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

The 1840's to 1860's inclusive,   pp. 13-20 PDF (2.0 MB)


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THE 1840'S TO 1860'S INCLUSIVE
  The first duly constituted church came into being in April 1847,
when twelve persons from the twin settlements presented letters from
eastern Presbyterian and Congregational churches and formed a
church loosely affiliated with the Congregational communion. They
met in a log structure on East Doty Avenue. On December 15, 1848,
this congregation voted to become the First* Presbyterian Church of
Winnebago Rapids. This early church, then, is the source from which
sprang the present First Presbyterian Church of Neenah.
  Three years later, in 1851, the Menasha members withdrew and
established the First Congregational Church of that city.
  In the year 1848 a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church, shep-
herded by an itinerant pastor, was established. This little congregation
worshipped in what was called the "Brick Church," located on the
corner of Division and Chestnut Streets. This brick structure is pres-
ently owned by Henry Kemps and has been skillfully incorporated
into a comfortable home with entrance at 6oo Chestnut. The exterior
has been stuccoed and painted an artistic green. This Welsh congrega-
tion persisted until the turn of the century, when they disbanded and
their membership united with other congregations.
  Another Welsh church, affiliated with the Congregational denom-
ination, came into existence in 1861, with a meeting house called the
"White Church" on East Columbian Avenue, near Pine Street. This
congregation, like its predecessor, continued until the first decade of
the 2th century, when its membership disbanded and joined other
communions. Early Neenah owes much to its sturdy Welsh pioneers.
Oak Hill Cemetery
  It was in this early decade (1849) that Harvey Jones, who initiated
several forward-looking plans for this locality during his brief life here,
donated five acres for a cemetery. This was the core around which Oak
Hill Cemetery developed. Little did he dream when he made this gift
that his body would be among the first to be interred there.
Menasha Wooden Ware Companry
  The pioneer industry of the Twin Cities, and one that has come
down from 1849 to the present, is the Menasha Wooden Ware Con-
pany. At that time Menasha was on its way to becoming a settled com-


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