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A Grand Organ Recital

Watertown Gazette, 06 10 1910


A good-sized audience was present at the Congregational Church last Monday evening in attendance at the dedicatory organ recital by Prof. Clarence B. Shepard, assisted by Mrs. C. A. Feld and Wm. Sproesser and wife.  Mr. Shepard is a great artist and his numbers were very artistically executed.  The organ, judging from the excellent music of Monday evening, is a very fine one, and so Mr. Shepard pronounces it.  Mrs. Feld and Mr. and Mrs. Sproesser were at their best and their numbers, as well as those of Mr. Shepard, were enthusiastically applauded.


Theodore Kusel and Wife

Return to City to Reside

Watertown Gazette, 02 18 1910


The people of Watertown extend the glad hand of welcome to Theodore Kusel and wife, who for years past have made Waukesha their home, but have returned to this city to reside, and for the present will make their home with Mr. Kusel's parent's, Fred. Kusel and wife, 302 North Church Street.  Our citizens and the people of the surrounding country are particularly pleased to note that "Ted," as he is familiarly called, has resigned his position as traveling salesman, which he has followed for a livelihood for the past nine years, and that hereafter his genial personality will smile in the hardware store of the D. & F. Kusel Co., in West Main Street, where he had been employed for years previous to becoming a traveling salesman.  "Ted" knows the hardware business from A to Z.


Prof. Notz Called by Church

Watertown Gazette, 07 15 1910


The Lutheran church at Jefferson has extended a call to Prof. William Notz of the Northwestern College of this city.  Mr. Notz formerly served a congregation in Philadelphia.  He has occupied the chair of Latin in the Northwestern College for ten years and is known as a man of scholarly attainments.

  More on Prof. Notz 

Prof. Notz Declines

Watertown Gazette, 07 22 1910


Prof. Wm. Notz, of Watertown, has notified Secretary Adam Kispert of the board of trustees of St. John's Lutheran Church that he could not accept the call to the pastorate of the local congregation extended to him about two weeks ago.  The trustees have now extended a call to Prof. Moussa of the Northwestern College at Watertown to fill the local pulpit; up to this writing he has not been heard from, being at present at Madison, where he has taken up some special study.—[Jefferson Banner]


Shot Himself

Watertown Gazette, 06 24 1910


Otto Bierwaldt, who resides near Beaver Dam and had been employed by a farmer near Juneau, shot himself with a revolver last Tuesday, it is said, because he had not the necessary funds to attend the circus at Beaver Dam.  He was brought to St. Mary's Hospital, this city [Watertown], where it was found the bullet entered his abdomen and perforated his bowels and liver.  He died at the hospital Tuesday night and his remains were taken to his home for burial.  He was 20 years of age.


Citizen's Police Academy

Watertown Daily Times, 05 12 2000


With less than a week left before graduation from Watertown Police Department's first-ever Citizen's Police Academy, students of the class are saying they're glad they enrolled. “I think they did great for the first year,” student Alice Fuchs said of academy coordinators. “I love this, and I didn't realize there was this much to policing.” Fuchs has been interested in police work since 1967. That year she began helping rehabilitate inmates at state prisons.


Dr. Charles Jewett

Watertown Democrat, 03 15 1860


Dr. Charles Jewett of Boston is now delivering to large audiences in the Methodist Church a series of able and interesting lectures on the injurious effects of the use of ardent spirits.  The lectures are not to merely amuse and please, but to have a practical value and application.  His way of treating the subject is very different from the common one—he investigates it as he would any other scientific question and demonstrates as clearly as facts, observations and experience can prove anything, the necessarily destructive and fatal effects of all alcoholic drinks on the human system.  Of course, such a conclusion everybody knows to be correct, but it is the manner in which it is arrived at—the path of reasoning and argument through which we are led to it—that renders the discussion fascinating and instructive.  All who can should attend the course.  It is not every day that we have the opportunity of listening to so accomplished a teacher as Dr. Jewett.


Refrigerating Milk Safes

Watertown Democrat, 03 15 1860


Charles Wood & Co. are now extensively engaged in manufacturing an article that every housekeeper in town and country should have.  It will be found described in their advertisement in this paper, and there is no doubt about its value, convenience and utility.  All who have used it are decided in their testimony in its favor and regard it as indispensable.  It costs only a trifle but is worth to anyone ten times more than must be paid for it.  It is the purpose of the manufacturers to supply the community with these necessary safes and sell them at such rates as will enable all to obtain one.  We strongly recommend it to the public, knowing that however much we may praise it, it will be found better than it is represented.


Judge Butler Property

Watertown Democrat, 03 15 1860Valuable and Real Property For Sale


The subscriber offers for sale the well-known dwelling house and lots formerly owned and occupied by Judge Butler.  The property consists of three full lots with a brick dwelling, large and very thoroughly built, and pleasantly located in the city of Watertown and will be sold at a great bargain and on very easy terms.  Also a farm on the Plank Road two miles east of Hubbelton, in the town of Milford.  The farm consists of 120 acres of farming land well adapted to farming with good improvements and is known as the Milford House stand.  This property will also be sold at a bargain and on easy terms.  The title to each of the above described premises is perfect.  For further information inquire of N. S. Green & Co., Milford, and J. Stark, Esq., Milwaukee.


To Each Young Man in Watertown

Watertown Democrat, 03 15 1860


Don’t be a loafer—don’t call yourself a loafer—don’t hang around loafing places—don’t keep loafing company.  Don’t indulge in profanity—don’t associate with those who do.  Better work than sit around day after day or stand about corners with your hands in your pockets.  Better make an assertion clinched by former integrity and truthfulness rather than an oath.  Better for your health—better for your own prospects.  Bustle about, if you mean to have anything to bustle about for.  Many a poor physician has obtained a real patient by riding after an imaginary one.  Such is the world; to him that hath shall be given.  Quit dreaming and complaining; keep busy and mind your chances.


High School Broken Into

Watertown Gazette, 03 25 1910


Last Saturday night the Watertown High School building was entered by thieves by cutting a panel in the basement door and then reaching in and turning the key on the inside.  They cut the locks out of all the teachers' desks and out of the fine four drawer desk in the commercial room, and all they got for their trouble was four cents.  They evidently thought the teachers kept a small amount of change in their desks.  Not satisfied with destroying valuable property, they created a dirty nuisance in the building on one of the upper floors.  Suspicion rests on two former pupils of the high school.  It is hoped the guilty parties can be found out and the proper punishment meted out to them.


Fire Department Election

Watertown Gazette, 03 25 1910


At the annual meeting of the Watertown Fire Department held last Monday evening, John Glaser was reelected chief without opposition.  Alex Hardie was elected assistant chief over Edward Kaercher.


The following fire wardens were chosen:


First and Seventh wards—Edward Kohl

Second and Sixth wards—John A. Gruel

Third and Fourth wards—Gustav J. Doerr

Fifth ward—Albert Borchart


Carpenters Elect Officers

Watertown Gazette, 07 01 1910


At the semi-annual meeting of local union No. 1403, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, held last Saturday evening, the following officers were elected to serve six months:


President—Frank Hrobsky

Vice President —Frank Sell

Recording Secretary—Frank Terwede

Financial Secretary—Theo. Sprenger

Treasurer—Gust Behlke

Conductor—George Gruel

Warden—Paul Yahn

Trustee 19 months—William Dube

Auditor 18 months—William Katt

Delegate Building Trades Council— Ferd. Kleemann


Frank Hrobsky was elected delegate to represent the carpenters at the annual convention of the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor which meets in Watertown, July 20-24.


Operated on at St. Mary's Hospital

Watertown Gazette, 06 24 1910


Local physicians performed a remarkable operation at St. Mary's Hospital last Saturday, the patient being the four-year-old child of Dr. Henning of Cambridge, who assisted in the operation, which was a bloodless one, known as the Lorenz system.  The child had been a sufferer for some time with congenital dislocation of the hip, and is now on the way to a complete recovery.


Watertown Women's Center

Watertown Daily Times, 05 14 2000


The Watertown Women's Center is now in its new location at the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) at 415 S. Eighth St.  The facility is handicapped accessible, and the new location gives the center the opportunity to provide guest speakers and educational programs.  Appointments can be made by calling the same phone number as in the past, 261-9878.  The Health and Wellness Center was developed under the direction and guidance of Dr. William Ehlinger.  In addition to the Watertown Women's Center, several community organizations are located at HAWC to serve the city's mental and physical health needs.


Watertown Daily Times, 03 03 2006


After reaching a goal of collecting $440,000 for its capital campaign project, the Watertown Health and Wellness Center is ready to unveil the new Quirk Cardiovascular Center.  Becky Salm, member services director for HAWC, said the new center, which is located in the balcony of the gymnasium, will feature new cardiovascular equipment, new flooring and fixtures and a special glass wall that overlooks the gymnasium.  “The center is now a little more bright, open and airy,” Salm said.  “It overlooks the gym so now members can watch their kids play and all of that kind of stuff as well.”


Father Hennessey

Returned From Ireland

Watertown Gazette, 07 01 1910


Last Saturday evening Rev. Father Hennessey, pastor of St. Bernard's Church, returned from a two months' visit to the home of his parents in Ireland.  He returns in excellent health and reports having had a most enjoyable time.  His many friends are pleased to see him home again.



Watertown Gazette, 07 01 1910


At Washington park last Sunday the Watertown baseball team defeated the Mitchell Street Banks of Milwaukee by a score of 8 to 4.


I consider our Watertown team the best in the league and there is no reason now with an even break of luck why Watertown cannot land the Milwaukee City league pennant, which we are fighting for and will continue to fight for to the end.


What the team wants is the support and encouragement of the fans.


Let those few who have some small difference with an individual player lay it aside and work for the team as a team.  Suggestions will always be cheerfully received.


W. F. Richards, Manager


Mrs. Bridget Mullen

Watertown Gazette, 06 17 1910


Mrs. Bridget Mullen, aged 81 years, widow of the late Patrick Mullen, died of general debility at 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening, June 15, 1910, at her home, 200 Washington Street.  Deceased had been in poor health for several months and her passing away did not take place unexpected. 


Mrs. Mullen was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, and came to this country with her parents when a small child.  The family first located in this city, and then resided for a short time at Fox Lake, returning to this city again, where Mrs. Mullen was married February 22, 1848, and shortly after she and her husband went to reside at La Salle and Chicago, Ills.  In about three years they returned to Watertown and purchased a farm southwest of here, where she resided till about five years ago, when she removed to this city.  Mr. Mullen died in 1888.


Surviving her are two sons and six daughters, being James W. Mullen, town of Watertown; Michael Mullen, Pipestone, Minn.; Mrs. Teresa Michael, Walballa, North Dakota, Sisters Camilla and Gerardis of the order of Franciscan Sisters, Milwaukee; Miss Tillie Mullen, Milwaukee; and the Misses Winnie and Lizzie Mullen this city.  At this writing the time of the funeral has not been set, but it will undoubtedly be Saturday morning. 


Mrs. Mullen's death was learned of in Watertown, and in fact wherever she was known, with sincere sorrow, for she was a most excellent lady and neighbor in every particular, and during her residence of over half a century in Watertown and vicinity, she at all times led the life of a truly Christian woman, and bestowed many acts of kindness that endeared her to everybody.  In her death the community looses one of those honored pioneers who did so much for the present generation who are reaping the benefit of their good work.


Good Things For Everybody

Watertown Gazette, 07 22 1910


A wisely conducted newspaper is like a banquet, says an exchange.  Everything is served with a view to variety.  Help yourself to what you want and do not condemn the entire spread because pickles and onions may be included.  If you do not relish them someone else may find them palatable.  Be generous and broad enough to select gracefully such reading matter from the newspapers as will be agreeable to your mental taste.  You, as an individual, are not compelled to swallow everything.  We do not all think alike on every subject and it is a good thing, as it makes more variety, and variety is the spice of existence.


Max Naatz


Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


At about 12 o'clock noon last Friday, Max Naatz, aged about 20 years, son of Carl Naatz, town of Watertown, was electrocuted while employed on an electric light pole in Green Street.  It is said the pole on which he was at work swayed and he lost his balance.  While falling he grasped an electric light wire on which the insulation was worn off and a current of 2400 volts passed through his body.  The fire alarm system wires of this city are strung on the same poles as the electric wires and Naatz was employed fixing the fire alarm wires.  The body of the unfortunate young man was taken to the morgue and Dr. Werner and others worked over him trying to save his life, but without effect.  His remains were interred at Farmington on Sunday.


On Monday a coroner jury before Justice Henze returned the following verdict:


"We, the jury, find that Max Naatz came to his death while at work on an electric light pole in Green Street.  That his death was caused by contact with live wires and that the swaying of the pole caused him to lose his balance, thereby causing him to come in contact with the wires, and the jury finds that such swaying was caused by the rotten condition of the pole under ground and the jury also finds that lack of proper insulation on the wires at that point contributed to his death."

  More on Max Naatz 

Electric Light Co. Settles Damage

Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


The liability company in which the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Co. is insured settled the claim for damages last week occasioned by the death of Max Naatz of the town of Watertown, who was electrocuted while at work on an electric light pole in Green Street, this city, on June 24.  Settlement was made with Chas Naatz, father of the young man, who accepted $600 in lieu of all damages.


Stalled in mud

at Sun Prairie

Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Schultz and daughters, the Misses Muriel and Helen, and Wm. Abele of Watertown passed through this village en route from Madison home.  They made the trip in their Rider-Lewis six cylinder motor car.  They were stalled in the mud at Sun Prairie Sunday night, where they remained until Monday morning, when they resumed their trip.  They spent a few hours at the home of Mrs. Schultz's brother, Herbert H. Drew of this village.—Waterloo Democrat.


Junior Clover Club

Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


On Saturday last the young ladies of Junior Clover Club of the Congregational Church left for Lake Mills to enjoy a week's outing in Willowdale cottage on the shores of Rock Lake.  They are chaperoned by Mrs. John W. Cruger and Mrs. G. W. Spohn.


Married at Waupun

Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


County Supt. of Schools John Kelley of this city and Miss Clara A. Purcell of Waupun were quietly married by Rev. S. J. Dowling of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waupun at 7 o'clock yesterday morning, June 30, 1910.  Supt. Kelley elected as his groomsman Prof. L. S. Keeley of Mayville, a close personal friend and co-laborer in educational work; while the bride was attended by Miss Augusta Schnatse of Waupun.  After a wedding breakfast at the home of the Misses Nancy and Nellie Purcell, aunts of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. Kelley boarded the NorthWestern Road passenger for a brief wedding trip to Madison and other points.


Supt. Kelly hardly needs an introduction or newspaper econium.  For 24 years, as editor of the Juneau Telephone he has been well known in newspaper circles in Dodge County and in Wisconsin.  During his incumbency as county superintendent of schools he has become equally well known and popular in educational circles.  In his capacity as an educator he has served as president of the Wisconsin Teachers’ Association.


Mother Goose Up To Date

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


The Musical Comedy “Mother Goose Up To Date," presenting a cast of three hundred characters, is developing rapidly under the direction of the author, Mrs. Maude M. Jackson of Chicago.  Mrs. Jackson comes to us very highly endorsed by the many congregations for which she has worked and the society of St. Bernard's Church assures the public of a rare treat.


The leading musical and dramatic talent of Watertown is represented in the cast.  Miss Hattie Zoelle assumes the role of the maiden who is transformed into a child by the magic of the fairies, while Simon Casey appears as the lover.  Miss Anna Smith, the popular contralto, will carry the part of Mother Goose, Chas. King is "Jack Be Nimble," the modern football hero, while Harry Krier, as Jolly King Cole, captivates the ladies.  The extravaganza is full of dashing drills and popular music, while the brilliant costumes add greatly to the gaiety of the scenes.


The dates of presentation will be August 25 and 26 at Turner Opera House.  Matinee on Thursday afternoon for children under 16 years at 25 cents.  Tickets now on sale at Stapleton's drug store, John T. Ryan's and at Schempf's drug store at 50 cents each.


