Appleton Yacht Club
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1200 S Lutz Dr
Appleton, WI 54914
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Cozy and comfortable restaurant with nice staff and members. Great views of the water (of course).
First timers! Having recently moved to the Fox Valley we have cruised up and down past the Appleton Yacht over the last few months. We wondered what the AYC was all about so we placed a call and to our amazement anyone can go to dinner (if on a boat), we found a slip and we slid in with ease. The staff was accommodating, the portions generous. I ate the fried haddock - served piping hot with Cole slaw that was not to sweet and not dripping in mayo :). My hubby had a senior platter with broiled haddock / drawn butter. Our daughter enjoyed a very large chicken salad. She loved it. We will definitely come back! Thank you!
We go almost every week for drinks and dinner. The location is beautiful. The drinks are terrific and the food is fantastic! AYC has a great variety of sandwiches, burgers, fish, salads and more. Sitting outside by the water is spectacular!
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Established in 1932, Appleton Yacht Club is a clubhouse serving the needs of boaters on the Fox River. Located in...
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Cozy and comfortable restaurant with nice staff and members. Great views of the water (of course). More
First timers! Having recently moved to the Fox Valley we have cruised up and down past the Appleton Yacht over the last few months. We wondered what the AYC was all about so we placed a call and... More
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Thompson Community Center
“ History of the Appleton Yacht Club ”
CALL TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT TOM SUTTER
TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 67
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Thomas Sutter, James Richter, Gwen Sargeant, David Buss, John Marx, Linda Muldoon, Brian Schneider.
REVIEW OF UPCOMING MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS:
October 8 - Appleton’s Historic Ravines-Sandy Benton and Fox River Academy students
November 12 - The Appleton Picture Show. Bring your own photos for show and tell.
December 6th 9th AHS History Fair, City Center, Downtown Appleton
APPLETON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION:
· Officers for the organization are as follows:
A. President - Thomas Sutter
B. Vice President - Christine Williams
C. Secretary – James Richter
D. Treasurer – Laura Leimer
· Committee Chairs for the organization are as follows:
A. Mark and Karen Moderson, Principal Organizers
B. Brian Schneider, Technical Resources
C. David Buss, Research Specialist
D. Gwen Sargeant, Public Relations and Web Page
PRESIDENT SUTTER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
A. Thanks to John Long for presenting last month’s program on the History of Long
B. As a followup to last month’s discussion on sound system problems with the Senior
Center Main Hall, we have learned that the Thompson Center is already equipped with a T-Coil Sound System. Those who need hearing assistance should contact Tom.
C. Reports that the Appleton Historical Society membership now totals 97.
D. Special thanks is also extended to Gannett Publications for regular coverage in their
E. Reminds us all that our November AHS Public Meeting will include our Annual
Business Meeting. This will include election of members of the Board of Directors.
F. Monthly Appleton History Tidbit: Appleton received it’s first telephone exchange in
1877, only one year after the invention of the telephone.
G. One of our Research Specialists, Dave Kalz, has brought in two pictures of very old
building entrance doors for all of us to review and help identify. These are on display
on a table in the rear of the hall. They are believed to be from an alley in Downtown
H. Special History Event coming up in the area, the Neenah Historical Society will be
hosting a Living History in Downtown Neenah Event on Saturday, October 4, 2014,
from 11:00 to 3:30.
I. We have received for our AHS Archives the donation of an Intercity Streetcar Token.
J. Just a reminder that previous meeting presentations can be found on YouTube, and
Meeting Minutes with Program Summary are on our Web Page.
K. Door Prize – was presented to Amy Plamann, who won a Fazoli’s Restaurant Gift
AHS CEMETARY WALK PRELIMINARY REPORT:
David Buss, AHS Board Member and Cemetary Walk Contributor, reports that our Cemetary Walk held on Saturday, August 17th, was again well received by the community:
1. The event was titled Meet the Mayors-Part 3.
2. Some 30 people attended and received a tour of the graves of 5 Appleton Mayors.
3. Each location had an actor in period correct costume portraying the deceased. Thanks to the five true-to-life actors:
a. Tom Sutter.
b. Nate Kalies.
c. Reverend Leon Ehlert.
d. Ken Syring.
e. Jacob Steinmetz.
