Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1920's, pp. 97- PDF (2.5 MB)
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. 97
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