Leigh Rex Larson


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Leigh Rex Larson was born March 12, 1941, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI. He is the son of Wilbur Almo Larson of Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI and Ruth Gertrude Bickett of the Village of Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH.




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Leigh Rex Larson was born March 12, 1941, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


   

Wilbur and Ruth Larson's Blood Tests on the day of Leigh's birth, March 12, 1941, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


   

Wilbur Larson and son Leigh, Bickett residence, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, March, 1941.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Friday, September 26, 1941

Waupaca Youth Takes Examination for Army

Waupaca - Wilbur Larson, Milwaukee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson, is in Chicago this week for final physical examinations for the army, and expects to report Oct. 2 at Camp Livingston for service. Wilbur, who is in the employ of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation, was a first lieutenant in the R. O. T. C. while a student at the University of Wisconsin.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI, Wednesday, December 3, 1941

Waupaca - Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson left Tuesday evening for Watertown where Mrs. Larson will join her daughter-in-law and small grandson and go to Atlanta Ga., to visit at the home of Major and Mrs. R. A. Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was the former Frieda Larson of this city. From they will motor to Fort Benning at Columbus, Ga., where Lieutenant Wilbur Larson is stationed. Mrs. Larson and infant son will remain with Lieutenant Larson while his mother will return by plane after a short visit. Lieutenant Larson has been, until recently, under Major Loren Gmeinder at Camp Livingston, La., Major Gmeinder also being a former Waupaca man.


   

Leigh Larson on Floor, Bickett residence, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, 8 months old, 1941.


       

Leigh Larson in stroller chair, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1941,


           

Leigh Larson at age 9 Months, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1941. The dogs, left to right, are Sniffy, Minnie and Dixie.


       

Leigh in Watertown at age 9 Months, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1941.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson with dog, Dixie, probably at the Chain o' Lakes, King, Waupaca Co., WI, ca. 1941.


       

Leigh Larson in High chair, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI,  ca 1941.


           

Leigh Larson with Coca Cola Bottle, on Lawn of Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1942.


Leigh Larson standing on Respirator Cushion, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about October, 1942.


Reed Allan Larson was born September 25, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Leigh with Reed Larson, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about October, 1942.


Leigh at age 1 with grandmother Gertrude Bickett, Bickett residence,700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1942.


 

Bickett residence,700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, Christmas, 1942.


Leigh Larson Christmas, 1942.


Leigh with tie, Bickett Residence, Christmas, ca. 1943.


Leigh Larson with a Pipe, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca. 1943.


Reed and Leigh Larson, Bickett residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca. 1943.


Leigh Larson on Padded Stool, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca 1943.


           

Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, 1943.


Ruth, Reed and Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, ca. 1943.


Leigh Larson and Minnie the Dog in the Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


       

Leigh Larson in Snow, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, about 1943.


Ruth and Leigh Larson, Bickett Residence, ca 1943.


Leigh Larson at Tree 2, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


Leigh Larson on Steps, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


   

Leigh Larson in the window of Roy Bickett's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr car, Watertown, WI, 1943.


Leigh Larson behind Roy Bickett's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr car, Bickett residence, Watertown, WI, ca. 1943.


Reed Allan Larson was born September 25, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Leigh Larson smelling flowers, Bickett residence, ca 1943.


Minnie the Dog, Reed Larson and Leigh Larson in Bickett Residence Yard, about 1943.


Leigh and Reed Larson on Bickett Step, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


       

Leigh and Reed at toddler table, Bickett Residence, about 1943.


   

LeRoy Bickett, with Leigh Larson and Reed Larson, Christmas, Bickett Residence, 700 Clyman Street, Watertown, WI, December, 1943.


       

Leigh and Reed Larson in Raggedy Andy Hat Costumes, 1943.


Leigh Larson in Snow Sled, Bickett Residence, ca. 1943.


Ruth, Leigh and Reed Larson, Bickett Residence Steps, ca 1943.


                   

Leigh and Reed Larson on Tricycles, Bickett Residence, ca 1943.


Ruth (Bickett) Larson, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


               

Ruth (Bickett) Larson, with her son, Leigh, and her mother, Gertrude (Baker) Bickett, at the Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1943.


