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Kenneth Schmidt

Watertown Daily Times, 05 18 1986


Kenneth Schmidt, 611 Western Avenue, has been named general manager of Holz Motors, 1717 Utah Street, Watertown.  He began his new duties today.  Schmidt has been in the automotive business since 1971.  His most recent position has been with Jim Kennedy’s auto businesses in Watertown.  Schmidt began his automotive career in his hometown of Mayville as a salesman with Jack Matteson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile.  He moved to Watertown in October of 1974 when he formed a partnership with Matteson and opened an Oldsmobile, GMC truck dealership.


Farm and Fleet

Watertown Daily Times, 02 22 1986


Farm and Fleet has agreed to dedicate a 4,900-square-foot piece of its property for the construction of a third eastbound lane on Bernard Street at South Church Street.  The Watertown Plan Commission Monday recommended the city accept the 35 by 140 foot land dedication on Bernard Street’s south side.  The strip of land will be used to build a right-tum only lane, making the approach similar in layout to the east side of the intersection.  Assistant City Engineer Joe Radocay hoped the improvement would be done this summer.  He said there were no plans to change the location of the entrance into the Farm and Fleet parking lot.



Watertown Daily Times, 01 25 2001


A proposal to build a new grocery store on South Church Street was approved by the Watertown Plan Commission Monday. Aldi Inc. proposes to construct a modest-sized Aldi Foods store this year on the west side of South Church Street near Omena Street.  Construction is anticipated to begin in spring or summer, said Marcia Sperber, director of real estate for Aldi.  The commission’s unanimous approval came months after the city’s site plan review committee received its first exposure to Aldi.


Toyota Motor Corp

Watertown Daily Times, 12 22 1985


The state of Wisconsin was willing to build a new seven-mile connector route from Watertown to Interstate 94 if Toyota Motor Corporation had chosen to build its new plant in the city.  In a Milwaukee Sentinel article published this morning, Patrick A. LeSage, president of Forward Wisconsin Inc., said the new route was just one of the pledges made to the auto firm in the hopes of landing the $125 million factory.  Sites just west of Watertown and near Janesville were two of the 11 finalists for the new plant.  Last week, the firm decided to go with a Kentucky site, stating weather was the key reason it did not choose a Wisconsin location.  In addition to the new highway, LeSage said the state was willing to buy the needed land at a cost of about $2 million and finance water and sewer improvements through a tax incremental financing district.


Eagle Buffet Changes Hands

Watertown Gazette, 07 01 1915


Albert Cavanagh and C. Fleuter are now the proprietors of the popular Eagle Buffet and restaurant at No. 10 Main Street.  Mr. Cavanagh has been a popular dispenser of liquors in this city for the past fourteen years, while Mr. Fleuter is also well known to our citizens.  The new firm will no doubt enjoy a large patronage.


Watertown Promotive Corp

Watertown Daily Times, 06 20 2005


A group of residents rallied together in 1945 to help a community business from closing its doors.  Exactly 60 years later, the Watertown Chamber of Commerce’s Promotive Corp. is still promoting new and existing businesses in the city.  The main purpose of the nonprofit organization is to promote the city as a solid place for economic development and to help start local businesses and assist existing companies to expand.  Dave Hulick, president of Promotive Corp., said the group meets once every month to discuss business ideas and they also regularly converse with each other through e-mail and telephone.


City Skate Park

Watertown Daily Times, 12 22 2000


A donation of land for a city skate park offered by the school district was unanimously accepted by the Watertown Common Council Tuesday.  Final approval of the donation by the district board Thursday is needed before the city can build the 1.65-acre skate park next year on the southwest comer of high school property.  Alderman Patrick Bleske said he is in favor of accepting the donation because a skate park on that land will give young people the opportunity to keep active in a great activity.


Rezoning of 104 North Church St.

Watertown Daily Times, 06 16 1965


A city ordinance providing for the rezoning of the property at 104 North Church Street from residential to commercial to permit expansion of the Cities Service Oil Co. facility will be up for its initial reading at tonight’s meeting of the common council, but final action is certain to be deferred with the second reading and a vote at the July 6 meeting.


Last night, at the council’s committee meeting, there was objection to the present plan which was entered by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Klink of 108 North Church Street.  They registered a protest regarding the plan, pointing out that if the rezoning is carried out they would have difficulty because of the nearness of the station, but the company representatives told the council the company is willing to work out a solution with Mr. and Mrs. Klink via an easement and the council told them to make an effort to settle the differences and come back with some form of an agreement so the council can consider the settlement and take action on the ordinance, even though the final decision will not be made tonight.



Watertown Daily Times, 01 21 1986


The state of the art product line may not be the easiest to understand for a lay person, but the philosophy behind one of Watertown’s newest businesses comes through loud and clear . “The best way to put it is that we want to be the best employer in Watertown.  We want to have stability,” said William Shier who with Enno Knief are the executives of Ennovation, designers and manufacturers of what they are calling “intelligent sensors.”  The company is located in the Wisconsin Telephone Company building, 115 South Fourth Street, which is being renovated into an office building equipped with a new digital telephone system.  Knief is president of the firm, Shier vice president.  Both men left Eaton Corporation in 1985.


Hornburg Motors

Beaver-Meyers Ford

Watertown Daily Times, 06 08 1961


1957 ad


Announcement is made today of a change of ownership of Hornburg Motors, Inc., local Ford dealer. Harold Homburg, Hartland, today announced the sale of his interest to Howard Beaver and Lawrence Meyers, who acquired the bulk of his stock, and Urban (Red) Schuenke and Harold Manthy.  The firm now is known as Beaver-Meyers Ford, Inc. Officers are Beaver, president; Meyers, treasurer; Schuenke, vice president; and Manthy, secretary.


______________________ more on Beaver-Meyers Ford ______________________


Watertown Daily Times, 09 21 1968


Reorganization of Beaver-Meyers Ford, Inc., was announced today following the sale of his interest in the company by Howard J. Beaver.  His interest has been sold to his fellows associates, Harold L. Mantey and Urban (Red) Schuenke who have been actively engaged in the operation of the dealership since its original organization in 1944.  The name of the corporation will be changed to Meyers Ford, Inc. The business will continue to be operated at the same location at South Second and Market Streets.


