begun in repairing the tennis courts of Northwestern.  While tennis has been played at the ‘varsity for many years it was not until last season that definite arrangements for the accommodation of every player of the club were made.  A schedule of games for the entire season has been drawn up, the playing of which induced the keenest rivalry, and some remarkably skillful players were developed in consequence. … At the close of the season … officers were elected for the present year … In these men the club has a corps of officers well able to prove themselves worthy of the confidence placed in them.  Its president is determined to make tennis more than a mere secondary branch of athletics at Northwestern … To accommodate the increased membership, which will probably number twenty- five or more, sod will be skinned for a fourth court.  The old ones will be slightly elevated.


Library Expansion/Renovation Approved

Watertown Daily Times, 03 26 1983


The Watertown Library Board approved a design for the expanded and renovated library, unveiled by Jerold Dommer of Durrant Architects.  Construction could start as early as July 1, Dommer said during a committee of the whole meeting of the Library Board and city council.  The cost of renovation and expansion is estimated at $1.36 million.  The city borrowed $1.2 million for the project, and $142,000 in a building fund will make up the difference.  The design preserves the Carnegie Building, the front portion of the current library built in 1905, and integrates an addition that will increase floor space on each of the two levels by 7,400 square feet.


All-Day Kindergarten

Watertown Daily Times, 03 26 1998


A desire among Watertown elementary school principals and many parents to put more emphasis on the early stages of children’s education is behind a proposal to begin all-day kindergarten this fall.  Principals in the Watertown Unified School District are recommending three sections of the all-day program be started in fall, at Concord, Lebanon and Webster schools.  Concord and Lebanon would host combined kindergarten-first grade classes, while Webster would be for only kindergartners.  The board of education will vote on the proposal in April.


Mrs. Fred Pagel

Watertown Daily Times, 08 13 1958


Mrs. Fred Pagel is the new women’s champion at the Watertown Country Club.  She won the title yesterday afternoon by defeating Mrs. Paul Hibbard in a 36 holes finals match, 2 up with one to go.  The new champion replaces Mrs. Rudy Hackbarth, who was defeated in an earlier round by Mrs. Pagel.  The match was an uphill fight for Mrs. Pagel through the first 27 holes.  Mrs. Hibbard was 2 up at the half way point and still held a one stroke lead at the end of 27 holes of play.


Watertown Area Chamber Orchestra


Watertown Daily Times, 02 17 2010


Now in its 22nd year, the Watertown Area Chamber Orchestra was formed to meet the cultural need for a professional level performance organization of area musicians and listeners alike.


Seniors Smoke the Pipe of Peace

Watertown Leader, 06 17 1908


Thirteen jolly seniors of Northwestern University, equipped with all the products of the animal and vegetable kingdoms that go to satisfy the cravings of the most fastidious of inner men, journeyed in the neighborhood of two miles yesterday to spend the day in peace and plenty and to smoke the pipe of peace in honor of the termination of their seven years war at Northwestern (as someone termed it).  To judge from the good time which all report, the number thirteen must have lost its ominous significance or perhaps the Fates themselves had closed their office for the day and left for an outing on this ideal day. 


The first number on the program for the day was a baseball game . . . (which) proved to be an exciting contest, the (Land burrs) finally nosing out a victory with a batting rally in the tenth inning by a score of 16 to 1.  A large number of Landburrs’ score must be attributed to the umpire, who had received a significant wink from one of the players before the game. 


A field meet had also been scheduled, but the boys found so many ways to entertain themselves that this important feature was utterly forgotten.  The success for the entire venture is due to Mr. Graf, a member of the class, by whom this outing had been proposed and who had personally furnished everything that is in demand at such an occasion.


109th Anniversary

Watertown Daily Times, 06 17 1958


The D. & F. Kusel Co., West Main Street, widely known hardware store and one of the city’s oldest business establishments is observing its 109th anniversary this month.  In all that time it has been in the hands of one family and is now in its fourth generation of operation.  To mark the anniversary the store will have a major anniversary sale which will begin Friday, June 20 and run through Saturday, June 28.  The Kusel Company and name have been identified with the history and growth of Watertown as a community.  What is today the D. & F. Kusel Co. was founded here in June, 1849 by Daniel Kusel, Sr., and is now operated by the fourth generation of his family.  It is a record which few business concerns dare even hope to achieve, much less realize.