Gwen Sargeant, Chairman, will give a formal report at next month’s meeting.
HISTORY FAIR PLANNING:
James Richter, Co-Chairman, reports on preliminary planning underway for our 9th AHS History Fair to be held at the City Center in Downtown Appleton on Saturday, December 6th:
1. The event is held as part of and under the auspices of the Appleton Downtown Winter Farm Market.
2. Focus will be on Appleton’s Christmas Past.
3. Exhibits will include Appleton’s Toy and Children’s Furniture Manufacturers, Tuttle Press Christmas Products, and Victorian Christmas Items.
Please contact Co-Chairs Jim Richter (920)739-2539 or Mark Moderson (920)540-3699 if you would like to exhibit or supply items for exhibit on the above mentioned items, as well as other Appleton historical pieces.
AHS COMMUNICATIONS REPORTS:
Gwen Sargeant, Board and Public Relations Committee Member:
1. Reported Cemetary Walk was a success.
2. Summarized upcoming programs and events.
PROGRAM - “ History of the Appleton Yacht Club”, Presented by Larry Konz.
Larry Konz Background:
Larry was born in Appleton in 1926 (87 years ago). He attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Appleton High School, class of 1944. He enlisted in the Marine Corp and served a four year hitch. He was honorably discharged in 1947 after two years on the Hawaiian Islands. Larry returned to Appleton to work in the family lumber business, Konz Lumber. He married his high school sweetheart, Anne Paltzer, in 1949.
Larry's father died when he was 37. Larry became the CEO of the firm and was instrumental in expanding the firm and his family. When he took over he and Annie had nine children, five boys and 4 girls, and 7 employees including the office staff of one-- his mother. The business and payroll expanded rapidly once the children became of age to work. Today their 3 oldest sons are the officers and the driving force of the corporation--Konz Wood Products Company. They are responsible for over 100 employees at their two locations, Appleton and Suring. Larry is now retired.
(1) Larry and his family followed his parents in being active members of the Appleton Yacht Club. The Club is some 70 plus years old.
(2) To begin his presentation he felt it important to talk about the Fox River. “It’s what makes this town go. It’s power, the kind of power that makes electricity and recreation.”
(3) There was a Boat Club that started in Appleton before the AYC. It was a completely separate group, and had a building on the East side of town just past the 4th lock. It at one time had 100 members, but has been out of business since the 1940’s.
(4) Larry then projected a number of pictures about the AYC and Appleton history:
AA paddleboat steamer going through the locks by Lawrence University1909 or 1919.
BEarly tugboat, the Cook, by Sunset Point. It ran 24 hours a day.
CA later version of a diesel tugboat, about 1950.
DA Cook & Brown tugboat in 1938.
EValley Queen tugboat (1930’s ?).
FA 1909 picture of the Appleton Boat Club, which had individual boat houses.
GOriginal site of the Appleton Yacht Club, before construction.
HA group of old buildings which included the Johnson Outboard Dealer, and it’s next door neighbor Appleton Police Officer Harold Blessman.
IThe original location for AYC was where the City had dumped old concrete on the Fox River shore, which was later used in a seawall for the club.
JThe original clubhouse started life as a boat house which was moved 20 feet into shore.
KAn early speedboat with an inboard motor, named the Eczema, at the AYC shoreline (1936-1938).
LBoats pulled on shore for maintenance.
MAs the AYC evolved slips were built where boats could be lifted out of the water.
NPicture taken from Memorial Drive bridge.
O1940’s view of west slips, now replaced by open slips. Also shown is largest boat the club ever had, a 45 foot Chris Craft owned by J.R. Whitman, the J.C. Penney Store Manager.
PAndy Forster, AYC Charter Member.
QLarry’s 1932 Dodge Runabout which he bought in 1942. It had a Langlois 8 Cylinder Engine and 22 foot mahogany hull.
RAn AYC party in the early 40’s. Picture included Elmer Knoke, George Greisch (City Attorney), Larry’s father, and Eddie Hoersch.
