ebook  History of Watertown, Wisconsin

Miscellaneous set


O. P. Illing

Watertown Gazette, 10 05 1894


While hunting on Rock River last Saturday afternoon, Mr. O. P. Illing, of this city met with an accident which fortunately did not result more seriously.  He placed his gun in the boat and when he was in the act of "shoving off" from the shore the piece was accidentally discharged, the entire contents striking Mr. Illing in the breast.  Fortunately, the shot struck him in a slanting position and glanced off without doing any great harm.  One grain went through his cheek and tongue, and several grains made flesh wounds in his breast.  Dr. Lueck removed the grains and Fred is still on earth, but a little sore.  He resumes work in his cigar factory on Wednesday.


Sit on floor while putting shoes on

Watertown Republican, 01 11 1899


It is the custom of nearly every young girl to sit on the floor while putting on her shoes.  Indeed, many women keep up the habit to middle age, though full-fledged womanhood not infrequently displays such embonpoint [the plump or fleshy part of a person's body, in particular a woman's bosom] as would make such a course difficult . . . . Even in the case of a stout woman, according to the statement of an English physician, sitting on the floor is advisable as giving exercise such as those of portly dimensions are much in need.  The medical man asserts that a position on the floor or ground is more natural than that occupied while using a chair.


Ex-Senator Spooner

Watertown Republican, 10 31 1894


Never before in her history has Watertown seen as large a Republican demonstration as that of last evening, when ex-Senator John C. Spooner paid us his first visit, and there has only been one of any party that was near its equal -- the Watterson meeting in 1888.  Mr. Spooner’s coming had been thoroughly advertised and prepared for and there were large delegations attracted from the surrounding towns and country, Oconomowoc leading with excursion numbering 400 from her immediate vicinity, including the Republican marching club with 250 torches and numerous transparencies, who on their arrival at 7 o'clock paraded the principal streets, headed by an escort of local Republicans, the band and the drum-corps, all under the marshalship of W. C. Raue.  The Oconomowoc boys made an excellent showing and fairly painted the town with Republican enthusiasm which was not in the least lacking.  If the impression made by them is to be taken as a criterion, the Republican party has a flattering chance for success in Waukesha county this fall.  The boys say there are but three Democrats in Oconomowoc – and these may be converted before election.


Frank Wilson

Watertown Republican, 12 07 1898


Frank Wilson, one of the men who robbed the post office at Ixonia about a year ago and was captured by a posse of men led by Deputy Sheriff James McCall, has been held for trial before Judge Bunn of the United States district court at Madison.  He is now confined in jail at Milwaukee and it is understood will plead guilty to the charge when his trial comes on.  Wilson, in company with two other men, stole about $100 worth of stamps.  The crime is punishable by a long term in the state's prison.


1898 Blizzard

Watertown Republican, 01 26 1898


About the worst blizzard that has visited this section for several years was that of Saturday afternoon and night.  A large quantity of snow fell and the wind blew a perfect gale, tending to pile up drifts in many places.  The country highways were blockaded and traffic on the railroads was impeded to such an extent that the trains were several hours late.  Great difficulty was experienced by pedestrians in reaching their destinations and in some cases conveyances had to be resorted to.  Another blizzard occurred yesterday afternoon, but was not so severe nor lasting.


Otto Brightsman

Watertown Republican, 12 14 1898


In Milford Otto Brightsman's team ran away Sunday morning, causing some damage.  They started from B. Silliman's store and after running some three miles were caught.  One of the amusing features was the little dog sitting on the seat taking a fast ride.


Dr. J. M. Sleicher

Watertown Gazette, 11 18 1898


Last Tuesday Dr. M. L. Harris of Chicago and Dr. J. M. Sleicher of this city, performed a very difficult surgical operation on the person of Mrs. Robert Dent, who has been seriously ill for some time.  The operation was a very successful one, and it is expected that Mrs. Dent will in a short time be fully restored to health.


Gus and Henry Warnke

Watertown Republican, 02 02 1898


Two former Watertown boys, Gus and Henry Warnke, sons of our resident, Mrs. Martha Warnke, are now in Alaska, brought there by the gold fever.  Henry is conducting a meat market for a syndicate at Dyea, and Gus is headed for Dawson City, intending to enter the Klondike gold fields in the spring.  The latter sailed from Tacoma, Wash., on January 5, leaving his wife at Tacoma.  He may be absent as long as two years – at any rate, until he has his fever for gold mining satisfied.  His wife has imparted the foregoing information to relatives here.



Watertown Republican, 11 23 1898


A rather touching story of true devotion had a happy denouement in Justice Stacy's court last Saturday morning, when the squire tied the nuptial knot that made Otto Bokenhagen and Mathilda Gutzdorf one.  Both the principals are residents of the Seventh ward.  Bokenhagen is proprietor of a glue factory and about 30 years of age, while his spouse is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Gutzdorf and said to be only 15.


Gruetzmacher and O'Neil

Watertown Republican, 09 28 1898


At the adjourned session of the circuit court, which opened at Jefferson Monday, the criminal calendar was taken up.  Herbert Gruetzmacher and Thomas O'Neil, of this city, held on a charge of larceny from the person, did not stand for trial, but pleaded guilty to the charge.


Judge Bennett sentenced each of the culprits to two years in the state prison at Waupun.  Gruetzmacher and O'Neil got themselves in trouble here on the night of September 2 when they intercepted Thomas Mahoney, a Clyman farmer, on his way home, boarded his rig, procured a keg of beer and then drove him to the vicinity of Boomer's dam, where the beer was drunk.


What the two prisoners did thereafter could not be positively proved, as Mahoney fell asleep.  However, on awakening the following morning, he discovered that $90 had been stolen from his pocket.  Circumstantial evidence strongly pointed to Gruetzmacher and O'Neil as the guilty parties and Justice Henze bound them over for trial to the circuit court.  Their pleading guilty, of course, may be taken as an admission of their guilt.


Prof. De Castro

Watertown Democrat, 07 21 1864 


A Night of Mirth and Wonder.  Prof. De Castro, the great ventriloquist and magician, will give a grand entertainment at Cole’s Hall this evening.  In magic feats he is said to be unsurpassed and never fails to please his audience.



