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History of  Watertown, Wisconsin

A Digital Online ebook

 

Ken Riedl, Editor

 

Index to above online history ebook


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

ADDRESSES ( A – Main, East )

ADDRESSES ( Main, West - Z )

 

EARLY DAYS

 

GERMAN-IRISH HERITAGE / SENTIMENT

 

BUSINESSES & BUILDINGS

 

CHURCHES

 

CITY GOVERNMENT & SERVICES

 

HOMES

 

FIRST KINDERGARTEN

 

SCHOOLS

 

UNIVERSITIES

 

ROCK RIVER

 

BRIDGES

 

STREETS & ROADS

 

RAILROADS & DEPOTS

 

INTERURBAN

 

PARKS

 

SOCIETIES, CLUBS, FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

BREWERIES

 

CELEBRATIONS

 

STORMS, DROUGHTS & FLOODS

 

SPORTS/ATHLETICS

 

BETHESDA LUTHERAN HOME

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

CIVIL WAR

 

 

EARLY DAYS

FOUNDING OF WATERTOWN

Timothy Johnson arrival, Dec 10, 1836

Through the eyes of Timothy Johnson's daughter

August Derleth article

Luther Cole arrival, Dec 27, 1836

James Rogan, first deed to a land grant, recollections of, 1836

First hotel, a two room shanty, Rogan brothers, 1836

First death in Watertown, 1837

Watertown settlement, depiction of, 1842

J. A. Hadley reflection, Watertown Chronicle founder, 1847

BOHEMIAN SETTLEMENT

Chapter on

IMPRESSIONS OF WATERTOWN

1842  S. M. Eaton memories

1843  Dr. Edward Johnson

1845  John Gamble letter

1848  Watertown in 1848

1853  Impressions

               Hogs running at large, 1853

               Dogs take over town, 1858-60

1859  Trip over railroad to Watertown

IMPRESSIONS OF LAND AND WILDLIFE

Richness of the farm land

 

GERMAN-IRISH HERITAGE / SENTIMENT

Antagonism between German boys on one side, Irish boys on the other; 1909 letter

Mass Meeting of German-Americans, WWI sentiment, 1915

German tradition continues; church services in German, 2010   WDT

We may learn something from our German citizens, 1860

 

BUSINESSES & BUILDINGS

Ace Hardware

Achtenhagen & Borchardt 

American Cigar Co 

American Express

American House

Archie Monuments

Bank of Watertown

Barker Lumber & Fuel Co

Beal & Torrey Shoe factory built, 1904

Bergin Brothers

Biefeld, Otto & Co

Bickett Rubber Co

Birkholz Floral 

Bittner (Fred) Saloon 

Bittner (William) Grocery 

Bittner and Tetzlaff 

Blanchard Mill (same as Yellow Mill)

Block Brothers

Bocher's Food Market

Boelter’s Meat Market

Bramer & Wolff

Brandt Manufacturing

Brandt-Dent Co

Brennecke and Bergmann

Brick making 

Boyum's Grocery 

Buroff Garage 

Bursinger Brewery

Busse Pharmacy

Carlton Hotel

Casey, James D

Central Trading Co

Chamber of Commerce

Clasen Quality Coatings

Classic Theater

Coast to Coast Stores 

Coe, E. D.   

Cole Hall 

Commercial Hotel

Como Photo

Concordia Opera House

Cooley Daguerreian Gallery 

Cooley, Fred 

Copeland-Roach Motor Co. 

