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Appleton review
Vol. 1, no. 11 (March 28, 1930)

[Appleton review. Vol. 1, no. 11: March 28, 1930],   pp. [unnumbered]-14 PDF (13.4 MB)

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Attend Meeting Despite
" Raging March Blizzard
  Seventy-four men and women faced
the blizzard which was raging Tuesda:
evening to attend the mass meetinj
held by the friends of the aldermani
form  of government at the Wilso]
Junior high school and to hear Samue
Sigman  tell why  they  should vot
"no" on the referendum next Tues
  Speaking of the meeting held Monda;
evening at the Roosevelt Junior hig]
school, which was addressed by th
city manager of Stevens Point, Mr
Sigman said that that address wa
really an argument in favor of alder
      Gas Fax Cooking
Can be used any place-in
the country and for cottages.
Just as efficient as city gas-
just as economical.
     403 W. College Ave.
     Authorized Dealer of
       Pyrofax Division
 Carbide & Carbon Chemicals
 30 East Forty-Second Street
       New York, N. Y.
    Unit of Union Cerbide
(U.C.C.) and Carbon Company
and that of gravel 60c per ton, and
sand was selling in Janesville for
and 20c per ton and gravel for
30c and 50c. Why should the city of
Janesville pay so much more than cur-
rent market prices and still save 200%
of the total cost of the job?
  The circular further called attention
to another paving job where the con-
tractor was actually paid $285.90 per
66 foot frontage, while the property
owner was assessed $336.60 for the
work. The citizens committee wanted
to know where the difference of $50.70
went. The circular also stated that the
city manager had sold nine residences
on the high school property for $8,500,
the buyer having the privilege of using
Office Furniture and Supplies
300 E. College Ave.   Tel. 86
    Home designed to protect your eyes...
    It is just as foolish to live in a poorly heated or ventilated
    home, as It is unhealthful and uncomfortable to put unp with
    Lighting that can only furnish hard glare or too little light.
    It will pay you to drop in and look over our conmplete sets
    of modern fixtures for various sized homes-all prices and
    styles to suit your pocket book and tastes.
    Langstadt Electric Company
manic government and that if it and
the replies to the questions afterward
asked had been reported verbatim by
the local daily, it would have consti-
tuted the best argument yet presented
to  the voters against making  any
  He then went on to read several
questions asked the management of
Janesville in a circular "authorized
and published by the Citizens Commit-
tee, George F. Davis, Secretary, Janes-
ville.'' One question referred to a
statement by the Janesville paper that
that city had saved $65,000 by doing a
certain paving job itself. The circular
claimed that the total cost of that job
was $ý9,682 and wondered just what
contractors could figure on and get
work on such a basis. It also stated
that the "bidding blank" stated that
the price of sand was to be 40c per
y,,necn ver yL~,.   r~. SmwnS
them for five years without paying in-
terest. As those houses would rent
for a minimum of $35 per month each
the buyer was assured of an annual
rental of $3,780 for five years, or a total
return of $18,900. Because the houses
were to be torn down in five years they
would require a minimum of upkeep
and the fortunate purchaser of that
contract was assured of a profit of more
than $10,000 which real management
should have secured for the city.
  The speaker also called attention to
the fact that Janesville has practically
no snow to remove during the winter,
so that it would be an easy matter for
the manager to show a great saving
over the cost in that department to
Appleton. In the matter of parks, he
called especial attention to Stevens
Point, which has practically none, and
wondered  how  many   of our voters
would care to give up Appleton's parks.
  In conclusion he called attention to
the ''Community Builders" advertising
campaign carried in the Post-Crescent
a few months ago and mentioned by the
Review last week. He made no com-
ments beyond mentioning the fact that
virtually all the present members of
the city administration at the time that
advertisement was published are still
serving the city in the same capacity.
He left it to his hearers to draw their
own conclusions.
A Few "Firsts" From
   Appleton's Early History
        By W. M. ROBLEE
  Reeder Smith, who was really the
founder of Appleton, was born near
Pittston, Pennsylvania, in 1804. In
1840 he went to Michigan, where he
acted as agent for Wesleyan Seminary
at Albion. While in Boston soliciting
donations for the seminary Amos Law.
rence offered to donate $10,000 for a
literary institution to be built near
Green Bay, provided Mr. Smith raise a
similar amount from   other sources
After  investigating, Mr. Smith  re-
turned to Boston and advised against
the location at Green Bay, suggesting
Appleton instead, then only a wilder.
ness.  The additional subscription of
$10,000 was obtained from Samuel Ap-
pleton at Boston on condition that the
oew town be named after him, Apple,
,on. The new educational institution
was chartered as Lawrence Institute in
1847 and in 1849 the name was changed
1852. First term of county and circuit
court was held in 1852. First passenger
train reached Appleton in 1861 and
Green Bay in 1862. First agricultual
fair was held in 1860, first monthly
stock fair in 1866, the first wedding
ceremony in 1849. First paper mill was
started in 1854, the Methodist and Pres
byterian congregations were organized
in 1851, Congregational and Baptist in
1853, and the Episcopal in 1860. The
American Express company   came to
Appleton in 1857, first telegraph line to
Green Bay in 1862, first hook and ladder
company was organized in 1859, the
first fire department in 1863, the fint
baseball club in 1867. The Northwest-
ern Hotel was built in 1877. Riverside
Cemetery association was organized in
1871 and the following year the city
set aside 20 acres for the cemetery. In
1872 the city council passed an or.
dinance requiring that the wooden side-
walks must be at least 6 feet wide on
account of the hoop skirts the ladies
were wearing. This was even consid-
ered  too narrow, as   many  people
thought the walks should be at least
12 feet wide so as to permit two ladie
to pass each other on the walk. The
Hub and Spoke company was organized
in 1859, the First National bank in
1866, the Commercial National bank in
1871 and the Citizens National bank in
1898. The first street car line was built
in 1886.
  These are only a few of the interest-
ing dates which could be noted from
Appleton's early history. It was ti
the early settlers, the pioneers, wil
tamed the wilderness and prepared the
way for the prosperity we now enjoy
Few of those early settlers are stilt
with us to enjoy the fruits of the:*
labors. They endured all kinds of hard-
ships and privations, but they laid s
solid foundation for the future and
history has shown that they builded
Furniture Upholstered
      Paul L. Sell
ablished 1905   214 N. Morrison f
   Questions of Vital Interest to All Citizens
             7. What chance will your children have if your HOME MER-
                   CHANTS are eliminated?
             8. When business becomes poor, your HOME MERCHANTS,
                   who have faith in our community won't move to some
                   more prosperous town. Think these questions over seriously.
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withdrew from active partie
the work of the university ai
himself to building up the c
pleton, where, he constructes
house. The first university
two story structure, was de,
fire in 1848, but through
erous donations of Mr. Sm
building, now known as Mai
erected in the year 1853.
male child was born in A
1847  and was named    A.
Smith. The first postoffice
lished in 1849 and the first
was John F. Johnston, who
the first settler, after Ree'
Appleton was incorporated a
in 1853 and as a city in 1V
Story was the first mayor.
bank was the Outagamie and
lished in 1855, the first so
1850.  George Meyer was
lawyer; he came to Appletc
The first grist mill was esti

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