|Volume 68 No. 6||June, 2022|
With a few months of joint in-person and online meetings completed, now is a good time to look back and take stock of the meeting experience, especially as a remote attendee. I attended two meetings remotely (in March and May), using the same equipment from two different urban locations – it was not pretty. I use an entry-level laptop, about four years old, and I use my Galaxy S9 smartphone as a Mobile Hotspot, to which I “tether” my laptop in order to access the Internet. The resulting connection is fast enough to watch YouTube videos on my laptop, and also use Zoom in a meeting with eight attendees.
By clicking on the green button in the email sent by the club’s Secretary, I started the WebEx program on my laptop PC. After WebEx starts, the WebEx window showed (if 20 remote attendees are connected) a grid of four by five small video screens, one for each remote attendee. Although I heard all that everyone says, my first problem was that I saw an image in no more than four or five small screens at a time – that was also what I had experienced during our past online-only meetings, and I assumed my network connection was too slow to support 20 small video feeds at a time.
Now for the second problem I encountered. The WebEx window can also show a PowerPoint or other program – the grid view of attendees then turns into a single row of small video screens across the top of the WebEx window, while the rest of the WebEx window shows a PowerPoint screen. My problem was that although I saw the screens, only a few of the small screens had video and the PowerPoint screen did not show the PowerPoint slides. My problem was not just with the PowerPoint program – I saw nothing in the “program screen” during the featured program or show-and-tell parts of the May meeting. The “program screen” briefly showed video of the front of the in-person room after show-and-tell, but I do not know what program was running at that time on the laptop in the meeting room.
During our past online-only meetings, I was able to see all video in the “program screen” whether it was PowerPoint from Deven or when remote members shared content from their computers. I do not know if my problems are due solely to my slowish network connection, or if the problem is partly with the program or computer now used in the meeting room.
If anyone experienced problems during our recent meetings, please email me with the details of your computer, Internet access, and observed symptoms. With more data points and symptoms, we can try to identify the cause of the problems – then we would have an idea of what needs changing to improve the experience. I checked with two remote attendees from our May meeting, and they experienced no problems – they also have (fast) Internet access provided by their cable company.
Paul Hybert, editor
The 1240th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President Lyle Daly at 6:45 PM CDT, Wednesday May 11, 2022. This was a hybrid in person and online meeting, with Deven Kane managing the online meeting. Attendance at the meeting was 14 in-person and 18 online for a total of 32 members.
Club Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report
The April 2022 session I & II meeting minutes were approved as published in the Chatter, both in print and on the CCC website. The Treasurer’s report for the April period was deferred until the next scheduled meeting.
New Members and Communications
Secretary Scott McGowan introduced two invited guests: Ed Hoynes, who reached out to the club with interest in attending; and Michael Kahn, an invited guest of member John Kent. No new membership applications were received, and second readings for new member applications of Aaron Ratkovich and Ben Costello were completed. After the second readings, a club member vote approved the two new members. Scott announced that Club member V. Kurt Bellman was chosen to receive the ANA’s Glenn Smedley Award – this award recognizes individuals who have devoted their efforts to the betterment of the ANA.
First Vice President John Riley introduced the featured speaker, Dale Lukanich on Scrip Issued by Hiram Norton, a Self-Made Man.
Second Vice President Melissa Gumm introduced the evening’s six Show and Tell exhibitors.
The next meeting will be June 8, 2022, which will be both in-person and online.
Lyle Daly adjourned the meeting at 8:05pm CDT.
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary
a presentation by Dale Lukanich,
to our May 11, 2022 meeting.
Hiram Norton was one of the most enterprising men the village of Lockport, Illinois has ever had, and did more to build up and improve the town than any other man. He was a member of the Illinois Legislature in 1859 and 1860 and held offices of trust in his town, all of which he filled with the utmost fidelity. He died at his home in Lockport on April 2, 1875. Hiram was born in Skaneateles, New York on February 26, 1799, and became an orphan at the age of 14. (Skaneateles is mentioned in most of the references Dale found, but Vermont was mentioned as the birthplace in a few.)
Hiram then made his way to Canada in search of employment, which he found with the Canada Stage Company. He stayed in Canada for about four years. The town of Prescott is 157 miles away from Skaneateles; Dale did not find any town explicitly named in the sparse records, but feels this is a likely candidate. At 18, having saved a little money, he went to Lowville, New York to acquire an education at the famous Lowville Academy, where he remained two years. Lowville is 97 miles from Prescott, Canada, and Lowville Academy had been chartered by the State of New York in 1808. We do not know the amount of education Hiran received at Lowville Academy. Hiram at age 20 then went to Prescott, Ontario and returned to the Canada Stage Company, ultimately becoming its proprietor.