Cordes Brick Co

Crandall Grocery

Curtiss’ Fine Art Gallery 

Dadant & Sons 

David’s 

Day, S P  

Dennis Grocery  

Ditschler Saloon  

Doerr Drug Store

Dornfeld-Kunert Co

Draeger’s Floral

Ducasse Brewery

Duddeck's Food Shop

Durant Manufacturing

East Gate Inn 

East Side Bakery 

Eaton Manufacturing 

Eaton, S M, & Son

Eberle

Eiffler Harness Shop 

Elias Inn  

Elliotts 

Empire Theater 

Evans Livery

Exchange Hotel 

Faber’s  

Farmer’s Hotel opened, 1847 

Feisst, C A & Co 

Fendt Brothers Meat Market 

Fin & Tail 

Fischer's

Fischer & Rohr

Foster and Bauman Veterinary Clinic

Fountain & Co. opens first drug store in village, 1847

Fredrich Livery

Fuermann Brewery

G B Lewis Company

Gamm Crockery

Gamm Drug Store

Geschke Hardware 

Gibbs, Darius 

Globe Mill 

Goeldner Musical Instu & Notions 

Golper’s 

Goose noodling 

Gorder Co

Grinwald Ford

Grube General Store 

Gruetzmacher Books and Stationery  

Guyer Music 

Habhegger Slaughter House & Cold Storage 

Habhegger Sommergarten 

Hafemeister’s

Hartig Brewery

Hartwig veterinary hospital est, 1895

Heimsehr Grocery

Henry Co, Ira L 

Herro’s 

Hertel & Hoffmann  

Hevi-Duty 

Hoeffner's Brewery

Hoge, Richard 

Howell, R & HS 

Humboldt 

Hutson Braun Lumber Co

Iffland Grocery

Jacobi & Miller  

Jaedecke Meat Market  

Jaeger Milling Co  

Jaeger Saloon  

Jaeger Wood Working Plant  

Jahnke Creamery

Kadish, L J

Keck Furniture established 1853 

Keel, Robert, "Jumbo"

Kehr Brothers 

Kern’s Men’s Store

Kline's Dept Store

Koser Bakery 

Kraemer Dairy 

Kramer Bros Cigar Manufactory 

Kramp Co

Krebs Store

Kresge’s

Krier's

Kusel’s established 1849 

Lee Edwards Cleaners 

Liedtke & Schack 

Lindberg’s

Lindon House

Lucas Confectionery And Fruit

Maas Brothers

March Cabinet Shop

Main Café

Marquardt Manor opened 1969 

McMahon Grocery  

Merchant’s National Bank 

Meyer Ambulance Service  

Meyers’ Cities Service 

Meyer Bros Meat Market 

Meyers Studio 

Mid-States Shoe Co

Miller Cigar Manufactory

Misegades Wagon Shop

Monarch Co

Moore Ice Cream, Thomas

Mud Tavern

Mullen’s

Murphy Co, J B

Neumann & Krueger

New Belvedere Hotel

New Method Laundry

Nibble Nook Restaurant

Noffz Funeral Home

Norton Grocery

Nowack & Schmutzler 

Nowack Funeral Home 

Ogders & Dalgarno

Old Elm Mills 

Otis Hall & Co.  

Otto’s Inn founded 1876

Owen Glove Lining Co

Pagel's Bakery

Palace Theatre 

Pederson Funeral Home 

Penney's 

Piccadilly Smoke Shop

Piper Harness Shop  

Pioneer Store 

Plank Road Brewery established, 1852  

Planter's Hotel

Plattdeutscher Verein 

Platz & Brandt  

Powers Inn

Pritzlaff & Co. 

