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William Wetter

1861 - 1891


Found Dead in the Woods


Last Saturday morning the lifeless body of William Wetter of the 2d ward (west side of Eighth Street, two houses north of Cole) was found in Bentert's Woods in the town of Emmet, about one mile northeast of this city.


The evening previous he was seen entering the Woods carrying a stick and accompanied by his dog, the supposition being he went there to train his dog to hunt and that shortly after was attacked with heart disease and died.


When found his faithful dog was by his side, making a great fuss over him - whining, howling and licking his face, and running around the body in a distracted manner, and when approached seemed reluctant to allow any one to touch his dead master.


A coroner’s jury was summoned and rendered a verdict of death from heart disease.


Wetter's body was conveyed to his mother's home in the 2d ward, and on Monday afternoon his funeral was held therefrom, a very large number of mourners following the remains to their final resting place in St. Henri's cemetery.


The procession was headed by the Watertown brass band and several other musicians, followed by the cigarmakers of this city, the hearse bearing the remains, and relatives and friends in carriages, all forming a lengthy and solemn cortege, and bearing silent testimony to the high esteem in which the young man was held by his friends and neighbors.


Deceased was 29 years of age, and the main support of a widowed mother and younger brothers and sisters [ webmaster’s note:  father (Ferdinand) had died two years earlier, in 1899 ]


He was an excellent musician, and for years past has played in the Watertown brass band and in the orchestra at nearly every entertainment that has been given in this city.  During the late Saengerfest in Milwaukee he played in Clauder’s band.  He was a quiet, steady, unassuming young man, and was much beloved by all his acquaintances, all of whom heard of his tragic death with profound sorrow, and now mourn his death as that of a good and faithful friend and citizen.


From 1870 U.S. Census:

                        Age         Occupation        Place birth

Wetter, Ferdinand       44          Carpenter         Prussia

Wetter, Eva             28          Keeping house     Austria

Wetter, William         9                             Wisconsin

Wetter, Lawrence        7                             Wisconsin

Wetter, Theresa         5                             Wisconsin

Wetter, Mary            4                             Wisconsin

Wetter, Gertrude        6 mo                          Wisconsin