Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, January 30, 2015

Early Map

This portion of an 1872 map of Menasha, besides highlighting the location of the Wisconsin Central Railroad shops, shows some oddities, to include the first passenger (non-railroad) bridge spanning Little Lake Butte des Morts and the "fanciful" (for lack of a better term) Lake Street which never really existed.  With the map having been published by H.B. Stranahan of Philadelphia, one might be a little forgiving, especially if there had been a plan for such a street at some point.  But I have yet to find any reference. 

We first encountered the mysterious Lake Street in the blog last April when we discussed plans as early as 1856 to rename LLBDM as Peepeek Lake:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CNW Station 1969

Passenger service with the Chicago and NorthWestern was still in operation when this photo was taken in 1969. It looks like a train just came in, from the activity on the platform.  Interesting composition of this train shown, the looming bricks on the right, the telephone pole obliterating the name sign.  My guess is that this was just one of a series of photos meant to highlight the station property per se.  I have no other context to explain this.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Governor Pulleys

from about 1920 or so, as featured in a dairy farming journal
As if you haven't had our fill of pulleys by now, comes this ad for specialized pulleys designed for the dairy industry.  We first encountered US Tractor last January 28th when we spoke of Menasha's brief flirtation with car manufacturing: . 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Old Pulley Company Pix

Last Thursday's post about the Old Wood Split Pulley Factory led some of our readers to wonder how the area looked before the apartments were built on the site.  I remembered that I had these old photos in my collection, obtained from the Historical Society about the time I did research for the book.  They were undated but I think they are from the 1960's/early 1970s.  I'm not sure when the apartments were built, but this is the way I remember it from my childhood.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Bird

April 27, 1961
We first encountered the Red Bird statue at High Cliff on the blog in September 2012. 
Here's a photo of the crew responsible for installing it there.  Top:  Roland Kippenhan, Pres., P.G. Miron Construction Company.; Herman Lind, P.G. Miron Construction Company; William Dorschner, crane operator; Bob Ulrich Company.  Bottom:  J.H. Wilterding, President, George Banta Company; Robert Lilly, Manager, Appleton Erecting Company; Henry Radtke, Foreman, P.G. Miron Construction Company; James Petersen, Appleton Erecting Company.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hey, Look Me Over

from the Wisconsin Central Railroad Centennial celebration booklet of 1971
George Banta, Jr. and Robert E. Anderson, sales manager for the Soo Line in Menasha, look over a caboose stove which was donated to the Stonefield Museum in Cassville.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wood Split Pulley

Another aspect of Menasha's manufacturing legacy is shown here in this "real photo post card," circa 1910.  The photo shows the relative size of one of the split pulleys produced by P.V. Lawson's Wood Split Pulley Company off Sixth Street near Little Lake Butte des Morts.  We first encountered the Pulley Company back in 2012: and again in 2013:  Olde Pulley Lane and the namesake apartments on that street reflect the legacy of the old pulley factory.