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Bud’s Produce Market

Watertown Daily Times, 04 20 1966


A new place of business to be known as Bud’s Produce Market will open here on Thursday, April 21, at 106 South Third Street.  Owned and operated by Marvin F. Budewitz, the place will deal exclusively in fresh fruits and vegetables, everything from tomatoes to potatoes.  Mr. Budewitz, in announcing plans for the new business said, “We will endeavor to give the shopping public here the best possible fresh fruits and vegetables that are obtainable in season and will at all times carry the greatest variety and assortment obtainable.”


Gust Neumann Traded Building

Watertown Gazette, 03 05 1914


Real Estate:  Gust Neumann has traded his building on Second Street in which he resides and conducts a barber shop, with Edward Buroff, for a farm near Cameron. [Second, S, 207]


Whitmore & Persson


Klinger and Radloff

Watertown Gazette, 03 05 1914


Automobile Repair Shop.  Whitmore & Persson of Janesville, practical machinists, have bought the Klinger and Radloff repair shop at 211 Third Street and are now prepared to repair automobiles in a first class manner at reasonable rates.


Visiting Their Old Homes

Watertown Gazette, 02 26 1914


Elias Kellermann of Minneapolis and his cousin Louis Tessen of New London, Wis., are visiting at their old homes here and meet many old friends here who give them a hearty greeting.  It is the first time Messrs. Kellermann and Tessen met in over 40 years, and they have been enjoying each other’s company here very much the past few days.  Mr. Tessen heard Mr. Kellermann was here on a visit and took the first train out of New London after he heard he was here to see him.  Mr. Kellermann is engaged in the elevator business in Minneapolis and Mr. Tessen is a business man of New London.


Easter Sunday, 1901

Watertown Gazette, 04 12 1901


Easter Sunday was a bright and cheery one in this city, and our people recognized the great event in a becoming manner by turning out in large numbers at the various church services.  All the churches had special Easter services and were beautifully decorated with cut flowers and palms.  Special music was arranged, with musical programs at St. Bernard’s, St. Henry’s, St. Paul’s, Methodist and the Congregational churches being particularly fine.


Bars Sawn at County Jail

Watertown Gazette, 07 20 1900


Last Friday afternoon a number of people visited the county jail at Jefferson to see a prisoner, and one of them lingering in the corridor was locked in after the others had passed through the iron gate.  In a short time he noticed that he was secured behind the bars and began pounding on the iron gate.  While doing so one of the bars fell to the floor.  An investigation followed and it was found that it had been sawn in two and replaced in a manner so as to escape notice, as well as two iron window bars.  Suspicion rests on two prisoners who had been arrested for larceny during the Firemen’s tournament.


No Cigar

Watertown Gazette, 08 24 1900


Last Saturday evening A. J. Whiting gave a five-course seven-o’clock dinner to 15 of his gentlemen friends.  It was a very interesting affair and one which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.  A remarkable coincidence of this gathering was, that at one of the tables whereat 12 married men were seated, 11 of them thankfully declined to accept cigars as they were passed around, each one declaring that he did not smoke.  The 12th man, however, accepted, stating that he occasionally smoked a cigar in the evening.



Watertown Republican, 10 17 1894


Our sewerage system is to be thoroughly inspected by an expert recommended by City Engineer Benzenberg of Milwaukee before the job is accepted by the city authorities.

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Watertown Republican, 10 24 1894


The finance committee of the common council will, on Nov. 1, receive bids for the sale of $12,000 worth of sewer bonds.  No bids will be considered for less than par value with accrued interest, and a certified check to the amount of $500 must accompany each bid as an evidence of good faith.  This is a portion of a No. 2 series of sewer bonds.

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Watertown Republican, 01 23 1895


Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock the board of Public Works opened the bids on the proposed sewerage construction at the city clerk's office.  There were offers from thirteen different firms, each one of whom had representatives on the ground.  The competition was very close, eight bids ranging between $14,000 and $15,000.  James H. Roche, of Chicago, and William Gorder, of this city, were the two lowest bidders, the difference being only $110 in the former's favor.  The board will decide on one or the other of these two and make a recommendation accordingly to the common council.

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Watertown Republican, 01 23 1895


At the last meeting of the common council the bill of R. J. Wilson of Milwaukee was disallowed by a unanimous vote, this course being recommended by the judiciary committee, to whom the matter was referred.  The bill amounts to $727.19 and is claimed by Mr. Wilson for alleged work done and expenses incurred as the outcome of his contract for sewerage which the council declined to ratify.  E. A. Kehr, of Milwaukee, attorney for Wilson, waited upon the judiciary committee previous to the meeting and urged the payment of the claim.  He threatened, in case of its disallowance, to bring suit against the city for damages.

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Watertown Republican, 01 30 1895


It is understood that in all probability William Gorder's bid on the purposed sewerage will be recommended to the council by the board of public works.  Although Mr. Gorder is $110 higher on items computed in the proposals than J. H. Roche, the lowest bidder, he is considerable cheaper on all extras than Mr. Roche.

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Watertown Republican, 02 06 1895


At the meeting of the common council held last evening considerable business of importance was transacted.  The usual routine of business being finished the council took up the matter of letting the sewer contract as per advertised bids.  On motion the contract was awarded to William Gorder, of this city, that being the lowest in all details, for the sum of $14,374.49.  The only dissenting vote was that of Alderman Meyer, who declared that there were enough sewers in the city now and he did not wish to be put on record as voting for any more.

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Watertown Republican, 05 09 1899


Alderman Henry Mayer, of the Fifth ward, is opposed to paying $2 per day for an overseer in looking after the sewers connections on East and West Main streets.  He believes either the city engineer or street superintendent can look after the proper tamping of the ditches, and use that money for some really necessary purpose.  Alderman Mayer has an eye looking to the economical administration of these small affairs and his suggestion should be given due consideration.


