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1900 Population of Watertown

Watertown Daily Times, 12 21 1900


The population of the city of Watertown by wards, given out at the office of supervisor of census from the First district of Wisconsin is as follows:  First ward, 2352; Second ward,1530; Third ward, 939; Fourth ward,468; Fifth ward,902; Sixth ward,1268; Seventh ward, 1078; total 8437.



Wiemann Co. Store Open On Thursday

Watertown Daily Times, 05 15 1957


Three Day Grand Opening Slated for Watertown


The L. Wiemann Co., a Wisconsin organization which now operates 18 stores dealing in merchandise from five cents to five dollars, will open its Watertown store at 107-109 Main Street this week.


The grand opening has been set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17 to 19. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The company has stocked its store here with all new merchandise.


Officials of the company will be on hand to help greet visitors. G. H. Wiemann is president of the company, A. O. Wiemann is vice president and secretary, and C. F. Duecker is treasurer. The company headquarters are in Milwaukee


Don’t Worry

Watertown Gazette, 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.


Water Street Resort

Watertown Republican, 01 23 1901


The chief-of-police of Kenosha was in the city Thursday evening for the purpose of searching the Water Street resort, where it was suspected that a quantity of silks that had been stolen from Kenosha stores might be secreted.  It is said suspicions for the theft rested on a certain individual who had been a frequenter of the resort.  No clue was found to the missing property.


Theft at Creek

Watertown Republican, 01 23 1901


Monday night the office of the H. C. Christians company, the well-known wholesalers of butter and eggs at Johnson Creek, was visited by thieves who made a rich haul, securing about $500 in cash, some government bonds, a gold watch, two gold chains and a pair of diamond ear rings, besides a number of rare old coins which Mr. Christians had collected.  The jewelry stolen was the property of Mrs. J. E. Bullock, of this city, who had left it in the Christians company’s vaults for safe -keeping.


The work was evidently performed by expert crackmen.  Nitroglycerine was used to blow open the vault and also the safe, which is within the vault.  No one, however, heard the explosion and the robbery was not discovered until the office was opened in the morning.  So much of the explosive was used that the front of the safe was a complete wreck, the fragments of the time lock being scattered on the floor.  The Christians company carried a burglary insurance to the amount of $1,000 in the Fidelity & Casualty company.


Balloon Ascension

Watertown Gazette, 01 18 1901


Prof. McNaus, of Minneapolis, will make a winter balloon ascension next Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from Schott Bros, corner in West Main Street.  He uses parachute and trapeze.  This will be his 401st ascension and will prove a very interesting sight.  A large crowd will no doubt witness it.  (This would be 121 W Main, the SE corner of W Main and Water streets)

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Watertown Gazette, 01 25 1901


Prof. McNaus, the balloonist, failed to ascend here in a balloon as advertised for Saturday last.  He postponed the ascension until Monday afternoon, and again failed to ascend.  He collected about $6.00 and said the amount was not sufficient to warrant him an ascending.  There was a large crowd at the place he advertised to ascend from, and they taunted him and jeered at him in a threatening way, and followed him from place to place.  He finally took refuge in the city jail office, after which the crowd dispersed.


Kicked in head by Horse

Watertown Daily Times, 12 24 1990


Theodore Freitag, who resides on the Coffee road, was kicked in the head by a horse in a barn on Market street this afternoon.  The young man was taken to Schempfs & Schulz’ drug store, where he was tended to by Dr. R. B. Hoermann.  Mr. Freitag has a swelled head which will lay him up for several days.



Team of Horses Stolen

Watertown Gazette, 01 25 1901


At an early hour this morning a team of horses attached to a surrey and without a driver, were picked up by a farmer east of the city.  Two men were seen to alight from the rig and turn the team around and let them go while they came on foot to town.  This afternoon the police received word that the team had been stolen from Rome, Wis.  The men, who are supposed to be the robbers who committed robbery at Johnson Creek, left this morning for Chicago.


Agricultural Implement Business

121-123 North Water Street

Watertown Daily Times, 12 21 1990


Yesterday George P. Gates purchased the agricultural implement business of S. G. Roper & Son at 121-123 North Water Street, possession being given at once.  S. G. Roper & Son will still continue in the stock buying business and an office will be fitted up at 121 North Water Street for that purpose.  The senior member of the firm is an old resident of this city and is well-known throughout Jefferson and Dodge counties for his integrity and honesty and a man known to be ever ready to do any one a favor in need . . .


Death of Alderman McGolrick

Watertown Gazette, 12 28 1900


One of the saddest and pitiable deaths that has taken place in our city for many years, was that of our esteemed citizen and prominent businessman, Alderman John S. McGolrick, which sad event occurred at about 5:30 o’clock on Monday evening, December 24, 1900, at an hour when everybody was preparing and closing up the business of the day to be home with their families to celebrate Christmas gathering around the family hearthstone.  The exact manner by which Mr. McGolrick met his death is not known, so far as we have been able to learn, for no one comes forward to claim that he saw just how it occurred.  The first intimation that anyone had of his death was when his mangled and lifeless body was found by the railroad men doing duty in the C. N. & St. P. Ry. Yard — his remains being scattered for several feet along the railroad crossing few feet distance below the Third street crossing.  His body was so badly cut up that those who found him only identified him by means of papers found on his body.


Turtles Killed his Geese

Watertown Gazette, 01 18 1901


August Vandre, who resides five miles south of this city in the town of Milford was arrested last Tuesday by special deputy game warden Edw. L. Tracy, of Milwaukee, on the charge of placing a gill net in Hahn’s lake.  He was taken before Justice Stacy and fined $25 and costs.  Vandre claims that he was not guilty of any crime under the game laws, as he placed the net in water covering land owned by private parties, and the net was simply placed there to catch turtles which killed his geese.  He also said he would take legal advice in the matter in regard to his rights in the case.


