50 Years Ago

June 7, 1969

A new six and one-half million dollar vegetable canning plant was dedicated at Lomira yesterday. The plant is situated just west of highway 41, two miles north of Lomira, located in the northeastern part of Dodge County. The plant was erected by California Canners and Growers, a California co-operative started just 10 years ago. The Lomira plant is the first outside the state of California, and is the 14th plant to be erected by the co-op. California Canners and Growers is the world's largest grower owned co-operative canner of fruits and vegetables.

25 Years Ago

June 7, 1994

A series of disability-simulation exercises and the latest additions to a summer camp for people with mental retardation will be dedicated Saturday at the Watertown campus of Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc. According to Dr. A.L. Napolitano, the executive director of Bethesda, both Camp Matz and the Discovery Center, which provides hands-on experiences in what it's like to have a disability, will be open for tours beginning at 2:30 p.m. and tours will also be available after the service until 4:30 p.m. Every summer, dozens of teen-agers from around the country come to Camp Matz. During their volunteer week they help residents with nature walks, crafts, sporting activities, Bible studies, and many other projects associated with camp.

10 Years Ago

June 7, 2009

Elementary students throughout the Watertown Unified School District envisioned what their school will look like by the end of next summer. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Webster and Lincoln schools on Tuesday and at Douglas, Schurz and Lebanon schools on Thursday. School administrators, community members, school board representatives and the district's architect all spoke at each event celebrating the start of the construction phase of the facilities project.

50 Years Ago

June 8, 1969

William Potter, 416 College Avenue, has been promoted to sales manager of Watertown Metal Products, Division of Western Industries, Inc., according to Ed Soder, general manager or the Watertown plant. Potter, a lifelong resident of Watertown, joined the firm in June of 1966, in the estimating department. In the latter part of 1966 he was named assistant plant manager, and in October or 967 he moved to the sales department. The firm makes a wide variety of metal items. Initially only cold roll steel was used. Now, in addition, stainless steel and aluminum are used in the operation.

25 Years Ago

June 8, 1994

The Cecilian Choir of St. Bernard's Catholic Church celebrated its 102nd anniversary recently with a Mass and brunch at Windwood Country Club. During the Mass, the Edward J. Brandt Cecilian Choirminister Award was presented to Gervase Jaehrling and Carmel Lueck. The award honors Brandt, who founded the choir in 1892 and was its director for 46 years. Presented annually, the award is given to those who serve with dedication, lead with inspiration, share God's gift of music, and deserve appreciation.

10 Years Ago

June 8, 2009

Proud parents and family members applauded and snapped photos at a rapid pace as the sea of blue that was the Watertown High School class of 2009 spilled into the school's gymnasium on Saturday for one last time. Donning dark blue gowns and mortarboards, hundreds of Watertown High School seniors waved back at the audience with beaming smiles as they collected their diplomas during Saturday's graduation ceremony held in the school's gymnasium.

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