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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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A HISTORY OF NEENAH
The "cjreen"
  Many early settlers had their roots in New England where the vil-
lage "green" was and still is an institution. Therefore, one of
the early
acts of these settlers was the setting aside of our "Green," now
known
as Columbian Park, in Neenah's tenth ward. It is said on good author-
ity that our "Green" antedates the dedication by New York City
of its
famous "Central Park."
First 'lIeigious Service and Carly Churches
  Mr. Cunningham records the first Protestant Service in the Winne-
bago Rapids tract in 1845, one year before the area was opened for
sale. The meeting, conducted by an itinerant Methodist minister, was
held in the residence of Harrison Reed and included all the white popu-
lation then in the area, seven in all.
The "old stone barn," said to have been built by Harrison Reed
in 1847, one year after his purchase of
562 acres of land in "Winnebago Rapids." This structure, now a
residence, stands on the east side of
South Park Avenue. This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, landmark
in Neenah.
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