By Appleton Historical Society
Appleton's wealthy beginnings came upon their resource at Lawrence Institute, the college within the woods, at the Fox River. Rev. Henry Colman and Rev. William Sampson selected the bluff at the river for the positioning of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the development started in July 1848. It used to be with awl and hook that the 1st settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. the town was once made of 3 villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined jointly to shape the town of Appleton. Amos tale used to be the city's first mayor. Appleton's grew at the banks of the Fox River, together with hydroelectricity and paper.
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Smith home, pictured on the corner of Alton and Lawe Streets, was the one of the first homes lit with electricity in Appleton. Electricity was run to the home from the Vulcan Street Station below it on the north island. D. Smith. ) 35 The Riverside Cemetery run of the electric streetcar is pictured above. Appleton’s electric streetcars ran from August 16, 1886, until April 6, 1930. Below is a run of the streetcar in downtown Appleton. The electric streetcars, horses, and bicycles provided the multimodal transportation in Appleton.
R. Doll Restaurant, and Kasten Brothers Quality Shoes. This block is now the location of Appleton Performing Arts Center. ) Peter Christensen is pictured in the Tschank and Christensen truck. The family business was started in 1921 at 652 Richmond Street and continues today. ) 56 The John Leithen Shoe Repair Shop was located at 616 West College Avenue. A view inside of the shop shows the shoes, repair stations, and tools for leather. John and Fred Leithen are working on shoes. ) The Appleton Wire Works was located on the northeast corner of Atlantic and Union Streets.
Bailey, Ira W. S. B. Beach. ) 52 This business at 718 North Clark Street was owned by Allen A. and Carrie Fraser. A. Fraser grew up on a farm in Grand Chute and became a carpenter, eventually opening his own enterprise. His sister Nellie Fraser is standing in the doorway. ) Charles and Joanna Lindley owned the steam laundry at 707 College Avenue. On the right side, Martin P. VanRyzin Pattern and Model Works is visible. The pattern and model works was located at 586 Durkee Street (now 100 South Durkee Street).
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