Handsome Young Lady in Brown

Watertown Republican, 08 10 1898


The Columbus Democrat remarks:  "It was the handsome young lady in brown who caught the eyes of some of the Columbus boys at Watertown last Monday.  The elastic necks were outstretched whenever she wheeled by.  Her address will be wanted 'just for a week or two' " which the Daily Times queries: "Who it is?"


Can't you guess?  Ask us something hard.


How to Keep Healthy

Watertown Daily Times, 07 16 1898


Don’t worry.  Don't lay awake at night to think about your shortcomings and other people's sins.  Don't care violently for any one.  Hearts and consciences are opposed to rounded contours and shapely necks.  Eat meats with fat on them.  Eat fish with white sauce.  Eat potatoes, corn-starch, simple pudding and ice creams.  Wear warm, luxurious clothing, but be careful not to have it so warm as to induce perspiration, for that will prove thinning.  Do not let it be too heavy, either. Drink milk and cream whenever you happen to want them.  If you don't care for these nourishing drinks, cultivate a taste for them.  Avoid lemonade, lime juice and the like.  Eat fruit for your breakfast, but not the tart grape and the tartar grape fruit.  Eat baked apples with plenty of sugar and cream, and all-sorts of stewed fruits, which require sweetening.  Eat for breakfast oatmeal swimming in cream.  Drink not tea and coffee, but cocoa, chocolate and milk.  Spurn toast, especially if it be made of graham or gluten bread.  Eat freshly made wheat bread, with butter and honey.  Do not take more exercise than is absolutely essential to health.  Take the air – yes.  But let it be in a carriage, whenever you can, or on a sunny bench in the park.  Violent exercise is the worst possible thing for the woman who would fain grow plump.


Buffalo Bill’s Show

Watertown Republican, 08 03 1898


A number of crooks came to the city Monday in the wake of Buffalo Bill’s show, and as a result there was some daylight thievings done.  During the parade C .E. Heyn's branch bakery on Third Street was entered through the rear door and while the clerks were out viewing the sight the money drawer was robbed of about $5 in change.  The residence of Mrs. Wilhelmine Bernhardt, at 315 North East street, was also entered and a gold watch and $17 in cash stolen.  No arrests were made.


Wisconsin Curd Test

Watertown Republican, 07 27 1898


The Agricultural Experiment station of the University of Wisconsin has recently issued an illustrated bulletin entitled "Factory Tests for Milk,"  This bulletin treats of the various tests used in studying milk, laying a special emphasis on what is known as the Wisconsin curd test, a method for detecting tainted or poor milk, devised by our Experiment station.  By means of this test the factory operator can readily determine which patron or patrons, if any, are bringing poor or tainted milk to the factory, and by rejecting such milk be in position to make the good cheese, or to improve the quality of butter produced, if it is a creamery.


Horse Stealing

Watertown Republican, 07 27 1898


In Justice Henze's court last Friday Edward Wiensten was bound over for trial before the circuit court on a charge of horse stealing.  Bail was fixed at $100, but not furnished.  The complaining witness was Herman Laabs, of Lebanon, District Attorney Wigdale appeared for the state.  Wiensten claims to hail from Milwaukee.  Last fair day, July 12, he figured in a partly negotiated horse trade with Mr. Laabs, but before the deal was closed, it is claimed, caused the latter's horse to be driven out of the city.  Wiensten returned the same evening and was arrested. He had an accomplice in the deal named Fred Ligen, but he made good his escape.


Escaped From Drowning

Watertown Republican, 07 20 1898


Matthew Maloney has returned from his outing at Fox Lake and reports a narrow escape from drowning last Sunday.  While fishing from a boat he was run into by another boat and dumped into the water.  Timely assistance was rendered him and he was brought to shore safely.


Riding of Bicycles on Sidewalks

Watertown Daily Times, 08 04 1898


The first arrest for violating the city ordinance prohibiting the riding of bicycles on the sidewalks of this city was made shortly before 7 o'clock this morning by Officer Bruegger.  The men taken into custody are Otto Riebe and John Miller, both of whom reside in the country [countryside].  The men appeared before Justice Stacy later and plead guilty to the charge.  It cost them $4.68 apiece to settle with his honor, which was promptly paid.  The men claimed that while coming into town they noticed a bicycle rider riding his wheel on the sidewalk and concluded there was no objection to such things, and consequently utilized the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street, but were seen by the officer, who promptly arrested them.  It is probable that the young men did not know of the existing ordinance, but their arrest will have a salutary effect upon people in this city who daily defy the bicycle ordinance.  The law in this regard should be strictly enforced.


Dean Witter Reynolds

Watertown Daily Times, 12 17 1985


Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. of Watertown has moved into its new facilities at 208 Main Street.  The Dean Witter Reynolds office was opened in Watertown in 1975 by Dave Veldhuizen and Willard Hughes.  Veldhuizen now manages the office in Minocqua.  Hughes is vice president and manager of the Watertown office.  Members of the investment firm’s staff include Bob Schuett, who joined the staff in 1977, Art Turke, 1979; Dale Bowgren, 1981; Tom Finnel, 1985; Mary Beth Engel, 1977, who is a fully registered representative, and Bonita Zimdars, 1975.


Heavy Rains

Watertown Gazette, 08 05 1915


The last three days over six inches of water fell from the clouds and the rain still continues today, though there is every indication that the rainy weather is at an end.  This is the greatest amount of rainfall that has ever fallen in a like time in this vicinity.  The country roads in many places are impassable, and it was with difficulty the interurban cars were run between here and Milwaukee, there being several places where the car tracks were covered with small lakes of water.  Oats and all uncut barley and other small grain have been greatly damaged by the heavy rains, and a week ago what promised to be the greatest grain cop raised here in many years has suffered a loss of at least 50 per cent.


