Watonwan, a S. county of Minnesota, drained by the Watonwan river, flowing E. to the Blue Earth; area, 432 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 2,426; in 1875, 4,024. The surface is rolling and the soil productive. • It is traversed by the St. Paul and Sioux City railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 75,865 bushels of wheat, 6,391 of Indian corn, 46,068 of oats, 11,171 of potatoes, 43,095 lbs. of butter, and 6,383 tons of hay. There were 528 horses, 2,430 cattle, 446 sheep, and 815 swine. Capital, Madelia.
Watts Phillips, an English dramatist, born about 1828, died in December, 1874. He studied drawing under George Cruikshank and in Paris, where he long resided. He excelled as an artist, but was chiefly known by his plays. His "Joseph Chavigny " was produced in 1856. His most popular subsequent play was " The Dead Heart." His other works include " Camilla's Husband," "The poor Strollers," "The Huguenot Captain," "Maud's Peril," "Lost in London," and " Amos Clarke".
Waukegan, a city and the capital of Lake co., Illinois, on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, 35 m. N. by W. of Chicago, and 50 m. S. by E. of Milwaukee, with which places it is connected by rail; pop). in 1860, 3,433; in 1870, 4,507; in 1875, about 5,500. The city, is principally built on a bluff rising near the lake shore abruptly to the height of about 80 ft. Between the bluff and the lake shore is a level tract, about 400 yards wide, occupied by dwellings, gardens, and some warehouses. The site is traversed by deep, winding ravines. Several mineral springs have been recently discovered, and the city is becoming a summer resort. It has an active trade, especially in produce, wool, and timber. The chief manufactories are the Forsyth scale works, the Werden table factory, and Powell's pump works. There are several fine school buildings, a bank, two weekly newspapers, and nine churches.
Waukesha, a S. E. county of Wisconsin, drained by Fox and Bark rivers; area, 576 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 28,274; in 1875, 29,425. It has a level surface, diversified with prairie and woodland and numerous small lakes. The soil is extremely fertile. Blue limestone, excellent for building, is found. It is intersected by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 651,605 bushels of wheat, 64,525 of rye, 518,798 of Indian corn, 501,443 of oats, 58,034 of barley, 29,287 of buckwheat, 406,134 of potatoes, 864,215 lbs. of butter, 33,585 of cheese, 308,071 of wool, and 50,339 tons of hay. There were 9,660 horses, 10,515 milch cows, 8,898 other cattle, 73,339 sheep, and 15,888 swine; 6 manufactories of agricultural implements, 13 of carriages and wagons, 13 of saddlery and harness, 6 of lime, 9 flour mills, 8 saw mills, and 2 woollen mills. Capital, Waukesha.
Waupaca, a central county of Wisconsin, intersected by the Waupaca and Embarras rivers and their branches; area, 720 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 15,539; in 1875, 19,646. The surface is undulating, and the greater portion is covered with dense forests of valuable timber. The soil is very fertile. Immense quantities of lumber are exported. Weyauwegan lake is in the S. part. It is traversed by the Wisconsin Central and the Green Bay and Lake Pepin railroads. The chief productions in 1870 were 196,582 bushels of wheat, 24,312 of rye, 103,300 of Indian corn, 111,357 of oats, 96,489 of potatoes, 283,563 lbs. of butter, 33,301 of wool, and 14,461 tons of hay. There were 1,796 horses, 3,606 milch cows, 4,798 other cattle, 10,378 sheep, and 3,609 swine; 3 manufactories of agricultural implements, 8 of carriages and wagons, 2 of iron castings, 5 tanneries, 10 flour mills, 19 saw mills, and 1 woollen mill. Capital, Waupaca.