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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Killing Hogs

Date:  date unknown

Description: Rheinhardt Schmidt, August Krueger, Alex Goetsch, and Fred Hannaman stand in front of farm buildings, next to hogs hanging from a tree.

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Rough and Ready Dam

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of the Rough and Ready Dam, a concrete electrical dam built in 1907. Men accompany a group of boys on the far bank of the river. One boy swims near...

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Octagon House

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: View of the spiral staircase inside Richards' Octagon House.

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Description: Gazebo in Library Park behind the Watertown Public Library. The gazebo has a clay tile roof, and there are also benches, trellises, and a fountain. A churc...

Date: 1900-03-18 

Description: Portrait of Jennie and Edgar Krueger at 11 months, 17 days. Edgar, wearing his father's baby clothes, wears the same waist his father wore when he was two...

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Hotel

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: A view of the front facade and side of a hotel building. Two doors appear on the facade; the one at the left corner enters into a buffet. The door in the...

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Description: Large group of children and two women standing in neat rows with two women outside of fence in front of a brick building that appears to be a country schoo...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait of four generations of Krueger men. William and August are seated from left to right. Behind them, Alex stands holding Edgar. There is a fur rug o...

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Octagon House

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: View of the Octagon House's spiral stairway.

Date: 1899 

Description: Portrait of Mrs. William Krueger, seated with a potted geranium plant placed on a table behind her. A blanket is hung behind as a backdrop.

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Tivoli Island

Date: 1906 ca.

Description: A bridge with a lighted entrance arch reading "Tivoli" leads to Tivoli Island.

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Small Rustic Bridge

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of a small wooden bridge over a river, surrounded by fields, trees, and a residence on the far left.

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Main Street

Date: 1909 ca.

Description: View of Main Street.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: River view from Main Street bridge in Watertown.

Date: 1900-04-29 

Description: View of the Globe Milling Company, built in 1848, and the Lewis Factory on the Rock River. In the distance is a dam, bridge, and barbershop.

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Description: Five adults and one child pose outside in what appears to be a park, with two tents in the background.

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High School

Date:  date unknown

Description: A view of the facade and side of a high school building. A postman walks along the sidewalk, looking at the camera, while a man sits in his carriage, also...

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Chapman Street

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: A view of two large houses and tree-filled property on Chapman Street.

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Willow Basket

Date: 1899-05 

Description: View of William Krueger sitting on a bench next to the house, weaving a willow basket and smoking a pipe. In the background is a pedal grinding/sharpening...

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