Summary of the War

Watertown Gazette, 08 05 1915


It is now costing $55,000,000 a day to run the great European war.  Total expense for the first year of the conflict is estimated at $16,500,000,000 and losses in men to the belligerent nations are placed at more than ten million.  These are some of the facts given in a review of the first year of the war which The Gazette has secured and presents on another page of this issue.  Do not miss this interesting feature.


Interest to Farmers

Watertown Gazette, 08 05 1915


We regard the present time as most opportune to caution farmers and impress upon them the importance of care in the threshing and storage of grain.  Millers in general prefer to pay highest market prices for goods of suitable quality rather than accept grain of doubtful merit at prices unsatisfactory to the farmers.  Shock threshed grain oftentimes does not sweat until placed into bins and in consequence turns damp and moldy, thereby losing its milling value.


It is recommended that if grain is damp and wet it be placed into bins at a depth not to exceed three inches; then to be stirred and turned periodically to give it opportunity to dry out and preserve its natural odor.


If this is followed it will prevent dispute between miller and farmer relative to worth of the grain and the farmer will be better pleased with prices obtained and find that it will pay him well to give his product this extra care.


The lateness of the harvest combined with recent heavy rains prompt us to suggest the above at this time.


Are You Interested In Some Deaf Child?

Watertown Gazette, 08 05 1915


The Deaf are Taught to Talk and to Read the Lips — They Follow the Same Course of Study Used in Public Schools for Hearing Children — Are Given Industrial Training So That They Become Better Bread Winners.


The Wisconsin State School for the Deaf at Delavan, Wis., opens its next term on Wednesday, Sept. 8.  The opportunities offered to deaf boys and girls by this school are free to all deaf boys and girls in Wisconsin.  Among those advantages are:


1. A good academic education similar to that given in the common school for hearing children.


2. A high school education preparatory for college.


3. Excellent domestic science and manual training facilities, together with various shops for industrial training.


4. Great attention is paid to speech and lip reading.


5. Careful supervision of habits and morals. Nowhere is there collected a cleaner-minded lot of students than are at this school.


6. Medical attention is constantly on hand for those who need it.


7. Board, washing, light, heat and medical service are all furnished free to deaf boys and girls in Wisconsin.


For further particulars apply to E. W. Walker, Supt.

Wisconsin School for the Deaf,

Delavan, Wis.


St. Joseph’s Picnic

Watertown Gazette, 08 19 1915


Many of our citizens attended the picnic of St. Joseph’s congregation at Richwood on Sunday and all report a splendid time.


New Shoe Store

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


We call attention to the advertisement of Messrs. Schumacher & Johanson, who have recently started a new and extensive boot and shoe store in this city.  They are prompt and skillful manufacturers and intend to supply their customers with articles superior for beauty and wearing qualities.  We bespeak for the favor and patronage of the community.


          1866-67 City Dir


Shumacher & Johanson’s New Shoe Store

Watertown Democrat, 08 31 1865


Third Street, North of Main, opposite Walthier & Wiesman’s Store.


We take pleasure in announcing to our friends and the public generally that we have this day opened a new boot & shoe store where we will always keep on hand a complete and choice assortment of cloth & leather gaiters, balmoral gaiters and slippers, boots, gents’ gaiters, brogans, etc.


We also call attention to our stock of children’s shoes which in quality and beauty are unsurpassed by any in town.


Our custom work department will be conducted with ability, guaranteed by an experience of over ten years in one of the best shoemaker shops in the west.


Calf skin boots, gaiters and all other custom work will be executed with neatness and at the shortest possible notice. Particular attention paid to repairing.


Inviting our friends and the public to examine our stock, we respectfully request a share of their patronage, promising fair and honest dealing and cheap prices to everybody.


Welsh Religious Organizations

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


We received a call yesterday from Richard Jones, Esq., of Watertown.  Mr. Jones informs us that he opened the first Sabbath school in this city in the Welsh language, just twenty years ago.  The school was held in the house of a Mr. Price, on “Walker’s Point.”  Prayer meetings and other public religious services in the same language were organized in Milwaukee soon after.  The first Welsh church in the state was organized in the town of Genesee, Waukesha county, in 1842.  There are now over fifty religious organizations in this state who worship in this language. — Milwaukee News.


The Atlantic Cable

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


The reported failure of the third attempt to establish telegraphic communication between Europe and America will be a sharp and severe disappointment to the originators of that splendid enterprise on both sides of the Atlantic.  There is scarcely room for the least doubt that the present effort has proved wholly ineffectual.  After the Great Eastern had laid out 700 miles of cable the signals suddenly ceased at both ends of the wire, and all endeavors to renew them were useless.  This disastrous result will go far to render certain the impracticability of accomplishing this grandest project of the age.


Dodge County Fair

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


The fourteenth annual fair of the Dodge county agricultural society will be held at the fairgrounds in Juneau on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 1865.  Merchants and manufacturers out of the county are invited to exhibit their wares at the fair.  Suitable accommodations will be provided for them.  The first day will be devoted exclusively to entering and arranging articles and animals for exhibition.  No entrances after the first day.  Second day, the gates will be open for admission of the public from 9 o’clock a.m. until sundown each day of the fair.


The track on the grounds is in good condition for the exercise of horses from now until fair time, free of charge to members of the society.  Balls by Wm. Barber at the Juneau House on the second night of the fair, and by J. C. Brown at the American House on the third night.


A Juvenile Fair

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


A very pleasant little affair took place in this city last Friday evening.  Hetty Howell, Libby Dennis, Bertha Miller and Kitty Bennett got a notion into their heads that something must be done to relieve the wants of destitute families in this city.  So they formed themselves into a committee, went to work, got up a fair in one of the rooms in Mr. William M. Dennis’ Block, gave as much notice of their display as the short time would allow, and realized a little over twenty-eight dollars from their sales, and then went and made the best disposition of it they could.  They sought out those who most needed assistance, and furnished it as far as their means would go.  These little “sisters of charity” did exceedingly well, considering the brief time they had to make the effort.  They secured a very fair attendance, and were as busy as bees in making all present do their part.  They originated and carried out the whole plan themselves, and all who attended were delighted with the way in which they managed this, and the success which attended their benevolent enterprise.  We believe not one them is over eleven years of age.  It was amusing to see the skill and shrewdness with which they won the change from the “old folks” by their activity, smiles and gaiety.


