ebook  History of Watertown, Wisconsin


Charles August & Elizabeth Kading

1874 – 1956


Charles E. Kading

Charles E. Kading, son of Charles A. Kading


Kading and Kading



07 12       C. A. Kading, of Watertown, who is at the Plankinton, is an attorney who is so modest that he fears publicity. He says: "I never feel that a beginner like myself should ever get into the public prints. If I was an old and successful practitioner like Jim Malone or Judge Lamb of our town, you could no doubt get an interesting talk out of me. Now I am obliged to hide my modest rush light under a tin can or a half bushel."



      C. A. Kading, Attorney, 1906 cartoonist drawing, WDT series, “Men in the Public Eye”


04 11       There is no earthly reason why C. A. Kading should not again be elected city attorney. He has been a very efficient official and deserves re-election at the hands of the common council as an endorsement for services faithfully rendered. The same is equally true of Frank S. Weber, our respected and painstaking and efficient city clerk. The city never had a better one and it is always good business sense and judgment to keep good men in office. The Leader has not heard any opposition to either of the gentlemen named and there probably will be none, for all recognize their worth in the positions they held.



07 17       August Kading, brother of District Attorney C. A. Kading, formed co-partnership with John G. Bachhuber of Juneau.   WG



06 03       District Attorney C. A. Kading came up from Watertown last Tuesday in his new Overland auto.  It is one of the “slickest" looking cars that has come to Juneau for some time.  Mr. Kading was accompanied by District Attorney R. W. Lueck, of Jefferson County, and by Attorney Otto Hahn of Watertown.  [Juneau Telephone].


11 04       DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF DODGE COUNTY / Charles A. Kading

It is seldom that a candidate for public office gives such general satisfaction to the voters and taxpayers that he has no opposition at the primary election from within his own party for a third term, and especially when that office has a good salary attached to it—such is the case, however, with Charles A. Kading of this city, candidate for District Attorney of Dodge County on the democratic ticket.


Mr. Kading's administration of that office for the past four years has been so eminently satisfactory that his party decided to renominate him and did renominate him at the primary election last September without opposition, and without solicitation or effort on his part. 


His nomination for the third time is a great compliment to him, and on Tuesday next we expect him to carry Dodge County, so noted for great democratic majorities, by the largest majority ever given a candidate for office in that county.  He is the only democratic candidate for office in this end of Dodge County, and of course the voters of Shields, Emmet, the 5th and 6th wards of this city, Lebanon, etc., will take particular interest in supporting him.  It is universally admitted he is one of the ablest district attorneys Dodge County has ever had, and that county's interests have always been looked after by him with care and caution, and at the same time he has been fair in his prosecution of evil doers when he felt in conscience that they were entitled to consideration—never being over-anxious to convict just for the sake of making a record for convictions, as too many lawyers nowadays are.  Courteous, kind and civil, to both friend and foe, it is no wonder that his own party has once more decided to do all in its power to re-elect him to the office of District Attorney of Dodge County.   WG



-- --           LAW OFFICES OF KADING & KADING, third floor, Masonic Temple bldg

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1911       Ad




The selection of C. A. Kading of Watertown as one of the two candidates endorsed by the Democratic state convention for the office of attorney general, will meet the approval of Mr. Kading's numerous friends.  He is an attorney of ability and it goes without saying that democrats in this city and vicinity will vote for him, and thus show appreciation of the honor bestowed upon a resident of our city.   WG






02 50       Proposed STATE Home For Feeble Minded in Watertown


03 26       CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR / Charles A. Kading   /  Paid Advertisement:

[Ordered and to be paid for by C. A. Kading at the rate of 5 cents per line.]

To the People of Watertown:  During the fourteen years that I have been engaged in the practice of law in Watertown, you have been very generous to me in a business way, for which I am grateful.  Politically you have permitted me to serve as your city attorney for seven years.  I thank you for the confidence you have shown in me.  On April 7 you will elect your next mayor.  I am one of the several candidates for that office, and should be pleased to serve in that capacity.  Your next mayor should be a man in whose judgment and business integrity you have the utmost confidence, and who you believe will be able to handle any proposition that may come up during his administration along business lines.  Every successful business firm strives to place in charge at its head the man who is familiar with the different departments.  A city in electing its mayor should do the same.  My experience as city attorney has made me familiar with the details of the various departments of our city government . . .    WG



In addition to what I have already stated in connection with my candidacy for the office of Mayor I desire to say, that if elected, in addition to my official duties, I will do my utmost for the benefit of the laboring man, as I have done heretofore, by working in conjunction with the Advancement Association to interest manufacturing concerns to locate in our city, thus encouraging and benefitting the laboring man in the employment that it will bring to him in the building of factories, as well as in operating the same after constructed, and avoid the necessity of so many of our boys leaving the city in order to obtain employment.  I have always contributed liberally towards the bringing of factories to our city, as will be borne out by the records of the Advancement Association, and have never regretted doing so, because each factory secured for Watertown has been a benefit to its citizens generally.


The industries already located here, should also be encouraged, as their owners are heavy taxpayers and they are a benefit to our city and should be given every possible and reasonable courtesy in the way of proper fire and police protection.


If elected Mayor, I shall give to the performance of the duties of that office the best there is in me for the benefit of our city, its business and manufacturing industries, and all of its people.


Being a heavy taxpayer myself, I would naturally strive to accomplish the most beneficial results for the citizens at the least possible expense to the taxpayers.


Sincerely yours,





A Large Vote Cast at the Municipal Election.  The municipal election on Tuesday turned out to be a lively affair after all, judging from the large vote cast, which was 2,003.  Chas. A. Kading was elected mayor by a plurality of 19 votes.  Kading received 828 votes, Mulberger 809, Gaebler 296, and Richards 70.  Emil Tanck for treasurer received 1473 votes and C. H. Bramer 422:  Krueger for assessor 1039 and Schmutzler 837; Wieman for city attorney 1501 and Buchheit 359; Glaser for street commissioner 1063 and Radtke 835. 


Mayor-elect Kading says of course he’s happy over the result and is very thankful to all who supported him for the office, and bears no ill will toward those who supported his opponents, and that he will strive hard to do his duty and look well after the city’s interests in his official capacity.


Charles Mulberger made a splendid run and conducted a campaign that was very fair to all of his opponents.  He says he is well pleased with his vote and will do all he can in the future, as he has in the past, for the success of the city and of the city administration.  WG



01 21       MISS DORA GERTH

Gets Civil Service Appointment.  Miss Dora Gerth, daughter of Herman Gerth and wife of this city, has been appointed by the state civil service commission to the position of stenographer for President Yoder of the Whitewater Normal school.  She is a graduate of the commercial course of the Watertown High School and for a number of years was stenographer for the law firm of Kading & Kading.  She is one of the most popular young ladies in the city and is an excellent stenographer.  Her many friends congratulate her on her appointment.   WG


1930       KADING-NELSON WEDDING is marked with lovely details

The Kokomo Tribune, 12 July 1930

A wedding of charm and impressiveness was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Mahin, 1218 West Superior Street, Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock, when their niece, Miss Josephine Nelson, became the bride of Charles E. Kading, son of Congressman Charles A. Kading of Watertown, WI.


The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Edward Nelson of Waupaca, .WI.  Kokomo is the girlhood home of the bride's mother and although the bride herself has never lived here she has visited in the city frequently, she and her mother having spent much time with Mr. and Mrs. Mahin since the death of Mr. Nelson about four years ago.


The Rev. W. Edward Hoffenbacher, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church at Logarisport, performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few close friends of the couple.  The service was read at the east end of the living room and decorations of cathedral tapers in two tall wrought iron holders and two floor jars of hollyhocks in shades of pink, delphinium and Shasta daisies made a lovely setting for the service.


For the exchange of vows the couple knelt on a cushion colorful with Chinese embroideries.  The attendants were Miss Eleanor Fragstein of Milwaukee, Wis., a sorority sister of the bride, and Robert Godley of Cleveland, Ohio.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. Mahin wore a quaint dress of figured white chiffon, the design being of baskets of old-fashioned flowers in the dainty pastel shades.  The dress was fashioned with extremely long skirt and fitted bodice and a narrow ruffle around the neckline formed its only trimming.  A jacket of matching chiffon lined with pink satin was worn by the bride during the breakfast.  She wore a pink hairbraid hat, an off-the-face model, trimmed with a wreath of pink roses across the front and a bow of pink grosgrain ribbon at the back, pink moire slippers, flesh hose and pink silk mitts.  Her only jewelry was a silver and sapphire necklace, the gift of the bridegroom, and her flowers were a Colonial shower of lilies-of-the valley and Briarcliff roses.