Stolen Buggies

Watertown Gazette, 01 11 1901


Monday evening, December 24, 1900, a buggy owned by John Buckley of the town of Emmet, was stolen from the yard of Simon Molzahn in North Third Street, and a diligent search was kept up for it until found last Saturday on the premises of Edw. Schenck, town of Clyman.  The same evening Mr. Buckley’s buggy was stolen an old buggy was left in N. Simon’s yard on Third Street, and it was presumed the party who stole Buckley’s buggy left the old buggy at Simon; on Saturday night, December 29, the old buggy was also taken from Simon’s yard, and this too was found on the Schenk’s place.  Schenck is a tenant on the Tom Williams farm in the town of Clyman, and one of his neighbors noticing that he was acting somewhat suspiciously of late, informed Mr. Molzahn of his suspicions; a search-warrant was issued, and with Officer Pieritz, Messrs. Molzahn and Buckley drove to Schenk’s place and found the buggy, buffalo robe and two blankets that had been stolen, one of the latter being owned by Edw. Seibel.  The robe was valued at $50, but had been ruined since stolen by being all cut to shreds by a knife.  Schenck was brought to this city and placed in the city jail until Monday morning, when he was taken before Justice Stacy for examination; an adjournment of the case was then taken until 9 o’clock Saturday


Potato Crop

Watertown Gazette, 12 07 1900


As a result of the long continued warm weather in October, accompanied by frequent rains, the potato crop in Wisconsin, Michigan and other states which are producers of tubers has been seriously injured.  In consequence the price is advancing rapidly handed $1 per bushel retail is said to not be an improbability for spring quotations.  It is learned that a large percentage of the potatoes this year are watery as a result of the heavy rains and the warm weather, and of this condition renders of them a unfit for shipping or for keeping.  At the opening of the season Milwaukee commission man were paying twenty-five cents per bushel for tubers and now they are paying forty-five cents, with the supply of really good potatoes exceedingly scarce.


Bogus $50 Bill

Watertown Gazette, 12 14 1900


Last Tuesday afternoon a stranger in the city at the fair purchased a horse on Third Street from a young son of Jos. Miller who resides on the Hartwig farm in the north-western part of the city, and gave in payment therefor a bogus $50 bill, which was a face similar of a confederate note.  Mr. Miller came to town early in the day with a horse and let the animal in charge of his young son, who sold it to the stranger, and after selling gave the money to his father, who shortly afterwards presented it to one of our business houses and found the bill to be worthless.  The stranger has skipped, of course, and a warrant was immediately issued for his arrest, but as yet he has not been found.


Chuck Wallman

Watertown Daily Times, 06 04 1990


Watertown’s rich German heritage is the basis of a newly published book by a local author. “The German Speaking 48ers: Builders of Watertown, Wisconsin’’ is written by Charles J. Wallman of Watertown and is now available for purchase.  The 110-page book, published in a clear and concise style, is sure to be of strong interest to residents of Watertown regardless of whether or not they have German ties.  The idea of this book, which gives an excellent account of the 48ers in Watertown, was conceived in November of 1987 when Professor Charlotte Lang Brancaforte of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor Theodore Hamerow of the history department at UW-Madison invited Wallman to write a book about the 48ers of Watertown.


Recycling Program

Watertown Daily Times, 06 04 1990


Watertown’s fledgling recycling program got a boost Tuesday evening when the common council voted to spend $125,000 to purchase three additional buildings adjacent to the recycling center on West Cady Street.  The buildings, currently owned by the Miller family and which had been warehousing and offices at one time, will be used for storage of recycling materials until markets allow their sale.  In addition, it will allow a larger area for some of the recycling equipment the city has purchased in recent months.  The buildings are assessed at $145,000 and were appraised at $160,000.


Miss Esther Goetsch

Watertown Gazette, 08 17 1900


Miss Esther Goetsch, daughter of Wm. Goetsch, of the town of Ixonia, while driving a horse on Main Street, last Saturday was seriously injured.  The horse started to run at a furious rate and slipped on the brick paving near Third Street, the sudden stop throwing Miss Goetsch out of the buggy, and by the fall she was very seriously injured about the head and face.  Blood flowed freely from her ear, and for a time it was thought she was fatally injured.  She was taken to the home of Chas. Goetsch in this city, and medical aid summoned.  Dr. Shinnick, who has been attending her, says she is getting along nicely and will be all right in a short time.


New Catholic Church at Clyman

Watertown Republican, 04 10 1900


The contract for the carpenter work on the new Catholic church to be erected in Clyman has been let to Joseph Schuncks, of Milwaukee, for $4,098.  It includes all lumber and hardware, and excludes galvanized iron and tin work.  J. J. Spangler, of Jefferson, will do the mason work, his bid being $2,136, including all cut stone for trimmings.  The congregation furnishes the brick and sand.


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Watertown Gazette, 08 24 1900


On Wednesday, August 29, a picnic will be held in Walsh’s grove, Clyman, the proceeds of the same to go toward paying for the new Catholic church now being built there.  There will be plenty of amusements for both old and young and music will be furnished by the Sinnissippi band of this city.


Mr. Merton, of Waukesha, will deliver an interesting address.  Dinner will be served from 12 o’clock on. The public is cordially invited to be present..


Christmas 1900 note

Watertown Daily Times, 12 20 1900


The tide of Christmas shopping is now at its best and the next few days will be busy ones for our merchants.  The shoppers of Watertown are realizing more and more that there is no need of going out of town to purchase their gifts.  With characteristic enterprise our merchants have anticipated their wants in every conceivable line, and the assortments that are displayed for the selection of would-be-purchases are often a source of bewilderment to him in fixing his choice.  Some of the heavier lines of gifts have not yet found the impetus to move them as fast as the dealers wish, but in other lines of merchandise there is great activity and healthy trade.  Prosperous times mean that shoppers have plenty of money to spend and they are spending it.  All lines of business in Watertown will this year enjoy liberal patronage.


Rape at Richwood

Watertown Gazette, 08 24 1900


An alleged case of attempted rape is reported to this city from Richwood.  A stranger in those parts who some time ago worked at the quarry and later among the farmers at Richwood, visited the Hoppe farm there during the absence of Mr. Hoppe and attempted to outrage his wife.  She procured a revolver and shot him in the leg.  Shortly after he was arrested, and is now in charge of the officers.  It has created great excitement in Richwood.


