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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

City administration,   pp. 213-219 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 219


CITY ADMINISTRATION
The present force totals twenty-six men:
Irving Stilp, Chief
Clarence Toeppler
Henry Kohfeldt
Elmer Reinke
George Goldner
Lawrence Malouf
Vernice Wollernian
Stanley Staffeld
Herbert Parker
Warner Sorensen
Donald Schmidt
William Richey
D)urward Breaker
Raymond Tuchscherer
Charles Harding
Rupert Lehman
Leslie Parrott
James Hawley
Leorman Konitzer
Clyde Hulbert
Robert Meverden
Robert Seiler
Kenneth Foster
Darrell Webb
Robert Homan
Richard Toeppler
                              EASY MONEY
From Mayhew Mott's rich store of anecdotes:
The present city hall had not been built many years when through some accident
the line that ran through the pulley on top of the flagstaff broke or was
pulled
through, so that there was no way of raising the flag to the top of the flagstaff.
The
city council secured the services of a steeplejack to replace the rope through
the
pulley. He came with his ladders and tackle, and started by lashing a ladder
to
the bell tower, so that it protruded out over the street. He then used the
projecting
end of the ladder as the support of another ladder, which reached up over
the bell
tower and rested against the base of the 22' flagstaff. Fernie Nelson, young
brother
of Chris Nelson, the plumber and for many years a Neenah Alderman, was present,
bare-footed and with his hands in his pockets, watching these operations
with great
interest. When the second ladder had been lashed in place, the steeplejack
began
to be nervous and uncertain. Fernie spoke up, "How much will you give
me if I
finish the job for you ?" The man instantly replied, "Five dollars."
Fernie tied the
rope around himself, shot up the ladder to the flagstaff, shinnied up the
22' flagstaff,
and was down claiming his money. He said it was the easiest money he had
ever
earned.
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