How to Donate

Make Donation to: 
Preserve the Water Tower Fund
C/O Village of Oregon/Preserve the Water Tower Fund
117 Spring Street
Oregon, WI  53575

For More Information

Randy Glysch
Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower
898 Leeward Ln
Oregon, WI  53575
(608) 291-0648


1st Fundraiser Great Success

Even with competing with the first day of warm weather, and the Badger Basketball team arriving home from California, we had a great event and turn-out at Mason's on Main.  We raised a total of $1,350 in new donations.  Everyone enjoyed touring the Pump House, for many, this was their first time inside the building.  We asked guests if they could see the restored Pump House as a new Village Visitor Center, 100% said yes.  Thank you to Bonnie and Jerry Thiel for hosting this great event.  The food was exceptional.  Thanks to Michael Mood for entertaining us with his piano talent.  We appreciate all the donated items from area businesses for the silent auction.  A special thanks to Dilame Lindmeier, who was dressed in period clothing, and escorted groups of people to the Pump House for a tour.

If you could not make it to the fundraiser, but would still like to make a donation, make checks payable to:  Village of Oregon/Preserve the Water Tower Fund.  Send to the Village Hall at 117 Spring Street, Oregon, WI  53575 


Oregon Residents and Friends Who Have Contributed to the Historic Village Pump House Restoration Project

Our Current Fundraising Total as of April 11, 2014 = $9,887.00 (Our Goal is $10,000 by April 30th)

92 Village Residents and Businesses Have Contributed so Far

Bonnie & Jerry Thiel (Mason’s on Main)                   Bob Lundgren (Lundren’s Sign Service)

Alison Koelsch                                                                Patty Kexel & Tom Herman

Randy Glysch                                                                  Bill Kunzelman

Bill Livick & the Oregon Observer                                 Bergey Jewlers (Jeff & Sue Bergey)

BMO Harris Bank                                                           Oregon Community Bank

Jeff & Staci Boudreau                                                   Moyer’s Landscaping

Oregon Union Bank & Trust                                        Winterland Nursery

Kopke’s Greenhouse                                                     The Flower Factory

David Mason                                                                  Debroux Diner

Betty Cahoon                                                                 Senor Peppers

Joan Jensen                                                                    Bill’s Food Center

Bill & Dorothy Faust                                                      Judy Knutson & Oregon Chamber of Commerce

WISCO Industries                                                           Tom Barrett

Carol Jensen                                                                   John Van Sickle & Laura Merrell

State Bank of Cross Plains                                           Oregon Historical Society

The Firefly                                                                       Trachte Buildings

Dr. Chad Mueller                                                           Shiela Virtue

Maria’s Pizza                                                                   Debbie Troxel

Oregon Pizza Hut                                                           Arlan Kay

Scott Meier                                                                     Josh Wunsch

Peaceful Heart                                                               Charles Hanson

Oregon Senior Center                                                   Oregon Historic Preservation Commission

Oregon Village Board                                                   Doug & Melanie Woodworth

Lisa Nyenhuis                                                               Erin Peterson

The Peotter Family                                                       Mark Hanson

Dean Darling & Margorie Blumer-Darling                       Gregory Hottman

Elaine Looft                                                                 Mary Ann Welsh

Dale Resch                                                                  Staci Boudreau

James & Darlene Groenier                                             Melissa Wollering

Marjorie Farris                                                              Jeanne & Uriah Carpenter

Kristine Guderyon-Goetz                                               William Erickson & Cheryl Ringel

Dorothy Gasner                                                            Gerald & Jeanne Neath

Robert Weihrouch                                                          Mary & Dave Seibel

Thomas & Jennifer Vos                                                 Gary Kjellstrom

Velma Waefler                                                              John & Penelope Beasley

Virginia Ward                                                                Lois Wertz

Kate Kvale                                                                    Michael & Janet Helminski

William & Angela Gerlach                                              Village of Oregon Rotary Club


Oregon Observer Follows Restoration Effort

An article in the Oregon Observer published 3/26/2014 updates the community on our progress to date.

Click to read Pump house restoration efforts include fundraiser



Press Coverage

The press has taken note of the effort to restore the historic pump house and water tower:

Newcomer sparks interest in pump house, water tower

Oregon Observer 10/6/2013

Pump house restoration effort gets more help

Oregon Observer 12/19/2013

Oregon residents rally to preserve pump house. Yes, pump house.

Wisconsin State Journal 1/10/2014



The Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower Group Formed

A new group has just been formed, The Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower, and we need your help to restore and keep this valuable piece of village history in good condition. Built in 1899, the Pump House and Water Tower are on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. In October 2013, the Oregon Historic Preservation Commission and Village Board gave the Friends permission to move forward with a landscaping project in spring of 2014.

Here is the tentative plan for the restoration of the Pump House and Water Tower:

Phase 1 - Spring of 2014, plant new landscaping around the building and water tower
Cost: $2,500

Phase 2 - 2014, conduct tuck-pointing on outside of building, replace windows, front door, paint outside of building, restore inside of Pump House
Cost: Approximately $40,000

Phase 3 - 2015-2016: Restore theWater Tower (repaint)

There have been ideas suggested for possible usage of the Pump House. A Visitor Center that would be used to promote village activities and businesses within the village has been the most widely suggested use for the space.

In order to restore the Pump House and Water Tower, we need your help through volunteering and most of all, donations. Please print the Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower membership form, indicate how you are willing to help, and mail it to the address provided on the form to become a member of the Friends of the Historic Oregon Water Tower.