Complaining about the Heat

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1900


During these hot days the person who complains to others of the heat has done the best thing to make it appear unbearable.  Until you try the experiment of keeping your mind off the weather you will not realize what a difference it will make.  The fellow who saws wood in the sun doesn’t feel half so warm as he who lolls on three chairs in the shade and hatches up schemes to keep cool.


Adolph Scheck

Watertown Gazette, 07 06 1900


Adolph Scheck, one of the very best blacksmiths and horseshoers in Wisconsin, has rented the Woelffer blacksmith shop on Cady Street, between Second and Third streets, and has gone into the business of blacksmithing and horseshoeing on his own account.  Mr. Scheck will make a specialty of horseshoeing and his well-known ability in that line should attract to his shop many customers.  He will also do general repairing of all kinds, and solicits a share of the patronage of the public, confident that he will give the best of satisfaction, and all can rest assured they will be fairly dealt with.


T. Dervin & Co

Watertown Democrat, 11 05 1863


[advertisement]  New Firm and New Goods.  The undersigned now offers the following goods at the very lowest cash prices:  Dry Goods; Groceries; Hats & Caps; Boots & Shoes; Ready-Made Clothing; Yankee Notions. – T. Dervin & Co.


Lamppost at Main and First

Watertown Democrat, 11 30 1865


Common Council Proceedings:  Resolved, That the Mayor be authorized to settle with the person who broke down the lamppost on the corner of Main and First streets in the First Ward, by the person furnishing and putting up a new post and lamp, or paying into the City Treasurer the sum of forty dollars.  Adopted.


Starin Jewelry

Watertown Democrat, 08 20 1863

Splendid Chance.

Selling Out to Close Up


The stock of the jewelry store kept by E. C. Starin is now offered at great reduction of prices, as the whole must be closed out between this [now] and November, consisting in part of clocks, watches, fine gold and plated ladies’ ear rings, gents’ pins, studs, sleeve buttons, gold seals and keys, gold pins [pens?] and pencils, gold tooth picks, thimbles, spectacles, a great variety of pocket cutlery, table cutlery, silver plated spoons, forks, tobacco boxes, pocket books, purses, fancy hair pins, wristlets, plated chains, cornucopians, violins, etc.  Also show cases, regulators, desk stove, stove pipe and safe.  – E. C. Starin


Reeseville Catholic Church

Watertown Gazette, 06 28 1901


On Thursday, the 20th inst., a new era for the churches in Reeseville began.  Hitherto there was no Catholic church in Reeseville, but the growing population deemed it necessary to have one, and under the direction of the Reverend John P. Thillman they earnestly set about the task of collecting funds.  In a short time more than half of the estimated cost was subscribed, and the erection of a church in Reeseville was assured.


After having received a number of designs one was chosen which was best adapted to the needs of the congregation, and the work of construction soon commenced.  The church is to be 72 feet long and 40 feet wide, and will have a seating capacity of about 500 persons. The cornerstone was donated by Archie Bros., of this city.


Commissioner of Public Health

to the City Council

Watertown Gazette, 06 28 1901


I am happy to state that our school buildings and other public buildings are so constructed, that the sanitary conditions are fair. I would, however, recommend that they should be treated to a more bountiful supply of fresh air. . . .


I advise [the teachers] the use of individual drinking cups, not only for school purposes, but also at other public places. I, however, found since that a very ingenious device was invented and patented by a man from Rochester which wholly supplants the drinking cup; it consists of a marble pedestal about 3 14 feet high, capped with a funnel-shaped basin twelve inches in diameter connected with the water supply, upon pressure of a lever at the base of the basin a jet of water shoots up from the center of the basin and into the mouth when held over, and from this the jet being small and without spatter an even pressure.(sic) It admits of no contact of the lips with the jet pipe or with any other portion of the apparatus...My recommendation, to each school building ought to be to add a room which we may term a detention room, where any and all children who feel sick and are taken sick could be sent there until further disposition and medical examination are made.


Murderer of President McKinley hung in effigy

Replica of casket displayed

Watertown Gazette, 09 20 1901


Last Sunday morning the murderer of President McKinley was hanged in effigy from a telephone pole at the corner of Main and Fifth streets.  It was left there for several hours and was finally ordered down by Chief of Police Block.

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Watertown Gazette, 09 20 1901


Last Monday evening in a mass meeting of citizens called together at the city hall by Mayor Brusenbach about memorial service at Turner opera house at 2 o’clock P.M. on Thursday, September 19, 1901, commemorative of the funeral of our lamented President, Wm. McKinley.  There were a large number present, and the meeting was called to order by Mayor John J. Brusenbach, who was also selected to preside at the meeting, ex-Mayor Henry Mulberger was elected secretary. . . . Business was quite generally suspended during the afternoon; the banks closed at noon and the usual holiday hours were observed at the post office.  The public schools held memorial services shortly after the time of school in the morning, and then adjourned for the day.

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Watertown Gazette, 09 27 1901

The memorial services held last week Thursday in honor of the late President McKinley was a sincere public expression of grief by the citizens of Watertown.  The exercises were most appropriate, and the spirit of the solemn occasion was never for a moment lost sight of.

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Watertown Gazette, 10 04 1901

Prof. Wm. Mullen has just published a funeral march, which he composed in honor of the late President McKinley.  It has had a very large sale already, and those who have played it say that it has much merit as a musical composition.  Prof. Mullen is an art student in music, and his many friends hope to see him continue to improve in the musical line until he takes rank with the very best musicians in the country.

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Watertown Gazette, 11 01 1901


One of the handsomest caskets that has ever been seen in Watertown is now on exhibition at the undertaking rooms of Frank Scheiber in Main Street.  It is exactly like the one in which the late President McKinley was interred, the framework being of red cedar, draped in black and lined with rich white satin.  It is well worth a visit to Mr. Scheiber’s to inspect it.


Cross Reference Note: William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.


Macadamizing Washington Street

Watertown Gazette, 07 26 1901


Notice is hereby given that a contract has been let for macadamizing Washington Street, from the south line of Main Street to the south line of West Street, and that the expense of said improvement chargeable to the real estate has been determined as to each parcel of said real estate, and a statement of the same is on file with the city clerk.  It is proposed to issue bonds chargeable only to real estate to pay the special assessments, and such bonds will be issued covering all of said assessments, except in cases where the owners of the property file with the city clerk, within thirty days after the date hereof, a written notice that they elect to pay the special assessments or a part thereof on their property, describing the same on presentation of the certificates.


Henry Bieber City Clerk.

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Watertown Gazette, 10 18 1901


The five blocks of macadamizing on Washington Street that has been under the process of construction for several months past was opened to traffic last week, and all who have had occasion to drive on that popular street are greatly elated with it. The five blocks are nicely curbed with cement curbing and the work of macadamizing has been well done by the contractor, our fellow townsman, Edward Racek. The street presents a very fine appearance, and we hope that the day is not far distant when all our streets will be paved or macadamized.


“Con” Laub

Watertown Gazette, 07 12 1901


Con. Laub has returned from the Philippine Islands, where he served in the U.S. army two years, in Co. K, and 41st regiment.  He says he has seen all the army service he cares to in that country; that out of 106 men in his company, only 52 returned, the rest having been laid under the sod from malaria and other diseases.  He claims that the soldiers were poorly fed, which, he says, accounts for some of their suffering.

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Watertown Gazette, 08 16 1901


“Con” Laub of Watertown, who has been the guest of his brother, A. M. Laub (of Columbus) during the week, returned home Thursday.  Mr. Laub recently returned home from the Philippines, where he has served in the army the past two years.  He has traveled extensively during his service, having been around the world and visited many places of historic interest.  He can entertain you for hours at a time with stories concerning his army life, but he says he doesn’t wish go back.  The rations are a little too “slim”.  He weighed 176 pounds when he enlisted and only a little over a hundred when he returned.  He is now in good health, however, and has gained considerable in weight.


Edward Eichmann


Watertown Gazette, 08 30 1901


Last Saturday afternoon Edward Eichmann, of the town of Ixonia, had his grain destroyed by fire.  It was stored in his mother-in-law’s barn and granary, which were also consumed by fire.


Eichmann placed some burning Sulphur in a pan in the granary to rid the grain of insects, and the sulphur set fire to the floor, and spread to rapidly that itwas impossible to put it out when discovered.


There is a small insurance of the property destroyed.


Hi. Henry’s Big City Minstrel Aggregation

Watertown Gazette, 09 13 1901


Hi. Henry’s Big City Minstrel Aggregation of fifty all white performers will appear at Turner opera house on Sunday, Sept. 1, and a program of unusual excellence will be enjoyed by all who attend.  Hi. Henry is a manager of vast experience —one of the finest Cornet Virtuosos in the world, the owner of the two finest vestibule cars in show business.  The sole owner of all his band instruments, violins, gold trombones, saxophones and numerous paraphernalia and accessories of the most elegant and expensive quality.  His show is heralded and applauded by the leading dailies of N.Y. City, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities of the east.  It is one of the best that travels.  Seats are now on sale at Schempf & Schultz.


Watertown People and the County Fair

Watertown Republican, 10 10 1899


The Jefferson Banner complains bitterly of the non-attendance of Watertown people at the county fair and draws an odious comparison between this city and Fort Atkinson.  To our mind the frigid weather was the main cause of Watertown's light patronage.  Our people are not much given to organizing "Artie exhibitions," even if Fort Atkinson people are.  We remember two years ago when the fair enjoyed perfect weather, the crowds that attended from this city were as large as from any other part of the county.


Thanksgiving 1865

Change of Day

Watertown Democrat, 11 23 1865


Gov. Lewis has issued a proclamation changing the day of Thanksgiving from November 30th to Thursday, December 7th – the latter being the day named by the President. 


The recommendations of both State and National Executives can now be observed at the same time. 


We hope the Lord of the Universe will not be the loser by this arrangement.


Cross Reference:  Online citation 


German Salesman Wanted

Watertown Democrat, 11 23 1865


Wanted:  A first class German salesman, a middle-aged man preferred, no one but men of experience need apply.  To the right kind of a man I will pay a liberal salary.    John Canning.


Indelible Printing Fluid

Watertown Democrat, 11 23 1865


Notice is hereby given that I have purchased of the inventors all their right title and interest in and to a certain patent of an “Indelible Printing Fluid” and for the city and township of Watertown I am now prepared to use it for ornamenting and printing ladies’ and children’s dresses and for coloring slippers, pin cushions, watch pockets, table covers, etc., in the neatest and most tasteful styles.  Specimens of the work may be seen at my store or Mrs. Stallman’s millinery shop, two doors east of the bridge.  This invention saves all braiding, trimming and a great deal of other work. –  H. B. L. Stallman.


Fire Scare at Johnson Creek

Watertown Republican, 09 26 1899


Johnson Creek:  Several nights ago our citizens had a little fire scare.  The bell was rung vehemently for some time and in a few minutes the hose boys appeared at the hose house, but nobody seemed to be able to locate the fire.  There was rather a large bonfire kindled back of Schallert Bros.’ warehouse and it was discovered that the chief ordered the bell rung to see how promptly the boys would respond.


Warren-Schey House of Music

New Home at 108 South Second

Watertown Daily Times, 06 09 1966


Work on the remodeling of the building in South Second Street which is to be the new home of the Warren-Schey House of Music, is rapidly nearing completion and plans at present call for the grand opening on June 16, 17 and 18.  The building, at 108 South Second Street, was purchased by Warren-Schey some months ago and the remodeling project has been underway for many weeks.  The building was formerly occupied by Dave’s Cue and Cushion.  At present Warren-Schey is located on the second floor of the Warren Jewelry store in Main Street.  The entire music department, greatly expanded, will be moved to the new location.


The Heck "Boodling" Affzair

Watertown Gazette, 11 23 1894


Extensive article on the Heck "boodling" affair.


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Watertown Republican, 12 05 1894


The special committee of the common council appointed to investigate the charges of alleged boodling against Alderman Heck reported at last night’s meeting that they had been unable to gather much testimony, Mr. Wilson, the accuser, having thus far failed to return to the city, as he promised to do.  An extension of time was therefore granted the committee for their work.

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Watertown Republican, 12 26 1894


The common council’s special committee, appointed to investigate the charges of attempted boodling on the part of Alderman Heck, meets this afternoon at 2 o’clock in the council chamber.  Contractor R. J. Wilson of Milwaukee, the accuser, has promised to come before the committee and testify.


Len and Em’s IGA Store

Len Williams and Wife Take Over Wetterneck Store

IGA Grocery on North Fourth St. to add butcher

Watertown Daily Times, __ __ 1948


Mr. and Mrs. Len Williams, 215 South Church street, have purchased the grocery business of Joseph Wetterneck at 503 North Fourth Street and took possession of the place today.


Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams have years of experience in the grocery line, Mr. Williams having been for the past three and a half years with the Kroger Super Market here and prior to that he was for 12 years with the A&P organization.  Mrs. Williams has worked with him since their marriage.


Their new business will be known and “Len and Em’s IGA Store.”


In addition to a full line of groceries, vegetables and fruits, they will add a complete line of meats or butcher shop which will be in charge of a full time meat cutter.


The store will carry a full line of standard IGA groceries and foods.


For the present the business will continue operating on its old schedule.  In addition to daytime hours, it will be open each evening, except Wednesday, until 9 o’clock and also Sundays from 8 a. m. till noon.


Mr. and Mrs. Williams invite their friends and the general public to call on them at their new place of business.


Cross Reference Note:  This location was that of the former Bittner Grocery store; today next to Stacey’s Bar


The Hottest and Driest Ever

Watertown Gazette, 07 26 1901


The weather during the past five weeks has been the hottest and driest ever experienced here, reaching the climax last Sunday, 104 in the shade.  The crops will be almost a total failure excepting rye, winter wheat and early sown barley.  The hay crop is nearly a total failure, and corn and potatoes will be likewise unless abundant rains set in at once.

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A Fine Rain

Watertown Gazette, 07 26 1901


At about 5:30 o’clock last Wednesday evening, this section of the state was visited by a fine rain, and it kept up at intervals nearly all night, breaking the dry hot spell of weeks, and giving a fresh appearance to all nature.  It may possibly save the corn and potato crop if other rains follow.  It was the most welcome rain that has ever visited us, for this section of Wisconsin has never experienced such a long continual drought before.  All hearts were made glad, and there is general rejoicing.


Simon Capel

Watertown Republican, 07 27 1901


Simon Capel, a junk peddler, struck the city Monday with a horse and wagon.  He was accompanied by two children and asked the police to find a home for them.  He said his wife was in the county hospital in Chicago and that he was unable to properly care for them.  The city authorities could do nothing for him, as they were a charge from some other county.  He left the city again Thursday evening for Milwaukee.  The entire outfit was a sorry looking crowd, the poor horse being about the worst looking specimen we have seen in many a day.


A & L Gifts

Tenth Anniversary

Watertown Daily Times, 06 23 1966


A & L Gifts, widely known dealer in toys and gifts of all kinds, today announced it is observing its tenth anniversary in Watertown.  Located at 209 West Main Street, the business is operated by Arnold P. Gillard.  He said that in appreciation of the fine patronage the business has enjoyed from the public he is prepared to help customers plan their gift needs for the coming months and that the store is giving a ten per cent discount on any purchases made.


George Webb Restaurant

Watertown Daily Times, 06 27 1991


The new George Webb Restaurant opened for business in Watertown at 7 a.m. today and owner Russ Lake doesn’t expect to close the doors for quite some time.  “We’ve thrown away the keys,” Lake said in jest.  Before opening the restaurant, Lake wasn’t certain if he’d be able to operate all three shifts at first, but he managed to hire enough workers to stay open 24 hours a day.  The restaurant will close temporarily for Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Lake, who has operated a George Webb franchise in Oconomowoc for more than 17 years, converted the former Boy Blue restaurant, 650 Watertown Square, into the classic Webb’s diner, including the traditional lunch counter.  Large blow-up photographs of the original George Webb restaurants add a touch of nostalgia while decorative millwork, brass, beveled mirrors, a quarry tile floor and contemporary colors complete the decor.

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Watertown Daily Times, 08 30 2006


Watertown’s George Webb restaurant was formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday as part of a grand reopening of the restaurant after an ownership change at the longtime franchise.  In June, Dan and Peggy Mueller took oer ownership from Russ Lake and have dedicated themselves to an improved dining experience.  The couple have owned and operated Hartford’s franchise for 12 years, and Dan started in the business as a dishwasher at age 12.  His parents have been part of the corporation for 25 years.


Beer Money on Election Day

Watertown Gazette, 05 20 1892


“The boys” have been promised lots of beer money on election day if they will only voth for the republican candidate for state senator.  “The boys” are not made for that kind of temper.  Try some other scheme.


Stack-Smith Wedding

Watertown Gazette, 06 21 1901


Matthew Nathaniel Smith and Miss Mary Adel Stack were united in the holy bands of matrimony at 11 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 1901, at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, Escanaba, Mich.  This is a marriage that the citizens of Watertown take more than ordinary interest, in for the groom is an old Watertown boy, and one who is very popular here, being a son of Chris. Smith, who resides at 400 North Church street.  He is one of the very best of young men, genial, whole souled and a most honorable person in every respect.  He is cashier of the Bank of Escanaba, and is considered one of the very best young businessmen in that locality.  His bride is an accomplished young lady, and is a member of one of the most prominent and wealthy families of Michigan.  She is a most amiable young lady, and like her husband shares the good will of all who know her. The Gazette joins their many friends in extending a most hearty greeting on this happy occasion, and trusts that life has in store for them naught but sunshine and happiness.


