Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Couple of Long-Standing Businesses

October 24, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
After all the changes in the downtown area over the years, these two remain in one form or another.  I remember only too well that giant Gunderson ad painted on the side of the building near the Racine Street Bridge in bright yellow and green paint.  I wish I had a good photo of it right now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bear Hunt

October 26, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
I found this photo while routinely combing through the sports pages recently.  To be honest, I was taken aback, expecting the usual football oriented fare on those pages.  After living down in South Carolina for the last 20+ years, I sometimes lose sight of the fact that such hunting continues in dear old Wisconsin.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Library Dedication

October 22, 1898, Menasha Evening Breeze (Library Edition)
Over the years, we've spoken about the original public library many, many times.  But what I bring you today is something truly special.  The above is a reproduction of the first page of a local Menasha newspaper commemorating the dedication of the original public library on Mill Street in 1898.  The newspaper contains remarks from the mayor, M.M. Schoetz, and Mr. Elisha D. Smith, the library's benefactor.  Additionally, you will find a chronology of the library's inception, a floor plan, a short biographical sketch of the first librarian, Miss Lucy Lee Pleasants, and other fascinating information.  I urge you to click the link following or paste it into your browser to peruse this newspaper. There, you can zoom in freely. I cannot reproduce it here as well as at its actual web site, so please visit this site. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fire Safety Revisited

October 9, 1965, Appleton Post-Crescent
In keeping with Fire Prevention Week, Menasha firefighters did their part back in the day, schooling local children on the hows and whys of fire safety.  National Fire Prevention Week is observed in the US and Canada, during the week (from Sunday to Saturday) in which October 9 falls. In the US, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge.  I'm sure some of our readers remember the annual visits of local firefighters and the mandatory fire drills.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ski Jump Disapproved

March 15, 1963, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Finally, Wisconsin Dells could breathe a sigh of relief...efforts to have our own Tommy Bartlett Water Show on Little Lake Butte des Morts failed this time around.   And no ubiquitous bumper stickers out there touting our water pageant, either. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flag Raising

October 12, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I remember only too well when Gegan was built on Airport Road, as my grandparents lived on that road.  Once again, the lure of construction viewed by this kid from his stingray bike made its siren call.  How could I resist? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

End of Month Coupon Days

October 25, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Time once again to reminisce about those long-gone businesses from around the two towns.  Aside from Krueger's in Neenah (since relocated from their downtown), they're all long gone.