Miss Fragstein wore a period dress of light blue chiffon, having a long full skirt and tight bodice.  Her hat of hairbraid matched her dress in color and she wore blue slippers arid light hose. Her flowers were a Colonial bouquet of Briarcliff roses and delphinium.  A breakfast for the wedding guests was given at the Kokomo Country Club immediately following the ceremony.  The long table was beautiful in its floral decorations.  At either end was a French crystal bowl of roses, phlox, delphinium and baby's breath and alternating between these were porcelain figures and crystal bud vases, of roses and delphinium.  The place cards were brides and grooms with wisps of tulle forming the bride's veil.  The other tables about the room also had lovely bouquets of 6 vari-colored flowers.  The wedding cake, which the bride served, was decorated with pink roses and other adornments.  Following the breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Kading left on a motor trip through the east, the bride wearing a brown silk suit with a chartreuse blouse and beret.  Her other accessories were of brown.


After August 15, they will be at home at 914 Clyman Street, Watertown, Wis.  Other out-of-town guests with the bride's mother and the attendants were Charles A. Kading, father of the bridegroom, Edward Schempf and William Brandt of Watertown, A. E. Backus of Milwaukee, Wis., Miss Frances Wright of Oak Park, Ill., Miss Lucy Newell of Evanston, Ill., Miss Virginia Tittman of Chicago, Mrs. C. G. Beeching of Detroit, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bunn of Rochester.  The bride attended Ward-Belmont Seminary, and was graduated from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a member of Alpha Xi Delta, women's national fraternity.  Mr. Kading was graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin and is a member of the Chi Phi fraternity.  He is junior member of the law firm of Kading and Kading in Watertown.



09 13       CHARLES E. KADING / Candidate for city councilman


Candidate for office of city councilman to complete the term of Albert W. Maas, recently resigned.  Born 1907, son of Charles A. and Elizabeth Kading, the original partners of Kading & Kading.



09 17       Attorney Charles A. Kading receives a life membership card in the Elks Lodge.



06 19        KADING, CHARLES AUGUST, (1874 - 1956)

914 Clyman St


Charles A. Kading, 82, 914 Clyman Street, senior member of the law firm of Kading and Kading, a former mayor of Watertown and former congressman from this, the Second District, died at St. Mary's Hospital at 12:40 a.m. today, following a heart attack.  He entered the hospital yesterday morning.  Mr. Kading had been active almost to the last, being at his office regularly.  As a small boy he began his education in the district school near the home place, later attending the Lowell grade school in the village.  His summer vacations were spent helping with the work on the farm.   WDT


From Biographical Directory of the U. S. Congress


914 Clyman St, 2006


KADING, Charles August, (1874 - 1956)


KADING, Charles August, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Lowell, Dodge County, Wis., January 14, 1874; attended the country schools, Lowell graded school, Horicon High School, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison; was graduated from the law department of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., in 1900; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Watertown, Wis.; also interested in agricultural pursuits; city attorney of Watertown 1905-1912; district attorney for Dodge County, Wis., 1906-1912; mayor of Watertown 1914-1916; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the practice of law; died in Watertown, Wis., June 19, 1956; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.



Charles E. Kading office.  




Three members who served on a committee named by Attorney Charles E. Kading, while he was serving as acting city manager here, to study city hall expansion needs today issued a statement opposing the proposed construction of a new police and fire station at the corner of North Eighth and Madison streets and suggested that maybe “it is time to hold another referendum” on the matter.  The three are Arthur Kuenzi, a registered professional engineer who was president of the old Otto Biefeld Co., now the Otto Biefeld Corp.; Albert W. Maas, general contractor and head of the Maas Bros. Construction Company and a former city councilman; and O. E. Carlson, for many years a building materials supplier here.   WDT



12 29     Charles E. Kading, Watertown, and William Brandel, Jefferson, Jefferson County judges-elect, will be sworn into office at a special ceremony to be held in the county court rooms of the new courthouse addition in Jefferson.  The rites will take place at the opening of a regular term day of the court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1962.  Retiring County Judge L. L. Darling will administer the oath to his successors.  The public is invited to attend.  The new judges will be extremely busy immediately following their installation.  It is reported that more than 40 cases are already scheduled for hearing before Judge Brandel on Jan. 2.  In Branch 1, Judge Kading will continue with the regular probate calendar which is reported to be heavy.



Cross References:

       1874 - 1956, Obit

       1916, Fire at Masonic Temple office 

       1975, Milwaukee Journal article, 05 13


Sept. 30, 1956:  Charles E. Kading, 1008 South Tenth Street, Watertown, attorney and former member of the City Council, prepared today to take over the duties of acting city manager of Watertown following his election by a 3 to 2 vote in the Council last night.  The election of Mr. Kading came as no great surprise.  On Sept. 22, in a front page report, the Times forecast the possibility of his election.  He will serve until a new city manager is elected by the Council to succeed to the position of Dean Van Ness who completed his services with the city today.  He will take over his new duties as the first city manager of Lake Geneva on Monday.





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