Horses Frightened by Motor Cars

Watertown Gazette, 06 14 1901


It is now urged by an automobilist that those who drive about in the country and complain that their horses are frightened by the motor cars have themselves in very large measure to thank for the horses’ fright.  None of them is so far removed from the home of the motor car that he could not send his horses over to have a feed of corn, and so grow accustomed to the strange thing; and no owner of a motor car is so churlish that he would not give permission for horses to go to his stable and receive this lesson.  It is suggested that if horse owners had but the energy to see that this was done once or twice their horses would soon grow used to the motors.  In the French towns the horses have already learned to take no notice of them.


Mrs. H. D. James

Watertown Gazette, 06 28 1901


Mrs. H. D. James, a former resident of this city, now residing in Milwaukee, was tendered a birthday surprise last Saturday afternoon at her residence corner of 10th Avenue and Mineral Street by a number of her Watertown lady friends who were joined later in the evening by a goodly number of Milwaukee friends making a merry double surprise, all contributing cakes, gifts and flowers, the latter filling their mission and decorating their pleasant home for the occasion.  Mr. and Mrs. James are fine entertainers, nothing being too good for their friends, and all was equal to a warm welcome to all the company who came to return good wishes.  The evening’s enjoyment was added to by recitals by a young lady elocutionist.  Refreshments, ice cream, etc. were served both afternoon and evening.  All enjoyed the day so well it is whispered; “we’ll come again in about a year from date.”


Alfred Lester Returned

Watertown Gazette, 10 11 1901


Alfred Lester returned home from Alaska last week Thursday night, where he had been for four years past.  He comes back in the very best of health, and in fact looks as though that country was a great health resort.  While in that faraway country he had many interesting and exciting experiences, and says that Alaska, with all its hardships and disadvantages, is bound to become a great country.  When he first went there he staked several claims which he believes will in time be worth all the hardship he experienced there.  But for two years he has been superintendent of one of the largest mines in the country.  As yet he is undecided as to whether he will return to Alaska or not.  He has been offered a remunerative position in Utah, and also one with the Edward’s Electric Headlight Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio in which company he has some stock.  Alfred’s many friends here are greatly pleased to see him back again, especially so, since at one time it was reported that he had been burned to death in a mine in Alaska.


Mrs. Anna McMahon

Watertown Gazette, 06 28 1901


Mrs. Anna McMahon met with a painful accident last week Thursday afternoon.  She went to the house of John Burns in West Main Street to order her next winter’s supply of coal, and finding no one home, she retraced her steps, and near Mr. Burn’s gate she fell and cut her face quite severely near one of her eyes, it being necessary to put in several stitches in dressing the wound. She was taken to the Sisters of the Holy Cross-residence nearby and cared for, and later conveyed to her home.  She is getting along nicely, and will be all right again in a few days.


Lightning Strikes in Emmet Township

Watertown Gazette, 08 16 1901


Wednesday of last week during a storm of about five minutes’ duration lightning struck the barn on the Foley farm, in the town of Emmet, setting it on fire.  It was put out, however, before any damage of note was done.  Lightning during the same storm killed a cow on M. J. Burke’s farm in the same town. R ain poured down in torrents, which residents of that town say would have flooded the country if it continued for an hour or two.


Teachers' Convention

Watertown Republican, 04 06 1898


The committee who had charge of the teachers' convention wish to thank most heartedly those citizens who so kindly offered entertainment to our visitors.  The committee regret that owing to circumstances beyond their control some unpleasant irregularities occurred.  Some of the teachers that had announced themselves did not come; others came without previous announcement.  Nearly all of those that applied for entertainment did so between the hours of 9 and 12 Friday forenoon, making it very difficult to assign all to their proper places before the dinner hour.  Some did not go to the places assigned to them, but went with friends whom they happened to meet.


But notwithstanding some little disappointments and annoyances, the gathering was a great success and our visitors went away highly pleased with the reception Watertown had given them.


Voss Motors

Watertown Daily Times, 07 11 1966


Voss Motors, Inc., 301 West Main Street, this month is marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the business. The firm has the agency for Lincoln, Mercury and Comet autos. The company was established in 1946 by Lloyd Voss, now sole owner, his father, Hubert, and brother, Vernon. When the business was formed it was located at the corner of South Fourth and Market Streets. From 1946 to 1953 the firm had the agency for De Soto and Plymouth cars.


Manly Art of Boxing

Watertown Daily Times, 12 04 1901


A number of people interested in the manly art of boxing are trying to arrange for one or two exhibitions in the fistic line during the coming winter.  Heretofore the sport has not been patronized as liberally as was necessary, but it seems now as though one or two events of this nature wilt be supported here.  There are several good and clever lightweights who might be induced to favor a Watertown audience with an exhibition of their prowess. L ocal talent could also be secured if enough interest was taken in the matter.


Fred. Woodtke Struck by Train

Watertown Gazette, 11 29 1901


It is not often that a person is so near death and escapes, as it were miraculously, as did Fred. Woodtke. a farmer residing southwest of this city, while on his way home last week Wednesday night.  As he was driving his team across the C.N.&St.P. Ry. at the Milford Street crossing the fast mail train going east at 11 o’clock ran into his wagon, smashing it to pieces and throwing Mr. Woodtke up against the crossing-tender’s shanty on the south side of the track.


The horses escaped serious injury and were caught at the home of John Heiden, a quarter of a mile further on, and were cared for.  The train was stopped in a few seconds and the train crew sought Mr. Woodtke, expecting to find him dead, but imagine their surprise when they found him as lively as a cricket and as talkative as an auctioneer.  He received only a few slight bruises, and was able to be around the next day.  Roadmaster Buffmire saw Mr. Woodtke driving toward the track at the time and tried to stop him, but Fred. was in a hurry to get home and did not expect that the fast mail was faster than his team of pacers.  He had a narrow escape from death, and no doubt believes he has a charmed life.


