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Salick’s Jewelry Store

Joseph Salick & Son


For over 140 years

1853 - 1995


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Joseph Salick, 1824-1910





1853       FOUNDED

Joseph Salick


The present Salick Jewelry Co. was founded in 1853 by Joseph Salick who came to Watertown from Cincinnati at a time when Watertown expansion was at its height.  On March 3, 1853, the city of Watertown was incorporated.  During the same month the city was authorized by the legislature to aid in the construction of the Milwaukee and Watertown, and the Watertown and Berlin railroads.  On the first of August of the same year the city delivered to the railroad company bonds aggregating $80,000 at eight percent.


Figures for the population of Watertown in 1853 vary from three to four thousand.  There were many business houses here at the time, however, including six dry goods stores, eleven grocery stores, two drug stores, fifteen taverns, two bakeries, three meat markets, two book stores, six cabinet shops, four tinshops, few factories, two printing offices, six school houses, two select schools, and many churches and one bank.  The census of 1855 shows the population to have been 8,512, an increase of 7,000 in ten years.  In point of population Watertown was the second city in Wisconsin.


First Store Opened


At this time Mr. Salick established his first store in Watertown.  It was located on the site of the present New York meat market 8 Main Street (1930 City Dir). 


Another source states that the first Salick store was in the Werner building on the north side of the Main Street bridge


The year following he erected the building on the site of the present store building.  Later, when his son, Charles J. Salick, was old enough to enter the business, his father took him into partnership and with the gradual and steady expansion of the business it was found necessary to build an addition to the store which is now the building occupied by the company at  1 and 3 Main Street, next to the bridge.




Mr. J. Salick, of this city, has one of the largest and best stocks of watches, clocks, and jewelry, of all descriptions, in the state.  Being himself a skillful and experienced operator, he never allows any work to go out of his shop that is not well done.  His advertisement will be found in this paper, and all who wish to purchase articles in his line, cannot do better than give him a call.    WD




The foundation of the new brick block which Mr. J. Salick has made arrangements to erect, near the southeast corner of Main Street bridge, have been laid after much difficulty and labor.  The block is to be three stories high, thirty-six feet deep by nineteen wide, and built of our unsurpassed and most beautiful Watertown brick.  We learn that it is the purpose of its owner to finish it off in a style that will make it one of the most tasteful and attractive in the city.  Such a structure will be a fit improvement of the extreme point on which it will stand.      WD



12 27       JOSEPH SALICK, wholesale and retail dealer in watches and jewelry, takes pleasure to announce to the citizens of Watertown and vicinity that he had removed [moved] his store to his new brick building, at the [south]east corner of Main Street bridge, where you will find a great variety of choice gold and silver watches of every description, gold gent’s pins, gold ladies’ pins, bracelets, eardrops, rings, chains, lockets, shirt buttons, pencils, silver and silver-plated spoons, spectacles, knives, money purses, etc., etc.  And many other articles too numerous to mention.  A great assortment of clocks of all kinds will be sold at the lowest prices.  Come and See.  Joseph Salick.   WD



Salick Variety and Jewelry Store, 3 and 1 E Main St (SE corner of bridge)

Far right, Joseph Salick, c 1890.  Others not identified

Note Salick-built timepiece (now at Octagon House) in window behind Joseph.

Gritzner Barber Shop located in basement of Salicks






Mr. J. Salick has our thanks for the brace of fine prairie chickens he presented us the other day – the result of his sporting skill..    WD




Personal.  Last week Mr. Joseph Salick returned to this city from Germany, where he has been on a visit to the Fatherland during the past four months.    WD



10 12       HOME PURCHASED

J. W. Cole sold to J. Salick, house and lot in Second ward for $4,500.    WD






At the Jewelry store of Mr. Joseph Salick may be seen these days a whip which is one of the handsomest specimens of fine workmanship imaginable.  Ivory handle, gold mountings, beautifully engraved, are some of the points of excellency about this whip, and we would advise all to go and see it.  On next Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th, this whip will be voted for at Turner Hall for the benefit of the fund to aid in the erection of the new St. Bernard Catholic Church.  Three candidates are proposed, namely: Mr. Jonas Sleeper, Mr. Fred. Miller and Mr. Joseph Lindon.  It is likely that there will be an exciting contest with such popular candidates and lively times are expected among the friends of the gentlemen from now until the decision is rendered.     The Watertown News, 04 Mar 1874




Jos. Salick & Son have on exhibition two of the renowned Rohlfing upright pianos.  All interested in music are kindly invited to inspect these powerful, sweet-toned and durable instruments.  Never before has there been such inducements offered on first-class instruments as Salicks are giving on these for a short time.



