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Roger’s TV and Appliance

Watertown Daily Times, 04 15 1964


Roger’s T.V. and Appliance is now open for business at 402 Main Street.  Owner and operator is Roger Hamann.  Mr. Hamann prior to taking over his own business was employed at the Rex Draheim Firestone Store for the past 19 years.  He was a salesman and also worked in the repair department of the Draheim store. 


Sonder Martini Lounge and Coffee Bar

Watertown Daily Times, 04 18 2014


The Watertown Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new member Sonder Martini Lounge and Coffee Bar, 210 S. Water St.  The business will feature Door County coffee and tea, along with lattes, frappuccinos and fruit tea smoothies.  The drink menu includes a variety of drinks like birthday cake martinis, salted caramel martinis, margaritas, daiquiris and a wide variety of bloody marys.


G. Regensdorf

Watertown Democrat, 05 19 1864

1864 Spring & Summer


The undersigned is now receiving his stock of spring and summer goods, consisting of dry goods, Yankee notions, hat and caps, a large assortment of straw goods for ladies, misses and children.  Also a general assortment of groceries, all of which will be sold, as usual, cheap for cash.  G. Regensdorf, two doors north of the post office.


Watertown Democrat, 07 07 1864 


Crockery at Cost – As I am closing out this branch of my business, I am selling Crockery without regard to cost.  C. Regensdorf, 2 doors north of the post office.


1863 Dodge County Fair

Watertown Democrat, 10 15 1863


We passed an hour or two yesterday in wandering over the fair grounds at Juneau.  It was the poorest show of the kind Dodge County ever made.  The display was small in quantity and ordinary in quality.  The farmers seemed to keep their best productions at home.  Everybody who had anything on exhibition took a premium, for there was no competition.  The display of stock was fair and the trotting splendid and exciting.  The fastest horse was ruled off the track after he won the purse, which dissatisfied the crowd, but mightily pleased the owner of the horse who carried the prize in consequence.  No county in the state could have a better fair than Dodge, if the people would take hold of the matter with spirit and earnestness.


Advice to Young Men

Watertown Democrat, 10 08 1863


A lady who signs herself “A Martyr to Late Hours” offers the following sensible suggestion to young men:


Dear Gentlemen, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five:  Listen to a few gratuitous remarks.  When you make a social call on an evening on a young lady, go away at a reasonable hour.  Say you come at eight o’clock.  An hour and a half is certainly as long as the most fascinating of you in conversation can, or rather ought, to desire the use of your charms.  Two hours, indeed, can be very pleasantly spent with music, chess, or other games, to lend variety, but, kind sirs, by no means stay longer.  Make shorter calls and come oftener.


Just conceive the agony of a girl who, well knowing the feelings of father and mother upon the subject, hears the clock strike ten and yet must sit on the edge of her chair, in mortal terror of papa putting his oft-repeated threat in execution – that of coming down and inviting the gentleman to breakfast.


James McCall

Watertown Republican, 03 20 1900


James McCall, of Ixonia, is district agent for the J. L. Gates Land Company, Milwaukee, which offers splendid inducements to locate in Clark, Chippewa, and Wood counties.  Lands of a highly tillable nature can be purchased for from $5 to $10 per acre on easy terms.  It is claimed that the state affords no more desirable section of agricultural pursuits than this.  Young farmers are urged to investigate.  Mr. McCall will be pleased to give them information.


Richwood Stone Quarry

Watertown Republican, 03 20 1900


The stone quarry on the Uehling farm near Richwood, owned by Racek & Maldaner, is about to begin operations.  The necessary machinery to quarry and crush the stone was put in some time ago, and the Milwaukee road has just completed a spur track to the premises, so that now everything is in readiness to fill orders.  It is said that the stone is of a very good quality and will be used extensively in street improvements.


Home of M/M C. A. Vaughn

Watertown Republican, 03 20 1900


The home of Mr. And Mrs. C. A. Vaughn, Seventh ward, was the scene of a merry gathering Saturday evening, the guests being a coterie of young folk who piled themselves into a wagon embedded with hay and straw and enjoyed a ride to their destination. They were most hospitably received and an evening of rare pleasure was had with dancing and games, at the conclusion of which an excellent supper was served.


Lew and Clif Parks

Watertown Leader, 07 27 1906


While Lew and Clif Parks were enroute to Kilborn, at which point they intended to embark with their boat on the Wisconsin River, their train was delayed for a time at Rio. While waiting, the conductor who is a ventriloquist thought he would have some fun with the passengers and opened a supposed conversation with a lad on the truck of one of the coaches. The lad in reply to a question stated that he was trying to reach St. Paul to see his mother who was very sick and not expected to live. Lew being sympathetic approached the car and began questioning the lad and becoming interested and anxious to see the lad, peered under the coach from which the voice was supposed to come, but no lad was there and he will not know that he was talking with the conductor until he returns home and reads this item.


Fred Marlow Barn Destroyed


IXONIA – A barn on the residence property of Fred Marlow was destroyed by fire this afternoon.  The blaze is supposed to have started from a spark from a railway engine.  For a time the Marlow residence was threatened and fire started in the gentleman’s lumber yard a couple of times.  The house was saved after quite a struggle.  It was with considerable difficulty that some horses in the barn were saved.  The loss is estimated at about $400.  A call was sent for the Watertown fire department, but later word was sent that the presence of the fire fighters was not necessary as the flames were under control.   WLeader


Hopkins Gear Street Car Co.

Watertown Leader, 07 27 1906


Considerable excitement prevailed in the city yesterday, due to the fact that the plant of the Hopkins Gear Street Car Company was locked and Mr. Hopkins was out of the city.  A great deal of wild and uncharitable rumors were put in circulation, concerning the affairs of the institution. Some of the employees became alarmed to the extent that their claims for wages were turned over to some of the local attorneys, for collection. This was not only true with the employees, but to some of the business institutions which have had dealings with the Hopkins concern. 


Fast and Furious Driving

Watertown Leader, 08 03 1906


Sunday evening William Engelhardt was arrested by Police Officer Butzler for fast and furious driving on the streets of the city to the danger of pedestrians.  Yesterday morning he was arraigned before Judge Henze and not denying the charge lodged against him, was fined $5 and cost which he paid and departed a poorer but wiser man, having learned the officers of the city take note of the infractions of the ordinances.


Sunday evening, Dan Donovan of Waterloo amused himself driving upon the streets in this city in a reckless manner and yesterday Chief Block armed with a warrant charging him with violating the state ordinance went to Waterloo and gathered him in.  Upon their arrival here the chief introduced him to Judge Henze who made inquiry, and being satisfied that the law had been ignored requested him to dig ;up $5, coin of the realm, pay the costs or go down to a Jefferson for arrest.  He dug up the money, paid the costs and returned to Waterloo with no love in his heart for Watertown.


Petticoats and Freedom

Watertown Leader, 08 03 1906


“We are never going to be free so long as we wear petticoats.  Women will never have perfect freedom in dress until she wears something like the gymnasium costume.  I am not advocating them for the present day, but perhaps in a century they will grow up to it.”  These and similar sentiments were expressed by Miss Abby Shaw Mayhew, assistant professor of physical training at the University of Wisconsin lecture to the women students of the summer session yesterday.  Miss Mayhew discussed the various dress reforms and fashion fads, recommending or condemning according to their comfort and hygiene.  Half-sleeves, low neck, peek-a-boo waists, spats, round garters, and of course the real enemy of dress reform, the corset came in for their share of praise or blame.


Peerless Auto

Watertown Leader, 08 03 1906


John Van Nortdeck, a paper manufacturer of Appleton, with two friends passed through Watertown yesterday on their way to Chicago, the trip being made in a thirty-five horsepower Peerless auto. The distance from Appleton here is ninety-two miles, which denotes they made very good time.


Politicians Will Bat the Air

Watertown Leader, 08 03 1906


One gets tired of so much political balderdash he hears these days.  The talk that a few men can control the political action of the four hundred and fifty thousand voters in this state is the very superlative of asinine nonsense.  There never was a period in the history of the state when a larger number of voters were doing their own thinking than now, and time has long past when a man can sway the masses to such an extent as to defeat any man or several men by abusing them from the rostrum.  There are going to be many surprises in this state this fall and the men who stand for the rights of people will be will be successful without regard to the party that they represent, so it will be the people who nominate them and the people who elect them and the politicians will bat the air


H. F. Siebert

From the back of a print [DGCGS_001_656]:


Art Gallery of H. F. Siebert, Watertown, Wis.

Studio: N. E. Corner, Second and Madison Streets [today BMO Harris Bank]

Duplicates can be had at any time.

The negative of this photo is preserved and can be reduced to the smallest locket or enlarged to life size and finished in crayon, India ink or water color.


Bartz & Kuenzi

Watertown Gazette, 04 23 1914


Frank Bartz and Alfred Kuenzi opened a new meat market under the firm name of Bartz & Kuenzi in the Ruesch building at 201 North Water Street, on Wednesday morning.  Both are well posted in this line of business and intend to conduct a first-class meat market.  They solicit a share of the patronage of our people.  The Gazette wishes the new firm success.  Mr. Bartz is the old reliable meat market man who for 20 many years held a position in the meat market at 208 West Main Street.


Edward Gritzner

Watertown Gazette, 05 04 1900


Tuesday evening of last week while insane, Edward Gritzner, who resided with his parents in the Sixth ward near the city limits, slashed his parents with a razor in a frightful manner.  He assaulted his mother first, cutting her frightfully in the face, and then turned his attention to his father who endeavored to prevent him from injuring the mother.  He cut his father very seriously in the face and arms, and then after trying to swallow some dry Paris green, picking up a rope, started across the marsh near by for the woods.  The police officers and sheriff were at once notified and search was kept up all day Friday without results, and it was feared that he might have committed suicide.  Saturday morning the search was resumed, and shortly after noon Police Officer Eiffler and Elmer Kreuger caught him as he was about to enter his home in the 6th ward.  He accompanied them quietly to the police station and the sheriff of Dodge County was notified, who took him to the Oshkosh insane asylum that evening . . .


The Sensible Girl

Watertown Gazette, 05 04 1900


No girl can afford, either for her own surest happiness or for the comfort of mind of him whom she marries, to wed the young man during the formative period of his life, which is between twenty and twenty five.  And she who withholds from a young man her consent to marriage until he has reached the first year of the beginning of wisdom she is a mighty sensible little body, and acts in a manner which she will never have cause to regret as long as God gives her and her husband life.


My Business was with Saloon Men . . .


Watertown Gazette, 05 04 1900


DEAR EDITOR: —Enclosed I send you a clipping, "They Say" which "hits" many Watertown people just right, and although its refers only to women, it is equally applicable to some of the Watertown men, who with astonishment magnification tell their wife of every thing transpiring in the saloon or at the public gathering, (being careful not to tell of what they said or did) while the wife who listens with eyes and mouth wide open in her eagerness for something to gossip, will set the ball rolling, oft'times before breakfast the following morning, by "delivering the news over the fence."  Doing a business trip at Watertown, I went into a saloon and there met as I supposed, and he pretended, a friend, who by "sponging" managed to appease if not quench his 14 karat thirst.  When I departed I was convinced that I was in the company of the "human hog" but was greatly surprised to learn later, (for such things will come back) that this selfsame hog had referred to me as a spendthrift.  This was only one, there are others.  Now, the particulars of the case, are these:  My business was with saloon men, my ability in getting orders warranted my firm to allow me a liberal amount above my hotel and railroad expenses, to spend in saloons, as they believed in "live and let live," and I merely did what I was paid and hired to do, i.e.: get orders and spend money, and I


Hopkins Gear Street Car Co.

Watertown Weekly Leader, 08 24, 1906


There was a report on the street last evening to the effect that the stock holders and officers of the Hopkins Gear Street Car Co. were in the city and that it was their intention to liquidate all claims against the company and resume work.  It is to be hoped the rumor is true, and that the company will be sufficiently financed to enable it to go ahead and complete what it has undertaken and make a success of the project and in the near future have a large force at work in its machine shop and foundry.


