Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, December 9, 2016

Santa Comes

November 30, 1963, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
It's a holiday tradition to this day, when Santa travels around Menasha on his fire truck.  Not a very good photo, to be sure, but the bond between the jolly old elf and the little boy is apparent. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Center

December 13, 1966, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
In yet another blatant ad masquerading as a news story, comes Menasha Hardware of 212 Main Street, Holiday-style.  As related here before, I spent more than my fair share of time at this store, usually in the guise of getting parts for Dad's aging lawn mower, a bright orange push mower (wish I remembered the brand name) that seemed to need a new spark plug every year without fail.  I don't recall ever buying Christmas items here but obviously, Mr. Van Vreede had that taken care of. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy Holiday Gifting

 December 7, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Almost fifty years ago now, it was that time of year when the downtown stores would be open late for your holiday shopping.  And with personalized, courteous service and plenty of free parking through the New Year to ease your yearly chore.  What could be better?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Drill Team

I get the impression from this 1968 article that that was the first year for the Menasha High drill team.  Considering that the author literally explained the whole idea to the reader as if they'd never heard of it before, I suspect I'm right. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Guests of the Rotarians

November 22, 1928, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

This is an interesting item about the Menasha football banquet 88 years ago.  The emphasis was on sportsmanship and being physically and morally "clean," the way Coach Calder put it.  I doubt any coach today would consider his role for the team was anything BUT winning, whereas the cadre of yesteryear were of the ilk that football (and other sports) was an adjunct to the total scholastic experience, not the end all and be all we've seen it evolve into over the years.  They seemed to have a higher plateau for the players under their direction and were interested in "molding men of strong moral character."

Side note: The "Chauncey Depew" mentioned in the story was an attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt's railroad interests, president of the New York Central Railroad System, a United States Senator from New York from 1899 to 1911, and a famous orator of the time, back when that kind of thing mattered. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

War Prep

November 22, 1940, Appleton Post-Crescent
President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), like most Americans, wasn't eager for the US to enter a global military conflict. But unlike the ardent isolationists, he also figured it was inevitable. Even though America didn’t officially join World War II until December 1941 right after Pearl Harbor, FDR started preparations in 1940.  The news articles above reflect some of the goings-on in Menasha in that era. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

And Now We Are 3

November 25, 1968, Appleton Post-Crescent
We talked about this location back in 2013:  I always enjoyed the tipsy fish logo, from an era where comic drunkenness was more socially acceptable.