Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fox River View

Let's end the week with this undated "real photo" postcard image, giving us an ethereal summertime view of the Fox River. 

photo courtesy, Menasha Public Library

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Temporary Home

This was the temporary home for Tuchscherer's Shoe Store at 356 Chute Street after the disastrous fire of January 18, 1940.   The boxes in front of the store held rubbers and boots.  We talked about the fire at this post: and in the Menasha book.  But the Tuchscherer shoe store was rebuilt later that year at Mill and Main Streets and remained in business for another forty plus years, selling shoes in its Art Moderne style building.
photo courtesy, Menasha Public Library

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Surgical Pioneer

from History of the Fox River Valley, Lake Winnebago & the Green Bay Region, Hon. Wm. A. Titus, Editor, Volume I-III, Chicago, S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1930

June 14, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Northwestern
Sometimes neglected in the list of Menasha notable citizens is this man, Dr. John B. Murphy.  Though in some sources, he is credited as hailing from Appleton, Menashans can take heart that one of her favorite sons did some real good in the world, despite the geographical slight that we're too often prone to experience.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quaker Oats

1902 grocery near Manitowoc and Second Streets.  A.J. Seithamer is in the door and Henry Lux is on the extreme right.  A grocery store was maintained at this location for the next sixty-plus years until the early 1960's and run by the Seithamer family.

photo courtesy, Menasha Public Library

Monday, July 20, 2015


I'm taking a short break from the blog.  I'll be back next week, July 28th.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bridge to Neenah

Editorial from Neenah or Menasha local newspaper (probably 1850s) decrying the sad state of affairs regarding a decent route from the Neenah-Menasha area to points north and east.  With the advent of the railroads along the western shore of Lake Winnebago and LLBDM during the 1860s, this became more of a non-issue.  But for this early period, when water travel was THE way to go due to the wretched condition of overland routes, a bridge connecting Neenah and Menasha was surely a necessity.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Delivery Truck

Yesterday, we caught a glimpse of the back room at Trilling Hardware.  Today, we have a 1917 photo of their delivery truck. 
photo courtesy of Menasha Public Library