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Carnation Company Plant

Watertown Daily Times, 10 21 1959


The Carnation company plant, located on the West Road, has been sold to Aunt Nellies Foods, Inc., of Clyman, processors of canned peas, beets, carrots and non-carbonated mixed fruit drinks.  Announcement of the transaction was made jointly today by the Watertown Association of Commerce Promotive Corporation and N.J. Lau, head of the Clyman concern.  The facilities, which consist of 34,000 square feet of floor space, will be used to expand the canning operations of Aunt Nellies.  The firm’s research effort, headed by David C. Lau, vice president in charge of production, is constantly focusing attention on new items in this category.


Milwaukee Road

Freight Train Derailed

Watertown Daily Times, 10 21 1984


Approximately 12 tanker cars of an eastbound Milwaukee Road freight train derailed in the Watertown yards just west of the old depot Thursday afternoon.  A railroad official said the freight had just left the main line to allow the eastbound Amtrak Empire Builder to pass.  Cause of the derailment was not known and no one was injured.  Because the train was on a siding at the time of the derailment, regular service was not affected.


Daily Patriot

Watertown Democrat, 08 25 1859


PROSPECTUS of the Daily and Weekly Wisconsin Patriot

For the Year 1859


The Daily Patriot contains more reading matter than any other daily in the state—is neatly printed on good white paper—will contain a complete synopsis of all Legislative, Conventional and Court proceedings, at the Sea of Government, as well as a complete compendium of the earliest news of the day—miscellaneous, statistics and other interesting matter . . . being the Official Paper of the State, the City and County.  The Patriot is Democratic in politics and will endeavor by a fair and candid spirit towards friend and foe, and a just conciliation of conflicting elements, to be eminently worthy, not only of the patronage of the Democracy of the State, but its citizens generally . . .


Carpenter & Hyer, Proprietors


Benke Bros

Watertown Daily Times, The Inter-county Newspaper, 05 06 1924


The greenhouses of Benke Bros., located in Arcade Avenue, which were destroyed by fire last February, have been replaced and the firm will resume its business by May 10.  While the damage done to the greenhouses was so great that they were a complete loss, the present facilities are such that the firm will be able to again handle business as usual.  The present houses were constructed to take care of the spring and summer trade and no doubt others will be erected as soon as possible.


Leo Ruesch’s

“Big Sacrifice Sale”

Watertown Gazette, 10 22 1909

Leo Ruesch

The Old Reliable Shoe Merchant

210 West Main Street

Watertown, Wis.


Has Placed His Entire Stock

of Shoes in the Hands of the

Western Salvage Co. of Chicago

with Instructions to Sell the

Entire Stock at an Average of 38

cents on the Dollar.


“Big Sale” Begins Saturday,

October 23rd, at 9 a.m.


No doubt every reader of this paper will be surprised as well as pleased to learn that Leo Ruesch at 210 West Main Street, Watertown, Wis., has placed his entire stock of reliable shoes for men, ladies, boys, misses and children in the hands of the Western Salvage Co. of Chicago, Ill., with instructions to close out his $20,000 stock at about 38 cents on the dollar.  Sale begins Saturday, October 23rd at 9 a.m. for 10 days only.


You will find in this reputable house not a lot of unseasonable stock of shoes but the cleverest production of America’s best skilled and master workmen.  Shoes that contain all the elegance of style.  The entire stock must be reduced and the clearance must be hurried and decisive.  The most remarkable values in shoes await you at the Western Salvage Co. sale of Leo Ruesch’s stock, which begins October 23rd at 9 o’clock, a.m.


Ruesch is and has been the leading shoe merchant of Watertown, Wis., Jefferson Co., for fifty years, which is a guarantee itself that you will get the best merchandise and who will do just as he agrees.  Any purchase made and not satisfactory will be cheerfully exchanged during this sale.


We assure each and every purchaser absolute satisfaction.  We guarantee every piece of merchandise, every price, every statement we make.  We exchange any purchase unsatisfactory to you in any way.  We let you be the judge as to that.  We do not give ourselves any chance at all—we know the values we are giving and are not afraid to back up these sale prices with a liberal guarantee.


Store open every night during this big sale.


Look for blue signs over the door.  Railroad fair paid to purchasers of $15 or over.

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Leo Ruesch

Watertown Gazette, 10 29 1909

Tremendous Crowds


Hundreds of People Turned

Away on Last Saturday at

Leo Ruesch’s

“Big Sacrifice Sale”


The Talk of Watertown and Surrounding Country


The “Big Sale” Will Continue for a Few Days Longer


Come Prepared to Lay in a Supply of Footwear for Years to Come—You’ll Not Be Disappointed


To those who have been unable to be waited upon since the Western Salvage Company’s sale of Leo Ruesch’s stock of footwear for men, women, boys, misses and children began on last Saturday at 210 West Main Street, Watertown, the management kindly asks you to call again, as we have added a number of extra sales people and will be ready to serve you promptly and not keep you waiting.  A sale of this kind where you can buy good stylish shoes, etc., at practically your own price, occurs only once in a lifetime and we advise the people of Watertown and surrounding country to come at once.  We started this big sale on Saturday, October 23, and advertised the same to last 10 days.  The sale was a big success from the word go.  Hundreds of eager, seeking, economic buyers crowded the Ruesch mammoth shoe store and kept 25 clerks on the jump all the time.  Every package that has left Leo Ruesch’s store at 210 West Main Street, Watertown, is sufficient proof that we have the goods precisely as advertised.  We are too busy to quote prices in this week’s issue of this paper.


Goods cheerfully exchanged at any time during this sale.  Leo Ruesch, for fifty years Watertown’s leading and progressive shoe merchant, stands back of every claim.


Nibble Nook Restaurant

Watertown Daily Times, 10 27 1984


Nibble Nook Restaurant, now located at 223 West Main Street, has been conducting business as usual in its new facilities.  The restaurant, formerly at 300 West Main for many years, moved kitty-corner across the intersection.  The old location, owned by Don Grinwald, is scheduled to be torn down.  The restaurant's new site is also owned by Grinwald.  Owner Nancy Kehl said Nibble Nook is continuing to offer its familiar menu of sandwiches, homemade soup and chili.  Breakfast entrees are still served all day.


Charles Kerr Dead

1848 - 1916

Served Police & Fire Departments

05 19 1916


Mr. Charles Kerr, former city marshal and well known police officer of Watertown, died in Milwaukee Friday night May 12 following a sickness of several months, the result of a cancerous affliction.  As his condition had been considered quite serious for several weeks his death was not unexpected but nevertheless, a shock to his many friends in Watertown and Richwood where he spent the greater share of his life. 


He was born in New York city in 1848 and came to Wisconsin when a child, the family locating in the town of Emmet, later removing to Watertown.


Mr. Kerr served as a member of the Watertown police force twenty-seven years.  He was appointed night patrolman in August, 1885 and served until the end of 1912.  During that time he served as city marshal and also as chief of the department, in all of which positions he displayed ability and good judgment.  His resignation three years ago was owing to advancing years and a desire to retire from active police duties.  His record as a police official was above reproach as his long term of service would indicate. He was the first police chief in that city and was also a charter member of the Phoenix fire company, having joined the same on May 24, 1876.


When Mr. Kerr first settled in Watertown he was employed by S. M. Eaton & Son [*] for the Badger State Bottling Co., which position he held until his appointment on the police force.  During that time he was also a member of the Phoenix fire company and drove the fire engines to many a blaze “on time.” 


[*] 1877,             S. M. Eaton had contract for hauling the Phoenix steamer


Mr. Kerr is survived by four children Joseph Kerr, Chicago; Frank Kerr, Seattle, Wash; Mrs. William Mitten, Milwaukee, and Alderman Charles Kerr, Watertown.  Three grandchildren also survive, Master John Kerr, son of Frank Kerr;  Miss Genevieve Kerr, daughter of Alderman Charles Kerr, and Miss Lorraine Mitten, daughter of Mrs. William Mitten.  Also surviving him are five brothers; H. L. Kerr, Watertown; John Kerr, Joseph Kerr, William Kerr of New York city, New York, and Thomas Kerr, El Paso, Texas.  In 1874 he was united in wedlock with Margaret Quinn, who preceded him in death in February, 1913.


The remains were brought to Watertown Monday over the Milwaukee road at 8:27 a.m. and services were held in St. Bernard’s Church at 9 o’clock.  The burial was in St. Bernard’s cemetery.


Cross Reference: 

1909, Charles Kerr Fire Warden

Kerr family information

Trouble Over Milk Prices

Watertown Dairymen Meet

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


About 200 members of the Watertown Dairymen’s Association, which has a membership of 350, met at the city hall on Tuesday and resolved that after August 15th they will refuse to deliver milk to the Van Camp Packing Co. in this city unless a higher price is paid for milk than is now being received by the farmers from the company.  It is hoped this matter can be satisfactorily settled to all concerned.

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Van Camp Milk Prices

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


The trouble of the Van Camp Packing Co. with the farmers over prices being paid for milk has not yet been adjusted, the farmers demanding higher prices by the 20th or they will refuse to deliver any more milk, and the company says if that is the case it will shut down its plant.  This would be a serious loss to Watertown and vicinity and it is hoped a satisfactory adjustment of the trouble can be made.


Watertown is not the only place where trouble with producers of milk is being had.  The Chicago Record Herald of last Wednesday says:  “The man with the hoe, or rather with the milking stool, yesterday laid down his ultimatum while declaring his grievances and demanded that on Oct. 1 the prices paid by Chicago dealers for milk must advance or cooperative bottling plants would be built by the farmers who would compete with the big dealers for the city trade.”

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Open Cheese Factory

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


On Friday last fourteen farmers of the town of Emmet who have been hauling milk to the Van Camp milk condensing plant, quit and have opened the Hancock cheese factory in that town.  Three other farmers who quit the Van Camp are also hauling their milk to the Hancock factory.  The Van Camp Company are running their plant right along, but with a considerable reduction of patrons.


St. Bernard’s Cemetery Association

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


Last Saturday night the trustees of St. Bernard’s cemetery met at the parochial residence and elected the following officers:


President—Rev. Father Hennessey

Vice President—James W. Moore

Secretary—John G. Conway

Treasurer—Edward Sipp


It is the purpose of the association to create a fund to properly care for the cemetery and put it in presentable shape.  Already a beginning has been made, and men have been at work cleaning it of surplus grass and weeds, trimming trees, etc.  About May 1st next a superintendent will be appointed and he will be kept constantly at work in the cemetery from May 1st till October 1st.  The cemetery will be properly graded and leveled, walks built and other necessary improvements made.  Henceforth no one will be allowed to do work in the cemetery that does not meet with the approval of the trustees.  By-laws governing the cemetery will be shortly printed and published.


Theft from Cemeteries

Watertown Daily Times, 06 12 1908


Complaint is being made by the aggrieved parties, that the flowers and decorations upon the graves in the cemeteries in this city are being stolen and carried away by vandals destitute of every sense of honesty and decency.  It hardly seems possible, that there are people in Watertown so lost to an emotion of shame as to enter a cemetery and ghoul-like steal from graves the flowers placed by sorrowing relatives upon the resting place of their departed loved ones.  Such parties ought to be apprehended and an example made of them, that the practice may be discontinued.


“O heaven, that such companions

thou ’tdst unfold

And put in every honest

Hand a whip

To lash the rascals naked

Through the world.”


Duddeck's Food Shop

Watertown Daily Times, 10 31 1959


The building in South Second Street, vacated earlier this year by the Iffland Grocery when it went out of business, will be reopened later this month by Mr. and Mrs. Erven A. Duddeck for their new store to be known as Duddeck's Food Shop.  Mr. and Mrs. Duddeck at present operate a store at 813 Wisconsin Avenue.  They have operated there for the past six years.  They will close their business there and move to the South Second Street location.  Mr. Duddeck said that he expects the new store to be ready for opening on Nov. 23.


Early Day Parades

1981, by Evelyn Rose for the Daily Times


For generations summer calendars in small towns and cities have been highlighted with parade dates, dedicated to Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day and special local and national events, with a format that has not changed greatly.  There are elaborate floats, queen of the day, high school and municipal bands, perhaps the local fire engine, cars with dignitaries and the parade marshal.  Marching along the sides of the parade are some who have been appointed and others, secure in the belief that more authority is assumed than is delegated, keeping pace and calling out directions.


Watertown has outdone itself with parades that have been great.  First celebration was on July 4, 1840.  Quote from the archives: "a spirit of patriotism took possession of the four year old community and gave vent to a rousing, jolly Fourth of July celebration that inspired the pride of country and made everyone look back to Washington as the father and defender of Columbia ... a ball was held in Savage's Hall at the corner of North First and Main streets . . . William Sacia and his brother, Austin, came from the town of Concord to furnish the music . . . dancing commenced at 2 o 'clock in the afternoon and continued to daybreak . . . for the dinner baked pig, mashed potatoes and pudding. "  The dance was held under arbors made with posts and branches.


We couldn't possibly comment on all parades, including some fine Heritage Days parades, but will give a paragraph to each of three Centennial celebrations (1876-1936-1954) and one Bicentennial (1976).


1876 — July 4 marked the 100 years from July 4, 1776, when the unanimous Declaration of Independence was signed by 13 states at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.  A parade was the topic of conversation for miles.  With Emma Charboneau, the Goddess of Liberty, on the lead float, the parade started at old Turner Hall, moved to Cady Street, then back across the bridge to Main Street and thence to Richard's Grove.  The Centennial celebration began at sunrise with music by three bands.  Luther Cole was president and orator for the day.  Charles Salick led one section of the parade on horseback and Herman Bentheimer of the town of Emmet drove a pair of oxen, to indicate the mode of travel when the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Marching soldiers wore Continental uniforms.  There was fun for thousands, ending with a fireworks display.



1936 — Homecoming events were part of the pageant celebrating the Centennial of Watertown's first settlement.  Timothy Johnson came in 1836.  The newly formed Watertown Historical Society participated, the Watertown Daily Times published Highlights of History, there were historical tours, band concerts, old settlers picnic, and Mrs. S. E. Holmes, a granddaughter of Johnson, and the only one of his descendants to live in Watertown, was queen of the celebration.  Athletic events and the parade were followed by fireworks.


1954 — Not every city can have a second Centennial celebration for the city within 18 years of the first one.  Watertown did this in fine style; 1936 was for the first settlement, 1954 for the 100th anniversary of the first city charter.  Actually the city charter was signed in 1853, but planning and producing the celebration took a long time.  There were gala events lasting from June 25 to July 1, with an attendance of between 50,000 to 60,000 persons.  Charles Johannsen was general chairman, Al Lunde, Seth Perry and Joseph Checkai supervised the 175 unit parade, which included covered wagons, oxen, horses, comedy groups, and historic floats.  Alice in Dairyland was there and so was Alexander Wiley, U.S. senator, speaker for the evening.  A spectacular Centurama was held at Riverside Athletic field.  The new bandshell in the park was dedicated.  Many Watertown girls and boys, men and women, participated in this Centennial event.  It was an event to be remembered.


1976 --  1976 seems like yesterday.  Watertown put on a very effective celebration for the American Revolution Bicentennial.  Many of Watertown's pioneer settlers came from the New England states and were descendants of some of our first colonists.  The decorations, the parade units, the participation of many persons and organizations, and the history of early Watertown and our neighboring communities were all part of the celebration that helped us to be proud of American and our heritage.


Rev. Richard P. Heins

Watertown Daily Times, 06 23 1999


The Rev. Richard P. Heins of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church has announced his retirement as of Sunday, June 27.  He has served at Immanuel, along with the Rev. Gail Brodersen-Heins, since 1992.  A native of Oregon, Heins graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1960 and has served congregations throughout Wisconsin for 39 years.  Prior to his call to Immanuel he served a two-point parish in Door County, First Lutheran Church in Janesville, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Racine, Ascension Lutheran in Milwaukee and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore.


Homecoming 1984

Watertown Daily Times, 10 01 1984


Students at Watertown Senior High School have been engaged in many homecoming activities this week which will culminate in the parade, game and dance to be held Friday and Saturday.  Tonight’s activities include a football game at the high school followed by the burning of the “W” at Riverside Park.  Along with traditional slogans designed to fire up the Gosling team, downtown store windows have been painted to reflect the theme of this year’s homecoming which is “Cartoons.”  Windows judged this morning were at Fischer’s, sophomores; Busse’s, seniors; and Kramp’s, juniors.


Express Companies

Reaping Golden Harvest

Watertown Democrat, 08 04 1859


For some months past we have noticed that the Express Companies were reaping a golden harvest by carrying our currency from place to place in large packages, while the people are suffering every conceivable inconvenience for the want of it . . . Our readers have wondered why, in a time of so little apparent necessity, there should be such stringency in the money market.  The brokers of Milwaukee, organized and calling themselves banks, without a currency of their own, have commenced a war of extermination upon the country banks.  A series of successes and prosperity always makes a man insolent and overbearing.  So of cities and municipalities.  It is thus with Milwaukee and her people.  She has been built up, made what she is—a large, beautiful and highly flourishing city—by the country and its products, until, like the serpent we read of in the fable, she seeks to reward her benefactors by a war upon its interest in every conceivable shape.


Run On Country Banks

Watertown Democrat, 08 11 1859


The Watertown Democrat says that the Milwaukee brokers are making a run upon the country banks; that the banks of Watertown have redeemed for these gentry eighty thousand dollars within the last twenty days, and that nearly the same proportion has been redeemed by others in different parts of the state.  This run, at the present time, is undoubtedly preparatory to controlling the wheat trade of this harvest.  By crippling the country banks they secure to themselves a monopoly of the trade and may not only dictate the price, but may also force into circulation a “wild cat” currency from other states.  There is now in the hands of the farmers of Wisconsin thousands of dollars of the broken “Bank of Hallowell,” and the preparation is going on to victimize them again . . .


Library Quarterly Report

Young Men’s Association

Watertown Democrat, 08 04 1859


We publish the quarterly report of the Librarian of the Young Men’s Association, ending June 1st, 1859, which exhibits the very interesting fact, that although in a season of the year when very few have time to read, there is quite a large number who draw books regularly, and that the taste and desire for good books are steadily increasing among our young men.  During the past year many important and valuable works have been added to the library, and a strong effort will be made on the part of the directors in the course of the coming fall to increase the number of volumes, magazines and papers, so as to render the Reading Room a more attractive place, if possible . . . The future success of the institution almost entirely depends upon the efficiency of the directors.


Frank Hrobsky

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


Does Things—Frank Hrobsky “does things,” or in other words is a firm believer in the “do it now” idea.  He is worthy of more than passing praise, such as is usually showered on current events, for as was mentioned in The Gazette, the Labor convention will be held in Watertown.  Our city needs more representatives of Frank’s stripe, who, when they go after anything, use weapons more effective than wooded guns and a lot of cheap talk.


Strychnine by Mistake

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


A homecoming guest who registered as John Willis, Watertown, was brought to Emergency Hospital at 6 o’clock Tuesday night from the Kirby home, suffering from the effects of strychnine poison.  Willis, according to the physicians, took the poison, mistaking it for quinine, and is in a serious condition.  He is about 55 years old and registered at the hotel Monday night.


In a wallet left in his room was found a laborer’s pass over the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul road for D. A. Connor.  It expired on May 15.  No poison could be found in the room.


Order of De Molay

Watertown Daily Times, 09 15 1959


Rock River Chapter Order of De Molay will hold officer’s installation ceremonies Saturday night at 8 o’clock at the Masonic Temple.  Bill Kehl will be installed as master councilor.  Others to be installed are: Jim Oiler, senior councilor; Dave McMurry, junior councilor; Don Zimmerman, senior deacon; Dave Stockli, junior deacon; Nelson Kading, senior steward; Don Frish, orator; Steve Kohls, scribe; Ed Dusowsky, chaplain; Vic Miller, marshal; Art Kehl, standard bearer; Dave Schilling, almoner; Carl Wolff, sentinel. Preceptors are Chuck Summers and Jerry Kreitzman.


Ice Cream Social

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


A large crown attended the ice cream social given last Wednesday evening on the church lawn by the young ladies of St. Bernard’s congregation.  Ice cream and cake, sandwiches and coffee were served.  It was a very pleasant affair.  The lawn was beautifully illuminated with electric lights and Japanese lanterns.


Water Works Notes

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


Albert Donner has quit as superintendent at the water works plant, and until his successor is appointed, the affairs at the plant will be looked after by the rest of the help, and Chas. McKay will temporarily read the meters.


Seriously Injured

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


Last Monday afternoon Thos. Darcey Jr., of Emmet, was seriously injured in a runaway accident at the Third Street crossing of the C. M. & St. P. Ry.  His team ran away and he was thrown under the wagon, the wheels of which passed over him, inflicting severe bruises and breaking a bone in his right hand.  Roy Norton, a young lad in the wagon at the time, was also thrown out but was not injured.  Dr. King attended young Darcey and says no serious results will follow.


John F. Berrigan

Watertown Gazette, 08 06 1909


Resigns Position—John F. Berrigan, solicitor for the Watertown Gas & Electric Co. for the past four years, has resigned and will go on the road for the Brand Stove Co. of Milwaukee.  He is a good man to tie to and his new employers will find John a first class young man.


Miss Clara Hilgendorf

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


Resigns Position—Miss Clara Hilgendorf has resigned as assistant librarian at the public library, to take effect Sept. 1st.  Miss Hilgendorf has been a very faithful and efficient assistant and the library board regrets her resignation very much.  Her pleasant personality at the library was the source of great good and her fine work there was always appreciated by patrons.  Her successor no doubt will be Miss Mundt, at present an apprentice there.  She is the daughter of John Mundt and wife, North Fourth Street, and was graduated last June from the Watertown High School.


“Two Merry Tramps”

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


“Two Merry Tramps,” that familiar music comedy by Bessie Bennet and Jerome Travers, will be played at the Turner Opera House next Sunday evening.  McVenn and Vetter are sending this truthful and popular entertainment on its eleventh season travels and have limited its presentation to one company, which in its personnel represents a judicious distribution of the various characters.


City Park Badly Parched

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


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]. 


A Good Circus

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


The Dode Fisk circus which showed here on Tuesday was an excellent one and was well patronized.  The show came here under the auspices of the local lodge of Elks.  Miss Ella Koenig was awarded the cow for which tickets were given out by the local businessmen.


New Improvements at the Turner

Watertown Gazette, 08 13 1909


Turner Opera House has been redecorated throughout its interior and new opera seats have been added, making it more attractive than ever.  The public should show their appreciation of these improvements by giving the Turner a liberal patronage.


Board of Education Notes

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


Whereas, George G. Cooley, a member of the board of education of Watertown, Wisconsin, has written to C. P. Cary, superintendent of public instruction, Madison, Wisconsin, and in reply to the same has been advised by the said C. P. Cary that there ought to be nine assistants in said institution, according to the ratio maintained between the number of pupils enrolled and the number of assistants enrolled in the best high schools of the state.  The enrollment in the aforesaid high school exceeds the seating capacity of the assembly room, making it necessary to seat pupils in recitation rooms and laboratories which makes additional work and responsibility . . .


John Mueller

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


John Mueller, 813 North Second Street, was thrown from his wagon last Wednesday morning at the corner of Church and West Milwaukee streets and seriously injured.  Dr. Shinnick attended him and says he will be all right again in a short time.


State Fair

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


One of the features of the coming state fair which should prove of general interest is the exhibition now being planned by Secretary Cranefield of the State Horticultural Society.  In a booth adjoining agricultural hall daily demonstrations will be given in preparing Bordeux mixture and the other standard compounds used in fighting bugs and diseases which attack fruit and vegetables.  In addition all the different spray pumps and machinery used in applying the remedies will be shown in actual operation.


Northwestern University Enrollment

Watertown Gazette, 08 20 1909


The college of the Northwestern University was opened in 1865 and is maintained by the Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin.  Last year the number of students enrolled in its three departments—the preparatory, the commercial and the collegiate—was 283, the school having doubled its enrollment within the last decade.  The number of its alumni is now 294.  It has a well-arranged library of more than 8100 volumes and its faculty now contains twelve members, the Rev. A. F. Ernst being president.


Serving as it does the interests of German-American youth, its course of studies is unique.  This course of studies, taken from that of a German gymnasium and modified to meet American conditions, will give a young man an excellent general education, fitting him for the study of any one of the learned professions or for post-graduate work in American or German universities.


Apart from the literary and scientific training that the student receives, all his surroundings and the work of the faculty, singly and collectively, aims at the students moral uplift, a feature of which the college is not a little proud of.  The ideals of the college have ever been to develop Christian character and to give the student a complete and harmonious education, two ideals that, according to the present criticism of American colleges, seem sadly to be lacking in many institutions.


Picnic at Clyman

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


The Clyman volunteer fire department is arranging for a grand mid-summer picnic to be held at Klatt’s grove in the village of Clyman on Sunday, Sept. 5th.  The program announces that games and amusements of all kinds will be furnished and that refreshments will be served on the grounds.  Music will be furnished by the Clyman band.  The receipts of the picnic will go toward the fund which is being raised for the purpose of installing a system of waterworks for fire protection.  As the cause is a worthy one, the picnic should be liberally supported by the people, not only of the enterprising little village but by all from the surrounding country.


Spear - Roth


Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


William Spear of this city and Miss Amanda Roth of Reeseville were married at the home of the bride’s parents at the latter place at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning, August 21, 1909, by Rev. C. J. Walenta.  James R. Spear, brother of the groom, and Miss Ella Roth, sister of the bride, attended them.  They will make their home at 202 North Washington Street, this city.  The groom is a son of James Spear, formerly proprietor of the American House.  He is one of Watertown’s most popular young men, and enters married life with the good wishes of all who know him.  His bride has made her home in Watertown for several years past.  She is a daughter of Adolph Roth and wife of Reeseville, and like her husband is popular with a large acquaintance.  The Gazette joins their many friends in extending hearty congratulations.


Construction Materials

for New Post Office

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


New Post Office Material—J. Burchard of the United States geological department was registered at the New Commercial Hotel on Wednesday.  He came here to look up the natural material here such as sand, stone and cement that may be used in the construction of the new government building here. [The cornerstone for the post office at 118 N Second was laid in 1912].


Birth of a Nation

01 14 1916


Quite a number of Juneau people went down to Watertown this week to see the famous moving picture show “the Birth of A Nation” which was exhibited in the Turner Opera House there for four days, two performances being given daily.


Among the Juneau people who went down on Monday, and attended the afternoon matinee were: Morris Powell, L. C. Schaefer, Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Kading, John O’Mara, the Misses Viola and Blanche Hickey and Mrs. John Kelley.  In the evening Dr. J. E. Hickey, Jos. Egerer, T. A. McCollow and Eugene Clifford.


Those who saw the performance Tuesday afternoon included Mr. and Mrs. M. Hartzheim, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Hartzheim and Mrs. Ernest Adelmeyer of Leroy, Herman Witte, Alex Joda, Wilfred Corr, Matt Klink and Hubert Rupnow.  On Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Justman, the Misses Irma and Edminnie Schrap and Elmer Hartzheim.


Undoubtedly there were many others, whose names we did not get.  All who saw this great photoplay were thrilled and delighted with it.


Watertown Gazette Changes Ownership

Juneau, WI., 03 05 1915


The Watertown Gazette, a weekly newspaper published by James W. Moore, has been sold to his son John M. Moore, the issue of February 25th being under the new ownership.


James W. Moore became editor and publisher of the Gazette November 15, 1880—more than thirty years ago, during all of which time he held and enviable position in the esteem of the people, both as an editor and publisher and as a citizen.


John M. Moore has been managing the paper since the senior Moore became postmaster.  He has continued the policies of the paper and job office in a manner satisfactory to its patrons.


We wish the new owner success.


Daily Times has Doubled

03 05 1915


Juneau, WI.—The Watertown Daily Times has doubled its size recently. Last Monday it branched out from a four-page to an eight-page paper.  This is commendable enterprise which should receive not only words of approval, but substantial support.  Here is hoping that it may double its patronage.


Daily Leader Quits

08 25 1916


The Watertown Daily Leader suspended publication last Saturday Aug. 19th.  The increased cost of the paper and the departure of the former Editor H. H. Rogers for parts unknown, left Emil Doerr alone against a hard proposition.  So he suspended the daily.  He will continue to publish the Weekly Leader as usual.


Mrs. John Burke

Called by Death

05 19 1916

Passed Away At Her Home In

Watertown Tuesday May 9th, 1916


Former Resident of Shields


Mrs. Mary Burke, widow of the late John Burke, died at her home, 424 Church street, Watertown, at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon May 9, 1916, of heart trouble.


Deceased whose maiden name was Mary McDermott, was born in Waukesha 72 years ago and when a young girl, removed to the town of Shields, Dodge County, where she resided until a short time before the death of her husband ten years ago.   She is survived by the following step-children: Rev. Joseph H. Burke, C.S.C. of Notre Dame, Ind.; John T. Burke, Faulkton, S.D.;  W. E. Burke, Frank P. Burke, Milwaukee; Mrs. Matthew McBride, Janesville, Minn.; Mrs. John P. Carroll, Richwood; Mrs. John H. Laffey, Watertown; one sister, Mrs. Katherine McGowan, who made here home with Mrs. Burke, and three nephews, John , James and Frank Brady, the first two being residents of Madison and Fond du Lac respectively and Frank a resident of Watertown.  Funeral services were held Thursday, May 11th at 9 o’clock at St. Bernard’s Church.  Interment was in St. Bernard’s cemetery.


Hus Apartments

Watertown Daily Times, 09 05 1984


Members of the board of directors of Marquardt Memorial Manor and Moravian Homes Inc. sponsored a reception this week for residents of Hus Apartments, the first privately financed senior citizen apartments in the city.  Although work continues on the project, some residents have occupied apartments since August.  Three apartments remain to be sold.  Cost of an apartment is $40,000 plus a maintenance fee of $275 per month for heat, light, water and general supervision.  Upon resale, 85 per cent of the initial cost is refunded.  All apartments are two bedrooms, but if a resident needs only one, changes can be made in the basic layout of the apartment.


R. R. Agent Slugged and Robbed


Watertown Junction the Scene Of A Daring Hold-up



Watertown Leader, 05 14 1915


A Bold, bad gunman performed a hold-up job at the Watertown Junction ticket office shortly after 11 o’clock last Tuesday night.  The victim of the thug was Oscar Manske, night telegraph operator, and Joseph Amann, an employee in the roundhouse.  Both gentlemen were seated in the telegraph and ticket office at the hour stated, when in a harsh tone of voice the command came; “Hands up!”  Amann’s hands went up with the command but Manske who had his back turned was inclined to take the affair as a joke.  However, when Manske turned around and peered down the barrel of a long revolver, which looked at first sight like a section of stove pipe, he soon realized the situation.  The thug hit Manske over the head a couple of times with the butt of the weapon, the victim sinking against the desk in a half conscious condition.


Being threatened further by the brute, Manske was forced to open the cash drawer which was locked, by the thug who secured $45.75 leaving but a few pennies.  He also took Manske’s gold watch, valued at $35.  The police officers were notified and a search for the robber was made, but no clue could be found.  Charles Nellins, relief operator, was called and took charge of the office for the balance of the night.  The road superintendent at Milwaukee was notified, he in turn notifying all offices along the line.  Railroad detectives arrived from Milwaukee at 1:46 a.m. and assisted in scouring the yards and watching outgoing trains.


Manske received a deep cut on the back of his head from which he bled profusely.  However, the injury was not of a serious nature and he was able to be about town the following morning.


On the same night the Northwestern depot was broken into.  The would be robber forced open one of the windows of the ticket office and broke open the cash drawer but failed to find any cash  It is believed that both jobs were done by the same party.


Sewing Machine Agents

05 14 1915


Guy F. Adams and W. E. Rothell, Watertown sewing machine agents, were quite seriously injured in an auto accident last Friday when the Ford car in which they were riding and on the platform of which they carried sewing machines, overturned, pinning both occupants under it.  They are recovering.


Watertown Lady Breaks Arm

05 14 1915


Tripping over a rug in the summer kitchen of her home, 200 Washington Street, Watertown, last Tuesday, Mrs. Edward F. Weiman fell and broke her arm above the elbow.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where the broken arm was set.


Mullen - McFarland

05 14 1915


Mr. Joseph McFarland of the town of Emmet and Miss Catherine Mullen of the town of Watertown were married at St. Bernard’s church in Watertown last Tuesday morning.  The groom is one of the best known young farmers and dairyman in this part of the state and the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Mullen also prominent in the dairy world.


Gen. Pearson at Watertown

05 28 1915


General Samuel Pearson, late of the Boer Army, who has just returned from Germany, Belgium and Holland and who is said to be the best posted man on the Great European War, will deliver a lecture, in the Turner Opera House, in Watertown, next Tuesday evening, June 1st, 1915, at 8 o’clock.  Two thousand feet of the latest German Official Government Moving Pictures will be shown in connection with the lecture.  Admissions 25 cts.  Gallery 15 cents.


Notice to Stationery Dealers

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


We will need two hundred and forty mechanical drawing sets for use in the public schools the coming year.  I recommend sets to range in price from fifty cents to two dollars.


W. P. Roseman, Superintendent of Schools


Mrs. Mary Hamann

The Death Roll

02 12 1915


Mrs. Mary Hamann, aged 82 years, widow of the late Mr. William Hamann, and who resided at 705 North Second Street, Watertown, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christ Rowold, in Johnson Creek.  Mrs. Hamann had been ill for the past year with a heart ailment but last Friday morning suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered but passed peacefully away.


Mrs. Hamann was a native of Germany and first saw the light of day May 13, 1832.  Mrs. Hamann came to Watertown from the fatherland with her husband in 1854.  Later she removed to the town of Shields with her husband, but in 1896 removed back to Watertown and has since made her home in North Second Street.  Mrs. Hamann was a resident of Watertown and vicinity for over sixty years and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.  She was a devoted wife and mother, and it can with truth be said that she always had a good word and a pleasant smile for all.


Mrs. Hamann is survived by two sons, Henry Hamann of Reeseville, and John Hamann of Richwood, and three daughters, Mrs. Henry Vick anmd Mrs. William Hoppe of Watertown and Mrs. Christ Rowold of Johnson Creek, at whose home she died.  Sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren also survive.


The funeral took place from her late home in North Second Street last Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock and at 2 o’clock at St. Mark’s Lutheran church.  Interment in the Lutheran cemetery.


