By Appleton Historical Society
Appleton's wealthy beginnings stumbled on 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 positioning of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the development started in July 1848. It was once with awl and hook that the 1st settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. town used to be made from 3 villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined jointly to shape the 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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Both Andrew and Georgia Jimos were among the founders of St. 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.
59 Walter Sigl surveys his Sigl Bros. men’s clothing store in 1947. Walter and Robert Sigl operated the business at 322 West College Avenue from about 1929 until 1954. (Image courtesy of the Joan V. ) According to Irene Gamsky, Andrew Jimos came to America at the age of 16, a Greek immigrant. Within 10 years, he had learned English, become a citizen of the United States, bought the building at 203/205 College Avenue, and married 18-year-old Georgia Andropolis. They made their home at 611 East Pacific Street.
Bishop Hennie of Milwaukee decided that the church should split off from St. Mary’s, so St. 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.
Appleton (Images of America) by Appleton Historical Society