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Wright's directory of Jefferson County for 1905-6, comprising an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens; a classified list of all trades, professions and pursuits; a miscellaneous directory of city and county officers, schools, churches, banks, incorporated institutions, societies, etc. and a list of farmer's of Jefferson County
(1905)

Wright's Watertown directory: miscellaneous directory,   pp. 11-36 PDF (5.8 MB)

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WATERTOWN STREET DIRECTORY.
There are two ways of numbering the houses in a street,
either you begin with 1 and number the houses consecutively,
or you begin with a base number and allow consecutive 100's
for every block. This latter way is usually called the Philadel-
phia system, and Watertown is supposed to have this system.
But our system is certainly faulty. All the houses south of a
given street, for instance, ought to commence with the same
number. Thus the corner houses south of Western Avenue and
on the western side of the streets ought all to be 800 That is
correct for Fifth, Seventh, etc. But in Twelfth street the num-
bers south of Western Avenue curiously begin with 600. Then
secondly, distances ought readily to be estimated according to
this system. Thus 720 Third street would be about six or
seven blocks from the base, and really is in Watertown. But
720 Milford street is three or four times as far away from the
base. Thirdly, the base number ought to be uniform, either I
or 100. Our system has both base numbers. For streets run-
ning north and south, Main and West Main are the dividing
streets and the base number is too. For streets running east
and west the river and the boundry line between the 5th and
6th ward from the base; but east of the river the base number
is 1 and west of it 100. Without knowing this fact, one can
not tell if a house hearing the number .700 is six or seven blocks
from the base. Why we should havw two base numbers is not
readily apparent; but we venture to suggest that the man who
made the system had an eye towards business and was there-
fore anxious to sell numbers of three digits. In short our
system will bear a thorough overhauling, and we trust the
authorities will look into the matter.
Ann, from E Water, opp. Tivoli Island, east.
Arcade, first north of Spaulding, from Center west to C. &
N. W. R'y.
Bailey, first south of Western Av., from 1st to 5th.
Baxter, first west of C. & N. W. R'y, commences at Junction
and runs north to Lafayette.
Berlin Avenue, a continuation of N. Water, from the bridge
to city limits.
Bismarck, first north of Oconomowoc Av., from Rock river
east to Greeley.
Bonners, first west of La Crosse tracks, from W. Division
north to limits.
Boomer, third south of C. M. & St. P. R'y, from Breakenridge
east.
Boughton, continuation of Division from Rock river east to
limits.
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MISCELLANEOUS ý IEC TORY.

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