Whitewater High School Class of 1954 to Hold 65th Class Reunion on July 6

**Please note the correction in the name and location of the event.**

The Whitewater High School Class of 1954 will be holding their 65th class reunion  at the Willow Brook Golf Course on Hwy. 89 on July 6, 2019. 

The festivities will start with getting together at noon for a “meet and greet,” get re-acquainted, followed by lunch (ordering off the menu a meal of their choice). 

Reservations need to be made by June 24th to Evelyn Schneider 262-473-2661.  For more information, please call Evelyn.

“Isn’t It Romantic” – Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

OK, all of you fans of Hallmark Channel romance comedies: this one’s for you! A plus-sized young woman (Rebel Wilson) disenchanted with love finds herself trapped inside a “rom com” from which there is no escape. A hilarious take on all of the conventions.

Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 29 minutes

Free Women’s Health Class: Healthy Bones–Healthy You, June 25 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

Join us for a FREE informational session to discuss the importance of bone health and how to reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

You will learn:

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Screening recommendations
  • How to reduce your risk

** Participants receive information and a small gift **

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Community Room

431 West Center Street, Whitewater WI 53190

Registration suggested. Phone 262-473-0530 (Diane)

Email: djaroch@whitewater-wi.gov or in person at the circulation desk


Today (Sunday) is Whitewater Heritage Day Tour of Homes

      Hear Ye, Hear Ye!   You are invited to a once in a lifetime event!  Sunday, June 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Whitewater Landmarks Commission will cohost the Whitewater Heritage Day tour of homes. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Bassett House, built in 1858, will contribute to the major restoration taking place at this local landmark and include a tour of the significant homes in the Whitewater Main Street Historic District.

     Partnering in this event are the Whitewater Historical Society, Downtown Whitewater and the Whitewater Arts Alliance. The Whitewater Arts Alliance will sponsor a pop-up, one day art exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center showing contemporary and historic artwork featuring Whitewater places, people, and events. Whitewater Heritage Day is not to be missed!

      In addition, you will find the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library parking lot, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All proceeds there will benefit the library.

      If you wish to become a true “history lover” you may purchase a ticket for a nominal $15.00 which will allow entrance into the five historic homes on the tour that have not been open to the public for a number of years. Tour tickets are available for purchase only the day of the tour, at the Bassett House, at 708 W. Main Street, and at the Smith-Allen House, at 445 W. Center Street. There is no limited number of tickets.

You may either stroll through Whitewater’s Main Street Historic District which is celebrating its 30th anniversary or use the shuttle van which will drop people off and pick them up at strategic points on the tour.

       Homes on the Heritage Day Tour include: 



708 W. Main St.

Built 1858

     The focal point of the tour has belonged to the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs since 1926 when member Florence Bassett bequeathed her family home to this longtime community organization.  Local merchant Thomas Bassett had this home built in 1858, when the site was at the far western edge of the village. 

     The two-story cream brick house is an example of transitional Greek Revival architecture with Italianate details.  The west wing and rear wing of the house were added after 1878.  Remodeling in 1930 removed walls on the first floor to create a large meeting space.  The second floor has recently undergone a major restoration, including new wiring and plumbing.



622 W. Main St.

Built in 1895

     Nancy and Jerald Wendt have owned and operated this home as a bed and breakfast inn since the 1980s.  Edward Engebretsen had the home built in 1895, according to a design by George Bradley & Son.  Engebretsen was a local dry goods merchant and served as mayor of Whitewater.

     The stately Queen Anne Revival style house has a single-story classic front porch, a three-story octagonal turret, and leaded stained-glass windows.  Each room features a different type of Wisconsin hardwood including yellow pine, birdseye maple, red and white oak, sycamore, and cherry.  It was the first house in Whitewater to be wired for electricity. 



