Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, September 22, 2017

Summer's Last Day

August 1, 1980, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
On this, the last official day of summer, let us return back for a moment when it coaxed us out to hit a few balls, swim a few laps, or bask in the glory of the long sunny days.  Autumn is upon us, and though that season, too has its joys, it is only a transitory state, as we hasten towards the long winter months ahead. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Exciting Days

November 11, 1966, Appleton Post-Crescent
Though this talk was largely oriented towards Oshkosh's history with its many saw mills, one can easily see the connection between the activities described here and the end products required by Menasha's factories.  For many years, logs were floated down stream on the Fox for eventual use by the Menasha Wooden Ware and other businesses along the river.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

$1 Per Container

May 16, 1940, Appleton Post-Crescent
Seeing the employees above holding the old metal trash cans leads me to one question- why did it take so many years to put wheels on trash containers?!  And for that matter, the same goes for suitcases.  I remember only too well hauling those heavy metal cans to the curb with just the two handles to carry it by.  I'm not so sure that it would have been any better if I'd grown up with the smaller pails with the loop handles as shown above.  Nice photo of the truck, which seem to have gotten bigger load capacity over the subsequent years

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Fish Story

April 27, 1888, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
This old story brings up the subject of Dendo Island which we have discussed in previous posts, one of which was the original from 2012 when this blog was shiny and new:   I'm sure the bounty of fish described in this news story quickly dissipated after the news got out. The writer's fanciful wish that Menasha become a site for a fish cannery or some such held less water than the filled-in Garfield Avenue that used to be the separating stream from the mainland.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Menasha Notes its Rail History

July 20, 1971, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern 
This gathering featured some items of note, specific to Menasha's rich railroad history.  George Banta, Jr.'s address provided historical perspective on the founding of the Wisconsin Central while other local notables joined in with their own take on the significance of the railroad to Menasha's industry and economic progress through the years. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Historical Walk-about

May 13, 1972, Appleton Post-Crescent
If you have the right company on your stroll, every site in town has a historical significance.  And this was showed thoroughly in 1972 to the eponymous columnist who went by the name of Jingo for the Post-Crescent.  While it could be argued that the square surrounding Smith Park is naturally awash in historical anecdotes and was, therefore a slam dunk, the same could be said about other parts of town.  As a sign of the times, I found the Keyes Street resident's quip about protests to be rather amusing, considering the time frame of this article.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Who Doesn't?

May 30, 1958, Appleton Post-Crescent
With the last traces of warm weather quickly dwindling, we take one last attempt at remembering summer, this time with a whimsical ad about picnic spills.  As usual, for the era, "Mother" is at her station, serving the family, even outside at the picnic.
We first encountered Grade's in 2015: