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Harney, Richard J. / History of Winnebago County, Wisconsin, and early history of the Northwest

City of Neenah,   pp. 194-215 PDF (15.4 MB)

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evidence of the wealth and taste of their occu-
River Side Park, a view of which will be
found in this work, is one of the loveliest spots
in the West, and affords a delightful retreat in
the summer months.   This locality is now
one of the most popular summer resorts, and
attracts many visitors from abroad. 'The lake
affords the finest yachting facilities and good
fishing. The air is salubrious and exhilirating,
and the adjoining country, and especially the
lake shore, furnish most delightful carriage
John Robert's summer resort on the Island,
the old home of Governor Doty, is famous as
one of the most popular watering-places, and is
well patronized.
The Russell House, a fine commodious
structure, and one of the best kept hotels in
the country, affords comforts and conveniences
to satisfy the most fastidious guests.  Views
of both these places will be found in this
The situation of the place on the line of
water communication, so fully described in
these pages, gives it steamboat communication
with Lake Michigan to the East, and with the
tributary waters of Lake Winnebago, in west-
ern and northern directions. Its railroad and
shipping facilities are unexcelled, through the
medium of the Chicago and Northwestern and
Wisconsin Central.
The crowning glory of Neenah is its fine
water power, with Lake Winnebago for an
exhaustless reservoir and feeder.  There are
no freshets, the flow of water being gradual
and regular, and its volume so large that no
formation of ice ever interrupts the working of
its machinery.
This city is now one of the chief manufac-
turing centers ofthe State; its river shore is
one continuous line of mammoth manufactor-
ies, and its manufactures of flour and paper
are industries of immense magnitude, as the
following list of mills and statistics of manu-
factures will show.
There are seven flouring mills. The names
of the firms are as follows:
Krueger & Davis, Smith & Proctor, D. L.
Kimberly, J. A. Kimberly & Co., Clement &
Stevens, C. W. Howard, Wolf, Walker & Co.
These seven mills manufacture on an average
per day, an aggregate of .1,425 barrels of flour.
Their actual yearly manufacture reaches the
immense amount of 427,500 barrels, with an
average value of six dollars per barrel-
amounting to the sum of $2,565,000. At the
present prices, the yearly product of the
Neenah flouring mills would aggregate over
three million of dollars.
These mills are chiefly large, substantial
structures with all the modern improvements
in flouring mill machinery, to which within
the last two years, has been added the new
patent machinery for the manufacture of
patent flour.  Patent flour now constitutes
about eighty per cent. of their product.
In connection with the mills, are a number
of large cooper shops, in which are employed
about I50 hands, and with the product of the
barrel factory, turning out about 1,500 barrels
per day-in itself an industry of large propor-
tions. About ninety hands are employed in
the flouring mills, which with the number
engaged in cooperage, make about 240 hands
in connection with that industry.
Another branch of vast importance is the
manufacture of paper. There are four large
paper mills, viz: The Winnebago Paper Mills,
(a stock company); A. W. Patten's mill, the
Globe Mill and the Neenah Mills.  These
employ some fifty hands each, making two
hundred in all, and produce in the aggregate,
twenty-two thousand pounds of print and
book paper per day, amounting to 6,600,ooo
pounds per year, and aggregating a value of
$495,ooo. The receipts of paper rags per day
are over twenty tons.
There are two foundries, those of Wm.
Aylward and Bergstrom Bros. & Co.'s Stove
Works; the latter an extensive concern, em-
ploying about twenty moulders, and about
fifty hands in all.
Of Theodore Brown, is another large establish-
ment, turning out twenty thousand dressed
staves per day, and employing forty-five
hands. He also employs about twenty hands
in making flour barrels.
E. F. Weickert, J. A. Sanford. The aggre-
gate yearly value of the manufactures of these
two factories, is about $20,000.
Among the miscellaneous branches of
manufacture are the machine shop of John-

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