Population of the World

Watertown Democrat, 07 07 1959


The whole North American Continent has only 46,000,000 inhabitants, hardly as much as France or Austria.  The whole of Central and South America has only 23,000,000, less, then, than Italy.  European Prussia, with its 60,000,000, has as many inhabitants as America, Australia and Polynesia altogether.  China Proper has more inhabitants than America, Australia and Africa put together, and India has nearly three times as many inhabitants as the whole of the new world.  The result is that our planet bears 1,288,000,000 of mankind, of which sum total 522,000,000 belong to Mongolian, 369,000,000 to the Caucasian, 200,000,000 to the Malayan, 196,000,000 to the Ethiopian, and 1,000,000 to the American race.  Divided according to their confessions, there are 335,000,000 of Christians, 5,000,000 of Jews, 600,000,000 belong to Asiatic religions, 160,000,000 to Mohammedanism and 200,000,000 of Heathens.  Pittsburgh Post


Charles Andrews

Watertown Gazette, 09 28 1916


Chas. Andrews, employed twenty years ago in this city by the Woodard Stone Co. as a baker, died in Minneapolis last Thursday.  His remains were brought here on Saturday to the undertaking rooms of Schmutzler & Oestreich, from where the funeral was held Saturday under Masonic auspices.  The interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.


July 4th in Watertown

Watertown Gazette, 07 09 1909


July 4th, the great national holiday, falling on Sunday this year, July 5th was declared the legal holiday, still most people were inclined to celebrate the occasion in a small way on both Sunday and Monday.


There was no general celebration in Watertown on either day and many of our people attended the celebrations at Waukesha Beach, Rome, Johnson Creek, Jefferson and Reeseville.  The largest delegation went to Reeseville.  The program there included a Firemen’s picnic and a baseball game between Reeseville and Richwood baseball clubs, the former winning by the score of 6 to 0. 


Two bands of music furnished inspiration for the occasion, including the juvenile band of Richwood, all present being delighted with their make-up and music. 


A number of accidents occurred in this city and vicinity—Ruth Bethke, face burned by explosion of firecracker; Otto Heyn, struck in head with sky rocket; Walter Gnatzig, right hand severely burned; Esther, the 12 years old daughter of John Rogler, left eye injured by firecracker; Edward Steinmann, town of Emmet, one eye badly injured and face burned by cannon cracker.


Labor Day

Union Labor Annual Picnic

Watertown Gazette, 08 27 1909


The members of the Watertown Central Labor Union will hold their 7th annual picnic at Tivoli Island on Monday, September 6th.  Amusements of various kinds will take place on the island during the afternoon and evening, including a dance in the evening.  The Watertown Military Band and the Weber-Stube orchestra will furnish the music.  The usual parade will take place at 1 o’clock.  E. T. Melms of Milwaukee will deliver the address and Mayor Mulberger will also deliver a short address.

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The Big Labor Day Picnic

Watertown Gazette, 08 26 1910


Great preparations are being made for the Labor Day picnic which is to be held on Tivoli island and which is given by the Central Labor Union here Monday, September 5—the laborers' holiday.  The committee in charge of the arrangements are [is] sparing neither pains nor expense to make this gathering of laboring men one that will surpass all previous attempts, and a day that will long be remembered.  The various labor unions in the city affiliated with the Central Union will take prominent part in the celebration and the citizens of Watertown and the public in general is invited to participate in the festivities on that day.  The Watertown Military Band will furnish amusements during the day and evening, and there will be amusements of all kinds—something doing all the while.  One of the big features of the celebration will be the big union labor parade which will march through Main and West Main streets to Tivoli island.  The committee in charge of the arrangements is as follows:


Chairman—Theodore Zick

Treasurer—Anton Wyszynski

Secretary—Max H. Buending

Hugo Laabs

Henry Schlueter

Louis Koepp

Fred Schurr

William Kehr


Northwestern Professors Honored


Watertown Daily Times, 10 28 1984


Three professors at Northwestern College will be honored at a Service of Thanksgiving Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Northwestern College Chapel.  The three are Professor Gerhard W. Franzmann, Professor Paul F. Kuehl and Professor Richard W. Strobel.  Franzmann and Kuehl served in the ministry for the past 40 years and Strobel served for the past 20 years.


New Squad Cars

Watertown Daily Times, 11 04 2009


A resolution authorizing the police department to purchase two new squad cars for a total of $47,116 was approved by the council.


Police Chief Tim Roets told the council that a portion of the costs for the squad cars will be covered by the recovery act grant funding the police department received earlier this year.


Watertown School District to Increase

Watertown Daily Times, 10 28 1959


The Watertown School District is expected to be increased by at least three more school areas under the newly enacted state law requiring all state territory which does not operate a high school to become part of a school district that does.  The deadline for such “annexation” is July 1, 1962.  While it is not yet known how many areas will come into the Watertown school setup, the three which are most likely to affiliate themselves with the district before the deadline are Clyman, Ixonia and Lebanon.  Such, at least, is the belief of some school officials.


Celebrate Silver Wedding

Watertown Gazette, 07 09 1909

Article includes photo


On Monday, July 5, 1909, Otto Biefeld and wife celebrated their silver wedding on an elaborate scale.  Over 800 invitations were issued for the event.


Religious services took place at the German Reformed Church at 2 o’clock p.m., Rev. A. C. Plappert officiating.  These were followed by a social program at Turner opera house, beginning at 8 o’clock p.m. and lasting until early next morning.  The program included reception of guests by Mr. and Mrs. Biefeld in the upper hall, followed by dancing and a banquet served in the lower hall, covers being laid at each sitting for 128 guests. 


The upper hall decorations were in red, white and blue.  Over the dining room tables was suspended a large silver wedding bell; the corps of 20 waitresses were dressed in white and wore a silver regalia and each guest was presented with a silver paper badge.  The presents to Mr. and Mrs. Biefeld were many and some of them of a very valuable character.


The Eagles gave an elegant silver tea set of seven pieces, the Turner Society a number of costly gifts, the Plattdeutcher Verein and Liederkranz Society a fine bedroom set and a number of upholstered rocking chairs; there were about 60 silverware gifts and hundreds of other fine articles from the 800 guests present.


The affair was the largest social event that has ever taken place in Watertown and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. 


Sloan Orchestra furnished music for the occasion.


Mr. Biefeld was born in Joestadt, Saxony, July 26, 1861, and his wife in Buchholz, Saxony, in 1864.  The former came to Watertown June 13, 1883, and in 1884 he sent for his wife, to whom he was engaged before leaving his native country.  July 5, 1884, they were united in marriage in this city and have since resided here.


Shortly after arriving here Mr. Biefeld found employment with the Kunert Manufacturing Co., remaining in their employ until 1893, when he and his brother Richard formed a partnership and conducted for years a machine and repair shop at the corner of Second and Market streets.  They purchased the present site of their fine business in 1898 from Fred. Misegades and are now proprietors of one of the largest and best paying machine, boiler-making, gas fitting and plumbing establishments in the state.


Mr. Biefeld and wife are members of the German Reformed Church; they are the parents of 12 children, eleven of whom are living. 


Mr. Biefeld is a member of the local lodge of Eagles, the Turner, Plattdeutscher Verein and Liederkranz societies and the Sons of Herman and is one of Watertown’s most popular and public-spirited citizens, contributing liberally to every public and business enterprise ever established here since he became a resident, and his amiable wife cheerfully endorses him in all his good works. 


The Gazette joins their host of friends in extending most hearty congratulations and trust they will live in the enjoyment of good health and prosperity long after the time arrives to celebrate their golden wedding.


Buildings and Grounds Superintendent

Watertown Daily Times, 11 16 1959


Starting next Jan. 25 the Watertown public schools will enjoy the services of a newly created office - that of buildings and grounds superintendent.  The board of education last night named Robert Genke to the post.  He will come here from Little Suamico, Wis. where he has been holding a similar position.  He applied for the position here through the Teachers Placement Bureau at Madison.  Mr. Genke will receive $6,500 a year salary.  His duties are largely that of purchasing agent and business manager of the school system, but he will not be confined to a desk or office.  He will work mostly out of doors, supervising the school system's physical assets, such as looking after buildings, seeing that they are kept in proper repair and supervise the janitors, take care of mechanical equipment and keep such equipment in repair, supervise the school lunch program, handle maintenance problems, etc.


Evelyn Kritz

Watertown Daily Times, 11 16 1984


Evelyn Kritz of Watertown has joined First State Savings' Women's Program.  Her position in this program will be as counselor by making personal contacts to women who are looking for a better understanding of their financial health and encourage them to become more financially aware of family finances.  Mrs. Kritz is a resident of Watertown and the former owner and manager of Coast to Coast Store.  She sold the business in 1976 and pursued her career in fashion merchandising with Kline's Department Store in Watertown.


Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Watertown Daily Times, 11 17 1959


Three seniors of Watertown High School have been cited for outstanding performance on the Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) last spring.  Each has received a formal “Letter of Commendation” from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Guidance Director Wilbert Leys today announced that the seniors so honored are: Henry Winogrond, David McMurry and Harvey Gruchow.


Improved High School Facilities

Watertown Daily Times, 11 17 1984


Hiring of the Milwaukee architectural firm of Hackworthy Juerisson Associates, Inc., was unanimously approved by the board of education of the Watertown board of education of the Watertown Unified School District Tuesday evening at the educational service center.  The firm has been charged with studying three options for improved high school facilities as well as costs of each, and to prepare educational specifications for a new high school facility.  The firm's fee will be 5.7 percent of actual construction costs if a new facility is improved and up to .855 of a percent of the cost of a new facility if all options are rejected.


Bethesda Country Fair

Watertown Daily Times, 11 17 1999


A check for $160,000, representing proceeds for the September Bethesda Country Fair, was presented to Dr. David Geske, executive director of the Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, during the annual meeting of Bethesda volunteers Wednesday afternoon in Horicon.  In accepting the check from Bob Henken, chairman of the country fair, Geske told the 95 volunteers present that the needs of the many residents of the Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown have changed through the years and as a result, there is a need to expand the sizes of the rooms and widen doorways to accommodate the wheelchairs and other equipment that is now a part of their assisted daily living.  He noted that the age of the population at Bethesda is increasing and as a result, more wheelchairs are used by residents there.


The 1910 Junior Prom

Watertown Gazette, 01 28 1910


Friday evening, January 28th, the Junior class of the Watertown High School will give their annual prom for the Seniors of the high school at Masonic Temple.  The high school teachers will act as chaperons.  Following are the committees having the affair in charge:


Decorating committee—Evelyn Webb, Inez Keel, Mattie Zoelle, Raymond Reichardt, Roy Blair, Zeno Walther.


Refreshment committee—Lilian Feldschneider, Mary Killian, Anastatia Regan, Florence Grube, Verna Spohn, Vanita Lehmann.


Amusement committee—Amy Harte, Kathryn Fellermann, Roth Nellins.


Program committee—Josie Wiemen, Irene Hertel, Cora Forkenbridge, Edna Gnatzig.


Managing committee—Carl Pieritz, Roy Blair, Zeno Walther.


Servers—Pearl O'Brien, Fannie Hoffmann, Gladys Mollert, Agnes Pritzlaff, Cathyrn Blair, Ruth Pritzlaff, Loretta Kiefer, Florence Heismann, Hilda Schultz, Gertrude Bramer, Eliie Wiesemann.

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The Junior Prom

Watertown Gazette, 02 04 1910


Last Friday evening the Junior prom given at Masonic Temple Hall by the Juniors of the Watertown High School in honor of the Seniors proved a decidedly pleasant affair.  The decorations were in orange and black, the class colors, and the high school pennants floated gaily all over the hall.  A delightful dancing program was furnished, and refreshments were served by the Misses Pearl O'Brien, Gladys Mollart, Fannie Hoffmann, Catherine Blair, Agnes Pritzlaff, Ruth Pritzlaff, Loretta Kiefer, Florence Heismannn, Hilda Schultz, Gertrude Bramer and Elsie Wiesemann, members of the sophomore class.


