City Of Oshkosh215 Church Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Hisory: It is generally acknowledged that settlement of the modern city of Oshkosh began in the mid-1830's, shortly after the Menominee Indians ceded the area to the United States government in 1836. Local historical lore has named Webster Stanley as the first settler although he arrived six years after the first permanent non-Indian settler built his cabin in what is presently the city. Ten years later, in 1846, when the ferry was built at the site of the present-day Main Street bridge, Oshkosh was a sleepy country village with a few homes and stores. Approximately two miles west and across the river lay another village, Algoma. These two began their existence in competition although at the end of the next decade, in 1856, Algoma was annexed as part of Oshkosh. Oshkosh grew throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. As the lumber industry declined, other industries took its place. The Paine Lumber Company became the city's largest employer and the world's largest sash and door factory until the Great Depression caused much of that plant, as well as many of the others in the City, to shut down This city, like most throughout the country, contributed soldiers and supplies to both World War I and II. It suffered with the rest of the nation through the Depression. However, Oshkosh not only survived, it prospered.