Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The Cunningham era in perspective, pp. 3-11 ff. PDF (2.8 MB)
THE CUNNINGHAM ERA dark page in the history of Neenah, for had the property here been spared the years (i8o -1864) of needless litigation, during which no one could, with safety, purchase, there is no question but what the growth and wealth of Neenah would have been increased thousands of inhabitants and millions of dollars." As to Menasha and Doty Island, these lands were outside the In- dian reservation, were surveyed in 18,33, and opened to purchase in 1835. Cunningham indicates that here, too, settlement was retarded by land speculators, Governor Doty being one of them, who bought and held for higher prices. Thus, between delays due to "Indian Lands," legal tangles and land speculators, the Twin Cities got off to a late start, compared to Apple- ton and Oshkosh. XAýeenah Is :Xamed In spite of his financial difficulties, Harrison Reed held to his faith in the future of the area, even securing for it a post office in 1844 and naming it "Neenah." How the name "Neenah" came to be attached to the locality is at- tributed to Governor Doty, who, meeting with a band of Indians one day, asked, pointing to the river, "What is that?" The Indian an- swered, "Neenah," being their word for water. Doty liked the word and applied it to the region. When land in Winnebago Rapids was opened for sale in 1846, settlers trickled in, purchasing land lying out- side the Reed-Jones tract. The name "Neenah" came into common use and became attached to the village and eventually to the city. George Jones, a grandson of Harvey Jones, lived his life on lands to the west of Neenah. During his active years he took part in church and other affairs of our city. He was one of the original leaders of the Boys' Brigade. Latterly he lived alone with his dogs in a cabin near Pickett. He knew of the historical project of this committee, and on November T5, 1955, induced a neighbor to bring him to town for a visit with Mr. Shattuck. The purpose of his visit was to request that reference to his grandfather, Harvey Jones, on page 64 of Cunning- ham's history, be corrected. The objectionable paragraph was as follows:
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