Hiram Norton was a merchant and political figure in Upper Canada. In 1833, Hiram became a justice of the peace in the Johnstown District, a district bordering the St. Lawrence River. During the 1830s, he operated a stagecoach between Montreal and Toronto with Barnabas Dickinson, the father of Moss Kent Dickinson. He represented Grenville (a city in the northern part of the district) in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1831 to 1838 as a Reformer, including the time of the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837. He also served on the Government Commission for the improvement of the St. Lawrence River and Canal.
In 1838 he left Upper Canada and came to Illinois as a Consulting Engineer on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, settling in Lockport, Illinois. Among the other benefits which accrued to Will County from the construction of the Canal, was the arrival of many men of means, enterprise, and character. Hiram Norton was one of these men; he was so pleased with the area and its prospective growth and importance that he made it his home.
Hiram aided in the completion of the I & M Canal; following its completion, he rented the valuable waterpower created by it and established a mill which became regionally famous for its products. He established, with his sons, the house of Norton & Company, whose name and reputation were well known. Norton & Company had two locations, one in Lockport and one in Chicago at 5 and 7 West Madison Street; Dale showed a compnay ad as it appeared in a Joliet city directory from the 1860s.
In Lockport Norton built his warehouse in the 1850s, shortly after the opening of the I & M Canal. The Norton Building contained a grain warehouse and a grocery for farmers and citizens of Lockport, and a canal supplies store for boat crews; it also served as a dormitory for the boys leading the mules towing the canal boats. During the 50-year heyday of the I & M Canal, Hiram Norton and Company helped establish Lockport as an important grain processing center,and became the town’s major employer. Hiram Norton was elected to the Legislature in 1858; he was elected almost without opposition.
At one hundred by one hundred feet, this three and one-half story building was used to store, process, package, and distribute barrels of grain to the growing Midwest and Western populations. A contemporary drawing shows the building ideally located between the canal and a parallel railroad track. Norton, Inc. was sold in 1897 to American Grains, which was subsequently purchased by Quaker Oats. Grain and processing operations ceased in the 1950s when the building was sold to a steel fabricator. A recent photograph closely matches the building shown in the drawing, down to door and window locations – only now, the building does not have the fourth story which had capped about half of the building in the drawing. Dale ventured that the fourth story might have been for pulleys and machinery for lifting goods. Now, the building serves as the Lockport Gallery of the Illinois State Museum.
Dale showed us excerpts from January 1, 1862 inventory lists: eight canal boats were listed by name, year (six from 1857-1861, and two without a year), and value, for a total value of $1200; the list of horses, wagons, and such, started with 22 mules at $110 each, and continued with many entries for wagons, carriages, and horses of various sizes. In 1867, Hiram paid the highest income tax of anyone in Will County – on $35,000 of income; at times, he was the largest employer in Will County.
Our first taste of a numismatic item came with a $500 State Indebtedness note signed by Illinois Governor Thomas Ford, dated Feby. 15th 1844 on the face, and paying 6% annual interest from 30th Septem. 1843. It is payable to “Hiram Norton or bearer” for “being deprived of his contract for manufacturing and delivering hydraulic cement.” This was followed by examples of scrip issued by Norton & Company; many of these pieces are believed to have passed through the Schingoethe Collection, and all are rare.
The first scrip note was a 6¼¢ remainder – it has a signature of H. Norton but has no other indication of the issuer. The text on the note promises to pay the bearer in bills of the State Bank of Illinois when presented in the sum of five dollars. Two examples are known of this note type which was lithographed by T.&C. Wood & Co. 18 Wall St. N.Y.
The text on an issued 10¢ 1862 Norton & Co. note promises to pay the bearer in current funds when presented in sums of one or more dollars. This note was printed by Charles Shober, a famous lithographer who arrived in Chicago in 1857. This is the only known example of this note type.
All of the last three shown 1862 Norton & Co. issued notes are small and have the same layout, differing only in denomination. The 5¢, 10¢, and 25¢ notes were lithographed by Charles Shober of Chicago, and are good for the indicated amount when presented in sums of one dollar. Although Norton & Co. had offices in Lockport and Chicago, all of its notes bear the name of Lockport, where the company had its headquarters.
|Chicago Coin Company|
|Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
|Kedzie Koins Inc.|
Items shown at our May 11, 2022 meeting,
reported by Melissa Gumm.
May 17, 2022
Attending: Steve Zitowsky (Chair), Dale Lukanich (Asst Chair), Greg Gajda, Carl Wolf, Mark Wieclaw, John Riley, Rich Lipman, Bob Feiler, Paul Hybert, Jim Ray, Bob Leonard, and Scott McGowan.
Committee Chair Steve Zitowsky called the meeting to order at 7:01PM, reporting having spoken to Jennifer Ackerman at the ANA who is in the midst of the table draw with 256 Dealer/Club tables. There is expected to be a large Ancient and World coin section this year. The interactive floorplan is available at money.org.
