Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
City administration, pp. 213-219 PDF (1.8 MB)
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. 219
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