Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alger and Schlegel

In the long litany of dining establishments in Menasha's history comes the Alger and Schlegel Sample Room at 200 Main Street, circa 1910.  Jesse D Alger and Oscar A Schlegel partnered in this buffet that lasted for a few years.  In time, Mr. Alger abandoned this venture and became a cement worker.  As for Mr. Schlegel, he remained at this location for at least the next twenty years and ran a candy store. These photographs are from a 1913 promotional booklet for the city entitled "Menasha- City of Opportunities."  More about that in a future post.  The 1910 city directory below shows just how many sample rooms were in this city of about 6000 people.

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