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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

The 1920's,   pp. 97-[108] PDF (2.5 MB)


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A HISTORY OF NEENAH
Smith, of the Menasha Wooden Ware Corporation, Leander Choate
and Charles Bray, of Oshkosh, and NI. J. Wallrich of Shawano.
  The year also saw the establishment of the city's first "fresh air"
school, set up in the auditorium of the City Hall, with a "fresh air"
camp started at Wheeler's Point, on the shores of Lake Winnebago.
They were maintained until 1926.
Banking and Industrial
  In 1920 J. A. Kimberly was elected Chairman of the Board of the
First National Bank, and F. E. Ballister was named President. Plans
were made for a new building, the present edifice, and the institution
increased its surplus account to $I25,ooo.
  In the same year the Kimberly-Clark Corporation erected the first
units of its Kapuskasing Mill, and also early in the 1920's, a two-
machine paper mill was built at Niagara Falls.
  1921 was marked by the opening of the new First National
Bank building, opening of a branch of the Richmond Company, dry
cleaners, here; establishment of the Lenz & Angermeyer Plumbing
Company (which dissolved partnership in 1926) and establishment
of the School Stationers Corporation, the Island Drug Store, and
Olene's Shop.
First Qutomobile Dealership
  While Charles Bergstrom seems to have been the first sales agency
for automobiles in Neenah, the Jaeger-Dowling Company stands un-
challenged as the oldest automobile dealership in the Neenah-Me-
nasha-Appleton district, still in business. W. J. Dowling came to the
Twin Cities from Oshkosh in February, 1920, taking over manage-
ment of the Ford Garage and Neenah Taxi Line, operating at the Val-
ley Inn Garage. The Jaeger-Dowling Company was incorporated
August I, 1922. In 1946 Dowling purchased the Standard Oil Station,
at the intersection of First & Commercial Streets. This is said to have
been the first regular filling station established in Winnebago County.
Doty Park and the Winnebago Players
  Land for picturesque Doty Park was donated to the city by the late
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