Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, January 19, 2018


January 7, 1972, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
And just in the nick of time, too.  I'm sure the fire department was getting a bit tired of removing these decorations all those years. (Ha ha.)  The implication is that the decorations were kept up until after January 6, though I doubt it.  My Mom always had a beef with folks who didn't wait until Epiphany, or "Little Christmas" as she called it, was over.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Special Guest

January 19, 1972, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I'm sure there's an interesting story about the presence of this individual at the city council meeting.  But needless to say, his reluctance in provoking any controversy was undoubtedly appreciated.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

False Alarm?

January 6, 1981, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Having graduated only six years before, I can relate.  I would have liked to have had a break like this, though I only remember scheduled fire drills.  Look at the students just milling around with nothing to do, with no phones to look at.  Why it's positively primitive!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Big Oops!

January 31, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Well, this'll ruin a guy's day, though he doesn't seem the worse for wear.  I can imagine there's colorful language going on in his head, or maybe he's just desirous of a good steaming cup of coffee.  Or, perhaps something a bit more substantial to take the edge off.

Monday, January 15, 2018

All Around the World

January 31, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
It's better than a trip to EPCOT at Walt Disney World!  Better than an Olympics opening parade!  All the nations in one classroom!  A tip of the proverbial hat to the moms who more than likely had a hand in dressing these kids at St. John's. Too bad the other kids didn't make the cut for the photo op; the readers missed seeing the costumes of some key countries whose ancestors made Menasha what it is.

Friday, January 12, 2018


January 24, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
When the temperature is 6 degrees and the wind chill makes it feel like -10, you take your beauty and pleasure where you find it.  Sometimes it's a warm drink in front of a roaring fire, sometimes it's a pretty winter scene outside an industrial plant.  Beauty is where ever you find it and however you see it.  I won't quote the staid quotation we all know, but you get the picture.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


January 10, 1929, Appleton Post-Crescent
In the same newspaper edition as the movie listings of yesterday, comes this story about the mayor appearing on Milwaukee radio to tout the benefits of Menasha life.  Radio was just getting started as a mass medium in the 1920's, so it must have been quite the innovation to even suggest such a broadcast.  I wonder how many folks in the Fox Valley even heard the broadcast and if it brought any new business or residents to the city..