A Horse and Buggy

Watertown Gazette, 08 31 1900


Tuesday morning Emil Albertz , 961 Milford Street, notified the police that a horse and buggy had been left in his yard the previous night.  It was taken in charge by the police department of this city and left at G. W. Evans’ livery barn.  A short time, afterwards, a town of Aztalan farmer came to the city and claimed the outfit, stating that it had been taken from his premises the night previous.  Early the next morning he traced his property as far as Milford, where he learned that during the night previous men tried to rob the general store there.  The proprietor was awakened from his slumbers and discovered two men trying to effect an entrance at the front doors.  A hole had been bored in the door near the lock for the purpose of sawing out the lock, and thus making their entrance to the store sure.  The storekeeper fired a shot from his revolver at them and they made a hasty retreat.  There is no clue to the guilty parties, but they are supposed to be the ones who left the rig on Milford Street, and may be at a present residence of Watertown.


Unruly horse slaughtered

Watertown Gazette, 09 07 1900


A prominent resident of the Second ward of this city bought a horse a few days ago from a farmer who resides southwest of this city, the animal being valued at about $100, and when the horse was sold, the man parting with him told the purchaser he was never driven single and that he would have to govern himself accordingly.  A few days afterwards the new owner hitched the horse single, and because the horse acted somewhat unruly he led him to the slaughter pen in the 7th ward, near Boomer’s dam, and induced the owner of that rendering kill him.  The proprietor of this place remonstrated, and offered the fellow $45 for the horse.  This he would not accept and said the animal acted ugly and must be killed, and killed he was; and now after being the principal in such an unnatural proceedings, he seeks to recover the purchase price of the horse from the man who sold it to him.  His conduct was certainly very strange, and it is really too bad that there is not some way of punishing people guilty of such an unnatural proceedings.


Annoying Flies

Watertown Gazette, 09 07 1900


People in the country who are annoyed by flies should remember that clusters of red clover, if hung in the room and left to dry and shed its faint fragrant perfume into the air, will drive away more flies than sticky saucers of molasses and other fly traps and fly paper can ever collect.


Schlei Olds

Watertown Daily Times, 10 13 1965


Peardon Schlei, head of Schlei Olds, located at 311 South Third Street, today announced plans for the grand opening of the newly remodeled building and showroom which his agency is occupying.  Included in the new models is the sensational new “Tornado” by Oldsmobile.  This is a completely new car with front wheel drive and with many special features.  It has been awaited with great interest throughout the motor world.


Death in Becker Barn Yard

Watertown Republican, 09 14 1900


The coroner’s jury, after a thorough investigation of the death of the Swede known as Christ. Anderson, who was found dead in the barn yard of Christ Becker at 5 o’clock last Sunday morning came to the decision that the poor fellow came to his death by accidentally falling from the hay-loft door of Mr. Becker’s barn.  He had been in the habit of occasionally sleeping there and as the night was very warm, it is supposed that he opened the door for the purpose of getting more air, and becoming dizzy fell headlong to the ground, and received injuries from which he is believed to have died almost instantly.  He was last seen alive at 11 o’clock Saturday night, and was apparently capable of taking care of himself, and was not under the influence of liquor, as was at first reported.  He was a hard-working man, and was to have gone to work in the Richwood stone quarry this week.  He had engaged board at Richwood, and from papers found in his luggage, it is believed that his right name is Christ Casperson and that his parents are still living in Sweden.  The remains were taken to Jefferson Tuesday morning and interred in the county house cemetery.


Dodge County Fair of 1900

Watertown Gazette, 09 14 1900


The big Dodge county fair, to be held at Beaver Dam for five days, Sept. 24,25, 26, 27 and 28, 1900, promises to be the best county fair ever held in the state, and it is the only five days’ county fair in the state . . . There will be a balloon ascension and parachute drop every day.  A cash forfeit has been placed in a bank by the parties that are to give this exhibition to assure their presence.  A new feature is to take place on the grounds this year.  It has often been suggested to the fair managers that exhibitions of wrestling [be provided], a sport that was always indulged in and enjoyed by the down-easters at barn raisings and husking bees, so this year the officers set out to get the best along this line and are pleased to announce that they have secured the “Terrible Turk”, champion of the world, who has just returned from Paris and A. A. Rooney, champion wrestler of America.  These gentlemen are to meet at the Dodge county fair for the first time.



Duffy Home

203 S. Fourth

Watertown Daily Times, 10 20 1965


Another of Watertown’s old homes, one occupied for many years by the late Miss Ruth Duffy, at South Fourth and Market Street, is to be removed to make room for another off-street parking lot.


The city, which acquired the property on Monday for the sum of $10,500, plans to have the house cleared away not later than next March 1, under the terms of a resolution which the common council adopted at its meeting last night.


Wm. J. Bryan Visits Watertown

Watertown Gazette, 09 28 1900


Wm. J. Bryan, the Democratic nominee for president, will speak at Turner Opera House in this city on Wednesday afternoon of next week, October 3d, at 2 o’clock.  He will speak for at least one and a half hours.


The Democratic nominee for governor, and T. J. Ryan, Wisconsin’s National Committeeman will accompany him here.  Next Tuesday he will speak at La Crosse, and on Wednesday Portage, Columbus, Watertown and Waukesha.  Watertown will be greatly honored by his presence here, and a very large crowd will no doubt be attracted to the city.

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Watertown Republican, 09 06 1905


Those who went from this city to Fort Atkinson one evening last week to hear Bryan, report that the reception of the distinguished speaker was very cold, in fact a frost which the speaker realized.  The people are getting tired of listening to speakers whose stock in trade is the denunciation of existing conditions but fail to suggest anything different or better.  The fact that Mr. Bryan has accumulated a fortune since he sprang into prominence a few years ago by his “Crown of Gold” speech in the democratic national convention demonstrates that the times have been pretty good as far he is concerned.


