50 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 1968
Through the generosity and understanding of both Karl Fischer and the Fischer and Sons Department Store board of directors, the coffee house in Watertown has finally become a reality. In an effort to help the community, Fischer's has donated the facilities for a coffee house, rent free, to the youth of Watertown, under the direction of the coffee house adult board. These facilities include the third floor of the Fischer Department Store building. This was previously occupied by the Masonic Lodge. The teens of Watertown sincerely thank Mr. Fischer and the board of directors of the store. The youth of Watertown, by their outstanding response in readying the coffee house for residence, have shown a profound pride and responsible effort to develop this project into an asset to the entire community. The Sword and Arrow Club, an organization comprised of both St. Henry's and St. Bernard's Chi Rho students, has offered to sponsor a dance with all proceeds going to the coffee house. The dance will be held Jan. 27 at St. Bernard's gym.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 1993
Helmut Gust would much rather have been a gardener than a tailor, but his profession has treated him well over the years. His tailoring skills landed him a job in the United States and he has no regrets about leaving Germany where he was a displaced person in the aftermath of World War II. "It was like going from hell to heaven," he recalled. Gust, 71, has retired after being a tailor in Watertown for 41 years. He and his wife, Minnie, plan to move from their home in Fall River to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he will spend his leisure time in his new garden.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 2008
Webster School fifth-grader Dylan Fredrick won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee Wednesday morning. Students answered oral questions on geography read by Watertown Mayor Ron Krueger for the first round of the event. The bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Fredrick will now take a written test to determine if he is one of up to 100 of the top scorers in the state to be eligible to compete in the state bee. The runner-up in the school contest was fifth-grader Alec Larson.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1968
Plans for the proposed parking ramp on North First Street were presented to the City Council at its committee of the whole meeting held last night. The plans were presented by Jerold Dommer of the architectural firm of Durrant, Deininger, Dommer, Kramer and Gordon of Watertown. The proposed ramp will be on four levels, two of which will be under cover. The estimated cost, he said, will be $255,570, exclusive of the cost of the land, the cost of the demolition of the buildings and other costs, such as exterior roads, curb and gutter, etc. The proposed ramp will accommodate 138 cars, and is so designed that an addition could be added, doubling the number of cars which the ramp could accommodate.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1993
MADISON -- A state study recommends expanding railroad passenger service to link both Madison and Green Bay with Milwaukee, even though those routes are projected as money-losers. The Madison extension would involve stops in Watertown and Oconomowoc. The Green Bay route would have stops in Appleton, Neenah, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation placed the start-up cost for both services at more than $74.4 million. Amtrak routes now link Chicago and Milwaukee with daily service, and there also is a passenger rail route between Chicago, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 2008
TOWN OF WATERTOWN -- Residents in the area of East Gate Way Drive and Donald Lane worked around the clock Friday to try to stop the Rock River from flooding into homes. According to Donald Lane resident Scott Gimler, chunks of ice have been building up in the river since Tuesday and by today at noon water started seeping up near the homes. "It looked like the ice was kind of building up, big chunks of it," said Donald Lane resident Al Grunewald. "The water just spread out then." "I think what happened was last night it got a little colder and the river got a crust over it and today when it started to move with the sun out, the jam got worse and just started backing upstream," Gimler added. "I came home at noon and it was over the banks. It just started backing up into the neighborhood then."