Take a look at this advertising section for an Oshkosh phone book. Is there anything that strikes you as odd? Is there a certain service offered here that is rather morbid? I’ll give you one hint. This was in an early 1960s Oshkosh phone book. Click the picture for a closer look. When you find it, post your memories of this subject in the comments section below.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In Convention started in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A handful of people came to the early gathering, and it was mainly a gathering for people who built their aircraft themselves. In 1959 the organization’s fly-in moved to Rockford, Illinois, because of space limitations. It remained at the Rockford airport until 1969, when it too was too small to handle the visitors. Steve Wittman, an aviator in Oshkosh and member of EAA, proposed that the event be moved to Oshkosh, because it had the space and airport to host the event. Since moving to Oshkosh in 1970, several exhibit buildings and an EAA Museum were built at the Oshkosh airport ( Wittman Regional Airport ). Attendance to the annual fly-in attracts thousands, and EAA Airventure Oshkosh, renamed in 1998, is world-renowned as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”
Until moving to Oshkosh a few years ago, I never realized how industrial this city used to be. From what I have been told, Oshkosh was considered the second city in Wisconsin, behind Milwaukee. Dominated by the lumber industry, the shores of the Fox River were packed with mills and other industrial firms. Three major railroad lines ran through the city and serviced many firms that built next to its tracks. But, like Milwaukee, hard times hit Oshkosh and businesses closed or moved out.
The urban landscape of Oshkosh has changed and continues to change.The mills that crowded the shores of the Fox River have been demolished to make room for parks, university buildings, or turned into luxury condominiums. Old railroad lines through town have disappeared or turned into hiking trails. Formal industrial firms stand hollow along what used to be these railroad lines. Traveling down Harrison Street…