Stone Crusher Sold

Watertown Weekly Leader, 08 24, 1906


The city authorities last week sold the stone crusher, which for several years has been standing on the banks of Rock River below the dam, to the Fort Atkinson common council for $300.  The crusher has not been used by the city to any extent since it was purchased, owing to the difficulty experienced in getting stone crushed at reasonable prices.  Our officials under the circumstances considered it cheaper to purchase crushed stone than to endeavor to do it themselves — Jefferson Banner.


Can you blame them especially in view of the present extreme hot weather?  Then it would not be at all dignified for the Jefferson officials to “do it themselves.”


Mrs. Thomas Williams

Watertown Republican, 11 30 1898


Mrs. Thomas Williams, of the town of Emmet, met with a painful accident last Thursday morning.  She was seated near a stove combing her hair and in throwing the hair forward it struck the stove and caught fire, blazing up into her face, with the result that her face and hands were severely burned.  Dr. Moulding was called to relieve her suffering.  Mrs. Williams was preparing to start on a visit to relatives near Fond du Lac.  She is about 60 years of age.


Forane Conservatory of Music

Watertown Republican, 10 23 1895


On Thursday, November 7, the children's singing class will be instituted at the Forane Conservatory of Music.  This class will afford parents an excellent chance to give the children a thorough knowledge of the fundaments of vocal art at very reasonable terms, as only $5 will be charged for the entire season, ending May 14, next.  Mr. Forane promises to cultivate this class to a pleasing degree of singing ability.


Held Up and Robbed

Watertown Gazette, 07 16 1914


Charles Seidel, a farm hand employed around Delafield for several years past, was taken in tow by two strangers last Monday evening and held up and robbed of $16.65, all the money he had on his person.  Seidel arrived in this city on a late car and met the two strangers who said to him “Come along with us, we will take you to our boarding house.”  When they reached the corner of Second and Milwaukee streets the fellows hit Seidel over the head and then pulled revolvers on him while they relieved him of his money.  He screamed loudly for help, but his assailants managed to escape.  Seidel found lodging in the police station the balance of the night and on Tuesday morning accompanied Chief of Police Block to Portage, where two suspicious characters were arrested, but were not the highwaymen wanted.


War on the Abominable Blackboards

Watertown Republican, 05 11 1898


War is being made in some quarters on the abominable blackboards in use in public schools very generally, says the Chicago Evening News.


It is a well-established fact that the worst color on the eyes is black, and even tailors, when men's clothing used to be made by hand, were accustomed to charge more for making a suit of black clothes than any other, for the reason that the color was so much more injurious to the eyes.


Experiments in the color of so-called blackboards have been made for the view of determining what color is least injurious to the eyes of children, and it has been proved that some shade of cream white, a dead surface of soft, mellow tint, varied in its degree of whiteness to suit the quality and quantity of light, is preferable to all or any other.  The crayons to be used on such boards should be of a clear, sky-blue color, a canary orange or a clear, dark green.


In schools where this modern board has been introduced in place of the old black surface, with its white chalk, there has been not only an improvement in the eyes of the children who have had to use such boards, but a great increase in the amount of attention they have given to exercises on the board, by reason of the greater ease with which their interest could be retained. 


When so much can be so easily accomplished it seems almost criminal to retain in use the old black board – it has done injury enough to entitle it to be retired.



Watertown Republican, 05 18 1898


The United States treasury is now paying out gold over its counters in lieu of paper currency, because it has so much free gold on hand and more is constantly coming in the course of ordinary business.  This is an object lesson to the nations of the world, on the financial strength and resources of the United States.


Herman Ohm

Watertown Gazette, 05 18 1899


Thursday afternoon of last week at about 3 o'clock a horse and buggy, the property of Herman Ohm, of the town of Watertown was stolen from in front of Ohm Bros. saloon on Second Street.


The owner went into the saloon and was bargaining for another horse, when the horse thief untied the horse left s standing in front of the saloon and drove off.  A member of the family saw him, but supposed he was told to do so.  The officials of the surrounding country were at once notified of the theft, and our police officers immediately went to work on the case, with the result that on Sunday evening Chief of Police Block received a message from Oconomowoc that a man had been arrested there on suspicion of being the thief.  Monday morning Mr. Block took the early train for Oconomowoc, and brought the suspect to this city.  He took him before Justice Henze, and gave his name as Herman Mueller.  He claims to have bought the rig from a man that he met on the road east of this city, but his testimony on that point looks as though he did some very tall lying, as the rig was in the city at the time he says he bought it from a man on the road.


Dead Ashes in Dreams

Watertown Republican, 04 05 1898


The women are telling of an Atchinson man who treated his wife with indifference and cruelty in their early married life.  They say he is now down on his knees blowing into the dead ashes of her love trying to revive a spark of affection for him.  How women love to picture a man in such an attitude!  It is probably the dream of every neglected wife that some day her husband will try to warm his hands like a frozen Cupid at the fires of her love, and will find only dead ashes there.  There is enough dead ashes in the average woman's dreams to macadamize a road. – Atchinson Globe.


Stallman Grocery

Watertown Republican, 04 26 1899


G. A. Stallman, in company with Louis, will shortly remove to the Buchheit block, corner of [116 S] Third and Market streets, where they will open up one of the most complete stocks of fancy groceries in southern Wisconsin.  Very roomy quarters, and every convenience known in the line of modern improvements will be made use of.


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Watertown Gazette, 08 04 1899


The telephone in Stallman Bros. grocery store keeps up almost an incessant ringing during business hours.  The “disturbance” is the result' of hundreds of telephone orders for groceries received during the day.  Everyone who has tried Stallman’s knows they will fill telephone orders just as satisfactorily as if the goods were ordered after a careful inspection by the purchaser.  The number of the old system is 67. The new phone not in yet.


A Copious Rain

Watertown Republican, 05 02 1899


A copious rain came down Thursday night to cheer the hearts of the husbandman and housekeeper.  The ground was very dry and nearly all the cisterns in the city were empty.  But the thunder and lightning were of the crackling, lurid sort, and gave one anything but a comfortable feeling.  One particular crash sounded much as though all the crockery ware in the city had been stacked up in one big pile on Main Street and then struck by a twenty—ton trip-hammer.


