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 ing question. Shopping centers on the city's rim, with plentiful land for the parking of cars, attract not only the rural shopper, but many residents of the inner city. That Neenah has felt the impact of this outward movement, wit- ness the increase in chain food stores and residential and industrial building to the south and west of the city. It will be an interesting backward look in the year ýooo to view the measures our city and its mercantile leaders shall have taken, or have failed to take, to preserve real estate values and business investments at the city's heart. Many readers of these words will be able, with a bit of imagination, to add to the illustrations here noted. Possibly the epochal flight of Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927 fittingly dramatizes the onrush of these many products of research and engineering skill that have crowded in upon our generation. It was on May 20 of that year that he took off alone for Paris, landing in the evening of May 21, after a non-stop flight of 3,61o miles in about ,3 hours. For this achievement Lind- bergh was feted in France, Belgium and England-and on his return to this country, he was lionized in New York and Washington. To us, as we look back across the intervening thirty years, the significant fact is that this trans-Atlantic flight of the "Spirit of St. Louis" opened the door to world air travel, which, in 1958, is accepted in the same matter-of-fact fashion as boarding a bus or a railroad train. ,a Story by Decades What follows is a sketch, by decades. Our effort is to be considered a framework to which many readers will be able to add items of human interest and factual value. To pro- mote this idea of a cooperative and continuing history, the reader will find blank pages at the end of each chapter. Use these pages to note your suggestions. Spotting of any factual errors will be particularly appreciated. When Neenah nears her centennial in 1973, this home-made effort should be revised in the light of the added material that you can assist in providing. It is suggested that all additions and corrections be lodged with offi- cers of the local Historical Society. 25
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