Turner Society Celebrates

50th Anniversary

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Last Sunday evening [August 7th] the Watertown Turner Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in a becoming manner at the society's hall in Fourth Street.  There was a large attendance and the hall was nicely decorated in honor of the event.  At 10 o'clock all present sat down to a fine banquet, City Treasurer Tanck acting as toastmaster.  The occasion proved a very enjoyable one and marks a notable event in the social doings in the history of our city.


Medicare Provider

Marquardt Home Health Agency

Watertown Daily Times, 05 21 1985


Marquardt Memorial Manor Home Health Agency received its permanent license May 22.  This license, retroactive to May 3, completes the formal home health agency certification process as required by the Department of Health and Social Services.  Issuance of this license establishes the Marquardt Home Health Agency as a Medicare provider.  Marquardt Memorial Manor Home Health Agency has been servicing the Watertown area since Jan. 31.  During this time a total of 26 patients have been cared for, more than twice the estimated patient load.


Cheryl Gard

Watertown Daily Times, 05 21 2000


LAKE MILLS - Very few events have ever kept news carrier Cheryl Gard of Lake Mills off the job for long - not even a broken bone or the birth of her children.  When she says she will deliver, she does.  But the longtime carrier has now decided to stop delivering, and she will distribute her last Watertown Daily Times Saturday, May 27 after carrying four routes for many years.  She has been a Daily Times carrier for over 20 years, with no vacations and no excuses.  She has delivered newspapers with a broken hand after falling down on a route, refusing to seek treatment until she was finished.  After the births of her two youngest children, she was back on the job two days later.  Even when she has been very ill, she has sat in the back seat of her car and directed a driver to subscribers.


State Crops Far Below Average


Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Farm crops in Wisconsin have been so badly damaged by the lack of rain that their condition ranges from 52 to 78 per cent of the average for this time of the year, according to the monthly report issued by Secretary John M. True of the state board of agriculture.


Unless a general rain comes soon, the crop situation will become much more serious, Secretary True believes.  His report is as follows, being based on returns received.


There was no general rain during the month of July.  There were, however, slight showers in most parts of the state that have saved growing crops from complete destruction.  Pastures have suffered most, and are now furnishing little feed for stock, this shortage being supplied by feeding of hay and grain feeds.


Enough thrashing of grain has been done to show that the yield of wheat, rye and barley will not fall far below the normal yield.  Oats, though materially injured upon sandy or dry land, will furnish a better yield than was anticipated on the last report.


Corn planted upon good, fertile fields, and well cultivated, has shown a remarkable degree of vitality, and with a general rain now would make a fair crop.


Early potatoes are small, and the yield is light.  Later potatoes are already suffering from want of rain, and the crop will be materially shortened even if rain comes soon.


Early planted tobacco is blossoming without a desirable growth of leaf, while the late planted is still small and not promising.


Sugar beets are doing fairly well, though making slow growth.


A Fatal Fight

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Clyde Dudley of Grand Rapids, Mich., and August Brown, employed at the lunch counter at the Watertown Junction, got into a fistic encounter last Friday night, the outcome of which was that Dudley died of his injuries early Wednesday morning.  He received a compound fracture of the jaw bone, and suffered so much from loss of blood that his injuries finally ended in death. Sunday he was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment and died there at the above stated time.  Dudley is what is termed a natural bleeder, and it is said on a previous occasion he received a small cut in his head and it was with difficulty that his life was saved.  Some people, the medical profession say, bleed to death from the slightest wound. 


This is a most unfortunate affair from what ever point it is viewed—the death of the young man is greatly regretted, still the sympathy of the entire community goes out to young Brown.  He is nineteen years of age, and a young man of good character and popular with all who know him.  Young Dudley was 20 years of age. 


It is said the fight was prearranged on account of an alleged insult to a girl, Dudley being the provoker of the assault.  The facts in the case of the assault are substantially as follows as told by a Watertown correspondent in Thursday 's Milwaukee Sentinel:


Dudley came to Watertown about four months ago to visit a family living near Watertown Junction.  There was a daughter in the family, a little over 16 years, who was accustomed to visit frequently at the Junction Hotel, where Brown was clerk.  Some time ago Brown, it is said, told the girl to keep away from the place, and Dudley declared this was an insult to the girl, and demanded that Brown fight him.


Brown is about 140 pounds in weights and only about 20 years of age.  Dudley is about the same age, and weighed less than Brown.  Brown kept refusing to fight, it is said, but Dudley began calling him a coward and kept pressing the fight until it was finally arranged according to testimony . . . the two met in a vacant lot near the hotel and fight it out.  There were to be no rounds, but the two men were to keep at it until one had enough. 


Friends of both were present and after the two had shaken hands before the fight, they met in a fierce encounter going to the ground almost immediately.  The fight lasted only a few moments, when Dudley cried out that he had had enough, and his jaw was found to be broken near the ear.  According to the stories of friends the two shook hands and went home.


This was last Friday.  Dudley, however, was bleeding persistently, and on Sunday it was necessary to send him to a hospital.  The doctors could not check the flow of blood and he died Wednesday . . .


Elected Officers

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


At a regular meeting of Watertown Building Trades Council held last week Thursday evening the following officers were chosen:


President—Henry Schlueter

Vice President—Ferdinand Klemann

Recording Secretary—Hugo Laabs

Financial Secretary—William M. Ellis

Marshall—William E. Nienow

Executive Committee—Joseph Jungmann, William B. Nienow, William Greinert, Arthur Kusel, E. Kersten.

Trustee 18 months—Louis Koepp


Says Seining Will Not Destroy Carp

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Prof. George Wagner of the University of Wisconsin, an acknowledged expert on everything that relates to fish life, states that in his opinion ten years of seining in the lakes of Madison would fail to make any appreciable difference in the supply of carp.  Capt. G. W. Rickeman, state game warden, insists that constant seining soon will exterminate the large carp and in time will reduce to a minimum the number of these fish in the lakes and streams around Madison.  He also insists that the carp do more harm to game fish than possibly can be done by the use of large seines.  Prof. Wagner, in a polite way, intimates that Mr. Rickeman does not know what he is talking about.


"In my opinion you could seine these lakes for the next ten years and fail to make an appreciable impression upon the number of carp,” declared Prof. Wagner.


"In the majority of cases all the fish that are caught in a carp seine die of injuries,” declared the university expert.  "You can imagine how much chance a game fish would have in a drove of fighting carp.  When a single scale is bruised a fungus growth develops and causes death.  It does not take much to tear the gill of a pickerel or a pike and an injury of this kind is almost certain to prove fatal.  Pickerel and pike are particularly sensitive.  Bass can stand little more.”

Carp added to Rock River

Watertown Republican, 03 29 1899


There has been quite a number of German carp caught here this winter, each weighing from 4 to 5 pounds.  No doubt they are from fry put in by J. McCall some ten years ago.  The water in Rock River is the lowest in forty years or more.


All Ready for the Tournament

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1910


The finishing touches are ready for the Fourteenth Annual Firemen’s Tournament.  It will be one of the greatest events in the history of the association.  E. T. Fairchild, A. J. Schmitz, Chas. Weisse, M. E. Burke, M. K. Reiley, E. W. Clark and many other prominent politicians will be present.  There will be good vaudeville acts.  There will be firemen there from four counties, and the boys and girls, regardless of gray hairs, will be there to see you.  Come over to Reeseville just this time anyway and get acquainted with the folks.  At Reeseville, Aug. 21st.


County Option

By Capt. Wm. Mitchell Lewis

Republican Candidate for Nomination for Governor

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Be not deceived!


County option HAS BEEN TRIED for 25 years, and has proved a PRACTICAL success.  No state which has adopted county option has ever repealed the law.  Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, are some of our neighboring states which have adopted county option.


County option has proved to be the MEANS OF REGULATING and reforming DISORDERLY saloons.


County option is BETTER THAN LOCAL OPTION because it has proved to be the FAIREST way to handle the saloon license—fairest to ALL the people.


While county option is not acceptable to prohibitionists, who FIGHT IT AS BITTERLY AS DO THE BREWERS, it is the GREAT MIDDLE GROUND on which all the people can decide on license by majority vote.


County option is the only plan for decent control that DOES NOT RESTRICT PERSONAL LIBERTY, and that can be enforced by a MAJORITY in a county.




Under a county option LAW, IF APPLIED in any county of the state, no man will be prohibited from manufacturing or drinking all the liquor he wants.


