Watertown civic leader and investor J.B. Wise began a company to manufacture plumbing fixtures with a brass foundry and a store to sell the fixtures. The complex was located on the now-vacant land at the Northwest corner of Mill Street and Main Ave (later the site of Wilbur's Discount City).


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The brass foundry was later used as part of another J.B. Wise venture–making large- and small-caliber ammunition for European combatants in what eventually became World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1918, six workers loading artillery shells were killed and 19 injured in an explosion.



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Also see
J.B. Wise Parking Lot

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