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James Burke

Watertown Republican, 05 23 1899


James Burke, of this city, purchased a horse, buggy and double harness from a stranger by the name of Plunkitt, on last fair day.  Later Plunkitt was arrested at Fond du Lac and confessed to having stolen the outfit from a man named Minor at Earlville, Ill., wither he was taken to be prosecuted.  The stolen property was returned to the rightful owner.   WR


Edward Knaack

Blair's city ambulance

Watertown Republican, 05 30 1899


On Tuesday evening Edward Knaack, who resides in Concord, while driving home lost control of himself and fell from his wagon a short distance back of the malt house.  He was thrown on a barb wire fence and the neighbors seeing this went to his rescue.  Knasck became very abusive and he fought them away.  A little later he was found walking along the track by the malt house.  Weakened by a small loss of blood, from the wounds he received, and also by the liquor he had taken, he fell at the malt house unable to move.  Officers were then notified of the fact.  Knaack claimed to have been shot in the hand and face and that his money was gone.  He was taken to the police station on Blair's city ambulance and his wounds were dressed, and it was found he was not shot by a bullet, but otherwise.


Audubon Society

Watertown Republican, 05 16 1899


The meeting of the Audubon society took place in the home of Mrs. C. F. Ziebahn, Thursday afternoon.  The ladies are pleased to announce that the efforts of the Audubon societies throughout the United States for the preservation of bird life are meeting with unexpected success.  It is with satisfaction that they learn from reliable sources that the aigrettes are out of style and that when the milliners have exhausted their present supply the cruel custom of killing the heron during the nesting time will cease. 


A free lecture is to be given in the near future on the subject of birds.


Frank Kress Robbed

Watertown Republican, 02 08 1899


The tramps who, it is alleged, robbed the premises of Frank Kress in West Milwaukee Street about three weeks ago, had their hearing before Justice Stacy Friday morning.  Johnson, one of the prisoners, was discharged, but on the evidence of two little boys, who saw two of the men on the afternoon of the robbery, Peters and Wilson were held to the circuit court, and in default of $300 bonds were taken to Jefferson to await trial.


Peter Lawton

Watertown Republican, 02 08 1899


A serious if not fatal accident happened to Peter Lawton in Milwaukee last Wednesday morning. He was employed at the St. Charles hotel, and while making his early morning rounds stepped into an open elevator from the first floor, and fell fifteen feet, striking on his head and receiving a severe injury to his face.  He was discovered shortly afterwards by the night-clerk, who called the police ambulance, when he was immediately taken to the hospital where he received the best of medical attention.  His mother, Mrs. Mary Lawton, lives at 1215 Third Street in this city.


Henry Goodenough

Watertown Republican, 02 08 1899


Henry Goodenough, another old Watertown boy, has been appointed postmaster at Belleville, Dane county.  "Hank" has tasted of the bitter as well as the sweets of life, having been left an orphan when but a mere boy; but he was full of pluck and energy, and has made no mean mark in the world.  He learned the blacksmith trade in the Davies building on First Street, then conducted by Snow & Goodenough, and in 1862 left here for Madison.  After an honorable career in the army he located at Belleville, where he engaged buying and shipping stock, and was also the proprietor of the principal hotel of that place.


Licensing of Barters

Watertown Republican, 02 01 1899


W. G. Wheeler, of Janesville, has introduced in the assembly a bill providing for the licensing of barters in Wisconsin by a state board of examiners.  In many respects it is similar to the boards of law, medicine and plumbing examiners.  It does not apply to journeymen barbers who are already engaged in the business, but within twenty days after the act becomes a law every barber shall file with the secretary of the board an affidavit setting forth his residence, how long he has worked at the trade, and shall pay to the treasurer of the board $ 1 . . . .


Unusual Spell of Cold Weather

Watertown Republican, 02 01 1899


Watertown has been experiencing an unusual spell of cold weather, the thermometer dropping way below the zero Sunday and Monday mornings.  The weather during the greater part of January was of a pleasant character, but towards the close underwent a very severe change.  The indications point to a long-continued spell of what we are now having.  If our readers will recall the winter of 1895-'6, they will find that commencing the first of February this section of Wisconsin experienced the longest period of extreme cold weather for many years, the thermometer indicating below the zero mark for thirty-two consecutive days.


Upside-Down Thermometer

Watertown Republican, 02 01 1899


A Third ward man scrutinized his thermometer from an upside-down position Monday morning and finding, as he thought, the indication 18 above zero, a decided improvement in the weather.  Leaving home without an overcoat, he nearly froze to death before he reached his destination.  He returned home with blood in his eye and a determination to smash into "smithereens" the thermometer.


A Victorious Goat

Watertown Republican, 02 01 1899


A fight of more than ordinary interest came off on Monroe Street the other day.  The principals in the affair were a goat, a dog and a man.  The goat succeeded in "butting" the dog out of time in the first round, and the owner of the dog, coming to his rescue, threw a stick of stove wood at his goatship, and not taking very straight aim nearly killed his dog.  The result, a very sore dog, an angry man and a victorious goat.


Street Lights


Watertown Republican, 01 29 1899


In the matter of street lighting The Gazette favors municipal ownership, and if our city finances are such that it cannot be brought about at the present time, the best terms obtainable should be secured by the city officials.  Our representatives in the city council have been giving this matter their attention, and when the proper time comes they will be fully prepared to handle the subject in a manner advantageous to the taxpayers of the city.  They are the proper ones to give this matter careful consideration, and we understand they are doing it.  They are also investigating the questions of lighting the city all night, and if satisfactory arrangements can be made without too much cost, at an early day Watertown will experience that luxury.  At present Watertown is better lighted than some more pretentious cities in the state.


Dr. J. W. Quinn

Watertown Republican, 02 01 1899


When I came to Watertown I found people wearing nickel-plated steel spectacles that cost them $8 to $15 per pair.  I clipped the wings of high prices, now I am going to singe them, and keep on doing it until the feathers are all burned off.  For $1.50 you can buy the same, or better, glasses than you are wearing that cost you $8 or more.  I will be in my office every day and evenings until 9 o'clock until the 6th of February.  I will then be out of town for one week.  DR. J.W. QUINN.


Depredations on Halloween

Watertown Republican, 11 07 1894


There were many depredations of "young America" in evidence on Halloween, including the displacing of sidewalks, fences and gates, and the ringing of church bells.



Dancing Club

Watertown Republican, 10 24 1894


The dancing club which last season proved such a success is being reorganized by a number of young men about town.  A series of five parties is to be given with perhaps a few to follow after the holidays.


Mrs. Ella Tuttle


Watertown Republican, 10 12 1894


The court heard the cases of Mrs. Ella Tuttle and her children against the Royal Arcanum and the Modern Woodmen, on benefit certificates to the amount of $6000, issued to the late Frank B. Tuttle, of Watertown, in favor of his children.  The court decreed that the money should be paid over for the benefit of Mr. Tuttle's children, for whom the policies were originally secured.  There had been some attempted transfer to Mr. Tuttle's mother, but it was clearly proven that at the time of the divorce proceeding between Frank B. Tuttle and his wife at this court, Mr. Tuttle agreed that this insurance should go to and be kept up for the benefit of his children. (Extract from the court notes in Jefferson Banner)


The Choral Union

Watertown Republican, 10 17 1894


The Choral union will begin rehearsals for the season at lower Concordia Opera house next Friday evening, with Prof. Stillman as director.  All singers who desire to join are invited to be present.  Oratorio works will be taken up and a concert given in the winter.



Watertown Republican, 10 31 1894


About midnight Friday a lively row occurred at a saloon on Third Street, and it is said butcher knives were used pretty freely, resulting in several participants being badly cut.  Two of the offenders, Ferdinand Gruel and Fred Mieske, met the law's demands the next morning, in the shape of fines imposed by Justice Henze.


Dobbratz Shoe Store

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1894


A couple of tramps who stole a pair of shoes Thursday evening from the front of Wm. Dobbratz’s shoe store were arrested by Chief of Police Kerr, and the following morning Justice Henze sent them to the Jefferson jail for sixty days.


Army Court of Inquiry

Watertown Republican, 03 01 1899


When the army court of inquiry into the beef charges met today after its two days' recess, it expected to begin the examination of some of the enlisted men of the army who had not only seen the beef furnished the army in the field, but had eaten it in quantities, wherein they differed from most of the officers who had previously testified.  The first witness was Lieut. Charles F. Dwyer, Ninth infantry, now at Madison barracks.  This witness had only a vague memory of what the meat complement of the ration was on the voyage from Tampa to Santiago.  He knew that after the command landed, the men had bacon, corned beef and canned roast beef.  There were numerous complaints as to the canned beef, but there was no official action taken on these complaints, as it was difficult to get anything in the way of rations to the front, and the army felt that the commissary department was doing the best it could.   After the capture of Santiago, witness was stationed altogether in the city and his command getting the refrigerated beef early in the day it was always fresh and good and he heard no complaints as to its quality.  He had made no report on the beef after returning, and should not have felt it his duty to do so except under orders.  He had been made sick on one occasion by eating canned roast beef stew, but otherwise his health had not suffered . . . Prior to that the men often had suffered on long trips in trying to live for several days on what was known as the “cooked ration,” which usually consisted of bread and meat, without even coffee.


Wild Flowers in November

Watertown Republican, 11 21 1899


Wild flowers in November – How is that for Wisconsin climate?  While drawing wood from his farm last Saturday, James Shannon picked a bouquet of nice flowers in the woods and brought them to town.  That is certainly a curiosity and speaks volumes for the splendid fall weather which we are enjoying.  People in the East perhaps think we are snow-bound by this time, but straw hats are almost in order here now.


The Ceremony of the Hat

Watertown Republican, 11 21 1899


"The ceremony of the hat is somewhat more punctilious than formerly," writes Mrs. Burton Kintslend of "Good Form for All Occasions," in the Ladies' Home Journal.  "A man awaits the lady's recognition before he raises his hat to her.  He also raises his hat when presented to a woman, when meeting and taking leave of her, when about to address her, or when she first speaks to him for whatever reason, if he passes her on the stairway or in front of her in a public conveyance, theatre or elsewhere indeed, whenever the least apology would be in order; when he offers his services any way, even tacitly, or shows her some trifling courtesies; indeed should always raise his hat when acknowledging her thanks.  A man should pay the same mannerly tribute to her sex when a woman enters an elevator, and -remain uncovered during the stay therein.  He should also raise his hat upon recognizing an acquaintance who has a lady with him.  If the friend with whom he may be bows to a lady, he should show the same courtesy, although she may be unknown to him.  Should a lady be with him and recognize a friend, he should lift his hat.”


Dr. Stovals Speaks at Twilight Club Meeting

Watertown Gazette, 11 26 1914


Monday evening Dr. W. D. Stovals of the state laboratory of hygiene spoke at a meeting of the Twilight Club at the Commercial Hotel, at the close of an excellent banquet served, his subject being “Health and prosperity go hand in hand just as disease and poverty are co-partners in many works of infamy.”  His talk was very entertaining and his excellent delivery pleased everybody.


Learning To Know Each Other

Watertown Gazette, 11 26 1914


Madison Journal:  In the schoolhouse in Belleville, Wis., a few evenings ago, upon motion of the Catholic priest, the Methodist minister was elected president of the community’s social center for the coming winter.


Then three basketball teams were formed, including the priest, the minister, the blacksmith, the editor, a farmer, the keeper of the village restaurant, a dentist, a clothier, a teamster, a druggist, a garage owner, the banker, a hardware merchant and a house painter.


They differed in religion, in politics, in incomes, in social status about as widely as men can differ.  But in the common school building, in the free democracy of the social center, they agreed to lay aside their differences for the novel purpose of discovering how much good fellowship there was in meeting together, now and then, as equals, as brothers.


In the democracy of play, in the democracy of frank, fair discussion of public question, they are finding out, these differing men of Belleville, that, as human beings, they’re amazingly alike, once you get below the surface.


And out of this agreeable discovery will come, for Belleville, more tolerance, more kindliness of feeling, more give and take than it had ever known before.   Even when they shall differ again — as, of course, they often will — it will not be with as much bitterness, as much bigotry, as much mean hate as of yore.


Brotherhood is a wonderful solvent.


John O’Neill

Watertown Gazette, 03 12 1914


Another of the pioneers of Watertown passed away on Wednesday evening, March 11, 1914, in the person of John O’Neill, who died at his home, 708 Emmet Street, shortly after eight o’clock on that evening, at the close of an illness of about eleven weeks, the cause of his death being liver trouble and general debility.  Mr. O’Neill was born January 27, 1826, at Bannow, County Wexford, Ireland, and after first coming to America located for a time in Quebec, came from that city to Watertown in 1855, and has ever since made this city his home.  In early days he conducted a dray line here and was one of Watertown’s best-known citizens.  He was well thought of by everybody, and all who knew him were his friends.  His death is sincerely mourned.  His wife died November 12, 1885.  One daughter survives him, Mrs. Anna O’Byrne, with whom he made his home for many years.  Two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive him.  Friday morning at 9 o’clock his funeral will be held from St. Bernard’s Catholic church and the interment will be in St. Bernard’s cemetery.


January Thaw of 1895

Watertown Republican, 01 23 1895


Sunday’s thaw and rain was welcomed by many whose supply of cistern water had been exhausted.


One of the severest blizzards ever experienced in this section prevailed all day Monday.  The wind howled and a heavy fall of snow blinded one’s vision and drifted the thorough fares.  The sleighing promises well after the roads are beaten down.


Bicycle Costume


See WR Nov. 27, 1895 for article on one mother’s reaction to daughter’s bicycle costume.


New Hoop Skirt for 1864

Watertown Democrat, 08 04 1864 


J. W. Bradley’s celebrated now patent duplex elliptic or double-steel spring hoop skirt, the Ladies’ Pride of the World, Ladies’ Paris Trail, La Pettit Quaker.  Just received at Peterson’s, Watertown.


Arthur Koenig Loses Both Legs

Watertown Gazette, 11 05 1914


Arthur Koenig, son of Ferdinand Koenig and wife, Fremont Street, this city, lost both his legs while alighting from a C.M.&St.P. Ry. train in this city at 2:30 o’clock last Monday morning.  He had been visiting at Mauston Sunday at the home of a young lady he was soon to marry and purchased a ticket for Watertown Junction.  He fell asleep on the train and was not awakened by the brakeman until the train reached Watertown station.  He tried to get out the front door of the car he was in and found it locked.  He then rushed to the rear door to get off the train, and it was then in motion.   He jumped from the train and slipped under it, the train crushing both his limbs.  Shortly after the train sped past, John Humphrey, the night man at the depot noticed an object on the platform and on investigation found Koenig in his injured condition.  He secured help and had him taken to the baggage room.  Station Agent Webb was called and doctors and the ambulance were called, as well as his father and other relatives.  He was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate his left leg close to the body and his right leg below the knee, Drs. Hadhegger, Moulding and Abelman performing the operation.  The young man is 27 years of age and is well known in baseball circles, having pitched many games for the Bittner baseball club.  His sad accident is greatly regretted by our citizens.

Watertown Gazette, 11 12 1914

Arthur Koenig, who had his limbs cut off here in a railway accident last week, died at St. Mary’s hospital last Saturday evening.  Hope was entertained for his recovery, but blood poisoning set in on Saturday, which hastened his death.  He was 27 years of age October 15th.  His funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the Reformed Church on North Fifth Street and the interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. The circumstances surrounding this excellent young man’s death are indeed pathetic and the hosts of friends here of the afflicted family extend their sincere sympathy.


Wood Choppers


Watertown Democrat, 12 24 1863


Thirty men wanted one mile south of Watertown, on the line of the C. & N. W. R. R., on what is called Boomer’s Lot; also fifty men wanted at Bellville, 8 miles south of Watertown, for which a good price will be paid for cutting wood.  Any person wishing employment for the winter call at Bellvil or on the line where they can be shown the timber. – A. J. Snell, Bellville.


Republican Union Congressional Convention

Watertown Democrat, 08 18 1864 



By Alderman Graves, Resolved, that the use of the Common Council room be and the same is hereby rendered to the Republican Union Congressional Convention which meets in this city on the 25th.  Adopted.


Larkin grocery and provision store

Watertown Democrat, 08 25 1864 


New Grocery Store.  Mr. James Larkin has just opened a new grocery and provision store on the corner of Third and Main streets.  He has a large, well selected and choice stock of all kinds of groceries and provisions, which he is selling at the lowest cash prices.  That is a good place to trade, whether you have anything to buy or sell.


Late Frost of 1863

Watertown Democrat, 09 10 1863


The late frost has injured corn more extensively in this section than we had supposed.  In those localities where the frost was most severe whole fields have been entirely destroyed and in other places considerably damaged.  The low lands along the margin of the streams were hurt the most.  Corn planted on higher and dryer ground escaped without harm.


Another Frost, 1863

Watertown Democrat, 09 24 1863


Last Friday evening we were visited with another severe frost, which seems to have extended over a wide area of country.  Fortunately, most of the crops were beyond the reach of harm and comparatively little damage was done.  What corn was left was so far advanced as to be out of the reach of harm.  Fruit is abundant and cheap and on the whole we have had a bountiful year.


December of 1864

Watertown Democrat, 12 01 1864


The snow and ice have disappeared and for a day or two we have been having fine autumn weather, though the roads are in about as bad a condition as they can be.  But the pleasant interval of warmth and sunshine cannot last long, and the season is so far advanced that the frosty storms of winter will soon be upon us.  Let us prepare for the change, and among other things remember the poor and needy, to whom winter is always a period of trial, privation and suffering.


Sleighing in 1864

Watertown Democrat, 12 08 1864


Sleighing.  A slight fall of snow has made barely enough sleighing for a cutter to run.  We occasionally hear the jingle of bells, sufficient to remind us that livelier times may be coming.   The weather during the past week has been very mild for this season of the year.


Christmas 1864

Watertown Democrat, 12 22 1864


The day which recalls to the grateful remembrance of the Christian world the earthly advent of the Savior of mankind will have a double sacredness this year – its dawn will bring with it the light of the holy Sabbath morn. 


“Peace on earth and good will to men” was the new song of the guardian angels on the day of the Nativity.  What greater or more welcome crowning mercy could the Almighty Ruler of Nations bestow upon us as a people than to enable us to take up the strain and proclaim “Peace and Freedom to all men,” in words of truth and sincerity and would forever remain the imperishable monuments of our love of justice and liberty.


Cross Reference:  Harper’s cover, Christmas 1864  

Summer 1883

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1883


During the past week the weather has been extremely hot.  On Monday the thermometer registered at one time 98 degrees in the shade.


Winter 1963

Watertown Democrat, 12 17 1863


Winter has now fairly set in and all should prepare for our period of severe but invigorating weather.  The season brings with it its pleasures and benefits, and while we fully enjoy these, let us not forget that it also brings with it its obligations of benevolence and charity.  No community is without those who need and are worthy of sympathy and aid.  Let these be kindly remembered, and every alleviation given that is within the power of those whose more fortunate circumstances place them beyond the reach of the trials and privations of the destitute, the suffering, and the poor.


Christmas 1914


Watertown Gazette, 12 31 1914


Christmas in Watertown was cold, yet cheery, and all our people appeared to enter into the true Christian spirit of the day.  The poor people in the city were all looked after by the charitably inclined, and everyone was properly cared for.  The churches had special services and large congregations attended.  The midnight Mass at St. Bernard’s church was largely attended, people of all denominations being present.


Snow Storm 1963

Watertown Democrat, 12 17 1863


The heaviest snow storm of the season commenced last Sunday morning and continued through the day.  A large quantity of snow fell but the violence of the wind drifted it so badly that it will need more to make good sleighing.


I. E. Pearson Store

Watertown Democrat, 12 10 1863


New Store.  Mr. Isaac Pearson, a prominent merchant of Boston, has just opened a new store in Cole’s Block and is now receiving a large and carefully selected stock of the latest and most fashionable goods.  In a day or two he will have his splendid assortment on the shelves, ready to commence business.  We understand he intends to make this establishment a permanent institution in this city and keep his store well filled with every variety of goods.


Watertown Democrat, 12 17 1863


The new store recently opened in Cole’s Block by I. E. Pearson is now ready for trade as will be seen by the advertisement in this paper.  His stock is large and choice and comprises everything in the fancy and dress goods line. 


The Lady’s Friend

Watertown Democrat, 12 22 1864


The January number of The Lady’s Friend is already on our table and fully bears out the high reputation of this new monthly, which is now entering upon the second year of its existence.  The leading steel engraving, “Hush! It is Asleep” is a beautiful picture and will doubtless go right to the hearts of the ladies.  The Fashion Plate is very handsome indeed, admirably engraved on steel and richly colored.  Then there is a colored design of the Work Table Companion, a very useful lady, as she seems, in red and yellow and blue.


Wheeler & Wilson’s celebrated sewing machines are furnished as premiums.


Specimen numbers will be sent to those desirous to making up clubs for 15 cents. 



Watertown Democrat, 12 22 1864


Let not despondency any longer be the ever prevailing bane of the fallen state of the human family.  But, you ask, how is this to be prevented?  Despondency, low spirits, despair, a tendency to look upon the gloomy side of everything, are all difficult to drive away.  Doctors and medicine will not do it; the ordinary stimulating drinks of the day will not do it – but before you give up the case as hopeless, try Wright’s Rejuvenating Elixir.  As the name designates, it will put new life and animation into the drooping energies; yes, even young blood into your veins.  Ye who pine upon the brink of the grave, who may have tried in vain to raise yourself from the “slough of despair,” be induced, even though it may be the eleventh hour, to try its soothing influence.


Grapes, Grapes !

Watertown Democrat, 01 12 1865


I would call special attention to the largest and finest stock of grape roots ever offered to the western trade.  As I make the culture of grapes a specialty, I am confident that I am now prepared to furnish a better class of roots than can be found at any other establishment.  My stock consists of all the new choice and popular varieties, together with a full assortment of apple, pear, plum, cherry and ornamental trees, embracing all the small fruits, shrubbery, etc.  Those who contemplate planting the coming spring would do well to send in orders early, while the stock is full.


Isaac Atwood, Rock Lake Vineyard and Nursery, Lake Mills, Jefferson Co.

More on grapes, Lake Mills

Cultivation of the Grape

Watertown Democrat, 02 18 1865  


Mr. Editor:  Allow me through the columns of your paper to answer a multitude of correspondents making inquiries of me in relation to the selection, culture and treatment of the grape, believing that by so doing you will confer a great favor upon your readers and the community at large . . . Quality of soil best suited to the grape is one that is about equally composed of clay, gravel and sand, with a gravel sub-soil.  A soil that is principally composed of gravel and sand, with but a small portion of loam, is good.  If stones predominate to a large extent it is no objection, provided they are dug out and left on the surface, laid up in walls where they answer a good purpose to attract heat and mulch the ground . . .


. . . Distances to Set:  This will depend somewhat on the varieties to be set and requires a manner of training.  I recommend the rows be set seven feet apart and from eight to ten feet in the rows.


Those tested for our area and which embrace the early and late keeping varieties and listed in the order as they mature their fruit, commencing with the early to the latest, are in order as follows:  Hartford Prolific, Creveling, Northern Muscadine, Delaware, Concord, Diana, Isabella.


Isaac Atwood, Rock Lake Vineyard and Nursery


Otto Zastrow

Watertown Republican, 11 30 1898


A sad accident is reported from the town of Concord.  Sunday Otto Zastrow, son of Fred Zastrow, was out rabbit hunting not far from his home, when in some manner a shotgun was accidently discharged, the contents entering his head.  An ugly wound which exposed the young man's brains was the result.  Surgeons from Concord and Oconomowoc were summoned and the sufferer administered to.  It was at first thought that he would recover, but Monday night he died of his injuries. Young Zastrow was about 21 years of age.


State vs. Ferdinand Maas

Watertown Republican, 09 18 1895


The hearing in the case of the state vs. Ferdinand Maas, or assault and battery on the person of his daughter Emilie, was held Saturday in Justice Stacy's court , before a jury . . . C. H. Gardner appeared for the prisoner, with a defense of parental authority – the right of a father to correct his child within the limits of reasonable chastisement.  The state introduced a number of witnesses, but with the exception of the complainants, their evidence was meager and indefinite.  Maas was the only witness put on the stand by the defense.  The evidence produced tended to show that the father had not exceeded his authority and that the child merited the punishment inflicted, the jury returning a verdict in accordance with the same, discharging the prisoner.


The facts in the above case as reported in these columns last week were apparently much overdrawn – the result of having heard but one side of the story.  The gentlemen who caused Maas's arrest no doubt acted in good faith and meant to do what was right, but developments at the trial showed they stepped between a provoked father and his wayward daughter.  Unpleasantness of this sort is perhaps best settled by the members of the interested family themselves.


Beverly Terrace

Watertown Daily Times, 07 25 1989


Beverly Terrace Nursing Home is for sale, according to officials from its parent firm, Beverly Enterprises Inc. of Pasadena, Calif.  The company announced last week that it plans to sell 370 nursing homes, containing 38,000 beds, from its national chain of more than 1,000 facilities.  As part of the proposal, the firm plans to sell all of its 34 Wisconsin nursing homes, including the Watertown facility at 121 Hospital Drive.  The company announced the proposed sales as part of a corporate restructuring program designed to decrease Beverly Enterprises’ outstanding debt of $93 million.


Harry Zoelle a Hero

Watertown Gazette, 11 05 1914


Last Saturday afternoon while two-year-old John Havlick, son of John Havlick, 205 Frederich Street, was playing near the C.M.&St. Paul Ry., at the foot of Washington Street, he would have been killed only for the heroic act of Harry Zoelle, a C.M.&St.P Ry. switchman of this city.  A flying [?] was being made by the switch crew and Zoelle, who was on top of the cars, saw the child playing on the track and had just time to rush down the box car and run ahead of the car, seize the child and leap to safety, both escaping serious injury if not death.  Harry certainly proved himself a hero.


Watertown Girl's Innate Modesty

Watertown Gazette, 05 25 1883


A Watertown girl's innate modesty caused her to ask a clerk in a store for a pair of limbings when she wanted leggings.  The struggle for the cake now lies between her and the Missouri girl who tells strangers that during the war the enemy threw up bust works on her father's farm.


A Queer Marriage Case

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1883


A queer marriage case took place in our city a few nights since.  A young married man wishing to get rid of his mother-in-law, a widow who was living with him, thought the best way to do it was to get her married.  He accordingly accomplished this end as follows:  He sought the company of a friendly widower, filled him with beer, then invited him to go and see his mother-in-law.  A match was immediately made, a Justice of the Peace aroused from his slumbers about midnight, and the twain [couple] made man and wife.


John Enright

Watertown Gazette, 06 29, 1883


Friday afternoon of last week, while John Enright of the town of Emmet was driving home, his horses became frightened near the Labaree bridge and in his endeavors to control them one of the bits broke, thus rendering him powerless to stop them, and they rushed across the bridge at a furious rate of speed and collided with Mrs. P. Norton's team which was standing in front of U. Habhegger's store [Ulrich Habhegger, grocer, cor Hustisford and Center].  The four horses and vehicles were thrown into a heap and Mrs. Norton, who was in the wagon at the time, was buried beneath it.  Immediately after the accident Mr. Enright came to town for medical aid, thinking that Mrs. Norton had been fatally injured and reported such to be a fact.  The report created much excitement, but later on the true facts of the matter became known and the excitement subsided.  Doctors Spalding and Werner attended Mrs. Norton and found that one of her ribs were broken and other slight injuries inflicted.  At the present writing she is getting along nicely.


Standing around on the Corners

Watertown Gazette, 10 12 1883


Young man, you are so totally lazy that people are tired of seeing you "standing around" on the corners.  Why don’t you go off and engage in honest labor?  As you are now you are no earthly use in this world.  You only take up so much for no purpose whatever, except to be in the way of people who are going hither and thither on legitimate and honest business.  Don't appear at your usual haunts today, but remain at home and resolve firmly to start in on life's labor and be somebody.  This advice is given in all kindness.


Forget Big Hat at the Theatre

Watertown Gazette, 09 21 1883


The theatrical season has just opened, and it is well not to forget the big hat at the theatre.  There is no greater nuisance and non easier to be abated.  If you have any consideration for the people who happen to have seats behind you, please leave your big hats at home.  They have no business in a crowded auditorium where people have to look over one another's head.  To use a somewhat slangy but effective expression, we say "Shoot the big hat whenever you see it" unless there is room enough for it to exercise itself without inconveniencing everybody in the vicinity.


Walk on Main Street


Get Suffocated with Dust

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1883


Sunday last it was almost impossible to walk on Main Street without getting suffocated with dust.  It seems to us that the city authorities should see that the business streets of Watertown be sprinkled thoroughly.  At present but one block of Main Street, on the West side, is sprinkled, and the dust makes it very uncomfortable for people who usually trade in that quarter of the city.  The merchants are only injuring their business by allowing such a state of affairs to continue.


Since the above was written arrangements have been made to have a portion of another block sprinkled.


Cross Reference:   1905 view of W. Main includes sprinkler wagon


McKeean Butcher Shop

Watertown Gazette, 06 22 1883


Next Wednesday James McKeean will open a butcher shop in the Evan’s building, corner of Main and Washington streets.


A Dog entered the Courtroom . . .

Watertown Republican, 04 19 1899


A curious story is afloat about a Justice of the Peace at Lowell.  Recently the justice was hearing a case when a dog entered the Courtroom and in a playful way disturbed the court, which angered his honor, who thereupon ordered the bailiff to lock the canine up three days for contempt of court.  Juneau Independent


Miss Julia Shinnick

Watertown Republican, 04 19 1899


Miss Julia Shinnick closed a very successful winter term in School District No. 5, town of Watertown, last Friday.  The usual closing examinations were held, and the children gave every evidence of having made substantial progress during the year.  This is Miss Shinnick's fifth year in this school, which is a good recommendation of the excellence of her work.


1,800 Free Hats

Watertown Gazette, 06 22 1883


Four thousand people on Milwaukee Street Friday night at the distribution 1,800 hats free by a Jew clothier, who took this way to advertise.  The police had to be called to preserve order.


Lovers’ Resort on Church Street

Watertown Gazette, 04 19 1901


There is a lovers’ resort on Church Street that should be broken up.   Almost nightly the vacant building in the 3rd block from West Main Street on Church Street is visited by young men and women who ought to be subject to a public horsewhipping for their conduct.   A continuance of these visits may lead to serious results.


Pantomime Troupe

Watertown Democrat, 12 08 1864


We are glad to learn that Hoskin’s Pantomime Troupe and the celebrated Bliss Family contemplate making our citizens a short visit. 


“The Troupe, now performing at the City Hall nightly, attracts great crowds of delighted listeners.  The acrobatic feats of the Bliss Family, the singing and dancing of the Porter sisters, the jig dancing of Master Andrew and the pantomimes by the company bring down the house.”  - Madison State Journal.


W. G. Crawford

Watertown Democrat, 09 03 1863

A splendid stock of fall and winter clothing has just been received at B. Schwab’s wholesale and retail establishment in this city.  Besides heavy and valuable assortments of every variety of ready-made clothing, the supply of fine and beautiful clothes for custom work is extensive and choice, comprising all the latest and most fashionable styles of gentlemen’s apparel. 


Mr. William G. Crawford is at the head of the custom department and all know with what taste and perfection he makes a garment fit the person for whom it is intended.


Watertown Democrat, 12 01 1864

We received a call the other day from our former townsman, Mr. W. G. Crawford, now of Madison, where he is engaged in business.  Mr. Crawford is a skillful, experienced and successful merchant-tailor and during his residence here used to take a lead in furnishing our citizens with the most fashionable and neatest fitting garments any where seen.  We are glad to learn that he is equally fortunate in his efforts to please his new customers at the capital and has already become popular and a favorite there.


New Map of Jefferson County

Watertown Democrat, 09 24 1863


A new map of Jefferson County has just been published by A. Menges & Co.  It is compiled by Mr. Henry Steger, of this city, from the latest records and actual surveys.  It is large, distinct, beautiful, complete and well mounted – accurately delineating the course of all the streams, highways and railroads and showing at a glance the features of the surface of the ground, clearly marking the ranges of the hills, forests, prairies, marshes, and containing the plot of every city and village in the county.  The name of the owner of every farm or section of land is neatly marked in plain letters and no care has been spared to make it full, reliable and perfect.  It is the best map of the kind yet executed in this state.  Every resident of the county should possess a copy for purposes of reference.  Copies can be obtained at $5.00 a piece.


Fairbank’s Scales

Watertown Democrat, 09 10 1863


The sale of Fairbank’s Scales the present year, particularly in the West, has been largely in advance of any previous year, during the whole history of the Messrs. Fairbanks’ business, which shows the unusual prosperity of those branches of business in which weighing is done and also the increasing popularity with the public of these celebrated scales.


Good Bye

Watertown Democrat, 09 10 1863


Good Bye to the brilliant flowers that followed silently in summer’s train of flashing and evanescent beauties and gladdened our hearts by their richness of color and perfume.


Good Bye – a short Good Bye – to the friends who have passed away with the summer into other climes to dwell, but will come again with future coming summers to rejoice our hearts with their dear presence.


Good Bye – a fond and tearful Good Bye – to the friends who have passed away with the summer into other worlds of transcendent beauty, to dwell in joy forever and ever more.


County Fairs of 1863

Watertown Democrat, 09 17 1863


The annual fair of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society will be held at Lake Mills on the 7th and 8th of October.


The annual fair of the Dodge County Agricultural Society will be held at Juneau on the 13th, 14th and 15th of next October.


These displays of agricultural products should be well attended by all classes.  This year these exhibitions ought to be unusually successful.


New Wheat

Watertown Democrat, 09 17 1863


The wheat market here is getting to be pretty active.  Large quantities are daily brought in for sale, filling the streets with loaded wagons and giving a lively impulse to business.  Winter wheat brings from 60 cents and up, according to quality.  Much of this variety is not the best, being more or less shrunk.  Spring wheat brings from 70 cents to 87, and most of it is first rate, ranking with the best grades.  There is a vast amount of grain in the country around, and by far the greater portion is as fine as has ever been raised.


Sheriff Germain Shot

Watertown Democrat, 09 17 1863


Last week, while in pursuit of a gang of horse thieves which Sheriff Germain had traced to Vernon County and overtaken, he was shot in the house where the villains had stopped, while in the act of arresting them.  As the Sheriff was about to ascend a pair of stairs with a lamp in his hands one of the thieves drew a revolver, the ball of which struck Mr. Germain in the shoulder and lodged below somewhat in the body.  Though the wound is serious, there are hopes of his recovery.  He was brought home and is now at Juneau.  The horses were recovered, but the thieves have escaped so far.


Mr. Alonzo Wing of Jefferson

Watertown Democrat, 09 17 1863


Mr. Alonzo Wing of the village of Jefferson, with great cordiality, was re-nominated for County Superintendent of School – an office he has held during the past two years with acknowledged benefit to the paramount cause of education. 


He has been so successful in raising the standard of qualification that a much better class of teachers are employed in every district.  His rule has been to accept none but the best who applied for certificates, and when they were not what they should be, to induce them to repair their defects by study and industry. 


The only complaint made against him is that he is too rigid and strict in the discipline he requires – and that is just what we should expect would be said of a faithful and efficient superintendent, who grants no favors except to merit and rejects all other appeals.


The Continental Vocalists

Watertown Democrat, 09 24 1863


On Thursday evening, the 8th of October next, Mr. J. W. Yarndley will give a grand concert of vocal and instrumental music at Cole’s Hall in this city, assisted by Messrs. Town and Webster of the Continental Vocalists and the best musical talent of Janesville and Watertown.  Mr. Yarndley is a skillful and accomplished violinist, a splendid singer, and the concert he proposes to give will combine as many attractions as any ever held in this city.  The lovers of fine music and sweet singing should extend to it their favor and patronage.  All but one of the celebrated Continental troupe will be present and their success has always been brilliant, wherever they have appeared.


Barber Accused by Local Girl

Watertown Gazette, 12 31 1914


August Schwartz, a barber who worked in Watertown for some time, was arrested in Waukesha last week Tuesday, charged with obtaining money under false pretenses.  The victim is a young Watertown woman who charges that Schwartz “borrowed” $35 from her under promise of marriage and other misrepresentations.


He appeared here with Sheriff Vaughan on Monday morning. 


Refusing to settle with the young woman from whom he admits that he borrowed $35, he appeared in Justice Rohr’s court that morning with counsel, and will fight the case on the technical contention that a promise to marry coincident with the borrowing of funds does not constitute the offense of obtaining money under false pretenses.