Luber’s Hill

Watertown Leader, 05 19 1908


The attention of the city authorities is called to the fact that, the gravel and sand removed from the cutting down of Luber’s hill could be profitably used in the several wards in the city in filling up the mud holes, as it is equally as good as crushed stone and is worth a dollar a load at least for that purpose and would give employment for a few days to a number of men and teams who need the work.  If the proposed plan is adhered to, the earth removed in excavating for the road bed and deposited at the foot of the hill, it will do no good and at a slight expense, it may be available for the improvement of many of the streets which needs improving.


It will be remembered that when the hill was partially cut down a few years ago, much of the earth was used as is suggested and the streets upon which the sand and gravel was used are in a good condition, demonstrating that it was money wisely spent . . . While economy is a wise thing, sometimes it is expensive and it is always well to look to the future as well as to the present.


Dr. Marty Marriott

Watertown Daily Times, 03 10 2010


Dr. Marty Marriott installed as the fifth president of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Seminary during ceremonies on March 18.


The longtime board of trustees member and former senior pastor at Faith Baptist Church of Warren, Mich., began his new ministry in early January.  He replaced Dr. Charles Phelps who had served as president since 2007.


Marriott, 56, received a doctor of divinity degree from Maranatha in 2007.  He previously earned a bachelor of arts degree from Maranatha in Bible and pastoral studies in 1976 and a master of arts in biblical studies and languages in 1977.  He also earned a master of divinity from Temple Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979 and a bachelor of science degree in business management from Liberty University in 1990. 


His pastoral experience dates back to 1979, when a Bible study he started in Oak Ridge, Tenn., led to the founding of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church.  Marriott was pastor of that church until 1988, and also from 1993 to 1997.  He was also pastor of First Baptist Church of Lock Haven, Pa., from 1988 to 1993 and Faith Baptist of Warren from 1997 to the present.


Marriott has served as a Maranatha board member since 1998.  He also serves on the boards of Baptist World Mission, the Independent Fundamental Baptist Association of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Christian Schools.


Marriott and his wife, Miriam, met at Maranatha in 1974. They have been married for 33 years and have three grown children.  All three children are in full-time Christian ministry. 


Rev. and Mrs. Henry Paustian

Watertown Daily Times, 08 28 1983


The members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church will honor their pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Henry Paustian, this Sunday.  Pastor Paustian has served St. Mark’s congregation for 20 years and this year also marks the Paustians’ 30th wedding anniversary.  During his 20 years at St. Mark’s Pastor Paustian has guided the congregation through two major building projects—a 10 room addition to the school and the addition of a narthex to the church along with a complete redecorating of the sanctuary.  He has also guided the congregation through many other changes and improvements.


Symbol Mattress

Watertown Daily Times, 08 28 1998


A local company added yet another chapter to its success story this morning.  Symbol Mattress officials broke ground on their new 158,750-squarefoot plant, located on a 15-acre parcel on South Twelfth Street in the city’s new industrial park.  When the new facility is completed, Symbol will move from its current location in the Watertown Promotive Corp.’s incubator building at 1101 Industrial Drive.  The company has grown out of its existing 20,000-square-foot space in the incubator building.  The firm also leases another 3,000 square feet at another location.


Davies Scholarship Foundation

Watertown Daily Times, 08 08 1958


Securities held by the Joe Davies Scholarship Foundation have been transferred from the national Savings & Trust Company of Washington, D.C., to the Merchants National Bank of this city, where they have been placed in a safety deposit box. The transfer was made late last week. The securities are valued at slightly over $200,000. Dividend proceeds from the securities are used to provide the necessary funds for the scholarship program which the late Joseph E. Davies established at the Watertown High School and at the high schools in the area. The other schools are located at Juneau, Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, Waterloo, Lake Mills and Johnson Creek.


“Evelyn A. Rose Bridge


Watertown Daily Times, 08 08 1983

Watertown’s Main Street bridge will be officially named “Evelyn A. Rose Bridge” in ceremonies Friday.  The bridge naming, part of the River Days celebration, will be at 9:15 p.m. at the North First Street parking lot during the Jaycee-sponsored street dance.  This is the second year the bridge has been named after a prominent Watertown resident.  Until Friday evening, the bridge will be known as the William T. Connor bridge.  Last year it was named after Connor, a pressman at the Watertown Daily Times.  Mrs. Rose was selected on the basis of a letter which said, in part, “Evelyn is an extremely dedicated citizen of our town.”

