50 Years Ago
Feb. 8, 1968
The State Historical Society has announced that a historical marker has been approved for the Carl Schurz home in Watertown. The home is among five new official historical sites in Wisconsin approved for markers by the Wisconsin Historical Markers Commission. The original Carl Schurz home is located at 749 North Church Street. It is now owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Leo M. Sweeney and family. For years Watertown was the home of Gen. Carl Schurz, noted German-American patriot, education and statesman. The home in Watertown will become one of 180 sites approved by the commission for historical markers. The commission is directed by law to stimulate interest in and knowledge of the state by marking sites of special historical archaeological, geological or legendary significance.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 8, 1993
Glenn Herold walks competitively these days, but it was his talent as a runner that has etched permanent memories in the minds of cross country fans. The Watertown native, today a professor at Illinois Central College, was recently named to the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, an honor he received for accomplishments as a cross country and track star at Watertown High School and the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s and early 70s. The 42-year-old horticultural professor from Peoria, Ill., today is considered one of the better race-walkers in the Masters Division in the country. In 1968, he was the best high school cross country runner in the state. Four years later, he was tops in the Big Ten Conference.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 8, 2008
New construction totals in 2007 was the lowest Watertown had seen in over a decade, and the new year hasn't started out much better. According to the city's Building, Safety and Zoning office, a total of $1,181,827 in new construction was recorded in January. In January of 2007 the city recorded $2,858,800 in new construction, and the total for the entire year was $15,117,081. Helping bolster last January's construction totals was the $1.5 million Piggly Wiggly grocery store on Memorial Drive.