Joseph Salick has just had patented [US 433218] a watchmaker's tool, which can be used by any person, whether mechanic or not, made to perform the most perfect and precise work.    WR


___________________________  EARLY WEATHER FORECASTING  ___________________________

1891:   Watertown considered for Weather and Crop Service Station

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04 22 1891 <> Frank Eaton, secretary of the Farmers club, and some others, have interested themselves in having Watertown made a weather and crop service station, under the auspices of the Commercial and Agricultural interests of Wisconsin.  The project, it is expected, will be matured this week, and flag displays be seen from the city hall building.  Daily weather maps will be received and posted in conspicuous places for the benefit of the public.  Self-registering thermometers will be used for making observations of temperatures, rain falls, etc.  Great benefits to the farmers about here are expected from the establishing of this station, and it hoped that general interest will be manifested in its maintenance and success.      WR


04 24 1891 <> Through the efforts of Frank Eaton on about May 1st next a signal service station will be in full running order here.  The flags will be displayed from the city hall towers, which will indicate the weather 24 hours in advance.  The rain gauge and self-registering thermometer will be placed at some convenient place in the city, so that all may get the benefit of them.


05 15 1891 <> The signal service thermometers and rain gauge for this station have arrived and are now in position on the building of Jos. Salick & Son.  The weather flags will be here in a few days, and will float from the flag staff of the city hall.


05 22 1891 <> Last Friday afternoon the weather signals of the government weather signal station were floated for the first time from the city hall flag staff, the first signal indicating frost that night.  As it was quite warm at the time and threatening rain, many laughed at the idea of there going to be a frost, and alluded to the signal service as a fraud, but on toward evening the weather turned cold, and during the night a very severe frost set in.  Thus far the weather predictions have been a success...      WG


05 22 1891 <> [same date and paper] Attention farmers.  Make hay while the sun shines.  Daily 8 a.m. weather forecasts from Washington-D.C., standard time from Washburn Observatory and weekly crop reports received at the Music and Jewelry store of Joseph Salick & Son, Watertown, Wis.      WG


06 03 1891 <> The weather signals are now displayed from the Salick building instead of the city hall.






Commendable <> The jewelers of Watertown have agreed to close up their places of business on Sundays, beginning July 6.  This is a most commendable move that we trust will be followed by other merchants.  No town in the state is more lax in the matter of observing Sunday, so far as keeping open places of business is concerned, than Watertown.   WR




Notice is hereby given that the co-partnership heretofore existing under the firm name of Jos. Salick & Son, dealer In musical Instruments and novelty goods, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Jos. Salick retiring from the business.  Hereafter the business will be conducted by Chas. J. Salick.


All accounts against the old firm will be settled by Chas. J. Salick, and accounts due the firm collected by him.


The jewelry business heretofore conducted by Jos. Salick will hereafter be carried on by said Chas. J. Salick.  All accounts against said firm will be settled by Chas. J. Salick, and accounts due the firm collected by him.


Thanking our patrons for the past, we solicitude to their patronage for the future. 


Jos. Salick, although retiring, will have charge of the repair work and give it his strict attention, satisfaction guaranteed every time.