Victory for county option is victory for the Progressive Republicans of Wisconsin—a victory for the people over the LAST ENTRENCHED SPECIAL INTEREST.


Any result of the approaching election that leaves the BREWERS IN CONTROL, is DEFEAT FOR THE PEOPLE.  The brewers know it.  Their fight is directed against those pledged to a County Option Law.

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[advertisement] WISCONSIN VOTERS

Watertown Gazette, 09 02 1910


Prohibitionists know that they cannot win the state by vote so they try to gain parts of it by COUNTY OPTION, which is state-wide Prohibition by degrees.


These County Optionists claim that the brewers are against County Option in order to DEPRIVE THE PEOPLE of the privilege to say by vote whether they want saloons or not.  THIS IS A FALSEHOOD.  There is now a state local option law, enacted in 1889, by which the people of any township, village or city, by securing the signatures of ten per cent of the voters, can have an election annually on the question of saloon or no saloons.




George L. Bonney Appointed

Supt. Dining and Sleeping Car Service

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1910


On August 10, 1910, George L. Bonney, formerly of this city, was appointed Superintendent of Dining and Sleeping Cars of the Great Northern Railway Co., with headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., in place of C. L. Pratt, resigned.  Some years ago Mr. Bonney resigned the superintendency of the dining car service of this company, after being in its service 28 years.  He has been appointed superintendent of both dining and sleeping car services at a princely salary.  George is one of the best men in the country in that line of business, and when the Great Northern's manager learned he had retired from the Missouri Pacific Ry., he got busy at once and prevailed on George to again enter the service of the great Northern.  George's many friends here will be pleased to learn of his good luck, and none are more pleased than his old friend, the editor of The Gazette.


Opening of The Season

at The Turner

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


One of the most successful Southern plays "Tempest and Sunshine," will be seen at the Turner on Sunday, Aug 14.  "Tempest and Sunshine" is played by one of the highest salaried companies playing on local stages, consequently the production will be something worth seeing.  "Tempest" and "Sunshine" are two very beautiful Southern girls, the former having an uncontrollable temper and always taking pleasure in making trouble for others, and the latter, just the opposite of her sister, gentle and patient and trying to undo the trouble her sister has caused. 


A beautiful love story is woven throughout the play, making it of such an intensely interesting nature that one forgets they are only in a theatre and not down in the south.  The costumes are all of the old fashioned style, quaint and pretty, the gowns being of airy crinoline stuffs made in the fashions of Dolly Madison times, which is the period of the play.


Beautiful Southern melodies are introduced with striking effect.  Anyone who is interested in seeing a beautiful play sumptuously mounted and presented in a first class manner should not fail to see "Tempest and Sunshine."  Prices 25, 35, 50.  Seat sale at Schempf's Drug Store.


Campbell Brothers

Great Consolidated Shows

Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Campbell Brothers Great Consolidated Shows that will exhibit here on the show grounds in the 5th ward, carry the largest herd of Camels and Dromedaries of any show on the road.  Few people know the difference between the camel and the dromedary so that a description of these animals may be of interest.


The real Camel possesses two bumps, while the Dromedary has but one; the camel is the larger of the two, and is capable of carrying the heavier burden.  The camel inhabits a dry hot soil, and can carry a burden of 1,000 pounds, 12 miles a day.


The Camel is forced to kneel while being loaded, and when overloaded will make a plaintive cry, and refuse to rise until part of the load is removed.  The camel's knees are covered with a heavy callous substance for protection while kneeling to receive his burden.  Nature has given the camel a fifth stomach, or reservoir that is capable of holding several gallons of water; this water can be carried for a long time, and in case of need, can, by the action of the muscles, be utilized to dilute the dry food.


When the camel becomes vicious he is very dangerous, their chief mode of warfare, being to bite, and when they once get a good hold, they are very tenacious, and oftimes their jaws have to be pried open with an iron bar. 


It will pay you to see these animals when you visit the menagerie of Campbell Brothers Great Consolidated Show when they exhibit here on Thursday, August 18th.

  More on Campbell Bros. Show 

Points of Interest of

Campbell Bros. Show

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1910

[Refers to parade and show held on Aug 18]


The company carries about 400 people, about 200 head of horses, and a train of thirty cars.  They have a parade of about twenty cages, three bands, and steam calliope.  Eleven elephants were in line, three baby tigers, four seals from California, black California ostrich, South American llama, cape buffalo, and several open dens containing lions, zebra, sacred bull, and other animals.  It was a good parade and attracted many people.  After the parade, the usual free shows were given and the side show gave one performance, showing freaks, and also giving a sort of vaudeville performance.


At one o’clock the big show doors opened and the people streamed in the narrow gate way of the main entrance anxious to get in first and get good seats.


Lamy Bros. Four, doing aerial casting and return act, introducing double somersaults, and full twisters that make the audience sit up and take notice.  They also do a fine acrobatic act at the close of the performance and the way they handle the little boy is something remarkable.


Berre and Hicks, gentleman and lady doing backward ladder drops, iron jaw act, and bounding somersault wire act.  All of their acts are up to the standard and just a little beyond.


Morales family, three, doing a very clever performance on the bars above the trampoline net, with plenty of doubles.


Dimitri Troupe of four Russian Cassock rough riders which are very good.


Younger brothers doing statuary posing and acrobatic hand balancing acts and they certainly are both good acts.


Troupe of elephant performers in ring who perform with almost human intelligence.


Ed. Allen and his twenty funny clowns kept the audience in an uproar all the time.  Herman Joseph who is playing the Jew is certainly an artist in his particular line.  The show was very good and was composed of many other very clever acts, some of which were never seen in Watertown before.  It is a good clean show, none of the rough element being connected with it, and only what was pleasing to the eye was in sight.  The show was truly a great treat to the people of Watertown and from miles around.


St. Luke's Confirmation

Watertown Daily Times, 05 26 1960


St. Luke's Lutheran Church, the Rev. I.G. Uetzmann, pastor, will hold its confirmation service on Sunday.  There will be only the one service, at 9 a.m.  There will be no Sunday school.  The eight members of the confirmation class are: Norbert Behling, Edward Meyer, John Roberts Jr., Richard West, Deanne Abel, Inez Hoppe, Ruth Kowalke and Virginia Schlesner.


High School Commencement


Watertown Daily Times, 05 25 1960


The Watertown High School commencement exercises will get underway tomorrow evening with a half hour concert by the high school orchestra starting at 7:30 o'clock.  The program will be presented in the school gymnasium, with entrance on the Dodge Street side.  High School Principal Russell Twesme will open the program with brief introductory remarks, followed by the welcome message which the class president, Ralph Eckardt, will deliver.  Donald Schilling and Karen Ruth Schmidt, honor students, will deliver student addresses.  A trumpet solo by Tom Freiwald will follow.  He will offer the finale from Haydn's trumpet concert, with the high school orchestra participating.


Men's Dormitory


Watertown Daily Times, 05 25 2000


A proposal to build a 73-bed men's dormitory at Maranatha Baptist Bible College & Academy was approved unanimously by the Watertown Plan Commission Monday.  The $1.6 million, three-story dormitory will be located southeast of the college's library near Lafayette Street.  Construction of the building will begin later this summer and will be completed in May 2001, said Mark Stevens, Maranatha business manager.  Stevens said the college is expanding its housing because of growth in student body. Enrollment in the college has increased by about 280 students in the past 10 years, Stevens said.  In the 1989-1990 school year, 529 students attended Maranatha, he said.  The plan for 73 beds is a change from a previous Maranatha proposal for a 53-bed dormitory. Stevens said the college's board of trustees agreed that the increase of 20 beds would be a better long-term solution to the college's housing shortage.


Mayor Christian Mayer


Watertown Gazette, 08 12 1910


Ex-Mayor Christian Mayer died at his home in this city last Saturday morning from the result of an injury he received two weeks previous by tripping over a rug at the home of his son-in law, Wm. Nienow, breaking his hip. 


Deceased was born in Baden, Germany, January 24, 1828, and in 1850 came to America and located in Buffalo, New York, and in 1854 he removed to Watertown and engaged in the manufacture of sash and doors, and later engaged in the carpenter business.  He served this city as mayor and alderman and served one term in the state senate. 