Following is a list of those present:


Juniors: Rose Brasky, Lena Biefeld, Fannie Cohen, Ruth Cruger, Lilian Feldschneider, Cora Forkenbridge, Catherine Fellermann, Edna Gnatzig, Florence Grube, Amy Harte, Irene Hertel, Laurel Humphrey, Loretta Irving, Margaret Kelley, Marie Killian, Margaret Kunitz, Vanita Krueger, Alma Krebs, Irma Krueger, Inez Keel, Vanita Lehmann, Anita Lange, Ruth Moldenhauer, Minnie Meckes, Carrie Norman, Ruth Nellins, Anastasia Regan, Verna Spohn, Meta Schoechert, Rose Sachs, Edith Slout, Selma Volkmann, Irene Wieks, Evelyn Webb, Jessie Wieman, Roy Blair, Edwin Barns, Frank Bandelin, Irving Laffey, Lawrence Lange, William Neitzel, Seth Perry, Raymond Reichardt, Vern Roberts, David Schwieger, Ferdinand Ullrich, Oscar Schmutzler, Frank Slight, Louis Uecker, Walter Weihert, Zeno Walther.


Seniors: Helen Adsit, Alma Cohen, Catharine Carey, Margaret Evans, Florence Foley, Lilian Hartwig, Esther Humphrey, Helen Koehler, Elsie Krueger, Clara Laffey, Martha Maas, Meta Radtke, Evora Shaskey, Lenora Schaefer, Helen Schatz, Olive Thauer, Mabel Triplett, Catherine Williams, Delia Wilkowski, Emiline Zickert; Clem Brennecke, Arthur Bubblitz, Herbert Grams, Alvin Guetzlaff, Henry Goecke, Erwin Henning, Milton Heismann, Ernst Jaeger, Charles King, Henry Krause, Joseph Moriarity, Arthur Remmel, Willie Rabenhorst, John Salick, Jack Stapleton, August Schuenke, Clarence Schmidt, Max Terwedo, Earl Voldersan.


Expenditure for Operation of Library

Watertown Daily Times, 11 18 1984


An additional expenditure of $65,901 which would allow the Watertown Public Library to operate six days a week will be included in the 1985 proposed budget when it is submitted for approval to the common council Dec. 4.  Following the recommendation of the city finance committee, the council agreed to include the expense in next year's proposed budget Tuesday evening during a public hearing on the document.  During the department budget hearings in September, the finance committee rejected the library board's proposal for the monies.  However, the board made another plea for funds Monday evening which was approved.


New Overpass Bridge on Highway 16 Bypass

Watertown Daily Times, 11 18 1999


The new overpass bridge on the Highway 16 bypass at its intersection with Boughton Street opened for traffic this morning, about seven months after work on the $3,193,000 project started.  The overpass bridge is the culmination of a long political battle to make the intersection of Boughton Street and the Highway 16 bypass safer for motorists and pedestrians.  Mashuda Contractors, Inc., of Princeton is the general contractor for the work.  Included in the project is a grade separation with bypass traffic traveling over the top of Boughton Street traffic, a frontage road parallel to the bypass and east of it from Oak Hill Road west to North Fourth Street.


Watertown League of Women Voters

Watertown Daily Times, 11 25 1984


The League of Women Voters of Watertown will celebrate their 25th-year anniversary at a holiday party on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Esther Winogrond, 413 North Washington Street.  The league gained full status as a local league in 1959 after one year of existence as a provisional league.  Helen McGregor, first president of the provisional league, and Iris Winogrond, first president of the organization when it gained its status as a local chapter of LWV, will be guests at the celebration.  They will share a little of the struggles and triumphs as the foundation of the local organization was laid.


Curtain Club

Watertown Daily Times, 11 18 1959


Curtain time for any Curtain Club production brings to mind for many people the many years of entertaining and thought provoking drama which this group has presented to Watertown.  Curtain time this year is 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the auditorium of Watertown High School and the 1959 choice of play is “The Happy Time.”  Miss Elizabeth Faber, Miss Viola Schubert, and Mrs. Charles E. Kading founded the organization and charter members are:  Mrs. O. E. Carlson, Mrs. E. V. Chase, Mrs. M. Franzmann, Mrs. E. L. Grady, Mrs. R. C. Thauer, Mrs. A. Wallner, Mrs. J. M. Wright, Miss M. MacInnis, Miss Gladys Mollart, Miss Olive Parks, and Miss Katherine Skinner.

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The old Curtain Club was Watertown’s community theater from the early 1930s through the 1970s and they did a number of quality productions from comedies to dramas to musicals.


Once they went out of business there was a brief void before the late great John Desmond began to do light comedies at Balistreri’s on E. Madison St. and still later in the basement of the old Welcome Inn on E. Main.  He also produced and directed shows at Camp Rubidell in the old barn there.


After him came the Nickel & Dime Theater Co.   Then there was the River City Players that flourished for a brief period in the early 1980s.


All of these indirectly gave birth to the present community theater group in Watertown, namely, the Watertown Players.


Aetna Insurance Company

Watertown Democrat, 01 05 1860


To the Editor of the Watertown Democrat:  Permit me to state through your paper that the Aetna Insurance Company, of Hartford, Ct., through its agent, Mr. J. A. Hall of Watertown, had today paid in full the insurance money ($2000) for the loss by fire of my stock of goods at Milford in this county, on the 8th inst., and that this payment was made just a week after the papers proving the loss were mailed, although by the policy the Company was not bound to pay before 60 days after such proof.  The known ability of this Company and its promptness in adjusting and paying losses entitle it to the confidence of those having property to insure.  Nicholas Summer, Watertown, Dec 30th, 1859


Pioneer Festival / Ft. Atkinson

Watertown Democrat, 01 12 1860


Last Thursday will be long remembered by some of the early settlers of this portion of Wisconsin as one of the happiest days in their history.  At two o’clock about one hundred and thirty persons repaired to the tables and endeavored to relieve them somewhat of their burden, so temptingly and tastefully displayed.  But the ladies were prepared for such an onslaught and the hungry assailants surrendered before their unceasing discharge of turkeys, chicken-pie and every luxury that skill could invent or an experienced stomach desire.


After dinner the address of L. B. Caswell, Esq., was listened to with much satisfaction—We reluctantly postpone its publication until next week as it was obtained at too late an hour to put in type is season for this No.


The speeches that followed were also very pleasant to hear.  Stories of pioneer life were told and contrasts drawn between the hardships passed through and the happiness of the present occasion.  Songs, spicy sayings and complimentary remarks followed until the golden fingers of sunset announced the coming of evening.


At seven o’clock a large company assembled, surrounded the tables and the entertainment progressed with unabated interest.  At a late hour the audience dispersed, every one feeling that the day had been profitably and agreeably spent.  The event was most creditable to our people in every particular and was appreciated by their guests from abroad in a manner that could not be misunderstood.  They will be sure to come again, whenever an opportunity is offered, and bring their neighbors along.—Fort Atkinson Standard


Jefferson County Agricultural Society

Watertown Democrat, 01 12 1860


At the Annual Meeting of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society held at Fort Atkinson, Dec. 18, 1859, the meeting proceeded to the election of officers, which resulted as follows:  President—Milo Jones, Koshkonong; Vice Presidents—H. H. Wells, Koshkonong and J. F. Phillips, Lake Mills; Secretary—Robert Fargo, Lake Mills; Treasurer—A. B. Smith, Lake Mills; Executive Committee—G. W. Blanchard, Lake Mills; Linus Squires, Waterloo; Edward Ward, Oakland; C. Bartlett, Milford; H. J. Monroe, Hebron; Milton Snell, Jefferson; J. D. Waterbury, Aztalan; Giles Kinny, Cold Springs; Marcellus Finch, Koshkonong.


A Diddler in Crinoline

Watertown Democrat, 01 12 1860


Straying about the country, staying here and there, is a young female calling herself Miss McAllister, who has shown herself keen and expert in doing the landlords, and she knows how.  She is rather fine looking, her hair hangs in clustering ringlets all about her head, and her ostensible business is selling patterns for cutting ladies’ dresses after the latest styles.  Well knowing where the good things of this world are to be found in abundance, she concluded to give the Exchange [hotel] of this city the pleasure of her company and the benefit of her patronage for a short time.  Didn’t the Alderman of the Second Ward put on his blandest smile every time he ventured into her presence?  And the way T. W. S. did the amiable was enough to make one think he was interested, but it was only the result of his habitual politeness and courtesy.  After remaining there ten or twelve days, running up a good round bill, and receiving all the attentions an apparently respectable traveler always meets at that hotel, she very quietly took French leave one evening, without giving anyone the slightest intimation of her intentions and went somewhere else to play the same game again.  A word to those who do not want to be victimized ought to be sufficient.



Watertown Democrat, 01 12 1860


Mr. O. K. Coe has recently established an agency in this city [southeast corner of Fourth and Clyman streets] for furnishing all kinds of lumber.  He can at any time fill orders for any amount, at the lowest figures, while the article he sells will be of the best quality.  His yard is well filled with every sort of building material, affording a good chance for all who want to buy to do so on the most favorable terms.


Referred to Finance Committee

Watertown Democrat, 01 26 1860


Common Council Proceedings. Referred to Finance Committee:  August Tank for three months services as City Marshall, from Oct. 1st, 1859, to Dec 31, 1859, $25, allowed and charged to city general fund; J. A. Hall for nails, $6.60; Arthur Webb for gutter and crossing, $28.50; D. Kusel for stove pipe for Fire Engine Co., $3.04; Michael McGail, for services as watchman, $3; F. Herman for militia list in 6th ward, $1.64; Julius Schatt for repairing Second Street bridge, $8; Christopher Schroeder for bridge [repair] work on Second Street, $8.



Watertown Democrat, 01 26 1860


The citizens of Fort Atkinson recently held a meeting to take into consideration the propriety of procuring a village charter for their thriving place.


A Murderous Affray in Oconomowoc

Watertown Democrat, 02 02 1860


We learn from the Milwaukee News that on Monday evening, the 23d ult., while a number of men were engaged in playing a game of cards in a saloon at Oconomowoc, some dispute arose between two of the parties, Michael Eagan, an Irishman, and John D. Milnes, an Englishmen, when the former struck the latter a heavy blow on the head with his fist, knocking him down and pounding him pretty badly.  Milnes soon got up and went with his friends to a Justice’s office, obtained a warrant and caused Eagan to be arrested.  When the parties met together in court, probably pretty drunk and angry, another fight coming off between them, the case was adjourned till the next morning.  Milnes taking a seat in the room, was supposed to be only slightly injured, but after the other prisoner had been disposed of, he was discovered to be insensible.  A physician was immediately called, who, upon examination, found the skull so badly broken that the hurt man died in a few minutes.  Eagan was brought before Justice Dodge and committed to jail for willful murder.  Milnes was a young [man] about thirty-five years of age, a resident of Summit, where he leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his untimely end.


The Post Office Change

Watertown Democrat, 02 02 1860


The Milwaukee Sentinel of the 26th ult., contained a statement that Gen. James Potter had been removed from the office of postmaster of this city and Patrick Rogan appointed in his place by the President.  Where the Sentinel obtained this information or what authority it had for its announcement we are unable to ascertain.  At all events, as far as we have been able to observe, the intelligence has not been confirmed, nor has any news been received from Washington making it certain that any change has been made.


The curiosity that exists to know the truth on this subject will probably be gratified in a few days.  If the department has taken this sudden and rather summary action the reasons will no doubt be given, but until we know what has been done, it will be idle to talk about the matter.  When the fact is published we can then comment on the affair, if we have anything to say about it.  If this appointment has been conferred upon Mr. Rogan, a citizen amply qualified, a good postmaster has been selected.  This much we say in advance and there are few who will not agree with us.

