Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1940's, pp. 123- PDF (4.5 MB)
A HISTORY OF NEENAH Dawn of the atomic age A great second World War, the dawn of the atomic age, and the beginnings of post-war expansion in industry, business and residential building marked the decade of the Forties. Civilian defense organizations came into existence during the 1940's, but did not gain full acceleration until after Pearl Harbor. The first peacetime draft in the history of America affected Neenah residents and their families, as the Winnebago County Selective Service Board No. 3, with offices in the Menasha Post Office, came into existence in 1940. The first registration of men between the ages of 21 and 35 was held October i6, 1940. There were 3,907 men registered at that time, representing Neenah, Menasha and seven area townships which made up the No. 3 Board. The following sum- mer the second registration was held, and in February of 1942 the third, which also included men between 36 and 45. Service on this board was never a pleasant duty. Members, and particularly Arthur Ritger, as Chairman, never received the appreciation they deserved for their self-sacrificing devotion to their task. ')kationing Ration boards came into existence as gasoline, tires, sugar, fuel oil, cars, stoves, shoes, bicycles, rubber boots, meat and canned goods began to be part of the great national conservation program for the emergency. Every family had ration books. The rationing was a big task, and the men who directed the early formation of a board to handle this work included Elmer Radtke, Harry Korotev, Carl Gerhardt, Fred Wright, Charles Sommers, C. F. Hedges, E. E. Jan- drey, William Clifford and J. C. Fritzen. As the program broadened, hundreds more citizens volunteered for the work. The first offices were in the Boys' Brigade building, then moved into larger quarters in the Weinke building on East Wisconsin Avenue. The school teachers and hundreds of housewives voluntarily gave their services during heavy registrations or at times when they were needed as additional food allotments were issued. Tires were rationed before the end of 1941, 124
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