Twelve children, seven daughters and five sons survive him.  His wife died about two years ago.  The children are:  Mrs. William Bittner, Watertown; Mrs. George M. Mayer, Mrs. William Pohlmann, Buffalo, N. Y.; Mrs. Fred Witte, Emmet; Mrs. Theodore Kramp, Milwaukee; Mrs. William Nienow, Mrs. Herman Voigt, Watertown.  The sons are:  Herman Mayer, St. Paul; Louis, Henry, William and George Mayer located in the west.  Tuesday afternoon his remains were interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.


Cross Reference:

Christian Mayer, 1873, Carpenter shop damaged by tornado


Ruth Burdick

1921 – 2010


Ruth C. Burdick, 88, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in the village of Marquette.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman with the Rev. Daniel Torkelson officiating.  Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.  Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.


Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church and the Johnson Arms Apartments' “Entertainment Fund.”


The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.


The former Ruth Carol Heinzelman was born on Oct. 2, 1921, in Oak Grove, the daughter of John and Elsie (Hilgendorf) Heinzelman.  She attended St. Peter's Lutheran Grade School in Oak Grove.  On Oct. 14, 1940, she married Roy C. Burdick at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1995.  Ruth had been employed at Aunt Nellie's in Clyman from 1960 until her retirement in 1982.


Ruth was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman.  She was a charter member of the Puckaway Yacht Club. Ruth was super proud of her grandsons' accomplishments.  She would highlight the articles in the paper whenever they were mentioned.  She also enjoyed her special outings with both of her granddaughters, whether it be a trip to Pick ‘n Save and Walmart or a trip to Krispy Kreme in Brookfield.  She was adventurous and always up to go somewhere new.


Ruth enjoyed reading and crafts and loved to fish on Lake Puckaway and spend time with her best friend and sister, Betty Mink.  Those two are the true meaning of “sisterhood.”


She enjoyed listening to the Beaver Dam radio station with Brenda Murphy to hear all the latest recipes so she could try them.  Ruth enjoyed her grandpuppies.  She even had a box of dog biscuits on hand to treat them when they would come to visit.  She also had their portraits on her walls and her calendar.


“Grandma B” was an amazing woman, friend, mother and grandmother.  She carried herself with kindness and grace and dignity.  Throughout her entire life, she made the most of every moment and you were just drawn to her goodness and bubbly spirit.  She was fun.


Ruth is survived by four sons, Robert (Janet) Burdick of Marquette, Don (Jo) Burdick of West Bend, Jim (Dawn) Burdick of Milwaukee and John Burdick of Waunakee; a sister, Betty Mink of Clyman; her grandchildren, Deborah (Greg) Ebert of Watertown, William Burdick of Madison, Rebecca (Craig) Sadler of Ixonia and Crystal Burdick of West Bend; her great-grandchildren, Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Ebert and Matthew R. Ebert; other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as great-nieces, great-great-nieces, a great-great-nephew and other relatives and friends.


Ruth was further preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Grant Heinzelman and Blaine Heinzelman.


Linda Kopfer

1916 – 2010


Linda A. Kopfer, 94, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. James Werner officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service.  Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.


Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Marquardt Memorial Manor or the charity of one's choice.


The Hafemeister Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Linda Alma Christian was born in Lebanon on Jan. 27, 1916, to John and Linna (Woltman) Christian.  On Dec. 13, 1931, she married August W. Kopfer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon.


She attended school at Immanuel Lutheran in Lebanon.  Linda and her husband farmed in the town of Emmet until 1954.  After moving to Watertown she worked at Glens Manufacturing and Sewing Factory, and then for Bethesda.  Linda lived at Marquardt Memorial Manor for six years.  The family would like to thank the staff there for the wonderful care they provided.


Linda was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown and its ladies aid.  She was also a member of Day AARP Branch 2007, Watertown Funster Club and the Watertown Senior Center.  Linda loved to dance and was an avid WTKM listener.


She is survived by a son, Roger (Mildred) Kopfer of Ixonia; a daughter, Sylvia (friend Reuben Schmitz) French of Jefferson; two sisters, Frieda Reichert and Dorothy (Marvin) Kuenzi; a brother, Oliver (Lucille) Christian; two sisters-in-law, Ada Christian and Anna Christian; six grandchildren, Jeffrey French, Mike (Debbie) French, Lynn (Terry) Clemans, Wendy (Paul) Egholm, John (Angela) Kopfer and Ross (Lisa) Kopfer; 12 great-grandchildren, Lisa (Grady) Fritz, Carissa (Eric) Brittenham, Jenna Clemans, Zach Clemans, Shauna Clemans, Amanda (Jordan) Atlas, Nathan Egholm, Jordan Kopfer, Taylor Kopfer, Sarah Kopfer, MaryClaire Kopfer and Jacob Kopfer; two great-great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Lorelai Atlas; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Brittney Fritz; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on March 27, 1981; a son-in-law, Ray French; a great-granddaughter, Angela French; five sisters, Irma Wegner, Ruth Grosenick, Laura Schuett, Meta Gauerke and Leona Schmitz; and five brothers, Clarence, Adolph, Harold, Gerhard and Elroy Christian.


Louis C. Ullrich

1850 - 1910

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1910


On Thursday August 11, 1910, Louis C. Ullrich died of a complication of disease.  Deceased was born in Germany on February 12, 1850, and settled in this city in 1868.  He was a butcher by trade, and for many years conducted a meat market in this city.  Of late years he worked at his trade and bought cattle.  October 27 he was married to Minnie Schmutzler, daughter of the late Christian Schmutzler, who survives him and five children as follows:  Max, Arthur and Ferdinand Ullrich and the Misses Emma and Edna Ullrich, all of this city.  He was one of Watertown's best known residents, and all who knew him were his friends.  For many years he was a member of the old Pioneer Fire Co., and he was a member of the Turner Society, the Harugari and the Workmen's society. 


Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock his funeral took place from his late home, 134 Corner Street, services being conducted by Rev. H. Sterz of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.  The interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Minna Ullrich

1855 - 1943

Mrs. Ullrich is Claimed by Death

Life Long Resident Here Stricken on Saturday

Funeral Tomorrow


Ullrich, Minna Schmutzler, b. 1855, d. 1943, Sec 19

01 01 1944


Mrs. Minna Ullrich, widow of Louis Ullrich, living at 134 Corner Street, died in St. Mary’s hospital at 5 p.m. Saturday after a brief illness.  She was taken ill Monday and was removed to the hospital the following day.


Mrs. Ullrich was the former Minna Schmutzler and was born in Watertown Jan 6, 1855, a daughter of the late Christian and Caroline Seis Schmutzler.  Her entire life was spent here.  Her husband died Aug. 10, 1910.


Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Mrs. August Henze, this city, Mrs. Edward Rogers, Cincinnati, O., Max and Arthur Ullrich both of Watertown.  A daughter, Lydia, preceded her in death in 1903, and a son, Ferdinand, died Nov. 8, 1939.  There are seven grandchildren.  One brother, Edward Schmutzler, this city also survives.


Mrs. Ullrich was a life long member of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran church and also a member of the Ladies Aid society of that parish.  She also was a member of the Turner auxiliary and of the American Legion auxiliary.


Funeral on Tuesday


The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Schmutzler funeral home.  The Rev. I. G. Uetzmann of St. Luke’s Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.


Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and tomorrow up to the time of the service to pay their respects.


The American Legion auxiliary members are requested by the officers of the unit to meet at the armory this evening at 7:30 o’clock to go in a delegation to the Schmutzler funeral home to pay their respects.


The members of the Turner auxiliary will also pay their respects tonight.  They will meet at the Turner hall at 7:45 o’clock and go in a body to the funeral home.


Ban on Coasters

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Notice is hereby given that wagons or coasters will not be allowed to be run on the sidewalks of the city of Watertown.  Section 8 of a city ordinance provides a penalty for so doing and offenders will be prosecuted.


H. C. Block,

Chief of Police.


Bad Electric Storm

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


One of the fiercest rain and electric storms ever experienced here set in at about 11 o'clock last Monday night and lasted for about two hours.  Many places were struck by lightning, but little damage was done, however.  A barn on the premises of Clem Stoll, southwest of here, was struck by lighting and burned to the ground, with contents.


Dance at Tivoli Island

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


There will be a band concert and dance at Tivoli Island next Sunday evening.  Concert begins at seven o'clock; dance to follow.  Concert free.  Everyone invited and a good time guaranteed to all by the management.


Knights of Columbus

New Hall

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1910


Watertown Council, No. 1478, met for the first time in their new hall over the Majestic theatre [Majestic Theater, 1913, 114 Main], which has been fitted up in first-class style by the proprietor of the building, Dr. M. O'Malley, who is himself a member of the order, last Wednesday evening.


The new hall is one of the finest in the city, being electric lighted, steam heated, contains toilet and coat rooms, a reading room and a council chamber large enough to accommodate over 200 people.  The council was visited on Wednesday evening by State Deputy Dr. T. L. Harrington of Milwaukee, and Frank J. Sherlock of Chicago, Special National Agent of the Knights of Columbus, both of whom delivered most excellent addresses on the objects and good work of the K of C's.  They are first-class speakers and awakened new interest in the large number of local Knights present, including members of the order from Oconomowoc, Waterloo and Columbus.  The council meets every first and third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m., but the hall is open every day and evening, each member having a key and is at liberty to visit the rooms at any time and enjoy their privileges. 


The next regular meeting will be held at 7:30 o'clock on Friday evening of this week.  About 25 applications for membership are now being considered and early this fall a new class will be initiated.  Those eligible to membership and desiring to join should hand in their names to the Grand Knight, J. W. Moore, Gazette office, Watertown, Wis., or to any member.


A&P Store

South Second Street

Watertown Daily Times, 05 28 1960


The former A&P Store in [108] South Second Street is being vacated of its old fixtures and equipment, all of which has been sold.  The clearing out is expected to be completed in another day or two and then work will begin on remodeling the former store quarters.


Dave's Cue and Cushion, now located in [112] South Third Street, is due to move to the former A&P store quarters after the remodeling is completed.  This will give the business much larger and better quarters.


Watertown Daily Times, 06 19 1960


Work of converting the former A & P store in South Second Street for use by its new tenant is well underway.  The place will be occupied by Dave’s Cue and Cushion, now operating at 112 South Third Street.  Owner and operator is David O. Parish.  The new location will enable the Cue and Cushion to greatly expand its facilities and service.  Occupancy is expected shortly.


Watertown Daily Times, 08 10 1960


Dave’s Cue and Cushion have moved from 112 South Third Street to their new location at 108 South Second Street, the building formerly occupied by the A. and P. Company store. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Parish are the owners and operators. The grand opening will be held Saturday. The building has been completely remodeled and redecorated. Mr. and Mrs. Parish have increased the number of pocket billiard tables to six, have added a “snooker” table as well as a standard 5 by 10 billiard table. On the restaurant side all new equipment has been installed. The counter has a seating capacity of 24, plus eight in booths..


Death of Sister Florian

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Sister M. Florian, mother superior of St. Augustine's Academy, Fresno, California, died at 3 o'clock Friday morning, August 19, 1910, at her convent home of stomach trouble.  She had been confined to her home since December last, and for nearly three months to her bed.  Seven weeks ago her sister, Mrs. James W. Moore of this city, went to Fresno and had the consolation of being with her in her last illness.


Sister Florian was formerly Miss Mary Hackett of this city, and was a daughter of the late Michael Hackett, and of Mrs. Ann Hackett, who since the death of her husband, about 18 years ago, has made her home with Mrs. Moore. 


Sister Florian was born in Watertown in 1865, and was educated in St. Bernard's parochial school and at the Sisters convent at Morris, Ill.  In 1878 she joined the Holy Cross Order of Sisters at St. Mary's, Notre Dame, Ind., where she received the Holy Habit in 1879, and was professed in 1881.


She taught music there for a number of years, after which she was superioress of the convent at Lake Linden, Mich.  About 18 years ago she went to Fresno and established the convent there and was the mother superior thereof up to the time of her death.  The convent, over which she presided, saw grow from a very small beginning to one of the largest and most popular in California.


Sister Florian was a zealous worker in the cause of religion and was almost idolized by the people of all denominations in Fresno and surrounding country.  She possessed a most charming disposition and was never so happy as when doing good to others.  She was particularly devoted to deeds of charity, not only by alms giving but in encouraging by word and example those in need of spiritual consolation.


Her death was learned of by her many old friends in Watertown with sincere sorrow, for here, as well as wherever known, she was dearly beloved.  Her large, kindly heart and cheerful disposition gave aid, comfort and new life to many in sorrow.

  More on Sister Florian 

Sister M. Florian

is Called to Reward

Watertown Gazette, 09 09 1910


Sister M. Florian, the well beloved Superior of St. Augustine's Academy of Fresno, California, died Friday morning, August 19, at the institution whose destiny she had ruled for about seventeen years.  Sister Florian had undergone an operation, from the effects of which she had rallied for a time, but later on she was prostrated from a nervous strain resulting therefrom, and for ten months before her death suffered great physical pain.  The resources of medical skill being exhausted, with tranquil patience and heroic fortitude she awaited the end.


Sister Florian was the daughter of Michael and Anna Hackett of Watertown and was educated with the Sisters of the Holy Cross in St. Angelus Academy, Morris, Illinois.  In 1879 she entered the order, and after profession taught music at the Mother House, Notre Dame, Indiana.  In 1893 Sister M. Florian, accompanied by four other Sisters, laid the foundation in Fresno.  Few can realize the difficulties with which the community had to contend in its beginning there, but the greater the difficulties the higher soared Sister Florian's courage, and finally her indomitable will and unflagging energy overcame all obstacles.


Perhaps it was as much by her deep faith and sincerity as by her charming personality that Sister Florian won such a host of friends, and many a one today, not only in Fresno, but throughout the San Joaquin valley, bewail in her death the loss of a true friend and a wise counselor.


She was a guiding star to the children of the academy, whose spiritual well being was her first thought, and she hoped to gain this end by fostering devotion to the Sacred Heart of our Lord.  But her influence was not confined to . . .






“The just shall be in everlasting memory"


My dearly beloved:  In justice to our dear departed one, and to you and to myself, I feel I should begin by telling you that it was three o'clock this morning when I was informed that I should have to speak.  I suppose the only reason I was asked to speak was because I happened to be the oldest acquaintance among the friends of our dear Sister.  One of the Fathers said to me, "You have a magnificent subject." . . .  It is an old and true saying that nothing must be said of the dead except what is good.  Only a calumniator could say anything of Sister Florian except what is good.  The trouble is that only a small part of the truth is brought before you this morning.


It is a great many years since I had the privilege of making the acquaintance of Sister Florian.  That day and that picture is still as clear in my mind as though it only occurred this morning; in fact, last night when I placed my hands on her cold hands, I felt as if she should speak to me as she did of old, when she stretched out both hands and said, "You are welcome to Fresno!" in such a way that none could doubt her sincerity.


I think to myself and have often remarked to others, that if we have in our church princes of whom we are proud, we also have princesses, one of whom was Sister Florian . . .


We hardly think Sister Florian needs your prayers, yet we must remember what Bishop Newman (who is soon to be canonized) said:  "Don't let people think I am holy, for I am not, if they think that they will not pray for me; so offer your prayers and your Ways of the Cross and have Masses offered for Sister Florian.  If she does not need prayers, she will exercise that charity which was her favorite virtue by transferring them to some soul in need.  And you dear children, in whose souls she instilled lessons of virtue, offer your little Hail Marys for Sister Florian, for perhaps these more than anything else will be the most acceptable.


Watertown Boys in Trouble

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Last Tuesday H. Gaebler, M. Baumann, R. Reutler, O. Hoyer, E. Melzer and A. Kuenzie, all students of Watertown, called on G. Schlei.  The boys were on a canoe trip from Portage to Lake Winnebago.  Just below Parkinson's a bad accident befell them.  The three canoes were being towed by Freitag's, when one of them suddenly upset.  In trying to save it a second one was upset also.  The boys experienced quite a loss as one of the canoes was loaded with supplies and their camp outfit, while four of the party were treated to a good scare and an unexpected bath. —Montello Express.


