Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, April 28, 2017

Charlie Brown

April 19, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
The Peanuts comic strip was all the rage in the 1960s, fueled by frequent television specials and the Broadway musical, "You're a Good Man. Charlie Brown."  So is it any wonder that the Menasha Rec kids would get into the act?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Marquette Honor

April 15, 1970, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Although the Apollo astronauts were the first recipients of this medal as daring explorers, over the course of time, the honor has been given quite sparingly and mostly to those deserving of it in honor of their human rights work.  Among the four additional recipients since 1969 were Mother Teresa, the Reverend Desmond Tutu, and the Little Rock Nine, who challenged segregation in public schools by enrolling at the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Television Service Calls

April 16, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Great price for the service call, but woe to the home television enthusiast when it "has to go back to the shop." I recall the dismay I felt, coming home from school one day to find an empty cabinet where my TV picture tube had been.  No more Colonel Caboose, no more Saturday morning cartoons!  It was interminable, or at least it seemed that way for a child of 7 years old.  But evidently, I survived.  Who knows, I might have even opened a book!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In the Navy

April 22, 1963, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
As an employee of Banta's, my Dad would often bring home defective copies of the US Naval Institute's publication, Proceedings.   At the time, I thought it was just another document the company printed.  But this article gives some validation that it was a bigger deal than I thought.  I recall that there was really great art work in those magazines which I enjoyed; I'd occasionally make model ships as a kid, though airplanes were more to my fancy. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Look Back - Main Street, Travelling East

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of me starting this blog.  That was 1224 posts ago, if you can believe that!  I am most grateful for your attention, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for your indulgence, for your interest, and for your support.  Today, we embark on year six, so in keeping with the past four weeks, I'll rerun one more post from the past five years.  This one is from 2013....
After being situated next to the Hotel Menasha for many years, the 1st National Bank moved several doors west down Main Street, building on the site of the old Valley Theater in 1964.  This mid-1960s photograph of Main Street driving east looks very different from today, as the Marina Place apartments and marina have taken over this property.  The Bank of Menasha is gone, as is the Left Guard, but the memories remain. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Look Back - The New Menasha High School

With the fifth anniversary of the blog coming up on Sunday, I thought it appropriate to go back in time, if you will, and revisit some past postings.  This one is from 2014...
This postcard proudly features the new Menasha High School at Seventh and Racine Streets. Designed by the Green Bay firm of Foeller, Schober & Berners, the Menasha High & Vocational School was built between 1936 and 1938. Plans for the construction of a new high school were underway prior to the March 1936 fire that destroyed the existing high school building. Indeed, in July 1935, an application, complete with sketches, was filed with the Public Works Administration (PWA) for a grant amounting to $270,000 for what was anticipated to be a $600,000 building. Fourteen months following the submittal, and exactly six months after the fire, the Board of Education received in September a letter approving the funding. The Maurice Schumacher Company of Minneapolis was the low bidder and construction began on December 1, 1936. Approximately six weeks later, a labor strike occurred, which was settled on February 4, 1937. Because school equipment was lost in the 1936 fire, an additional $38,000 in funding was requested from the PWA. The final inspection of the four-unit complex occurred on February 19, 1938. An open house, which was reportedly attended by over 14,000 persons, was held between March 25-27. Actual dedication of the building occurred on Commencement Day, June 2, 1938.

The school exhibited a style known as Colonial Revivalism, incorporating Georgian detail with a neoclassical auditorium. 

source: HISTORICAL & ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES SURVEY, Aug 31, 2009 Prepared for: Menasha Landmarks Commission  by: HERITAGE RESEARCH, LTD. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Independent TV Blaze -1961

October 20, 1961, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

October 20, 1961, Appleton Post-Crescent
To put into context as to where this fire was some 55+ years ago, imagine the area across the street from the current Curtis Reed Square and City Hall downtown.  Yes, lots of changes over the years.