Struck Oil at Waterloo

Watertown Democrat, 08 03 1865


The Waterloo Oil Company, recently organized, promises to be a grand success.  Some our citizens are members of it and there is every prospect they will be lucky and fortunate.  Dr. G. Shamberg, who is now on the ground where the wells are located, telegraphed as follows to S. P. Day:  “Number 37 and 60 are good wells.  No more down.  Excitement high.”  The next day the Doctor sent the following:  “37 a big flowing well and 60 all right.”


Oil found at Palmyra

Watertown Democrat, 08 03 1865


A letter received in this city claims that oil has been struck at last at Palmyra, Jefferson county.  It is known that a well has been in progress of being sunk there for some time past with great expectations and here, if the statement is corroborated, is the realization.







Street Cleaning

Watertown Democrat, 08 03 1865


The ordinance requiring the sweeping of certain streets once a week went into effect last Saturday and was generally observed.  The result is that our principal streets are comparatively free from dust and filth and have a neat and clean appearance.  The new arrangement seems to give general satisfaction and if properly carried out will contribute to the health and pleasantness of the city.


The Trial of Reapers

Watertown Democrat, 08 10 1865


On Wednesday, the 3d inst., an exciting trial look place between the John P. Manny and Kirby’s Reaping and Mowing Machines on the farm of Mr. T. J. Jones, in the town of Emmet, about two miles north of this city, for the purpose of testing their merits.


When we reached the ground, a large number had assembled, both from the city and country, to witness the friendly contest.  Both parties were confident of success, for both knew their machines could reap and mow rapidly and well, and had good claims to popular favor.  There were friends of both machines on the ground, but as far as we could judge, most of those present were disposed to lay aside their preferences for the time being and let their judgement be governed, in this instance, by the actual accomplishments and results of the trial about to be made on the fair and equal terms agreed upon by the parties, and we believe there was a pretty full concurrence that the conclusion arrived at by the committee, taking all things into consideration, was correct.  The prize was awarded to the John P. Manny, and it was fairly won, though the Kirby men ask for another chance to prove the claims of their machine.


The John P. Manny machine was ready for work when we arrived there.  Soon the Kirby men declared themselves ready and called for Mr. C. P. Swain, agent for the J. P. Manny, to name his choice for committee. Mr. Swain selected Mr. L. T. Lewellin of Watertown.  The Kirby agent named Mr. Harvey Crandall of Emmet.  Mr. Swain objected to Mr. Crandall on the ground that he used and owned a Kirby.  Mr. Crandall stated the machine was his father’s, whereupon Mr. Swain withdrew his objection and Mr. Crandall acted for the Kirby . . .


Surgeon Dentist:   W. H. Shulze

Watertown Democrat, 08 10 1865


SURGEON DENTIST.  W. H. SHULZE, SUCCESSOR TO DR. G. SHAMBERG, has permanently located himself in Watertown and is prepared to perform any operation or execute any artificial work in his profession, and hopes that by his particular attention, carefulness and experience, to merit your patronage, which he respectfully solicits.


Office over the Bank of Watertown.

Watertown, August 1st 1865.


We can most warmly recommend Mr. Shulze to the confidence and favor of the public.  To a large experience he adds a ready skill which enables him to do his work to the entire satisfaction of all who employ him.  He is thoroughly familiar with all branches of his profession, and makes it his object to do well whatever he undertakes.  Those who need his services may be sure that he will give them the full benefit of his best efforts to meet their wants.  He can furnish sets of as good artificial teeth as can be made, and he fills teeth with a perfection not surpassed by any other dentist.  - Watertown Democrat



Watertown Gazette, 01 02 1913


On Christmas Eve, while the family were away from home, the residence of John C. Seager was entered and several articles of jewelry stolen, including a gold watch and a gold brooch.  Nothing else was disturbed.  Entrance was made through a rear window.


The same evening the home of Herman Hilgendorf, 107 Eighth Street, was also entered, and $4 in cash was taken.


Charles Becker

Watertown Gazette, 01 02 1913


Monday, December 30, 1912, Charles Becker died at the county hospital at Jefferson, where he was taken from this city several months ago.  Deceased was born in Germany on August 27, 1836, and located in this city in 1894 and engaged in the cigar business here, which he followed until a few months ago.  His wife, two sons and two daughters survive him, his children being Mrs. Fred. Atkinson and Ernst Becker of this city; Wm. Becker of Minneapolis, and Mrs. John Boyles of Madison.  His funeral will take place here from his late home in Main Street at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon.


Eggs by Parcel Post

Watertown Gazette, 01 23 1913


On Monday we received a supply of fine fresh eggs by parcel post from Henry F. Schulz, town of Emmet.  Monday morning he mailed them to us, and they were delivered shortly after noon.  Mr. Schulz has the reputation of supplying the finest quality of egg that goes out from this market, and he always receives the highest market price for them.  The eggs were a gift to the editor, for which Mr. Schulz has our hearty thanks.


Gone to Seattle

Watertown Gazette, 01 16 1913


Fred B. Schneider, engaged in business in Main Street for several years past, and his wife, left here on Saturday for Seattle, where they will reside in the future.


Mrs. Julia Abele

Watertown Gazette, 01 23 1913


Friday afternoon a number of friends comprised a surprise party at the home of Mrs. Julia Abele at her home on [at 710] Western Avenue in honor of her birthday anniversary.  It was in the nature of an old times costume party, some of the costumes worn being over 100 years old.


Richwood Juvenile Band Entertained

Watertown Gazette, 01 23 1913


Last Tuesday evening Peter Thauer and wife, town of Emmet, royally entertained the members of the Richwood Juvenile Band and a number of other friends.  A fine supper was served and dancing and games indulged in.  Mr. and Mrs. Thauer are most hospitable entertainers and were at their best on this occasion.