604 W. Main St.

Built 1876

     The Delta Zeta Sorority has occupied this home since about 1978. George W. Esterly had the home built in 1876, from a design by architect Henry Koch.  George W. Esterly worked with his father, inventor George Esterly, who founded the Esterly Reaper Works.  Mr. Koch also designed the Milwaukee City Hall.

     Built of cream brick, the two-story Italianate house has a basic rectangular plan.  Projecting bay windows accent it.  On the first floor, a central black walnut staircase separates rooms arranged on either side.  The home features the original and ornate marble fireplace mantels in the first-floor rooms.  Recently the sorority has done extensive remodeling to the basement, adding a kitchen, dining and lounge area, laundry and restrooms.  The art glass in the inner set of entry doors is of special note.  The front porch was added to the house in the 1950s.



328 W. Main St.

Built 1868

     Current owners Kathleen and Jim Fleming operate this home as a bed and breakfast featuring eight guest rooms with private baths.  Dr. H. H. Greenman, one of Whitewater’s early dentists, had this house built in 1868.

     Built of cream brick, the house started out as a simple gabled ell with Italianate details.  The mansard roof with arched dormers completely changed the look of the house when added in 1881.  Another exterior remodeling took place in 1887.  The home now features Second Empire style bay windows and two Queen Anne style porches, one with turned posts and spindle work, as well as a two-story Queen Anne style bay window. 


445 W. Center St.

Built 1856

     Dan Richardson and Pat Blackmer are the thirteenth owners of the house.  Whitewater Normal School President, Robert Williams, owned this home from 1946 to 1956, when he had an indoor kitchen and plumbing installed.

     The E.A. Smith family, who owned a local hardware store, had the Italianate Villa style house built in 1856 by Porter and Hunter.  Constructed of Whitewater cream brick, the house features a second floor as well as a three-story tower which dominates the front of the home and distinguishes it from all others in the city.  Architectural details include low pitched hipped roofs, tall narrow arched floor to ceiling windows, wide eaves, and cornices with dentils.

      The tour will also include historical reenactors who will share the exciting history of the city.  Chances are you may be able to meet Mattie Hull of the Pratt Institute, Florence Bassett, or Mary Flavia White, donor of the historic library.  You definitely will be able to learn the history of the Birge Fountain, the Morris Pratt Institute and tour both the White Memorial Library which is now the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center and the Depot Museum which is home to the Whitewater Historical Society all free of charge.

     The Bassett House will also feature a Silent Auction from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. where people may bid on a variety of items that have been donated to the fundraiser.  It is a one stop shopping venue with winners of the auctioned items to be announced at 3:01 p.m.

     Stop by the Bassett House from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for the old-fashioned Ice Cream Social featuring a slice of pie and ice cream with your favorite toppings.  Cash donations will be gratefully accepted to enjoy the ice cream social, with all proceeds going towards the restoration of this historic home.

     Mark your calendars for this Sunday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Remember, the purchase of your $15.00 tour ticket to visit the historic homes is a fundraiser for the Bassett House.

Food Truck Festival TODAY (Sunday,) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Library

We hope to see you at our 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival. We are excited that this year’s event is connected to the first Whitewater Heritage Day with walking tours and events throughout town, so we are hoping for a bigger crowd this year! We know there may be a little unfavorable weather in the forecast but as of Friday afternoon everything is still a GO. Just bring your ponchos and appetite!

Please join us Sunday June 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library parking lot. We hope this will be a great fundraiser for our library. A percentage of the proceeds from the food truck sales will be donated to the library. We received a nice donation from our vendors last year and it went toward library programming. Join the event and have some great food!

Food Trucks scheduled to attend:
Kona Ice
Lefty’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs
Gourmet Kettle Corn
WeGo Waffles
Route 26 Hamburger Stand
Mr. P’s Grilled Cheese
Jolly Frog
Steve’s Deli Dog House
Jakarta Cafe

Don’t forget to check out all the great events going on for Heritage Day too! Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Whitewater-Heritage-Day-146109139658843/?eid=ARBGHoQxrTvYMF9JjRXj_MntIVZhKBDS2OBT3uQfzN3dehCxoaXGHypfA_9fB9LWhbc9fsZlusLKnoIb and event https://www.facebook.com/events/2430312963697977/ if you are interested to learn more.

