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Our first 100 years, 1857-1957

The middle years--1900-1945,   pp. 20-55 PDF (14.9 MB)

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President Taft addresses the audience at the Lawrence University Chapel.
cars for the trip to the Lawrence University
  Lawrence coeds made a very favorable
impression upon the President in their
presentation of roses. Dr. W. S. Naylor led
the audience in yells for the President and
the singing of America. To Dr. Samuel
Plantz, President of Lawrence University,
went the honor of presenting President Taft.
Much applause and cheering greeted the
President as he arose to speak. The adults in
the audience soon quieted down to hear what
he had to say, but the enthusiasm of the many
children in the audience proved a real handi-
cap to the President in making himself heard.
He finally had to say, "If the crowd will be
quiet, I'll try to reach all of you."
  The speech was given, the trip back to the
station was made without mishap, and the
train, carrying its famous passenger, de-
parted. Everyone agreed that this had been a
great day for Appleton.
  At the turn of the century Appleton
could boast of four newspapers. They were
the Appleton Post, the Evening Crescent, a
semi-weekly paper written in the German
language known as the Volksfreund, and the
Fox River Journal, issued weekly.
  The Evening Crescent was known as the
Democratic paper. It carried Associated
Press reports. Its circulation was 3100.
  The Appleton Post was the Republican
paper. It issued about 2500 copies daily. The
Post turned to United Press for its national
and international news coverage.
  The German Volksfreund was issued semi-
weekly to about 500 subscribers, and the Fox
River Journal came out weekly with its 1600
copies. All papers consisted of four pages. It
can be said for the two leading papers that
their editorial copy was usually vigorously
expressed, with a definite stand on various
matter clearly revealed. In the summer of
1920 these merged into the present Appleton

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