Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, September 20, 2019

Bathing Beach

August 30, 1930, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
A feather in Menasha's cap for another successful tourist season at the beach, with over 25,000 visitors.  Who knew Menasha had such a reputation with visitors from Illinois and Minnesota dotting our friendly shore? 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Who Speaks for Whom?

September 18, 1962, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
A little bit of rival journalism, with two newspapers attempting to claim the allegiance of Neenah-Menasha readers.  The Northwestern makes a good case that the News-Record has a bit of chutzpah for the claims they make, especially after purchasing the News-Record while it was an independent paper and turning it into a section of an Appleton newspaper.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Beautiful Beach

April 30, 1887, Saturday Evening Press
132 years ago, Menasha was the talk of the area, due to it developing its beautiful beach, further enhancing its reputation as a resort of renown.  Whether or not it was truly known as such a place from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes matters not.  Perhaps it was fanciful hyperbole from an excited local writer.  Needless to say, the entire area benefited from a conveniently located recreational area.  The only thing better could have been a longer season, for the northern Wisconsin clime can be a cruel mistress as we all know.

This marks the 1800th blog post to date.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


August 28, 1888, Watertown Republican
Over the course of this blog, we've talked about the Whiting Mill, especially in the Menasha book, but we've not gone in depth about the tragic explosion in 1888 which took so many lives.  It was such a big event, newspapers covered it nationwide.  I present the Watertown version of the story, albeit a week after the event.  I apologize in advance for the lurid prose presented therein, but that was the style of the day, to pull few punches when it came to describing such things. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Early Dance

June 27, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
When I was a kid, I would have died a thousand deaths to have had my photo in the newspaper like this.  But that was a different time.  With the recent controversy over the young prince in Great Britain taking heat for this activity by a member of the US media, dancers were quick to the rescue as bullying is now recognized for what it is and there is no shame for boys to be dancing.  I guess the general public thought male dancers just came by it naturally?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dedicated Fans

October 10, 1977, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Building on yesterday's football-themed post, I suppose it won't be long before dressing like this will be required for those dedicated fans of our local teams.   Highs in the 50s or 60s, if we're lucky, will dictate the flannels and stadium blankets as these fans use.  Regardless of the weather, fall is football time, and an exhilarating experience for diehard fans, especially when the team is doing well.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

It's Finally Football Time!

September 19, 1955, Twin City News-Record
You have to love the old timey illustration of the football player with the maskless helmet. Of course, this was the norm for the time and the era when the transition was occurring to encourage the use of masks. With their seven game schedules, it's no wonder they waited until October in two of the three schools to begin the season, stretching it out to a more traditional time.  Nowadays, they'll start in late August and end in October, just in time to begin playoffs.