Watertown RememberedPart of the Hometown Series of Publications of the Watertown Historical Society, Ken Riedl editor.
Reformatted and republished in 2010 in eBook format
CONTENTS: I The River II The Trees III The Indians IV The Settlers (Yankees, Irish, Welsh, Bohemians, French) V The Settlers (Germans) VI The Story of Education in Watertown VII Colorful Characters VIII A House, a “House Divided,” and Watertown’s “Finest” IX Music and Musicians, Books, Clubs and Newspapers X Industries, Crafts, Services XI Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Bibliography
In the year 1976, the nation's bicentennial year and the 140th year of Watertown's first settlement, an authentic history of Watertown, Wisconsin was published. Watertown Remembered is a rich composite of factual history seasoned with a charming array of anecdote and folklore. The capable blender and author of all this is E. C. Kiessling.
Dr. Kiessling is a native son of Jefferson County and a long-time director of the Watertown Historical Society. He was a professor of history and English at Northwestern College for 46 years, and continues as a book reviewer for the Milwaukee Journal.
Perhaps every community would like to boast of its heritage as worthy of written record, but from its river, which had somehow “overlooked something precious," through the amazing 48ers and others who came here by the thousands to make it the second biggest city in the state and the unforgettable characters who enlivened its past, to the solid, traditional town it is today, E. C. Kiessling has given us an especially vivid and indelible recollection for all to remember Watertown.
Local history, Watertown, WI, Dodge County and Jefferson County.
News items taken verbatim from early editions of The Rock River Pilot, The Watertown Democrat, The Watertown Republican, the Watertown Gazette, Hager's Times, The Watertown News and The Watertown Daily Times.
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