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George Gamm

1834- 1914


Watertown Gazette, 02 19 1914


Another of Watertown’s old and esteemed pioneers has passed to his reward in the person of George Gamm, who died of general debility on Friday, February 13, 1914, at his home, 111 North Fourth Street.  Deceased was a native of Mechelsdorf, Mecklenburg, Germany, where he was born May 3, 1834.  In 1850 he came to America and located in this city, and has ever since made it his home. 


At first he was engaged in the cooperage business here, and later he and his brother engaged in the flour, feed and crockery business at the corner of North Fourth and Main streets, under the firm name of A. & G. Gamm [August & George].  Their business was destroyed by fire and Mr. Gamm then went into business on his own account at 111 North Fourth Street, which he continued till he retired from business about eight years ago.


His wife, whose maiden name was Henrietta Pauline Baeslau, died about eight years ago.  Two sons, Chas. A. Gamm of this city, and W. J. Gamm of Madison, and three daughters, Mrs. Robert Hinze of Riverdale, California, Mrs. Minnie Bensene of Milwaukee, and Mrs. Ida Kurzweg of Watertown survive him.  Monday afternoon his funeral took place from his late home to St. Mark’s Lutheran church, and the interment was in Oak Hill cemetery.


In the death of Mr. Gamm our city has lost one of its best known and most highly esteemed citizens.  As a business man he was one of the most honorable our city has ever possessed and as a neighbor and friend he was truly an ideal man.  He was of a quiet, unassuming nature, yet was always genial and had a smile and words of good cheer for all with whom he came in contact, and his death is sincerely mourned here.



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