Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pails, Pails, Pails

In time, 1956 to be exact, this activity would cease at the Wooden Ware.  But here, in this undated photo, pail workers man the conveyor and ready the finished product for shipment. During the Civil War, the pail factory led the Menasha Wooden Ware to become the largest manufacturer of woodenware in Wisconsin.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Island Paper

We first encountered the Island Paper Mill last year in a blog post.

After changing hands many times, this mill, formerly known as Howard Paper, was sold to an interest controlled by Duncan T. H. MacKinnon and Alexander Noble Strange i
n 1905.  Renamed as the Island Paper Company, the mill made corrugated paper, which they called "strawboard."  Supposedly, this aggravated the local populace due to the strong odor it emitted.  This handsome blank check shows their ornate logo, typical of firms of that era.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


This caption says it all! The blog is taking a short hiatus and will return on Monday, November 30th.   I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just Like Home....

November 20, 1958 Appleton Post-Crescent
In days gone by, the Hotel Menasha was THE place for a Thanksgiving celebration with family.  For a place noted for its Friday night smorgasbords, is it any wonder that they could put on a fabulous Thanksgiving feast? 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Valley Mourns

November 23, 1963, Appleton Post-Crescent
I believe everyone of a certain age remembers where they were and what they were doing when this tragic event occurred.  I was in Sister Marietta's first grade at St. Mary's when the announcement came over the loud speaker in the classroom.  I recall we were encouraged to say a group prayer.  Later, when it was confirmed that he was, indeed, gone, we were dismissed from school. My big brother from the high school came and walked me home.  The rest of the weekend was a big blur, though I recall the somber funeral on television.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bard Heats Best

November 19, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent

With winter not too far away, it's a good time to consider whether or not our heating capacity is in good order.  Leave it to Menasha Sheet Metal to set us on the right path...55 years ago.


Thursday, November 19, 2015


This is the Whiting Airport which was located at Airport Road and present day Highway 47.  The airport opened for operations in March of 1928 after 100 acres of farm land were leased from Michael Wittmann.  It closed when the air mail service was suspended in 1930, not a surprise with the Great Depression in its early stages.