Watertown Democrat, 07 21 1864 


Death is constantly stealing around us in the garb of pulmonic disease, colds, coughs, sore throats, etc.  A box of Bryan’s Pulmonic Wafers will cure a cold, cough, etc.  25 cents a box at Fountain’s Drug Store.


Oscar F. Mattice

Watertown Democrat, 07 14 1864 


At a meeting of Waterloo Lodge No. 63, F.&A.M., the following was adopted:


Resolved, That in the untimely death of our friend and brother, Oscar F. Mattice, we recognize the loss of a worthy citizen, pure patriot and true Mason.  That we, as Masons, deeply deplore his absence from our “Mystic Circle” here below and to his fair memory, we bestow the honor and respect of the fraternity.  Indeed, as our “Soldier Brother” was, by love of country and duty to leave an affluent and pleasant home, where parental love cheered and smoothed the pathway of life for the rigors of the field, privations of the camp and perils of battle, he fell a noble sacrifice for Constitutional liberty.  Resolved, That as a man and a Mason he combined all the qualities of usefulness and pre-eminence, and those who knew him best loved him best.


George Peoples House

Watertown Democrat, 07 07 1864 


For Sale or to Rent – The brick house heretofore occupied by George Peoples in the first ward of this city, numbered as Lot 2 in Block 47, is now for sale or rent.  This property now belongs to parties in New York and as they are anxious to dispose of it, it can be purchased on the most favorable terms.  Apply to P. V. Brown.


Unite Two Clyman Churches

Watertown Republican, 11 14 1899


A movement is on foot to unite the two Catholic churches at Clyman and erect a new church edifice.  A site has been donated and funds are being raised by subscription for the building.


Election of United States Senator

Watertown Republican, 01 04 1899


A few of the country newspapers are lashing themselves into a frenzy over the coming election of United States senator.  Much intemperate language is indulged in, and insinuations made not consistent with the life and character of the gentleman sought to defeat.


H .F. Wilke

Watertown Republican, 01 04 1899


A mean, contemptible piece of business has cropped out in Dane county.  County Treasurer-elect H .F. Wilke was a few days later than the statutory time allowed him for filing his bond, and the bond committee of the board of supervisors has declined to accept it.  The delay was occasioned by the county board having increased the amount of the bond after election, and consequently Mr. Wilke was a little late in getting it returned from an eastern security company.  The board is Democratic, and it undoubtedly means a Democrat will be given the place.


The Cost of Being a Candidate

Watertown Republican, 01 04 1899


The law requires that all candidates for office shall make a report of their campaign expenses, and the following report of a candidate seems to lack nothing of any importance to the public, and probably can be relied upon as meeting in some degree the exact experiences of some of the innumerable throng who are almost dying to serve their state or county:


"Lost 4 months and 23 days. Lost 3,345 hours sleep thinking about the election; 23 acres of corn; 4 sheep; 5 hogs; two front teeth, and some hair.  Gave away 96 plugs of tobacco, 33,848 drinks of whiskey, 2,884 glasses of beer, 7 Sunday school books, 2 pairs of suspenders, 4 calico dresses, 8 dolls, and 22 baby rattles.  Told 2,889 lies, shook 28,477 hands, talked enough to have made in print 1,600 volumes the size of a patent office report, kissed 126 babies, cut 3 cords of wood, was bitten 48 times by dogs, and a baby broke my watch which cost me $3 to have it mended.  Loaned out 3 barrels of flour, 20 bushels of meal, 150 pounds of pork, 27 pounds of butter, 12 dozen eggs, 160 lead pencils, 10 bibles, 2 hoes, 7 boxes of paper collars.  Called my opponent a liar, for which I paid a ten dollar doctor bill, had an argument with my wife, the result of which I broke one flower vase, ruined one shirt bosom, had two handsful of whiskers pulled out and bought 10 cents' worth of court plaster, besides spending $363 in hard cash.”


Coughs, Colds, Influenza, Sore Throat, etc

Watertown Democrat, 02 18 1865  


We would again remind our readers that this season of the year is a time when they are constantly liable to sudden coughs, colds, influenza, sore throat, etc., when the children are in constant danger from croup throat and lung complaints.  It is important that every head of the family should provide a remedy that is ready at all times for immediate use, whether assailed at the dead hour of night with the breaking out of a hard cold, the racking of a violent cough, or the children with that most dangerous of all diseases – croup – or at the midday hour, you should always be prepared.  In Coe’s Cough Balsam you will find a ready and effectual remedy.  It grapples and controls instantaneously the most stubborn coughs.  With the croup, it is a sovereign cure.  You should have it in the house – it can be found at all our drug stores.

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Watertown Republican, 01 08 1890


Whether the important kind or not, an influenza of a very trying type has broken out in this community and its victims can be counted by the scores.   Every physician has his full quota of patients suffering from the disease, but thus far no fatal cases have occurred.  Those taken are affected with a form of the regular old-fashioned hard cold, which now has been termed "la grippe" to make things confirm to the times.  There is no doubt but that the disease has been matured into greater severity because of the open character of the winter thus far.


Platting City Property

Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1865  


Common Council Proceedings:  Alderman Prentiss, Chairman of Committee on Judiciary, reported in favor of the petition for platting lands in this city, which are insufficiently described, and introduced a bill to be enacted by the Legislature to authorize this city to have the work done.  The bill was read by the Clerk, approved by the Council, and the Clerk directed to send the bill to our member of the Legislature for enactment.


418 E Main

Watertown Daily Times, 01 05 1965  


Members of the common council have expressed interest in the city acquiring the property at the northwest corner of Main and North Fifth Streets [418 E Main].  At tonight’s meeting of the council a resolution is expected to be approved calling for such a stop by authorizing a preliminary checkup on the probability of purchasing it.  The property would be used for a future North Fifth Street widening project which has been in the stages of discussion for some time and which is part of the city’s comprehensive master plan.  Discussed briefly at last night’s council committee meeting, it was brought out that the property was purchased some time ago by Lloyd Kopp of the Kopp Sheet Metal Works currently located at 204 Madison Street.