Schwartz has married a Waukesha girl since he was a resident of Watertown.  He has retained Attorney R. W. Lueck to defend him.


Sale of Clothing

at 205 Main Street

Watertown Republican, 11 21 1894


At 205 Main Street, Cole’s block, in this city, there will be put on sale for ten days, beginning Saturday morning, November 24, at 9 o'clock a.m., a large stock of men's, boys' and children's clothing brought from the warehouses of one of the largest wholesale dealers in Milwaukee.  This concern, forced by the hard times will sell off a portion of its stock at retail in order to meet pressing obligation "As one person's loss is another’s gain," so this affords a grand opportunity to the people of Watertown and vicinity to lay in a supply of winter clothing, cheap.  Goods will be sold for less than the cost of making, even less than 40 cents on the dollar, in order to realize money quickly.  If you are a saving man you will take advantage of this chance, as the finest material known to clothing merchants will be sold at this sale.  Remember this is not a bankrupt stock or damaged fire goods, but the best product of a large Milwaukee wholesale house, all made up in the most fashionable styles, and will be sold for less than the cost of making.


Keep Hands White and Soft

Watertown Gazette, 12 14 1900


A young lady of Missouri wishing to discover a way to keep her hands white and soft, sent one dollar in answer to an advertisement, and received the following recipe:  "Soak your hands in dish water three times a day, while your Ma is resting.”


Indelible Writing

Watertown Gazette, 09 07 1900


There comes time for all of us when the best we can do is to scribble with a pencil, and the evanescent results is anything but a satisfactory return for our time and trouble.  But if notes thus written are worth keeping they may be made indelible by laying them in a shallow pan or platter and covering them with a skim milk bath.


The paper must lie long enough to be thoroughly soaked, and then when the milk is drained off it must be carefully dried, and the writing will be found indelible, which is more than can be said for much that is done with pen and ink.


Annual Chamber Ornament

Watertown Daily Times, 12 01 2004


The staff of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to fill orders for the annual chamber ornament, which will be the last of the series.  The 2004 ornament, the last in a series, is ice blue in color and features a drawing of the main entry to the old St. Mary’s Hospital at 1300 E. Main St. “It has been fun to create the ornament each year,” Randy Roeseler, executive director of the chamber, said. “But we have noticed a decline in sales which is typical with a long term collection. We have had a run of 12 years which is a very long time for an annual collectible.”


Life Saved By Pulmoter

Watertown Gazette, 11 05 1914


Last Saturday afternoon Vernon McCarthy, aged 16 years, while taking a bath at the home of his uncle Abe McCarthy on Montgomery Street, narrowly escaped death.  The gas water heater in the bath room was not provided with a vent and burned all the oxygen in the room, rendering young McCarthy unconscious.  He was in the bath room an unusually long time and the family, suspecting something wrong, forced the door open and found him unconscious.  Dr. Kings was called and took a pulmotor along with him, and after working over him for a long time he regained consciousness and is all right again.


Gasoline Storage Tank Exploded

Watertown Gazette, 10 26 1900


In Johnson Creek a gasoline storage tank containing 90 gallons exploded this afternoon at 5:30 o'clock and the four pounds of dynamite cartridges added to the destruction.  A clerk at Trenzlow's hardware store went with a lamp to draw some gasoline.  The tank had just been filled and is some gasoline which had been spilled on the floor ignited and caused the explosion.  All the window glass in the vicinity was broken, pictures were hurled from the walls of residences and glassware and crockery were demolished.  The prompt action of the fire department saved all buildings except a bam owned by S. Swat, which was destroyed.


Real Estate

Watertown Gazette, 11 05 1914


Emil Tanck has purchased the Bingham residence on Washington Street, one of the finest houses in the city.


The 1900 Corn Crop

Watertown Gazette, 08 17 1900


The corn crop has generally made very rapid progress this past week although somewhat damaged in some localities by excessive heat. Special reports from correspondents in all parts of the state as to the probable date when corn will be safe from frost show that some fields will be ready to cut during the present month, but the consensus of opinion seems to be that early plantings will not be safe before Sept. 1, and late plantings about Sept. 15th. The present condition of the crop gives promise of a large yield.


Pan-American Exposition

Watertown Gazette, 06 29 1900


The engineers of the Pan-American Exposition, which will be held at Buffalo, N.Y. in 1901, have adopted plans which, when carried out, will result in startlingly original effects in electricity. The areas of the exposition have been laid out with special reference to night effects, and the horticultural and the landscape features have been designed to harmonize with the fountain displays and the illumination.


New St. John’s at Clyman

Watertown Republican, 06 12 1900


The laying of the corner-stone of the new St. John’s Catholic Church at Clyman took place last Thursday afternoon with very impressive services.  A large number of people from neighboring places witnessed the ceremony, Watertown sending a good-sized delegation, including the Catholic Knights.  Archbishop Katzer of Milwaukee conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Fathers Hartman of Beaver Dam; Hader of Mayville; Piscatry, of Neosho . . . . The new edifice, when completed, will cost $15,000.


Ladies’ Shampooing

Watertown Republican, 06 05 1900


Ladies’ shampooing and hair dressing in the latest style.  Filtered soft water is used and regulated with a combination faucet from warm to cold, then dried with an improved hot air dryer. Please give us a trial.


Watertown Hops Company

Watertown Daily Times, 11 26 1989


Beer drinkers may think of Milwaukee when they savor Miller Brewing Company’s products, but Watertown now plays an important role behind the scenes.  The Watertown Hops Company, officially opened today by Miller, will provide hops extract for all six of the company’s breweries, including the Milwaukee facility.  The hops extract is the principal flavoring of beer, so the Watertown plant will have considerable impact on the taste of many of Miller’s products.  Construction of the $11.6 million plant was an important step for Miller, which used to purchase its hops extract from outside vendors.  Now, the company will control the extraction process from start to finish.


Watertown Daily Times, 12 02 2014


Watertown civic and business leaders got a rare opportunity to view the inside of the new Watertown Hops Company Wednesday, a plant not normally open to visitors because of the competitive nature of the brewing industry.  The visitors, selected because of their support of Miller’s location in the city’s industrial park, viewed shiny, state-of-the-art equipment in the recently opened $11.6 million facility.  The hops extract produced in Watertown is introduced in the brewing process at MiIler’s six breweries when the beer is being boiled.  The hops are added directly into the brew kettle, which contains a mixture known as wort.