Raasch Bowl 

Ray's Red Goose Shoes 

Red Apple Antiques 

Regensdorf 

Reichow Grocery & Saloon  

Riemer’s Saw & Lawn Mower  

River City Distributing  

Robinson House 

Roegner Marble 

Royal Meat Market

Ruesch's Footware

Ryan Book Store

Salick's Jewelry Store

Savoy Theater

Schack Grocery

Schatz Boots & Shoes  

Schempf’s Drug Store  

Schempf’s Dry Goods  

Schimmel & Son cigar store

Schlueter Brothers

Schmutzler & Oestreich

Schmutzler Furniture

Schneider Jewelry

Schott’s Cafe 

Schuett’s  

Schwab & Co 

Seager Barber Shop  

Seibel Brothers

Shandrew, F E, Threshing Machine Manufactory 

Sharp Corner Inn 

Skinner & Thauer 

Sproesser Jewelry 

Spuncast 

Strauss & Sette

Straw & Murphy 

Stube Floral Shop 

Tetzlaff Drug Store 

Thacker’s Concert Band 

Toussaint 

Trachte & Trayser established 1888 

Tremont House

Tribeca GalleryCafe and Books

Tri-County Tobacco

Turner Hall

United Cooperative

Van Alstine's Exchange Hotel

Van Camp Packing Co

Yellow Mill

Village Blacksmith

Vogue Cleaners

Vulcan Iron Works

Vultel

Washington Hotel

Watertown Advancement Assn

Watertown Bowl

Watertown Brick Co.  

Watertown Canning Co   

Watertown Chamber of Commerce  

Watertown Daily Times

Watertown Democrat

Watertown Driving Club

Watertown Dye Works 

Watertown Fur Co 

Watertown Gas & Electric 

Watertown Gazette 

Watertown Grain Co  

Watertown Grocery Co  

Watertown House

Watertown Machine Co

Watertown Squab Co and Watertown Pigeon Club origins, 1897

Watertown Square

Watertown Steam Laundry

Watertown Table Slide Company organized, 1889

Watertown Woolen Factory

Weber, J & Son Lumber Co 

Wegemann & Strauss 

Welcome Inn 

Weltbuerger Printing established, 1852

Wien Brush Co

Wiggenhorn Cigar established, 1858

Wiggenhorn Jewelry

Wilkes Radio and TV

Wilkowski Bros

Wis-Pak

Watertown Republican

Wisconsin House

Wisconsin National Bank, organized, 1856

Wurtz

WTTN

Yawkey-Crowley Lumber

Zwiegs Grill

 

CHURCHES

First city church census, 1941 

Christ United Methodist 

St. Bernard’s mission established, first Catholic Mass in Watertown, 1841 

       Church, 1846

First Baptist, established 1872

First Congregation Church established, 1845

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church organized, 1847

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church incorporated, 1849;  St. Luke’s demolished (N Fourth St site), 1960

St. John’s Lutheran Church-WELS founded, 1852

Ebenezer Moravian Church established, 1853

St. Henry’s Catholic Church established, 1853

German Baptist, organized, 1854

Moravian Church established, 1854

St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church established 1854

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, cornerstone laid, 1859

Welsh Methodist Church, constructed 1858

Advent Christian Church, same as German Adventist, 1872

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded 1875

Assembly of God Church, established 1934

Trinity Lutheran Church founded, 1916

Calvary Baptist Church founded, 1960

Seventh-Day Adventist Church founded, 1967

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, founded 1971

German Wesley Methodist

Faith Lutheran Church, organized in 1986

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded, 1987

 

CITY GOVERNMENT & SERVICES

An Electoral Study of Watertown

Research paper

CITY HALL

North First St

Jones St

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Phoenix Fire Co, organized 1876

Watertown Fire Dept, formed 1857

HOSPITAL

Emergency Hospital established, 1887

First Hospital established, 1903

St. Mary’s

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Watertown Police Dept

CITY JAIL [Lock-up]

Establishment of

COUNTY SEAT

Watertown proposed

 

