Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1940's, pp. 123- PDF (4.5 MB)
gasoline, canned goods and coffee were rationed in 1942, shoes in early 1943, to mention a few. Building was curtailed, and Neenah, along with its sister city of Menasha, was among the first to operate under the rent freeze in April of 1942. Scrap Drives Because rubber, waste paper, scrap tin and metal were critical items of war production, scrap drives were organized by salvage com- mittees, aided by Boy Scouts and Boys' Brigaders. Chairmen during the war years included Paul Stacker, Lawrence Kitchin, Ferd Diester- haupt and Edward Stelow. War I'oans A War Finance Committee was set up to supervise the war loan drives for the United States Treasury. Directing the work of the seven campaigns, during which over $2o million in war bonds was invested, were F. J. Sensenbrenner, D. L. Kimberly, N. H. Bergstrom, D. K. Brown, Norton Williams, J. Russell Ward, S. N. Pickard, A. C. Gilbert, S. F. Shattuck, A. W. Andersen and C. B. Clark. Red Cross Drives Neenah Chapter of the American Red Cross began its war fund campaigns, which opened with an emergency call after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7. Hundreds of residents served as volunteer workers. The chapter also provided other services, enlisting the aid of hundreds of homemakers. A month after Pearl Harbor, for example, an emergency quota of sweaters and helmets for Navy men had to be filled. The knitting and sewing programs were accelerated in the months that followed. Home nursing courses were set up, canteen units formed blood banks organized to provide blood plasma for the soldiers; there were special home service activities to aid the families of men in the service. THE 1940'S 12 _
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