Ruth, Leigh, and Reed Larson, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, ca 1944.


Reed and Leigh at Pine Lake Boathouse, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, 1944.


   

Reed and Leigh Larson by tree, Bickett Residence, ca 1944.


Leigh and Reed Larson working in Yard, ca. 1944.


Leigh and Reed Larson at Pond, Location Unknown, ca. 1943.


   

Back row, left to right): Ruth (Bickett) Larson, Vic Fiegel, Gertrude (Baker) Bickett. Front row (left to right): Reed Larson, Leigh Larson and Kirt Fiegel. Taken at Le-Ki-Re Ranch, Shields Twp., Dodge Co., WI, about 1945.


Leigh Larson standing in driveway, ca. 1945.


Leigh and Reed and dog, standing in Dark outfits, Bickett Residence, ca. 1945.


Leigh Larson standing in driveway, ca. 1945.


   

Leigh and Reed Larson, about 1945


Leigh's first fish, Pine Lake, Waushara Co., WI, ca 1946.


Leigh and Reed Larson, about 1947


Bruce Dean Larson was born September 29, 1949, at St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI.


Wilbur Larson and family, Watertown, WI, ca. 1950.   


Leigh and his brother, Reed, attended the Camp Ajawah Boy Scout Camp for two weeks in the summer of 1951, at Linwood Lake, near Wyoming, Chisago Co., MN. It is located approximately 35 miles north of the Twin Cities near I35. http://www.ajawah.org/boys.html     


Reed, Leigh and Bruce Larson, about 1951


Larson Brothers, Christmas, December 25, 1952, N. Monroe St., Watertown, Dodge Co., WI.


Leigh's University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dane Co., WI, 1963 Graduation Picture, age 22.


Leigh's Second Paycheck, Uniroyal, Stoughton, WI, July 15, 1963.


   

Leigh was in London, England, on March 9, 1991, and climbed atop the largest bronze lion statue in Trafalgar Square.


2007-2008 Watertown CC Winter Tour, Leigh Larson, Watertown, WI, December 22, 2007


       

The new owner's cabin at John's Lake, Waushara Co., WI, 2016.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy's dog, Saraya.


Nancy at Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada border, 2016


Ortwin Dobratz

Ortwin W. Dobratz, 88, of Watertown, died on Saturday evening, March 3, 2007, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Michael Jensen of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, Concord. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to St. Mark's Lutheran School or Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills. He was born April 21, 1918, in the town of Concord, son of Erwin and Edna (Maaz) Dobratz. He married Dorothy Huebner on May 22, 1943, at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. Ortwin attended St. Stephen's Lutheran Grade School in Concord. He had been employed at Brandt Automatic        Cashier in Watertown for 32 years. He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical    Lutheran Church, where he served as an elder. He was also a mem­ber of AARP, enjoyed garden­ing and was a handyman. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchil­dren. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dobratz of Watertown; two daughters, Barbara (William) Cichanofsky and Nancy Schultz, both of Watertown; four grandchil­dren, Mark (Vicki) Cichanofsky, Michael (Shelly) Cichanofsky, Nicholas (Ginni) Kienast and Nathan Kienast; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daugh­ter, Kathleen, in infancy. Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Dobratz

Dorothy M. Dobratz, 85, of Watertown, died Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2007, at Watertown Memorial Hospital. Private family services were held. Burial took place at St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, Concord. Memorials are suggested to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice. The former Dorothy M. Huebner was born in Watertown on Feb. 16, 1922, daughter of the late Otto and Ida (Miller) Huebner. On May 22, 1943, she married Ortwin W. Dobratz at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2007. Dorothy graduated from Watertown High School and had been employed at Mid-State Shoe Factory in Watertown and also at the Watertown School District for many years until her retirement. She loved spending time with her family and also enjoyed cooking, baking, and traveling. She was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown and also AARP. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (William) Cichanofsky, and Nancy Schultz, both of Watertown; four grandchildren, Mark (Vicki) Cichanofsky, Michael (Shelly) Cichanofsky, Nicholas (Ginni) Kienast and Nathan (Nicole Muth) Kienast; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille (James) Thrams of Watertown; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kathleen in infancy; a sister, Mabel Kube; and a brother, Otto Huebner Jr.