50 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1968

Gov. Warren Knowles today announced the appointment of Edwin Nehls Jr., Juneau, as sheriff of Dodge County. He will fill the unexpired term of Robert F. Schultz, Juneau, who has resigned. Nehls has been in law enforcement for the past 12 years and has been Dodge County undersheriff for the past six months. He has had considerable experience in law enforcement since joining the county traffic patrol Jan. 1, 1955. He has attended FBI schools taking courses in finger printing, photography, self-defense, use of firearms, arrest, search and seizure, courtroom demeanor, riot control, handling of prisoners, etc.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1993

OCONOMOWOC -- A meeting will be held next week to hear citizen comments regarding the Highway 16 location. Area residents can comment on the Highway 16 relocation bypassing Oconomowoc from the Rock River in Jefferson County to Highway 67 in Waukesha County at the meeting. The informational meeting is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This will be the first of several meetings where the public is invited to exchange information with project designers. All interested persons are invited to attend. There will be exhibits displaying several alternate corridors proposed for further study.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 2008

A game that many enjoy in their childhood years has been quite a challenge to some local teens who are often surprised by the skills one local senior citizen has in playing the game of checkers. "I almost had him," Joey Tucker, Watertown High School senior, said Wednesday afternoon. "I made just one wrong move and he caught it and that was it, I was finished." Every Wednesday teens at the Recreation and Outreach Center try their hand at defeating local resident and top rate checkers player Duane Thomsen, 80, at the game. Few have defeated Thomsen over the past three years since he began volunteering at the ROC.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1968

Walter Thrams, who has been in the banking business in Watertown for 48 years, and who has been president of the Wisconsin National Bank for over 11 years, retires on January 15. Actually, and technically, he retired at the end of the year. But he is continuing on until the middle of the month. He was associated with the old Farmers & Citizens Bank for 25 years as a teller. He joined this bank on January 15, 1920. On Feb. 1, 1945, he became a member of the staff of the Wisconsin National Bank. He was named assistant cashier. In 1952 he became cashier and on October 17, 1956, following the death of October 12 of Fred Kaercher, bank president, he became president of the bank.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1993

The Watertown Common Council Tuesday rejected a proposal that would have created a zoning classification for a three-story building for elderly housing. A majority of council members supported the first reading of an ordinance to create a zoning classification for one- and two-story elderly housing buildings. However, a second ordinance that would have covered three-story buildings was defeated, 10-1. Alderman John Buckley cast the only vote in favor of the ordinance. Most council members said they opposed the establishment of three-story buildings for elderly housing in the city, mostly because of the impact on residential neighborhoods. The planning commission had recommended passage of both ordinances.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 2008

A dream became a reality Saturday for those who have donated their time and efforts to establish a free medical clinic in Watertown for low income residents and the working uninsured. Members of the Watertown Area Cares Clinic Committee and a group of local contractors and volunteers gathered Saturday to celebrate the kick-off and demolition project at the future home of the new clinic at the Health and Wellness Center on South Eighth Street. "Before it was all theoretical," said Tim Strauch, director of information services for Watertown Memorial Hospital. "Now it's real and that's really exciting."

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