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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Safe Bike Award

May 24, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I just ran across this news item, which relates to a story I told in 2013:  http://menashabook.blogspot.com/2013/07/safety-winners.html.  I won this award, later that magical summer in July.  I always wondered why the tickets were to the Neenah Theater instead of the Brin, which was still operating.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Superb Dining

October 1, 1964, Appleton Post-Crescent

It's been a while since we had any mention of the Left Guard.  I ran across this ad and was taken by the reference to the 1000 Yard Room.  It reminded me of all those 1000 Yarder banquets in the 1960's that were held in our own little hometown, to honor the leading rushers of the National Football League with little press coverage.  Except for, perhaps, newspapermen in attendance and maybe a quick interview on a Green Bay TV sports cast, they were low key affairs.  Can you imagine anything like that happening today, when ESPN sees fit to hold its own award show for athletic achievement in a gigantic venue with superstars from all media in attendance?  No sir, those days are long gone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Government Land Office


Here's a "found" piece of history, a cancelled envelope from the government land office when it was headquartered down on Broad Street.  It lasted until 1893, as evidenced below by the proclamation compiled in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of the US general Land Office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Daily Sleeper

July 3, 1937, Oshkosh Northwestern
In the age of railroad travel, how convenient it must have been to fall asleep in Neenah and awaken in Chicago in time for breakfast.  And that air conditioning, what a lifesaver in the hot summertime!  At the time, the depot in Neenah was between Sherry and Main Streets.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Moonlight Over Menasha

This undated postcard evokes a dreamy, romantic quality for the ol' home town.  Happy weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Good Life...Through Progress

June 30, 1976, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This bicentennial message from 1976 represents my feelings about Menasha as I also declare that this is the 1000th post to this blog!  And although these words were written almost forty years ago, the sentiments expressed within this ad, I feel, are as accurate for the city today, as they were back then.  The text reminds me of what I wrote on the back of the book in 2012 and have carried over as a mission statement, as it were, for this blog.  The names may have changed over forty years, but Menasha continues onward with new hopes and dreams for a brighter future.  Now, onto the next 1000 posts!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Library Park?


June 9, 1900, Oshkosh Northwestern
July 19, 1901, Oshkosh Northwestern
A few days ago, I mentioned that Smith Park was often referred to as City Park.  Now, comes this revelation that it was known as E.D. Smith Library Park.  I have no idea why the "library" part would have been tacked onto the name, save for the idea that the donation of the public library (1898) was still recently in the minds of the city, but to me, it still makes no sense. 

The drawing of the pavilion as shown above was posted in the newspaper more than a full year before the actual dedication with absolutely no explanation attached for the illustration.  I suppose it was left to the logic of the readers to realize that this was the proposed structure for the hallowed park.  Sometimes, I have to struggle in deciphering the mindset of early journalists.