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Ad from the 1903 Fairwater Register


The Fairwater Register.
Village of Fairwater, Wisconsin


April 24, 1903 (Vol. 1, No. 1)

The first issue of The Fairwater Register appeared on April 24, 1903. Like all subsequent isses, it followed a seven column format. On the front page, the first column contained a series of maxims such as, "It is their frequent growling which makes people think they are leading a dog's life." The second column was devoted to West Rosendale social news and miscellaneous news stories. The third, headed "Dairy," presented articles related to dairy science. The fourth began with a poem by George R. Harrison and followed it with a story titled, "How Young Girl's Wish Was Realized." The fifth, headed "Live Stock," offered items devoted to animal husbandry. The final two columns contained advertisements for area businesses. It was not until the back page, page 4, that the editor presented local Fairwater news and his inaugural announcement about the paper and its mission:

For the past year or more the enterprising business men of this village have, on various occasions, pointed out the necessities of a weekly newspaper at this place, till at last we concluded to risk the venture. The Register, we trust, has come to stay, though much of its success or failure lies with you, dear reader. There are two things essential in the publication of a newspaper. The leading one is the ability of the management to make the financial ends meet, which rests largely on the liberality of the business men of the city or village in which the paper is published. Therefore, we have placed confidence in the progressive people of this village and firmly believe they will, as we know they can, produce the patronage that will make this paper a financial success. On the other hand, we shall ever strive to so conduct the publication that every dollar paid in by our patrons will return to them in the channels of increased trade that will tell in unmistakable tones in the years to come. Trusting that all who are interested in the upbuilding and progression of Fairwater will co-operate with us in producing the very best local paper possible, and that we may ever merit your hearty approval by fair and honest methods in furthering interests, we remain
Yours truly,
E. L. Howe,

News Items | Opinions | Fairwater | West Rosendale | Wit and Wisdom


Plans were awarded to Fred E. Webster of Ripon, last week, for the new bank building at Rosendale Building to be two stories and basement in height. Basement stone work to be granite. Exterior of first and second stories to be a red pressed brick with cut stone trimmings. Interior finish to be of birch. The bank is to have up to date fixtures, burglar proof safe and vault, and to be one of the nobblest (sic) little banks in the state. (page 1)

The police of Fond du Lac have succeeded in laying their hands on the famous "Jack the Hugger." A well known citizen who has resided there for years practically admits that he is the one who has been terrorizing the women in that city for some time past. (page 1)

The list of stockholders of the Rosendale State Bank, recently incorporated, has been filed with the register of deeds. The stockholders are business men and farmers of Rosendale, Springvale and Eldorado, the names being as follows: Rosendale--Frank Bowe, Mary A. Bowe, Frank Lawson, Mrs. C. E. McCumber, John W. Scribner, A. McKnight, Charles L. Hill, George E. Stannard, R. N. Pinch, S. H. Chilcote, M. L. Wells, L. J. Close, G. C. Hill, J. W. Hoyt, Charles A. deVoe, Alice M. Featherly, Mrs. E. J. LeFevre, Melissa Lawson. Springvale--A. W. Marchant, C. H. Marchant, C. R. Tenney, Arthur Sallsbury, Mrs. rhoda Sallsbury, W. J. Gillett, A. F. Young, A. C. Perry, F. H. Scribner, Frank S. Sizer, William Bratz, Mrs. Minnie Erlsbee, A. H. Bluebeke, J. L. Marchant. Eldorado--LeRoy Duel, James Sherratt, Lawrence B. Sharratt. The capital stock is $30,000, divided into 500 shares, most of the stockholders taking ten shares each. (page 1)

The Oshkosh-Fond du Lac electric cars have been barred from crossing the Main street bridge at Oshkosh because the city officials fear that the structure is not strong enough. (page 4)

M. C. Radway, of Ripon, is drawing plans for the new church building [Fairwater], which is to be erected this summer by the Free Baptist society. (page 4)

Fairwater expects to have a rural free delivery route in the not distant future. Our railway mail service is now the same as those places on the mail line, and farmers living as near or nearer our village will get equally as good service. (page 4)