The Florietta

Watertown Democrat, 07 24 1876 [or 1878]


The excursionists who came up from Jefferson on board the Florietta Saturday morning, having spent a few hours quite pleasantly in this city, started on their return trip shortly after 5 o'clock in the afternoon.  Busses were provided at the Tivoli to convey passengers to the little steamer, which stood waiting a few rods south of Boomer's dam to receive her cargo of human freight.  Before the boat started some sixty persons were on board, including a band of musicians, and several individuals from this town . . . The boat reached her destination at half past eight o'clock in the evening, and as she slowly entered the dock, the band played "God save the Queen."  Hundreds of people stood waiting for the boat's return, and before she fairly landed, loud exclamations of joy went up from the gay and merry throng.  The boat will be here some time during the present week, to carry passengers to Jefferson and back.


Williams Smokehouse

Restaurant and Lounge

The Market, 210 S. Water St.

Watertown Daily Times, 01 08 2015


The Williams Smokehouse Restaurant and Lounge is a southern cuisine specialty restaurant with an all-Americana brand meant to honor servicemen and women and first responders.  The new restaurant will take the place of Sonder Martini Lounge and Coffee Bar, which closed its doors last month.   The restaurant is a joint venture between Williams and Jerry Scheiber, formerly of Karma Inc., and is part of ongoing efforts to re-establish The Market as a downtown asset that provides a unique shopping and dining experience.


The building began as a lumberyard more than 100 years ago that had train tracks running into it.  It can still be seen where the tracks ran as that is where red brick walkways were laid down, whereas the old train platforms were made from wood.  The building was renovated in 1997 and was opened as The Market, with its primary draw being an antiques market.


Other new occupants of The Market:

Blush Salon and Studio

Junio’s Resale and Candy Shop

Watertown Players

Trends and Traditions Floral and Gifts

Goldenstone Wellness Center


The potential exists for The Market to become a center of commerce and a major draw for the city’s downtown again.


Bus Service to Cease

Watertown Daily Times, 12 15 1964


A faint glow of hope that bus service somehow will continue in Watertown after Jan. 1, at least until a final decision is reached, was seen in a statement which Mayor Robert P. White made at last night’s council committee meeting.  The mayor said that he is awaiting a report from the three member committee he recently named to study the question.  The committee was named after it was disclosed present bus service would cease as of Dec. 31.


Watertown Daily Times, 12 31 1964


Mayor Robert P. White announced this morning that State Public Service Commission has granted an extension of the present operating permit for the Watertown bus service until Jan. 31. The mayor said in his report that the decision is up to the council: that the city has two bus service to disappear or provide some type of subsidy in order to have the bus line continue serving the public.


Watertown Daily Times, 06 10 1993


The city’s bus system — except for limited student routes — may be eliminated at the end of the year in favor of an expanded cab service.  Mayor Frederick Smith said he believes the city will save about $75,000 a year by discontinuing the bus system and yet will be able to maintain the same level of service to citizens.  “The buses to the average person in Watertown are a traveling testimony to government inefficiency,” Smith said.  “They look at these buses running nearly empty most of the day.”  The bus system, which carried about 45,000 passengers in 1992, has an estimated operating budget of $258,000 in 1993.  The state and federal governments pay 70 percent of the costs and the remainder is financed through fares and a surplus from the cab system.


Watertown Daily Times, 12 31 1993


City bus service will soon be a transportation mode of the past for Watertown which has had bus service for the past 47 years.  Those who want a last ride for nostalgia will have to do so this week.  The bus service will end Friday at 5 p.m.  Declining ridership has prompted the city to eliminate bus service and increase cab service.  For several years, the bus system has been operating at a loss despite large federal and state subsidies.  All six city buses will be sold to the highest bidder.  Two school buses will run for two hours per day during school weeks to accommodate students.  Charles Kerr of Transportation Services Inc., which operates both the city’s bus and cab services said, “I’m sorry to see the buses go.  We will lose something we can’t get back.  Five years down the road, the city may need them.  It depends on how the city grows.”


First Shoemaker

Watertown Republican, 01 19 1898


Michael McGrail, one of Watertown's earliest pioneers and her first shoemaker, paid the city a visit last week.  He now resides with his two younger sons in Chicago.  Mr. McGrail removed from hereto Clinton, la. twenty-seven years ago.  He was here gathering evidence with which to secure a pension, one of his sons, new deceased, having fought in the rebellion.


Watertown Kitchen

Watertown Daily Times, 01 15 2005


Watertown Kitchen, 108 S. Third St., is under new ownership.  Theresa and Randy Brandl, of Watertown, are the new owners, with Theresa also serving as the manager.  “The overall essence of the Watertown Kitchen will stay the same but there will be a few minor changes to best serve our customers,” Theresa Brandl said.  The menu will basically stay the same, though there might be a few additions later on down the road, she added.


New One Dollar Certificates

Watertown Republican, 01 11 1899


New one dollar certificates, series of 1899, are in circulation.  The numerals of the new notes are very large, and thus the danger of being raised is materially reduced.  The distinguishing feature of the face of the notes is a spread eagle with a United States flag in its talons, and the United States capitol building in the distance.  Miniature portraits of Lincoln and Grant, surrounded by laurel wreaths, are placed on the lower line of the face of the note, and one large numeral and the seal are printed in blue.  The back of the note is printed in green, and on both face and back there is more uncovered white paper showing than on any other note hitherto printed, this being in accordance with the ideas of experienced treasury officials.  The United States note, authorized by the same act of congress, will have its numeral and seal printed in carmine, and the treasury note will have been printed in orange.


Wm. Harrison

Watertown Republican, 03 06 1895


Wm. Harrison, one of the three men held at the county jail on the charge of burglary preferred by S. V. Piper, yesterday plead guilty before Judge Colonius and was sentenced to one year at the state prison in Waupun.  This man, John Murphy and John Wilson robbed the store of S. V. Piper, at Pipersville, on the 18th of January.  They made an entrance by forcing open the front door of the store, and took therefrom goods valued at from $40 to $60.  They are men from whom Sherriff Shannon took the tools for escaping from jail.  The others will probably follow Harrison's lead.


Soliciting Subscriptions for Church Work

Watertown Republican, 02 27 1895


Last week a man with a foreign appearance, claiming to be a native of Calbea, and giving his name as Padre George, was in the city soliciting subscriptions for church work in his native land.


