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History

The Town of Watertown organizational meeting was April 5, 1842. It was held at the home of Benjamin Labaree. The officers elected were: John Richards, chairman of Supervisors, John G. Bailey and David Gemple, supervisors; Silas Newcomb, Town Clerk; Daniel W. Kellogg and Patrick Rogan, Assessors; Luther A. Cole, Treasurer; Benjamin Labaree, John B. Gaudern and Asher H. Nichols, Road Commissioners; Harris Gilman and Eli H. Boughton, Constables. The compensation at that time was supervisors and clerk - $1.00/day while in session. The town clerk was entitled to receive for his services nine cents per folio or one hundred words for drawing or recording all papers which he may be required to do by Law. The treasurer received four percent for receiving and disbursing all moneys as a compensation. At this meeting it was voted to raise fifty dollars for incidental expenses. The annual meetings and elections for several years were held in private homes. In 1854, the City of Watertown was incorporated, this previously had been part of the Town of Watertown. In 1856 the election and annual meeting was held at the
Wisconsin House in Watertown. After that they were held at the home of Frederick Schwizke. Then, in later years it said the Frederick Schwizke school. There was also a time when two assessors were elected, one English speaking and the other German speaking.

In 1873 the Town purchased a parcel of land from Frank Lehman for $150.00. On this parcel of land the town hall, that was to serve the town for eighty years, was built. It was sold in 1953.  It was eventually accquired by the Hoard Family and in  2001 the building was donated back to the Town by them.  The building was then moved to property owned adjacent to the present town hall.  It was refurbished in 2012 and serves as a storage unit for town items.

The Town rented the Plattdeutscher Hall on Second and Market Street in the City of Watertown for town meetings and elections for 28 years. After this the VFW Hall on High Road in the township was rented for three years.

In August of 1984 the Town purchased a cycle shop from the Carl Piper family. This building is located on Highway 26. The purchase price of this building was $75,000.00. Additional land was purchased from Joyce Piper for $8,000.00.

Considerable remodeling has been done. There is a meeting room, two offices, kitchen area, bathrooms and garage area. The walls were recently painted and additional bulletin boards hung to display maps and other items of interest. (The Agenda and County notices are posted in the south window.)

In 2012 an addition was added to house all equipment at one location. This includes a truck, tractor, chipper, and other supplies etc. This allows for a work area and storage area in the regular garage.

Of this 1,530 are of voting age.

Population of Wisconsin: 5,694,350.

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