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Herbert Weis

1887 - 1946

Weis, Herb A., b. May 20, 1887, d. Jan 10, 1946,

Sec 21, Oak Hill Cemetery


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Funeral services for Herbert Weis, 58, former Watertown police officer who died at his home, 702 Western Avenue, late Thursday morning, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Schmutzler funeral home and at 2:30 o'clock at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.   Services at the funeral home will be conducted by the local Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Weis was a member, and services at the church will be officiated over by Rev. Wm. F. Chamberlain, pastor of the congregation.


Burial will be at Oak Hill cemetery.


The death of Mr. Weis followed a long illness.  On Aug. 8, 1944, he underwent a major operation.  For the last several months his condition had grown continually worse.


Mr. Weis was born in Watertown on May 20, 1887, the son of Albert Weis and Henrietta Fuermann Weis.  He married S. Marguerite Nebel on Jan. 13, 1915.  The ceremony was solemnized at St. Paul's Episcopal Church here by the Rev. Father Ganster.


Member of Police Department

    First policeman to ride a motorcycle


Mr. Weis was a life-long resident of this community.  He was a member of the Watertown Police Department for 28 years.  He joined the department in 1914 and retired in 1942.


"Herb," as he was familiarly known to hundreds upon hundreds of persons in this community, was the first Watertown policeman to ride a motorcycle. The first machine he rode was his own.  Later arrangements were made for its purchase by the city.


Two years before Mr. Weis resigned he was elevated to the rank of sergeant.


Following his operation in August of 1944, he worked for a year as guard at the Mid-States Shoe Company plant, and for six months after that he was employed as a cab driver for the Krueger Cab Service.


In addition to membership in the local Masonic lodge, Mr. Weis was a member of the Low Twelve of the organization.


He is survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews.  One niece, Kay Wright, makes her home at the Weis home.


The death of Herb Weis removes from the community one of its most familiar figures.  His likeable disposition and the tactful manner in which he handled his duties with the police department, won for him a great many friends.  His untimely death is learned with sincere sorrow by the many who knew him.


Cross Reference:

Herbert Weis, 1922, John Clifford Sr obit, mention of  





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