Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
The 1950's, pp. 143- PDF (4.7 MB)
THE 1950 1S rT IS DIFFICULT, if not impossible, for us who live in the sixth decade of the 20th century to view it in perspective. Current history is making as we write. We have the feeling of being swept into the future by powerful currents flowing to us out of the past. Growth in every phase of community life during the '5os dwarfed the expansion of any previous era. The city burst its bounds to the south and west. New subdivisions and new homes sprang up as if by magic. New churches came into being, and schools so modern and attractive that oldsters wished they could revert to childhood. More streets, more sewer and water lines-the city's budget and bonded indebtedness bulged. Shopping centers in the outskirts sprang up, competing with shops in the inner city; parking meters helped, but didn't solve, the parking problem. All branches of sport leaped ahead, and industry, paced by Marathon, Kimberly-Clark, Neenah Foundry and Bergstroms, added new strength to Neenah's economic foundations and to the earning power of Twin City residents. The mounting volume of Council business was relieved, in part, by putting the office of Mayor on a full-time basis at the spring elections of 1957. And to promote fairer, and more workable, representation on the Common Council, the city was divided into ten wards, with one representative from each ward. Significant Industrial, Social and Professional A/ovemnent BERGSTROM PAPER COMPANY EXPANDS. Early in this decade the Berg- strom Paper Company embarked upon a long-swing program of waste disposal destined to add many acres to Neenah's park system through fill along the south end of Little Lake Butte des Morts. For some years this company, hemmed in at its downtown location, T43
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