50 Years Ago
July 5, 1969
A special service of dedication followed by open house are scheduled for Sunday, July 13, at Marquardt Memorial Manor, a new nursing home under construction in Watertown since July 1968. The nursing home, sponsored by the western district of the Moravian Church is a 60-bed unit, the first of a contemplated 120-bed facility, will be open for residents needing skilled nursing care without regard to religious affiliation or denominational background. It is hoped that the first residents can be admitted during the week of July 21, pending the finishing of last details on the building and the approval of the application for license by the State of Wisconsin.
25 Years Ago
July 5, 1994
Playing in parades has always been a kick for Will Eske and his mismatched musicians, who are known to scatter in different directions during a drill. Although the official name of the popular band is the Yankee Dutchmen Solar Powered Precision Marching Band, the aim of the group is anything but perfection. "Every musician must be in full uniform, and as mismatched as possible. If someone has a hat and coat that match, they must exchange with someone else so the colors don't match," said the genial band director, who usually takes music seriously except during parades where his motley crew is greeted with cheers and encouragement. A T-shirt proclaiming the formal name of the band can be seen through the open uniform tops. The well known 37-year-old band will again march in the city's July 4 parade, just as it has for many years. The event is an important part of the band's schedule which includes 13 parades this summer. "We get stacks of requests to play, but we try to stick close to home," Eske said. The Ashippun Fire Department has sponsored the band in the Dodge County Firefighters Tournament for the past 35 years. The event will be held in Lebanon July 31.
10 Years Ago
July 5, 2009
A $3.6 million Pick 'n Save grocery store at the Watertown Square site on South Church Street helped push the value of new construction in June past $4 million. According to the monthly report from the Watertown building, safety and zoning office, a total of $4,175,949 in new construction was recorded in June, bringing the total for the year to $9,729,831. Construction crews are currently demolishing sections of the Watertown Square property to make way for a new 60,000-square-foot Pick 'n Save grocery store. Pick 'n Save, which is currently located at 607 S. Church St., will be moving across the street.
50 Years Ago
July 6, 1969
Ray Kubly was elected president of the board of education of the Watertown Unified School District at a special organizational meeting held Wednesday evening at the Watertown Senior High School. Kubly defeated Mrs. A. S. Christensen by a vote of five to four. Kubly was first elected to the board on Sept. 13, 1966, and was reelected to a three-year term on April 4, 1967. Other officers of the board elected Wednesday were: Mrs. William Reed, vice president; O. Harvey Krause, clerk; Walter Kubly, treasurer; and Joyce Semon, secretary, deputy clerk and deputy treasurer. All were elected without opposition.
25 Years Ago
July 6, 1994
The closing of the Watertown Sears catalog store last year was looked on as an end to an era in the city. But, if Sears has its way, the company will be back in town soon. Sears Merchandise Group is looking for people interested in opening a retail dealer store in Watertown. The dealer will sell appliances, electronics and lawn and garden equipment. Bob McHenry, Sears spokesman, told the Daily Times retail dealer stores have been taking off throughout the country. "In 1993 we closed the catalog stores," he said. "These small retail stores are an effort to reach out to small and mid-sized America to offer the shopping experience to Sears." Watertown has previously had a large retail store on South Third Street. After that closed, a catalog store opened on North First Street. That store closed after Sears discontinued its catalog service in 1993.
10 Years Ago
July 6, 2009
The Watertown Plan Commission Monday favorably reviewed a proposal for the construction of several miniature warehouses at the 200 block of Air Park Drive near the Audubon Park Apartments. Steve and Charlie Boysa, owners of the Audubon Park Apartments, asked the plan commission to conduct a preliminary review of the storage units so they would know if they should commit more time and money to the project. "Their (the Boysas') question to the plan commission is if there is any violent opposition to this type of a development along Air Park Drive before they go forward and spend thousands of dollars on engineering and plans and things like that," Mayor Ron Krueger said.