“Lawrence J. Mistele Bridge”

Watertown Daily Times, 08 08 1998


The Main Street bridge in Watertown will be known as the Lawrence J. Mistele bridge for the next year, a large crowd was told at Riverfest Saturday afternoon.  Mistele was honored at the annual bridge naming ceremony for his extensive work in several visionary projects he has undertaken in the city.  The award was presented to Mistele by Arthur L. Turke, Riverfest committee member, and Thomas Schultz, festival chairman.


Cost of New Oconomowoc Ave Bridge

Watertown Daily Times, 03 06 1958


Cost of a new Oconomowoc Avenue bridge would run to around $150,000, more or less.  The city at present has $62,000 in the fund for a new bridge, having started such a fund a few years ago.  The present bridge is posted and permits loads of only up to 3,000 pounds to cross it.  This precaution was taken some years ago after a survey which was made at the time revealed structural conditions of the present bridge did not allow for heavy traffic.  The City Council last month took steps to secure engineering surveys of the bridge with a view of replacing it and the first such report is now in.  Others will follow.


Bethesda Thrift Shop

Watertown Daily Times, 03 12 1960


For many years friends of Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown have sent items of surplus clothing to the home to be used for the Bethesda patients.  In recent years the volume of these donations has increased immeasurably.  This clothing has always been sorted and the items that were usable by the patients were stocked in the supply system of Bethesda.  The balance became more and more of a problem as the surpluses accumulated.  In May of 1958 Fred Nieno of the Bethesda staff was given the assignment to locate and start a store operation in Watertown.  The result was the opening of the Bethesda Thrift Shop at 204 West Main Street.


Twenty Crates of Matches

Watertown Leader, 11 02 1907


The fire department was called out about 7 o’clock last evening, [the call being from box No 14].  The summons was to the residence of Louis Mueller, 302 Ninth Street.  The fire started in an attic over the kitchen, originating in some mysterious manner among some matches, about twenty crates of which were stored therein.  The blaze . . . gained considerable headway and consequently did considerable damage . . . estimated at about $800.  It was difficult for the firemen to get at the fire and it was necessary to cut a hole through the roof.  Considerable of the damage was caused by water and smoke.


J. J. Hartzheim

Watertown Leader, 10 31 1907


Upon entering his barn last Wednesday morning.  J. J. Hartzheim was greatly disturbed to find that an attempt had been made to burn the building.  The floor in one of the stalls had been soaked with kerosene near the manger immediately under the hay chute and a fire had been started which burned with sufficient force to char the side boards of the manger.  A can, partly filled with kerosene, and several matches laying on the ground completed the evidence that incendiarism had been attempted.


Mr. Hartzheim . . . could think of no enemy who would carry a grudge . . . to the length of committing so serious a crime . . . Fred Hauser saw the can which was left by the perpetrator of the crime (and recalled) he had seen the can the previous day in the hands of John Silberhorn being filled with kerosene.  The conclusion was inevitable that Silberhorn was that perpetrator.


Theodore Roosevelt

07 29 1900


C.M. & St. P. Ry. train passing through here at 9:12 Wednesday morning had on board Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, of New York, on his return home from the meeting of the republican clubs in Minneapolis.  A large crowd was at the depot to greet him, and a number had the pleasure of shaking hands with him.  He carried on a conversation with Lieutenant Col. Solliday and Surgeon F. C. Moulding about the Spanish American war. He wore a "rough rider" hat, and looked every inch a soldier.


Labor Day, 1904

09 09 1904


Monday was Labor Day, and it was celebrated here on a larger scale than ever before.  The weather was pleasant and all who possibly could turned out to join in celebrating the event at Tivoli island, where a fine program was arranged by the Central Labor Union.  All the unions of the city turned out and the parade started to the island at 1 o'clock from Union hall west to Fountain Street and back again to West Main and Main street.  It was an interesting sight to witness.  The streets were crowded with people to witness the parade, and those taking part in it were highly complimented all sides.  Each union wore a distinguishing mark of their trade.  It was made up of one of the finest bodies of men that has ever taken part in a parade here . . . Labor day, 1904 will pass into history as one of the most enjoyable that Watertown people have ever enjoyed.


