Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Verbrick's Gas Station

Daily News Times,January 31st, 1936

From a simpler time when spending a whole buck at the gas station could give you perks, this ad reflects the grand opening of Verbrick's gas station near the corner of Washington Street and Garfield Avenue. Adjacent to the Washington Street Bridge, this business was a part of that English-themed commercial district put forth by the Menasha Wooden Ware to emulate the Brin building that was completed in 1928.  We first encountered Verbrick's in 2012: .
And an announcement:  I am partnering with my friend Steve Krueger to author a sequel volume to the Menasha book that was published in 2012. This book will feature color photography and update the history of Menasha from the 1960's to the present.  We hope to have it published sometime next year.  Look for more details to follow in the coming months!


  1. I'm so excited to hear you're publishing another book on Menasha, it's great news and I can't wait to buy a copy!

    Keep up the great work, I look forward to your posts on this blog every morning!

    Mike (currently residing in Seattle, though always calling WI and the Fox Valley home)

  2. FANTASTIC!!! I have always hoped there would be a sequal to the first book because it is a treasure trove of information about a great city.
    Thanks for the news!

  3. Fabulous news! I've been waiting for another edition. Adding Steve to the endeavor is great - he is a talented author and writer. If I could add an item to the 'wish list' - I'd like to see / learn about any historic mansions. Were there any built in Menasha or did the owners of these various mills/businesses all live in Neenah? I'd also like to know if anyone has a photo of the homes that once lined the corner of Broad and Racine before the bridge was there. I've heard the area had a ravine and was filled in? Is that the case?

  4. While I look forward to the new book, I must say Menasha will always be in black-and-white to me.