Parties owing the firm are kindly requested to settle before March 1st. 1894    WG


Dec          CHRISTMAS AD




04 27       15th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, Chas. Salick and wife

Sunday, April 22, 1900, was the 15th wedding anniversary of Chas. J. Salick and wife, and a number of their friends called that evening at their home, 700 Third Street in honor of the event to offer their congratulations.  Several hours were most pleasantly passed by them at Mr. and Mrs. Salick’s hospitable home, a fine supper being served, and cards and music being indulged in.  It was a most joyful gathering, and as each guest departed, hearty good wishes were extended that Mr. Salick and wife would live to enjoy many happy returns of their wedding anniversary.   WG



Jos. Salick & Son, 1 and 3 Main Street, has added the entire basement for the display of their immense holiday stock.  This gives them three floors full of holiday goods — the largest and best selected stock in this city — it will be to your advantage to inspect this stock while complete to make your Christmas selections. The extensive growth of this business is convincing of fair dealing and the lowest prices.  WG



August Salick, Rev.

Charles Salick

John Salick

Upon the elder Salick’s retirement his son, Charles J. Salick, assumed control and has since formed a partnership with his son, John E. Salick, and the firm is now known as Salick Jewelry Co.


Joseph Salick has sold his two store buildings at the east end of Main Street bridge to his sons, Rev. Father [August] Salick and Charles Salick.  The former bought the east store [3 Main St] for $3,250 and the latter the west one [1 Main St] for $4,000.  [Watertown Gazette, 05 25 1888]


It would be impossible to describe the hardships and handicaps in the early history of the Watertown store.  One change that has taken place in the business conditions since that time and the present day is plainly indicated by the fact that working hours were from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Oil lamps supplied light by which the watchmaker busied himself.


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Salick store, right, c1910 postcard

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Mr. Salick, in recalling earlier watch-making days, recalls them with the statement:  In those days the work was no cinch.  We had to make almost every part that was needed for repair and oftentimes the tools.”


There are several clocks in the store which were made by the founder of the store and every part was made out of material obtained in Watertown and which have given accurate service all these years.


                [ Ode “To Salick’s Clock” ]


The anniversary about to be observed may well be regarded as most important because it finds the Salick Jewelry Co. thoroughly seasoned and tempered by the past traditions of achievement and ambition and with much to cause one to believe that the coming years will continue to be happy and prosperous.


The company plans “open house” for the week of June 3, and during this time they have arranged for many interesting displays of the jeweler’s art and craftsmanship.  One of the items of interest on display is a watch over 200 years old of the English verge type which still keeps accurate time.  The firm will be pleased to have the people of Watertown and vicinity call and see these displays.


Old Art


Unlike a person, a jewelry business upon entering its seventy-fifth year cannot be called old.  From time immemorial the jeweler has supplied to every home those gifts which outlive the generation in which they are purchased.  Once these things have become the possession of the buyer they assume that priceless consideration known as sentimental value.


The heirloom of today seems but the purchase of yesterday.  Precious stones, gold and sterling silver have been a standard of value for centuries.  They have always gone hand in hand with confidence, confidence in the merchants who sponsor it.


Today, in spite of changed methods of merchandising, the same confidence marks every sale of jewelry.  And so, after seventy-five years, Salick’s store marks the time during which the public has expressed its confidence in them to correctly interpret their continuous demand for the artistic.



A bicycle to be ridden by Archie Wurtzler, who claims the title of champion of Watertown, may be seen in the show window of Joseph Salick & Son [ Watertown Daily Times, 03 03 1897 ]



Joseph Salick was the first to commend electrical lights and signed a contract for a substantial number of lights.  Most of the business men were indifferent but became convinced of its feasibility as soon as a few were put in use.


Joseph Salick

St. Henry’s, First Trustee


The Joseph Salick was one of the three first church council or trustee members of St. Henry’s Parish of Watertown, assisting Father Conrad Beck, the first residing priest.


Born in Westphalia, Germany in 1824, Joseph Salick served in the German army during the revolutionary period of 1848.  In the year 1853 Salick moved to Watertown.  One of his ten children, August, became a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


Salick was a prominent resident, devoted member of the parish and was a pioneer jeweler and senior member of the firm of Joseph Salick & Son. 


Salick opened the first jewelry store in the community in 1853 and always lived in the vicinity of the church; for a time his home was at 802 N. Fourth Street, one of the most beautiful homes in the city, originally built by John W. Cole.

Cross Reference:  Henry Fendt has purchased the Joseph Salick residence property at 412 North Fifth Street and will occupy it as his family residence.   Watertown Gazette, 11 30 1911


He worked at the jeweler’s bench up to his retirement at age 85, being at the time the oldest jeweler in Wisconsin.


Salick died in 1910.  “One can truly say of him he lived as near as possible to the golden rule.  As in private and business affairs he had the respect of all who came in contact with him.” (Watertown Daily Times, 10 17 1910)


At 4:30 o'clock last Friday afternoon, while blasting ice at Main street with dynamite, a piece of gravel covering the dynamite was driven through a side window of the Salick jewelry store and struck Jos. Salick over one of his eyes and inflicted a severe wound.  Though not of a serious nature, Mr. Salick was considerably scared at the time.  Watertown Daily Times, March 30, 1904


Watertown Daily Times, 10 29 1953


The Salick Jewelry Company, 217 Main Street, this city, is celebrating its one hundredth year as a jewelry concern.  Believed to be the oldest jewelry store in the state, it has been in continuous operation by the Salick family since its founding in 1953.  Joseph Salick, the founder, came to this country from Germany in 1851.  He traveled by wagon team through the woods from Milwaukee to Watertown in 1853 and started his jewelry business.  The first location was at the present site of the Wisconsin National Bank [104 W Main].  A year later the business moved to the present location of the New York Market [8 E Main] and later a new store was built at No. 1 and 3 [E] Main Street.  This remained the location of the Salick Jewelry Store for many years.



Watertown Daily Times, 10 07 1995


A downtown business with a colorful history will end with the closing of Salick Jewelers, a Watertown landmark for over 140 years.  Rowland and Terry Straka, who have owned and operated the jewelry business on the corner of East Main and South Third streets for the past seven years, are in the process of liquidating the inventory in celebration of Rowland's retirement at age 65.  Salick Jewelers is believed to be the oldest jewelry store in Wisconsin.  The business was founded in 1853 by Joseph Salick, who had been a clock maker in Westphalia, Germany.  It was one of Watertown's earliest retail businesses, starting just 17 years after the city's first white settler, Timothy Johnson, arrived here.  Over the years the business has sold a countless number of diamond and wedding ring sets to generations of customers, and also played a part in the evolution of the men's pocket watch to the now traditional wristwatches for both men and women.








Upon resolution of Alderman Mayer, the mayor appointed the following committee to investigate the merits of an electric fire alarm invented by Joseph A. Salick, H. C. Mayer C. Mulberger, J. F. Prentiss, R. H. Radtke, H. C. Fredrich.




       Located above Salick’s

1905 Watertown City Directory


         Calabaza signage noted in photo, which is for 1910 remodel project.




Letitia Marie Salick - Sidney Frederick Eberle



Watertown Gazette, 07 30 1909


At high noon Wednesday, July 28, 1909, a wedding of more than usual interest took place at the home of Charles J. Salick and wife, Third Street, the contracting parties being Miss Letitia Marie Salick and Assistant Postmaster Sidney Frederick Eberle.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Hennessey, pastor of St. Bernard’s Church.


For several days the house had been in the hands of the members of a club to which Miss Salick belonged and by the time appointed for the wedding it had been transferred into a bower of beauty.  The parlor given up to the ceremony was done in white and green, the dining room in sweet peas and smilax.  To add to the beauty of the scene the shades were drawn and the house lighted by many candles. 


Promptly at high noon Miss Leona Brandt struck up the chords of Mendelssohn’s wedding march.  The ribbon bearers, Miss Elsa Schempf and Miss Margaret Eberle, in gowns of pink and white, stretched the ribbons for the bridal party.  Miss Ida McGough of Milwaukee, attired in white French organdie and pink silk, was maid of honor, and she carried a large bouquet of pink sweet peas.  Following came the bride on the arm of her father.  She was gowned in white messaline trimmed with duchess lace and embroidered net and wore the conventional veil.  She carried a shower bouquet of white sweet peas. 


The best man was Ralph Eberle, brother of the groom.


The ceremony was followed by a breakfast of ten courses, covers being laid for 18.  The servers were the Misses Della Koenig, Selma and Della Hoermann, Elsa Baumann and Elvira Emmerling.


After a tour of several weeks in Michigan the groom and his bride will make their home at 317 North Montgomery Street, this city, and will be at home to their friends after October 1st. 


The groom and his bride are two of Watertown’s most esteemed citizens and have passed all their lives in our city, with the exception of a short time the groom was employed in the west.  They are members of two of Watertown’s oldest and best families, the groom being a son of Postmaster H. T. Eberle and wife, and the bride the eldest daughter of Charles J. Salick and wife. 


Their friends are all who know them and they are known to nearly everybody in Watertown, hence on entering married life they have the hearty good wishes of all our people for a long, prosperous and happy life.  The Gazette joins their numerous friends in wishing that their fondest hopes of matrimonial bliss will be fully realized.




Joseph A. Salick, Jr.


06 10       DIED.    Joseph A. Salick, a son of Joseph Salick

After a lingering illness of several months Joseph A. Salick died at his home at 208 West Main Street [?] on Tuesday, June 7, 1910.  Deceased was a son of Joseph Salick, a pioneer jeweler of Watertown, and was born in this city on April 26, 1855.  He was educated in the schools of this city and after leaving school learned the jewelry trade in his father's store.


November 5, 1879, he was married to Miss Addie Cody, daughter of the late Dr. James Cody, and shortly after he engaged in the jewelry and music business at Appleton, having at one time one of the largest stores in his line in the state.  About 20 years ago he closed out his business at Appleton and removed to this city and engaged in the optical and jewelry business, which he conducted up to a short time before he died. 


Mr. Salick was a genius in many ways, especially in the mechanical and literary line.  A few years ago he published a work entitled "Telepah," a dramatic poem of the Orient, foretelling the wonders of the electrical world.  It was published in four volumes and had a large sale.


His wife, two sons and five daughters survive him, his children being James Salick of St Louis, Mabel, Laura, Ruth, Julia, Stella and George of this city.  Friday morning at 9 o'clock his funeral will take place from St. Henry's Catholic Church, and his remains will be interred in St. Bernard's cemetery.   WG


1910, cont.


New front; interior remodeling; steam heat; $3000.  Iron, Dornfeld-Kunert Co.  Balance day work except painting and glazing.  A. C. Huenefeld, architect.   Watertown News, 08 05 1910



1910:  Albert Maas Sr (1861-1944)

Maas Bros. was founded later, in 1922

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Joseph Salick, Sr


10 21       DIED.    Joseph Salick, father of Joseph A. Salick

Into the Shadows


Death has called a good man, prominent resident and respected citizen and neighbor in the person of Mr. Joseph Salick, who was called into eternal rest at his residence, 412 North Fifth street Monday.  He had been seriously sick for several days and his death was not unexpected by his relatives.


Mr., Salick was one of the best-known citizens of Watertown where he resided over half a century.  His was a useful life, devoted to his family and attentive to business duties.  He was a pioneer jeweler of Watertown and senior member of the firm of Joseph Salick & Son.


A remarkable feature of his life was that he worked at the jeweler’s bench up to the age of 85 years when he retired to enjoy a well-earned rest.  At the time of his retirement he was in point of service the oldest jeweler in Wisconsin and up to that time his eyesight and nerves were in the excellent condition required for the care and repair of watches and like work.  He was known to the jewelry fraternity of the state as the father of them all, having worked at the bench for seventy years.


He learned the business when a lad at Burgsteinfurd, near his native town.


Mr. Salick was born in Norwalde, Westphalia, Germany, January 3, 1824 and served in the German army during the revolutionary period of 1848.  Later he came to this country and lived for a while in Cincinnati and New Orleans, later removing to Milwaukee.


He was married in that city by the Rev, Salzmann in St. Mary’s church, to Elizabeth Hepp, September 28, 1852 and, with his wife, since deceased, had the happiness of celebrating his golden wedding.


In 1853 he removed to Watertown, making the journey by team and shortly after engaged in the watchmaking and jewelry business, the firm for many years being located at 1 and 3 Main street.


Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Salick, eight of whom are Jiving: The Rev. August Salick, Mrs. Mattew Gale, Otto Salick, Milwaukee; Benjamin Salick, Centralia, Wash.; Mrs. Benjamin Stetson; Napa, Cal,; Charles J. Salick, Mrs. M. Curley, Miss Theckla Salick, Watertown. Thirty-five grandchildren also survive.


Mr. Salick was honored by the people with many offices of trust and responsibility.  He served several terms as alderman and when the old Central Wisconsin Fair association was in existence here was its treasurer several years.  Besides he held various local society offices.


In 1864 he paid a visit to his old home in Germany, the only break in his long and useful residence in this city, and his death will be learned with sorrow by the whole community as one can truly say of him he lived as near as possible to the golden rule.  As in private and business affairs he had the respect of all, so in his private life he won and maintained the warm regard of all who came in contact with him, a devoted husband and kind father.


He made no enemies but leaves a host of friends to deplore their personal loss in his death.     The Watertown News, 10 21 1910



Chas. J. Salick has just had his jewelry store building at the east end of Main Street bridge remodeled and fitted out in fine shape.  It is electric lighted and heated throughout from basement to the second story, and has all other modern improvements.  The second story is fitted out for office purposes and the first story and basement is used for Mr. Salick's jewelry and novelty business.  The show windows are as fine as any in the state and give Mr. Salick a fine opportunity to display his large stock of goods therein.  The Salick building now looms up in fine shape, and Mr. Salick is deserving of credit for this enterprising move on his part.   WG




The Wisconsin Institute of Horology of Milwaukee has issued a diploma to John F. Salick of this city, he having recently completed his course in that institution.  It guarantees him competent to repair and adjust all time measuring instruments.  He is a member of the firm of Chas. J. Salick & Son, jewelers, No. 1 and 3 Main Street, and he will hereafter have charge of the watch and clock department of the firm’s business, and all the firm’s customers can count on getting first class service in that line.     WG


1920       Vigilance of clerks prevented a considerable loss through forged check


1922       OTTO T. SALICK, Profile of

Otto T. Salick engaged in the real estate and insurance business and widely known as the president of the North Avenue Advancement Association was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, April 10, 1877, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hepp Salick, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they came to the United States in youth.  They cast in their lot with the pioneer settlers of Milwaukee where the father first engaged in business as a watchmaker and jeweler.  He afterward removed to Watertown, Wisconsin, and there conducted a jewelry business to the time of his death.  Both he and his wife have passed away.


Otto T. Salick was educated in the public and parochial schools of Watertown and also attended Marquette University of Milwaukee.  When his school days were over he started out in the business world and was employed in various capacities.  Later he engaged in the real estate business and has built up an extensive trade in this connection at No 3610 North Avenue.  His residence in Milwaukee dates from 1895 and through the intervening period he has steadily forged to the front in business circles in this city.  He has negotiated many important realty transfers and through his activity has contributed in considerable measure to the improvement and progress of the northern section.  He also has a well-organized insurance department and was one of the founders of the North Avenue Advancement Association which was formed in March 1919 and has steadily grown having on its list of members the leading business and professional men of this section of the city.  Mr. Salick has taken a most deep and helpful interest in the movement and the purposes underlying the society and recently contributed to the North Avenue Star a most interesting article setting forth the history of North Avenue and the development of this section of the city.


In 1902 Mr. Salick was married to Miss Mary Reiter of Milwaukee and they have become the parents of eight children; Olive fifteen years of age, Florence aged thirteen, Frances eleven, Dorothy nine, John seven, Genevieve four, Ralph three, and Robert two.


Through the field of political activity Mr. Salick has also done much for Milwaukee's benefit and progress.  In 1903 he was appointed assessor of the twenty second ward holding the office until 1912 or for a period of nine years.  During this time he was also a member of the board of review.  Any project or plan put forward for the benefit and upbuilding of the city receives his endorsement and loyal and active support.           History of Milwaukee, City and County, Volume 2, William George Bruce, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co, Chicago, 1922.