Improvements at Sacred Heart

08 24 1904


Considerable work in the way of improvements is well under way at Sacred Heart College, Watertown, so that when the old students return next September they will find things materially changed.  The lavatory in the basement has been remodeled so as to present a new and inviting appearance.  The porch leading to the study hall on the south side has been torn down to be replaced by a new and more substantial one.  Painters are at work on the interior of the college building and by the time they are finished there will be little left undone in the way of improvement.  The desks and woodwork in the study halls have been varnished—in fact, there are very few familiar places that have not been made brighter and more comfortable for the old and new boys who are to make their homes at Sacred Heart during the coming year.  Arrangements have been made for a new type-writing department, which will be fitted up with new furniture and all new machines.  The bowling alley and gymnasium are also being renovated.


American Cigar Co

02 19 1904


Wm. F. Earle, Superintendent of the Watertown branch of the American Cigar Co. has been on a business trip for some weeks past through the tobacco sections of Wisconsin, and succeeded in buying the product of 800 acres of tobacco.  It will be shipped to the company's warehouses here as soon as the weather will allow the producers to strip and pack it.


Gerald F. Schubert

07 27 1979


Gerald F. Schubert, 201 Oakhill Court, is retiring as claims officer for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Schubert was honored for his 20 years of dedicated service at a retirement luncheon held at the Alonzo Cudworth American Legion Post in Milwaukee.  During the luncheon, Schubert received a commendation from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.  The award commends Schubert on his long and distinguished career in public service to his community, county, state and nation; his sympathetic understanding of and his competent and compassionate attention to the problems of Wisconsin veterans and their dependents; and his dynamic administration of the claims section of the Department of Veterans Affairs.



10 01 1954


The square dance club of Watertown, formerly known as the Do-Si-Do, has changed its name to the "Octagon Squares."  A spokesman for the club explained that there is a great deal of inter-city activity in square dancing with clubs attending the dances of neighboring cities and with all of them gathering together monthly at the State Square Dance Association jamborees.  The association already has other clubs named Do-Si-Do, so local members wished, to avoid confusion, to have their club identified by something different and uniquely "Watertown" in nature.


Development of Tivoli Island

05 11 1977


The development of Tivoli Island as a wilderness park will be continued Saturday by members of the Izaak Walton League.  The project will be a general work day with members planting trees and shrubs, redressing wood chip paths, installing oak benches and cleaning up paper, cans and other debris on the island.  Donald Hanson, Izaak Walton League member, said the wilderness park concept does not necessarily mean cutting down trees, clearing out branches and carefully manicuring Tivoli Island.


1860 Census

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The time for taking the census of the United States is near at hand.  The Marshal of Wisconsin, Jehu H. Lewis, is naming his deputies to do this important work.  For this Assembly district, Gen. John C. Gilman has been appointed, and for the Jefferson district, A. H. Waldo, both first rate selections of officers who will discharge their duties promptly and accurately. 


In Dodge County, Richard Mertz of Juneau has been appointed to take the census in the Oak Grove district, and Capt. Gustavus Hammer in the Mayville district.

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Watertown Democrat, 05 31 1860


Tomorrow, the 1st of June, the Deputy Marshals begin the discharge of their official duties as census takers.  Every facility should be afforded necessary to enable them to make a correct enumeration of inhabitants and collect trust-worthy statistics concerning the resources of the country.  Marshal Gilman has prepared the following list of questions he is obliged to ask, and it will be a great convenience if those who must answer them will be prepared to do so when they shall be called on, as will soon be the case:


1st. Name of corporation or individual, producing article to the annual value of $500.

2d. Name of business manufacture or produce.

3d. Capital invested in real or personal estate in the business, raw materials used, including fuel.

4th. Quantity.

5th. Kinds.

6th. Value.

7th. Kind of motive power, machinery, structure or resource, average number of hands employed.

8th. Male.

9th. Female.

   Wages during the year ending June 1st, 1860.

10th. Average monthly cost of male labor.

11th. Average monthly cost of female labor.

   Annual Produce

12th. Quantities.

13th. Kinds.

14th. Value.


It becomes necessary that the above questions be answered as accurately as possible, in order to arrive at the truth in relation to the productive industry of the country.

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Watertown Democrat, 06 14 1860

Not Very Sensible


One of the instructions given to Deputy Marshals in the discharge of their duties as census takers is that they must not furnish any statistics to newspapers for publication.  We confess that we are too obtuse to fathom the object of any such arrangement.  Uncle Sam is such a slow old coach that if we have to wait for him to supply the information we will be at least two years in finding out our population and the thousand and one other items of intelligence, to obtain which the census is especially taken.  But we suppose the thing is all right and can’t be helped.

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Census of Watertown

Watertown Democrat, 07 26 1860

We are indebted to Deputy Marshal John C. Gilman for the following statement of the present population of the City of Watertown:  [population of individual wards listed]  5,242 Total.


It will be seen that these figures show a considerable falling off from the enumeration of 1855.  At that time three railroads were being built within the limits of the city, giving employment to at least 1,000 men.  A large amount of building was going on, requiring the services of hundreds of masons and carpenters.  All this has since been changed.  The railroads are built, the blocks are finished and the laborers dispersed.  Then came the revulsions of 1857 and the Pike’s Peak excitement.  Many of our most prominent mercantile houses were swept away and company after company of adventurers started on their way to the newly discovered land of gold. 


All these and other causes have been in constant operation to draw off and diminish our numbers.  The floating elements of our population have drifted away, but the permanent remains.  We are surrounded by a country of unrivalled fertility and productiveness.  It is being rapidly brought under cultivation.  Every year adds to the area of improved lands and lessens the extent of wilderness that spreads out in every direction.  We still have a vast and undeveloped water power.  This will not always be permitted to run to waste.  It will one day be used to its utmost capacity.  When that period arrives, an industrious and energetic population must gather here and help to construct a large and flourishing city.  The foundations of wealth and business are here and will not always remain dormant.  Everything around us is advancing and improving, and we cannot fail to feel the beneficial influence of such activity.


A Swindler About

Watertown Democrat, 05 24 1860


The Jeffersonian says that a scamp calling himself J. B. Selden, who pretends to be an ex-Sheriff of Chautaque County, N.Y., recently paid a visit to that village, made great pretensions in the way of buying corner lots and building brick blocks.  After robbing a daguerreian establishment he suddenly disappeared, leaving behind several memorials in the shape of unpaid bills, and put off to some other place, probably to play the same game over again.  It is well to keep a good look out for him, as there is no telling when he may next “turn up.”


Directions Clinic

Watertown Daily Times, 11 08 1981


Directions Clinic, Inc., 129 Hospital Drive, has been purchased by Watertown Memorial Hospital Association, Inc., according to an announcement by Leo Bargielski, president of the hospital association, and John Gordon, director of the clinic.  The purchase culminated six months of discussions on the purchase.  Directions Clinic, an alcohol and drug abuse outpatient center, will now be known as Directions Clinic, a service of Watertown Memorial Hospital. The papers approving the purchase were signed Monday, and the facility is now operating as part of the hospital facility. Purchase price was $320,000. The price is for all of the assets of the clinic, including the newly constructed facility.


Watertown Cardinals

Watertown Daily Times, 11 08 1956


Webb Schultz, Delavan, was elected to a new two-year term as president of the Central Wisconsin League at the baseball circuit's annual banquet held at Jefferson.  Schultz had headed the league for five years.  Schultz awarded trophies and pennants to winning teams and individuals.  The Watertown Cardinals received the league grand championship pennant and a first place trophy.  Manager Erv Buchert accepted the awards on behalf of his team. Manager Gerry Moldenhauer received the second place trophy for Johnson Creek.  Oconomowoc won the third place trophy.  Watertown also received individual awards for team members.  Jim Thompson, pitcher-outfielder of the Watertown Cardinals, was awarded the batting championship trophy for the northern division.  Thompson had 26 hits in 52 trips up for an even .500.


Safe and Sober

Watertown Daily Times, 10 17 1997


The Watertown Police Department has received a grant of $2,000 for its participation in the 1997 Safe and Sober traffic safety campaign. The funds were used to purchase equipment, including a remote speed display. The department also purchased two preliminary breath testers for use by officers in the field on suspected drunken drivers. According to Watertown police Lt. Tim Roets, the speed display will be used to remind motorists to check their speed. The display is intended to gain voluntary speed compliance.


Marci Fontaine

Watertown Daily Times, 10 02 1982


Marci Fontaine, daughter of Gary and Diane Fontaine, was crowned Miss Watertown 1983 Saturday evening amid cheers of congratulations and thunderous applause.  She was chosen from a field of eight contestants and received her crown from outgoing queen Renee Robillard in the Miss Watertown Scholarship Pageant Saturday evening at Watertown Senior High School.  A 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater majoring in elementary education, Marci is a member of the University Center Activity Board and was named to the 1982 National Dean’s List.  A 1981 graduate of Watertown Senior High School, Marci was vice president of the International Thespian Society and a delegate to Badger Girls State while in school.  She was also active in drama, cheerleading and was named as honorary Rotary Student her senior year.


Robbery of Box Cars

Watertown Leader, 08 16 1907


The third robbery of box cars at the Northwestern depot within the past two months occurred last Sunday.  The theft leads many to believe the work is by “local talent.”  The seal on a car of merchandise “spotted” on the house track near the freight depot was broken and the car entered.  A case of coffee, a sack of coffee and two boxes containing other brands of merchandise were spirited away.  Coffee was dropped along the way for some distance from the robbery, but the trail was then lost.  The first impression was that the thefts were the work of hobos, but others who seem to understand hobo life, hold to the theory that this last robbery was not the work of “Weary Willies” and base their belief on the fact that a box of tobacco was opened, but otherwise was not molested.  It is a fact that there have been a large number of thefts on the west side of late and the modus operandi does not bear the earmarks of professionals, but looks more like the work of amateurs.  Several houses have been entered during the past few weeks and it is becoming too frequent an occurrence to suit the fancy of some of the timid.


Calico Cottage Opened

Watertown Daily Times, 10 16 1982


Bringing a touch of country to the city the Calico Cottage has opened its doors and is offering a wide variety of special handcrafted items. Among the merchandise in the new store, located at 301 North Third Street, formerly Saniters Sport Shop, are pillows, quilts, country things, children’s toys, weather vans, Christmas items and more. The store’s specialty is custom lamp shades by Edna DeWitt.


Bank of Lake Mills

Watertown Daily Times, 03 05 2010


The Bank of Lake Mills, headquartered in Lake Mills, opened a second location in the Watertown Square shopping center on March 15, 2010.


·         20,000-square-foot bank has two levels and features a mural with pictures of historic Watertown and a large number of windows for natural light.


·         The 10,000-square-foot first floor of the bank has a number of office, safety deposit boxes and a large teller area. The bank also features a drive through with three teller isles and one ATM.


·         Lower level, which is also 10,000 square feet, includes space for offices and a large area that could be  used for training and seminars by civic organizations.


·         A 3,000-square-foot area on the east side of the building will be leased out to a different business.


·         Four employees who do mortgage lending and work at the Bank of Lake Mills' production office at 1640 S. Church St. will be moving into the new branch.


·         The Bank of Lake Mills has been in existence for over 115 years and has approximately $170 million in assets.


Reorganization Plan for Operating

Elementary Schools

Watertown Daily Times, 03 17 1960


A reorganization plan for operating the city's four elementary schools will go into effect with the start of the 1960-61 term next September, following approval by the board of education at its meeting last night.  Under the plan, which was outlined to the board by Superintendent of Schools, Eugene W. Tornow, the position of elementary supervisor, now held by Joseph Checota, is being abolished.  In its place will be two new teachers and two elementary school clerks who will work half days in the four schools.  This will free the teachers from much of the administrative work now required and will enable them to devote their time to straight teaching and guidance.  At the present some serious inroads are being made on the class time of principals and teachers in the elementary schools and interruptions and tasks which now take them away from much of their regular classroom work will be handled by the two teachers and the clerks who will work half days in each school.


Steam Heating Plant

Phoenix Engine House

Watertown Leader, 10 20 1907


The regular meeting of the city council last evening was one of the shortest sessions in many months, having adjourned at 9:15 o’clock.  The session was void of any discussions and everything moved along with clock-like regularity . . . The following resolution was adopted:  Resolved:  That the plans and specifications for a steam heating plant in the Phoenix engine house, submitted herewith, be and the same are hereby approved and adopted by this Common Council.  Resolved Further, that the committee of public buildings be and they are hereby directed to advertise for proposals for the installation of a steam heating plant, in said building, pursuant to said plans and specification, and report their findings to this Common Council.


A Philosophy for You

Watertown Leader, 09 01 1907


Here is philosophy for you, laid down by Michigan’s chronic kicker, editor Keyes, of Lexington. The simplest and plainest laws of health are outraged every hour of the day by the average man. Did Adam smoke? Did Eve wear corsets? Did Solomon chew tobacco? Did Ruth chew gum? Did the Children of Israel make for a beer garden after crossing the Red Sea? Did Rebecca eat chocolate drops and ice cream and call it soda water? This is a bunch of questions difficult of answering. Taking it for granted that they were not addicted to any of the quoted follies, we can only suggest that they missed a lot of fun if they didn’t participate these “naughties.”