The telephone service came in for a large share of destruction, many subscribers being cut off and a number of toll lines burned out.


The arc lights went out early in the evening, but those on the east side were turned on shortly after the storm subsided.  The west siders were not so fortunate, pedestrians beings obliged to plod their way home as best they could without aid of electricity.


The house of Reinhold Block, in the Sixth ward, was struck by lightning . . . Henry Zastrow, of Lebanon, lost a barn and stack of straw, which were destroyed by fire from lightning.  The barn on the farm of Wm. Albright, in the town of Milford was struck by lightning.  A portion of the cupola, as well as part of the roof, was set on fire, but with a few pails of water the fire was extinguished without having done much damage.


"Petroleum-Finished" Highways

Watertown Republican, 04 19 1899


"Petroleum-Finished" highways are becoming quite popular in Texas.  A representative of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports having driven over a fine stretch of roadway which was treated, last fall, to a dressing of crude petroleum, after the manner suggested by an Iowa experiment.  The result in Fort Worth was that during some five succeeding months of drought, when most of .the other thoroughfares were enveloped in dust, the one referred to was always free from that nuisance; and when the drought was broken by a heavy rain, and the other streets became temporarily almost impassable with mud, the "petroleum-finished" remained dry and pleasant to travel.


Leo Polzin

Watertown Republican, 05 02 1899


R. C. Lehmann, who purchased the stock of drugs formerly owned by Leo Polzin, deceased, is packing up his goods and will remove them to Johnson Creek, where he intends to open up a first-class drug store.  Mr. Lehmann is a bright young man, has a most complete assortment of everything in the drug line, and will undoubtedly meet with good success in that bustling little town.


Why should Benjamin marry Annie?

Watertown Gazette, 04 14 1899


A Third ward youth sprung the following on his lady love one evening last week:

"Why should Benjamin marry Annie?

Because he would be Benni-fitted, she Annie-mated."

She had to be resuscitated.


Watertown’s Riverfront Plan

Watertown Daily Times, 03 24 2004


A workshop on Watertown’s riverfront plan was held Tuesday night in an effort to set priorities and focus on the long-term renovation project.  “Initially, just the river walk was the focus of the project but now we have expanded our scope to include land use,” Greg Flisram, of Vandewalle & Associates, said.  “We want to make sure the project ties in with the historic feel of the downtown.”  Draft plans for the project split the river walk into three areas, with phase one, or the central segment, stretching from Main to Milwaukee streets.  Flisram said it is beneficial to start with the central portion of the walkway because it already surrounds a major hub of activity with nearby patrons at the library, The Market shopping center and Watertown Senior and Community Center.


Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Zimmermann

Watertown Daily Times, 04 12 1964


Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Zimmermann, 1403 Thomas Avenue, have accepted the request of The World Brotherhood Exchange to serve from May until August of this year in the Ethiopian mission field of the American Lutheran Church.  Dr. Zimmermann will be the surgeon in charge of a well-equipped hospital which was built by the Italians during their occupation of Ethiopia in World War II.  This hospital, which has been without a doctor for the past four months, is located near Axum, Ethiopia.  According to tradition, Axum is the ancient capital where the Queen of Sheba once ruled.  After Dr. Zimmermann’s tour of service ends in August another volunteer doctor from the state of Oregon will replace him.


Creative Community Living Services, Inc.

Watertown Daily Times, 03 31 2004


“Our dream was to create an agency that would last as long as us, maybe longer,” Jon Nelson said recently as he was honored for his years of service to Creative Community Living Services, Inc.  And Nelson managed to do just that. Nelson, one of the founding fathers of Creative Community Living Services, Inc. was honored on March 15 as he retired from the CCLS board of directors.  His vision helped create an organization that provides individualized community supports for people with disabilities.  In 1973, Nelson helped create a mission to preserve and enhance the dignity and rights of those who must rely on others as they seek their own level of independence.  Over 30 years later. Creative Community Living Services, Inc. continues to provide supports to more than 700 individuals statewide.


Henry Schempf and his sore foot.

Watertown Republican, 01 02 1900


Henry Schempf is occupying his time in caring for his sore foot.  Last Saturday while unloading tubs of butter from his wagon the cover of a 70 pounder came off, letting the edge of the tub fall upon the instep of his right foot.  When the doctor was called the next day the foot was badly swollen and he could not decide whether any bones were broken or misplaced.  A pair of crutches are helps to him in getting around the house.


Henze Property

Watertown Daily Times, 08 05 1964


Plans to acquire the property of Mrs. August Henze, 110 North Fifth Street and utilize it for parking purposes, as part of the city’s master plan now that the Madison Street area has been opened between North Fourth and North Fifth Streets, were started at last night’s common council meeting.  Alderman George Shephard sponsored a resolution authorizing Mayor Robert P. White to negotiate with Mrs. Henze for the property and report back to the council.


Common Council Proceedings

Watertown Democrat, 08 11 1864 


Alderman Dennis introduced the account of F. Hartwig, $14, for sheep killed by dogs.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.


By Ald. Moak, petition of citizens of Second Street, First Ward, for an ordinance entitled “An Ordinance for the construction of a sidewalk on Second Street, from Milwaukee Street to Clyman Street.”  Ordinance read third time and passed.


Watertown Democrat, 08 18 1864 


The following accounts were introduced against the city General Fund:  A. Bornschein for extra work on Smith’s bridge, $8; account of E. D. Coe for lumber for Main Street bridge, $23.32; Edward Johnson, oil and sundries for [Fire] Engine Co., $6.44, D. and F. Kusel for lanterns, $7; account of C. Marquart, $1, and of F. Hempel & Co., $8, both for provisions furnished to paupers.


By Ald. Graves, chairman of Committee on Streets and Bridges, report of Boughton bridge construction.   On motion of Ald. Rogan the same was recommitted to ascertain how far the city is liable to the workmen on said bridge.


Brick House with Wood Addition

Watertown Democrat, 09 01 1864


A brick house with wood addition and two lots in a pleasant and convenient location in the 1st ward is for sale. 


