Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1840's to 1860's inclusive, pp. 13-20 PDF (2.0 MB)
A HISTORY OF NEENAH munity. (Lands on the Neenah side, it will be remembered, were not released for purchase till 1846.) In 1849, three men, Messrs. Beckwith, Sanford and Billings started a small lumber mill on the site of the pres- ent Menasha Wooden Ware Company. This property was sold in i8;o to Keyes, Wolcott and Rice, who in turn sold to Elisha D. Smith for $I,2oo in 1852. Out of that modest beginning grew the far-flung Menasha Wooden Ware Company of 1957. For the fuller story, as re- lated by Donald C. Shepard, see Part II. The First School Like churches and cemeteries, an early concern of the pioneers was educational facilities for their children. In 1847, with the settlement less than a year old, a frame building, designed for a grocery store, one mile south of Neenah on the Ridge Road, was converted into a one- room schoolhouse. Carolyn Boynton was the teacher, and her student body of 12 became the beginning of Neenah's public school system. Within a year thereafter the first schoolhouse within the settlement was constructed near the village "Green." Carly Blacksmith Shops Beginning business in I866, Evan Johnson and Ole 0. Myhre bought the property now owned by the Wieckert Lumber Company and continued the smithing business under their and Olaf Myhre's ownership throughout the horse and buggy era. See Part II for this story and a listing, compiled by Olaf A. Myhre, of the other black- smith shops that served their generation until the coming of the auto. The Telegraph Comes to ,Neenah 1852 (nine years before the outbreak of the Civil War) is a signifi- cant year, in that telegraphic communication came to Neenah, and put our forebears in instant touch with the outer world. WJacial c6lements Early mingling of racial elements in the two communities of Me- nasha and Neenah is seen in the Germania Society of 1856 and the 16
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