50 Years Ago

May 10, 1969

In a statement released recently by the Wisconsin Music Association, Sally Feld, 917 Clark Street, was informed she had been chosen as a member of the second Wisconsin High School Honors Chorus. Richard G. Gaarder, executive secretary for the Wisconsin School Music Association, and Ralph Houghton, honors project committee chairman, informed Miss Feld she was one of 300 students chosen from the 1,100 boys and girls auditioning for the honors organizations. Sally, a junior at the Watertown High School, plays the flute in the high school band, sings soprano in her church choir, and is a member of a folk-singing group. She is best remembered for her very apt portrayal of Laurie in Oklahoma presented this year.

25 Years Ago

May 10, 1994

JOHNSON CREEK -- Jefferson school officials would like the Johnson Creek school board to consider talks of consolidating the two districts. Jefferson school board President Greg Schopen and board member Andy Didion approached the Johnson Creek board with a proposal. But Johnson Creek school board President Gregg Brzeski said while some joint programs may be an option, he doesn't think the school board or community wants total consolidation. "I think the board is really not interested in consolidation," Brzeski said this morning. "We are going to look at the proposal, but I don't think the community is interested.

10 Years Ago

May 10, 2009

More than 85 volunteers and members of the Watertown Senior and Community Center participated in the annual Volunteer Recognition and Annual Members meeting at the center. Of the more than 183 volunteers at the center, Watertown Mayor Ron Krueger and Teri Lechner, senior center director, presented two individuals with Volunteer of the Year awards. The two volunteers, Roy Holz and Pearl Schroeder, each received a solid brass star paperweight engraved with Watertown Senior and Community Center 2008.

50 Years Ago

May 11, 1969

A new acquisition of the Watertown Historical Society to its museum complex of Octagon House, Kindergarten and plank road barn which opened for the season Thursday is a noodled Watertown goose. This huge, handsomely mounted exhibit is an example of a unique, highly specialized once-thriving industry brought to the Watertown community by German farm immigrants over a century ago. At the peak of its production here around 1917, 150,000 pounds of Watertown stuffed goose, made extremely large especially in the liver for the choice delicacy of pate de foie gras, were shipped out at Christmas time for the nation's eastern gourmet restaurants. Fred Rumler, the one remaining producer here, noodled this specimen especially for the museum display.

25 Years Ago

May 11, 1994

The Watertown Water Commission later this month is expected to finalize the purchase of approximately 7.34 acres of the Robert Stangler farm from the Watertown Unified School District, paving the way for construction of a new water tower, two new wells and water filtration system. The total cost of the project is estimated at about $1.7 million plus about $700,000 in water mains from the site for connection to the city's water system. When the district acquired the Stangler farm in 1987 as the site for the new high school, the water department reached agreement that it could purchase some land at the crest of the hill at a later date. The land is a 250 foot wide strip of land on the south border of the Stangler farm. It travels east and west along the entire 1,287 foot length of the farm. The water tower would be constructed at the crest of the hill with the wells and the filtration plant below the crest. Access to the property would be gained from the intersection of Allwardt Street and Hospital Drive. A private roadway would allow easy access for the tower and related equipment.

10 Years Ago

May 11, 2009

Citizens young and old filled the lawn at the former Washington Street home of the late Mary Woodard Lasker on Friday to celebrate an important moment in Watertown history. Lasker, a philanthropist, political strategist and ardent advocate of medical research for major diseases, has been honored on a 78-cent postage stamp that is part of the Distinguished American Series. A first-day-of-sale ceremony was held at 400 N. Washington St. to commemorate the Watertown native's stamp, which is now available to purchase. "Today we are gathered here to celebrate the life of a woman who sought no personal attention, who sought to be remembered mainly for her good works," local historian William Jannke III said. "And of course I am speaking of Mary Woodard Lasker."

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