For terms, inquire of Amos Baum, at the Bank of Watertown.


John Canning’s New Store

Watertown Democrat, 04 21 1864


Mr. John Canning has moved his store to Basford’s Block, on the south side of Main Street, where he is now receiving a splendid stock of new spring goods, consisting of all the latest styles and fashions.  He has a full and carefully selected assortment and can now furnish his customers with any article desired.


Watertown Democrat, 07 07 1864


John Canning’s New Store.  A splendid stock of new goods at Canning’s new store, under the Robinson House.  John Canning, proprietor.


Watertown Democrat, 09 01 1864


WANTED.  A first class German clerk.  None but experienced hands need apply, to whom a liberal salary will be given.  – John Canning.


John Canning’s People’s Cheap Store

Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1865  


Dry goods at regular smash down panic prices arriving daily at John Canning’s People’s Cheap Store.  Mohairs, Alpacas, Merinos, Silks, Shawls, DeLaines, Ladies cloths, etc.  Bought on a gold basis of 180 at the recent panic auction sales in New York City for this house by Edward McKey of Janesville and will be sold correspondingly now by John Canning, Watertown.


Watertown Democrat, 03 02 1865  


SELLING OUT – We call attention to Mr. John Canning’s new advertisement announcing that he is now selling out his entire stock of dry goods at largely reduced prices.  Now is the time to buy cheap at this store.


Mr. M. Bock of Emmet

Watertown Republican, 09 01 1864


Mr. M. Bock, of Emmet, was quite badly injured late last night in a runaway which occurred on his return home after securing an undertaker to take charge of the remains of his step-daughter, Miss Louisa Gramow.  When nearing the corner of Main and Second streets the team became unmanageable and in turning into North Second Street dumped the occupants, Mr. Bock, his hired man and Undertaker Otto Nowack, out of the sleigh.   The former was hurled against the telephone pole and received large gashes in the head.  The other gentlemen were also shaken up.  Mr. Bock was conveyed to John Gebhard's boarding house for the night and Dr. Feld attended to his injuries.


Troupe of Palmists

Watertown Republican, 04 20 1898


The troupe of "palmists" who held forth in one of the stores of the CoJe block last week met with a good patronage and furnished a light form of amusement in a harmless and polite way. The past, present and future of our people was professed to be told, and it was said that in some instances the "nail was hit on the head" quite successful.  There will perhaps always remain just enough adventure and superstition in the modern creature to cater to such "arts" as these persons exemplified.


Dr. F. J. Toussaint

Watertown Republican, 05 18 1898


The Milwaukee-Alaska Gold Dredge and Mining Company, of which our former townsman, Dr. F. J. Toussaint, is manager, started its expedition for the Alaskan gold fields from Milwaukee at 12:35 Monday morning, passing through this city over the St. Paul Road at 1:45.


The expedition utilized two cars — a tourist sleeper and a baggage car.  The route to the Pacific coast was over the Great Northern Railway and Seattle was expected to be reached last night . . . . Included in the members of the expedition are Drs. Frank J. and Jacob J. Toussaint, sons of our late townsman, J. J. Toussaint; George R. Williams, a former Pipersville boy; Frank Lewis, son of E.R. Lewis of Pipersvi1le, and Sim Robinson, of this city, who is engaged as cook for the party.


The members of the party expect to be absent over a year, and to provide for their families meanwhile an emergency fund of $10,000 is on deposit in a Milwaukee bank , each member being privileged to draw $40 per month for his family's support . . .

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Watertown Republican, 09 26 1899


Watertown's well-known colored resident, S. J. Robinson, returned Friday from the Klondike country, wither he went in the spring of '98 with the expedition sent out by the Milwaukee-Alaska Gold Mining and Dredging company.  Sim served as cook for the party.  He is not very enthusiastic over that frigid country as a place of permanent abode and seems to prefer this climate.  He says the temperature up there often goes as low as 60 degrees below zero and that it takes the utmost precaution to prevent portions of one’s body from freezing.  The company, he says, has found but little gold as yet, and taken all together the conditions and the prospects are not very favorable for people without means.


George Hawkins Held Up

Watertown Republican, 05 18 1898


While on his way home from the Northwestern depot about 9:30 o'clock last Wednesday night, George Hawkins was held up by two men on the corner of Clyman and Ninth streets, one block from his home.


At the point of a revolver Mr. Hawkins was ordered to hold up his hands, after which the robbers hit him in the head with the butt end of the revolver several times, knocking him down and stunning him.  They then went through his clothes, taking his gold watch, about $10 in money, a bunch of keys, several papers and a memorandum book.  The papers were recovered near the spot the next morning.  After getting through with the victim the highwaymen ran toward the St. Paul Railway tracks and Mr. Hawkins hurried to the nearest telephone to summon the police. A search was made for the criminals, but without success.  The police seem satisfied the work was that of home talent, but Mr. Hawkins is inclined' to believe that his assailants were tramps . . .


Don’t let your appendix go

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1914


Don’t let your appendix go, as you will be badly off without it, says Dr. Bullard of Pennsylvania.  This has been the claim of Dr. Karass, the German specialist, as fully 90 per cent of the cases of appendicitis can and should be cured without the knife. 


Dr. Karass treats all chronic diseases, and will be in his office at the Waukesha Hotel on August 31st and each week thereafter.


Half the World and Its People at War

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1914


London.—More than one-half of the world and its people are involved in the great war now spreading over all Europe.


That is not a broad statement or a glittering generality.  Stupendous, stunning as it may appear at first glance, a study of statistics will show it to be a fact that over fifty per cent of the earth's area, land and sea, and slightly in excess of fifty per cent of the world’s population are directly concerned in the conflagration.


Roughly, there are about 56,000,000 square miles of the world’s land area.


The powers now at war and their colonies occupy approximately 28,982,996 square miles, a trifle more than half the total.  The seas of the world are controlled by the powers in about the same proportion as the land.


Whitaker’s London Almanac estimates the world’s total population in 1912 at 1,623,300,000 people.  The warring powers and their colonies contain 898,440,000 people, considerably more than one-half.


With so much of the world controlled by the warring nations, no grand division of the earth, no continent and none of the great oceans is without the very real possibility of becoming a battle ground for conflict between the nationals of the contending powers.


Opera House Sold.

Watertown Gazette, 09 03 1914


The Waterloo Opera House was sold recently by J. D. Knowlton to Ira R. Rood, two pieces of residence property in Watertown being given in part payment.  The Opera House is a credit to Waterloo, and one of the best buildings for the purpose to be found in towns of the size of Waterloo.  Several thousand dollars have been invested in rebuilding and refinishing during the year.


Found Hanging.


Last Saturday Mrs. Augusta Becker, aged 75 years, committed suicide at her home, 1211 Main Street, by hanging herself in a woodshed on the premises.  Her son found her body about 7 o’clock Saturday evening.  Two years ago her husband, the late Chas. Becker, ended his life in a similar manner and since then she brooded considerably over it.  Two sons and two daughters survive her.  Her remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery Wednesday afternoon.


John D. Bullock Dies.


Watertown Gazette, 09 10 1914


JEFFERSON, Wis., Sept. 9.—John D. Bullock, one of the old settlers of Jefferson County, died here last night.  He was born at Ephrata, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1836, and came to Wisconsin in 1861.  He was a member of the assembly from 1878 to 1881, and sheriff of Jefferson county in 1887, being the first Republican elected to the latter office since before the war.  During the last seventeen years he served as special United States revenue agent, a position he recently resigned.  His widow and only daughter, the wife of Circuit Judge George Grimm, survive him.


Lecture on Marsh Soils

Watertown Gazette, 09 17 1914


Madison, Wis., Sept. 11, 1914

Editor, Watertown Gazette,

Watertown, Wis.

Dear Editor:  An important meeting will be held at the Inland Stock Farm, two and one-half miles north of Watertown, on Thursday afternoon at 1:30, September 17th.  This farm, as you know, is owned by Theodore Lehman.  The results of important investigations with marsh soils will be announced at this gathering and information given as to the proper methods of managing low land soils.


Lectures will be followed by field demonstrations in which the facts concerning soil fertility and crop production will be strikingly illustrated.  The demonstrations will be free to everyone interested.  W. W. Weir of the College of Agriculture will be in charge of the meeting.


Very truly yours,

A. W. Hopkins, Agricultural Editor


Family Steam Carriage

Watertown Democrat, 09 08 1864


The marvel of the age, Prof. Austen’s celebrated and newly invented FAMILY STEAM CARRIAGE for common roads has been procured at great expense for the Great Ocean Circus and will herald the company, self-propelled, through the principal streets of every place where the circus exhibits, at about 11 o’clock on the morning of arrival, and will be gratuitously displayed in full operation before the audience in the ring at every performance. 


It steams noiselessly and unweariedly at thirty miles an hour on the public highways, occasionally stopping for a bucket of water; and more docile than a horse, it halts instantly, turns deviously, or proceeds at funeral pace at the bid of its driver.


The Great Ocean Circus at Watertown on September 15, 1864.


Mrs. Hannah Moak

Watertown Democrat, 09 15 1864


Died.  In Cairo, Green County, N.Y., on the 9th, Mrs. Hannah Moak, wife of William T. Moak of this city. 


A few weeks since, with her husband and children, Mrs. Moak left this city on a visit to her Eastern relatives and now comes the sudden and sad intelligence that she will return to her Western home no more.  She was a devoted member of the Methodist Church, and though singularly unobtrusive and retiring in her habits, she will long be remembered as one whose heart and hand were ever actively engaged in every good work.


A Very Peculiar Egg


Watertown Gazette, 09 17 1914


Joseph Robinson has a very peculiar egg in his possession.  It is a hen's egg and much less oblong than eggs are naturally, and when touched with the end of a finger will pull with considerable force and when the finger is removed, will rock for several seconds before becoming quiet.  He has it in his barbershop in the basement of the Stone building, comer of Main and First streets and is certainly a curiosity.


Theodore Huber's Delivery Horses

Watertown Republican, 04 13 1898


Yesterday morning one of Theodore Huber's delivery horses, hauling a load of lumber, attempted to run away through Main Street. The driver succeeded in getting him under control at Third Street corner, but previous to that the horse ran into a cart belonging Fred Blosfeldt, throwing him to the ground and slightly damaging the rig.


Melzer's Seed House

Onion Sets and Top Onions

Watertown Republican, 04 20 1898


Ha! Ha! Ha!  Have you seen the onion sets and top onions which some of the stores are offering for sale this spring?  These sets are only common small onions which will turn into seeds and the red top onions are nothing but weeds.  So when you are in need of genuine onion sets, top onions or seed of any kind, and don't want to be disappointed, buy them at Melzer's seed house.


Herman P. Bahr

Watertown Gazette, 09 24 1914


Wrote Much Insurance.  Herman P. Bahr of Watertown was one of four agents of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of Madison to receive recognition as a leader in personal insurance production during the past year, and he was awarded the trophy “Cross of the Old Guard” at the annual meeting held recently in Madison.  He also read a paper on “Making Insurance Attractive to Young Men.”  The Guardian Life produced $1,700,000 of new insurance during the year ending August 31, a gain of $100,000 over the previous year.


Mr. Goodlette (Mr. Goodie)


SUGGESTION RECEIVED:  I think it would be interesting to hear the story of Mr. Goodlette (also known as Mr. Goodie) who was a Fuller Brush salesman, taught music in his home, and was one of the first African Americans to live in Watertown.


Home and business location.  