He aimed to interest clergymen mainly, but several others were also approached.  Some small sums of money were secured.  It seems the fellow fitted his representations to the different parties he worked, and when this fact became known by the donors their suspicions were aroused.  However, the solicitor had evidently become posted on the turn of affairs, for he was making his way to the Northwestern depot on Wednesday afternoon when apprehended by one of the benevolent clergymen, who demanded his subscription be refunded, under penalty arrest.  George willingly complied with the demand and forthwith made good his escape.  He had been very successful in other places, having not only large donations from well-known clergy, but also letters of recommendations in some instances.


Gustav Neumann

Watertown Republican, 02 20 1895


A new barbershop on the west side, with G. Neumann as proprietor, brings the total for the city up to eleven.  Our male population certainly cannot complain of being unable to have their tonsorial wants attended to.   WR

Cross Reference:  Gustav Neumann, 202 W. Main [1899-1900 Watertown City Directory]


Sleigh Ride about the City

Watertown Republican, 02 20 1895


The following ladies indulged in a sleigh ride about the city Friday afternoon, their conveyances bedecked with gaily-colored ribbons.  Mesdames W. F. White, W. P. Keyes, Josie Hall, Fred Ryder, J. H. Ball, H. T. Eberle, A. J. Whiting, S. R. Sleeper, Anna Sleeper, C. A. Skinner, Ella Moak, Ed. May, George Webb, E. C. Weiss, Henry Donner, W. C. Stone, and Duram Woodard.  Upon the conclusion of the ride a chicken-pie supper was served at Mrs. Whyte's home, followed by a séance during the evening.  It is said several of the ladies displayed wonderful hypnotic powers.   WR


Circuit Court Case

Watertown Republican, 02 27 1895


A case involving the obtaining of goods under false pretenses was tried in the circuit court in Jefferson last week and the defendant was acquitted.  The costs amounted to about $300, which the taxpayers of this county will have to foot.  This amount might have been saved, for we understand that after the preliminary examination both the complainant and the defendant were willing to settle the case without trial, the latter to pay all costs already incurred.  It is said that the district attorney agreed to this course and to recommend that the case be dismissed, but for some reason changed his mind and brought it to trial with the above result.


Watertown’s First Pediatrician

Watertown Daily Times, 12 27 2014


Dr. Brigido Calado was Watertown’s first pediatrician, and he will be calling Tuesday his last day of work in a career that spanned 42 years.  Calado came far to practice medicine in Watertown. He was born in the Philippines and went to high school in Manila.


Calado came to Watertown in December 1971, during the last year of his residency, to be interviewed by the Watertown Memorial Hospital’s board of directors.  He said they offered him a position in exchange for his word that he would move to Watertown after his residency was over.  Calado was already married to his wife, Florence, and they had three children by the time they came to Watertown.


His first office was near the intersection of Seventh and Main streets.  Kathy Simonis, a nurse who has worked for Calado for 23 years, said it is apparent that Calado’s patients know the care he has for them when they grow up and bring their own children and grandchildren to him.


Waste Paper Cans

Watertown Republican, 01 11 1899


Would it not be prudent for our city authorities to place waste-paper cans at the intersections of some of our streets, and especially so on Main Street?  Paper is frequently to be seen floating around, very dangerous to life and limb, and there is nothing that horses more-easily take fright at.  Waste-paper deposits have become a necessity.  They can be attached to lamp-posts, which will make the expense to the city a very trifling one.


A. Wegeman Building

Watertown Republican, 11 14 1899


Workmen engaged in constructing the foundation of the A. Wegeman building on West Cady Street killed 143 rats which were making their habitation under the sidewalk.  The place is a regular hot-bed of rodents.


Boys Will Be Boys

Watertown Republican, 11 07 1899


Some people are trying to heap a great deal of odium upon our state university on account of the Halloween raid made by a number of youthful students on the laundry of Ladies’ hall.  It is simply nonsense to place the bad repute because these unruly boys forgot themselves for the moment and perpetrated an act that was far from gentlemanly, to say the least.  Such episodes are not infrequent occurrences in seats of learning.  "Boys will be boys" the world over.


Don't Throw Ashes in the Streets

Watertown Republican, 11 06 1895


This wholesome bit of advice is given in the interest of those who may not know that there is a city ordinance against making the street a dumping ground for ashes or litter of any kind.  The reminder is opportune, inasmuch as Street Commissioner McLaughlin, acting under instructions, will enforce the ordinance in all cases without fear of or favor.  "A word to the wise is sufficient."


Method of Shelling Corn

Watertown Republican, 10 30 1895


Joseph Molzahn and A. Hildemann, of the West Road, have been experimenting as to a better method of shelling corn than the old one, and have been signally successful.  They "thresh" it, using an old separator upon which some alterations were made to meet the exigencies of the case.  The corn is taken from the field, stalks and all, and fed to the machine just like wheat or barley, and the result is 100 bushels of shelled corn every hour.  The stalks are cut into fodder and emitted with the cobs.  The boys are in big demand with their "corn thresher" by the farmers hereabouts, and there is no doubt that their method will become quite a fad.


Artesian Well Suit

Watertown Republican, 10 02 1895


An interesting suit which the right of a farmer to permit the flow of water from an artesian well to run through another man's land was tried during the present term of the circuit court at Jefferson and verdict returned for William J. Pollack, the defendant.  William H. Green brought the suit for $750 damages.  Both gentlemen are town of Hebron farmers.   The defendant alleged that the overflow from the well had run through Mr. Green's land since 1872 and that the right had become established by the permission thus granted.  In 1892 the well was drilled deeper, which resulted in an increased flow of water.  By the use of plugs the flow was reduced to not more than the previous volume of water, and the jury decided that the plaintiff was not entitled to damages.


A Street Fakir

Watertown Republican, 10 09 1895


Yesterday a street fakir playing a dice game held forth at the fair and grew rich off a number of unsuspecting swains who were inveigled into the mysteries of the game.  Somehow the fakir's patrons never won, but a few were so persistent in their efforts that their ardor lad them to squander various sums up to as high $15.  One youth, after "trying his luck" to the tune of $6 worth, deliberately grabbed the money lying on the victor's table and skipped, but was soon overtaken by the fakir and the money recovered.  The game went merrily on all day until the $15 man had silently finished playing, when the fakir, like the Arab, "folded his tent and stole away."  It seems that the country boys will never learn to keep away from another fellow's game.