HOMES

First frame house in Watertown, 1841

Barber

Bingham

Blumenfeld 

Brandt Quirk Manor 

Buchheit, Gustav 

Buchheit, William

Burnham

Cole

Cordes

Crangle

Dobler  

Fourth St, north  

Fuermann, Jr   

Fuermann, Sr   

Gamm, August

Gamm, Fred

Green  

Greve-Krahn Log Cabin 

Habhegger, John

Harte  

Hartwig 

Heisman 

Johannsen 

Jones/Kreitzman  

Kading 

Keck 

King   

Kreitzman, see Jones/Kreitzman

Kusel, Dan 

Kusel, Frank 

Lewis

Maerzke 

Manz Home      Second link  

Missegades 

Mulberger

Nack

Needham

Newcomb property home

Octagon House, construction started 1851, completed 1854

Octagon House, lesser known second one

Packer House

Parks

Platz

Prentiss

Pritzlaff 

Pugh 

Raue  

Reichardt

Rogan, remodeled into Boyle Funeral Home, 1937 

Schempf, John 

Schmutzler 

Schultz, E W 

Schulz, Gottlieb  

Schulz, Reuben 

Schurz, Carl  

Seibel 

Solliday 

Sphon 

Stiemke Home 

Weber, George (Spohn Shoes) 

Sproesser 

Stone, Jesse

Stone, William

Thauer

Thom

Three mile house, north of city

Volkmann

Watts

Weber, Jacob & Frank

Werlich  

Wiggenhorn, Eugene (sold to Julius)  

Woodard, Frank  

Woodard, Marshall  

 

FIRST KINDERGARTEN

America’s First Kindergarten established, 1856

150th Anniversary of America’s First Kindergarten, 2006

 

SCHOOLS

Douglas School

Lincoln School 

MATC  

Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran School 

Watertown High School started, 1866

Webster School

 

UNIVERSITIES

Northwestern College established, 1865

       Luther Preparatory School opens, 1995

Sacred Heart

       Sacred Heart Military Academy opens, 1955

Maranatha Baptist Bible College opens, 1968

 

ROCK RIVER

DAMS

Globe Mill Dam

Boomer Dam built, 1849

Rough & Ready

FLOODS

1881, image1, image2, image3 

1905  

2008, The flood of June 

BRIDGES

Chapter on

Boughton St Bridge

Cady St Bridge constructed, 1874

Fourth St Bridge

Main St Bridge

Memorial Bridge dedicated, 1923

Milwaukee St Bridge (iron) opened, 1889

Milwaukee St Bridge (concrete arch) opened, 1930

Oconomowoc Ave Bridge

C M & St Paul Railway Bridge

 

STREETS & ROADS

Territorial roads constructed through Watertown, 1839

Watertown Plank Road, constructed, 1846

         Completion of gave farmers a choice of markets, only remedy a railroad between city and the lake towns

Clyman St

Main St

       Lewis fountain, Main St

       Muddy Main St

Washington Ave

Western Ave

 

INTERURBAN

               Trolley

 

RAILROADS & DEPOTS

Chicago & Northwestern Railway

         1860 accident, C&NW, cow derails train

         1909 accident, C&NW, 12 killed

Watertown and Madison Road

Railroad (Milwaukee-Watertown) reaches city, 1855 (est. 1853)

Railroad (C. M. & St. Paul Railway) reaches city, 1855 (begun 1851)

Railroad Bridges over the Rock:  C M & St Paul Railway Bridge

Railroad Spur, North Water St.

Theodore Roosevelt stops in Watertown (1900)

President Taft passes through Watertown, special train (1909)

Junction

Chicago & Northwestern with Milwaukee Road removed (1977)

 

PARKS

Brandt Park

Memorial Park

Riverside Park

 

SOCIETIES, CLUBS, FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS

Apollo Club

Band, first in city, 1847

Concordia Society formed, 1862

DeMolay

Elks Lodge #666

Euterpe Club

Imperial Band

Kiwanis 

Knights of Pythias 

Lions Club 

Muncipal Band 

Outdoor Art Assn 

Plattdeutscher Verein 

Rotary Club

Saturday Club

Sauerkraut Club

Turners

 

BREWERIES

               YET TO BE COMPILIED FOR THIS ONLINE HISTORY

 