06 01       75th ANNIVERSARY

The Salick Jewelry Co. will observe its seventy-fifth anniversary the week of June 3-10 (1928).  The history of this business is closely woven with that of the city.   WDT




For over 70 years now, nearly three quarters of a century, the old pendulum clock, the only one of its kind in the U.S. has been swinging back and forth, ticking out the seconds, in either one or the other display window of the Salick Jewelry company.  It has been swinging constantly, day in and day out, through three generations, with the exception of its annual removal from the widow for the yearly oiling.  The old clock is almost in a class by itself.  There is only one other clock like it in the entire world and that was made in Germany some years before the local clock was constructed by Joseph Salick, father of Charles Salick, who was employed by the old German clockmaker who made the only other pendulum timepiece of its type.  Before Mr. Salick sailed for America, his employer, who took a liking to the young man, gave him the design of the clock and the right to make a similar one if he cared to. 


Shortly after Mr. Salick came to Watertown, he set to work to produce the clock that now for 70 years has attracted people from far and near.  Thousands of tourists, passing through the city, have noticed the unusual clock and have stopped to inspect the novel timepiece and one, poetically inclined, upon seeing the clock, was so impressed he wrote a poem about it. 


The face of the clock forms the pendulum weight on the bottom of the pendulum and swings back and forth as the seconds are ticked out.


                [ Ode “To Salick’s Clock” ]



07 04       CENTENNIAL YEAR, 1853-1953

      Float in Fourth of July parade


1957       217 EAST MAIN ST LOCATION

    1957 compared to 1897 business at this location


1963       SALE OF THE SALICK’S to Sam J. Luchsinger


12 31       Sale of the Salick Jewelry Co. to Sam J. Luchsinger was announced today by John E. Salick.  Mr. Luchsinger has been a partner and member of the firm for the past 17 years.  In making the announcement, Mr. Salick, who resides at 306 North Church Street, said he wanted to express his appreciation to his many friends and customers for their patronage during the many years he has operated the business which was founded, in 1853, by his grandfather, Joseph Salick.   WDT


Samuel John Luchsinger, 1922 - 2013.   He and his wife, Margaret, owned the Salick Jewelry Store, located at 217 Main St. in Watertown, for 42 years, and sold the business in 1988, currently Bradow Jewelers.  Salick Jewelers was founded in Watertown in 1853.  Mr. Luchsinger was highly respected in the Watertown business community for his integrity, sincerity and friendliness to customers and colleagues.  Mr. Luchsinger was trained in gemology and a respected member of the American Gem Society.




Watertown police this morning said their investigation has turned up little on the Good Friday robbery of Salick Jewelers.  About 600 rings, made of various stones and in various stages of completion, were taken from Salick, 217 Main Street, when two persons apparently distracted the clerks while others lifted the articles from an unlocked backroom safe.  Police who originally listed the incident as “shoplifting” on their daily blotter, said a “gypsy-type” man, who they described as having a dark complexion and a Spanish accent, walked into the store at 11:15 a.m. and talked to a clerk about purchasing some jewelry.   WDT






   Image Portfolio 



When he retired at age 85 he was the oldest active jeweler in the state; Forty-Eighters leave their mark on Watertown

Joseph Salick used to row his boat down the Rock River every morning to near his Main Street store.

Construction of Salick Jewelry Store, 1-3 E Main, photo:  Faces & Places - Watertown Area, Heritage House Publishing (Marceline, MO), 1999, p 40.

Joseph Salick is buried in St. Henry’s Cemetery; son John in St. Bernard’s

Charles Salick and John Salick had compiled early weather reports on the city.

Dramatic poem “Telepah," published by Joseph A. Salick

1876, U.S. centennial parade, Charles Salick led one section of the parade on horseback

1911, Dr. U. N. Barber, Dentist, located above Salicks

1895c, Gritzner Barber Shop located in basement of Salicks





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