Board Walks

Watertown Republican, 01 18 1899


Board walks [wood sidewalks] now cover the stone sidewalks fronting the Wisconsin National Bank, Joe Harvey's and Zemke Bros.' saloon.  A timely precaution in any weather, when stone walks are apt to be decidedly dangerous to life and limb.



Oshkosh Canning Company

Watertown Republican, 11 14 1899


During the past week the city received a proposition for the institution of a new industry here and the matter is now being investigated.  G.A. Young, representing the Oshkosh Canning company, was in town Thursday and in the evening appeared before a largely attended meeting of the Business Men's association to submit a proposition of his company for the location of a branch factory here.  The Oshkosh concern is looking for possible locations for several of these branches.  This course is necessary to be pursued so as to save the cost of transporting the raw material.  Sections favorable to the growing of the required vegetables are sought, and in such sections the establishment of a canning factory has proved a successful venture and a source of profit to the owners of garden truck farms.


Purchase of Shade Trees

Watertown Republican, 11 14 1899


Sessions of the common council these days are rather uninteresting compared to what they formerly were.  At the regular meeting last Tuesday evening slight stir was caused by Alderman Krueger and Mayer, the Fifth ward representatives, getting into a heated argument over the allowance of a bill against the ward fund for money advanced by Mr. Mayer to purchase shade trees.  Mr. Krueger claimed he could find out nothing concerning the bill and recommended that it be referred to the board of public works.  It was evident from his remarks that harmony does not exist between him and his colleague.  Mayer said that Krueger had the bill for a month and thought that was sufficiently long in which to investigate.  The other aldermen evidently were of the opinion that Mayer was entitled to his money, for they voted to indefinitely postpone the Krueger report and to allow the bill. 


Alderman Mayer submitted a proposition to have the intersection of West Main and Montgomery streets paved this fall, but it was deemed too late in the season, so the matter was deferred until spring.


Brandt & Abele's New Store Front

Watertown Republican, 09 18 1895


Brandt & Abele's handsome new store front was made doubly attractive last week by a beautiful window display of dress goods and other fabrics, which for perfect blending of colors and general effect has not been surpassed in our city.  It was very creditable to the firm's window trimmer, N. Spohn.


August Quentmeyer

Watertown Republican, 09 11 1895


Last season eclipsed all others in the Tailoring line with us.  We're therefore encouraged to invest heavier than ever in Woolens for the coming fall.  The consequence is that our line is the largest, most complete in choicest varieties in the city.  You will find prices so reasonable, that it will be a pleasure for everyone to look this elegant assortment over.  We have all the large, stylish PLAIDS in SCOTCH and WORSTED effects for the Nobby Dresser; also the new shades of GREEN and GREEN MIXTURES.  In fact we have everything desirable for old and young in SUITINGS, OVERCOATINGS and TR0USRINGS (sic).  We cordially invite you to inspect this immense variety.




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Death of John Beynon


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Watertown Gazette, 03 05 1914


It is our sad duty today to record the death of our old and esteemed friend, John Beynon, whom we have known and greatly revered for nearly half a century.  At 5 o’clock on Sunday evening, Feb. 22, 1914, Mr. Beynon was enjoying his usual good health at his home at 502 Washington Street, and while lighting a cigar with a match he set fire to his clothing and was severely burned about the face, hands and side of his body, and his devoted wife went to his rescue at once and smothered the flames with a strip of carpet, but not before he was dangerously burned, and this was the cause of his death, which occurred at 8:45 o'clock on Wednesday evening, March 4, 1914, just two days after the anniversary of his birth.  Mr. Beynon was born March 2, 1839, in Wales, and came to America when three years old, and located in this city.  July 1, 1863, he was married to Miss Alma Cole, the result of this union being two sons, who with his wife survive him, Elmer S. Beynon of Topeka, Kansas, and John Beynon of Mishawaka, Indiana.  He is also survived by one brother, E. S. Beynon of Elsysian, Minn., and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Jones of Milwaukee. 


His funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his late home at 502 Washington Street, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Beynon was one of Watertown’s most highly esteemed residents, and until he lost his health, was employed as miller in the flour mills of this city, most of his life time in early days being employed at the old Rough and Ready mill. 


He was possessed of an unassuming disposition, but always took great interest in municipal affairs and was one of the very best of citizens.  Our people mourn his death as that of a good and honorable man.

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Watertown Gazette, 04 10 1891


John Beynon has invented and patented a grain elevator that competent judges pronounce the very best ever invented.  It is now on exhibition in the Watertown Machine Co, 's building, and a few days since we spent a few interesting moments in having the workings of it explained to us.  It does its work thoroughly, and in a far better manner than anything ever before seen by anyone here interested in such a machine.  It differs materially from any other kind of elevator in that it elevates the grain by suction throwing all the dust out of the grain through a fan without waste of material.  A good feature of this machine is that the power to run it need not be in the elevator building, thus saving a great deal to owners of the elevators in one item of insurance alone.  Every elevator man in the country should see this machine.



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Child Museum Center

Watertown Daily Times, 01 24 1965


A World Child Museum Center in Watertown — that is the dream of Dr. D. C. Davis of the University of Wisconsin’s education department, Madison, who spoke to members of the Watertown Historical Society and guests at the society’s annual meeting last night at Cole Memorial Hall in the Watertown Public Library.  Guests included representatives of other groups and interested individuals.  About 50 persons were present. It was not the first time Dr. Davis talked to Watertown people on this challenging idea.


Tom Price Dead

Watertown Gazette, 02 19 1914


Tom Price, a negro and familiar character about the poor farm, died at that institution Sunday.  He was more than 81 years of age and had been an inmate since 1908.  Interment was made Tuesday in the burial lot of the institution — Jefferson Banner.


Price at one time was a resident teamster of Watertown many years ago and lived in the vicinity of the pea canning factory.


Two Boys

One was the complainant, the other the defendant


Watertown Republican, 12 26 1894


It was an exceptional instance, one day last week, to see two boys whose heads were no higher than the backs of the chairs on which they sat, in a courtroom on the east side.  One was the complainant, the other the defendant in an assault and battery case.  Both were accompanied by their mothers.  A fine of one dollar and cost was imposed which was afterward suspended under good behavior.  Comment is unnecessary.


Skating on Thanksgiving

Watertown Republican, 11 30 1898


The river froze up last week just in time to admit of excellent skating on Thanksgiving, a sport which large numbers of our young people take advantage of.  Since then, however, the fine ice has been spoiled by the snow.


