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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Two Fox Valley Men to Be Honored with Johann Gutenberg in a Hall of Fame Ceremony, Sept. 23

What does Johannes Gutenberg have in common with Henry Frambach of Kaukauna (1840-1921) or John Swanson of Appleton (1917-2004)? These three men, with two others, will be inducted to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame on Sept. 23, 2010 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Henry Frambach was a 
pioneer papermaker who built and ran six paper or pulp mills in Wisconsin and Michigan. Frambach was instrumental in bringing an advanced groundwood process to Wisconsin in 1872 which helped accelerate the US paper industry. He obtaiined fourteen U.S. patents. One interesting part of his career was being the manager for paper making exhibit at the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893e.

John Swanson was a famous professor at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, where he served from from 1941 to 1982. (The Institute later moved to Georgia and became part of Georgia Tech as the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.) He was an expert in the chemistry of surfaces and colloids and used his expertise to help advance papermaking from a mysterious art into a science.

Gutenberg, I understand, was some guy from Germany who had something to do with early non-electronic media (maybe early precursors of the Kindle and iPad?), apparently using some kind of printing technology to create reading material that had to be physically picked up to be accessed. Go figure. Well, I guess that's cool, too.

There are two other inductees: Friedrich Gottlob Keller (1816-1895, Germany) who helped develop ways to use trees for papermaking (it was his process that Frambach brought to Wisconsin and further refined), and Jasper Mardo (1921-1997, Vancouver, Canada), a leader and educator who brought about many advances in knowledge and practice in papermaking.

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