Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Circus Animals

It's late in the work week and I just felt like featuring some cute kids today.  How can anybody resist the enthusiasm of these Kindergarteners?  In a few short years, I'd be attending Kindergarten in the same school and, probably, doing the same shenanigans. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Geometric Vandalism

April 29, 1971, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This definitely got people's attention.  Newspaper exposure is nothing to sneeze at.  But if this was meant as a veiled threat, the perpetrators ruined it with the sign.  Still, their technique was terrific, nevertheless. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Buoy Markers

April 26, 1978, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This is a way of spending time I would have given more than a second glance at, especially when it gives all appearances of being some school-sanctioned, adult-supervised activity.  Not sure the circumstances of the students standing there watching it all, but sign me up!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Steamboats A -Comin'!

April 21, 1952, Appleton Post-Crescent
Reading this article, I found it fascinating how many boats that had plied their trade along Lakes Winnebago and Little Lake Butte des Morts ended up in service along the Mississippi River. Equally surprising was how these boats found new life, broken down to create more manageable craft along narrow waters, like the "Menasha" which was just too big for its own good.

Friday, April 13, 2018

History Rally

April 2018, Fox Cities Magazine
Just a reminder that I have a new book coming out April 23 that will feature history of Neenah and Menasha as seen though picture postcards.  As the article above states, I will have a public event at the Menasha Public Library on April 29. 

But this Saturday, April 14th, I will appear, via Skype, at the Menasha history rally to discuss this book.  I hope you can all attend. 

More information about the rally is at this Facebook link:

The Menasha History Rally presentation line-up will be at Your Daily Grind, located at 204 Main Street, from 10:00am through 4:00pm. The presentation schedule:

10:00 am - Stan Sevenich - Walter Brothers Brewery
11:00 am - Jason Weber - Menasha Lock
  1:00 pm - Steve Krueger - History of Menasha Bridges
  2:00 pm - Dave Galassie via Skype
  3:00 pm - John Ranes from The Frame Workshop

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Strange Days

September 3, 1954, Appleton Post-Crescent
Here's an industrial ad from an edition of the Post-Crescent touting the Fox Valley's business growth throughout the past year.  We looked further into John Strange's life and career in a 2012 post:
and in 2014: The building now bears the name "Sonoco" but I'll always know to it as John Strange.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Suds A' Plenty

September 3, 1954, Appleton Post-Crescent
It was said in a very famous ad campaign that Schlitz was the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but for this moment in time, it looked like the Fox Valley was the beer kingpin, at least in this article.  And the Walters family, in various incarnations, would be that catalyst.  Of course, we know the sad truth, that Menasha's brewery closed down a few years later while the George Walter Brewery, maker of Adler Brau continued on into the early '70s.  But for this moment in time, celebrate along with me Menasha's brewing legacy in these grainy photographs.