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Post Office Appointment

Watertown Democrat, 02 16 1860


The President has appointed—an act which the Senate has confirmed—Peter Rogan, Esq., Postmaster of this city, in place of Gen. James Potter, Jr., removed.  Mr. Rogan is one of the oldest settlers of Watertown, has represented this district in the legislature of this state, and has frequently been called upon to fill various local offices of importance and trust—a fact which shows the estimation in which he is held at home.  We may also state that this position was neither sought nor solicited by him and comes quite unexpected, though it will be cheerfully accepted.  Mr. Rogan has the ties as to render his services acceptable both to the Department and the public and we have not any doubt he will do so.  As soon as a few preliminary requirements are complied with he will take possession of the office.

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Mr. Peter Rogan

Watertown Democrat, 03 08 1860


The Post Office.  Mr. Peter Rogan, the recently appointed postmaster of this city, has taken possession of his office and entered upon the discharge of his official duties.  He has removed the institution to a commodious room in a building known as Cramer’s Block, which is a little nearer the business center of the city, and furnished it with everything necessary to make it well adapted to the purpose for which it is used.  The new postmaster is devoting his time to the public and will no doubt make as popular and accommodating an officer as we have ever had. He manages the public affairs on the principle that the office was made for the people—a very correct sentiment if consistently carried out.


G. C. Wainwright

Watertown Democrat, 01 26 1860


[advertisement]  Watertown Drug Store—G. C. Wainwright (successor to C. A. Sprague), wholesale and retail druggist, Main St., east side of the river, Watertown, Wisconsin.  Dealer in Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Dye Woods & Dye Stuffs, Window Glass, Glass-ware, Lamp, Linseed and Machinery Oils, Varnishes, Paint and Varnish Brushes, Perfumery and Fancy Articles, Pure Wines and Liquors, etc., etc.  Also dealer in Books, Stationary and Wall Paper.



Watertown Democrat, 02 02 1860


Though the season for taking nearly every kind of game is over, we occasionally hear of birds being slyly offered for sale in our streets.  This is not only wrong in itself, but a violation of law, and should be punished if it cannot be stopped in any other way.  The time allowed for shooting or trapping woodcock, quail, grouse, partridge and prairie hen has expired and all who are found with any of them in possession are liable to a fine of from one to ten dollars for each offense.


On the Train Once More

Watertown Democrat, 02 02 1860


Those accustomed to travel over the Milwaukee, Watertown and Columbus Railroad will be glad to welcome back to his position Mr. H. C. Atkins, the intelligent and courteous conductor on that line.  He has so nearly recovered from the accident he met with some two months since that he was able last week to again enter upon the discharge of his duties.  A more pleasant and agreeable gentleman to ride with or one more ready to extend to either acquaintance or stranger every kindness in his power is seldom to be found in a railroad officer—and yet while watching over the comfort and safety of his passengers he keeps a sharp and active look out for the interests of those whose agent he is.


Very Little is Doing

Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


Things remain about the same as last week.  Very little is doing.  But small quantities of grain are brought in, though buyers are ready to take ten times as much as is offered.  Trade is dull and amounts to nothing of consequence, as it seldom does at this season of the year.  The slight fall of snow a few days since has made a little sleighing but with the sunshiny weather we are now having this cannot last long.


White Lead

Watertown Democrat, 02 02 1860


The Fond du Lac Democratic Press relates a singular instance of local complaint that has for some time prevailed in the eastern part of Fond du Lac County.  Many individuals have been afflicted with intense pain in the lower part of the stomach and bowels and after much puzzling inquiry it was ascertained that the miller who did the custom work in grinding the wheat was in the habit, when the grooves in the stones wore too deep, of filling them up with white lead and repeating the operation as often as required.  On being analyzed some of the flour was found to contain a dangerous quantity of this deleterious substance.


Expanded and Renovated Facilities

St. Luke's Lutheran Church


Watertown Daily Times, 12 02 1999


St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Third and Clark streets, will dedicate its newly expanded and renovated facilities in a special service Sunday at 4 p.m. The service will be followed by a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. where light refreshments will be served. The dedication service will be the first one in the new facility. Since July the services have been held in the chapel of Luther Prep School. The dedication comes just one year from the groundbreaking which was on Nov. 29, 1998. The $3.5 million project includes renovation and expansion of the existing church and a 10 classroom school. The church expansion includes seating for about 150 additional people, bringing the total capacity to about 450. A large narthex has been added as have new offices for the three ministers, church secretary Debbie Vomhof and a large council and committee meeting room. Expansion at the church includes several new rooms for classes and meetings and a renovated parish hall in the lower level.


First Annual Ball

Pioneer Engine Co. No. 1

Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


First Annual Ball of Pioneer Engine Co. No. 1 at Cole’s Hall on Friday evening, February 17, 1860.  William M. Quick, Foreman


Honorary Managers:  C. B. Skinner, Patrick Rogan, William M. Dennis, Henry Bertram, D. W. Ballou, Jr.. Joseph Lindon, J. W. Cole, Emil Rothe


Committee on Arrangements:  Jas. G. Kelly, James McHugh, M. F. Paulfranz, B. O’Bryne, William Wilson, Owen Hogan


Floor Managers:  Edward Johnson, John Malloy


Music by the Watertown City Band.  J. G. Fuller, Prompter.


Fireman are requested to appear in uniform.  Carriages in attendance at 7½ o’clock P.M.  Tickets $1.50.

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Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


Pioneer Engine Company No. 1 propose to give a public ball on Friday evening, the 17th inst., for the benefit of its members.  This method is taken to get the means of procuring some convenience necessary for the efficient and proper equipment of a well organized and reliable Fire Department.  Extensive arrangements have been made for a large and pleasant party, while the expense is such as to enable all who wish to be present and participate in the festivities of the occasion to do so.  We hope the attendance will be large enough to encourage those who belong to this important organization to do all in their power to make it useful to the public in emergencies when the services of firemen are most needed in a city like this.  If splendid music, a bountiful entertainment and a smiling time all around are any inducement to those who like to mingle in the social dance to attend, then a numerous and gay assembly will be gathered at Cole’s Hall on the brilliant night named above.

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Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


The Firemen’s Ball, at Cole’s Hall last Friday evening, was a complete success and every one who attended it, we believe, went away satisfied.  A number of the Milwaukee “boys” were present and the following proceedings, which we clip from the Sentinel, show what they thought of the entertainment:


At a meeting held by Hose Companies Nos. 1 and 2, and by the Engine Companies Nos. 3, 4, and 6, of the Milwaukee Fire Department, it was unanimously


Resolved, That we return thanks to the officers and members of Pioneer Co. No. 1, of Watertown, for the kind and very hospitable manner in which we were received and entertained by them at their first annual ball, Feb 17th; also that we will ever bear in grateful remembrance the kind attentions received from the ladies while there.


Resolved, That we extend thanks to Mr. S. S. Merrill, Superintendent, and H. C. Atkins, Conductor on the Milwaukee & Watertown Railroad, for the generous and gentlemanly treatment received at their hands.


Resolved, That our thanks be tendered to Mr. Nathaniel Pratt, the kind and obliging host of the Planters’ Hotel at Watertown, for the many creature comforts we enjoyed under his roof.



Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


One of the finest specimens of the turkey race we have ever seen was presented to us by Mr. Griggs a few days since.  It was as good as it looked, resembling the generous giver in that respect, who is as good as his word and whose genial appearance carries a true indication of what he proves to be on fuller acquaintance.  After thanking our friend for his remembrance of us we can only say that we shall keep a sharp eye on his movements and the next thing he will know will be that he will see his name in the Democrat, associated with some act of kindness for which he is so well known.


High School Christmas Pageant

Watertown Daily Times, 12 04 1959


The cast of high school students playing the principal characters in the annual Watertown High School Christmas pageant was announced today as rehearsals for the production were well underway.  The production is under the direction of Miss Kathryn Skinner, Lester Mathis and Sally Netzel.  The chorus is under the direction of Wayne Strayer and Sidney Estinek is directing the orchestra.  Major characters in the play are as follows: Mary, Karla Johnson; Joseph, Ralph Eckhardt; boy, Gary Stuart; Herod, Doug Pederson; Simeon, Larry Schultz; Josias, Victor Muller; Gasper, Tom Wright; Melchoir, David Hertel; Balthazar, Allan Krause; innkeeper, Win Winogrond; queen, Betty Jean Baumann.


Lloyd Thompson

Watertown Daily Times, 12 04 1984


Northwestern College Athletic Director Lloyd Thompson will close the book on a varied career of teaching and coaching when his retirement becomes official at the end of the current school year.  Prof. Thompson has overseen the NWC athletic program since 1970.  During that time he has served as track coach (1970 to 1981), basketball coach (1971-1982), baseball coach (1982-1983) and football coach from 1972 until last season. His Trojan football teams brought home four conference championships.  In addition to the coaching duties, Thompson established a wide-ranging intramural program, which he considers one of his “proudest” achievements.


The Lectures thus far this Winter

Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


The Lecture Committee of the Young Men’s Association have been very fortunate in their engagement of lecturers during the present season . . . Mr. M. H. Bovee led the way.  Though he came heralded to us in advance as a great reformer we had the gratifying good luck NOT to hear him.  We intended to have been among his auditors, but finding out that he was an old bachelor and had selected for his theme “The Elements of True Womanhood” we came to the conclusion that he knew as much about what a genuine woman is or should be as a blind man knows about the beauties of a paradise of flowers, so we rather selfishly indulged ourselves in the luxury of staying away.


Let Order Reign

Watertown Democrat, 02 09 1860


There is an angry dispute and bitter quarrel raging in this city between a portion of the Germans and the Rev. Christian Sans [St Mark’s Church].  We know nothing of the truth of the charges put forth by one party and denied by the other, nor do we intend to take sides with either, but threats of violence have been so often made and repeated that it is not improper for us to say that if any attempts are made to try the effect of mob law in this community we hope those guilty will meet with the most summary punishment at the hands of our authorities.  We have laws and if they are good for anything they ought to be strong enough to protect the person and property of every citizen from the outrage of combinations banded together with the view of executing a certain purpose, right or wrong.  If Mr. Sans had committed the acts with which he is accused let him suffer the consequences; in that case the scorn and contempt of all will soon place him where he belongs.  If he is not, then he is entitled to sympathy and confidence just as much as any other talented and respectable minister of the Gospel.  In no case should force be countenanced or permitted.

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Common Council Proceedings

Watertown Democrat, 05 10 1860


Whereas, The peace of our city was disturbed and several of our citizens were unlawfully and violently assailed by attacks on their houses and persons, by a large number of persons congregated together for that purpose, last evening, the 15th inst., and whereas, the most sacred rights of peaceable and quiet citizens were thus trampled upon by force and violence, therefore,


Resolved 1st, That every good citizen should feel himself called upon to discountenance such unlawful proceedings and cheerfully render his aid and support to the legal authorities in their prompt and effectual suppression.


Resolved 2d, That we each and all hereby tender to the Mayor and City Council of our city our personal services whenever called on to suppress all mob violence and restore law and order.


Whereas, chapter 168 of the revised statues makes it the duty of the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriff and Constables to suppress all riotous assemblies when called on, under severe penalties of the neglect of such duty, therefore


Resolved 3d, That we call on all such officers to discharge their duties under said law upon all such unlawful and riotous assemblies as may disturb the peace of our city;


Resolved 4th, That the President and Secretary of this meeting are required to present these resolution and the proceedings of this meeting to the Mayor and City Council.


