Port Washington 1835 to 1985
People, places and events, pp. 22-31
Incorporating the best of what is traditional and looking toward the future, the Port Washington Senior Citizen Center is a place filled with laughter and living. The former firehouse is a vital part of the community. Port Washington Fire Department Port's industrial base, however, remains the backbone of the city's economy. Ten major local industries provide employment for over 2,500 peo- ple. The decision of Allen-Edmonds, a renowned shoe manufacturing company, to relocate in Port Washington has renewed the city's faith in its ability to attract new industrial development. The population, having shown a slight decline in recent years, is again upward bound as reflected by an increasing school enrollment and a steady rise in the construction of new housing units. Promising events which will take place in Port Washington in the near future include the development of the north side of the city with the construction of an 81/2 acre shopping center, is now in the final planning stage. The Wiscohsin Electric-Power Company, having taken initial steps to secure the necessary fun- ding, has selected the Port Washington power plant as the site of a pilot program for testing a revolutionary new boiler system, which, if suc- cessful, could add years of service for the local facility. Construction is about to begin at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School on a $1,400,000 indoor community swimming pool largely financed by pledges made by local citizens and businesses, including a generous donation from Joseph Uihlein, Jr., a member of the Joseph Schlitz Brew- ing Company family. A waiting list of more than 200 people who want to rent boat slips has prompted the city to con- sider the feasibility of adding more slips to the marina. Fresh winds are blowing through the city of Port Washington. According to Mayor George Lampert, the city is moving forward in a positive, controlled direction - one in which the citizens of Port Washington can be proud - as would General Wooster Harrison.