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Harvest Jubilee & Carnival

September 1899

 

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1899

06 06       BICYCLE GYMKHANA AND RACE

Cyclists throughout the state are interested in the bicycle gymkhana and race meet which will be one of the leading attractions of carnival week.  The meet will be held at the National park track on the last day of the carnival, June 30, and as an elaborate program been arranged, the meet should prove to be a great success.  The star event will be the series of match races between Walter Sanger, of Milwaukee, and Johnnie Johnson, the well-known racer.  Besides this race, a three-cornered event between Nat McDougal, Orlando Weber and Ben Hindeman, the three fastest amateur riders in the state, will be run off and the interest in this event promises to be as great as that of the Sanger-Johnson race.  Besides these match races a program of ten events has arranged.  A big prize list will be hung up for the various events, the entry list promises to be one of the largest ever secured for any meet in the state.   WR

 

07 11       CARNIVAL TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER

The carnival (to be held in September) is bound to be a big show.  Those who are working for its success are very much encouraged over it.  There is no doubt that there will be a sufficiency of visitors to gladden the hearts and fill the purses of the most enthusiastic projectors of the affair.  Watertown people are patriotic; they honestly believe that they can make this great show the best ever exhibited in this section.  The attraction will be of varied and diverse character, with only one intent, which is to satisfy the hosts of visitors and bring out from them a universal expression of gratification.  Yesterday the committee on publicity and promotion selected the official designs for the carnival . . . The designs will be used on the carnival advertising matter and stationery.

 

There is proposed to have a grand illuminated pageant one of the nights, and also a bicycle parade. . . The electric fountain will be one of the main features of the carnival.  It will be stationed under an arch on Main Street bridge and will perhaps be constructed so as to be permanent.   WR

 

07 14       GETTING READY FOR THE DAYS OF JUBILEE

If there are any more citizens who are opposed to the carnival they had better take a vacation for several months a trip to the Klondike just now would do them good, for nearly everyone here is red hot getting ready for the days of jubilee. 

 

For a week past Jas. E. Killian, who represents the Carnival committee on promotion and publicity, has been soliciting the order of businessmen for envelopes containing the official carnival design.  He is meeting with good success, as all realize that this is a good way to advertise the affair.   WG

 

07 18       WHO SHALL BE QUEEN OF THE CARNIVAL?

The executive committee of the carnival has completed the program of the three days' fete to be held here in September.  The committees in charge are working zealously and everything seems to be in favor with the exception of the dates, which are the same as the state fair.  Much interest is already awakened as to who shall be queen of the carnival.  The executive committee has arranged a scheme whereby the public will be privileged to decide this important question.

 

Ballots will be sold at 5 cents each, and on them the purchaser may write the name of any young lady he may choose.  The contest opened yesterday and the ballots are on sale at different places downtown.

 

The ballot box is stationed at Gamm's drug store.  It is predicted that a spirited contest will be had between several of our popular girls.  The standing of the contestants will be announced each week through the newspapers.   WR

 

07 21       VOTING FOR QUEEN OF THE CARNIVAL

The voting for the "queen of the carnival" is becoming quite spirited and most of our young men are putting all their spare nickels to the account of their favorites.  Even the older gallants of the city have a few dollars to spare which they seem very anxious to invest in the interests of the one whom they favor for "queen of the carnival."  Several of the most beautiful young ladies in the city are being supported for that honor, and a very lively race is expected between them. Sept. 13, 14 and 15 carnival dates.   WG

 

08 08       HISTORICAL PAGEANT PART OF CARNIVAL

We can state with every assurance that a most agreeable surprise awaits all who shall have the good fortune to witness the historical pageant on the last night of the carnival, September 15.  The floats now being made are magnificent conceptions and when brightly illuminated will dazzle the most critical eye with their beauty and splendor.  No one from miles around should miss this grand spectacle. 

 

Much of the advertising matter for the carnival is now ready and in the hands of the distributors.  Soon the posters and lithographs will adorn every available place in the surrounding country and the world will be advised of the great amusement event which Watertown is to offer on September 13, 14 and 15.  It is expected to issue the official program the latter part of August   WR

 

08 22       CARNIVAL ARCH ON BRIDGE

On Saturday contractor F. C. Jaeger finished erecting the carnival arch on Main Street bridge and it is now ready for the decorator's brush.  The arch is of artistic proportions and substantially built.    WR

 

08 22       THE CARNIVAL "DEN”

[same date] A visit to the carnival "den" near Hartig's brewery is convincing proof to even the most skeptical that dazzling splendor and brilliant beauty will characterize the grand historical and allegorical pageant announced as the closing feature of the September carnival.  The floats thus far completed are emphatsical1y the creations of artful hands and it is evident that the best ideas have conspired in the building of these handsome representations.  When set off in the night time by myriads of colored lights and wending their way through a mass of pyrotechnics and red, green and yellow fire, the effect is sure to be wonderful to the eye of the beholder and a sight not soon to be forgotten.  No one should miss this grand pageant on the night of September 15.    WR

 

09 05       AGNES CHAPMAN LEADING IN VOTE COUNT FOR QUEEN

Saturday evening at 8 o’clock, as announced, the contest for queen of the carnival was closed, and considerable interest in the result was manifested by the gathering of a large crowd at Gamm’s drug store.  The final count showed that some 1,800 votes had been cast, with Miss Agnes Chapman practically the only candidate in the hunt at the finish.  She received 1,202 votes and her nearest competitor was Miss Jennie Kusel with 138 votes.  Miss Chapman's supporters worked enthusiastically for her and succeeded in giving her a handsome endorsement.  All will agree that her selection is a happy one and that she will most gracefully bear the honors of the position and most creditably fulfill whatever duties are demanded.    WR

 

09 08       AGNES CHAPMAN CHOSEN CARNIVAL QUEEN

Next week will mark an important event in the history of Watertown when the Harvest Jubilee and Carnival which has been arranged for will take place.  The festivities will occupy three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13, 14 and 15.  All details have been arranged and it is expected that one of the largest crowds ever brought together in an inland city in Wisconsin will be present to participate.  All necessary arrangements for the care and comfort of the visitors have been made and the carnival promises to be a huge success an event long to be remembered. . . 

 

Miss Agnes Chapman has been chosen queen of the carnival.    WG

 

09 15       CARNIVAL A SUCCESS, SO FAR

Watertown's first attempt in the Carnival line has thus far been grand success – the weather is ideal, the crowds are large, and the programme is being carried out to the satisfaction of everyone.  The colors of the first annual Harvest Jubilee and Carnival in flaming red, white and blue float from nearly every residence and business house in the city, starry U.S. flags wave in great numbers everywhere, flags of all nations and various other attractive decorations help to beautify the place and please the eye.  The show windows of the business houses contain elaborate displays of goods, and interiors thereof are very tastefully and elaborately decorated and the clerks in a number of the stores are attired in special costumes for the occasion.    WG

 

09 22       FIRST CARNIVAL (1899) A GREAT SUCCESS

Watertown's first attempt in the carnival line last week was a great success, a success as regards attendance, entertainment and a good time for the thousands of visitors.  The weather was delightful throughout, and a larger or better-pleased crowd was never attracted to any interior city of the state, and the visitors were provided for in a manner that speaks well for our citizens.

 

One pleasant feature of the carnival was that it was not necessary to make a single arrest for unruly conduct, and the immense crowds of people behaved themselves admirably well . . . The float of Wm. Hartig Brewing Co. (see below) in the latter part of the parade took fire as it reached Main Street from red fire sticks carried by attendants.  The alarm of fire was sounded, the float was drawn to First Street when the department put the fire out.  This was the only accident during the entire carnival.

 

Many persons have speculated as to whether all that was seen here during carnival week was the product of Watertown genius, some professing to believe it to be impossible.  To all those we desire to assure them that no outside help was sought or accepted, and that what was seen in our parades or otherwise was not in the least taken with borrowed plumage.   Watertown Gazette

 

10 17       TREASURER’S REPORT

At the meeting of the executive committee at the residence of the chairman, Carl Manz, last Tuesday evening, the affairs of the recent carnival were wound up, the different committees handing in their reports and the statement of the treasurer being received.  It was shown that every obligation acquired by the carnival association has been met and that there was a balance on the right side of the ledger.  This is an excellent showing and a high credit to the management, who surmounted innumerable difficulties in attaining the results.   WR

 

1899

WILLIAM HARTIG BREWING CO. FLOAT

   Lining up for the parade. 

 

William Hartig Brewing Co. float as entered in the Harvest Carnival, Sept. 1899.  The man on the far left wearing a hat is thought to be William Hartig.  This image was taken at the intersection of Jones and North First Streets.  The Fuermann Brewery office can be seen on the far left.

 

WATERTOWN’S FAMOUS BAND

        A comic band. 

 

Instruments are all made of cardboard, and also note the various music titles.  The two gents on the floor are wearing uniforms of the Sinnissippi Band.  This was obviously a joke or comic band created during the Harvest Jubilee.  Image taken inside the office of Fuermann brewery on N. First and Jones.

 

WILLIAM JONES AND HIS FIRST PRIZE-WINNING FLOAT

             

 

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1900

03 27       NO CARNIVAL FOR 1900

The directors of the Watertown Carnival Association have finally concluded not to hold a carnival this year, owing to other public enterprises calling for liberal subscriptions from our citizens.  It was thought best to give up the idea entirely rather than to attempt an affair that would in all probability be on a smaller scale and generally inferior to the standard established by last year’s splendid event.  Plans will be laid, however for an elaborate fete in the summer of 1901, and the directors are already nursing idea for a most attractive and unique program of entertainment.   WR

 

 

 

 

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