Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve

 November 26, 1959 Appleton Post-Crescent
With the holiday season upon us, let's look back to the holiday preparations across the Fox Valley in 1959.  For Menasha, extended shopping hours and a visit from Santa via the firemen's float. Some things never change. 
I will be taking a respite from this blog for the next few days to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family.  At this time, my thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation for your interest and support for this little endeavor of mine.  I wish you a holiday filled with warm moments and cherished memories of time with your families.  See you Monday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Menasha Print Shop

November 10, 1959 N-M Northwestern
An assortment of Twin City business ads, as well as a highlighted article about Eldon Beattie's print shop on Konemac Street graced the Northwestern's Tuesday business section in November,1959. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Congratulations Bluejays!

March 23, 1953 Oshkosh Northwestern
It's been a lot of years, 61 in fact, since Menasha High has brought home state honors of such magnitude.  Congratulations to the Bluejays, to the coaching staff, to all their supporters, to the high school, and the city of Menasha on their state football championship.  I'm sure the celebration was just as enthusiastic, if not more, than what was experienced in 1953, as seen above, for basketball.  Way to go, Jays!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Traffic Jam on Main Street

Small economy cars for their time head a line of traffic stopped at Main and Racine Streets, circa 1980. 

photo courtesy, Menasha Public Library

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Menasha Furniture Block

Gundi's Lanes; Dale Tetrault, Optometrist; Harder's Barber Shop; The Paper Store; and Menasha Furniture make up this Chute Street block, circa 1979.  WEMI radio and the Fink law offices upstairs complete the line-up.

photo courtesy, Menasha Public Library

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pail Factory

June 8, 1861, Weekly Manufacturer
While still running his dry goods store, Elisha Smith purchases a failing pail factory in 1852 for $1200 and runs it himself, operating the machinery and delivering products by horse-drawn wagon. The business grows, and he is able to hire his first employees and sell products as far away as Chicago. By this time, his primary product is barrels, used for shipping wheat. Wisconsin is one of the largest growers of wheat at this time.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

American House

November 12, 1853 Appleton Crescent

The above passage from P.V. Lawson's 1908 History, Winnebago County, Wisconsin: Its Cities, Towns, Resources, People, tells the tale of how important Mr. Burroughs' hotel was to the community and the area around Appleton and Broad Streets.  Since the steamboat landing was, essentially, at the end of Appleton Street, the hotel was practically guaranteed to attract clientele.  And, as so often happens, it only takes one successful business to attract others.