Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, October 20, 2017

Just Marching Along

October 6, 1958, Appleton Post-Crescent
Growing up around St. Mary's, it didn't seem like a normal week if the high school marching band didn't come by the house and give us a free concert, of sorts.   I've mentioned this in past blog postings: and

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New In Town

October 18, 1967, Appleton Post-Crescent
I recall this store only too well, as it was the first ShopKo in the area.  And despite what the article says, it was located on Hwy 47, not 41 obviously.  (Guess the proofreader was asleep this day).  This store eventually became the current Goodwill store after ShopKo closed in early 1975.  At the time, the local branch of the Retail Store Employees Union accused ShopKo of closing because that store's employees had wanted to organize.  But the National Labor Relations Board later found in ShopKo's favor that the store had decided to close before the organizing action ever arose.  ShopKo remained out of the Menasha market for several years before coming back with another ShopKo built a bit farther south on 47 in 1981. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Idyll

October 26, 1986, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Wednesday finds us with an image from the river as iconic as a picture postcard.  Despite the industrial cacophony within the mills and plants lining the river, our two subjects are worlds away, bringing pause to our mid-week frenzy and soothing our tired soul, if only momentarily.   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Look Back- A New Grist Mill

Reprinted in the October 17, 1968, Appleton Post-Crescent
From the archives, 149 years before in 1868 and printed in the Appleton Crescent before its merger with the Post, comes this news item about the new splendid grist mill just constructed in Menasha.   It lasted only until 1885 when the US Government bought him out to extend the dam across the river.  We first discussed the Symes mill in 2012:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Electro Measure

October 17, 1965, Appleton Post-Crescent
So much of the Fox Valley's business news revolved around the paper and printing industries over the years, but here was a unique application.  Computer automation comes to the Fox Valley in a system designed to give management positive cash and quality control and to eliminate spillage in a food service/restaurant environment.  While not totally doing away with bartenders, the system provided a more accurate drink every time and took the guesswork out of it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

October 13, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Instead of the usual black cats and frightening type of Friday the 13th references, we feature this, a happier coincidence.  Having a 13th birthday on Friday the 13th seems to have been typical schtick in the Fox Valley as I've seen many instances of this type of story over the years reported by the Northwestern.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In Transit

October 14, 1971, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
The donated Soo Line caboose made its final trek to Smith Park some 46 years ago.  Symbolic of Menasha's rail heritage, the caboose was donated by the Soo Line during the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Wisconsin Central Railroad.  We first talked about the caboose back in 2013: