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L J Kadish



1848c, General store, originated Fair Day


Kadish Store

Kadish store

Kadish, Leopold

Forty-Eighter, local merchant, originated Watertown's Fair Day.

Kadish, Leopold

Forty-Eighters: Builders of Watertown,  pg 66, 67, 77, 92



Old European marketing custom of what is now called Fair Day was introduced into Watertown by Leopold Kadisch.  It was known then as "Viehmarkt" or "Cattle Fair."



1860, Bought Waldron and Steck prop, on Main St, corner Main and Third

1860, Fourth of July celebration participant


Watertown Democrat, 08 16 1860

Co-partnership Notice

The undersigned brings to the public notice that he has himself associated with Mr. Emil Schuhrer and begs his friends and the public in general to transfer the patronage which he so greatly enjoyed to the new firm.  L. J. Kadish.


In reference to the above, we would respectfully announce that we are ready to fill all orders in our line of business as Grocers and Provision Dealers at WHOLESALE AND RETAIL at as low prices as can be purchased west of the lakes and we invite the public to examine our stock before purchasing elsewhere.  We will try to give general satisfaction and endeavor to keep up with the times.  “Quick sales and small profits” will be our motto.

L. J. Kadish

Emil Schuhrer


1860, Lumber yard opened



Watertown Republican, 01 04 1861

KADISH & CO:  A choice lot of buffalo robes can be found.


Watertown Democrat, 05 09 1861

We have lately enlarged our extensive establishment so much that we can say “our store is full of goods from cellar to Garret.”  We have added to our heavy stock of groceries and provisions a good selection of hardware, dry goods, boots and shoes, hats and caps, &c, and shall keep constantly a full assortment and endeavor to please our patrons in every respect.   Kadish & Co.


Watertown Democrat, 05 30 1861

Lumber.  L. J. Kadish & Co have some good news for builders in our paper today.  They are now daily receiving at their yard near the Chicago and North Western Depot, heavy supplies of all kinds of choice and sound lumber, which they offer for sale on the lowest possible terms.  Buyers will do well to give them a call.



06 13       The Committee of Highways and Bridges to whom was referred the Petition of L. A. Cole and L. J. Kadish, reported in favor of allowing them $200 to apply on their contract to build Plank Road bridge; report accepted; moved by Ald. Prentiss that the clerk is hereby directed to issue an order of $200.00 in favor of L. A. Cole, on the City General Fund; Carried.   WD