City Times Staff
The Last Page
Wisconsin Rapids historian, Paul Gross has written and produced his 31st and final historic video on the history of the Wisconsin Rapids area.
Paul’s latest offering is appropriately titled ‘The Last Page.’ He has been producing these videos since 1965. At 93 years young, Paul has macular degeneration and has trouble seeing.
In this final video, Paul takes a look at activities that shaped 2016. It begins with Wood County purchasing the River Block in downtown Wisconsin Rapids. It also covers some of the problems facing the local paper industry, renovation of the Wisconsin Rapids Memorial Clock and Bell Tower, tearing down some buildings across from the courthouse and coverage of the latest mayoral race where Zach Vruwink won his third term.
Paul also covers the city council’s decision to build a new aquatic center at Witter Field, as well an update on the Tribune Building. Perhaps one of the highlights of this video features George W. Mead II reading words written in 1926 by his grandfather, George W. Mead.
Paul ends the video with a very heartfelt thanks to those who have assisted and sponsored these videos over the past 51years.
‘The Last Page’ is only $20.00 and is available at Daly Drug, Paul Gross Jewelers and the South Wood County Historical Museum.