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 positioning of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the construction begun in July 1848. It was once 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 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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Joseph’s Church was organized in 1868 when it separated from St. Mary’s. The Reverend Watkins was the priest at the time. 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.
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