Jefferson County Agricultural Society

Watertown Democrat, 09 18 1862


The people should not let their attention be too much taken up by the excitement of war and the conflicts of contending armies.  There are other interests which demand the care of such as remain home and follow peaceful pursuits.  The annual fair of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society commences on Wednesday the 24th at Lake Mills and it is desirable that it should be well attended and made useful by a large display of the usual variety of the stock, grain, fruit, flowers, implements and handy-work. 


These exhibitions serve valuable purposes when conducted, as they can and should be.  Let all go and see what progress and improvements the “lords of the soil” are making, even amidst the conflicts of civil revolution.


Changes at Kelly Borchard Co.


Herman Borchard Retires from Local Business

Watertown Daily Times, 07 30 1952


Herman Borchard, 416 College Avenue, has retired from the clothing business in Watertown, it was announced today at the Kelly Borchard Co. store, Main and South First streets, with which he was associated for many years.


The business will continue in operation under its present name.  Ernest Haack, 522 North Church Street, associated with the store for many years, is the president of the company.  Lester A. Kuckkahn, 1308 River Drive, who purchased the stock of the late William E. Kelly, is serving as vice president, and Wayne L. Kuckkahn, who recently joined the company, is secretary treasurer.


He recently returned from six years in the United States Navy Air Corps, which included two years of college training and four years of active duty.  He is a graduate of Watertown High School.


The Kelly Borchard Company is one of the oldest men’s clothing concerns in the city.  It is contemplating no drastic changes, but wherever service and displays can be improved and modernized that will be done.



Pool Hall to Operate Here

Council Grants License Request after Checkup

Watertown Daily Times, 08 06 1952


Watertown’s first pool hall in some years is to be located shortly at 112 South Third Street. It will be operated by R. L. David and Jerome David, who now operate a similar place at Platteville.  The City Council approved the application for a license last night.  The place will not sell or dispose of liquor or beer, but will operate five pool tables and have a dairy bar and sandwich and lunch service.


Dr. Miles Medical Co.

Watertown Republican, 03 06 1900


Owing to the variable and generally unsettled weather at this season of the year, there is widespread suffering from colds, catarrh, la grippe, nervous prostration and similar distressing ailments among all classes of our people.  The Republican is glad of an opportunity to offer substantial aid to any of the readers who may be thus afflicted.  By a recent arrangement with Dr. Miles Medical Company of Elkhart, Ind., whose name appears regularly in our advertising column, anyone writing them for a symptom blank and mentioning this paper can obtain expert medical advice regarding his or her trouble, absolutely without cost.  Besides this advice from their trained specialists, they will send, postage paid, samples of their famous remedies to all who may desire them.  Don't be afraid to ask.


Cod Liver Oil

Watertown Republican, 03 06 1900


Nearly everyone knows that when they are thin there is no remedy in the world equal to cod liver oil to make them fleshy.  Yet there is nothing against which they rebel more promptly.  There were a great many ways recommended to make cod liver oil pleasant.


Among these we would mention placing a pinch of salt in the mouth before and after taking the dose of oil.  Syrup of bitter orange peel was also recommended.  But now all this is unnecessary.  Science has found a way to make cod liver oil not only pleasant to take, but easy to digest.  Messrs. Scott & Browne have brought this science to perfection in their Scott's Emulsion, which is cod liver oil, free from disagreeable odor, and taste, and already partly digested.


A "Benedict’s Luncheon"

Watertown Republican, 03 13 1900


On invitation of William Sproesser and Charles R. Blumenfeld the Iroquois club partook of a "Benedict’s luncheon" at the club rooms Saturday evening, to celebrate the recent entry of these two young gentlemen into the married state.  All the Benedicts, except the "Major," were present, as well as a number of prospective ones and the confirmed bachelors.  Full justice was done the appetizing "spread," after which there were numerous diversions that go to make the enjoyable "stag."  The regular club quartette and another quartette formed for the special occasion "made the welkin ring” with their jolly songs, and altogether the affair was a most happy one.



Watertown Republican, 03 13 1900


The loss to the farmers of Wisconsin due to smut in oats amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually; practically all of this loss may be saved by treating the seed oats before planting, at a very slight cost.  All that is necessary is to thoroughly saturate the seed oats with a solution made by adding one pound of formalin to fifty gallons of water.  To use this remedy, place a layer of oats three or four inches thick on the barn floor and sprinkle them with the formalin solution until they are entirely wet; then another layer may be placed on the first layer and sprinkled as before, repeating the process until all the seed oats has been sprinkled; then leave them in the pile for two hours, when they should be spread out thinly to dry. They should be shoveled over once or twice a day until dry.  If they are to be sown broadcast, it will not be necessary to dry them.


The Spring Hat of 1900

Watertown Republican, 03 13 1900


The spring hat of 1900 occupies a unique position in the millinery world.  It is approved by the radical dress reformers because of its lightness, and by the most fastidious society girls because of its beauty.  Never have the spring hats been so light in weight and so artistic in shape and coloring.  Airiness is the keynote of the early spring models.  Heavy, coarse straw is no longer used, and the big flower garden picture hats have been relegated to the past.  The most approved hats are of medium size, and the straws which are used are of the lightest possible texture.


Counterfeit $5 Silver Certificate

Watertown Republican, 03 20 1900


The treasury department warns the public to be on the lookout for a new counterfeit $5 silver certificate, series 1896, check letter B, plate No. 30.  The note is printed from photoetched plates on two pieces of paper with red and blue silk threads between


New “Small” Straw Hats

Watertown Republican, 03 20 1900


In this issue is a photo of a woman wearing one of the new “small” straw hats.



Hoodlum Receives Trouncing

Watertown Republican, 04 03 1900


Saturday evening a daring hoodlum who attempted to mistreat a young Fifth ward girl who was standing in front of her home awaiting the arrival of a friend, was given chase by the girl’s father and a neighbor, and when overtaken was the recipient of a sound trouncing at the hands of the irate father, which will no doubt serve as a serious lesson to him in the future.  The ruffian’s identity was not established.  We understand there have been other incident of this nature lately and the police ought to keep a sharp vigilance for the offenders.


