Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The impact of science and invention, pp. 21- PDF (1.6 MB)
THE IMPACT OF SCIENCE AND INVENTION The 4uto 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. 23
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