Whereas, We understand that disorderly proceedings have taken place at a certain church in this city [St. Mark’s], we mutually pledge ourselves and call upon the city authorities, the Sheriff and Constables, to protect the congregation thereof in the lawful exercise of their rights, so that they may determine for themselves in what way they will settle difficulties, which are said to exist in their church.


On motion of Ald. Dennis the communication was referred to the Mayor.  Adopted.


UW Health Partners Clinic Expansion

Watertown Daily Times, 12 02 09


To meet the community need for local medical specialty services, Watertown Regional Medical Center and UW Health Partners have announced expansion plans for the Johnson Creek Clinic.  The expansion of the current UW Health Partners clinic, located at 540 Village Walk Lane in Johnson Creek, will occur this winter and is expected to be completed by March 2010.  Almost two years ago, the medical center and UW Health announced a joint commitment to meeting the unique health and wellness needs of the greater Watertown region.  One of the key goals of this partnership was to enhance the depth and breadth of specialty care services available locally.  The expansion will add 2,400 square feet of clinic space to house an adult and pediatric multispecialty center.


Mount Vernon Association

Watertown Democrat, 02 16 1860


Ladies Festival for the Benefit of the Mount Vernon Association.  The agent and managers of the Mount Vernon Association in this city will give a festival in aid of the fund on the evening of February 21st, 1860, at Cole’s Hall.  As this is the first and will be the only effort made in this place for aid in improving and maintaining Mount Vernon, it is to be hoped that the public will generously respond upon this occasion.  The programs will consists of Tableaux and Charades.  A good band of music will also be in attendance.  Refreshments will be served in the lower hall.  Tickets of admission (not including refreshments) 25 cents.  Doors open at 6½ o’clock.

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Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


The festival in aid of the improvement fund of the Ladies’ Mount Vernon Association came off at Cole’s Hall last Tuesday . . . The hall looked more like a gallery of pictures than anything else.  Among the memorials of curiosity and interest which received marked attention was an autograph letter of George Washington, dated 1777, and addressed to Gen. Potter, an officer of the Revolutionary Army who took an active part in the battle of Monmouth, and grandfather of Mr. James Potter of this city, to whom it belongs.


The tableaux, which formed a principal and brilliant feature of the entertainment, created a lively excitement and elicited repeated demonstrations of applause.  They were well chosen and admirably sustained, and the dresses were adapted with peculiar propriety to set off the characters intended to be personated.  No more successful attempt in this line of amusement has ever been made here.  A most pleasant and agreeable episode of the evening was the appearance of sixteen German girls and boys, making a party of thirty-two in all, who were beautifully and tastefully dressed and went through a variety of marches and evolutions with order and precision and finished up with a graceful and lively dance.  They seemed like a group of little fairies and received the hearty welcome of all . . .


Milwaukee, Watertown & Baraboo Valley

Railroad Company

Watertown Democrat, 02 16 1860


A few years since the project of extending the Watertown and Madison Railroad to Dubuque by way of Mineral Point, Calamine and Platteville was much agitated and we believe an amendment of the charter of the W.&M.R.R. authorizing such an extension was obtained.  A very thorough examination of the route was made by Hon. S. W. Barnes, the very able and scientific engineer of that company, who reported the route entirely feasible.  Soon after this time the revulsion in money matters from which the country is just now emerging occurred and prostrated nearly all the unfinished railroad enterprises in the country. 


Among those which were compelled to suspend operations and which have been transferred or sold out upon foreclosure of mortgage are the Milwaukee & Watertown and the Watertown & Madison railroads.  These roads have passed into new hands and a new company has been organized under the name of the Milwaukee, Watertown & Baraboo Valley Railroad Company; which has come into the possession of all the rights, property and privileges of both those companies and own a road nearly finished from “Junction” (14 miles from Milwaukee) on the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad to Madison and which has cost the company less than $20,000 per mile and the company is nearly free from debt.


A new route will thus be opened by the 1st of February, from Milwaukee via Watertown (at which point it intersects the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad from Chicago via Janesville to Fond du Lac and Oshkosh) to Madison, twenty miles nearer the route by Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad.  But the company are at present at the mercy of the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad for any western connection and must so remain until some other connection can be formed.  In view of this state of things the M.W.&M.R.R. Co. are now endeavoring to make some arrangement for a western connection and very naturally turn their attention to the project initiated by their predecessors, the W.&M.R.R. Co.


Destructive Fire

Watertown Democrat, 02 16 1860


About half past 3 o’clock this morning the large hotel in the 4th Ward of this city belonging to Gottlieb Baumann was discovered to be on fire [Western Star Hotel, corner of W. Cady and N. Water]—in fact so nearly wrapped in flames that those sleeping in it barely had time to escape. It was a large three story wooden structure, and being very dry, the fire spread so rapidly as to render all attempts to extinguish it entirely useless.  A few beds were all it was possible to get out.  Everything else such as furniture, fixtures and provisions were consumed.  We understand there was no insurance on the property and if this is the case, of course, the loss, which cannot be less than $2,000, will be total.


The firemen were promptly on hand and did all that could be accomplished under the circumstances.  They had everything in good working order but the building was too far gone to be saved.


We also learn that the Watertown Rifle Company [*], who kept their arms in this building, have lost all their accoutrements.


Next Monday evening there was to have been a concert and ball in the fine hall of this hotel.  By a notice in another column, it will be seen that the concert will take place at Cole’s Hall and the proceeds be given to Mr. Baumann, who has had the misfortune to meet with a calamity so sudden and severe.  In view of this generous object, we hope the attendance will be general and the proceeds large.


[*] Owner Gottlieb Baumann was a member of the Watertown Rifle Co.;  1861, Watertown Rifles organized for Civil War

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Western Star Hotel Fire, 1860


Gottlieb Baumann, father of Alfred Baumann and Mrs. Otto R. Krueger came to Watertown in 1846 with his father and brothers, Jacob and John.   


He built the Western Star Hotel on the corner of West Cady and North Water streets which was destroyed by fire in 1860


Baumann had been captain of the old Watertown Rifle Company for some years.  The Watertown Rifles, a military company, lost their distinctive uniforms, stored in the Western Star Hotel, along with rifles and ammo as the Western Star burned to the ground. 


The Watertown Rifles had been organized in 1853 and the company drilled regularly and took part in patriotic displays on July Fourth and Washington’s Birthday.  The group dis-banded in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War.


In 1861 Baumann went to New Orleans and was pressed into the confederate army and when our 20th Wisconsin Regiment came to New Orleans he enlisted in the Watertown Company E  and became a first lieutenant. 


C. Hugo Jacobi, Reminiscences of Early Days in Watertown, a series of newspaper articles, 1923.


Bartelme-Schwefel Marine Corps

League Detachment

Watertown, Wisconsin

07 2009


Richard Allermann, Steve Allermann, Steve Block, Keith Braunschweig, Ralph Braunschweig, Richard Brockman, Michael Brunk, William Connor, Chuck Duff, David Engelhart, Francis Godfroy, Glen Godfroy, Tom Godfroy, Robert Grabarz, Mark Grams, Jerry Groehler, Jerry Hepp, Steve Hepp, Robert Heideman, Lynn Hilker, Alan Kloth, Chuck Lehmann, Lyle Lidholm, Kenneth Maass, James Meyer, Patrick Meyer, John Meyers, Victor Miller, Garret Moore, Harry Mueller, William Ott, Richard Pirkel, G L Rieder, Paul Riesen Jr., Fernando Rodriguesz, Michael Schilling, Curtis Schleicher, James Schleicher, Jerry Schleicher, Kurt Schneider, DuWayne Schuenemann, Brian Schuknecht, Herman Schultz, James Schumacher, Lee Schuemacher, Roger Schwefel, Floyd Stai, Daniel Stark, Robert Stark, Gene Stocks, Gary Stueber, Patrick Theder, Tommy Thompson, Ronald Vogel, Richard Walter, Ronald Wiebel, Herschel Wickert, Frank Winter, George Wright, Martin Zweig,



Carey Behm, Charles Bohlman, Conrad Bohlman, Dennis Berg, Andy Block, Robert Cottone, David Dantuma, William Dobbratz, Malcolm Dorn, Timothy Engel, Allen Felder, Joshua Felder, James Feigley, Joseph Heimsch, Lynn Jones, Byron Kluewer, Robert Latour, Ernie Lehmann, Donald Marsh, Ethan Muniz, Jeff Peot, Tim Schlesner, Paul Schultz, Charles Steck, Daniel Streblow, James Vinup, Dale Wehner, Jonathan Wehner, Jeffrey Weihert, Jerry Woods, Tom Wright,


Old Folk’s Concert

Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


An Old Folk’s Concert will be given in Cole’s Hall this evening under the direction of Mr. N. H. Bennett.  The exercises will consist in singing a choice selection of those good old tunes, which have held the highest place in popular estimation from one generation to another, through a period of centuries, and are just as fresh and inspiring today as they were when first composed in “times that tried men’s souls.”  Mingled with this ancient and sacred music will be quartets, songs and ballads.  Twenty-five or thirty of the best singers of this place will take part in this concert, and make it as well worth attending as any we have ever had.


The singers will appear in the striking and unique costumes and fashions worn by our fathers and mothers a century since, which will form a novel and interesting feature of the entertainment.


Season of Lent

Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


The season of Lent commenced yesterday.  It will be observed with the usual religious exercises by the churches which regard it as a period more particularly to be devoted to the concerns that pertain to another world.


Mr. E. M. Brown

Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


Intelligence of the death of Mr. E. M. Brown was received in this city a few days ago.  After an illness of about two months he died of typhoid fever, in San Jose, California, on the 20th of January, 1860, in the 45th year of his age.  Though not among the first settlers of this county, Mr. Brown had resided here many years and was well known as an intelligent mechanic and active citizen.  Soon after the financial revulsions of 1857, he left this city for California, hoping that a few years passed in labor or business in that promising field of enterprise would enable him to secure a reasonable amount of wealth, with which to return to his favorite place of abode.  He has been there ever since, engaging with his accustomed energy, until his career has been brought to a close by sickness and the grave.  He leaves in this city a wife and three children to mourn a bereavement and loss that to them will be as great and irreparable as it was sad and unexpected, for we believe that the news of his death was the first intimation they had that the hand of a fatal disease was on him.  Few who start on so long a journey can tell whither they are going or how returnless may be their footsteps to the unseen land.  Men go to the ends of the world for gold but find only a last home in the strange country where they seek a fortune.


Cross Reference:  Mrs. E. M. Brown, 1859, Millinery



Schmutzler & Krier

New Furniture Firm

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


The old furniture and undertaking firm of Nowark-Schmutzler & Co., 401 Main Street, has dissolved partnership and Mr. Edward Schmutzler and his son-in-law, Harry Krier of Minneapolis, will continue the business at the old stand under the firm name of Schmutzler & Krier.  The senior member of the firm, Edward Schmutzler, has been engaged in the business here for over 30 years, and he has a most enviable record as an honorable and enterprising business man.  Mr. Krier is well and most favorably known here, having been at one time a resident of our city.  The new firm starts out under most favorable circumstances and our citizens in general wish the members success. 


The senior Mr. Nowack, retiring from the firm, will retire from business, but his son has opened a furniture and undertaking business at the corner of North Fourth and Madison streets.  He is one of Watertown’s most esteemed young men, an expert undertaker and a most honorable businessman, and deserves success.

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Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


To the Public, My Former Customers and Friends:


I wish to make known that I am now established at the corner of North Fourth and Madison streets, one block north of Main Street.  The firm of Nowack, Schmutzler & Co having been dissolved.  I will continue in the furniture and undertaking business at the above named place.


