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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

The impact of science and invention,   pp. 21-[28] PDF (1.6 MB)


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THE IMPACT OF SCIENCE AND INVENTION
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  In our overlook at the marvels of science that have enriched our
lives since 1878, we save for final mention the invention of the internal
combustion engine and the pneumatic rubber tire resulting in the
automobile. No other single invention has so transformed our way of
life. We cannot be sure who owned the first automobile in Neenah. We
can say, however, that Ferd Wilde, C. W. Howard, Mrs. C. H. Brown,
Dr. E. J. Smith and Dr. T. D. Smith were among the first. The auto
today is the key factor in the planning and replanning of cities and
their surrounding areas. Referred to in its early days as the "horseless
carriage," it soon induced a popular demand for hard-surfaced roads,
with the result that, within two generations, untold thousands of miles
of concrete and black top highways span the nation.
  Another thing the auto did was to create a demand for reliable road
Here, believe it or not, is Mayhew Mott in his air-cooled Knox. Mayhew drove
this car to Mattoon
and sold it to Dr. Riordan for $3oo. Date April 7, 19o8. 1L. to R. Roy Palmer,
Mayhew, Dr. Riordan.
Mayhew said it took him 24 hours to make that trip.
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