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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Rebellious Bridge

April 3, 1976, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Apparently the moral of this story is that spring cleaning only brings unnecessary trouble.  Or, live by the bridge, die by the bridge.  Or maybe,...just get out of line and use the other bridge! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nice Rides

March 21, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
In looking for an excuse to extol the virtues of the coming Spring, I chanced upon these two classic automobiles, making their way through the wet city streets.  Dream cars from 60 years ago.  Nice. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Live Easter Bunny

March 16, 1967, Twin City News-Record
Easter varies from year to year, and this year it's about as late as it can be, coming in on April 21st.   Easter is what's called a moveable feast, in that it takes place on different dates each year and is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first spring full moon.  As it turns out, it won't be in March again until 2024.  But if you're jonesing for Easter, regardless of the constant reminders in the candy aisles of stores of all kinds, here's your temporary fix until that late April date.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dance the Night Away

March 16, 1939, Appleton Post-Crescent
With a little research, I learned that Wally Johnson was just two years out of high school when he came to play in Menasha, having toured many dance halls throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He even played at the 1939 New York World's Fair and after building air bases around the world with the Corps of Engineers during the war, he went into the dog kennel business and found a very lucrative market out there.  He created the "Kennel-Aire Professional Fold-and-Carry Wire Dog Crate" the prototype for folding dog crates everywhere.  Wow.  Apparently, the moral of the story here is that some folks are talented no matter what they do in life and opportunity presents itself when least expected.  Success comes in different forms and might be delayed until later in life.  Wally was in his 40's before he hit it big with his dog crate.  But at the time,I'm sure Wally and company provided a good time for all!  

And a very Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some Theater History

January 21, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
This article has no merit if for no other reason than it provides a little history about the old Valley Theater.  I haven't yet checked to see if these plans ever came to fruition but I suspect they did not as this property was eventually demolished around 1964 to provide space for the then-new First National Bank, which was right across the street from the Bank of Menasha.  Of course, in time the bank was also demolished to make room for the marina project. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Coming "Holiday"

February 12, 1907, Menasha Record
There's nothing like the tricky editors of the Record to pull the proverbial wool over the readers' eyes regarding St. Patrick's Day.  This quirk of the calendar works also for THIS year, 112 years later, as you've undoubtedly already ascertained, though don't expect the city to "roll up the sidewalks" the way they did way back then.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What the Stylish Heroines Wear

March 26, 1941, Appleton Post-Crescent
Though headquartered at Jandrey's in neighboring Neenah, Menasha gets equal billing as a market for this spring style.  With war rumbling in Europe, America was less than nine months from entering the conflict and to focus on something so trivial, seems bittersweet, knowing now the hardships Americans would face in the coming years.  Perhaps it was a prelude of the heroic efforts we all would anticipate, as it seems that heroes wear capes, at least in the comic books!  Just ask any kid from that era about Superman, who was all the rage.