Appleton
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Appleton’s rich beginnings found their source at Lawrence Institute, the university in the woods, on the Fox River. Rev. Henry Colman and Rev. William Sampson chose the bluff on the river for the site of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the building began in July 1848. It was with axe and hook that the first settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. The city was made up of three villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined together to form the city of Appleton. Amos Story was the city’s first mayor. Appleton’s industry grew on the banks of the Fox River, including hydroelectricity and paper.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467113304
: Arcadia Publishing
: 02/23/2015
: Wisconsin
: Images of America
: 217 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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The Appleton Historical Society was formed in 2010 to preserve the history of Appleton’s industry, business, and people. The society regularly hosts events to bring the city’s history to the public for their enjoyment. Gwen Sargeant led the committee to create a community-inspired book. Images of America: Appleton contains photographs from the Appleton Historical Society, Lawrence University, the History Museum at the Castle, and the private collections of many Appleton natives.
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