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REVERSALS IN INDUSTRIAL FORTUNE: A TALE OF THE FOX CITIES AND OSHKOSH

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Author(s): Ralp O. Gunderson

Journal: Essays in Economic & Business History
ISSN 0896-226X

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2000;
Original page

ABSTRACT
This article chronicles the the 19th Century origins of the manufacturing sectors of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the Fox Cities of Wisconsin. Despite close geographic proximity and the common bond of the Fox River, these communities have followed different paths of manufacturing. The Fox Cities developed a large and profitable flourmilling sector which almost disappeared by the beginning of the 20th Century. Oshkosh Manufacturing focused on lumbering and wood products. Despite being relatively inefficient, these manufacturers were very slow to disappear. Fox Cities industries evolved from flourmilling to the paper industry which has proven to bea prosperous industry; compared to lumbering and wood products.
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