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.
Letter to the secretary of war, relative to storage of water in Lake Winnebago., pp. -30 ff.
'9 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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