CELEBRATIONS / OBSERVANCES

U.S. CENTENNIAL / BICENTENNIAL

American Revolution (July 4, 1776) Centennial celebration, 1876

American Revolution (July 4, 1776) Bicentennial celebration, 1976

WATERTOWN CENTENNIAL

100 year anniversary, founding, 1936

100 year anniversary, first city charter, 1954

               Centennial celebration

               Centennial tea

               Centurama

WATERTOWN SESQUICENTENNIAL

150 year anniversary, founding, 1987

HERITAGE DAY PARADE

June 18, 1972   

FAIRS:  CITY, INTER-COUNTY, COUNTY, STATE

Jefferson County Fair, 1858

Central Wisconsin Fair Held at Watertown, 1888

Jefferson County Fair, 1909, 57th annual

Watertown Intra-County Fair, overview

               1907

               1909

               1910

Watertown Fair Day [monthly]

DECORATION DAY / MEMORIAL DAY

Chapter on 

FOURTH OF JULY

Fourth of July, “first in village,” 1840

Fourth of July, “first in village,” 1847

Fourth of July, 1858

Fourth of July, 1860

Fourth of July, 1862

Fourth of July, 1896

Fourth of July, 1981

Chapter on

LABOR DAY

1909

1910

HARVEST JUBILEE & CARNIVAL

1899 

HOMECOMING DAY

1902, first one

1904

1905

1907

1908

1909

1910

1911

CIRCUS

1910, Campbell Brothers Shows

1915, Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to town

Chapter on circuses

SAENGERFEST CELEBRATION

Saengerfest celebration, 1867, 1875, 1885

THANKSGIVING

1859

TIVOLI ISLAND

Site of many celebrations

RIVERFEST

#1 summer event at this time

WATERTOWN DAY

At 1907 World's County Fair at Beaver Dam

 

STORMS, DROUGHTS & FLOODS

DROUGHTS

1909, Mills on Rock River affected

FLOODS

1881, image1, image2, image3

1904, Flood and ice jam in April swept away building on middle of Main St. bridge

1982, Heaviest rainfall in Watertown’s history

2008, The flood of June

SNOW STORMS

1842, Winter of

1881, Fierce snow storm paralyzes city

1898, Major snow storm hits city

1910, “Severest winter ever experienced here”

TORNADOS

1873, Tornado

1914, Tornado “Cyclone”

TEMPS

1904, Coldest in history

 

SPORTS/ATHLETICS

Baseball 

Bowling 

Golf 

 

BETHESDA LUTHERAN HOME

Chapter on

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Arzberger, Walter, Dr

Ballou, Daniel

Barber, M, Dr

Barber, U N, Dr

Began, Michael

Bennett, J B

Bass, Thomas

Bassinger, Henry 

Bernhard, Theodore 

Block, Herman 

Blumenfeld, Charles

Blumenfeld, David

Blumenfeld, Ralph

Bonney, John

Brandenstein, Dan

Brandt, William F

Brayton family, early area (Aztalan) settlers, arrive in area, 1837  

Broennimann, Edward  

Brook, F P  

Brooks, Thomas

Brusenbach, John  

Buchheit, Gustav 

Buchheit, William  

Buntrock, Charles

Burke, Richard Jr

Cady, Susan

Casanova, J R, Dr

Chadwick, Daniel S

Chadwick, John arrival, 1837 

Chadwick, Mary 

Clifford, John D

Cody, Dr. James [1],  [2] arrival, 1846

Cody, William [Bill]

Cole, Luther

Corby, William, Rev

Cordes, Louis moves to town. 1860

Coughlin, Ervin 

Dakin, Harold and Mamie  

Davies, Joseph E 

Davies, Rachel, Rev 

Dent, Robert 

Dippel, Conrad 

Dobbratz, Raymond

Doerr, Emil 

Dornfeld, John 

Eberle, Gustav arrives, Eberle Drug, 1853 

Eger, Clemens, Dr 

Euper, Peter 

Feld, Ben 

Feld, C R, Dr.