Elm Street

Watertown Gazette, 11 23 1900


Now that Elm Street has been supplied with sewerage, water works, and sidewalks, it would not be out of order to suggest that when property owners on that street set out trees next spring that elm trees be planted to correspond with the street’s name.  It would then be appropriately named.


New Nose and Mouth Guard

Watertown Gazette, 11 02 1900


Now that the football season is approaching parents will begin to worry about broken noses and disfigured faces and not without good cause, as past experiences have proved.  Perhaps a new nose and mouth guard will be the means of preventing the breaking of a face or two.  The guard only touches head at the forehead and chin, and there it is provided with inflated rubber rings, which wouldn't get in the face of any chance blow or fall on the face.  The attachment to the head is made by strong elastic straps, which can be tightened to the right tension, and the cup-like chin portion of the guard prevents any side motion or accidental displacement.  As the guard does not come in contact with a mouth or nose it will not interfere with the breathing in the least.


Horses Belonging to Edward Mulick

Watertown Republican, 04 03 1900


A team of horses belonging to Edward Mulick, who resides a few miles southwest of the city, ran away Friday afternoon on West Main Street and made things lively for a time.  After crossing Main Street bridge they collided with a wagon belonging to August Neitszel, slightly damaging it.  One of the horses was injured the leg by being struck repeatedly with a hitching weight which it had dragged along.


Muskrat in Cellar

Watertown Gazette, 11 23 1900


A large muskrat in the cellar of C. Neugebauer’s saloon in Main Street last Wednesday cause quite a stir in that vicinity.  Mr. Neugebauer’s dog went into the cellar and spying the muskrat began a great outcry.  Two other dogs were turned into the cellar and they killed the muskrat in a short time.  It is supposed to have entered the cellar through a sewer.


1899-1900 Watertown City Directory


Virchow Krause Purchased

Watertown Daily Times, 11 05 2005


Winter, Kloman, Motor and Repp S.C. has announced its purchase of accounting practice Virchow Krause, 302 N. Second St., Watertown.  WKMR has two other offices located in Oconomowoc and Elm Grove, offering clients the resources and convenience of multiple locations.  The accounting team currently at the Watertown location will remain in place in order to continue providing its clients and the Watertown area with accounting services.


City Documents placed in Bank Vault

Watertown Democrat, 04 25 1861


From the proceedings of the meeting of the common council held Wed. evening April 17th, l861:


Resolved, That all the canceled City Bonds paid, coupons, City Treasurer’s Bonds and such other valuable property as the Mayor may direct, be placed in the vault of the Jefferson County Bank for safekeeping and subject to be withdrawn only on the order of the Mayor and City Clerk, and that a copy of this resolution be pasted on the said box in some conspicuous place.  Adopted.


A Little Hero

Watertown Democrat, 12 07 1865


It chanced to be our fortune one day last week to witness one of those sad and melancholy scenes which many times not only leave a lasting impression but remain indelibly fixed upon the memory for years.  It was in inclement day – the first of winter – snow was falling and the winds piercing.  A group of boys had collected upon the sidewalk and were evidently following an object of curiosity or interest.


As they neared the corner of the Robinson House the crowd dispersed sufficient to disclose the object of their gathering.  ‘Twas the old story – a drunken man. 


We thought we had beheld the scene in all its phases, but there was a new feature to it here.  The old and staggering man was tightly held and kindly led, not by the Marshal or police officer, but by a blue-eyed lad of some thirteen years, who urged him on with all the gentleness and called him Father.  The boys followed, hooted, and some of them threw sticks.  At the corner of Main and Second streets an addition was made to the crowd in the shape of a half dozen school girls.  Here the spectacle became almost unbearable.  The girls hurrahed and laughed.  The drunken man would fight them, while the lad, the hero of the scene, made speech with none but endured all as he smiled upon the old man and looking up with his great, beautiful blue eyes, said “Come father, let us get away from them all.”


Forbearance could stand it no longer and we scattered the crowd by various appeals while we watched the couple as they progressed toward Third Street.  There the old man fell.  Not to have volunteered assistance to that boy, who had borne and braved so much in this new dilemma, would have been more than cruel.  So we assisted him – picked the old man up, washed the blood from his face, put him on his feet and the road for home.


To receive the thanks and gratitude of the boy in behalf of his unfortunate parent more than repaid us, to say nothing of the reward of a kind deed done.  “You must excuse him, sir,” said the lad, “and I thank you so much – you’re so kind and have been so good, and all for my dear father.  May God bless you, sir, and good bye!” 


He took the old man by the hand and led him away as one would a child.  We watched them long and sadly – the old man with his bundle and in his rags and drunkenness – the bright boy with his noble heroism and manly affection, going hand in hand – watched them till they were gone and out of sight.


We live in an age which serves, and has served, to make men great.  Circumstances by which we have been surrounded – the wars of the rebellion – have made great men – have produced and furnished for our benefit, a Grant, Sherman, Farragut, Porter, Thomas, McPherson – a catalog whose names are written in their country’s history.  But if these men are and have been great, our LITTLE MAN was equally so in forbearance, affection and Christian fortitude, and while their names are written on the pages of the nation’s record, our little hero’s is, we pray, for his goodness, his “pure religion,” to be inscribed in the “lamb’s book” for the life beyond.


Girl Wanted

Watertown Gazette, 11 04 1915


For general housework in family of two.  One preferred who can stay at home nights.  Good wages.  Inquire at 112 Montgomery Street.


510 and 512 Cady Street

Watertown Gazette, 11 04 1915


For sale, two residences located at 510 and 512 Cady Street, Watertown, Wis.  Enquire of John G. Conway, Merchants Bank Bldg, Watertown, Wis.


314 Lafayette St

Watertown Gazette, 11 04 1915


For Rent.  West half of house at 314 Lafayette St.  Call at this office.


Miss Clara Lehmann

Watertown Gazette, 04 06 1900


Miss Clara Lehmann, of Watertown, is a guest at the South Third Street home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fix (Janesville).  This afternoon Miss Lehman wrote two letters and gave them to the hired girl at the house to mail.  The girl on her way down town stopped at the comer of South Bluff and South Third Street and after unlocking the fire alarm box she pulled down the hook and let go.  In went the fire alarm.  The innocent girl, still unconscious of her mistake, placed her two letters inside the box and closed the door.  As she was leaving, the east side hose cart drove up.  The young lady says she will go to the post office in the future.


Wesemann Heating and Cooling

Watertown Daily Times, 08 14 1960


The O. L. Wesemann Heating and Cooling Service will hold its grand opening, along with open house, at its new location at 1022 South Third Street on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18.  Open house will be held each evening from 6:30 to 9:30 o’clock and the public is invited.


Bee Industries

Watertown Daily Times, 09 03 1990


Hidden away behind acres of Aunt Nellie’s sweet corn, Bee Industries might be one of the best-kept secrets in the Watertown area.  “We’re only one mile out of town (Watertown), but I bet 95 percent of the people in Watertown don’t know what we make,” said Robet DeWitz, who owns the firm along with partners Elvin Will and Mark Erickson.  “Not many people realize that we employ 72 people out in a cornfield,” Erickson added.  Watertown residents may not be familiar with Bee Industries, but the firm’s customers know the company and its products quite well.  Thanks to worldwide sales of its clevis pins, rivets, keystock and other light fasteners, Bee Industries has become one of the top manufacturers in its field.


Dehorning Cattle

Watertown Gazette, 03 01 1901


An exchange says that if farmers would follow these instructions they need never go to any expense to dehorn their cattle.  Buy a 5-cent stick of potash and when the little horns make the first sign of starting on the calves, wet them with the caustic stick and that calf will never know that nature intended that it should have horns.


Arthur Bartelt

Watertown Republican, 02 27 1901


Arthur Bartelt, principal of the public school at Milford, was arraigned before Justice Stacy Saturday on a complaint sworn out by Mrs. Sophia Halfmann, of Milford, charging him with assault and battery.  It was alleged that Bartelt struck or slapped the woman, but this was not proved, although a large number of witnesses were placed upon the stand.  The justice decided in favor of the defendant and discharged him.


The case was the outcome of some trouble Mr. Bartelt had in school with one of his pupils, a son of Mrs. Halfmann.  The teacher found it necessary to punish the boy by giving him a whipping, and this so incensed the mother that she went to the school and demanded that her children be dismissed.  While they were leaving the altercation between Mr. Bartelt and Mrs. Halfmann occurred, which resulted in the latter having the former arrested and brought before the law.


Watertown Neglected (Again)

Watertown Gazette, 03 01 1901


The Milwaukee Sentinel on Sunday last published a brief write-up of 21 of the principal cities of the state, including such places as Viroqua and Marshfield, and strange to relate it did not have a write-up on Palmyra, which place usually gets more attention in The Milwaukee Sentinel by way of special dispatches published than any half dozen cities in the state of twice its size.  Watertown, of course, was not in it and had to take a back seat for such important town as Viroqua.  It is very noticeably strange that the Milwaukee papers for some reason or other pay so little attention to this city, where they have a large list of patrons.  We had hoped that the new management of The Sentinel would look more kindly toward this city than the old, but the dose of Sunday last is a rather bitter pill for a start.  Can our people inaugurate some move to bring about a different state of affairs in this respect?


Blustering Storm

Watertown Gazette, 03 15 1901


Last Sunday this section of the country was visited with a blustering storm of sleet and snow, which made its very uncomfortable to be out of doors, and towards evening it resolved itself into a mild though heavy snow storm, about six inches of snow having fallen during the night.


Miss Kittie Tennien

Watertown Gazette, 03 08 1901


For a number of years past the many friends of Miss Kittie Tennien residing in Watertown were at a loss to know where she was or whether she had continued the study of vocal music, which they knew she had begun abroad, until she became a professional.  Word has at last been heard from her.  On Sunday last the advance agent for the London and New York Opera Co. were here endeavoring to have manager C. R. Blumenfeld of the Concordia Opera House, book the company here.  The terms were too high to make the booking anything but a financial loss here.  This is certainly to be regretted, as Miss Kittie Tennien, born and raised in Watertown, daughter of Sarah Tennien and granddaughter of the late Captain James Rogan of this city, is the star singer of the company.


While a resident of Watertown she had a marvelously sweet voice, and after leaving here the family located in the east.  Miss Tennien studied music in Boston and New York, from where she went to Paris, where she completed her studies under the best talent in that city . . . It is really too bad, that she was not given an opportunity to appear in her native city.  There is a probability of her singing in Milwaukee, and if she does a large crowd will no doubt go from here to hear her.   WG


Watertown Gazette, 03 15 1901


Reference was made in The Gazette of last week to Miss Kittie Tennien, formerly of this city, but who for the past 12 years has spent most of her time abroad devoting herself to the study of vocal music, her home being in New York City, and regret was expressed that Manager Blumenfeld, of the Concordia opera house, did not see his way clear to make a contract with the agents of the London and New York Opera Co. to appear in this city.  Miss Tennien, being the Prima Donna contralto of the company, as her numerous old friends here would have been delighted to hear her, and it would also have given her great pleasure to appear before a Watertown audience.  Personally the editor of The Gazette regretted very much that the opportunity to have Miss Tennien sing here had not been taken advantage of, for knowing of her beautiful voice for many years past, and that she had received the very best instruction abroad in voice coaching, we knew she would have more than pleased the Watertown audience, which is one of the most critical in the state in the musical line.  Since our last issue she has visited our city, being the guest on Sunday and Monday of her presence, the Misses Rose and Ella Rogan in West Main Street dropping off here on her way to Fond du Lac, where her company appeared Tuesday night . . . While she was in this city we had the pleasure of meeting her, and found her but little changed in appearance and manner; we were also one of a favored small party who heard her sing last Monday night at the home of Misses Rogan.  She sang half a dozen selections, most of them from several of the famous operas, with violin and piano accompaniment.  Those present were indeed highly favored for all were enraptured with her singing, and most agreeably surprised at what they heard . . .


She sings from low F to B flat, two and a half octaves, and is perfectly at ease in any tones within that remarkable contralto range. Her low tones are the most wonderful we have ever heard, and their power and feeling combined with quality, make one feel as though they were listening to something supernatural . . .


