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Gustav Eberle

1826 - 1898


Derived from: The History of Jefferson County, Wisconsin by C. W. Butterfield, 1879


Gustav Eberle, druggist; born in Greenland Nov. 4, 1826.  He is a son of a missionary who was in that northern country for over forty years.  Gustav was educated in Germany and came from there to America in 1850; resided in the East until 1853.


When he came to Watertown, arriving here May 11; he was engaged in carrying on a soap and candle manufactory here until 1873; he then engaged in the drug business (Racek Building) with his son, Hermann T., who is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.  


Mr. Gustav Eberle was married, Dec. 23, 1851, to Mary Kaltenbrunnen; she was born in Germany; they have five children living – Hermann T., Emily, Eugene, Bertha and Albert.  Mr. and Mrs. Eberle are members of the Moravian Church.


Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.



Watertown Democrat, 07 29 1858

For Sale or To Let :


Situated on Rock River, near Bursinger's Brewery, and well fitted up with all the necessary apparatus, such as Kettles. Candle-Moulds, etc.  The factory is a new substantial frame building, affording ample room for a large and extensive business.  Conditions liberal. For particulars, inquire at Messrs. Werlich's dry goods store on Main Street, or at the factory. Letters may be addressed to Gustavus Eberle, Box 104, Post Office.



Dr. Johnson sold out to G & H. T. Eberle, November 1, 1873.



1885       SAENGERFEST

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One of the show windows at Eberle’s drug store is occupied this week by a group of Canadian Indians, consisting of a buck, squaw and little girl, who are quite an attraction for passers-by.  They are here in the interests of the Indian Sagwa company’s remedies.  They are also engaged in making fancy beaded articles, which are offered for sale.   WR



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Herman Eberle

1852 - 1925

Eberle, Herman T, son of Gustav, pharmacist


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1915 ad, 205 Main St




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National Association of Retail Druggists



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Business in Main Street Has Been Sold to Harry Huth and Louis Bandelin

Who Are Now In Possession


With a record of fifth-three years, as a druggist in the city of Watertown, former Postmaster H. T. Eberle has disposed of his drug business in Main Street and will retire from business pursuits, having sold the business to Harry Huth and Louis Bandelin, both former Watertown boys, the former a son of Prof. William Huth and the latter a son of August Bandelin, and both of whom saw service in the world war.  The former is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and he later served an apprenticeship in the Schempf Drug Store in this city, later going to Racine from where he comes now. Both young men are popular and well equipped for the new duties which they have taken up.


Mr. Eberle is a veteran in the profession, probably the oldest in years of service in the state.  He began his career as a druggist in April, 1867 in the drug store of J. H. Schulz in the building where the Hoffmann clothing store now is, then a boy of 14.  He remained there four and one-half years and then took a two year course in pharmacy in Philadelphia.  Returning to this city he opened a drug store in West Main Street, now the Stapleton Pharmacy, November 1, 1873, where he remained eight years when he removed to his present location in May, 1881.


He served several terms as state deputy oil inspector and in 1896 was appointed postmaster and served eight years in that office giving the business his personal attention, the drug business being partly left to his son. He had the honor of being the first postmaster to serve in the new federal building, and was always a courteous and obliging official.


Mr. Eberle's family consists of his wife and three children, A. Ralph Eberle, in the drug business in Milwaukee, Sidney Eberle, assistant postmaster this city, and Mrs. Richard Rosencranz of Evansville, Ind.


Ex-Postmaster H. T. Eberle and wife have removed to Evansville, Indiana, where for a short time they will make their home with their daughter, Mrs. Richard Rosencranz and then go to housekeeping again.  Mr. and Mrs. Eberle have been identified nearly all their lives with the best social and civic interests of Watertown and their departure from the city is greatly regretted.  They were the head of one of our best families and their presence will be greatly missed here.  Mr. Eberle passed most of his life conducting a drug store here and was considered the top in his calling, his wide experience and splendid knowledge in the drug business being especially recognized by the medical profession. 

The Gazette wishes Mr. and Mrs. Eberle good health and pleasant conditions in their new home.





Former Druggist H. T. Eberle

Is Taken By Death

1852 - 1925


H. T. Eberle, former Watertown resident and father of S. F. Eberle, assistant postmaster here, died at Evansville, Indiana on Tuesday according to word received here.


Mr. Eberle was born in New York City on December 5, 1852 and came to Watertown with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Eberle, in 1854.  He attended a private school conducted by John Kaltenbrun.


