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William (Wilhelm) Wiggenhorn

1797 - 1876


Eugene Wiggenhorn


Death of an Aged Citizen


1851      Ball Alley

 Ball Alley at the Buena Vista House, William Wiggenhorn



Watertown Republican, 12 13 1876


Mr. William Wiggenhorn died at his residence in the 1st ward, Tuesday morning, December 12, 1876, at the age of nearly 80 years, having been born in Westphalia, Prussia, April 23d, 1797.  Thus another aged citizen has gone from among us to meet his reward in another world. 


Mr. Wiggenhorn came to Watertown direct from Germany in the year 1848, and for some years was landlord of the Buena Vista House.  Mr. Wiggenhorn was married in 1821 and his wife, Josephine, who has been his partner in life for over 55 years, survives him. 


Five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Wiggenhorn celebrated their golden wedding in the midst of their children and friends, who united in the observance of an event so seldom witnessed. 


Their living issue in Constance and Eugene, of the firm of Wiggenhorn Brothers, the well known tobacco dealers and cigar manufacturers, August, Jeweler, Alexander, of Ashland, Nebraska, Mrs. R. Diesel, of Woodstock, Ill., Mrs. A. Frohne, of Berlin, Wis., and Mrs. W. Meyer, of Ripon, Wis. 


Mr. Wiggenhorn’s last sickness was congestion of the lungs, and continued two weeks, during which time the aged parent received unremitting care from his wife and children, as well as the best medical attention.  But the extreme age of the sufferer precluded the possibility of his recovery, and he finally passed away peacefully and calmly.  The funeral of the deceased will take


Buried in St. Henry’s Cemetery



Wiggenhorn, William

Forty-Eighters: Builders of Watertown,  pg 11, 12, 13, 21, 74

Wiggenhorn, William (Wilhelm)

Early resident, bought  Buena Vista House

Wiggenhorn, William (Wilhelm)

Forty-Eighter, owner of the Buena Vista hotel.



Wiggenhorn, August, Jeweler, fine jewelry, solid silver & plated ware, clocks


Cross References:

Constance Wiggenhorn, son of William


Watertown Leader, 02 18 1886

Eugene Wiggenhorn returned Sunday morning from a trip to Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.  He has decided to locate at La Crosse and has become a member, with John Pamperin, formerly of this city, of a joint stock company to engage in the manufacture of cigars and do a general tobacco business with a capital of $50,000.  Mr. Wiggenhorn expects to be at his new post of duty the middle of next month.  While regretting to lose him as a fellow-citizen, we are glad to know that he will still continue as a resident of the state.