Steve mentioned that the CCC President suggested that space for Legacy Project interviews should be secured during the ANA convention. Carl Wolf suggested holding interviews on the Bourse floor could give them some unique numismatic background. Paul Hybert reminded the committee that there are ANA announcements from time to time, which could interfere with bourse floor interviews. Discussion continued about the ANA’s fireside chat series and their set with chairs and rug which could be requested for our use. Mark Wieclaw offered to reach out to the ANA for availability and possible use of their set.
Steve Zitowsky proposed a candidate for Honorary Chairman for the 2022 WFoM. The committee discussed the nominee and all agreed, pending further review with the ANA and verification if the individual had previously held that position.
Money Talks: Mark Wieclaw reported that the application process is closed – the schedule is expected to be published in July. Eight talks per day are expected, on Thursday and Friday.
Collector Exhibits: Steve indicated that Marc Ricard was unable to attend the meeting and asked Paul Hybert for any updates. Paul reported no changes from the previous meeting.
Ambassadors: Scott McGowan reported the Ambassadors list is at 34. An email was sent out to 10 individuals who were Ambassadors in 2021 and have not yet committed for 2022.
Pages: John Riley reported speaking with Jennifer at the ANA, and she has 4 applicants and several other verbal interests. Deadline is July 5, 2022.
YN/Scouts Workshop: Jim Ray reported that the YN workshop flyer was in production with the ANA graphics team, and should be available in June. BSA Pathway to Adventure Council is on board for promoting the event on their calendar. Steve offered that committee member-at-large Dan Shemwell, an eagle scout, as a possible resource for assistance.
Members-at-Large: Carl Wolf suggested someone contact and book a place for a CCC-NYNC joint dinner before places fill up. Due to TAMS on Wednesday and ANA on Friday, the options are Tuesday and Thursday nights. Scott McGowan offered to contact several places. Gibson’s and Carlucci’s were mentioned. Scott to reach out to NYNC president Darrell Low to promote. Mark Wieclaw asked if there would be a silent auction at the ANA banquet, and if items would be needed. Mark will contact Jennifer and report back.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:37PM
WFoM Dates at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL:
August 15-20, 2022 (Monday-Saturday)
Note: Sunday, August 14 may be a workday for some!!
Scott A. McGowan
Secretary, Chicago Coin Club
The “Things, not Numismatic, to do” list is available online at http://www.chicagocoinclub.org/ANA2022TTD, or scan the QR code below.
May 18, 2022
The meeting was called to order by club President Lyle Daly at 6:02PM.
Board members present for the meeting were Lyle Daly, Melissa Gumm, Elliott Krieter, Scott McGowan, Paul Hybert, Mark Wieclaw, Steve Zitowsky, Carl Wolf, Deven Kane, Bill Burd, and Rich Lipman. Absent by prior notice was John Riley. Also absent was Jeff Rosinia.
Lyle Daly adjourned the meeting at 7:15pm CDT.
Next CCC Board Meeting is on August 24, 2022; note this is the fourth Wednesday, due to the ANA WFoM on the third Wednesday.
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary
|Date:||June 8, 2022|
|Time:||6:45PM CDT (UTC-05:00)|
At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd or 4th floor meeting room. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must be prepared to show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.
Because things can change between when this is written and we meet, please bring your face covering to the meeting – all attendees must follow the city’s and building’s rules.
This will be another attempt at a regular in-person meeting in the Covid-19 era. We will try for a better experience than in the past, but please be prepared for possible diifficulties.
|Online:||For all the details on participating online in one of our club meetings, visit our Online Meeting webpage at www.chicagocoinclub.org/meetings/online_meeting.html. Participation in an online meeting requires some advance work by both our meeting coordinator and attendees, especially first-time participants. Please plan ahead; read the latest instructions on the day before the meeting!|
|Featured Program:||Mark Wieclaw —
The Golden Age of U.S. Coinage
Discussing the circulating money of the early Twentieth Century and President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to revamp United States coinage, Mark will describe the times of sculptor Augustus St Gaudins and his iconic Eagle and Double Eagle designs. America’s pocket change was redefined at the time by the “Buffalo” nickel, “Mercury” dime and other dynamic images.
Unless stated otherwise, our regular monthly CCC Meeting is in downtown Chicago and also online on the second Wednesday of the month; the starting time is 6:45PM CT.
|June||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Mark Wieclaw on The Golden Age of U.S. Coinage|
|July||13||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Roxana Uskali on The German Taler: Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Coinage|
|August||10||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Dr. Lawrence Lee on Indian Peace Medals at the Denver Museum|
|August||16-20||ANA in Rosemont, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Admission is free for ANA members — for details, see http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com.|
|August||20||CCC Meeting - Noon at the ANA Convention,
which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
|September||14||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Jeffrey Amelse on Early U.S. Half Dollars, 1794-1839: A Study|
|October||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
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