Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, September 26, 2016

Price War at an End

September 5, 1964, Appleton Post-Crescent
The recent change in gas prices is nothing compared to the gas wars of old.  We'd touched upon this subject several years back.  And while this doesn't seem a big deal, one of the inflation calculators I found online tells me that 32 cents in 1964 equals $2.45 in 2016, so does that mean we're paying less per gallon or approximately the same as we did back then?  A fascinating thought. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Treatment Plant

September 19, 1973, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Wisconsin Tissue Mills is now known as SCA Tissue.  The Swedish company bought the plant from Georgia-Pacific more than ten years ago.  This new process of waste treatment and water recovery was revolutionary for its time.  We'll show more evidence of that next week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Student Protest

September 19, 1969, Appleton Post-Crescent
It was the late 1960's and student protests were commonplace everywhere.  So it may not have come as a surprise that students in Menasha might utilize this tactic to make their demands known in this manner.  Cooler heads prevailed and there was no violence or major confrontations involving students and police.  In upcoming days, I shall do more research to see if there was a compatible solution to the students' demands for open study halls. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"A Handsome Ornament to the City"

September 28, 1969, Appleton Post-Crescent
It was a grand day indeed, as evidenced here, when the new library opened up for good in 1969. And although I remember the old library down on Mill Street, this is the library I remember as a boy, when I came in to my own as a lifelong reader.  I wasn't too happy that they decimated Racine Street Park to build the facility, but I eventually got over it.  After all, the city had been flirting for years with promoting commercial development on the site, perhaps even from 1936 when the old Menasha High School burned on the site. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jefferson Second Graders Tour Fire Department

March 20, 1963, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I certainly hope ALL the kids got the chance to sit in the fire truck and not just the ones who's fathers happened to work there.  You can't tell me those firefighters' kids hadn't ALREADY sat in that truck, and probably others in past private visits to the fire station with Mom to visit Dad.  Heck, I'd bet they even slid down the fire pole too, for Pete's sake! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Future Bill Waltons

March 28, 1973, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This picture probably has no relevance outside of the fact that I found it charming. Back in a day when kids weren't constantly bent over their smartphones, there was still time for physical play, and there was nothing better than unseasonably warmer weather to beckon kids outdoors.  And I say this at the risk of sounding like a crotchety old gentleman (you know the routine: "Things were better back in my day...")

Friday, September 16, 2016

Champions Again

August 27, 1940, Appleton Post-Crescent
As we close out a week featuring champions of various sorts, we applaud the victorious First Ward Reds, winners in the Menasha Junior Baseball League.  Such stoic faces for a happy occasion.