St. John's Catholic at Reeseville

Watertown Daily Times, 12 07 1901


St. John's Catholic church at Reeseville was dedicated on Thursday and the sacred edifice was thronged with people upon the occasion.  The service of dedication was performed by Very Rev. Schinneer, vicar general, with sixteen other clergymen participating, the ceremonies being very solemn and impressive.  Solemn High Mass followed, Rev. Father Kampschoorer of this city being celebrant.  The sermon was preached by Rev. A. J. Ryan of Milwaukee.  The mass music was sung by the Cecilian choir of this city under the direction of Edward J. Brandt.  At the conclusion of mass. Very Rev. Father Schinneer, vicar general, addressed the congregation in a pleasing manner, congratulating them upon their new church and complimenting them upon the success with the same.


Prof. P. J. Zimmer

Watertown Daily Times, 12 14 1901


Prof. P. J. Zimmer, a former teacher in the high school here but now engaged in a similar calling at Horicon, has started an anti-tobacco crusade among the pupils of the high school in that city and has the pledge of all the boys to abstain from using the weed.


Cruelty to an Animal

Horse Left in Mud Hole

Watertown Daily Times, 12 16 1901


A case of alleged cruelty to an animal was brought was brought to light yesterday morning when Chief of Police Block was called to the vicinity of Rock river near Fremont Street where he found the horse belonging to August Conrad, a drayman, floundering in a mud hole and unable to extricate himself.  It is said that the animal was driven there the night previous and became mired and was left there until the next morning by his owner.  As the night was very cold the animal suffered from exposure and was killed the next day by order of the chief of police.  Agent John Whitehead of the Wisconsin Humane society was notified of the occurrence.

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Watertown Daily Times, 12 17 1901


Agent Whitehead, of the Wisconsin Humane Society of Milwaukee, was in the city today, called here to investigate a case of alleged cruelty to a horse owned by August Conrad, a drayman of this city.  Mr. Whitehead spent a portion of the day looking the matter up.  He stated that the owner claimed to know nothing of the fact that his horse had been left exposed to the cold all night in a mud hole near the river and he was noncommittal as to what course he would pursue in the matter.  He expected to leave on the evening train for his home in Milwaukee.  So far as is known no warrant had been issued up to 3 o’clock and no complaint had been filed.

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Watertown Gazette, 12 20 1901


Sunday morning Chief of Police Block was called to the foot of Herman Street, where he found the dray horse of Aug. Conrad lying in a mud hole on the east bank of Rock river, unable to get on his feet.


The night previous, it is alleged, the horse was driven there, and becoming mired, was left there by the owner.  The night was a very cold one (18 bdlow zero), and when found the next morning the poor animal was almost frozen stiff; hence Chief of Police Block ordered him shot.  It is one of the most cruel cases we have ever heard of.


John M. Whitehead, the agent of the Wisconsin Humane Society, was hotified of the case, and came here Monday to investigate.  Mr. Whitehead called on Mr. Conrad who claimed he knew nothing of the fact that his horse had been left in exposed position he was found in.  Mr. Whitehead left the same evening for Milwaukee.  Mr. Conrad has since been been arrested and and on Wednesday was before Justice Henze, who placed him under $100 bail to appear at court next Monday for his preliminary hearing.


The Kohloff’s

Watertown Daily Times, 12 06 1901


John Kohloff Sr., who resides three miles east of this city, had his hand severely bruised in a feed cutter yesterday afternoon.  A few hours later his son Gus had one of his fingers cut off while operating the same machine.



James Roy

Blacksmithing and horseshoeing business

Watertown Daily Times, 12 05 1901


Public Notice.  I have this day sold my blacksmithing and horseshoeing business conducted in North Washington street intending going out of business.  All persons owing me will please call and settle within ten days.  Persons having accounts against me are required to present them within ten days.

James Roy


Blacksmith Shop Sold [same date]

Charles Goehl, who formerly conducted a meat market in West Main Street, has purchased the blacksmith shop of James Roy in North Washington Street and will take charge of the same within a few days.  He has engaged Adolph Sheclcas one of his workmen.  Mr. Roy, it is understood, will be employed as a salesman for a veterinary supply house in Chicago.



Both 1899-1900 Watertown City Directory


Joseph Kohn

Watertown Daily Times, 12 11 1901


Joseph Kohn, a resident of this city was fined five dollars and costs by Justice Henze yesterday for violating sections of ordinance No. 52 of the city of Watertown.  Mr. Kohn pleaded guilty to the charge.  Yesterday he had a wagon loaded with onions at the corner of North Third and Main streets, and having no license he was ordered to move on by the Chief of Police, but that officer was told, it is alleged, to attend to his own affairs as he had a right there.  A complaint was made with the above results. Kohn admitted that he did not raise the onions himself.


James Ryan

Watertown Gazette, 11 22 1901


Jas. Ryan, of Rocker, Montana, is visiting at his parents' home in Fremont Street.  It is seven years since he visited our city before, and he is surprised at the improvements made here in that time.  All his old friends give him a most cordial greeting, and are pleased to learn that he is doing well at Rocker, being weigh-master at one of the large copper mines there.


Third Street Covered

with crushed stone and gravel

Watertown Republican, 08 17 1898


The First and Second wards have improved Third Street from Main to Market, and North Third from Main to Madison, with a covering of crushed stone and gravel, the road roller being empolyed in the work.  The result is a very satisfactory piece of roadbed.


Christmas Day, 1901

Watertown Daily Times, 12 24 1901


Tomorrow, Christmas Day is a legal holiday and as such will be generally observed in this city.  There will be no issue of the Daily Times.  The banks will be closed and the barbershops will be open until noon.  The usual holiday office hours will prevail at the post office tomorrow, the office being open from 7:30 until 10 a.m., and from 5 to 6 p.m.  The registry window will also be open at the same hours.  There will be one delivery only by carriers during the day.


