Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The chamber of commerce of Neenah-Menasha, pp. 191-193 PDF (720.2 KB)
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEENAH-MENASHA 112 West Wisconsin Avenue DURING the first half of the twentieth century, several businessmen's associations were started in Neenah, but none of them existed for more than a few months or a few years, due principally to lack of proper organization for sustaining their activities. In 1940, a group of Neenah businessmen formed the Chamber of Commerce of Neenah. Otto Lieber was elected the first president. A young attorney, Elmer Radtke, acted as part-time secretary for about a year, and, when he left the city, the Chamber hired William Pfrang as a full-time secretary. Mr. Pfrang served until May, 1942, when he resigned to join the Armed Forces in World War II. Don W. Colburn was hired then as a full-time secretary, and served until his resignation in November, 1955. John C. Konrad succeeded him in February, 1956. In 1946 the Directors of the Neenah Chamber invited Menasha businessmen and firms to join with them, and, early in that year, rein- corporated the Chamber into a Twin City organization, changing the name to "The Chamber of Commerce of Neenah-Menasha." Since that time, the Chamber has operated with an equal number of busi- nessmen and firms from each city on its Board of Directors, and has alternated the presidency from one city to the other. Its activities from 1946 to date have been on a true Twin City basis, in the belief we are one community, and should work to the best interests of all concerned. Chamber of Commerce Presidents Otto Lieber, Jr. 1940-41 E. E. Jandrey 1949-50 Rudy Lotz 1941 -42 Stuart Thompson 1950-5I W. R. Werner 1942-43 G. E. Sande 1951-52 H. E. Christoph 1943-44 A. C. Hidde, Jr. 1952-53 S. N. Pickard 1944-45 G. H. Cameron 1953-54 S. F. Shattuck 1945-46 Ray J. Fink 1954-55 N. J. Williams 1946-47 George E. Elwers 1955-56 J. M. Wheeler 1947-48 Dedric W. Bergstrom 1956-57 J. R. Ward 1948-49 David Ryan 1957-58 Compiled by Don Colburn 191
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