Miss Agnes Kreuziger


Watertown Gazette, 01 23 1913


Tuesday evening a number of friends of Miss Agnes Kreuziger, 508 Lafayette Street, called at her home in a body and treated her to a genuine surprise party.  She received her callers in a most gracious manner and all passed a very pleasant evening together.  Luncheon was served and games and music indulged in.


Frank Gritzner

Watertown Gazette, 01 23 1913


Frank Gritzner died of heart trouble at his home on North Second Street, last night at 10 o'clock.  He had been ill only since Monday.  His wife and two children survive him.  Deceased was one of Watertown's best known citizens, and a man who was well thought of by everybody.  Some years ago he conducted a saloon at No. 5 Main Street and later in First Street.


Wm. Wiesemann

Retires From Business

Watertown Gazette, 01 02 1913


Wm. Wiesemann, who for the past ten years has conducted a meat market at 208 West Main Street, retired from that business on January 1st and that market will be hereafter managed by Otto Bayer.  Frank Bartz, the old and reliable trusty in this market, will continue at the old stand under Mr. Bayer.  Mr. Wiesemann conducted one of the very best markets in the state and the new manager means to keep it up to its past good standing.


        Otto Bayer’s Meat Market,  c.1930


Happy Jack

Well Known in Watertown

Watertown Gazette, 01 16 1913


We learn from the Sun Prairie Countryman that "Happy Jack," the itinerant, umbrella mender who has frequently visited Waterloo, was the victim of a terrible accident at Arena [Iowa County] several weeks ago, losing both his legs by being run over by a freight train.  [Waterloo Democrat]


1865 County Fair

An Opportunity for Manufacturers and Merchants

Watertown Democrat, 08 31 1865


There are good reasons to believe the next county fair to be held in this city next October will be generally attended.  The officers are making strenuous efforts to enlist the active interest of all classes in its favor.  This will afford a rare chance for manufacturers, mechanics, merchants, milliners, and others to display the results of their skill and bring their articles before the public.


We hope all will present something worth seeing, and thus not only contribute to the value and variety of the exhibition, but promote their own interest by letting buyers know what there is for sale and where to get what they may need.  If each individual will do what he or she can, there will be a splendid display of the useful and ornamental, which it will be worthwhile to see and examine.  The farmers in this vicinity should make it a point to have their best products on hand, and we do not doubt they will do this.  We want to see the largest and finest display of stock, grain, fruit, vegetables, flowers, implements, machinery, and articles of taste and skill that has ever been made in Jefferson county.  Let all join in this work and make it a brilliant success.


Rock Lake Vineyard

Watertown Democrat, 09 07 1865


On Wednesday, the 30th, we visited the celebrated Rock Lake Vineyard, in the town of Lake Mills, owned by Mr. Isaac Atwood, the pioneer grape culturist of Wisconsin.  His vineyard is now a splendid illustration of what intelligence, enterprise and perseverance can overcome and accomplish.  He chose a spot for his experiment — for such it was in the beginning — that must have worn a hard and forbidding appearance at first.  His grounds are situated on the sloping sides of a rough, stony ridge, facing southwards, nearly circular in form, and formerly barren and desolate.  In the bottom was a pond of water, in which fish were once caught plentifully.  Now a large portion of these hill sides are thickly covered with vigorous and flourishing vines, which are loaded with long and heavy clusters of ripening grapes of many and choice varieties, all presenting a beautiful and magnificent spectacle of fruit and verdure.


If the season is favorable and no early frosts blight the fair prospects, Mr. Atwood will probably gather not less than a thousand bushels of grapes this fall, which, at present prices, [would be] a profitable investment of labor and money. 


And yet the growing of this favorite and luscious fruit, for which there is always a ready market, is not the most important part of the business.  The sale of roots, plants and cuttings has become very extensive, and orders are constantly received from all parts of the western states.  It has been ascertained that those grown here are better, more safe, live longer, give more complete satisfaction, and bear fuller than the same kinds brought from the east.


In this material branch of grape culture, on which so much depends, no one has been more fortunate and successful than Mr. Atwood.  In fact, he now finds it so difficult to fill the orders that come pouring in upon him that he is greatly enlarging his vineyard and adding to its productive capacity in this respect.


Mr. Atwood has made grape culture a special study, and thoroughly understands it in all its practical details.  During several years he has made numerous trials to ascertain what varieties do best in this climate, yield the largest quantity and finest quality of fruit.  The results of his system show that he has hit upon the right way to rear and manage vines.  Under his treatment they grow and produce wonderfully. 


The information he is able to impart on these matters is reliable, full and valuable to all engaged in this pursuit.  He has demonstrated, beyond a doubt, the entire practicability of raising grapes to any extent in the west, and proved that it may be made more remunerative than almost any other crop, with less cost and labor.  He is confident that a part of nearly every farm and garden might be advantageously set apart for this purpose, and thus every family adequately supplied with this most healthy and delicious of all fruits.


In connection with his vineyard Mr. Atwood also carries on an extensive nursery, in which is kept an ample assortment of the small fruits, apple, pear, plumb, cherry and ornamental trees and shrubbery.


A trip to Rock Lake, near which the handsome village of Lake Mills is located, carries one through a fertile, rich and prosperous region.  The grain is all harvested, and threshing machines are busy at work, but the broad and wide-spreading corn fields are in all their plumed glory of green leaves and yellow tassels, all waving and rustling in the winds, and requiring only a few days more of warm and sunny weather to render certain as full a crop as has ever been reaped.


There are many and large orchards surrounding the comfortable-looking farm houses all the way on both sides of the road, and most of the trees are bent low with the weight of their burdens.  If we may judge from what we saw as we passed rapidly along, there will be an unusually large amount of apples gathered this year in this vicinity. 


Rock Lake itself is a clear, pure and beautiful sheet of water – a liquid and sparkling gem, hemmed in by gentle and forest-covered hills, with here and there the grand old woods towering above, which make it as inviting and pleasant a place for occasional excursions as can anywhere be found in this immediate neighborhood.  The cool and breezy groves and winding and pebbly shores, the sail over the blue surface, the excellent angling and trolling for bass, perch, pike and pickerel, together with many other desirable facilities conveniently at hand for diversion and amusement, should form sufficient inducement for more frequent visits by those who now and then can find a day for relaxation and escape from the cares of business.