Duchess Apples

Watertown Republican, 08 31 1898


There is a most bountiful apple crop throughout this section this year, and for the first time in memory apples are being shipped from Watertown to places in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.  S. Melzer, the local dealer, has more orders for early varieties than he can fill.  The kind most extensively grown hereabouts is the Duchess, which is very popular.  Mr. Melzer has a manner of packing apples that well preserves them and conduces to their commanding a better price than those carelessly handled.


Edward Maldaner Store


Watertown Republican, 08 24 1898


While in Hubbleton yesterday a Times man dropped into the store conducted by Edward Maldaner, and was surprised to find such an up-to- date place of business in a small town.  Evidently Mr. Maldaner takes a pride in keeping in stock goods which appeal to his large and increasing trade.  The store is one of the best conducted and the stock one of the largest and most complete carried by any country merchant in Wisconsin


Hair Pulling and Fist Fighting

Watertown Republican, 08 24 1898


A hot family quarrel in the vicinity of West Main and North Water streets Monday furnished a diversity to the usual quiet prevailing on the west side.  It is said that hair pulling and fist fighting were freely indulged.


Market Street Storm Sewer

Watertown Gazette, 09 27 1901


Last week the board of public works opened the bids for the putting in. of a storm sewer in Market Street from College Avenue to Third Street.  There were only two bids received, P. J. Euper and Gorder & Scheibel, and were as follows: 


Mr. Euper’s bid being the lowest; P.J. Euper, fifteen-inch pipe, 70 cents; twelve- inch pipe, 60 cents; manholes, each $30; catch-basins, each $8.50; ten-inch pipe 55 cents.


Gorder & Scheibel, fifteen-inch pipe, 90 cents, twelve-inch pipe, 75 cents; manholes, each $30; catch-basins, each $15; ten-inch pipe, 65 cents.


Since the bids were received it has been ascertained that the old sewer into which the one about to be constructed was to empty, is in very bad condition, and the board may decide to wait until next spring when a sewer will be built from College Avenue to empty into the main sewer.


108 Sheep on our Streets

Watertown Gazette, 11 22 1901


The fine flock of 108 sheep seen on our streets last Monday was sold to local dealers here by Peter Thauer of Emmet.  Mr. Thauer says nothing on the farm pays like sheep, and Peter ought to know, for he is one of the most successful farmers in the state, and he deserves every bit of his prosperity.


Lad Injured by Horses

Watertown Republican, 08 31 1898


Shortly after 7 o'clock last Wednesday evening Theodore Knaack was driving through the Seventh Ward on his way to his home near Aliceton when he lost control of his horses and they ran away.  Near the brickyard of L.H. Cordes & Co. the team struck the sixteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Draeger, of 1407 Third Street, severely Injuring him about the head and limbs.  His skull was fractured and his left arm and leg paralyzed.  On Thursday an operation was made by Drs. Whyte and Feld and the depressed bone elevated, but the child is still paralyzed and whether he regains the use of the affected members the future only will determine.  Before the team could be halted in its wild flight Knaack was thrown from the wagon, and the police being notified of the accident, he was brought to the police station, when it was ascertained that, beyond his carrying a good-sized jag, he was none the worse for wear.  The reckless driving of an intoxicated man was no doubt the cause of this accident, and it is the wonder of many that more mishaps of such a nature are not recorded.


Bicycles Prohibited on Sidewalks

(safer to ride in the street)

Watertown Republican, 07 13 1898


An unfortunate accident the result of careless bicycle riding on sidewalks happened after dark Saturday evening on the Sixth Street.


The victim was Mrs. Samuel Werth, of 707 Main Street, who was run into and knocked down, sustaining a dislocation of her hip.  Two girls, whose identity has not been established, were propelling their wheels long the walk at the time.  They did not come to the assistance of Mrs. Werth, it is claimed, and consequently were not known to her.

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Watertown Republican, 08 10 1898


About 7 o'clock Thursday morning Officer Bruegger arrested Otto Riebe and John Miller, two young men residing in the country, on a charge of violating the city ordinance forbidding bicycle riding on the sidewalks.  They were taken before Justice Stacy, pleaded guilty and paid a fine and cost amounting to $4.68 apiece.   Their case is the first instituted on this charge, and while perhaps would have been justifiable to have made an example of some of the numerous violators of the ordinance who reside within the city and are consequently more conversant with the law in the matter, their offense was such an open one that the officer could hardly overlook it.  The young men came into town riding on the walk on the north side of Main Street.  In the afternoon of the same day two strange young ladies who were pedaling along the walk on Main Street in the downtown district were taken in tow by Officer Eiffler, but upon pleading total ignorance of the existing ordinance were released.  As may be imagined, they were two pretty well scared girls as they made their escape from the city.


Labor Day 1901

Watertown Gazette, 08 30 1901




Inasmuch as Labor-day will be officially observed for the first time our city by the different labor organizations here, and in order that this may be fittingly done in honor of he wants and dignity of labor, the co-operation of employers and employees is hereby most cordially invited.


Therefore, all manufacturing plants are requested to close down for the day in order to afford their employees an opportunity to take part in the ceremonies, and all merchant s are also requested to close their places of business during the afternoon, so that the observance of this day may be made one in general for all classes, and thereby to serve in bringing about a closer union between capital and labor.


Given at my office, this 27* day of August, 1901.



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Watertown Gazette, 09 06 1901


That Proclamation


We print below what one of The Republican readers thinks in regard to the Labor day proclamation:


“The Labor day proclamation from our honorable mayor is rich reading to one that is thoroughly posted on the shortcomings of our city administration, and to one that can read between lines.  His Honor requests the manufacturers to suspend business on Labor day and extends the request to merchant to do likewise, but he does not extend the request to the saloon-keepers, of which he is one.  Judging from the wording of the proclamation I would infer that His Honor the Mayor would advise all “booze” dispensers to increase their force to be able to handle the laborers on next Monday, and naturally he will expect to receive his share of the patronage to recompense him for the trouble of causing to be issued the first Labor day proclamation in the city of Watertown.