Robert A. Bender

Watertown Daily Times, 10 21 1965


Robert A. Bender is a new attorney in Watertown.  He is now an associate of Attorney Roland F. Dierker, with offices in the Woolworth Building, at Main and North Fourth Street.  Mr. Bender is a native of Milwaukee, was reared there and graduated from Whitefish Bay High School, with the class of 1956.  He then enrolled at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., graduating with a B.A. Degree in psychology in 1961 and three years later graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law receiving his L.L.B. Degree.  He passed the Wisconsin Bar examination in July of this year.


Watertown Daily Times, 07 05 1966


Robert A. Bender, Watertown attorney, has been appointed assistant district attorney of Jefferson County. Announcement of the appointment was made by District Attorney John Neupert. Mr. Bender is associated with Attorney Roland Dierker in the practice of law here. He will take over his duties as assistant district attorney on July 1. The hiring of an assistant district attorney was authorized at the June meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors after receiving requests to do so from Circuit Judge Henry G. Gergen, County Judge William Brandel and Sheriff Roger Reinel.


Arthur Bolieau

Watertown Republican, 06 13 1899


A young man by the name of Arthur Bolieau, aged 14 years, arrived here on Tuesday evening over the Chicago & Northwestern railroad.  He was taken in charge by the police and told the story that after the death of his parents he was shipped to the state school at Sparta.  He was then adopted by a farmer near Green Bay who gave him no liberties and made him work hard.  Getting tired of this the boy ran away and came here.  He requested the police to wire the superintendent and asked to take him back.


Blowing Dust and Disease

Watertown Gazette, 03 22 1901


In London it was noticed that when the streets were muddy there was a marked diminution of diseases that were prevalent when dust is blowing Bowel troubles are plentiful when people are compelled to inhale dust.


Consumption, too, often gets its start from the dust.  Other illnesses almost equally grave follow from the breathing of flying particles of filth.  Add sufficient water to transform the dust into mud, and the power for harm is gone, for mud is not inhaled.  The germs that infest dry dust become inert in mud, because these germs, vicious as they are, are too lazy to go anywhere unless they are carried.  Moreover mud is very likely to get ultimately into the drainpipe, and the germs are carried off where they can do no harm. 


Meyer Ambulance Service

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 relocated 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.


The Pantorium

Watertown Gazette, 04 26 1901


The Pantorium over the post office [*] has also opened a ladies’ and gents’ shoe-shining parlor in connection with the clothes cleaning and pressing business. Your shoes will be called for and delivered, neatly shined and polished, at a very reasonable figure. This new enterprise is already meeting with a large patronage and is on a successful business.


[*] May have been next door, unless Pantorium moved sometime between 1901 and 1908. 


The Pantorium was also over what is now the CAC -- one can see the sign in a postcard from about 1915 in our collection.







1908 Wrights Directory


The Pantorium


Located next to Post Office,

which at the time was in the Masonic Bldg, 2-6 E Main St.


Sausage and Squirrel Booze

Watertown Republican, 03 27 1901


The tramp giving the name of William Cook had a good time for a while at Ferdinand Link’s meat market Friday morning.  While Mr. Link was out a moment his trampship entered and was about to appropriate a coat hanging in the rear room when the proprietor returned.  Acting quickly, Mr. Link seized the intruder and shoved him into the ice box, locking the door after him.  Officer Eiffler was thereupon summoned and Cook was taken into custody.  During his confinement he regaled himself on sausage and squirrel booze, and he paid a high compliment to Mr. Link’s brands.  Cook was given a thirty-day county jail sentence for his bad behavior.


Cross Reference note:  Andres O’Brien and Ferdinand Link ran a meat market (O’Brien & Link) at 221 W. Main (most recently, the Why Not tavern).


Watertown City Directory, 1899-1900

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Watertown Republican, 02 21 1903

Business Change


The West Side meat market, conducted by Ferd Link, was sold on Monday to Martin Nowack and Frank Sell.  The title of the new firm is Nowack & Sell.  It is Mr. Link’s intention to remain in the city for a while at least.  The members of the new firm have been in Mr. Link’s employ and are both popular young men who will give the business their undivided care and attention.



Watertown Daily Times, 10 22 1990


A new retail fashion store for men and women will open its doors Thursday in downtown Watertown.  Maurices, a national chain offering clothing and accessories for men and women, debuts at 9 a.m. at its new location at 200-202 E. Main St.  Maurices is taking over the former location of Elliotts Store Inc., which left Watertown in December 1989 after 65 years of business.  Elliotts still has locations in Oconomowoc, West Bend and Janesville.  Since Elliotts closed, Maurices has undertaken an extensive remodeling of the building, which has 2,800 square feet of shopping area designed for easy traffic flow.  The interior of the store will feature special lighting and neutral gray and white colors to give the store a spacious feel and a bright, upbeat look.


Mrs. Hyland Brown

Watertown Gazette, 04 05 1901


One night during the week someone broke into the coal shed of Mrs. Hyland Brown in Warren Street and stole a ton of coal.


Wages for Hired Men

Watertown Republican, 03 27 1901


The farmers of this section are engaging their hired men for the coming season at wages ranging from $18 to $30 per month and board.  These are considered pretty good wages for farm help.


Sweet Sayings

Watertown Gazette, 04 05 1901


Watertown young ladies who receive letters these days diligently search under the stamps on the envelope for sweeter sayings than the letters contain.


Powers of a Wife

Watertown Gazette, 03 29 1901


It is said that the powers of either man or woman are developed five-fold by working with a life-companion who is in entire harmony.  The ideal wife as a rule has it in her power to make the ideal husband.


Orphan Train

possibly related to

Watertown Gazette, 04 05 1901


A New York newspaper recently contained an advertisement announcing that babies at a certain foundlings’ home could be had for adoption.  In a short time 200 little ones were thus disposed of respectable families.  It is now learned that many of these infants were placed in the asylum by parents comfortably well off in order to avoid taking care the children.


