By Appleton Historical Society
Appleton's wealthy beginnings discovered 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 location of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the construction started in July 1848. It was once with awl and hook that the 1st settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. the town used to be made from 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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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. In 1896, Albert Weissenborn joined his brother-in-law William Buchanan, his close friend and nephew Gus Buchanan, and John Buchanan in founding the Appleton Wire Works. By 1910, it had grown to be the second-largest wire-weaving plant in the country, and the largest in the West.
From the south bank of the river, looking north across lock No. 4, one can see the Interlake Pulp Mill’s lumber stacks. In the background, the dual church steeples from St. Mary’s are visible, as is the St. Joseph’s steeple on Lawrence Street. The water tower at Walnut Street is located at the rear center of the photograph. At river level, the woolen mills are visible. ) 30 Three Edison and Hydroelectricity The Henry Rogers home on the bluff of the Fox River was first in the country lit by hydroelectricity.
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Jimos’s hat cleaners and shoe-shining shop’s last location was 227 East College Avenue, pictured here. ) 60 Gloudemans Department Store, seen in these interior and exterior views, was located in downtown Appleton. The people posed in the interior include, from left to right, Lee Fischer, Gwen Dittmer, Adelaide Kuberg, Agnes Stein, Loretta Greisbach, Louise Kuether, and Leone Coonen. ) 61 Heid Music was located at 215 East College but, in 1957, moved to 308 East College Avenue.