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James D. Casey Co.

119-121 S. Water St

Became Witte, Farr and Frost

 

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The company dealt in wagons and farm machinery of all kinds, parlor organs, pianos,

early phonographs and records and carried on a horseshoeing and blacksmith business. 

Later went into the auto business.

 

Mr. Casey, born in Ireland June 24, 1845, founded the business here on January 2, 1870.  Died on December 24, 1925.

 

1875

 

 

1900      THE BEST VEHICLES AND FARM MACHINERY

08 31          The wide-awake buyer is now searching where he can buy the best Vehicles and Farm Machinery for his fall use.  We have gathered together a line of goods, which for strength, durability and light running are far superior to any other goods on the market.  The J. I. Case Threshing Machines, the McCormick Corn Binder, and Corn Husker, the Milwaukee Corn Husker, the “Deere” Corn Husker and John Deere Plows, the Waupun Steel Giant Wind Mills and Pumps, the Fort Atkinson carriages and buggies and J. D. Casey’s Hand-made wagons are goods that have no equal.  You will wonder how we can sell these goods at the low prices often paid for inferior goods. 

 

Many quick sales and small profits, is how we do it.  Give us a chance to figure with you — we’ll save you money.

 

J.D.CASEY, Watertown. Wis.

One Block south of West Main St.

 

1901      IMPROVED WAGON JACK FOR SALE

08 16          Jas. D. Casey has purchased of Isaac Kelly, of Madison, the rights to manufacture and sell an improved wagon jack in this city.  The right has also been secured for both Dodge and Jefferson counties.  It is the greatest device of its kind in the market, and can be operated by a child.  All owners of wagons, carriage and buggies in these two counties will do well to consult Mr. Casey.  It saves time and labor in greasing the wheels of vehicles of this kind, and its expense is very reasonable.   WG

 

1902

01 03       Col. Daniel Jones has purchased from J. E. Casey [J. D.] a fine cabriolet, which is one of the handsomest jobs seen in our streets in years.  The design is very artistic and is a duplicate of the cabriolet which captured the first prize at the Paris Exposition.  It is fitted with the famous Kelley-Springfield rubber tire and Bradley patents and every particular gives evidence of excellent quality and workmanship.   WG

 

1905      DEATH OF EUPHEMIA CASEY

04 14       Last Thursday morning the home of J. D. Casey was certainly and unexpectedly made the scene of a fatal accident which resulted in the untimely termination of a sweet, young life and brought anguish to many hearts.  Miss Euphemia, age twenty-two, was the victim of this sad accident . . . It appears that Miss Casey had decided to start house-cleaning Thursday morning in the upper rooms and carried some of the bed clothes, including a mattress, out on a shed roof adjoining the main part of the house.  On this roof was a brick chimney about ten feet high, which was braced with an iron rod.  She put the clothes on this rod and it is thought that either the weight of the clothes bent the chimney over or she may have slipped on the roof and in falling caught the brace and the added weight and momentum caused the chimney to fall, with the result that her skull was crushed by the tons of brick and mortar and she was dead instantly . . . Help was summoned immediately, but the unfortunate young woman was beyond human aid.

 

1909

               Theft of road wagon 

 

                Waltham pianos, WG 04 02 1909 ad 

 

1910

      Northwestern Cutters and Sleighs

 

1913      119 Water, farm implements, dealer

 

1915

11 04       J. D. Casey, PIANOS, IMPLEMENTS, AUTOMOBILES

  

 

11 11       NEW AUTOMOBILE GARAGE

J. D. Casey is breaking ground for a new automobile garage on his property in Water Street, north of the site formerly occupied by the American House.  The building will be fireproof, one story, and will have a frontage of 80 feet and a depth of 60 feet. Mr. Casey has the local agency for Maxwell automobiles and other cars.   WG

 

               Company caught fire from Barker Lumber fire, across the river

 

1915

11 08       SELF-CLEANING MANGER

  

 

1920s    Dealership book; McCormick-Deering tractors

 

1923      J D Casey:  St Bernard's, 50th anniv of cornerstone

 

1961

01 25       SALE OF CASEY CO.

Sale of the J.D. Casey Co., rumored in local business circles for several weeks, was confirmed yesterday afternoon following the close of negotiations.  Announcement was made by Thomas W. Frost, president of Witte, Farr & Frost, Inc., Cottage Grove, that his company had purchased the Chevrolet business of the Casey Co. in Watertown.  The sale includes the buildings with one exception.  The company has purchased all the property with the exception of the warehouse located in the second block in South Water Street.   WDT

 

 

Cross References:

    Elephant in circus parade with Casey Co ad, uncertain year

Matchcover, McCormick-Deering All-Steel Spreader

 

 

 

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