New Skirt of 1865-66

The great invention of the age in hoop skirts.

Watertown Democrat, 09 14 1865


J. W. Bradley’s new patent duplex Elliptic (or double) Spring Skirt.


This invention consists of duplex (two) elliptic refined steel springs, is generously braided tightly and firmly together, edge to edge, making the toughest, most flexible, elastic and durable spring ever used.  They seldom bend or break, like the single springs, and consequently preserve their perfect and beautiful shape more than twice as long as any single spring skirt that ever has or can be made.


The wonderful flexibility and great comfort and pleasure to any lady wearing the Duplex Elliptic Skirt will be experienced particularly in all crowded assemblies, operas, carriages, railroad cars, church pews, arm chairs; for promenade and house dress, as the skirt can be folded to occupy a small place as easily and conveniently as a silk or muslin dress.


A lady having enjoyed the pleasure, comfort and great convenience of wearing the Duplex Elliptic Steel Spring Skirt for a single day will never afterwards willingly dispense with their use.  For children, misses and young ladies, they are superior to all others.


Cross Reference:  


F. Baebenroth

Watertown Democrat, 09 14 1865


F. Baebenroth, Bookseller, Stationer & Book Binder, has opened a store on Fourth Street, first block north of Main Street, in which he is now offering, at the very lowest figures the market affords, a large stock of everything in his line, including all the school and college text books used in this city.  Bibles and prayer books, stationary and account books, pictures and picture frames, etc.


Every kind of book binding will be neatly and promptly executed.


Night Minstrels

Watertown Democrat, 09 21 1865


In “the silly hours” on one evening last week we were awakened by a “concord of sweet sounds” and found we were complimented with a serenade by a Glee Band, recently formed in this city.  They showed that they could make music and “discourse eloquently” on the instrument and with the voice.  We thank them for their kind remembrance, and if they will only give some remote hint when they intend another similar favor, we shall be glad to make some better return to exchange for their tuneful notes.


J. D. Kellogg / Taylor & Hall

Art Gallery

Watertown Democrat, 03 30 1865

Almost ready.  Next week J. D. Kellogg’s new art gallery will be ready for business.  He has a fine suite of rooms and everything about his establishment will be in the best order.


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Watertown Democrat, 09 21 1865


Messrs. Taylor & Hall have become the successors of J. D. Kellogg and assumed the management of his art gallery.  They are skillful and experienced artists, and are able to furnish their customers with as fine and beautiful photographs as can be obtained anywhere.  They have well-furnished and elegant rooms, splendid instruments, and every facility for taking all varieties of pictures, in the best style of the art they practice.  Their card will be found in another column.


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Watertown Democrat, 11 09 1865


Wanted.  A smart intelligent girl to learn the photographic business.  A German girl who speaks English preferred.  Apply in person at the photographic rooms of Taylor & Hall, successors to J. D. Kellogg.


Death of Mr. Goodnow

Watertown Democrat, 09 21 1865


After a lingering illness, Mr. Case Goodnow died at his residence, in this city, on Tuesday morning, September 12th, 1865.  Mr. Goodnow was one of the longtime residents of Watertown.  He came here in 1843 — twenty two years ago.  Quiet and retiring in his habits, and disliking all kinds of mere pretension and display, he was a citizen whose industry and integrity secured him the respect of all in the community.  Beneath a somewhat rough exterior, he carried a warm and a generous heart.  He leaves a wife and two children to lament the death of a husband and father.


John. M. Bohan


Watertown Democrat, 04 21 1864


John. M. Bohan, the popular and enterprising city auctioneer, is now selling off his entire stock at public auction, preparatory to closing up his business and leaving the place.  He is daily offering chances of the best bargains to buyers – in fact, you have only to bid on what he puts up and get it at our own price.  We are sorry that we shall soon hear his cheerful and animating voice no more in proclaiming the merits of the articles he is selling to the crowd around him, convincing all what a splendid trade he is giving them, if they will only raise the bid once more.  GOING, GOING – LAST CALL – GONE – will soon be a reality with him.  If he has not made a fortune here, we hope he will somewhere else.

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Watertown Democrat, 04 14 1864

A Card – In answer to the anxious inquiries of Alderman J. T. Moak’s friend “Quilp” in the last Watertown Republican, I would state that Mr. H. S. Howell, late Democrat for Alderman in the First ward, is negotiating as much as he was for the premises occupied by Mr. Bohan, on the corner of Main and Second streets, and when he buys them he will pay for them, [he] not having yet “left for parts unknown” with the assets of the firm.  Any further information Alderman Moak may want on the subject will be cheerfully given. – Joe Giles [Sheriff]

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Watertown Democrat, 03 12 1863


[Advertisement]  NOTICE!  J. M. Bohan’s Auction and Commission Store, corner of Main and Second streets.  Having complied with the U.S. Auction License and also being a duly Licensed City Auctioneer, I am now prepared to attend to all business in my line in the city and country.  Particular attention will be paid to outdoor sales and prompt returns always made.  I will also pay cash for all second-hand furniture, stoves, feather beds and bedding – also second-hand clothing of every description.  Regular auction sales will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Parties having goods to dispose of should send them in early in the week to insure publication.


J. M. Bohan, Auctioneer.


Worship God with Flowers

Watertown Democrat, 03 24 1864


Flowers are the memories of childhood, which accompany us from the cradle to the grave.  Teach your children to love flowers and they will love home and all its inmates.  Beautify the ground around your dwelling with rich foliage, plants, and the bright blossom of sweet flowers and the faces of all who look upon the scene will be lighted with smiles, while their hearts will worship the great Giver of all good and perfect gifts to man.


If I could be the means of creating a general taste for gardening and love for flowers, I should feel as though I had been of more benefit to my country than all the military heroes of the present age.


