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American Express Agency

 

1860

05 31       EXPRESS MESSENGER

The American Express Company has appointed Mr. G. C. Wainwright of this city Messenger on the Milwaukee, Watertown & Baraboo Valley Railroad.  The company will find in their new Messenger a faithful agent, and the people an accommodating gentleman, who will promptly discharge his duties to both parties.  He will be useful to one party and popular with the other—the kind of men it is always best to employ when their services can be procured.   WD

 

07 05       WAGON TO TRANSPORT TO AND FROM DEPOT

The American Express Agency in this city is looking up and putting on airs.  The branch here established of this extensive and important concern, which, within a few years, has been so widely extended as to touch almost every village and city in the Union, is under the careful and prompt control of Mr. C. A. Sprague, who has recently purchased a new and strong but light and handsome wagon in which to carry to and from the railroad depots the increasing amount of freight that is now forwarded by this means. PREDECESSOR OF MOTOR TRANSPORT???    Such a convenience is this agency to the business world that it is difficult to see how it could be dispensed with.  It is safe, rapid and reliable, and by fidelity to its trusts, deserves and enjoys universal confidence.   WD

 

1865

05 18       THE EXPRESS OFFICE

The American Express office has been removed from C. A. Sprague’s store to Dennis’ Block on the west side of the river.  During the years Mr. Sprague has had charge of the express business in this city he has discharge his duties, both to the public and the company, with promptness and fidelity, always displaying a courteous and accommodating spirit.  The change was made, not because any fault was found with him, but from motives of economy on the part of the company.  The business is now in the hands of Mr. H. N. Cossett, who will manage it to the satisfaction of all parties.  This business is rapidly increasing here, and every day becoming more extensive and important.   WD

 

1866

1866-67 Watertown City Directory

 

1879

H. B. Dodd, has been in the employ of the American Express Company thirteen years

 

1899

Main St office visible in background’ Sept 13-15, 9 E Main, Harvest Jubilee, WHS_005_604

 

1913

104 North First St

 

1916

01 17       Frank Bertram

Mr. Frank Bertram, messenger of the American Express Company, at Watertown, died at St. Mary’s Hospital, in that city, last Tuesday afternoon, at the age of 43 years.  He had worked for different express companies for many years and for the past ten years, was employed by the American Express Company.  He was a most faithful employee and had been offered several promotions which he refused.  He was unmarried and resided with his mother, Mrs. Fred Bertram at 416 Washington Street.