By Appleton Historical Society
Appleton's wealthy beginnings discovered their resource at Lawrence Institute, the collage 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 used to be made of 3 villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined jointly to shape town of Appleton. Amos tale was once the city's first mayor. Appleton's grew at the banks of the Fox River, together with hydroelectricity and paper.
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The land included 825 feet of beautiful Fox River waterfront. The building is stone construction and includes a 1964 additional wing and front entry. Above, it was originally built with stone brought by horse and wagon to the location. The building included a chapel with artisan stained-glass windows. The round stained-glass window in the chapel was crafted by Conrad Schmidt Studios. Below is the building before the 1964 addition. ) 49 St. Joseph’s Church was organized in 1868 when it separated from St.
The house then changed hands nine times. In the 1930s, it was a public restaurant called the Hearthstone because of its nine fireplaces. In 1986, the City of Appleton considered razing the building. A grassroots group effort by Appleton residents raised enough money to purchase the property in December 1986, saving it from destruction. , and opened the home as a museum, emphasizing its Edison heritage. The building is being restored to the historical era of 1882 to 1895. ) 31 Henry Rogers, superintendent of the Atlas Pulp and Paper Company, had the foresight to get involved in hydroelectricity, which would light the mills as well as his own home.
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). On the left, Heckert Shoe Company signage is in place. The photograph was taken in 1908. In the foreground are trolley tracks and the bricks of College Avenue.
Appleton (Images of America) by Appleton Historical Society