Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Again, With the "Aggregation"

September 28, 1922, Menasha Record

Similar to our football roundup last week from 1899, again we have an "aggregation," this time the Manawa team which is purported to be speedy and husky.  As we've reported before, football at the turn of the century was a dangerous affair, so much so that the country considered banning it permanently until President Theodore Roosevelt stepped in.  When I first saw this article, I thought it might be that it was still looked upon as too dangerous to continue, until this year of 1922.  Instead I found the article below from 1916 which reported that the team had disbanded, mostly due to size problems.  Apparently, the Menasha boys weren't "husky" enough to keep from physical injury.  And, again, it was the Manawa team, which averaged a 30 pound weight advantage.  I guess the Manawa boys should we say...well-fed. 

October 9, 1916, Menasha Record

Monday, September 26, 2022

A for (War) Effort

September 5, 1942, Menasha Record

Much has been said (and written) about the war effort at home and for the most part, we tend to think of Victory gardens, rationing, and Rosie the Riveter, i.e., women joining the workforce en masse in industrial occupations.  But schools made a contribution too, taking part in the obvious rubber and scrap metal drives but also, as shown here, altering the curriculum to reflect an emphasis on getting students ready for military service.  Science and math were especially emphasized, with the faculty knowing only too well that some of their students could be in uniform at any time, especially the older ones.  Some left school early to serve, some waited until graduation.  Needless to say, America came together in ways not seen since that time.

Friday, September 23, 2022

A Winning Aggregation


September 25, 1899, Oshkosh Northwestern

In today's blog entry, we end the week with an account of an Oshkosh-Menasha football game...from 1899.  Menasha was victorious that day, 10 -0.  And though that was a satisfying result, the real fun is in just reading this account, full of the syntax of that era.  Believe me, no account of a football game today can compare to this version ("The visitors now resisted determinedly...", "...their rushes were irresistible?")  Amazing.  

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Best Yet

September 9, 1969, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern

"Today's youth are the best yet."  A comment like that above coming in 1969 might have turned a few heads, considering this was the tumultuous 1960's and "generation gap" was a catch phrase the media couldn't get enough of.  That the words came from a popular Catholic priest, a high school administrator who surrounded himself with 14-18 years olds every day, might have swayed some folks. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


September 6, 1969, Twin City News-Record

I remember seeing this press in front of the Banta plant.  In retrospect, it was kind of a neat thing to see a piece of machinery that had been instrumental in the company's growth be honored like that.  I wonder what happened to it over the years and especially after the company ceased operations in Menasha.  By the way, the phrase is "web-offset" press not "wed-offset" as the caption states.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Rocky Start

September 1, 1979, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Who of us didn't collect things in jars, be it spare change, marbles, or in this case, rocks.  These two young ladies likely didn't find a lifelong hobby in rock collecting, but for their age group, it seemed like a pretty effective activity for the time being.  And never doubt the benefits of pretend anything.  In their universe, they might have been canning vegetables for all we know.

Monday, September 19, 2022

You Never Know What You'll Find....

September 29, 1980, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern

Fresh produce ruled the day at the "pig fair" on this beautiful autumn day.  A long time tradition at Valley Fair, the event eventually moved to the grounds of Goodwill after a number of years, but the fair faithful followed the fair despite its slight relocation.  Parking might not have been so plentiful, but that did not deter potential customers.