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of June 17 – June 23

Whitewater School Board – Special Meeting – Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Whitewater Unified School District Central Office


Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Community Room

More information, including agenda

Common Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Whitewater Municipal Building

More information, including agenda

Parks & Recreation Board – Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Whitewater Municipal Building

More information, including agenda

John Stone, of Whitewater, passed away at the age of 61 on Tuesday, June 11 2019, following a long battle with complications from his pancreatic cancer surgery.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at First English Lutheran Church at 2 PM on Saturday June 15th, with a visitation from 1-2 PM.

John was born on May 23rd, 1958, in Richfield Minnesota, as the youngest of three siblings. Growing up he was known for being the quintessential helper, a trait that earned him the moniker “Doctor John” even at a young age. John would go on to earn his B.A. in Communication from Gustavus Adolphus College, and would go on to earn his M.A. and PhD in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota.

He married his wife, Sandra, in June of 1988, which marked the beginning of a close and happy marriage that would last more than 30 years. The same open-heartedness and boundless supportiveness that made him a favorite of his many students as a Professor of Rhetoric at UW-Whitewater, also endeared him to his many close friends, and most of all to his wife with whom he would share an uncommonly loving marriage.

His joie du vivre for his life in Whitewater was reflected in his many hobbies and interests he would share with those around him. He was a lifelong fan of tennis, golf, and biking, activities he would go on to share for decades with his family. The peals of laughter from the family’s backyard patio would signal the deep and unique humor he could bring to even the most casual of gatherings.

His son, Ian, would be born in 1993, as another fortunate person who would share an indelibly close bond with John and his worldview. Ever the patient and supportive father, John inspired a lifelong curiosity and love of learning in his son, with whom he would read to every night and make breakfast for every morning. More than just a dedicated father and husband, he was a close friend and emotional anchor for the Stone family, where he made an often uncertain and intimidating world feel intriguing, embracive, and hopeful. His absence will be long felt, as will the influence of his unique mind and quick wit on those who were closest to him.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his son, Ian, as well as his older sisters Leslee Lund and Lynn Holt.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family. www.nitardyfuneralhome.com 

Arby’s Looking to Open Westside Restaurant

The Whitewater Plan and Architectural Review Commission at its regular meeting on June 10 approved a Conditional Use Permit for a drive thru at a proposed Arby’s at 1415 W. Main Street. The restaurant would be located on the northeast corner of the current Winchester True Value parking lot. Mike Breitfelder of ALB Restaurants Properties indicated that his company is the developer of the property, with plans to turn the restaurant operations over to the Arby’s franchisee, DRM. “Our goal is to begin construction very soon with the store ready in the coming months,” stated Mr. Breitfelder.

Whitewater Arts Alliance Summer Concert Series Savory Sounds Will Feature the VooDooHoney Brass Band on June 20

The Whitewater Arts Alliance, in partnership with Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm & Associates, PremierBank, and John and Sandra Heyer will present the VooDooHoney Brass Band as the second performance of the 2019 concert series Savory Sounds at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from Rocky Rococo’s, the participating vendor, while they enjoy music.

After enjoying the music and lunch, attendees are invited to explore the exhibits at the Cultural Arts Center. For June’s exhibit, the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association is sponsoring the WRAP exhibit that features the works of non-professional Wisconsin artists. July features photography by the community to honor the late Fran Achen with the Tenth Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition.

Following are the remaining dates for Savory Sounds, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center near the Birge Fountain at 402 West Main Street:

Date Artist Food Vendor
June 27 Tapestry Subway
July 11 Amanecer Y Mas La Preferida
July 18 The Brothers Quinn SweetSpot

The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance.