Short History of the Veterans' Association
Chicago & North Western Railway
The links below will take you to a page with news of Association activities in the 1940’s and 1950’s, some information on the Association’s first Vice-President, E. T. Erickson, and to a page with annual membership figures.
On the afternoon of
with many ventures, there was one man of whom it can be said was the driving
force behind this undertaking – Frank L.
Corey, a conductor on the Iowa & Minnesota Division. The idea came to Mr. Corey while attending the 75th anniversary
celebration of the Company held on
Following the adoption of a Constitution and By-Laws, the initial slate of Officers and the Executive Committee were elected as follows:
Frank L. Corey – President (Conductor)
E.T. Erickson – Vice President (Agent)
N.A. Howland – Treasurer (Freight Service Inspector)
M.J. Hanson (Train Rules Examiner)
Charles Flowers (Engineer)
D.J. Daniels (Conductor)
George W. Deertz (Conductor)
The selection of a secretary was delegated to the Executive Committee and wanting to obtain the greatest possible publicity for the new organization, this place of duty was assigned to Bruce V. Crandall, the editor of “The North Western Railway System Magazine,” the then-current employee news magazine. Initial membership qualifications required 25 years of service with the North Western, its controlled or subsidiary companies. The first annual dues were set at $2.00 with a $1.00 initiation fee. Charter membership was offered to all who were eligible for membership and who signed up prior to the first Annual Meeting, which was held in the summer of 1925.
The first application
for organizing a Division Section, or Chapter as they are called today, came
from a group of 20 members on the Northern Iowa Division at
The Chicago & North Western Railway encouraged the Veterans’ Association both financially and by furnishing office space. Membership reached its peak with 5,896 members in 1952 and today (January 1, 2012) stands at around 643. Membership in the early years is not known, though annual memberships to the extent known are posted on another page.
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