X Booze Dispenser.”


The above which appeared in last week’s Republican is one of the dirtiest and meanest things that we have ever seen in print.  Governor LaFollette issued a proclamation.  The mayor called on the citizens of Wisconsin to properly observe Labor Day, and in conformity with that proclamation calling on the citizens of Watertown to observe the day in a fitting manner, and that he should be so meanly criticized for so doing is regretted by every decent citizen.  X Booze Dispenser also has insulted the laboring classes in a manner that called for general condemnation.  No one would dare openly issue such abuse, and no one possessing the least spark of manhood, would thus insult labor, as well as the mayor, under the guise of a nom de plume

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Watertown Gazette, 09 06 1901  (same date)


Watertown observed its first Labor day last Monday in fine style, and many people were in the city to participate in the program.  Business houses were nicely decorated with the U. S. flags and bunting in honor of the event, and the city presented its best appearance.  Most business men allowed their help an afternoon holiday, and all seemed to enter greatly into the spirit of the occasion.  The parade was composed of the Sinnissippi band, speaker and officers in carriages, the Brewery Workmen’s Union, No. 9, Branch No. 4, Watertown Federal Labor Union, and No. 9194.  The line of march was east from Fourth and Main streets to Sixth street, north on North Sixth to Cady street,.to North Church Street, south on North Church Street to West Main Street, east of West Main and Main streets to 4th Street, south on 4th Street to Turner opera house.  Arriving at Turner opera house Eugene H. Killian, president of the local labor union, introduced Hon. Chas. H. Gardner, who delivered an able address that was enthusiastically received.  Frank J. Weber, of Milwaukee, who was advertised to speak, was ill and unable to be present, and Major Gardner kindly consented to speak in his stead.  Those who took part in the parade presented a very fine appearance, and reflected credit on the intelligence of Watertown labor.


James Harvey Assaulted

Watertown Gazette, 08 23 1901 


One of the most daring crimes attempted here in years took place last Friday morning shortly after midnight when Jos. Harvey Jr., was knocked down, gagged and an attempt made to tie him hand and foot the purpose being to rob him and make good the escape of those guilty of it before the alarm could be given.  Mr. Harvey had charge of his father’s saloon on the night in quest ion, and several times during the night he imagined the side door of the saloon was pushed open by someone on the outside endeavoring to get a view of the interior of the saloon, but on going to the door to investigate he could not see anyone.  Just before leaving the saloon for home he took the money out of the cash register, counted it, placed it in his pocket, locked the saloon and started home.  When he reached Robert Dent’s home in Second Street, just this side of his own house, he saw a man crouching down as if to escape observation, and at the same time a confederate made a strike at him from behind, hitting him with a club or piece of iron but missed him; he then turned around to investigate and was struck across the neck and knocked down, senseless; on coming to his senses he found gag in his mouth, consisting of a piece of white rubber hose, and two men were attempting to tie his hands behind his back.  His right hand managed to get near enough to his hip pocket to get hold of his revolver, which he fired at his assailants.


Joseph Brooks and Family

Watertown Gazette, 10 25 1901 


The editor passed a few hours very pleasantly last Sunday afternoon at the hospitable home of Joseph Brooks and family, town of Emmet.  He was accompanied by his wife and daughter Evelyn.  Mr. Brooks has just completed a model brick cheese factory, and began this week to make cheese therein.  It is fitted out with all modern conveniences and is supplied principally with milk from Mr. Brooks’ famous herd of Holstein cows.  Mr. Brooks has one of the finest homes and farms in the entire state, and every modern convenience for successfully farming, and for the comfort of himself and family are to be found there — An elegant residence, large and commodious barns, convenient carriage sheds, silos, cattle sheds, watering tanks, etc.  The site of his farm looks like a small village, and in fact so much of interest is centered around his home, that in viewing the premises one feels as though he were really a resident of a large and thriving village.  Mr. Brooks is evidently making a great success of farming, and he deserves every bit of it.


The Chances in Policy

Watertown Gazette, 09 27 1901 


The retired “poke" shopkeeper was explaining to his interested dealers some of the mysteries of his former business.


“The chances of winning at the policy game,” he said, “are about like this:  You take a bushel basket and fill it with small white beans.  Then you put one small black bean into the basket and shake the lot up.  After that go to some skyscraper building, say one about 29 stories high, and place a penny on the sidewalk in front of it.  This done, shoulder your bushel of beans and take the elevator to the roof of the building.  Then lean over the edge of the roof and, aiming at the cent on the sidewalk below, dump out the beans in the basket altogether.  Then hurry down on the elevator and rush out to the sidewalk.  If you find that the black bean has fallen upon the penny, you win.”


Alvy Flinn

Watertown Gazette, 10 04 1901 


A. N. Flinn, of Harlem, N. Dakota, is visiting at his mother’s home in Milford Street.  Alvy is one of the old Watertown boys who has went west, stuck to it, and has made a success of life in every respect.  He is railway agent at Harlem, for the C.N & St P. Ry. Co., and the judicious investments of his earnings has accumulated considerable property in that country.  All his old friends here give him genial greeting.


Big County Fair

Watertown Gazette, 10 11 1901 


Last Friday marked the closing of the big County Fair, and never before in its history has there been so many people in attendance.  The weather was all that could have been desired.


Every day from Wednesday until the closing on Friday evening was attended by the largest crowds ever before in the entire history of the association.  But to Thursday belongs the plum, as a careful estimate showed that fully 14,000 people were upon the ground that afternoon.  From early morning until late in the afternoon admission tickets were sold.  The rush began with the incoming early trains, then came the people from surrounding towns and villages in vehicles of all descriptions. . . . .  The exhibits were all of a high order, and the new industrial hall proved to the satisfaction of everybody that it was an absolute necessity, as its contained a class of exhibits that would otherwise have been missing.





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