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 positioning of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the construction all 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 from 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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41 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was first known as the German Evangelical Association. It was located at the corner of Morrison and Fisk (now Franklin) Streets. The church was first organized in August 1867. Walter Koester and Irene Steidl were married at the new church July 19, 1919. They are pictured below on the front steps of the church. The German stained glass is visible behind them. ) 42 Temple Zion, located at 320 North Durkee Street, was organized in 1879 by David Hammel, Jacob Hammel, M.

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.

William Cottrill was in charge of the fine service one would receive upon arrival. The rooms were fit with the finest furnishings, and the cuisine was delightful to the palate. The Waverly House also boasted of being the first electrically lit hotel in the Midwest. It was lit in 1883. ) 33 The second Vulcan electric power plant was located on Vulcan Street. It began operation in November 1882. The Vulcan power plant was located in the clump of three trees to the right of the large building (at center) called the Vulcan Street Blast Furnace.

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