Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1840's to 1860's inclusive, pp. 13-20 PDF (2.0 MB)
THE 1840'S TO 1860'S INCLUSIVE Menasha Turner Society in 1862. It was this latter society that in 1862 built the still useful structure, known as Germania Hall. The two societies (Turner and Germania) merged in i888 under the name "German Unterstiitzungs Verein," later changed to "Germania Benevolent Society." ,(audan Fields A second addition to Neenah's eventual park system came in 1856, when the so-called Laudan Fields came into possession of the com- munity. The legal record of this gift is somewhat obscure. For years the property lay quite idle, but came to life as the city stretched south- ward following World War II. Yachting As the life of the settlement broadened, we note an early record of yacht racing on Lake Winnebago, with Governor Doty's son partici- pating in this sport in 1859. Five years later, 1864, the Neenah Yacht Club was organized. From that day on yachting has passed through many vicissitudes, finally emerging into the full-blown and democratic sport now evidenced by a harbor so packed with sail and power craft that it is difficult to find dockage and anchorage for all who desire to enjoy the sport. More Churches The first Episcopal service in the area was conducted in Menasha in 1857. St. Stephen's parish was incorporated in 1859 and held their first service in a new church edifice on First Street, Menasha, in i86I. Trinity Episcopal was subsequently organized in Neenah through the missionary efforts of the Menasha congregation. The habitat of the Neenah congregation was a wooden structure built in 1869 at the corner of East Franklin and Walnut Streets. The two parishes even- tually combined to form the present St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at the junction of Washington Street, Menasha, and North Commercial Street, Neenah. The middle '6os saw an influx of substantial citizens from northern Europe, particularly from Germany, bringing with them their mother 17
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