It is my hope that this book will show you where to find and view some of South Dakota's veteran military aircraft, and to perhaps take an interest in some of the military aviation history that can be found in this warm and friendly state that is home to the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials in the Black Hills, as well as the last resting place of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood. This book is specifically intended to provide a "where are they" guide for residents and visitors to South Dakota who are interested in its rich resources of historical military aircraft, as well as contact information for the museums and airfields that display them.
“But Always Fine Bourbon” is the story of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, which, for a large part of the 20th Century, was known for making the finest bourbon in the world. But it’s a bigger story than that: It’s the tale of the Van Winkle family, of the legendary “Pappy” Van Winkle himself, of an era when businesses were still run by larger-than-life men whoi had other priorities than maximizing the bottom line. It’s also a story of the American Dream: the creation of a family company, so common a part of this country’s history, but now disappearing in our age of mergers and acquisitions.
Turn the corner into Limestone Lane. Smell the pungent odor of whiskey being made. Drive past the guardhouse and the sign saying “We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.”
It’s a trip anyone with interest in bourbon, or Kentucky, or the history of this country will relish.
Reformatted and republished in 2010 in eBook format
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;
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.