SA 1942 Post Crescent article showing 10 Appleton boats taking part in Coast Guard maneuvers.
TPicture of Coast Guard swearing in of AYC members.
U2 Pictures of cabin cruisers across from the AYC on open water.
VA cabin cruiser with the Cherry Street (now Memorial Drive) bridge in the background.
WAYC acquired a gas pump at the end of World War II and sold gas for 17 cents a gallon.
XThe club from the water showing the heavy duty, all steel lift with 18 tons capacity they had installed.
YThey operated two questionable slot machines in the clubhouse for years. Proceeds were large enough to build all the AYC buildings.
ZA finger pier that had been added to East main slips.
A A Sea Scout boat that had been donated by the Coast Guard to Appleton.
BA small island just southeast of the main slips that no longer exists.
C36 foot Cabin Cruiser owned by Lester Cook, Optometrist.
DSea Scout Board with scouts in uniform.
EEd Luebben, the first AYC Steward and club bartender.
F Ed Luebben Jr. later took over, as well as owned a Jewelry Store on
Wisconsin Avenue. During the war he served as a navigator on a B-17.
GGeorge Kaplan, bridge tender, coming up to the club.
HInterior of the club with Red Peterson and Mr. Fountain playing slot machine.
I New slips being built.
J The AYC donating $1000.00 to the Salvation Army in 2010. Most fund raising
every done by the First Mates (AYC Ladies Club).
KPost Crescent article on the club’s 50 year anniversary which coincided with
construction of the new Clubhouse.
L Newer club building under construction.
MAerial view of club as it looks today.
NJust east of the club used to be a small building (shack) where their swamper
OA traditional AYC Friday Fish Fry. Still done today but no longer open to
Closing Facts about the Appleton Yacht Club:
(1) They continue to operate with a strong membership. You don’t have to be a boat owner to be a member of the club.
(2) Most of the Fox River Locks are now open, and the remainder should be opening soon. They are excited about the prospects of again traveling from Green Bay to Lake Winnebago.
Respectfully, James L. Richter
AHS Secretary, 9/30/14
Appleton Yacht Club
The Appleton Yacht Club History
Rewritten by Historian Sue Palermo, May 2006; Updated 2013
In 1921, a fledgling club purchased an old boat factory from the city. This gave members a place to meet for the purpose of building and restoring boats. The first project was to move the building closer to the water so that the boats could be easily moved in and out of the boathouse on a hoist.
In 1932 six men filed Incorporation papers with the State of Wisconsin to officially begin the Appleton Yacht Club. The Incorporation papers declared the purpose “….to promote and foster the spirit of boating, to guard and protect the interests of members who are owners of power boats, to inculcate among its members a knowledge of the rules of navigation and naval courtesy, to encourage and conduct races, cruises, club runs, water carnivals, and aquatic events for the entertainment of the citizens of Appleton and to encourage harmony and good fellowship among its members in every way possible.”
In 1937 the first of two disastrous fires occurred that gutted the clubhouse. In 1938 five thousand dollars was appropriated to remodel the club and install a new bar and fixtures. This construction also included 26 new slips and a work slip with the overhead hoist designed to handle up to 12 tons. This facility was the most elaborate on the river when it was finished. During the war, from 1941-1945, the Coast Guard Auxiliary meetings of the temporary reserves were held at the clubhouse.
In 1947, just 10 years after the previous fire the interior of the building was destroyed causing $30,000.00 damage to property, again by fire. This time the remodeling included indoor toilets, both “Inboard and Outboard”. The women were thrilled and the men were happy they did not have to share their little room! French doors separated the dining room from the bar that had a large window across the front overlooking the river. The interior was all knotty pine and had a nautical and rustic look unique for its day.
A new wave of expansion began in June of 1950 with the purchase of the Krause property. Mr. Krause was unwilling to sell the land to the City and instead sold it to the Appleton Yacht Club for $6,900.00. After much discussion and to the dismay of some of the members, the AYC turned around and sold the property to the City for exactly the same amount, but with a 25-year lease secured.