Probable Loss of Bus Line

Watertown Daily Times, 11 28 1964


The probable loss of the city’s present bus line service continued to plague the city administration today, while at last night’s meeting of the common council Mayor Robert P. White said he would do everything possible to have bus service maintained in Watertown.  The remarks followed a preliminary discussion of the bus situation at Monday night’s council committee meeting after individual aldermen and the mayor said they had received telephone calls from concerned residents who rely on bus service.


Kessler Elected President of Council

It took 59 ballots

Watertown Gazette, 01 21 1915


It took 59 ballots for the city council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to decide who should be its president to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Kehr from the city council, John Kessler being elected on the 59th ballot. The selection is a most excellent one.


Peter Nimm’s Dream

Watertown Gazette, 01 21 1915


Peter Nimm, the West side philosopher, reports he had a dream one night last week that he killed nine Russian soldiers at one crack of his fist at them and awoke to find that he struck the post of his bed instead of Russian soldiers and that the blood flowed freely from his hand.  He fought and bled for Uncle Sam in the War of the Rebellion and receives a pension for wounds received in battle, but he says he doesn’t know just how to go about it to get a pension for the wound he received in his battle with the Russians.  That’s what Peter gets for not being married.


River Valley Alliance Church

Watertown Daily Times, 06 03 1989


River Valley Alliance Church will officially organize as a church with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in a special service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the church at 505 S. Fifth St.[?]  Rev. John Fogal, superintendent of the Midwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, will be in charge of the morning service.  During the service 79 people will be received as charter members.  A year ago plans were made to start a new church in Watertown.  The congregation began meeting last June on Sunday evenings at 500 S. Fifth St.  By September of 1988 there were approximately 40 families committed to beginning a full schedule of services in Watertown.  At that time Sunday school, morning worship, Sunday evening services and Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meetings were added.


Seventh Ward Grocery

Watertown Gazette, 04 09 1914


The Seventh Ward Grocery, formerly conducted by A. W. Schuenke, is now open for business under the new management of Frank. M. Jennings.  An entirely new stock of groceries has been purchased and the store will cater to the wants of all.  Good goods and the best of service is our motto.  The Seventh Ward Grocery, 1022 [South] Third Street.  Goods delivered to any part of the city.


Blockaded a Crossing with Train

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


The city of Jefferson recently made an example of a Northwestern freight conduct or who blockaded a crossing with his train for an hour by causing his arrest and slapping a fine of $5 and costs on him.  The city has also given the railroad people notice that the fast running trains in the city limits against the ordinances will not be longer tolerated.


Gustav Boehm

Watertown Republican, 11 07 1899


Two warrants for the arrest of Gustav Boehm, Third Street, meat dealer, were issued last week by Judge Dunwiddie, of the circuit court, and served by Sheriff Jaehnke.  Fred Berg and Louis Ulrich, both of this city, are the respective complainants, and suit is brought for alleged slander and defamation of character.  In each case the defendant was admitted to bail in the bonds of $2,000, Eugene O’Connor and Fred Ohm, and H. J. Strauss and Louis Mueller paying the sureties.  It is said the suits are the outcome of allegations attributed to Mr. Boehm concern the robbery committed at Boehm & Berg’s meat market a few months ago . . .


Trouble at Lawrence University

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


There was another installment of trouble at Lawrence University (Appleton) this morning, resulting from the calling out of the city police to preserve order a few nights ago.  The college janitor, who summoned the officers, was hung in effigy in front of the college building and his name was openly hissed in chapel at the morning religious services.  This noon when the effigy was cut down a body of students recaptured the image and carried it away.  President Plantz announced in chapel that he will expel the students who are guilty of the outrage if they are identified.


Women Become Hunting Enthusiasts

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


The Sunday Sentinel prints an article about Milwaukee women who have become hunting enthusiasts.   We understand that Watertown also numbers among her popular young women one who enjoys shouldering a gun and taking to the woods, in quest of the small game with which this section abounds.


Itinerant Orchestra

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


On Tuesday last the people of Johnson Creek were treated to sweet strains of music, furnished by a wandering street band of three musicians, two playing violins and the third a harp.  On very short notice a small company of young people was gathered in the evening for an informal hop, which took place in Preusse's Hall, the music being furnished by the itinerant orchestra.


Formation of an "Assembly" Club

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


A number of our young people are interesting themselves in the formation of an "Assembly" club, to hold a series of six parties at Concordia Opera house during the winter.  Several subscription lists are in circulation and the indications are that a membership of 100 will be secured.


Excellent Sleighing

Watertown Republican, 02 06 1895


The sleighing has never been better, and notwithstanding the severity of the weather the past week, has been much indulged in.


Thursday evening the class of ‘95 and the teachers of the high school enjoyed a ride about the city to the home of Henry Scholt, in Emmet, where refreshments were tendered them.


On Saturday afternoon a cavalcade of a dozen sleighs conveyed the scholars of No. 1 School in a drive around town, chaperoned by the teachers.  The children made matters extremely lively and merry.


Joseph Molzahn, at his mother’s home on the West Road, agreeably entertained a large number of young people Sunday evening, two bob loads attending from the city.


Monday evening, the coldest of all, Racek & Jones' clerks packed themselves into a bob and made several caIls on country acquaintances east of the city, under the pilotage of Charles Goetsch.  The incessant ringing of numerous bells attached to the rig attracted more than ordinary attention.  The party was royally treated wherever it stopped.


Louis Wilkowski

Watertown Republican, 09 18 1895


Louis Wilkowski has presented us with some specimens of peaches from the tree he has grown in the Second ward.  They are of good size and excellent flavor.  Mr. Wilkowski is quite enthusiastic over peach culture here, and says that, with due care in the winter, the fruit could be raised quite extensively.


William Goetsch of Pipersville

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1899


William Goetsch, who resides near Pipersville, has sold one of his large gray teams to a firm of horse brokers at Appleton.  The price received was $400.  Mr. Goetsch has the reputation of raising some of the best draft horses in the state and his animals are much sought after.  The team weighs about 1,800 each.




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