Miss E. L. Merriam

Select School

Watertown Democrat, 04 21 1864


Miss E. L. Merriam, who has been a successful and valuable teacher in the Union Schools during the past year, intends to open a Select School in this city on Monday, the 3rd of next month, for the smaller class of children.  She is a well-qualified and faithful teacher, with the experience and talents necessary to enable her to do her work wisely and to the satisfaction of all.  Parents who would like to place their children under the charge of one who will take a pride and pleasure in benefiting her pupils in every possible way can commit them to her with the assurance that she will do her best to improve them.



Watertown Democrat, 03 31 1864


Some of our Idaho adventurers have started on their long journey.  We hope they will be fortunate and successful, but we cannot resist the conviction that the old scenes are to be repeated over again.  The wild and exaggerated reports that come from the new gold land have raised expectations that will never be generally realized. 


The precious metal is there in abundance but it will require skill, patience, perseverance, industry, capital and labor to get it.  Thousands will pay dear to learn this lesson from hard experience, which a little calm reflection would teach them a good dear easier.


North Western Sanitary Commission


Watertown Democrat, 05 05 1864


The spring campaign is about to open.  Scurvy has made its appearance and is on the increase.  The plague must be stayed.  Men who have this taint in their system, if wounded, must surely die, as it deprives them of recuperative power.  In one division of the 15th Army Corps thirty cases of scurvy were recently reported.  When the surgeon was informed he could have four barrels of potatoes and one of onions, his eyes filled with tears, exclaiming in delight, “that will save them till more can reach us.”


Farmers of the northwest, will you hesitate to share your abundance with those ready to perish, for want of them?  Business men of the northwest, will you withhold your means to purchase treasures, surpassing gold and silver in value, to the soldiers fighting for you?


The time is short.  Day by day fresh graves will be filled.  Publish this call in your papers, through your pulpits, in your aid societies.  Act promptly – send liberally to the store of Mr. G. [George] Charboneau in this city.


Re-construction of Main Street

Watertown Daily Times, 08 03 1965


When the common council meets this evening it is scheduled to adopt a resolution calling for the formal filing of a city application for state aid for the re-construction of Watertown’s Main Street, a project that has been under discussion and study for a number of years.  This move was decided on at last night’s council committee meeting after Richard S. Podolske of Podolske and Associates, appeared at the meeting to make a progress report of the plan he was recently authorized to work out.  Under the plan, Main Street will be widened to 46 feet from Main Street bridge, east to Fifth Street, or two feet on each side of the street, and to 42 feet from Fifth Street to Ninth Street, or the so-called Sharp Corner.


Miss Alice Zeidler

Watertown Gazette, 02 05 1914


Friday evening Miss Alice Zeidler was pleasantly surprised by several of her young lady friends calling in a body at her home on Washington Street and passing the evening with all.  All were attired in "school day" costume.


The Troubles of Life

Watertown Democrat, 06 11 1863


It is an old saying, and true to most people, that more than half of our troubles are borrowed troubles.  In contact with those of this world, any individual will do well to make up his mind that he will meet with many things that will worry him, fret and chafe his mind, harass and bother.  Now there are enough of those that are real and unavoidable, one would think, not to imagine others.


One point of well-being is not to multiply the troubles of life by a morbid imagining of unreal ones.  Another is to put a good face on, look cheerful, be hopeful, and go straight forward in duty, when they do come.  Take matters as they come and make the mission of life a cheerful and successful one.  Give dark, brooding, foreboding cares to the wind.


The Crops

Watertown Democrat, 06 11 1863


The broad wheat fields now weaving all around us, both winter and spring, have never appeared more vigorous, thrifty and encouraging than they do now.  We know it is not too late yet for the crops to be seriously injured from various causes, but if all turns out well, this year will be distinguished as having produced the largest yield of grain ever raised in Wisconsin


Fruit in this region have never looked better or more promising than it does now.  Most of the trees are already borne down by the weight of the thick clusters that hang on the limbs.  Wisconsin will soon be an extensive fruit growing state, and instead of procuring most of our fruit from abroad, we are destined to have a large surplus to spare.  Every farmer will find it for his interest to give more attention to this branch of agriculture, for it is a paying business, when properly carried on.


Another Shooting Affair

Watertown Democrat, 06 25 1863


Mr. Jarius Cole of Woodland, Dodge County, was shot on the 19th, while in the discharge of his duty as an enrolling officer.  We learn that a father and son have been arrested for this attempt to murder and held on bail to the sum of $2,000.   It is full time for the strong arm of the law to take hold of these assassins and make them feel all its force.  No favor should be shown them, for they deserve none.  It should be understood that the laws will be enforced at all hazards and under all circumstances.


Discovery at Pompeii

Watertown Democrat, 08 17 1865


Mention has been made of the discovery at Pompeii of a temple of Juno with more than three hundred skeletons.  Those remains, which crumbled to dust by degrees as they were brought to light, were those of women and children who had been buried beneath the burning ashes thrown out by the volcano, at the moment when the sacrifice was being offered up in the temple of the Queen of the Gods, no doubt to implore her to avert the terrible calamity which menaced the city.  To the arm of one of these skeletons, which, from the rich jewels with which it was covered, is supposed to be that of the high priestess, was still attached by a gold ring a censer of the same metal, filled with calcined perfumes.  This vessel is of the form of those now used in the ceremonies of Catholic churches and is of beautiful workmanship and inlaid with precious stones. The statue of the goddess is one of the most magnificent relics yet found in that city; its eyes are of enamel, and on the neck and arms, as well as on the ankles, are jewels and bracelets of precious stones of the most exquisite finish and elegance of form. The peacock placed at her side is almost entirely composed of precious stones.  The tripod before the altar is, like the censer held by the high priestess, magnificently worked gold.  The temple also contained lamps, artistically chased [?], of bronzed iron, silver and gold; branches of foliage, vine stems, interspersed with flowers and fruit of the most beautiful form . . . .


Philip A. Parmley

Fisher-Barton Inc.