Flinn, Hezekiah 

Ford, Simon

Fuller, Samuel

Gaebler, Emil

Gaebler, Max

Giles, Joseph

Gill, Charles

Gilman, Frank

Gilman, John, General

Gnatzig, Edward

Gritzner, Alton

Grabow, Harris

Grube, Herman 

Gruner, Eunice  

Habhegger, Dr. Charles 

Hall, Otis

Hardege family

Hardie, Alex

Harger, Ashley

Hartwig, Adolph, Dr 

Hawkins, William Needham

Heymann, John 

Hinterberg, Edward 

Hoeffner, Jacob

Hoeffner, Ernest

Hoermann, Rudolph Bernard

Hoge, Richard

Hyer, George

Jacobi, Charles Hugo

Johnson, Edward, Dr

Johnson, Timothy

       Through the eyes of Timothy Johnson's daughter

       August Derleth article

Jones, Daniel

Joss, Addie (Adrian)

Kading, Charles A 

Kastenmeier, Robert  

Keck, George Fred 

Keel, Robert “Jumbo”

Kehl, Emil

Kerr, Charles, Sr

Kerr, Hugh

Knispel, John

Kohli, Emil 

Kolata, Carl 

Koser, Frank J 

Krueger, Herman E

Krueger, Vic

Kubly, Raymond

Kusel, Ernest

Kusel, Fred, Capt

Kusel, Theodore

Lasker, Mary nee Woodard

Lewis, Fannie

Lewis, John "The Commodore"

Luther, Emil

Maas, Bobby

Mannegold, Alexander

McDermott, Ellen, "Crazy Nellie"

Mendenhall, Ellis

Merkle, Fred makes a name for himself, 1908

Meyer, Arthur, Dr

Miller, Adolph

Miller, Charles

Miller, Fred

Moak, Justus

Mollart, Gladys 

Mollart, Lobegott 

Molzahn, Simon 

Moore, James M

Moore, James W

Moore, Thomas

Mulberger, Arthur

Mulberger, Charles

Mulberger, Henry, Jr

Mulberger, Henry, Sr

Murphy, J B

Muth, John

Nack, Walter

Needham, August

Nowack, Louis (Louie), Dr

Off, Ernest

Ott, John Henry, Dr 

Pease, Harlow  

Perry, Carlotta 

Pieritz, Charles 

Piper, Charles

Prentiss, Theodore 

Prochazka, Wenzel 

Quiner, E B 

Quinney, Dr

Raabe, Meinhardt

Racek, Edward

Racek, Theodore

Raue, William

Reichert, John “Put”

Reiss Industries

Richards, John

Roegner, Andrew

Rogan, James

Ryan, Ray

Salick, Joseph

Sanford, O B

Sans, Christian, Rev  

Schempf family 

Schiffler, Charles  

Schlueter, John

Schlueter, Markus, Dr

Schmutzler, Ferdinand

Schott, Reinhold

Scott, Donald D.

Schroeder, Christoph

Schultz, Emil

Schulz, Frank

Schurz, Carl

Shamberg, G, Dr

Shinnick, Dr

Skinner, Charles A

Skinner, C B

Sleeper, Jonas

Smith, Heber

Solliday, Albert A, Col

Solliday, A F, Dr  

Spalding, William, Dr 

Sproesser, William  

Staub, John

Stone, Jesse

Tanck, August

Tanck, Emil

Terbrueggen, Joseph

Tercinski, Frank

Thom, Paul

Traeumer, George P, Major

Turkey Gehrke

Viebahn, Charles, Prof

Voss, William

Wackett, Byron F

Weber, Frank B

Weber, William

Werner, F C, Dr

Wertheimer, Herman

Wiggenhorn, August

Wiggenhorn, Constance

Wiggenhorn, William

Williams, Myron

Wollensack, Charles 

Woodard, Marshall

Woodard, William

Zoelle, Benjamin

 

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