The History of Central States
Part 1 continued 1939
by W.Ray Lockwood
As published in the Spring 2003 (Vol 51, Number 1) Issue of the Centinel
The next order of business was forming a committee to write by-laws. Then the group selected Burlington, Iowa, as the site for the 1940 convention. President Kelley later appointed Eric Newman from St. Louis as the first CSNS Secretary-Treasurer. Newman was a 27 year old lawyer and vice president of the newly formed Missouri Numismatic Society.
One interesting highlight of the first-ever Central States convention was a live radio broadcast by Bill Brimelow from Elkhart, IN. He was interviewed by Chicago station, WLS, from the convention floor. This proved to be a good draw for public attendance.
Two follow-up reports on the Central States convention were those of the Chicago and Milwaukee clubs. J. Henri Ripstra congratulated the Chicago Coin Club and the CSNS Committee for successfully sponsoring the convention. "Everyone at the Milwaukee Numismatic Society meeting of April 28 agreed that making the conference an annual affair would do a great deal toward promoting numismatics throughout the middle west."
The Central States Numismatic Society has fulfilled this objective for over 63 years and is still going strong!
Special thanks are due to Carl Wolf, past president of the Chicago Coin Club, for sharing copies of articles from his club's publication, The Bulletin. Tribute is also due to the late Lee Hewitt, editor of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine from 1935 to 1967. In the May, 1987, issue of the Chicago Coin Club's Chatter, we learn that "Lee was instrumental in the formation of the Central States Numismatic Society and has been cited as one of their 'founding fathers'. " He received the CSNS Medal of Merit in 1959 and for years held the title of Honorary President.
(Watch for more Central States historical material in the coming issues of The Centinel.)