By Appleton Historical Society
Appleton's wealthy beginnings came upon 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 location of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the construction started in July 1848. It used to be with awl and hook that the 1st settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. town was once made of 3 villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined jointly to shape 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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Mary’s became the Irish Catholic congregation, and St. Joseph’s, the German Catholic. On November 5, 1869, the new St. Joseph’s Church was ready for Mass. Below is an interior view of St. Joseph’s Church. ) 50 Five Businesses Big and Small This c. 1870 photograph shows the Benoit and Montgomery Drug Store. The store was built in 1855 and served as the offices for several insurance agencies. The store and offices were located on College and Oneida Streets. ) 51 The Odd Fellows Block is located at College Avenue and Morrison Street.
H. Bowen were founding members. In 1855, Rev. A Hamilton arrived. The church was completed in 1860. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was formed in 1868 upon the division of the original Catholics of Appleton into two congregations. T. O’Keefe designed the brick structure to seat 1,000 persons. The church is located on State and Seventh Streets. At the time it was built, each side of the front of the building had a 148-foot spire. 48 Monte Alverno was built in 1934 as a Catholic retreat center. It was erected on land donated to the Capuchins by Kay Merkel.
Sensenbrenner, and the dedication of the new replica. It was presented by William Kurz, Edward O’Keefe, and Al Langstadt. ) 34 Augustus Ledyard Smith married Edna Taylor in 1860, and they had two sons. They were members of the First Congregational Church. L. Smith began the First National Bank of Appleton in 1870 and was its president until 1891. He was a leader in the Edison Electric Gas and Light Company in Appleton, and he also served as Appleton’s mayor. L. Smith home, pictured on the corner of Alton and Lawe Streets, was the one of the first homes lit with electricity in Appleton.
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