The excavation for the new bank building [Fairwater] is completed and it will not be long before strangers visiting this village can cast their optics on one of the neatest structures of the kind ever seen in Wisconsin in a village of our population. (page 4)

A company has been formed for the purpose of constructing a telephone line from Fairwater to the alto stores and will put in at first twenty phones. It expects to branch out and give service to other farmers later. The company will be known as the Alto Telephone Company Limited, with a capitalization of $3,000, and we understand expect to be incorporated. The lines will be put up at an early date. (page 4)


This month, so far, 64,000 emigrants have reached New York, thus breaking all records. It's time that Congress got busy and made some stringent emigration laws. (page 4)

A new afternoon daily newspaper is to be started in Chicago soon, to be entirely run by women. It will last a while probably, but the novelty will wear off. (page 4)


Frank Meilke made a call Wednesday.
All kinds of early seed corn at Tinkham Bros.
Orville Vaughn has bought a lot adjoining the one recently purchased by his father.
C. H. Kingsbury, of the Cleaveland Lender, Cleaveland, N. D., is spending a fews days with friends here.
Herman Butz shipped two cars of stock Monday.
Chas. Hasse, of Green Lake, was in town Tuesday.
Highest prices paid for eggs at W. J. Wikkerink's.
Tinkham Bros. are shipping potatoes again this week.
For quick Meal oil and gasoline stoves call on C. Cease.+
Mrs. Harry Baker and Mrs. U. L. Johnson were in town yesterday.
W. J. Currie, of Utley, transacted business in our village last Monday.
Elmer Starbird is to paint his house with Lowes Bros. paint. Cease sells it.
Charles Cease, of Webster, S. D., came to visit his brother, C. C. Cease, Wednesday evening.
James Johnson drove to Randolph and Kingston for liveryman C. C. Cease the first of the week.
A. W. Bonesteel, president of the Fairwater State Bank, transacted business at Waupaca Wednesday.
Application has been made to the Post Office Department for entry of The Fairwater Register as second class matter.


Mr. and Mrs. Hefner, of Berlin, recently moved here and are occupying Chas. Brill's House.
Mrs. Horace Wellington returned Monday to her house in Rockford, Ill., after spending several days with Mrs. Ells Searle.
Mrs. Endthorff and children, of Ripon, are visiting her sister, Mrs. Albert Weishoff.
Misses Gracie and Lizzie Wilson are on the sick list.
Alex Martin has been sick the past two weeks.
Lois Pinch recently visited friends here.
Mrs. J. Waotty (?), of Oshkosh, was a guest of her sister, Mrs. W. H. Searle, last week.
Tena and Lizzie Nemitz spent Sunday with friends at Eldorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rice drove over from Ripon Wednesday.


Here are some of Gustavus Swift's maxims by following which he believed any man could win success:
Do not drink.
No man, however rich, has enough money to waste in putting on style.
The richer a man gets the more careful he should be to keep his head level.
The man who does not know his business from the top clean down to the bottom, is not any kind of a business man.
Business, religion and pleasure of the right kind should be the only Things in life for any man.
A big head and a big bank account were never found together to the credit of any one, and never will be.
No young man is rich enough to smoke 25-cent cigars.
Every time a man loses his temper he loses his head, and when he loses his head he loses several chances.
Next to knowing your own business, it is a mighty good thing to know as much about your neighbor as possible, especially if he's in the same line.
The man with the biggest title and salary should be the biggest man in the firm.
The best a man ever did should not be his standard for the rest of his life.
The successful men of today worked mighty hard for what they have got; the men of tomorrow will have to work harder to get it away.
You can never make a big success working for anybody else.

Last updated 3/8/1999 This site represents an ongoing effort to collect information related to the history of the town of Metomen and the village of Fairwater. If you have information to share about The Fairwater Register, please contact Bob Schuster by email at rmschust@facstaff.wisc.edu or at 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona, Wisconsin 53716 (608) 221-1421.