A Narrow Escape from Death

Watertown Gazette, 02 25 1915


Train 14, east bound at 8:30 o’clock last Saturday, ran into a horse and light wagon driven by Otto Doeppke at the Third Street crossing of the C.M.&St.P. Ry., and strange to say, both man and horse escaped with but slight bruises.  The wagon was badly wrecked.  Doeppke had crossed the track in safety, but the horse became frightened and backed onto the track in front of the train, and man, horse and wagon were dragged about 100 feet by the engine and train, and how the horse and man escaped death seems miraculous.  Doeppke is employed on the farm of Otto Graebnow four miles east of Watertown and he was on his way when struck to the home of Edward Dolasse, 1402 Third Street, where a doctor attended him after the accident.  He was up and around next day and now appears none the worse for his exciting experience.


Beaver Dam Carriage Factory

Beaver Dam Argus, 11 18 1863


Beaver Dam Carriage Factory, W. & J. Wade, 84 Spring St., south of Stevens House.


We make all our carriages from the best, Eastern-seasoned timber and warrant all our work.  As we keep the best of workman, we are prepared to execute orders for all descriptions of carriages on the shortest notice and keep constantly on hand and for sale carriages of the latest and most fashionable patterns.


Special and particular attention will be given to the repairing of all kinds of carriages.  Painting and trimming done in the neatest possible manner.


Wouldn’t Hold

Beaver Dam Argus, 11 18 1863


It has been supposed that our city lock-up was so securely built that it would hold the most refractory persons who might chance to get into its cells, but last Sunday proved this supposition to be not well founded.  A couple of disorderly persons were arrested in the forenoon and locked up, until they might learn proper behavior.  Soon after the officers backs were turned, however, one of them broke out of his cell into the main part, and after breaking several locks and bars, and smashing up the stove, got into the loft and kicked off the clapboards, whereby both succeeded in making their escape.  They were both re-arrested and fined, and one of them being unable to pay, was committed to the county jail at Juneau.   – Beaver Dam Argus.


Herb Cahoon

Watertown Daily Times, 03 14 1962


Herb Cahoon, widely known Watertown basketball official, is one of 22 referees who will work the WIAA state basketball tournament in Madison this weekend.  Cahoon officiated in a previous state meet and is one of the busiest whistle-tooters in this section of the state during regular season play.  The 22 officials will be paired in 11 sets and each set will work one tourney game.  This is the first year the WIAA has utilized a different set of officials for each game.  In the past several years, eight officials have been selected to work the state meet.


Washington’s Birthday, 1914

Watertown Gazette, 02 26 1914


Washington’s birthday was celebrated in a delightful manner Monday evening at the home of Miss Lydia Pease on Clyman Street by the Corby Club, it being the occasion of its third annual banquet.  Colonial costumes were worn by all present, and Miss Pease had the banquet table and her home decorated in like manner.  A “floating” American flag marked each guest’s place at the table.  Miss Sophie Koehler captivated all present by her manner of filling the post of toast-mistress and the different toasts responded to were very edifying and pleasing.  Old time songs, the dancing of the Virginia reel, and recitations were part of the evening’s program.


Mrs. Jenkins

Milliner and Dress Maker

Watertown Republican, 11 04 1863


[advertisement] Mrs. Jenkins, Milliner and Dress Maker, begs to inform the ladies of Watertown and vicinity that she has removed from her old location on the northwest corner of Main Street bridge to the opposite side of the street, one door east of Moore’s candy factory, and hopes that her old customers will continue their patronage.


Old bonnets bleached and done up in the most approved style.


Instructions with Madame Brigg’s model for dress cutting will be given on more favorable terms than has ever yet been offered to the public.  Ladies are respectfully invited to call and see for themselves.


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“Good Bye”

Beaver Dam Argus, 11 18 1863


“Good Bye” is a sad word, and particularly so to us, this week, as we are obliged to bid good bye to our friend Reid of the Beaver Dam Citizen, who has been drafted into this cruel war.  We feel sorry that Mr. Reid will be obliged to leave a comfortable bed for the exposure of camp; to leave a “sumptuous board” for a tin dish and “hard tack,” and most of all, that he will have to meet those dreadful rebels in deadly conflict, for we fear for his personal safety. 


But sad as is the thought, we should not fear, because it will be a pleasure to him thus to battle in the armies of Abraham.


How Near we are to Death

Beaver Dam Argus, 11 18 1863


When we walk near powerful machinery we know that one single misstep and these mighty engines would tear us into ribbons with their flying wheels, or grind us to powder in their ponderous jaws. 


So when we are thundering across the land in a rail car, and there is nothing but half an inch of iron flange to hold us upon the track.  So when we are at sea in a ship, and there is nothing but the thickness of a plank between us and eternity.  We imagine then that we see how close we are to the edge of the precipice. 


Whether on the sea or on the land, the partition which divides us from eternity is something thinner than an oaken plank or half an inch of iron flange.  The tissues that hold these beating powers in their place are not thicker than a sheet of paper.


Musical Academy

Beaver Dam Argus, 11 18 1863


It was announced last week that Mr. M. Hawley would open a singing school in this place on Saturday next, but at that time it was not known where the school would be held.  Mr. Hawley has obtained the building directly west of the Presbyterian church, commonly known as “The Old Church”, which he has had cleaned and made comfortable for a school.  Let all who wish to learn music be on hand next Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.


Mr. Hawley intends moving here in the spring, when he will open a Musical Academy in which all branches of music will be thoroughly taught and in which persons may educate themselves as teachers of music, both vocal and instrumental.  Of this institution we shall speak more particularly hereafter.  At present it is only necessary to know that we are to have an excellent singing school this winter, and we have no doubt but that a large number of pupils will attend.  Mr. Hawley has also been engaged as chorister of the First Presbyterian Church.


Valentine’s Day 1895

Watertown Republican, 02 13 1895


Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day, and there is an old saw that says that the first gentleman a lady meets on that day will be her "valentine" for the rest of the year.  So, girls, be careful and meet the right fellow.  Dodge, if necessary.


Wayland University

Watertown Democrat, 02 01 1865  


Wayland University at Beaver Dam.  Spring quarter begins Feb 6th, closes April 14th, 1865.  Fifty young gentlemen can be accommodated with rooms (furnished with stove only) in the College Building.  A kitchen and dining room have lately been fitted up for the use of students.  By employing a cook to prepare their meals for them, the students have been boarding for about $1.80 per week.