With a lease on the Krause waterfront property in hand, the Club dredged the swampland in 1952 and prepared for what became a moderately long expansion program. In 1956 six steel slips were built just up river from the work slip, followed by four more in 1958, one in 1959 and four more in 1962. These slips replaced the wooden slips common for that time.
During the 1960’s new developments began to take place. In 1963 a master plan was submitted to the city, proclaiming construction of a $50,000.00 clubhouse and a series of new steel slips. At this time the city was not receptive to some aspects of these plans. In 1967, revised plans were again submitted asking for another long-term lease and proposed the construction of a new clubhouse up the river next to Lutz Park.
The city was under pressure to provide public recreational areas and the Yacht Club decided that we needed to explore other location options. This concern resulted in eventually purchasing 11 ½ acres of property on Little Lake Butte des Morts for the purpose of building a clubhouse and marina. One year later in 1969 the town of Menasha offered to buy the land from the Club for $31,000.00. The Club refused.
In 1973, the club negotiated a 30-year lease with the city of Appleton to include the existing club property plus additional property extending up to the boat launch area at Lutz Park. This is our existing clubhouse site that was completed in 1978. This site has allowed us to expand our docking facilities to accommodate 70 or more boats ranging in size from 14 to 55 feet.
Also in 1973 the First Mates Auxiliary, open to any female associated with AYC, organized for the purpose of socializing and raising money for the Yacht Club. Shrubbery, sod, landscaping, and a microwave for the kitchen met the immediate needs at that time. This was accomplished through community rummage sales, craft sales, a cookbook compiled and printed by members and many other activities. Today the First Mates continue to meet and are actively involved in numerous civic activities as well as organizing and participating in some of the many events the club has to offer.
Negotiations for the sale of our Little Lake Butte des Morts property began in earnest again with the Town of Menasha in March of 1986. In May the Appleton Yacht Club voted unanimously to accept the $30,000.00 offer by the Town of Menasha motivated by the developing relationship with the City of Appleton, including a long-term lease.
In 2002, a 50-year-old important land dispute was finally settled. The AYC then purchased the property in front of the Classic Covered Slips
In 2012, the membership of the Appleton Yacht Club approved a major renovation and addition to the bar and restaurant facilities, including a new entrance, bathrooms, expanded dining capacity, a new kitchen, new siding, a new and expanded deck, etc. The Club capped off this wonderful and exciting expansion with a Lighthouse to help make the AYC a visible and memorable destination for boaters on the Fox River, members and guests.
To this day we remain true to our creed by being involved in our community organizing and sponsoring the annual vessel safety checks at our club. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides free inspections to members and citizens both in our harbor and in our parking lot. We also organize, sponsor, and promote boating safety, hands on seminars on the proper use of fire extinguishers, knot tying etc. The club opens its doors to all boating organizations and groups that are interested in the preservation and safety issues of the Fox River.
The annual Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce event is very popular among our business people to come and recreate, socialize and meet new business contacts. It’s also a great opportunity to take a boat ride on our beautiful, historic Fox River, provided by the Yachting Members of the Appleton Yacht Club.
Our expertise and firsthand knowledge of the current water conditions is undeniable as supported by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Office in Detroit MI who contact us and seek our advice and input on the decisions they make as to water level control for the entire Lake Winnebago Fox-Wolf River basin.
We eagerly await the reopening of the entire Fox River lock system from the first lock in Appleton thru to DePere. We provide a safe harbor for fueling, food, and the first stopping off place enroute to Lake Winnebago and beyond for those going South. From our marina you can go anywhere in the world via the Historical Fox Locks System.
The AYC Oath
Appleton Yacht Club is a volunteer, boating organization. The AYC Oath reads as follows: “I do hereby promise before these members present that I will help to make this club a success, keeping in mind this is above all a boating organization, and will to the best of my ability promote the spirit of boating fellowship.”
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We were so excited to recreate some of the bridge photos we took during their engagement session with all the fall colors — but what we didn’t count on? Homecoming. Dozens of teenagers dressed to the nines all vying for a spot to take pictures on the very same bridge. You win some, you lose some. (At least the gazebo was free!)
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