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Watertown Gazette


James W. Moore  

Editor of Watertown Gazette



E. J. Masterson always took pleasure in that he was the first subscriber to the The Gazette and also gave the first order for an "ad” in it. 



03 05       Snowstorm, Signage in front of bldg [not Gazette bldg].  At the time E. Off was publisher, NE corner West Ave [Main] and Water [1880 City Dir]


120 W Main, Watertown Gazette, "Read the Gazette And B Happy"    Images WHS_003_PC_431 and _438



03 10       For the second time within two weeks some miserable cur has poisoned a dog belonging to the editor, a second one being poisoned last Wednesday afternoon just one week after being presented to me by one of our business men.  I will pay the above reward ($25) to anyone who will furnish the information that will lead to the arrest of the guilty party, for whoever it may be certainly deserves punishment, and it will be meted out in homeopathic doses if the person is found out.   – JAS. W. MOORE   WG



02 26       F. P. Brook remembered by the editor of the Gazette    WG




Place your fire insurance in Jas. W. Moore's agency if you desire to be well protected in case of fire.  Call at The Gazette office and have it attended to.  The San Francisco fire has driven many fire companies to the wall.  Be sure you are insured in good companies.  You will consult your interests by insuring with James W. Moore, who is agent for some of the best companies in the United States.   WG



07 30       William J. Stacy, employed for 28 years, resigned position   WG


09 10       Every evil in town; editor asked to write up and rebuke   WG



04 11       Letter from Prof. Jas. M. Moore

The editor is in receipt of the following letter from his son, James M. Moore, which will be read with interest by all his old friends here.

St. Edward's Preparatory College,

Huntington, West Virginia,

April 5, 1912.


Dear Father:  I received your letter yesterday.  The weather has been delightful here for some time past.  Yesterday was very warm.  Ex-president Roosevelt spoke here yesterday.  I went to hear him and shook hands with him.  He spoke in the court house square to about 20,000 people.  His voice was poor and what he said did not amount to much.  It was the quietest crowd and the least enthusiastic I ever saw meet a man who has been in public life like he has.  Taft will be nominated.  The democrats can defeat him if they nominate Wilson.  The governor and a great many republicans of this state favor Roosevelt.  The two United States senators are for Harmon and he will probably get the delegates from this state to the democratic national convention.  If a democrat is to be elected it will be Wilson, but he will have hard work to be nominated.  The people favor him, but he has all the capitalists against him. This state has a republican governor and one republican congressman, but the two U. S. senators and four congressmen are democrats.


I have commenced to study law during my spare time. J. M. M.    WG



05 29       Insurance.  Insure against fire loss in Jas. W. Moore’s Fire Insurance agency, who has some of the best companies in the country.  Call at Gazette office and place your fire risks with him.   WG





Congressman M. E. Burke has recommended James W. Moore, editor of The Gazette, to succeed Herman T. Eberle as postmaster of Watertown, whose term of office expires next Sunday.  Mr. Eberle, however, will hold the office a week or two longer, as it will take some time to arrange for the transfer of the office and other preliminary arrangements.  The position of postmaster of Watertown is an important one and pays a salary of $2,700 a year.  The new postmaster will enter upon his duties with a determination to serve the patrons of the office in a manner that will meet with their approval, especially so if hard work and strict attention to business will bring about this result, and hopes that he will succeed in making as good a postmaster as the present incumbent, Mr. Eberle.  It is our only regret in connection with this affair that as a change in the politics of the country, according to the usual custom, brings about a change in postmasters also, that the services of so good a man as Mr. Eberle will no longer be at the disposal of the public.  The editor takes this occasion to thank all who in any manner gave him encouragement and assistance in securing this appointment, and especially do we feel grateful to the citizens of Watertown for the splendid spirit manifested in our behalf.  There was none of that narrow mindedness nor bigotry brought into the contest at any time, which is so prevalent throughout the country at the present time, and the contest for the office between the different candidates was a friendly one.  It speaks well for the citizenship of Watertown.  From a political standpoint, and taking the view of public service to the city, most people say, the editor has earned this



James W. Moore, editor of The Gazette, was installed as postmaster last Sunday, succeeding our worthy citizen, H. T. Eberle, who has served the public faithfully and well in that capacity for over eight years, and retires with the good wishes of all our people.  Post Office Inspector R. M. Bates of this city and Charles N. Moore of Chicago, two old friends of both the incoming and outgoing postmaster, were the installing officers and to whom the new postmaster is exceedingly thankful for their great assistance extended on the occasion of his installation.  On the change of postmasters, The Watertown Daily Times of last Monday says:


“James W. Moore, editor of the Watertown Gazette, who was appointed postmaster, assumed the duties of the office on Sunday, Postmaster H. T. Eberle retiring after an efficient service of eight years.  On Saturday Mr. Eberle had a farewell talk with the employees of the post office with whom lie had been associated during the eight years, who in turn showed the esteem in which they held him.


