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The 1920's,   pp. 97-[108] PDF (2.5 MB)

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                    THE 1920 'S
                        byJOHN STUDLEY
Women's Sufrage
T        HE DECADE which journalists refer to as "the roaring
          twenties" was ushered in with an historic note-women's
          suffrage became effective in 192o and they exercised under
          the 19th amendment to the Constitution for the first time
in November's general election their right to vote. Unfortunately from
the historian's standpoint, local election boards tabulated no break-
down of the masculine and feminine vote, so the percentage of ballots
cast by women that year remains obscure. It was not until 1937 that
separate counts were made of men's and women's votes. Then it was
found that women were casting approximately 40-45 per cent of the
total vote.
  Mayors who served Neenah in the 1920-30 period were E. C. Arne-
mann, '20-'21; J. H. Dennhardt, '22-'23; George E. Sande, present
full-time mayor, '24-'25; Dennhardt again in '26-'27 and Sande again
in '28-'33.
  With their newly-won ballet franchise, a Neenah League of Women
Voters was organized in 1920. It went out of existence shortly, how-
ever, but was reorganized in 1947.
  The year 192o also marked the organization of the American Legion
Auxiliary to James P. Hawley Post No. 33, named after the first
Neenah boy to give his life in World War I service to his country.
Wisconsin Northern R<ailway
  In that first year, also, of the boisterous era, the last railroad
reached Winnebago Junction on the outskirts of the city-the Wiscon-
sin Northern. The line was organized in 19o6 by the late Charles R.

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