Badger State Magnetic Appliance Co

208 E Main Street

Watertown Republican, 01 23 1895


The staff of the Badger State Magnetic Appliance Company extend a cordial invitation to the citizens of Watertown and vicinity to call and inspect their treatment parlors at 208 Main Street, opposite Schempf Bros. dry goods store, where they have elaborately equipped rooms for the treatment of all forms of chronic disease without the aid of medicine.  They employ the finest forces of nature, such as static electricity, ozone and hot-dry-vapor inhalations, eIectro-thermaI and other cabinet baths, actinic treatment for eye and ear, and chromopathic treatment for the application of the cure-forces to the cure of disease.  To witness the operation of their large statical electrical machines will alone amply repay the trouble of a call.   WR


M. Hoffmann

Watertown Gazette, 09 28 1894


M. Hoffmann, an old resident of this city, who has for years carried on the weaving of carpets at his home on West Main Street, suicided by hanging himself with a small rope to a hook in a room in the rear of his workshop on last Monday morning.  He was around as usual that morning and at about 10:30 o'clock he was found hanging in the room above stated.  He was 69 years of age and leaves a wife and two sons. Despondency is supposed to have driven him to the rash act.


New Reliable Meat Market

112 Second Street

Watertown Republican, 12 28 1898


Zoelle & Buth, proprietors of the New Reliable Meat Market at 112 Second Street, earnestly solicit a share of the public's patronage, promising painstaking service and the best meats and provisions the market affords.  A stock of the celebrated Jefferson home-cured hams is kept constantly; also other leading goods.  Give the new firm a call.  You will be treated right.


Heir to a Large Fortune

Watertown Republican, 11 30 1898


Gottlieb Gerbitz, of this city, received a communication from Germany through Pastor Strasen, of Watertown, stating that he has fallen heir to a large fortune in Germany and telling him how to proceed to obtain it.  Albert Schwantes, the blacksmith, is also an heir to the fortune and has been notified.  The matter has been placed in the hands of Judge Christiansen by Messers. Gerbitz and Schwantes and full particulars will be obtained in a short time.


Wedding Rehearsal

Watertown Republican, 11 21 1894


One of the oddest customs in modern society is that of the conducting of a rehearsal of the wedding ceremony in church.  It gives a curiously theatrical air to the event, and surely does something to lessen the solemnity of what should be the most sacred moment in two lives.  This preliminary practice, no doubt, causes the actual ceremony to proceed with a "smartness" suggested of machinery but there is a loss in sentiment and in religious feeling.  A little more simplicity in the arrangements would obviate the necessity of rehearsals.  What with "maids of honor" and "flower girls," – to say nothing of brides maids and all the other adjuncts – some modern weddings are more like stage functions than anything else.


Too much Attentiveness to the Mirror

Watertown Republican, 02 06 1895


A young man in this city was recently discharged from his position for too much attentiveness to the mirror where he was employed.  It was heretofore generally supposed that girls only took advantage of their employers in this manner, but it remained for a Watertown youth to show the fallacy of that supposition.


Lectures on China, Korea and Japan

Watertown Republican, 12 19 1894

The illustrated lectures on China, Korea and Japan by Prof. Wescott last Thursday afternoon and evening, at Concordia Opera House, were well attended.  Some creditable views were shown, but the descriptions were not on a par with the pictures and on the whole the entertainments were somewhat disappointing.



Watertown Democrat, 10 20 1864


How sorrowful the word and yet how beautiful the meaning.  It is suggestive of the past and causes a wish to look into the future.  As one beholds the green foliage and waving grass turn to paleness and droop and wither and finally, at one breath from the passing breeze, be swept into nothingness, it tells us of decaying life; and as the falling leaves come fluttering by us, they bring pictures of frosty tomb stones covering the remnants of some lost one, or perhaps that the chilling blast is frosting the emerald beauty around some newly made grave, within whose earthly portals lie what to us was most dear in life.  We must all recognize the voice of Nature, and her autumn has touched many a heart with sad reflections that otherwise would have remained unheeded.


Fall Sowing

Watertown Democrat, 09 29 1864


The farmers in this vicinity have been very busy for the last few weeks in sowing winter wheat, and they have had fine weather in which to do it.  Probably more winter wheat has been sown during the present month than for some seasons past.  This year the winter wheat did well, and this fact has probably had its influence in inducing farmers to try their luck again on the former.


Opening of Madison Street

between N. Fourth and N. Fifth Streets

Watertown Daily Times, 09 15 1964


One of the important street improvements carried out this summer was the opening of Madison Street between North Fourth and North Fifth Streets.  Recently the new street was paved with asphalt.  In order to provide the right-of-way, it was necessary to acquire three homes at a total cost of $32,000.  The Theodore Grabow home was acquired for $12,000, the John Hesse home for $10,000 and the Lydia Marquardt home for $10,000.  The street is 26 feet wide.


Dr. Knapp & Son

Watertown Democrat, 02 25 1864


To the Afflicted.  Dr. Knapp & Son, physicians and surgeons, formerly of New York, are treating successfully all chronic diseases on a new system which embraces the best and most approved methods in this and other countries for the cure of all diseases . . . Dr. Knapp can be consulted at the Watertown Exchange Hotel on Wednesday, May 3rd, Wednesday, July 8th and Wednesday, September 9th.


The Favorite Winter Pastime

Sleighing Parties

Watertown Republican, 01 30 1895


Last evening many of our citizens took advantage of the fine, bracing weather and good sleighing to indulge in the favorite winter pastime of sleighing parties.  Everything was out in force, from the trim-built cutter holding two to the old-time bob-sled containing twenty or more, and midst the tinkling of bells and tooting of horns, interspersed with singing, the merry participants enjoyed a very pleasant outing.


New Year's Day 1894

Watertown Republican, 01 03 1894


New Year's Day was quietly observed here and all business was suspended.  The weather was balmy and spring-like, making it pleasant for calling.


Christmas 1895

Watertown Republican, 12 25 1895


Watertown is this year experiencing a "green" Christmas and the weather is anything but desirable.  This condition has rendered the festival devoid of many of its pleasures and has also been a detriment to holiday trade.  Still the merchants have provided many wares for the Yule-tide gifts, and various hearts will be made glad.  Both express companies have brought and dispatched myriads of packages, and extra help has been required to handle the business.  The day will be generally observed throughout the city, both in business and church circles, and numerous families and special gatherings will be the order.


