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Glimpses of the Past

December 5, 2018 GMT

50 Years Ago

Dec. 3, 1968

A building permit for $1,700,000 has been issued here in connection with the new Watertown Memorial Hospital Center in Little Street. The permit tops those issued at the office of Building Inspector Orville Rettig in November, a report of which was made public today. The Maas Bros. Construction Co. of Watertown holds the general contract. Permits issued during November totaled $1,793,100, according to Mr. Rettig. Largest single project, following the new hospital, is the new distribution garage for United Parcel Service at 1216 Boomer Street. The application was made by the C. & W. Investment Co. and is listed at $50,000.


25 Years Ago

Dec. 3, 1993

The Watertown Common Council Tuesday will consider a resolution to authorize city officials to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for a new sanitary sewer line. The council meeting will start at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, to allow the police department to present a program on gang activity in Watertown. The pipe would be connected with the sewer system that runs southwest along Fourth Street. The new pipe is necessary to increase the collection system’s capacity in the northeast section of the city. Installation of the river crossing is the public works committee’s top priority for upgrading the city’s sewer system. One resolution on the council’s agenda will authorize city officials to apply for the block grant from the state Department of Development. Another will authorize the city to contribute matching funds of $342,419 for the construction of the sewer line. The block grant, if approved by the state, will contribute a like amount.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 3, 2008

The popular model train display has been constructed once again in downtown Watertown, just in time for the Christmas season. As in past years, the display, the work of several Watertown model train enthusiasts, is located in the upper level of The Market on South Water Street. As soon as visitors enter the area, they instantly become children at heart. No matter the age, their mouths drop in amazement at the display they are witnessing. This display was the dream of Bruce Degner. When asked about what inspired him to undertake this huge task he said, “I just wanted to create a place where people could come and reminisce about Christmases past and their love of trains.”