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  • Steamer Queen City
    Image       The Queen City, an old side-wheeler built in 1856, was sold by Neff & Co., Oshkosh, Wis. to Capt. A.Taylor, Escanaba, Mich., in 1857. It ran from Escanaba to Green Bay ports for many years. It was lost by fire near the Ford river. Probably listed in Beers, p.876, Vol. ...
    Image     The Queen City, an old side-wheeler built in 1856, was sold by Neff & Co., Oshkosh, Wis. to Capt. A.Taylor, Escanaba, Mich., in 1857. It ran from Escanaba to Green ...
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Charles S. Neff Collection


Charles S. Neff was born in Oshkosh, WI in April of 1870 and died in Cleveland, OH in 1940. His father Samuel Neff had been involved in shipping on the Fox and Wolf Rivers but moved his business to Milwaukee about 1880 because he did not think he could compete with the railroads. He formed the Neff and Sons Shipping Company with his sons Sidney and Charles. After their father died they tried to keep the partnership going for about a year but then divided the assets and formed separate companies. Charles lived during the time of sail, steam power and diesel power. He collected photographs and other material of historical interest. Some of his collection is in the Maritime collection of the Milwaukee Public Library. He also made drawings using color pencils and whatever paper that was at hand. Some were drawn from memory, others from life. Some of the original drawings were given to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI. Color slides were taken of all of the drawings and Marcy Neff-Fisher, his daughter, prepared notes for each slide. Digital copies have been made of the slides and notes. The collection also include the volume Marcy Neff-Fisher had privately published for family and friends about the Neff family's long involvement in shipping.