Watertown Daily Times, 08 08 1990


Although Philip A. Parmley will take over as president of Fisher-Barton Inc. this month, succeeding Richard Wilkey in that position, no major changes in leadership are expected.  Parmley, currently vice president of manufacturing functions, has been with Fisher-Barton since its beginnings in 1973, so his role with the firm has been a continuous one.  And Wilkey will continue his ownership role, although he will phase out his day-to-day involvement.  Given the firm’s success, a shake-up certainly isn’t warranted.  Parmley said business at the company is as good as it ever has been during his 17 years at Fisher-Barton.  “I can’t recall a time when we’ve ever been caught up,” he said.  “We have a half-million pounds (of metal) to do this month and we’ll have to push to do it.”


Goose Island Memories

Watertown Daily Times, 08 07 2015


Island lying in the Rock River near the intersection of North Water and Margaret streets.  Listed in 1919 plat book as Willow Island, the same name another island upstream a ways was named.  Another early plat book listed the island as being Perry Island.


July 30, 1920 WDT article

“To Build Dance Hall on Island in River.”


“A building which will be devoted to dancing and like diversions will be erected on the island in Rock River north of Cady Street bridge, and adjacent to North Water Street. The work on the foundations has already been commenced and the building, which will be 40X60 feet and of stucco will be completed as soon as possible.


“The island is owned by Dr. F. C. Werner and he has leased it to a club of 10 young men who are back of the enterprise.


“While the building will be used for dancing, a portion of it will be converted into a place for the sale of confections, cigars, ice cream and the like.


“The young men contemplate acquiring a line of boats and will most likely conduct an ice rink during the winter months.”   WDT article of 08 07 2015 


Cross Reference:  Goose Island see in photo, WHS_009_397  


Death of F. A. Hutchins

Watertown Gazette, 01 29 1914


Madison, Wis., Jan 25. — F. A. Hutchins, aged 67, father of the extension department of the University of Wisconsin and identified with state library work, died tonight from paralysis.  He was formerly a business man in Berlin and Beaver Dam, Wis.


Mr. Hutchins put the township library plan on a firm foundation, making it the pattern for many other states in the union.  He was also one of the organizers of the university extension idea and, until stricken by illness, was one of its principal workers.


He was the founder of the legislative reference department.  He had aided in the organization of many farmers' clubs and he has promoted other educational interests.


Mr. Hutchins death is greatly regretted in Watertown, for he did much to establish our public library here, and took great interest in its success.  He was a personal friend of the editor of The Gazette, and we mourn his death as one of the very best of men and a friend whom we highly prized.


Death of Charles J. Noack

Watertown Gazette, 02 25 1915


On Thursday, February 18, 1915, Charles J. Noack died at his home in Sacramento, California, at the close of an illness of several months.  Deceased was a son of Mrs. Charles Noack, 809 Eighth Street, this city, and was born here June 22, 1854.  After leaving school he learned the jewelry business of W. D. Sproesser, and in 1876 went to Sacramento, California, and engaged in the jewelry business.  In 1882 he married Miss Ida Bertram, daughter of the late General Bertram.  His wife died two years ago, but he is survived by two sons and one daughter.  He is also survived by his mother and sisters, Mrs. H. Sterz and Miss Ella Noack, of this city, his sister, Mrs. E. Heck of Chicago, and his brothers, Otto J. and Alex Noack of Sacramento.  His remains were interred on Saturday at Sacramento, California.  Mr. Noack’s death was learned of in Watertown with sincere sorrow, for he was greatly beloved by a large acquaintance here and all mourn his death sincerely.


William Spear's Home Robbed

Watertown Gazette, 02 05 1914


Monday evening shortly after six o'clock William Spear locked his home at 202 North Washington Street and went to the Junction to meet his wife, who came on the 6:22 train from Reeseville.  He was scarcely off the premises when it was entered by burglars, and $17 in money, a gold watch and a pin worth $30 and a new pair of Mr. Spear's gloves were taken.  On the way back from the Junction Mr. and Mrs. Spear visited at a relatives' home for a short time and on reaching home at about 8 o'clock found every bed in the house turned over, and the contents of every bureau drawer scattered around the rooms.  Neighbors saw light in the house after Mr. Spear left, but supposed Mrs. Hafemeister, sister of Mrs. Spear, was in the house and paid no attention to it.  At 7:30 o'clock, Edward Schultz, who lives across the street from Mr. Spear, says he saw a man leave the house, but supposed it was Mr. Spear. 


Tuesday afternoon the thieves, one a white tramp, the other a negro tramp, were captured near the C. & N. W. Ry. depot, and the gold watch but no money was found in their possession.


Wednesday morning the prisoners were taken before Justice Stacy and their examination set for Thursday morning to allow District Attorney L. J. Mistele to give them a preliminary hearing.  Before Judge Stacy they gave their name's as Harry Wise and Joseph Regams (colored.)  Wise claimed he watched the Spear home while the negro looted it.  Wise gives his place of residence as Pittsburg and the negro is supposed to be from Green Bay.  The negro says he met Wise in La Crosse and that they arrived here Monday at noon.


Won Scholarship

Watertown Gazette, 01 15 1914


The following boys of Jefferson County participating in the corn growing contest won scholarships in the Young People’s course to be held in Madison College of Agriculture, January 27-31.  Walter Rieck, Watertown, rural route 6; John Hertel, Watertown, rural route 6.


Sunday School Worker Coming

Watertown Gazette, 01 15 1914


Miss Mabel Bailey, field worker in the employ of the Wisconsin Sunday School Association, will be in the city Friday to confer with the Sunday school workers of the city.  She will also make a formal address particularly for teachers and advanced students in Sunday schools at the First Methodist Church in the evening of that day.  The meeting is called at 7:30 o'clock.


Importunities of a Certain Family

Able to Work

Watertown Gazette, 01 22 1914


The Associated Charities desires to warn the generous people of Watertown against the importunities of a certain family who are making a regular begging campaign from house to house.


The society has already given generously to this family and would be perfectly willing to help more, but upon careful investigation here and in their former home, do not feel justified in doing so.  The father and son, both strong and able-bodied, have refused to work even when good jobs have been found for them.


In all like cases of begging, information as to the reliability of the subject could be very easily obtained by telephoning an officer of the Associated Charities.  It is not necessary to beg in Watertown and it is a pity to waste sympathy upon unworthy paupers when there are really deserving people.





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