Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


July 20, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
This article from a Prospector Days display, some 57 years ago highlights a rich pottery heritage few realize once existed in Menasha.  We first discussed Mr. Bachelder in my book in 2012.  Born in New Hampshire, Carleton Bachelder came to Wisconsin after learning the pottery trade from his father.  Moving to Menasha in 1850, he opened a pottery business and engaged in pottery manufacture until about 1866.  Afterwards, he maintained a wholesale pottery and glassware business.  His pottery was conspicuous by the elaborate blue floral designs he favored on his jugs, crocks, churns, and pots.

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  1. "Mssrs. C & C Bachelder are manufacturing, at Menasha, a very good article of 'Stone earthen ware'..." Menasha Advocate Feb. 20, 1854.

    In one week in 1854, C & C Bachelder shipped 40,000 gallons of earthen ware from the Port of Menasha. Menasha Advocate May 22, 1854.

    Calvin Bachelder died in 1865 and Cleveland Bachelder was the executor of his estate. Island City Times Jun. 27, 1865.