Burglars at Work Again

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Wednesday night burglars attempted to break open the safe in J. D. Casey's wagon and carriage work's office in Water Street.  They took tools from his blacksmith shop nearby and with a steel punch punched a whole [hole] in the safe lock.  Louis Dornfeld. who lives just north of the office, heard them at work and called the police, but before they arrived the burglars had slipped out.  There was nothing of value in the safe, and the burglars, had they succeeded in opening it, would have had their work for nothing.


Lawrence Wallace

1893 – 1986

02 17 1986


Lawrence C. Wallace, 93, formerly of 209 Herman Street, Watertown, died Monday [Feb 17, 1986] at Marquardt Memorial Manor following a brief illness.  He had made his home at the manor since 1976.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with the Rev. Philip Krogman of St. Henry's Catholic Church officiating.  Burial will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery.


Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.


Memorials are suggested to St. Henry's Catholic Church.


Wallace was born Oct. 4, 1893 in Dundee, Ill.  His wife, the former Etta Kaercher, preceded him in death Jan. 13, 1953.


Wallace had operated a barbershop on Fourth Street in Watertown for many years [Larry’s Barber Shop, 1027 N Fourth].  He was an Army veteran of World War I, and a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, Richwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, American Legion Post 189, and American Legion 40 & 8 Club.


Survivors include one son, Raymond (Marcella) of Janesville, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


He was further preceded in death by his parents, two sons, and two daughters.


Otto Auwers

1836 - 1910

Auwers, Otto, b. Jan 12, 1835, d. Jun 1, 1910

Watertown Gazette, 06 03 1910


Otto Auwers, 611 Second Street, died at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, June 1, 1910, of a complication of diseases.  He was taken ill about seven weeks ago, and gradually grew weaker and a few days before his death was afflicted with paralysis.  Some months before his death he broke his ankle which affected his entire system and led to other ailments 


Mr. Anwers was born at Hamberg,  Germany, January 12, 1836, and came to America with his parents when 14 years of age, locating in Mobile, Alabama, and then in Chicago, where he resided until coming to Watertown in 1866.  His first business venture in Chicago was a grocery store when he was 18 years of age.  He conducted this business a number of years and then started in the saloon business.  He sold out and he and his wife made a trip to Germany and returned again the same year and again engaged in the saloon business in Chicago, continuing in it there till he came to Watertown.


Deceased was one of Watertown's best known and most esteemed residents, and his death is learned of with much sorrow.  For many years be was engaged in business in West Main Street at Robert Woelffer's present stand, but for the past 10 years has led a retired life.


One daughter survives him, Mrs. Thed. Glaser, (nee Gossie Auwers).  In the death of Mr. Auwers, Watertown loses one of its best citizens, for he was a man who had a kind word for everybody and his happy greetings will be missed by all who knew him.  Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock his funeral will take place from his late home, and his remains will be interred in Oak Hill Cemetery. His wife, to whom he was married in 1853, died six years ago.



Watertown Daily Times, 05 27 1985


Grossman's Bargain Outlet Store [Grossman's Lumber], 1181 North Fourth Street, will close by June 2, according to an official of Evans Products, parent firm for the store.  The official said Watertown's store is one of six in the state which will be closed in the coming weeks and months.  The other five are located in Janesville, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Manitowoc.  The Grossman's official said all employees of the Watertown store will be offered the opportunity to work in the Janesville store until it is closed, and will also be offered severance pay.  Management people will be offered transfers to other locations within the company.


Mrs. Fred. C. Sydow

1844 - 1910

Watertown Gazette, 07 08 1910


Mrs. Fred C. Sydow, died at her home 509 Cole Street, on Tuesday last [July 5], aged 66 years.  Deceased was born April 11, 1844, in Germany, and came to this section of Wisconsin when a small child, and after being married on November 24, 1862, resided on a farm in the town of Watertown up to three years ago, when she and her husband removed to this city.  She was the mother of twelve children, six of whom and her husband survive her.  Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock her funeral will take place from the Moravian Church and the interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

  More on Mrs. Fred Sydow 

Mrs. Fred Sydow

12 22 1907


Mrs. Fred Sydow of 900 Fourth Street, met with a very serious accident shortly after 8:00 o'clock last evening while walking along Main Street, between Second and Third streets.  Shortly after leaving the Palace theatre, Mrs. Sydow slipped and fell on the sidewalk in such a manner as to fracture her hip.  Dr. R. B. Hoermann was summoned to the scene and the unfortunate lady was made as comfortable as possible after being removed to her home.  The injury is of a rather serious nature owing to the advanced age of Mrs. Sydow, who is sixty-three years of age.  The doctor was unable to say last evening what the outcome would be, other than that the injury was of a serious nature ...

  More on Fred Sydow 


Watertown Gazette, 07 29 1910


Fred O.[C?] Sydow died at the home of his son Frank Sydow, town of Watertown last week Wednesday night at about 10:30 o'clock.  He was an old resident of the town of Watertown, and a few years ago removed to this city.  About four weeks ago after the death of his wife he went to reside at his son’s home on the old homestead, town of Watertown.  A short time before he died he complained of a pain in his heart and fell over dead in his son's arms.  Deceased was born in Germany July 26, 1841, and in 1853 came to America and settled with his parents on a farm in the town of Watertown.  For several years he was supervisor and assessor of that town, and served two years as treasurer of Jefferson County.  He was the father of twelve children, six of whom survive him, being Robert of Trenton, Neb., Albert and Hugo of Grand Rapids, Wis., Frank town of Watertown, and Fred and Mrs. Eli Marquardt of this city.  Sunday afternoon his funeral took place from his son's residence to the Moravian Church at Ebenezer and his remains were interred in the Moravian cemetery.  Mr. Sydow was highly esteemed in this community and his sudden death is greatly regretted by a large circle of friends, for he was a most honorable man in every sense of the word and always led a good and useful life.


Watertown Civic Center

Watertown Daily Times, 06 17 1960


A plan which, if carried out, will take care of a new fire station, new police station, the post office building, and also provide different quarters for the recreation department will be presented to the city council at its meeting tonight.  It will be offered by the City Plan Commission, which has been delegated by the council to come up with some possible sites for a new post office building.  The commission's suggestions were informally presented to the city council yesterday afternoon when the council held its committee session.  No details of the plan were revealed at the city hall today, but it is understood that the plan encompasses a Watertown Civic Center which would include most of the square block bordered by Madison and Jones Streets, and North First and North Second Streets.


Vandals at Watertown Parks


Watertown Daily Times, 06 17 2000


The city is shelving for this year the idea of hiring an auxiliary police patrol to keep a lookout for vandals at Watertown parks.  “It is not going to happen.  There is no money budgeted for it this year,” said Park and Recreation Director John Steber.  But the patrol could become a reality in 2001.  “We will review with the police department what measures can be taken and addressed in the 2001 budget about possibly providing park security next year,” Steber said this week.


Cream Puff Recipe

Watertown Gazette, 09 30 1910


Put a pint of water into a saucepan, bring to a boil, and stir into it a half-pound of butter.  Bring again to the boiling point and beat in three-quarters of a pound of flour.  Stir all the time, and boil until the mixture no longer sticks to the sides of the sauce-pan.  This will take only a minute or two.  Remove from the fire the moment this point is reached, and set away to cool.  When cold, break into the mixture, one at a time, eight eggs, beating the batter for two minutes after each one is added.  Set the batter in the ice until very cold, then drop by the great spoonful upon pans lined with waxed paper. Bake in a steady oven until puffed and colored a golden brown.  When cold, cut a slit in the side of each puff and fill with whipped cream flavored to suit the taste.  Sprinkle with sugar and serve.


Revenue Cutters

Varied Duties of These Life Savers of the Seas

Watertown Gazette, 09 23 1910


No men in the employ of Uncle Sam render more efficient service than do those of the revenue cutter service.  The term "revenue," which would indicate that their duties were restricted to those pertaining to the proper enforcement of the revenue laws, can give but a faint notion of the varied duties of this splendid corps of men.  As a matter of fact, revenue cutters are the life savers of the seas.  They patrol the coasts on regular beats, on the watch for vessels in distress.  They must suppress mutinies, prevent smuggling and illicit seal hunting; they must examine ships' papers, enforce quarantine regulations, supply lighthouses and in general do all kinds of police work.  Then, too, they have been dubbed "the messenger boys of the seas." [the Revenue Cutter Service, as the Coast Guard was known variously throughout the late 18th and the 19th centuries, referred to its ships as cutters]


Alexander Hamilton was the father of the revenue cutter service, for it was under his administration of the treasury department that, in 1791, ten cutters were built and put in commission under rules of his own devising.  In time of peace the cutters are under the supervision of the treasury department, but in times of war they are transferred to that of the navy department.  Since the war of 1812 they have always rendered excellent service in the event of armed hostilities.  Everyone remembers the remarkable work done by the McCulloch, under Dewey, at the battle of Manila Bay. –New York Press.



Watertown Gazette, 09 16 1910


Marbles got their name from the fact that originally little bits of marble were rolled down the hills and rounded and pounded by other stones until they became toys for the children to play with.  It is said that the Dutch exported them to England.  Whether they did or not makes little difference to the boys and girls of today.  No matter who introduced the world to marbles as toys, they are with us and always will be.  Some of you get them from other children, some of you trade postage stamps for them, but some persons originally bought them from the little store around the corner, whose owner got them from the greatest toyshop in the world—Germany.  In the beginning marbles were called "bowls," and men and women played with them as well as children.—Dundee Advertiser.


Railroad's Oldest Conductor

Makes His Final Trip

Watertown Gazette, 09 16 1910


Charlie White, for Forty-Five Years With Milwaukee Road, is Dead


Charles J. White, the oldest conductor on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Road, died last Friday night at his home, 377 Twenty-eighth Street, Milwaukee.  He had been ill for a month.  Mr. White was 69 years of age.  He had been in the employ of the road for forty-five years, and had the run from Milwaukee to Madison.  He was born in Belleville Ont., and came to Wisconsin when a young man.  He was a soldier in the Civil War, serving with Co B., Eleventh Wisconsin.  After the close of the war he entered the employ of the railroad, with which he spent so many years.  He was granted an extended vacation early in the summer, and was never able to return to work.  Mr. White is survived by his wife . . .


Mr. White was probably the best known and most generally loved railroad conductor in Wisconsin.  Having run on the Madison division for over forty years, he made acquaintance of all the prominent politicians in the state, and was the friend alike of governors and humble travelers.  He had the faculty of getting acquainted with people, and everybody liked him and found him invariably courteous and absolutely honest.  None of the traveling public were more loyal friends to "Charlie" White then were the university students, and there are members of classes for two score years back who remember him.  For many years his train left Milwaukee at 7:15 o'clock in the morning, and returned at 3:45 in the afternoon . . .


UW Athletics

Watertown Gazette, 09 30 1910


Madison—An evolution in the organization of athletics at the University of Wisconsin is assured by George B. Ehlers, the new director of the department of physical training, who has just assumed charge of this department at the varsity.  He has already planned to materially increase the scope of all branches of athletic activities, and expects to place the physical training upon a plane which has never before been attained by the Badger institution.


The broadening of sports and the enlargement of the duties of the coaches and directors has been one of the chief features proposed by the new director since his arrival in Madison.  The selection of assistants has received his careful attention, too, and with the exception of two or three places, the appointments have all been made.  The department will be conducted by the following corps of instructors and coaches . . .


The Jefferson County Fair

Watertown Gazette, 09 23 1910


The great Jefferson County Fair will be held at Jefferson next week, beginning on Tuesday.


The exhibits in the regular departments, live stock, machinery, farm products, poultry, women's work and educational promise to exceed even the large number in former years.


In the speed department the entries are large and such Great Western drivers as Dean, Feuelon, DeRyder, Cain, Sterneman, Palmer and others will be seen on the track.  The races promise to be spirited and contested hard from

start to finish.


A special train from Janesville will be run on the forenoons of Wednesday and Thursday and from Watertown on Thursday, both returning in the evening.  There will be a special train on Thursday from Milwaukee, leaving there at 8 a.m. and returning in the evening and a special train will be run over the St. Paul road from Waukesha to Milton Junction and return, making connections with the special over the Northwestern.


State Fair

Watertown Gazette, 09 02 1910


Appeals to All Wisconsin Farmers to Aid



Butter and Cheese Shown Will Be Sold at the End of the Fair

and Proceeds Remitted to the Senders


Madison—The determination of the State Board of Agriculture to extend its dairy show, covering the fields of the breeder, milk producing dairy, cheesemaker, buttermaker, city milk distributor, milk condenser and evaporator, machinery manufacturer, package manufacturer and the educational side of the dairy industry as exemplified by the University of Wisconsin, has become a state-wide subject among farmers.


Laurens E. Scott of Stanley, one of the best known and most progressive dairymen of northern Wisconsin, will be in charge of the dairy exposition.


"The Wisconsin State Fair will offer the dairymen of Wisconsin the largest dairy show held in the west this year," he said, after an inspection of the dairy building at the state fair grounds.  "It will be the largest and best advertisement of Wisconsin's dairy products and dairy possibilities that has ever been brought together.


Frear Warns County Fairs


As a further measure of discouraging so-called "vaudeville" features at county fairs in Wisconsin, Secretary of State Frear sent to the secretaries of the various agricultural associations report blanks which contain a warning that there is a penalty in the law in case of untrue reports.  These reports form the basis for the state aid, 50 per cent, of the bona fide totals of premiums upon agricultural and domestic science exhibits being paid to the fair associations as a bonus.  The law provides that when state aid is given, the total of purses offered in "exhibitions of speed" shall not exceed one-third of the grand total of premiums.


The penalty for filing untrue statements of premiums is a fine of $50 to $500.

  More on State Fair 

Watertown Gazette, 09 02 1910


Complete arrangements have been perfected for the daily ascensions and flights of the Wright Airship at the State Fair, Sept. 12-16.  On one day a five mile race will take place between the airship and an automobile.  Mr. Hoxsey, who has recently gained much prominence as an aviator, will make the ascensions.

  More on State Fair 

Great Activity Means Big Fair

Watertown Gazette, 09 09 1910

Madison—The speed barns at the state fair grounds are already beginning to fill with trotters and pacers that will be seen in the $20,000 distribution of purses during fair week.  Nearly 100 horses have been stalled at the track.  These are some of those who have been campaigning hard on the Great Western circuit and come here for recuperation and to make ready for strenuous contests.  Trainers and drivers occupy the track daily from sunrise to sunset, there being now more than fifty entries on the grounds.


The work of beautifying the plaza and the greensward between the main entrance and the grandstand is well under way and the plaza will be known this year as "Wylie park," named after Superintendent George W. Wylie, who has arranged several beautiful flower beds, in addition to those planted by competing florists and gardeners.  Superintendent Wylie is arranging to turn the big grove south of the executive, educational and publicity buildings into a monster picnic grounds, and hundreds of tables and benches are being distributed in the forty-acre grove.

  More on State Fair 

Watertown Gazette, 09 09 1910


Members of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Association, Citizens' Business League and Manufacturers and Jobbers' Association began a campaign of advertising the state fair, and nearly 100,000 pieces of mail containing inserts calling attention to the concessions made by the railroads of a fare and half for the round trip, good for eight days, were sent out.  These tickets will be sold commencing September 12, and the time limit expires September 19.


Secretary John J. True and his office staff, with all records and blanks required during the fair, will leave Madison in a special car, and thereafter, until the fair closes, Mr. True and the working staff of the secretary’s office will be located at the fair.


Assemblyman Hughes

in Limelight Again

Watertown Gazette, 09 02 1910


Reeseville, Wis., Aug. 25.—By throwing himself between a train and a team of horses on Wednesday Assemblyman John F. Hughes, who became famous for his anti-rights law in the legislature several years ago, probably saved three lives.


This is the fourth time that Mr. Hughes has distinguished himself as a hero.


A carriage containing three young women, one of them Miss Krueger, daughter of the town clerk, was approaching the track, the young woman driving being unaware of the coming of a train.  Just in the nick of time Mr. Hughes ran into the street and succeeded in stopping them, although he was nearly crowded upon the track himself.