As I have done in the old place of business, I shall aim to do now—to carry for my patrons reliable and up-to-date furniture and to give them the best of service and the benefit of the newest method in caring for the dead.


All goods will be marked in plain figures and the prices will be the same to all.


Thanking you for your past favors and soliciting your future patronage, I am


Respectfully yours,

Carl. F. Nowack

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Watertown Gazette, 02 11 1910

Carl F. Nowack

Undertaker, Embalmer and Funeral Director

Reliable Goods, Latest Methods, First Class Service

Undertaking rooms

Cor. N. Fourth and Madison Streets.



Winter of 1909-1910

Bad Storm

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


One of the worst snow storms in years visited Watertown and vicinity last Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Nearly a foot of snow fell and the heavy wind drifted it badly.  Quite a number of trains on the railroads were abandoned in the early part of the day on Wednesday and the country roads were nigh impassable.  The rural mail carriers were unable to venture out far into the country.  This is the severest winter ever experienced here, there being now nearly five weeks of steady cold, the thermometer registering since early December around the zero mark and nearly every night 10 to 15 below zero was the record.  Snow is banked everywhere, there being about three feet on the level.  Wednesday night the thermometer registered 20 to 24 below zero.


Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910

Add 2,000 Phones a Day


New York—Two thousand new telephones a day were added to the vast Bell interests—the American Telephone & Telegraph Company—during the year just closed.  A statement issued Tuesday by the company, recently made more powerful by acquiring control of the Western Union Telegraph Company, shows that on December 31, 1909, there were about 5,000,000 telephones included in the system, with 10,250,000 miles of wire.  The estimated gross earning for 1909 will be in excess of $150,000,000.


Donation Visit

Watertown Democrat, 02 23 1860


It will be seen by a notice in another column that the friends of Rev. N. J. Aplin [Methodist Church] propose to make him a donation visit at Cole’s Hall on Wednesday evening next.  Mr. Aplin has resided here for nearly a year past and labored earnestly and successfully as a minister of the Gospel.  We hope our citizens will show their appreciation of this services by a liberal turn out on the occasion and given him those substantial proofs of their regard that are at once so flattering and valuable and which but none but ministers, in this country, know how to properly appreciate.


Mayor Mulberger and Party

Entertained at Little Rock

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


A Little Rock, Arkansas, Exchange says:


The loads of Texas advertizing that is being sent into the northern states is attracting many prospectors and investors and the information that reached us is that it is with the greatest difficulty they can learn anything about the resources of Arkansas.  This is where the benefits of the great land convention to be held here on the 9th and 10th of March will be felt.  Recently Hon. A. Mulberger, mayor of Watertown, Wis., organized a little party of friends to investigate Texas.


It so happened that while the arrangements for the trip were being made the mayor [of Little Rock] met Walter L. Reichardt, one of the young and gingery board of trade men, and several days ago R. D. Bogart, a former Little Rock boy, now living in Watertown, came home to spend the holidays.  They immediately got busy, took the matter up with the Watertown party, and President Remmel of the board of trade appointed Mr. Reichardt as chairman of a committee to look after their entertainment should they accept the invitation to stop over here.  They accepted.  They will be here Wednesday and Thursday.  While here they will be given a luncheon, automobile ride, etc.  The party, in addition to Mayor Mulberger, consists of A. Barker, lumber dealer, J. J. Lietz, of the Wells Fargo Express Company, and J. E. McAdams of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad.


It is said that Mr. Mulberger is not only the youngest mayor in the United States, but also one of the wealthiest.


Night School

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


The public night school opened last Monday night for the balance of the winter term.


Lehmann & Schroeder

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


The lumber and coal firm of Lehmann & Schroeder has dissolved partnership, Mr. Lehmann continuing the business alone.


Chas. J. Wenck

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


Chas. J. Wenck says he was the first to pay his taxes this year, although his receipt is not No. 1.  Mr. Wenck was also the first to pay the printer, his subscription for The Gazette being the first entry on our cash book.

Paid First Money in 1912

Watertown Gazette, 01 04 1912


Charles J. Wenck was around early on the morning of January 2, 1912, and as usual paid for The Gazette for the year 1912 in advance and the first money of the year to go into The Gazette treasury.  We understand he did likewise with all the other papers in the city.  Charley goes on the theory that if one city paper is good to be in the house, all of them are better.  If more of our people had that spirit, Watertown newspapermen would be more prosperous and able to get out better papers.


Senior Young Ladies Sodality

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


Officers elected—The Senior Young Ladies Sodality of St. Bernard’s Church elected the following officers:


President—Annie Mooney

Vice President—Nellie Enright

Secretary—Eliza Burke

Treasurer—Jennie Wedemeyer


Old Solliday Home

Real Estate

Watertown Gazette, 01 07 1910


St. Bernard’s congregation has purchased 105 feet of real estate, including the old Solliday home, in Montgomery Street, just south of the church school, the consideration being $2300.  This was badly needed as a playground for the school children. [This property, at 107 S. Montgomery, was the early home of the Solliday family; Dr. Solliday, a dentist, lived as a young boy in this family home and later in his own home, just to the east, at 114 S. Church St (today St. Bernard’s rectory)].


Odd Fellows

New Lodge Rooms

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


The Odd Fellows of this city have rented the third floor of William C. Raue & Sons’ building [202 E. Main] and are having it fitted up for lodge rooms, where they will meet after Feb. 1st, and also the other societies that have heretofore met at their rooms.  Their removal from the old stand is made necessary because Schmutzler & Krier need the room vacated for their furniture business.


John Wolfgram

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


John Wolfgram, Farmington, was burned and fourteen others were injured, one fatally and five others seriously, in an explosion of acetylene gas in a palm garden owned by Henry Messerschmidt of Farmington, ten miles from here, Wednesday night.


Cross Reference:  More on the above


Kilbourn Dam Power

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


Power from the dam at Kilbourn is now in use here for all power and light purposes excepting in First, Second and Third streets, Western Avenue, and that part of the west side lying south of West Milwaukee Street, which is still being supplied by the steam plant in First Street.  In a short time the whole city will receive its electric power and light service from the dam at Kilbourn.


Cross References:

The Kilbourn Dam began operating in 1909 on the Wisconsin River at Wisconsin Dells, then the largest dam west of Niagara Falls.  The power was used to run the interurban line between Milwaukee and Watertown.

Milwaukee Sentinel article of 08 10 1959 on the Kilbourn Dam, 50th anniv

Wisconsin State Journal article, Kilbourn Dam turns 100


Firemen Annual Meeting

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910

Firemen Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Watertown Fire Department was held at the city hall last Monday evening.  The old officers were re-elected as follows:


President—August Henze

Vice President—Arthur Doerr

Secretary—Charles A. Kohn

Treasurer—George J. Weber


Cheese Factory Officers

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


Officers of the Tilden cheese factory in route 1 were elected as follows:


President—Frank Meitner

Secretary—Frank Klecker

Treasurer—Ingatz Pitterle

Directors—Theo. Lehmann, Bernhard Zeiner, Fred Pitterle

The factory will be run under the management of G. A. Stallmann of Watertown


Hancock Cheese Officers

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


Officers of Hancock cheese factory in route 8 were elected as follows:


President—August Ihde

Secretary—Michael Duffy

Treasurer—Herman Ross

Directors—Christian Stangler, G. Zubke

The factory will be run under the management of G. A. Stallmann.


1959 Christmas Toy Project

Watertown Daily Times, 12 07 1959


The Watertown Fire Department's 1959 Christmas toy project has been completed and no further toys are being accepted for the program until next year.  The firemen spent busy hours in their spare time in their toy repair shop and have made a large number of toys which were contributed available for youngsters of the city at Christmas time.  The toys have been stored and will be distributed through the Family Welfare Association of Watertown just before Christmas.


Loving Cup Presented

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


Last Monday, when Judge Barney came over to Juneau from his home in Mayville to formally turn over the office of county judge to his successor, he met with an unexpected and startling surprise.  One of the customs of court practice, and it may be a rule for aught we know, is that no person except an attorney is expected to address the court, while on the bench, unless invited to do so.


Mr. John Clifford, clerk of the court, overlooked that practice last Monday and, in a masterly manner, paid high tribute to the court from the viewpoint of a citizen and also referred to the esteem and respect in which Judge Barney was held as a man among men.  While concluding his remarks, Mr. Clifford opened a large box and took therefrom a large and very beautiful loving cup, which, on behalf of the officers of the court, he gracefully presented to Judge Barney.  The tender-hearted jurist, who had recently been so highly honored by the Bar at Beaver Dam, was so overcome by the consideration of his subordinates that he made but little progress in his response for a moment.


Post Office Site Surveyed

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


A government surveyor was in the city this week making a survey of the site for the new post office in [118] North Second Street and the probabilities now are that work on the new building will begin in the summer [cornerstone not laid until 1912; site now a parking lot].


G. J. Sprague

Watertown Gazette, 01 14 1910


G. J. Sprague, who formerly conducted the laundry in First Street, now the property of Ulrich & Dieter, died at Long Beach, California, last week Thursday, aged 57 years.  Before coming to Watertown Mr. Sprague was engaged in the newspaper business at Mauston.


Cross Reference:  1909, New Method Laundry, Dieter and Ullrich proprietors    /  218 S First


St. Paul's Episcopal

Every-Member Canvass

Watertown Daily Times, 12 15 1959


Members of St. Paul's Episcopal parish will be called upon Sunday afternoon for the annual “every-member canvass.”  Canvass committee chairman is Gene Chase; Joseph Wimmer is chairman for special gifts; while Gordon Scott will serve as initial gifts chairman.  Others participating in the canvass will be: Lester Zick, Robert Stupka, Don Gottschalk, Al Maas Jr., James Bloor, Robert Bauch, Robert Miller, Roger Marg, Dr. Paul Clark, Beatty Burke, Robert Steinbach, Harris Grabow, Gordon Humphrey, Harold Schultz, Paul Loeffler, Roland Gibson and Arthur Archie.  Frank Adams is serving as recorder.


Watertown High Wrestling Squad

Watertown Daily Times, 12 09 1959


Watertown High's wrestling squad, well-fixed with nine lettermen, is opening its campaign today with a match with Mukwonago on the mats here.  The letterwinners and their weight classes: Tom Hornickle 112, David Yoh and Dennis Piper 120, David Stockli and Burnell Wegner 127, Don Schilling and David Eggert 145, Mike Schuenemann 154 and Ed Twesme heavyweight.  Other boys on the squad are: 95 pounds (a new division), Tom Brown; 103, Walter Rabbach, Dick Minar, Tom Brom; 120, Roger Damrow; 127, Ernie Niemann, Jim Kozat; 133, Tom Wright, Jim Eggert, Tom Butzine; 138, Vic Claas, Curtis Piper, Ron Kuehl; 145, Ken Trachte; 154, Glen Rhodes, Dick Walter; 165, Vic Miller, Paul Fernholz, Pete Steinbrink, Jim Oestreich; 180, Duane Schuenemann, Bob Frisch, Tom Kennedy; heavy, Jim Schleicher.


The Dawn of Tomorrow

Watertown Gazette, 01 21 1910


The Epworth League of the First M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] Church has decided on a new venture in church entertainments.  On Friday evening, Jan. 28th, 1910, there will be a first-class entertainment for the nominal entrance fee of 10 cents.  Miss Nina Hall of the Lawrence School of Expression will give an evening on "The Dawn of Tomorrow."  Concerning this entertainment Prof. Garns says "It is the best story evening I know of, having the most powerful dramatic elements and the strongest religious appeal.  Miss Hall has caught the very essence of its spirit and will hold her audience spell-bound."  The aim of the league in putting the admission price so low is to furnish those of most limited means an incentive to enjoy a wholesome entertainment.