John Byrne will sell

Watertown Gazette, 03 22 1901


On Thursday, April 4, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon John Byrne will sell at public auction on his premises in the town of Watertown, three miles southwest of the city, a large number of milk cows, young stock, horses, pigs, farm machinery, harness, 300 bushels of corn in cob, 300 bushels of oats, 12 tons of marsh hay, and a large number of other articles.  Refreshments will be served at noon.


Father Joeger [Joerger]

Watertown Gazette, 04 05 1901


Rev. Father Joeger [Joerger] has purchased the John McGraw lot on North Church Street, the consideration being $1100 He intends building a modern residence thereon in a few weeks.


Cross Reference note:  Buried in St. Henry’s cemetery: Rev Fr Joerger J.J. DD, 1842-1901 [died same year]


Large Tobacco Warehouse

Watertown Gazette, 04 19 1901


An agent of a large tobacco company was in the city during the past week looking over the desirability of this locality as a place for locating a large tobacco warehouse, which if located here, would give employment during the winter months to over 500 people.  Henry Mulberger, president of the Advancement Association showed him several sites and he was very favorably impressed with the city.  The tobacco would be shipped here and sorted in the warehouse for shipment to dealers.  The object in locating here is the advantage of getting the class of labor desired at a season of the year when there is a great deal of idle labor in our city.  This enterprise would be of much benefit to our citizens, and we hope to see it located here.


Condition of Streets

to be improved with crushed stone from Richwood

Watertown Gazette, 04 26 1901


A freight rate of one cent per hundred pounds of crushed stone from the Richwood quarry to this city has been granted by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry. Co. which applies only to crushed stone used by the city for public improvements, and was received through the efforts of the company’s agent here, Geo. Webb and City Engineer Stanchfield.  This is one-half the usual charge, and will be a great saving to our city when street improvements are made where crushed stone has to be used, the amount saved being about $6 a car.  As this is a great item in the cost of street improvement it ought to have a tendency to remove some of the opposition manifested just now to the continuance of improved streets, and it no doubt will.


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Improvement on Washington Street

Watertown Gazette, 05 10 1901


At the proceedings of a regular meeting of the Common Council May 7th, 1901:  Pursuant to said recommendation we are prepared to report that since the reduced freight rate on stone has been obtained from the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway company we have made a careful estimate of the probable cost of the improvement on Washington Street, and find that by decreasing the width of the roadway to 30 feet between curbs and building a concrete combined curb and gutter the work can be done at a cost of $1.50 per foot on each side of the street.

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Watertown Gazette, 07 20 1883


An Editorial:  When a few indignant persons with broken hands, broken legs, or ruined horses have collected a goodly amount of damages from the city, the powers that be will wake up to the fact that some decisive action is not wholly undesirable in the relation to the nuisance of poor sidewalks and streets.  Whether it will have the desired and necessary effect upon the official whose duty it is to remedy the present state of affairs is another conundrum, the solution of which must be left to the future, aided by the popular demand.  Everyone tries to shove the responsibility on somebody else’s shoulders, and in the meantime everything is exceedingly favorable for a fine crop of accidents and consequent suits for damages.  The Gazette favors making permanent street improvements on whatever is done.  Don’t, for mercies sake, give us any more puttering with the throwing away of money in the drawing of earth into the streets, merely to be kneaded into mortar by the wheels of vehicles or the hoofs of horses.  Do the work so that it will be permanent, even if not more than three or four blocks be completed at a time.


Great Eastern Circus

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1883


The Great Eastern Circus which pitched its tent here last Friday was poorly attended and we doubt very much if it paid expenses.  It was a slim excuse for a circus and received as good a patronage here as it deserved.


Widower desires Frau

Watertown Gazette, 07 20 1883


Anyone desiring to make $10 can do so by furnishing a 2nd ward widower with a wife.  He offers that amount to anyone who will get him a frau.


Baker/Rullman Manufacturing

Watertown Daily Times, 03 10 2005


Baker/Rullman Manufacturing Inc. has a new owner after 25 years of operation in Watertown.  Former owners Daniel Rullman and Richard Baker have sold their manufacturing business to David Schroeder of Hartland.  Baker said he and Rullman sold the business because they wanted to have a succession plan which would ensure the long-term continuation of it.  “We wanted to have someone younger come in and take this thing another step forward,” Baker said.  “David and ourselves matched up well in the criteria we set up.  At the top of the list was to keep the business ongoing with someone who has the capabilities and the energy to keep everything running for many years in the future."


Kopp Sheet Metal moving

Watertown Daily Times, 02 20 1966


The Kopp Sheet Metal Works, which for many years has operated out of the former Kopp buildings in Madison Street, is moving to its new headquarters at 210 West Main Street and will be ready to open there Friday night.  Moving will be done Thursday and Friday.  Lloyd Kopp, head of the metal works, acquired the West Main Street property some time ago, following the sale of the former site as part of the new home of the Bank of Watertown which will utilize the Madison-North Second Street area for its new bank building.


Third Ward Ladies

Watertown Gazette, 07 20 1883


The Third ward seems to be a healthy locality for ladies.  While swinging in a hammock Sunday morning one of the fair sex in that ward managed to pull down a large oak post to which it was tied, another one balances the scale at 284 pounds.  The former we believe is somewhat lighter than the latter, but her strength seems to be very great.



Watertown Gazette, 07 13 1883


EDITOR REPUBLICAN – Is there no law for the punishment of "street-walkers?”  There are several brazen things here who are making perfect nuisances of themselves, and who are a disgrace to this community.  What are the parents of these girls thinking about?



The above, taken from The Republican, speaks of a nuisance which we have frequently called public attention to, and we hope our officers will see to it that the parties above alluded to will hereafter conduct themselves in a more respectable manner.  Aside from being a nuisance on our streets, these same parties visit nearly every entertainment which is given in our city and make their presence obnoxious to respectable people.


Watertown Gazette, 07 20 1883


Some of the "street walkers" say they are going to present us with a box of cigars, while others say they are going to "knock us silly" for publishing that article in our paper last week in regard to them.  We will accept the cigars, as that would be "silly" enough coming from such a source





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