Editor’s note:  Kaltenbrun, Kaltenbrunn, Kaltenbrunnen:  Herman’s father, Gustav Eberle was married, Dec. 23, 1851, to Mary Kaltenbrunnen.  John Kaltenbrun established the Moravian congregation in 1853.


He later entered Northwestern College here.  He served a druggist’s apprenticeship in the Henry Schultz drug store which was located on Main Street and then went to Philadelphia where he entered a college of pharmacy from which he graduated in 1874.


In 1877 Mr. Eberle married Ida Louise Oehler.  For five years he conducted a drug store in West Main Street with his father and then the firm moved to 204 Main street where the business continued.  His father retired from the business several years later and the business continued by H. T. Eberle. In March, 1920 Mr. Eberle, because of failing health disposed of the business.  He was succeeded by Huth & Bandelin who conducted the store for a short time and it is now the drug store of Huth & Hoyer.


In May, 1920 Mr. Eberle and his wife went to Evansville to make their home with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosencranz, residing with them since.

Mr. Eberle is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Rosencranz, and two sons, Ralph Eberle of Milwaukee, and S. F. Eberle of Watertown.


The death of Mr. Eberle removes one of the pioneer business men of Watertown.  He received from his parents an excellent training and this was reflected in his business dealings which were honest and upright at all times.  Mr. Eberle held the respect and esteem of his associates and his circle of friendship and acquaintance in this community was a large one.  His passing will be a loss to his many friends in this city who cherish his memory.  He was a former postmaster of Watertown.  He was a member of Log Camp 401, Modern Woodmen of America.


The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon with services at 4:30 o’clock at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.



Death of Herman T. Eberle

Former Postmaster and Druggist of Watertown

09 03 1925


On Tuesday last Herman T. Eberle, father of Assistant Postmaster Sidney F. Eberle, died at his home in Evansville, Indiana, at the close of a long illness.


Deceased was born in New York City on December 5, 1852, and in 1854 located in this city with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Eberle.  He was educated here in a private school conducted by the late John Kaltenburn and at Northwestern College. 


He was an apprentice several years in the drug store of the late years in the drug store of the late Henry Schultz, which was located in the west end of the present Hoffmann-Kelly Co. building, and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1874. 


He was married in 1873 to Ida Louise Oehler [death of mother, Mrs. Olivia Oehler].


In 1874 he bought out the drug business of the late Edward Johnson and for five years was located in the building now occupied by the Doerr Drug Co. in West Main Street, and then located at 204 Main Street.  A short time after he bought out his father’s interest in the business and then conducted it till March 1920, when he sold out the business on account of failing health to Huth & Bandlin. 


He served over eight years as postmaster of Watertown, retiring from the office in Sept. 1914. 


Shortly after disposing of his drug business here he and his wife removed to Evansville, Indiana, where his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Rosencranz resides. 


His wife, one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Rosencranz, and two sons, Ralph Eberle of Milwaukee, and Assistant Postmaster Sidney F. Eberle of this city survive him. 


While a resident of Watertown he served several years on the Board of Education and also on the Public Library Board, and was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.  His funeral services were held this afternoon from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in this city and his remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery. 


It was our pleasure to have known Mr. Eberle intimately many years, as a neighbor, business man and friend, and we also served with him on the Board of Education and on the Library Board, and in all his dealings, public and private we always found him a companionable, honorable gentleman, being conscientious in all his dealings with his fellow man, both in his public business as well as his private affairs.  The news of his death in Watertown brings a pang of regret to all who knew him.  As an official of the government as postmaster of Watertown, his record was spotless and his career was marked by conscientious and intelligent attention to duty.  As a friend and a citizen he was respected and loved.  A fine long, useful life has ended, and his hosts of friends in Watertown and elsewhere will ever cherish his memory with the kindliest spirit.


Cross references:

1905, Daniel Jones funeral, pallbearer

1906, Appointed postmaster, had been druggist

1917, Watertown library citation

1904, Robert E Lewis obit

Dr. Edward Johnson, Watertown’s first druggist


1914, Theodore Hoyer May Have Met His Death.  In the terrible Kagoshina Island of Kinshin, Japan, disaster, it is feared that Theodore Hoyer, formerly a clerk in H. T. Eberle's drug store in this city, met his death.  He has been teaching in an academy at that place for over a year, and also in a nearby city.  It is possible he was in the latter city at the time of the earthquake and is still alive.  Hoyer is a son of the late Prof. Otto D. Hoyer of the Northwestern College, this city, and a brother of William L. Schlueter.  Postmaster Eberle had a letter last October from Mr. Hoyer in which he gave an interesting account of volcanoes in that ill-fated island.   Watertown Gazette, 01 15 1914




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