Harney, Richard J. / History of Winnebago County, Wisconsin, and early history of the Northwest
City of Menasha, pp. 215-229 PDF (10.6 MB)
HISTORY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WISCONSIN. CITY OFFICIALS. The present city officials (1879) are: A. J. Webster, mayor; J. W. Ladd, city clerk; Edward Wold, treasurer; A. Dillmore, Mar- shall; J. Armstrong, superintendent of streets; J. W. Ladd, overseer of poor; L. D. Bryan, C. P. Northrup. assessors; S. Bullard, M. M. Schoetz, justices of the peace; M. Thompson, John Harbeck, constables; John Harbeck, John Marx, Patrick O'Malley, John Schneider, H. A. Burts, L. J. Noble, Frank Engles. and Elbridge Smith, aldermen; John Harbeck, president of the council; S. Bullard, superin- tendent of schools. FIRE DEPARTMENT. M. Kraus, chief engineer; A. Wennege, first assistant; George A. Rasler, second assistant; August Ebert, secretary; J. Schu- bert, Jr., treasurer; C. Lahman, chief fire warden; Martin Arno, assistant fire warden; Ed. Smith, trustee. CIVIC SOCIETIES. Masonic-Island City, Chapter No. 23, R. A. M. Bryan Lodge, No. 98, F. & A. M. Odd Fellows-Doty Island Encampment, No. 45, I. 0. 0. F. Menasha Lodge, No. i87, I. O. 0. F. Ida Lodge, No. 30, Degree of Rebekah. Island City Lodge, No. 197, I. 0. 0. F., (German.) Knights of Honor- Centennial Lodge, No. 391, K. of H. German Societies -Menasha Turnverein, Concordia Benevolent Society, St. Joseph's Benevolent Society. MENASHA NEWSPAPER PRESS. The Menasha Advocate, was first issued by Jeremiah Crowley, in November, 1853, Demo- cratic in politics. This was a good local paper. Crowley remained editor and proprietor until i857, when thepress and materials were sold to E. P. Morehouse, a deaf mute, who con- ducted it for a while, when he disposed of it. The Conservator, first published by Harrison Reed in 1856, at Neenah, was in 1858, pur- chased by B. S. Heath, and removed to Menasha, where it was continued, and in i86o, Goodwin & Decker became the editors and proprietors. The Manufacturer, was started at Menasha about 1860, by William M. Watts, editor and proprietor, who conducted it about one year. The Menasha Press, first published at Nee- nah, by J. N. Stone, as the Island City Times, later by Ritch & Tapley, as the Winnebago County Press, until i871, when it was pur- chased by Menasha parties, removed to that place and conducted by Thos. B. Reid, as the Menasha Press, until 1877, when it was again sold, to Ueo. B. Pratt, present editor and pro- prietor. The Menasha Post (German), started in 1871, by Mussans & Hein, and after an exist- ence of about eighteen months, the press and materials were taken to Shawano County. The Winnebago Observer (German), was first published in 1873, by John C. Klinker, its present editor and proprietor, and on the last of June, 1879, closed its sixth volume. CHAPTER LVIII. Description of City of Menasha-Location-Historical Associations - Summer Resort - Water Power and Water Communications - Manufactories and Resources for Man- ufacturing-Statistics of Manufactures -Business Houses -Notices of Illustrations. H E City of Menasha is delightfully sit- uated on both sides of the north chan- - Ed nel of the outlet of Lake Winnebago. The site, embracing the mainland and a large part of Doty Island, rises at both sides of the river in a gentle ele- vation, and affords most charming sites for residences. Indeed, it is rare to find a love- lier spot than Doty Island, with its grand old forest trees and fine views of water scenery, and which is well illustrated in the view here given of Edward Mathewson's place, showing the mouth of the river, the lake shore, and the distant view of Calumet, Clifton and Stock- bridge. The mainland, from Lake Winnebago to the Little Buttes des Morts, and on which is situ- ated the business portion of the city, is also a handsome site for a city with fine locations for suburban residences. Many of those are occu- pied by handsome buildings with tastefully ornamented grounds, of which illustrations are given in the views in this work of the resi- dences of Messrs. A. J. Webster, R. M. Scott, E. L. Mathewson and Elbridge Smith. Shade trees have been largely planted, and add much to the attractiveness of the streets. SUMMER RESORT. This place, in common with Neenah, has great natural advantages as a place of summer resort, and attracts many visitors from abroad. Lake Winnebago and its delightful surround- ings possess great natural attractions; and Menasha has the advantage of being on the navigable channel of the outlet. The canal and locks connecting the navigation of the lake and river are on this channel, and the frequent passage of steamers enlivens the scene. The 226 [i 853-79.
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