“Post office Inspector C. N. Moore, a former Watertown boy and at one time an employee of the post office here, was delegated by the federal authorities to make the transfer as a compliment to him.  The new postmaster starts in with the well wishes of the whole community, and the retiring postmaster carries with him the record of a faithful and efficient public servant. An ever courteous and obliging gentleman, he maintained a discipline which always provoked good service and satisfied patronage.  He is, of course, forced to retire through a change in the political administration in the country.  He leaves his position respected alike by employees and the citizens of Watertown, with a record of good and efficient service.


“Mr. Moore, who succeeds him, is an old resident of Watertown, known to all.  He has been a lifelong democrat, and owing mostly to the fact that he was an ardent worker for the party in years past has this appointment come to him.  There is no doubt but that the new postmaster will so conduct the affairs of the office as to leave little room for complaint.”




The Chicago Record-Herald of last Sunday had the following relative to the change in postmasters:





Thirty-eight years ago Charles N. Moore, then a boy in short trousers, went to work in the post office at Watertown, Wis., as a clerk.


Tomorrow he will act as installing officer for the government in transferring the postmastership at that place to James W. Moore, a boyhood friend.


Mr. Moore now is acting chief post office inspector there.  The sentimental feature connected with the transfer means much to both Post Office Inspector Moore and the new postmaster.


“Jim” Moore, the new postmaster, is a close friend of Joseph Davies, commissioner of corporations.  Watertown is the latter’s home town.



03 05       James W. Moore sells Gazette to son, John M. Moore.   WG



James W. Moore, who has since November 15, 1880, been the editor and manager of The Watertown Gazette, has relinquished the control of that paper to his son, John M. Moore.  We welcome the new editor of The Gazette to the ranks, and wish him eminent success in his work.


It has always been pleasant for us to think of James W. Moore as the editor of The Watertown Gazette.  He is a man who has stood for the highest standards of professional ethics.  He has not allowed himself to be the tool of anybody.  He has conducted his paper as an honorable man should, fairly and fearlessly, and he has been endorsed by his fellow citizens as he deserved to be.  As one of our oldest and best friends, we wish him many years of prosperity and happiness. — Waterloo Democrat.


James W. Moore, for the past thirty-five years editor and publisher of The Watertown Gazette, has disposed of the paper to his son, John M. Moore, who has been connected with The Gazette for several years and is no stranger to the newspaper business.  Mr. Moore, Sr., was recently appointed postmaster at Watertown as a deserved reward for many years of faithfulness to Democratic principles, and owing to the duties of his office has decided to withdraw from the newspaper field.  We wish the new management every success. — Juneau Independent.   /   WG




John M. Moore, editor of the Watertown Gazette, who was severely injured at his office, Tuesday evening, when he slipped and fell on the stairs, will be taken to St. Mary’s hospital, where he will undergo an X-ray examination.  Mr. Moore received a bad cut on his scalp, and also fractured his shoulder.  At first his injuries were not regarded as serious, but complications have set in and it was found necessary for him to enter the hospital.



James W., Fire Insurance business ad, Gazette office, 1935, 108 Second




The residence of James W. Moore, 201 Church Street, has been sold to Mrs. L. W. Moldenhauer, associated with Kading & Kading, who will convert the home into apartments.  Mr. Moore will move to the Mendenhall Apartments at 412 1/2 S. Washington Street.  Mr. Moore has lived in the home for 52 years, ever since he bought the home from Mrs., Peter Malloy.  A number of years after he bought the house he built an addition to it.  The home was built by the late John Malloy, grandfather of Mrs. Richard Thauer.        Watertown Daily Times, 07 21 1937




James Moore was born in New York City. He came to Watertown as a boy in 1861.  The Watertown Gazette began weekly publication in 1879 and in 1880, Moore took over as editor and publisher.  He operated the Watertown Gazette until 1937 and when he stopped publishing, the paper ended with him.


During the nineteenth century there were many newspapers published in Watertown. Most were published on a weekly basis and had a political bias with only a portion of local news included.  Of all the small newspapers in the nineteenth century, the Watertown Gazette was one of the most significant.  It was published consistently for over 50 years with the same editor and publisher.  This house, as the home of James Moore for the period he published the paper, is significant because of its association with him.      


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