Board in private families for young ladies can be obtained for about $3.00 per week. 


Rooms in private houses can be provided for those wishing to board themselves.


Second Papers Needed to Vote

Watertown Gazette, 04 01 1915


Madison, March 23.—Hundreds of foreigners who have recently taken out their first papers with the expectation of voting on April 6 were barred from voting under a decision handed down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


Possession of first citizenship papers does not entitle the holder to vote.  To be a voter a person must be a full-fledged citizen and holder of first and second papers.  So decided the Supreme Court this morning in the case of Postel vs. Marcus.


Dr. Anthony C. Hahn Retirement

Watertown Daily Times, 02 10 1965


Dr. Anthony C. Hahn, 401 South Fifth Street, one of the Watertown community’s widely known physicians, was honored at a reception and breakfast this morning at Watertown Memorial Hospital by the medical staff of the hospital.  The event was in recognition of his retirement from the medical practice, a step he had announced some time ago.  At the breakfast gathering he was presented with a plaque by the medical staff.  The presentation was made on behalf of the staff by the Rev. Thorlief Harberg, pastor of the Watertown Moravian Church of which Dr. Hahn is a member.


Meyer Ambulance Relocation

Watertown Daily Times, 02 14 1965


The Meyer Ambulance Service, located in North First Street, plans to relocate and construct a new garage building to accommodate its ambulances and hearses, it was disclosed last night when Lloyd Meyer filed a request with the common council to have property at 800 West Main Street re-zoned to enable construction of a garage, 65 by 60 feet.  The plan would hinge on the re-zoning request.  The property in question is that of the late William (Bill) Mann.


Watertown Daily Times, 06 03 1965


Lloyd Meyer of the Meyer Ambulance Service who has been unsuccessful in his attempt to have a piece of property at 800 West Main Street rezoned to enable him to construct a garage and relocate his ambulance service, last night filed a petition with the common council to have the property at 1611 River Drive rezoned so he can erect a 40 by 60-foot garage on the site and locate his business there. In his petition he pointed out that the site adjoins the airport, that there is already a garage on the premises and that he proposes to erect a 40 by 60-foot garage which would be attached to the present garage and which would serve his business purposes.


Watertown Daily Times, 07 14 1965


Lloyd Meyer of the Meyer Ambulance Service announced today that plans for the construction of a new garage to house his ambulance service in River Drive are being formulated and that he expects to be relocated in the new building by Sept. 1 or soon thereafter.  Mr. Meyer was given authority by the common council to relocate his business at its July 6 meeting when it approved the rezoning of the site on which he will build.  The Meyer Ambulance Service now located at 116-118 North First Street is housed in a building which in a past era served as headquarters for a widely known livery.


Election of 1898

Watertown Republican, 11 09 1898


The election in the city yesterday passed off very quietly, and with the exception of the hustling done by the local candidates, there was no outward indication of anything but the ordinary day.  It was very much an "off year" in Watertown so far as general interest or excitement was concerned.


An exception to the apathy was the work done by and for the home men who were running on either ticket.  Carriages moved about all day, drumming up the backward voter, and it is certain that the total vote was considerably increased in this way. But even then it fell far short of what it was two years ago, when the presidential candidates polled together 1,918 votes.  Yesterday the total vote on governor was only 1,516.


Easter Sunday 1900

Watertown Gazette, 04 20 1900


Easter Sunday in Watertown was celebrated in all the churches in a manner becoming that important religious feast and large congregations were present to participate in the services.  Special music was prepared for most of the church services, and the decorations were unusually elaborate this year.  The St. Cecelian choir of St. Bernard’s church furnished its customary elaborate musical program consisting of selections from Mozart, Hayden, Giorza and other famous composers, and notwithstanding the fact that several of the members of the choirs were absent, the singing was excellent in both chorus and solo work.


Austin Street Sweeper

Watertown Republican, 05 22 1900


The first trial of the Austin street sweeper was made on the pavement last Wednesday afternoon.  A portion of the pavement had become so impregnated with mud that it was necessary for the sweeper to go over it twice, but the work was nevertheless satisfactorily performed.  Saturday morning the sweeper was again put to work and the pavement now has the appearance of a bright new dollar, especially after the drenching it received by the rains of Saturday and Sunday.  The sweeper throws the dirt towards the curbing on either side and it is then shoveled together and carried away.  We understand the sweeper will be used two or three times every week.


The Decline of Profanity

Watertown Gazette, 05 18 1900


A noticeable improvement in the sphere of manners which this generation can boast is the decline of profanity among men.  Not so very long ago “swearing” was common among all classes.  Some men swore because their vocabulary was meager and oaths were necessary to emphasize remarks.  Others honestly believed that the custom was required as a support to what was called manly dignity.


But along with this acknowledged improvement in men’s manners come the startling assertion that women have taken to profanity.  At first timidly a gentle “cussword” is employed and the woman is scared at her own daring.  She gets used to it and strengthens the expression, until at last, it is said, she actually says “d__n.”


Is this an accomplishment of the new woman?  If so, save us from the new woman.  But it is not to be believed.  No woman of sense would think of weakening her speech by the use of words which betray a property of mind and character.


Lehmann’s new milk wagon

Watertown Gazette, 05 11 1900


S. Lehmann’s new milk wagon looms up in fine style. It is the finest in the city. On each side is a nicely painted picture of a farm house and its surroundings, a herd of milk cows and an old-style apparatus for raising water from a well.


David Fleming

Watertown Gazette, 04 20 1900


David Fleming, a genial and jolly bachelor of the Second ward, left here last Monday to visit the home of his ancestors near the Lakes of Killaraney, County Kerry, Ireland.  He will pass several months touring the island and visiting numerous historic places made famous in Irish song and story.  Dave possesses a great advantage over many of his fellow Irish Americans who visit the old sod, inasmuch as he speaks the Celtic language fluently and consequently will be at home at any gathering where that prince of ancient tongues is spoken.  Mr. Fleming is a large landowner in this section, and he intends while over there to thoroughly investigate the methods pursued by Irish landlords in the management of large estates, the collecting of rents and handling of long-winded tenants who fail to “cough up” the “dough” when the frosts “kills the praties.”  After visiting the principal cities and places of interest in Ireland he will take in the Paris exposition before heading homeward.


Credit at the Meat Market

Watertown Gazette, 05 11 1900


The days of credit at the meat market have passed, our market men have determined to do only cash business.  It is an excellent determination, as it saves all confusion, much bookkeeping, and places the cash where it is really available to the man to whom it belongs.  The application of this rule to other branches of business would be an excellent thing both for seller and buyer, after once being brought to a working condition, as it would be a safeguard against extravagance and enable tradesmen to sell at the lowest possible figure, with no fear of loss from bad debts staring them in the face.


Sunday Recreation

Watertown Gazette, 05 18 1900


There are worse things than Sunday recreation.  An unkind remark, perhaps embittering someone’s heart for an entire day or longer, is far more reprehensible than an hour or two at cards on Sunday.  Yet how many encompass and perpetrate the one who would not consent to the other.  He who would deprive the toilers of their right to refresh themselves on Sunday would take a toy from the hands of child on the plea that there must be no play on Sunday.  Nature is as beautiful on Sunday as on other days, the air is as fresh and pure, the breeze as refreshing, the shade as inviting, the music of waves that play upon the beach as delightful to the work-weary ear of the tired laborer who for six days has listened to the whirr of wheels in the manufactories.  To deny these on Sunday to many thousands of toilers is to shut sunshine out of their lives.


Free Hymn Books

Watertown Gazette, 05 18 1900


A minister down in Missouri found his people too poor to purchase hymn books and being offered the same book free by a patent medicine house provided they be allowed to insert their advertisement, ordered three dozen for the congregation.  He was elated upon receiving them to find no ad in the same.  Then next Sunday he distributed the books, telling his brethren of his good fortune and requesting that they sing 119.  A chagrin may be imagined when they sang the hymn,


“Hark, the heavenly angels sing,

Johnson’s pills are just the thing;

The angelic voices meek and mild—

Two for man and one for a child.”


Macadamizing Washington Street

Watertown Republican, 05 22 1900


The regular meeting of the common council was held last Tuesday night.  Some of the property owners on Washington Street presented a remonstrance against the macadamizing of that thoroughfare, the claim being advanced that the improvement is not needed and that the payment of the necessary assessments would work dire hardship to a number of those interested.  The remonstrance was referred to the board of public works.


Koehler Home

Watertown Republican, 07 11 1899


Prof. J. H. Koehler has purchased ten lots in the Richards hill addition, east of the waterworks standpipe, and fronting Western and Concord Avenue.  Consideration $1,200.  He will erect a residence thereon.


Sausage made from Horse Flesh

Watertown Gazette, 04 14 1899


No doubt a number of our citizens who have been buying Milwaukee sausage will be pleased to learn that they have been eating sausage made from horse flesh.


The Milwaukee Sentinel of last Wednesday says as follows on the subject:


“Evidence which has come into the possession of the officials of the Health department convinces them that horse flesh is being sold in this city for beef. 


“Meat Inspector F. A. Carney has for the past week been conducting an investigation of the sale of horse meat here, and has reported to Chief Inspector T. H. Curtiss that a west side veterinary surgeon has been slaughtering horses that have become useless for work and has been manufacturing summer sausage from the flesh.”


The Health department has received information that some of this sausage was shipped to Watertown, and Health commissioner Schulz yesterday notified the health authorities at that place to keep a sharp lookout for the stuff.


Old Maids' Convention

Watertown Republican, 03 08 1899


If you want to be up to date on the woman question attend the Old Maids' convention to be held at Turner Opera house Tuesday, April 11.  The question of "Woman's Rights," and the equally interesting one, "How Shall Woman Make Herself Attractive," will be discussed and it is hoped some decisions may be reached.


Fred H. Reather

Watertown Republican, 03 08 1899


There came into our sanctum the other day the finest specimen of physical manhood we have seen in many a day.  Not quite 21 years of age, he is as straight as an arrow and well developed in all the points that go to make a perfect man.  He stands 6 feet 7 inches, and looks a perfect giant in strength.  He has a very pleasing physiognomy, is intelligent in conversation, and appears to be as good natured as a school girl.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reather, of the town of Shields, Dodge county, where he was born, and is the tallest of any member of the family.  But young Fred H. is a whopper and his native county has every reason to be proud of him.


M. Melzer & Co.

Watertown Republican, 03 22 1899


M. Melzer & Co. is the style of a new firm which has been formed for the purpose of engaging in the pigeon business.  Roomy quarters for raising and keeping pigeons are being erected on premises in the eastern portion of the city, and the traffic of buying and selling the birds will be carried on extensively.


Witty Women

Watertown Republican, 05 29 1900


Somebody has said that women are rarely witty, says an exchange.  Of course it is a libel on the fair sex.  They are not only witty and wise, but they have the gift of satire that cuts quite as neatly and cleanly as the best hits of the Clover club or of any other aggregation of mere males.  That they can “do up” their masculine friends and in epigrammatic fashion is proved by the following toast proposed at a women’s banquet in Washington not long ago:


Women, they have many faults;

Men have only two;

Everything they say,

And everything they do.


New Country, Just Opened.

Watertown Gazette, 03 11 1915


New railroads, new towns, soil deep black loam with yellow clay subsoil, prairie lands with poplar groves, crop failures unknown, no stones, no stumps, cheap lands, easy terms, the poor man’s chance to get a home, and the rich man’s opportunity for investment.  Maps and printed matter free.


We also have a few farms to exchange for other desirable property.


Thief River Falls, Minn.


New Christmas Decorations

for New Street Lights

Watertown Daily Times, 06 16 1961


The old-time street decorations for the Christmas season are “out” as far as Watertown is concerned.  With the installation of the new downtown street lights, the light standards are not opposite each other along the street and as a result the green streamers with colored lights which for years were strung across Main and West Main Streets can no longer be employed.  The old-time decorations gave Watertown one of the most beautiful appearances at Christmas time of any city in the state and outside newspapers had repeatedly commented about them.  When the standards, or poles, of the old lighting system began to deteriorate to such an extent that it would have been dangerous to continue stringing the heavy streamers and lights from them the Watertown Association of Commerce had to abandon the old decorating patterns and individual decorations were substituted, one atop each pole.




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