Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1940's, pp. 123- PDF (4.5 MB)
A HISTORY OF NEENAH As registered nurses were called into service by their Country, civilian nurse shortages developed. To offset this locally, The Ia Clark Memorial Hospital began the training of Nurses' Aides, with Miss Esther Klingman as D)irector of this division of the war emergency program. Over j37 young women were trained to give volunteer service at the hospital. Men, too, volunteered to relieve the critical nursing shortage, and Miss Klingman conducted a class for these men, who became volunteer orderlies, averaging many hours of volunteer service each month. Twin City young women joined the armed services, too, as the country called on its young women to help, thereby relieving stateside servicemen for more important jobs at home and abroad. More than 0oo young women went into the WACS, the WAVES, SPARS and Marine Corps Reserve. Industry Converted to War Neenah industry went to war, too. Ration packages, munitions cartons, bags for powder and concentrates, packaging for dehydrated foods, protective properties for medical and drug supplies, heat sealed bags, laminated cellophane, machine rubber stocks and shafts for cargo ships and PT boats, castings for machine tools, gear shift mecha- nisms for reversing drives on LST landing ships and tanks, map papers, camouflage papers, raincoats, gun mounts, fuses were among the articles made by Neenah employees in industries that joined the fight. Some companies made hydraulic cylinders, pilot valves, shell casings, 37 MM armor piercing shells used in P-38 fighting ships; bronze machine tool castings and bronze condenser castings for de- stroyer escort ships, bomber brake linings, filter waste used in oil filters on tanks, jeeps and naval vessels. The tags on machine guns, paper on which important letters and orders were written, woods used in airplanes, cargo ship doors and war housing-all were part of the war work turned out locally. The varmy-:a vy "c" It was on the morning of August 29, 1943, that D. K. Brown, President of Neenah Paper Company, opened the following letter:
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