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Veteran's Park

 

1898

04 27       FLOWER BEDS TENDED BY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

The girls of the high school have been accorded the privilege, by Mayor Mulberger, of tending to the flower beds in the city park this season, and it is proposed to do the planting on Arbor Day.  This is a desirable move and should be encouraged.  We know the girls will provide a pretty embellishment to that public place — something that will be greatly appreciated by our citizens.  Keep up the good work, girls.   WR

 

10 05          REQUEST PERMISSION TO ERECT A MONUMENT IN CITY PARK

To the honorable Common Council of the city of Watertown, Wisconsin:

I hereby respectfully request permission to erect in such place in the city park in the First ward of this city as you may select, a monument to the memory of the deceased soldiers of this city in the late Civil war, 1861-1865; the size of  the same to be not less than twelve feet six inches on the ground, and not less than fifty feet in height, of Barre granite; to be erected by myself without cost to the city, on or before the 30th day of May, 1899.  Dated at Watertown, Wisconsin, this 4th day of October, 1898.

R. E. LEWIS.    WR

 

1899

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lewis, of Watertown, Wis., donated a soldiers’ monument to that city, and it has just been completed.  It was built by J. J. Anche & Sons, of Watertown [Archie and Sons], is of Barre granite, 50 feet in height, and cost $6,000.  Stone – An Illustrated Magazine, June 1899 to November, 1899.

 

1900

03 30          SIDEWALK AROUND THE PARK

One of the very first city improvements that should be made here this spring is the building of a new sidewalk around the city park.  The walk on the west side of the park is a disgrace to the city and should be attended to at once.    WG

 

04 03          SIDEWALK AROUND THE PARK

The Gazette suggests that the city “blow” itself for a new walk around the public park in the First ward.  Such an improvement is certainly needed very much.  In the spring the west walk is a sort of canal and pedestrians are forced to walk through water and slush ankle-deep.    WR

 

c.1899-1900

Veteran's Park, Veteran’s Memorial, circa 1899-1900 

 

1901     

03 27       TWO CANNON PLACED IN PARK

   One weapon points North, the second South.

Nearly a year ago the O. D. Pease Post, G.A R., applied for two cannon from the federal government, to be stationed beside the soldiers’ monument in the city park.  Mayor Grube interested himself in the matter and was promised that the gift should be made to the city.  Last week the cannon were received and are now lying in the city park.  No mountings were sent, and it will be necessary for the city to provide these.  The cannon are Parrott guns, thirty pounders, and are known as No. 26 and No. 28 condemned ordnance.  The former weighs 3,513 pounds and the latter 3,510 pounds.  They are from the Brooklyn navy yard.  Ten 8-inch projectiles, weighing 500 pounds, accompanied he guns.  The freight charges amounted to $80, which the city will have to pay.   WR

 

1901

05 10          LANDSCAPING AT WILLIAM STONE RESIDENCE

Landscape Gardener Frobing, of Oconomowoc, has been beautifying the lawn William C. Stone’s residence on Washington Street.  Mr. Frobing several years ago was chief landscape gardener at Lincoln Park, Chicago, and is considered first-class in his line.  It would not be a bad idea for our city authorities to have him beautify our city park.    WG

 

05 10       ORDINANCE FOR PROTECTION OF PARK

[same date] An ordinance providing for the protection of the city park, situated in the First ward in the city of Watertown . . . No person shall step or walk on the sod or grass, or deface, mutilate or injure the trees, flowers or shrubbery, or deface, mutilate or injure or sit upon the steps of the Soldiers’ Monument, or catch, kill, destroy, wound, maim, worry or molest the birds or game, or deposit any filth or commit any nuisance, or suffer or permit any dogs belonging to him, or in his charge, custody or control to chase, worry or molest, disturb or catch any bird or game, within the city park, situated within the First ward of this city . . . no person shall ride, drive or lead any horse or other animal, or ride any bicycle or velocipede, upon or across said park or any portion thereof. Provided always that a person lawfully employed by the Board of Public Works, in doing work in or upon said park, may step or walk on the sod and grass thereof.   WG

 

1905

08 16       “KEEP OFF THE GRASS” SIGNS

Public parks are supposed to be for the pleasure of the citizens, where they can rest in the shade when the weather is warm and enjoy life.  The City Park is an exception.  There are no seats and “Keep off the Grass” signs stares one in the face.  Whose fault is it, that it is not a place where the people can enjoy themselves?   WR

 

1909

08 13       PARK GRASS BADLY PARCHED

Why is it the city officials do not keep the grass in the city park sprinkled?  The grass plot around the soldier’s monument is a disgrace to the city.  It is burned and parched about as badly as any place we know of in the entire city.  Is the city too poor to look properly after this little park?  If so, it should be turned over to private individuals who will see that the few dollars necessary to keep it sprinkled will be forthcoming.  [Veteran’s Park today].  WG

 

1914

 

 

1916

ALBERT PITTERLE with 1910 Excelsior Motorcycle, Lewis Fountain

   Cross Reference:  1910 Excelsior 

 

1963

08 15       NAME CHANGE/ City Park to Memorial Park or Veterans Memorial Park

The Watertown Veterans Council has gone on record to change the name of City Park, opposite Trinity Lutheran Church, to Memorial Park or Veterans Memorial Park to preserve a city memorial to Watertown men and women who fought in the nation’s various wars.  A communication to that effort will be filed with the common council at the meeting tonight.

 

1966

AMVETS PLACING DECORATION

11 07         Chapter on Amvets 

 

2007

10 19       NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL TO BE DEDICATED

The Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7852 will be holding a dedication ceremony on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. for the new memorial at Veterans Park.  The memorial, which is for all past, present and future Watertown veterans, consists of eight pieces.  The largest section of the memorial is a Veterans of Foreign Wars stone with a diamond-etched eagle and flag.  The stone is also engraved with the words “Donated by the Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7852” and was designed by Linda Boettcher of Archie Monument & Stone Inc.  Five smaller stones — a tribute to all branches of the military — are engraved with the emblem of the branch of service and their motto.  Each stone will have a flagpole behind it with its service flag. Lights will shine on the flags and stones.

 

11 08       NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL DEDICATED

Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7852 held a dedication ceremony on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the new memorial at Veterans Park.

 

The memorial, which is for all past, present and future Watertown veterans, consists of eight pieces.  The largest section of the memorial is a Veterans of Foreign Wars stone with a diamond-etched eagle and flag.  The stone is also engraved with the words “Donated by the Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7852” and was designed by Linda Boettcher of Archie Monument & Stone Inc.

 

Five smaller stones - a tribute to all branches of the military - are engraved with the emblem of the branch of service and their motto. Each stone will have a flagpole behind it with its service flag. Lights will shine on the flags and stones.

 

The memorial also includes a bench dedicated to the POW-MIA with its flag and another bench that has a Wisconsin flag and is engraved with the words “Donated to all Watertown Veterans.”

 

During the dedication, the service flags, as well as the POW-MIA and Wisconsin flags, will be raised for the first time.

 

Every year on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, a special group of Americans who risked life and limb to preserve the American way of life are honored. American veterans are sentries of freedom. They fought in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Panama, Grenada, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. As veterans are honored, armed forces are still fighting the war on terrorism.

 

Veterans Day is a time to reflect upon those who carried out the highest form of public service and answered the nation's call to arms. It is a day which marks the armistice of 1918 that ended the fighting in World War I.

 

2013

02 19       MEMORIAL PAVER STONES         Watertown Veterans Council program, stones in park.

 

2015

11 11       VETERANS DAY

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Veteran's Park, Lewis Fountain, 1909c

Veteran's Park, Lewis Monument, 1908, pre

Veteran's Park, Lewis Monument, 1909c

Veteran's Park, Lewis Monument, 1930s

Veteran's Park, Lewis Monument, postcard

 

 

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