Men fell in Mill Race

Watertown Republican, 11 02 1898


Friday morning Drayman William Blair and his assistant, Charles McAdams, while engaged in moving some household goods from the residence of William Honey on First Street to an old building used for storage near Milwaukee Street bridge, were made the unwilling recipients of a cold bath in the mill race, through the breaking down of a bridge leading to the storage.  Owing to the race being encased with planks, the men were unable to get out of the water until assistance was rendered by a passerby.  They had a narrow escape from drowning.


Whitney Rice-Maloney Syndicate

Watertown Republican, 05 23 1899


An electrical vehicle transportation company expects in New York to control the operation of automobiles in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.  The capital is $100,000, but it is backed by the parent organization of Whitney Rice-Maloney syndicate, with six millions capital.  It will introduce automobiles as cabs, delivery wagons and private conveyances in Milwaukee first.  These are now in use here, but extensive manufacture will reduce present cost materially.


John J. Prochazka Letter

Watertown Republican, 06 13 1899


We are in receipt of a unique letter from John J. Prochazka, son of our former residents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prochazka, who a year ago removed to Long Prairie, Minn., to engage in farming.  The letter is written on birch bark and reads as follows:


Mr. Republican: I thought I would write you a few lines on a piece of birch bark, not because paper is scarce, but just for a novelty.  I have been pretty busy proving land and planting potatoes, corn and garden truck, and hold on – the wolves are howling and I have to listen to them.  I have been in Minnesota a year today and have gone through the woods at all hours of the night, still I haven't seen a wolf yet, though I have heard them howling a number of times.  Well, we like it very much out here and it is a good place for poor people to get a good start.  The land is No. 1, the weather No. 1, the roads No.1 – a first-class farming country.  There are still a few farms to be had around here.  The land is worth from $10 to $15 per acre, that is internally improved land, and improved land from $25 to $40 per acre. 


Shall have to close now, as it is getting late.


"Yours respectfully,


Long Prairie, Minn.


Edison Day

Watertown Gazette, 10 22 1914


Last Wednesday, all over the country, the American people paid homage to the man who gave the world the incandescent electric lamp.  The practical way to show our appreciation of Edison’s great genius, in our homes, our offices and factories, is to celebrate with more light, better light, cheaper light.


This we can do by seeing that every room is equipped with Edison Mazda lamps.  The Edison Mazda of today gives from three to six times as much light as the old-style carbon lamps, without consuming any more electricity.


There is an Edison Mazda for every lighting purpose.


To get the full benefit of this saving put Edison Mazdas in every place where artificial light is needed, where the lamp is to be used constantly or occasionally.


Edison Mazdas are made in a wide variety of sizes ranging all the way from tiny battery lamps, and the light 10 watt lamps so handy for closets and other small household purposes, up to the giant 1000 watt size, which offer the most economical and efficient lighting for stores, theatres, factories, golf courses, tennis courts, auditoriums, etc.


Your dealer or lighting company will explain which Edison Mazda is best suited to each of your needs.


Bricking Main and West Main streets

Watertown Republican, 05 30 1899


On last Tuesday afternoon the bids for paving Main and West Main streets were opened by the board of public works, but action on them was deferred until Thursday morning, when the board again met and decided to let the contract to L. Schoenlaub, of Fond du Lac, whose proposal figured in the aggregate of $28,504.90.  The well-known Purington brick, made at Galesburg, Ill., will be used and the contractor expects to begin work in a few days.


Watertown Republican, 05 30 1899

On account of the poor condition of the old sewer near the bridge, on Main Street, it has been removed on advice from City Engineer Stanchfield.  It was feared that a cave-in would take place and thus damage the pavement which is to be put in.


Watertown Republican, 11 14 1899

Last Wednesday afternoon marked the completion of Watertown’s first job of street paving, the final bricks being laid in West Main Street just before 5 o'clock.  It was a gilded brick that was used to fill the last gap, and after it was in place an impromptu celebration on a small scale was had.  An interested crowd of spectators was assembled and ex-Mayors Fred Kusel gave an appropriate address, after which there was music and general rejoicing.


The pavement, extending on Main and West Main streets from College Avenue to Montgomery Street, is of Galesburg vitrified brick on a six-inch concrete bed.  The sides are bound with stone curbing and the pavement is so constructed as to afford perfect drainage.  The entire job appears to be a very creditable one and the contractor, Louis Schoenlaub, has every reason to feel proud of the work.  There is no doubt that the thoroughfare as now completed, is one of the most substantial road beds ever built in the state.


Cruelty to Animals

Watertown Republican, 04 26 1899


Last Wednesday, on complaint of District Attorney Lueck, Marshall J. F. Peters, of Juneau, arrested John Howard in the town of Emmet, and brought him before Justice Kelley, on the charge of cruelty to animals.  It appears that Superintendent Whitehead, of the Humane society, Milwaukee, accompanied by District Attorney Lueck, visited the Howard farm and made an investigation some weeks since and found a number of dead cattle lying around the premises, and appearances indicated an insufficiency of food.  On Howard promising to take better care of the stock the matter was dropped.  Since then there has been another investigation which the district attorney thought justified him in commencing an action. The trial has been set for April 29.


Arthur Kusel and Ernst Kusel

Watertown Republican, 05 13 1899


Arthur Kusel has received a letter from his cousin, Ernst Kusel, who left a year ago for the Klondike to seek his fortune.  Ernst evidently regrets his undertaking, for life is not what it is cracked up to be, with the thermometer at 60 below zero six months in the year


Everett Claer

Watertown Republican, 04 26 1899


Everett Claer was arrested by Chief Block Friday morning, and while crossing the bridge on his way to the city lock-up he threw a bunch of keys into the river.  It seems that the fellow had located a good place to make a haul near the Watertown Junction.  He wrote after a "pal" in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the letter fell into the hands of the chief of police from that town, who forwarded it here.  Chief Block ran him in on a charge of carrying burglars’ tools.  He was taken before Justice Stacy, who set his examination until May 1, and in default of $200 bonds, he was committed to the county jail.


Poisoned by Cheese

Watertown Republican, 06 06 1899


Poisoning from eating brick cheese is reported, a physician having been called Friday evening to attend the children of Joseph Lange, of the First ward, and also those of Mrs. Anton Lange, of Norwalk, this state, who are visiting at the home of the first mentioned.




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