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Neenah and Menasha Water Power Co. / Fox and Wisconsin Improvement Co. letter to the Secretary of War, relative to storage of water in Lake Winnebago, complete history of the Neenah Dam. Its private ownership and rights.
(1900)

Letter to the secretary of war, relative to storage of water in Lake Winnebago.,   pp. [7]-30 ff.


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    It is quite plain that the effect of these two acts is to leave in 
Jones and his successors the authority to build a dam across the 
south or Neenah outlet of Lake Winnebago, and in Reed and his 
associates the authority to build a dam across the north or Me- 
nasha outlet, of Lake Winnebago. 
     General Bragg evidently fell into this mistake by not being 
thoroughly acquainted with the geography, and from not exam- 
ining the map of the government survey. 
     General Bragg also says in his report (page ii): 
     "The greater volume of water in its natural state always went 
through the northern or Menasha channel." 
     Herein General Bragg is plainly mistaken. Evidently he 
judged this from Cram's survey made in 1839. (29 Congress, 1st 
Sess. H. of R., Doc. No. 531). Plat No. 6 shows the channel 
which Capt. Cram evidently thought should be used for purposes 
of navigation. There is upon this plat a misprint. Doty's Island 
appears on the right or south side of the channel. It should ap- 
pear on the left or north side of the channel. This will plainly 
appear by comparing this plat representing Cram's survey, with 
the map of the United States survey. So we have the authority 
of Capt. Cram that the south outlet was the main channel. Proofs 
taken in litigation, embracing the testimony of the earlier navi- 
gators of the lower Fox, show that about 2-3 of the water of the 
river in an ordinary stage ran in the Neenah or south channel. 
     The same is also shown by a careful examination of early 
surveys and soundings of both channels and the approaches to 
the same, now in the possession of the United States engineer at 
Milwaukee. 
     The same is also indicated by a survey of the two channels in 


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