Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fill 'er Up

June 14, 1978, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Though the Menasha lock is closed (yet again) for the 2018 season, here's a happier picture from forty years before when things were a bit more normal.  With hopes that the round goby will be eradicated someday, scenes like this will become commonplace once again.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Smith and Banta

June 22, 1969, Appleton Post-Crescent
We've read their stories before, but to me, there cannot ever be too much emphasis on these two individuals who helped make Menasha great.  As the article states, chance, or fate may have helped to bring their successes to the fore, but their acumen helped them maintain their high position in Menasha's business world.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


June 16, 1978, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
The late 70's was still a time before political correctness became the watchword and free range children still roamed the streets, devoid of constant parental overwatch.  This young lady was able to explore her neighborhood and her entire town, for that matter, like most youngsters of that era.  I know it's hard to imagine a time without all the fears we've instilled into today's over-scheduled, screen-tethered kids who live with them daily.  And helmet, using only one hand to steer, and with a dangerous, potential projectile in her hands as well.  Why, she might as well be running with scissors!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Becker Retirement

June 30, 1969, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Monsignor Joseph Becker was an institution at St. Mary's as evidenced by the caption above.  Heck, it could be argued that he WAS the institution.  I was fortunate enough to have had the benefit of Monsignor Becker's religious instruction while a student in the grade school and I know my own siblings and mother were touched by his presence as well in the previous years.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Back in Time

June 26, 2003, Twin City News-Record
Today we venture back in the newspaper archives to find some interesting anecdotes about the area.  Included is a nice photo of Mr. Smith's (Menasha Wooden Ware) mansion, this time on the Neenah side of the island.  As the caption says, many local notables may have made their marks in Menasha but chose to live in Neenah for various and sundry reasons, to include tax-related considerations.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Rite of Summer

June 24, 1964, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Living three blocks west of Jefferson Park while growing up, it was a definite rite of the season every year to hear the engines racing from that direction on a certain weekend every summer.  While I didn't care that much for the action on the water, I was more than happy to partake of the events and concessions within the park and the usual fireworks that concluded the event.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Badger Highways Overlook

June 14, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This full page ad from the 100th anniversary edition of the Northwestern gives a nice bird's eye view of the quarry and surrounding area.  I believe I can see my grandparents' house off Airport Road to the north of the quarry.  Lord knows how many times I'd find myself and my brother wandering away from Sunday visits there to go explore in areas we weren't really welcome. 

We first visited the quarry in 2012: