Mr. Waters' architectural influence was seen throughout the state of Wisconsin, from Ashland on Lake Superior's southern shore to Watertown situated along the Rock River. Much of his work outside of Oshkosh was within a short distance of home. A May 19th, 1881 article in the Oshkosh Weekly Northwestern was an interview with the architect and a litany of his works in progress. He's quoted as saying, "I've never known business to be so rushing in the office as it was this spring." The demand was largely, however, from out of town. Ripon, some twenty miles southwest of Oshkosh was a place which provided several building commissions: including residential, educational and commercial structures. One of the buildings mentioned in the newspaper was a new school house in that city.